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Ad Astra - 2016 - Angela N. Hunt

Blessed Yule, my darlings!

I don't even know where to start.

Well, I do. With this.

I love you. Yes. You.

It's been one hell of a year and we need each other more than we ever have in a long, long time. We're being asked to rise up. We're being asked to not throw away our shot. And above all, we are being asked to find a way forward with Love and in service to Justice. There's a reason that Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness were init cap words for the Founders. Yes, the arc of the moral universe is fucking long.

It does not mean we can abandon the work.

But it's Yuletide. Until the Tide rolls out and leaves us with its scrimshaw, all we're being asked of is very simple: love one another, heal the sick, feed the hungry, defend the weak, and comfort the hurt.

It really is that simple.

And it is really that fucking hard.

I love you, darlings. Sol Invictus! The Conquering Sun returns!

"We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside."
- Lin Manuel Miranda
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I'm not normally a Meme Sheep, but considering how I have seen demonstrated over and over again the magickal property of Ye Olde Internet, and there are things I actually *do* want this year...

Have a Yule/Winter/Whatever Meme!

The rules:

Step One

- Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friends friends, or just random journals, or [info]holiday_wishes/[info]wish_list) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Got it? Okay. So here I go:

1. An Arthur/Ariadne Inception icon of my very own. I am partial to BAMF!Arthur and Smart!Ariadne, so... :)

2. A copy of the Inception shooting script.

3. A big one: a new high end computer to replace the Behemoth with enough processing power to run film editing and Photoshop.

4. Another big one: a Canon 5D, the latest version of the camera with two lenses, don't really care what kind as long as one of them is a prime lens.

5. The embarassing one: a Yuletide Inception fanfiction starring A & A, see above for modalities, but with guest stars of the whole team where a Christmas heist goes horribly horribly wrong in every comedic way it can. Smut is always appreciated in that too.

6. Help fixing my Mustang. Baby girl needs a tune up and new fuses and a diagnostic to figure out why I have no working heater. EDIT AS OF 12/15/10: Blower motor and one resistor are toast. Looking at another $250 repair. Not work I can do myself. *weeps piteously*

7. A Navy pea coat. Not a fashion one. A real, honest to gods, from the damn surplus store. Men's size Medium.

8. A pair of black fingerless lightweight gloves.

9. Any number of Lush bath bombs

10. And last, but not least, holiday cards. Lots of holiday cards. Because you guys are frikken' awesome!!! These cards are gorgeous!!!

So that's my list. What's yours? Feel free to put it in the comments or send me the link to your post. I have a ton to be grateful for this year and I am consumed with the urge to Secret Yule Fairy it up this year.

For the physical stuff, email me at angela.n.hunt at

Next post is going to be to virtual yule fairs and some of my favorite things.

*goes off singing with Julie Andrews in her head*

Yule List

Dec. 11th, 2009 10:43 am
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Things that I want for Yule (updated):

$60,000 or the AROHO Grant or the Disney Grant.
A spare $750.
A new computer.
A new camera.
A Christmas tree. (Dave Mitchell, you are a prince among men.)
Gifts for my family.
Warm clothes for the girls.
A vacation to Hawaii for the whole fam, so we can see MM while she's actually there for her internship.
A studio/office space.
A new iPod, since mine is dying.
My wedding ring to fit.
To lose the 30 pounds I need to lose.
Homes for the kittens who are weaned that will be forever homes.
All the debt paid off.
The asshole to pay me what he owes.
Paying commissions/new clients.

That's my list. I have an amazon list too. But amazon doesn't have listings for a lot of this list.
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Or: The Rest of the Story About the Christmas Tree
Or: How Dave Mitchell is Santa Claus Incognito

Night before last at 2 in the morning, the faux Christmas tree we had, collapsed, one of the legs on the base, sheering in two. Broken ornaments everywhere. The husband cut his foot on some of the glass.

The crash was horrible and got me out of a sound sleep and out of bed. It's not a sound like any other. At first I thought one of the cats had tipped it over and it was no big deal. Just right it and clean up glass. And then the husband and Ant (also driven out of bed) told me about the destroyed base.

Tree was functionally so many plastic bits.

My heart sank. We couldn't replace it. I didn't know what to tell the Mouse. By some miracle, the Mouse and Bean slept through the carnage, which was a blessing. Dealing with a meltdown at 2 AM would have been brutal.

I twittered the event and it mirrored to Facebook, like it does. I started to look for another tree, through Freecycle or through people's garages, whatever, even though the husband had already told me he would take care of it. I couldn't bear the thought of the Mouse not having her Christmas tree. It matters when you're 5. It didn't need to be huge or expensive, it just had to be there.

Dave Michell comments on my FB to stop looking. It's taken care of.

I responded with, Dave, what have you done?

I got no answer. But I was suspicious. I didn't know *what* he had done, but I knew he'd done something.

I called on my way home to tell the Ant I was on my way and we chatted a bit. She sounded a bit perkier than I was expecting, considering the empty front room.

I walked in the door last night and Dave was sitting in the easy chair and there was a new faux tree already set up, the Mouse and Ant putting ornaments on it.

I burst into tears and Dave grinned at me. Mouse jumped up and down. Apparently he didn’t even call to tell the Ant he was on his way. She’s sitting there, doing her thing when the doorbell rang.

She called out, “Who is it?” cause y’know, no one was due to come by.

She hears, “It’s your crazy uncle!”

The Mouse started yelling, “It’s Uncle Dave! It’s Uncle Dave!”

The Ant opened the door, he stood on the back steps with an enormous box and a box of ornaments.

She said, “Is that what I think it is?”

He said, “Yes, it is.”

He brought a new tree, ornaments to replace the broken ones and a package of Hello Kitty Christmas clings for the window (because he said he couldn’t just walk by them, the Mouse had to have them.) Said he’d been wondering what to get us for Christmas anyway, and this just presented itself, so…

Aside from recounting this, I am speechless. I cannot even describe how this makes me feel, let alone how much it means to me, especially for the Mouse. The Bean is still too young to care, but Mouse isn’t.

I would have just thrown lights on the big ficus, hung some ornaments on it and called it good, if it had just been me. But I knew that wasn’t going to work for her. We’ve had a tree every year she’s been alive.

And y’know what makes this even more of a situation where I am robbed for words?

Apparently, if Dave hadn’t gotten the drop on them, Vicky Jo and my mother-in-law were gearing up to replace the tree themselves. And that’s not counting the lovely woman on Freecycle who got to me last night who did yes, happen to have an extra faux tree (with ornaments), did I still want it?

Not one agent of the Spirit of Christmas, but four.

Gifts of the Magi and Virginia and the newspaper and Dickens all rolled into one.


Yuletide miracle.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy."

Thank you, Dave.
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Chapter XIII done. Only three more chapters to go and a little less than 16K left to write.

I'm swinging, Pop. I'm swinging.

* * *

Things that I want for Yule:

$60,000 or the AROHO Grant or the Disney Grant.
A new computer.
A new camera.
A Christmas tree.
Gifts for my family.
Warm clothes for the girls.
A vacation to Hawaii for the whole fam, so we can see MM while she's actually there for her internship.
A studio/office space.
A new iPod, since mine is dying.
My wedding ring to fit.
To lose the 30 pounds I need to lose.
Homes for the kittens who are weaned that will be forever homes.
All the debt paid off.
The asshole to pay me what he owes.

That's my list. I have an amazon list too. But amazon doesn't have listings for a lot of this list.

So there it is.

Back on my head.
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Doing the final set up for the end. Knives handed off to those who need them and protection charms dropped off for those who are feared for.

A good sized chunk got written today for a change.

* * *

Nothing accomplished last night aside from grocery shopping and picking up traditional Christmas lights for outside, ye olde C9 size ones, none of these new fangled LED things. Tonight, I will rig them and light it up.

When I got home, the Ant had unpacked the Dickens houses, so Scrooge & Marley are now on the sideboard with Windsor Castle looking over everything, including the weighing house. I still miss the ones that were stolen. I had this gorgeous little greenhouse with miniature poinsettias inside. Oh well. I'm going to dig out a power strip for them tonight, so they'll get lit too.

I now have fudge makings and gingerbread dough makings.

Now if I can just find time to sit down at the damn computer, I could bust out the Yule cards.

Oh well.

The clock, she is a ticking.
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We've got in laws coming over tonight for dinner and the beginning of the holiday festivities. Yesterday saw the Mouse watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, four times in a row, because that's how we roll.

Things are wrapped.

I have a ham for this weekend.

The Ant is making latkes for Hannukah.

I only work two days next week.

I find a house for us to live in in the next two weeks and life will be lovely in every way.

If I miss it on Sunday: Blessed Yule to the Pagans and Happy Hannukah to the Jews in the house.

The Sun returns! Rejoice!
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And screw the PC crap. Happy and blessed whatever holiday you possess!

Tonight, I am giddy happy and that is a blessing and a gift after all that has happened. I have conversed with the spirit of Santa Claus and know that my good little Mouse will indeed be receiving quite the Yule to remember on Christmas Day.

Sue me. The 25th was our holiday first. And I'm pretty sure so was the guy in red, barring St. Nick himself.

But moving on.

Halloween may be my favorite holiday, but I love this season too. Hannukah for the Auntie B, Yule for me and Christmas for the honey bunny husband. If our friend, James, celebrated Kwanzaa, we'd have that too! But I don't know anyone who does, so we don't.

It all boils down (for me) to peace and love and giving (and eating).

Grinch, Scrooge or possessed of the holiday spirits (or alcoholic spirits), on this the longest dark of the year, I wish you a blessed holiday, a happy new year and a hope that your wishes will be in your grasp.

Rejoice! The Unconquered Sun returns!

And now I have to go wrap more gifts. The husband and the aunt went nuts at Toys R Us and that doesn't count what Santa tells me he's bringing. Oy!!! LOL


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