October 2015



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I've been outwitted by a stapler

They do say staplers are very intelligent. This one is -- it has a button that you might *think* would open it, but no. It has ridges that you might be able to pull to open it, but they're too narrow for my fingers. Gack!

In other not-so-bright news, I was being all efficient and finished my taxes, Canada and U.S., and even took them to the mailbox tonight -- one less thing to do tomorrow. Except that I forgot to attach my cheque to the Canadian return. I figured out how to do it online, but it was still a big "Doh!" moment.

Nonetheless, I've gotten loads done today. Packing a month's wardrobe in a carry-on isn't easy, but [info]takhys's brilliant plastic baggie method is letting me cram lots more in. I'll do the final culling tomorrow (obviously) but it now looks possible. I've got a bigger memory card for my camera, printed out my itinerary and all the stuff I'll need along the way, packed all my presents (save the bottle of rye I must pick up tomorrow), and my flashdrive's well-stocked with videos, fics to read, and fics to write. *groan*

I'd really hoped to contribute something to [info]ides_of_march, but that was apparently a big part of yesterday's stress. (Staring paralysed at the computer, fearing that everyone will forget everything I've ever written if I don't post a fic before leaving, is not conducive to writing smut!) But there was some great stuff written today, including Silver Thaw, [info]aldiara's latest chapter of "In This Home on Ice." It's wickedly hot -- and really, who doesn't love hypothermia fic? And then [info]kabal42 wrote a great missing scene from "Valiant", The Wrong Helmet (which I want to type as "The Wrong Trousers" and omg that'd be a great crossover for the Black Knight), when I asked how Arthur reacted to Merlin's screw up. (Plus I just really like hanging out at Kabal's journal to look at the banner. I love that picture -- it was done by the BBC, with a smaller table than is used in the episode, and I just have such fun imagining what instructions the photographer gave to get them to look at each other like that.)

OK, puttering calls, must run. *smooches all around* I hope you all had fabulous weekends!


"The Wrong Trousers" was there the title came from ;-) After I'd discarded "Sir Flash-helmet" and "Lord Wrong-helmet" in an attempt to use other references.

Mm. Yes, I do like my banner and the eye-contact and the imagined instructions and, and...! I also have a ramble in my head on the gendering of the characters in that photo.

Oh, have a great trip :-D I can't wait to see you! I so love traveling, I'm really excited for you on getting to do so much of it.

Last, but not least! YAY for liking the fic! *hugs*
<3 I love "The Wrong Trousers" ... and I so want to do a cracky x-over now where Merlin tries on a knight's armour...

I am so excited to see you, you would not believe! You're going to have to ramble at me lots!!
I just love Wallace & Grommit :-) And that cross-over would be awesome! It wouldn't even have to be a cross, just some strange curse on the armour.

I'm sure there will be lots of rambling both ways :-D
OMG, do you mean those vacuum bag things? Cause those are the most brilliant invention ever! I could not have managed the NZ move without them.

Sounds like you're way on top of the to-do list. I'm totally bouncing vicariously, here *g* You're going to have such an amazing time!!

(You liked the chapter! Woohooooo! There cannot be enough hypothermia fic in the world :D)

*smooches and twirls you*
I'm doing the poor woman's vacuum bag, meaning Ziploc large freezer bags, and just body weight to squish out the air. Seems to be working tho!

Oh my list for tomorrow is long. But I really think it's doable. *sighs with relief*

Now if I can just get you into my suitcase...

LOVED the chapter! Yes! Aside from the whole problem of shrunken bits, hypothermia fic is the best!!
Now if I can just get you into my suitcase...

I'm squishable too! And I can curl up reeeeaaally tightly! *demonstrates*
What is this plastic baggie method? I always have the hardest time packing things.
Just put them in the baggie and press the air out. They come out super flat!
Shifty staplers.

It's totally beyond me. I hope that Rev Can doesn't mind the papers all unattached with the corner folded down.
Plastic bags are like my ultimate necessity for packing!

Have a good trip when you go! :D
They're awesome -- I've never used them for clothes before, but they make things so organised!
And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...