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25 June 2009 @ 11:18 am
Another fly-by...  
Sorry I've been so absent lately—I've been going wall-to-wall on Jas' Big Bang fic, and there've been lots of RL distractions.

Jas' story is finished and posted now, and has secret agents and secret missions and a sexy villain: In Retrospect (Jensen/Jared, NC-17). A lot of work went into it, and I hope you'll stop by to check it out. Be sure to follow the link for the artwork, too!

Now that my brain is starting to come back, I'll be posting a few birthday drabbles and working on writing a few of the delayed ones. I have LOTS of writing to do. I was dying to sign up as a pinch-hitter for the big Remix, but between owing Sweet Charity fics and having Jas' beta, and lots of RL stress... I made myself behave. I still get itchy fingers thinking about it, though.

Yesterday we went to Oakland for HalfshellHusband's bone biopsy. It'll take 5-7 days for results, so no news yet. We met up with HSH's sister and got the kids back from the remainder of their visit—their cousin bravely took them on a trip to the Technology Museum in San Jose (he's 18 and shy, and doesn't have much experience with kids) on Tuesday, where they had a fantastic time and have now described things in great detail that I wish I'd gotten a chance to see!

Tomorrow morning, Lauren leaves for Girl Scout Camp, so there's lots of packing to do for that. That includes a trial-run on putting up a tent, unfortunately—she used to be able to sleep in the tent-cabins before.

I got a little sleep last night, but it's been a bad week overall. NO sleep Tuesday night, other than the 10-20 minutes before the alarm went off. I'm dragging. :(

How's everyone else doing?

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Maerhys: £ keira brownmaerhys on June 25th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I hope the biospy results come soon and give good news. *hugs*

It sounds like you are so busy, but having some fun too. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope it's an infection (*fingers crossed so hard they're ready to crack*), but overall we need some information so that treatment can begin. It has dragged on SO ridiculously long, and it's getting more painful all the time.

It was nice to have a little hiatus from the kids, though I spent nearly all of it doing beta-work, unfortunately. I didn't schedule that well. We hope to have them gone over a weekend in August so that we can get out of town. This time, we had Father's Day obligations on Sunday, so we couldn't really run off and disappear on them after Saturday. ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 25th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Sleep? Wassat? Thing is, there's no reason for me not sleeping. I don't have small children, i don't have money or health issues, so what gives?

Is it fire season yet?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
So you're having the same problem?

I was definitely too warm on Tuesday night-- the temperature shot up to the upper 90s after being mostly around 80-85 for awhile. But my brain was also too busy. Shut up, brain!

We're in the fire window here, though the cooler temperatures and comparatively few thunderstorms have helped hold them off. It's usually the combination of the two that makes for the nightmare-- as soon as the forest becomes a tinderbox, we get lightning strikes.

I WAS thinking about this just yesterday, remembering how much of last summer (and many summers) I had to ride the bike indoors where the air was less polluted.

Do you have much problem with fires in your area? Mostly heath, isn't it?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 25th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
The weather cannot decide if it wants to be rainy and 17C or sunny and 25C. I'm either waking up cold or waking up hot, and I think that sparked Tuesday's migraine

At least you're getting outside, which is more than I'm doing, though not for fire-related reasons. Stewart's lethal on a bike and my nerves can't take it, so no bike for me, unless it's to work and he takes so long to get ready, I end up getting the bus and still being late.

It's heath on the hills, but the only fire is so far this year is muirburn and we don't get that so much, because our hills are covered in sheep, not grouse.

We do get Elvis' head in the bracken every August, though...

Daddy got me a new bike. It came today.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
What is Elvis' head?!?

New bike! How wonderful! Will you try biking to work now, assuming it's not raining?

I hate the schizophrenic weather, in part because a person just never gets acclimated.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 26th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
I cycle whatever the weather, except when it's too windy, the schools have gone off and he took too long to get ready, I didn't have time to run home and get my bike, I had to get right to the bus stop to get in. I'd have been as well taking my bike, i wouldn't have been any later. be better this week.

The bracken on one of the Ochils forms the profile of Elvis Presley when it goes brown.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
I was going to say, "At least it doesn't form the shape of the Virgin Mary," but then I realized that for some people the result will cause all the same fervor. ;)
frostian: coffee breakfrostian on June 25th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
*still humming for you guys*

I'm glad to read you guys have a busy schedule while waiting for the results. I love tech and science museums, mainly b/c they usually allow the kids to touch and interact with the displays.

Hope you guys get some decent rest soon, and that the results will show infection and nothing else!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I love tech and science museums, mainly b/c they usually allow the kids to touch and interact with the displays.
I do too. We haven't taken the kids to OMSI in Portland because it got moved away from the zoo, and apparently has changed. I've been tempted, though.

Funny, I'd always assumed that Christopher would be the only one interested in a Tech Museum, but Lauren was who had the most to say about it! She rattled off five exhibits that she'd really liked with no provocation, and usually it's more like pulling teeth to get much information out of her.

Thanks for the good wishes, and I hope the news is good when we finally get it. :)
brigid_tanner: Bobby-moonbrigid_tanner on June 26th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
It's always good to learn to set the tent up in your own backyard before doing it in front of strangers who will point and laugh before offering to help. Yeah...been there.

Keeping fingers crossed for good results from the biopsy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
I haven't set up this particular tent in years, not since taking the kids camping. It's a "4-person tent," which means that two people and their stuff will actually fit into it. ;) We now have a "7-person tent" that fits the four of us and our stuff, plus some weirdly shaped open spaces that are completely useless.

I'd hoped to find a simple one-person tent at Walmart, but the smallest was 4-person, so there was no point. The one we have is pretty straightforward, if I remember correctly, at least for a grownup. The 7-person tent is weird, but we've gotten the hang of it.

Keep thinking your good thoughts-- we sure need them!
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on June 26th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say that the HSH is still in my daily thoughts. *smish*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! These last few weeks have been nervewracking, even moreso for him. I hope the news turns out to be good. *hugs*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Thank you, Claire! The kids had a great time, and it's a relief for us just to have a little break.

I hope the news is good too. Fortunately, the residual pain from the biopsy has settled down now-- kind of dwarfed by the overall pain, really, but at least not adding to it. And I'm glad they didn't use general anaesthetic-- that carries a lot of extra risks.
Deadbeat Nymph: dean bites lipdeadbeat_nymph on June 26th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
I've read Jas's fic and it's awesome! I already left her some love for it, but obviously I need to bring some love to you for it, too. I can only imagine that your hand in it made it extra wonderful. :D

I'm sorry to hear about your poor sleep and bad week. The stress of your husband's illness must be wreaking havoc on both of your well-being. :( As always, I'm crossing my fingers and sending out prayers for you and yours. *gentle hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
I saw your notes about JDM, and I had some of those same thoughts myself while reading the story. And immediately chastised myself, but still... talk about hot!

Thanks so much for your good thoughts and sympathy. They really do help. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll keep everyone updated. I'd thought we might get quicker results than 5-7 days, but since no-one could be sure which of the many possibilities was happening on an external basis, I imagine there will be lots of slide tests and cultures. *sigh*
realpestilencerealpestilence on June 28th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
I dunno, the Technology Museum sounds pretty cool. :)


I'm sorry to hear about your husband's problems-I really hope it turns out all right for him.