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14 November 2012 @ 10:35 am
Planetfall  
Wow, I meant to post something around last Wednesday, but got totally overwhelmed.

First, regarding the elections: Mwah-ha-ha-ha-BOO-yah! \o/ *ahem*

I was under deadline to write a White Collar story that night, and then respond to comments, so I didn't get around to that, but I was so relieved by the outcome of the election. *happy sigh*

As to the White Collar story, my penchant for detail will kill me yet. I spent valuable time researching the appropriateness of the 42nd Street Theater (no—it's a megalopolis, so changed it to the Angelika), gin rummy (2 players only, changed to canasta), and an appropriate gluten-free flour for baking. However, when other people use things I know to be wrong, I find it jarring, so I don't want to be that person. o_O

The rest of the week was a race to get things done before HalfshellHusband's surgery, the surgery itself, weekend kid things and winterizing the yard, replacing the watch killed by the shift to standard time, bringing HSH home, and ferrying the kids around in his place. Plus work. :0

The good news it that HSH's surgery seems to have gone well, and although there are moments of awfulness, I think his pain level is already better than when the arthritic bone was there. Now it's just a matter of keeping him from falling on the hip, and doing rehab properly. This is harder than it sounds, since he keeps trying to ditch the walker and freewheel around the house. :(

In in writing news, I just finished a story for writerverse before the Saturday deadline, and wrote 3 Tweetfics yesterday for another challenge. Need to get cracking on my Yuletide story, now. And persuade more people to read my Justified Zombie fic (which is looking like a pipe dream). I've been reading your posts, if not your fics, so mostly lurking but not fully absentee. It just looked that way. :)

 
 
 
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on November 14th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear HSH's surgery went well! And the election...omg what a huge relief that's been.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 14th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes! He's mostly feeling a lot better, though he's still on a lot of pain meds. But he was before, too, and they weren't helping a lot.

The elections... I just felt sick all day last Tuesday, worrying that Romney would get elected. I hate all his social policies, and his lack of respect for Americans who are not exactly like him, but his economic policies? I think they would have either prologed the recession or made it significantly worse. We just can't afford that.

*whew!*
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Avengers - Bruce always angryembroiderama on November 14th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
I was so worried on Tuesday, too. For a while there when the results first started coming in, when Romney was ahead, I felt just physically ill about it. I knew it was going to be a while so I blocked my internet for an hour and went to close my eyes for a while, which was good in the end since I was up until 2 in the morning or whenever it was the speeches were over.

My main worry now is possible vindictiveness from Romney-leaning people in power. Apparently, the head of the company I work for is making it sound like due to Obama policies he's going to go ahead and pay the penalty instead of continuing to offer insurance to employees. Which would be absolutely fucking disastrous for me. A couple years ago, he mentioned this as a possibility and I swear there was glee in his eyes. D:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laundromat Reaperhalfshellvenus on November 14th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ugh. It's always about "maximum profit" instead of "reasonable profit," isn't it? Makes me sick.

There are a number of places to boycott now, including Papa Murphys and the obvious Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Walmart. I can now finally go back to the Bel Air grocery near me because their larger owner (Rayey's) finally settled the grocery workers' strike and agreed to pay for health benefits. As they should.
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on November 14th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
I very rarely shop at Walmart, haven't been to RL or OG in years and have never heard of Papa Murphy's. ;) The company I work for is quite small, and the president of the company is the kind of person who doesn't understand anything that can't be quantified. When it comes to anything in the murky realms of encouraging employee morale or providing a better experience for customers, he sees how much things cost but not how much they can help to make more money. So he's at least seriously considering paying a penalty that will help his employees in no way rather than paying his part of our insurance. And the family coverage is already so expensive that a lot of people have had to drop it, though the individual coverage I have is reasonable. *smh*
Maz (or foxxy!): Michael Rubs Headtuesdaeschild on November 14th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
This is harder than it sounds, since he keeps trying to ditch the walker and freewheel around the house. :(

Men, huh? But I hope he listens to sense and heals quickly.
*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 14th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
I understand the temptation, because I know I'd want to do that myself! But he has a chronic neuromuscular condition that makes him stiff and prone to falling, and he cannot afford to fall on that hip. Argh.

But at least the surgery's over, and the prognosis for his pain level looks good!
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 15th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
i'm glad the surgery went well! and here's hoping hsh sees sense and actually uses the walker and does his rehab.

and i am SO RELIEVED obama won. (and also, he won every county in massachusetts. :D not that i'm surprised - romney did us no favors as governor and we haven't forgotten.) all the company owners now saying they'll have to lay people off because that meanie-pants obama is making them give their employees health insurance now sound like whiny, petulant, vindictive little children. which is probably the gop as a whole....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 15th, 2012 05:45 am (UTC)
I completely agree about the walker. He feels capable, which makes it harder to restrain himself, and he's also impatient about waiting for stuff that he thinks he can do himself.

all the company owners now saying they'll have to lay people off because that meanie-pants obama is making them give their employees health insurance now sound like whiny, petulant, vindictive little children. which is probably the gop as a whole....
Yes--I'm so sick of this already. The point was to make that affordable, even for the businesses (in part because there's more participation in the overall system). But nobody's even willing to give it a chance. :(
Portdesertport on November 15th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
First, regarding the elections: Mwah-ha-ha-ha-BOO-yah! \o/ *ahem*

*HIGH FIVE*

So glad to hear the surgery seems to have gone well! I hope HSH will be feeling better by the day. <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 15th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes! He had 3-4 weeks after the first surgery (the wimpy "test surgery") before his muscle pain dropped off, and I'm guessing this will be similar. But once that happens, it should be a whole different life!
whipchickwhipchick on November 15th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC)
"However, when other people use things I know to be wrong, I find it jarring, so I don't want to be that person."

So yes. So yes. Thank you for being on board the Research Fucking Counts So Get It Right People train.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 15th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! I see you're a regular passenger as well. ;)

I tend to be thrown by random details that don't fit. Right now, I'm reading a book where I've checked twice that it really is set in the U.S., because the author has tossed out "whilst" and "amongst". The last place was during the narrative of a scene set in Louisianna. There was also a fanfic I read years ago that referenced some location as being "south of the Cascades." The person meant, "In Oregon," but NOBODY refers to the geography that way. You're east or west of the Cascades, or you're in California. They go allll the way down to Mt. Lassen. :0

I've even gone the other way with Supernatural fanfic. I tend to invent my monsters/demons/etc., and I'll typically pick something that sounds like it could belong to a certain language family (Russian, German, French, Scandinavian, etc.) and then Google it to make sure it doesn't come up as a name or a real word. Because I am that picky.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on November 16th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I wish a speedy recovery HSH