July 16th, 2013


All of the things!

Gah, life has been so ridiculously crazy lately! To start with, since February, Mom and I have been taking care of Grandma 16 hours a day. Yes, that's right: sixteen hours a day. So hopefully you'll understand why I really haven't been around.

I want to say upfront, before some of you (who know who you are) jump down my throat, that I can now, for the first time, say with certainty that we are in the process of getting Grandma into a home. It actually wasn't the 16-hours-a-day thing that made the decision, but the fact that her latest cognitive slide seems to have tipped the balance between "worth it" and "not worth it" to keep her home. So that's now in the works, though I have no idea how long it may take.

Among the other things going on are:

  • I (mostly) finished my Spring semester, finishing with one B, one C+ (but in was in Bio, so that's okay), and one Incomplete (I still need to finish the final paper). I'm hoping for a final semester GPA somewhere in the B range.

  • We* have done a TON of work in the house, even though doing so while Grandma is still here brings to mind the Phyllis Diller quote about cleaning house while your children are still growing (it's "like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing").

  • I have been working on using available tools--psychological, physical, and technological--to try to compensate for some of my special needs. For example, I've been working on using iPhone apps to stay organized, and am looking into seeing whether or not I might be able to get the OT (occupational therapy; physical therapy that increases your ability to do day-to-day tasks) I should have gotten as a child.

  • And, related to the above...I LEARNED HOW TO RIDE A BIKE!!!

Riding my bike!
Me riding my brand-new bike, while my
team-member Frankie keeps watch

For both mental and physical reasons, I never learned to ride a bike as a kid, or a teen, or...well, ever. However, this spring, I read on Ellen Seidman's special-needs blog "Love That Max" about the iCan Bike program, which teaches kids and adults with special needs how to ride bikes by using individualized instruction (seriously, my team was a 4:1...and I was the one!) and customized bikes. The specific program I went to was a "camp" held at C.W.Post for an hour and a quarter five days in a row. When I got there on Monday, I was riding at training-wheels level; I rode on my own for the first time ever on Wednesday, and successfully completed multiple cycles of start-->ride-->turn-->ride-->brake on Friday. I CAN RIDE A BIKE!

(I also won a bike, which was insanely cool, really boosted my self-esteem, and comes in a far, far second to the awesomeness of finally knowing how to ride it.)

And...that's about it. Next up on the agenda: finishing my paper, gearing up for fall semester (taking three classes: Intro to Ethics, Health Services and Policy, and Intro to Skin and SCUBA diving), working on getting back into writing (stay tuned for that one), watching as several of my friends take major (good!) life-steps, and--of course!--riding my new bike!

How about you guys?


*When I say "we", I really do mean "we": along with the usual gang of misfits (RK, silver_chipmunk, wafflesmcduff), I'd like to send a special shout-out to silver_chipmunk's almost-son-in-law, who barely knows us and yet has been working like a dog, AND helping me with my paper. Thank you, C!
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    Whatever Mom was watching on TV before she fell asleep
Plot Bunny (letters)

30in30 (hah!) OTP challenge

As I'm sure some of you have seen, if not participated in, there's a "30 prompts in 30 days" fic/art challenge running around the web. Since obviously I'm not going to be able to manage that right now, I decided to do the best I could. So, from July 15th (yeah, I know) to August 15th, I'm just going to write whenever I have a chance, and see how many prompts I can get through in that time.

Of course, because I'm me, I am changing a few things:

  • Because I'm not expecting to be able to do all 30 prompts, I decided to use this Dungeon Dice random number generator to decide which prompt I write to every day that I write. In the event that it comes up with a previously-used number, I'll just re-roll.

  • The challenge is supposed to be an OTP challenge, and I plan to stick to that. However, since I tend to see "pairings" as not necessarily requiring either romance or sex, it's entirely possible, if not likely, that most of my stories will really be gen, just focusing on some aspect of the relationship--whatever my headcanon of it may be--between my OTP.

  • Since I'm already changing so many things to make the challenge easier on myself, I figured "Why not add one to make it a little trickier?" So, any stories I write for this challenge will be in some type of drabble format (standard, double, or triple), except for any Sherlock fics, which will be in the "221B" format (221 words, with the last word starting with "b").

Once I see how many fics I actually manage to complete, I'll decide whether or not to archive them anywhere; for now, they'll be posted here, and possibly to various LJ comms if relevant.

As always, all comments/compliments/criticisms/critiques/questions/pretty much everything else are always welcome, either here on my LJ (including by PM) or at CartoonB@aol.com


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    Some commercial on the TV I'm not watching
30 Days OTP Challenge

30 Day OTP Challenge: Day 1

Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: Day 1: Shopping (#8)
Author: mashfanficchick
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Wordcount: 221
Rating: PG (for one word)
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Genre: Character Study, Humor
Warning(s): Neither betaed nor Britpicked.
Beta(s): None (sorry)
Prompt(s): "Shopping" (Prompt #8 from the 30 Day OTP Challenge)
Notes: From the "30 Day OTP Challenge": #8, "Shopping", as decided by the Roll Dice Online random number generator.
Feedback: Always welcome, either on LJ (at the post or by PM) or at CartoonB@aol.com
Disclaimer: Seriously? Hell, this time, I doubt I even own the idea!
Summary: Sherlock. John. Food shopping. Oh, dear.


Contrary to popular belief, Sherlock does, in fact, know how to go grocery shopping...in theory. That is to say, he’s done it in the past, while living alone, and somehow managed not to starve to death, but his abilities in that arena are severely limited. Left alone in Tesco, he’s more likely to bring back the items needed for a new experiment he’s thought up while there than return bearing milk, eggs, tea, or any of the myriad other day-to-day necessities he planned to buy when he left the flat.

John, on the other hand, is very proficient at grocery shopping: he always returns with all of the items on his meticulously written-out list, and--those rare occasions when he and Sherlock go shopping together excluded--only the items on said list. He neither gives into impulse purchases, nor ever skips over things he means to buy.

Unsurprisingly, in the grand and often complicated scheme of how household duties are apportioned at 221B, John is generally responsible for the grocery shopping…as well as the cooking, the dishwashing, and pretty much everything else having to do with food, at least since the incident with the pigeon feet.

Which is why it confuses everyone who doesn’t know about Sherlock’s very secret sweet tooth just how often John feels required to yell “Sherlock! Where the hell are the biscuits?”

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    Perry Mason on TV (in the background; Mom had it on)