Years ago I stopped buying on Amazon because of their shitty treatment of writers, smut writers in particular as I recall, but eventually, gradually got sucked back in. The convenience is addictive, but now I've stopped again and it is, of course, a challenge to find the stuff I would have purchased there for a tolerable price elsewhere. One of my two pair of flannel king pillowcases is extremely old and thin but suitable replacements have not been easy to find. Happily I caught Overstock.com on a good day and now have lovely, new, thick, dark blue flannel pillowcases. Mmmm.
My printer has been jamming for some time, refusing to run a printed page all the way out and free, but I use it so seldom that I hadn't gotten any further than asking my computer guy where I might take it and whether I should even bother. Recently I noticed that it hung up on one side rather than simply stopping, which put me in mind to remove and replace the cartridge. I'm trying to acknowledge today's win rather than months of failing to think of trying the obvious, so I will only say that after doing so I printed my EBMUD trail permit without a hitch.
It's a start!
Thanks to alisanne, 5 ‘Wonder Woman’ Amazons On The Power Of Their All-Woman Army. You know, in case you want to use that knowledge of names and faces
My tomato plant died from sunburn (stupid desert), so I exchanged it for a cherry tomato plant. Currently, it's staying indoors under a grow light, some sunlight from the window, and regular indoor light. Let's see how this works this time around.
* Found my passport! \o/ See, the new requirements are for presenting a birth certificate or passport when applying to get your driver's license switched over from one state to another. Well, guess who couldn't find either after moving? But I dug around this weekend and found my passport, so now I can get my license changed over, just in time to change over my car license plate before my tags expire.
* House inspection tomorrow at the new place! I'm excited. And then I'll go to the DMV afterwards and get that all sorted out with the car and license.
* Re-potted the roses this weekend, and got containers and dirt to re-pot the pepper plants and sword lilies who have seriously outgrown their current planters.
* Finally got the electric smoker, which was a house warming gift from my dragon's family (gift card, needed my boss to borrow his truck to go get it since it didn't fit in my car). We smoked tilapia and cod with a ginger sesame glaze on it and cherry wood chips, and omg, the cod is to die for and even the tilapia is tasty! (We both hate tilapia, it's tasteless and blah. Smoking it actually gave it flavor!) This is going to become a Thing to do, and hey, we can eat lots of tasty healthy and cheap fish this summer.
* Did shit all else productive this weekend. Didn't draw, didn't write, didn't finish the gardening, played entirely too much WoW and Minecraft (in my defense we leveled two characters from 45 to 52 via the midsummer festival in wow, which is time intensive but low key and gets us past most of the horrible hump from mid 40's to when things get fun again), didn't eat on any kind of schedule, and basically fell into the weekend inertia of "all plans fall apart".
I am somewhere between annoyed at myself for the usual "lack of discipline and willpower" that my brain likes to fault me for and annoyed at the world in general for failing to thus far provide any sort of scheduling or reminder life-hack/app/system that doesn't more or less immediately totally fail for me as it becomes more trouble to use it than it is to try to freely remember to do the things on my own.
I am also equally annoyed and frustrated that scheduling/reminder systems fail to stick for me and then ALSO give me the double whammy of "you are terrible and bad for not doing this thing" versus "this thing is a full time fucking JOB and it's my weekend and I will literally never have down time ever if I follow this schedule" (where "schedule" is things like "eat three meals" and "make a little time to clean up your cluttered junk" and "make time to push yourself into the higher level things you want to do like draw and write instead of settling on the lowest level inertia of gaming"). *throws up hands* I just... I don't know how to do this. I don't know how to reliably make the most out of my day but still balance SOME time for mindless fun things. I always do all or nothing - either I clean and run all the errands and DO ALL THE THINGS until I fall over (which usually happens once every three months or so) or I do nothing at all. I'm really fucking terrible at this "schedule things in small chunks and then do it reliably" shit.
But I need to figure it out or else shit never really gets done and inertia takes over and then I fail at all the things I want to do and let people down and annoy myself and everyone around me. This is very frustrating and I don't have any good answer for it yet.
Ways to Give:
dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for Kaye, who has been researching Rat Lungworm, a disease that almost killed her son Graham, who is now disabled and uses a service dog for everyday life. Kaye was a crucial part of the University of Hawai'i's RLWD research team and also the team trying to get legislative support and grant funding, but she's fighting medical debt for Graham's treatment and ongoing needs. You can read more and help out here.
rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and is now dealing with an eye infection they need to get treatment for before their roommate and her toddler come back from vacation, so they don't infect the baby. They're raising $50-$60 in the short term for medical treatment; they also have a long-term fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.
anna-guth is a student from Germany who was recently accepted to Redroofs School for the Performing Arts in England, but her parents can't afford the full GBP24K tuition. She is raising E6.5K for tuition and school fees; you can read more and reblog here, or give directly to the fundraiser here.
echosiriusrumme is a student trying to buy her own clarinet; at present she doesn't have her own instrument to practice with but has a pressing need to practice before auditions and recitals for a Performance track next fall at her university. She has a few options lined up for between $800 and $1.3K, but needs to raise the funds to cover the cost; she is offering to repay over time any funds contributed to the purchase. You can read more and reblog here (plus find a ko-fi link) or give to her paypal here.
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
Characters: Ianto, mentions Jack, Estelle.
Word Count: 1384
Spoilers: Small for Small Worlds.
Summary: Needing to clear his head and get a breath of fresh air, Ianto finds a deserted beach, and something unexpected.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge # 195: Amnesty, using Challenge # 128: Floating.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
( Flotsam... )
Challenge #659 is ransom.
- All stories must be 100 words long.
- Please place your story behind a cut if it contains spoilers for the current/upcoming season.
- You don't have to use the challenge word or phrase in your story; it's just there for inspiration.
- Please use the challenge tag 659: ransom on your entry.
Fandom: Wonder Woman (2017)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Isabel Maru/Diana Prince
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Community: fic_promptly, Manipulation, Devotion, Dubious Morality, Kissing
During the war, Isabel was devoted to creating breathtaking poisons and to General Ludendorff. After she was saved by a goddess, Isabel knew her new purpose in life was to serve Diana. She just had to maneuver her way to Diana's side, no matter what it took.
In less yay news: don't be left in charge of ushering your cranky mother and equally cranky four-year-old niece through IKEA. It will all end in tears and reasonably priced bedding.
( Orphan Black, 5.03, Beneath Her Heart )