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23 November 2018 @ 01:44 am
As you know, a week ago I was in the hospital for having a seizure. I was released on Saturday, and on Sunday I returned to work.

On Monday, I walked out of work to find our car wouldn't start. My dad figured it was the battery, so I went back inside and bought one for $100. Meanwhile, our family friend, Junior, came out to give us a jump. We were going to follow Junior to his house and switch the old battery for the new one, but we never made it. The lights in the car grew dim, as did our head & tail lights, so we pulled into a 7-11 and switched the batteries out there. Our car turned on, though the clock, radio, and our heater wouldn't work. As we pulled into our parking space at home, the headlights visibly dimmed and flickered.

We were just trying to hold on until I get my next check.

Then, today. We're on our way home from Thanksgiving dinner with my sister-in-law and her family. At one point, our speedometer  went to 0, even though we were still moving. And then the car died, completely, right there in the road, five minutes from home. Thank god we were on a back road. My sister-in-law and her family came out and gave us another jump, and we made it another 3 minutes before the car died again. We abandoned it at the side of the road.

I got a ride to/from work today, and my sister-in-law's brother towed the car to the front of our trailer. Then he pushed it into our parking spot, with me steering. And now it's in front of our trailer, but it's making this weird, non-stop groaning/screeching noise. The car is off and in park.

I don't know what to do. Dad thinks it's the alternator. Others have suggested the starter, and maybe there's a short (and that's why the radio/clock/heater won't work). If I take my $300 bonus next check and the $300 I was going to use to take the dog to the vet, I can scrape together $600. Do we take it in and hope it IS the alternator and they can fix it? Or should we just try to buy a new car, which might come with a new set of problems?

And even if we DO decide to take it in, how do we get it to the auto shop? It's illegal to tow it yourself. We could do it to save some money and hope no police catch us, or we could have it towed by a towing service and take on another large bill.

I am so stressed and just so fucking DONE. That's it. I want to stop existing now, please.

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11 November 2018 @ 11:09 pm
So, I don't know if any of you are aware, but Joe lost his house in the California fires. He's been posting a lot on his instagram.

I am so sad for him, even though I know he's in a better position than most to rebuild and continue on. Still, he lost things of sentimental value no doubt.

But? I am so fucking proud of him. He was stopped by a reporter for a local news station and interviewed. He was bringing water and supplies to help out his neighbors. What a good fucking man.

Tweet / Tweet / Tweet / David's reaction tweet
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29 October 2018 @ 04:32 am
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

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You should buy it: Dreamspinner // Amazon

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24 October 2018 @ 11:54 am
This weekend my mom had another seizure and dislocated her shoulder. This is the second seizure in a month or so, which means her meds probably aren't working. It's been six years, and it's awful to be back in the mode of constant fear that she'll have one and hit her head. I get nervous when she's in the bathroom too long.

It's hard for her too. She's in a sling. She can't clean, she can't bathe herself (well, she can sponge bathe herself, but getting in and out of the tub is a no). So we're picking up the slack, helping her out, and we don't mind but it bothers her.

Work has been stressful on top of all of this, so when I get home I usually end up going to bed early or just disappearing into a book/fic. I'm tired all the time, lol.

BUT, it hasn't been all bad. I finished reading this really awesome book recently, which I'm going to post about when I get home from work~

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23 September 2018 @ 09:42 pm
I made some gifs after so long~

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23 September 2018 @ 01:43 pm
Gmail has been hiding comments from me - marking them as spam, good one - so if I haven't responded to a comment you left, it's probably because I didn't see it. I apologize to everyone!
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18 September 2018 @ 11:04 pm
Good news, guys! There is now an [community profile] sga_secretsanta on DW! I know some of you are wary of livejournal and aren't on tumblr, so you'd have to be following my or [personal profile] squidgiepdx's personal accounts to get any announcements, which isn't fair. Especially if you aren't a McShep shipper.

If you're interested in signing up for the fest - the more the merrier! - then click this link. Squidgie is a magician and created the sign-up page and collection because he is amazing and brimming with talent.
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15 September 2018 @ 12:20 am
I messaged the previous mod of the SGA Secret Santa a long time ago about taking over for them, because I'd hate to see yet another SGA fest close up shop. I've been given control of the community, but I've never actually ran any kind of fest before, so my clueless-ness is boundless.

So: when should I start making posts for sign-ups? Do you think it's too late? I have no idea what I'm doing here. Maybe open up sign-ups now, give people a couple months to write a fic, and then posting period?


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06 September 2018 @ 01:27 am
This lady tweeted David a picture of herself wearing a really awesome SGA hoodie that looks just like his season 1 jacket. And you know what? THEY'RE NOT THAT EXPENSIVE.

I'm going to save up to buy one *____*

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13 August 2018 @ 09:58 pm
I've been in the mood to read something new - McShep new, I mean (I have plenty of unread books in my TBR pile). There are very few long  McShep fics remaining that I haven't read, and the ones I haven't usually have a reason for them going unread (like City of the Seven Walls). But that's not true of them all, so I've been poking at the ones I haven't read yet.

One of them, Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, looks super good and I want to read it, but I keep feeling like I'm not smart enough. I may have said that before, but I've been considering starting it for a week now, and I keep doubting myself. So I look at the other fics, can't decide if I want an AU or a canon-based fic, and then just give up and watch stuff. Because I haven't found a McShep fic that satisfies my needs, I've been reading in other fandoms. I've been reading a lot of Les Miserables fic, which is really good, but kind of started to feel same-y after a while in terms of plot (lots of fake boyfriends and school AU's).

I think I just need to make a damn decision and stick with it. I get in this cycle of indecision and can't break free of it until I get super frustrated with myself.

That's really all the interesting stuff going on in my life *shrugs*

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