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Jan. 18th, 2017 10:42 pm
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I’m finding my anxiety really frustrating right now because the point at which I realize I need an Ativan is generally several hours after when I needed to take it in order to get any benefit from it. When I wake with a migraine or get up after almost no sleep (and all of it anxiety dreams) or when I have massive anxiety related reflux, it’s too damned late for the Ativan to make me feel better.

The Ativan won’t help at all when I’m groping my way through my day due to having not slept worth anything. The Ativan also won’t help much when my body is responding to stress that is already past. That’s a common thing for me and often more disabling than the impact of the anxiety on my ability to do what has to be done because the physical impact accumulates, building up pain and brain fog and… It all makes doing the next thing that much harder and that much more likely to have worse effects on my body.

I’m about 85% sure that the reflux trouble I had Monday night/Tuesday morning was my body’s reaction to dealing with two appointments and all of the time outside the house between them during the preceding day. I’m currently debating taking an Ativan before bed. I don’t want to, but I have an appointment tomorrow. It’s not an appointment that would usually be all that hard, but it’s a week when I’m already thoroughly stressed out, and we have a meeting to go to tomorrow evening.

But I might actually need an Ativan more for the meeting (required informational thing for Community, one of the schools Cordelia is considering. There are later sessions, but putting it off will ratchet up my anxiety. Also, the others don’t fit our schedule nearly so well) in the evening. There are going to be a lot of people, and I’d be surprised if the space is particularly large. I don’t deal well with that at all. I’m not supposed to take more than one in twenty four hours. I don’t know— Maybe one now and then one tomorrow at bedtime to deal with some of the after effects of the appointment and the meeting?

I might actually be fine if I wait. I just also might not. I feel okay right now, but I might not realize there’s a problem until 2-4 hours after I go to bed. I’m terrible at acknowledging that I need help sleeping. And waking with a migraine isn’t something I’d know about until Scott’s alarm goes off.

Media Consumption Wednesday

Jan. 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Let's see if I can revive this habit.
There might be spoilers in the comments.
In which firecat rambles about books and TV shows )
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Day 10: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.

Crossovers are one of my favorite tropes ever. It's like having your cake and eating it too. I love Alternate Universes, and crossovers are the ultimate AU!story — an easy recipe to create brilliant fanfiction that give you the best of two worlds:

1) Pick two or more canon universes
2) Select characters, world building, story line and/or background from those canons
3) Shake, do not stir

And voilà, enjoy:

MCU + Suits = Sidekick by [archiveofourown.org profile] closer
The one in which Mike turns left instead of right and ends up at the job interview to become Tony Stark's personal assistant instead of Harvey's associate.

MCU + Harry Potter = Hogwarts: A (Marvelous) History, or: Thor and Loki's Excellent Adventure by [archiveofourown.org profile] altilis
The one in which Loki and Thor are on vacation in Midgard and decide to stay to help Rowena and Helga teach magical children. Best. Founders!story. Ever.

White Collar + Fringe + Chuck = Intelligent Designs by [archiveofourown.org profile] auborn
The one in which Neal Caffrey and Bryce Larkin look exactly the same for very complicated fringe reasons. Awesome from beginning to end.

SGA + Terminator = Mona Lisa Box by [archiveofourown.org profile] tzzzz
The one in which Rodney McKay helps create Skynet without meaning to. One of my favorite SGA McShep stories. And the ending is sheer brilliance.

Fast&Furious + X-Men = The Next Quarter Mile by [archiveofourown.org profile] astolat
The one in which Brian turns out to be a mutant. Then again, Dom and Mia are mutants, too. Action-packed and fun to read.

no more brassicas

Jan. 18th, 2017 03:33 pm
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On Monday my kids went to their grandma's for the day, so I had a glorious, perfect day all by myself at home.

It was so great! I listened to three NPR Fresh Air interviews (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carrie Fisher, and Anna Kendrick), read fanfic, tidied piled-up paperwork, cleaned the kitchen, folded all the laundry, and made what I think is the most perfect beef stew ever—perfect for me, anyway.

The original recipe came from The Commonsense Kitchen, by Tom Hudgens. I don't remember where or why I bought this cookbook, but it's become one of my favorites. All of the recipes I've tried have been good. He offers multiple variations on a basic beef stew recipe, and my own version of it has mutated from the original. I like beef stew with big chunks of vegetables in it: carrots, celery, parsnips, and potatoes, along with the beef and onions.

The first few times I added turnips, but I've discovered my digestive system hates them, which is too bad, because my mouth likes them. I recently learned they're part of the brassica family, which includes cabbage, so that explains it. I can't tolerate cabbage at all. And broccoli has become touch-and-go, too, which makes me sad.

Last weekend I found Dorie Greenspan's book Baking Chez Moi in my local Half-Price Books and was happy to get it for $14 (instead of the original $40). I baked her chocolate chip cookies this weekend with my daughter, and they were really good. The recipe uses both all-purpose and almond flour, and I think the almond flour lends a particular kind of enjoyable chewiness.

I want to make ALL THE THINGS in this cookbook. It's too bad that I have to reign in my carb intake so much (I had gestational diabetes with both my kids and am considered pre-diabetic), because there are just so many sweet things I would like to bake.

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Jan. 18th, 2017 09:01 am
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I’m finding both the Habitica website and the Habitica app very frustrating and buggy. The app is better than the website in terms of functioning at all, but there are things I can do from the website, if I can get it to load, that I can’t do from the app. I’ve tried the website in both Firefox and Chrome. I keep getting unresponsive scripts (Firefox) and notices that the entire page is unresponsive (Chrome) and things that ought to display and then disappear (streak achievement notices mostly. I can’t even get in far enough to disable those) that instead stay and cover the screen so that I can’t do anything at all or see anything at all.

I’ve been trying to get the website to behave for over an hour. I should probably give up, but… Part of me thinks that, if I can just manage to turn off the stupid streak achievement notices, I might actually be able to use the site.

The problems with the app are two fold— It keeps giving me 'communication errors' that lead to double posting of things I add to my to do list or tasks being marked as complete without me, as far as I can tell, getting any xp at all for them. This is all while I’m at home and using our wifi.

We ended up dropping by the downtown library last night. Cordelia wanted us each to pick out a movie for the family to watch later in the week. She got Disney’s Snow White, I got Groundhog Day, and Scott got the Green Lantern movie (he says he feels he shouldn’t be mocking a movie he hasn’t actually seen).

We went for gelato after visiting the library. I had sassafras, Cordelia had tiramisu, and Scott had… um… I can’t actually remember. Cordelia really, really wants to get out of the house every evening. We’re having trouble coming up with places to go at 7:30 at night that don’t cost money. She refuses parks because of the cold (and Scott and I don’t really want to go to parks in the dark in January anyway, but… It would be cheaper).

On Sunday, we drove out to Skyline just to take a look from the outside. It’s a pretty big building on a large lot with two sports fields (that we saw) and tennis courts. Cordelia was more boggled by the amount of parking than by the size of the building. Pointing out that some high school students drive to school helped explain the size of the lot to her. She had been thinking that the school just had that many employees.

I have just barely passed my minimum word count on the Small Fandom Big Bang story. I’m not sure where/how to end it. I think that I need to wrap it up close to where it is now because, if I go on much farther, I’ll probably be committed to another 20000 words before I find another stopping point.

Today’s to do list:

Bake bread.
Make two phone calls.
Shower.
Change sheets.
Do my daily chores (dishes, sandwiches).
Write something.
Work on backlog of library books/CDs/DVDs.

Snowflake Challenge: Days 8 & 9

Jan. 17th, 2017 11:50 pm
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(Day 7 is coming!)

Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


1. My writing is good. Not all the time, but when I reread there are moments that are funny and unexpected or have a nice metaphor.

2. I give good presents. I put thought into it and generally manage to find something very specific to make that person happy.

3. I’m easy to talk to. (Someone said this on my love meme thread and it made me really happy.) I can even be charming.

DAY 9:

Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work.


Done! I sent it to a couple of people on AO3, since I find myself leaving slightly fewer comments there.

Strangers in Their Own Land

Jan. 17th, 2017 04:26 pm
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Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: I got this from the library just before the election, then couldn’t bear to read it for a while, then couldn’t bear to review it for a while.  mad as hell and not going to take it any more )

Looking for Writing Help

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:41 pm
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I need someone to bounce ideas off of for a WIP. The bit I need help with is a descriptive passage in a Weiss Kreuz story. I don’t think that canon knowledge is necessary because I’m pretty definite on the starting choices for the house I need to describe. The things I need to figure out are tiny things that would look wrong because the house’s appearance is drawn from a particular character’s mind. I want hints that he’s holding things together less well than might be expected by my POV character. I don’t want to beat readers over the head with it, though.

But I’m really, really terrible at this sort of description, and the story’s been stalled out for months on this section. I will likely put [insert description here] in and come back to it later, but the problem will still be there, so I thought I’d ask if anyone feels up to helping.

I’m pretty sure that the starting setting for furnishings was Danish New Modern and that the house used to be bigger than it is now and had rustic cabin retreat as the setting for the exterior and layout. The things the occupant uses regularly will still be in good shape; it’s everything around the edges that should be iffy.

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Jan. 17th, 2017 12:42 pm
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I had a dental appointment yesterday at 11:00. My bite splint is definitely not long for this world, so I have an appointment soon to get an impression made from which to make a new one. The first one lasted about twenty five years, so I probably won’t need a third. We’ve cleared it with my dental insurance that they’ll cover it, so that’s not a concern.

Scott bought one of those OTC one-size-fits-all bite splints this weekend. I’ve been eying it dubiously because my mouth/jaw is noticeably small compared to most people’s. There aren’t any instructions on the package for what to do if the thing doesn’t fit. Scott says he’ll use it if I don’t, and I expect that he’ll end up with it.

I also discovered that my U of M insurance has been paying for all my dental stuff. That’s not how it’s supposed to work by the terms of my long term disability, but the dentist’s staff is afraid to upset things by trying to shift to the insurance through Scott’s employer which ought to be paying first, and I’m looking at the bureaucratic hoops involved and cringing. This is not a hill I’m willing to die on.

Cordelia (no school due to MLK Day) and I had lunch at The Brown Jug and then found seats at a Starbucks just down the block to wait for it to be time to go to her dermatology appointment. I think we were there for an hour and a half. It was very crowded, and we had to share a table with two university students who seemed to be studying for a chemistry class. At least, they were talking molecular structure, so I assume chemistry.

Cordelia tried a new to her thing from the Starbucks menu and discovered that some things there aren’t to her taste without adding sugar (it was some form of latte, so I didn’t suggest adding milk).

It cost us $25 to get the cab to the dermatologist. If we’d gone home, it would have been between $11 and $15 for that trip and then another $17 for a second cab to the dermatologist’s office. I spent more than that on lunch and the coffee at Starbucks, but… Cordelia really enjoyed being out.

The dermatology appointment was at 3:45 and was basically just for prescription renewals. Scott arrived at the office just as we were heading back and chose to wait in the waiting room. We stopped at Plum Market on the way home to get more liquid stevia for my morning tea.

There is no school today due to ice on the roads. For some reason, we never have delayed start times. Either school starts on time, or it doesn’t start at all. I was very grateful for the reprieve because I was up until about 1:00 with inexplicable reflux and then up at 4:00 with a recurrence of the problem. I couldn’t think of anything except stress that could be causing the problem, so I took an Ativan at about 12:30, and that settled things long enough for me to get about three hours of sleep. At 4:00, I took my thyroid medication and then realized that I couldn’t deal with the reflux problems, so I ate some vanilla ice cream which helped vastly and let me fall back asleep after Scott got up. I can’t use liquid antacids because they make me gag (and shouldn’t be taken in proximity to the thyroid medication anyway. I think the recommended gap is four hours in either direction. Other meds are either one hour before or at least two hours after), and I really needed something that would coat my throat and deal with the acid stuck there. Ice cream wasn’t ideal, but I couldn’t think of anything else with even a chance of working. Water tends to make things worse.

Our upstairs toilet has started running and running after it’s been flushed. Jiggling the handle seems to settle it, but that needs to be done a few minutes after flushing, not right at the time. It’s also not something that we’ve trained ourselves to yet.

Fic announcement

Jan. 16th, 2017 08:28 pm
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I’ve posted four stories today, three from Fandom Stocking and one in the House of Sulfur and Mercury series.

Title: With Bitter Herbs and Rue
Fandom: Sky High (2005)
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Layla Williams
Tags: Introspection, Post-Canon
Length: 449 words
Summary: When Layla knows she right, she doesn’t let anything stop her.
The fic at AO3.


Title: Too Tender to Know Change
Fandom: The Pretender (TV)
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Miss Parker, Jarod
Tags: Post "Island of the Haunted", Amnesia, Ruthlessness
Length: 405
Summary: There are things Jarod could do and won’t. There are things Miss Parker can do and will.
The fic at AO3.


Title: Yesterday’s Fabric
Fandom: Labyrinth (1986)
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: Junk Lady (Labyrinth)
Tags: Worldbuilding
Length: 287 words
Summary: Most girls stay, but some don’t. Agnes deals with them all.
The fic at AO3.


Title: Your Future Has a History
Fandom: Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny
Rating: M
Characters/Pairings: Luke | Rinaldo, The Ty’iga, Merlin, Ghostwheel, Luke | Rinaldo/Merlin, Luke | Rinaldo/The Ty’iga
Tags: Rape/non-con, Captivity, Stockholm Syndrom, Suicidal Thoughts, Ambiguous/Open Ending, Demonic Possession, Alternate Universe - Dark
Length: 5227
Summary: Luke meets someone from his past and faces a real choice. Part of House of Sulfur and Mercury.
The fic at AO3.

you want it cheaper

Jan. 16th, 2017 04:59 pm
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In "Steer Your Way", the second to last song on Leonard Cohen's last album You Want It Darker, Cohen (the Jewish king of Christian allusions, always reminding me of Asher Lev) sings "As he died to make men holy/ let us die to make things cheap". Which, yes, irony, This Modern World, etc., but I also think about this statement which has been floating unattributed, yes I looked, around the internet:
If it’s inaccessible to the poor it’s neither radical nor revolutionary.
In my experience, the only real way to make things accessible to other than elites is to make them cheap. I'm not here to say that people should die to make things cheap, I find myself unqualified to say what people should die for, this is not a pro-Foxconn post, but it does seem to me that making the good things in life cheap is, in itself, a good thing. Worth pursuing, anyway.

Incidentally, I'd been worried that I had been losing some of my enjoyment in music, I'm sick of everything I've heard recently, and then I thought to pull up You Want It Darker on Spotify. It's wonderful. It's all I've wanted to listen to recently. The Junebug made me turn it off in the car because "It's too scary for me!"
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Any other London DWers going (or considering going) on the Women's March on London this Saturday?

Note: the London march explicitly welcomes people of all genders, and says in their FAQ:

"The march was given its name by those who started this initiative in Washington DC. In solidarity, we adopted the name as the march is spearheaded BY women, but importantly is FOR everyone."
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[personal profile] melannen was kind enough to do some detective work and dug up the genius for the Star Wars porn fish. They're properly identified as Xenotilapia papilio "Kanoni" with "Kanoni" being a location indicator. Many of the cichlid species from the Rift Lakes will have place indicators as while they may not be different species, different areas will have distinct phenotypes. This species is found in Lake Tanganyika and often is called "the Butterfly Cichlid" in English. You can find a whole lot of background information on them here.

I also found this lovely little video of one caring for a batch of fry. Very pretty fish!

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I am really terrible at replying to comments. I've been pretty good at it so far this year, but when I get at all busy/depressed/etc. it's one of the first things to go out the window.

So, please know: I read and appreciate every comment I get here, even if I don't reply to it individually.

Also, the anxiety/paranoia that comes with my depression also makes me really bad at commenting on other people's posts. Again that's much better at the moment and I'm hoping it lasts, but if it doesn't know that I read my circle every day and am always glad to see all of your posts.

sad cat news

Jan. 15th, 2017 09:06 pm
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I lost Cante Friday morning.

tw: animal illness/death )

A friend came and picked me up and I stayed at her house all day. I actually worked yesterday, which helped. Today was awful but another friend came over to help me toss/store all my cat stuff, and the good twin called and talked to me for an hour and a half.

I had her eighteen and a half years and I miss her unbearably.

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