The final counts and recounts happened, and the seat distribution is the same: Liberals 43, NDP 41, Green 3. No majority of seats, no government.
Today, the best possible thing (from my perspective) was announced: the Greens will support the NDP, giving a combined total of 44 seats. (It's not technically a coalition, apparently, but a "Confidence and Supply Agreement".)
Since this better represents the preferences of a majority of the voters, my sense of fairness is satisfied as well as my personal glee.
Various things can happen at this point. I know because I asked my proximate political wonk for a telladonna1.
1. The premier resigns and the Lieutenant Governor asks the NDP (+ Greens) to form the government.
2. The premier doesn't resign, the legislature takes a confidence vote, and she's, I guess, removed. The Lieutenant-Governor asks the NDP (+ Greens) to form the government.
3. The premier doesn't resign, and instead calls for another election.
4. The premier does resign, but the LG for whatever reason decides another election is the better choice.
Obvs. I'd like #1, though I'd take the high drama of the no confidence vote. (Well, you know, high drama in Canadian terms.)
1. Awesome @westwingweekly reference
I sent patient portal messages on Saturday to the oncology nurse I see to discuss my decision to stay off of Tamoxifen and to the sleep disorders clinic to ask what I should do about the c-PAP. I am almost entirely sure that the problem is not the headgear. I have issues with being worried that I'll break the hose, disconnect the hose, bend it so that air can't get through, etc. I also have issues with feeling like I'm trapped by the machine itself. Taking off and putting on the headgear feels as insurmountable as sitting in the middle of a row in a crowded theater and desperately wanting to escape. (I felt this yesterday while sitting at my SIL's house because I was stuck in a corner and couldn't get out without getting several people to move. It's very stressful even when there's no reason for me to need to get up at all.)
( Feminine TMI )
We spent about five hours at Scott's sister's house yesterday. We left much later than planned because everything we tried to do kind of blew up in our faces. Cordelia's back went out rather abruptly Saturday evening, and she was still hurting a bit by Sunday morning. She doesn't seem to have done anything at all to cause it, either.
( Behind the cut: Favorite Unexpected Thing, Knew It Would Be Hell Yes, In Comparison, Largest Contingent of Cosplayers, a link to photos, and an overview of the Yuri on Ice-centric parts of the con! )
My bookmarks are still there in both Firefox and Chrome. My address book and calendar are intact.
But all of my archived email, two decades worth of photos, links, feedback, and correspondence, is gone. All of my iTunes files are likewise gone. Several programs have also vanished into the ether, and my preferences are intact some places and utterly gone in others.
The loss of the email archives is pretty devastating. I start crying when I think about it. Every single bit of fic feedback I got on LJ or via email is completely gone. Every discussion I had with anyone about story directions/progress is likewise gone. Every poem Scott wrote for me. Every photo of Cordelia that other people forwarded to me.
The iTunes files are only heartbreaking. I can restore some portion of what's gone, but some of the CDs are no longer playable because of having been exposed to young Cordelia. Some of the music was filk not available on CD. The library audiobooks I had in progress are gone, and some of those are no longer available from the library (plus, I tracked where I was in a book by deleting the already read tracks. I've now lost my place in twenty different books).
The version of Mail I have now no longer allows me to do any sort of offline archiving. This frustrates me vastly because I loathe having my mail on Google's servers any longer than it takes me to read it and either archive it or delete it. This version of Mail also insists on threading messages, something else that I loathe (it makes replying to specific messages nearly impossible). Are there other email programs available for use on a Mac?
Scott can't figure out why that other stuff didn't come over with the backup. My suspicion is that it's a space issue. Both the iTunes stuff and the email would have been huge. Scott didn't bother to clean his crap off of the new-to-me hard drive before trying to load my stuff. I'm making an effort to delete everything I can.
3. Azer and Hovera
It is nothing short of amazing what a difference it makes when squash seedlings spend at least a few hours outdoors in direct sunlight in the days immediately after they sprout, instead of living entirely indoors with inadequate supplemental artificial lighting, as you can see by the developmental differences between Tan and Sethera (indoor sprouts) on the one hand, and Azer and Hovera (outdoor sprouts) on the other.
Side note: Tethera's stem broke when I was checking it soil for moisture levels. I have planted two new seeds in that container, which have not yet sprouted. I've been keeping the seeds indoors for warmth, but will probably shift the container outside as soon as they sprout.
4. the Lazarus pepper
5. peppers A2, A4, A6, B1, B3, and B5
( two photos under the cut )
Meanwhile, the Lazarus pepper has been having some issues with its lower leaves, so I have sprayed it with my 3-in-1 fungicide, miticide, and insecticide. Hopefully that will help. It also has a whole bunch of buds, but none of them are particularly close to opening.
The baby peppers have now moved outside for good and for keeps (at least assuming the temperature doesn't drop below 50F at night in the next week or two, in which case I would bring them inside overnight), and this morning they enjoyed their first rainstorm, which has since been followed by delicious sunshine. :)
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I have no idea what to do.
Do you think of Loki/Thor as an incest pairing?
No. They aren't biologically related, and both of them know that.
Yes. They were brought up as brothers and grew up thinking of themselves as brothers.
Something else I'm going to explain in the comments.
I was a bit surprised, because for some reason it never even occurred to me to view Loki/Thor as an incest-ship. So I thought I'd ask around on my dwircle to see what others are thinking. *g*
Scott getting angry at my laptop is scaring Cordelia, though.
Ways to Give:
firesidoni linked to a fundraiser for osunism, who has just lost one of their jobs and the car they need to get to the other job. They're also offering commissions as well as fundraising; you can read more and help them out here.
riverofwhispers is struggling to cover their bills after being laid off, and is raising funds to move to a new city where there's a better job market and a bigger community for them. You can read more and help them afford the move here.
digitalwave is raising funds to cover family medical bills, including some CT scans and an echocardiogram. You can read more about the situation here; they've listed items for sale on eBay, and are accepting paypal donations at email@example.com.
sotto_voce's friend Heather is moving to Canada to get a degree and begin her new career in physical therapy. New US policy has made it very expensive to move, so they have a fundraiser here to help with moving costs.
capeandcowl linked to a fundraiser to found a scholarship for at-risk youth in honor of Tony Crisafi, a professor at UCF and Valencia, who recently passed away. You can read more about this extraordinary teacher and support the scholarship here.
localfreak linked to a fundraiser for the victims and families of victims of the bombing in Manchester; the Evening News has partnered with the Red Cross to raise two million pounds to support them. You can read more and help out here.
vanathema's friend Valen and his girlfriend need help covering this month's rent, due this coming week; Valen is recovering from surgery, and his paycheck may not arrive on time, plus his insurance is not covering essential medication, which is why they're short on cash. As far as I'm aware they don't have a post up, but their paypal address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.
News To Know:
Carter linked to information about the upcoming Leverage Big (And Mini) Bang, which will be opening for signups in August. You can read more at their tumblr, leveragebigbang and they're trying to generate as much interest and awareness as possible!
iamshadow21 linked to a kickstarter for Short Order Crooks, "a comic about crime, cooking, and bad decisions" which I'm putting in News To Know mainly because while they look super cool and I think you guys would enjoy it, they've reached their fundraising goal, so the comic at least is funded. You can read more and buy in here!
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
11.A song that you never get tired of: The Goodies - Wild Thing
If, despite my introduction, you watched this for the very first innocent time, take a deep breath, have a cup of tea and be glad I didn't choose Funky Gibbon. After all, Graeme's arse is very shapely in his bell bottoms. Okay as a reward:
Those adorable babies. Greatest girl band of all time. And what is that at the end? Mime glass box? Floating air drums? Combination of both? Rock on.
This is a very long meme, people. I'm only a third of the way through and I keep changing my mind on my master list.
( music meme topics )
*The only excuse for a tin whistle is marching to battle.
Written 5/28/17 for mylittleficlet, in response to the genprompt_bingo square trust. (200 words exactly)
Into the Rift
"Do you trust me!" Ginny shouted, her voice barely audible over the chaos of the battle though her mouth was barely a foot from Edmund's ear, her back pressed against his own as they retreated, sideways, toward the magical gateway in the heart of the underground city, a trail of bodies (hexed and injured, but hopefully not dying; no one should die fighting bespelled for a cause not their own) slumped groaning in their wake.
"I should think that was obvious by now!" Edmund shouted back, as he feinted sideways with his dagger (his shield long-since a casualty of one of the Earthmen's spears) and kicked aside the horned and feathered gnome whose halberd had come dangerously close to both of them; "What do you need me to do?"
Rather than answer, Ginny shouted something in the bastardized Latin she used for spells, and in the sudden pause as the earth shook and split with a great blast of heat and light, she turned to Edmund with a grin as wild and sharp as the scent rising from the chasm: fruit and flowers and iron molten in the forge.
"Jump!" she said, and pulled him with her over the edge.
End of Ficlet
You know, I am starting to doubt that they'll get to Harfang on time... (Especially given the next prompt and idea I have for this AU. *evil grin*)
I wanted to see GotG2 or maybe the new King Arthur (ek_johnston tweeting about it as "Trash King Arthur" has been quite persuasive), but oh my GOSH, the showtime options are horrible if you want to avoid 3D. >.< Both of those movies, at all three theatre locations we use, offer reasonable evening showings in 3D but only offer 2D showings starting by 4 PM or after 9:30 PM. Not exactly useful on a worknight.
OTOH, Gifted is showing in 2D at a reasonable time that night at my preferred location (if we feel like getting a CarShare), and I did want to see that (I wavered for a bit, but after it opened, I think I was generally seeing positive word about it?), so maybe we'll still wind up Going To A Movie.
Meanwhile, at this point only the IMAX (etc.) 3D showtimes have been released for Wonder Woman, but I'm going to operate on the theory that there will be 2D showings Friday night, just...announced stupidly late in the game. (Okay, to be technical, I just saw that my least favorite of those theatre locations is listing a 3:45 PM 2D showing on Friday. I wouldn't call that helpful, but it's something.)
Considering the other comments on the sign up post, I'm in good company. :3
If you're into any of the Fire Emblem fandoms, claiming has started over at fe_fest! I'm only a million years late noticing, haha, but I'm not really feeling any of the prompts anyway (except maybe the Pegasus Knights: Robot Unicorn Attack one, hahahaha).
There's a vague secret anon over on fandomsecrets and I'm unreasonably annoyed by it, haha.
Tonight has been a night of reading Die Hard fanfiction. I just really love John/Matt. ♥
The local art supply store is having a pretty great sale and I'm reminding myself that self you do not need art supplies, don't do it. XD
imperion and I are going for coffee tomorrow! \o/
We have a program that makes hourly backups, so I probably won't lose files. I'm not sure about applications, though. We've never needed to restore from backup before.
My sleep "routine" is even worse than usual lately. I think deadline stress is affecting it. I'm not even particularly behind on deadlines or anything, but I'm stressed anyway, which means my focus is shot... It's a nasty cycle.
It's still cooler than I like for the end of May, so we're not planting this weekend, but scruloose is outside digging the flowerbed-to-be. Hero!
Meanwhile, the potted clematis in the spare room are reaching through the air, groping for the window. It's kinda amazing.
Reminder that nanodownunder starts up in a few days! I'll quote china_shop:
Want to kick-start your writing?
Set your own goals -- this doesn't have to be a full 50K-word endeavour, just whatever you want to aim for. Pick a WIP to finish, or set a daily time- or wordcount-goal. Or just wing it, if you prefer.
Daily check-in posts. Locked comm so we can chat/cheer/commiserate in semi-privacy (ie, you have to join to play, but membership isn't moderated). Come one, come all...
EddieMcClintock tweeted a "Mini #WAREHOUSE13 reunion!" pic of himself, Scags, Aaron Ashmore, and (executive producer) Jack Kenny, and my heart melted all over the place.