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Oh, for pity's sake.  I finally steal some time to do a post (as opposed to just commenting) and LJ eats it.  Is the universe trying to tell me something, do you think?

So.  Let's try again.

I haven't been around as much as usual because a four-letter word (begins with "w" and ends with "k", and no, the missing letters are not "a" and "n"; guess again) has been demanding most of my attention recently.  We've been having meetings.  Lots of meetings.  Three hours yesterday, two hours today, probably another three hours tomorrow, and then next week there'll be follow-up meetings to these meetings.  And so on until the end of the year, I'm afraid.  For a change, though, the meetings have actually been productive (probably because (a) my boss isn't running them, and (b) said boss isn't being allowed to multitask (taking phone calls, reading text messages on his Blackberry, etc.) while the meetings are going on).  So we manage to accomplish things, and I go back to my desk feeling energised, which is nice.

The purpose of today's post is:

1.  To apologise to crazybutsound because I still haven't posted the chili recipe I promised her.

2.  To show off the beautiful and shiny new icon that alinewrites made for me.  *points*  *loves*

3.  To tell the B/K fans on my flist that Aline also wrote an auction fic for me, which I expect you'll get to see just as soon as I find time to read it first.  Is that right, Aline?  Is it just posted for me now?  *guards fic jealously*

4.  To tell those same B/K fans who might be wondering what's taking me so long to read the story that part of the blame lies with  castalie, who's made a sudoku addict out of me.  Anyone else do the puzzles?

5.  To tell anyone who cares that I now answer to "Mlle Karen" or "Karen Eldonevna". The latter is courtesy of vlad_impaler.  (Well, he owes me something for sending me to the salt mines.  Just because I wouldn't accept that invitation to tea ....  Btw Vlad, shall I say hello to your good friend MK if I run into him here?)

6.  To show vlad_impaler that I have no hard feelings about the labour camp by telling him that the important date he was wondering about is 14 November.  At least send a card, okay?

7.  Finally, to say "Desolée" to the person who posted yesterday with comments disabled.  I'm thinking of you.

Okay, with fingers crossed I shall now click "Update Journal" and see what happens ....

ETA 1:  Sometimes I wonder why I bother with the "Rich Text" option when I write a post if I'm just going to have to go in afterwards and retype the bits that LJ has left out, I guess when it does some automatic formatting of its own (those "< /SPAN >" codes, for example). I might just as well put in the coding myself and be done with it.

ETA 2:  Well, I finally got the message about my password being too easy to guess. Has anyone actually changed their password because of this? I have a suspicious mind, and this sounds an awful lot like those "phishing" expeditions where someone asks you to provide or validate information just so they can capture it. For the moment, at least, my password is staying as is.


Oct. 27th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Btw? Your Meloni icon is absolutely gorgeous, I second the thought!

And speaking of which - well sorta, Chris Meloni -> Oz -> Beecher/Keller -> fic, did you read that fic? Fate Makes a Man by blackchaps, it's a very long AU where Toby is still a the convict we know but Keller is a hack. I got hooked and couldn't stop reading! Need to send feedback as a matter of fact.
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh!!!!! I didn't know about that fic! It's long, you say? And good enough to hook you? *runs off to print the story*
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
It's quite long yes and I thought it was brilliant. Am curious to see what you'll think of it *g*
Oct. 27th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Damn! I can't print it.

I've been having a problem lately with some things I print from LJ. For example, the LiveJournal header repeats at the top of every page and then text is superimposed on it. I sent a query to the LJ Support Team, and they said that apparently my browser's print setup now has the "print background" option enabled. Well, I guess they're right, because when I just tried to print out the first chapter of this fic on the black and white printer, I get a grey sheet (with narrow white borders) with grey story text. It's completely unreadable. So then I tried sending the print job to the colour printer; this time I get a deep violet page with blue text; also basically unreadable. So I guess my only options are to just read the story on my PC screen, or to print it out from a public computer. Btw, I have no idea what might have caused this browser print setup thing to change, unless it's something our IS department did. Similarly, I haven't a clue as to how to correct it. :-((((