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Time to revamp the LJ for Christmas

new look, new layout, etc

Still recovering from getting sick but I'm getting there.

This weekend is candy-making weekend for Xmas gifts.

Enjoy this meme.

1日:欠片(かけら): Fragment
2日:天使(てんし):Angel
3日:涙(なみだ):Tears
4日:証(あかし): Evidence
5日:夢(ゆめ):Dream
6日:心(こころ):Heart
7日:しずく: Drops
8日:ようせい:Fairy
9日:音楽(おんがく):Music
10日:光(ひかり):Light
11日:鮫(さめ):Shark
12日:けっしょう:Crystal
13日:ささやき:Whisper
14日:おつげ: Prediction
15日:おぼじない: Spell
16日:偽り(いつわり):Lie
17日:祈り(いのり):Pray
18日:猫(ねこ):Cat
19日:みちするべ: Signpost
20日:熊(くま):Bear
21日:保護者(ほごしゃ): Guardian
26日:バナナ:Banana
27日:狼(おおかみ):Wolf
28日:翼(つばさ):Wings
29日:お土産(おみやげ): Souvenir
30日:かいとう:Thief
31日:妄想(もうそう):Delusion
Month:
1月:月(つき):Moon
2月:愛(あい):Love
3月:空(そら):Sky
4月:水(みず):Water
5月:花(はな):Flower
6月:宇宙(うちゅう): Space
7月:太陽(たいよう):Sun
8月:星(ほし):Star
9月:森(もり):Forest
10月:影(かげ):Shadow
11月:天(てん):Heaven
12月:雪(ゆき):Snow

I am... Fragment of Heaven which I think I will use for my next Nanowrimo project, so, dibs

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True story

AngryDandelion: In History class we have to memorize the preamble to the Constitution -

Me and Huxrin: (Singing) We the People -

AD: Except my teacher said it doesn't just say 'We the People' -

Me and Huxrin: (Singing) - In order to form a more perfect union -

AD: (Louder) It's WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES -

Me and Huxrin: (Singing) - Establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility -

Me, Huxrin, Mom, Dad, Toly: (Singing) - Provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty, to ourselves and our Posterity -

(Huxrin is now dancing)

- do ordain and establish this Constitution, for the, United States of, America!

AD: *frowns* She said if we learn it from Schoolhouse Rock we better say "We the People of the United States."

Me: Generations of kids since the 1970s have learned it that way and it worked for all of us!

Nanowrimo 2016 final tally

porkwithbones and I made it to 149,773 words for Nanowrimo this year, and we probably could've made that last 300 words except we've both been sick as very sick dogs for the past few days and unable to do much creative writing stuff.

That said, the novel itself was finished a while back; the last several thousand words were extra scenes, explanatory stuff, a brief prologue, and some flashbacks. So the novel itself is finished and ready for polishing. As soon as we're both well enough to tackle that.

(I think PWB's nano page accurately reflects the word count but mine doesn't because I was too sick to update yesterday.)

Happy belated anniversary to my LJ

I missed it, but last week on 11/25 was my 13th anniversary with LJ!

You know those "back up your LJ" apps that turn your LJ into PDFs and the like? I looked into those a few years ago. I would have hundreds of PDFs because I figured out I'd need to have at least one per month during the busy times, maybe more. I should probably look into that again though.

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Etsy update!

Some new stuff on Etsy, mostly cross stitch books and magazines, including a really gorgeous book by Joan Elliott, with lots of fantasy/magical and even some pagan designs.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Laridian

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Stamps and such

Mom has some panes of stamps which I gave her years ago, because they were pretty, and we put them up in an inexpensive frame and she'd rotate them out in her office before she retired.

She still has the panes and asked me if they were worth anything, which kicked off my research into older stamps, because it's a good thing to know. The short answer is: 20th century US stamps aren't worth bupkis to collectors. Oh, there's an occasional one that is, but for the most part, the face value (FV) of a stamp is still valid today as when it was issued, so you might as well use it as actual postage.

Toly was upset about this at first - "How could you just use an old stamp like that?" - until I pointed out to him there's no resale market for these and no collector market. Stamp collecting is not a viable hobby these days, and collectors don't want the majority of 20th century US stamps, no matter how pretty some of them are.

Now, as long as they're uncancelled, they're perfectly fine to use as postage, and if they have numbers on them instead of "Forever", you can even use them on overseas letters and postcards. ("Forever" stamps are only good domestically unless they specifically say "Global" or "international" on them. POSTAL RESEARCH YAY) So a few 34-cent stamps are fine to use overseas or at home.

And there are even a few sellers who will sell you bulk lots of FV stamps for collecting or postage purposes, like Murphs Stamps (there is an interview with actual pictures of his stuff here), or on eBay or whatnot.

Also, Mom has decided to keep her stamps and maybe get them a new frame. Because they are pretty.

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Nano 2016 novel completed!

porkwithbones and I have actually completed our 2016 Nanowrimo novel! With a conclusion and everything! Final wordcount is 125,463 words with 4 days left. This is the rough, unedited first draft, but it is done!
“WANTED: GUYBRUSH THREEPWOOD… for the murder of G.P. LeChuck… also for the use of witchcraft on the person of Largo LaGrande, the thievery of clothing and medically prescribed hair supplements for such witchcraft, graverobbing, trespassing, larceny without a permit, disturbing the peace, illegal gambling on a sporting event, use of falsified identification for the purchase of alcohol, exceeding allowable FDA limit for rodent parts in vichyssoise, premature entombment of a non-dead individual, reckless tampering of city-maintained plumbing without acquisition of an environmental impact report, transportation of animals not in a mental state to give consent, vandalizing a historical miniature, reckless use of gardening tools, impersonating a woman in order to evade prosecution, two counts of unauthorized exiting from a penal institution, reanimating dead persons within city limits, possession of library books not specifically checked out to oneself, mixing drinks without a liquor license, and releasing a dangerous reptile in a populated area. Also wanted for questioning regarding the disappearance of missing eyewear. Reward offered for information leading to the suspect’s apprehension. Threepwood is to be considered armed and dangerous.”

This all happens just in the second game before the third act.

Thanksgiving

Told the cousins to be here at 11

We anticipated they'd be late, because they have never been on time ever, so the food was scheduled to be ready at noon

It is now 11:55 and according to Find Friends, they are still at home

All I had for breakfast was three cups of coffee and a donut

I am so hungry

Followup: They arrived about 12:07 and we finally got to eat at 12:30.

And there was so much food on the table that there was no easy way to pass it around, esp if you wanted to set it down for a moment and take some, because the person to the left didn't want any of the dish they currently had and was waiting for you to get moving.

I didn't get to taste half the dishes I wanted, and I just decided it wasn't going to happen.

Will ask if we can do a buffet for Christmas but I suspect the answer is no, because the reason we did this is Mom and Dad found the leaf that expands the table to fit all eleven of us and damned if we're not using it.

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