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I have been really lame about posting and want to apologize. I have been pretty busy. I want to wish everyone in the US a Happy Thanksgiving. I am spending the day with friends and trying to not do too much damage to my Weight Watchers plan which is a challenge on an eating holiday. I am planning to have a piece of this chocolate cake that my friend bought. Totally excited about that. It is a planned digression.

I don't know if you follow me on FB but I have been posting a lot about the #noDAPL movement - or the Standing Rock protectors. I am very concerned about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the indigenous water protestors who are protesting the installation of this pipeline in North Dakota. This pipeline will cross two water sources and has impacted the Native American peoples there greatly. They have been met with great violence by law enforcement - extreme violence. Last Sunday they were sprayed with water cannons in 20 degree weather and a woman had to have her arm amputated because she was hit with a concussion grenade. More than 150 water protectors were injured and they are peaceful demonstrators. This is forced subjugation of the indigenous people who dare protest against the oil interests. A pipeline that we do not need, that is dangerous and that could pollute necessary water sources. I have been posting a lot about it on Facebook and twitter and thought I would post something about it here. I stand with Standing Rock and thought I would bring it to your attention. You just have to google or look on twitter at the #noDAPL hashtag and you can get important information on it.

So that is what I am thinking about this Thanksgiving. I think we should be thinking about the indigenous people on the front line in North Dakota. It will be cold and something could happen there while Americans are not paying attention. Social media is where things are reported first so it is good to pay attention to that.

So happy thanksgiving to one and all and hello to all my international friends. I will try and get better about posting. I thought I would raise this issue here. Thanks for reading.

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phyncke: (Fleur de Lys)
(I got this sent to my email today and I thought it was worth posting. This was a graceful way to concede the election. Worth a read.)

Thank you.

Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.

This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together –- this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love -- and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.

We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America –- and I always will. And if you do, too, then we must accept this result -– and then look to the future. 

Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. 

Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things –- the rule of law, the principle that we’re all equal in rights and dignity, and the freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these things too -- and we must defend them.

And let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top; protecting our country and protecting our planet; and breaking down all the barriers that hold anyone back from achieving their dreams. 

We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American Dream is big enough for everyone -- for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. 

Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will. 

I am so grateful to stand with all of you. 

I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey. It gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front-lines of our democracy, representing Virginia in the Senate. 

To Barack and Michelle Obama: Our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for your graceful, determined leadership, and so do I. 

To Bill, Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers, and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express. 

You crisscrossed this country on my behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most –- even four-month old Aidan traveling with his mom. 

I will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country who poured their hearts into this campaign. For you veterans, this was a campaign after a campaign -- for some of you, this was your first campaign ever. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anyone has had.

To all the volunteers, community leaders, activists, and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook - even in secret or in private: Thank you. 

To everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you. 

And to all the young people in particular, I want you to hear this. I’ve spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks -– sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too. 

This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. 

To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. 

I know that we still have not shattered that highest glass ceiling. But some day someone will -– hopefully sooner than we might think right now.

And to all the little girls watching right now, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world. 

Finally, I am grateful to our country for all it has given me. 

I count my blessings every day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation -– our best days are still ahead of us. 

You know I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never be sorry that you fought for that. 

Scripture tells us: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”

My friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do. 

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. May God bless you and god bless the United States of America.

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To those with October birthdays (visible). I hope you had great times on your special day and a wonderful year ahead. Happy Birthday!

On DW:
12: minuial_nuwing - Min

On LJ:
01: jastaelf - JastaElf
03: lilbadhalo - Rachel
04: tincturing - tincturing
05: wasp_queen - The Wasp Queen
06: luin77 - luin77
07: sildil - sildil
07: anorienparker - anorienparker
08: sylvie_the_elf - Sylvie (an Elf)
09: griffndor - griffndor
11: creativeelf - It's a secret.
12: minuial_nuwing - Minuial Nuwing
15: kelshei - Don't say I didn't warn you!
17: weavinghugo - LadyHawksShadow
24: teefers - teeflet
29: lenine2 - lenine2
31: khylarenelf - Khylaren

Hey hey...

Oct. 22nd, 2016 08:47 am
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Here I am - with a post. I am here.

I guess the biggest thing that is happening is that I have started doing Weight Watchers and it is going great! I have lost 13.4 pounds so far and am really into the program. I am tracking every little thing that I eat and feel like everyday is a little victory. I find that the program encourages healthy eating so it is really working for me. I have a good amount of weight I want to get off this time around and I really like the meetings each week. I lost my first 45 pounds on my own and I don't really want to do it alone this time. This is more fun to have people to talk to and an instructor in your corner cheering you own. I really like that. I did not think I would be this into it but I kind of am. So it is very good. I have never done and organized weight loss program before but I am really into it. Keeping track of what you eat really helps and they have online tools that really are helpful. I can track on the web and on my phone. So I am digging it. I have good support on this at work, from friends and all that so very exciting. I have reached 5 percent of goal and I got a little charm for a keychain. It is kind of cute. :)

What else? So the big news with my family is this - we found my long lost half sister! My dad had an affair before he met my mom and there was a pregnancy from that. So I have an older half sister. Stuff was done and the girl was raised out in Ohio by her mother and her brothers. So years later my mom tells me about this (when I am in college) - that my dad has this other child. So at that time - I store it in my brain. I later told my brothers and we have decided that we should look her up and make contact. So we found her on It took all of five minutes to find her really - it was amazingly easy and we wrote her an email. She wrote back and now we are all friends on Facebook. We are talking about doing a meet up next summer on the East Coast. It is all kind of wild. My mom had some reservations about it but now is on board with it.

Work is work. Not much going on there. I am kind of bored there actually.

I am nervous about the season premiere of The Walking Dead. Looking forward to it but kind of not if you know what I mean.

So that is about all I have. Hope all is well with you there. This is my post. I will try and post more - even if I post about inane things.

Comments are most welcome. I will reply!

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Very happy birthdays to those with (visible) birthdays this September. Hope you have/had great times on your special days!

On LJ: 02: digdigil - digdigil 05: red_lasbelin - Red 06: slayer9649 - da slayer 06: faerycharmed - FaeryCharmed 07: deathangelgw - deathangelgw 07: mdarkdreamer - mdarkdreamer 12: denimblues - Donna 13: sardonyx_78 - september girl 15: gwaelinn - gwaelinn 16: dawn_felagund - dawn_felagund 19: mysweetheaven - MySweetHeaven 21: kali921 - Kali 21: elyxer - Rena 23: fimbrethiel - Fimbrethiel 24: catwench - Wenchy 24: alikat7 - alikat7 26: rumil_of_lorien - RunyoRonyo 29: ardisia - Ardisia 30: rolypoly_laurie - Laurie

On DW: 29: feralfae - feralfae 24: wyckkedwench - wyckkedwench
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OMG y'all. I finished this story! I might actually get it done in time. Thanks to the amazing [profile] aglarien1 doing my beta at crunch time. She totally rocks.

Here is the triumphant word meter.

7429 / 7429 words. 100% done!

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It would help if I looked at my prompt more while I wrote the story. Oops. Hope I can pull this one out. I am still writing and it is getting down to the wire. I am having a lot of trouble with this story and it is just not there for me. Some stories are like that. Just not my cup of java. I am moving the story along but have no real sense of direction. Over 3000 words and I still don't know. I will just keep writing and hope something occurs to me. Yep. :P

3873 / 5000 words. 77% done!

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phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Very happy birthday for those with August birthdays (visible) on my flist. I hope you have very special celebrations and a wonderful year ahead!

On LJ:
04: erviniae - erviniae
05: aperfectdot - Dotty's mommy
09: probertson - Paul Robertson
13: doctordonna - ~♥~ Jen ~♥~
13: jengeree - Jennifer
17: sian265 - sian265
27: jenneyus - jenneyus
31: girlboheme - Aimee

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by laurahonest on LJ
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So I have been writing. I don't know exactly what I have been writing. The plot is evading me. There are words in my MS Word file - 2227 words and no discernible plot to speak of. I don't know what this story wants to be. I am typing at any rate. :-/ I guess that is something.

2227 / 5000 words. 45% done!

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I started writing my story. I have two paragraphs so far. It is not very good but I have something. SOMETHING!

Edit -
I have gotten more than a page done - 501 words. I feel so much better now. Here is a word meter to get things rolling.

500 / 3000 words. 17% done!


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phyncke: (Jaded Girl)
Just got back from my vacation in Vegas with my girls R*** and J***. It was very fun. We stayed at the Signature - did up the pool at the MGM Grand (which is all connected) and ate at some great restaurants. Our room had a kitchen and fridge so we got some groceries and saved a little money on the breakfast thing. All in all it was a really good time. It was good to be off work and just chilling. It was very hot - I have to say really hot - Saturday got to be 114 degrees. Mostly we were in climate control and in the pool so it was not that bad but you have to drink lots of water and stay hydrated for sure.

Edit - I forgot the cool thing we did - we went to the Neon Boneyard - it is a museum where they have all these old neon signs from places that have closed in Vegas - think the Stardust Hotel. Very fun place and a really good tour with some great history. I will post some pics of that if I have time.

Anyhoo - back to work tomorrow. Lots to do there. Will worry about that tomorrow! :P photo rpp-lhg-poolgirls-phyncke_zpsvdoy1mv0.gif
by laurahonest on
phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Very happy birthdays to those with July birthdays (visible) on my flist. I hope you have fun on your very special days and a great year ahead. Enjoy!

On LJ:
06: mirien - mirien
06: rhapsody11 - Rhapsody the Bard
06: musingsinthesky - musingsinthesky
06: tuxedo_elf - Tuxedo Elf
07: silverscripture - silverscripture
09: winged_embrace - ~*~ Renee ~*~
12: chaotic_binky - chaotic_binky
13: parfaited - paʀfaɪtɛd . ʟᴊ
16: arthvaineth - Lady Arthvaineth
19: rainbow1907 - Rena
21: gad21 - Gad
21: aschicca - aschicca
24: nienna_weeper - Nienna
31: ckoddly - ckoddly

On DW:
21: aschicca - aschicca
21: gad21 - gad21
24: nienna_weeper - nienna_weeper
06: rhapsody - Rhapsody the Bard
06: tuxedo_elf - tuxedo_elf
12: binky - Binky

Daum 1615 Birthday
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Here is Bear...

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My new kitten. He is adorable. I got him on Saturday. He and Teddy are getting along great. Teddy insisted on meeting him face to face yesterday and that was it. They are friends. So now I have the Teddy Bear gang. :P

I am operating on a kitten induced lack of sleep but already love this little guy. Woot. photo vp-lhg-owllove-phyncke_zpscgz5rjoo.gif
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phyncke: (Jaded Girl)
I have been meaning to do a post about last weekend's trip to Los Angeles. I went from last Friday to Sunday to visit my brother and his wife and I got to see [profile] aglarien1! It was a total blast and whirwind theatre happening. I saw lots of shows there. Lots - like 4 shows in 24 hours. That is an all time record for me. We had a great time and I feel all cultured up. It was great.

I got in on Friday night and my SIL and I went right from the airport to In and Out Burgers - kind of a family tradition. We like the burgers there and we got milkshakes too. Delish. We just hung out that night and watched some TV about tiny houses. That was pretty cool.

Saturday - my SIL and I went out and got manicures and pedicures after having a nice brunch at Pann's in LA. It was nice and relaxing and I pretty much took a nap in the pedicure chair. Total fun. I got a French gel manicure and got purple on my toes. Then we met up with my brother and the theatre extravaganza began.

We saw the following shows - at the Fringe - in this order.

The Toxic Avenger Musical
Uterine Affairs or Inconceivable Conception
Amy Snowden - Casting Confessions from La to LA

all were humorous and really good. It was a very good line up. In between the first and second one we had a break and went to a really good mexican restaurant. We got done at about 12:30 am and then went right to bed. All those shows are a little exhausting.

I saw [profile] aglarien1 for breakfast on Sunday and we went to our favorite place, Dinah's, in Los Angeles. They serve a great breakfast and we had a great time talking and laughing and eating really good food. It was great to see her and the time flew by too fast, of course.

Then we had our last show which was the opera. It was a multi-media thing called The News - JacobTV. They had a large screen with snippets of media and news reports playing interspersed with operatic commentary. It was really cool and really interesting. Kind of a commentary on the media and how ridiculous it all is. That was at the Long Beach Opera.

So that was my whirlwind cultural weekend. Really good time! Tada! photo k4u-fcp-bbgs-rpp-lhg-dandeliongirl-phyncke_zpsfzvaphty.gif
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phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Very happy birthdays to those with June birthdays (visible). I hope you have great times with family and friends and enjoy the summer days!

On DW:
08: ceitfianna - ceitfianna
08: doeeyedbecky - doeeyedbecky
11: fairjennet - fairjennet
21: karenkk - karenkk

On LJ:
03: hanako_lovely - .。+゚❤ DJ apple ❤゚+。.
06: prttyprncss05 - Susan
11: fairjennet - fairjennet
12: kellanbrodie - Kellan Brodie
16: dixiechick61688 - Amanda Nicole
21: larianelensar - Larian
21: elladansgirl - Jade
24: aralisian - deleted
28: bella_sol - Bella.Sol

phyncke: (Jaded Girl)
Hey-D-Ho there - It is time to sign up for Sultry in September - this year's version of Ardor in August - the Tolkien fandon fan fic swap - you write a story and you get a story. It is very fun. Here is the link to the post on the Slashy Santa Community. Calling all fandom writers!

Woot. I signed up just now. If you tried to sign up and the form was not working - try again now - the form has been fixed. So go for it!

It is a good opportunity to get some fun writing done and get an interesting prompt!

Go for it!

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phyncke: (Jaded Girl)
Hey there - my brother was an expert on CBS This Morning - check it out!

It was an awesome thing for him. He is a professor at UCLA and they consulted him on a court case about Led Zeppelin's song Stairway to Heaven. Pretty cool!

Thought I would share.
phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
I am here watching the news this morning and it is all reports on the mass shooting in Orlando FL. 50 people reported gunned and 53 injured down in a gay nightclub. They are calling it an act of terror and a hate crime. This is the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Of course they are now showing the same footage over and over again and it is getting really repetitive. But this is just horrible - I cannot fathom how this can keep happening in the United States. I don't care about the second amendment - we need gun control. This shooter used an assault weapon. Why should he have been able to get an assault weapon? He should not have. Those weapons should be strictly controlled.

Gah. Gah I say! The US is totally messed up on this and it is our fascination with guns that is the problem. A sensible country would implement stricter controls on these weapons.

It is going to keep happening if we don't do something. photo k4u-tcm-lhg-gothiccastle-phyncke_zpsrsfpciqw.gif


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