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Due to a variety of reasons, many of my entries are locked to friends only.

I always welcome new friends, and I'm always interested in adding new ones myself - but due to the content I sometimes write behind f-lock, I don't friend everyone automatically.

If you'd like me to add you to my friends list, please comment below. Chances are that if we have things in common, you're active on your LJ, and you generally use decent English grammar in your entries... I'll be quick to say yes. :)

Best,
Mel.

The Fanfic Masterlist

multipass
Partially so I make sure everything's in order with my own files. Partially because this may actually be getting long enough for me to create a list (eep!)

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Last call for holiday cards... :)

DTRuffle
I'm going to start addressing them this weekend, so if you'd like a little extra holiday cheer, please go here:

http://tinyurl.com/26xrja5


:)

It's that holiday card time again...

DTRuffle
I know I don't post here as much anymore, but I have retained lovely contact with a bunch of people via email or Twitter or Facebook. Of course, we all have our lives that go totally insane and we lose touch - I'm hoping that yes, I can catch up at least once per year with you via a card (and maybe a funny little note).

If you'd like to receive a card from me, please go over here to the google form I've set up to collect addresses:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGFWdU1PRXhfRUp0WGJSaWFtUGN0Z1E6MQ


Addresses are, of course, kept locked down and private.  Only I'll have access to them.  :)

Mildred Loving said it best

wedding chucks
My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God's plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against peopl...e in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation's fears and prejudices have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone, they have a right to marry.

Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the 'wrong kind of person' for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people's civil rights.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."

-- Mildred Loving 1938-2008

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One of the biggest YAY's I've ever YAY'ed!

spork!
It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! It’s off!!!!! ZOMG IT’S FINALLY GONE!

As of 3:30 this afternoon, the god-awful permanent retainer that had been cemented to my six front bottom teeth is finally GONE. 18 god-awful years of that thing sitting slightly crooked on the back of my teeth, just barely visible above one tooth, constantly sitting against my tongue, constantly feeling gross despite carefully brushing it…

IT HAS FINALLY BEEN REMOVED.

Here’s the thing – I didn’t know it was going to be put in there in the first place. Literally NO ONE explained this was going to happen. I went in for what I thought was a checkup on my removable retainer about a week or so after my braces came off (and to check up on the site), and suddenly I’m fitted with this god-awful thing. And the kicker – NO ONE WOULD TELL ME WHY IT WAS IN THERE. No one. I asked my orthodontist. I’ve asked three dentists – not a single person would give me an answer besides “well, it’s there for a reason.”

I never understood what that reason was – it was on the six teeth that had never needed to move. Those six teeth were the ones that were actually STRAIGHT to begin with when I was a kid!

Today Erich and I had mutual appointments to get fillings done. He went first, and when he was in the chair, he asked the dentist if she could consider taking the thing out because it annoyed me all the time. When I got into the chair, she did the filling, and then she mentions it – asks me if I want it out. Oh HELL yes. And a half-hour later, it was reality.

For the first time since I was 12 years old, I have no wires in my mouth. It feels awesome and amazing and incredibly weird. I keep running my tongue over my teeth where the wire should be (because I was constantly worrying at the thing for 18 fucking years) – and there’s nothing there.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(and why yes, my husband has HUGE points to cash in with me now at any time…)

Ratings for the year

DTRuffle
Here's where I place each ep on a scale from 1 to 10...

The Eleventh Hour = 7
The Beast Below = 2
Victory of the Daleks = 4
Time of the Angels = 8
Flesh and Stone = 6
Vampires of Venice = 6
Amy's Choice = 7
Hungry Earth = 4
Cold Blood = 4
Vincent and the Doctor = 10 (this was the only ep I really, REALLY liked)
The Lodger = 8
The Pandorica Opens = 7
The Big Bang = 4

Doctor Who thoughts...

DTRuffle
So that episode happened.

Meh.


(sigh)

It's gone

dotdotdot
I just keep staring at the website. Ever since I caught it on the Weather Channel about a half-hour ago, I'm just... stunned. The place where I saw all of my big childhood events - from the DIsney ice shows to concerts to rodeos to my own high school graduation... gone.

Destroyed yesterday by tornado. It's a total loss.

Just... stunned.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/article_67d23270-7d01-11df-9d0f-001cc4c03286.html

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Most definitely spoilers ahead... and yes, feedback and "nonono, Mel... you've missed something..." is definitely appreciated here.

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