Friends, since August there has been a GoFundMe campaigne for one of our own--Kaye Austen Michaels, a marvelous, generous writer, known as ssmudley here on LJ, and Anna to those of us who love her. I know you've all read about her struggles and those of her parents and so many have given so generously, but the need for more help is still very real.
I thought I would suggest a $5.00 challenge. I think six weeks after Christmas money is tight for a lot of people, and they want to give but just don't think they can spare $25 or $50 right now. I get that, but how about $5.00? That could really add up if we get people involved. I just donated $5.00 myself under my own name to lead the way:
Today is day 1 of my 10 day Christmas vacation. I love my job very much, but I've been teetering close to mental exhaustion for a while now, so this break is really appreciated. This day is really appreciated! It started with a big box of Sherri's Berries sitting on my front porch, They were delivered sometime last night and were still perfectly cold at 5:00 a.m. when I went to turn off the porch light and saw them there. And it was an anonymous gift. I have a secret Santa who knows I love Sherri's Berries. My secret Santa made me very happy:)
In other happy news I haven't gotten dressed yet, all my shopping is done and I'm almost done wrapping. I've enjoyed four days of the Advent Calendar, and will be able to enjoy a few more before I finish the wrapping and get the car packed for the drive to San Antonio and family.
I want to wish all my friends a wonderful holiday if you celebrate, and if you don't, a wonderful weekend.
I was watching Death Ride last night and thinking that I didn't know anything about the actress who played Linda Williams so I looked her up on IMDB. I was sad to find out that she passed away just a few weeks ago on October 7th at age 71. I liked Linda Williams and always thought the actress was a cut above the usual season one actresses.
In other SH tidbits, I haven't seen any chatter about David being a quasi guest on Modern Family. At least his picture was, and they got a couple of good lines out of his name. I completely enjoyed it-- Jay dressed as Jesus saying "I'm taking that Soul!" Very cute.
Here's how my niece, who is visiting me from California, just got my heart pounding... by asking me, from another room, if the blond one was Hutch. I said yes, and why? She answers that she's posting her mug of coffee on snapchat to show her friends some of her aunty's cool collections. I'm furiously thinking, Oh, God, is she using the mug from San Carmelitas?! Praying I have that one too far back in the cupboard to grab...and I was safe, she's drinking out of a simple David Soul being gorgeous mug.
I just got back from the store, and while I was carrying the bags into the house my dog greeted me with her usual bouncing joy to see me again. Whether I've been gone an hour or a day she greets me like she hasn't seen me in a year. It made me happy, like she always does, and I said a little prayer that I never take that greeting for granted. That led me to think of other blessings big and small and just things that make me happy.
So, while we were working/organizing all the nominations (the numbers beyond our wildest dreams) for the PW and the MK awards I had the opportunity to get a little reacquainted with stories that felt like old friends, and art that took my breath away, and vids that fill me with joy...some done by writers, artists, and vidders who aren't currently in the fandom. And I'm grateful to them all. They might now be in Sherlock or Supernatural or writing pro or playing golf... who knows, but for a time they hung around here and wrote and drew and made vids and left their gifts for all of us to enjoy.
One of our own is in real trouble. This person is one of the best people I've ever known and a dear friend who would do anything to help anyone whenever she can. Because her situation is so desperate, I've put the go fund me link on my facebook page, without revealing her name, but with her permission I'm going to reveal it to all of you--Kaye Austen Michaels. Kaye is extremely private and has a zero social media profile--not even a facebook page. This is scary for her, but her drastically declining health and upcoming loss of home are much scarier.
Please know that "no" amount is too small, anything you might be able to spare will be so appreciated. Also, please know that I'm going to be posting this message where ever I can and I know that can be annoying to see multiple posts and I don't like to be annoying, but for Kaye I'll be the biggest pest and be proud to be one.
Making an effort to post more--and for me, I guess that means I just have to beat once every six months:) Twice in a weekend is probably a record.
So, TV. Is anyone but me a fan of both Supernatural and The Gilmore Girls? I ask because in preparation for the new Gilmore Girls' movies coming on Netflix I've been re-watching for the first time in years. What I find fascinating is that Jared P. was speaking in a very weird voice for the first season of GG. He regained his usual voice somewhere toward the end of the season. He was also such a baby-face, although the progression to his 1st season SPN look is fun to watch. They also have his height wrong. At least they say he's 6'2" and I doubt he was still growing.
I've also started watching Orphan Black which Flamingo told me about. I'm five episodes in for season one and I love it. So far this morning I have accomplished getting dinner (and work lunches) in the crock pot, done the grocery shopping, got gas and had the car washed, and even treated my crepe myrtle trees with a bug thing. My neighbor, who pays way more attention to my yard than I do, told me I had scrape on my trees which is some kind of bug that can eventually kill them. So, I bought the treatment and applied it myself. For those who know me well they will know this is a big deal. I do not garden:) So, back to the point, chores are done and the two completed pages of something I hope will turn into a submission for the SHarcon zine does not seem willing to turn into a third page at the moment. I think I'm going to go watch more Orphan Black.
...but I'm going to say hi anyway. FB is going to make my head explode if I hang out there for one more minute today. This election can not be over soon enough for me!
With SHarecon and Starsky and Hutch on my mind I decided to come over here and do a little post. Find a happy place. I'm looking at flights for SHarecon now, trying to hunt out a bargain and really looking forward to a Starsky and Hutch weekend! It's been four years since I've been to a con. Four years since I've gotten to hug my friends in person. Four years since I've been able to enjoy a wonderful, witty panel, and just sink into all the fun.
I want to suggest disco music for the party, but I'm pretty sure Flamingo's pink feathers would be scattered hither and yon at the very idea:) Still, I would love some Donna Summer and the Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor.
Retro food and drink, although I can't remember what kind of food was real popular in the seventies. I think Tab was the beverage of choice? Neither idea is very possible or practical, but I'm just getting my mind set in that decade. It's funny, a lot of SH writers feed the guys a lot of pizza--I'm sure I have myself--but I think hot dogs is actually the food I associate with them the most.
Maybe hot dogs and tab? Heck, I don't care if oatmeal is served, I just want to party with my peeps!
I forgot to mention a few things in my earlier report that I want to get down for my memories.
After a time of screwing up my courage I asked David if I could buy him a drink, but I asked it like this: Mr. Soul, can I get you anything from the bar? and he smiled at me so sweetly and said only if you don't call me Mr. Soul...it's David. I thanked him for that and then asked him what he'd like and he answered wine and then I said red or white and I was on my feet the whole time and not in a faint! David answered red and then gestured toward Helen and said perhaps my wife...and I said I'm asking her next. Yep, I bought David Soul a drink.
The other thing was during the Q&A the guys were asked about their co-stars and Linda Carter's name came up and Paul reminisced that he got to kiss her, and David said so did I. The look Paul gave him was precious!