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I just won NaNoWriMo 2013!!!

wooot!!!! Not fan fic - children's stories. But I just did 50,040 words despite being away for three days at the Doctor Who 50th birthday party convention!

Jan. 20th, 2012

oh this is amusing! Am watching a recorded Warehouse 13 episode (Season 3 Ep 5) - and whose gone from Torchwood to Warehouse 12 but GDL! Playing a sweet and capable Victorian working for Warehouse 12.

Good to see he's working AND got himself into a decent on-going serial. Go GDL!

A musing. Though not "amusing".

I hate chain emails, I think they tend to either be emotional blackmail or ill thought out and half of them which purpote to make an intellectual or political point are based on what turns out to be an internet hoax.

BUT, this one made me think. See, two years ago I had a miscarriage. Only 11 weeks gone. I was upset, I wondered "why" and thenI got on with things. Three days later I suddenly felt very very ill. Two days later I was still shivering, fluey, achy. Then it occurred to me, my mother and my husband that perhaps this was an incomplete miscarriage and I actually had an internal infection. We called the doctor, who was so concerned that he kept the surgery open for my husband to take me down there. I spent weeks on different sets of antibiotics until I was sent for an internal scan.

I had a fist-sized cyst on one of my fallopian tubes and it was about to burst. They operated, all is well.

I now ask myself: if I'd not had the miscarriage a few days before, would anyone, myself included, have taken my sudden illness seriously enough? Before I thought of incomplete miscarriage, I was planning on spending the weekend in bed and going to the doctor's on monday if I still felt bad. Given how bad the cyst was after WEEKS on antibiotics, if I'd not gone to the doctor's that weekend, would it have burst over the weekend?

I don't know the answer but I have to be aware of the possiblity that that miscarriage saved my fertility and even my life. If it saved my life, it saved my children's mother, my husband's wife, my wider family's sister and daughter.

It doesn't make bad things feel any LESS bad. But sometimes we can only see the immediate effect something has on US and we may never know the other, wider effects it has on other people.

SO -

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a
wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the
mansion's guest room.

Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole
in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,

"Things aren't always what they seem"

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but
very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels
sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and
his wife in tears.

Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in
the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could
you have let this happen?
The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused.

The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and
you let the cow die..

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was
gold stored in that hole in the wall.

Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his
good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it."

"Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death
came for his wife I gave him the cow instead.

Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out
the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that
every out come is always to your advantage.. You just might not know it
until some time later...
Some people ( )
come into our lives ) /
and quickly go... (_ /

( ) Some people
\ ( become friends
\_ ) and stay awhile...

leaving beautiful Oooo
footprints on our ( )
hearts... ) /
( _/

( ) and we are
\ ( never
\_ ) quite the same
because we have
made a good

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present!

I think this is special...live and savor every
moment... This is not a dress rehearsal!

(\ /)
( \ __ / )
( \()/ )

Right Now -

-somebody is thinking of you.
-somebody is caring about you.
-somebody misses you
-somebody wants to talk to you.
-somebody wants to be with you.
-somebody hopes you aren't in trouble.
-somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
-somebody wants to hold your hand.
-somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
-somebody wants you to be happy.
-somebody wants you to find him/her.
-somebody is celebrating your successes.
-somebody wants to give you a gift.
-somebody thinks that you ARE a gift.
-somebody loves you.
-somebody admires your strength.
-somebody is thinking of you and smiling.
-somebody wants to be your shoulder to cry on.


Never take away anyone's hope. That may be all they have..

God be with you my friends.


If you live, or are registered to vote, in the UK then PLEASE visit this link TODAY (Tuesday 1st)

This selfish bunch we currently have foisted on us are intending to sell off the few last remaining bits of publicly-owned forest land in the UK.

Oh, they claim that this in the public interest - but they started off saying this was going to be a SALE 0 selling off publicy-owned forst land to the highest bidder. Then there was a huge kerfuffle and now they claim they're "only" going to sell off leases, and they're claiming that there will be protections involved. Apparenyl somehow selling off huge-term leases of publicly-owned forest land to anyone who wants them is going to improve the environmentm, protect the trees and improve public access.

This is a pathetic short-term attempt to balance books that are NOWHERE NEAR AS BAD as they are claiming, in relation to how our finanaces have been in previous decades -0 we've owed more as % of GDP at least once since WWII and we didn't cut our way out we SPENT our way out.

This is showing us the true, ugly, selfish, everyman-for-himself-and-devil-take-the-hindmost attitude of the Tories. And I have NO FAITH left at all in Clegg. Not after student loans, control orders and the NHS I don't.

So PLEASE email your MP. 84% of us are against this - if this goes through then democracy in this country really is down shit creek without a paddle.


Amazon again....

I don't wish to post the exact link because I don't want anyone searching for a certain word in it finding MY lkivejournal and assuming I share in their evil and depravity.

Yeah, that might give you a clue to how bad this is.

Go to :

and look for the latest posting. It's Amazon related and believe me, you'll know it when you've found it.

Someone's right to free speech ends when they start promoting actions that harm others. Someone thinks all Catholics are so stupid we should be foricbly sterilised? Fine, say it. PRINT it even. But your free speech ends right at the line of telling other people TO carry out said action. The same applies here. The fact that what it;s talking about is illegal is neither here nor there - homosexuality and interraical marraige used to be illegal. This...thing....being talked about in this book is damaging. To hundreds and hundreds of thousands.

So, I'm now finally done with Amazon. Have bought perhaps ONE book since the de-listing scandal last year, but this is it. Finito.

EDIT TO ADD: I am in no way equating this disgusting thing with homosexuality or interracial marriage. The point I was trying to make there is that the argument "it should be banned because what it's talking about is illegal" is a weak argument, and plays into the hands of those beasts who consider this sick THING to be simply another aspect of human sexuality - and yes, some sickos will argue that. That they are as discriminated against as homosexuals once were.

I don't agree. Consenting adults can get up to whatever they choose to, it's none of my business. The key words being "consenting" and "adults".

THIS is not consenting adults, this is TELLING people how to harm. Therefore "free speech" simply does not apply. The same would be true of a book telling people how to get away, literally, with murder.

another update

We're home! Got home last night. He's pretty good, all things considered. NOT fond of loud noise at the moment - he has a pretty-much continous headache and will have for a while yet. No school for 3 weeks and no playground activity, gym or drama for a few weeks after that. At-home visit by a neuro nurse in a few weeks and then an outpatients visit to the neuro clinic in about 2 months, when hopefully we'll be told that life can return to normal.

My husband admitted to me this morning that when he was in the HD Paeds unit here in Swansea, he was on the Critical list. The pead. anthesatist consultant actualy came with in the ambulance in case he worsened on the way to Cardiff - they blued-and-twoed him from the motorway to Cardiff and the only reason the siren wasn't on along the motorway was that it was 2am and quiet - they were still doing 90mph. They were VERY worried, simply because of how bad they were EXPECTING him to be with that bad a fracture.

BUT - what was thought "might" be fluid on the brain at Swansea was confirmed as an age-normal shadow by the pead. neurological consultant in Cardiff. No swelling, no bleeding, no fluid. But on the high-obs ward where we spent nearly 2 days, every single nurse and doctor who saw him was amazed to see how well he was doing with that bad a fracture.

We're home, we're taking things easy for a few days. Husband has told Irish job he won't be back this week and the only reason I'm working later today while husband is around is because i need to give the Welsh Director of my company some stats for a meeting next Monday and I know the data better than anyone in the company.

thanks again for your thoughts, prayers, wishes etc. Thank God Almighty that we didn't leave him to sleep it off (he might have been fine but....) and thank God and God bless dear old Aneurin Bevan for the NHS (Bevan came up with the notion, for non-Brits)- tis a wonderful thing in a crisis (between two sons and me, we've cost that wonderful body more than I will earn in my life, never mind how much tax I'll ever pay).

Off to sit with son and watch a little children's telly! He's going to get just a tad spoiled for a week or two!

update and thanks

thank you to everyone for your replies last night.

The news is good - the experts have now seen him and it looks like it's less serious than was thought in A&E. A few days on obs, then a few weeks off school. Going into Cardiff in a minute to take over from my poor shattered husband. So won't be updating until probably Tuesday.

Once again - thank you all. And thank God for the NHS and it's wonderful ability to deal with emergencies.

Need prayers/thoughts

My 5 year old son fell down the stairs this afternoon. Massive lumps on his head, and crying his eyes out. He didn't pass out, didn't vomit. We gave him some calpol (paracetomol in suspension, children's painkiller) and then he got VERY sleepy - as in, we had to lift him up to wake him. We got worried and called the NHS Direct line, who confirmed that we should take him to hospital to check him out.

He;s currently in an ambulance somewhere between Swansea and Cardiff being tranferred to the specialist neurology department there. The on-duty night0time peads consultant is awaiting him. He has a 6.5cm skull fracture which has spiderwebbed out from the fracture point. He has fluid on the brain.

The bad news is he has a "very serious skull fracture" and will be out of "rough play", including his gym. drama and possibly school for at LEAST three months.

The good news is that he has no swelling, his stats are within normal limits (apparently, with this serious a skull fracture he "should" be vomiting and running a massive temperature - they are apparenly worried that he ISN'T displaying this symptoms, in case a tiny extra stress brings them on) and he is coherant to the extent that he told a doctor doing a concussion check to leave him alone, and agreed that being in an ambulance would be exciting (they have agreed to put the blue-lights on so he can see what's it's like).

he's my baby boy and they had him on a High Dependancy Peads bed while they waited to transfer him. He's my baby boy and he has a SKULL FRACTURE. They are talking about at LEAST a week in Cardiff and my husband has already been told he will need a long-term programe of monitoring with Cardiff to check changes in his moods.

he's my baby boy.

Coming late to the party....

But in agreement with everyone else -

PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT cross-post comments that you make to this journal's entries onto either Facebook or Twitter. I don't use the latter, I use the former to keep up with family and friends. My name here has no bearing on my Facebook name but I simply do not WANT to have parts of my journal posted on Facebook. If that's what I wanted, I'd update Facebook myself.

So please - just don't do it.

Thanks all.

Help needed

by the people of Pakistan.

The world responded to the Boxing Day Tsunami with outpourings of aid. The world responded to the Haitian earthquake with outpourings of aid. Pakistan seems to be being quietly ignored.

If you've already donated, then I'm not going to ask you to donate again - we all have a limit on what we can manage to give to charity. If you've not donated yet because you're waiting for pay-day, then I'm not going to ask you to donate before pay-day. If you've not donated yet, then please, PLEASE donate. I will be honest and say I'm not sure what the minimum that the on-line system will accept is - if it's beyond your means, or you can't donate online for whatever reason, then please be aware that LITERALLY every penny counts, so the next time you see a collecting tin for the Pakistan appeal (in the UK, I believe all Red Cross, Oxfam, CAFOD and Christian Aid shops will have tins on the counter), please put something in - even coppers count: after all, if every single person in London, or New York, or Bonn/Paris/Melbourne/whereever put a single coin of their lowest denomination in those tins, it would total hundres of thousands if not millions of dollars/pounds/Euros.

Politics don't enter into this. It doesn't matter if you don't like Pakistan's policies, laws, human rights record, religious leanings or anything else. We are all sisters/brothers: "the name and the colour and the creed don't matter". And right now our sisters and brothers desperately need urgent international help.

Here's some links: http://www.dec.org.uk/ and http://www.ifrc.org/

The DEC is the Disasters Emergency Committee. In brief, it's an umbrella group encompassing 13 aid agencies, including CAFOD, Help the Aged, Save the Children, Islamic Relief and the British Red Cross (which is itself part of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent). The webpage includes a FAQ page, in case you wish for detailed information about exactly what you're supporting. Donating there now means your money goes directly to the latest appeal, which is Pakistan.

The IFRC is the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the umbrella organisation of all national Red Cross/Crescent groups. Donating there allows you to choose which of their specific appeals you wish your money to go to - one of them is the Pakistan appeal.

Thanks for reading.