bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (love))
June was a bizzy month, celebrating birthdays and the Wonder Woman movie! :)

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bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (my goddess 1))
First Snow (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana
Continuity: Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Fluff, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: For Wonder Woman (2017)
Summary: Diana’s great delight in her first snowfall makes Steve happy.
Date Of Completion: June 11, 2017
Date Of Posting: June 14, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 360
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: The inspiration is coming fast! :) Also written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ). BTW, Happy Flag Day! :)

Steve smiled as Diana threw her head back in delight as the delicate snowflakes fluttered down. They glittered in her dark hair, a veil of stars framing her beautiful face. )
bradygirl_12: (jfk (flag))
Hi, all! As we approach the Inauguration (*shudders*), I thought I'd post these YouTube videos for comparison purposes. If JFK isn't your guy, I'm sure you can find plenty of Inaugural speeches and pageantry for other Presidents, but if you stick with me, here are some random thoughts:



This shows JFK's speech of thanks to Frank Sinatra for putting together this Inaugural Gala, and it was mentioned that some Broadway shows had to shut down temporarily as the plays' stars were all in Washington! I'm just guessing that there won't be the same amount of A-listers at Trump's Gala.



This speech is Cold War-heavy, but JFK came to office a committed Cold Warrior. He began to move away from that position, however, especially after staring down into the abyss of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. After that he pushed hard for a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (signed by him in 1963), better communications between him and Khrushchev (the infamous Hot Line), and efforts to lay the foundation for detente between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. His speech in June of 1963 at American University emphasized that peace should not be a Pax Americana, but a global peace. He also had quietly committed to pulling the American advisors out of Vietnam, keeping it on the downlow because he had to get re-elected in 1964, but he thought it was crazy talk to commit U.S. ground troops there. He publicly called it Vietnam's war to win.

Anyway, the Inaugural Speech itself is delivered forcefully and with eloquence. Think of that as you listen to Trump hem and haw and probably attack his critics in his speech. I don't know how this guy is going to last in office. Presidents are criticized for what they eat for breakfast. Thin skins don't last long in the Oval Office.



Finally, a short piece by Movietone News (still going strong in 1961!), that gives an overview of the day. It was a brilliant day, cold and clear, and as anyone in snow country knows, the sky is incredibly blue and the air sharp and clean on a day after a major snowstorm. So began the American Camelot, glittering like diamonds. :)
bradygirl_12: (captain america sunburst)
Hi, luvs!

Today is Patriots Day (no, not those Patriots, heh heh) and so the traditional events take place on this day: the re-enactment of Lexington and Concord at dawn, the Boston Marathon, and the Boston Red Sox playing an 11:05 game at Fenway Park. This year Mark Wahlberg is filming scenes for his movie about the Boston Marathon bombing. He's a local guy who made good in Hollywood and understands what went on here, so I'll be curious to see how the movie turns out.

Going out later but puttering around the Internet this morning. Lovely spring weather! May get up to 60 degrees later, a week after we had snow! :) I'll be meeting friends for lunch at a local seafood restaurant and while I'm usually a haddock or cod kind of girl, I may go for swordfish or tilapia today to mix it up. We'll share a jumbo shrimp appetizer, which is perfect, because while I like shellfish, I can only eat a small amount in one sitting. One jumbo shrimp will be just right, Baby Bear! :)

May your Monday be festive, holiday or not! :)
bradygirl_12: (supergirl (new frontier smile))
THANK YOU to the anonymous donor who gifted me with all my extra userpics!!! *dances*

Thanks to all of you who listened to my moping and moaning about losing them. I know it's a small thing, and some might think it's stoopid, but we all have our quirks and this is one of mine. *hugs icons tight* I was pretty bummed with the loss of so many icons, particularly a bunch of Steve/Diana and Bruce/Dick lovelies, but so many more!

I TOTALLY appreciate this! What a great thing to cheer up a bleh Monday, though I admit a snowstorm the day after the first day of spring is pretty funny and very typical of New England! :)

I might even be inspired to do a little more fanficcing! :)

My f-list is THE BEST!!!
bradygirl_12: (catwoman--black canary (back-to-back))
Hi, luvs! Hope you're enjoying the first day of spring. It's snowing here. ;)

Some exciting episodes this week!

Spoilers behind the cut )
bradygirl_12: (Snow (Trees))
I am writing this while looking out through my balcony doors, which have two feet of snow piled up against them, driven by the hurricane-level winds. I can barely see the backyard. The wind has been howling since midnight and the Governor instituted a travel ban, so only essential personnel can be out driving. It's days like this that I'm glad I don't live on the coast! They're getting hammered.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft upped the ante last night. After arriving in Phoenix, he started the press conference with a statement adamantly declaring innocence and backing his head coach and quarterback to the hilt. He also took a shot across the bow of the NFL by telling them to stop leaking information and come out with a report. He expects an apology to his team, especially Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, if no definitive evidence is found that they tampered with footballs.

After a week of talking about balls, the story may end with a video given by the Patriots to the NFL. It shows the ball boy taking the bag of balls (both Pats and Colts footballs) and going into a room, which turned out to be the bathroom! He was in there for 90 seconds. A big doubtful that he could let the air out of 12 footballs in 90 seconds! Guess what he was doing in there? Yep, using the bathroom before the game! Sheesh!

If the Pats are lying, they are taking a HUGE risk by all these statements. It wouldn't surprise me if they were (nothing much surprises me anymore), but they sound pretty convincing. Of course, the haters are gonna hate no matter what, but as Tom said, you find out who your friends are during something like this. Drew Bledsoe, the guy he replaced in 2001 but remained friends with, stuck up for him publicly this week, and so did other former Patriots and some non-Pats. It's been reported that Seattle is a little nervous that the Patriots might band together so well against the storm (ha, ha!) that they could be breathing fire next Sunday. :)
bradygirl_12: (pin-up girl (dominiatrix in fishnets))
Hi, luvs! I was mostly off-line yesterday because I didn't want to infect people with my bad mood. I checked a few things and did some posting, and then I just logged off. This morning was much fun, too. I found out when I went to my local pharmacy to refill my meds that there has been a screw-up with the upgraded health plan, and no coverage is listed. Great! And I can't resolve anything until Monday because their customer service offices are closed on weekends. I know why there's so many sick people in this country. Dealing with the screwed-up healthcare system stresses you out! I'm VERY upset.

I did log into my e-mail and found two messages that helped ease my blues: I received an extension of paid account time by the generous [livejournal.com profile] phoenixnz and extension for four months of my extra userpics by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] ctbn60! *dances* THANK YOU, guys! I hate to come begging with my Oliver Twist bowl but there are reasons I can't renew these myself. I have paid account time until 12/10/14 and extra userpics until 5/14/14, so you won't hear me bitch 'n' moan 'til May! ;) My icon for this post was one of those that would have been marked Inactive, so I'm using her to celebrate! :)

Thanks again! I was so upset coming back from the pharmacy and now I have these generous gifts to be happy about. *cries a little in happiness* You guys are the best! I enjoy reading your journals and got to know you through them, one of the reasons I'm still here on LJ. I think it's best for getting to know wonderful people! :)

A football note: the wind chill factor might make the temps plummet to -51 for the Packers/Forty-Niners game tomorrow night in Green Bay! Wow! When I went to the Pats' Ice Bowl in 2004 (playoff game against Tennessee), it was only -15! Our drinks froze within five minutes but we had hand and feet warmers to keep the frostbite away! :)

*hugs my gifters*

P.S. The sky is bright blue and the snow is sparkling, and our temps will be below zero for the foreseeable future. Huzzah! :)

Ugh!

Jan. 3rd, 2014 10:39 am
bradygirl_12: (Snow (Trees))
Well, that's just peachy. I come in from shoveling a foot of snow and my inbox has the cute little message that my LJ icons are expiring on the 13th. Just the cherry on top of my sundae! I can't even watch freakin' Youtube on this computer with the dial-up and no sound, and I can't afford cable so who knows if I'll ever see Arrow again because I've lost the CW because of signal problems, and now my freakin' icons are going! Great, just great! Fun way to start the New Year! If I could renew them I would but can't because of reasons I won't go into here, but I'm tired and bitchy and I'm ready to cry and I can't do this right now. I'm out!
bradygirl_12: (Snow (Trees))
Hi, luvs!

Hope you all survived blowing the noisemakers and drinking the bubbly! ;)

This is an interesting challenge that is very fan-positive:

bradygirl_12: (Snow (Trees))
Today is the 69th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. It was the Third Reich's last gasp and Panzer units attacked and surrounded embattled towns like Bastogne and caused the Allied lines to be pushed back. The soldiers were thinking about Christmas and were mentally unprepared for the brutal struggle ahead.

Europeans said it was one of the worst winters in memory, and many soldiers froze to death as well as were killed in action. Allied planes were grounded due to bad weather and it was the largest land battle that American soldiers would ever be involved in. During the battle (which lasted well into January), the infamous Malmedy Massacre took place, with the S.S. killing dozens of American POWs. There was spy business going on as well, as trained Germans pretended to be Americans and misdirected American troops and switched signs, etc. It was a distressing time for people, hoping for the end of the war as they tried to celebrate the holidays back home, and the titanic struggle exploded just nine days before Christmas.

By the time the Allies pushed the Nazis back, many lives had been lost, but Germany was finally broken. They would never again put up a fight on the scale of the Battle of the Bulge, and the war would be over in Europe in May of 1945.

It was said that many of the American soldiers who were replacements and pretty green acquitted themselves well in this battle, and that when cut off from their units, they took the initiative without orders from superiors. The Germans were the better soldiers but the Americans were better at independent action when necessary.

Please remember the veterans of World War II and all veterans of all wars. Thank you.
bradygirl_12: (bat-santa & elves 2)
Hi, luvs! Very wintry weather here, sleet and snow and a generally dangerous mix. I had to go out for a short while but I'm home the rest of the day, working, working, working, but safe! :)

My holiday checklist is pretty good, and most houses in the neighborhood are decorated now. My decorations are glittery bows. Maybe someday I can get a wreath! My mom loved wreathes. I sure miss her and Dad. :(

A little bummed out that my Dreamwidth paid account is expiring tomorrow. No more importing my comms over there! Drat! What's worse is my LJ icons will be going by January 13th. :( That is kind of depressing, because I love to dress up my entries with the different icons. I'd renew the packages myself but I can't for reasons I won't go into, but I'm a little sadface today. *clings to icons*

I'm working on a fairly long Clex story for the [livejournal.com profile] clexmas Holiday Gift Exchange. It was going to be short and then things started happening! :) But so far I have 14 handwritten pages done and am keeping up with typing as I revise.

I'm close to finished with my gift to the 2013 Clint/Coulson Holiday Gift Exchange. I need to go over some things my beta suggested and go over my coding for my entry. I don't want a messed-up code making my story look awful!

Since I'm not hosting a Winter Holidays Challenge this year I haven't been too much in the mood for holiday stories beyond the Exchanges, but who knows? The closer it gets to Yule and Christmas, I might have a short piece or two to post. :)

I have one more Steve/Diana story to post, possibly before the end of the year. I'm stuck for a title but I'm finally getting some ideas. This one has been off-and-on most of the year as I wrote slowly and then didn't have time to edit and then other stuff happened, but it might end up my first posted story of 2014! :)

Thank goodness for [livejournal.com profile] avengerkink! With so many comms and memes dead on LJ, this one is still thriving!

Oops, gotta get back to work! I'll try and squeeze in another post before tonight! :)
bradygirl_12: (Snow (Trees))
Title: Snow Angels (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Bruce/Dick, Alfred
Genres: Challenge, Fluff, Holiday, Humor, Romance
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: When they’re snowbound at the Manor, Dick persuades Bruce to take advantage of it.
Date Of Completion: December 14, 2012
Date Of Posting: December 26, 2012
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1015
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid. The winning bidder was [livejournal.com profile] icalynn. Prompt: Water/Snow. Also written for my 2012 DCU Fic/Art Angels Challenge. Prompt: Snow Angels. And written for my 2012 DCU Fic/Art Silver Bells Winter Holidays Challenge. Prompt: Summoning Bell, Jingle Bells (Song), Christmas. Finally, also written for [livejournal.com profile] saavikam77’s 2012 DCU_Freeforall Winter Holidays Challenge. Prompts: No. 4: Eggnog/Hot Cocoa, No. 11: Candy Canes/Cookies and No. 14: Snow/Ice/Frost.

It was Gotham’s first snowfall of the year, and since it was Gotham, it was not a typical ‘first time’. It had stated innocently enough, with fat, fluffy flakes lightly falling as children squealed in delight and adults admired how pretty even the city looked when covered in pristine snow. )

Snowy Day

Dec. 1st, 2012 08:46 pm
bradygirl_12: (snow (victorian house))
Hi, luvs!

Today was a quiet, snowy December day. Everything looks real pretty and the roads are still clear, so the snowfall is just right. :) I enjoyed some chocolate while I was writing, which is always a good thing! :)

A sad note: Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher shot his girlfriend at her home and killed himself at the Chiefs facility this morning in front of Coach Romeo Crennell and GM Scott Pioli. Romeo and Scott were instrumental in helping us create our dynasty here in New England as Defensive Coordinator and Chief Of Personnel.

I know how they feel. I still remember the suicide I witnessed at the local shopping plaza a few months ago. :(

The slain girlfriend left behind a three-month-old baby girl. :(
bradygirl_12: (bruce--dick (star-kissed 1))
Title: The Bat And The Angel (1/1)
Rating: G
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Bruce/Dick
Genres: Angst, AU, Challenge, Drama, Fairytale, Romance
Summary: The Dark Bat is visited one snowy night by the Angel Of Sunshine.
Date Of Completion: October 22, 2012
Date Of Posting: December 5, 2012
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1513
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Written for the 2012 Bruce/Dick Fest. Prompt: Wings. Also written for my 2012 DCU Fic/Art Angels Challenge. Prompt: Traditional Angels and "Whenever a bell rings, an Angel gets his wings". Also written for my 2012 DCU Fic/Art Silver Bells Winter Holidays Challenge. Prompt: Church Bells. Lastly, written for 2012 DCU Free_For_All Winter Holidays Challenge. Prompt No. 14: Snow/Ice/Frost. Prompt No. 24: Winter Solstice and Prompt No. 25: Wings.

Once upon a time, on the eventide of Yule, snow fell like glittering diamonds, covering Gotham’s sins. )

Bizzy!

Jan. 21st, 2012 05:33 pm
bradygirl_12: (brady (can't resist))
Hi, luvs! I'm sitting here under my Patriots blanket and listening to sports talk radio break down the games tomorrow. I'll be heading upstairs soon to watch Patriots All-Access, a local production produced by the team so it's mostly fluffy, but there's good behind-the-scenes stuff.

Bitterly cold here. We've been in the deep freeze for awhile. Today we received about six inches of snow. Everything looks pretty! :)

Right now I'm dividing my time between fannish stuff (typing up new chapters and stories and scribbling prompts for [livejournal.com profile] dark_fest) and reading the football message boards. I love breaking down the plays and the strengths and weaknesses of the teams. You've seen that every week with my game reports. :)

Tom's been showing playoff-level intensity this week. He's practically willing the team to win! Not only do we have the prettiest quarterback of them all, but the smartest, too! ;)

I might post something later about my current fanfic projects. Anyway, just thought I'd toss this out. I might be on in the morning tomorrow. The Pats game isn't until 3:00 but I'll probably watch the pre-game show at 2:00. After that, who knows? I'll either be elated or depressed! ;)
bradygirl_12: (witch (sexy))
Hi, luvs! I have to drag my shovel out and put it by the back door for our first big nor'easter of the season! We're in the path of 7-10 inches starting tomorrow and into Sunday BEFORE Halloween! Looks like the kinder will have to navigate around snow drifts for trick-or-treating. *rolls eyes*

A big THANK YOU to [livejournal.com profile] hpstrangelove, [livejournal.com profile] jlvsclrk, and [livejournal.com profile] whipsy for my cute Blue Spiders! You guys rock! :)

Busy today posting my [livejournal.com profile] smallvillebbang fic. Bleeding Kansas has been unveiled! ;)

All hyped up for Pats vs. Steelers this Sunday at 4:15!
bradygirl_12: (brady--sexy (blue))
Tom's surgery went well. His fractured foot was operated on at Massachusetts General Hospital today. He's had the injury all year (it was listed on the injury report), so it's not an excuse for last Sunday's loss, since he tore up the league in the regular season with the fracture. Recuperation time is 4-5 months, staying off the foot, but he'll be ready for training camp. Needless to say, he won't be going to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, but old buddy Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs will be going in his place. :)

Football players are crazy! They play with injuries that most people would stay home in bed with. Tom's had five major surgeries (shoulder, shoulder again, sports hernia, knee, foot) in his 11-year football career. Ouch!

Sports talk radio is good therapy for us Pats fans trying to shake off the bummer of a loss. I honestly don't know if I'll be watching any football this weekend. As for the Super Bowl, I'll be rooting for either Green Bay or Chicago instead of Pittsburgh or the (ugh) Jets. I'll be an NFC fan this year, baby! :)

Getting ready for more snow tomorrow. Looks like our mild winter of December is long gone!
bradygirl_12: (yuletide magic (purple & stars))
Title: Christmas Eve Magic Trilogy: (Book III): Moon And Star (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Lois/Tess, Clark/Ollie, Ben/Alma, Sam/Delia, Martha
Continuity: Smallville
Genres: Challenge, First Time, Holiday, Romance
Rating: Mild ‘R’
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Christmas morning is a time for friends and family, past and present.
Date Of Completion: December 26, 2010
Date Of Posting: January 11, 2011
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1253
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Written for my 2010 DCU Fic/Art Snow Winter Holidays Challenge. Prompt: Christmas Snow and for [livejournal.com profile] saavikam77’s 2010 DCU Free_For_All Winter Holidays Challenge. Prompt T15; P29: Christmas Tree and Special Prompt No. 14: Gifts.

Lois slowly awoke. She was disoriented for a minute, then remembered that she was in the guest room at the Kent Farm instead of her bedroom in the Luthor Mansion. )
bradygirl_12: (clark--bruce--lex (light and dark--plain)
Title: Three Men And A Baby Bird I: An Invitation (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Clark/Bruce/Lex, Jonathan/Martha, Dick
Continuity: Smallville/Batman Begins (With a dash of Comicsverse)
Genres: Angst, AU, Challenge, Drama (With Dashes of Humor)
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Lex regrets past choices as he accepts an invitation to the Kent Farm.
Date Of Completion: December 22, 2010
Date Of Posting: January 4, 2011
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 2751
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] ctbn60’s Christmas gift. Prompts: Holiday theme and homey established relationship. Hope you like it, luv! :)
Also written for my 2010 DCU Fic/Art Snow Winter Holidays Challenge. Prompt: First Snow.
The entire series can be found here.

I had Clark first! )

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