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I love Castle, and Alexis is one of my favorites on the show. Interview with Molly Quinn

This super adorable picture came up on my facebook this morning: a combat medic holds two puppies he found at an observation post in Afghanistan. Puppy Carry )

Fic Rec: Neurotic and Sociopathic in Space by DeliriousEphemera (on fictionpress)
Summary: So your hot math teacher has a spaceship hidden in his basement. Oh, and he's a wanted criminal and you ended getting kidnapped by aliens. A little freaking out might be in order. Unless you're Jakob. Then it's the best thing that ever happened to you.
There are a lot of typos and SPAG type errors in this, but I like the snark? Also, it's completed, so that's a plus.

Handwriting Meme - Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] incapricious

Write the following, then take a picture! [And post it. Otherwise the picture is kind of hard for others to see.]

1. your username
2. your favorite band
3. draw a heart [or four]
4. your favorite person
5. how are you feeling?
6. tag five people [or draw a kitty face]
7. draw a star [[info]kaalee added this one]

click )
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Daily linkage post! Things that make me happy + please votes:

I read an awesome vampire!AU the other day:
No One Bites Back As Hard by [livejournal.com profile] witchling
GK || Walt/Ray(/Brad if you squint) || Hard R (blood play) || ~5k words
Some times Ray suggests that Walt should audition for “Twinklight” - pretty much without fail he gets punched for it, which is like domestic abuse or some shit. (Vampire!AU)

And [livejournal.com profile] shutyourface made my day when she shouted on twitter about a Fast Five picspam: Picspam, of the big size. FAST AND FURIOUS. by [livejournal.com profile] apetslife

One of my current favorite songs: Luke Bryan's It's Time To Take My Drunk Ass Home

And we all saw this video of Misha and Jensen, right? I HAVE NO WORDS! omg, Misha Collins. (also, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] wordsalone for bringing this to my attention!)

Oh, god, EMPIRES. Seriously, everytime I hear a concert recap (or an encounter recap, lol), I fall more and more in love with these failboats. Please please please vote for them. Voting for this round of Choose the Cover goes through April 14th. EMPIRES!!!

Vote for Dan Savage and Terry Miller, founders of The It Gets Better Project, in the 2011 Time 100 Poll. Voting goes through April 14th. - Dan Savage and Terry Miller - The 2011 TIME 100 Poll - TIME

Alpha Male Madness 2011 Final Round. Yall, our very own Dean Winchester, Jensen Ackles, is up against Darren Criss from Glee. Who would you pick for Alpha Male? Voting closes 4/12 at 11 am PST, so vote now!

One of my friends is in the THE MISS FIERCE ENUFF 2011 COMPETITION on India Ferrah's site and is one of the Top 25 Fiercest Finalists. But he's not doing so well right now, so we're trying to drum up some extra votes. If you go to this site and click "VOTE NOW", he's contestant # 87 Anastasia Paige (and there are videos from all 25 finalists, to be fair, if you wanna watch and vote for your favorite, lol). Voting is allowed once a day and goes through the end of the month.
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[livejournal.com profile] kerrikins made an awesome post that yall should all take a look at: DDoS Attacks Round Up

And [livejournal.com profile] rhombal wrote an article for Red Card Homophobia that yall can find/read here: Blame it All on an Uneven Pitch: Thoughts About Sexism and Homophobia in Football. It's an excellent read, even if you aren't into football (I'm admittedly not; I usually just shake my head fondly when [livejournal.com profile] rhombal and [livejournal.com profile] exsequar start going on about it, lol), and [livejournal.com profile] rhombal deserves praise for it. :)

And my friend Sean has a movie up on Amazon Studios. I'm not sure what that's all about, but basically all you need to watch the movie and leave a review is an amazon account, which is something I know most of us have. So, if you've got some time on your hands, go give it a shot and leave a review and let me know what you think? (I haven't watched yet. I'm waiting for the tstorms to pass so I can plug my laptop back in before I actually watch something on it.)

Rurik

A man whose family was massacred by vampires as a boy, sets out with his companions to chase a pack of the undead, looking for answers and revenge. But the way to Romania is guarded by many evils other than vampires.

Also, I have the best team of cheerleaders and the most awesome beta in the entire world. I really should get my ass in gear and actually post fic one of these days.
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*sigh* I don't even know what to say about our government today. Instead, how about some links that have been sent my way today from various sources?

DOD Prepares for Potential US Government Shutdown

No Death Benefits for Military During Shutdown

How the Government Shutdown will Affect the VA?

Government Shutdown Threatened Over Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood: Budget Fight About Us, Not Abortion Money

It's Not Really About Spending

links to the government shutdown policies of some important government agencies

Fort Bragg Preparations for Potential Government Shutdown

Don't Let a Government Shutdown Shut You Down

Continuing Family Support During a Government Shutdown (Military Community and Family Policy provides quality of life programs to service members and their families worldwide. Our programs and services range from commissaries, exchanges and MWR to child and youth centers, family programs and centers, and family advocacy. A shutdown would furlough much of our global workforce and affect programs, some more than others. We have identified those family support missions and functions that will continue during a shutdown. This includes a list of some of our programs and how they would operate.)

Most military members have already received their pay notices for the pay that they're due to receive on the 15th of this month and noticed it's half of what it should be. They are essentially only being paid through the 8th of April. Here is a Statement on Guard/Reserve Pay from the Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service. After that, Military Sends Out Half-Pay Notices to War Zone Troops.

Notice from USAA: We are committed to being there for our members when they need us the most. USAA has several potential solutions in place that may assist members through the duration of a shutdown. These solutions will vary based upon individual member situations, but members could receive temporary assistance such as: payment deferrals, late fee waivers, flexible payment arrangements or term modifications.

Notice From Operation Homefront: ATTENTION RE:FINANCIAL ISSUES DUE TO POTENTIAL GOVT SHUTDOWN: Sect. 523 of Servicemembers Civil Relief Act enables a court to reduce or waive late fees, etc. for ACTIVE DUTY service members if inability to pay is materially related to service. You can contact lenders/landlords to request relief from fees that may accrue. Seek legal assistance, if necessary-http://legalassistance.law.af.mil/content/locator.php

ETA: What Military Families Need to Know in Case of Gov't Shutdown -- includes a LOT of helpful info and links
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1. Ugh, government. With the US Government Shutdown looming, I guess I shouldn't be complaining so much about my own petty issues, right? Amy's freaking out right now, since she was planning on working up until the end of May but has been having problems and was out of work all week this week and is going back to the doctor tomorrow and may just be under dr orders not to return to work until after the baby is born. But she and Cliff were already stressing about money issues when they were planning on her working until the end of May, so this is like losing two months of her income, which is bad enough. And if something happens where the Navy doesn't get their pay in full and/or on time, they're gonna be fucked. And Amy's a worrier anyway, and worry and stress isn't good for the baby. I wasn't planning on going to Norfolk next weekend, but we might.

From a link via [livejournal.com profile] pjvilar: Military Families Could Be Deeply Impacted By Shutdown
From my local news site: What would a government shutdown mean to you?
From CNN: What would be shut down?

2. As stolen from [livejournal.com profile] kerrikins, I really hope that nobody on my flist thinks this, but The attacks on LJ have nothing to do with who OWNS the site. They have to do with who USES the site.

From Putin Watch: Cyber War On Russian Activist Bloggers
From the Moscow Times: State Blamed in Livejournal Attack

3. Link via [livejournal.com profile] apiphile: 10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life

4. Today's weirdism: When I get up to pee in the middle of the night, I always stop by the boys' bedroom to flip on their bedroom light and make sure their in their beds and breathing. Not that I think they're gonna disappear or anything; they both have this bad habit of falling out of bed. I also always stop in the kitchen for a drink of water, even if I'm not thirsty.

5. Did I tell yall we got pet rats? If not, remind me and I'll tell yall about them and post pics. But one of them, Penny, likes to sit here on my belly while I'm typing. She's cute. :)

6. I think I'm gonna buy these for Easter: Thumper, Bambi, Flower, and Miss Bunny

7. Opening weekend for the Salem Red Sox is this weekend. I'm not really feeling them, but I think we're gonna go Saturday night. It's just not the same since we switched affiliations. Stupid Boston.

8. My niece Bree will be 3 in a couple weeks (She's my baby that waited on me to fly home from Texas before she was born! Lol.) told her momma that I was getting her a ZhuZhu Puppy for her birthday. I don't even know what that is!! Apparently I have to figure it out and find one, though. Also, they were talking about something tonight and she said "life isn't fair" and her momma asked her where she heard that and she said "Aunt Tabby says it all the time!" Haha.

9. Update from The Used: Update! We've been in the studio doin some shits and writin some shits and took some shits and them shits is soundin good......... Shits!

10. Um. I think one of my friends is writing fic about him and his fiancee on facebook? I don't know whether to be amused or disturbed? Here, read this and you tell me: He'd been watching Tim for weeks. Everything about the mortal was compelling: his intelligent green eyes, his kind smile, the way he carried his sexy muscular body… even the books he read and the subjects he studied. Neil followed Tim whenever he could. Eventually, Neil wanted to do more than just watch. And opportunity or perhaps fate had presented itself.

Neil should never have flirted with Tim . He definitely should not have kissed him. But he couldn't help it. Neil was already intrigued and that kiss had increased things exponentially. And judging by the younger man's reaction, their desire was mutual.

Neil had been so tempted to lean in close, to whisper an invitation in his ear, draw the younger man away from the protection of the crowds. To take him where they could be alone and no one could intrude upon them. Tim would have gone willingly, Neil was sure of that. He'd felt how turned on Tim had been when they kissed earlier, not to mention how Tim had arched his body into his. The vampire's mouth filled with longing and hunger, his teeth ached with need.

Neil craned his neck around the corner and found Tim instantly, laughing amid a group of men. Some were interested in Tim , standing too closely to him, giving off what the interlopers probably thought were charming smiles. And Tim smiled back. Neil pushed back the burning jealousy. His lips pulled away, revealing a fierce display of sharp white teeth.

Neil knew he had no right to have such thoughts, to be so possessive. But he couldn't help it: he wanted Tim , perhaps more than he'd ever wanted anything. Even though that desire could be the death of both of them....
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Linkage:

ProjectMMH.org is a website that serves as a resource for information about the Meet Me Halfway project and the issue of foster youth who "age out" of the foster care system and face serious life problems such as homelessness and poverty. ProjectMMH.org also organizes the Meet Me Halfway Street Teams, a national network of volunteers who work in local communities to raise awareness of Project Meet Me Halfway. Currently, Jimmy Wayne and Project Meet Me Halfway are exploring the idea of building a facility for aged-out foster youth and homeless youth. The project is only in the conceptual stage now, but many volunteers with many different skills will be needed. Would you be willing to share your skills to help build a youth facility? You can learn more or sign up to help here.

This has been sitting here waiting for me to read it (or possibly for me to comment on?):
but i will hold on hope by [livejournal.com profile] schlicky (flocked)
GenKill || Brad Colbert/Ray Person || NC-17 || ~7,300 words
Sequel to bring me java, bring me joy, coffeeshop!AU. No warnings.

Ten Cups of Coffee (A Love Story) by [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane
TSN RPS || Jesse Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield) || G || 10,000 words
A Starbucks AU, as requested by [livejournal.com profile] liketheroad for her [livejournal.com profile] help_nz donation.

Drive A (aka, the baby band) has a new album, The World In Shambles, which is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon, and their video for Let's Have a Wreck is up on MTV's The Freshman. Go watch the video and vote for them! :)
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Ugh. I am made of so much fail these days, you guys. I don't even know where to start. The worst part is, I didn't even realize how much I was failing, because it didn't dawn on me that I was actually in a depressive state because I'm not actually to the point of feeling suicidal. And on what fucking scale of normal does that equate? Blah.

Read more... )

Sorry to dump a bunch of whining on your flist pages. How about some links to make up for it?

Stay Awake When I'm Asleep by [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane
TSN RPF (Jesse Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield) || 36,000 words || Contents May Include: An ASTONISHING amount of curtainfic and schmoop. A lot of nonsense. Some sex.

Nameless But Not Unknown by [livejournal.com profile] torakowalski
TSN RPF Jesse/Andrew || R || 19,000 || warnings: Amnesia. Ridiculous amounts of h/c (with emphasis on the comfort).

Make your own joke about wolves by [livejournal.com profile] apiphile
Inception || Ariadne/Eames || PG || 2900
Summary: Oh like you didn't want to see Tom Hardy in a dress.
I should point out that I have never seen Inception, my only concept of the Inception characters is from [livejournal.com profile] apiphile's fic and ramblings, and I don't usually read het. But I generally love anything she writes enough to include it on my rec lists. So if anyone skips over it just because it's HET? I would be disappointed.

And speaking of het I don't usually read, I haven't read anything from HP fandom in a long time, but one of the pairings I did follow there was Granger/Snape, and this was written as a gift fic for a very lovely friend of mine:

The Granger Solution by [livejournal.com profile] talesofsnape
HP || Granger/Snape || slightly nsfw || ~22000 words || full of tension, flirting, wit, and banter
written for [livejournal.com profile] keladry_lupin

And the last link isn't a fic rec, but a link that was shared on twitter by Chip Coffey, who some of you may know from Paranormal State (stfu, I love that show! Even if I totally make up fic for the actors in my head sometimes, and think Ryan has gotten too big for his britches over the seasons.) or Psychic Kids on A&E. Either way, I kinda find Chip Coffey to be amusing and entertaining.

Ten Ways to Become More Psychic

Okay, so I'm gonna go pretend to sleep or pretend to be productive but really just end up watching bad movies on Netflix or tossing and turning in my bed while writing fic in my head that'll be forgotten by morning, but whatever. I love you guys, even when I'm being fucktarded because I'm fucking crazy. Stupid fucking bipolar.
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I am failing at LJ right now. Actually, I'm failing at life, the internet, and everything right now, so I guess it's par for the course. But I have a list of things I wanted to post about, so I'm going to try and knock that out, then go tackle my inbox and comments, then my flist, then work on fic. Sound like a plan?

If this entry seems like a jumbled mess... well, that's because it is.

Kane's got a song - I think it's from the Live in London album - called Oklahoma State of Mind. Part of it goes NASCAR, strip bars, American made cars, country rockin' women now to get up and get 'em, we got Budweiser beer, Jim Beam, Jack, tequila and lime. Every time I hear that, I think it's totally a Ray Person song. Y/N?

Shameless is SO FREAKING GOOD and I am sad that this week is the finale already when I just got into the show! And I want a million words of all kinds of fic, so I hope there are other people into this. Also, Lip is totally my favorite. But Ian and Fiona are too. And the rest of them.

And I'm totally writing Being Human fanfic (for the US version), especially after Monday's episode.

Someone, I think it was [livejournal.com profile] exsequar, posted links on twitter to these pictures of Antartica's Blood Falls, which are pretty damn awesome.

Everyone seems to be hanging out on Tumblr and I'm still behind when it comes to the tumblr craze. Sorry!

A million and one things happened in regards to the panic boys. Brendon Urie is still my favoritest thing in the ENTIRE FREAKING WORLD. No surprise. But I can't tell you anything specific about what's going on with them because I'm failing at the internet. But! I did get a concert call the other night! So I have panic + screaming fangirls on my voicemail, which is a total win!

Kirsten Vangsness posted this pic of MGG and Shemar the other day and it's totally adorable, as those two are.

Wil Wheaton posted about a Stand By Me reunion. for anyone who doesn't know, Stand By Me is my all time favorite movie. ♥

I have this article from our local No Kill Coalition open in a tab, but I'm not sure what I wanted to do with it.

And I have this up as a reminder that I want to find/steal the song b/c it was recced to me when I was looking for songs to write to. ([livejournal.com profile] junebug_waltz totally made me an awesome playlist to write kitten!fic too, btw. she is made of win.)

I still have [livejournal.com profile] swear_jar's the gentle art of making enemies: cigarettes open on my screen because it doesn't have nearly enough comments on it and I keep meaning to find more people to rec it to and/or encourage to read it.

We were playing Scene It the other day at James's and no one knew the scenes from Footloose! And it was like the tractor scene! Who doesn't know that?!

I am sick and tired of being crazy. So over this bullshit.

Also over these headaches. And I'm worried that they're going to ruin my enjoyment of concerts. I haven't actually been to a concert since I started having them. I mean, I went to the Cobra/Travie concerts, but that was while I was severely concussed, lol, so that doesn't count. And I did go see Carrie Underwood & Billy Currington, but I felt like crap that entire time, and I don't know if that was the company and/or my general emotional state that week. I am so afraid that my enjoyment of Panic and NKOTB/BSB is going to be affected by this. And that my enjoyment of races is going to be affected. We're going to Martinsville next weekend, so I guess that'll be the test.

The other tabs I have open are related to job searching or my CEUs, and the other windows I have open are also related to job searching or to partially written fic. I don't think yall want that, do you? So, I'm going to try to tackle some of this other stuff. I will be so happy when we get my bedroom finished because trying to be quiet because my brother is sleeping is kinda boo. But he has to be up at 3am. Blah.

If I've missed something important, tell me here!
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Alright, I'll quit my bitching.

Miracles in Japan: Four-Month Old Baby, 70-Year Old Woman Found Alive

Navy Images from Earthquake/Tsunami Relief

The workers who remained at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are pretty much heroes in my book.

As seen over at [livejournal.com profile] strangecreature's LJ, [livejournal.com profile] snakewhissperer's awesome baby brother is cycling over 500km from Luton, England all the way to Paris to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). That's a damn fine feat! It's a very straight-forward system they've got set up for donations. The money goes straight to MSF and the much-needed cheerleading goes to the valiant dude in question. Please wander over, take a peek and spare some change for the cause: OVER HERE!

For a dose of awwwww!, go read this pre-movie Shelter!fic by [livejournal.com profile] pjvilar: Snapshot From Mexico

Amazing Young Chinese Girl Plays Piano With No Fingers On One Hand

Ben Savage is now on Twitter! Boy Meets World! But I'm even more amused by the fact I found out from Lance Bass.
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Good morning! Happy Friday!

I have to work on more CEUs today, which isn't all that fun, obviously. But at least I don't have to leave the house this morning. It's all cold and rainy and yucky outside again. We definitely need the rain, especially with the early start to fire season and the large number of forest fires we had last week, but I'm glad I don't have to go out in it.

Today is Bert McCracken's birthday. Last year on this day (lol), I took Monkeyface to see The Used in concert and he got the band to sign his shoes and he and Bert are "buddies for life" now (according to Bert). I love that pocketsized crazy dude.

Want some more links?

I've been reading original fic lately instead of fandomy stuff, and the story I read last night was cute, so I figured I'd share. Half a Lie by [livejournal.com profile] silver_etoile. Two months ago, Cody kissed his best friend. It's a good way to start a Friday. :)

Also, I'm a little late on this, but I got this link from over at [livejournal.com profile] more_is_more: Warm and Fuzzy Heart Day Icons

Most of yall are more tumblr savvy than I am, but I figured I'd ask anyway - have you seen this picture of Misha and Jensen? And this one of James Franco's cat nap? :)

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend lined up! *mwah*
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Clearing out my inbox and cleaning up the gazillion tabs I have open, so have some random links:

this picture, which I got from [livejournal.com profile] exsequar via twitter, which had been retweeted with the caption Punk stops during pride parade to allow child to touch the spikes on his jacket.

[livejournal.com profile] apiphile always writes amazing things, but this particular poem is one that I love in ways I can't find the words to express.

this post about Jesse and Andrew (because apparently I need to give it up and give in to everyone trying to drag me in to the TSN RPF fandom)

this pic of Jon Huertas and Pawel Szajda

Wish To Work - a new program from One Simple Wish that provides children and young adults who are aging out of foster care or that have already aged out of foster care with the skills needed to secure professional employment

The Used is recording...

Am watching Death Race 2 with the boys right now, waiting for Amy to get home and get online so we can work on her resume. <3
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DUDE! THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT AWESOME POSTS ON MY FLIST!!

Favorite authors posting fic is always A++, so let's start there:

Shelter by [livejournal.com profile] stratospherique
Shelter || 2800 words || Porn with a dash of sexual orientation questioning || Title comes from the movie this is loosely intended to be a prequel to- see it. Surf dudes having feelings and sex, what more could you want? Seeing the movie is massively unnecessary for reading, though, it's intended to stand entirely on its own.

Memoirs: Epilogue also by [livejournal.com profile] stratospherique
Porn || Features fluff and warm fuzzy feelings.
(goes along with The Curious Case Of The Firecrotch: This Is Why We Don't Write Our Memoirs While Drunk, Ben., which [livejournal.com profile] stratospherique wrote with [livejournal.com profile] apiphile)

And [livejournal.com profile] apiphile has ruined me for Inception. I still haven't seen the movie (yes, I do live under a rock, I think this has previously been established), but Del mentioned earlier that I'm probably going to be disappointed that the movie is not actually wall-to-wall porn. SHE WOULD NOT BE WRONG!

Summer by [livejournal.com profile] apiphile
Inception || 3,100 words || Ariadne/Eames

And speaking of fandoms I'm not in, [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane wrote Jesse Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield fic. I'm not in TSN RPF fandom! I barely know who Andrew Garfield is!! But this fic is adorable and hysterical and I love it SO MUCH and her Justin is quite possibly my favorite thing about the fic, except that the entire thing is my favorite. (“What you need to do,” said Justin, totally ignoring him, “is send him a naked picture of yourself. That’s how this shit works. I saw it on To Catch A Predator.”)

Don't Carry It All by [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane
25,000 words of Jesse/Andrew awkwardnes goodness, with a healthy dose of Justin.
It started because Justin decided to set up a dating profile for Jesse against his will.

Also on my flist this week, this awesomely happy-making multi-fandom picspam from [livejournal.com profile] sonicbookmark (who I adore and am going to kidnap so we can run away and get married), several awesome recaps from LA CON from [livejournal.com profile] wendy (complete with pictures!), PatD concert and m&g recaps from [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog, pictures from [livejournal.com profile] pecos's Asia Adventures, and lots of flailing about Discos and PStump and MF'ing EMPIRES (yall have all gone to vote for them, right?)!

This is totally a happy week!!
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Driving to the lake was a bad idea, blargh. I have never felt so totally carsick when I was driving.

After I picked the boys up, I told them I had a headache and Davey asked if I had "pegleg." I had no idea what he was talking about and he goes "you know, that thing you get when you get bit by a rat." Apparently he meant "the plague" because that's what I said last time I was really sick. When I told him no, I didn't have the plague, he said "well then did your brain get loose & shake around in your head?" Where does he get this nonsense??

I was also behind a truck today that had a license plate that said N8Z HO. Seriously. I wanted to take a pic but my camera phone doesn't take very good pictures.

I am so ready for summer time! I wanna be able to hang at the lake and chill on the boat and just relax and enjoy the outdoors. And every time this damn song comes on, it makes me want it more: Roll With It - Easton Corbin. You can kick back baby and dance in your socks / On the windshield to some radio rock

My daddy made me a valentine. Out of a beer box.

hearts )

Yes, my daddy is an alcoholic, why do you ask?

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Join us in helping ensure our deployed heroes know how much America loves and appreciates them all!
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Okay, so I have three fics in progress (one for [livejournal.com profile] irisgirl12000 about Baby Belle, since I never sent it to her last week and is technically just a snippet); one for [livejournal.com profile] swear_jar, which I'm going to pretend is her birthday present so as to explain the delay in finishing it; and one for [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjunkie) and a post I wanted to make about my weekend. And I have a shiny new laptop!! I also have a headache, but no one will be surprised to hear that.

Instead of all those things, though, right now I'm going to talk about helping your fellow LJ-ers and also throw out a couple fic recs!

I am selfish enough to put a link to my own stuff first, so if you haven't had a chance to check out my Relay for Life post, please do so. :)

[livejournal.com profile] apiphile has a post here where she is offering words for donations made to [livejournal.com profile] soda_and_capes or [livejournal.com profile] myselftheliar. For details and/or information about what they need donations for, check that post.

[livejournal.com profile] danacias brought this Groupon deal to my attention, and the offer runs through midnight EST tonight, so I'm going to steal part of the post she made about this.

If you're reading this, there is a good chance you know - or know of - [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane. More specifically, you may know that she teaches at a public school in New York, and that she encourages her students to participate in the book club she runs. Approximately 25 kids are currently signed up, but very few of them can afford to buy the books they collectively decide to read, and the public libraries usually only carry a few copies of a given book, so most of the books the students read are purchased by [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane or by flisters who are able to pitch in for books.

If you've got $10 available for the book club, the current NYC Super Groupon from Barnes & Noble would actually give the class $20 worth of books. So if their next book is $9.99 each, they could buy two books with one Groupon. So, you know, if you can spare $10 for a Groupon for her class, it would be wildly appreciated. By me, by her, by the kids in the book club. If not, no worries. Really.

Again, here is the link for the current Super Groupon from Barnes & Noble. Basically, you buy the groupon and forward the email confirmation or just the coupon code to [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane. (of course, if you want to use this groupon for yourself, it's a good deal any way you go)

Background: [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane teaches high school students (9th - 12th grade) but uses 6th grade textbooks because so few of her students enter her class able to read at proper grade level. She commits a lot of time and effort into creating lesson plans that will motivate her students to do part of their assigned homework, so the fact that she has kids reading harder material in their free time because of her encouragement is kind of amazing.

Now, fic recs:

A Steady Diet of Sodapop and Ritalin by [livejournal.com profile] jmc_bks
GK Brad/Ray AU, ~4400 words
Summary: Brad likes elevator music and musical theater; Ray decides he must be schooled in real music.
I adore this whole AU that J has created, and I am so glad that she is writing fic and sharing it. I love her Brad and Ray - and the mention of Gabe Saporta - and I know she is staying a little under the radar, so I'm hoping that some of you will go read this and leave her some encouraging comments. I promise you'll like it.

The Curious Case Of The Firecrotch: This Is Why We Don't Write Our Memoirs While Drunk, Ben. by [livejournal.com profile] stratospherique and [livejournal.com profile] apiphile
A Fail Noir Adventure
Rated Not Appropriate For All Audiences for swearing, drunken pillow fucking, scandalous histories, and detailed erotic encounters of the homosexual persuasion.
Approximately 22,000 words in length
okay, so I may have had a reaction of a high pitched squee and hand clapping when I saw this. I haven't even started reading yet, but I am so excited to see new fic from these two - I love it when they write together. (not to say I don't love their individual writing as well) I plan on spending my evening curled up with my shiny new laptop reading this.

Okay, I'm going to try to take something else for my headache because I have to start some laundry and stuff before I go pick the boys up from karate. <3
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So, my daddy and I got storage areas of the basement cleaned out yesterday. There is actually a floor in the basement! And it's white-grey, not brown/black! :P Seriously, we hauled out so much trash and ruined things. But at least we have room now to move some of the things from the actual family room of the basement and from what will eventually be my bedroom. Last night I took the boys to watch Ice Racing, which was a bunch of guys and one girl (who was a quad racer and took the checkers in every heat she was in) just goofing off and having fun, lol. But now I'm excited for actual race season. First NASCAR race is Feb 20 (which reminds me, I need to check w/ Tim, because he was supposed to be getting tix for me & the boys for the spring races at Richmond and Martinsville) and Taylor's first race of the season at Motor Mile is in April. Yay for watching cars go really fast in circles? Lol.

I'm supposed to be doing more housework today, but me and the princess are just chilling instead. We actually have sunshine today! Illy likes to play in the sunshine, so we have all the curtains open. She keeps trying to bite me and take over the computer, so I set her in the floor and turned all the Kung Zhus on her (we have six of them now, and it's kinda funny to watch and her reaction to them). I've gotta meet Tim at 4 and we're gonna hit Home Depot and Sam's Club before we all meet up at Logan's for dinner. Yay for family times?

Here, have some happy making things:

So, that Brendon kid and hotass drummer Spencer? Yeah, apparently the full version of their new song leaked. Can they hurry up and announce their tour dates? I have serious fangirl plans for stalking them, dammit!

The theme for this year's Relay for Life is something related to cartoons, so we're appropriating that to make our team theme CareBears and CareBear Cousins (which is fitting, since our Team Name is Cousins for a Cure). I already called dibs on getting to be Grumpy Bear, lol. But we're starting to work on fundraising things, so I might ask yall for tips.

(related to that, and I'm sure this will be an actual post later, would anyone be interested in contributing to ideas for and/or purchasing a fundraising cookbook?)

[livejournal.com profile] wendy posted a link to [livejournal.com profile] big_heart_june's boy bits picspam. Wendy called it a Jensen and Jared crotch!spam, which is essentially what it is, but no matter what you call it, it's happy making.

I have no idea how I ended up following @IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) and @MattGallagher83 (Matt Gallagher) on twitter, but I do follow them both. Either way, there was an essay that Matt wrote for the NYT's Home Fires this week that was linked in multiple places, and I wanted to share it. Pilgrim's Progess by Matt Gallagher.

Okay, last thing, before I run off to meet my baby brother: GK Fic parties! [livejournal.com profile] iwillrememberu's Main Ships Party and [livejournal.com profile] little_missmimi's Unsung Heroes fic party.
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A shared message from [livejournal.com profile] ohohstarryeyed: Just a quick reminder that we're still taking signups/prompts for [livejournal.com profile] bandomvalentine! We have some really awesome prompts so far but as always, the more, the merrier! Also, don't forget to tell your friends!

The prompts post is here. You may leave two prompts, a first choice and a second choice, up until Tuesday, 12th January 2011. We'll post a first round of prompts on Wednesday, 13th January 2011, which will be open for three days and then the second wave will open up. Both waves will remain open for the duration of the challenge.
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Work is work is stupid. Blah. But I don't have to go back until SUNDAY, and tomorrow is FOOD DAY, and I'm supposed to be packing that last corner of my bedroom but instead I'm procrastinating. (haha, I know, yall don't believe it, do you?)

LINKS!

Check out this awesome piece of artwork from [livejournal.com profile] howifall. The little details in her art are always fabulous; I love it.

And then go read Faces of Luck, the porny schmoop that [livejournal.com profile] irisgirl12000 posted from the girl!Brad/Nate 'verse she accidentally created.

And I did write a ficlet of sorts for [livejournal.com profile] irisgirl12000. She's already seen this, but Happy Belated Heather-birthday to the Internet? :)

645 words of Tomrad/SVV.

Tom knows just how well Sean translates to film. )
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I don't know if I can make it through the day without strangling someone at work tomorrow. Can we fast forward through it? (haha, I told Tempestt today that my feelings wouldn't be hurt if she went into labor and I had to take her to the hospital.)

Two things! (for now - there may be more; if so I'll come back)

1. One of my favoritest people in the entire wide world, [livejournal.com profile] wendy, posted a music mix yesterday that is awesome and creative and everyone should go check it out and tell her thanks! Finding Rainbows: The Music Mix

2. (the following content totally stolen from [livejournal.com profile] strangecreature, who is better with words than me) Alright, duckies. Have you bought a fancy coffee yet this week? Or maybe a normal-coffee-with-donut, if you're Canadian? Do you have a pocketful of loose change rattling around somewhere? We spend money in five dollar increments without even thinking about it these days.

I would like to ask you to make five dollars (or more) do something worthwhile today.

Our lovely friend Mikey ([livejournal.com profile] intothenightx) is trying to raise enough money in a hurry to buy plane tickets for herself and her sister so that they can get to Florida and be with their grandfather, who is in hospice care and being removed from support next Monday. This is not something that they can afford without help right now.

So Mikey's offering ficlets, arts, music mixes, etc, for sale. (Including MSPaint doodles... And believe me, these will make you lol! *g*) In my tiny little opinion, something like this shouldn't be so much about what you're getting, but the enormity of what you're able to make happen for a fellow LJer here. (note from Tabby: I think that [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjunkie is offering to make hats and scarfs for donations, and I actually have one of them, and it is awesome, so that's totally worth it...)

Please go forth, check out what she's offering, and make five dollars (or more) actually count today.
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I really need to quit fucking off on the internet and go make dinner for the kids so I can get showered before Shannon comes to pick me up. But the internet is so entertaining! Today was my do-nothing day, and so I had a chance to get reacquainted with the wonder of the internet. HOW HAVE I BEEN SURVIVING WITHOUT IT?

And I haven't even been on Livejournal! That is my task for tomorrow!

Things that make today great:

1. Drive A announced a new tour, which means they'll be in Norfolk in Feb. I still kinda adore them. And I'm excited about their new album.

2. Empires. I cannot find the words to express my feelings on them. First, they release their music video for BANG, which is so NSFW and creepy and THEM, and everyone should go watch. Just be careful of who is around when you're watching, lol. But also on that page, in addition to their broken video counter, are the pictures Tomrad took during the video shoot. I love this failtastic band!

3. Mat Devine (from Kill Hannah) did a Q&A type thing that totally made my morning. Sidenote of special thanks goes out to [livejournal.com profile] stratospherique, because she's the reason I even know who Mat is!

4. Everyone ever is fired for not linking me this video last week: Spencer got a stun gun... HOW DID ANYONE EVER THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?

5. Shane put three videos up for the Doritos Crash the Superbowl Challenge: Long Shot, What?, and What? - Extended (Zack seems to like the first one, I like the third one. Still - go watch!)

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tonight! And tomorrow! (haha, going to the midnight show with friends, then taking the boys tomorrow evening)

okay, I really need to get in the shower. Will have my phone, feel free to text me since I'm sure I won't be the only on standing in line waiting for DH tonight. <3
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So, Soldiers' Angels. Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. The volunteers of Soldiers' Angels follow the motto "May No Soldier Go Unloved" to assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

A few of the projects the Angels are involved in:

Adopt a Soldier - Give individualized support throughout deployment (This is what I was talking about when I said I have 2 "adopted" soldiers.)
Angel Bakers - Bake homemade treats for the deployed
Blankets of Belief - Make blankets for deployed troops to tell them, "We believe in you!" / Blankets of Gratitude - Make blankets for hospitalized veterans / Blankets of Hope - Make blankets for the wounded
Cards Plus Team - Send extra TLC to soldiers & families
Chaplain Support Team - Help chaplains support the troops
First Response Backpacks - Collect supplies for wounded in-country
Letter Writing Team - Write letters to the deployed
Operation Outreach - Support families waiting at home
Operation Top Knot - Create handmade gifts & virtual baby showers
SOS:Kids - Help deployed soldiers help local kids
Veterans Support - Gather items for "Vet Packs"
Wounded TLC - Send letters and care packages for the wounded

Associate Angels participate in the group activities and projects that do not involve personal information about soldiers or families. Verified Angels have had their identities confirmed, and may participate in the Soldiers' Angels Forum and join any Soldiers' Angels team or project, including instantly adopting a deployed hero! For the deeper level of involvement this requires and the sensitive information shared with these Angels, Soldiers' Angels requires identify verification. Identity is verified through the normal processing of a checking account or credit card donation of as little as one dollar.

Signing up to adopt a Soldier, Sailor, Airmen or Marine is simple and takes only a few minutes. It is a commitment to send at least a letter each week and a care package each month throughout the service member's deployment. These heroes either submit their info to Soldiers' Angels requesting to be paired up with an Angel or someone (a friend or relative back home, or sometimes their chaplain or CO) else has submitted the request for them. As I'm making this post, there are 1411 heroes waiting for adoption. (You do agree not to share your adopted heroes information, which is why I'm asking for cards to be sent to me so I can put them in a care package for them.)

The Letter Writing Team is something that requires less of a commitment. These soldiers are also assigned an Angel to provide ongoing support, but our team provides them with some extra cards and letters. Many of the soldiers who are waiting for adoption are included in the Letter Writing Names. You sign up for as many days in the week as you would like to write letters. On each day you sign up for, your assigned LWT Team Leader will send you (via email) a new name and address to write to. You are only asked to send one card or letter to each address you receive, but of course may send more if you like.

I could probably go into detail about all the different programs and ways to get involved or donate, but I'm pretty sure yall are all internet savvy enough to explore the Soldiers' Angels website on your own. :)

There is also an Angel Forum where you can have discussions with other Angels. There are some heart-warming stories there, as well as lots of tips on themed care packages, special deals, and other things. I have found some excellent links on there, like operation postcard and operation Christmas tree.

I really like being involved with this organization. I do have 2 adopted soldiers, and I'm signed up for letter writing 2 days a week. It's a lot easier than you would think to come up with things to say, especially since several of the soldiers I've talked to say they like hearing the random day-to-day nonsense that they're missing out on. My sis-in-law and I are also getting together with some of the nurses she works with to donate a few First Response Backpacks this holiday season. There are a lot of little ways to contribute that make a big difference. :)

I hope some of yall will be interested in checking this out and considering joining.

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