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Oh, yes, indeedy. I was faced with those cold, cruel digits staring at me with a veneer of impertinence to boot. So I reached for the iPad and continued reading my Trek novel. Luckily, the pain managed to stay in the background for a while. I finally finished it only to find that it was the MIDDLE book of a trilogy. So I borrowed the other two books.

Once again, citing nausea, sleeplessness, and pain, I talked myself out of doing household chores. Instead I managed to snatch another two hours of sleep just before 2. And woke up in the middle of more vivid dreams. Hmm, I wasn't aware that gastric upsets and sleep deprivation when combined were dream catalysts.

I ventured into SuM's living room after watching the news and my game shows. We watched "The Diaries of Ann Lister" - a fascinating true account of a woman who'd defied the constraints of polite British society to carve out a life for herself on her own terms: refusing to marry, studying a vast array of subjects, hiring men to mine her land, and - oh yes - living with a woman and adopting the role of "husband". She used to write love letters in a special code which was decrypted only after 150 years. SuM wondered whether it might have been solved by a woman!

SuM also graciously made supper: big meatballs (we joked about those), boiled potatoes, and the snappiest crispy peas. Luckily, I managed to overcome the lingering nausea and enjoyed my meal. ::breathes a sigh of relief:: Right now, I think I'm going to drink some soothing ginger pineapple juice and then read for just a titch. I have to wake up early to book my rides for next week's pub night. Yay!
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frosted door

Title: Chapter 7 - Conferring
Part 6 – Liaison - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1310597.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 952


“Drat!” She followed up with a hand cradling her forehead, “He called me his mate while he was poked up out of the summoning circle trap.”

The Liaison twisted his chair around with a smile. “Oh that does make things easier. If Ezz is willing to claim you as his mate then that’s one problem we don’t have to deal with. It won’t be a case of just seduce and release,” he coughed into his fist. “Sorry. That one was too good to not share,” he grinned. “Release. Get it. Don’t worry you will and love it, speaking from experience.”

Carefully she set the bottle of Starbucks Coffee Mocha down so as not to spill it on the book she was reading. The Liaison had warned her about taking extreme care with any of his books she decided to peruse while she waited for him to research her case. She didn’t want to think about what Associating with Demons and their Magic hyped up on coffee and chocolate might be capable of doing. Placing the book even more carefully on the chair she had just left, she set her hands more carefully still on the Liaison’s desk that didn’t have any computer equipment on it.

“Now look,” she calmly spoke through clenched teeth. “Regardless of his intentions, they aren’t my intentions. I don’t know him, anything about who he is other than his being a demon. Is he a good person that in 5 years, 20 years, 50 years, 150 years, I will still be able to say ‘this is my mate, it was the best day of my life when he claimed me’? Or, in 2 days will I be looking for sharp pointed objects to kill him with?”

The Liaison’s eyes had rounded slightly at the last part. “Maybe I should be more concerned for the welfare of the demon.” He made a hunt through one of the desk drawers and pulled out what looked like a dull black stone plaque. “Here, put your hand on this and hold it there ‘til it changes color.”

“What if it doesn’t change color and why am I doing this?”

“It will change color and you’ll just have to keep your hand on it until it does,” his smile had teeth in it. “It won’t release your hand until it does,” he shrugged Read more... )
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Title: Liaison – Part 6
Part 5 - Perilous Path – http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1306027.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 1048


‘Oo-kay,’ she mentally drew out the word, they’d told them in her intro to Demonology class that the Demon Liaison Office was located in an open double entranced hall. She dithered outside the ornately decorated stone archway to that passage. The Demon Liaison Office door was so close she could practically touch the door. It was right there on the left, maybe 5 steps past the archway. There was a chip out of the stone entrance, about knee level and she wondered, guessed what could have made it. Something substantial to make that big of a chip, she didn’t want to know considering its proximity to the Liaison Office. All the wizard scenes from Harry Potter, were not real … were they?, flashed before her eyes and she did a quick compare and contrast. Nah, couldn’t be. The movie wasn’t real life… but then again most people didn’t think demons and other magical beings were either.

Taking out a handful of pebbles she tossed them one after another into the corridor tracing out her path. Before she got there the door opened and an annoyed man stuck his head out to frown at her.

“I do wish you would stop doing that. I understand why but the Liaison’s Office is protected so gather up your,” he regarded the small rocks, “protective pebbles and come in.” He glanced out the door behind her and his frown grew.

His growled, “You too,” to that someone had her practically jump up from her gathering to stand and turn toward the doorway. There was nothing there and she quickly turned to look at the man who had an amused grin on his face.

“Gotcha. Come on in and tell me about it.”

She barely kept her own growl sub-audible, well maybe not sub-audible because the man’s grin grew. Demons and their liaison, made of the same cloth.

“I heard that.”

“I didn’t say anything.”

“You thought it really loud then. Come on.Read more... )

Comic Con

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:05 pm[personal profile] syble4
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 I did go to  San Diego Comic Con this year.  I had a ticket for the whole 5 days, but I could only go to one day.  After some dilly dally and back and forth, I settled on Saturday.  I had this thought, that I could wait in line and possible get into the back row of Hall H (the hall where all the DC/Marvel stuff would be).  Well, I may have underestimated how big that line would be.  There was no way in heck anyone who hadn't lined up a few days earlier, was getting into that room.  Those were some intense, and insane, fans.  LOL 

So, instead I wander around, attended a digital art class, and took photos.  It was just as crazy as I remembered - no, scratch that, it was way more crazy than I remembered.  

If you are interested in the photo's I took, you can find them on my facebook account.  Here's a link.: 

ComicCon 2017
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Well, I managed to get about 7 hours of sleep. Sound good? Nah, not when I woke up at 6:26. Much too early. Even worse, everything's been hurting me all day long. From my face(!) and head to my spine. Finishing up with my ankles. With the face out of commission, it was difficult for me to read, even though I'm finding the Trek novel piquing my curiosity. Sigh.

Once again, I had an emergency nap, from shortly after 1 to 3:30. When I woke up, I was in the middle of a vivid dream. Normally fine, but not when my head hurts.

Slept on and off during the news (so annoying), but was awake for my game shows. Now I just want to go to bed and forget that my body exists. I need solid oblivion.
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Apparently, sometimes you just need to dance in the rain!

It’s been an… odd couple of months, mental health wise. I’ve been struggling and trying to deny it and back on my meds for three weeks now. I had the nightmare 10 days or so of riding out the waves of side-effects. Obviously, the meds aren’t fully functioning yet but I’m starting to see some admittedly small changes.

This week… this week has been very stressful at work.
Facilities me has been run off her feet sorting out the after effects of a fire in the warehouse.
Finance me has had some pretty epic yelling suppliers. There have been tears and there have been tantrums!

It all came to a head on Thursday afternoon. I snapped at a supplier on the phone, I hid in the loo and cried multiple times. I ate my weight in chocolate a few times over. I was… shall we actively fighting the urge to do something stupid. I mostly achieved it.

Throw in a hellish drive down to London on Friday (it took me 7 hours to drive 170 miles!) and the weather at the weekend and I almost said fuck it and didn’t go.

But I did.

Saturday, in an utterly shocking statement, I went to a Raintown gig. They were playing in Canada Square as part of Nashville meets London. Kicked the whole thing off which was AWESOME. It was slightly damp in the way that I was soaked through my pac-a-mac. I’d hit the point I was completely drenched, couldn’t physically get any wetter.

I just… I let go. I was singing my heart out, crying my eyes out, laughing, and just… yeah dancing in the rain. It was what I needed.
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sleeping sperm whales sleeping

https://www.livescience.com/59910-sleeping-sperm-whales.html?utm_source=notification

Whales in quantity all sleeping vertically. It's eerie seeing them.

"The animals were inactive and unresponsive, even when the scientists approached them in a boat, but all the whales awakened quickly and swam away when the boat brushed against one of them and woke it up, the study authors reported.

Further observations revealed that the sperm whales entered these sleeping states by first descending head-down to a depth several times that of their bodies, then passively turning head-up and drifting closer to the surface. The findings showed that sperm whales around the world practice this vertical sleeping posture — but infrequently, spending only about 7 percent of their time asleep, ..."


Whales shifters with their pod?
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It's not even 9:30 and I know I'm headed off to bed (as soon as I've taken my pills, washed my face, and done my eyedrops). Whoa, blondie. How come you're a zombie?

Well, it doesn't make much sense to me considering that the morning part of Sunday was normal: wake up at 5:45, leave home around 8:45, do church, get picked up.... BZZZZZZRT. Scratch that. Do NOT get picked up by the promised cab (and learn that the cabbie has declared you weren't there which is enough to make me start screaming). Have the rides provider promise to send another cab which luckily arrives in a few minutes. So I end up getting home around 1:50, already worn out.

I ignored lunch so I could concentrate on my service summary. I'm finally done before 3:30 and do I eat lunch then? Why, of course not. I have to go feed the cats (after coaxing Grumpy off the back deck with loving words and cute hand claps). ::puts hands on hips:: Hey, there were SO cute hand claps. Only then did I return to my cool, dark refuge ... and have a couple of fruit tarts. Not quite lunch or nutritious, but I just didn't feel like anything else.

When SuM got home, I was relieved she bought me a bottle of Aleve (though what she paid for it at the drugstore was ridiculous when compared to Costco's price). But I was desperate and didn't want my old joints to be screaming in a couple of days.

Anyway, off to do my pre-bed routine. Silly nighty-night, all.

5:04 a.m.!!!!!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:48 pm[personal profile] helenkacan
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Arrgghh. So not a respectable time to wake up. But, as I couldn't breathe, I stayed up and grabbed the iPad. Good thing I have a Trek story to slog through. I was surprised to hear SuM wake up and drive off shortly after 7. Huh? Was she going to work or away overnight? I determined by the low level of cat food in the container that it must be work.

Lethargy finally caught up with me around 1:15. I dragged myself back to bed for a two-hour nap. Oh, that felt good. Even though I'd watched our new pastor via my computer yesterday, I ended up watching the entire recorded newscast. It felt weird to watch another station as I'm so used to the on-air personalities of my regular station. The unintentionally hilarious thing is that his interview was shown immediately before a report of a mega-thousands convention of Jehovah's Witnesses here in TO. ::rolls eyes::

I ended up taking another inadvertent nap after watching my game shows, but only for a titch past an hour. I'll still keep my fingers crossed that I get decent sleep tonight. And, speaking of fingers, I just took the sparkly polish off and I'm going to give my hands a paraffin bath before sleep. Aaaaaaaaah.
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Nine Patch + Fence Rail Quilt
64" x 76"

1/4" seams

42 x 10" squares (layer cake) - lay dark square on top of light square, cut into 2 1/2" strips = 4 strips
1 1/4 yd background - cut 6 1/2" squares (make 12), 2 1/2" inner borders on either side of '2 1/2" remainder squares' border
1 1/4 yd outer border - 4" border


Make:

Fence Rail block of 3 strips ( make 31)
For each 2 colors = Sew 2 same color dark with 1 light in the middle and 2 light same color with 1 dark in center. Cut each of these sewn together strips into 6 1/2"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H18g6Skyl3s


9 Patch Block (make 20)
Take trimmed remainder of Fence Rail into 2 1/2" strips = 2 strips*
From the 2 extra strips (1 dark/1 light of these strip colors) sew 2 of one color and 1 of the other to form a strip that matches one of the 2 1/2" strips*.
Assemble and sew these strips into 9 Patch Block.


7 blocks across:
9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch = Fence Rail done horizontally.
Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail = Fence Rail done vertically.

<2 1/2" Patch Border
Use all the left over squares, sewing them into one long strip to make next border.
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Easy Fence Rail Diamond Quilt

jelly rolls (2 1/2" x 44" strips of quilting fabric), sew 3 together into one strip, cut into squares
2 1/2" square to snowball same position corner of 3 strip block (solid)

additional option: 1 1/2" square to snowball opposite corner (solid)

(Using scraps of Batik, a jelly roll and 5 strips of a solid, you can make your own (beautiful) fence rail diamond quilt.)

50" x 62" = 4 x 5 = 20 blocks
75" x 87" = 6 x 7 = 42 blocks

6 3/4" blocks doesn't do dimensions hmmmm 12" square blocks if no borders or add 12" width for borders
work in progress

fence rail with diamonds

Lentil & Rice Soup

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:52 pm[personal profile] charisstoma
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Lentil Soup
Recipe by Lidia Bastianich, co-owner, Lidia’s Kansas City, reprinted with permission from Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine

lentil & rice soup
http://www.feastmagazine.com/cook/starters_and_sides/article_b04d731c-b016-11e6-89d1-f3b1cc2e798f.html

Serves | 4 to 6 |

4 oz pancetta, cut into small chunks
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
2 medium carrots, peeled, large dice
2 stalks celery, large dice
1 small onion, large dice
2 cups loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 28-oz can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
2 bay leaves
4 quarts cold water
1 lb brown lentils, rinsed
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 cup long-grain rice
freshly grated Grana Padano (to serve) cheese

Preparation

In the bowl of a food processor, combine pancetta and garlic, and process until smooth. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add olive oil. When hot, add pancetta mixture, and stir until fat renders, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of food processor, combine carrots, celery, onion and parsley. Process until slightly chunky. When pancetta mixture has rendered, add processed vegetables to Dutch oven, and cook, stirring until dried out, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes; fill emptied can with water, and pour into pancetta mixture. Add bay leaves and cold water to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, and simmer rapidly, uncovered, until soup is reduced by a fourth, about 1 hour. Add lentils, cover and cook, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add salt and rice to Dutch oven, and stir. Simmer until rice is al dente. Don’t overcook – rice will continue cooking in soup as you serve it. Remove bay leaves. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of cheese.


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Lentil & Rice Soup
http://www.wgbh.org/blogs/recipes/Rice--Lentils


Ingredients
2 ounces pancetta or bacon, cut in pieces
1 cup onion cut in 1-inch chunks
1 cup carrot cut in 1-inch chunks
1 cup celery cut in 1-inch chunks
6 fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup dry white wine
8 to 10 cups hot water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 ½ cups lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 ½ cups Italian short-grain rice, such as Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano
1 cup chopped scallions
½ cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for passing

Directions
Drop the pancetta or bacon pieces into the food-processor bowl, and pulse several times, to chop the meat into small bits. Scrape all the chopped pancetta right into the heavy saucepan. Put the onion, carrot, and celery chunks and the sage leaves into the empty food-processor bowl, and mince together into a fine-textured pestata.

Put the butter and olive oil into the saucepan with the minced pancetta, and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, as the butter melts and the fat starts to render. When the pancetta is sizzling, scrape in the vegetable pestata, and stir it around the pan until it has dried and begins to stick, 4 minutes or so. Clear a space on the pan bottom, and drop in the tomato paste, toast it in the hot spot for a minute, then stir together with the pestata.

Raise the heat, pour in the white wine, and cook, stirring, until the wine has almost completely evaporated. Pour in 8 cups of hot water and the tablespoon salt, stir well, and heat to the boil. (Add all 10 cups of hot water if you want to serve the rice and lentils as a thick soup rather than a denser riso.)

Cover the pan, and reduce the heat slightly, to keep the water at a moderate boil, and let it bubble for 20 minutes or so, to develop the flavors.

Stir in the lentils, return to a gentle boil, and cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils just start to soften, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the rice, return to a bubbling simmer, and cook, cover ajar, until the rice is al dente, 13 minutes or so. If the dish is thickening more than you like, lower the heat and cover the pan completely. If it seems too thin and wet, remove the cover and cook at a faster boil. When the rice and lentils are fully cooked, turn off the heat. Stir in the scallions and grated cheese.

Serve in warm bowls, passing more cheese at the table.
Serves: 8
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Porthcawl

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:39 am[personal profile] charisstoma
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Oxford - checka 7
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Bunny Harvestman

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:10 am[personal profile] charisstoma
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Bunny Harvestman
http://petslady.com/article/creepy-cute-bunny-harvestman-could-give-arachnid-arachnophobia

Creepy Cute Bunny Harvestman
Posted by Creature Features on July 20, 2017

This bizarre looking “Bunny Harvestman” from the South American rainforest looks like a mad scientist grafted a rabbit's head onto an octet of spindly spider legs.

Metagryne bicolumnata, to give it its official scientific name, was beautifully photographed on July 11th of 2017 by Flickr member Andreas Kay (Ecuador Megadiverso).

Though members of the Arachnid class, harvestmen (also known as “daddy longlegs”) are not spiders though they do have eight legs. We're sure that factoid makes you feel better, assuming you haven't already run off screaming.
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