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The Friday Five for 29 January 2021

Answers to yesterday’s The Friday Five questions! Picture from Pixabay, because it’s pretty and because for once we’ve been having snow for the past two weeks or so ๐Ÿ˜€

1) How is your year going so far?

So far so good. I’ve felt terribly exhausted since early December, even more than my normal, but yesterday was a good day and today I’m also feeling okayish so far. I would even go so far and say I’m feeling rested yesterday and today ๐Ÿ˜€ Beginning of the year is always interesting, because I have my Crohn’s Disease yearly check-up in January/February. I had the blood and stool tests done last week, and will see the doctor on the 9th. The blood tests results were kind of weird, about half of them were either just above or below the normal range. But luckly ALAT and AFOS were okay (ALAT has been considerably elevated the last several times), and CALPRO is I think okay for a IBD patient but clearly higher than a healthy person’s.

Otherwise it’s just the same old, same old. Wearing masks and social distancing, staying home and try and do something creative every day, because that brings me pleasure and eases my mind.

2) Have you gotten vaccinated yet? If not, when do you think it’s likely to happen?

Not yet. I’m in one of the medical risk groups, not sure whether the higher or lower one, and currently it’s estimated that those vaccinations will begin in March in my home town. But delays are very possible due the delays in Pfizer-BioNTech has been having lately delivering the vaccines to EU/Finland.

3) Are you bored or are you busy these days?

I’m mostly tired, and sometimes bored. Never busy. I’m also a little worried about my Mom’s upcoming hip surgery, what with the virus spreading in some wards in some hospitals. But the alternative is for her keep going on in pain for who knows how long, and that doesn’t seem like an option either.

4) Is this pandemic good or bad for your finances?

About the same. I usually couldn’t afford even in normal times to go out to eat, to movies etc. Not that did that a lot when I was working for longer bits and could afford things like normal people – I’m more of a homebody, really, and never did appreciate those things so much. I’d much rather buy books and computer stuff, and recently fountain pen and art/crafts stuff when I had money to spend/saved up to. I live alone and don’t have children or anything like that, so pretty much the only additional expenditure due to the pandemic has been having to buy surgical face masks . But luckily I found them for cheap on last year so it didn’t cost me a lot.

5) What are you missing most these days?

Seeing my friend and my Mom without worrying about Covid-19; we only saw a few times last year in person and none so far this year.

Going to to the shops and using busses (I don’t own a car so I have to use a bus) without a mask and keeping a distance.

I guess just being carefree about going about in general.


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Year in fandom meme – 2020

Snagged from [personal profile] starterpack 

Year in fandom meme – 2020

Your main fandom of the year?

Hmm, I’m going to say Game Of Thrones. I’ve read mostly Sandor Clegane fic, and a lot of my wallpapers have been GOT ones, plus I started uploding some 4K/UHD screencaps of the show too. So, Game Of Thrones.

Your favourite film watched this year?

I don’t remember which ones I saw this year… and they sort of blur together anyway. I can say that The Last Of The Mohicans and Piano remain among my favorite movies ever, even after watching them for the umpteenth time this year. I watch more tv shows than movies, they have better stories and characters these days IMO.

Your favourite book read this year?

I read 50 novels this year, and enjoyed Elly Griffiths (archeology and bodies) and Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s (Icelandic murders) books particularly.

Your favourite TV show of the year?

Star Trek: Picard because it continued the story past TNG movies. The Expanse for the story. Star Trek: Discovery for how it handled the story and characters this season, plus setting.

Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

I don’t feel like I’m part of an community anymore, because fandoms I’m interested in in the platforms I’m comfortable with are dead. I hate Twitter, Facebook is awful and Tumblr is like shouting to the void and those are the places fandoms are these days… if anywhere.

Favorite fanworks of the year?

I’ve seen so much amazing Game Of Thrones art on DeviantArt, I’m floored. And I’ve read so many fabulous Sansan fics this year, ranging all from canon compliant to full AUs. I’m too tired dig out Titles and URLs, maybe I’ll add some in later. But the Sansan fandom as a whole has been a gift that keeps on giving ๐Ÿ˜€ As an example, all the Sansan fics by [ profile] The_Queen_In_The_North , [ profile] Vermilion_Sunrise and Digging Westeros by [ profile] OrangeTabby have given me so much joy ๐Ÿ˜€

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

I didn’t get into a new fandom this year, Game Of Thrones is my newest and I got into in 2019 after the abysmal season 8. I’ve this year catching up on Sandor Clegane fic (so much great Sansan!) and random other characters.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

That fandoms still exist on bad social media sites such as Twitter and Tumblr.

And this isn’t a disappointment, but a surrendering: I gave up my Star Trek site this year. Happily, Bizarra took over but if she hadn’t, I’d have deleted it. This is/was a HUGE thing – a few years back I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever voluntarily delete it. I can’t do Star Trek in a small way – it’s all in, or not at all. So the only options were to keep growing the site (it was already over 300GB in disk space), or delete it if none wanted to take it over. I still feel the loss, but I’m happy I made the choice that I did.

Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Sandor Clegane.

Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Seven Of Nine (ST: VOY not PIC)

Your biggest squee moment of the year?

When Star Trek: Picard aired its first episode ๐Ÿ˜€

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Bloody all of them! They’re either dead, or somewhere I don’t know.

The fandom you havenโ€™t tried yet, but want to?

I don’t have one at the moment. Often I wish I was into big fandoms like Captain America/The Avengers/Marvel movies/Harry Potter/LOTR etc. but knowing myself, I’d get obsessed with some minor character instead of the juggernauts and still have the same problems I have now.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

The rest of The Expanse season 5, reading more great Sansan, maybe, hopefully finishing a fic myself for the first time in like 17 years.

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End of year general meme

Snagged this from [email protected]

What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before?

I’m surviving through a pandemic! Experienced Emergy Powers Act, something my country hadn’t declared since the wars in 1940s. That felt odd, and drove home how serious the pandemic is.

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Didn’t make any! I won’t now now either – I half-heartedly made some resolutions when I was younger, and then promptly forgot about them within like a week.

Did anyone close to you give birth?


Did anyone close to you die?


What countries did you visit?

None. Continue reading End of year general meme