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May. 29th, 2017

[info]dictionary_wotd

true-blue: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

true-blue: unwaveringly loyal or faithful; staunch; unchangingly true.

May. 28th, 2017

[info]dictionary_wotd

hedonism: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

hedonism: devotion to pleasure as a way of life.

May. 27th, 2017

[info]dictionary_wotd

winsome: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

winsome: sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging.

[info]megpie71

Update 27 MAY 2017

This week everything happened at once.

I've known for a while that I had an essay due, a rationale and reflection document due, a short story to write (1500 - 2000 words) and a rent inspection due at some point this month. This week, the uncertainty bubble surrounding the date of the inspection collapsed, and we discovered when it was going to happen: this coming Wednesday (it's due in May, Wednesday is the 31st of May, it apparently counts).

For those of you not ensnared in the morass of the Australian rental market, let me describe the joys of a rental inspection to you. Firstly, you get told the inspection is happening at some time on a given day - usually with about a week's notice. The current real estate agency are nice enough people - they narrow it down to "some time between 12pm and 5.30pm", which is positively generous. Before this happens, you need to have the property in a condition which would satisfy either your mother, or your mother-in-law (depending on who has the more rigid housekeeping standards - if neither of these qualify, pick your unfriendly local germophobe). You also need the gardens (if there are any) looking good as well - the local mowing places do a lot of good business out of people who have inspections due! So, once you have the property in pristine condition (including things like cleaning off light switches, wiping down walls and cleaning the oven) you wait for the property manager (if you're renting from a real-estate agency) or the owner (if you're renting directly) to come in and have a look over the place. Now, technically, they're not supposed to be judging you on your housekeeping standards - but we all know this is so much horse elbows, so yeah, they are. If it's a property manager, they come in and often (these days) take photos of the interior of the place, in order to prove you've left the walls where they were when you came in, and to prove the roof hasn't spontaneously fallen in or similar. This, of course, means they're usually taking photos of your goods and chattels as well. Anyway, they come in, do their walk through, make sure you haven't knocked the place down since they were last there, then breeze back out again after making a report for the owner. The whole business takes about fifteen minutes to half an hour tops, but it requires about a week's solid effort in preparation because the place needs to be pristine for them.

This happens every three months, by the way (four a year).

We had the tradesman come around to have a look at the kitchen cupboards on Friday at about 7.30 in the morning. He brought the owner with him, which I would have appreciated knowing about beforehand (while the house wasn't in "complete dog's breakfast" condition, it wasn't quite at "suitable for unknown strangers visiting" levels of cleanliness). Basically, the owner and the tradesman consulted with each other, and I suspect the outcome is going to be a replacement of at least some (if not all) of the kitchen benches. Now, when this will happen (and whether we'll be in the property when it does) is currently all up in the air - our lease expires on the 21st of July, and while I'm going to be talking to the property manager about getting another twelve months in the place nailed down, what may wind up happening is the owner might decide (in the interests of "not disrupting our lives", gods help us[1]) to give us our notice to quit at the end of this current lease, so he can get the tradies in to do things uninterrupted. Now, I don't know whether this is certain, probable or merely in the range of possibilities out there, but it's something I've added to the list of potential worries coming up.

I've mostly finished all the uni assessments - I finished off the editing of my major essay for one of my units this morning (it's been sitting there waiting to be done like an albatross around my neck for the last three or four days, but when I try to do it in the afternoon, my brain basically throws up an "Out of Spoons" error and refuses to parse the wretched thing). I just have the short story to write a first draft of (for workshopping purposes) by Tuesday. Which should be fun, right? But once I've submitted that short story (due the 1st of June) I've finished for the semester, and all I have to do after that is wait for my results.

Of course, this also means I have to go and speak to AtWork regarding Work for the Dole, since at present my university study qualifies as my Work for the Dole activity - and technically they have me on the books as needing to do Work for the Dole until about August or thereabouts. So I need to find out whether I'm going to be breaching my mutual obligation requirements if I don't immediately start doing something else (like picking up litter, sorting rags, washing bottles, or picking oakum) immediately the moment I've handed in this last assignment.

Still going on MFF, have deleted Avengers Academy from the tablet (since it wasn't going anywhere, and was crashing on a regular basis every time I tried to open it) and I'm getting very fond of Final Fantasy Record Keeper, which I've been playing for over a year now, and which hasn't crashed, glitched, or demanded money from me in all that time. Why can't there be more games like that?

[1] The logic here being that having renovations done around us would be disruptive. Which, yes, it would. But having to move out on short notice, and find another place to live in for the amount we can afford (preferably close to uni - that's the main qualifying feature of this place, by the way - it's close enough to the university that we can basically be there within 15 minutes of leaving the house) would be even more disruptive.

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May. 26th, 2017


[info]shiftylinguini in [info]daily_deviant

FIC: "Crush" (James/Teddy/Scorpius, NC-17)

Title: Crush
Author: [info]shiftylinguini
Characters/Pairings: Teddy/James Sirius, Teddy/James Sirius/Scorpius
Rating: NC-17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: Intercrural
Other Warnings/Content: double intercrural, threesome, polyamory, established James/Teddy, first time James/Teddy/Scorpius, getting together, romance, hung Teddy Lupin, bisexual Teddy Lupin, sexual inexperience, sexual negotiation, reference to voyeurism, reference to consensual infidelity, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it implied Werewolf Teddy Lupin
Word Count: 9,400
Summary/Description: James has a crush. Scorpius has two. And Teddy? Well, he’s always had a lot of love to give.
Author's Notes: My first Daily Deviant entry *gasp* and I'm so excited to be here! I loved the intercrural kink, and kinda went to town on it.

Tremendous thanks to lovely [info]llaeyro for looking this over and being amazing, as always <3

Crush )

[info]dictionary_wotd

backronym: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

backronym: an existing word turned into an acronym by creating an apt phrase whose initial letters match the word, as to help remember it or offer a theory of its origin.

May. 25th, 2017

[info]dictionary_wotd

chinwag: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

chinwag: an idle chat.

May. 22nd, 2017


[info]pitboss in [info]asylum_promo

Pitboss: Las Vegas based Panfandom accepting Original Fandom Characters

Pitboss: Now accepting all fandoms. Yes ALL )

[info]kittyaugust in [info]daily_deviant

Fic: Really Messed Up (Harry/Draco NC-17)

Title: Really Messed Up
Author: [info]kittyaugust
Characters/Pairings: Harry/Draco
Rating: Explicit/NC-17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: claustrophilia: arousal by confined spaces
Other Warnings/Content: Handjobs, non-penetrative sex, semi-public sex, workplace sex, endytophilia (sexual partners who remain clothed), mild olfactophilia (smell/scent kink), some borderline negative self-talk, implied bottom Harry, turning trauma into kink.
Word Count: 1220

Summary/Description: Harry and Malfoy get a little messy in an MLE supply closet.
Author's Notes: Love and kittens for [info]carpemermaid for reassuring my muse and ensuring my spelling and grammar isn't too atrocious.

This is my first official Daily Deviant fic, thank you for having me!

Really Messed Up )

[info]dictionary_wotd

cantankerous: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

cantankerous: disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish.

[info]dictionary_wotd

memoriter: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

memoriter: by heart; by memory.

[info]knowheremod in [info]asylum_promo

Knowhere, a Guardians of the Galaxy panfan game )

[info]dictionary_wotd

ultracrepidarian: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

ultracrepidarian: noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise.

May. 21st, 2017


[info]tryslora in [info]daily_deviant

Fic: don't make a sound

Title: don’t make a sound
Author:
Characters/Pairings: Teddy/James Sirius, Teddy/James Sirius/Albus Severus
Rating: NC-17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: claustrophilia, intercrural sex
Other Warnings/Content: threesome, incest, sex toy, multiple orgasm, almost caught
Word Count: 1,874 words
Summary/Description: If the Floo had opened five minutes later, James would’ve been caught balls deep in his brother. As it is, hiding in the closet with Teddy isn’t easy, either.
Author's Notes: Um. I seem to have developed something of a new OT3. Enjoy.

don't make a sound )

[info]ravenclawsquill in [info]daily_deviant

Fic: It's not what you think (Scorpius / Albus Severus, NC-17)

Title: It’s not what you think
Author: [info]ravenclawsquill
Characters/Pairings: Scorpius Malfoy / Albus Severus Potter
Rating: NC-17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: Intercrural sex
Other Warnings/Content: Inexperience, established relationship, oblivious!Scorpius, first time, wanking, handjobs, ludicrous amount of lube, a tiny hint of dom/sub (blink and you’ll miss it), first person narrative
Word Count: ~1,850
Summary: The boys are ready to take the next step.
Author's Notes: I'm thrilled to jump on board with my first official DD entry! \o/ Thank you so much to my lovely beta, [info]bixgirl1, for giving this fic a polish within a mortifyingly tight time frame.

It’s not what you think )

[info]dictionary_wotd

slumberous: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

slumberous: sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids.

May. 20th, 2017

[info]dictionary_wotd

moggy: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

moggy: a cat.

[info]megpie71

Update 20 MAY 2017

This week's fun thing was starting to play Möbius Final Fantasy on my tablet. I'd originally got interested reading about it on Steam, and tried downloading it for the PC, but got a message saying "this isn't available for your platform" (presumably the PC version doesn't work on Windows 10?). So I decided, sod this, I'll get it on the tablet instead.

Ramble/review of FFM beneath )

Other than that: winter continues apace - it started raining yesterday, and is forecast to keep raining for most of the next week or so. I've regained a lot of my spoons from the past few weeks - I'm back to cooking again, and I'm starting to get back into the routine of housework. Given we're forecast to have a rental inspection at some point this month, that's just as well, really. Oh, and one of the cabinet doors for the cupboard beneath the sink fell off - the weight of the door pulled the screws holding the upper hinge out of the wood they were anchored in. Given the doors have been falling out of alignment for a while now, to the point where closing them meant lifting them up and into position, I wasn't particularly surprised when it happened. Again, this place doesn't appear to have had any serious maintenance or non-urgent repair work done since my age was in single digits, so it's not surprising that when you put a couple of hefty doors onto a door-frame which is designed for something much lighter, the blasted things work themselves off in less than a year.

(For my non-Australian readers: welcome to the joys of renting in Australia, where asking the landlord for maintenance on the property can be essentially asking to find a new landlord - landlords evicting tenants for requesting maintenance is a known Thing here. Judging from the string of names - never the same name twice - we've noticed on the mail coming into the mailbox, it seems rather unlikely most tenants in this place stayed longer than about the standard six to twelve months of a fixed-term tenancy. Oh yes, that's another thing about renting in Australia - maximum fixed-term tenancy is twelve months at a stretch).

We're still continuing with the Caterpillar Cull, although the numbers are dropping somewhat. Their latest point of entry into the house is the bathroom, apparently through a finger-width gap in the skirting board down near the bathroom cabinet. Himself sprayed the area with surface spray yesterday, so we're going to see whether that works as a deterrent (it seems to, up to a point, in my room) and just keep picking them up and drowning 'em. These past couple of days, it's mostly been in the twenties per cull, so there's that. I've wound up buying a separate dustpan and brush set for the front verandah, so I can scrub the caterpillar guts off the existing one for inside the house.

We've also had the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos coming by for their final shot at the under-ripe berries from the Cape Lilacs - which means the trees, which are starting to drop their leaves for winter, are starting to look just a tad bedraggled as a result. I hauled up a sucker from one of the front Cape Lilac trees earlier in the week, and I'm going to have to go and have a look around for any others.

Uni continues apace. I have one essay to finish, one five hundred word rationale and reflection to write, and a 1500 - 2000 word short story, personal essay, or feature article to write. The essay and the rationale/reflection are both due Monday week (29th of May), the short story is due the following week (8th of June). All of which is within my ability to do in the allotted time, so I'm not particularly worried about it. The more irritating item is being expected to find a feature article from a newspaper for my "Introduction to Writing" tutorial on Tuesday - mostly because I tend not to buy the newspaper on the grounds of it not being worth the money one spends on the wretched thing. Given the standard of Australian print journalism these days, I rather doubt there's going to be a feature article in the wretched thing anyway. Wonder whether my tutor would accept something from the online Grauniad - I know they do feature articles - quite a few of them, in fact.

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May. 11th, 2017


[info]commandcentre in [info]asylum_promo

Panfandom fun set in the universe of Saban's Power Rangers )

May. 18th, 2017


[info]paxnarrator in [info]asylum_promo

Pax Letale: A Pre-made Deities RPG

don't you want to be a god? )

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