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Hello friends, Fake fans and lurkers,

I wanted to let you know that I'm back online. I was released from THE hospital a week ago (it seems so weird to say it with 'the') and I'm in one piece, in my right mind, not hooked on morphine, and not a pale shadow of my former self, despite the hospital's best efforts to starve me on a diet of mostly jello and soup. Since my arrival home, I've been lying in bed watching DVDs in between receiving visitors. My home is full of flowers and my fridge is full of little tubs of food because visitors tend to show up with those things. I'll admit that the hospital kind of got me addicted to jello. I've been eating it every day. My favorite is lime, if anyone cares. I'm about to make the leap to chocolate jello. I keep putting off making it because I'm afraid I'm going to eat the whole bowl. Hold on, let's get real here. I KNOW I'm going to eat the whole bowl.

I'm able to get up and take short walks, but the doctor has forbidden me to ride my bike or go to the gym for at least three weeks. :(  I'm not allowed to drive for another week, so I got my father to drive me downtown where I bought a new front light and a gel seat cover for my beloved bike. Then I went to the basement  and looked longingly at my neglected bike, which was pathetically glad to see me because it had been wondering what it could possibly have done to offend me. We had a joyful reunion, but alas, more time must go by before we can again become one, transforming into an extraordinary fusion of woman and machine, fearlessly pedaling the mean streets of this west coast city, heedless of traffic or rain!

I wrote a few pages of Justice Chapter 3, and I am happy to report that this chapter is going to open with a lemon! In my outline I had stated: 'Ryo goes to Dee's apartment to wake him up and make sure he shows up on time for the noon meeting with the Chief. Affection or sex ensues.' Whether it was sex or affection did not have a great bearing on the plot, you understand, but dammit, can I resist a lemon? No! They just happen. Actually, it was Dee's fault.

Movies I've watched so far:

  Twilight. Loved it. I know everyone says that vampires are played out, but I don't think I'll ever get tired of them.
Quantum of Solace: Liked it very much, even though Bond conducted his global romps enveloped in a palpable aura of glum and brooding bitterness. But... Daniel Craig. Sexiest and most genuinely athletic Bond ever.
The Bourne Trilogy:  These movies were first on my list. I've never seen them, because I'm part of that small percentage of the population who never goes to movies and rarely watches TV.  Loved 'em all. They were better than I expected, and my expectations had been high.
Dirty:  Hated it. Want to lose your faith (if you have such a faith) in the essential redeemability of humanity? Watch that movie. 
Street Kings:  Depressing story of police corruption. Extremely violent, but very powerful. It's still with me, although I can't really say I enjoyed it.
Australia: Loved it, although it was way too long. Loved the little aborigine kid. The number one reason why I rented it, however, was because Hugh Jackman was in it.

Today I picked up three more movies, which are Augustus, a Roman flick I hope will not be gratuitously bloodthirsty, Memoirs of a Geisha, which I know something about, having read the book, and Eight Below, which I rented because although I'm a cat person through and through, I LOVE movies about dogs, especially wolfy-looking breeds or Huskies. Feel free to weigh in on my choices, but don't spoil Augustus for me, please. I know nothing about that movie, but I'm absolutely one hundred percent sure that there will be nothing in Eight Below that I can't already see coming a mile off.

While at the shop, I fondled season one of Battlestar Galactica, but didn't take it home. It was over twelve hours long! I can't watch twelve hours of TV in the three days they would have allowed me to keep the rental for, at least not if I'm planning to get any writing done. And not with those other movies to watch as well. Plus, I'm still getting visitors. They keep arriving in the middle of my movies. The other day I was watching Australia in a race against the clock (did I mention it was like three friggin' hours long?) because it was due back at 4 pm, and two sets of visitors arrived at separate times. I had to call the store and get an extension. Oh, the trials and tribulations of an invalid...
 

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I'm happy to read you are on the road to recovery. If you are bored and love vampires have you seen Black Blood Brothers? It's a great anime and the song at the end is touching.

I hope you get better soon and I'm looking forward to reading Justice. Take care of yourself.

Thank you. It's really good to be home. I really wasn't a happy camper in the hospital, especially after the morphine wore off. My IV unit and I were wandering the halls together as soon as I was able to get out of bed!

I've never heard of Black Blood brothers, but I'll check it out.

Brit, oh Brit, please try to take it easy while recovering! Enjoy if you can. :D

I'd like to recommend Battlestar. Maybe. It is quite good while watching, even if the first two seasons are like "kill the monster of the day" and the plot only begins in the third..

I'm doing my best to take it easy, but it's difficult. I'm a person who's always doing something. I feel driven to produce in one way or another. Probably by the time I finally get used to having all this wonderful free time, it will be time to go back to work!

I'm sure I'm going to end up renting Battlestar, if not this week, then next. I keep thinking about it! I know I'm going to enjoy it. Thanks for the tip about the third season. I'll keep that in mind if I start getting impatient with the slowness of the plot in seasons one and two.

I made it through the better part of one episode of the new BG before the minor entertainment value of the WTF??? Cylons with tits? STARBUCK with tits?!? mocking of it wore off under the plodding dialog and I changed channels. There's some fairly decent original series Apollo/Starbuck slash fic out there that is a much better use of free time. I really would wait to borrow someone's copy instead of spending money on it, if I were you.

But I'm not and YMMV.

Glad to hear you are out and feeling better.

Well, I actually never watched the first BG, but I recall being vaguely disappointed when I found out that Starbuck was no longer going to be a hot guy. I know very little about BG except the premise, which is that a convoy of ships containing the remnants of a defeated people is moving through space looking for a planet they can call home. I might even be wrong about that. Anyway, it's SF! (Love SF) If I'm ever going to check it out, now is the time. It's so weird to have time.

Thanks for the well-wishes. I feel a little bit better every day.

Glad to hear things went ok. You never really get much rest in a hospital! *hugs*

Y'know, I'm sort of glad to hear you're not tired of vampires - I might have something of that sort for you to read soon - when you're feeling better, of course.

*passes you some lime jello*

*HUG!* I'm feeling better now and I'd love to have a read of whatever you've got.

No, I very soon realized that the hospital was not the place to get anything approaching sleep. My extended health insurance provider pays 80% of a private room, so with fantasies of peace and quiet-- relative peace and quiet, that is-- I had signed papers for a private room. But no private or even semi-private rooms were available, so I ended up in a room with three other women. The nurses were in and out all day and all night attending to them, particularly one poor old girl of 89 who had a long list of health problems, a lot of pain, and a list of meds so extensive and complicated that everyone was getting confused about what she was supposed to take when, and how much, and which substitute drugs were in the hospital's pharmacy, etc.

I hardly saw any cleaning staff during my time there, so I was the one who got out of bed and cleaned our totally disgusting shared toilet two or three times a day. (When I got home, the first thing I did was to sterilize my slippers in bleach water)

The staff were all very kind and knowledgeable; there just wasn't enough of them. Canada's overburdened health system is in financial trouble, but socialized medicine is a deeply ingrained part of our national identity. I don't know what the solution is.

Thanks for the hugs! *Slurps lime jello*

OK, that's really sad that you had to scrub the toilet. Major FAIL there. And utter FAIL that you didn't get a private room! *headdesk* Glad you're at home now and getting some rest. *hugs more*

Have you caught up with DW yet? Because otherwise there will be some spoilers with how S4 ended up. Although, if you've read my 'Moments' snippets, you'd know what the spoiler is already. This would be something longer from that same universe. I'll email you a snippet if you want, just for entertainment purposes, of course! *grins*

Well, SOMEONE had to scrub that toilet. It was too disgusting for words. And you know, I'm pretty sure that nobody ever gets a private room in this city unless they're either a rich, philanthropic type with a penchant for donating to hospitals, or a direct relative of the Prime Minister.

No, I'm not caught up with DW because I have been unconditionally defeated by Bit Torrent. It was a technical knockout in the second round. (Bit Torrent is sloshing champagne all over its buddies out there in the ring, while I sulk alone in the locker room) I think my computer just doesn't have enough memory, either.

It's season two that I really want to see because Rose is still around for that one, isn't she? Maybe I can rent season two somewhere. Now would be the best time to locate it and get caught up, because I'll probably never have another period of rest like this in the remainder of my working life.

Anyhow, don't worry about spoilers for season 4. The Doctor's not with Rose then, so I don't mind knowing what else he's doing.

Yes, please email snippets! Snippets will be welcomed with fanfare, ushered inside on a red carpet, and served all the jello their bellies can hold.

Ugh. Still dying here at the thought of you, post-surgery, scrubbing a toilet. SO VERY WRONG. Come to think of it, I'm actually torn between being indignant on your behalf and losing it over your new jello icon. *sniggers* OK, jello wins.

I will try very, very hard not to spoil you for Series 4. *repeats this as a mantra* Only problem will be the main character in the snippet I will send you, but I would love to know your opinion about using his viewpoint. ;)

*sends*

BTW - snippet will prolly be highly confusing without not knowing what else is going on, but hopefully hot too hideously so.

Good to hear you're doing well. I can't imagine wanting to ride a bike, but I'll just assume it's a very special bike. With a really awesome...er...seat. :)


Thanks for the awesome pic! (I hope his runaway nipples return to him someday)I'm going to assume that he's getting undressed, rather than dressed, and when he has removed that modest robe thingie, he's going to slowly unwind his loincloth and drift around my apartment in the buff, performing small chores for me. At least until my husband comes home. Then I'll send him to the store to buy more jello and pick up Battlestar Galactica.

And you know, I believe that particular bike seat you've got in your one-of-a-kind mind would probably be against the law. Blissed-out cyclists everywhere would be rear-ending cop cars or just grinding their, um, gears in the middle of intersections while wondering if they should press forward or hold back. They'd be getting their seats lubed at the bike shop, along with their chains. "Riding' in traffic would take on a whole new meaning...

I'm so glad that I put down my coffee before reading this. Visualization is a bad thing - when you're at work. Leads to insane giggling. Glad you're back though, missed you.

Yes, be careful! Insane giggling at work leads to nosy co-workers wandering over to find out what's so funny, and then you have to change your screen PDQ and pretend you were laughing at the latest ludicrous memo from management. They never quite buy it.

Thanks for missing me! I missed you too.


Oh, Brit, I'm so glad that everything went well, and you are home now! *gives you a big hug*

Although I'm at work (just used cold water in a vain attempt to clean pizza sauce off my blouse - guess I need a bib) I'm more than happy to read about what you've been doing. What is up with hospitals and jello? Pudding is much better and costs only a bit more. And it's low in calories, so you can feel GOOD about eating the whole bowl - chocolate or vanilla - yummy! Speaking of which, have you tried lime jello with pineapple, pecans, and sweet whipped cream? Also yummy.

Did you see my email? You'd probably already gone into THE hospital when I wrote it. And isn't it nice not having to cook? And in addition to the visitors, is Fluffy providing good company?

Your films. Can you subscribe to Netflix? I'm not even a movie person but I love it. I've heard of most of your films, but I've only watched Eight Below - it made me depressed. But I am a sap when it comes to animals.

I regret to say I could not get into Battlestar Galactica, but I have become a fan of Torchwood (okay, I only started watching it because of the m/m action between Jack/Ianto). But still, it works for me.

I still need to leave fb for Chapter 2 of Justice - sorry I'm so slow. I'm just very happy that you are doing so well. I don't like hospitals; I haven't been a patient in one since I was born. But anyway, take good care of yourself, and no sneaking any bike rides!

*tight hugs again*

Oh, you're so cute with your pizza! I hope you can get the stain out later. *Hugs you on the dry part of your blouse* I swear that happens to me nine out of ten times when I eat pizza. It's so bad that I try to eat pizza only at home, and I change into an old ratty tee-shirt before I settle down to gobble.

I made a big bowl of lime jello this morning with chia seeds in it. Chia seeds (yes, from chia pets) are apparently one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. They've got protein, soluble fiber, calcium and omega-3's in them. The lime jello is saving me from making chocolate jello. I've only got enough room in my currently overstuffed fridge for one bowl of jello at a time. I'm able to control myself somewhat with clear fruit jellos (I even share them with my husband) but if I make chocolate jello pudding, I'll probably eat the whole bowl before it has a chance to set! I know myself quite well, you see.

I was trying to do the no-sugar, no dairy, no wheat lifestyle for a while there, but when I got to hospital, they kept giving me milk and creamy soups. They also gave me cream of wheat, and on my last day, a single slice of whole wheat toast. Yum! And as you know, there's sugar in jello. It was eat that or seriously starve, so I ate what they gave me and rediscovered how much I like sugar, wheat and dairy. And how much I still hate cream of wheat!

Yes, I got your email and I even read it before I went to hospital. Thank you for thinking of me and sending me your positive energy.

What is Netflix? Some kind of movie rental company online? Do you subscribe to it?

Don't worry, I won't sneak any bike rides. I seriously considered it yesterday when I wanted to try out my new gel seat cover, but fortunately good old-fashioned fear came to my rescue. I do NOT want to have a fall or other mishap and wake up back in that damn hospital again!


Welcome back to the land of the living, Brit! I think you're going to enjoy Memoirs of a Geisha. It has it's tearjerk-y moments, as all movies do, but ultimately I thought it was rather sweet. I've never read the book, although I've always wanted to.

Possibly the best jello-involving food I've ever eaten is chocolate pie, with chocolate jello as the filling. Pre-made crust, some whipped cream...*Homer Simpson drool*

Anyway, here's hoping your recovery is swift and hassle-free, and for a new chapter of Justice!

You fiend! Now I'm quivering with lust for chocolate jello! Preferably in a pie. I went and ate the leftover peach jello from yesterday in an effort to suppress the need for chocolate, but it's not working. Arghh! I want whipped cream, too.

I liked the Twilight books much better than the movie, but even then, I only liked the first book really. Anyway... Isn't Eight Below the movie about the huskies getting left in Antarctica? I found it rather depressing. Ah well... I hope you're up and about now that you are out of THE hospital! (lol)

I thought Australia could have been two movies, split right down the middle. The beginning is all about humor and then it takes such a sudden turn for depressing it's rather surprising. I swear that when I was watching it, I found at LEAST three different places they could have stopped before the end.

Yeah for lemons! (It's always Dee's fault... what are you talking about?! lol ^_^)

love
-Neengy

Uh-oh, you're the second person who said Eight Below was depressing. But...But...But it's a Disney movie! I'm watching it now and absolutely loving the dogs. They're so cute! The big storm hasn't happened yet and everyone is still alive. The sled almost fell into a crevasse, but the dogs pulled it back out again. My cat is watching it with me (well, actually he's trying to sleep) but he keeps raising his head anxiously and looking around every time the dogs bark. I hope nothing bad happens to the dogs...Disney wouldn't do that to us, would they?

You're right. The lemons ARE always Dee's fault. Even if he were locked in a closet wearing a gag and handcuffs, he'd still find a way to seduce Ryo.

This is the part where I debate whether I should mention that this is the same Disney that shot Bambi's mother and father, maims dogs and people with bear traps and trains in Fox & the Hound, and had that tearful bit in Pagemaster that I can't really remember fully right now. Anyway, best I can argue the point.

Netflix is a DVD online renting company- like Blockbuster, but without the stores, and faster mailing times.

You'd think with how many lemons we readers keep eating up, we'd all be sourpusses, but it just isn't so! Hope you're doing well, and being sensible enough to stay off that bike and work hard on relaxing! =D

Waaaaaah! I finished the movie and two of the dogs died! *Sob!* I was glad I could watch the movie by myself without my husband there to say, "Jeez, it's just a movie. Let's have dinner."

There was a third dog that almost died, and I shed tears for her, but happily she opened her eyes and was carried to safety.

Apparently this movie was based on a Japanese movie that was made in 1983 called Nankyoku Monogatari, in which 13 dogs died and only two survived, so I guess that by making six survive and only two die, that was considered the Disney treatment.

The lemons we all love are not the sourpuss kind. This is the creamy sweetness of lemon squares, lemon cheesecake, or lively lemon freshly squeezed over fish or salad!

*drool* No faaair! You're making me hungry for the citrusy goodness!

See, now I know not to watch this movie. I would be a basketcase when the dogs died.

May I snag your icon, please?

But of course! Snag away.

I forgot to mention that I got that pair from http://rravens.livejournal.com/4146.html, just to give credit where credit is due!

Will do! Thanks!

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Heya, Erin! Thanks for caring about my fav flav. Of course I like all jello, but lime is a couple of notches above the others.

Why Twilight? Why, hot vampires, of course! I vastly prefer the good-looking variety to the hygiene-challenged spectral ones whose sense of humor long ago ran screaming into the night. It was a pity about the sparkling, since Edward really looked more sweaty than ten carat, but I was just relieved that he didn't burst into flames and set the forest on fire.

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I haven't met any jello haters yet, but no doubt they're out there. What's to hate about jello? It's the most innocuous food. My husband's excuse for eating it is that the gelatine is good for his joints. Yeah, okay! And I eat chocolate because it's an antioxidant.

I agree with you about the second movie, but even so, it was still pretty good. It was full of suspense and action, just like the other two. I've never liked the 'Hey, let's kill the character's wife or girlfriend at the beginning so that he can embark on a righteous revenge spree' theme, however. That movie was the most melancholy of the three.

Thanks for the well-wishes. At first I had difficulty with the concept of taking care of myself, but I seem to be getting the hang of it. I'm getting people to shop for me and cook for me, and a girlfriend is coming over tonight to give me a pedicure! Whoo-hoo! All I have to do is give her dinner, which is easy, because I've got a huge container of tasty chicken and rice in the fridge, cooked by someone else. Dessert is going to be jello, naturally.

I could totally get used to this... but I'd better not.


It's good that you're out of the hospital.

Hope your strength returns to full soon. ^^

Thank you! I'm toying with the idea of doing a longer than usual walk today with 15 minutes at the gym in the middle of the walk.

I guess I'm a bit late?

I havent been on for a while sadly and when I check, you've been up to so much!

I'm glad your out of hospital and in good shape! And I'm sure you'll be able to ride your bike in no time! (well, looking at the calender, I'm sure you can by now ^-^)

Jello = Happiness :D

Re: I guess I'm a bit late?

Believe it or not, I haven't tried yet! I've been feeling extra cautious. But the time has come to take it for a spin, even if it's just around the block. This morning I fitted my new comfort-gel seat cover on it and filled up the front tire with air.

Thanks for checking in! i hope you've been having a great summer.

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