St Michael and All Angels, 2013

Jul. 20th, 2014 05:11 pm[personal profile] kafj
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A living creature, myriad-tongued and -eyed,
We marched, claiming an usurped city,
Our wings of red and purple, our feet
Steady and angry, our voices
Calling, Raphael, for those who care.
Michael: we were fighting!
Gabriel: did they hear?
alee_grrl: Black and white kitty peeking up out of a pink box.  Text above reads "Lurk" (lurk)
I'm doing so-so. Tired and a bit out of it, but better than I was earlier in the week. I am not always sure what to include in content/trigger warnings. Please know that you can always tell me if something triggers you or you would prefer something go under a cut tag for any reason. CW: discussion of health issues, primarily med interactions; mentions of childhood trauma and toxic parental units; employment related stress and firings (not me, I'm still employed) )

For those wondering, Z is doing quite well and coming back into her own as a dog. My sister has been doing amazing amounts of work with her (training in morning and evening every day--and throughout the day when opportunity presents itself). When I have spoons I do some training with her too. We've had great fun doing the ping-pong game where my sister and I sit on opposite sides of a room and practice here, sit, wait and find. She is starting to show more of her own personality, and she is going to fit right in with the rest of the family--she's smart and got a stubborn streak a mile wide. She's comfortable enough that we have to watch her or she'll swipe the cat's wet food at dinner (she used to be too scared to approach the cat when he was eating). We've found a good trainer to come in and work one on one with Z and my niece when niece returns from her dad's in early August. This will help niece bond with Z and make everyone worry less about niece walking Z. Seventy-pounds of muscle can pull an unsuspecting 13 year old off her feet pretty quickly (hell a seventy-pound dog can pull a full-grown adult off their feet if they aren't careful).

So that is what is going on in my world. All in all I'm doing okay, which is not so bad considering. I'm happy that I'm even remotely functioning. I'm super thankful for having the most-awesome support network and friendships even if I haven't felt much like talking to anyone this week. I know they're there, and that makes a world of difference.

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Jul. 15th, 2014 09:12 pm[personal profile] el_staplador
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I cannot anything today. Hugs pls?

ETA: actually, I have quite a lot today. I just can't any more.

Video Game: SR

Jul. 13th, 2014 09:23 pm[personal profile] alee_grrl
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I am putting this entry under a cut for a friend. Any future entries discussing this particular game will also be under a cut and tagged #SR for reference.
Description and thoughts on SR video game )

Sunday Picnic Admist Birdsong

Jul. 13th, 2014 12:39 pm[personal profile] poetree_admin posting in [community profile] poetree
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alee_grrl

Sunday, every Sunday, let's have a community picnic. It's probably been a long week, and it's lovely to have a few minutes to sit back and relax and enjoy some good conversation in a less formal space. Feel free to bring something for the Picnic Basket - a poem you liked this week, a thought you had or something you experienced, or even something completely unrelated to poetry whatsoever that you just feel like sharing. Just take a moment to say hello, and maybe have a bite to eat; no one is going anywhere fast, and the shade promises some relief from the everyday heat. Let’s get to know each other a bit better, here under the branches of the poet’s tree.
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1. My OFC is upstaging my Mary Sue. (Admittedly not difficult, as Mary Sue is dead, but still.)

2. Plonking Ruritania down on top of Bohemia would create a rather pretty kill-your-grandfather paradox. Stretch the map a bit, I think.

On how life is not like books

Jul. 13th, 2014 11:24 am[personal profile] kafj
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It is not given to most of us to know
the instant's fiery trial, the two-forked path
from which, once chosen, we cannot turn back.
Life is too messy-incomplete for that,
crammed with uncertainty and second chances.
Integrity comes piecemeal, a dripped succession
of tiny moments where, grudging, agonised,
we choose to act for good,
from love or shame, some half-built value,
a memory, the decent thing. It all adds up.
Then we look back, perhaps, and find
we made the hardest choice by hardly choosing,
and grace is granted us to laugh,
wiser, grateful, and walk on, nearer, now,
the people we were born to be.

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