what is the opposite of a fashionista

Mar. 23rd, 2017 04:31 pm
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Lately I'm realizing that just as I occupy a space much nearer to the food-is-fuel end (but not at the end) of the gourmet spectrum than the, well, gourmet end, I occupy a space much nearer to the gimme-shelter end of the fashion spectrum than the fashionable end.

What do I mean by this? One of the things I mean is that I have a closet and a dresser full of clothes, and even if we separate out those that don't fit (or don't fit right now, my preferred way of describing them) and then of the ones that fit (right now) we separate out those that are clearly special-occasion or limited-use items - even after all that, if you consider the everyday-able items that fit right now, I only routinely use probably a quarter of what's there. Estimating very generously.

It's hard to find time at the moment to go through and get rid of things I don't use. (It's even harder to consider things that don't fit [right now] and admit that I might well not ever use them if they did fit and harder still to admit that they might never fit again.) Even if I didn't have a four-month-old occupying most of my waking attention the task would be daunting. But sometimes I think what I really want is to clear it all out, all of it,* and begin again with the capsuliest of capsule wardrobes. (Note: What I am about to describe is not the capsuliest wardrobe ever imagined, not by a long shot. But for me?)

  • Blue jeans. Three or four pairs.
  • Leggings. Maybe three or four each in black, charcoal, a good navy blue, and a nice plummy purple.
  • Work-appropriate tops and skirts. About half a dozen of each. Ditto colors - black, grey, navy, plum.
  • Couple of sweaters for colder work days.
  • Weekend tops. Scoop or v-neck too-casual-for-work t-shirts would be okay, or I could revert to printed t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. These, I have. I tend not to wear the t-shirts because I'm in a place in my life where crew necks kind of throttle me and I'm not bananas about the boxy shape. I bet even printed t-shirts can be altered, though. If one cares enough to do it.
  • A small number of dresses that are dressier than the tops-and-skirts-possibly-with-leggings combos that can be made from the leggings, tops, and skirts already named.
  • Underwear: some bras, each with let's say three pair of matching knickers.
  • Socks: some solid black but otherwise stripes, other fun novelty designs, or handknits.
  • Footwear: one pair each Tieks flats, Mahabis slippers, Hunter welly boots. Some sort of hiking boot for the icy snow we get around here. Sambas? Converse? Dress shoes to go with the dressier dresses named earlier, but not as many dress shoes as I have now.
  • Outerwear: one each light, medium, and heavy coats. I'd probably allow myself to knit as many hats and scarves as I wanted.
  • Nighttime: two sets each jammies or similar for warm/hot and cool/cold weather.


I already make so few choices about getting dressed, I mean; having this level of streamlining would (I often think) make me feel a lot better because there'd be fewer choices even available to me - so I wouldn't ever feel like I ought to be choosing something different. Plus someone else could be using most or all of this stuff that's been in the back of my closets and drawers all this time. That's really the worst of it; my guilt exists on two levels, one being that the contents of my closet and drawers and shoe rack represent a lot of money and not using these things feels like I've just lit thousands of dollars on fire because it burns so pretty - and the other being that well, shit, at least that fire could be keeping someone else warm, couldn't it.

The shoes will be the hardest to cull, sunk cost-wise. But I need to try on all my shoes and make sure if they fit post-baby anyway; if they don't, there's even less point in keeping them. Clothes that don't fit right now, at least part of my brain tells me there is the possibility I will one day be a size 10 again. (Will I at that time choose to wear what I chose to wear last time I was a size 10? My brain prefers to duck that question.) That is, clothes that don't fit right now don't fit for soft-body-part reasons. Shoes that don't fit right now don't fit for bone reasons, and I don't think the bones are going back.

It's a bit mercenary, but I sort of feel like I should do this cull and then haul the stuff I'm not keeping to a consignment shop first - not that anything I have is at all high fashion (nor has ever been, so don't be thinking "retro" or anything), but wouldn't that be a way to make back some cash on the whole operation? And then take what a consignment shop doesn't want to the Goodwill or similar?

I mean I need to do something. Every time I go in my closet, my self-loathing grows and multiplies. Somebody help.

* I get to keep my wedding dress and a small number of other sentimental items even if I straight up have no intention to use them ever again.

"Wear a jacket." "You wear a jacket!"

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:28 pm
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Surprise Sephora order: This skincare collection, which seems nice trying it out but I'm not sure I would have ordered it in my right mind. I do like the lip butter. This coconut cleansing water/milk, very nice, would likely order again especially if it came in a larger size (only comes in a travel size right now). Sephora also does a coconut water makeup remover wipe that I like but sometimes the wipe feels a little rough on my stupid overly sensitive skin, and the cleansing milk does the same thing without that roughness.

Also got this Marc Jacobs highlighter that I am so far unsure about. But! I am going to a contouring/highlighting class with A. this Sunday at the semi-local Sephora so hopefully I will figure it out. I mixed a tiny drop into my foundation this morning and my foundation doesn't look any different BUT I probably didn't use enough to make a difference. And finally, this eye cream which I have NO idea why I ordered but after two uses I'm digging it. (I guess I am almost 36 and should probably use an eye cream. I GUESS.)

Email in the police inbox: Hello, I'm not sure of the laws involving bake sales or the permits this group might have but I don't see how raising the price for men is at all okay just because their men. That's flat out the definition of sexist. Please let me know how/if this is okay.

The bake sale in question is charging women 75 cents an item and men $1 specifically to highlight the gender wage gap. This person emailing... wtaf. Also this is not a police matter. Sometimes I just shake my head at the number of things I have to tell people "that's not a police matter".

Also today at P-side - email went out saying former wrestling coach had died (he was hit by a car last week, very sad, a really nice guy). Three hours later, another email: not dead. I know it's morbid humor but it's so P-side. The only way it could have been more P-side is if they'd retracted it by using the actual "so-and-so would like to recall this email" thing.

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:36 pm
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Fellow Nikita people:

Crap, looks like the Split Personality archive is down. Anyone know anything about it? I mentioned AO3's Open Doors a few times to...someone. Probably not ranma. I wonder if there's any way to reconstruct it or get it saved by AO3 without the original owner.

linkspam and birds

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:53 pm
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New icon courtesy of [personal profile] rydra_wong! Seems fitting.

OK, this is cool and hopeful: a new technology for dealing with oil spills.

This is a fab resource for fic- and genre-writers, I believe.

At times they sounded like villains from a Michael Crichton novel. Russian scientists fight to save the earth from climate change by restoring the Pleistocene grasslands in the Siberian Arctic. This includes re-establishing herds of bison, musk oxen, wild horses -- and woolly mammoths. These Russians are bringing back the ice age to protect the future.

You might need to see this toad with a hat.

You might also need to see the art for this awesome mashup.

*

Politics is all moving too fast to keep up! Argh. Also, eeps.

A few political links:

People Power.

TaxMarch

Resist repeal of the ACA.

Resist Bot.


*

I rarely get into professional stuff here, but I thought I’d share something today. I spent part of this week in training, learning how to comply with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. What’s that, you say? let me tell you a story. )

Anyway, that’s my little lecture about how the administrative state is responsible for saving tens of millions of birds nationwide.

Linky linky

Mar. 22nd, 2017 03:31 pm
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SSR Confidential signups are still open - the signup period ends Saturday evening, March 25. You know you want to! :D So far we've got 18 people (not including me - I haven't gotten mine done yet. BAD MOD) - fic, art, and vids are all accepted. Since I'm running this, just ask me if you have any questions.

ETA: Also, if whichever anon promoted it at ffa is reading this, thank you! <3

FK_ficfest (Forever Knight fic exchange) is currently taking signups as well. This is a really pleasant, small-fandom fic exchange with a great mod.

Another thing currently going on is Muse Fusion at Torn World, a shared-world SFF project. Participants in Muse Fusion leave prompts for writers/artists to make a creative work in the shared world setting.

Adventures in home ownership

Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:12 pm
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I received a tax bill today for property taxes for the place where I now live. I had been under the impression that I was paying property taxes into escrow and therefore would not get socked with such bills. I have emailed my banker, and am hoping like hell that it turns out this was in error / I don't have to deal with it. If I do have to deal with it, I will manage it somehow, but it would be a hefty hit to my finances.

I am proud of myself for not panicking; I'm pretty sure that at most other moments in my life this would have caused me to lose my cool.

I have, however, poured myself a glass of white wine. Because it is wine o'clock now.

In other household news, I did order myself a chest freezer, which should arrive by Friday. It is tiny (3.5 cubic feet, probably less than half the size of the one we used to have at the old place) but it will be useful, and I'm glad I ordered it before I found out about the possible tax bill.

And today I managed to remove the ugly wooden shutters from my kitchenette! I am already happier having them gone. (I am hoping that a friend with a power drill will help me hang a curtain rod there soon, whereupon I will have curtains, which will be both less ugly and less dusty than what was there before.)

dear 7up: love you

Mar. 22nd, 2017 11:50 am
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I went to work today! I am here! In my chair! I did twelve days' worth of deposits! But now I am exhausted. KB (who also had the plague) says it's more likely the flu than an actual cold, just without the grosser flu symptoms, which makes sense for how I basically didn't get out of bed for a week.

I have not written anything since the couple hundred words I managed before my panic attack adventure two Saturdays ago, and this makes me :( - but I also can barely focus enough to read, uuuuuuuuugh. I want to do things! Seriously though, this needs to end because I need to write at least SOME of my fandom5k story before the mandatory check-in at the beginning of April. (I also, um, sort of want to write two of the prompts? Because I have lost my mind.)

While ill last week I ordered from Sephora because it was double cash back from ebates and I only remember two of the things I ordered so it will be a surprise!!!!! When I open the box tonight it will be like presents. That I paid for.

Here are a couple pictures of kitties being good adopted babies. Goopy hardly left my side this last week.

Sometimes I’m all like “no no I

Mar. 22nd, 2017 04:41 am
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Sometimes I’m all like “no no I really never wrote terrible stuff happening on-page before I started writing terrible things happening to Bucky Barnes” and then I remember that literally the first explicit story I wrote in a fandom where I was interacting directly with other fans was… 

Relax, a Due South story featuring Non-Con Hypnotism, Dub-Con Hypnotism, and a dude who could give Steve Rogers a run for his money in moral rectitude deliberately inducing amnesia in the guy he’s in love with. More than once. Andthentheyhavesextheend. 

So! Always in character as myself, I guess. Whoever is writing me is really doing a good job at that. 

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People! Friends of mine! There are many awesome vidders signed up for the VVC auction this year, and I am going to be bidding on [personal profile] grammarwoman because a) she is awesome, and b) SHE IS OFFERING TO VID FARSCAPE and I HAVE FARSCAPE VID IDEAS. One of these ideas I am keeping for myself, but trust me, I HAVE IDEAS TO SPARE.

So who wants to go in with me? I know my fellow Farscape fans are out there. Leave a comment and let's do this!

Gratitudes

Mar. 21st, 2017 03:31 pm
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1. Mr. Kid has learned how to make his own breakfast (cereal with milk, not exactly culinarily complicated, but the point is, he can do it himself now.)

2. I have graduated from weekly allergy shots to bimonthly allergy shots. The number of sharp pointy sticks in my future has been cut in half!

3. Sushi lunch with [personal profile] squirrelhaven, followed by a massage. I am always amazed to (re)discover how much tension I carry in my body without even noticing it (because it is such a constant presence that it doesn't even register as pain.)

4. Zaphod wants to take me out for ice cream this afternoon after school, and has offered to spend some of his own precious allowance money thereon. Awww.

5. So hey, I'm forty-two today. Go me.
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So this is either the best discovery ever (for writing purposes) or absolutely terrible. I'm not sure.

In one of the White Collar Werewolf Peter AU stories, it is mentioned that Elizabeth keeps ketamine on hand to sedate him in case he gets out of hand as a werewolf. (His idea, not hers. SHE doesn't think he'd ever do anything. He feels better if she has some way of stopping him in case of werewolf attack.)

I mentioned ketamine because I'd looked up veterinary tranquilizers and needed a fast-acting one. Unfortunately for Peter, it appears that I missed a few side effects. There was a post today at ScriptMedic (a resource Tumblr for writing medical stuff) that talks about ketamine, and apparently, um, well:

In low doses, ketamine can relieve pain. It can also make people feel very “stoned”.
In medium doses, it can cause hallucinations. This is what the drug using community refers to as “falling down the K-hole,” and ketamine is indeed known for its illicit uses.


So now imagine a HALLUCINATING WEREWOLF.

But it actually gets EVEN WORSE:

If the patient develops distress shortly after an initial dose, the patient is not fully dissociated and the best maneuver is usually to give more ketamine. [...]

In high doses, ketamine works as an anesthetic, specifically a dissociative anesthetic. It shuts the brain off from outside stimulus completely. Basically what ketamine does is it shuts the brain off from outside stimuli. That means that even though someone’s eyes are open (and possibly twitching, medically referred to as nystagmus) their brain isn’t processing information from them.

Think of it like this: with most anesthetics, the brain is temporarily turned off. With ketamine, the brain isn’t turned off – it’s just disconnected from the outside world.

However, if someone is unprepared for it, those hallucinations can seem like a nightmare. And there is a portion of patients who get ketamine and, as it starts to wear off, they start screaming uncontrollably. This is called an “emergence reaction,” as they emerge from anesthesia and slip into the K-hole.

Someone who has been sedated/anosthetized with ketamine, especially if it’s against their will (used as a “knockout drug”), will likely have very negative hallucinations. To an outsider they’ll be lying on the floor, eyes open and blinking, unable to move or react to anything. It’s a great moment for a horror scene, or a horrific element to an action plot, especially if they have an emergence reaction and come back to reality screaming.


HALLUCINATING, DISSOCIATING, SCREAMING WEREWOLF. Thanks, Google.

Gifts to myself

Mar. 20th, 2017 09:05 pm
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I unearthed a $100 Amazon gift card earlier today when I was cleaning out my desk.

I am strongly considering getting myself a small chest freezer to put in the garage. There are a bunch of options in the $180-200 range, so with this gift card (that I didn't remember I even had), I can get one for a hundred bucks, which is hard to beat.

My indoor freezer is mostly full of Zaphod foods (frozen waffles, ice cream sandwiches, etc) and a handful of staples. If I had a chest freezer, I could do things like stock up on proteins when they are cheap, and freeze servings of soup when I make a giant batch, and go to the Asian grocery an hour away and come home with frozen chapati and dumplings and stuff like that. And I can fit one in my garage -- space is getting tight, so I can't fit much more in there, but I can manage a wee chest freezer (the 3 cubic feet ones seem to be roughly 2' x 2' x 3', and I can manage that.)

I am caught between feeling ridiculously excited that I can afford this appliance, and wryly amused that I have become the kind of grownup who gets this excited about buying a freezer.

::facepalm::

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Mar. 20th, 2017 01:32 pm
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DS9 rewatch:

"The Muse"

Lwaxanna! And she's...pregnant. This is going to lead to age jokes, I can tell. Also, hey, it's Meg Foster! She's so recognizable with those pale eyes.

Oh, lord, she's playing the titular muse for Jake. This will go one of two ways: she will help him move forward with his writing, or she's going to eat his brain/creativity/soul. Ten minutes later: Yeah, the muse is totally a brain eating pseudo-sex thing. Kind of weird with an adult woman/male teenager. I can see the tie between the creative process and sex, but still.

The novel Jake starts to write is Anslem, the book mentioned in "The Visitor."

Lwaxanna mentions the other child she had that died. That's a nice bit of continuity from TNG. And her estranged husband is a total prick. OH MY GOD Odo's solution is a marriage of convenience. ILU Odo. And he has to prove to everyone that he loves her. It's marriage of convenience PLUS aliens made them do it. Odo's speech is really quite sweet.

"For the Cause"

Eddington! Wassup! Politics is up. Cardassia is asking the Federation for help because of the damage the Klingon invasion inflicted. The Maquis are not happy. Kasidy tries to use her relationship with Sisko to get out of an inspection. Do not like. I'm not really a fan of hers. Of course, the inspection is a cover to see if she's smuggling contraband.

Garak and Bashir are watching some kind of sports match! Except Garak is watching Ziyal. I guess this is the beginning of Garak's descent into heterosexuality.

It occurs to me that since Keiko stopped teaching, Jake...hasn't been in school? Maybe it's some kind of home-school self-directed thing.

Kasidy aside, this is a fun political episode. There are at least three separate agendas at play, with everyone deceiving everyone else, with ugly repercussions.
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I saw a book title this morning that I misread as “Sampire” (I think it was a really fancy “Empire”) and I thought, haha, yes I rise before dawn to prey on those still awake from the night before. I am the dark hipster, the sampire.

And then I thought, what would you call a hipster vampire, and it came to me, hot sauce dripping off its fangs: 

Sriracula.  

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Mar. 20th, 2017 08:42 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

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Mar. 19th, 2017 10:49 pm
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*waves*

*falls over*

*repeats*

This week in writing, 3/19

Mar. 19th, 2017 05:14 pm
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A much better week! Weirdly, due to me writing a lot on the things that actually have deadlines, what is the world even coming to.

WIPs currently active: 7, because I started on my @capreversebb story!

Words written this week: 8,459

WIPs that got no words this week: 0 

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 273

Born in the Blood: 337

Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 263

Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism: 227

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You): 785, introducing Rhodey POV! Wheeeee!!

Smut Swap Pinch Hit Story In A Pairing I’ve Never Written Before: 2,487, so it’s halfwayish done! And not due until April, good work me!

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 4,087, which… is not halfway done.

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No jellyfish! *__*

Mar. 19th, 2017 08:57 am
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Woke up, took a swim in the (thankfully lethal-free) ocean, and now time for breakfast! :D

Update on the caiman croc front:
They have multiplied! Yes, the two I saw last time inhabiting the empty lot next door have now become Mommy, Daddy and three smaller ones! O_O

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Mar. 18th, 2017 06:44 am
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After feeling like garbage on Sunday and Monday, which I attributed to Saturday's ER adventure, I woke up definitely sick on Tuesday. Thursday I tried to go to work only for MCW to tell me to go home after two hours, but at least I could detour to the Walgreen's and stock up - I really don't get sick enough to require taking something all that often, so all the meds I had at home were several years expired. I do wish all the NyQuil-style stuff worked on me, though - knock me out so I can sleep, damn it!

It's bad enough that I dragged out the humidifier at 2am this morning, and I completely forgot to cheat at my 750 words yesterday so there goes my streak. :( I wish I could say I have accomplished something being at home the last several days but the most I've done is watch one of Amazon's new pilots, Oasis - with Richard Madden from GoT (it's very Solaris meets Earth 2 maybe? I would watch more), and Doctor Strange, which for all the hoopla about special effects looked suuuuuper crappy on my tiny bedroom television.
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Since Tuesday night I have read 1,093,463 words of due South fic.

Um... er...

It started because I was having a massive anxiety attack over whether or not the stuff I needed to submit my PR card renewal would come in time, and so couldn't sleep.

I decided to watch some vids to settle my brain, got sucked into my due South vids folder and about 3AM decided to switch from vids to fic.

I never did get to sleep. When the mail I was fretting over finally arrived the next afternoon, I was still reading.

The anxiety went away at that point, but the reminder of how much I love Fraser/RayK and how long it had been since I read any kinda didn't. So, I just keep working my way through the Archive.

I haven't fic binged like this in I don't even know how long. I'd forgotten how fun it could be.

Logan | Duolingo | Beach \o/

Mar. 17th, 2017 07:02 pm
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  1. YAY FRIDAYYYYYYY! \o/ \o/ \o/

  2. I saw Logan yesterday evening. Was just as emotional as I'd expected, having unwittingly been spoiled for a couple major plot points. I loved it a lot. For me the most gut-wrenching parts were the ones that hit close to home, the effects of aging - frailty of the human body and the degradation of a once-sharp mind. My own father will be hitting 80 next year, and it's hard seeing that slow but inevitable downhill process.

    Is it me, or have there been an unusual amount of AMAZING big screen releases these past few months, each packing a real emotional punch - Rogue One, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Lion, Logan.

  3. I am using Duolingo once more! :D I had started learning some basic Italian in anticipation of my trip to Europe last summer, and promptly forgot all about the app once that was over. But some weeks ago, while reflecting on my favourite artist Van Gogh, and the unforgettable experience I had spending time in gorgeous Provence (the subject of so many of his famous paintings), I got inspired to take up a bit of French. I am already planning another trip to France, hopefully in a year or two when I save enough for it. ♥

    I'd done the basics in French for a couple years in high school, quite reluctantly actually (hated the teacher :b ), and hadn't retained much. This time it's much different though. It feels good to challenge my brain in a fun, stress-free manner. And I love racking up points for all the little daily accomplishments. It's a great way to learn something new, and keep the mind sharp. :)

  4. More than likely, I'll be going down to the beach for the weekend. Am currently psyching myself for the 2-hour drive early in the morning, and then back Sunday afternoon before work on Monday. Will be worth it though. I haven't been in AGES, and am hoping to get a little bit of watercolour painting done, maybe an early morning dip in the ocean. :)

    Hopefully we get good weather and the water's clear and without dangerous currents or jellyfish. Might have jellyfish. Blech. They mostly wash up on shore around Easter time, which isn't that far from now. Fingers crossed for a non-lethal ocean experience. :b
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I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners about excel spreadsheets and webcomic artists in which Jack Worthington is a data analyst who has invented a fake free-spirited webcomic artist brother so he has an excuse to visit the city; his STEM mentee Cecily lives in the burbs and builds robots but dreams of going to the city to meet Jack’s romantic artist wastrel brother. Meanwhile Jack’s friend Algernon, who is a “startup entrepreneur” with no visible employment, has discovered Jack’s secret life and threatened to tell his girlfriend, hipster social justice activist Gwendolyn, who thinks Jack works for Algy’s startup because that’s way hipper than wrangling Excel spreadsheets all day. 

All is upset by Mrs. Bracknell, the imperious baby boomer who can never get the right coffee order or change from Dr. Frederica Chasuble, a barista who has an unmarketable PHD in feminist classical theology and a crush on Cecily’s college admissions coach Ms. Prism. Mrs. Bracknell doesn’t want Jack marrying Gwendolyn because due to a database error at the hospital when he was born, most institutions (banks, cellphone providers, insurance companies) think Jack is deceased. 

I will call it The Importance Of Saving Versions. 

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I went downstairs to my office after breakfast this morning, and discovered that the cat had barfed all over my desk. Thankfully he did not destroy the legal paperwork for the wedding I'm doing this afternoon (note to self: putting things front and center on your desk so you don't forget them may not actually be the clever life hack you thought it was), but I do have to ask both my employers/freelance clients to reissue my 2016 tax paperwork. UGH.

In happier news, I had a fantastic Escapade! Amusingly, it was almost half a RL-activist Escapade, which is not what I think many people expect or want from a slash con? But I had plenty of fannishness in there too. I always have a terrible case of con brain and remember afterward only that I loved a thing, not what actually happened or why I loved it, which makes my con reports rather fragmentary and perhaps unsatsfying to others. But hey, that's why there are cut tags )And I beat the snowstorm home and Geoff picked me up at the airport and had dinner ready ten minutes after we got home. It was a wonderful weekend.

Okay, I don't even have time to reread this for coherence, because I haven't even rehearsed this afternoon's wedding text yet, so I will hit Post and hope for the best. It was great to see everyone I saw at the con!

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Mar. 17th, 2017 09:24 am
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Doc thinks the abdominal pain/bloody urine is due to a UTI (not a bladder/kidney stone) and is sending me over to pee in a cup at the lab! Whee.

Cats!

Mar. 16th, 2017 11:24 pm
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[personal profile] synecdochic
I also realized I had not introduced you all to the new feline occupant of the house!

Meet Thea:

Thea lounging on the vet counter, fresh out of fucks to give

So, [personal profile] without_me retweeted a tweet a friend of hers had made, looking for a new home for a friendly former-feral whose human had died and who was living on the streets being intermittently fed by the neighbor. [twitter.com profile] detachment_red hadn't been involved in that, but was looking for a new home for her, since the neighbor apparently wanted to stop feeding the cat and was going to just leave her roaming the neighborhood. (Special place in hell, etc.) Alas, she already had a cat who needs to be an only! So, to Twitter she turned.

Sarah and I had agreed that after losing our three boys in the space of a year, and since Ginny, Ruth, and Naomi had settled down into a comfortable balance, we weren't looking for another cat, but fortunately, Sarah understands that sometimes Twitter just hands you a cat. ([personal profile] without_me has confirmed that she specifically RT'd it because she knew I'd see it. It's like I'm a well known sucker or something.) We picked up the cat the next day and took her straight up to the vet's, where she promptly (and accurately) identified us as suckers and got a head start on the snuggles:

Thea crawls into my lap during her first vet visit

This is less than an hour after we met her, btw. I'm just saying. It's important that you allow a new cat to acclimate to you in her own time and don't force your attentions on them. entirely too many cat pictures )

We're not yet seriously going to start worrying about her inability to get along with Ginny/Ruth/Naomi (who have all been curious but very well behaved about the strange cat in the house) or her tendency to charge at the door whenever she sees/hears one of the others on the other side of it. Our current hope is that the pain from the teeth fuckery is affecting her temperament and she'll mellow the fuck out once we get the teeth treated. She's sweet as hell to humans (occasional nip aside, and we've got that mostly trained out of her by now), at least, barring the time she was charging at Ginny and Sarah got in the way and got clawed to shit for it. ("I swear I'm not self-harming," she had to tell the new doctor she was seeing this week. "We just adopted a new cat. Which can be kind of like a form of self harm, if you think about it...wait, it was my wife's idea, I guess that makes it domestic abuse.") All she wants to do is be in your lap! Until she gets tired of being petted and bites you instead of jumping down and walking away, heh.

Her name with her last human was Missy, but we didn't think it suited; after a week or so of trying everything under the sun, we settled on Thea.

I really, really hope we can mellow her out enough to keep her, and that it's not a case of "must be the only cat in the household"! I mean, come on, look at this fucking adorable sweetheart of a face:

Thea, sacked out in my lap (and snoring)

(If she does turn out to need to be an only, I'm going to try to talk my mom into taking her -- Mom's been missing having a cat lately since their last one died last year -- but if I can't convince her, I may put out the call to see if anyone can give this precious baby a home where she'd be the only cat. But that's borrowing trouble at this point! There was sniffing through the cracked door today and only a little attempted murder...)

mutter mutter mutter

Mar. 16th, 2017 10:16 pm
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[personal profile] synecdochic
"Fucking bodies" TMI muttering behind the cut )

Oh, and for those who follow me on Twitter ([twitter.com profile] rahaeli) and saw me marveling about how my e-chart showed a call to my specialist Friday morning post-surgery, after which I suddenly got better pain meds (read: actual pain meds, not "barely the level of pain meds I take on a daily basis"): I had the monthly visit with the specialist yesterday, and asked about it! Turns out they did not actually call down to verify with her that I wasn't a drugseeking addict, after all: the call was actually Thursday afternoon, not Friday morning when I was happening to the nurse over pain management.

What it actually was, though, is not necessarily more reassuring: it was the anesthesiologist calling her to find out what CYP2D6 ultra-rapid metabolism was. (The call notes apparently included the phrase "when we called back, he said he had already found information on Google".) CYP2D6, for those who don't know, is the liver enzyme that processes a large number of the drugs we use in modern medicine; it's produced by a cytochrome in the liver that has high variability in populations, and some people produce none of the enzyme and some people produce a whole lot of it. (I produce a whole lot of it.) My particular mutation means that I process most drugs very fucking quickly, and require very high dosages of anything that's metabolized by CYP2D6 and weird dose schedules for anything where it's the metabolite that actually has an effect, rather than the substance itself.

Something like 25% of the drugs we use in modern medicine are processed by CYP2D6, including pretty much every drug used in anesthesia, and while there's very wide phenotypical variation among populations and racial groups, estimates range anywhere from 20% to 40% of the population has some non-standard expression of the genes that code for it. It is the sort of thing an anesthesiologist ought to consider basic fucking fundamental knowledge, basically, and this dude had no fucking clue what I was talking about. Like, the last time I went for surgery, I specifically asked the anesthesiologist (who'd also done the surgery before that and managed to get it perfect) what I should tell future anesthesiologists to make sure that shit got handled, and she said "oh, just tell them you're a 2D6 ultra-rapid metabolizer, that'll be enough for anyone."

(No, it's not just that I was using the wrong vocabulary. I tried a few different ways of explaining it.)

But hey, I didn't wake up on the table and I did wake up once I was in recovery, so I guess it all worked out in the end. (Definitely asking for a different anesthesiologist if I have surgery at that hospital again, though, oi.)

Crosspost: Alert for Georgia

Mar. 16th, 2017 06:46 pm
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[personal profile] resonant
Anybody out there in Georgia's 6th Congressional District? There's a special election coming up for the House of Representatives -- the seat's open because Tom Price resigned to be part of the Trump Administration. Putting a non-Republican in that seat would be a serious public service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia%27s_6th_congressional_district_special_election,_2017

Not registered? You can register online until Monday, March 20.

https://swingleft.org/register-to-vote

Please take two minutes to register, and put April 18 on your calendar. This is how change happens: one tiny action at a time.

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Mar. 16th, 2017 12:52 pm
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[personal profile] nestra
DS9 rewatch:

"Hard Time"

Oh, look, someone's in a miserable situation. I bet it's O'Brien. Exactly how did he become the main whump object of the show? Why is it not Bashir? He's the young and pretty one.

So instead of putting people in actual prison, these people simulate the experience of years and years in prison? I'm not sure that's significantly better. And they make sure to design everyone's own special hell. So basically, that's fucked up, and it fucked O'Brien up. I don't know if it's designed as a metaphor for mental illness, or for having a terrible experience in your past that fucked you up. I do like that they get him medication that will help him, and that he has to go to therapy. I don't know if it ever comes up in any other episode, and maybe it's unfair to expect it to.

"Shattered Mirror"

Cirroc Lofton had to wear some ugly-ass clothes.

We just pop over from the Mirrorverse now? I mean, obviously Mirror!Jennifer is there for a nefarious purpose. And I don't think I believe Jake would just pop over to the Mirrorverse without telling his dad.

Ugh, Mirror!Dax just hit Sisko for "making love to me under false pretenses." I remember being quite upset at that episode, so I'm hoping she meant "making love" in the old-fashioned, pitching-woo sense.

Okay, Mirror!Bashir is kind of hot now.

I don't know if I'm really invested in the Mirrorverse episodes, except for cheerfully evil bisexual Intendant Kira.

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Mar. 15th, 2017 09:10 pm
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[personal profile] nestra
Miscellaneous (but not earth-shaking) "The Force Awakens" thoughts on a casual rewatch:

These aren't even chronological )

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Mar. 15th, 2017 01:29 pm
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[personal profile] sage
postcard!
[personal profile] mergatrude Thank you for the postcard! 💗💗💗

books
currently reading Alice Jones: Ghost Light by Sarah Rubin. Middle grade mystery. Delightful (and surprisingly suspenseful) so far.

dirt oh look, another list )

cats
I'm being gently encouraged to investigate getting cats again. It's been 4 1/2 years since the boys died (fuck cancer) and I don't want to go through that grief again. My house is not at all cat-proof anymore, though I suppose *needing* to keep the house cat-proof would go a long way toward clutter containment. But...I've started watching kitten cams again, to see, and kittens are exhausting but the mamacats look like delightful snuggaboos. I just don't know. I have a petfinder tab open, but mostly it just makes me sad.

neighboring awkward situation is awkward )

+ / -

Mar. 15th, 2017 08:25 am
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[personal profile] kass
- I woke up this morning to a cold house

- I mean really cold -- 44 degrees F

- for the third time this winter, dammit, and my kid is all bundled in blankets and complaining and I feel like a negligent parent because omfg it's 44 degrees inside my house

+ when I texted the heating guy he replied right away

+ and his suggestion (turn it off and on again) worked

+ and now there is warm air flowing through the vents again hallelujah

DC TV tonight

Mar. 14th, 2017 10:25 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
A few random thoughts on Flash and Legends of Tomorrow this week ...

Flash 3x16 )

Legends of Tomorrow 2x14 )

#USpoli #Trump #TaxReturn

Mar. 14th, 2017 10:57 pm
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[personal profile] celli
Hey all - http://www.DCreport.org for better analysis than mine!

Also https://twitter.com/Bibliogato/status/841816700672724993 and thread.

Also this: http://www.vox.com/2017/3/14/14930368/trump-amt-alternative-minimum-tax

And basically all of the internet, what, you're still here? Heya.

About me: Have been doing taxes since 2001. CPA. I know some things but for sure not all. Feel free to correct me/point me to better analysis, but I had to talk about it! (Some of this is originally from a Slack chat so forgive any whimsical formatting.)

Read more... )
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In honor of the upcoming release of Rebel (Book 3).

Ask me anything about the series, the characters, the world, etc. Sherwood will be popping in too!

This post allows spoilers for both Stranger and Hostage.

Ask questions here in this post!
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
In honor of the upcoming release of Rebel (Book 3).

Ask me anything about the series, the characters, the world, etc. Sherwood will be popping in too!

This post allows spoilers for Stranger but not Hostage. There is a spoilery post which allows spoilers for both books that are out now.

Ask questions here in this post!

Purimgifts reveal!

Mar. 14th, 2017 01:13 pm
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[personal profile] kass
I had such a blast writing for [community profile] purimgifts this year -- not only because this ficathon is always super-fun (though it is), but also because the matching algorithm matched me with [personal profile] copracat, so I got to write Leverage OT3 fic for a friend. ♥ Here's what I wrote:


Trust (part one) (662 words) by Kass
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Characters: Alec Hardison, Parker (Leverage), Eliot Spencer
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 1
Summary:

The first thing Hardison did when he went from having one partner to having two was buy a bigger bed.



Trust (part two) (620 words) by Kass
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Characters: Alec Hardison, Parker (Leverage), Eliot Spencer
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 2
Summary:

It had not been Eliot's intention to get involved with his team.



Trust (part three) (692 words) by Kass
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Characters: Alec Hardison, Parker (Leverage), Eliot Spencer
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 3
Summary:

She would never let them fall.




Happy belated Purim to all!

Snow day gratitudes

Mar. 14th, 2017 10:36 am
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[personal profile] kass
1. I had to work late last night (9-11pm ugh) so I had arranged for Zaphod to sleep over at a friend's house. Then they announced the snow day. [personal profile] squirrelhaven and [livejournal.com profile] outsidetheparty graciously still took him for the overnight, so I am having a snow day -- with no kid to entertain. The non-parents among you may not quite be able to imagine what untold luxury this is, but omg, is it luxury.

2. I woke at 7 as usual, realized I didn't have to be up, noticed I was exhausted, and went back to sleep. Until nine. I honest-to-God do not remember the last time I slept that late.

3. There is coffee!

4. I am making this harissa white bean stew with turmeric yogurt recipe, though mine will be curry yogurt instead because it turns out I don't have plain turmeric powder. I also have a loaf of olive bread rising ([livejournal.com profile] ellinor's adaptation of Mark Bittman's no-knead recipe) which I aim to bake later today. (ETA: and I made a mango salad too, since I had some underripe cut mango from the grocery store.)

5. Did I mention the part where there is no kid here for me to entertain? :-)
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The Republic of Poetry is divided into three parts. The first is about Chile: history, coup, repression, resistance. The second is a series of elegies for poets and other artists. The third is about the creative process itself, the alchemy that makes art out of event.

I don't know what moved me to pick this particular book off my shelf of unread poetry this week, but whatever it was, I'm grateful.


The Soldiers in the Garden
Isla Negra, Chile, September 1973

After the coup,
the soldiers appeared
in Neruda’s garden one night,
raising lanterns to interrogate the trees,
cursing at the rocks that tripped them.
From the bedroom window
they could have been
the conquistadores of drowned galleons,
back from the sea to finish
plundering the coast.

The poet was dying;
cancer flashed through his body
and left him rolling in the bed to kill the flames.
Still, when the lieutenant stormed upstairs,
Neruda faced him and said:
There is only one danger for you here: poetry.
The lieutenant brought his helmet to his chest,
apologized to señor Neruda
and squeezed himself back down the stairs.
The lanterns dissolved one by one from the trees.

For thirty years
we have been searching
for another incantation
to make the solders
vanish from the garden.


— Martín Espada
from The Republic of Poetry
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Welcome back to Las Anclas, a frontier town in the post-apocalyptic Wild West. In this perilous landscape, a schoolboy can create earthquakes, poisonous cloud vipers flock in the desert skies, and the beaches are stalked by giant mind-controlling lobsters.

The tyrant king Voske has been defeated, but all is not peaceful in Las Anclas. Ross's past comes back to haunt him, Jennie struggles with her new career, Mia faces her fears, Felicite resorts to desperate measures to keep her secrets, Kerry wonders if Las Anclas has really seen the last of her father, and shy Becky Callahan may hold the key to a dangerous mystery.

In Rebel, long-held secrets of past and present are revealed, family ties can strangle as well as sustain, and the greatest peril threatening Las Anclas comes from inside its walls.

Rebel (The Change # 3)

If you would like to review it, let me know and I'll send you an advance review copy (ebook only).

The LJ version has the cover image.

Holi \o/

Mar. 13th, 2017 04:20 pm
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[personal profile] goss
Celebrated Holi (the Hindu Festival of Colours) at the school this afternoon. Couldn't get away without the kids covering me in coloured powder from head to foot. LOL.

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Mar. 13th, 2017 08:48 am
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Word counts check-in for the 10th. Got a decent amount of work done on the Bond poly story, plus the Ads fic snippets. (I did want to write some shorter things this year!) I'm guessing the Bond story will clock in around 10k/11k total. I added a tiny bit to it on Saturday, before having what was apparently a panic attack so bad that I didn't know what the hell was wrong with me. I managed to drive home, but then had my dad take me to the ER when I got home and tried to relax and the "what the fuck is wrong with me" feeling still didn't stop. I've only felt like that once before and that lasted twenty minutes, this lasted 2+ hours.

While talking with my dad while we were waiting for one of the dozen tests they had to run to rule out actual heart problems (I had a congenital heart defect when I was born that was repaired with surgery so I really wanted to be sure this wasn't a heart issue), he was like, "I've had panic attacks for years. And so has your aunt, and your grandfather did. Once I had one at work so bad I stayed in the bathroom all day." Thanks for telling me before now! Why is my family so bad with that? My mom didn't tell me about the heart surgery until I was thirty.

I still don't feel like myself but I also haven't slept well since, probably since I'm now anxious that it's going to happen again. Goal for this week: chill.

It is Snowpocalypsing here, and although it's lessened since when I drove to work, the winter weather advisory goes until tomorrow afternoon since we're supposed to get dumped on again tonight. And all I have to eat at my house is eggs and non-perishable stuff like noodles. Maybe I can make it to the grocery store before the snow really starts up again.

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Mar. 13th, 2017 08:26 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] Skochius's grandmother is disabled with neuropathy in both feet, and has had to undergo several surgeries and treatments recently, including some emergency surgeries. She's currently in danger of losing her house if she (or the family) can't pay the taxes on her property (which were bought in October 2016 at auction), which are accruing interest daily. Her fixed income won't come close to covering it, and the family is raising funds to keep the home. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] fled-is-that-music is a high school teacher working on new hands-on learning opportunities in a rural school, and she's raising funds for camera/camcorders to start a journalism department, since there's no district funding. RFM helped to fund their startup drama program a few years ago, which has apparently taken off in a huge way; now you can help do the same for their journalism project. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] katsuko1978 and [tumblr.com profile] apollymi are raising $600 to pay a pet deposit on their rent, which comes at a particularly bad time for them financially. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

Anon linked to the Troopon program, where you can send coupons to military families living overseas, who can use manufacturers coupons on-base for up to six months after they expire. You can send coupons to a domestic address, and they then ship them overseas. You can read more and find out how to participate here!


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Lovely weekend

Mar. 13th, 2017 12:18 am
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[personal profile] fairestcat
It's been a lovely birthday weekend.

Friday, Rayne and I went over to [personal profile] fajrdrako's and ordered in pizza and watched RENT because we were in the mood for a musical and I'd been meaning to rewatch it. I'll now have the songs stuck in my head for the next month.

Saturday, our friends Sarah and Alan came over for dinner and brought delicious homemade cupcakes. We had a delicious dinner and played Dixit and sat up talking for hours.

Tonight, Marna, Rayne, Ian and I went out for Greek tapas, which was delicious.

I had Marna take a picture because I thought I looked really cute.


When we got home Rayne came upstairs and buzzed the sides of my hair, thus making it look like I have an actual haircut again.


I've also spent the weekend rereading Matt Fraction-era X-Men comics. This is the era when I got back into reading comics after years away and I just love it. The X-Men are a big, ever-expanding, intergenerational soap opera, and Fraction totally got that. He had a core team, sure, but there were a lot of appearances by mutants from every X-era. Also, it's funny, which is something I can't say about many more-recent X-books.

OM NOM NOM.

Mar. 12th, 2017 06:15 pm
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[personal profile] kass
Today I got to have birthday lunch with [personal profile] samtheeagle, and wow, the food was amazing. (Company was pretty good too. ;-)

Food porn within )

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