st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
Answer (according to [personal profile] lilacsigil): Forgive Wesley for starting another virulent plague, then get it on with a Scottish ghost.

I'm wearing my swingy teal coat today, so I'm stealth cosplaying Doctor Crusher. Bring me my hypospray, baby needs a dose of tricordrazine.

Speaking of which, that fandom meme:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

- Classic Doctor Who
- Leverage
- Sanctuary
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
- Person of Interest
- X-Men
- Star Trek: TNG
- Imperial Radch (by [personal profile] lilacsigil because that's more her wheelhouse than mine.)
- Deep Space Nine
- Supergirl

Also, I must preserve the chatlog of the Person of Interest Crab AU. With images. Of crabs.

Yes, we can AU like champs. If only it was an Olympic sport )

So that happened, and now I will never forget Shaw the pistol shrimp.

Music meme:
2.A song you like with a number in the title
I really like 1,2,3,4 by Feist, but even more, I love this cover by Kiyomi Vella from The Voice Australia (S2). (Also, I am such a sucker for The Voice when the judges get really excited. Is it just me?)

1,2,3,4 by Kiyomi Vella )

Also, health FYI: flu vaccines are available in Australia (they were late coming and have been out of stock for a while.) If you're getting one this year, now is the time. If you have a chronic illness that puts you at higher risk of complications from influenza, like asthma, kidney disease, or if you're immunocompromised, you get it for free.

I had the quadrivalent and it gave me no trouble. ([personal profile] lilacsigil had it too, and her arm looked like it got punched by Shaw the pistol shrimp.)
st_aurafina: (Yuletide: Super Secret)
I had my little sister to stay for a couple of days over New Year, and it was lovely. She is so nice and easy-going and happy, and sometimes I wonder how she came from my family but I don't care because she's awesome. I love her so much. But now she is gone, and all that remains are some haunted cats, a unicorn doona cover, and 'dogs bum looks like jesus' in my google search box. Such good times!

Yuletide reveals! This is me:
Four Times Rolan Spoke For Valdemar, and Once He was Speechless For Himself (1884 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Talia (Valdemar), Rolan (Valdemar), Talamir (Valdemar), Dirk (Valdemar)
Additional Tags: Soul Bond

Rolan is not like other Companions. He Chooses again.

Sparkly pony Christmas! I couldn't say anything in the lead-up to Yuletide, but I had the best time reviewing canon! I read Arrows, Winds, Storms, Vanyel, and then went and read some of the anthologies, and Alberich's books. I hadn't read Alberich's story, and there was a lot in there I needed to know about Talamir and Rolan and Monarch's Own business. And then, because I was on a roll, I re-read the Diana Tregarde novels, which aren't holding up as well in the fail:nostalgia ratio as Valdemar is. I remember loving them so much when I was younger. *sigh*

I'm still on prednisolone for the asthma flare-up I'm in the middle of, and it's such a monster drug. I'm all hyped up and twitchy, and HUNGRY, and my calves are spasming and crampy, and I want to jump down every tourist's throat. (Actually that last one probably doesn't have much to do with the prednisolone. Tourists, man. I hate'em. BE FUCKING POLITE ON YOUR HOLIDAYS, YOU RUDE FUCKING FUCKS. YOU'RE FUCKING GUESTS IN MY FUCKING TOWN OMFG.) The prednisolone has also drastically cleared up my sinuses, to the point where I am rediscovering just how bad we all smell. Ugh. Everyone has this cloud of smell around them, even me, and it's like my personal space has been reduced exponentially. We smell! All of us! It's weird and I don't usually have to spend energy processing that information. Ugh.

In conclusion, we have caterpillars in our tomatoes. This is not a metaphor. They are cabbage loopers and tonight we go at them with chemical weapons, aka detergent.
st_aurafina: dark headed man, standing by a porthole (Sanctuary: Henry)
Cthulhu take the wheel: on Facebook, someone recced Fifty Shades of Grey. To my mother.

Editing blows. Why does editing give me plot bunnies for things I can't write? (Admittedly, [personal profile] likeadeuce is responsible for one of those plot bunnies.) Current wiki tabs: Pupa, St John's Wood, and extremely relevant to Sanctuary writing, List of animals named after animals. (I bookmarked that one. I'll be using that a lot. Arctic Woolly Bear Moth, anyone?)

My podiatrist added a wedge to my orthotics. My feet are so messed up, I can't even. Forty years of walking like a duck takes a toll. The only comfort I'm taking from this (apart from reduced knee pain, yay!) is that I am some kind of interesting challenge for my podiatrist. I think I'm the case you talk about at conventions and so on. She stares at my feet with wide, amazed eyes.

The upshot of these new, higher orthotics is that I can no longer wear Doc Martens - they're just not high enough across the bridge of my foot to accommodate my foot and three centimetres of plastic. The sad part is that I have a brand new pair that I was saving to break in once I got my orthotics.

Aussies, does anyone want a brand new pair of Docs? They're black lace-ups, smooth with yellow stitching, as seen here. They're a UK size 7.

I can donate them, and if nobody here wants them, they'll be going to Lifeline next week. I thought I'd check and see if someone I know can use them first. I'm happy to cover the cost of mailing them inside Australia. (If you're interested, leave a comment. Or PM, if you prefer privacy.)

ETA: Shoes sorted!
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Everything was fine with [personal profile] lilacsigil's scan: more details here, but basically it seems that it was nothing to be worried about. Just incredibly weird. I take that back, it's not weird. There's a good explanation: it's possible related to the radioactive iodine, which can possible trigger this kind of reaction, but we're still waiting for the specialist to get back to us on that one.

I am flat-out exhausted, to the point where I can't actually speak words coherently. (And spelling is rapidly falling under the bus.) But [personal profile] lilacsigil is okay. Thanks to everyone for the back-up.

And dear [personal profile] zopyrus who wrote my [ profile] rarewomen fic, I'm sorry, I'm a really slow reader when I'm tired! So far, I am adoring what you've written! And when I can hold my eyes open for a bit longer, I will be looking forward to finishing it.

(The fic is The Sapphire of Rassilon, and so far, it is an awesome Doctor Who/opera romp and I am enjoying it mightily.)
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I have that weird dreamlike state that comes from a visit to the emergency department. At work this afternoon, [personal profile] lilacsigil's face swelled up dramatically, to the point where I was worried her airway would be compromised, so I checked there was a doctor attending at our hospital, shoved the keys in her hand and sent her up. A minute later, I realised that of course, I should just shut the shop and go with her but she was already gone.

Then things got really distressing - we go to work in the same car, so of course I now had no car to drive myself to the hospital. I was worried she might not be able to make it to the hospital, so I called the hospital a lot to find out if she had made the (literally) two minute drive.

I called a cab to come and pick me up, and ran around bundling the shop into close mode. Millions of people (literally three people) came in, and I had to more or less push them out of the shop. I cried in front of one customer, who was also unfortunately one of our doctors. I made scary snap decisions: "You don't need your cholesterol medication, it can wait a couple of days till we open again!" "You can have ten of your kid's anti-inflammatory tablets, that will see you through the weekend, here's a slide of tablets, no time for a label." All the time wondering if [personal profile] lilacsigil was dead, or what the hell was going on in Emergency, and if she was scared all by herself and what the hell.

She was fine, but worried when I got to Emergency. Her parotid gland on the right side had suddenly swelled up - literally in front of my eyes, before I sent her to hospital - and the doctor prescribed her some antibiotics in case it was an infection. I could take her home after about half an hour, emergency over. She's been using a heat pack on the area, and that has helped with the swelling and pain. The doctor doesn't think it's related to the radiation from last year or the scan a couple of months ago. (I asked, because that caused some swelling in her salivary glands)

Doctor Google tells us that it could be an infection. It could be a tiny calcification, like a kidney stone. It might be related to the staph infection in her finger from the cat bite she got last week. It might be a mucus plug. It's on the side where the surgeon took lymph nodes during the thyroid surgery, so that might affect drainage? I don't know. She has to have an ultrasound next week to find out what's happening.

She's fine. She's in a bit of pain, there's still some residual swelling, enough that she's not comfortable wearing headphones. Her neck is a bit stiff, and she's got some pins and needles similar to a dental anaesthetic but that's fading too.

I'm a bit of a mess. I'm telling myself that it's okay to go to pieces a little bit, and that I wouldn't even be able to do this unless she was okay. I am good at coping when it matters. We both are.

cut for illness talk, probably triggery )

I'm still trying to work through how surreal my afternoon was. I have nightmares where there's an emergency on and I'm trapped at work like that. My poor brain keeps trying to do reality checks on me, and I have to keep saying "Yes, brain, this did really happen. Unfortunately it wasn't all a dream."
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
My personal trainer noticed I walk on the sides of my feet, so she spoke to my physio, and my physio looked at my ankles and sent me to a podiatrist, and the podiatrist said "!"

I am so pronated, man. In bare feet, my ankle bones nearly touch the ground when I walk. I have been fitted for orthotics - fun with water activated chemical socks! - which will hopefully roll my feet back and give me some arch support. And from there, hopefully, there will be less hip and back pain when I walk, I will be more comfortable walking, and my knees will be a little bit healthier. Every little bit counts.

[redacted: big whiny paragraph on how this should have been detected when I was a tiny kid who walked like a duck]

Finished the Hunger Games trilogy! It was so good! And yeah, I see how the third book was problematic, but maybe some of that was offset by inhaling all three books in a week, because I am so in love with this world. This was some good world building, and some seriously smart plotting. I'm not going to be able to see the movie while it's in cinemas - I've heard it's very hand-held, and that's no good for [personal profile] lilacsigil, even if I could convince her to go to see something dystopian. But I really want to see it! I heard that Cinna is awesome - he was pretty damn awesome in the books.

And I've jumped from there to the Montmaray books. You know that feeling when you click with the voice of a book within a few pages? I have totally got that going on now. Sophie is lovely so far.

Hey, I might do a meme. What meme should I do? The mini fanmix one where you give me a character and I give you some songs? The timestamp one where you pick one of my fics and give me a time and I tell you what happened after or before or whatever? Another one I can't think of right now?

I can't believe my family had a discussion over the dinner table about the pronunciation of 'meme' on Easter Sunday. I very much felt as though the streams were crossing. I blame Facebook. (My little sister says "meh-meh"!)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I can't say anything about the shooting of Doctor George Tiller right now - too upset, it's hitting me much harder than I realised. I think it's because I work in health care. This is not how women's health should be negotiated.

Medical Students for Choice is a good place to donate in his memory. The terrorists who applaud Doctor Tiller's death also pressure medical schools to control curriculum. I want your daughters and nieces and young friends to have access to educated, aware and ethical doctors if they need help.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I went for a big check-up while I was on holidays, and had some blood tests. All the important stuff, like fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, TSH and so on? All fine. My vitamin D levels, however, are in the toilet. I have no vitamin D. Soon I will be walking with bow-legs and chewing on the plaster like a Dickensian orphan. I have to take a massive once-weekly dose of cholecalciferol, with a tablespoon of peanut butter to help with absorption.

I live in Australia, and I'm vitamin D deficient. Please explain that to me. Maybe I'm a vampire? *examines skin for signs of scintillation*

We're watching the women's Paralympic basketball; it's amazingly fast. The chairs have a small wheel at the back, and the women just lean back and pivot like, *wracks brain for pivoting things*, like gimbles. The collisions are epic, but it's awesome to watch both teams helping each other back upright again. That's why I love the Paralympics - there's such a feeling of goodwill about it. Goodwill, and ferocious collisions.

Spoilers for this week's Bones )


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