[ other ] lite brite

Hobbit Fics.

Prayers to Broken Stone
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1205443/chapters/2462317

Thorin Oakenshield's Majestic Diary
http://archiveofourown.org/works/654573/chapters/1192397

A Shot in the Dark
http://archiveofourown.org/works/634290/chapters/1150509

Burned to a Cinder
http://archiveofourown.org/works/652899/chapters/1188922

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: blah blah
  • Current Music: Supernatural
Tags:
[ other ] lite brite

My douchey, ultra-conservative little brother wasn't at Thanksgiving dinner.

(He and his wife were hosting a friend from Aruba who wanted to see an American Thanksgiving, but since one of the cousins was worried about going into labor before the scheduled date, this year's Thanksgiving was family-only, which also meant no Chris. My dad said that part explicitly.)

Thanksgiving was Thursday the 27th and my birthday was Tuesday the 25th, and Travis not being at Thanksgiving dinner just made the whole event peaceful and fun and entirely apolitical. I'd thank him for the wonderful birthday present but (a)he didn't not show up for my benefit and (b)he'd probably be offended as all get-out, and contrary to the opinions of some, I'm not a deliberate shit-stirrer.

But since he doesn't read my blog (I doubt he even knows my screen name) I'll say it here: Thanks, Travis, for being elsewhere when I was at the paternal Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you're at the paternal Christmas while I'm with my mom and stepdad on the other side of the state.

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: blah blah
  • Current Music: MSNBC.com - Melissa Harris-Perry
[ other ] lite brite

31.

Thirty-one today and I didn't get carded when I ordered wine at my birthday dinner.

I mean, I haven't gotten carded regularly since I was twenty-four but still... *grumps*

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: full full
  • Current Music: my family watching The Big Bang Theory in the living room
Tags:
[ other ] lite brite

Something strange has happened since I started working at places next door to each other.

People are starting to recognize me. I mean, I expected that to happen in the photo lab because it's a place where you have extended periods of time helping customers, but it's happening at Publix too. "Don't you work at Publix?" Or, "do you have a twin who works at Walgreens?" No, it's just me.

And it's SO STRANGE that so many people recognize me, and many of them remember my name.

I'd gotten used to being invisible the last few decades. This is weird.

But not a bad weird.

Just a little mind-blown.

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
  • Current Music: MSNBC.com - Melissa Harris-Perry
[ other ] lite brite

Okay, one more: Things I Am No Longer Allowed To Do At Hogwarts

Note: The vast majority of these were made up by others. I think I posted this back at orbitaldiamonds and asterisked the ones that I did make up myself. I found various lists on LJ back when I lived in Alaska (so between 2007 and 2010) and I have no idea who came up with the idea of making a Hogwarts Skippy List or any of the people who made these suggestions. Anyhow, enjoy!

Things I Am No Longer Allowed to Do at Hogwarts

---
Stolen blatantly from this person's LiveJournal, picked out my favorites, and edited for spelling, grammar, and in a few cases, content.
Entries in green are ones I thought up while compiling this list.
---
 No matter how good a fake Australian accent I can do, I will not imitate Steve Irwin during Care of Magical Creatures class.
---
Growing marijuana or hallucinogenic mushrooms is not "an extra credit project for Herbology."
---
"I've heard every possible joke about Oliver Wood's name" is not a challenge.
---
The Giant Squid is not an appropriate date to the Yule Ball.
---
I will not use Umbridge's quill to write "I told you I was hardcore."
---
Polishing my wand in the common room is acceptable. "Polishing my wand" in the common room is not.
---
If a classmate falls asleep, I will not take advantage of that fact and draw a Dark Mark on their arm.
---
Starting a betting pool on the fate of this year's Defense Against Dark Arts teacher is tasteless and tacky, not a clever money-making concept.
---
Seamus Finnegan is not "after me Lucky Charms."
---
I will not refer to the Weasley twins as "bookends."
---
I will not refer to the Patil twins as "bookends."
---
I will not provide Luna Lovegood with Coast-to-Coast AM transcripts.
---
I will not bring a Magic Eight Ball to Divination class.
---
I will not place anything by Silver Ravenwolf on the library shelves.
---
I am not a sloth Animagus.
---
I am not a tribble Animagus.
---
I am allowed to have a toad, rat, cat, or owl. I am not allowed to have a reticulated python, snow leopard, Tasmanian devil, or piranha.
---
I do not weigh the same as a duck.
---
I will stop asking the Arithmancy teacher what the square root of -1 is.
---
Any resemblance between Dementors and Nazgul is coincidental.
---
I will not change the password to the prefects' bath to "Makes getting clean almost as much fun as getting dirty."
---
There is no such thing as an Invisibility Thong.
---
Asking "How do you keep a Gryffindor in suspense?" and walking away is only funny the first time.
---
I will not offer to pose nude for Colin Creevey.
---
I will not offer to pose nude for Dean Thomas.
---
It is a bad idea to tell Professor Snape he takes himself too seriously.
---
It is a bad idea to tell Professor McGonagall she takes herself too seriously.
---
I am not to owl copies of the Evil Overlord List to suspected Death Eaters.
---
I will not teach the first-years to sing "A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End."
---
much moreCollapse )


This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: amused amused
  • Current Music: msnbc.com - Andrea Mitchell Reports
[ other ] lite brite

More organizing of files. More finding of neat things.

This time, it's this old New Year's meme from 2008. I put in my name and this is what I got for this year:

In 2014, simonejester resolves to...
Keep my fanfiction clean.
Be nicer to aliccolo.
Backup my slash regularly.
Start a mystrade fund.
Take roboplege reading.
Overcome my secret fear of google bombs.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:


...I really should save more slash to my external hard drive in case of internet stoppage...

ETA 9/21/2014: The Twelve Days linked from the above meme:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, simonejester sent to me...
Twelve computers drumming
Eleven politics piping
Ten quotes a-leaping
Nine books dancing
Eight dystopias a-writing
Seven ncis a-fangirling
Six lolcats a-reading
Five hu-u-u-uman rights
Four google bombs
Three thrift stores
Two jensen ackles
...and a lestrade in a bisexuality.
Get your own Twelve Days:


This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: amused amused
  • Current Music: msnbc.com - Andrea Mitchell Reports
Tags:
[ other ] lite brite

An old thing I found on Bounce sheets.

Useful!

Subject: Fabric Softner

.....Who would have thought?
The US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow jackets away. The yellow jackets just veer around you. And all this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer!

It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.

It also repels mice. Spread them around foundation areas, or in trailers, cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

Repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

Eliminates static electricity from your television (or computer) screen. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

Freshen the air in your home. Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

Freshen the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The antistatic agent apparently weakens the bond between the food.

Eliminate odors in wastebaskets.. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract a ll the loose hairs.

Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. Keeps them smelling fresh.

And now that you know, print and keep on file or bounce (pass) it around


This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: blah blah
  • Current Music: MSNBC - The Rachel Maddow Show
Tags:
[ other ] lite brite

So pissed off at the people talking shit about Bowe Bergdahl.

You know what? I don't care about the circumstances in which he was captured. I don't care if he was just plain kidnapped or went AWOL and then got kidnapped. I. Don't. Fucking. Care. Dude was 23 when he was captured! Who doesn't do stupid shit when they're that young?

Also I agree with the pundits that have said that even if he did desert, surely he's been punished enough already. Hopefully he gets all the time he needs to rest and recover from an ordeal most of us can't even really imagine.

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
  • Current Music: MSNBC - All In with Chris Hayes
[ other ] lite brite

WIPs I'm Following: The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings

Don't forget to read the tags and warnings!

You Keep Me Without Chains
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1077576

Sansukh
http://archiveofourown.org/works/855528/chapters/2415482

Burned to a Cinder
http://archiveofourown.org/works/652899

What's It Like?
http://archiveofourown.org/works/685938

A Shot in the Dark
http://archiveofourown.org/works/634290

The Most Precious of Treasures
http://archiveofourown.org/works/720657

Driven Out and Taken In
http://archiveofourown.org/works/723489

Lessons in Dwarven Culture
http://archiveofourown.org/works/631116

The Crown of Sonnets
http://archiveofourown.org/works/846276

If the Sky Comes Falling Down
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1116345

A Substitute for Pudding
http://archiveofourown.org/works/623553

moreCollapse )

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Music: Jessy Greene - Train Bridge
[ other ] lite brite

WIPs I'm Following: Sherlock

Don't forget to read the tags and warnings!

Torquay Arms
http://archiveofourown.org/works/386323/chapters/1859176
Waiting for Chapter 24

Fire and Ice series
http://archiveofourown.org/works/759863
Waiting for Part 8

Mystrade: A Study in Tea
http://archiveofourown.org/works/465086/chapters/1075128
Waiting for chapter 19 of 20

because I love you)last night
http://archiveofourown.org/works/430652/chapters/932399
Waiting for chapter 15

The Last Place You'd Look
http://archiveofourown.org/works/533840/chapters/1229233 (or http://sherlockbbc-fic.livejournal.com/8300.html?thread=105426028#t105426028)
Waiting for chapter 25 (or 33)

Give Me A Label (I'll Make Confetti)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/487063/chapters/1576502
Waiting for Chapter 81

This Time (You'll Stay Right Beside Me
http://archiveofourown.org/works/668602
Waiting for chapter 3

Needed
http://m.fanfiction.net/s/7649861/23/
Waiting for chapter 24

Moving in a Still Frame
http://archiveofourown.org/works/655063/chapters/1205535
Waiting for chapter 8

moreCollapse )

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Music: Jessy Greene - Blue Sky
[ other ] lite brite

WIPs I'm Following: Supernatural

ETA: Many of these fics have some heavy trigger warnings. Please check those out first before diving into a fic!

The Soul Piece
http://archiveofourown.org/works/272302
waiting for chapter 38

A Monster by Any Other Name: Part Two
http://archiveofourown.org/works/205344/chapters/1015314
waiting for chapter 22

Star Catcher
http://murkyfragments.livejournal.com/16434.html
waiting for chapter 8 9 10 11 of 16 (This verse just gets adorabler and adorabler!)

World's Forgotten Boys
http://sonofabiscuit77.livejournal.com/31658.html
waiting for chapter 27

The Innocent
http://www.audiofic.jinjurly.com/the-innocent-work-in-progress
Waiting for chapter 16

We Found Love (In A Hopeless Place)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/415182/chapters/902584
Waiting for chapter 10 of 14 of part 1

Faithless You, Selfish Me
http://archiveofourown.org/works/224119/chapters/338994
Waiting for chapter 9

Don't Think We're In Kansas
http://archiveofourown.org/works/517368/chapters/954986
Waiting for chapter 12

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Music: Jessy Greene - Laughing
[ other ] lite brite

More little life-hack thingies.

  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Music: MSNBC - The Rachel Maddow Show
[ other ] lite brite

Useful Stuff

(Also, hi! Still not dead, just really busy. Things are going okay and while they could be better, they also could be worse.)

Homemade toothpaste: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/homemade-toothpaste.html

Honey Cornmeal hand softener: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/honey-cornmeal-hand-softener.html

For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.

"No Poo" hair cleaning with baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and vinegar: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/no-poo-get-beautiful-hair-with-just-baking-soda-vinegar.html?page=2

10 kinds of healing baths: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/healing-pleasures-of-the-bath.html?page=2

(BTW, most of this stuff is from care2.com/greenliving, though [eventually, I suppose] not all of it.)

lots more under the cut, and I"ll be adding to it periodically...Collapse )

5-27-14Collapse )

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: blah blah
  • Current Music: Chris playing video games
[ other ] lite brite

fic I would love to read

Data and Geordi from Star Trek Next Gen playing Sherlock Holmes and John Watson--as in Beeblock. Someone played by Brent Spiner playing someone played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and someone played by LeVar Burton playing someone played by Martin Freeman. 'Twould be awesome. Bonus points for Troi as Irene Adler and Barclay sneaking a peek. :P

ETA: It's not fic but it's AWESOME:


Elementary Dear Data by brody-bot on deviantART

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: bored bored
  • Current Music: Jessy Greene - Watalatabe
[ other ] lite brite

Slowly but surely getting in shape.

I got a Fitbit Flex less than a week ago (mine's blue though) and today's my second day getting all my 10,000 steps in a day. Go me! Though this time I didn't get to 10,000 at work (lots of walking at Dillard's). I was at about 9,200. So once I synched my phone with my computer (my phone's OS doesn't have the update that will let the Flex update it directly) I saw I only had 800 steps to go so I decided to go for a walk. I asked Chris if he wanted to go and he didn't. JL told him to go and he did. We had a pretty good walk.

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
  • Current Music: MSNBC - All In with Chris Hayes
[ other ] lite brite

Watching tonight's Maddow. Blah blah blah Bridgegate.

You know who I really feel sorry for in that mess? Back in September? The poor shmucks who were operating the one toll lane that was open. Imagining all the angry drivers verbally shooting the messenger in that situation!

(These are the kinds of things you consider when you have a service sector job [or jobs].)

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: amused amused
  • Current Music: MSNBC - The Rachel Maddow Show
[ other ] lite brite

Quick questions for anyone who's a person of faith.

When someone makes fun of your religion, or religion in general, are you personally offended?

Why or why not?

How much of a difference does it make if the snarker is a close friend or relative?

Why or why not?

(This wasn't brought about by an argument. I've just been realizing how much atheist snark I've been posting on Facebook and realizing that most of my friends there are believers.)

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
  • Current Music: MSNBC - The Rachel Maddow Show
[ other ] lite brite

Back in Florida.

We left on Tuesday the 8th and got Chris's parents' house on Thursday the 10th. We spent the night with them and spent two days with my mom and stepdad, and then Sunday the 13th we went on to Sarasota, and we're still here. We've been filling out job applications and looking at apartments, and so far no luck with either one. All three interviews I had lined up before we left New York, were commission-only sales and fuck that. And one wanted me to go door to door! Myself! Um, just no. Fuck that. I'd rather do cold calling. The worst a person can do over the phone is yell at you and hang up. I just want something worthy of my skills and experience that pays a living wage and has me in the same building all day! Is that really too much to ask?

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: Florida
  • Current Mood: cranky cranky
  • Current Music: Local News
[ other ] lite brite

The Commissary is PACKED.

And the parking lot was a bitch to get out of. I didn't learn until I was already shopping that the PX and Commissary are closed as of tomorrow due to the government shutdown. I just went to the Commissary for a few thing because Chris and I are heading back to Florida a week from today, and the line was all the way around the store! By the time someone told me that the express line was much shorter (it was), it had looped back around to where the front end registers were.

Now I'm worried about what else is going to be shut down. I just had a small snack (I was feeling a bit anemic) and now I'm off to Housing to make sure the movers will still be packing up our stuff on Thursday and Friday. And then Chris and I are both off to Clark Hall to make sure he'll be able to clear. We will be so, so, so SOL if some key person to his clearing has been furloughed.

And Chris's bonus, and VA benefits, and *headdesk*

Friends, please cross your fingers and hope we're not too screwed.

Update: Just got back from Clark Hall. Business as usual there, no worries about not being able to clear. Small blessings are still blessings.

This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)

---
  • Current Location: New York
  • Current Mood: pissed off pissed off