We can't do anything to move more quickly aside from checking listings and making inquiries, so in the meantime Wax has made lists of our belongings and hypothetical budgets and read blog posts with advice for how to move, and I've been going through blog posts with titles like "20 Things to Throw Away Right Now" and "How to Get Rid of Tons of Stuff". I've already done this to more or less all our belongings twice in the last few years, and to every shelf in every closet in the last few months; but I still devoured these posts for an hour or so last night and made a list of things to attempt to throw away today.

If we're going to rent the moving boxes (we are), we can't even do much in the way of advance packing until we have a moving date.
Now that we're apartment hunting I'm so excited to start moving at last that I can hardly restrain myself from starting to pack (mostly succeeding bc we don't have the boxes).

This morning while lying awake blissfully thinking about packing I realized that I also can't pack before we have a flat to actually move into because we don't have the floorspace for packed containers.

All our stuff barely fits in the flat as it is, and that only because it's all very carefully squeezed in particular configuration into containers and shelves. Even our clothes can't be packed without the suitcase obstructing some walkway or piece of furniture.

And unfortunately we can't do anything to make the various places respond faster to our inquiries.

  1. Alpha Jensen Ackles is a retired soldier working as a Velociraptor trainer in the world renowned Jurassic World.
    Omega Jared Padalecki is the fifteen year-old who was sent to the island with his older brother Stephen. Fortunately, he's obsessed with dinosaurs and he doesn't mind too much that he's doomed to spend the week with his estranged Aunt Danneel and jerk-of-an-older-brother.
    Unfortunately, there is something much more dangerous lurking on the island of Jurassic World- something that could doom the Alpha and Omega's life.

  2. The stars twinkle. The moon shines. The snow glissens. It's all perfect. Why does it have be perfect today? Off all days. It's perfect today. The day Hades lets him go home.
    OR: the one where Derek is Hades. Stiles is Persephone. Every one is a good or goddess and knows it accept for Stiles. Every one has a mate. Except Allison she's Artimis.

  3. Title: Three meetings
    Fandoms: No Fandom
    Summary: The first time they met was by coincidence.
    The second time they met the roles were reversed.
    The third time they met no one was saved.
    Words: 731
    Chapters: 1/1

  4. Tags: Canon - TV


Jul. 21st, 2015 06:59 pm
When we arrived in North America, our flight from Stockholm to Chicago arrived at about the same time that it had left. We were in transit 24 hours and didn't really manage even to nap, but we didn't notice any real jet lag. We slept relatively little the first day and managed to sleep closer to 9 or 10 most of the other ones.

When flying back to Finland, the Chicago-Stockholm leg lasts 8 hours in the air but arrives 16 hours after it left. We got up at 4 am Central time to drive to the airport, and at 11 pm Central time we were getting off the plane in Stockholm in the early morning. We both managed to nap on and off but essentially we went to bed 28 hours after we got up and slept 20 hours Thursday night, but then we also slept until after noon Saturday and Sunday, and I napped yesterday and woke up at 5 pm today! Also, though, I have woken up in the middle of the night or early morning, read a single fic on my phone and then gone back to sleep.

Now, in the winter that wouldn't even be that weird for me because when the sun isn't shining I can sleep almost all the time. But for summer it's very strange. I haven't been getting hungry right either. It's annoying. I have shit to do!
1. Alarums at Arrivals and the Sleep-Deprived Queasy Roadtrips That Nightmares are Made of )

2. Arrival at Cloudland Canyon and a Severe Lack of Flashlights )

3. The Lookout That Didn't Look Out, plus Finnish Delicacies )

4. Worrying symptoms )

5. Bae's First American Speeding Ticket )

Wax's mom pulled up with our box'o'kitties exactly as we walked into the parking lot with our suitcases, so we carried them up in the same trip. Snookums started shouting in the box and didn't stop for a couple of hours after we got him inside.

PS: We brought Wax's mom a bottle of Southern Comfort, which neither of us has ever tasted, and a box of her favorite duty-free chocolates, to thank her for caring for the kitties and houseplants.
We came back with:

  • Four bottles of ibuprofen caplets (200 mg x500) and some Sudafed

  • Three bags of Butterfinger minis and one bag of mini Reese's Cups

  • One pair each of flip-flops from Old Navy (they were $5 USD together whereas the cheapest I could find the identical plastic Made in Chinas for in Finland was over 20€)

  • Three pairs of yoga leggings and a sports bra, two tank tops and a 100% cotton plain white Oxford shirt (me)

  • Sweatpant shorts, a long-sleeved popover shirt and foldover-waistband white linen pants (Wax)

  • A souvenir t-shirt each & a baseball cap from Cloudland Canyon State Park, a pair of sunglasses and a big sunglasses case each, and a bag of cotton terry-cloth crew socks (I looked EVERYWHERE I COULD THINK OF for cotton terry socks here)

  • An eye-searing blue paisley suitcase that looks like a Lily Pulitzer knockoff

Also a giant pop-up book of dragon illustrations from my mom for our niece who loves dragons, the silk phoenix kite my dad brought me back from Singapore in 1988, and a pink glitter USB cable.

We consumed a bunch of Pop-Tarts while there but forgot to bring the extras back with us. I also wish I'd brought back some extra goldfish crackers, but the suitcases were pretty full.

Many things went wrong, but nothing catastrophic; everything managed to recover and occur at the right time in spite of these snags. That will take longer to write up.

  1. He wore a full head of caramel hair and a skintight Metallica shirt that rode up as he bent down, revealing a thin layer of bronze skin.

  2. Tags: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Scott McCall/Stiles Stilinski, Abusive Relationships, Bad Guy Scott, Domestic Violence, Non-Graphic Violence
    Summary: The first time Derek sees him is on the Subway. The fifth time Derek spots him, the boy has a split lip and an angry alpha threatening him. (OR: Where Scott is a really bad boyfriend and Derek ends up being Stiles' hero)

  3. ***YOU HAVE TO READ PART 1 FIRST. Sorry :(

  4. Title: Mary
    Fandoms: Sherlock (TV), Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
    Tags: No Archive Warnings Apply, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Alternate Universe - Historical, Daphne Du Maurier might be rolling in her grave or loving it we just don't know
    Summary: Last night he dreamt he went to Manderley again... Monte Carlo, 1937. While working as the companion to Sebastian Wilkes, a young man becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, John Watson. Rumour has it that Watson, owner of the grand country estate Manderley, is still haunted by the sudden death of his late wife. But as the young man soon learns, not all is as it seems.

  5. This is going to be a multi chapter story about Fridget after Franky's release.

  1. Harry likes Louis very much a lot and Louis’ a bit of an arsehole.

  2. It figures that Sidney Crosby, unique in all the ways he is as a kid, would also be unique in his first Pokemon.

  3. John Watson is the new student at school. He doesn't follow the rules and does what he wants. He's the nightmare of all bullies and scary as hell...And he's also Sherlock's....crush?

  4. Quinn, Santana and Brittany are girls who grow a penis during that special time of the month.

  5. Tags: sorry mom, this is the only fic i will ever write, i saved it in my computer as modern romance which is tru, please don't send this to harry styles
    Summary: Harry Styles was looking for a love he never had. He never expected to find it in the form of a small green cyclops.

  1. She saw her family slewed she was unstable and needed help. Takes off when Legolas brings Tauriel to Mirkwood and if you are interested warning!! things will be unclear because you probably haven't read the setting so I would advice read the setting first. Another warning the setting is terrible the Elven Moon is pretty bad so if you are interested but lose interest in the setting cause the writing and stuff is terrible and stuff like that promise me that you would read at least the first chapter in this book after you read the setting because I think this is so much better then the setting. Please trust me on this:)

  2. Harry had always been fascinated by Slytherins but he couldn't suspect that they would teach him about caring on Christmas Eve. Threesome HP/LM/SS AU warning. Slash.

  3. Chris Colfer/Darren Criss
    Chris finally delivers his son, Matthew, and it’s way more emotional than he thought it would be.

  4. Tags: beware of more man-smut

  5. Rated: T
    Tags: No Smut

#1 ~[personal profile] flamebyrd


Jun. 25th, 2015 11:06 pm
We've been in this flat that we chose for its proximity to the bus station and university for like 10 years mainly because it's so cheap for the location close to downtown. It's kinda crappy, but the location/price on the one hand kept dragging us back and we kept thinking "It's still temporary but we don't have a grownup job yet, so..."

So we've both wanted out of here for years. But the building was recently purchased by an evil rental overlord and they're going to jack the prices +€200 per month over the next two years, starting with €100ish on the new year.

Now we have a pressing reason to leave!

But we're still both <1 year from finishing certifications and potentially being able to work in our fields, and [personal profile] waxjism is stuck in a customer service job she hates, so I have to try and finish mine first because my chances of finding work in under a year of hunting were essentially deemed kind of laughable by the career guidance people from the unemployment bureau. "You wouldn't have time to find anything before you could finish the certification anyway, so just finish it and you'll be more employable" was their advice in a nutshell.

But then... where... should we move to???

We ultimately want to move to (or towards) Pargas, where she grew up and where her mom is retiring to (and where there are sheep and goats and horses and chickens!!!), but we can't do that until I have my certification. Presumably [personal profile] waxjism has to remain employed for me to do this but the pressure and emotional drain of this horrible customer service job is making her so full of rage that I keep worrying she'll burst a vessel in her temple. I didn't think she could have a more psychologically scarring job than her recent years at Nokia, but I was wrong.

On the plus side this will at least give us an opportunity to throw out a lot of junk, I guess.

  1. Tags: first attempt ever at writing pole dancing

  2. Tags: Bard of Laketown/Smaug, Ficlet, Prostitution
    Bard does what he must to provide for his family.

  3. Harry is being sold to the Centaurs by Dumbledore. Things don't go as planned.

  4. A George of the Jungle / Tarzan AU where Louis is a model who meets Wild Man Harry in the Congo. He was raised by apes and barely speaks a word of English and turns Louis' life upside down.

  5. Title: My little Naga
    Not Rated
    Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings
    Tags: Harry Potter/Tom Riddle, Sirius Black/Remus Lupin, Supernatural Creatures, Naga, harry is half human, tom is a naga
    Summary: Harry Potter has finally escaped with his godfathers and the only safe place he has to go to is the caves of the forbidden forest. At least the leader there, Voldemort is willing to take him in.

... I was going to say 'non-writers', but I don't know, maybe my therapist actually is a writer. He thinks I should try to tackle my writer's block - brought it up, even, when I wasn't talking about writing but about the creative stuff I wanted to find time for this summer (painting and sewing kinda stuff from a short to-do list).

He explained the concept of freewriting to me, and it was surreal to have it defined by someone who didn't presume you'd already know about it. To me it's foremost a weird hobby I shared with friends at age 12-14ish, writing and typing outlandishly pointless stream of consciousness things (but trying to make them funny), and then swapping between classes and writing comments on each others'. And I've done it when feeling emo as a young adult, too. I never considered it a writing exercise those times, because they were well before writer's block. Of course I haven't done anything like it for a very long time, but the lingering familiarity lends the whole idea of using it in this novel way — for writer's block — a piquant alienation.

(The following were tweeted and have been moved here:)

I tried 20 minutes of freewriting, but I didn't manage to write everything that crossed my mind because I was worrying at the logistics of
That One Novel that I haven't managed to write for the past mumble years I've had the idea.

This is really the only idea TO worry at when it comes to thinking about Writer's Block, even though it's really less than half of one.

Because it's been like YEARS since I could feel any enthusiasm about writing anything fannish.

I can't believe I wrote like 100 50 thousand words of a *secondary pairing* in bandom. Geez.

Though I do get excited about Yuletide, but it's also quite different with a rare fandom — and Yuletide is almost the only stuff I've written since bandom, except four years ago when I filled a few kinkmeme prompts.

  1. warning: bestiality, nsflife )

  2. Ultron escaped easily before the last of his bodies were destroyed, and ends up catering to a young girl as a false user interface until he can rise to power again. But the girl may serve as a larger distraction than he anticipated.

  3. Words:4233
    That summary was terrible but I honestly can't remember this fic that well and it's too long to read over oops.

  4. What if Loki wasn't buckets crazy?

  5. Lee, a drop-out drama student, now works as a tattoo artist at a successful parlor in New York. What happens next is anyone's guess, including mine :)

#5 via [personal profile] msilverstar
After waking us uninterruptedly from 4-5 am three days in a row, yesterday Snookums finally got locked in the sauna. It did quiet him down, but I couldn't actually sleep deeply knowing he was in there without a litterbox, food, or water, so I dozed and then let him out less than an hour later, and he happily went to bed.

So today when he wouldn't quit the yelling I put him there again, but I set a half-hour timer to let him out so that I could sleep in the interim. Unfortunately I didn't consider in my mostly-asleep state that when it went off it would wake [personal profile] waxjism up, in this case at 4:30 am. She sleeps much more soundly, which is why I get the brunt of Snookums being an asshole at night, but she doesn't sleep through alarms.

Now what???

As I see it, either

  1. put survival supplies in the sauna at night in preparation for solitary confinement, or

  2. do something about the alarm problem - but what, sleep on the sofa?

  3. Or, I guess, try another, different method for making Party Cat stop when he wants to party in the wee hours.
  1. [Tags] Murder within the ship


  3. [on chapter 1] Chapter Summary: This chapter is really just setting up the background. It's a little boring, I admit, but necessarily and full of details that will matter.

  4. I always liked those fics in form of text messages, so I made one involving reader

  5. A brief look at how Will and Hannibal dealt with attempting to get the nurseries ready for each of their kids, and the excitement over completing their family.

Following the United States Park Service on Twitter ([twitter.com profile] NatlParkService), I get a lot of beautiful landscape photos, which is nice.

But even having grown up making extensive use of national and state parks, news about them now 100% of the time makes me think "Look at this beautiful view... that was stolen, and whose heirs are probably still living under the yoke of institutionalized oppression."

(This wasn't a thought I had as a child wrt parks, even though I WAS aware of the genocide and brutal conquest of the country.)

Of course, national parks and nature reserves aren't more stolen than the rest of the country, but because they are reserved and preserved from settlement, it seems more glaring, somehow. The images stick. I keep thinking, if they were going to be preserved, why not... leave them... to the tribes that owned them? I mean, because then white people couldn't come stare at the pretty parts whenever they felt like, I guess?
I was just reminded of an important difference between Brit and US English.This bit from a British author bio had me a bit taken aback at first:

She writes for BBC Radio Comedy and Huffington Post UK, and once saw Dawn French coming out of a toilet

I was thinking, “Huh, weird, she must have been on a set when they were filming something, or maybe a photoshoot, but it couldn’t be a real toilet, could it? Unless just part of her had fallen in or something? Or would it be like a constructed giant toilet that she comes out of like a snake in a horror movie--”

It was about this time I remembered that Brits use “toilet” the way Americans use terms like “restroom” and “bathroom” (fun fact: in Finland a bathroom is for bathing and often does not include a toilet at all).
The other day I had an idea for a new default icon I would like more, but then... I didn't feel I could switch away from this image. I wouldn't feel like my posts were mine. I've used some version of this photograph since 2008 everywhere except Ravelry.
  1. Tags: Light Torture

  2. To call his relationship with his ‘father’ ‚complicated‘, was an understatement.

  3. a human Lady and the Tramp, with dog-like sex

  4. Tags: Harry Potter/Dean Winchester, Harry Potter is a girl so technically it's not slash
    Summary: Sam and John are surprised when a woman shows up claiming to be Dean’s wife.

  5. Tags: unsafe swimming practices

"Is there anyone who would like to raise their hand and tell a reason they have why Cim is so nice?"

  • "Because she helped us find pants for Barbie when we were playing Barbies"

  • "Because I like her"

  • "... I forget"

  • "Because she's a good friend"

  • "... Yes, Child Who Forgot Before?" "Mine was the same"

  • "Because she's just nice"

  • "Mine was the same too"

  • "Me too"

  • "Because she helped me and Aaro clean up the Legos from the floor"

  • "Because she never has nail polish." "Oh? But she has nail polish on now." "That's what I've got."


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