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In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, I’m inviting trick-or-treaters to my ‘door.’ Comment “trick-or-treat” to this post and…well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I’m glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more “houses” to visit the more fun it’ll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!


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Snitched from alphaflyer who snagged it from topaz119...

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

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Title: Just What the Doctor Ordered
Author: crazy4orcas
Pairing/Characters: Clint/Natasha
Word Count: 707
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: Extra special thanks to shenshen77 for the awesome beta and general cheerleading.
Summary: She was the most stunning woman he'd ever seen, even with various bruises mottling her skin and a bandage on her thigh.

Just What the Doctor Ordered at AO3

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Natasha saved the day when Clint made the mistake of getting between the creature and it's young.

It didn't even rank in their Top 10 Weird Missions.

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Title: The End of the Little White Lie
Author: crazy4orcas
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Pairing/Characters: Clint/Natasha
Word Length: ~1200
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: some bad language

Author's Note: Many, many thanks to shenshen77 for the beta and cheerleading.

Summary: Clint has learned to regret telling Natasha a little white lie.

Here on AO3:

The End of the Little White Lie

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In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, I’m inviting trick-or-treaters to my ‘door.’ Comment “trick-or-treat” to this post and…well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I’m glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more “houses” to visit the more fun it’ll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!

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shenshen77 and I have been chatting about quilting recently and she mentioned wanting to see my quilts.  So, I thought I would post some pics of some.  I have a bunch of quilts in various stages of being, and I've only finished a couple of table runners and a couple of wall hangings.  I am about halfway done with the piecing part of one I'm going to use as a bedspread (twin sized) and that's my largest project so far.

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So, apparently I've managed to commit FIC again.  It's just a little sequel to Going Back In Black.

It can be found at AO3:

An Agent Walked Into A Bar.

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So, last week I had a fic idea grip me after watching Agents of SHIELD and it just wouldn't go away.  I haven't written in well over a decade and even then it was an excercise in frustration for me and I just really didn't enjoy it after a while so pretty much gave it up.  But this little idea kept floating around in my head, so I thought maybe I'd try to write it out and see where it took me.  I came up with a REALLY bare bones little fic, but I liked it.  So, I shared it with shenshen77 and she was amazing and helped me add some meat to the bones.  Then I shared it with anuna_81 and she was amazing too and even gave me an idea for a possible sequel.  I also have to thank them both for their encouragement and general hand holding.

So, if you're interested in a little fic about some coffee and conversation between Melinda May and Natasha Romanoff, here's the AO3 link.

Going Back In Black

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I think I may have come across the funniest misspelling I have ever seen.  SWAYED.  As in -- she was wearing a beautiful SWAYED jacket.

I thought I was going to break something trying to hold the laughter in since I was at my desk at work.


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If you haven't read shenshen77 's Clint/Natasha fic, A(nimal)vengers http://archiveofourown.org/works/894091 -- please do!  Shenshen has been kind enough to toss around fic ideas with me in this AU and we've been having a ball.  Then last night I was playing around on-line and ran across a pic of a white Persian that totally reminded me of the one in the fic.  I then spent a little time on Google Images and found pics for all of the animals mentioned by name in the fic.  Here they are, mainly I'm posting them here because for the life of me, I can't figure out how to post them in Shenshen's journal in response to the fic itself.  I'm just LJ-challenged.

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I was talking with a friend over the weekend about how there are some movie scenes that really stick with you.  Those scenes that really make an impact.  The conversation got me to thinking about scenes in fanfic that have really stuck with me, scenes that linger after the fic is read.  So, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites along with links to the fics and hope that maybe I'll get some replies with other's favorites in return.

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So, I'm reading what's been a totally enjoyable, clever fan fic about the latest couple to capture my attention.  Suddenly, there IT is -- my number one grammatical pet peeve, like fingernails down a chalkboard and I'm thrown out of my enjoyment of the fic.  IT being "could of" -- I don't know why, but a couple of spelling errors or maybe misuse of there/their/they're or then/than and I can note it and move on.  But throw out could of, would of, or should of and I come to a screeching halt, have to roll my eyes and almost force myself to keep reading.


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Saw this on anuna_81 's journal.

Five things you will find if you open my purse/bag:
1. Change Purse
2. Phone
3. Checkbook
4. Nail File
5. Emergency Feminine Hygiene Product

Five things in my bedroom:
1. Clothes
2. Bookcase
3. Lamp
4. Family Pictures
5. Jewelry

Five things I’ve always wanted to do in my life, but haven't yet:
1. Swim with dolphins
2. Travel to all 50 states
3. Actually finish a quilt
4. Take a photography class
5. Trace my family history

Five things that make me very happy:
1. My family
2. My friends
3. Vacation
4. Finding bras that fit right
5. Getting a great parking space at work

Five things I’m currently into:
1. Quilting
2. Learning to knit
3. Clint/Natasha from the Avengers
4. Oliver/Felicity from Arrow
5. Reading

Five things on my To-Do list:
1. Laundry
2. Organize my jewelry
3. Organize my desk at home
4. Organize my craft room (I'm sensing a theme here)
5. Knit myself a scarf before winter

Five things some people may or may not know about you:
1. I've vacationed by myself and loved it
2. I'm the youngest of 3
3. I've only been outside of the US for about a half an hour
4. I'm a Navy brat
5. I love purple

Five most important moments of 2013:
1. Finishing the probationary period at my new job
2. Getting a great review at the end of my probationary period
3. Long weekend trip with the family
4. Taking mom out for Mother's Day -- we had an especially nice time this year
5. Getting progressive lenses -- I can see clearly again!

Five things you enjoy doing during your free time:
1. Reading
2. Sewing (clumping quilting and knitting)
3. Movies
4. Visiting my mom
5. Surfing the 'net


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Swiped from alphaflyer.

The rules -- yes, there are rules:

1. You can ONLY answer 'Yes' or 'No'

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks - and, believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems.

Kissed any one of your LiveJournal friends? - No
Been arrested? - No
Kissed someone you didn't like? - No
Slept in until 5 PM? - Yes
Fallen asleep at work/school? - Yes
Held a snake? - Yes
Ran a red light? - Yes
Been suspended from school? - No
Experienced love at first sight? - No
Totaled your car in an accident? - Yes
Been fired from a job? - No
Fired somebody? - No
Sung karaoke? - Yes
Pointed a gun at someone? - No
Did something you told yourself you wouldn't? - Yes
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your eyes? - No
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? - Yes
Kissed in the rain? - No
Had a close brush with death (your own)? - No
Saw someone die? - No
Played Spin-the-Bottle? - Yes
Smoked a cigar? - No
Sat on a rooftop? - Yes
Smuggled something into another country? - No
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? - Yes
Broken a bone? - No
Skipped school? - Yes
Eaten a bug? - Yes
Sleepwalked? - No
Walked on a moonlit beach? - Yes
Ridden a motorcycle? - Yes
Dumped someone? - No
Forgotten your anniversary? - No
Lied to avoid a ticket? - No
Ridden in a helicopter? - No
Shaved your head? - No
Blacked out from drinking? - No
Played a prank on someone? - Yes
Hit a home run? - No
Felt like killing someone? - No
Cross-dressed? - Yes
Been falling-down drunk? - Yes
Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? - No
Eaten snake? - No
Marched/Protested? - No
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? - No
Puked on an amusement ride? - No
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? - Yes
Been in a band? - No
Knitted? - Yes
Been on TV? - Yes
Shot a gun? - No
Skinny-dipped? - Yes
Given someone stitches? - No
Eaten a whole habanero pepper? - No
Ridden a surfboard? - No
Drunk straight from a liquor bottle? - Yes
Had surgery? - Yes
Streaked? - No
Been taken by ambulance to a hospital? - Yes
Tripped on mushrooms? - No
Passed out when NOT drinking? - Yes
Peed on a bush? - Yes
Donated Blood? - No
Grabbed electric fence? - No
Eaten alligator meat? - Yes
Eaten cheesecake? - Yes
Eaten your kids' Halloween candy? - No
Killed an animal when NOT hunting? - Yes
Peed your pants in public? - No
Snuck into a movie without paying? - No
Written graffiti? - Yes
Still love someone you shouldn't? - No
Think about the future? - Yes
Been in handcuffs? - Yes
Believe in love? - Yes
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? - No


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Snagged from alphaflyer

A - Age: Let's just say I'm out of my 30's.

B - Bed size: Twin -- yeah, small, but I have a small room, and at least it's a fantastic mattress.
C - Chore you hate: Putting away my clean clothes, washing no problem, but I put off putting them away.
D - Dog's name: Last dog I had was Shelby.  The people I live with have a dog named Lucy.
E - Essential start to your day item(s): Caffeine, cold and diet cola caffeine.
F - Favorite color: Any shade of purple.
G - Gold or Silver: Silver.
H - Height: 5'6".
I - Instruments you play: CD, this was alphaflyer's response, but it's all I can play too, well CD's and I can fumble my way thru getting my iPod to play.
J - Job title: Financial Assistant.
K - Kisses or hugs: Hugs.
L - Living arrangements: Single-family house.
M - Mood: Tired.
N - Nicknames: I don't really have any, although I've been called an Evil Enabler by frea_o and shenshen77.
O - Overnight hospital stays other than birth: Yes.
P - Pet Peeves: People who don't do the little wave thing when I let them in in stop and go traffic.
Q - Quote from a movie: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
R - Right or left handed: Right.
S - Siblings: Two older brothers.
T - Time you wake up:  Too early.
U - Underwear:  Yes.
V - Vegetable you dislike:  The 5th brussels sprout, the first 4 are really good and then I'm not sure what happens, but any after that are terrible.
W - Ways you run late:  I'm addicted to my snooze button.
X - X-rays you've had:  Neck x-ray after a car accident and several chest x-rays.
Y - Yummy food you make:  I can whip together an excellent pumpkin mousse.
Z - Zoo favorite:  First response was killer whales, but I guess you don't find them at a traditional zoo, so I'll have to go with big cats -- lions and tigers and leopards, oh my!


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Swiped this from  tielan

How It Works:

Post to your DW/LJ (publicly or locked) with a list of ten things you want to receive for the holidays. They can be anything, from a personalized DW/LJ icon or drabble to a purebred puppy - as long as all the items on the list are things that you genuinely want.

If there's anything on your list that needs to come to you through the mail, make your shipping address available, but please be safe about it and don't post that part publicly - just specify how people should go about getting it.


Look around your circle/friends list for others who have posted the meme. (The more who do, the better this works, so encourage them!) If you see a wish you can grant, GO FOR IT. You might find a little thing you can do for free that will make someone happy, or you might just discover that a stranger is longing for the exact boxed set of DVDs that you no longer want.

Don't spend money unless you want to, and don't commit to more than you can handle without stressing yourself. There are no rules to this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. If someone surprises you with a gift certificate to the restaurant you never thought you'd get to go to, don't feel guilty or obliged to return the favor. The point is to spread around a lot of opportunities to grant wishes - use them as you see fit, and remember that your list gives those opportunities to others!


Dream big, but stay practical. If you really want the Mercedes, put the Mercedes on the list, but don't forget that you also really want some feedback on the story you wrote - so put that on the list too. It's fun to imagine something huge happening through this meme, but we'll recognizes the unlikelihood of it and make sure our friends still have a chance to do something thoughtful that's within their means.

Put limits on yourself for what, but not who: if you've decided that you can spend a few hours drawing a picture, but none of your friends are asking for one, keep looking for wishlists - you might even make a new friend or two! Ask people to link their lists for you, and don't be afraid to post your own in a few places.

Let's make some wishes come true this year!

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Link your lists in the comments, and I'll see what I can do for you. Or for others on your f-list.

Have fun with this!  And have a great Christmas!


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Just a few pics from a trip to the San Juan Islands in Washington state.

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Current Location: United States, Virginia, Reston

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I might as well start this journaling of my travels with the first real trip that I remember.  My family (mom, dad, 2 older brothers, and me) went camping quite often when us kids were kids, but that's not the kind of trip I mean.  The first REAL trip was when my dad retired from the Navy in 1982.  He'd served for 24yrs and we'd been stationed in several different places during that time, but hadn't really gone on vacation that I can recall.  After his retirement we were moving from Williamsburg, VA to Woodbridge, VA and he was starting a new job.  My brothers were old enough to be on their own so weren't moving with us -- they ended up back at home, but that's neither here nor there.

Mom, dad, and I hit the road in late May of 1982.  We were headed cross-country with no specific itinerary other than stopping when we felt like it and making sure we visited with family and friends as we went.  It's only now that I'm older that I can appreciate what a luxury that kind of trip was -- we weren't sure how long we'd be gone or what exactly we'd be seeing and we didn't worry about it.  Or at least I didn't, but then I was only 11.  As much as I'd like to do it again, I just don't think that kind of a trip is really feasible anymore.

Anyway, we left Williamsburg rather late in the day and made it roughly 5 miles down the road and spent the night at the motel where Scott (oldest brother) was the night clerk.  This had the double advantage of at least getting us out of town and we were able to see Scott again before we left.  We drove west into Tennessee and through Knoxville - it was the year the World's Fair was held there and it was crowded.

Our first main stop was in Van Buren, AR to visit with my dad's sister (Aunt Nancy) and her family.  Van Buren has a neat historic district and parts of the mini-series "The Blue and the Grey" starring Stacy Keach were filmed there.  From there we went to Oklahoma City, OK for a quick visit with my mom's aunt and uncle.

We then went through northern Texas and into New Mexico for a stay with mom's sister (Aunt Dorothy), her husband (Miles) and their new baby (another Scott).

In Arizona we stopped at Meteor Crater which was formed 50,000 years ago when a meteorite estimated to be 150 feet across impacted the Earth.  The crater today is 4,000 feet across and has a circumference of 2.4 miles.  Also in Arizona we stopped at the Grand Canyon.  The Grand Canyon was absolutely spectacular.  It's at this point that I have to say I regret being so young on this trip.  I can clearly recall just one view of the Canyon from the visitor's center, but I know we saw so much more.

Our trip then took us through California.  While in CA, Dad took us on a "short-cut" outside of San Jose and we wound up on top of Mt. Hamilton at the Lick Observatory.  While the view was breathtaking, the ride left a lot to be desired -- the road was narrow and had barely enough room for two cars abreast.  The shoulders were practically nonexistant and the drop-off was dizzying.  Dad was taking his half of the road out of the middle and I'm sure other drivers had some colorful words to say about that.  This was to be the first of several of Dad's short-cuts that ended up being the longest distance between two points, but at least it was the only one on this trip.

We drove up the Coastal Highway and into Redwood National Forest.  While there, we drove through a redwood tree at the park's visitor's center.

In Oregon we saw Crater Lake (just stunningly beautiful) and trekked through the Oregon Caves.  We also stayed a couple of days with mom's brother (Uncle Kenny), and his wife (Joy).

Further north into Washington we stayed with the Rogers', family friends of my parents.  I thought it was funny that they had a daughter who was born in VA and they lived in WA, while I was born in WA and lived in VA.

Idaho saw us staying with mom's dad and his 3rd wife.  I can distinctly remember them taking us into Nevada to a little town right on the border, Jackpot.  We went to a casino and while the adults did some gambling, I had to stay in the lobby since I was underage.  Mom and dad lost more feeding me the quarters for the arcade games than they did at the slot machines.  We also dropped in on another of mom's brothers (Gene) and his wife (Margaret) and their kids (Theresa and Karl).  They lived on a small farm near my grandparents.

From there, we went to Yellowstone National Park.  Yellowstone is fascinating.  We saw bison and elk.  And Old Faithful -- amazing.

Further east took us to Mt. Rushmore and then through the Badlands.  While overnighting in SD, mom and dad played a little prank one.  The motel we were at had those beds that vibrate -- they woke me up in the morning with the bed shaking -- I thought it was an earthquake!

Also on the way through SD we stopped at an antique auto museum.  The neatest thing they had was an antique RV, it looked like a motorized stagecoach.  The other thing of note about the museum was that there were bunnies everywhere.

By this time on the trip, we were ready to be home and pretty much just concerned with making good time on the highway, but mom and dad had a surprise in store for me.  While on the road going through Kentucky we'd been seeing signs for the Kentucky Horse Park.  Like most 11year old girls, I was horse crazy and naturally asked if we could stop there.  I was told that we couldn't and of course was disappointed.  As the exit approached, I was chanting to myself "please pull off, please pull off" and was thrilled when we did.  I had a ball, the park had a wide variety of horses breeds.  A "costume" show where they paraded the horses with their riders dressed in clothes appropriate for each breed was a highlight.

While I can remember all of this, the images in my head are fuzzy with age.  This was before I really got into wanting a camera of my own, so I'm left with postcards (I have put them into a scrapbook), but somehow that's not the same as having pictures that I've taken myself.  I would dearly love to be able to retrace our steps and take this trip with my parents again, but it's just not possible.  We've been trying to take a least one road trip a year since my dad retired for good in 2003 and we've managed it so far.  Some of the trips have been just weekend jaunts, but we've done 3 major trips together and we have another big one planned for February of 2008 -- we're snowbirding it down to FL for at least 10 days.

It's while remembering times like this trip that I'm so glad to have my parents still living and mostly able to get out and about.  They're not as spry as they used to be, so we're careful about going places that don't require a lot of walking and/or standing and we have to limit the amount of time we're in the car, but I just treasure the time we have together.

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I set this journal up so that the feedback I leave for authors posting fanfiction does not show up as coming from an anonymous poster.  I felt that having a journal of my own would lend some legitimacy to my comments and I was also encouraged by tielan, an author whose work I really admire.  I had stumbled into LJ while searching for fic in the Stargate: Atlantis fandom revolving around my favorite character, Teyla.  I was lucky enough to find tielan's work and eventually mustered the courage to post feedback to a couple of her stories.  I've always been more of a lurker than a participant, but am trying to change.

Since I'm mainly on the computer at work and therefore limited in my internet time, I really didn't expect this journal to see much action.  I've only friended 3 communities in the SGA fandom and 2 LJ users, tielan and gi jules.  Tielan because I want to keep up with any fics she's posting and I find her to be an interesting person.  I'm not exactly sure how I ran into gi jules journal, I think I was randomly following links and somehow wound up in one of her reviews of a episode of SGA.  She struck me as someone whose posts I'd like to follow, they're quite entertaining and besides, she lives in one my favorite places - Texas.

I'm not up on LJ etiquette, so I just friended them both without asking, figuring that it is always easier to ask forgiveness than permission.  I haven't gotten any scathing notes from either, so I'm assuming all is well.  I've even had gi jules friend me back, I'm guessing more out of curiosity than anything else.

Now that the background information is out of the way, I've been thinking recently of how I can get more out of this LJ experience.  I'm not much on posting about my day-to-day activities, mostly because I think my day-to-day life is pretty boring.  Seeing a string of posts about work, reading, nintendo ds, and tv just might bore me to tears.  Then I thought that I would start posting about the trips I've taken and that idea appeals to me, so I'm going to start there and see what happens.

Current Mood: optimistic optimistic

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Well, here it is -- the first post.  So far, so good.  I guess I should say, "Testing, testing, 1,2,3."

Current Mood: curious curious

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