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Oct. 30th, 2012 @ 07:42 pm Random bits
The most common refrain heard shouted in our office is, "those damned engineers!" and the related, "I'm still waiting on the engineer's drawing."

My husband had a bowl of dill pickle soup with lunch today. It actually tasted quite good.

The economy, of course, has sucked in our town for the last five years, as it has everywhere, but our little company has held on. We'll all probably have to work until we drop, but we're above ground at this point.

Reading a lot of Sherlock these days.
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Jun. 7th, 2012 @ 07:10 pm (no subject)
“The Case of the Burglarious Bibliophile” Feb. 5, 2011 Draft

by Mackiedockie and Adabsolutely

Highlander/Sherlock crossover


Read more... )
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Dec. 26th, 2010 @ 01:46 pm "After the Fall"
Title: After the Fall
Fandom: Highlander
Characters/Pairing: Duncan/Methos
Rating: hard R, slash
Wordcount: 5,260
betas: [info]mackiedockie and [info]methos_fan Thank you!
Summary: Fourteen years ago, Duncan MacLeod and Methos had been lovers. While immortal strife ended the affair, their connection remained solid enough that they held onto the friendship. Cherished, but tucked away, Duncan remembers that period of time when his universe, if not perfect, at least made more sense with Methos at his side. What does it take to break the universe's Second Law that says all things fall apart?

After the Fall )
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Dec. 20th, 2010 @ 11:49 pm Earth blots out moon!
Totality! News at eleven.
Dang that was cool. The moon occluded by the Earth's shadow looks like a bloodshot eyeball.
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Aug. 31st, 2010 @ 04:32 pm (no subject)
Tags:

Updated my Ubuntu from jaunty to karmic last Thursday, then yesterday, to lucid. I like, but want my old volume slide back. What would 'lock to panel' do?

Today I'm fiddling with Mozilla personas. Why do they they have to take up so much space? Maybe I should take Chrome out for a spin.

cut for slashy thought )
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Aug. 20th, 2010 @ 11:34 pm Links to Highlander story

Title: Tale of the Scorpion (1-9 of 9)
Authors: [info]mackiedockie and [info]adabsolutely
Characters/Pairings: Duncan MacLeod, Methos, Joe Dawson, El Alacrán, various OCs. D/M and other pairings.
Rating: Mostly M, with occasional spikes into R+ territory.
Fandom: Highlander
Author's Notes: We owe huge thanks to many hardworking betas See Zero Post and for warnings.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

We finished!
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Jul. 30th, 2010 @ 02:34 pm climatic instability

The weeds are winning! Fortunately my main weeds are dill, cilantro and Greek oregano. It's been a though year for gardeners here in Oregon. Most of the produce we are eating at our home now is coming from our vegetable garden, finally, but this should have been so a couple months ago. I re-seeded the lettuce four times! The weather has sucked. Actually, the last couple years it's been tough -- the weather instead of following the gradual pattern of warming, which gardeners count on for success, has jumped from hot to cold and back like a politician's opinion during an election. I suspect folks would understand climatic change a bit better if we called it 'climatic instability' instead of global warming. It doesn't make as striking a headline, but I think it better explains the problem we're facing. This is my 36th year of gardening, most of our veggie patches have been very successful. It's satisfying to sit down to a meal where everything you're serving you had a hand in producing. I hope new gardeners (I've seen you there in the seed stores, excited and apprehensive!) are not discouraged by the last couple meager years. I know that our shitty economy is one of your motivations, me too, but there are other huge payoffs if you persevere: food that tastes better than anything you could buy, your children will know how food is raised, and there is a spiritual feeling -- a belonging to the earth. We have to adapt to climate change, no choice there. We need to watch closely to discover what works now, grow varieties that can take the fluctuations, be persistent and ready to try new veggies and fruit. Small independent farms have an advantage in being more flexible, they can make the changes quickly. I see those large grass seed farms in the Willamette Valley and wish they could switch to growing edible produce as easily. Grass seed hasn't exactly been in high demand since the building bust. I long to see fields of tomatoes and cukes in place of the grass.
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Jun. 7th, 2010 @ 02:42 pm If it takes two hours
to move your house plants outside for the summer, you have enough house plants.

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Jun. 5th, 2010 @ 05:27 pm early spring flowers

These were flowers that bloomed in our yard March-April. Just practising displaying photos using Picasa.
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May. 29th, 2010 @ 06:56 pm For your erudition
Did you know that cell phones kind of explode when you run them over with a lawn mower?
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May. 20th, 2010 @ 06:52 pm A bike named Penny

I would like to recommend an enjoyable blog I've been following. Milezer0 is being posted by a young fellow traveling across the US on his bike, Penny. He started at SF Bay, is in Montana now and headed for NYC and the Atlantic.
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Apr. 18th, 2010 @ 02:24 pm Thinking about Eyjafjallajokull
We lived in Oregon when Mt St Helens blew, leaving just a thin dusting of ash where we were in Lane County. But a few years later we lived in Alaska during the period of time when Mt. Redoubt was active, blowing ash over us periodically. The snow would turn gray with the ash glass, and the air smelled of rotten eggs when the wind hit you just right. I don't remember them shutting down flights, and puddle jumpers are the major means of transport for all those roadless areas. Small planes filled the sky, maybe they aren't as sensitive as jet engines. We changed the air filters in our cars often. The ash ruined vehicle paint jobs. I do remember catching a lung full of sulfur and ash during an unexpected eruption, and I reached up to brush the ash from my glasses without thinking and scratched them. Think about what that was doing to our lungs; everyone had a pack-a-day hack that winter. I worried - well, still worry - about our daughter's lungs growing up with that. School kids were taught to wrap a handkerchief around their faces when they were outside going to and from the school bus.

Back in Oregon.
About 5,600 years ago a volcano near here, Mt Mazama, blew his top leaving many feet of ash and Crater Lake. The Umpqua have a legend about the eruption. Bear and Coyote were fighting...
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Jan. 9th, 2010 @ 10:37 pm JTB At the Shore Radio show
Jim dedicated a song to Peter tonight: the Rolling Stones' "You Can Always Get What You Want." He said something like, "That one's for my old friend Pete, down in LA, Peter Wingfield. We were in Highlander together ..."(JB mentions other shows)..." and now he's doing Caprica." Kind of like they must have been talking recently.
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Jan. 8th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm icon
Are you lounging at the beach yet, [info]mackiedockie?
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Dec. 27th, 2009 @ 01:44 pm Highlander story posted to archive

Posted my [info]hlh_shortcuts story, "Change, see: Life is About" to the archive

here

'tis slash
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Dec. 15th, 2009 @ 11:17 pm Highlander stories!
This year's fest stories have started going up at [info]hlh_shortcuts. You can follow this link:

http://community.livejournal.com/hlh_shortcuts/ for a Highlander fanfiction treat.

I'm going to try to savor them this year, instead of gobbling them all up too quickly. I'm like a kid with a box of chocolates when it comes to Highlander stories. But I'm gonna try and make them last awhile this time, prolong the holiday.

The first one I read is very good, go see! Wonder if I can ration myself to one a day. Probably no.

Thanks, [info]amand_r
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Oct. 14th, 2009 @ 04:49 pm Joe Dawson at work
I just read a short entertaining Highlander story. One I think [info]mackiedockie would find especially pleasing.

Riley Cannon's A Man's gotta do what a mans gotta do
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Jul. 13th, 2009 @ 08:50 pm (no subject)
location: easy chair
Current Mood: content
Current Music: Jim Byrnes radio show

I committed fiction all day long, and am just now coming down from the high. And everyone got some, with one surprising exception. Still it did me a lot good:-)

Am now listening to JB's radio program off a flash drive. My fella is a clever one.
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Jun. 29th, 2009 @ 11:34 am Gardening and fooling around with mother nature
This spring, Mr Biologistman put a product called Tangle Foot around the base of the trunk of our cherry tree to keep the sugar ants at bay. Well it work, but this has turned out not to be a good thing. Without the normal ants and aphids they farm, we have ended up with some other much worse worm in our cherries. (I call them yuck, until I find the more scientific name.) I don't know if it was a direct effect or a 'butterfly wing in China' chain of ecological connectedness disruption, but next year we will leave well enough alone.

And where are the cedar wax wings? They need to come eat all these wormy cherries. They haven't even come to the wild cherry tree.

The veggies are abundant by now. Lots of lettuce, basil, spinach(made a quiche) and coming on are raab (a primivitve broccoli), cilantro, and shell peas. We've had a few tomatoes. The squash are still small.

The roses a pretty. Need to figure out how to post pictures here on Insane journal.
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Jun. 26th, 2009 @ 10:09 pm Ommm....
Am now one with Ubuntu.

Ommm... )
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