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So the editor of a website I was writing Dancing With The Stars reviews for emailed me to ask if I could do it this season (along with normal pleasantries--hope your well, yada yada). I'm trying to think of a polite way to say I'll do it if I get paid this time. Obviously if he wants me back, he thinks I have something to offer. Maybe that with my busy schedule (he doesn't need to know I'm not THAT busy) and ill parents, I can't afford to devote much time to something that won't bring in a little extra money? I don't know. Suggestions?

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My mom had surgery on Wednesday to remove the lump in her breast. Apparently, they also got her PET scan results back as well, which showed that the cancer had spread to one of her lymph nodes just behind the ribcage. Obviously they couldn't get to that easily with surgery, so they are hoping the chemo and radiation get it.

So we spent ten hours at the hospital Wednesday. They were only going to let one person go back with mom before the surgery, but dad insisted on being the one going back, and when the nurse saw how weak he was, she let my sister help him back. They got him a wheelchair after that.

We slowly worked our way to the comfy seats in the crowded waiting room as people got news they could go see their loved ones. At one point the hospital's alarm went off, calling out a "red alert", and everyone in the entire waiting just stared at the alarms, looking mutinous, unmoving. Give up our seats that we worked for all day? Make dad get up and go anywhere in his state? Yeah, we'll take our chances.

Anyway, she got through surgery ok, but we got a call from the nurse after it when she was in recovery saying mom was fine, but crying and upset, and she couldn't get her to calm down. Why? Because she was worried about dad. She needed to know that he was ok, warm, and had eaten. The nurse had apparently agreed to call the waiting room to ask about dad as a last ditch effort to get mom to relax. *sigh* They are a mess. A sweet mess, but a mess nonetheless.

They put in a port, which looked nothing like I expected. She's in a lot of pain, so they kept her for a couple nights, and she's back home tonight. It's been a tiring couple of days, though. Between the stress of the surgery, dad's state (health-wise, and emotionally--he actually broke down a couple of times), and the fact that mom won't shut up even on pain pills. Lol! Seriously, Thursday she was telling the nurses her whole life story, in between lecturing me on everything from my job to washing my veggies really well before eating them. I wish I was joking.

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So been thinking, where do failures congregate? I'm the only one I know. My coworkers are all either in a career they want, or are seriously working toward something. My whole family has led good lives. Maybe if I was around other failures, I wouldn't be so depressed. Maybe I should get a shitty, minimum wage retail job and live with all the other people whose dreams are dying.

Hey, maybe that's how I can eventually be my own boss. I can build a farm where me and the the other losers can roam free with our own kind. We could invite school children to come and see us, ask us questions. It would be like Scared Straight, but just on how not to waste your life.


So today was long. I worked fewer hours than normal, but it dragged. It always does. But I got to snuggle a bit with a sweet, special needs dog. You know, they say spending time with animals can help your emotional well-being. Maybe the moments I get to spend free time with the dogs and cats will help offset the emotionally damaging parts.

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Just watched Dr. Who 7x2 (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship), and kinda want Doctor/Rory fic? It has GOT to be out there. Any recs? Preferably AU (were Rory/Amy never happened) and/or not mean to Amy (I'm not a huge Amy fan, but any character bashing is usually just shitty writing), but if it's well written, I'll try it.

In fact, good Dr. Who recs in general would be lovely, though I generally dislike Rose and can't say I'm sold on the idea of any Doctor/companion fics...

I am only through 7x2 now, so spoiler warnings are great. At the rate I'm going, I'll be caught up soon, though. On to 7x3 now!!!

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Sooooo I just started watching Dr. Who this year, and have finished season 4, and am mostly through season 5... And I am still "mourning" Donna. Been watching The Catherine Tate Show and the episodes of Nevermind The Buzzcocks she was on. Anyone have any other Catherine Tate recs?

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Was this week's CM ep totally nonsensical, or is it me? It seemed like it went 20 different directions, then fizzled out at the end!

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