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MAJOR LUCK and ICON LUCK! - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
Being online more has me not only writing again, but back to making icons too! In fact, I'm so delirious about being online...well, can we say, "Bouncing around the net like a ping-pong ball"? Yep. I suddenly have the computer version of ADS.

Anyway, this ping-pong ball effect resulted in entering the recent ts_icontest and, along with the other major miracle (discussed further down), I actually won some banners! I made several icons and had to choose, so under the cut are all the ones I made, but here are the two that actually won something!

Icon #1 won 1st Place *thud* and #2 won Mod's Choice

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My other major luck? Well, when I moved into this bldg back in '07 (I can't believe it's been that long), the county was auditing several cities & the county regarding low-income housing, specifically bond apartments, and yep, my city of residence was one of many on the list. They figured it would take years to audit them all, but the outcome could end with some residents receiving refunds rebates by the Orange County Trust Fund. See, if you qualify for, and live in, a bond apartment (be it low bond or low-low bond), you pay a fixed amount of the rent and the city - or county if it's county housing - pay the rest. At some point, the apartment owner/s are reimbursed by the city or county from the monies kept in the Trust Fund. I didn't think the outcome would apply to me as they started the investigation in '07 and I'd moved into this low-low bond apartment at the end of that year. But lo' and behold, yesterday, I received a CHECK from the Orange County Trust Fund!?!?!?!? I was flabbergasted. It was a little over $100 (so I can only imagine what others might have received?) but for most of us nowadays, that's like a million, right? Being my birthday month, I'd like to say I was going to spend it all on me, but I need the carpet cleaned badly and this will pay for it - and maybe some Valentine goodies too. *G*

*kisses check - then kisses Abby while gazing down at soon-to-be sparkling clean carpet!*


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kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: February 14th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful windfall--congrats!!

And hooray for the return of the muse for icons and writing! Dare I hope that maybe someday we'll see more of the Daniel on Atlantis story??

February is a very good month for a birthday--the purple birthstone is so purplicious perfect. :-) (tho I wish mine was a few more days away from valentines day)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 14th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, man, yeah, having a BD next to VD

is almost as bad as a Christmas BD! At least mine is over 10 days after VD. :) And yep, finishing that Daniel on Atlantis story is #4 on my list of stories to finish. :)
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: February 16th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, man, yeah, having a BD next to VD

woo hoo!!! I'll take #4 on the list any day. I love Daniel on Atlantis stories, and have what you had posted before on that one saved in a word doc. :-)
caarianna From: caarianna Date: February 14th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
YAY and Congratulations!!!! And thanks for sharing the lovely icons. :)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 15th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Hey, you should be out and about

and looking at gorgeous water and men, not perusing LJ! But since you are - have a margarita on me! *BG*
ninja007 From: ninja007 Date: February 14th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Really awesome news!! I'm so glad for you.

*big hugs*
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 15th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)

*shivers in joy*

It's too awesome. :)
thenightsfall From: thenightsfall Date: February 14th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on the icontest win and the refund. :-) The icons are lovely!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 15th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you

but I think I'm out of practice, but it sure was fun. :) The surprise check wasn't too bad either. *BG*
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