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Day 13:
In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


A general one. Write more. Starting with, omg write something for picfor1000 already, you slacker!

Finish my Musketeers Space AU story. I may have said this last year, too.

A more specific one. Ride a roller-coaster. Now, I did say this last year, and while I didn't actually do that it was because I never got to an amusement park not because I couldn't ride. At least, I'm assuming there wouldn't have been an issue.I have to admit, I still fear the walk of no-fitting shame.

But yes, ride a roller-coaster.

Day 14

In your own space, create your own challenge. Whatever your challenge is, and have fun with it! Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I'm sure there will be many variations of this, but go comment on a fanwork, a recent one, an old one. Anything. If a comment is too much, leave a kudos, just something to show you've seen what was created and enjoyed it.

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Snowflake catchup later. For now a getting to know you meme I've seen in various places.


Call me Well, my name is Terri, but you can call me Turps, Ter, T. I'll answer to most things.

Other things I've been known as (that I'm willing to share) Nothing I'm afraid. My brother actually calls me Turps in RL, and his kids call me auntie Turps. My parents did call me wallabag when I was a bairn. Does that count?

A bit about my nonfannish life Well, I suppose the biggest thing is I had a gastric bypass at the back end of 2016. After a few months of staying off the scales as I'd had a lengthy stall and was sulking a little, I went back on two days ago, and am a few pounds away from having lost 20 stones. Not all after the op, but the vast majority. I'm relearning my body atm, and it's weird at times. I still see myself as so much bigger than I actually am now, and I doubt that will change.

I'm a carer for my husband who has arthrogriphosismultiplexcongentia, or AMC. Basically it means all of his joints, tendons etc are fucked. He's got a full time job as a 999 call taker, but I do all personal care etc. We met the day after my 18th birthday, but didn't actually get married until 2016. What can I say, it was a big year that year. We've got one son, Corey, who's 21 and in his third year of university.

I like in the NE of England, about half way between Sunderland and Durham. I like it here, and end up at the coast often.

A bit about my fannish life .... I'm a strong OTC person and it's that person who shapes my fannish life. Tom Paris, Blair Sandburg, Chris Kirkpatrick, Brennan Mulway, Mikey Way, Aramis being the main ones so far. I only tend to be active in one fandom at a time, but will read in many and will often go read fic from old fandoms.

I write and like to comment. In the past I used to run a lot of challenges and comms, but now I'm content with occasional fic writing and chatting on here and LJ.

Things I'm super-enthusiastic about ... Erm, I like cats. I've got four of them. Long baths. Lush. Seriously, my Lush addiction is a terrible thing. I love watching TV on my recliner wrapped in a blanket. I love going to the cinema and as we have an unlimited card go often. I love the ocean and drinking coffee watching the sea. I'm quite boring really.

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It was an interesting night last night. [personal profile] sperrywink emailed asking if I could write a Musketeers ficlet for fandom_stocking, so I said yes. A few hours later I had something nearly 1k long and already posted at the collection at A03. I never do stuff like that. I need beta readers and time, but last night I just wrote and posted and it was a lot of fun. I know no one here is a fan, but I'll still throw out a link. Sky Comes Falling Down.

Today it was my Sils birthday, so we quickly called there then we headed to the eye infirmary as within a few hours my eye had gone really blood shot, and not in a vein like way, just patches of red. I saw the nurse and she said it's nothing serious, more like an eye bruise and it's likely to travel and last a week or so, so I'm expecting to wake up with a demon eye in the morning.

And with that unsettling thought. Snowflake!

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I don't know about define me as a creator etc, but three stories that have been in my mind lately.

And the Embers Never Fade (45609 words) by turps
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Bandom, My Chemical Romance
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Mikey Way/Gerard Way/Ray Toro/Frank Iero/Bob Bryar
Characters: Mikey Way, Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero, Bob Bryar, Patrick Stump
Additional Tags: Killjoys verse
Series: Part 1 of And the Embers Never Fade verse
Summary:

A story set in the Killjoys universe. About love, trust, and finding the people you need.


I've been thinking about Killjoys verse lately, and this was my take on that. I like this story, and I like re-reading it.

Spot (2349 words) by turps
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Popslash, NSYNC
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez
Summary:

Written for the Dragon Challenge 2006.

A story about Lance, and his dragon, Spot.


I like this one still. Everyone should have a Spot.

The Holes In My Apologies, You Know (5641 words) by turps
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: The Musketeers (2014)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aramis, Athos, Porthos (Trois Mousquetaires), d'Artagnan
Additional Tags: Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Brotherhood, Sick Aramis
Summary:

For this prompt at the musketeers kink meme.

Four times Aramis carried Athos.

With a plus one of an alternative.


This has been getting attention lately and I'm not sure why. I still love the first part, it came out just as I pictured.

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Back again, and I'm going to talk about The Musketeers.

In terms of reading it's probably my active fandom at the moment, and I've been poking at a fic for it for ages now. Maybe I'll even get it done and posted one day. But what to say about the show? I could have chosen many moments because despite it being action based, The Musketeers is funny often. Also, heartbreaking and angsty with enough h/c to satisfy any h/c lover.

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I must get some Musketeer icons already.

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Catching up on Snowflake again.

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are.

Or you could just comment with a nice picture, or a picture of something you enjoy, or tell me about one of my stories you liked reading, or something that's made you smile lately. Or -- and this is the final or, I promise -- say nothing at all. As always, lurkers are welcome around these parts.

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Well, the MTYG reveals are up and I can reveal I wrote To Turn to Dust or to Gold for [personal profile] ephemera, which was a big task because she's such a lovely amazing lady and we've been friends for a very long time. Also, it was the first time in forever that I'd written a full length popslash story.

I have to admit I cheated a little as I read A's post about wanting a post apoc library, and got inspiration from there. Now, I have to say here that the story probably isn't what A was imagining. I'm sure her idea was much more serious, while mine had unicorns with sparkling hooves, and Pink getting involved with Kelly and Lance as a tech over-ruler who people both respected and friendly mocked, and tech that kept failing and electrocuting people, Justin repeatedly falling off a donkey and JC nearly dying trying to bring a copy of the Karma Sutra back to the library, and a total lack of anything beyond casual touches between Chris and Joey to show they were actually together.

But it was a lot of fun to write, and if I hadn't contained myself it could have sprawled to many, many more thousands of words. Huge thanks go to [personal profile] pensnest and [personal profile] nopseud who helped me beat it into shape. And yet again I was in a gifting circle with my recipient. It was a lovely exchange season that way.

Which leads me nicely to, it was Ephemera who wrote my cat cafe story. I knew it was someone who knew me as it was so tailored to my tastes, but I had no clue who. Thank you again, A ♥

Catching up on Snowflake, though it's a very quick catch-up as I have no actual content to include.

Day 5: Recommend a fannish or creative reasource

I'm coming up empty for this one and have been since I first saw the prompt. I mean, I'm sure I have something to share but I can't think of anything right now. So I'll have to pass.

Day 6: Leave feedback for a fanwork

That's something I always do anyway so I'm classing this as done, too.

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We went to the fracture clinic yesterday, and all was well. James has to keep his finger strapped up for a month but otherwise leave it alone. It was actually a very fast visit. We got there early, got let in early, and in fact we spent more time listening to the doctor -- who was in the room opposite, complain about how trauma patients notes were automatically sent with each patient, than listen to him talk to James. Which I don't get, because surely they'd be needed?

Personally I still feel a bit meh. Not full out sick but running at 60% at the moment. So all we did yesterday was go to the hospital then to the cinema to see Pitch Perfect 3, which was okay, nothing special.

Snowflake catch up.

Day 4

In your own space, create a fannish wishlist. No limits on size or type of fanwork; just tell us what you’d like to see. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. And if you grant a wish, do the same thing!


I know loads have said this, but consider leaving a transformative works statement on your profiles. I've got one and two days ago got a notification that someone had podficced one of my Musketeer stories. Which was such a boost as I didn't think those stories had even been noticed much, never mind someone wanting to podfic one of them.

If you enjoy a work, leave a comment or kudos to say so. I love getting comments on my stuff, and it's a great feeling knowing what you've worked on has been enjoyed.

Related to that. After just finishing two challenges and being part of Snowflake, remember to thank the mods. While I haven't ran a challenge for a long time I know modding takes a lot of time and effort.

Day 3

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.


I've finished reading the popslash MTYG stories, and therefore have recs from there.

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I'm delaying day three of the snowflake challenge as it's for recs, and I want to use that for the MTYG stories, which I'm getting close to finishing.

So, hopefully tomorrow.

Today I've been at A&E with James. Two night ago he fell in the kitchen, I picked him up and he said his finger was hurting, but couldn't go to the walk-in/A&E until today as he was at work. A very busy time at work so as he was coping fine he waited to go in. Turns out he has broken it, so we're back tomorrow to see someone at the fracture clinic. On the plus side, it's not his good hand, on the minus, as it is the hand he had straightened it could be a little bit more complicated. However, I do think he'll just be told to keep it strapped up and rest it as much as possible.

I really hope so, anyway. *fingers crossed*

Tonight though, I have a headache and I'm tired and I want to finish reading fic and check out the recs that are being posted. But what I will do is go chill on the couch under my blanket -- mam bought me a mermaid tail blanket for Christmas. I thought it was weird at first but it's surprisingly warm and practical as the tail bit isn't enclosed. Maybe watch some more Lucifer, and an early night for sure.

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Day 2

In your own space, share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I wasn't sure what to answer for this at first. I've been in fandom a long time, and have so many memories I could share. Then I caught sight of a recent icon I used and knew what I could talk about, and it's a fantastic BBB experience I had, mainly because of my artist, who was amazing.

Every Word Not Spoken to You wasn't that popular, but I'll always have great memories due to squashbee artwork. As a collabaration between artist and writer it was a dream. Squashbee kept in constant touch, sent me concept drawings, final drawings, kept adding new scenes after reading more of the story and becoming inspired, and best of all, send me the actual physical sketches themseleves after bbb went live. Sketches I still have now.

Sadly she isn't around fannishly now, but I hope she knows how happy she made me, and man, that was back in 2011. What is time?

Due to photobucket being stupid I've just noticed that none of the artwork is visible now, so I'm going to share some of it behind the cut.

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In other news I got my picfor1000 assignment. As soon as I saw it my mind went, three musketeers! But of course picfor1000 is always my personal waybros challenge, so as I'm not changing that it'll have to be either two stories or no musketeers.

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Day 1

In your own space, talk about why you're participating in Snowflake and, if you’ve participated in the past, how the challenge has affected you. What drew you to it? What did you take away from it? What do you hope to accomplish this year? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



For me, the Snowflake challenge strengthens fannish bonds. I love the sense of community that rapidly becomes apparent, and that people comment so readily, both to people known to them and strangers. But at the same time, this is a challenge that recognises that to some people, interaction is hard, or something they don't want to do, and that's fine. It helps strengthen the idea that everyone is important in fandom, from the most active to the lurkers.

I've done this challenge for years now, and have met many new awesome people along the way, many I still read/comment with now. And I love that, too. It's like all around you fannish doors are thrown open, as people from your own fandom or other fandoms take a moment to say hi. And who knows, one of those fandoms may be your next big thing.

What do I hope to accomplish? Daily posting I hope. In the very distant past I'd post daily without thought, and sometimes I wonder what the hell I found to talk about. But I did find stuff, and like now, I very much enjoyed talking to people via comments. So, yeah, daily posting will be great.

Non snowflake related. Bandom exchange authors have been revealed, and I can say I wrote A Not So Wonderful Life for [personal profile] akamine_chan who also wrote the fabulous Not Touched the Stars for me, and really, when I think about it it had her touch all over it.

So yeah, my story. It has a not-elf called Brad, Gerard facing death, bad times, mentions of self cest fanfic writing, and future happiness. Knowing Aka I tried to strike a balance of angst while remembering it was a holiday exchange, and I'm pleased with the end result.

Thank you, Aka, both for my story and helping run what remains a fantastic challenge.

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I've finished reading the bandom exchange stories, and below are some I liked.

Artwork for the bandom holiday exchange. Three Stumporta pieces. I enjoyed these, especially the second one.

Patrick is a little shit. I enjoyed reading this, it seemed like a more real and mature side of FOB, with the practicalities of travelling and having friendships that are important but also means time apart at times.

The Fine Line Between. A Patrick/Pete AU that was really nicely written.

Epicuros -- It's Lindsey's first art show. It seems simple enough, but gains layers when you read Lindsey is an android.

In the Wake. Mikey/Pete, one-sided Pete/Patrick. I came so close to insta reccing this after I finished reading. I love Mikey/Pete stories, you'll know this. The summer, the water-parks and happy endings. But I also like stories like this, that are awkward and painful to read at times and seem so very real.

Burning Bright. This is the kind of MCR AU I miss reading. Frank is a new firefighter transferring to Mikey and Ray's station and ends up with Gerard. But it's so much more than that. I loved Frank, and Mikey, and Ray and everything and it had such lovely Way bros moments, too.

Making Service Matter. Mikey/Pete where they work in a Game Stop. It all feels very real and has some lovely writing.

And of course the one for me.

If you haven't yet and it's your kind of thing you should check out the exchange, there's lots of good stuff there.

MTYG next as they have a later author reveal date. So, as James is at work on night shift that means fic, dw/lj catch-up, a long bath, and then more eps of Lucifer.

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As I said yesterday, Christmas was good.

We had the first gathering on the 23rd, I served mulled wine and pizzas, then later cake, and it all seemed to be enjoyed. It was only mam and my in laws that day as Pauline was double booked, and of course, nanna was a big miss. Corey had come home the day before, and it was just a nice time, watching festive stuff on tv, talking, serving thousands of coffees and food.

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Finally, I want to thank people for their cards, and gifts. Thank you [personal profile] turlough for the lovely cushion and beautiful cat card, [personal profile] romantical for the excellent bag of fun stuff, [personal profile] ephemera for the sparkle deer decoration and [personal profile] sperrywink for the beautiful decorations. And to [personal profile] theladysnarkydame, [personal profile] fleurrochard, [personal profile] rikes, [personal profile] saba1789, [personal profile] nopsued, [personal profile] wenchpixie, [personal profile] madam_beetroot, [personal profile] tara, [personal profile] pensnest, _bettina_ spasticat, [personal profile] stellamira, [personal profile] egelantier, [personal profile] spasticat, gh0sts, [personal profile] castalie.

Thank you all, your cards have been lovely to receive, and the messages inside wonderful to read ♥

Also, thank you to Sperrywink for the paid account. It's lovely to have my icons back xoxo for you.

It's actually sunny today so I'm off for a walk soon before seeing mam. Then more reading is in my future I think.

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I've had a good Christmas, which I'll post about later. But, today I finally got to read the stories for me in the bandom and popslash exchanges, and I love them both!

First. I got trickc catcafe fic! A catcafe! Seriously, does the person writing that know me or what? I mean, come on. I can't even deal! Purrfect for the Season. Even the title is making me smile.

And for bandom I got the most delicious AU where the worldbuilding was interesting and detailed in such a subtle way and it had Patrick/Pete and Mikey being kickass and an ending that was surely building up to some excellent Mikey/Frank. Also, Mikey had lost his bro and was looking for him. My heart! Seriously, the details in this were great. Not Touched the Stars.

I'm so glad I decided to join both exchanges this year.

I haven't read any other stories yet, but I will and plan to rec when I've done so.

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Which is one of my favourite nights of the year, almost as good as Christmas day and boxing day :D

Corey's home, I've delivered a load of presents -- my 3 year old niece is the perfect age for Santa, seeing her today was amazing. The kitchen is full to bursting and the first Christmas gathering went very well yesterday. The house is also sparkly chaos, and don't worry Turlough, I'll post some photos of my tree asap.

This is another drive by post as I'm off to mam's for a Christmas eve curry very soon. But I want to thank everyone who sent me cards and presents. I've a list of names so I'll thank individually later, but for now, thank you all!

An important reason I'm posting. While I am home if past years are any indication I won't have time to read my gift stories from the bandom and popslash exchange. It may be the 27th before I get to them, so if you have written for me and don't get an immediate reaction that's why. Of course I may grab some time before then, but in case I don't, the 27th it is. That day I plan to do nothing. No cooking, no leaving the house. Nothing.

Until then. Happy Christmas eve! May you be happy, healthy and loved however you spend this day.

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I'm going with Kayleigh to help take her cat to the vets in an hour, so just time for a quick post before getting ready.

Monday we decided to take a day at Metrocenter and get most of the Christmas gift shopping done, and apart from a few vouchers we're now done. We got there around 10 in the morning, and left at 10 at night, so it was a long day. Not all shopping however, it was Screen Unseen day at Odeon, where you can get cheap tickets for £5 each but don't actually know what you're going to see until the film starts. They do give clues on FB, but often people are wildly out. Like, many suggested it would be the new Star Wars, but no way was that going to happen. With having the Unlimited card we don't actually pay for tickets individually so we didn't go for the cheap seats, more for the experience and surprise. It's something that's been running for a while, but we've never been to a showing before as they tend to be around 8 in the evening, and we're usually tucked up at home by then. Anyway, it turned out to be Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. I have to admit, I'd never even heard of the film before it started, and while I enjoyed it okay, I doubt we would have picked to go see it on our own, so I guess in that case Screen Unseen works. As for the film itself, it was okay, I can see it getting awards, but many people in the theatre seemed to find it much funnier than I did.

Tuesday Pauline had arranged for me to have a facial as part of my Christmas present. It was nice, though it was the face massage I liked the most. The lady doing it came to Pauline's house, so it was just a chilled evening having a bit of a pamper.

Yesterday was the main Christmas food shopping day and then playing freezer tetris when everything was delivered. A few bruised knuckles and only a half eaten tub of ice cream that no one really liked anyway having to be binned for space later, and it was all done. So, the majority of the food shop is done now, too. So all we've left to do is wrapping, and some buying of odds and ends, then the last of the cards to be sent and prep wise I'm calling it done.
I suppose I should start to get ready. After the vets I finally have my dentist appointment, then have a load of cards to deliver to the neighbours on the estate, and then tonight it's finishing MTYG and uploading my bandom holidays story to A03.

ETA: I never got this posted this morning so I've been to the vets, been to the dentist, delivered the cards and uploaded my story. So all I've got left to do is the writing. I was a bit worried about the dentist due to potential cost, as even a check-up is usually just under £30. He checked my cap and said it felt fine and suspected the tenderness was due to excess cement used to put it into place rubbing at my gum and causing irritation. So he gave that area a good poke, told me to floss always, and sent me on my way with a wink and saying that as he didn't actually do anything treatment wise he wouldn't charge anything. So, result.

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Today my plan is to get a big chunk of my MTYG finished as I have plans for the next three days and can't see much writing being done then. Thankfully there's already a significant amount done, so it's just a case of actually finishing. I did get a shock when I was reading my flist the other day and saw the reminder of how to post the bandom holiday exchange stories. Then remembered that one was actually finished apart from the editing. Really, mini nano is perfect for me in terms of getting stuff written, even those 100 word days add up.

We had such an amazing time at York. The Christmas market was perfect, and spread throughout the city so even away from the main market you came across little wooden huts tucked away in courtyards. I don't usually drink, and don't like wine, but enjoyed both mulled wine and cider, had a try of roast chestnuts, which were nice, but made perfect by eating them sitting in the middle of the bustling market, where it was cold enough for frosty breath and Christmas carols were being sung.

The second night we went to see the light show at the York museum gardens, and it was lovely. It was the first year they've happened, and some parts were a little underwhelming, especially so as tickets were £15 a person, though I got mine free as James' carer so the hit wasn't bad for us. However, some parts were beautiful, especially where they projected a light show onto the wall ruins, and the end where they had a field of fire and I got to try roasting a marshmallow over a fire-pit. Plus, we got to have our photos taken with Santa :D

That day we walked well over six miles, just wandering the market and gardens, and I was thinking about that, and how even last year neither of us would have managed a fraction of that. James' back remained pain free and while his other joints protested, he got through the day by having brief rests on occasions.

I won't put photos here, but if you'd like to see the ones I posted at Insta, multiple ones here and singles here, two here and one last one here

A few weeks ago I bought a dress from curveybellvintage. I've had my eye on it for a while, but couldn't justify the expense, then it was in the Black Friday sale, so I bought it. It arrived, and it was too big. I took photos of me wearing it, tried to justify to myself it looked okay, sent the photos to Kayleigh for a second opinion, and yeah, too big. It's an online only company, but I discovered based locally. So I messaged the owner and they agreed to doing a straight swap for a smaller size at the owners house. Which happened a couple of days ago, and now I have my dress.

This week I also sent the most adorable knitted sparkle deer by [personal profile] turlough. Seriously, it's fabulous and looks amazing with the rest of the herd. I was also sent the cutest penguin in a Santa hat ornament and cat tree ornament by [personal profile] sperrywink. Both of which look fabulously festive. I also got a card from [personal profile] saba1789 so thank you all ♥

Finally, a reminder about my card poll. The first batch has been sent, but I'll happily send more. Though any going to very far flung destinations may get there late now.

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A drive-by post.

Very last minute we're off to spend a few days in York, leaving in an hour or so. The Christmas market is there and we've tickets for the museum gardens light event for tomorrow night, and it'll be lovely.

In the last days James had a birthday, and also had his back injections which seemed to have gone well. With me being his carer I was allowed to go to the unit with him and could stay with him until he actually went to theatre, and then I just hung in the patient lounge until he got back.

We had our first festive gathering and had a lovely time, though the weather was terrible, snowing all day. Which wasn't fun when we had to drive Corey back to Newcastle afterwards. Photo evidence

I put all the decorations up yesterday, and everything looks nicely festive.

And with that, I must start to pack, the market awaits.

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Sometimes you'd think I wasn't a functioning adult. I was supposed to have a dentist appointment tomorrow as the cap I had fitted earlier this year has been bothering me. Booked the appointment, then today phoned as I needed to postpone it. Only the dentist had no record of the appointment, which was weird as they'd phoned this morning to check I was still going.

After a bit of investigating it turns out I'd made an appointment with another dentist in town, one I last went to about 20 years ago. Despite me saying I'd had the cap done earlier in the year etc they made no mention it wasn't them that had done it, and in fact hadn't seen me for a really long time. I'm just glad I did call to postpone or I'd have looked a right idiot tomorrow, and been landed with a non-attendance fee for the dentist that did have an appointment.

So now I'm going next Wednesday instead, and made the appointment in person at the practice to ensure it was the right place.

Today we've been to the limb centre so James could get his leg checked, then went on to Newcastle to have a mooch around the market. It had been snowing this morning, and that turned to sleet later, and it was cold, so we called into Hadrians Tipi which is a small market plus a huge tipi which is heated with open log fires. We got a seat next to one of the fire pits and it was so warm and cosy, though I did come out with my coat covered in ash. Now I'm just waiting until 5 when I'm taking mam's cat to the vets.

Tomorrow James is at the hospital as a day case to get his back injected. Considering the amount of operations he's had you'd think he wouldn't be nervous, but he is. Which is why I changed my plans. He has to be there at 7:30 and hopefully should be done by dinner time. They've said I can stay until he goes down to the theatre, but then I'll be off to hang at the cafe. So, book and plenty of money for drinks and I'm sorted.

Now to cram in my words before leaving.

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I got my first Christmas card today. Thank you so much, [personal profile] dine, you always get my Christmas season off to the best start ♥

It was also a reminder thatI needed to post my own address post. So, this is it.

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Corey went back to uni last week, much happier than when he came home. I suspect he would have stayed a little longer but his group house chat revealed they'd received letters saying three of them were about to be done for council tax non-payment. So he had to go back and sort that out because apparently something had gone wrong somewhere.

He's gone back to his meetings/classes and has talked to everyone that was suggested, and really, thank you to everyone that gave such helpful advice.

While he was home we had a very chilled and domestic time. He helped sort out the kitchen cupboards, mainly because he's the only person who can easily access the top shelves of the wall units, and helped me sort out all the spices and tea. Now it's grouped together I can see I have a lot of tea -- a lot! And I gave advise about the necklace he was buying for his girlfriend. Which is beautiful and being handmade in Canada.

We've talked a lot since, and he's back on Thursday evening for a Christmas dinner so hopefully, things will remain on an even keel.

Other than that. I've been to see Justice League, which I liked well enough, and Daddies Home Two, which I loved. That movie, oh man. It's no secret that I'm a sucker for Christmas cheese and Daddies Home delivered that in spades. cut for the ending in case anyone is going to see itCollapse )

While we were seeing that we saw our second cinema of choice is being fitted with an IMAX screen, and even better, all the seats will be recliners. So we booked to see Star Wars there. The screen actually opens tomorrow, and we did look to see what was playing this week, but it's Justice League and I don't really want to see that again. Of course this means the chance of James falling asleep increases even more. At this point he may as well just take a blanket with him.

We also saw the Coca Cola truck I have to admit it was a little underwhelming during the day, but when we left at night it was all lit up with projections on the side and looked fab.

Writing is going okay. I've made my word target all month, admittedly, just on some days, but I did it. And both challenge stories will be done well in time.

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I went to the Sunderland Veganfest with Kayleigh and Shauna yesterday. While I'm not vegan, or vegetarian even, it was something we were all interested in. Well, except for Shauna, she mainly came because it's not often she and Kayleigh have a day off together. It was a good time, held at the local football stadium and over two floors. There was a nice selection of stalls and many places selling food. I came home with a steampunk fox print that caught my attention and didn't let go. Two home made cat Christmas cards -- which I suspect will be winging their way around the world soon, home made soap -- even though I have enough soap from Lush to last me for years -- two snowmen bath melts, one of which has now been used, and a chocolate vegan brownie for James. Both he and mam had said the food would be like cardboard, which was more ignorance with never trying than actual opinion I suspect. While James has changed his mind as he loved the brownie, mam tried some of a left over vegan burger and ended up spitting it into the bin, so no change there. However, this is the woman who just tried rice for the first time this year, so it was always going to be a hard sell.

What did take me aback was seeing one of the people on a craft stall eating a Mcdonalds burger behind their stall. They'd hidden the box in a brown paper bag, but it was still pretty obvious what they were doing. I just found it a little disrespectful.

While I was at the fest James was off seeing his family as it's my youngest nephew's birthday today. Talking to him later I was thankful he went solo as the in laws have been having a bust up, which I guess makes a change from my side fighting. Plus, both my MiL and FiL have serious health issues that they're ignoring. MiL especially as she says it feels like she's walking on cotton wool when she walks, which suggests to me a nerve problem, and considering she's diabetic that could be serious. But would she make a doctor's appointment. Nope. She's seeing the nurse on Wednesday and thinks that's enough. Hopefully she'll make her see a doctor then.

James was also exhausted himself. He finished night shifts on Friday night, then was in charge of a scout camp from first thing Saturday morning, which included driving down to Eden Camp. Then marched with his scouts in the Remembrance parade on Sunday, helped pack up the camp then went on to his mam's and sister's houses. No wonder he was flaked on on the couch fast asleep when I got home.

Last night we also organised an early Christmas dinner with Pauline and my brother and his family for the 30th of this month. This obviously means I need to buy myself a new Christmas themed dress. I actually really want a tacky Christmas jumper too. It wasn't worth the cost getting one before as the plus size shops charge a fortune and I couldn't justify it for a few wears. But this year the tack will be mine!

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We got Jaffa back this morning, and now I'm waiting for the hire company to come and get Snowball. They said anything up to eight hours after 11 this morning, so there's still a while to go. It's a pain we haven't been able to go out today, though. And now James has gone to work and I'm still waiting.

Snowball was a nice car, but I did miss Jaffa's heated seats. I've got this thing with James. I get cold really easily, he gets overheated easily. It's fine in the house or out and about. But in the car we always get into this ridiculous situation where I'll crank my side of the heat up, so he'll open the window, so I'll crank further, he'll open further. At least the heated seats help that.

We had a lovely day out on Sunday. They continue to feel weird so we went out for the full day. First to Newcastle quayside market where we wandered and had some delicious food for dinner. Then we drove to Metrocentre to see Bad Moms Christmas movie. Now, I was looking forward to that as I love a Christmas movie -- I may have been watching the Christmas movie channel for over a month now. Plus, Costa coffee had released their Christmas drinks so I got to see a Christmas movie clutching a Christmas cup and drinking a Christmas cappuccino. What can I say, I like Christmas? Then on the night we went to a Guy Fawkes display at the beach, which was nice, but short and very cold.

Other than that I've been helping mam decorate her kitchen and sort things out in her house. That took a good two days, but at least being so busy meant my computer acting up wasn't such a big deal. Thankfully I've managed to fix that, and remain amazed at being able to do things without a terrible lag.

Writing is going well. The bandom exchange is over half done and I have a solid idea for the popslash one. I'm still adding words to the Musketeers fic too, so all in all, words are happening.

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In a fit of madness I signed up for both the popslash and bandom holiday exchanges. Both assignments are perfectly doable, but even so, what have I done?!

Though I have to admit I signed very last minute for both. Not because I'd intended to do that, but because the date had slipped my mind. Which was especially stupid for the popslash one as I knew sign ups ended on Halloween, had spent a few hours giving out sweets to trick or treaters, had gone in the bath and was sitting there when it suddenly struck me it was the 31st.

I also forgot that mini nano would be starting yesterday, so had to quickly dust off an old google doc to get some words done because I hadn't finalised any exchange ideas. So I wrote some more of my Musketeers space au, and read what I have already, and you know, I like it. And of course want to write more of that now.

In rl news. We've got yet another hire car atm, the third in as many months. Last week James had a very minor fender bender, and thought our car, Jaffa, had got off unscathed as he'd bumped a car that had to suddenly break and while that one had back bumper damage ours looked fine. Got the insurance sorted for that, then two days ago it was bright sunshine instead of grey like it's been for a while, and we realised that Jaffa not only had a small hole in the bumper, but one side of the bonnet was twisted and a clip on the headlight broken. So that's a £100 excess payment we weren't expecting.

In the last few days we've also had a double cinema day. Breathe, which was good, and Thor which was amazing and so funny. Plus, at the risk of [personal profile] sperrywink shunning me, I loved Thor and Loki's relationship in it. We also had an afternoon at Beamish, the local open air museum. Once you pay to go in you can use your ticket for a full year, and ours is due to run out at the end of this month, so as it was sunny we decided on a quick visit. It was a good time, because it was out of season it was relatively quiet, so easy to get on the trams and buses, plus, we got to go down the mine. Well, I did. You have to walk down it bent over and James couldn't manage more than a few feet, so he went back to the surface. I went all the way down and man, it was creepy at the bottom. Surrounded by coal and rock on all sides, unable to stand upright, your feet soaking due to running water, and then the guide turns off the lights and its pitch black. Those miners must have had nerves of steel to work in those conditions.

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Nanna's funeral went as well as any funeral can yesterday.

Quite a few people went to the crematorium, not so many to the wake afterwards, but enough we could talk about her and meet up with people we hardly see apart from weddings and funerals. I suspect yesterday will be the last time we see many of those people as our only connection was nanna. Which is sad, but life I guess.

The service itself was a bit so-so. The lady doing it was lovely, greeted everyone waiting, personally spoke to all the people from the mourning cars, handed out tissues etc. But there was just something missing. At dad's funeral so many personal stories about him were told, but for nanna she said how nanna had a joyful life, liked talking to people, briefly mentioned her early jobs, then how she met granddad in the war, had dad and my uncle, and that was it. All the rest was how joyful she was, how she brought joy to others, how her life was full of joy, and while that was nice the focus on joy was a bit much. I mean, nanna was 97 years old, she had thousands of stories that could have been told. But no, it was all joy.

It was lovely to have Corey home for a while, and we had some nice chats. Strangely, often about wax melts and burners. He'd just decided to buy a burner, and had found a place on Amazon selling cheap tartlets, so we had a good look at them, and then mam gave him a spare electric wax tartlet burner, so he went back with that, and a bale of towels she bought him, and various things from his bedroom. I ordered some tartlets for myself, and he told me I'd have to tell him what they're like. As they arrived this morning that'll be my next task for him, that and taking his suit back to Newcastle as we forgot it last night.

Thursday was the gathering in dad's memory at Pauline's. That was nice, not as many people there as normal but enough family that we could remember him and just chill. James was at work, and was picking Corey up and coming straight to Pauline's, so I got the bus. Which was fine but seemed to freak other people out. Yes, it had been many many years since I'd been on a bus, but I was still perfectly capable of doing so. Even so, Pauline still had her daughter watching out for me at the bus stop. I've told James my next plan is to get the bus to the Metro Centre by myself, have a bit of a shop and meet him there for a cinema visit after work. And I will, after I've got over how much bus fares cost these days *g*

I'm glad those two days are over. Though mam and Kayleigh having yet another of their fights on Thursday didn't help. I wouldn't care if they left me out of things but they both tell me what the other has done or said, read out text messages etc and seriously, I was done. Mam did send me a lovely arrangements of flowers that day and Kayleigh texted to apologise, but even so, they both should have known better.

My uncle hands nanna's house keys in on Monday, and says he needs to see me about some business at some point, which I assume is will related. Before then I'm going to go up one last time and that'll be it.

It'll be strange not talking about her. A few of you have met her, and she always asked about my friends, even if she couldn't get her head around how I knew so many people online, and how I met up with some of them, and some came to me. She was blunt as hell, frustrating at times, but she was also one amazing nanna. I'm going to miss her but at the same time, I'm at peace that she was ready to go.

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Hope today is a great day, and you enjoy all your new stuff.

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