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via alatefeline: The wonderful [personal profile] conuly has been attempting to feed, medicate, and shelter two semi-feral kittens, and has finally got them into a safe contained space. Anyone in the greater NYC area interested in two baby kitties who are a bit wild and shy but young enough to learn to love people? If not, once they've been checked up and cleaned up and properly treated for eye troubles, they'll be headed to a shelter.

http://conuly.dreamwidth.org/2556978.html
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Science for Babies!

From the article: The books introduce subjects like rocket science, quantum physics and general relativity — with bright colors, simple shapes and thick board pages perfect for teething toddlers. The books make up the Baby University series — and each one begins with the same sentence and picture — This is a ball — and then expands on the titular concept.

Also: Henry, meanwhile, gives the books a qualified endorsement. "I like it half and I didn't like it half," says Henry. The half he didn't like? It's "for babies."

comics!

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:45 pm
dragonyphoenix: Francine from Strangers in Paradise (Francine)
NPRs list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels includes Stand Still Stay Silent which I know someone on my list raves about every once in a while. Also, O Human Star, which I adore. But no Strangers in Paradise. Really? What's up with that? 



Ow!

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:34 am
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Default)
My car was hit yesterday. As I was moving on a green light, a young man tried to change lanes but didn't see my car. The paint was scraped along the side of my car and the front fender crumbled in on his. I thought I was fine at first but my knee aches and my back aches. ;-(
dragonyphoenix: (Frida and God)
We're decorating cubicles at work, to an under the sea theme. I picked Ursula, the villain from The Little Mermaid. Guess I'll have to watch the movie, although I can change my mind. Any suggestions?

fireworks!

Jul. 4th, 2017 10:34 pm
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Default)
On a hill in Brentwood, PA has an excellent view of fireworks. Off to the right, in the distance, what was probably downtown Pittsburgh’s display. To the left, closer, was another professional display. About a dozen, at least!, displays in all although most were people setting off fireworks on their own. One was a half block down. Another, even closer, shot them above the intersection I was standing in. I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled to have one go off above me. I wish he’d sent them straight up rather than at an angle. Others were off in the distance, so far that they barely made it over the horizon or above treetops. Many were close enough to see well and far enough that I felt safe watching them. I can still see some from outside my window. It’s awesome!
dragonyphoenix: (raven)

And my final reminder to check out Summer of Giles. I'll be posting my "I Robot, You Jane" chapter of my Giles as the Big Bad story there over the next three Sundays. I've posted a teaser scene at Taming the Muse where this week's prompt is nuptial(s).
 


dragonyphoenix: (raven)
I’m starting to feel this home is mine. I started the day with Poetry Please.
dragonyphoenix: (Morticia)
The roommates I've been having trouble with have moved out. Kat, instead of moving to California, is staying. She spent the day helping them move and then cleaning and went to bed early. I sat down and read a bunch of fanfiction. Yep, I really am feeling so much better.

besom

Jun. 30th, 2017 10:24 pm
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (blackadder)
The day after I realize I can’t recall the word for a twig broom, I come across the word in one of my old stories: besom.



dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Default)
So I'm finding interesting features in my posts that had been converted from LJ to DW. Ones with embedded youtube vids don't show the vids but have been duplicated with links to the vids. I'm obviously deleting the posts without the vids - only error messages - but those are the posts that the comments stayed with.

Okay, no. I just got smart. I'm copying the link version to the error with embedded videos version. So I'll have both links and comments.

Hmm, it's not just posts with errors that have been duplicated. I just found two posts for the same poem. Odd. Aaargh, and some with embedded link errors that aren't duplicated so I don't know where the originals came from. Grr.

I went looking because I thought I had seen some embedded vids in posts but it was the wrong vid for the post.

Huh, but the correct icon is with the original post. The copy gets the correct icon; the original gets my default icon.
dragonyphoenix: Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise (katchoo)
I'll be taking over Kat's lease at the start of next month. The kitchen is smallish and I've found a table I like. It's $130 from IKEA with an extra $35 to ship it. I really like the table because with the two drop leaves I can generally keep it small but make it larger when I have company.

I've found it nearby on Craig's list for $50. My money's tight though so I'm not sure if I should go for it or not. It'd be the perfect table for this apartment and it being IKEA means I can pick it up in my car. Anything t that doesn't come apart I'd have to get creative with to get it to my place. Plus there'd be the wait while something less expensive became available.

dragonyphoenix: Francine from Strangers in Paradise (Francine)
Whoo hoo! I finally finished draft 3.1 of my I Robot, You Jane chapter of my Giles as the Big Bad of season 1 story. Whew, that was a mouthful! I'll be posting the chapter at Summer of Giles but not until June which is good because I'm changing the chapters toward the end. Some specific chapters will need at least two more rewrites although most of the chapters are in their final form.
dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
Around 9:15 I noticed that skunk scent that means the roommies are getting stoned again. This is the first time, since Kat asked them to not smoke in the house, that I've noticed the smell when Tim, Sue's husband, was home. Apparently they'd been smoking in the room and opened the door to get to the bathroom which is what sent the smoke wafting down here.

I took the dog for a walk and on the way back noticed they'd opened a window. A few nights ago I suggested it would be okay if they smoked as long as they opened windows to vent it outside. This means either they opened the window after I took Emma out or the two of them are smoking so much that even with a window open it filled the room enough that opening the door was enough to send some wafting down the hall (length of a bedroom).

Kat acted oddly when I returned with the dog. She asked what was wrong and then said she'd heard me coughing. When I replied that I hadn't been, she said I'd been really snippy lately. This whole situation, where she has been mainly minimizing Sue's pot use, flashed through my mind and I thought "because you're not on my side" but I didn't say anything. I don't believe discussing this with her will change the situation so I told her I wasn't upset. She replied "go ahead and cough then" and returned to her study. I repeated that I hadn't been coughing.

I'm not sure if she figured out, after I'd left, that I'd taken Emma out to avoid the pot smoke. If she did, that may suggest the window had been opened while I was out. I don't know if the conversation makes sense otherwise.

I have reason to be upset. There's not only the pot smoke, which could lose me my job if I come up positive on a drug test, but my car has been overheating (taking it to the shop tomorrow) and if I don't find a roommate I'll be struggling to afford this apartment. It's possible some of that has come through although I thought we'd had a pleasant evening up until then.

*sigh* 26 days and counting
dragonyphoenix: (raven)
I'm not kidding with this, we once watched a security training video where a set of the villains were Boris and Natasha, not exactly but close enough. After, we were told that we weren't supposed to laugh at the training videos.

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dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
My job requires drug tests. I'm living with my friend Kat who has also taken in a younger couple, Sue and Tim. Sue and two friends one night literally filled the house with pot smoke. From under her bedroom door, it filled the hallway running parallel to Kat's bedroom, filled the living room, filled the kitchen, and was starting to come in under the door of Kat's study where I'd retreated to avoid the smoke.

Last Sunday Sue told Kat that she'd gotten Emma, Kat's dog, stoned. I know Kat reamed her a new one. I wasn't there but Kat arranged for the two of them to be alone. Apparently Sue doesn't give a fuck. In the living room today I once again smelled pot smoke. I'm in the backyard, which happily is close enough for Internet, working on my Summer of Giles story.

Interestingly, last Monday, after the reaming, she hid the smell by spraying something in her room. This weekend she's not trying to hide it.

End of the month and they'll be gone. Goddess am I looking forward to that day!

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