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copperbadge July 26 2014, 20:25

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 Well, I've clogged the toilet so badly that I had to ask our building manager to call a plumber.

I think that means I've officially moved in! 

I seem to recall someone telling me, the last time I moved, that you had to christen the apartment by peeing in the sink. This may become a reality depending on how long the toilet's out of commission.
copperbadge July 22 2014, 12:18

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Last night was the first night I spent without company in the new place. It was...strange.

I grew up relatively poor, and I'm not exactly wealthy now, but I can afford a standard of living that I haven't had in a long time, in terms of the size and quality of my home. This apartment is so nice and in such a good place and has so many cool little features that it makes me really nervous. I'm afraid that there's some hidden flaw in the place, or (realistically; it's at the upper end of my rent window) that I won't be able to afford it long term, that I'll be fired and won't be able to afford it at all (unrealistic; I'm good at my job, I haven't done anything to deserve it) or that something terrible will happen as a sort of supernatural retribution. I suspect some of this has to do with undergoing a major personal upheaval in my family when I was eleven -- going from safety to instability in more or less a heartbeat -- but some of it is brain chemistry.

It's terrible to live with mental illness sometimes, of course, but for me some of the terrible is the amount of superstition that goes into my life. If I do X or Y, I'll get result Z, at least I believe, even if X and Y AND Z are unrelated. When you live like that, if something goes wrong, even if it realistically wasn't in your control, it still feels as though it's your fault. I try to break as much of the habit as I can, but I still free-floating worry that because I feel secure and stable (and because I talk about it) something awful is about to happen to make up for it.

I spent a significant portion of yesterday afternoon reading Crowded House, one of the Top 25 New Yorker Free Articles from Longform.org. It's about a disastrous attempt by a hundred different people to sublet one apartment from a scam artist, and what they went through trying to get their money back. Then I had to stop, because I was working myself up into some kind of state.

Everything will be fine. The appliances work, the apartment is price-appropriate, and if something breaks I'm capable of fixing it (I've already fixed the showerhead). I have earned what I have, and while luck may have helped, I put in the work so that it could. I'm just going to keep telling myself that until I believe it.
copperbadge July 21 2014, 13:04

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

I had a few submissions this week that didn't seem urgent but did require some research, so I left them out because time was a little limited during the move. Never fear, I have them marked for next week!

Ways To Give:

nancylebov linked to a fundraiser for medical bills and expenses for Wendi, a friend whose cancer was in remission and came back; she has very little savings because it was spent beating the cancer the first time around. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] treesahquiche's friend Matt Grote, [tumblr.com profile] loserbeam, is offering comedic writing pieces to raise money for housing and living expenses at grad school until his scholarship money arrives in late September. You can read more, commission, or donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] historytravellers (aka bittervillager) is seeking assistance in paying for her final college credit hour. Her university requires she stay enrolled while writing her dissertation on history and temporal tourism, and if her credit hour is not paid for by 15 August, she will be unenrolled from her research hours course. You can read more and donate here.

[personal profile] waldo is raising funds through donorschoose to get more iPads for her inner-city 5th graders; the new standardized tests are all-computer and they need the practice. You can read more and donate here.

Help For Free:

[dreamwidth.org profile] aunty_marion is asking for good wishes and healing thoughts for her mother, who is in the hospital with several ailments that make it unlikely she'll be able to come home again. They'd like to take her out for her 90th birthday in August, and while they don't think it'll happen, they'd love people to keep her mother in their thoughts. You can read more in the last few entries of her Dreamwidth account.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).
copperbadge July 19 2014, 16:02

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 I am still alive!

The move went smoothly -- no injuries, for sure, which is nice -- and today we've been unpacking and making a list of what I need to buy or repair. There are always one or two things that the landlord overlooked since the last tenant moved out -- in this case, a few burnt out lightbulbs, a dusty intake vent, and a Mysterious Humidity about the dryer. (I think the rear vent probably just isn't sealed properly.)

I'm nursing a bit of a headache so the motto of the day is "slow and steady" or as mum put it, "hourly sit-down breaks". She says she saw the ghost this morning in the mirror, so maybe I'm not 100% bonkers. Then again, this is the woman who raised me. 

She brought me an Aloe Vera plant as a housewarming gift. I said I was naming it Ragtime.

"Ragtime?" she asked.

"Yeah," I said. "Aloe, my ragtime gal."

Fortunately, mum likes puns as much as I do, so she was laughing too hard to throw anything at me. 

I have been running the washing machine and dishwasher all morning; I think everything in my apartment is nearly clean. This afternoon we're doing a Bed Bath & Beyond run to buy various home goods (Bed, Bath) and maybe a little something for the ghost (Beyond). And then a sushi-and-robata place for dinner because I want some salmon nigiri and Mum likes things on sticks.
copperbadge July 16 2014, 13:02

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Ugh you guys, having no internet at home is the worst. But I am being very productive!

FOR EXAMPLE, have some fanfic for a television drama that you may never have heard of. :D

Title: The Season Of Singing
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Kings
Summary: David desperately wants to be Jack's friend and ally. Jack doesn't know what he wants. There's probably a preordained plan for both of them, but they're going to have to work out the details on their own.
Notes: Written for Arsenic's birthday, because both of us were annoyed that Jack and David weren't friends in the show.

Here at AO3 | Here at Dreamwidth
copperbadge July 14 2014, 12:45

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[dreamwidth.org profile] ragingrainbow is a single mother with financial difficulties due to an undiagnosed chronic illness. She is working to stave off eviction, and is raising money to pay bills and keep food on the table. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] iamshadow21 linked to [tumblr.com profile] vyllalala, who has had an emergency hospital stay for gallstones (oh, the pain D:) and is doing art commissions to cover expenses. You can read more about how to commission and donate here.

[personal profile] mathsnerd is moving house to a wheelchair-friendly flat and has found she has to raise just over 4700 Euros as quickly as possible in order to secure the flat (there's a Fixtures & Fittings fee). She draws disability pension, which means she's not making very much, but she has charities offering to help as long as she demonstrates she has a plan to get the money together. You can read more here and support the fundraiser here.

Gabrielle, a disabled, neuroatypical student, has been offered a spectacular opportunity: tuition and housing at Smith College, but the scholarship does not cover healthcare, travel, textbooks, and other incidentals. This opportunity is an escape from an abusive home for her, and she's raising funds to cover the rest of her expenses. You can read more and donate at her gofundme here.

digitalwave has been offered housing for their first vacation in many years, but they don't quite have the budget for transit and food while on vacation. They need to raise some money for the trip, and are selling DVDs, purses, body lotions, geeky books, and other fannish miscellaney here.

frenchroast linked to a fundraiser for the daughter of smwright. Ms. Armentrout is starting her first year of teaching in a high-poverty, high-needs school, and is trying to buy supplies for her classroom, including things like a rug for the classroom and literacy materials that will benefit the school for years to come. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] pondamypond is raising money to get her car permit and license, which will aid her in getting a job to pay for school and get out of her parents' place. You can read more here and support the fundraiser here.

In A Bind is a not-for-profit project which works to provide chest binders for female-to-male transgender youth and genderqueer youth, who often have difficulty getting access to chest binders. They have had to close their waiting list due to backlog, and are fundraising in cooperation with the Frank Cassata Family Foundation to raise $3K for binder purchases. You can read more and find out where to donate here.

[dreamwidth.org profile] tealin linked to a fundraiser for Simon's Cat, a popular web series that is working on a color episode and would like to pay the artists helping them to produce it. There are fun perks, and as Tealin says, "the satisfaction of helping to circumvent the studio system" :D You can read more and support the project here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] spiredog is conducting a study for her senior thesis on whether elements of teh subculture of fandom are becoming a part of mainstream culture. You can read more here, and if you want to help, share the link at the post with family and friends (over the age of 18) who do not consider themselves a part of fandom.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

talekyn linked to The Many Tortures of Anthony cardno, a short story anthology raising money for the American Cancer Society. The anthology has 22 authors across multiple genres, and you can find it here on Amazon; I'm told it will be available at Barnes & Noble and on Kindle soon.

[tumblr.com profile] pretensesoup has a novella out, "About love, death, ghosts, physics, and Chinese philosophy". You can check out her website here which includes information about her novella The Joy Of Fishes here.

Robyn just started a website to sell jewelry that she makes. You can check out the site here; she'd love some word of mouth publicity.


[personal profile] kinetikatrue and the People's Republic Of Fandom are still looking for a fourth housemate to share a four bedroom house in Takoma Park full of "introverted queerish nerds". You can read more about the home and its occupants and get in touch here.

News to Know:

[tumblr.com profile] illustratedjai runs LGBTQ&A, a youtube channel aimed at answering questions about LGBTQ+ issues, vocabulary, and identity. You can check out the channel here, and support it via patreon here.

rosefyre let me know that the old tardisbigbang.com site has apparently vanished. If you're looking for the tardisbigbang fics you can usually find them via archive.org, but if it was the only place your fic was archived, you might consider reposting it somewhere so people can still enjoy it!

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

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