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So, you may remember me mentioning that I rather enjoy not only colouring but dot-to-dot. The ones made for adults have hundreds of dots to connect and it is so amazingly meditative and a sure fire way to calm my brain down before I sleep.

Normally, that is.

However, this one magazine I bought revealed pictures that were... somewhat unsettling. So much so that I had to take photos to share... I would like to reassure you that these pictures don't look like they do because I made mistakes. Oh no, I did them perfect. THEY ARE JUST FUCKING BIZARRE.

Observe: )

So yes. Let this be a lesson to you all. What may seem like a harmless past time may turn out traumatizing.

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Pumpkin!

Oct. 29th, 2016 06:20 pm
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Pumpking carving achieved!



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:D

Aug. 18th, 2016 08:27 pm
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I am tickled by the new Sheba cat food advert:




I just don't understand why the woman is getting dressed again. That is a man after my own heart right there, I'd tap that. The cat is welcome to watch. I'm used to that. :D

P.S. For extra hilarity see the youtube comments about how horrible it is to see men being objectified like that in TV. Ahahahaha oh fucking cry me a river.

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On Hope

Aug. 7th, 2016 09:36 am
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Three quotes on hope this Sunday, because I've been reading and thinking about it lately:


"Hope alone is to be called 'realistic', because it alone takes seriously the possibilities with which reality is fraught. It does not take things as they happen to stand or lie, but as progressing, moving things with possibilities of change ... Thus hopes and anticipations of the future are not a transfiguring glow superimposed upon a darkened existence, but are realistic ways of perceiving the scope of our real possibilities, and as such they set everything in motion and keep it in state of change. Hope and the kind of thinking that goes with it consequently cannot submit to reproach of being utopian, for they do not strive after things that have 'no place', but after things that have 'no place yet' but can acquire one." (Moltmann, 1967: 25, original emphasis)

Full Ref:
Moltmann, J. (1967). Theology of Hope. London: SCM Press



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"Active Hope is about becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for. Active Hope is a practice. Like tai chi or gardening, it is something we do rather than have. It is a process we can apply to any situation, and it involves three key steps. First, we take a clear view of reality; second, we identify what we hope for it in terms of the direction we'd like things to move in or the values we'd like to see expressed; and third, we take steps to move ourselves or our situation in that direction. Since Active Hope doesn't require our optimism, we can apply it even in areas where we feel hopeless. The guiding impetus is intention; we choose what we aim to bring about, act for, or express. Rather than weighing our chances and proceeding only when we feel hopeful, we focus on our intention and let it be our guide." (Macy & Johnstone, 2012: 3, original emphasis)

Full Ref:
Macy, J. & Johnstone, C. (2012). Actve Hope: How to face the mess we're in without going crazy. Novato, CA: New World Library.



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"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing that is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our firend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness." (Niebuhr, 1952: 63)

Full Ref:
Niebuhr, R. (1952). The Irony of American History. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.



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Some adorable animals to brighten your week.

Have you heard of Biddy the Hedgehog? Biddy travelled the world during its short life and it is all documented here on a dedicated Instagram. Have a few tasters though.



More animal adorableness under the cut! )


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First, a couple of fandom links
Then for the pretties!

Adorable felt dragons! Buy them from this talented Etsy seller (check their sold gallery for more of these and other beauties!)




Shiny things! )


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...to brighten up your Sunday.

Mmmm, coffee. This one is going on my office door I think.




Coffee and stories and pretties, oh my! )

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Greetings from Manchester. Work conference was very meh overall, though there were some interesting papers and mine went well, but... I've been to other conferences that have been much better and this one I just left feeling tired, rather than inspired and energised as you're supposed to. Well, I did manage to catch up my old PhD supervisors and friend K, so that was great. And now I'm staying for a couple of days of hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] trialia, [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic and [livejournal.com profile] fledge. Which is good.

This downtime has also given me chance to a) empty my work inbox and b) catch up with personal comments and emails. In the process of this I've also been browsing journals and tumblrs, following from one link to another, and collecting shiny things and links.

Here, have so awesomeness )


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Thanks [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal for posting! This had to be shared :D Please do not drink, eat or operate heavy machinery whilst watching this epic of Sherlock, Dracula and Fan Friction... I laughed so much that I may have peed myself a little.



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Lent

Feb. 10th, 2016 04:06 pm
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Today is the first day of Lent, and while I'm not particularly religious or even spiritual, it does provide a nice, well-defined period for abstinence. So, what is it that I'm giving up? I considered meat, but I don't really eat enough of it in the first place for that to be particularly meaningful. Same goes for alcohol as I only tend to drink socially and go for weeks on end without anyway. But then, an idea! And I'm making this public as well so I can feel peer-pressure to follow through :D

For Lent, I'm giving up... Reading Fanfic For Pleasure.

That's right! Here are my reasons: almost all of my current 'for pleasure' reading is fanfic, which means it's been way too long since I've had time/focus for books. And I really want to go back to reading books, because I have several in my bookshelves, just waiting for me (both fiction and work related stuff). In addition to book, there is a lot of TV and films I want to catch up on! I also want to devote more time to creative things like writing and graphics. Work has been stupidly busy and fanfic is the current 'easy treat' option to enjoy what spare time I have but I'm hoping to break out of that rut a little.

There are exceptions and stipulations of course. What I'm giving up is reading fanfic for pleasure, meaning...
- Writing fanfic is allowed and indeed encouraged *eyes wip folder*
- Reading fanfic for purposes of beta work is allowed
- Reading fanfic because I'm doing art for it is allowed (yay [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang!)
- Skimming already-read fics for the purposes of writing a rec is allowed (actually, I don't have to do even this a lot because a week of fic rec posts is almost done and I'll timer those posts soon)

So, wish me luck and creativity! I'm acutely aware I'm well due another RL update and hope to get to that soonish...

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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi for linking this! I haven't laughed as much for a while. Like [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, I'm not sure how funny this is for non-Nordics but to me it was hilarious! A short stand-up clip about Nordic communication, 90% in English - do check it out! :D:D:D The bit about Finnish mosquitos at the end made me laugh until I cried!

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Alas, further investigation - based solely on one Amazon review - suggests that while the book is very real, the particular section on buttermilk bosoms and galloping abs here is a hoax. You may be relieved. You may be disappointed. Personally, I'M A LITTLE BIT BOTH :D Regardless, that was the best laugh I'd had in a while and I will be adopting 'enter it like it's a lottery' into my active vernacular. 'Kat, we're going over here. - Oh, that building? I'M GONNA ENTER IT LIKE IT'S A LOTTERY!' 'Oh, you're about to take a bath? - Oh no, no, no! I'M GOING TO ENTER IT LIKE IT'S A LOTTERY!' The possibilities!

In other news I have had one shorter day, another long day, and today sort of medium day, followed by 12h day tomorrow and then going to have to work Saturday so... Uh, I'm around in theory? I am thinking I'll do a week of fic recs next week because I have them almost ready and that would be... something.

Right, now I'm going to wash dishes and make myself a jacket potato. Exciting times!


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I found this via Tumblr but the original post there is flocked so can't link. However, the excerpt is from a real book, Sandra Hill's Rough and Ready. You can find another exerpt via the website, but this one below is... special. Enjoy.

ETA: maybe a hoax but still funny :D

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Her long hair, still wet from the shower, had been combed down her back in a wet swath. Hilda was sitting on the floor, her round, wet boobs still wet from the shower’s water. She dried off the water with a towel, which then became wet.

Hilda gasped when she saw a reflection in her bedroom mirror: through the slightly open door, she caught a glimpse of the chiseled abs and square jaw of the mysterious stranger who shared her cabin. She stood and spun around, her breasts swinging heavily with the momentum. She grabbed the door and flung it open, revealing shirtless Torolf (which is seriously his name) quivering with desire in the hallway.

Torolf was ashamed at being caught, but his shame made him even hotter – hotter for sex. He stepped into the room, and his bulging abs accidentally smushed into Hilda’s rich chest.

As Hilda’s buttermilk bosoms squished up against his granite abs, Torolf almost had a dick aneurysm.
“Hilda,” Torolf murmured thickly, his throbbing meat wand pressing against Hilda’s warm thighs. “There is a secret I need to not tell you: You are my forbidden desire.”

Hilda had been waiting to hear these words. Her heart was lifted on golden wings and soared toward a radiant sun of perfect joy. She saw herself and Torolf happy together, bathed in the golden light of love. Her snooch got all warm, too.

“Torolf,” Hilda moaned, her lush teats straining with desire. “I need you.”
Torolf, coarse abs pulsing softly in the moonlight, stood silently.
Hilda looked at him expectantly.
“Oh, sorry,” she added. “Torolf, I need you – sexually.”

At hearing those beautiful words, Torolf flexed his rough-hewn abs and Hilda found herself being guided to her soft bed by the sheer force of Torolf’s undulating midsection. She parted her thighs in anticipation, exposing the soft pink petals of her clunge.

Torolf entered her like she was a lottery. His engorged pecker pushed inside her and she felt fulfilled with sexual fulfillment.

Hilda clutched at the bedsheets with lust and ecstasy and her hands. Her spongy love mountains hurled to and fro with each pounding. Her body was like a beautiful flower that was opening and somebody was pushing their dick inside it.

Then Torolf moaned, arched his back, and suffered from dick Parkinson’s. He pumped in all of his hot pearlescent sperms as Hilda spasmed with so many orgasms!

The two lay still for a moment as the stinky scent of lovemaking billowed around the room.
Hilda got out of bed, still shimmering with orgasm. She glowed with contentment, like a cat who ate the cream of the crop.

She walked across the room and picked up her towel, still wet with shower water. “Torolf,” she said softly, “there’s something I have to tell you…”

But her bed was empty.

Torolf was gone, escaped out the bedroom window. In the distance, Hilda heard the fading sound of galloping abs.


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Happy Sunday,

I've been up for several hours now but in a good mood. Have some Sunday morning music:




Lyrics translation by yours truly )

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Nancy Kolar, a long time fan, lost her partner of 43 years recently. On top of that, she's facing the very real possibility of losing her home too. Please if you can spare a little money and/or pass the message on, go here to help her out:  http://www.gofundme.com/a421g4

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oh self

Oct. 19th, 2013 08:38 pm
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Sometimes your body and mind like to remind you of things. For example, that guy on TV who you've thought is kind of cute and funny, but you know, not that special, suddenly gets on his knees, and in a blink of an eye both your brain and libido stand to attention like a hound with a scent and...

Yeah, despite occasional switchy forays, still toppy as all fuck. Cheers for the reminder.

(This insight courtesy of Strictly Come Dancing's 'Kevin from Grimsby'. He can keep his geek glasses on. In fact, I'll insist on it.)


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In other news: I would bang this guy like a screen door. *cries with laughter*



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Today I have made some marginal progress with my teaching study portfolio (which I am now less than affectionately calling 'Reflect on This' assignment in my head), been a victim of banana theft (I can't prove it but I know it happened) and finished writing over 5k of Harry/Draco tentacle porn which I have sent off to [livejournal.com profile] margaret_r for beta.

Today is also the last day of July and thus the last and 31st day on consecutive posting I have done this month, together with [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and [livejournal.com profile] lolabobs joined in on the fun at some point too. It's been... hard at times to find something different to post about every day, especially when my touchpad was acting up a lot and trying my patience (it's much better now btw, thank fuck) but it's been pretty awesome too and has pushed me to post things that I probably would have procrastinated over much longer otherwise, including the most awesome porn meme which was a lot of fun!

I hope you've enjoyed at least some of the posts and aren't too sick of me yet. Thank you to everyone who has commented and thank you to everyone who brightens up my flist with their own posts. I'll be taking a little bit of a breather from posting, but guaranteed I can't stay away from it too long, as I have things that are still in the queue.

So, maybe a little preview of What Next?

  • [livejournal.com profile] unmarked_place Patrick/Pete porn

  • above mentioned Harry/Draco tentacle porn

  • summer challenge fics for [livejournal.com profile] lewis_challenge and [livejournal.com profile] evilsam_spn when I have, erm, actually written them

  • more 50 Books Challenge

  • more 50 Recipes Challenge

  • undoubtedly more real life whining

  • requested icons from here - btw if you said you'd be back to leave me a picture/text prompt and you haven't yet, now would be the time. There are also still three open request places left.

  • Week of Poetry on [livejournal.com profile] boneverse, although I will probably combine a masterlist of sorts on this journal too. Details here if you are interested in joining me for that 5-11 of August.

So, with all of that in mind I shall only say... later! And pass the challenge to you! Who among you will pledge to post Something Everyday in the Month of August? Is it you? Or you? Or you there at the back...?

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Today's post is pretty to say that I can't properly post or write on the laptop again because the touchpad is doing its own thing again. I think it is the heat and humidity that are contributing to the problem and that it'll be better tomorrow. Otherwise I will probably have a tantrum.

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It has been hot as balls today, way too hot to brain properly. Way, way too hot to sit in the meetings and in buses as I've been doing for most of the day. Thankfully, the weather is set to break tomorrow.

I have a ton of work to churn out over the next three weeks and very variable levels of motivation to do it. Ah well.

This post is devoid of substance. Instead, have some...cat macros )

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