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Jul. 22nd, 2017


[info]megpie71

[info]megpie71

Weekly Update 22 JUL 2017


[info]megpie71
Good grief, the inter-semester break is nearly over. It's O-week for the mid-year starting students next week (good reason to stay away from campus, in my opinion) and classes start again the following Monday. Back to the grind again...

I went down to campus on Thursday for a couple of reasons. One was meeting up with the wonderful [profile] princesskessie, the other was finding out where all my classes are being held (two of my classes are starting at 8am, the other two are starting at 9am, and quite honestly, I was less than enthused about the idea of trying to find a lecture theatre I've never been to before on a crowded campus at 7.45am in the morning in the pouring rain (it's winter here, plan for rain) when I'm only running on 1 cup of tea at best. Much easier to locate the classes ahead of time, and be able to pootle along there without too much stress.

I'm lucking out this semester - so far, no stairs for any of the classes I'm involved in. Might have to go up a couple of rows in the lecture theatres, but I suspect that's going to be easy enough. Which means my cranky knees (one of them doesn't like going up stairs, the other one isn't fond of going down them) will not have anything to annoy them this semester.

The jaw is healing up on schedule - I've finished the course of penicillin the dentist gave me to avoid infection, and I've also stopped needing to take Nurofen every day. Things are still a bit owie, but not seriously enough so that I'm needing pain relief.

I got back to the baking this week - I made a spicy fruit loaf on Thursday, and I've been working my way through that, as well as the fruit cake I made back before my dental misadventures. I also have plans to make up a batch of citrus poppyseed muffins, just to see how it all works out (if I'm really enthused, I might treat 'em with the lemon syrup from a different recipe as well). It's a good way of working through some of the lemons and limes I have in the fridge (they've been on special lately, so I've been buying them on the regular, in the hope it'll prompt me to make things with them. So now I just have to make the things!). The spicy fruit loaf was a "rub in" method cake, which showed me how little strength and stamina I had in my thumbs (when rubbing in butter hurts, it's a sign I need to do it more often. Time to start looking out scone recipes, I suspect).

Aside from that, and the housework, of course, I've not really been doing much. How's everyone else?

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Jul. 21st, 2017


[info]spfestmod
[info]snape_potter

[info]spfestmod
[info]snape_potter

Join the party!


[info]spfestmod
[info]snape_potter
We're halfway through Harry's birthday party challenge but with ten days until his big day, there's plenty of time to participate!

All the rules can be found here: DW, LJ, and IJ

As always, the most important rule is to have fun as you create more Snarry!

Jul. 20th, 2017


[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter

[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter

Of Passion and Pardon


[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter
Title: Of Passion and Pardon
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley/OFC.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snarry100's prompt# 585: Passion.
Summary: The fateful meeting day arrives.
Part Twenty of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and [info]emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Of Passion and Pardon on LJ/IJ/DW.

Jul. 15th, 2017


[info]gwynclaire
[info]snape_potter

[info]gwynclaire
[info]snape_potter

SS/HP Prophet for July 9 - July 15


[info]gwynclaire
[info]snape_potter
The current edition of the SS/HP Prophet has been posted here:

The SS/HP Prophet for July 9 - July 15

If we missed an entry, please comment on the latest newsletter and it will be added to the next edition.

[info]lilyseyes
[info]snape_potter

[info]lilyseyes
[info]snape_potter

FIC: A Birthday Card for Harry


[info]lilyseyes
[info]snape_potter
Title: A Birthday Card for Harry
Author: [info]lilyseyes
Other pairings/threesome: None
Rating: PG
Word count: 400
Content/Warning(s): (highlight for spoilers) *None*
Summary/Prompt: Severus struggles to write the perfect birthday greeting in Harry's card.
A/N: Happy Birthday, Harry! 😊

A Birthday Card for Harry )

[info]megpie71

[info]megpie71

Weekly Update 15 JUL 2017


[info]megpie71
This week I had a tooth crack on me on Wednesday. This resulted in a trip down to the local government dental clinic "emergency" sessions at 8.15 in the morning on Thursday, and a third tooth extracted. I'm sitting here with a hole in my jaw which is throbbing at me, but recovering pretty much on schedule.

Gory dental details under the fold )

I feel inclined to send the dentist a thank-you card, and the hope the rest of her day's work wasn't anywhere near as frustrating.

I'm currently on a diet of soup, pasta, and other such mush until my jaw heals up enough that attempts to chew aren't interpreted as a direct assault on and by every tooth in my head. It's not actually the socket which hurts when I chew, it's the other teeth near the socket, all of which got jostled around in the process. Clenching my jaw is not likely to happen for at least another fortnight at this rate. I'm taking nurofen (ibuprofen) on a regular basis to deal with the pain (down from every four hours on Thursday to about every six hours today, I think) and hoping things will clear up soon. I'm also on a course of antibiotics (amoxicillin) to prevent any infection, so one of those three times daily, plus rinsing 4 times a day with warm salt water.

I trust I don't need to point out this is a good reason to keep up with brushing your teeth? Trust me, this stuff isn't fun.

Hopefully I'll wind up on their maintenance schedule, and I'll be able to see about things like replacements for the three teeth which have been removed so far (as well as maybe getting a bit of work done on my right-hand incisor, which is also gradually chipping away).

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Jul. 14th, 2017


[info]rushlight

[info]rushlight

New car!


[info]rushlight
So I took the plunge this week and bought myself an electric car. It's a 2016 Nissan Leaf SL, a year old with only 3000 miles on it. It is in perfect condition. It's packed with just about every accessory/upgrade Nissan offers, and I got it for a terrific price. And it's in the extremely rare and hard to find color I wanted, which is a beautiful dark blue.

I am SO excited. My brother is driving me down tomorrow to pick it up. I'm having the home charging station installed on Monday. There's just something about the idea of plugging in my car and charging it like a cell phone that appeals to the geek in me.

SRP offers special pricing plans for electric car owners that will make charging the vehicle overnight dirt cheap. In fact they say that using the new price plan could potentially reduce my electric bill lower than it was previously, even with the additional electric use for car charging.

And there are all of the alternative fuel vehicle perks. Full access to the HOV lane and carpool parking spaces. My monthly parking fee at work will drop to just $5 a month instead of $40. No more visits to the gas station, no more oil changes. The car is practically zero maintenance.

I had some vague expectations of what driving an electric vehicle might be like before I started test driving different ones, most of which were negative. I was afraid the cars would be too small, or too fragile, or too slow without any real power to them. But the Leaf has a 5 star safety rating, has more legroom in the back seat than my current car does, and when I took it on the freeway I honestly think it has more get up and go than my current car, too. There is a setting called "eco mode" that conserves power which does make the car feel a bit sluggish by comparison, but without it engaged I really couldn't tell the difference between the electric car and a gas-powered one while I was driving it. Plus it's so smooth and quiet, even at higher freeway speeds.

I am super excited about bringing it home. I don't think I'll be sleeping at all tonight from the anticipation. ^_^

Jul. 12th, 2017


[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter

[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter

Simply Smitten


[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter
Title: Simply Smitten
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley/OFC.
Word Count: 100 x 8
Rating: R
Challenge: Written for [info]snarry100's prompt# 584: Simple.
Summary: Harry's plan comes to fruition.
Part Nineteen of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and [info]emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Simply Smitten on LJ/IJ/DW.

Jul. 8th, 2017


[info]claucita
[info]snape_potter

[info]claucita
[info]snape_potter

SS/HP Prophet for July 2 - July 8


[info]claucita
[info]snape_potter
The current edition of the SS/HP Prophet has been posted here:

The SS/HP Prophet for July 2 - July 8

If we missed an entry, please comment on the latest newsletter and it will be added to the next edition.

[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter

[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter

Emergency Exit


[info]alisanne
[info]snape_potter
Title: Emergency Exit
Author: [info]alisanne
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Summary: There's something to be said for over education.
Word Count: 365
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [info]hogwarts365's prompt # 199: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” ― Oscar Wilde, Nearly Headless Nick, Goblin Liaison Office
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and[info]emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Emergency Exit on LJ/IJ/DW.