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Cat picspam

Since I've had Jack for five years today, I'm posting a few fairly recent pictures. He's around eight now; I gave him a January birthday so I'll have a reason to celebrate something during my least favorite month.


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I'm still around

Haven't posted since late November, but that's actually not bad compared to some, I think. I was checking my flist and saw one friend who hasn't posted in three years. She's not the only one who hasn't been around in ages. Honestly, I wonder if something bad has happened to a few people. I have no way of knowing what's up. Maybe they dropped LJ and moved to Twitter or Tumblr or wherever, but none of them give any indication of this on their journals.

Anyway, I was particularly inspired to post today because apparently some people are weeding their flists at the start of the year. And I just got weeded by someone. So I weeded back, since I really don't want a non-friend to have access to my friends-only posts.

I'm not deleting anyone else unless they delete me first. Doesn't matter if you haven't been active in a while. I hope to see more of you posting this year, and I'm going to try to post/comment more myself. I didn't do too well with that this past year, for sure, but I'll work on it.

On my way to Chicago TARDIS

I can't remember the last time I had to get up at 5:30 am. I am NOT a morning person. But I have to catch the only train in the area that goes to Chicago, and it goes there just once a day.

Anyway, I hope to see some familiar faces at the convention. I'll post a full report when I get home.

Big Finish: Evelyn Smythe post

For those of you who don't know, Maggie Stables (Evelyn from the Doctor Who Big Finish audios) died on Sept. 26. Evelyn is possibly my favorite original BF companion (it comes down to her and Charley). I haven't listened to all of her audios yet, but of the ones I've heard, I most strongly recommend The Marian Conspiracy and Doctor Who and the Pirates. Big Finish's Evelyn Audios: I used the Big Finish filter to come up with this list of the audios she's been in. All are available for downloading, and most are available on CD as well.

Anyway, I went looking online for Evelyn-related posts and found some for artwork, audio reviews, fanfic, icons, and more. Did you know that someone crocheted an Evelyn doll? Now I kind of want to learn to crochet just so I can make that doll. And even though I don't drink tea, I kind of want to buy Evelyn-inspired tea (at least two blends are available!).

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Free Spoonflower swatch for next 23 hours

Spoonflower is offering a free 8-inch-square swatch of a material they call Eco Canvas. It's available for free for a 24-hour period only. At the time I'm posting, the first hour is almost up. This promotion ends at noon Eastern on Wed., Aug. 20. Shipping is free, and the offer is available worldwide. I thought maybe someone on my flist might be interested. I ordered a swatch with a Torchwood design on it.

Knitting is NOT relaxing

I feel my blood pressure shoot through the roof most of the time when I pick up knitting needles.

Also, how the HELL do you increase in double knitting? The videos I've found so far are impossible to follow.

Lauren Bacall

Five jillion posts on Facebook about Robin Williams within a few hours of his death, and virtually nothing about Lauren Bacall yet. The reaction of one of my friends when Bacall's death was mentioned: "Who's that?" * doubleheaddesk*

Random post

I can't stand the words smartphone, reboot, and selfie.

I'll post something of more substance later today.

I HATE knitting with black yarn

I'm knitting a Torchwood scarf, black background with a red pattern. In more hours of knitting than I care to remember, I've finished maybe six inches of work and am currently unraveling a ridiculous amount of it in search of a mistake I haven't been able to find for almost three hours. Black is incredibly hard to work with. In fact, I feel like burning all the black yarn that exists in the world and banning it from ever being produced again. Just the thought of how little I've completed and how far I still have to go makes me want to break down in despair.

That is all.

ETA: No, that is not all. I'm throwing out the little work I've done so far and starting over completely, this time using white and red yarn. Using black was a big mistake. It cost me a lot of time and an incredible amount of frustration.

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I haven't posted in almost two months. :( But here's a rant.

If someone comes to your door offering to give you a free carpet cleaning or show you a demonstration of a product with (they claim) no obligation to buy, BEWARE. I was at a friend's house the other day, and she let the guy in. More than two hours later, she was $2500 poorer.

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CONsole Room Doctor Who convention recap

CONsole Room is a new Doctor Who convention that was held in Minneapolis/St. Paul on May 16-18. The guests were Sophie Aldred (Ace), Deborah Watling (Victoria), and authors Christopher Bahn, Arnold T. Blumberg, Graeme Burk, Lars Pearson, Robert Smith?, and Kathryn Sullivan.

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I fail lately.

Last month, I injured a hand while out sledding (ran over it with the sled). At its worst, you'd have thought a purple golf ball was atop my hand. Didn't really hurt, though, and it's fine now. Mostly because of the swelling, it kept me from knitting for about ten days.

Today, I think I sprained my left ankle. I have no clue how. My foot felt a little odd while I was walking around today, but it didn't exactly hurt. It just felt slightly weird. That feeling increased not long ago, and I took off my sock to find a significantly swollen ankle. It's iced and elevated at the moment. I'm guessing it's a sprain, but I'm not sure.

Hmmm, I think I know where I can find a compression bandage! The one I used for my hand last month should suit my ankle too. I'll see how it feels tomorrow. I doubt I'll be doing much walking then, but I expect it will be good enough to go on with in a few days.

I swear, I'm not usually this injury-prone.

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