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Birthdays and Kids of All Varieties

Kids
Both my boys' birthdays were this past weekend. My oldest, The Boog, turned 20 on Sunday. My younger, The Eepster, turned 15 on Monday. I posted embarrassing pictures of them as newborns on FB. At least I didn't use the full frontal one of the younger boy, so I did show some restraint, lol. But it was also weird to see me 15 and 20 years ago with long, curly dark hair and being so much heavier. One thing I will say, I did love post-pregnancy hair. Thick and curly and not at all frizzy even though it was the height of summer humidity. But my boys were *the* most photogenic babies. Boog especially, had these big fat baby cheeks and cherubic face.

Anyway, Saturday was the celebration day; E's friend who has been in the hospital came with us to go see a movie (Maleficent), lunch at Red Robin, and then present shopping at Best Buy. E was desperately in need of a new computer; his old one was running XP, and we are getting to the point where stuff he wants/needs for school or fun won't run well or at all on it anymore. I was looking into Chromebooks, since most of what he does is online, but turns out that his Kindle Fire would be more useful as a computer! Chrombooks can't download anything, can't do anything if they aren't connected to the internet. P.O.S! So I splurged and got him an inexpensive (ha!) HP laptop. My Dad and Sis are going to chip in to help pay for it as their presents to him as well, so that helps a lot. The Boog, who has a MacBook Pro, got a gift card to Amazon.

Speaking of family (and I use the term loosely, ahem), my darling spouse's parents seem to have decided that their religious-based bigotry that they are showing toward their transgender child also extends to my children (who they, up until this point, have been *so proud* to call their grandchildren). We have not heard one peep out of them to even call the boys to wish them happy birthday. Yeah. I am SO done with them. At least my boys are old enough to realize that it isn't them or anything they did; they understand that grandma and grandpa are just assclowns about some things.

E got another bday present of another sort, though; he got his braces off! On his birthday! The orthodontist's office is pretty cool; they give the kids a goody bag of "forbidden foods" that they can't eat while they have the braces on, and because it was E's bday, they gave him an extra goody of a gift card for ice cream. He is free until Thursday, when he has to go back in to get his retainers. But he only needs to wear them while he's not in school, so he's happy about that. And he got clear ones, so even when they are in, they will barely be noticeable.

The other (fur)kids had their annual physicals yesterday, too. Both of them have lost about 3 lbs in the last year, so the whole cutting back on their food that they have been MEGA unhappy about has really helped. Both are now about at their ideal weights, so we need to keep and eye on things and may need to actually adjust their food *upward* to make sure they don't keep losing. The vet did blood work on both of them (they are 7 and 11 now, so the older one is a "senior" and the younger is getting close), and once that comes back, we are going to talk about options to try to get the older one to stop chewing her fur off. It is most likely neurotic behavior, but we want to rule out allergy or illness of any sort (fleas have already been ruled out, not that I thought it was). The vet is new to the practice, and is big on protecting against kidney and liver issues in cats as they grow older, thus the blood work. Made for an expensive visit, but worth keeping the little ones healthy. We may have to resort to some sort of anti-anxiety med for the older one, but the vet is very conservative when it comes to drugs, so we'll see what he has to say.

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Art: Changing Channels, Part Deux [SPN]

CasOhWell
This is my other piece of art for the spn_bigpretzel Spring Fanfic Exchange. The story is a SPN/Downton Abbey fusion, and Maggie Smith's Dowager Duchess has a big part in it, so of course, she had to be there. I found a great pic of a couple of guys in white tie that fit the profiles of the Winchesters, so I blended their heads onto the bodies. The text I did in the DA font (complete with mirror image), and also added some decorative Victorian floral corners for good measure. A little futzing with the color (more to mask the differences between all the sources), and it was done. I'm really happy with the expression of the guys and how well it looks like their heads were there all along, lol.

The story was written by phebemarie for sylvia_locust (who I had a great time doing the Family Feud art for last year).
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Art: A Friend In Need [SPN]

CasOhWell
Time again for the Spring Fic Exchange at spn_bigpretzel ! This story was written by blackrabbit42 for dizzojay .

Summary: Dean finds an enchanted wardrobe in the Batcave. The Wardrobe doesn't just lead to Narnia, but to a variety of children's book worlds. Dean loves playing around in there, but there just might be someone else who needs it more.

Notes: I found a screencap from the bunker that I loved, especially the expressions of the guys. Then found a pic of the Narnia wardrobe with it open, and put a picture from the Whoville set (made a little extra trippy with vibrance filters and plastic wrap effect) inside the open wardrobe.

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Small Fandom Bang Summary

Smallfandomlove
Today is the posting date for the last story I worked on for smallfandombang . In addition to my own story that I wrote, I did art for 3 other stories. The other authors were all great to work with, and I loved making banners and mixes for all of them.

So here's what I did:
The Lies That They Gave You, my Planet of the Apes story, with art by tarlanx
Art for "Groundhot Day", an Adventures of Brisco County Jr story by rise_your_dead
Art for "Vita Aethelstani", a Vikings story by oneiriad
Art for "Five Easy Steps To Falling In Love", a Live Free or Die Hard story by severina2001

This Big Bang is my absolute favorite to do, and this is my third year participating. In Round 1, I wrote a PotA story, and although I was sad that I didn't finish my Space: 1999 story for Round 2 last year, I was thrilled that I still got to participate as an artist. This year, for Round 3, I finally managed to be both an author and an artist! Many, many thanks to spikedluv for running this fabulous challenge, and I can't wait for Round 4!

Art: Groundhog Day [Brisco County Jr]

Smallfandomlove
Title: Groundhog Day
Artist: Gryph (gryphon2k )
Author: Missy (rise_your_dead )
Fandom: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Characters/Pairings: Brisco, Bowler, Lenore, Dixie, Comet, the Swill Brothers
Rating/Category: Gen/G
Warnings: none for the art
Summary: Art for smallfandombang story. When Bowler and Brisco split up to take care of a government-related mission Bowler bumps into an old flame and Brisco discovers the Swill Brothers hog-tied to a tree…in their longjohns. The radioactive gophers recently escaped from Wickwire’s laboratory are soon the least of their problems…

Link to fic master post: AO3
Art also on AO3
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PotA
Title: The Lies That They Gave You, Chapter 3
Author: Gryph (gryphon2k )
Artist: Tarlan (tarlanx )
Fandom: Planet of the Apes (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Pete Burke/OFC, Alan Virdon, Galen, Sally Virdon, Chris Virdon
Rating/Category: Rated R, Het slash
Genre: action, homecoming
Word Count: 3,129 (11,338 total)
Warnings: off-screen torture
Summary: When the astronauts and Galen find a way to return to Earth of the past, things don't go quite the way they had hoped. And things are not quite what they seem.
Notes: Written for smallfandombang . Many thanks to kassidy62 as always for being my beta-reader, cheerleader, and fellow PotA nut. I was also thrilled that tarlanx chose to do some beautiful art for my story.

Link to art master post: AO3

Chapter 1 ~ Chapter 2

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PotA
Title: The Lies That They Gave You, Chapter 1
Author: Gryph (gryphon2k )
Artist: Tarlan (tarlanx )
Fandom: Planet of the Apes (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Pete Burke/OFC, Alan Virdon, Galen, Sally Virdon, Chris Virdon
Rating/Category: Rated R, Het slash
Genre: action, homecoming
Word Count: 3,999 (11,338 total)
Warnings off-screen torture
Summary: When the astronauts and Galen find a way to return to Earth of the past, things don't go quite the way they had hoped. And things are not quite what they seem.
Notes: Written for smallfandombang . Many thanks to kassidy62 as always for being my beta-reader, cheerleader, and fellow PotA nut. I was also thrilled that tarlanx chose to do some beautiful art for my story.

Link to art master post: AO3

Chapter 1

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PotA
Title: The Lies That They Gave You, Chapter 1
Author: Gryph (gryphon2k )
Artist: Tarlan (tarlanx )
Fandom: Planet of the Apes (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Pete Burke/OFC, Alan Virdon, Galen, Sally Virdon, Chris Virdon
Rating/Category: Rated R, Het slash
Genre: action, homecoming
Word Count: 3,341 (11,338 total)
Warnings off-screen torture
Summary: When the astronauts and Galen find a way to return to Earth of the past, things don't go quite the way they had hoped. And things are not quite what they seem.
Notes: Written for smallfandombang . Many thanks to kassidy62 as always for being my beta-reader, cheerleader, and fellow PotA nut. I was also thrilled that tarlanx chose to do some beautiful art for my story.

Link to art master post: AO3


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Lyrics of the Day: Brave

Glee
There are several people in my life right now who deserve this song. Some of them are being incredibly Brave, dealing with things that are so hard, I can't help be immensely proud to know them.
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