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17 January 2015 @ 10:42 am
Yeah, it's a few weeks into the new year. Sorry for being so absent. But I have good reason! Christmas knocked my hiney! I had grand plans to make a storybook for each of my sister's 5 kids. Great idea in theory, but it took every single minute, late into the night, every day until Christmas eve. Truly! Christmas eve, I was just praying I didn't run out of ink for my printer because the store was closed. I made it. Barely.

The books turned out great, too! And the kids loved them! I made each book specific to each child's interests and reading level. The hardest was the chapter book I wrote for the 3rd grade girl. Took me WEEKS to write it... and she read it in 20 minutes! LOL.

Here are pics of the front and back covers from a couple of the books as examples.

Since then, I've just been enjoying life and family. I have nothing to complain about.

Oh, and really good news! My leg wounds are finally healed! After almost 2 years of dealing with these same stupid wounds, they're finally all healed up! Now I can start the next stage of my health program. I've made an appointment with a physical therapist at the local health park to help me get rid of some of the more stubborn areas of lymphedema. And I'm going to start aqua aerobics! Yay! Can't wait!

I've started writing fanfic again, too. Dusted off an old WIP. Hoping to finish it in the next few days. It was almost completed when I set it aside! Guess I lost all interest when my little brother died over a year and a half ago, but that was a long time ago. I've healed, and life goes on. He enjoyed my writing and wouldn't want me to quit just because I miss him. That's silly. So here I am.

That's about it. Overall good stuff. Hope all my friends are doing well.

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Now, on to the sweaty excercise video of burning pain. See, I have a new doctor. A real one, not a quick in-and-out from the emergency clinic, which is all I've had for the last few years. And she's wonderful! She's changing my meds. Even gave me a daily shot to take for appetite control. A shot! Never done that before. Not as difficult as I'd thought it would be. Anyway, new meds, new expectations, new goals, new motivation. Love it.

She made me promise to do my exercise video twice a day. Honestly, I've owned it for years but never made it all the way through a workout. It's a chair aerobics video. You'd think it'd be easy, right? Well, in some ways, it is. I could do most, if not all, of the arm stuff without any problem, but the leg exercises... ouch!! I only did the less intense workout to start with. Except, I couldn't even keep up with the little old gal in the back doing the modified version of the less intense workout! Getting in shape is long overdue!

But even when I couldn't do the exact exercises, I kept moving. Now I'm sweaty and achy, and I'll probably feel it later, but I'm so proud of myself! If I keep doing this, I'll be able to keep up with the old gal in no time! And right now, that's a good enough goal for me. :D
28 October 2014 @ 06:40 pm
Today I did the grocery shopping for the family!

That may not sound like much to the average person, but to me it was huge! After the complications with the stupid MRSA, compounded with my weight and the arthritis in my knees, I haven't been getting around very well the last few years. But things are looking up. For the past month or so, I've been able to make small, quick trips to the store. But today? Today I went in with a long list, prepared to buy a week's worth of groceries for the family. I walked around the entire store! Made it out of there with a bulging cart and a happy heart. Even better, I wasn't exhausted! Hot and tired, sure, but not wiped like I have been in the past.

Baby steps. Happy little baby steps.

Oh, and SPN comes on in just over an hour!!!!
22 October 2014 @ 12:09 am
The rest of the family is finally asleep, which means I can now watch my shows that were recorded earlier on the DVR. I'm blissfully watching NCIS, right? Minding my own business. Being relatively good.... okay, I was noshing on candy. Otherwise, good. Okay?

Then Bobby Singer pops onto my screen!! He thinks he's a tabacco-spittin' cargo ship captain, so admittedly he's got some issues. Maybe being dead'll do that to a guy. But.. yeah, it's him!! lol

Good to see you again, Mr. Jim Beaver. Miss ya lots!
17 October 2014 @ 05:12 pm
Look at me, posting twice in a week! Yay!

Mainly, I wanted to brag. Shout it to the world. I lost 9 pounds since Monday!!! Seriously, 9 pounds! Of course, I had an intestinal... thing... and didn't eat for a couple of days, but still... 9 pounds! Heehee. Now that I'm eating again, I'm trying really hard to keep as much of that off as possible. So cool!

Now to babble about Supernatural, which I didn't do in my last post. No spoiler alert because I'm not going into any real details beyond mentioning Demon Dean, which we all knew about at the end of last season.

I'm really enjoying this season so far. Yeah, it's only been 2 episodes, but they've been 2 rockin' episodes! I can't remember another season that started so satisfyingly. Demon Dean is fascinating and highly entertaining. I really think it was a great place to take his character and I'm excited to see where else this leads.

Poor Sam. I adore him and just wanna wrap him up in a big hug and lift that sad, sad look from his eyes. How does Jared do that so well??

So, yeah, great season so far!!
14 October 2014 @ 12:27 pm
raloria chastized me for my shameful neglect of my LJ friends. It was horrible. I cried. Ok, maybe not that bad, but she did make me promise to come back.

So this is me, coming back.

Wherein I ramble about all kinds of stuff...Collapse )

I guess that's enough for my first post back. Bottom line is.... Hi! *waves*
Wow, has it really been since December of last year since I've posted something here? Sorry, folks! Between regular real life stuff and my juggling life with my Dad in the hospital, things have been a little hectic.

I did watch the season finale, and, without going into any details, I just want to say that I'm excited to see what next season will bring! What an ending!

On with the fic.

Title: Sweet Vengeance, Sweet Relief
Rating: T or PG-13 or thereabouts
Words: 2,800
Characters: Dean, Sam, OMC.
Summary: There's a succubus... and a little Dean doing what Dean does best (and I don't mean hunting).

A/N1: There's typically an expectation that a succubus fic would include lots of M-rated detail in the area of hanky-panky and other shenanigansy-type carryings-on. If that's what you're looking for, I'm sorry to disappoint. Instead, I've provided you with what I hope is an entertaining telling of Winchester exploits. Enjoy!

A/N2: This was supposed to be my entry for last weekend's E/O drabble challenge. Unfortunately, the fic kept growing until it passed the generous 1000-word limit we were given last week. Now it's a stand-alone fic. Sorry, my E/O buddies. And you won't get one from me this week either since I'm putting my laptop in the shop shortly after I post this. My computer is under attack by something not-very-nice and requires expert attention. Wish me luck!

A/N3: Many thanks to the amazing theymp for dropping everything to be my across-the-globe beta, and to womanofletters for the title suggestion and support. You both rock!

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Current Mood: pleasedpleased
27 December 2013 @ 05:57 pm
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! If you don't celebrate the holiday, I hope it was a wonderful day regardless.

Sorry I've been MIA for a few months. Being unemployed means I have to get creative with Christmas gifts, which means time-consuming work rather than simply buying a gift for people. This year, I tried my hand at rock painting. It turned out to be lots of fun, and most of them looked really good. I'll post pics separately if you're interested.

Christmas in our family was a confusing mixture of fun and sad. The kids are older but even the oldest ones still believe, and they all really got into the season this year. They made the holiday so much more enjoyable. But this was also our first year without my baby brother, which was hard on all of us. Everything reminded us of him; he really loved this time of year! I miss him more than ever right now.

As for gifts, I didn't get many but what I received was perfect. I got SPN Season 8 and two key chains.... one that says, "Driver picks the music. Shotgun  shuts his cakehole" and another that says, "WIBBLY WOBBLY TIMEY WIMEY.... STUFF". Heehee. My mom also gave me a ton of painting supplies since I got so into it over the last few months. A lot of them are used or leftover from her painting days, but I don't care.

Oh, and I have new little sisters. My parents officially adopted two little girls, ages 5 and 2. We're all delighted to welcome them into our family. It doesn't even feel strange to have sisters that are almost 40 years younger than I am. Well.... not too weird, anyway. We love them too much to let a little thing like age get in the way.

Hope you're all doing well. Feel free to pop by and let me know how things are going in your lives. I'd love to hear from you!!
Under a cut because I got really long-winded. Lots to say about nothing in particular.


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That's it. I'm trying to catch up on comments both on LJ and on my other community. I haven't written a drabble or studied for my Medical Billing and Coding certification in weeks, but that's understandable considering. I'll get back into it when I'm ready. Soon, I hope.

Have a good week, everybody!
Current Mood: lazylazy
21 September 2013 @ 10:02 pm
It's starting to feel real, and I'm sure it'll sink in more fully after the visitation tomorrow. Funeral is Monday. It's happening so fast, and yet it feels like endless weeks of crying. We're getting better, though. It's only been a few days, but I can see healing in my future.

My brother's friends have really stepped forward, too. It's almost overwhelming, this outpouring of love for my brother from people I've never met before. People who admire him and seem to ache for his loss as much as I do. He had a life I never knew about. He was truly a special man.

I haven't answered any comments yet, but please know that I read them all and carry them in my heart. I'll respond after the funeral when things aren't so hectic.
Current Mood: draineddrained
19 September 2013 @ 04:40 pm
We found out a few hours ago that baby brother died this morning. Apparently, he'd been treated for pneumonia this week (not that he ever told me) and started having trouble breathing. He went to the emergency room and collapsed when they were working on him. He's dead. No explanations. No reasons. No nothing. Just dead. It still doesn't seem real.

He was only 29 years old!

The tears won't stop falling. I'll miss him more than I can ever express.
Current Mood: sadsad
31 August 2013 @ 01:38 pm
Since finishing my classes, I've written quite a few drabbles, some of which I'm quite proud of. I'm posting them here to share with those of you who might be interested but don't watch my fanfiction.net account. Enjoy!

These are all inspired by the fanfiction.net community Enkidu07 and Onyx Moonbeam Drabble Challenge, where members are challenged each week to write 100-word, self-contained stories including a certain word or phrase. It's tons of fun.


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That's it so far. The challenge this week, which is due tomorrow evening, is the word "mirror". I'm drawing a complete blank. Oh well. Maybe I'll come up with something before the deadline.

Have a great weekend, everybody

Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
29 August 2013 @ 08:29 pm
Post-cold lung issues. Those of you who know me know that this is not unusual. I only went to the doctor this time because I started feeling winded whenever I try to walk anywhere. And even then, I wouldn't have thought anything of it... I mean, I do this with colds... it's pretty normal for me. However, I'm job hunting now. Figured it wouldn't look good to walk into the office of a prospective employer wheezing and gasping for breath. Turns out, I have bronchitis. Geez. Good thing I got it checked out!

On the upside, it's bronchitis and not pneumonia. Which means I feel fine. Great, even. Life is good!

Oh, and the doctor has a plan for working on my weight issues. She's going to put me on a medication that I've been on before. When I was on this med years ago, it messed me up. The side effects were horrible. Turned me into a crazy woman! I was emotional, erratic, dizzy, disoriented, paranoid, achy... you name it. You can understand why I'd be reluctant to get back on this drug. But she says she can work it so I get the appetite-control aspects without the negative side effects. Cool. I'm giving it a try. Cross your fingers.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
22 August 2013 @ 11:14 pm
Thanks for all of your supportive comments to yesterday's post. The walk-in went well but didn't result in an interview as I'd hoped. Apparently, the lady I was supposed to talk to was busy but I was told she'd get with me by the end of this week. (That means, I should hear from her tomorrow. In theory.) At least the front desk staff were friendly and didn't look at me like I was something to be detested. That's a plus.

My career adviser has several others for me to jump on tomorrow, but I'm just too sick. A horrible cold is going through our family and I've caught it. It came on hard and strong, totally without warning or I would have started the Neti Pot a lot sooner. Oh well. I'm going to take tomorrow and the weekend off... wanna sleep as much as possible.

I haven't responded to your comments yet, but I will. Thanks again!
Current Mood: sicksick
21 August 2013 @ 11:11 am

I've got an interview today. Actually, I'm only dropping off a resume at a doctor's office in town, but they're keeping an eye out for me and may talk to me on the spot. My university's Career Services department assigned me a Career Specialist who's dedicating today to me. He's already found me this opportunity, and he only just started! That means more interviews could be rolling in. Soon. Very soon!

I'm more nervous than I thought I'd be. My biggest fear is that they'll reject me at first sight. I'm a HUGE, penguin-waddling woman with swollen, bandage wrapped legs, who gets winded just walking across a small room (much less down a hallway or across a parking lot... and Heaven forbid if there are stairs!). Heck, I'd reject me! My qualifications are excellent, my people skills impressive (if I can control my nerves), and I know they'll love me if they can get past my physical appearance. Unfortunately, most people don't bother.

This will not be my only opportunity, but it's the first face-to-face since I graduated. I had a phone interview a couple of weeks ago that went really well. They wanted me. Problem was that they were almost a 3-hour drive from here. They were hoping I'd relocate. Nope. Sorry. I moved back home from Virginia a few years ago to be closer to family, and I'm not moving away again. It was nice to be wanted, though.

My last face-to-face from over a year ago went very badly. When I walked into the office to drop off a resume, the woman practically sneered at me. The look on her face said that not only did I not have a chance in Hell, but that I was a disgusting pile of squirming maggots and if I didn't leave immediately she'd stomp me dead. Fun times. As you can imagine, it worked wonders on my self esteem. That's when I decided to "take a break" by going to school and "expanding my job opportunities", which was a nice-sounding lie to cover up my own cowardice. Now I have to face the real world and try again.

If this experience goes well, even if it's uneventful and doesn't leave me sobbing uncontrollably, I'll call it a win. The first is the hardest, right? Right! Wish me luck!

Current Mood: scaredscared
16 August 2013 @ 12:47 am
Now that I'm not in school anymore, I'm trying to catch up on fanfiction... both writing and reading. Writing is going okay, I guess. I had a great burst of inspiration for a week or two, but that's fizzled out. It'll come back, though. I know it.

As for reading, I've missed so much that I'm overwhelmed and unsure where to start. So, my friends, rec me if you can. I'd love to try some of your favorites, either new or oldies. I love hurt Dean, or evil Sam (which usually leads to hurt Dean), or John the good but misunderstood father stuff, or, or, or... well, surprise me.

04 August 2013 @ 11:59 pm
This is the first non-drabble I've written since I started school ten months ago. It feels so good to be writing again! Classes are over. Yay. Time to write.

Title: Unsung Heroes
Summary: This is the story of the time Sam and Dean saved us from an unimaginable creature. Outsider POV.
Word Count: 1,800
Characters: OMC, OFC, Dean, Sam
Unsung HeroesCollapse )

26 July 2013 @ 09:46 pm
While I'm not back officially, my classload is a bit lighter this week, so I'm hanging out on LJ more and just generally getting caught up. I graduate in just over a week. YAY. Of course, if I were smart, I'd be using more of this extra time to cram for my final tests, but I'm not that smart. lol. And I've got the last weeks of school restlessness. So.... *shrugs*

Thanks to everybody for your supportive comments during my Dad's kidney issues. He's much better now. Almost back to normal, in fact, though the doctors are probably going to keep a close eye on him for a while.

Don't have much to say today. I'm mainly posting to see if any of my old friends are still out there. *waves*
09 July 2013 @ 09:40 pm
Happy Birthday to metallidean_grl! Hope it's a good one, my friend.
18 April 2013 @ 11:10 am
Thanks so much for all the prayers and well-wishes, everybody. My dad is doing better. They put him on dialysis for four days, after which his kidneys began functioning on their own. He's functioning at 20%, which is not very good at all, but is good enough that they took him off dialysis. They hope his kidneys will improve on their own, but he's to keep an eye on his... output. I know, TMI. Bottom line, he's better. Yay!

He was discharged from the hospital last week, but we've been taking care of his little girls still. He's not getting around well and he has no energy. And the girls know it, too. They turned from sweet little things to tiny toots. They knew they could get away with things and he couldn't do anything to stop them... he could barely get up out of his chair. So I watched them for a week. He started caring for them himself a couple of days ago. He's still tired but is stubborn enough to start picking up the pieces of his life. I'm proud of him.

We never celebrated Easter, or my parent's anniversary which fell shortly after dad left the hospital. There was too much going on. Dad still wants to celebrate. Says he bought eggs (for deviled eggs) and a ham, and that they need to be eaten. Personally, I think he just wants something that won't taste like hospital food. I don't blame him.

So that's it. We're just kinda watching to see if he's gonna take a turn, but it looks like he's improving. Getting his strength back a little each day. We're hopeful.

Thanks again!
28 March 2013 @ 07:40 pm
Hey, folks! I'm still here, though mostly just lurking. School and family have me very busy. Still living with my sister, still unemployed, still not in great health. But the sis now has two more foster kids, which brings us to a total of five kids in the house, and I've got a 4.0 in my coursework so far, and I'm seeing a doctor about my health. So it's coming together. Busy, though. Oh, so very busy.

My sister sent me this link, and I thought of some of my LJ friends. Some of you who watch The Walking Dead might appreciate this. It certainly made me chuckle.

Undeniable Proof That The Walking Dead and Toy Story Have the Exact Same Plot
22 October 2012 @ 09:05 am
Hey, all! Sorry I haven't been around LJ much. There really wasn't anything going on worth writing about, then everything happened at once and I didn't have time to update you all.

I'm still unemployed. Some days, it really gets me down, especially when I see my sister and her family struggle financially. They're supporting me, paying my bills, letting me live in their house and eat their food. I really have an awesome family! In return, I try to keep the house relatively clean, I cook most of the meals, and I watch their kids. I think it all comes out even in the end.

We've got a couple of extra kids in the house, which adds to my work, of course. Sis and her hubby are foster parents, but we haven't had any new kids in years. A few weeks ago, two siblings were placed with us. They're 3 and 4 years old. Sis also has a 3-year-old, plus her 8 and 9 year-old kids, both with behavioral issues. It's been challenging, but lots of fun. I feel for these little ones, though. They miss their parents, their regular routine, and everything else familiar to them, but they are the sweetest kids. We'll love them for as long as they stay with us.

I also started school. I signed up for online college taking a Medical Billing and Coding course. It'll take 10 weeks and I start today. In fact, I'm just waiting for the e-mail the school is supposed to send me with access info so I can access my syllabus and get started. I'm more than a little overwhelmed by the info in the books they sent me. The books are friggin' huge and full of complicated insurance info. What the heck did I get myself into?? I think the certification will help expand my job search options, though. Wish me luck.

Now you're pretty much caught up. Aren't you excited?? You should be! lol
09 July 2012 @ 10:26 pm
Summary: The latest hunt leaves Dean struggling to cope. Lots of angst and brotherly moments. Set early S2.
Words: 1,600
Characters & Genre: Dean, Sam (Gen)
A/N1: This story is dedicated to my dear friend metallidean_grl for her birthday. I wish you an abundance of good things!
A/N2: The title is taken from episode 3:14 Long Distance Call where Dean tells Stewie: "Is that BustyAsianBeauties dot com? Word of advice. The platinum membership? Worth every penny."


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Current Mood: tiredtired
23 June 2012 @ 09:44 pm
Hey everybody! I know I haven't been around. I'm sorry. It's just that I don't have anything to say anymore. There's absolutely nothing new in my life except for whining and complaining, so I've been trying to spare you from that.

But.... BUT!!... guess what I saw today!! We were parked at a gas station, pleasantly minding our own business, when another car pulled up at the pump across from us. A black car. I ignored it. There are billions of black cars in the world, right? But then my sister yelled, "LOOK!", so I looked. And there it was:

I don't know what year it is. Sis and I were both too chicken to get out and ask the driver. But it looks so close to the real one!!! And it was right there! What if the Winchesters had been driving her?? I mean, seriously! What if!! *swoons*
20 April 2012 @ 12:19 pm

New episode tonight! Yay! I've missed my boys. :D

In honor of this epic event (and out of a bout of extreme boredom), I made a word puzzle game. Wanna play? Cool!

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Before I go, I want to welcome some of my drabble friends from fanfiction.net: dizzojay and mainegirlwrites. Hi!! *waves*
(I'm having trouble with the font. Just can't get it right. Sorry if it's annoying.)