November 14th, 2011

xmfc - jazz hands

Hoh hum ... quite a weekend.

No writing was done this weekend, but Soph and my parents are now mostly moved in to their new house, and we went to one of my father's retirement parties on Sat eve, and of course it was Remembrance Sunday yesterday as well - a busy day for a vicarage family.

So basically I am knackered, but feeling accomplished. I have a lovely large graze on my knee where the dog pulled me over on their new drive. He'd been left at home while they moved most of the stuff and was a bit enthusiastic to see his mummy again. That dog is a huge wuss who can't bear it when his mummy isn't there (that would be my mother BTW :)). This can be excused in small dogs, but he's huge!

Need to do lots of writing today to catch, but it's Monday, so have to go shopping first.

Rob's just gone off to Germany for work. He's back tomorrow though, so not too long this time. Poor darling needs a rest because he's being doing all sorts of things to the new house for my parents. Can you believe one of the loos wasn't actually attached to the floor when they moved in? None of the showers were sealed properly either so water was leaking everywhere. And the best was the kitchen sink - it wasn't even fixed in the hole let alone sealed to prevent water getting into the counter top! He took it all out, replumbed everything because none of the piping had been secured or finished properly, and then fixed it in and sealed it properly.

He also had to make safe a whole load of electrics in the kitchen because they had left live wires hanging out the wall. He turned off the power and taped them all up and out the way so they won't electrocute anyone.

The whole house except for the conservatory and the decking was put together by bodge it and scarper, we reckon. Soph was in the shower yesterday morning and it blew the trip, so, because she was alone in the house at the time, she had to wander down stairs covered in suds and reset it. Rob looked online last night and it turns out the trip is set too low - it's on 32amp and it needs 40-45amp! So they'll have to get a sparky in to do that.

However, it is a lovely house. Lots of space and the kitchen might have needed a couple of tweeks, but it beautiful and spacious and easily fixable. The problems are numerous, but nothing major that it going to cause grief. The plumber is coming this week to fix the boiler (it was installed incorrectly so it's inefficient) and he came last week to put in the new stopcock (the old one didn't work any more - it was 1930s, like the house).

Now there is furniture in the rooms they look so much bigger too. The house it also only 15 doors up from me and Rob :) so I can wander up there quite easily. Mummy and Daddy are going to be moving in the last of the kitchen stuff and lots of clothes today. Then that should leave mostly just books in the old house.
al - oh yeah!

I Love AO3!!

This is a me too post, but one that's worth saying I think.

Originally posted by rhiannonhero at I Love AO3!!
I'd write one of my own, but kassrachel said it so well!

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Dear everyone involved with the Archive of Our Own,

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who's ever written a line of code, fixed a bug, wrangled a tag, answered a support ticket.

Thank you to the back-end coders and thank you to the front-end coders.

Thank you to everyone who's ever brainstormed about what the archive might do, and thank you to everyone who's poured their hearts, souls, and spare time into trying to make the archive do all of those things and more.

I use the AO3 every day. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for building it for me and for everyone who uses it -- and for everyone who doesn't use it yet but might use it someday.

This archive isn't something to which fandom is entitled. It's a labor of love. You make the archive as your gift to fandom, and I appreciate that gift so, so much.

Even though it isn't finished yet. Even though it isn't perfect yet. It's still awesome, and your hard work is tremendous and admirable, and I just want to say thanks.

(Dear everyone else: if anything in this post resonates with you, feel free to signal-boost or repost.)

WK - pet telepath

Sleepy ...

It's only 9:15 but I'm going to crawl into bed. I discovered today that writing doesn't go too well when you keep nodding off between paragraphs. I only wrote a 3rd of the number of words I needed to (including catch up) ... mostly because I didn't get to start until 1:30 and I'd been running around helping my parents do some shopping for the house as well as the normal food shopping, but still ... not a good writing day. I hope to be much perkier tomorrow :).

Night all.