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([personal profile] naamah_darling Sep. 21st, 2017 11:39 pm)
So the verdict is stage 3 kidney disease, and it is fatal.

We have time yet, though.  We'll do dietary management as long as we can.  But because I don't know how long we have, I am having to make preparations for sooner rather than later.  Because I can't afford to be caught flat-footed.

I am going to ask some questions, get a price for some things I know will be necessary, and then I am going to throw a number out there and ask y'all to help me hit it so we can be sure to have his needs covered for the next little while, including one more round of bloodwork for a re-check in six months, and, unfortunately, for the cost of euthanasia + taking care of the body.  I'm working on getting figures for that.  I'll know more tomorrow and should have a more complete forecast by Monday.

I knew going in I probably wouldn't have him for that long.  I'm okay.  It hurts, but I can do this.  I can't fix him, but I can be with him til the end of the line.  I just want to make sure he's taken care of.

I'm hurting just as bad for my best friend, who on the same day I heard about Smooch, learned that her Puck, my favorite dog in the world, has terminal cancer and has around a month.  I can't fix him either.

We are all so fucking helpless.  Life is so beautiful, I love it, but it is also completely heartless, and while I will never hesitate to make this bargain again and again, loving our pets means losing them.  They are our little outboard hearts, and that makes them so precious and us so vulnerable.
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([personal profile] ilanikhan Sep. 21st, 2017 08:47 am)
Once upon a time, I pinned a bunch of rings.  I pinned anything that it looked like I could make.  There's a lot of twisted wire types, like from my previous post.

I was looking at the UK Detector Find Database, to look for the proper record for one of the rings I posted about yesterday, when I discovered the problem:

I have found a lot more rings there that seem to be makeable.  LOL
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([personal profile] ilanikhan Sep. 20th, 2017 01:34 pm)
I'm right now watching a TD talk about learning. He says that it really just takes about 20 hours to get decent at something.  

Which got me to thinking about making rings.  I've made two rings. I'm sure I've spent more than 20 hours doing this.  I'm not "decent" at it yet.  The guy says that you should break your thing down into sub-skills, and I think that may be key to this.  There are so many skills involved in silversmithing that I probably have to spend 20 hours on each one.  So I have a project plan in mind.

First things 1st, I need to cast my garbage into raw materials.  Whether I use this raw material I cast is another matter, because casting and taking raw ingots and making wire are more skills.
Since I want to recycle the 2 rings I've already made, and try both again. I'm going to need to take detailed pictures of them, for comparison's sake.

Cut for photos )

Step two will be to select rings that will let me practice soldering, and then setting.  

Wish me luck.
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([personal profile] muccamukk Sep. 19th, 2017 10:15 am)
Anyone know if this is running this year, and if it'll be on LJ? And if it is on LJ if people who deleted their LJs can participate?

ETA: [community profile] hlh_shortcuts. And it will be run entirely on DW. Last year sign ups started end of September. I really rec this fest as it's extremely welcoming and the mod is great.
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([personal profile] muccamukk Sep. 18th, 2017 10:12 pm)
Character List
1. Amanda (Highlander)
2. Boromir (The Lord of the Rings)
3. Colleen Wing (Daughters of the Dragon)
4. Doc Holliday (Wynonna Earp)
5. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
6. Jefferson Jackson (Legends of Tomorrow)
7. Joe Dawson (Highlander)
8. Kaulder (The Last Witch Hunter)
9. Misty Knight (Daughters of the Dragon)
10. Murderbot (All Systems Red)
11. Nala (Sinbad 2012)
12. Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
13. Sinbad (Sinbad 2012)
14. Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
15. Xavier Dolls (Wynonna Earp)

The questions: )
Title: A Pause Between Bullet Points
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 600
Notes: Written for [community profile] ladiesbingo square: Character Death (referring here to Han).
Summary: Leia is busy; Rey needs advice.

Totally not written for another fest before I realised it hit a couple big DNWs, nope.
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([personal profile] muccamukk Sep. 17th, 2017 12:24 pm)
Still can't work out the bandwidth leak. I thought it was just my computer, but Nenya's is doing it when I use it. Could it somehow be firefox? *HANDS*


Meme from Selena K:
1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.



I can't believe it's my first year back to yuletide since 2013, and I got sucked into wank. Twice. Anyway. Whatever.
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([personal profile] muccamukk Sep. 14th, 2017 07:29 pm)
Something in our system is haemorrhaging bandwidth, and since we have a fixed amount a day which cuts us off for a day if we run over it, we may not be online much until we figure out what the fuck is going on.

I'm gong to pull the plug before my last 76MB vanish for no reason.
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([personal profile] ilanikhan Sep. 14th, 2017 07:56 pm)
... There's a man napping in my driveway.

I went out to unload the car about ...45 minutes ago.  And there's a man napping in my driveway.  He's propped up in a seated position against a shed at the edge of the property.  He's moving, so I know he's alive, but he must be very intoxicated.  

I did not approach him, I called for someone to do that for me.  There were several possible outcomes, either he would be provoked, or he would need medical attention.  I wouldn't feel comfortable if he wandered off if he needed help, and I cannot give him the help he would need, so I'm letting trained professionals do that.  I fear they might let him wander off, but hopefully he'll get home.
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([personal profile] naamah_darling Sep. 13th, 2017 11:20 pm)
Smooch got some weird bloodwork back yesterday, and we are waiting on new bloodwork to learn more.  idney disease, hyperthyroid disease, and cancer were all mentioned.  They're testing thyroid and kidney stuff now.   I should have the results early next week.  But, basically, it's pretty likely to be bad news.

I mention this because the step after this is likely to be imaging.  An x-ray will be $230, and I will need to ask for help with part of that, as well as for ongoing treatment if it's necessary/possible, or, god forbid, euthanasia.  Care Credit is something I will not hesitate to deploy, but I would prefer to pay for as much of it up front as possible, to minimize future monthly payments.  So if y'all could have my back on that when the time comes, I would be very grateful.

He has lost 1.8 pounds in the last year or so, most of it in the last couple of months, and if this weird bloodwork had cropped up without that, I wouldn't be as worried as I am.  But with cats, weight loss on this scale is associated with very poor outcomes, so I am not tremendously optimistic.  To put it in perspective, 1.8 pounds is the same as if I lost 40 pounds, proportionally.  That's frightening.  He was a cinderblock of a cat, built thick and powerful, capable of physically pushing me backwards when braced against something, and now he feels a little below merely average, and has lost a lot of strength.

This is somewhat tempered by the fact that I knew going in that he would probably live a shorter life since whatever inbreeding or genetic abnormalities led to his messed-up face are hardly likely to have stopped there, and I honestly only really expected him to live about 10 years.  I was willing to take that hit that going in, and I am not sorry nor would I ever change my mind.

It helps that he doesn't appear to be feeling bad.  It makes it easier not to worry, moment to moment.

So for now it's wait, and worry.
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([personal profile] muccamukk Sep. 12th, 2017 05:36 pm)
Thank you so much for making me a gift! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with these my favourite characters (They can totally all be my favourite at the same time!) So uh, long letter is long, please feel free to mix and match prompts, or pick something off my like list and ignore the rest, or throw it away and go with your own idea for these characters (did I mention they're my favourites?)

Likes and DNWs: )

The Almighty Johnsons )

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV) )

The Guns of Navarone (1961) )

The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells )

The Reckoning (2003) )

Sinbad )

Twelve O'Clock High (1949) )

Wynonna Earp (TV) )

Whew! You made it to the end! Please remember that these are just suggestions, and what I'm interested in most is what you want to make. Also, there are more prompts for a lot of these characters in my letters tag or over at fandom giftbox.
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([personal profile] muccamukk Sep. 11th, 2017 11:42 am)
I am, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, looking for the most depressing thing written in England in the 1860s-1890s.

I'm talking about like a grim dark novel on the devastation of industrialism, a report on the conditions of life in Whitechaple, Published letters about the status of women in Ireland, Top Five Things Wrong With Empire: A Pamphlet. It can be condemning bad things happening, or from the point of view of the people doing the bad things who don't care. Either way, Something that one would read and feel like hiding under a blanket with tea was really the only thing to be done against the overwhelming horror of life.

Under 200 pages would be ideal, since I'm going to have to read this in a hurry.
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