Elizabeth - Oath of God

Which oath? - I'm ineffable!


Saw Big Hero 6
Elohite
archangelbeth
It is a pretty darn good superhero-style CGI flick. Definitely stay to the end of the credits; there is an easter-egg/cookie/scene/whatever one calls those things these days.

The kid and her friend had arranged to go today, so we went, got food at a little sandwich place across from the theater before the show (it was nearly standing-room-only, but we managed to snag a table -- and I managed to snag a chair shortly after our food was ready; the place had 2 tall-table arrangements, and only enough chairs for both of them, and one of the chairs from ours was in use at the other table), and saw the show.

The kid is still a bit frazzled and short of spoons (and her case manager has seen my furious email and will check into things on Monday), but she enjoyed the movie.

Earlier today, we got her new boots. Need to get her new shoes, too, since she has outgrown them, but the boots are the urgent things because eventually it is going to snow and her old boots are older than her current shoes. (I got me some new boots, too.) We also got socks. We then went back into the place so she could stand on the thing that mapped How You Stand and suggested insoles. I was dubious, but hey, we had the time right then. So she stood on it, and it recommended an insole-type, and she stood on the sample one and was not instantly recoiling (and remember she has unpredictable sensory reactions), so hey, sure, let her try the ones that are in her size... And she liked them. And said that her ankle had been hurting but didn't hurt as much almost immediately. So. A sale was made.

(Hm. If we bring the insoles, then we can expand the kinds of shoes we can get to ones that don't necessarily have the best arch support? Because we can shim the insole arch with makeup sponges or something. Excellent.)

I passed on a $289 coat, even though it was nice. Because. Nearly $300. *cries faintly*

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If there's so much danger from touching your skin and eating the food, they'd put that in the tour book. There'd be a blurb in the safety section: "Warning! Don't step on the Stray Sods!"
--http://comic.chelseacrutchley.com/comic/chapter-2-page-14/



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Current state: simmering on cannot-do-anything-fury
Malak1
archangelbeth
Okay, here is a tip:

If there is a usually normally-functioning kid under a table who does not want to come out and cannot communicate very much, try to ascertain if there is a head injury. If there is not -- and especially if you know the kid is on the autism spectrum -- LEAVE THE KID ALONE for 10-20 minutes and see if they self-soothe. (Obviously, if the building is on fire or the table is about to collapse, that's a safety issue. I am assuming no safety issues.)

If the kid is on the autism spectrum and says that it's dark under the table, consider that there are sensory issues in play. Darkening the room if possible may be helpful, but if not, LEAVE THE KID ALONE for 10-20 minutes and see if they self-sooth enough to cope with the light-stimulus. (Obviously, if one is concerned that there may be an injury, be watchful.)

If the kid is begging you to please don't move the table away from over them, then LEAVE THE DAMN TABLE ALONE.

If you fail to leave the kid alone, try to neg them into going to class like some kind of clumsy Pick-Up Artist, threaten to call their parent(s), and drag the table away when they are begging you not to... then do not be surprised when the kid's parent or parents start breathing fire and/or turn into bear(s) who want your head. Especially if you have presented yourself as being a psychologist. Because that behavior was just vicious.

Am I angry? Gosh, however could you tell.


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I hate broken sleep.
So Not A Morning Person
archangelbeth
It makes me crabby. (Do not feel that you cannot speak to me on a crabby-day post, though; I will see it the next day, usually, and I will try not to crab too much. >_> Just, perhaps, handle with care.)

I have found that store-bought turkeys often contain... Gluten! And sometimes MSG! ( http://the-resa.livejournal.com/378274.html alerted me.) For those with allergies to gluten, and/or reasons for avoiding MSG... Be warned, and check the ingredients label.

I don't eat turkey at all, and so far as I know can handle gluten. (Probably all that Tennessee inbreeding in my geneology.) But I know some people can't.

I backed up All Things Pages, and deleted-and-reinstalled Pages on the new iPad today, which fixed the crash-upon-opening problem. (Factory-installed app, came with the device, crashed along with GarageBand and all the other iWorks apps.) ...Discovered that it is now UGLY. O:p I think I'm going to see what the iOS Microsoft Word looks like now.

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...I've got my eye on you three. So does Cerby. And he's got six of them.
--http://inonibird.deviantart.com/art/C-est-la-Mort-0054-209071398


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Long Drive Day
So Not A Morning Person
archangelbeth
*FLOP*

No long posts tonight! Unwinding from Long Drive and catching up on LJ and whatnot. (http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/11/e-book-cover-design-awards-october-2014/ would be some of the whatnot. I have submitted Crucible's cover, at least partly in the hopes of figuring out if the title's margins are any good. OXD )

...the kid went up to get ready for bed, and her lights are off in her room and I think she laid down for a moment before calling me for bedtime stuff and... fell asleep. O_o

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“On the other hand, she had to admit that she had never met an eagle or a peacock or a phoenix, either, and it was entirely possible that they were just as obnoxious as swans. Rhea was not notably more cynical than the average fifteen year old, but she thought that this was likely. ”
--T. Kingfisher. “Seventh Bride.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewBook?id=1A8C18DA7DAAEB2B07EFE883F4A7B68B
Or https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/492491 -- whence I downloaded it into iBooks, though I know it's also on Amazon and presumably B&N and Kobo as well as iBooks/iTunes.


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Update on the State of the Uncle-in-Law, plus I HAVE FEELS ABOUT A TOPIC.
Archangel of Archives
archangelbeth
1: Uncle-in-Law does not have MRSA that's resisting the usual drug, but instead apparently has a reservoir of bacteria somewhere which is releasing new troops into the bloodstream. They are going to ship him down to a bigger city hospital, probably closer to his insurance, and check his pacemaker leads. Presumably the next steps, if the leads don't have bacteria adhering to them in a spot just above where the IV antibiotic can get to them, would be to scan his hand (that had stitches relatively recently and had a lump on it for a while), and then a full-body scan to see if there's a mass of infection hiding somewhere.

2: Okay, so there was a thing that haikujaguar on livejournal posted, about representation as authors in fiction, and how it felt like this should be a non-issue -- that people should just self-publish and do an end-run around the gatekeepers. (You can probably find the post and she may let me link to it (or she may tell me to occlude the name), but for Bast's sake, if you comment there, be good. Because the TL;DR form is I think she's 100% right on one axis of the argument, though I disagree with her on another axis.) So anyway, I had a mass of feels which I inflicted on her. And which I should probably put here, because it goes really meta in spots. (And now she can delete all my comments if she wants! ^_^ )

...um, Person Who Is Traditionally Published Soon, whom I refer to, tell me if you'd like me to A: edit this in any way on those aspects, and B: delete the other comments and just reference back to here. I was trying to avoid saying anything specific!

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No quotes after all that. My eyes are doing the @_@ thing. Go check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/M.C.A.-Hogarth/e/B00448EEPQ/ and then sample them wherever you buy books. There will be quotes!

(Later I will do T. Kingfisher quotes from Seventh Bride.)


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Horribly tired most of today
So Not A Morning Person
archangelbeth
And with a slight caffeine withdrawal headache for a goodly chunk of it, that was only cured by tea and ibuprofen.

I should try to get to bed early hahahahahha.

Spouse's Uncle's MRSA is not responding as hoped to the usual go-to drug for that, so they are trying him on a different one. It did, at least, respond enough that he is not currently having fever/chills. He seems in reasonably good spirits.

We had lunch at the hospital so we would be able to check on him quickly; the hospital has a very good cafeteria, really. Also inexpensive, presumably because they don't have to have the food pay for the building or for any waitstaff -- just some cooks (who presumably are on-duty to make patient-food too) and a cashier or two.

Havva Quote
"Why would I set anything on fire?" you ask. You are genuinely curious as to Khazarov's thought process here. You have shown exactly zero pyromaniac tendencies.
--https://archiveofourown.org/works/2003496?view_full_work=true
(warnings for dubious consent, Princes with no sense of personal boundaries, etc.)


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-_-
So Not A Morning Person
archangelbeth
Inertia kept me awake too long last night. Let's hope that a recurrence of Kid's Blargy Tummy does not keep us both awake on a school night.

Bed soon.

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    “What does a truthreader need my help for?” I asked.
    “You’re Euphemia Irene Lace, which means you’re the scum to talk to when I can’t trust the scum I’ve got to tell me what I need to know. Unless I’ve walked into the wrong office.”
--http://www.abyssapexzine.com/2012/09/lace-downstairs/
(Cyberpunky Noir.)

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how is it 1am?
So Not A Morning Person
archangelbeth
Ungh.

Oh, because the kid had an upset/hurting stomach last night and I was awake till 3:30am -- and so was she -- and then slept late and now I just don't know.

Characters continue to talk. I need to work out... oh, right, I can just segue right into that scene if I don't get any better ideas. Okay. Main trick will be balancing A plot and B plot so they come out right.

Spouse's uncle apparently has blood infection of MSAR or however that's spelled. Unclear how, though when he was in for cataract surgery, he had cuts on his hands from various things he'd managed to do to them, so maybe there? Unnnnngh. He is definitely staying in the hospital till he's better, and here's hoping he doesn't have to go back to an outpatient rehab-type place for long, if at all, but can go back to staying with spouse's mom. (The pair of them -- aside from this -- seem to be doing better hanging out so that they can keep an eye on each other.)

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"Tell me, my dear, have you ever let a prince try to fit his glass slipper on you?"
--http://coyotewildmag.com/2008/august/brennan_old-fashioned_unicorn.html


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Car inspected...
So Not A Morning Person
archangelbeth
Now I just need to get to city hall and pay for the stickers.

And mail a thing.

And deposit a check.

And get the kid to finish her homework.

And be taxi for the kid's friend to come over and watch anime for a while with kid.

-_-

Spouse's uncle doing better; had an infection that'd reached his blood, so the hospital is doing IV antibiotics, continuing to culture the infection to make sure they're using the right antibiotics, and hanging onto him longer.

Havva Quote
The Weavers' Guild Master would call for my hide as a chair-cover if I started weaving or spinning.
--Dar making comments in Crucible.
(iBooks has a pretty decent samplesize, too.)

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We had intended to sleep in...
So Not A Morning Person
archangelbeth
But between getting the kid off to school, and two calls from mother-in-law worried about spouse's uncle -- one at 8 in the morning or so, augh... Well, after the second call nearer to noon, spouse went and took his uncle to the Urgent Care place, and UC sent him on to the hospital ER, and there was much waiting around. Basically, coughing, fever, maybe fluid in lungs, possibly signs of a mild heart attack detected once the hospital got hold of him? So they're keeping him a few days to run more tests and keep an eye on him.

Spouse was, therefore, at the UC or hospital for about 5-6 hours. -_-

Progress continues on Copper Leaf Bargains. So far, finishing up the prior chapter and what I've done on this chapter has been mostly snagged in small bursts here and there when I have a few minutes and the laptop. That it is flowing so easily is a change from the somewhat intricate slog that Crucible was at the end. (It seems I don't actually like tormenting my characters quite so much. Who knew?! *...plots different evilness for CLB*)

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There is something almost like surprise on his face, the seeming without the substance, as if someone had told him what surprise looked like and he had tried to mimic it.
--http://archiveofourown.org/works/868426


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