Need a little help please, guys...

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:48 pm
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Still been a rough few weeks. Still dealing with health and financial issues plus a close friend, of more than thirty years, has just been diagnosed with Stage Four stomach cancer.

His tumor is rare and particularly nasty. Even with chemo it doesn't look good but he's a fighter. Heck, he had his first round of chemo yesterday and today he and his band, the Bowlers, are playing at the Ohio State Fair. As Danya put it, he may have to sit his 'Rocking Ass down for it but he'll be there". Mike is their lead guitarist.

Mike and Danya are two of the nicest people on this planet! Danya is a Vet, Mike is an incredible artist/musician. Each year at WonderFest he designs a Plaque to honor the show based on Lee's designs for the show that year. They are always beautiful and true works of art. As soon as I can I'm going to be taking pictures of any of the previous year's Plaques we still have to post to eBay so I can send anything we can make off them along via Mike's paypal account.

Before he got sick, Mike was feeding and caring for several feral cat colony's in Columbus. Besides their own menagerie of fur balls they've rescued and love at home. You wouldn't believe the cat runs, the cat sun room he's designed for them, they're amazing. Both of them truly live lives of service to others, be they human or tend to purr. A GoFundme has been set up to help them with the massive medical bills they're facing right now. Please, if you can, take a look, definitely share the link if you wouldn't mind:

Mike & Danya's Rocking Support Group:
https://www.gofundme.com/mike-danyas-rocking-support-rock?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign_title&utm_campaign=donation_receiptv5

As for me, still fighting to get over this latest flareup of my lupus. Plus, I'm still trying to sell whatever I can to help us pay bills and make ends meet. I'm getting stuff posted to Ebay to sell now that my vision has settled down a little from my flare. If you guys wouldn't mind sharing what I've posted I'd really appreciate it. Here's the link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Barbaras-Essentials

If you see anything you'd like, but would rather pay for it here, let me know and I can tell you what it'd be with postage. My Paypal is bstaton@iglou.com. If you do buy something, if you wouldn't mind, send payment for it via friends and family. That way they don't take out all the fees.

Any help passing this along would be greatly appreciated. I'm going to keep adding stuff to sell as I can get pictures taken. If you guys wouldn't mind sharing what I've posted I'd really appreciate it. Here's the link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Barbaras-Essentials

If you see anything you'd like, but would rather pay for it here, let me know and I can tell you what it'd be with postage. My Paypal is bstaton@iglou.com. If you do buy something, if you wouldn't mind, send payment for it via friends and family. That way they don't take out all the fees.

Any help passing this along, too, would be greatly appreciated. I'm going to keep adding stuff to sell as I can get pictures taken.

Thanks, guys, as always, for listening. Love you!

*hugs*

Solitary places and vast views

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:05 pm
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Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone.


Since [personal profile] seiyaharris and I went to Knole earlier this month I've sort of been rereading Orlando with Knole and everything we heard about Vita & Virginia in mind. It's been slow because I'm accidentally reading about 8 books at once at the moment (well, five books and technically one of those I haven't REALLY started)

I remembered really enjoying it and although it is a strange little book there are so many beautiful lines and sections even before you remember that it's basically a very long love letter.

Today I am quite enjoying the idea of solitary places and vast views. Too many people, too much pressure, and too much uncertainty about my own abilities (from myself, not other people).

Mind you with all of SDCC to catch up plus all the post-Tour opinion pieces AND the news that Michelle Terry is going to be the new Globe AD I've had plenty to keep me interested whilst I'm being solitary.

#tourroomies

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:54 pm
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I'm not sure I made the most of this weekend. I mean I definitely caught up on some reading and some TV and actually watched some of Le Tour live and I did manage some admin and some tidying but somehow I still feel tired and like there is an endless list left to do.

Still I guess it's a smaller infinity?



I think maybe instead of talking about that I'll just talk about this beautiful looking podium with four riders I love/have come to love. So happy for Chris Froome on his 4th win ♥ and very happy that Simon now has a white jersey to match Adam's from last year (I want so much to see them ride together and yet I do realise it has the potential for terrible leader clash). And then Bling in Green which is great because he never quite got where he needed to with Orica and Sunweb seems to suit him and then I mostly love Barguil for his sake because have their ever been roomies who got two jerseys on the Tour before?

Um... basically the rest of this post is an old school picspam of Barguil and Matthews so you can look or avoid as you wish.

#TDFRoomies )

There's my happy place for Monday morning blues (Tomorrow involves a lot of heavy lifting followed by a very important meeting which I will be dusty and sweaty for which is non-ideal. Must remember a change of clothes!)
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Accidentally watching the end of the first Hobbit movie because it's on and I realised because of my posting gap I never talked about finally watching all six films in order (extended versions obv!)

I mean I'm not entirely sure what it is I want to say about that. Some ramblings )

I don't know. I just love Tolkien and the Tolkien verse a stupid amount and that whilst on holiday I think [personal profile] seiyaharris fell into a Hobbit fanfiction hole and I fell into a Silmarillion hole. Again. It happens quite often (oh Galadriel if I'd ever written a terrible LOTR chapter epic it would be the whole damn history of Middle Earth from your perspective read about her adventures here), catch up on Doctor Who (finally) and read all of The Hanging Tree (also finally).

Tomorrow... tomorrow is also mercifully empty but there really are some dull adulting things I should do. Still. At least other than church I don't actually HAVE to go outside unless I choose.

Mrs Freeman & Mrs Morley

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:51 pm
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Today at work was Raising Autism Awareness which was a much shorter thing than some of our other training because it was very introductory but it was given by two teachers from a local college and it was really interesting to hear them talk about their students who tend to be at the more severe end of the spectrum and some of whom may be coming to do some sessions or volunteer with us.

And then I tried desperately to concentrate on an exhibition brief I need to finish writing but the world kept conspiring to distract me. I'm taking headphones in tomorrow.

Then this evening I met up with N for a meal & the theatre which was nice because it's been a while since we've done that and it was good to catch up. Though I was HUGELY disappointed when I trie dto order truffle arancini only to be told they were finished :-(

Queen Anne (RSC @ Theatre Royal Haymarket) )

Well that ended up being half about the play and half about my feelings on these two fascinating women.
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Long but fascinating day thinking about disability and access today. The training was officially titled Building Disability Confidence and I think it definitely did that- it can feel a bit overwhelming at times talking about barriers to accessibility and how far behind organisations and people can be but today ended with almost everyone in the room genuinely feeling more confidence and having practical (and achievable) ideas of next steps.

It felt so good to be there.

And then 30 seconds at Embankment station this evening and all my "people are great sometimes" feelings melted away :-P

Thankfully Yank! The Musical was where we were headed and that restored a lot of them. Some thoughts... )

And if only the theatre wasn't quite so like a sauna I'd be back there again at least once before it finished...

It's not a REAL badger...

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:04 pm
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The Rainbows got hold of my phone this evening whilst we were out on a walk around Heartwood Forest and now I have many MANY photographs of this one carved bird from all angles... not quite sure why they liked it so much. It's very lovely but then everything else carved on this arch was lovely too!

Anyway term is over which is one thing ticked off for a bit (except finishing the accounts and sorting out our waiting list and checking everything is well for the database switchover and making sure our meeting location is updated and then visiting our new location and finding a way to make sure all our girls can get to the new location)

*takes a deep breath*

Everything in my life at the moment seems to be a long list like that and yet even whilst it makes me want to scream somethings it really is all worth it (there's nothing quite like children fighting over who gets to hold your hand to make you feel like you must be doing SOMETHING right)

How is everyone anyway? We're currently in the middle of a summer thunderstorm which (as I'm safe inside) I rather enjoy watching as the thunder rolls around us.

Low pressure return, I need to stop letting DW be something I feel guilty about or pressured to use... it's meant to be FUN and useful.

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