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See, look, I'm still here! Enough to do a meme, anyway.

What was the #1 song the day you were born? Search the date and then post your #1 song on your LJ - preferably with a Youtube vid if you can find one!

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As a follow-up to yesterday's post I now have pictures!

Vacation pics )

Yesterday I made chocolate stout cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from this recipe. The stout part refers, not to the size of your waist after eating them (although it could), but to the Guinness they're made with. And they were delicious. The beer makes a really interesting, subtle addition to the chocolate that cuts the sweetness. Highly recommended.
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I am back from our vacation on the Redneck Riviera. And aside from everyone unsurprisingly getting on each others' nerves a little bit and one run-in with some truly appalling white power rock in a Florida restaurant, a fantastic time was had by all. The beach was wide and clean with beautiful white sand the consistency of talcum powder, the water was a crystal clear blue-green, the surf was so gentle the first two days the Gulf was almost like a lagoon, and there was lots of wonderful fresh seafood to eat and beer and margaritas to drink.

We stopped in New Orleans on the way home and stayed in a lovely old hotel in the French Quarter (which supposedly has two ghosts!). We took a horse and carriage ride in the rain, strolled over to Cafe du Monde for cafe au lait and beignets, and then drove out to Mr. Sus' uncle's house for homemade gumbo and bread pudding. The next morning we did a little more sightseeing around the Quarter, had a ridiculously delicious breakfast (what is it about New Orleans that the food is so good everywhere you go?) and then stopped off at the cemetery on the way out of town. Still not sure if I actually want to inter my mom's ashes in the tomb, but at least now I know what to do if I ever do decide. Oh, and we drove into Breaux Bridge on the way home for a fantastic lunch at Mulate's. So now I am simultaneously sick of eating cajun food and itching to cook some myself.

And now there's only a week left until school starts and I can't quite believe the summer's already over. I'm so not ready to start getting up early and making lunches and driving the munchkin to and from school. I want more summer!
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One of the things I love about my town is that we've got a really strong urban art community. Case in point, Knitta, Please, which started here (and happens to be name-checked in the latest Interweave Knits). So yesterday the munchkin and I were walking the neighbor's dog and what should we see not three houses down from ours?

Clicky )

In other news we're leaving in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow and driving to Florida with the MIL to spend the weekend at the beach in celebration of her 70th birthday. The SIL and new BIL will be joining us, which will make this the longest amount of time I've ever spent with my SIL in the 16 years I've been married to Mr. Sus. The drive is gonna suck, but I'm actually quite excited about the rest of it. Yay beach! And we're spending a night in New Orleans on the way back, which is going to rock. Beignets and cafe au lait here I come! We're also going to stop by Metairie Cemetery and see what I need to do in order to put my mom's ashes in our family tomb. Yes, as a matter of fact she is still in a cardboard box in our closet. That's not weird, is it?

And hopefully, when I get back I'll have even more fic to post! I've been poking through the dusty old drawers of my hard drive and found a couple of fics that are really pretty close to being finished. So I'm just gonna give them a bit of spit and polish (one of them is literally a single paragraph away from being done) and release them into the wild.

I can't believe the munchkin goes back to school in two and half weeks. Where did the summer go?
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Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

Epilogue )
 
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Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

Chapter 7 )

Epilogue
 
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Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Chapter 6 )

Chapter 7
Epilogue
 
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Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Chapter 5 )
 
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Epilogue
 
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Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G
Author's Note: Astute readers may recognize something the Doctor says in this chapter as part of a rather famous poem which is often mis-attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson or Robert Louis Stevenson. Since the genesis of the verses remains somewhat murky, I thought it might be interesting to imply that perhaps the Doctor is their originator. I am not, however, in any way attempting to imply that I am.

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Chapter 4 )

Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Epilogue
 
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Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2

Chapter 3 )

Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Epilogue
 
hannasus: (Default)
Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue
Chapter 1

Chapter 2 )
 
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Epilogue
 
hannasus: (Default)
Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue

Chapter 1 )
 
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I'm back again! And this time I come bearing Doctor Who fic. This story was written for [livejournal.com profile] mikijean, just because.

Title: “Miss Austen and Dr. Smith”
Fandom: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor)
Summary: At the age of three-and-twenty, Jane Austen was not a young woman anyone would have supposed destined for a remarkable life. And then she met the peculiar Dr. Smith.
Spoilers: None, really
Rating: G

Prologue )

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Epilogue

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Hey, remember me? God, was it really February when I last posted? My bad. I guess life's been, well, lively the last few (or five) months, and is only just now starting to calm down a bit. Let me explain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

- We put our house on the market back in... the end of February, I guess. Which entailed a lot of cleaning out of closets and putting of junk in storage and straightening the crap out of the whole damn place, not to mention a quick kitchen renovation. Sabrina Soto's got nothing on me when it comes to home staging, lemme tell you.

- A month later, Mr. Sus lost his job. Well, he didn't lose it, exactly, it just ended. Since he's a contractor, that's what happens, and we knew it was coming, we just thought it wasn't coming until June. C'est la vie.

- A week after that, we got two offers on the house. So we went out and found our dream house in our dream neighborhood and got a pretty good darned good deal on it. The usual nightmare of house-buying paperwork, incessant worry, and yet more paperwork ensued.

- A month later, we moved into our dream house. And we love, love, love our new neighborhood, which is historic and eclectic and has a small town feel but is just outside of downtown and convenient to all the stuff we love to do. And our street is full of fun, interesting, friendly neighbors with kids the munchkin's age.

- Since then we've mostly been unpacking (we've still got a whole room of nothing but boxes) and enjoying hanging out with our new neighbors. Well, and somewhere in there was a week at OBX with [livejournal.com profile] mikijean and [livejournal.com profile] tlbelle and other friends, and a weekend in Atlanta for the sister-in-law's wedding, and a couple of day trips down to Galveston (on the last of which, a dolphin swam RIGHT BY ME!). Oh, and yesterday I threw an Amazing Race party for the munchkin's birthday, which, as you can imagine, required no preparation whatsoever.

Overall, it's been an amazing summer -- the constant niggling worry about money and Mr. Sus' lack of a job notwithstanding. We had lots of savings and we've still got quite a bit to go, so we're trying not to stress too much. And honestly, it's been great having him home all summer. The munchkin was only in camp for two weeks this year, so mostly the three of us have just been having a blast being together.

Also, something about being in the new house has motivated me to start writing again. It's possibly because our bedroom is now big enough that we've turned half of it into a library, complete with a half dozen floor-to-ceiling bookcases (just barely enough to hold all our books) and a small desk. Eventually (when we have, you know, money again) we'll add a couple of comfy leather chairs, but it's already the perfect writer's retreat where I can shut myself away from the noise and clutter of the rest of the house. It's also possible that my newfound motivation has less to do with the new space and more to do with the recent increase in my general level of contentment. Whatever, I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth.

So, what's been going on with ya'll lately?
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I saw this message from a yarn store in Australia posted on another blog and wanted to pass it on to my knitter friends:

Hello Everyone,

Many of you won't be able to read this immediately as you will be the ones most affected by the recent fire storm tragedies here in Victoria. If that is you, my sincerest thoughts are with you and yours. All strength and courage to you.

To everyone else, a small, informal request. It you felt like it, I have given specifications below for a simple knitted moss stitch square in 8 ply double knitting. To anyone with a spare ball and a few hours, would you like to knit a square and send to me? I will be stitching them into rugs and taking them to families I know who are directly affected by the fires. Some have lost not only their homes and businesses but whole families of children and grandchildren. It seemed to me that the kindness of strangers and small acts from their hands may give strength and courage for the journey ahead.

I am more than willing and happy to send a ball of wool to anyone who needs it to make a square and just ask that the colours be those of life and regeneration - greens, blues and the soothing browns of the earth. If you would like to, I would like to add your name (first name only) and where you come from to cards to enclose with the rugs. Please let me know if I can do this on your behalf.

Solidarity Square: On 5mm needles and using any 8 ply (double knitting) wool cast on 39 stitches. Using Moss Stitch ( knit 1 purl 1 knit 1 purl 1 etc all the time, every row) work 21 cm. Cast off. (in Moss Stitch or just knit stitch if you prefer).

Post to PO BOX 518 Mooroolbark 3138 Victoria. I will take photos of the finished rugs and email out before I give them.

Thank you everyone.

Safety and solace,
Corinne at Thicket.
info @ thicket.com.au

I emailed Corinne to make sure she didn't mind if I reposted the info and she added the following:

These rugs will go directly to those affected, not through an agency. I have teed up my Dad to take to his friends who were burnt out, homes, business and families too. Then my old boss and I will go to see families who have lost one time patients of ours and current patients who are pregnant and lost it all. There are others too but it will really help these families to know strength is sent to them in this simple way.

Can I just ask that when you send the square make sure the creators first name and where they come from are pinned to the squares? I am going to do calico cards to stitch to the back of the rug with contributors names written in indelible ink. A lasting greeting of goodwill.

I've already started knitting my squares with some leftover Knit Picks Merino Style (almost done with the first one!). And I thought maybe some of ya'll with knitting blogs and/or a wider readership than my little ole LJ might want to repost as well.

Or you can always make a donation to the Australian Red Cross if you're so moved.
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A lot's been happening in Susville lately, so I thought I'd better update ya'll lest you think I'd dropped off the face of the earth. Here are the highlights (and lowlights) in bullet form:

- My dad had a partial cornea transplant in one eye last week. He's got a condition called Fuch's Dystrophy which was exacerbated by his cataract surgery to the point that he was coming dangerously close to total blindness. Fortunately, the transplant went well and his vision is already improving. The new tissue attached successfully so now we've just got to wait for it to heal and hope it stays that way. And then in a year or so we get to do it all over again in the other eye. Joy.

- We had to put Bailey, our kitty of almost 15 years, to sleep yesterday. He was diagnosed with kidney disease a few years ago and he's been hanging in there like a trooper, but over the last week his kidney function started to decrease dramatically. He was old and I knew it was coming, but it's still hard to say goodbye to someone who's been in your family for so long. Also, the fact that a cat Mr. Sus and I got after we were married has now died of old age makes me feel old.

- In happier news, we've decided to put our house on the market and finally move into a bigger house in town, which we've wanted to do for a long time. We talked to a realtor, who thinks that we've got a good chance of selling this one for a good price despite the market. So now we're in a frenzy of trying to get the place all gussied up, including new counters, sink and cooktop in the kitchen and new paint on the exterior. Right now there are three guys in my kitchen cutting tile and two guys outside sanding the fascia board. Not restful. And poor Mr. Sus is in bed with the flu.

- But we found a house we like! Actually, we found three, but one we like more than the others. So keep your fingers crossed that our house sells quickly before anyone else swoops in and takes our new house.
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When you see this, quote Leo McGarry...

"You're gonna open your mouth and lift houses off the ground. Whole houses, clear off the ground."
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Boing Boing has a whole post full of animated gifs people have made of the Iraqi Shoe Tosser. My favorite? The World of Warcraft gif:

Hee! )

So we finally got our tree and Christmas decorations up this weekend. Well, I've still got some decorating to do in the house, but for the most part we're up and running. This year Mr. Sus said he didn't want to climb through the bushes on a rickety ladder to put lights up on the house, so we went out Sunday to buy some new yard decorations. Ya'll, Lowe's had nothing on the shelves. Nothing. It's not like it's Christmas Eve, either, it's two weeks before Christmas! We had to go to four different stores before we found what we wanted. WTF?

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Ya'll, it is totally snowing here! In South Texas! It's only 36 degrees so the snow's melting as soon as it hits the ground, but still. Snow! Which is crazy, because it only snows here about once every ten years, and we had snow (on Christmas Eve, no less) four years ago, so we weren't due for a while yet.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go make a cup of hot chocolate and put on my fuzzy socks. Yay, winter!
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We did it, ya'll!

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