15 February 2019 @ 11:35 am
It's been a bit of an odd few weeks at Brownies, for reasons which I shall explain later.  We've continued to work on the new programme.  The girls chose "Express myself" as the theme we shall follow first, and from that we've selected "Communicate" as the Skills builder.  So they've told stories one sentence at a time, and drawn pictures of their days.  The Brownies seem to be enjoying themselves, although we're not particularly convinced by the new programme.

Last week we had Brownies Got Talent.  Two-thirds of them performed gymnastics, singing, dancing, and a puppet play.  The other one-third joined me and we designed costumes for entertainers, using cut out dolls and either felt pens or coloured paper.  They enjoyed this, and were happy to show what they'd created to the rest of the pack.

A number of them have been working towards one of the interest badges which fit the theme, both Performing and Baking.  So for the last two weeks we've had iced buns to try out.

There's a district thinking day service coming up, which I can't get to as we're in London that weekend.  So whilst the service planning was going on with those who will be attending, I took the others and went through the origin of Brownies and then we talked a bit about what they thought was important about a group.  The ideas which came out very strongly was that everyone should be welcome, should enjoy what we're doing, and that it should be inclusive.

This was our last meeting at the school, for which we are all very grateful.  Hopefully being in the sports pavilion will be a lot easier.  And Glitter Owl has said she will finish at Brownies at the end of May.  She's going to help with Rainbows.  It means Doodles and I will then be running the pack between us, with hopefully someone else joining at some point.  Doodles is quite happy about this - we work well together, and tend to complement each other.  After the discussion we had a few weeks ago, she's accepted my thoughts on supporting the quieter members and is keen for me to do that.  I'm happy too - having seriously thought about finishing last Christmas, I now feel I have a proper role within the pack.  Yes, the new programme is going to cause problems, but it's something we'll tackle together.
14 February 2019 @ 06:34 pm
confessions. harry potter. harry/draco. pg. 100. ao3.
for [community profile] draco100's prompt #61: love.
"you don't have to say it back."

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14 February 2019 @ 02:34 pm
Sending love to all of you, my wonderful my friends-list. :D

<img src="https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/halfshellvenus/8041755/14995/14995_300.jpg" alt="eatingHearts" title="eatingHearts">

And if you're not celebrating today, well... 50% off chocolate is an excellent reason to celebrate tomorrow! \o/

14 February 2019 @ 04:38 pm
caught up in you. harry potter. harry/draco. pg. 588. ao3.
"i think i want to marry you."
"you think you want to marry me?"

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14 February 2019 @ 07:54 pm

Title: Friday Night Fever
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo
Rating: PG
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Dee and Ryo have had a long, tough week, but it’s Friday night, and they have the whole weekend ahead of them. Time to let their hair down.
Word Count: 991
Written For: My own prompt ‘FAKE, Dee/Ryo, Saturday Night Fever, at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Friday Night Fever... )
Current Mood: tired
Current Location: My Desk
14 February 2019 @ 07:37 pm

Title: Dancing The Night Away
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Tosh, Jack.
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: It’s UNIT’s annual ball and everyone’s having a wonderful time, except for one member of Team Torchwood.
Word Count: 1155
Meme Fill For: [personal profile] aeshna_cyanea, who wanted Jack, Ianto, Tosh, and No. 5. “Wait a minute. Are you jealous?”
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters. They belong to the BBC.

Dancing The Night Away... )

Current Mood: tired
Current Location: My Desk
14 February 2019 @ 02:07 pm
I really enjoyed doing an Original Works Exchange last year. Just for clarity's sake, now there's more than one exchange for Original Works! Which is great. The mechanisms work the same way as for a fandom exchange (nominating characters and ships, and matching), but the characters are original. I can assure you it's very fun.

Here is the fandom calendar post with more information on this exchange, and if people feel inclined to promote/plug it, it would help a new exchange get off the ground!

Original Works Exchange at Fandom Calendar.

Nominations are currently open! The tag set is here! https://archiveofourown.org/tag_sets/2789
14 February 2019 @ 08:41 am
Happy Valentine's Day!

For the past two weeks, I've been looking at the poetry of John Masefield. Luckily Salt-Water Ballads is online for free. I also listened to some of the poems read by Ronald Pickup. I enjoyed the tight rhymes and the singing quality of the verse and the story-telling. I did an intimation of "Cargoes" in Tattoos [ACD. Holmes/Watson. 800 words. Gen.] and think that I will go back to Salt-Water Ballads when I want inspiration for an addition to Sails & Anchors, my ACD nautical-themed ficlet collection.

My favourite love poet is Pablo Neruda. I've been to one of Neruda's houses, Isla Negra, in Valparaíso, Chile. So I went to his love poems and sonnets for inspiration and tried my hand at a tiny bit of verse in Spanish for Mother Tongue [ACD. that rarest of rare pairs Lestrade/Lomax the sublibrarian from "The Illustrious Client." 500 words. Gen.].

And finally, though not verse, I had Agatha Christie's Miss Marple muse on love for the picture prompt fun comm.

From now until the end of March, I plan to focus on Mary Oliver. I've got her two books on writing poetry from the library as well as American Primitive and am still on the waiting list for a selected works collection.
14 February 2019 @ 06:34 am
So, yeah, I have a monitor again! Yay me! An early birthday present. It took forever to set it up, because I was trying to make it work like a monitor, but it's also a TV, and wow, that's something.

Anyway, I can actually DO things now! So very happy about that.