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27 April 2014 @ 04:54 pm
I just got back from a trip to Whistler, where I was helping my sister, Claire, with moving. Well, I didn't actually do nearly as much helping as I'd planned because of a colossal lack of energy. Jet lag is a much bigger deal for me now than it was even five years ago, and the just-above-freezing-almost-constantly-drizzling weather certainly didn't help. Oh well. My sister and I had a lot of laughs and that's what matters. Did a lot of reading (highly recommend the 'Rivers of London' series by Ben Aaronovitch) and watched heaps of DVDs (my sister doesn't have cable). Oh yes, and the scenery is stupendous!

I'm about 2 weeks behind in my email and haven't checked LJ for what feels like an eternity. LMK if I've missed something important. Thanks!
15 March 2014 @ 04:23 pm
Yesterday was the perfect weather to turn Tessa into a giant snowball. I laughed when she first emerged from a big drift covered in little white bumbs, but started to get concerned as they grey larger and larger. She could hardly move at the end, and even after we got home, the snowballs remained stubbornly clumped. I finally had to run a hot bath to melt them away.

But she (and big brother Dexter, visiting for the day) sure looked funny!



FYI, Caesar was completely unaffected - the benefits of short beagle hair.
31 January 2014 @ 02:42 pm
The story of Clark and Lex, friends forever in a rift-free universe. Enjoy!

Made for the 2013 clexmas gift exchange on LiveJournal for nicnac918. Prompt: Disney song.

Many thanks to voldything for the wonderful beta.
19 January 2014 @ 04:17 pm
It's a windy day in this neck of the woods, but that doesn't stop us from having fun in the snow.
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31 December 2013 @ 07:49 pm
Caesar is 11 1/2 years old and spends most of his time sleeping or thinking of food. Tessa is 2 months old and spends most of her time sleeping or peeing in inappropriate places (even after I've just taken her out for a potty break). Up until now, Caesar has spent most of their time together loftily ignoring her, or trying to get as far away as possible. But starting about 15 minutes ago, he's now sharing his favorite blanket with her and licking her and chasing her around and they're both as happy as can be. So good to see!


29 December 2013 @ 10:58 am
Busy day yesterday, trying to get Tessa used to the new routine while my sister is off visiting relatives in New Jersey. (I somewhat gratefully begged off because of the pets.) I really must figure out a faster way to get everybody ready for walks. Caesar is an old pro at this, but Tessa is more likely than not to pee on the floor if I don't get her out the door in a jiffy. But there's collars and leashes for the dogs and hats and mitts and coats and boots for me, and then there's the puppy carrier for Tessa to ride in once she gets tired. At least yesterday was warm enough that I didn't have to bundle the dogs up in their winter jackets too. I really must get photos of us all milling around in the hallway, but those will have to wait.

Also spent time getting Tessa used to her crate. She's quite good at going to 'jail', if only because I keep the puppy food there to stop Caesar from eating it.

25 December 2013 @ 09:58 pm
Merry Christmas! I wish you and your families the very best for the festive season.

We had a lovely Christmas here. Having some snow really helps get me in the Christmas spirit, and this year we've already had three major falls. We were also lucky enough to only be hit by the edge of the recent ice storm so the power stayed on (a non trivial consideration out here).

Can't wait to share the BIG news, which is my brand new PUPPY! The naming process was hard. I wanted something Superman related but my sister vetoed names like Shelby and Lexi. And many other names were out of the running because of other associations (like Lola, L-O-L-A Lola, Lo Lo Lo La Lola). But we finally settled on Tessa, which is just perfect. Here's a picture of her with my sister.


For more photos, here's a link to the album on Facebook.
29 November 2013 @ 03:04 pm
A couple of months ago, I dropped my laptop on its side and chipped away a teeny tiny bit of the casing - alas though it was the tiny bit that holds the screw that keeps the top and bottom parts of the casing together. Since then, I haven't been able to close the laptop, and had been living in fear that one of the cats would rub against it a bit too enthusiastically. Fortunately the laptop survived throughout the Big Bang writing period, but it finally expired last week. So yesterday, my sister chipped in as an early Christmas present and we got a brand new laptop - woohoo! It's not exactly top of the line, but its got a touch screen and more memory than I would ever have dreamed anybody would need. And its pretty styling too with an aluminum finish - much nicer than my old acer. So I'm a pretty happy camper.

Only problem is of course it comes with the newest version of Windows, so I have to learn a whole new interface. And set up what feels like a gazillion apps. And input a bazillion passwords that I usually just trust the computer to remember for me. And... Nuisance, but pretty exciting.

As a result, I've fallen behind on the smallvillebbang postings. Can't wait to read them all - the cover art has been really inspiring! Do you have any favourites?
31 October 2013 @ 12:35 am

White Water

White Water Title

Rating: mild PG for some scenes of violence
Pairing: Season 4 ensemble featuring Clark and Lex, with background Lana/Jason
Genre: Action
Warnings: None
Summary: Getting through white water requires training and timing – and a little help from your friends.

Author’s Note: This story is based on an alternative ending of Transference – Lionel is not cured of his liver disease and has a life expectancy of only a few months at that point. See also the end notes.

Special thanks to nicnac918 for the wonderful beta, as well as fruitbat00 for help with the story outline.

Artwork by ctbn60

Created for the 2013 Smallville Big Bang smallvillebbang


Chapter 1 - Turbulence

Chapter 2 - Obstruction

Chapter 3 - Rapids

Chapter 4 - Running West

Chapter 5 - Anasazi


Author's Note

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30 October 2013 @ 06:00 pm

Chapter 1 – Turbulence

According to an apocryphal story, Werner Heisenberg was asked what he would ask God, given the opportunity. His reply was: "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first."

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23 September 2013 @ 01:30 am
I took some time off from my Big Bang story to complete a vid of the white water rafting trip my family took last month. It was great fun in the smaller raft we used because you're really close to the water - too close on many occasions as you can see! Sadly, the camera we were using ran out just as we were nearing the most spectacular rapids, where we all fell out of the boat most spectacularly.

It's not my best vidding, but it was such a headache dealing with all the different file formats for my source material - five different still cameras and two different video recorders. Still, its a good vacation memory.
14 September 2013 @ 03:35 pm
On my previous post, firebunny raised the topic of Smallville's funniest moments. So let's hear your suggestions!


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09 September 2013 @ 03:24 pm
Insprired by astolat and cesperanza'a 30 day challenge, I am resolved to post more frequently to LiveJournal. Not much is going on in my life right now though, so I can't guarantee how interesting it'll be. Hopefully, practice will lead to improvement.

Did you know the sv_ledger will be shutting down in just 2 more issues? We (the editors) all just felt it was time, especially given the death of ciaan. But I'll miss it, and I'm sure newcomers to the Smallville community will miss it even more. So I'm going to do my little bit to keep a small portion of the Ledger alive - I'm going to periodically post 'reading lists' of new and updated fics, as well as vids or art that I run across. It won't be as comprehensive as the Ledger but it'll be something.

I'm rewatching Ageless right now as research for a Big Bang story I'm working on. God, it's painful. The whole Clana raising an exploding baby plot - who could possibly think it was a good idea? But the intrigue between Lionel and Genevieve over the stones is interesting, so I'm co-opting that bit for my story.

Speaking of which, I'm still looking for a beta. Anyone interested in a Gen story featuring Clark and Lex, plus the rest of the S4 cast? - volunteer found!
26 August 2013 @ 12:54 pm
I'm reading a very interesting novel right now called The Witnessing. Though its not my one of my usual genres, I bought it because it's written by one of my flisties, the talented grlmonday. And I'm VERY glad I did because I'm utterly engrossed. The narrator is a charming young woman named Maya who just happens to be able to see dead people. And if that sounds like a tired premise, let me assure you that here it is anything but. I have no idea how to technically classify this book (coming of age / romance / fantasy / sci-fi / magical / spiritual / mystery...), but it definitely falls into the most important category: it's an awfully good read. Check it out!

Main website: (all books)

05 August 2013 @ 02:16 am
Not everything stays in Vegas...


His name is Nemeth!