Ugh!

Sep. 13th, 2017 07:33 pm
bradygirl_12: (supergirl (blue eyes))
Last week was the Week From Hell, and this week is no better. The changes going on in my life are making me cling to Fandom once again as my life preserver. Thank the stars it's my favorite time of year. Maybe that'll cheer me up. :(
bradygirl_12: (brady (hoodie))
Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs 42, New England Patriots 27 (0-1) (Thursday, September 7, 2017)

It started out grandly, with fireworks and the unveiling of Banner No. 5, five giant mock-ups of the Lombardi Trophy, Patriot flags flying and the militia shooting their rifles. Retired Patriot greats held the actual trophies as the crowd cheered. Lusty boos and Goodell clown towels had greeted the weasel Commissioner before the game.

The game started auspiciously, too. Brady marched his men down the field in no-huddle and scored a beautiful TD. Unfortunately, it went all downhill after that. The offense was out of sync, special teams made critical mistakes, and the defense was a leaky sieve, giving up huge bombs and running yards. It was Tom Brady's first home opener loss, and a shocking rare loss at home, period.

I knew the Chiefs would be trouble! Andy Reid is a good coach. The loss of Julian Edelman and other key players is already showing. Of course, we've seen this before. After being humiliated on Monday Night Football by the Chiefs in Kansas City in 2014, the Patriots came roaring back and won a Super Bowl.

Will this be history repeating itself? Or will the injuries simply be too much? Stay tuned!

Since the other divisional teams haven't played yet (Miami's game is cancelled, in fact), I won't post any standings.

Next week: the Pats on the road against the New Orleans Saints!

EDIT: Buffalo wins and the Jets lose!

AFC EAST DIVISION

BUFF 1-0
NE 0-1
NYJ 0-1
Miami 0-0
bradygirl_12: (han--luke (sickbay))
Title: The General And The Jedi III: The Scarlet Slipper (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Han/Luke, Lando, Leia, Chewbacca, Pergon Skyrider, Malon, Drax
Continuity: Star Wars (The Original Trilogy)
Genres: Humor, Romance
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: It was just going to be a simple bachelor party for Han and Luke. Nothing could go wrong...right?
Date Of Completion: July 14, 2017
Date Of Posting: September 4, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, George Lucas and Twentieth-Century Fox do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 2773
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author's Notes: This particular series will follow Han and Luke's married life as they help Leia establish the New Republic. The entire series can be found here.

Luke groaned. So much for a simple bachelor party! )
bradygirl_12: (autumn leaves (orange))
Hi, luvs!

A few football notes for you, but first, wow, what a great summer! It's about 62 degrees today, and everything's still green. Rain again today courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey, but nothing too heavy. Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful. We have had cool weather for weeks now. *happy sigh* Kind of a Pacific Northwest summer! :)

Football notes: if you're interested in behind-the-scenes stuff, there's a special on NBC tonight at 7:00 P.M. EDT that features the Patriots, a lot of why the coaches decided what they did, and other inside stuff. Those in the media who have seen it already say it's excellent.

Even if you're not a football fan but you like fireworks and hoopla, consider watching the beginning of the football game Sunday night for the raising of the championship banner in Foxboro. Should be fun! :)

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, my fellow Americans! :)
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (warrior))
The Great Amazonia changes many people’s lives, not the least of whom is Steve Trevor.
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
August was a quiet month but there were some accomplishments. :)

Details behind the cut )
bradygirl_12: (bruce--dick (star-kissed 1))
Title: Renaissance Men (5/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Timotheus (Tim), Genovese Bertelli, Jason, Arturo Stromboli, Alfonso, Constable Bonacelli
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: Will Brando and Riccardo survive persecution by the Office Of The Night?
Date Of Completion: May 29, 2017
Date Of Posting: August 27, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1662
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

Riccardo ran to the storeroom and went into the tunnel while Jason followed and covered up the trapdoor. Down in the tunnel, Riccardo lit a torch and hurried along the passageway. He shivered at the dampness, its cloying fingers plucking at his clothes. )
bradygirl_12: (brady--beautiful)
(Preseason) Week 3: New England Patriots 30, Detroit Lions 28 (1-2) (Friday, August 25, 2017)

The offense looked very sharp with the starters, and it was a joy to watch. The Patriots used the hurry-up offense, in which Tom shines as conductor. Chris Hogan, Gronk, and James White really stood out. The Pats were up 24-0 in the first half with the first-string Detroit defense looking confused.

The defense was shakier (second-string was pretty shabby) but Alan Branch entertained by grabbing Lions' QB Matthew Stafford with one hand by the shirt and dragging him back like some wayward kid. :)

Sadly, we lost sparkplug Julian Edelman to a torn ACL. He has the best chemistry with Brady and his Tom's security blanket out there. The injury was non-contact, much like Wes Welker's back in 2009. Tough break for Jules and the Pats. Let's hope the next man up is good! :(

Next week, the final preseason game is at Gillette Stadium against the New York Giants, the traditional final preseason opponent. It's unlikely any starters will play. Too late for Jules! :(

Eclipse!!!

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:06 pm
bradygirl_12: (supergirl (new frontier smile))
Very cool day! My sister and I were at our respective homes and kept in touch via text. Neither of us had special glasses but we had our pinhole projectors. :) We did see activity on our papers! And we noticed a drop in temperature, light that looked like dusk, and utter silence. No birds singing but crickets chirping. The birds were getting ready for bed. :) A huge cricket ended up on my deck. Guess he lost his way. :)

We'd both seen the 100% totality on TV in other places. How amazing was that! Total darkness! I love science-y things like this. And what a pleasure for the country to focus on something beautiful and amazing instead of the usual political crap.It was totally celestial! :)
bradygirl_12: (brady--beautiful)
(Preseason) Week 2: Houston Texans 27, New England Patriots 24 (0-2) (Saturday, August 19, 2017)

A very uneven game, but such is preseason football! Tom and the 1st-string offense were pretty good, but the 1st-string defense looked shaky. They gave up a big play, and more big plays were given up by the second-stringers.

Back-up Jimmy Garoppolo was off all night, though he did lead some nice scoring drives. He did throw a dumb INT that blew the game, so he's gonna hear about that from the coaches! :)

Jacoby, our 3rd-string QB, did okay, but the whole team seemed out of sync. Oh, well, give the preseason win to the Texans. We'll take beatin' 'em in the regular season and playoffs! :) We play them this year.

Next week the Pats head to Detroit for joint practices and their third preseason game. Ha, the Pats fans are unlucky this year as the first and fourth games are in New England and no starters will play in either!

Eclipse!

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:40 pm
bradygirl_12: (supergirl (new frontier smile))
Everybody ready for the eclipse? :)

I don't have any special glasses so I'm going old-school: I made a pinhole projector. Easy as pie: take two pieces of paper or cardboard (preferably heavy card stock or white cardboard, though regular paper and brown cardboard will do), and take a pin and make a hole in one piece. During the eclipse stand with your back to the sun, put one paper on the ground or a flat surface (shade it), hold up the pinhole paper and the sun's rays will stream through the hole and you'll see the eclipse. :)

There are slightly fancier projectors (using tin foil and another uses an empty cereal box). You can google 'pinhole projectors' and there are plenty of how-to videos to watch. :)

Hopefully it won't be cloudy tomorrow!
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
Title: Renaissance Men (4/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Jason, Timotheus (Tim), Adolfo Gemelli, Mercutio Primo
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: As the Great Project continues, there are spies everywhere.
Date Of Completion: May 19, 2017
Date Of Posting: August 19, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1765
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

Brando Venucci’s most ambitious project began with ‘all hands on deck’, as he said. The buzz of activity filled the house as Jason and Timotheus reviewed the procedures for sculpture work and Brando continued sketching Riccardo. The excitement of creativity was everywhere. )
bradygirl_12: (chocolate cake 2 (strawberries))






Happy Birthday,

Roxymissrose!

May your day

Be SUPER (natural)!!!

;)





bradygirl_12: (cake (lemon))








Happy Birthday,

Jen_Rock!

May your day

Be FANTASTIC!!!

:)






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bradygirl_12: (brady (can't resist))
(Preseason) Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars 31, New England Patriots 24 (0-1) (Thursday, August 10, 2017)

The Super Bowl Champs are back in business! :)

Even though preseason games are glorified scrimmages and the points don't matter, you can learn things about your team. For instance, back=up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looked pretty sharp even though he was throwing to second-stringers, as the starters didn't start. Tom had to look pretty on the sidelines. :)

So the offense was pretty good but the defense gave up three long bombs. Again, second-string, but these guys are trying to make the team. Special teams was so-so. Once again kicker Stephen Gostkowski has the yips!

When Jimmy G. left the game (after a spectacular circus TD catch by rookie Austin Carr), third-string quarterback Jacoby Brisett took over. He's still sailing balls over people's heads and has poor touch, but he's good in other areas. Still needs lots of work!

Six years ago, Bill Belichick initiated joint practice with a team (1 out of 4) they would face in the preseason. Years ago some NFL teams would hold joint scrimmages but the practice fell out of favor until BB revived it. This year the Patriots will be holding joint practices with 3 out of 4 teams. Since joint practices allow teams to beat up other guys rather than their own teammates, the players like it, and so much work gets done, the starters can sit out the first game.

Next game is against the Houston Texans. They are attending Texans' training camp in Greenbrier, West Virginia and flew down on two, brand-spanking-new private airplanes bought by the Pats owners, the Kraft family. The planes are Airkraft One and Two. ;)
bradygirl_12: (bruce--dick (star-kissed 1))
Title: Renaissance Men (3/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Arturo Stromboli, Jason, Timotheus (Tim)
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: Danger lurks for Brando and Riccardo.
Date Of Completion: May 5, 2017
Date Of Posting: August 11, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1622
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

Riccardo admired his lover’s face as the moonlight touched its rough beauty. He gently ran a finger through Brando’s wild, thick mane of hair. )
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (golden warrior))
Title: The Sisterhood Of The Ruby Stilettos XIV: Hola! (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Natasha/Pepper, Steve Rogers
Continuity: The Avengers (2012)/Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Challenge, Fluff, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: All women are Amazon Warriors under their bracelets.
Date Of Completion: June 16, 2017
Date Of Posting: August 4, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, Marvel, Paramount, DC Comics and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 660
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author's Notes: Written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Love Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ). The entire series can be found here.

Steve seemed uncertain as to what to say next. Natasha was going to take pity on him when Pepper appeared. Both Avengers stared. )
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (golden warrior))
Hola, my friends! We've got four entries so far (and not all mine, tee hee) in BradyGirl_12's 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Love Diamond Anniversary Challenge! Sure, a lot of focus will be on the Movie, but this Challenge celebrates ALL of Diana's rich history, so if you've got an idea for comicsverse, 'toonverse, or the Lynda Carter TV show, don't hesitate! All types of fanworks welcome. Diamonds are an Amazon's best friend! ;)
bradygirl_12: (brady (can't resist))
Happy Birthday to Tom Brady! He's 40 today, and that's ancient in sports years, but he looked pretty good to me when I was at training camp at Gillette Stadium. ;) The Patriots have baby goats at camp today for fans to take pictures with, because Tom is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time). Tom had his picture taken holding a baby goat years ago for a GQ shoot, and he got plenty of ribbing from his teammates for that one! ;)

Today he will be serenaded by the fans in camp, and his teammates will have something for him. He'll be embarrassed by the whole thing, but we don't care. He deserves birthday accolades. He's certainly given us New Englanders years of joy! :)

It's practically a state/regional holiday! ;) Our local news are mentioning it; sports talk radio is all over it; it's Tom Brady Day on ESPN; Twitter's afire; and people are saying, "Happy Tom Brady's Birthday!" to each other. It's really a lot of fun, and in this crazy world, grab fun when you can get it! :)
bradygirl_12: (lobster dinner)
By-The-Sea XVII: Fishy Business ;) features the Trinity Plus One as they do some deep-sea fishing off the coast of Cape Cod.

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