valiha: my username presented as a barcode (my username)
2010-09-27 12:56 am
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[sticky entry] Sticky: This journal...

...will hopefully serve as a place to post some of my attempts at traditional art, random photos I sometimes take on my way to and from work, as well as some fandom wallpapers.

All my fandom work can be transformed. Parts of it can be used to create your own fanart - wallpapers, collages, icons and other graphics. I would certainly appreciate a link back to see what you've done with it, but it is not obligatory.

Fanart created for specific people on DW/LJ and elsewhere belongs to those users, and they are free to do with it what they want. I ask that you do not use it publicly unless you receive permission from them.


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valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2017-02-26 11:17 am
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My poor stomach, I'm taking so many pills a day depending on my schedule that it's constantly bloated and irritated 😞 Yesterday I had 11 in the morning, 6 in the afternoon and 4 in the evening; that's 21. There's also an injection I have to give myself in the morning - the nurses do it very quickly and they always leave painful bruises.

I'm waiting to hear on when my PET CT will be scheduled - they are again having issues with getting the reagents delivered from Turkey. Then we'll know if I'm going to have 2 or 4 more chemo cycles.
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2017-01-07 10:14 am

2nd chemo update

I seem to have handled this chemo well - this is day two and I don't feel any major side effects. I'm staying in hospital over the weekend; we'll see what the next week will be like. The docs have recommended a trip to the mountains; I'll have to see if that's doable.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2017-01-04 10:08 pm
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2nd chemo

So my second chemotherapy was moved from today on my birthday to tomorrow. I definitely won't receive the spinal injection - they will leave it for next time - and I will receive the Prednisone intravenously instead of in pill form. It was messing with my stomach, both the fact that I was supposed to take 5 pills 4 times a day and that they weren't the only pills I had to take. All of them together was just too much. Hopefully other side effects won't crop up with the intravenous form. o_O
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2017-01-02 12:53 pm
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Home for holidays

Hi guys! I'm writing this from home, where I'm spending the couple of days of holidays. I'm going back to the hospital for my second chemo on Wednesday, and I hope there won't be any side effects this time - I had the misfortune of having trombosis in the front lobe of the brain and had to suffer through some really bad headaches, tingles and loss of sensation in the right side of my body. I'm doing much better now, and I'm giving myself shots of Clexane as treatment. It's been a long time since I finished secondary medical school, but the medical technician instructed me well. When I get back, the nurses will take over.

One thing that will change regarding therapy is that this time they will skip the injection that goes into my spine because of the trombosis. They'll reconsider it for the third therapy.
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2016-12-08 09:33 am
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So my PET/CT scan results came back: no metastases, the lymphoma is limited just to the lymph node and tonsil, which are both out. :deep sigh of relief: 
 
I'm scheduled for 6 to 8 cycles, with each cycle lasting 21 days. I start the treatment in hospital, but will eventually transfer to outpatient care. They will reevaluate my progress after the first few cycles, repeat the PET/CT scan and adjust the treatment accordingly. 
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2016-12-05 11:21 pm
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 So it looks like I will be admitted to hospital for treatment tomorrow. I hope not to stay for long, and that the therapy will not be difficult. 
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2016-12-04 07:14 pm
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Keep each others safe

I firmly believe I wouldn’t be alive today if not for a sniper with his heart in the right place.

This was the early weeks of the war, I was in my early teens and had a habit of sitting at the dining area desk, drawing. The trouble was, this desk was in front of the window looking out on the balcony, on the first floor. We had the window shuttered, but apparently some light still got through, and whoever was on the hill above our neighborhood could see inside.

The whole thing about the war starting was still a nebulous thing to our family and to many still people living in the city, so I’d spend many nights staying up, sitting at that desk, until one morning we came into the room to see the window broken, the wood shutters pierced by a high caliber bullet which knocked off a piece of the wall and was embedded into the floor. It was a clear message to stay away from the windows.

Needless to say, we boarded shut all the windows after that, made sure no light was able to leak through, and we stayed the fuck away from the windows.

As I’m getting ready to fight another war, the war for my health, I have to say: look out for each other, keep each other safe. Times are such that I wouldn’t be surprised we found ourselves in real mortal danger some time in the near future.

valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2016-12-03 10:58 pm
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Health issues

It is my intention to start posting on Dreamwidth and LJ again more regularly; it would be great if there was a reliable app since considering I will be going to hospital at some indeterminate time in the future, a smartphone is what I'll have with me.

Speaking of hospitals, a repost from my LJ: On Thursday they called me from the Radiology department to let me know I am scheduled for my PET/CT scan on Friday at 11:50. They informed me of the procedure, and asked me not to be late. When I got there, they hooked me up to an IV and gave me a radioactive tracer which will help them see if the lymphoma had spread anywhere else in the body.

It took about an hour to receive the IV and to rest afterwords so that the tracer can make its way through my body. The scan itself was about 20 minutes, and then I had to wait for a nurse to remove the cannula. I didn't feel any soreness or discomfort during the IV, and was just a little uncomfortable during the scan because I had to keep still during the entire time in the machine. The test results should be available in 7 days, and the test results of the bone biopsy I did on the 15th should be ready early this coming week. Hopefully they will show that I don't need any strong chemotherapy. Wish me luck!
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2014-11-23 04:06 pm
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Daily planner, hourly breakdown

Here is my second design for today: a daily planner with an hourly breakdown.

Daily planner, hourly breakdown

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2014-11-23 02:10 pm
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Inserts for Coptic stitch notebooks and Midori-style leather journals

Dear friends,

I've been quite neglectful with posting on both Dreamwidth and LiveJournal, and lately I've been trying to rectify that. I've been working on brushing up on my bookbinding skills so I can put up more of my works for sale.

I've also been designing diary pages and weekly/monthly planners to be used in any Midory-style leather notebooks or as a customization of my Coptic stitch journals. Today I have a diary design to share with you. Please let me know what you think of the current design, share any thoughts on possible customizations and the like. I am hoping to offer these as digital downloads on Etsy as well as physical items for sale.

As for the Coptic bound journals, let me know what kind of designs you'd be interested - a TARDIS journal for the Whovians, Starfleet arrowhead for the Trekkies, or anything else that catches your fancy. In the coming days I'll put some some photos of the papers I have to choose from.

Diary for the year 2015... )



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2013-12-14 10:56 am

Fic rec - Pillars of Salt and Sand

Pillars of Salt and Sand (3631 words) by Lizardbeth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thor (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frigga & Loki, Loki & Thor
Characters: Loki (Marvel), Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Post-Thor: The Dark World, Spoilers, Grief/Mourning
Summary:

He has everything he wanted. But the price is too high.

valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2013-11-20 01:39 am
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Music!

[personal profile] niko 's post reminded me of the music I've been listening lately - sevdah as performed by the Bosnian band Divanhana so I thought I might as well share :-)





valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2013-11-13 08:43 pm
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As a way to battle my depression, I've taken up an old/new hobby - bookbinding. I even made some specialized tools for it, such as my own bookpress:

Read more... )

I even made some notebooks, one paperback and another hardcover, and I made the covers myself:

Read more... )

I hope I'll be able to sell some of the ones I make - these two already have their owners-to-be!
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2013-09-18 09:35 pm
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Which laptop should I buy?

OK people, especially those of you who have experience with these models, I need your help - I am getting ready to replace my old (ancient) laptop, and have narrowed the choice down to three brands:

HP ProBook 4540s, notebookcheck.net review, equiv. of €355 in local shops, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD
Acer Aspire E1-531, notebookcheck.net review, equiv. of €350 in local shops, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD
Samsung ATIV Book2 270E5V-K01, notebokcheck.net has a review for another model, Samsung ATIV Book 2 - 270E5E, equiv. of €324 in local shops, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD

One of the guys in our IT department swears in HP and thinks Acer is crap, and I am wary of the reported high glare of Acer's screen; bad because I would be using it to type a lot and would really like to avoid any headaches.

The HP model has the least amount of memory/HDD space, but it is really well done and geared towards heavy office users, with a mat screen and good keyboard. Plus it has a fingerprint sensor! So SF!

Samsung is the cheapest of the three, and also sports a non reflective display. Unfortunately, the review of the model on notebookcheck gives an impression of a not so good keyboard - which as I will be typing a lot, is not good.

I will be paying for whichever laptop I choose in installments, which means the prices will increase by probably another €25-30 due to bank fees and whatnot. Local shops are not very keen on giving you a floor model to test out - they're usually kept under lock and key, behind glass. So I'd appreciate it if I could get feedback from people who have used these/similar models/brands.

I'm crossposting this to several places. Which laptop should I buy?
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2013-08-03 01:49 pm
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Happy birthday!

Happy Birhday, dear [personal profile] gemspegasus ! And many happy returns, to be spent in good health and loving company. :)


valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2013-06-28 01:45 am

Le a helping hand

Steph was, if not the very first friend I made in fandom, then one of the first. Her support was invaluable to me when I lost my mother to breast cancer. In a bitter twist of fate, both she and her husband have now been diagnosed with cancer and as you can imagine, the cost of treatment is eating into their savings. A fundraiser has been set up for them, and if you can donate, every little bit helps.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2013-06-05 10:58 pm
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AO3 invites, anyone?

So I find myself with two AO3 invites. If you know someone who is in need of an account, let them know, will you? I'll be happy to share them.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2013-05-26 12:29 pm
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Dreamwidth and mobile

I just found out the hard way how difficult it is to post something on Dreamwidth via an Android phone. I wanted to insert an image, and the floating box kept jumping around. I was not amused. I suppose next time I will have to try and do it via the http://www.dreamwidth.org/mobile/ interface.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (watercolor cat)
2013-05-26 12:23 pm
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Happy birthday!

 Happy birthday, [personal profile] niko , and many happy returns! I hope you get as many podfics you like from as many fandoms you enjoy! 








valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
2013-02-10 09:43 pm
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Steve and Bucky rec

I don't think I ever shared this fic before, so I'm fixing that oversight now.

hey, remember that time when (1590 words) by pollyrepeat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Steve Rogers, Ensemble, Bucky Barnes, Phil Coulson
Summary:

In which Cap makes new friends, becomes an accidental Internet troll, swaps a lot of stories, and gives Bucky Barnes a hug.



I want more stories like this one!