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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 10:32 am
Show: SG-1
Rec Category: Gen
Characters: Sam Carter, Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author's Journal:
Author's Website:
Link: Some Days You're the Hydrant

Why This Must Be Read: Jack is turned into a dog. This story is just so much fun.

Snippet: “O’Neill will not kill you, Daniel Jackson,” Teal’c said. “He is a dog.” There was that slight deviation in his tone, the one that - accompanied by the subtle twitching of the corners of his mouth - meant he was secretly laughing his ass off. Daniel threw his hands up in the air. “Dogs kill people every single day!”

Note: sorry, I accidentally hit enter and posted a...template.

Sunday, October 15th, 2017 07:46 pm
So it turns out I'll be home for Thanksgiving for the first time in almost a decade after all!

I live half a continent away from my family, and I only get four weeks of vacation per year.  (More precisely, four SUNDAYS of vacation per year.)  It generally works out to one at Christmas, one in early spring, and two in late summer.  Between Thanksgiving being murder for flying, and how close it is to Christmas, I generally just stay at home.  And because going to someone else's family holiday dinner, particularly when you are their pastor, is hella awkward and cooking a holiday meal for one is just depressing, I generally don't have any kind of celebration that day.

Well!  This year, I have a new niece, who is SO PRECIOUS, FOLKS, and who had the good taste to be born on my birthday.  Given that her father (my brother) does shift work at a power plant, and my parents own their own business which has a very irregular schedule, and my own schedule is rather complicated, arranging dates for such an event is ... difficult.  So in late August/early September, we were discussing things, and there were not many Sundays that would work for everybody, and none at all until November.  Then it occurred to me that if it were scheduled for either the Sunday before or the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I could be home for Thanksgiving!  And said as much.  And Mom said she would check if the Sunday before would work, but that sounded good, and she would let me know, and if it couldn't be then, they should probably just see if they could schedule it for the Sunday after Christmas when I am normally home anyway.

I heard nothing.  For a month and a half.  I assumed that it hadn't worked for November, and would be after Christmas.

In a phone call today, my Mom asked me if I had my plane ticket home for Thanksgiving yet.

"Wait, what?"

"You know, for the baptism."

"We're doing it in November?"

"Of course we are!"

"Does ... does [brother] know?  Does [sister-in-law]?"

Apparently, after getting everybody's responses that yes, the day would work, she just assumed that everybody knew that it had been scheduled for that date, without telling everybody that yes, it worked for everybody.  I love my Mom, but she does this.  She will schedule things and not tell people.  She knows how everything fits together, and so she just assumes that everyone else knows too.  Even when you ask her directly, sometimes she'll leave out crucial information because she'll assume that either you don't need to know it or you already know it because it should be obvious.

My Dad loves Google Calendar.  It's the first time in their marriage that he's been able to figure out what's going on ahead of time, because Mom uses it religiously and now everything is in one place.  Instead of in five different places, one of which is inside her head.

This is definitely an emotional labor issue, but at the same time ... scheduling is not the exclusive province of my mother because Dad doesn't want to help and participate, okay?

Anyway, now I have a plane ticket home and the good news is that I will be home for Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 15th, 2017 04:44 pm
Title: Nyota's Choice
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters: Spock, Nyota
Author: beatrice_otter
Rating: kid
Length: 3,802 words
Betaed by: Laura JV
Series: Keshta'Shivau
Summary: Sarek gets married. Nyota has a decision to make.

At AO3 and tumblr
Sequel to The Desert Between

It took Nyota most of a shift to notice it, but there was something up with Spock. )

Next work in the series: Children of the Desert
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 03:44 pm
Please note that while we try to note spoilers in meta posts where possible, and we try to make sure links for newer material is categorised separately and clearly labelled, we can't guarantee that posts are spoiler-free. Follow all links at your own risks.

SG-1 Debrief - Stargate SG-1 Newsletter - Issue 235 - 15/10/2017 )

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Friday, October 13th, 2017 04:20 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

These Hasselback Fried Green Tomatoes make a delicious side dish or appetizer, and the addition of marinated mozzarella takes them over the top! The temperatures plunged last week, signaling an end to my summer garden. While most of the herbs and flowers did okay, the tomato plants couldn’t handle the frost. Naturally, none of the […]

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 06:54 pm
Show: SGA
Rec Category: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Pairings: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Categories: Slash, Harlequin
Warnings: Mentions of child abuse

Link: Marrying the Marquis

Why This Must Be Read: It's a wonderfully done harlequin fic in the Regency style - Rodney makes an amazing Austen heroine, lol. The language and the writing is very true to the period and honestly I just love everything about this fic, I re-read it constantly.

snippet of fic )
Monday, October 9th, 2017 08:56 am
Show: SG-1 
Rec Category: Jack/Sam
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter
Categories: Het (but more Gen than Ship) 
Warnings: None
Author's Journal: [personal profile] mrv3000.
Author's Website: AO3 
Link: Duck Soup 
Summary: Jack vs. Duck
Why This Must Be Read: Alien ducks, Jack being annoyed and Sam trying to be helpful. 
Snippet: "Carter stared at him. It was probably the first time in history anyone had willed a duck to fart."
Sunday, October 8th, 2017 01:48 pm
Dear Yuletide writer,

Hi, and thanks for writing for me! I'm Nomad (nomadicwriter) on AO3. Please don't worry too much about trying to stick too closely to my prompts: in general my tastes in fic are very broad, and I'm happy to read pretty much anything, from fluff and humour to tragedy and darkfic. I love gen fic and am also flexible about reading my favourite characters paired with all sorts of people. All of these prompts are very much optional and just to offer some ideas, so if you've got a story idea that you'd rather write, please do.

General likes and dislikes )

Fandom specifics:

Arrested Development )

From Eroica With Love )

Infamous Iron Man )

In summary: please don't sweat it when it comes to following any of these prompts particularly closely - I'm happy to read almost anything about my favourite characters and really very easy to please. Hope you enjoy writing for me!
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 04:03 pm
Show: SG1

Rec Category: Crossover (Buffy)
Characters: Jack O’Neill, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c, Sam Carter, Willow, Xander, Spike
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: [personal profile] lit_gal
Author's Website: AO3 or or Personal Website
Link: Personal Website or Livejornal or

Why This Must Be Read:

Willow's portal spell and the Stargate hack up a serious hairball for Willow, Spike, Xander, and SG-1. They land in a place where Sokar's forces are crawling everywhere. Willow and Sam have to figure out how to get home. Jack has to figure out what the hell is wrong with these people. And Spike figures out that Sokar's Jaffa = lunch. And then the Wraith come. Getting home isn't so easy.

This is one of Litgal's earlier works and honestly, it needs a bit of proof-reading. But it is a pretty good fic. Perfect for a weekend read .

This takes place season 3 of Stargate, season 5 of Buffy (with a slightly AU season 4) and before Atlantis starts at all.

snippet of fic )
Sunday, October 8th, 2017 08:34 am
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Alternate Universe - specifically, fairy-tale type AUs
Characters: OFC, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, et al. 
Categories: Gen
Warnings: Nil
Author on DW/LJ:  [personal profile] valderys 
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Looking-Glass on AO3
Why This Must Be Read: This is a more unusual one, being allegorical rather than a straight fairy-tale - also it's a fusion with Neal Stephenson's 'The Diamond Age', although it was part of an SGA Flashfic "fairy-tale' challenge. I love the idea and how the SGA characters help the protagonist, also love the outsider POV. It's a lovely story and a great read. 

snippet of fic )
Friday, October 6th, 2017 06:57 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

If you’ve been looking for help ending clutter for good, this method is as easy as 1-2-3! The biggest obstacle to getting rid of clutter is that most of us make a big deal out of it. We look at our crowded kitchen counters or our jam-packed bedroom closets and believe we need to set […]

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Thursday, October 5th, 2017 10:26 pm
In the Rivers of London audible short story "A Rare Book of Cunning Device," Elsie "Hatbox" Winstanley refers to having seen books used to hide hand grenades in some place that sounds like "Oluwayo" or "Boluweia" in 1975.  Is she referring to Boluwayo, the city in Zimbabwe?
Thursday, October 5th, 2017 01:07 pm
Show: SG-1
Rec Category: Jack/Sam
Characters: Sam Carter, Jack O'Neill 
Pairings: Jack/Sam 
Categories: Het
Author's Journal: mylittleredgirl
Link: Traditions
Summary: Not surprisingly, given his occupation, Jack O'Neill turned 50 off-world. It was raining. And Sam Carter was throwing up.
Why This Must Be Read: I love this story, although I think it's more of a post-zatarc friendship (except for Jack's thoughts) than a true Jack/Sam story. It also has some fantastic observations about the characters.
Snippet: "He'd known she'd remember, being the numerical flypaper she was, but he hadn't been sure that she would say anything."
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 05:55 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ajinomoto® Windsor. All opinions are 100% mine. As a mom, I am always looking for ways to beat lunch boredom. It seems like every day, I wind up either eating last night’s leftovers or, more often, whatever my kid wants to eat. Because, let’s […]

The post Beat Lunch Boredom with Tai Pei Single Serve Entrees appeared first on Housewife How-To's®.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 11:26 am
So yesterday I had one of those parenting moments where I had to choke down my terrible rage and present a calm reasonable front.

Why? Because my seven year old, while getting changed at swim class, said, "My belly and thighs look fat to me."

Or the time a couple of weeks ago when he came home anxious and upset because someone at school told him chocolate milk was poison (a classmate), and that higher numbers on white milk made it fatter (an adult). He already thinks fat is bad and scary. At seven. He worries about what he eats, what other kids eat. That night we talked about those fears, that many people say terrible things about fatness, and fat people. I used myself as an example, that people have said cruel and mean things, that there are people who say that because they hate and fear my body, that my body is bad, because I'm fat.

He literally growled. He threatened to punch anyone who said that to me. Which derailed us into another conversation about bullying and physical force, and we never got back to fat. But I've thought about that conversation every day since it happened.

I find it extra hard to navigate these moments these days. Incandescent rage bubbles in my lungs every day, stealing my breath. It bubbles in my blood every day, right there in the veins under the thin skin of my wrists. It fills my throat until I am choking.

And yesterday I choked again. Choked down my rage and hugged him and told him, "Your body looks exactly like it needs to." We talked about how bodies are all different, everyone's body is their own business. What people eat is their own business. That food isn't inherently bad, and neither are anyone's bodies, and anyone who says otherwise... What I really wanted to do was find everyone who has said this like this to my kid and tell them they can shut the fuck up. But I choked that back to, and smiled and told him that everyone has lots of opinions about food and bodies, and what is considered "healthy", but we trust that people know their bodies and their needs, and we pay attention to our own. We know that food is important for our bodies, and he can trust that Mama and Dada will help him learn to make the best choices for him, learn how to trust his choices and his body, and that he doesn't need to listen to what other people tell him about what he eats and how he looks.

Next time we might talk about how people use "healthy" as a weapon. How people push "healthy" as a judgement. That people use "healthy" in a way that is often unattainable.

But really, those people can just shut the fuck up.

And it was a good conversation, a needed one, but my chest was tight when we were done, too full of anger, of anxiety, of the dread that all these words will in the end be useless. It was tight with exhaustion, knowing we will have this conversation again and again, because we've been having it increasingly since he was about five.

Five. The first time he told me he was fat. The first time he told me he learned in school that TV makes you sick and will kill you if you watch too much. The first time he told me that fat was bad, and when I asked him if he thought I was bad because I'm fat, and he bit his lip and nodded his head and looked like he was about to cry. I choked and choked down a volcano and hugged him and told him I loved him and felt a thundering burn under the thin skin of my wrists.

But some days it comes out a little more, steaming fissures cracked in my skin, burning in the tips of my fingers as I wonder how much of this is normal for anxiety for kids, or if I'm watching an eating disorder unfold in slow, terrifying motion right in front of me.

Some day I will forget to choke.