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Open Thread: Good News

Share something positive in the comments. This is an open thread for any and all good news, because it feels like the world could use more of it these days.

For myself, I got a promotion at the day job a few weeks back, which was pretty cool. Also, our new cat Sophie is about to have her kittens. That should be a lot of fun, both because Kittens! and because my kids are really excited, and I get to enjoy their reactions as well. Finally, I’ve seen the final sketches for the Rise of the Spider Goddess cover art, and it is Nifty.

Your turn!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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valarltd
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
My daughter rescued a kitten. So we have a new baby in the house. She's tiny, smart, adorable and going to be spoiled rotten within a week.

Tomorrow is payday, for both of us. My husband was out of work for almost a year after breaking his back. But he's got a new job.

Yesterday was a release day. The Hungry Hearts anthology, which I'm in, came out from Inkstained Succubus.

Both my kids are on the Quiz Bowl team. And my husband coaches his school's Quiz Bowl team.

I finished crocheting 2 afghans this fall and am more than halfway into the third.

Life's not easy here at Chez Mudd, but it's good, and improving.
thewayne
Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
Blue Cross finally fixed their rectal haberdashery problem and upheld my appeal for the meds that keep me alive, it's been a tense couple of weeks as they were only looking at two years of medical records, during which I'm largely the picture of good health. For whatever reason they refused to go back to 2009 when I had pneumonia five times in seven months and was decisively diagnosed with an incurable condition.

And next week we fly to DC for my annual NIH visit and I get to see two friends of some 30 years friendship. And will be prowling about with my new full-frame DSLR. So can't complain since the BCBS crap got resolved.

Oh, and I missed a perfect grade in my library technology class that concluded a couple of weeks ago by half a point. That was pretty cool.

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silly_swordsman
Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
The power supply controller code I wrote based on archaic example code with comments in Chinese, without any hardware to test on, has been installed in the customer factory in Taiwan and works perfectly. Huge weight off my shoulders, since without that, they wouldn't be able to use the mahosively expensive test equipment we're trying to sell them. This morning, we got the order, ensuring the department can justify its continued existence.
markbernstein
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
The cold that's been dogging me for a week is mostly gone, just in time for me to head down to the Ohio Valley Filk Fest tomorrow. I get to spend a weekend among my chosen family.
hawklady
Oct. 23rd, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
yaaay looking forward to seeing you there !!!
tooth_and_claw
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
My friend Alyc Helms is having her first novel "The Dragons of Heaven" published by Angry Robot, and finally got to announce it. I'm over the moon about that.
beth_bernobich
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
My son was accepted into a between-semesters program in Martinique. His major is French Lit and he's prepping for writing his thesis next year about a poet from Martinique. I'm so pleased for him!

My other shiny news is seeing my latest book chosen as a Staff Pick on the Anynewbooks website. Because, happy readers.
marielaf
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
Two good friends of mine are busy planning their wedding. That wouldn't have been legal just a few short weeks ago.

My car started this morning, my furnace ran properly overnight, and I didn't spill coffee on myself coming up to my desk.

I'm still looking *down* at the grass instead of *up* at it.

It's a beautiful morning.
ssha
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
The kitten that was brought to my rescue partner with 3 paws in the grave (she thought he was dead when he showed up) and which I nursed through his first couple of days is now doing wonderfully! His URI is clearing up, and the eye I thought might have been destroyed by infection is finally improving, too. The third lid is almost completely retracted now, whereas it was almost completely closed when he first came to me, and his cough and wheeze are almost gone.
dragonbat2006
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm making progress with the feral cats in my back yard. They're slow-blinking me a lot and a couple don't bolt the instant I come through the gate. They still won't go near the food until I leave (even if I'm a distance away) but they are getting used to me.

My official title at the online zine I edit has gone from copy editor to managing editor.

And last night I finished a new chapter of the novel I'm writing and I'm happy with it. (First draft, still!)
reedrover
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
Last weekend, I went to New York Sheep & Wool Festival. It is the prettiest, best-run festival that I've ever attended. And it has real bathrooms! The location was picturesque, the weather was nearly perfect, and the people were awesome. ... Oh, and my baby goat took a second place in his class, so I went home a proud mama, too.
coth
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
I'm actually making progress through my to-do list, despite interruptions and distractions. This is unusual and to be celebrated!
tiamat1972
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
Lots of kitten & cat good news.

Good news here is the beautiful warm October weather up here in Edmonton. A little chilly in the mornings but warms up nicely before lunch and is just gorgeous all day.
mrissa
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
My main good thing is a Soooper Seeekrit Project I am doing for Christmas, so I cannot say right now what it is, but it is Soooper Seeeekrit, and also good.
anderyn
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
My new kittens are driving the dog crazy -- no, wait.... um.... they are quick and fearless doggy-defying kittens who launch themselves at life with gay abandon. There. And, really, they are adorable. No matter what the dog thinks.
hadymansour
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
just SMILE :)
As an Arabian student taking SAT, i have finally thrived after 2 years diligence and persistence . Rising from a culture that has almost abandoned the books and dealing with readers as a narrow minded fools , I have FINALLY found my way to success . although 2 years ago I hardly differentiated between "have" and "has" in their usage , I got a real good score in the writing section in my last SAT test . So, give your life a smile and it will definitely give you one back :)
rantinan
Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Some glorious lunatic wonder traded me a shiny lavitar.
For those who don't play pokemon, that's giving a 1 in 500 (or possibly much higher) chance occurrence to random people, just because. Which is awesome.
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