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If you follow my twitter at all, you might possibly have noticed that I'm attempting to watch all of the Stanley Cup playoff games (or at least have them on in the background while I do other things). If you are unaware of the joy that is ice hockey (closest thing to quidditch you'll ever see on the ground, honestly, joy to watch), the NHL consists of 30 teams (31 next year) which play 82 games through the regular season. The top 16 teams (you'd have to look up about Eastern and Western Conferences and first and second wild card entries) end up in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Each playoff series consists of the teams playing a best-of-7-games format against 1 opposing team. The first round also serves as the semi-finals of the Western or Eastern Conference finals; the second round is the quarter-finals and the third round is the finals. The best team of the Eastern Conference then plays the best team of the Western conference in a best-of-7 series to determine who wins the Stanley Cup.

You may be able to tell from this that the NHL season is pretty much the most demanding (by far) of all professional sports, and the Stanley Cup is the toughest trophy to win. And it's played on ice. At top speed. Sometimes with blood and fights and the threat of serious injury. And all the players are armed with sticks and skates (knives on their shoes. Seriously. Football - of whatever form you prefer - is incredibly wussy compared to KNIVES ON SHOES. Unless it's Australian Rules football. Which is just insane, and the referees start fights and look like butchers, and the players are part MMA fighters, part gymnasts on speed).

So. As of this afternoon, 40 games have been played in round 1. 6 teams are through to the second round, with 4 teams competing for the last 2 spots. I am a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, because they're awesome and lovely and like dogs and they're quite simply the best team out there with the best players in the world, who are also some of the nicest guys you'll find in pro sports. (Yeah, I read a hockey romance, started following the Penguins, then they won the Stanley Cup, so now I have a subscription to NHL tv and spend far too much time cheering them on.) I've watched 35 games (watching my 36th at the mo) and I use the time (surprise) to do a little crafting.

So here's my Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 blanket, which is done bar a couple of loose ends needing sewn in. (Dante's in the background, on one of the many dog beds.)
Crocheted blanket in pink and blue stripes.

Next up: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 legwarmers. By request from my sister's mum.
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Here I am on Dreamwidth, and I didn't think I'd leave LiveJournal. I mean, I've had an account there for more years than I'm comfortable admitting. And there were friends and communities and all kinds of gubbins, and it was my online home for a good long while. But then LJ got bought by the Russians and I was a little concerned, as one always is when one's home is sold out from under them, but we were promised things would be fine, nothing new to see here, move along, and life happened, and I largely stopped visiting LJ. Most of my entries now are 'My Tweets!' automagically gathered from the bosom of my Twitter account (which apparently isn't a feature here on DW, so you don't have to worry about them clogging your feed. You'll just have to head on over to Twitter if you want to see what I'm tweeting. Largely, at the mo, stuff to do with the Stanley Cup playoffs and how the Pittsburgh Penguins are awesomeTM).

But then a short while ago, LJ announced new terms and conditions: accounts now fall under Russian legal jurisdiction.

And holy crap, under their laws I am a serious criminal and should be in a prison somewhere unpleasant for spreading homosexual propaganda. By which I mean I am bisexual and read (and sometimes write) explicit gay fanfic. And Russia is so very, very backwards - openly and massively bigoted and, it seems, actively complicit in encouraging hate crime against those it considers deviants and their allies. So I couldn't stay.

I won't risk being criminalised by another country's ridiculous outdated homophobia.

I won't support by my presence a site which is in favour of said homophobia.

So my accounts are here, now, and I've deleted them off LiveJournal. It's a shame it's come to this - but having said that, I really do hope many more people vote with their (online) feet and walk away from LiveJournal. Unless, of course, they actually agree with Russia's stance on LGBTQ issues and have no problem with state-sanctioned torture and murder. In which case they can stay right there where the rest of us can keep an eye on them and their indefensible bigotry. And in the end, all I have to say is fuck you, Mr Putin, and the gayhate horse you rode in on.

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Apr. 16th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Apr. 15th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Apr. 14th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 13:43: RT @kingqueen3065: LIP with autism successfully sues Virgin Active for disability discrimination. Respect to him. https://t.co/m47gYHRc2p @…
  • Thu, 15:59: So I have this plan. To watch the #StanleyCup playoff games. All of them. Totally doable, right? *headdesk* Maybe not, we'll see...
  • Thu, 18:15: Friend's jumper: lightly steam blocked, 3 raglan seams sewn up, sts picked up & neck ribbing done, cast off. Now for the rest of the sewing!
  • Thu, 18:16: Also hoovered upstairs & stairs, put away laundry, got more laundry on to wash, done the yard poo pickup & some weeding. Not too bad!
  • Thu, 18:18: #StanleyCup round 1 games played: 5. Games watched: 2 (watching STL/MIN atm). Games to watch/available to watch: 2/0.
  • Fri, 08:35: #StanleyCup  round 1 games played: 8. Games watched: 3. Games to watch/available to watch: 5/4.
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Apr. 13th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Apr. 12th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Apr. 10th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 20:35: Ok, Vote Phil sweatshirt, glass of wine, last #Pens game of the season coming up tonight. The wine may not last til puck drop. Just saying.

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Apr. 9th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 01:13: Wearing my Vote Phil sweatshirt again, got a glass of wine and some knitting, and Phil's scored against the Leafs. Awesome. #LetsGoPens

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Apr. 8th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 16:17: This morning when I went outside there was a swallow sitting on the telephone wire over the yard. Long journey back! It's good to see them.
  • Fri, 16:18: Of course, that brings to mind Monty Python and the laden or unladen flying speed of a swallow... What! Is your favourite colour?

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Apr. 7th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Apr. 5th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 12:20: General crappiness explained: stomach bug. Oh, joy.
  • Tue, 22:21: Dinner? No, stomach bug. Make up those gluten-free lactose-free puff pastry cheese straws? I could maybe manage 1 or 6...

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Apr. 3rd, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 19:10: Sunny day: laundry, shopping, walked Dante in Antrim Castle Gardens, baked brownies for tomorrow's WI meeting, made soup, dinner...
  • Sun, 19:13: Downside of Newton coming up on the bed to snuggle under the duvet: gotta change the sheet. Yay grit!
  • Sun, 19:16: I dreamed of a small town where a plot was foiled, but the FBI agent noticed the casual use of small telekinesis by the sheriff. Go brain!
  • Sun, 19:43: Brownies iced, sliced, in bun cases. Woohoo! Absolutely cheating w gluten free packet mix & premade chocolate icing. #sorrynotsorry
  • Sun, 19:44: Still, 2 dozen gooey chocolate brownies for the WI. Also, leftover chocolate icing. #sugarhigh
  • Sun, 19:46: Watching the #Bruins #Hawks game and trying to decide what to knit next. Eh.
  • Sun, 19:50: Also given the #sugarhigh has pretty much got me to basic levels of awake, I make no promises of coherence for the rest of the evening. #ME
  • Sun, 20:56: Decided on https://t.co/QerR5XInWa using merino & 4 different shades of silk thread. For my sister's mum's Xmas present. #knitting

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Apr. 1st, 2017 12:00 pm
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Mar. 31st, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 15:06: Progress on the room: https://t.co/S9TrqPoac0
  • Thu, 15:07: Progress on the knitting machine: https://t.co/6TIrOfUKeb
  • Thu, 15:09: Scarf now soaking before blocking. Next up, figuring out basic patterns...
  • Thu, 15:13: Well, next up, finishing lunch & a cuppa while watching#Pens lose to the Islanders, then scarf blocking, then playing w my knitting machine.
  • Thu, 15:19: Under the weather this week, physically & mentally. Sad about the dogs, anxious about the direction things are going socially, politically.
  • Thu, 15:21: Hard to stay positive sometimes. Suspect am battling lurgy which is triggering my ME etc. Ugh.
  • Thu, 15:23: I'd say upload me now but 1 broadband wouldn't cope; 2 don't have a pc-controlled knitting machine; 3 already spend too much time on AO3.
  • Fri, 09:42: Soggy mornings when the smallest dog takes up most of the bed and you could get up, but sleeping dogs and the sound of the rain...

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Mar. 27th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 17:06: Cut the grass for the first time this year; also found the bonus!surprise hidden poo...
  • Sun, 17:08: Laundry actually drying out on the line, yay, novelty! But lots of joint pain today, & Planck's best friend died, so much sadness.
  • Sun, 17:15: Planck and Duke, BFFs. https://t.co/rRqaZFH9Gd

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Mar. 25th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 20:33: RT @Clay_of_Cymru: 95% of visually impaired people had collided with street objects like A boards,with 50% of these incidents resulting in…
  • Fri, 20:33: RT @notwaving: Approx 16.46, home bus stop. 121 driver pulls in, sees only a wheelchair user waiting, pulls right back out again. Buggy on…
  • Fri, 22:40: Been a sunny day, bathed dogs, did laundry, cleaned bathroom, etc. Also didn't get mocked at knit & natter for photo in the paper.
  • Fri, 22:42: On the downside: tired, sore, cramps, had to rip back crochet & restart, tonight's Pens/Islanders game on local blackout, radio cutting out.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 14:15: RT @DisRightsUK: NHS delays leave thousands facing long wait for wheelchairs. https://t.co/kA7OK1g9SH
  • Thu, 22:46: Quiet day w/o DH (on a course); church craft group this eve; now snuggles w Newton, crocheting & the #Pens pregame show. #LetsGoPens Yay!
  • Fri, 00:58: When you're watching the #Pens Sens game on one gadget, listening to the radio broadcast on another & wish you had a 3rd for Twitter...
  • Fri, 01:07: ... and when I have to watch the game in the dark in bed as the dogs complained it was bedtime...

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 13:21: Quiet day at homes far, may bath the dogs & move a table later. Or maybe not. For now, cuppa, crochet, fanfic & snuggling dogs. #SlowDay
  • Wed, 20:05: Driving home yesterday evening, BBC R2 on, @jamiecullum played Harry Connick Jr, from BlueLight, Red Light, one of my favourite albums.

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