We had excellent news over the weekend. Mam has won her PIP appeal… - Saving the Vorwuls since 3289 a cage!
We had excellent news over the weekend. Mam has won her PIP appeal and doesn't have to go to the tribunal!

She did the same process James has just gone through last June, and her disability benefits were drastically cut and she lost her car. We've been fighting that decision ever since, going through an appeal, a tribunal, and she was due to go to another in a fortnight. But then on Saturday she got a letter saying they'd looked at all her evidence again, and had changed their decision, so no tribunal, and she'll get the car back and hopefully a big chunk of backdated money. I'm so thrilled for her, this last year has sucked so hard as she's fought this, and it's drastically affected both her mental and physical health.

We were supposed to go to the tribunal on the 13th of June, and I've told her she needs to do something good on that day instead. Change what was a day she was dreading to something that becomes a good memory.

James has two days at work and then he's off for a fortnight for his annual leave. It's our first wedding anniversary on Thursday so we're going to Lumley Castle for the night. Not one of the staterooms like we did last year, but just as nice. Then we're hoping to get away to York for a couple of days. We've seen a good hotel deal, which includes a visit to a falconry place, which is very tempting because I want to hold an owl.

Despite wanting to see the new Pirates movie I have no cinema visits to mention this time as James was coming off night shifts and the chance of him falling asleep was at 100%. The plans to see that are Wednesday, and also Baywatch \o/ I used to love Baywatch so much, I taped it every week and had such a huge crush on Parker Stevenson who played Craig. Why I'm not sure as he's not my usual type looks wise, but there was just something about him, and something about that ridiculous show. I know they're playing the movie for laughs, but even so. Baywatch. Be still my heart.

Not long ago [personal profile] dine mentioned fic spirals at A03. You know, when you read all an author's works and then check out their bookmarks and then end up reading all their works and so on and so on. Well, I'm well used to those, and the last time it led me to a 200k plus Musketeer story that I've been reading every night for the last week. The problem is, it's so OOC it makes me want to throw my Kindle on the floor as I'm reading, but at the same time, contains so many things I like, and pushes so many buttons that I couldn't stop reading. The crying, oh my god, the crying. Why so much crying!? And endless conversations and misunderstandings and people so ooc it makes me cringe, but even so. I couldn't quit it. I finally finished it last night, and the author had responded to every comment except someone who'd said it was a good story, well written but not a favourite and they'd found it ooc a lot, and I was sitting there nodding and thinking, yeah. I totally get that.

There's a second part in the series just as long. I'll be starting that tonight.

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solariana From: solariana Date: May 29th, 2017 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad things turned out well for your mam!

I remember when I first discovered PopSlash, and I would read everything written by a single author. I don't think I've done that with NCIS. I just never seem to have reading time.

It's still fun when a story completely sucks you in, but I will confess that there are generally three things that will get me to stop reading a story. One is when the characters are terribly OOC, also character bashing, and finally if the SPaG and typos make it unbearable to read.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: May 29th, 2017 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was such a relief.

I can imagine. Especially so as I assume NCIS is a big fandom, maybe not the size of the main huge fandoms like Marvel, but still bigger than popslash.

I'll forgive a lot while reading but character bashing would have me backing away, too. Despite what I say here ooc'ness also annoys me. Except it seems when it comes along with a story that hits my kinks. Sigh.

Sort of related to the NCIS part of this. I've just started watching Bull and am surprised how much I'm enjoying it. I've 17 eps built up on my DVR as I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but it seems so. I don't see Tony at all when I watch.
solariana From: solariana Date: May 29th, 2017 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hahaha, while NCIS may be a larger fandom, I still stay a bit isolated. I run 3-4 NCIS challenges each year (Big Bang, Reverse Bang, SeSa and sometimes a holiday or fan appreciation challenge). I mostly read stories that come from the challenges I run, and sometimes I find stories mentioned at the NCIS fic finders comm. It's not like back in my PopSlash days where I would Google things like crazy trying to find new stories and authors. Ah, the good old days, fond memories!

Some people have a tendency to make Ziva, Jenny or Sr ultra bad to the point where they are OOC. Even if they're bad, I still want them to be recognizable. In most cases, I wonder why the author didn't just leave them out, and make up an original evil character instead.

I've been watching Bull all season, but I tend to fall asleep. That is my main TV watching night because of NCIS, but I've always had trouble staying awake. Although I like the Bull characters in general, I'm not sure why the show has yet to hook me. I mainly watch only to see MW. I often ask myself if I would watch the show if MW wasn't in it, and the answer is always no. As long as it airs behind NCIS, I will watch it (when I can stay awake). If they moved it, I doubt I would seek it out. However, I may eventually get the DVDs. With my coming pay cut, I will probably have to drop my TV service, and may be just watching DVDs, LOL.
arsenicjade From: arsenicjade Date: May 30th, 2017 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so pleased to hear about your mom, that's great. And happy anniversary!
turps33 From: turps33 Date: July 1st, 2017 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm so pleased to hear about your mom, that's great. And happy anniversary!

Thank you for both!
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