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Always keep Ithaca in your mind


Heart tree from primula_baggins
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Oh my, I watched Man of Steel last night. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so gripping. Though I think a lot of that had to do with what a hurt puppy Henry Cavill is, quite triggered the old h/c kink :-) I gather from reading meta back when it first came out that his killing Zod was very controversial. But I don't get it. What else was he supposed to do?

Very sorry now I didn't go see it in the theater. I thought about it since I liked the trailer but I'm not much of a superhero fancier so figured it wouldn't be very good. Plus it had Kevin Costner in it and I avoid him where possible. Ah well. It'll run on HBO forever :-)

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scout loaf 1
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Naww, Harry had his leg x-rayed today since there's been no improvement in his limping. He's got some deterioration in his elbow. Could be an injury that's trying to heal, could be arthritis, could be a combination of the two. Vet's going to get a second opinion on reading the x-rays but we're starting Harry on glucosamine chews and will see if that helps. He hasn't had one yet but Scout just did and liked it so much she tried to tear open the packet. I reckon I'll dose all three of them. After all Scout is 14 and Teddy is 13 , I'm sure they could use some joint support.

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Heart tree from primula_baggins
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Happy birthday, kittyfosterami! I hope Niphy and all the kitties are celebrating with you!

Reading tx sallymn
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Books finished:
The Magus of Hay by Phil Rickman. 12th outing for the Merrily Watkins series, and still going strong. Stronger IMO since I thought #11 was the single misfire in the series. From amazon: A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning—until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home. What he finds there sends him to Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal. It's been nearly 40 years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king—a development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam. But behind this pastiche a dark design was taking shape, creating a hidden history of murder and ritual-magic, the relics of which are only now becoming horribly visible. It's a situation that will take Merrily Watkins—alone for the first time in years—to the edge of madness. A good one. Very few authors in my experience write with such a deep sense of place.

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cat bus
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Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! Who knew there was such a thing lol. There is a sandwich/latte place about a block from work that does a jalapeño grilled cheese that I get more often than I should, it's that good. And with a cup of basil tomato soup it's a perfect lunch.

A lovely Saturday so far. I've been out doing errands. Sunny, blue sky with a few puffy white clouds. When I was filling up the gas tank, I stood facing the sun with my head held toward it and was even a little sorry when the tank was filled. I wouldn't have minded standing there a few more minutes. Then I got back in my car and went on my way, air conditioner on of course, it being over 60 and me a self-respecting Seattle resident :-)

Found a pair of shoes at DSW that I think are going to work really well. I have to be careful with my feet and these seem to be well constructed with decent support and aren't hideous; if the taupe works well, I think I'll get a pair in black as well. Teddy seems to like them. He was licking them. I have placed them out of his reach.

Did a bit of searching for a particular item to complete [personal profile] hanarobi's birthday present. I think I have found what I need though still have a month to get it all settled.

And now I'm home, I think for good. Have been reading the latest Merrily Watkins mystery by Phil Rickman, 12th in the series and going strong, finally available in the US via ebook. For some reason his work is always available months sooner in the UK, I know nothing of publishing schedules and the like. I predict a late night finishing it. Might also work on this LOTR story I've got going. It's getting close to done and was inspired by combining a couple of B2MeM prompts.

I hope everyone is having a good Saturday, either with grilled cheese or without :-)

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rain from annwyn55
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PSA: Yep, email account got hacked. No need to email me, I already know, but thank you if you already did!

rain from annwyn55
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I was taking an online ICD-10 course today and was tickled by this bit of history about diagnosis codes:

Was John Graunt the first coder?

John Graunt wrote a statistical study of disease in the late 17th century. He may have been the first to use mortality data to project population survival. Here are some of the diagnoses included in his Bills of Mortality:

- Affrighted
- Cut of Stone
- Dead in the Street
- King's Evil
- Made Away Themselves
- Purples
- Rising of the Lights


Rising of the Lights? Say what?

Poor Harry still has his Paw of Doom. The vet sent him home with a short course of anti-inflammatories and said to bring him back if no improvement after a few days. All right, Harry, you've got the weekend to shape up, otherwise it's back in the carry case for another ride in the car!

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sea and women from willow_cabin
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Here's a pretty painting by Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf's sister). I'd like to sit at that window and look out!



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Harry tongue
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Harry howled all the way to the vet, peed in the carry case, and mewed all the way home. Vet can't find anything wrong with his leg or paw so calling it soft tissue injury. I have some anti-inflammatories to give him (oh joy, pills) and he'll go back to the vet for xrays if he's not improved in a few days. Hear that, Harry?

Have ordered in Thai for my troubles, including two mango salads so I can take one to work tomorrow :-)

It is my suspicion that Scout boobytrapped something that then caused Harry to trip and sprain his leg.

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Reading tx sallymn
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Books finished:
The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien. I've grown so accustomed to reading electronically that I almost don't know how to read a proper book. I kept looking at the top of the page to see what time it was and kept wanting to highlight a word to pull up its definition. But it was nice to be able to pull out the foldout map when I wanted to consult it. Oh Turin, still kind of an asshole but a tragic one with many redeeming qualities. I think I have little crushes on Gwindor and on Beleg, a Ranger if ever there was one though he was an Elf and not a Man. My word, what a splendid movie this would make! I could not help hearing Benedict Cumberbatch's voice every time the dragon Glaurung spoke, that wicked worm.

Then Turin sprang about, and strode against him, and fire was in his eyes, and the edges of Gurthang shone as with flame. But Glaurung withheld his blast, and opened wide his serpent-eyes and gazed upon Turin. Without fear Turin looked in those eyes as he raised up his sword; and straightaway he fell under the dreadful spell of the dragon, and was as one turned to stone. Thus long they stood unmoving, silent before the great Doors of Felagund. Then Glaurung spoke again, taunting Turin. 'Evil have been all your ways, son of Hurin,' said he. 'Thankless fosterling, outlaw, slayer of your friend, thief of love, usurper of Nargothrond, captain foolhardy, and deserter of your kin. As thralls your mother and sister live in Dor-lomin, in misery and want. You are arrayed as a prince, but they go in rags. For you they yearn, but you care not for that. Glad may your father be to learn he has such a son: as learn he shall.' And Turin being under the spell of Glaurung hearkened to his words, and he saw himself as in a mirror misshapen by malice, and he loathed what he saw. (CoH)

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rain from annwyn55
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It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since Kurt Cobain committed suicide. I still remember where I was when I heard the news. The sadness was very deep. A few years later I was at a concert at Key Arena (Neil Young I think) and while waiting for the show to begin Nirvana's Come As You Are played. And everyone in the arena took up the song and sang the words in a very gentle way. Never seen that before or since and I've been to a lot of concerts.

This is Jesus Don't Want Me For a Sunbeam. So beautiful.



Where Did You Sleep Last Night?



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Teddy funny muzzle
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Teddy got lucky tonight. I made a simple stir fry of mushrooms, asparagus and rice, seasoned with Ponzu. Teddy's been devouring every bite of asparagus I'll give him. I'm lucky he didn't nip off the tip of a finger, the way he snaps those jaws of his shut lol.

Game of Thrones season 4 premiere tomorrow. Those dragons of Dany's are getting big!

Who knew buying notebooks could be so hard? I'm down to the last two pages of my work notebook, so figured I'd best pick up another one or two. Three stores before I found acceptable ones. I must be terribly picky though I just like simple ones. But the size I guess is not always easily found and covers tend to be hard transparent plastic instead of the thickish cardboard I prefer (which can be written on since I like to label the covers and date them). Ended up settling for the right size but plastic covers since I wasn't relishing the thought of another store on a Saturday afternoon :-)

I'm halfway through Children of Hurin. Turin is a much more sympathetic and understandable character than in the Silm, where he's such a jock-like asshat. And once again, I'm hypnotized by the map and like to repeat the place names out loud ... Dorthonion ... Dor-lomin ... Nargothrond ... Amon Rudh ... Esgalduin ... Neldoreth ... Minas Tirith (lol whut?) ... Ossiriand ... and on and on ...

Poor Harry's been limping for several days now, favoring his right front leg. I was hoping to get him in to the vet yesterday or today but no appointments available until Monday. I keep thinking it's likely an abscess but I can't find any swelling or puncture plus he feels fine in all respects other than his limp. So maybe he sprained something. Hard to say, but he's cheerful and eating fine, so not terribly worried.

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sea and women from willow_cabin
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There was the most beautiful rainbow as I was driving home this evening. The day had turned dark and it was raining, and as I was driving on the freeway there was this intensely colored rainbow silhouetted against the dark gray sky. It arched over the freeway. I think it must have been a lucky thing no one crashed into each other because, really, the rainbow (with a fainter second one above it) was mesmerizing in its beauty. It grew fainter the closer I came to it. I figured that it would eventually vanish but it didn't. All of a sudden it seemed like it took a hop and the entire curve was on one side of the freeway.

And then I continued home, where it was blue skies and no rain. Pretty but kind of insipid after the drama further south.

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Reading tx sallymn
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Books finished:
Quenta Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien. Reading all the fic from B2MeM gave me the Silmarillion urge. *happy sigh* So big and grand and tragic and ancient, it really does give all the feels, and then some. Those sons of Feanor, though, what a bunch of assholes.

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rain from annwyn55
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Link to the story I contributed to B2MeM. It was a wonderful experience being able to contribute this year. I write very little these days so it was so satisfying to be able to complete something though it did take two (or was it three) deadline extensions to see it through.

Water Cold, Gen, what were all the members of the Fellowship doing that last summer before everyone came to Rivendell?

Back to Middle-earth Month 2014 Participant

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Five Years
sea and women from willow_cabin
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First one thing and then another led me to this realization: It's been five years since our beloved friend, lorie945, passed away. It was March 27, 2009 when her husband posted to let us know she'd died.

What led me to this realization was, first, claudia603's post today in which she mentioned the bookbinder who made the special book we gave to lorie945 in July 2007, second, my own realization that (horrors!) I'd never posted my own contribution to that project to the AO3, which I remedied immediately. Doing that led me to the lories_friends community that we set up to organize the creation and publishing of the "For Lorie" book. And eventually it dawned on me that lorie945 had indeed passed away in March, the 27th of March 2009 to be exact. Just a couple of days ago.

Click on the LJ cut tag if you're feeling nostalgic. I'm going to post some pics I've still got of the book and perhaps some other things. And I want to also acknowledge that since the time we made the "For Lorie" book, two of its contributors have also passed away: slipperieslope and ismenin.

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I miss lorie945 and think of her often. I have a picture of her on my refrigerator and look at it all the time. If I'm feeling pretty good about myself, it makes me happy. If maybe I'm not pleased with something I've done or not done or said, well, it gives me a little rap on my conscience. I'm so glad to have known her.

Please feel free to share any thoughts or memories of lorie945 if you're feeling in the mood.

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pink heart by shalowater
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Birthday greetings and a fic rec!

Many happy returns to shirebound! I trust that Pippin has the planning for the celebration well in hand. Or should I say paw? Regardless, I hope you have a lovely birthday and a peaceful, pleasant year to come. ♥

And a fic with a sly Gandalf, a Thranduil who is his match in slyness, and a 22-year old Aragorn just trying to make his way in the world. Wonderful! Part of it reminded me a bit of Gandalf cautioning Pippin as they're going to meet Denethor :-)

http://artaxastra.livejournal.com/404351.html

rain from annwyn55
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Appreciate any prayers or positive thoughts for the victims of a terrible mudslide that happened a few days ago north of Seattle. 16 dead so far, 90 still unaccounted for. Thank you.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023234454_mudslidewednesdayxml.html

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bb:  orodruin
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Happy Ring destruction day, my friends! I've been enjoying reading and listening to posts people have been making :-)

I am feeling positively, luxuriously decadent today. I got an email from amazon.com telling me the settlement of antitrust lawsuits with various publishers means I'm getting a $100 credit toward Kindle content purchases. I've been mentally gloating all day :-) And feeling slightly guilty for not knowing more about the ins and outs of the suits. But mostly just gloating ...

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Thranduil, from nickygabriel
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I was just browsing through some Wiki entries about Elves, specifically the first Elves and their awakening at Cuivienen. It's all so mysterious and beautiful in a distant way. I've always loved Ted Naismith's painting of the awakening.

Anyway ... I was reading this Wiki entry and it starts enumerating the first Elves, who they were and how many there were and how they were all wandering around. And it turns out there were 144 of them. One gross, in fact, if I may be so hobbitly vulgar.

So now I'm wondering what JRRT's deal with the number 144 was. I suppose it could be random, but I doubt it. I wonder if this is addressed anywhere in the letters or HoME. And of course now I'm wondering if anyone's ever used this in a story. Kind of a good plot bunny. Bilbo vs. Lindir at Rivendell comes to mind. Legolas and the hobbits around a (cold) campfire in Hollin. Frodo reading an account of Cuivienen in Elrond's library, coming across the number and laughing.

ETA: Now with fic snippet from claudia603 added:

http://baranduin.livejournal.com/1260243.html?thread=15968979#t15968979

And one from shirebound:

http://baranduin.livejournal.com/1260243.html?thread=15971027#t15971027


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