Zons.

5 May 2016 20:57
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Last Sunday the weather was stunning - blue skies, sunshine - a much needed improvement after lots of proverbial April weather with rain and even hail.

Ignoring the desk and the clutter we decided to do some local sight-seeing, visiting a place that the kid had not seen yet. Zons is an old fortified town by the Rhine.

Last weekend they had a medieval market and fair which also included the re-enactment of a famous battle.
We did not witness the battle, but still had a very good time in the sun.

Picspam )
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I finished Daredevil season 2, finally, and would appreciate fic recs for: anything Elektra, Frank/Matt or Frank/Karen (I feel like I'm gonna be lucky about the latter but not sure exactly what you want??), or any post season 2 OT3's (doesn't have to be shippy, just Matt + Foggy + Karen interacting however.)

Crossovers always welcome.

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Keiki and "his" box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Thanks to him, I have discovered that if you manage to prise the leftover milk from a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch out of your possessive baby's fingers and add it to your morning cup of filter coffee, you can create a pumpkin spice latte.
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29 April 2016 22:25
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I participated in a "flash fiction" exchange recently, with no minimum and three days to write. The scare quotes are because in those three days I wrote 3600 words /o\ But the result is the "our NHL with bonus magic" kind of AU, with pining and minor nature porn.

Almost as Bright (3619 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Nature, Pining, Fantasy
Summary:

Last night Zhenya was in a club in Moscow. This morning he's lying naked on the beach of a lake he doesn't recognize. This has never happened to him before.


And today someone asked for Tanger/his temper/Sid, and this is what came out. I had a lot of fun writing a looser, wilder voice than my usual for this fandom. I couldn't keep it up for a longfic, but for 1k, it was fun.

in line (1043 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Kris Letang
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang
Additional Tags: Shower Sex, Semi-Public Sex
Summary:

Tanger’s laugh this time is real: temper past. “You gonna reward me? Keep me in line?”

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Keiki with Grandma & Grandpa
Grandma and Grandpa teach Keiki how to make a grass blade whistle.

The wild Keiki in the grass
Behold the wild Keiki in the grass.

It has taken three days of my six-day trip here to sort out my parents' internet connection, which is a bit longer than I'd hoped to spend on it. The important thing is that it seems to be working now. There was an intermittent problem which took a while - and multiple calls to service provider & visits by technicians - to fix. They ended up replacing all of the coax cable ends and connectors from the pole to the wall socket in house and that did the trick. The last tech also found a problem with the incoming signal from the roadside, which has presumably been affecting all my parents' elderly neighbours whether they knew it or not, so that should get fixed as well. Probably after I leave, which is non-ideal, but it will hopefully end up helping to vindicate the World's Most Expensive Tech Support Trip.

Last night I made the mistake of going to bed at 21:30, which meant I was wide awake at 04:30. It's going to take a lot of cups of tea to keep me awake for another 2.5 hours. I'd better get started on that.

ETA: Forgot to tell the best part of the story so far, which is the bit where my parents meticulously recorded my flight details on their wall calendar...on the wrong day. This resulted in me popping out from baggage claim after my (delayed) 9.5 hour flight and an hour's slog through immigration/border control with my suitcase and a delirious baby in a pushchair and not finding my father, who is usually strolling up and down the Arrivals hall.

I got out my mobile and dialed my parents. Dad answered after three rings. "Hello?"
"Hi Dad, it's me. Where are you?"
"I'm here!"
"Okay, where?"
"What?"
"Where, specifically, are you? Are you in Arrivals, or the car park, or outside?"
There is a long and ominous pause.
"I'm at home. Aren't you arriving tomorrow?"
"...No, Dad, I'm in the airport."

NB: My parents live over an hour's drive from the nearest international airport. That was an expensive taxi ride.

I'm sure this memory will be funny eventually. Like in five years or so.
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Very cross with my edition of The Naughtiest Girl in the School, right now.


This book was written in the 1940s.
The kids are given two pounds each week for pocket money.
Said pounds are made up of 100 pence each.


GRRR.


Judicious googling confirms my suspicion that the original edition had them receiving two shillings each week.

Why, oh why do people think these things need to be dumbed down? Either the kids won't notice the weird currency, or else they WILL notice and will therefore LEARN something!



This is actually annoying me more than the American editions of Harry Potter.

This is a thing that is good

27 April 2016 08:24
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N.B. Despite the headline, it's not directed at autistic shoppers alone, but anyone who has difficulty with noise and disturbance.

(And how nice that the guy pioneering it is someone who knows about the problem first-hand from his experiences with anxiety, and is willing to be out about that.)

It still wouldn't solve some problems (like fluorescent lighting), and also it's at 8am when some of us are not capable of being human, but god, what a step in the right direction that people are actually thinking about this shit.
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Awards!

24 April 2016 10:31
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So they announced the Willowy Goodness Awards, and I won some stuff! Particularly for First One To Turn The Wheel Is A Chicken and The Pieces That Prevailed.

Banners! )

Huge thanks to everyone, especially [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams for holding it together! Check out the full list of winners here - congrats all!

Also, leaving this here for tomorrow:

And I have the fic to back it up.

WTF? I Hate Shopping...

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Prater Park and the Belvedere

22 April 2016 20:38
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Since I knew we were going to lean heavily on the grandparents for child care on Wednesday and Thursday, I used Tuesday to take the children out as much as possible. (As it turned out, I overdid it a little, both for them and myself, as I was shattered during the evening conference session.) In the morning, we explored the many playgrounds in the enormous Prater Park near our accommodation. We sampled no less than four different ones. Our favourite was the last, as it featured a generous sand pit. In the afternoon, we took the tram to the Belvedere, the mansions-turned-museums with formal gardens that we stayed over the road from the last time we were in Vienna.

Humuhumu & Gryphon 1
Humuhumu in front of one of the many gryphons guarding the formal gardens.

+14 photos )

We walked up to Karlsplatz and the U-bahn in the late afternoon sunshine. For the first time since we'd left the house in the morning, Humuhumu asked for a pick-up, and as she lay her head on my shoulder I suddenly realised that she'd walked (or run) at least five kilometres that day. Not bad going for three-year-old legs. And we'd even forgotten to celebrate Cake O'Clock. We compensated by having Chocolate O'Clock when we got home, with Manner wafers and Mozart balls.
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