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31 October 2014 @ 10:14 pm
As a lover of horses in general and thoroughbreds in particular, one of my favorite times of the year is the Breeders Cup (BC) weekend. Practically every healthy racehorse of note in North America will make an appearance, with a healthy sprinkling of Euro invaders to add to the handicapping challenge. Big purses, big fields, and big payoffs are the order of the day. Frankly, I expect to pick no more than a couple of winners, but it’s always fun to try.

This year, the BC has seen many potential champions fall by the wayside due to injury, including Wise Dan (two-time defending Horse of the Year and favorite to three-peat in The Mile), Palace Malice (who had moved to the top of the older horse division after a stunning win in the Met Mile), American Pharoah (leading candidate for champion 2-year-old), Beholder (two time Eclipse Award winning filly) and Game On Dude (a much beloved older gelding, always dangerous on his home track). But the three year old division is particularly interesting this year and the Classic will certainly settle the honours.

On a sad note, the lead up to the Breeders Cup was marred by the announcement that Zenyatta’s weanling filly had suffered a paddock accident and had to be put down. So sad for those of us who have continued to follow Zenyatta’s fabulous career with her transition to a broodmare through I was really looking forward to Z Princess’s career and cried when I read the news. You really have to have a strong heart to love horses, because as powerful as they are, one serious misstep can spell the end. Here’s hoping everyone makes it around the track this weekend – that’s the most important thing for me.

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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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