lavendertook: (hobbity new year)
2016-12-31 11:37 pm

Adequate New Year!!!

Good riddance to 2016!!! *eyes 2017 suspiciously* 2017, behave yourself. We are ALL keeping an eye on you, every damned minute. 2017, you got no where to go but up. The bar is so very low. Surprise us pleasantly, ok?

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As you can see Tuxie is really excited about New Years Eve. This is how we're partying here.

I wouldn't have gotten through 2016 without you my dear friends here. Thank you. <3 <3 <3

Happy New Year to you!!! May 2017 go easy on us all.
lavendertook: (Default)
2016-11-24 08:24 pm

Happy T-Day and Happy Election Audits!

Happy Thanksgiving Day! I hope all who celebrate are having a good one. And to those who don't, OK, you can have a good day too. I'm so grateful to have all my friends here--I'm not sure how you all fit yourselves into my tiny macbook air, but I'm glad you did. <3

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Another October pic I took by the lake.

I had a yummy T-Day meal with [personal profile] zlabya and her DH and her BF. I made my signature salad, and she made a yummy chicken, sweet potato casserole, and apple crisp. Excellent company to hang out with.

Auditing the Vote

If you missed the news, Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for US President started raising funds yesterday to audit and recount the votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Best comment ever reported as seen on twitter by [livejournal.com profile] ambree40: lanyard @lanyardigan 8h8 hours ago: Please, God: like Gollum, let Jill Stein have a totally unforeseen and critical purpose. :-D

I contributed yesterday and watching it grow has been so exciting--they're up to $4.3 million and counting. Go here if you want to contribute or just watch the donations flood in.

A decade back I was following the voting integrity push, belonged to Common Cause, and presented a paper to Congresspeople involved in the movement. When I canvassed for John Kerry down in Florida on election weekend, I listened to poll workers who saw voting machines flip their votes from Kerry to Bush.

We've made great strides in creating a paper trail in many districts in this country to check these problems, but paper backup ballots don't do any good if you never audit and take a look at them. It's just a gigantic green flag to hackers, Russian gov't connected or from anywhere, if they know we're not verifying the optical scanners by checking some of the paper ballots. We should be auditing a sampling of ballots in every state before we announce the count, and we should get used to not having instant gratification and wait a week or 3 before announcing a winner, as grueling as it would have felt to do that this year.

So, without getting my hopes too high that they will find something that will overturn the horrid results of this election (but seeing that Trump has a pattern of doing the things he accuses others of and Bannon is involved with data-mining operations, how could we not check this out), the recount here is just a needed thing to ensure the integrity of the vote. As long as we're having elections close enough that one side wins the electors and the other side the popular vote, vote audits should be made an automatic procedure through legislation. We're doing a good thing here, whatever the outcome of the recount.

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lavendertook: (Default)
2016-11-24 08:24 pm

Happy T-Day and Happy Election Audits!

Happy Thanksgiving Day! I hope all who celebrate are having a good one. And to those who don't, OK, you can have a good day too. I'm so grateful to have all my friends here--I'm not sure how you all fit yourselves into my tiny macbook air, but I'm glad you did. <3

DSCN5568
Another October pic I took by the lake.

I had a yummy T-Day meal with [personal profile] zlabya and her DH and her BF. I made my signature salad, and she made a yummy chicken, sweet potato casserole, and apple crisp. Excellent company to hang out with.

Auditing the Vote

If you missed the news, Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for US President started raising funds yesterday to audit and recount the votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Best comment ever reported as seen on twitter by [livejournal.com profile] ambree40: lanyard @lanyardigan 8h8 hours ago: Please, God: like Gollum, let Jill Stein have a totally unforeseen and critical purpose. :-D

I contributed yesterday and watching it grow has been so exciting--they're up to $4.3 million and counting. Go here if you want to contribute or just watch the donations flood in.

A decade back I was following the voting integrity push, belonged to Common Cause, and presented a paper to Congresspeople involved in the movement. When I canvassed for John Kerry down in Florida on election weekend, I listened to poll workers who saw voting machines flip their votes from Kerry to Bush.

We've made great strides in creating a paper trail in many districts in this country to check these problems, but paper backup ballots don't do any good if you never audit and take a look at them. It's just a gigantic green flag to hackers, Russian gov't connected or from anywhere, if they know we're not verifying the optical scanners by checking some of the paper ballots. We should be auditing a sampling of ballots in every state before we announce the count, and we should get used to not having instant gratification and wait a week or 3 before announcing a winner, as grueling as it would have felt to do that this year.

So, without getting my hopes too high that they will find something that will overturn the horrid results of this election (but seeing that Trump has a pattern of doing the things he accuses others of and Bannon is involved with data-mining operations, how could we not check this out), the recount here is just a needed thing to ensure the integrity of the vote. As long as we're having elections close enough that one side wins the electors and the other side the popular vote, vote audits should be made an automatic procedure through legislation. We're doing a good thing here, whatever the outcome of the recount.
lavendertook: (Default)
2016-10-31 08:50 pm

Happy Halloween!!!

My trick'r'treating involved going to vote today, which was very satisfying to have done early. Here's hoping to get the treat and not the trick next week.

Those of you who have walked around Greenbelt Lake will remember that there is a house whose backyard is along the path where they put out lots of toys and decorations. They go all out for Halloween and have lots of interactive displays that move, light up, and have sound tracks that are triggered when you pass near them.

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At dusk, many of the displays light up. The giant cat here has green light up eyes and the figure on the tombstone has red eyes.

Read more... )

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lavendertook: (Moon over Shire)
2016-10-31 08:50 pm

Happy Halloween!!!

My trick'r'treating involved going to vote today, which was very satisfying to have done early. Here's hoping to get the treat and not the trick next week.

Those of you who have walked around Greenbelt Lake will remember that there is a house whose backyard is along the path where they put out lots of toys and decorations. They go all out for Halloween and have lots of interactive displays that move, light up, and have sound tracks that are triggered when you pass near them.

DSCN6267
At dusk, many of the displays light up. The giant cat here has green light up eyes and the figure on the tombstone has red eyes.

Read more... )
lavendertook: (Default)
2015-12-06 08:35 pm
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Happy Chanukah!!!

A happy time of lasting light to you all, if you celebrate Chanukah or not.

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Saki Chanuka pics below )

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lavendertook: (chanukah bright teal)
2015-12-06 08:35 pm
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Happy Chanukah!!!

A happy time of lasting light to you all, if you celebrate Chanukah or not.

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Saki Chanuka pics below )
lavendertook: (hobbity new year)
2015-11-18 08:18 pm

Maryland Moot 2016

Just a reminder that we have a Maryland Moot 2016 community you should join if you'd like to join us and have a say on when we're having it at

[livejournal.com profile] mdmoot2016

Also a bunch of the same usual suspects are participating in a Frodocentric fic or pic exchange at

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide4frodo

modded by [personal profile] baranduin, [personal profile] hanarobi, and [personal profile] claudia603, so come and play.
lavendertook: (2015)
2015-01-01 09:24 pm

Welcome 2015!

Happy New Year, my friends!!!

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Today, I started the new year off right and went on a day hike with an lgbt hiking group from Riverbend Park, VA down to Great Falls on the Potomac River, pictured above. So beautiful. It was 5 or 6 miles and my knee is feeling it, but it was a beautiful day for it. I've been wanting to go on a hike with this group for a while, but they're usually longer and more challenging than I can yet handle. This was about my limit for now. There was a slight ocean scent on the breeze off the river--I never made it to the beach last year, so that was a very welcome scent.

Last night, I went over to [personal profile] synecdochic and [personal profile] sarah's party. We watched a vid of Into the Woods with Bernadette Peters, ate the wonderful foods, including buttery choco chip cookies they made, I met the famous Ginnycat,, and had a really wonderful time, but left before midnight, because I was up at 5:30 am.

So I've been more social this new year's than I've been in many months. I'm very glad I got out last night and today. This has been fun. Much cleaning, chores, and finishing of getting cards out the next 3 days. Of course, there will be walks, a swim, much cat hugging, and perhaps another BoFA viewing, if I can fit it in. Then the first day of my new job on Monday.

I am surrounded by snoring cats, and the sleep waves are heavy in the air . . .
lavendertook: (chanukah bright teal)
2014-12-24 07:58 pm

Happy Lights!

Here's last evening's 8th day menorah rainbow:

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I had a lovely day day off with swimming lots, eating lotsa pizza, playing with lotsa icons, lotsa petting cats, and addressing lotsa cards. Tomorrow I go see the BoFA movie with lotsa frame rates and Ds, hopefully. (-:

More lights . . .  )
lavendertook: (Default)
2014-12-23 09:46 pm
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Happy Chobbitka!!!

Chanukah Chobbits Shamash Candle 12-09

Happy Last Day of Chanuka with some chobbits!

I'm off work for the next 5 days--wheee!!!

Happy Solstice, Merry Xmas, Joyous Kwaanza, and Happy New Year, or, as Ny says, Happy Everything!!!

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lavendertook: (chanasaki)
2014-12-23 09:46 pm
Entry tags:

Happy Chobbitka!!!

Chanukah Chobbits Shamash Candle 12-09

Happy Last Day of Chanuka with some chobbits!

I'm off work for the next 5 days--wheee!!!

Happy Solstice, Merry Xmas, Joyous Kwaanza, and Happy New Year, or, as Ny says, Happy Everything!!!
lavendertook: (Default)
2014-09-22 08:43 pm

Happy Bagginses' Birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Bilbo, Frodo, and Bingo! And cake to all who love them!

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lavendertook: (Baggins of Bag End)
2014-09-22 08:43 pm

Happy Bagginses' Birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Bilbo, Frodo, and Bingo! And cake to all who love them!
lavendertook: (Captn Saki)
2014-09-19 09:20 pm

Arrrrrrr!

Ye best not forget what day tis is, mateys . . .

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. . . or ye be walking the plank in wooden undershorts like this pair yonder . . .

ADDENDUM:

Then you'll be having an intimate understanding of the true origins of the most hallowed saying, "Shiver me timbers," as the most wise [personal profile] grey_wonderer reminds us.
lavendertook: hobbiton party field with rainbow (shire rainbow)
2014-07-04 04:34 pm

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th to all who celebrate it and a Happy Friday to all!

This is being the prettiest 4th I can remember, thanks to Hurricane Arthur being good to my area and giving us breezes that have chased out the sweltering humidity of the past week.

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I got out to the lake for a beautiful morning walk. Every couple of weeks there is a different assortment of wildflowers beginning to bloom in this spot.


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A little skink peeking out from his bunker in a fallen log. He is around 50 yards from the spot where they are going to be setting off the town fireworks so I hope he will be safe, and I hope his bunker makes him feel safe during the booms.

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Saki says, "Have a Happy 4th of July!"

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I hope you all get to roll around in one of your favorite perches today, too, my dear flisties. <3
lavendertook: saki scritched under the chin looking sideways at camera (saki's got ur numbah)
2014-05-11 07:28 pm

Blue Footed Bubbie

Now that the boot is off Saki's foot and it looks like the remaining wound is at abrasion level and looks like it's starting to scab over, here's a look at the patient.

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It's a beautiful spring day. I can hear all the other kids outside playing. And here I am, stuck inside with a cast on my foot FOREVER . . .


More Saki goodness . . . )


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I'm holding you purrsonally responsible for this. You let them put this blue thing on my paw and you expect me to wish YOU a happy Mother's Day? Be real!

For all who are held responsible for mothering, whatever gender you are, if you apply the term to yourself, Happy Mother's Day to you!

*hugs*
lavendertook: (bingo feline specs)
2014-03-25 10:42 pm

Happy Ring Day!

Here's my reading of an early draft of the beginning of "A Long Expected Party" with Bingo, son of Bilbo from The History of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the Shadow, because I love those early drafts, and, well, Bingo:

http://bbolger-baggins.livejournal.com/84577.html



Ahahahahaha--a safe hobbit!!!
lavendertook: (Default)
2014-02-14 10:06 pm

Happy Eve of Half-Priced Chocolate Day!

To my beloved flisties,

Saki & Tuxie, 1/14
May your head be as blissfully licked as Tuxie's is here, or the preferred equivalent.

Snow berries, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, 1/14
My love for you is vibrant even in the goddamned snow that can go away any time now. There's your Hallmark Moment from me to you'ses.<3

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lavendertook: (snowy birches)
2014-02-14 10:06 pm

Happy Eve of Half-Priced Chocolate Day!

To my beloved flisties,

Saki & Tuxie, 1/14

May your head be as blissfully licked as Tuxie's is here, or the preferred equivalent.



Snow berries, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, 1/14

My love for you is vibrant even in the goddamned snow that can go away any time now. There's your Hallmark Moment from me to you'ses.<3