linaewen: (Lords of Gondor by silver_echoes)
Well, it's been five months or so since the last chapter, but I'm finally back with a new one.  I'm seriously trying to be more committed to this tale, so hopefully it won't be a long break before the next one!  :-D

Enjoy!

Chapter 48 )

~*~*~*~
 
Thanks for reading!!  I'm testing this cross-posting thing to see how it deals with a story chapter post.  Hope nothing odd happens to it on its way over to LJ.  ;-)

Testing!

Mar. 17th, 2012 11:56 am
linaewen: (Tigger Writing)
I imported my LJ to my Dreamwidth account (wow, it took less than 5 minutes, awesome!) and now I'm setting up cross-posting.  So this is a test to see if it works, and what it looks like in my LJ.

Interestingly enough, the import kept all my icons (something like 66!), even though I only get 15 at DW.  Now I'll have to figure out which ones are active and which aren't.  I don't expect I'll go to a paid account at DW at this point, because I'm trying to save some money here, but I have to admit, 15 icons is really hard to get used to after having 66!  :-)

I've had a paid account at LJ for a number of years, but I've decided not continue that paid account.  I am considering switching my LJ to a plus account -- mainly because I can't bear to part with all the user icons I would lose if I went back to basic!  As it is, I'll still lose a lot (including my extra ones I got for having a paid account year by year), but a plus account gives me a few more to keep than a basic account does.  And really, I'm not posting as much as I used to so it's really for the best when it comes right down to it!

So, anyway, let's see how this works....

UPDATE:  Well, it worked nicely, but I see that the import has totally screwed up my icons at DW, by switching in some from LJ seemingly at random and making the rest inactive.  Guess the next thing I have to figure out is how to repair the damage, but it could be worse!  It might help me get in the mood for deleting LJ icons in advance of my (likely) move to a paid account!
linaewen: (Time Management by Harold Lloyd)
In Pakistan (and other countries that celebrate the Muslim month of fasting) the signal for the end of the month of Ramadan is the sighting of the sliver of the new moon in the night sky.  The Eid festival celebrates the completion of the days of fasting from sunrise to sundown, and that sliver of moon is eagerly anticipated by those who have endured the month-long fast.  Sometimes it seems to take forever for that Eid moon to appear!

There is an Urdu proverb that is derived from that feeling of waiting forever – “you have become the Eid moon.”  It is spoken to one who has been long awaited but is late in coming, particularly a close friend who has not visited for some time.

I've become the Eid Moon in that I haven't been posting here since forever!  Actually, since October of last year, but that still seems like forever.  Sorry for not visiting!

I've been keeping busy in my work as the director of ESL here at the Center in Chicago.  It's a fun job for me because I enjoy interacting with women who come in to learn English (and to get help with other things).  I sometimes get to use that "Eid Moon" proverb on them if they haven't visited for awhile, and it always makes them laugh.  It's great living in this part of Chicago, since it's so very similar to Pakistan -- except that we're also close to Wisconsin so we can drive up and visit family whenever we want!

My health has been pretty good these days, though I'm sorry I didn't take better advantage of the almost snow-less winter in Chicago to get in more walking.  At the moment, the weather can't decide if it's going to be winter or spring, so it goes from one to the other on alternated days.  ;-)

I have been woefully neglecting the writing of my LotR-related WIPs, but I'm working at getting back into that -- one chapter posted per year is just not acceptable.  In spite of that, I did do a fair bit of writing last year, which I neglected to share here in my journal, duh!  So my next post is going to be fic-related, with a list of everything I've written in the last year and links so you can read it if you haven't already.

I'll try not to be the Eid Moon after this!  :-D

linaewen: (Lords of Gondor by captinskywalker)
Once upon a time, there was a story that I was writing, posting a new chapter every week.  Due to lots of different things, it got harder to keep to that schedule, but I did try to update fairly often.  Somewhere along the line it came down to posting one new chapter a year, if you can believe it!!  That's been the trend lately.  It hardly seems possible, since this story is always in the back of my mind, but the dates of posting don't lie.

I have, of course, been writing other things, so it's not like I've been totally dormant!  I have written quite a bit this past year, though I do believe I have not gotten around to posting it in my own journal.  Methinks I need to change my posting habits a bit, eh?

In any case, the latest chapter in the Lords of Gondor saga -- half written for more than a year -- is at last complete and ready for your viewing pleasure!  Chapter 48 is now knocking on the door -- and I vow a Gondorian vow that it will be written and posted before the end of the year!

If you need some review of what has happened previously -- or if you are reading for the first time -- just click on the "lords of gondor" tag at the bottom of the post and previous chapters will magically appear!


Thanks for reading!!



linaewen: (Shikamaru Mendokusai)
It is exactly 6 months to the day since I last posted here about my computer woes, and guess what -- I'm still dealing with computer problems.  ;-)  The computer that failed and then got set up again was good to go, but only for 6 months.  It's been about two or three weeks now since it failed utterly in a very bad way -- the "do we spend money to fix this or just replace it?" kind of way.  In the meantime, I've been trying to get set up and organized on an old computer that was sitting around not being used much.  It's amazingly decent in many ways and will fit my needs until something better comes along, thankfully.  So now I have no more excuses for not writing...

At least, no computer-related excuses!
linaewen: (Horn and Blade)
Back in April, I shared in my journal that I had decided to take part in a Finish-a-thon, to help push me towards finishing some of the stories I had begun writing or to complete a story based on one of the plot bunnies that had been plaguing me.  People voted on which of my tales or plot bunnies should be the one I concentrate on, and one of the plot bunnies was chosen.

For the past month and a half, I've been working on the following bunny:

Fandom:  Lord of the Rings
Rating:  all-ages
Type:  gen
Description:  Plot bunny -- Boromir somehow recognizes Aragorn as being Thorongil, who spent time in Minas Tirith when Boromir was a young child. How does this affect their relationship and goals?


The deadline for finishing my Finish-a-thon story is today!  I actually finished a week or two early, and posted the story in some of the archives I frequent -- but I waited to post the story here at LJ until today.

 
Reforged )

 

It was really fun writing this one!  I actually think I might have to write a sequel to it sometime -- but not yet.  First I have to see about working on -- even finishing -- some of those other stories that have been waiting for me to pay attention to them.  ;-)

linaewen: (Coffee Black by wizzicons)
...your computer's health, that is!

I somehow managed to douse my computer with freshly made Ovaltine last night.  It happened in a weird way -- I was coming into the room with my Ovaltine, wasn't even very close the computer, when a bit splashed out of the cup onto my hand.  I have very sensitive reflexes, so I jumped and must have jerked the cup.  A good 3/4 of the liquid flew out and onto my computer desk -- and my laptop.  Ugh.

It was real mess, to be sure.  Before doing anything else, I turned off the computer, ran for a paper towel, set it on keyboard and turned the machine over so as much as possible would drain out.  Then I proceeded to clean up the ocean (seemingly) of Ovaltine all over everything.

So the gist of it is that the computer is doing okay, in spite of its Ovaltine bath.  Looks like most of it got on the desk and the floor, and not so much on the computer.  Enough got on the keyboard, though, that it got things plenty sticky.  All the keys on the far right of the keyboard are ornery now -- particularly Backspace and Delete.  But they get a lot of use when I type (hah!) so the more I use them, the more loosened up they should become.   The arrow keys are quite sticky, too, but everything still works.

And that it quite a relief!
linaewen: (Goro Pencil)
I see I've only been posting about once a month lately here.  Oh, dear.  ;-)  Let's see if I can try to summarize everything I've been up to lately to catch up!

I've been keeping very busy at our Friendship Center, particularly now that most of our volunteers have left for the summer.  Our ESL and tutoring programs rely heavily on volunteer help, but right now it's pretty much me and a couple of others left to teach all the women English who decided winter was over and it was okay to come out again and get back to learning English.  ;-)  Prior to this I was getting away with just being the director involved in directing others, but now I am doing that plus teaching myself.  Which is okay, too.  Just busier!  That along with all the other things I do at the Center because they have learned that I am good at computers, good at writing newsletters, good at editing, etc.

One of my new students is a young widow from Pakistan who has only been in the country 4 months.  Her husband sent her over here, then died before he could join her.  :-(  Her 3 year old son is so naughty that we can't have him in the Center while she is studying, so I have been going to her house (it's just down the street) three days a week to teach her English.  It's quite nice!  Her boy is a bit better behaved at home, thankfully.  I'm hopeful that we can eventually help him learn to behave himself so her live won't be so challenging.  She also has a baby, born just after she go here to the US!

My family is doing well for the most part.  My dad will be 86 on Sunday, and he's still living on his own (with multiple visits per day from my brother).  He did say something not long about about "maybe we should think about assisted living" so we're looking into that.  His health is very good, so that's a blessing.  My in-laws are in assisted living and they like it, but they are still struggling with health and other issues that keep them stressed out, so that's something we have to keep up with whenever we go up to Wisconsin.  Our DS is doing well, still working at McDonalds and trying to write his stories.  They are begging him to become a crew trainer at Mickey D's, but he's dragging his heels, unsure of whether he can handle the extra hours and the added responsibility.  We think he can, but he's the one who has to make the decision in the end.

I'm very busy this month in my writing pursuits, as well.  Though it may seem to some who have followed my stories faithfully that I am not updating my tales, I am actually doing quite a bit of writing, and every single Work In Progress is being thought of and worked on every day.  I realized recently that, even though I haven't been updating my WIPs as I should, I have still been busy writing, and I found a bunch of stories on my computer to prove it.  I recently posted them at various archives, so I feel like I've accomplished something, even though it actually wasn't recently.  ;-)

I am currently trying to finish up my Finish-a-thon story about Boromir and Thorongil, which is due this month by the 24th.  I also have a 20,000 + word goal I am striving for in a story for the LotRGFic Big Bang Challenge, coming due in mid July.  I'm having fun with that one, though I haven't made much progress lately.  Mostly because of Real Life stuff and this other story that needs to be done sooner.  ;-)  My goal this weekend is to actually try to finish the one so I can work on the other.

I also have a pie-in-the-sky goal of finishing a WIP that hasn't been touched for some years, in the hopes that I can enter it as a completed work in the 2011 Middle Earth Fanfiction Awards, but hat may be too much for me this month.  I might be better to just concentrate on writing a new chapter for each of my ongoing WIPs (of which there are currently 3)  and prove that I haven't actually stopped writing them.

Anyway, it's pretty busy around here, but it's all lovely and fun and I'm enjoying myself, doing what I'm good at and also what I enjoy doing!
linaewen: (Boromir by juno_icons)
Thanks so much for voting, everyone!  It was interesting watching the votes come in over the course of the voting period, but it was fairly obvious from the beginning which story was going to win.  ;-)

My epic Lords of Gondor came in third with 9 votes and my plot bunny about what Boromir was up to while hanging out in Rivendell for two months came in second with 10 votes.  The winning story, drawing in 13 votes, was this one:

Fandom:  Lord of the Rings
Rating:  all-ages
Type:  gen
Description:  Plot bunny -- Boromir somehow recognizes Aragorn as being Thorongil, who spent time in Minas Tirith when Boromir was a young child. How does this affect their relationship and goals?


I already have some good ideas about where I'm going with it, so that's promising!  I just hope it doesn't get to be another one of those long multi-chapter things I tend to fall into.  In any case, this one needs to be completed by 6 pm on June 24th, so it can't be too epic!  It also can't be so complicated that it takes away from the other things I'm working on -- namely, the stories that didn't win the vote, plus a couple of other big writing commitments.  I have renewed my vows, so to speak, on getting some of my long-time unfinished tales finished, along with being involved in the LOTR Big Bang Challenge.  I'm probably crazy to put myself under all these writing deadlines, but you know what?  It's helping me get back into the writing, and that's a good thing!

I'm only tearing my hair out a little bit in the process.  ;-)
linaewen: (Writing by Vermeer)
This is a post from my LJ which I thought I'd share here as well.

I'm involved in the Finish-a-thon again this year and I need folks to help me decide which WIP or story idea will be the one I work on for this year's finish-a-thon.  Below is a link to the poll so if you have an account at LJ and care to participate, please cast your vote and help me out!

http://multific.livejournal.com/43125.html

If you are participating in the Finish-a-thon yourself, you can vote twice, if you are not a participant, you can only vote for one piece.

The stories I've included in the poll are as follows -- more info on the stories along with links to existing chapters are available at the above link, along with the poll:
  • Dreaming New Dreams -- a WIP based on the Major anime/manga series, which is about as far away from LotR as you can get, but it's been fun writing it.  As usual with me, it is still unfinished.  ;-)
  • Face of the Enemy -- a Boromir WIP that has been dormant for too long
  • Lords of Gondor -- my epic WIP which simply can't be left where it is
  • Plot bunny A -- this is a story idea that I've had which won't leave me alone (check out the poll to see what it is!)
  • Plot bunny B -- another persistent story idea which has intrigued me for some time (check out the poll to see about that one, too!)
THE POLL IS ONLY GOING TO BE UP FOR A WEEK -- so please vote now!  Thank you kindly!
linaewen: (Boromir Life is Good by fifmeister)
Hello, everyone!  You haven't seen a post from me in awhile, but I'm definitely here.  I've been busy with real life stuff, but also trying to buckle down and get back into writing again.  I am involved in several challenges that are proving to be challenging, but it's really got my "fic brain" going again, so the stress is all worth it.  ;-)

I'm involved in the Finish-a-thon again this year and I need you all to help me decide which WIP or story idea will be the one I work on for this year's finish-a-thon.  Below is a link to the poll so please cast your vote and help me out!

http://multific.livejournal.com/43125.html

If you are participating in the Finish-a-thon, you can vote twice, if you are not a participant, you can only vote for one piece.

The stories I've included in the poll are as follows -- more info on the stories along with links to existing chapters are available at the above link, along with the poll:
  • Dreaming New Dreams -- a WIP based on the Major anime/manga series, which is about as far away from LotR as you can get, but it's been fun writing it.  As usual with me, it is still unfinished.  ;-)
  • Face of the Enemy -- a Boromir WIP that has been dormant for too long
  • Lords of Gondor -- my epic WIP which simply can't be left where it is
  • Plot bunny A -- this is a story idea that I've had which one leave me alone (check out the poll to see what it is!)
  • Plot bunny B -- another persistent story idea which has intrigued me for some time (check out the poll to see about that one, too!)

THE POLL IS ONLY GOING TO BE UP FOR A WEEK -- so please vote now!  Thank you kindly!

Busy Monday

Mar. 7th, 2011 11:08 am
linaewen: (Goro Sleeping)
I figured it was about time to change my default user icon -- it's a real shame to put away Aaron Rodgers, after a stellar year of Green Bay Packer football.  But I'll put him back out again when the time comes to cheer our team on again.  It's a shame that all the stuff going on in Wisconsin lately has diminished somewhat the euphoria and camaraderie we were all feeling after our SUPER BOWL WIN... 

;-)

Anyway, my new default icon is an attempt to encourage spring to come along more quickly:



In other news, I am pretty much totally inundated with reports and newsletters that have to be written, as well as having all my volunteer ESL teachers calling in sick today, so it's looking rather hectic out there.  Hopefully I can stay on top of everything without wearing myself out!  :-D
linaewen: (Zen Rocks by JunoMagic)
I got my computer back to normal, yay!  Well, almost normal.  There are a few things to do yet, but the computer doesn't seem to be begging for them, so I'm not in a hurry to load them up.  Things actually work better now than they did before, because I took the opportunity to jettison some clunky programs I was using in favor of something that works better, and I'm quite pleased with the result!

I'm worn out, though.  I kept my cool pretty well during the whole process of having the computer go down and getting it back, but I guess it was stressful anyway.  Now I'm feeling the effects of it!  But all is well in computer land, and even though I'm behind on some of my projects now, I'm not too badly off.  If I can stop feeling lethargic I might even be able to catch up today.  ;-)
linaewen: (Star Trek Yay by stargater)
I got my computer back to normal, yay!  Well, almost normal.  There are a few things to do yet, but the computer doesn't seem to be begging for them, so I'm not in a hurry to load them up.  Things actually work better now than they did before, because I took the opportunity to jettison some clunky programs I was using in favor of something that works better, and I'm quite pleased with the result!

I'm worn out, though.  I kept my cool pretty well during the whole process of having the computer go down and getting it back, but I guess it was stressful anyway.  Now I'm feeling the effects of it!  But all is well in computer land, and even though I'm behind on some of my projects now, I'm not too badly off.  If I can stop feeling lethargic I might even be able to catch up today.  ;-)
linaewen: (Shikamaru Mendokusai)
I'm very thankful to be posting this on my own computer -- which is barely recovered from a Really Bad Thing that happened to it last night.  All I was doing was installing some Windows updates, but something when haywire (I suspect the optional update to my display, but there was another optional one that might have worked with it to wreck havoc) and my computer went down.  After which I was unable to start it up, not even in Safe Mode, and none of the repair options that were available to me (including all the nice System Restore points I had set) helped solve the problem.  Thanks to Dell including a recovery CD with the kit and kaboodle, I was able to reinstall Windows and that did the trick.

However, everything is back to square one, so now I'm reinstalling things -- including all the drivers (which I must admit, I'm not really sure which ones I need and which ones I don't, but I guess I'll find out).  Hopefully I'll be able to get it back to the way I like it and need it to be so I can continue getting all the work done I need to do, like today -- but it probably wont happen today.  ;-)

It was interesting getting the computer going again and then having it tell me I didn't have anything with which to access the internet.  So I unzipped the modem driver, and voila!  I'm immediately able to detect my wireless router.  I felt very smart and capable after that -- but today I'm just tired from waiting up for hours for security updates to install, most of which failed for some reason.

Anyway, I think I'll forgo my work plans for the day and just spend it trying to get things back as close to normal as possible on my computer.  It's a little bit like doing spring cleaning, and then having to decide what to put back in place after moving it out -- what's necessary to have, what I need to make things go more smoothly, and what's actually just as good being gone.  I have a file back up on another drive that's only about 2 weeks old, so most of my stuff is intact and can be recovered, but I'm not sure about all the programs I had installed.  Fun.

Even so, in spite of being dismayed and irritated at the unexpected problem, I"m thankful that I do have a good back up of my files, that my computer came with everything I need to reinstall stuff, and that I have enough computer savvy to put things back together again on my own (with occasional advice from the DH).  Even if it will be complicated.  ;-)
linaewen: (Shikamaru Mendokusai)
I'm very thankful to be posting this on my own computer -- which is barely recovered from a Really Bad Thing that happened to it last night.  All I was doing was installing some Windows updates, but something when haywire (I suspect the optional update to my display, but there was another optional one that might have worked with it to wreck havoc) and my computer went down.  After which I was unable to start it up, not even in Safe Mode, and none of the repair options that were available to me (including all the nice System Restore points I had set) helped solve the problem.  Thanks to Dell including a recovery CD with the kit and kaboodle, I was able to reinstall Windows and that did the trick.

However, everything is back to square one, so now I'm reinstalling things -- including all the drivers (which I must admit, I'm not really sure which ones I need and which ones I don't, but I guess I'll find out).  Hopefully I'll be able to get it back to the way I like it and need it to be so I can continue getting all the work done I need to do, like today -- but it probably wont happen today.  ;-)

It was interesting getting the computer going again and then having it tell me I didn't have anything with which to access the internet.  So I unzipped the modem driver, and voila!  I'm immediately able to detect my wireless router.  I felt very smart and capable after that -- but today I'm just tired from waiting up for hours for security updates to install, most of which failed for some reason.

Anyway, I think I'll forgo my work plans for the day and just spend it trying to get things back as close to normal as possible on my computer.  It's a little bit like doing spring cleaning, and then having to decide what to put back in place after moving it out -- what's necessary to have, what I need to make things go more smoothly, and what's actually just as good being gone.  I have a file back up on another drive that's only about 2 weeks old, so most of my stuff is intact and can be recovered, but I'm not sure about all the programs I had installed.  Fun.

Even so, in spite of being dismayed and irritated at the unexpected problem, I"m thankful that I do have a good back up of my files, that my computer came with everything I need to reinstall stuff, and that I have enough computer savvy to put things back together again on my own (with occasional advice from the DH).  Even if it will be complicated.  ;-)
linaewen: (Packer Rodgers)
I was looking through old writing this past week, and found this little gem.  I'm not sure it ever got posted here, so even though it's old and refers to a story I haven't updated recently, and a football game from years past, it still applies in many ways to The Game at hand.

So in honor of Boromir and the Green Bay Packers who are playing in the Super Bowl tomorrow (and hopefully winning!), I give you the following conversation....

Fourth and Goal )

~~~~~~~

Let's hope it goes as well tomorrow!  \o/

ETA:  Which, of course, it did -- another nail biter right down to the last seconds but WE WON, whew!  *\o/*
linaewen: (Packer Rodgers)
Hugs to those of you who have inquired about how I was faring as a result of the recent blizzard here in the Midwest.  <3

I think we had something like 20 inches dumped on us in our part of Chicago.  We closed the Center in advance of the storm, and are still closed today for the benefit of our volunteers who will have a difficult time getting up here -- and it's unlikely any South Asians will dare to venture out (if they can even open their doors for the drifts).  Folks from countries where snow is a novelty only seen in the mountains are not adventurous at this time of year -- and I don't blame them.  ;-)  I don't expect we'll see too many ladies wanting to learn English for awhile, even when we open again!

We enjoyed the blizzard (because we like snow) and relished the thunder snow (don't get to have that too often, even in Wisconsin).  And we appreciated being able to serve as the go-to people for dealing with Center-related issues that came up because of the snow, since we live only a block away and can get there on foot no matter how high the drifts happen to be,.  ;-)  Even with the place closed, we can still get over there and get caught up on some of the work that needs doing that doesn't involve opening it up to the public -- if we want to.

But those snow drifts I mentioned are still a barrier in other ways, and are contributing to our current frustration and irritation.  We have at least 3 feet of snow (that's aside from the drifted snow) on the street where we live -- not to mention all the other side streets in the vicinity -- and more in the alleys due to the wind, and even if we dug our car out, we wouldn't be able to drive anywhere.  We have heard that they will be plowing the side streets for a change (they normally never do, you just drive on top of the snow until it gets flattened), but when that will happen is anybody's guess.  We have a shovel, and we know how to use it, but I'm not sure we are up to shoveling a path several city blocks long...

The frustration is that we have plans to leave town on the weekend for a 5 day vacation from the work here.  (We're just coming off of a long bit of being indispensable due to staffing shortages, and another time like that is approaching when we'll pretty much be in charge and won't be able to get away until next month.)  But will we be able to get our car out and to a main street that will take us to the interstate by Saturday evening?  Who knows?  And if we get out, will we have a place to come back to when we return?

The DS up in Wisconsin fared pretty well -- he was plowed out by the city by 8 am on Wednesday and once he used the snow blower on the driveway, he was able to get to work on time.  Everyone knows that McDonald's doesn't close during blizzards, since that's when everyone decides they need to get out and buy burgers, so he had to get to work.  ;-)  He also kept a dentist appointment and was able to drive around without too much trouble, though he did have a wee fender bender that thankfully no one even cared about, it was so tiny.  They know how to do blizzards in Wisconsin!

I just heard on the news that they have begun plowing the side streets, so here's hoping they get to ours in the near future, so we can escape to Wisconsin in time to be on Cheesehead soil for the watching of the Super Bowl, the intended "kick off" of our vacation week!  \o/

Speaking of which, Go Pack Go!  ;-)

Watch this space for more snow and Packer-related updates, as well as some major catching up on my part (as I notice that the last time I posted here was in November....)
linaewen: (Coffee Black by wizzicons)
I got this meme from [livejournal.com profile] meneleth , who assigned me the letter “C”:

Leave a comment and I will give you a letter. You should name these three things starting with that letter:

1. favorite film
2. favorite book
3. favorite word

Okay, so my favorite film that starts with the letter C is Chronicles of Narnia -- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe!  I was as eager for this film to come out as I was for LotR.  Interestingly enough, I believe I felt more intense pleasure the first time I saw the film than I did seeing Fellowship of the Ring, which surprised me a bit, being that I am a MAJOR fan of Tolkien.  But I'm also a major fan of CS Lewis, and something about the film made me feel like I was actually seeing Narnia even more than I felt I was seeing Middle-earth.  It was a glorious feeling.

My favorite book that starts with the letter C is more difficult to choose -- so I have chosen three such titles!  Children of Greene Knowe (L.M. Boston), Chronicles of Prydain (Lloyd Alexander), and The Crystal Cave (Mary Stewart).  These were all favorites of mine as I was growing up -- after wearing out the library copies, I bought my own and wore them out!  I think I need to read them again now.  ;)

My favorite word beginning with the letter C?  I think it has to be coffee -- my favorite thing to drink.  I've got a cup in the microwave beeping at me right now.  ;-)  A couple of other favorites (since I can't seem to make decisions today) are chota mota -- meaning "small fat" in Urdu, which is the way they say "this and that" --  and curry -- the smell of which greets me daily when I go out, since we live near several Indian restaurants!

If any of my friends wants to participate in this meme, let me know and I'll give you a letter.

I realize I haven't updated in a coon's age (whatever that is), so I will try to do a nice post covering that soon.  The gist of it all is that I am doing very well, I am NOT COUGHING, and life is interesting in a mostly fun way these days.
linaewen: (Pooh Thoughtful)
Lately I've been getting spam in my email that is linked to my LJ email address.  Some of it has been rather suspicious looking, rather like phishing.  Anyone else having this happen to them?  I suppose this means that our listed LJ email addresses are now fair game for spammers -- whether they've been sold or some enterprising group has taken the time to make note of them and distribute them.  It never used to be that way, even though my LJ email addy has always been there on my profile page.

I find this a little bit worriesome...

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