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Saturday, November 12th, 2016 12:17 pm
I regret to say that my experience with the bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia of the last few years prepared me for the US election results.  I found despair and disillusionment, and experienced the power of those voices, several years ago and so expected this result though I so wished to be wrong.  The only good news in this is that  this has meant my shock is not as acute because I've already been there for a while and, in my privilege, am not at risk.  Still, there has been a lot of stress baking, Corgi petting, and avoidance for the better part of 6 months.  So, I am so sorry that I've not responded to you and thank you so much for reaching out to me.  It will take awhile to get through 200+ emails and reviews on this account, never mind the dozens of unread stories.  But going forward, please understand that I can be here for you if you need it. 

So, watch this space.  I did a long blather cross-posted here on why I do not believe that women and families will lose altogether access to Plan B, drug-based contraceptives, and the pills that induce medical abortions because the process to remove FDA-approved drugs from the market when the manufacturer doesn't want to remove the product is very difficult and long.  In other words, I think for the time being, you can cross off your list, "stockpile Plan B."  That comment was long and blathery and I am not familiar with the processes by which medical devices are removed from the market, like IUDs and some implants, so I'll update with something concise soon.

When I was trying to comfort someone at 3 AM on Wednesday morning, I told him how important it was that he continue his creative efforts to tell others about the works of fiction that he enjoyed and found hopeful.  We need that more than ever, I told him, and don't let despair stop you.

I recognize in this a call to create in our fiction the world we want to live in.  The reason I returned to fandom in 2009 was that I thought we were on the cusp of creating that world in RL.  Alas, this is not true.  A quote I used in TSG attributed to Gandhi was "Be the change you wish to see in the world."**    And so, for me, it will become "write the world you wish to see."     

(**BUT, lots of people aren't ready for that call and commitment and may never be.  No pressure, OK?  This HURTS and is scary.  Grieve as you must and take your own damned time about it.)

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 09:59 pm
Or Happy New Year in Romanian.

I hope you all had a good year. There is a very amusing posting on Tumblr right now lamenting the loss of Live Journal.


Trying to figure out Tumblr after being on LJ for ten years.


I won't do an annual word count.  I know it's smaller than previous years, even if still pretty big.  The 3 Sentence Ficathon is going on and it erupted over the last 24 hours into a massive crackfest of Lord of The Rings/Narnia xover.  Now, let me be clear, I LOVE Eowyn and Faramir.  I LOVE Aragorn and Arwen.  I LOVE Eomer.  And yet, somehow, Peter/Eowyn and Lucy/Aragorn have lodged themselves in my brain, along with, wait for it, Faramir and Edmund.  Utter crack.  (it's in the later pages, 29-32)

Which reminds me, this has really gotten my Eowyn thoughts going again because every 10 years or so, my Eowyn opinion undergoes a cosmic shift and I'm in in the middle of a new one.  Also, I saw and yes, enjoyed the Hobbit very much. So, maybe another post on that, yes?

In closing, my thanks to you all for another awesome year.  If I were to say, what was the best thing for me?  Probably our trip to England meeting awesome and charming online imaginary friends, and paying homage to Darwin, Mary Anning, Bletchley Park, and the Oxford Museum.  And the addition of the Corgi to our family, Thorin Corgishield (who thought the Pottery Barn catalog was delicious)

If you have something good that happened to you in 2013 that would like to share, please do so in the comments.  And may there be more of the same to you and yours in 2014. 
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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 09:27 am
So amidst all the stress in our area, yesterday I came home early (fortunately) and discovered that one or both of our dogs (Corgi and Lab) had consumed a 30 count bottle of blood pressure medication my pharmacy had thoughtfully pushed through the mail slot.

What followed was a harrowing afternoon and evening, including frantic calls to the vet and the Pet Poison Prevention Helpline. There was a frantic speeding  violative drive to the pharmacy to buy more and unexpired hydrogen peroxide, then ramming tablespoons of it down their respective throats and then sifting through the resulting vomit looking for pills.   I ended up being concerned enough to drive them to a 24 ER care for monitoring where the Lab's blood pressure was fine but the Corgi's was low.  I am very glad I kept them at the ER because once I got home, I realized that in fact the dogs, and probably the much smaller Corgi (30 lb/14 kg) had eaten 90 pills, not 30, plus the plastic cap, thereby taking them out of the boderline range into the really serious area.

Fortunately, the drug is relatively low in toxicity and has a very short half-life in dogs, with no kidney or liver involvement. If you can keep their blood pressure up and their heart going, the drug will clear in about 8 hours. So, the waiting began, with them both receiving continuous IV fluids and the vets prepared to administer stimulant therapy if needed if severe hypotension occurred, which fortunately it did not.

At 1 AM, I was able to bring them both home. Yeah, really relieved, and so tired, and damn, that was scary.

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Friday, August 31st, 2012 09:56 pm
This evening we had a home intruder.  He fell into our front porch bushes, brought half of it into the house, and collapsed in a drunken stupor on the living room couch.  I call 911.   "We have a home intruder."  We go outside.  We wait.  I call 911 again thinking maybe I was not clear enough about the fact that we have a home intruder. I Tweet that we have a home intruder.  My spouse decides now is a good time to go inside and load the dishwasher.  I find out why it takes the police 20 minutes to respond.  They arrive on bicycles. They hustle drunk home intruder out of the house.    The dog doesn't wake up as home intruder bumbles into our home.  She goes crazy over the police officers.  It's probably the bike helments.  They are very scary.

And then the dog barfed.