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Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:53 pm
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I had an excellent time at Camp Sparkle. I got to stay for four days, which was all kinds of great as I got to hang with some very excellent people who I really don't see often enough. It was the 10th Camp Sparkle, which is amazing. All those years of sparkly meet-ups, and [personal profile] nopseud and [personal profile] pensnest deserve multiple gold stars for making them happen, because man, I can't even begin to imagine how difficult they must be to organise.

While at Camp I went on a steam train to Whitby, where it bucketed it down, but thankfully the rain eased off after dinner, so I got to wander Whitby with James and [personal profile] sperrywink, ending up having a drink in a relatively warm and sun lit courtyard.

Went to check out Castle Howard, which had beautiful gardens and a really interesting castle.

Had a quick trip to Filey, before the moderately tidy BBQ on the night, where the food was plentiful and tasty and everyone looked smart as carrots.

Then sadly had to go home before the others, but stopped off at Scarborough on the way back.

The week before I went nanna was admitted to hospital again as she couldn't move her leg. The news was pretty bleak at one point. We were calling Pauline on the night and at one point I was starting to think we'd have to leave early to see her one last time. Then, between one day and the next she perked right up. Since I've been home she's found out she's actually got two breaks in her back, old ones that probably happened when she fell four years ago. I'm not sure what's going to happen, but am hoping she'll be transferred to the rehab centre which is set up for periods between hospital and home. Especially so as the centre is in the same building as my gym.

It was a year for my weight loss op two days ago. This time last year I was just coming home with no idea how my life was going to change so amazingly. I won't give figures as I have my one year post op appointment next month and will take numbers lost from then, but know, I could walk for a long time and at ease while I was at Camp. I even sat in the middle of a three person row in the mini bus and didn't squash the people on both sides. Silly things like that remain amazing to me. But yeah, I did post a face-to-face pic on Insta if you'd like to see, which is here.

Camp 2018 Poll

Sep. 21st, 2017 08:56 pm
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Because places are booking up fast, we're asking people to fill out a poll now for Camp next year.

We have two options, which are returning to Honeysuckle Cottage in Reighton, North Yorks, or going to a new house in Bath. Both of them would be more expensive than this year, and we have very limited availability.

Honeysuckle Cottage, Reighton, North Yorkshire - £3750 (~£35 per person per night, accommodation only)
Newbridge House, Bath - £3250 (~£30 per person per night, accommodation only)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


I CAN go to Camp on the following dates

View Answers

Bath 18-25 May
6 (60.0%)

Bath 15-22 June
9 (90.0%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 22-29 June
9 (90.0%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 13-20 July
9 (90.0%)

I would PREFER Camp to take place on the following dates

View Answers

Bath 18-25 May
2 (33.3%)

Bath 15-22 June
5 (83.3%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 22-29 June
3 (50.0%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 13-20 July
3 (50.0%)

lunes OR The State of Me, Post-Harvey

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:48 am
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Otherwise known as, Journaling For Therapy in 5 E-Z Steps. Really long. Scroll past if your own family drama is enough for you. )

THERAPY THROUGH BRITISH POLICE PROCEDURALS

Since The Email, I have been self-therapying with British police procedurals which, to be fair, I love anyhow. I've just been binging them and D has been watching with me. I have rated them in order of how much I want to visit the country they are set in which happens to be in keeping with how much I love them. I'm not including Broadchurch since my deep love for it goes without saying:

1. Shetland- I love this SO MUCH. The countryside looks so lush and green and I love Jimmy Perez and Tosh the best. I continue to be highly amused at his Spanish surname and how totally plausible it is because Spaniards are often blond and fair. I am a season behind because the new one isn't on Netflix until it is complete but I can't wait!

2. Wallander- HOW did I not know Fetus!Tom Hiddleston was on this?? HOW?? You are all FIRED! Also, I know this is based on the Swedish mystery series, ok? Kenneth Branagh is a Brit, as are all the cast. Everything is superb on this: acting, cinematography, writing. Branagh is so BROKEN in this, like, all the time, and all you want to do is give him soup and tell him to sleep.

3. Hinterland- Of all of them this is absolutely the darkest, both literally and symbolically. It pushes the gore factor considerably in crime scenes and gunshot scenes compared to the others. Very noir, but really well done, too. Another broken DCI with secrets and baggage skillfully performed by Richard Harrington, who played Captain Blamey on Poldark, where he looked 65 years old in his wig and uniform. Fantastic cast, all of them.

4. Midsomer Murders- This is the oldest series and it is A DELIGHT. We are only on the second season and enjoying it utterly. Much lighter fare and a breath of fresh air every time. It's also such fun to play spot-the actor. We've already seen a young Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Spriggs of Sense and Sensibility and Harry Potter fame.

MISC.

* D has been pre-diagnosed with gastroparesis, which basically means her stomach does not work right. We are seeing other specialists because her dr thinks there might be another condition also at play and wants to at least rule it out. It is such a relief to find a medical professional that listens and believes you, I can't tell you. Dr. Behazin in Houston and her staff are the BEST.

* I plan to visit my folks early next month because it has been way too long. My mom is not doing well being my dad's caretaker since she is not, and has never been, the best nurturing sort. Not being mean; she'd say the same. However, she is also 77 herself, so I know her health is not the best, either.

* I have not read anything in so long it is sad.

* Except for kid's graphic novels for my committee. My faves so far are

- Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
- Princess Princess Ever After by Katie 'Neill
- Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli
- Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton
- Real Frends by Shannon Hale

Okay, gente. I'ma go be productive.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Thanks for letting me use this as a space to process. It really does help. :-)

My DW communities

Sep. 16th, 2017 03:59 pm
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Re-post for newer people (or a reminder for others).

I'm up to 9 communities!
(not planning anymore...although some of these were unplanned...Oops!)

Since these are new communities, I would greatly appreciate if you would spread the word.

Many thanks!

My NCIS and fandom communities on DW:
[community profile] ncis_bigbang NCIS Big Bang Challenge
[community profile] ncis_reversebang NCIS Revserse Bang Challenge
[community profile] ncis_bang NCIS Challenge Master Lists from past challenges
[community profile] ncis_sesa NCIS Secret Santa Challenge
[community profile] ncis_challenge NCIS Happy Holidays Advent Challenge
[community profile] ncis_discuss Discussions about NCIS, the series and fandom
[community profile] ncis_search Search for anything related to NCIS (certain scenes, photos, etc.)
[community profile] ncis_campfire Newsletter
[community profile] beta_search A multi-fandom community where you can look for, or offer, beta, cheerleader or mentor help.

Hello

Sep. 16th, 2017 03:52 pm
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*waves*

Just stopping by to see if there's anything going on in the world of DW. *G*

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