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16 April 2014 01:18
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Emerson Cod has a framed print of my grandmother's 1933 Chicago World's Fair poster hanging in his office. I can't even.

My grandmother was born in Chicago in '33, a World's Fair baby, and she's got a tremendous collection of related stuff, but that poster - the one by Glen C. Sheffer, with the lady standing on the globe with her arms outreached - is the one she's always had most prominently on display. In quiet tribute to her, I've used it as an opening object in my science-fiction-topic comp class, and three circular detail-crops top my current syllabus. Suffice it to say that the image is majorly iconic for me and seeing it in this show is blowing my heart to confused sentimental bits.
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So now that there a bunch of new books out, here are my unspoilery thoughts on the ones I've tried. Roughly in descending order of how much I like them.

Loki: Agent of Asgard - Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Another Ewing book, which I picked up solely because I liked Mighty Avengers so much, and I have not been disappointed. This last issue involved a Marvelverse retelling of a Norse myth; the retelling featured a rocket launcher. Also a brand new character was introduced in the second issue who is both interesting in her own right and the perfect Loki foil, and I am super excited to see more of her. And have I mentioned the fanservice? *fans self*

Ms. Marvel - G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey who idolizes Carol Danvers and then acquires super powers. We're only two issues in, but this book is brimful of HEART.It's pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Alphona's art is a little bit whimsical and hits exactly the right note.

Moon Knight - Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey/Jordie Bellaire
So far this seems to be largely an experiment in form, but oh, what a gorgeous form it is. Ellis is dry and understated, and the Shalvey/Bellaire combo is pretty much my dream team, especially working on something a bit more fantastical like this. Every idea Ellis is throwing at them, they're knocking out of the park.

Black Widow - Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto
The art here is really gorgeous, especially if you like sort of a dreamy, painted look to your spy action. The story is a bit thin so far; I will likely never be enthralled by one-off spy plots, especially ones that offer so little characterization to compensate. Edmondson's penchant for metaphor-heavy, first-person narration does the book no favors either. However, the continuing plot is finally picking up now, and I like Noto's art even more than I did at first.

Captain Marvel - Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez
Carol Danvers goes to space! I really love the art here, and I think Lopez is by far the best fit tonally for this book out of the many artists who've tried their hand at Captain Marvel in the past two years. However, I think I just don't like Carol Danvers that much. If you do, then you should definitely check this out.

X-Force - Simon Spurrier, He-Rock Kim
I wanted to like this because it has Psylocke and Fantomex in it, and Spurrier seemed like an interesting choice as he comes off his success with the zany fringe title X-Men: Legacy, but I hate the art here so much - SO MUCH - that I can't even tell how I feel about the rest of it. However, we're picking up Jorge Molina for a few issues here soon, and I like what I've seen of the previews for those issues, so maybe there's hope.
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
For a Five-Year-Old

A snail is climbing up the window-sill
into your room, after a night of rain.
You call me in to see, and I explain
that it would be unkind to leave it there:
it might crawl to the floor; we must take care
that no one squashes it. You understand,
and carry it outside, with careful hand,
to eat a daffodil.

I see, then, that a kind of faith prevails:
your gentleness is moulded still by words
from me, who have trapped mice and shot wild birds,
from me, who drowned your kittens, who betrayed
your closest relatives, and who purveyed
the harshest kind of truth to many another.
But that is how things are: I am your mother,
and we are kind to snails.

[Fic] Ring Led

15 April 2014 17:11
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[personal profile] branchandroot

Cross-post from my archive.

Fandom/Arc: Have and Hold, Kuroko no Basuke
Characters/Pairings: Aomine Daiki, Kagami Taiga, Kuroko Tetsuya, Kuroko/Aomine/Kagami
Summary: Kuroko decides to push Aomine a little further, and offers to spank him for breaking his collar (again). Aomine is perfectly pleased, but Kagami needs a bit more reassurance.
Meta: D/s, Porn, I-4
Wordcount: 2880

"You know," Tetsu murmured, fingers stroking over the line of Daiki's new collar, "sometimes I think you let them break just so I'll put another on you."

Daiki looked up at him, relaxed by the feeling of being collared again. "You did say that you would, as often as necessary."

The corners of Tetsu's mouth curled up faintly, and he set his fingers under Daiki's chin, keeping his head tipped back. "I did, and I will. Though I'm starting to wonder if I should punish you, when you break another one, for putting me to the trouble."

Ring Led )

The Honeycomb

15 April 2014 21:15
[personal profile] kaberett posting in [community profile] poetry
They had made love early in the high bed,
Not knowing the honeycomb stretched
Between lath and plaster of the outer wall.

For a century
The bees had wintered there,
Prisoning sugar in the virgin wax.

At times of transition,
Spring and autumn,
Their vibration swelled the room.

Laying his hand against the plaster
In the May sunrise,
He felt the faint frequency of their arousal,

Nor winters later, burning the beeswax candle,
Could he forget his tremulous first loving
Into the humming dawn.

--Pauline Stainer
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[personal profile] lotesse
Partway through the third season I'm still really enjoying Farscape; I appreciate the way it keeps bending my brain around in weird ways. But watching it is also kind of like playing Crazy Chicken. While I'd picked up the analysis from fannish osmosis of John Crichton as raped, I wasn't prepared AT ALL for the degree to which the show/Ben Browder are dedicated to the depiction of the cracks in his psyche. This is a show about madness - and while at the moment I find that topic deeply compelling I have to admit that there have been moments when I've had to tap out. I couldn't handle the clone arc, just couldn't handle it. I feel so on edge, watching, because I worry that they're going to crack his sanity like an egg at any moment.

And then there are the bits like "Look at the Princess" and "Liars, Guns, and Money," which are just altogether delightful and delicious and delovely and man I love SF multiparters. I'm really into John/Aeryn as a ship, no surprise there. I already knew that I was in love with Claudia Black because duh who isn't, but Gigi Edgly is charming the pants off of me, and I also am really digging on John&Chiana as a platonic bffs deal.

I bopped over into Pushing Daisies because I did kind of need a break from the psychological intensity of Farscape. I'd seen half of the first episode of the second season at home with my parents, and we'd backbuttoned out because it was clear we'd missed too much context by not starting from the beginning. I am PRIMED for Lee Pace; his movie The Fall has been occupying a lot of my psychic real estate since I saw it a few years back, and I just his face. However I did not anticipate the degree or speed with/to which I am DEAD GONE on Ned the Piemaker, who I lust after with more fervor than I've experienced in rather a while. Despite the whimsical charms of lonely tourist Charlotte Charles I ttly ship Ned/Olive; Cheno is da bomb and I cannot resist her squawky little voice. My sib and I spent a lot of hours listening to Jim Dale read the Harry Potter books, so I also pick up a lot of snuggly comfort from his narration.

Aren't media texts with narrators cool? I was trying to list other ones in my head last night and could only come up with Sally Potter's Orlando and Stranger Than Fiction, though I guess you could also say that most of Baz Lurhmann's films and, like, Singin in the Rain are also essentially narrated, just through a variety of schticks rather than an Eliotian interpretive voice from on high.
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Mirrored from Twisting Vines.

I’m running a free Introduction to Permaculture one-day course at Burgess Park Food Project on the 26th April. Contact me, or the address on the website, to book.

There’s lots of other cool stuff going on there this summer, too. (JPG only at that link, sorry; have requested text version.)

[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] poetry
cat's tail
her purring

cat's tail
her pleasure

cat's tail
a question

cat's tail
an exclamation

cat's tail
all the talking
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Posted by Jolene Tan

Nudibranch.jpgNew week, new links! As ever, linking isn't endorsement, and some links may contain disturbing content. If we've left anything out, pop it in the comments!

  • Peaches Geldof: Writer and TV Presenter Dies Aged 25 (BBC)
  • 'Manifestly Inadequate': austerity and cuts are punishing and devastating - See more at: http://www.feministtimes.com/manifestly-inadequate-austerity-cuts-punishing-devastating/#sthash.CKLMjRpA.dpuf (Feminist Times) - by our very own Philippa Willitts
  • Peacebuilding: The factor that makes a difference (Open Democracy)
  • Men: show us the female characters you admire (Guardian)
  • Women who eat on the Tube (Ellie Mae O'Hagan) (Consider, on the other hand, this)
  • An open letter to Brogrammers (Franklin's livejournal)
  • Flirtation or sexual harassment? Here's how to tell the difference (Guardian)
  • Sue Townsend obituary, plus other writers' reflections on Townsend and a 1989 article she wrote about the welfare state (Guardian)
  • Doctors implant lab-grown vagina (BBC)
  • Iraq poised to legalise marriage for girls as young as 9 (Washington Post)
  • Dated Feminists (feministkilljoys)
  • Parenting the non-girlie girl (New York Times)
  • Creator of For Brown Girls Blog Reportedly Commits Suicide at Age 22 (The Root)
  • Stop telling survivors they must report to the police (Feministing)
  • Monica Jones Guilty Of Walking While Black Trans In Arizona (TransGriot)
  • Army 'must consider' female combat roles (BBC)
  • Oscar Pistorius' trigger
    (New Yorker)
  • Trans inmate on hunger strike: "I don't want to die" (LGBTI News Turkey)
  • Sarah Wollaston: Why am I being blamed for Nigel Evans sex case? (The Telegraph)
  • Supermarket staff could win millions in equal pay cases (Guardian)
  • FB trans safe spaces list
  • "Not ALL men" is the feminist in-joke so popular it's now got its own Tumblr (Us vs Th3m)
  • Lastly, if I may, rather cheekily: here's an interview I did with the Singapore Sunday Times, about my newly published novel A Certain Exposure, which, I like to think, has a few feminist themes. Unfortunately it's not physically distributed in the UK but you can sample a few pages and order a copy of the book here.
  • To end off, here's a video from Singapore's We Can! campaign against violence against women, drawing on the insight that the way we talk about HIV, sex and marriage may put women's health at risk:

    Image shows a colourful nudibranch. Used under a Creative Commons licence thanks to Dolkar2012.

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    Fandom: Galaxy Quest
    Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Tawney Madison
    Content Notes/Warnings: maybe not in the best possible taste
    Medium: digital vector art
    Artist on DW/LJ: nope
    Artist Website/Gallery: on DA
    Why this piece is awesome: Well, awesome may be going a bit far, but hey - Tawney Madison's chest was awesome, and this celebrates that well known feature of the movie! The artist seems to like doing vector art of peoples' chests, but well, each to their own. Also I like the texturing and the colours. And believe me, compared to some of the versions of TM's chest out there, this is a model of propriety.
    Link: Teaser Poster - Tawney Madison's chest
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    [personal profile] lettered
    No seriously guys, Peggy.

    I really loved Cap 2! Some day I will write my thoughts on it. But tonight [personal profile] my_daroga and I were wanting more Avengers-related things, so we finally watched some of the extras on IM3. I didn't know there was a short. About Peggy. A short about Peggy.

    I wanted to like Peggy. And I did! I thought she was cool. But basically before this short there just wasn't quite enough for me to be interested in. I mean, I like that she was tough and I liked that she liked Steve, but that was basically all I got from Cap 1? And then Cap 2 spoilers spoilers spoilers. But anyway, I wanted to like her, but mostly felt kind of indifferent.

    Now, however, I am in love with Peggy Carter, and here are two fics I want to write but also wish were written so I could read them. )
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    [personal profile] snickfic
    Somehow there are suddenly tons of events I can write and request comics for! So exciting!

    [livejournal.com profile] marvelgrabbag is a promptfest, where you make 4-5 Marvel-related prompts and then later claim at least one prompt for your very own. The signup process is not the most intuitive, because signups are on AO3 for claims that will be on LJ, but whatever. Here's the list of prompts so far. Anyone who's been paid any attention to any of my fest signups in the last six months will recognize most of my prompts, and anyone who knows me at all will recognize the rest. :D

    Night on Fic Mountain is Yuletide in the summer, basically. For all of us who have trouble participating in Yuletide as much as we'd like because of holidays/family/dial-up, this is THE PERFECT THING. I'm super excited about the comics fandoms that've been nominated.

    Not Prime Time, the fest for mid-size fandoms is running again this year. Last near I had no fandoms that qualified; this year, between comics and hockey, I have plenty! I'M GOING TO ASK FOR HOCKEY FIC. I... may already have my entire Dear Author letter written.

    Meanwhile, for more immediate gratification, I already mentioned MCU + all kinds of comics kink meme, for which you should prompt things so I have something to fill. Also there's [livejournal.com profile] marvel_cinekink, which is MCU only and therefore not so relevant to my interests but which nonetheless presently features this WIP which delves into the Winter Soldier's post-movie identity issues in lots of delicious hurty ways.

    Icon Batch #94

    14 April 2014 22:05
    next_to_normal: Tony Stark concept art, wearing just the arm of the Iron Man suit (Tony IM3)
    [personal profile] next_to_normal
    [1-19] Iron Man 3
    [20-41] Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    [42] Thor: The Dark World
    [43-48] Hawkeye (comics)
    [49-90] Actors (Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita N'yongo)


    Read more... )
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    [personal profile] lotesse
    state of the me: too busy, too stressed. I'm really looking forward to next month, when I'll be out of school (for good! at least for a while) and able to focus on regrouping, recentering, rebuilding. money is bothersome; I'm too paro and anxious to run close to the financial margin for long without getting fretful.

    How do you guys talk to people you care about - family chosen or otherwise - about digital support networks? I ask because as a quiet loner people do fuss about me, and I don't feel like I've ever managed to get across just how powerful digital connection can be. I think they see digital networks as a prosthetic, a stand-in for the social life they think I'm too shy or damaged or whatever to seek out. But. I can't even imagine the last decade of my life without internet media fandom and all the wonderful people it's helped me meet and talk to. Mama talks up the benefit of friends who aren't your be-all and end-all, they maybe rub you wrong ways but they're a social group - but I think there's also something intensely marvelous about the way that digital connection seems to short-circuit small talk, the way it plunges you right into the intensest of intimacies.

    when I write that here, I'm confident that y'all will feel me. I wish I could figure out how to get normspace folk to do the same.

    (I've been consuming media like a mofo in the attempt to conquer my massive piles of grading, so when I am more able to words on the subject I will post about Farscape and Pushing Daisies, both of which are giving me feelings of the most intense and delightful kind. I meant to do that when I opened the entry window but words are apparently feeling slippery.)
    [personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
    My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
        My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
    Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
        One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
    'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
        But being too happy in thine happiness,—
            That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees
                In some melodious plot
        Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
            Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

    O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been
        Cool'd a long age in the deep-delved earth,
    Tasting of Flora and the country green,
        Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!
    O for a beaker full of the warm South,
        Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
            With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
                And purple-stained mouth;
        That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
            And with thee fade away into the forest dim:

    Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget )
            Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?
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    [personal profile] ruuger
    ...because when the episodes finally finished downloading, I though, hey, maybe I'll watch an episode or two since I don't have anything else to do. And now I can't sleep again because I'm all keyed up. Stupid show.

    Summary of my thoughts during 6x15:

    spoilers )
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    [personal profile] fenchurch
    So, unlike last week, I'm actually getting around to posting Sunday's photo today... and not waiting another week!

    When we first bought this house, when the deal was done and we were still a few weeks away from taking possession and moving in, I drove out here one day and did some coordinates averaging out in front of the house at a spot I thought would be a good one for a Geocache and started building a page for it out on the site. To some extent, I was trying to make sure no one would put in a new cache too nearby during the weeks before we moved in (since caches have to be a minimum of 1/10th of a mile apart and there's a wild area next to our lot that some people might think is public property (we actually co-own it with two other families).

    Since then, we've been trying to put everything together to build the cache we really want. Something that will be obvious to Geocachers (so they won't tear apart the yard or even feel the need to go into the yard), but still not stand out too much for non-cachers so hopefully no one who shouldn't be finding it will disturb it. Well, yesterday was finally the day. The cache was done, the cache page was done and I hit publish on that sucker.

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. )

    Crossposted from my Livejournal.

    Oh Marvel, you shouldn't have!

    14 April 2014 14:53
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    File this under "things I always wanted but didn't quite believe existed":

    There is now a LIFE SIZED CAPTAIN AMERICA STATUE available for purchase.


    Of course, for $3,300 (the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL price, btw) you could probably buy the ACTUAL Chris Evans, but I imagine this one would be more... er, compliant.

    Just, you know, if anyone is still looking for a birthday present for me. This is out there.

    (I will also settle for the miniature version. I'm sure we could find a Hot Toys doll that looks enough like me, and I could make 'em go at it. \o/)
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    [personal profile] ruuger
    You know, I'd always thought that the reason I at first didn't like The Mentalist at first (and, in fact, on several occasions ranted to anyone who would listen about how bad it was) was just because I was being all judgy about procedurals. Except now that I'm rewatching the show for the first time since 2010 I'm finding that the first season is really not that good.

    I mean, there are some really good episodes, and even more great moments, and the main cast is fantastic, but there are also a lot of weak and mediocre episodes, and as a whole it's still pretty generic procedural. It's not until the S1 finale/the Bosco arc, I think, that the show hits its stride. I'm always the one who's arguing that you shouldn't skip the first season of Babylon 5 just because it's uneven, but with The Mentalist I'm going to have to recommend people to watch just the good/important episodes of S1 and go straight to S2.

    And now onto the usual random thoughts and observations:

    Read more... )

    And then a few thoughts that are spoilery of the current season:

    spoilers, spoilers, spoilery spoilers )

    For the record, I am (again) three (four?) episodes behind on the current season due to the fact that my usual means of acquiring episodes have suddenly disappeared and I haven't had the energy to go through alternative means to get them.
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    [personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
    Fandom: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (aka Ronin Warriors)
    Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Xiu
    Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
    Medium: digital art
    Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
    Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] complexcrystal

    Why this piece is awesome: Finding a work that depicts Xiu as stylishly badass and attractive is definitely not common so I was very happy when I found this. It's such a cool and fun work.

    Link: boys of summer 2008 - 19 (Shu)

    At the Zoo by A. A. Milne

    14 April 2014 17:05
    [personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] poetry
    There are lions and roaring tigers, and enormous camels and things,
    There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons, and a great big bear with wings.
    There's a sort of a tiny potamus, and a tiny nosserus too -
    But I gave buns to the elephant when I went down to the Zoo!

    There are badgers and bidgers and bodgers, and a Super-in-tendent's House,
    There are masses of goats, and a Polar, and different kinds of mouse,
    And I think there's a sort of a something which is called a wallaboo -
    But I gave buns to the elephant when I went down to the Zoo!

    If you try to talk to the bison, he never quite understands;
    You can't shake hands with a mingo - he doesn't like shaking hands.
    And lions and roaring tigers hate saying, "How do you do?" -
    But I gave buns to the elephant when I went down to the Zoo!

    - from When We Were Very Young, 1924

    from Tristia

    14 April 2014 13:39
    [personal profile] kaberett posting in [community profile] poetry
    Take for joy from the palms of my hands
    fragments of honey and sunlight,
    as the bees of Persephone commanded us.

    Not to be untied the moored vessel,
    not to be heard shadow walking on fur,
    not to be mastered terror growing in thickened life.

    We have only kisses now,
    furred like the smallest bees
    found dead after their flight from the hive.

    Bees rustling in translucency of densest night,
    their home the sleepy forest of Taigetos,
    their food time, lungwort, mint.

    Take then, take for joy my wild gift,
    a plain dry necklace of dead bees,
    bees that changed honey into sunlight.

    --Osip Mandelstam

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    14 April 2014 08:12
    [personal profile] erda posting in [community profile] poetry
    Theme week begins now. Please post poems relating to the theme of animals this week. Please tag them with the words theme:animals.
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    [personal profile] ruuger
    I've been meaning to post about this for a while now, but if you've ever wanted to find out what the scifi and fantasy literature in Finland is like, there's now an English-language anthology of Finnish SF/F called It Came from the North.

    To quote the blurb:
    What will you find within these pages? A photographer stumbles on a wounded troll, and attempts to nurse it back to health. A lonely girl discovers the flames in the family smithy are tied to an ancient portal between worlds. A modern woman excavates something sickening from the shower drain…and falls in love. A peculiar swamp holds restorative powers, for its avian and human inhabitants alike.

    The ebook is very cheap, so I recommend buying it if you're at all interested in non-anglophone SF/F (or SF/F written by women, since most of the authors in the anthology are women).

    The reason why I finally remembered to make this post is because Wizard Tower Books, which sells the ebook, is going to close at the end of this month. The book will be available elsewhere as well, but Cheryl Morgan, who owns Wizard's Tower Books, is a friend of a friend and one of the nicest people in fandom, and I'd love to see her get some extra sales before she shuts the place down.

    (Wizard's Tower Books has a really good selection of feminist/LGBT SF/F and even afrofuturism, and quite reasonable prices in general, so I recommend having a look around even if the Finnish anthology isn't your thing)

    Saturday - 12 April

    13 April 2014 17:21
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    [personal profile] fenchurch
    I should have just shoved Saturday's photo into the last update, but I really wasn't thinking. Not terribly exciting, but I thought it was kinda fun.

    Unexpected rubber ducky. )

    Crossposted from my Livejournal
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    [personal profile] fenchurch
    And here's another batch...

    Wednesday - 9 April

    A visit to the dentist. )

    Thursday - 10 April

    Googly eyes make everything fun. And kinda creepy. )

    Friday - 11 April

    Magnolia in bloom! )

    Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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    [personal profile] fenchurch
    You know, I was doing so well. Last Sunday I got almost all the way caught up on posting these things and even had this photo prepped and ready to go... but it was late and I figured I'd just do it in the morning. Ha! I'm really hoping to catch up today and then keep up. I didn't mean this to be a once a week kind of thing! I'm putting practically everything under cuts, though, so as to spare my flist while I get things up to date.

    Last Sunday's Photo - 6 April

    The guts of a Geocache. )

    Monday's Photo - 7 April

    Beautiful view. )

    Tuesday's Photo - 8 April

    Curled Up Kitty. )

    Crossposted from my Livejournal.


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