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Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:48 pm
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I really want more sleep, but there are so many things I need to get done that it seems like a bad idea. Also, I need to take my medications at certain intervals, and some of them need food with them. I think that I may have to start taking Ativan considerably sooner than I was hoping because I’m pretty sure that anxiety over the recount and over the Social Security review appointment is the big culprit in me not sleeping.

Before tomorrow afternoon, I need to make fudge, and we need to rearrange the living room so that we can put up the tree tomorrow. Some time this weekend, I need to change the sheets, run laundry, and make bread. I need to shower, too, but that’s a bit easier to fit in (apart from the time needed for my hair to dry).

I did more writing last night. It was spread across three or four different stories. One of them is, I think, done, but I need to canon check a couple of details and tweak some things based on what I find.

Cordelia did her usual movie night with friends last night, so Scott and I watched a bunch of things she wouldn’t have been interested in watching with us, some White Collar, last week’s The Librarians, and an episode of Agents of SHIELD.
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Email read this morning indicates that work has blown up even more than it already had been, so, super quick. (Note to self: write down your thoughts about Moana sometime. Possibly also the Hamilton Mixtape.)

barely spoilers )
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We may have found the underlying cause of the heart murmur, and the reason we can't seem to get his diabetes to stabilize, and why he's been so successful at losing the extra weight: he's hyperthyroid.

Excuse me while I headdesk for a while over my expensive damn cat.

They're running a second test on his blood to confirm the hyperthyroidism and if that comes back positive then I guess we get to add one more med to the daily regime.


Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:07 pm
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A couple nights ago I asked my husband, hey, do you smell something? Like a chemical smell? And he didn't, but then the dots connected in my brain and I ran to the dishwasher and opened it and a cloud of melted plastic gas BILLOWED OUT and started filling up the house and all the fire alarms went off and we had to run around opening all the windows.

Melted plastic lid on the dishwasher's heating element!

We're lucky I caught it early. The last time this happened we were all asleep, and I had very strange dreams (and a terrible headache) the next morning from the fumes.

I got interested in the Enneagram a few months ago, and I'm finding it illuminating. I don't think it's more helpful or accurate than Meyers-Briggs, Tarot, or whatever other tool a person might use to examine their life, but it's working well for me.

I took a few free Enneagram tests online (this was my favorite), and they agree that I'm a Type 6: The Loyalist, the committed, security-oriented type: engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.

Anxiety has been my constant companion, the background radiation of my life, so ever-present that I've never really questioned it. The Enneagram is allowing me to become more conscious of it, which in turn is encouraging me to find ways to manage it better. And some of the things I've tried have really helped, so I'm thankful for that.

Since the election, I've been wanting to reach out to people more, to strengthen my connections. I want to be present for other people; I want to do what I can to help us survive these next few years. My anxiety gets in the way of reaching out (it always has), so I'm grateful to have found a tool I can use to understand it better.

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Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:16 pm
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Orthopedics called around 6 p.m. last night to set me up with an appointment about my hands. Since I’m willing to see a PA, they can get me in on the 21st of this month. If I’d insisted on a doctor, it would have been a much longer wait. But, really, I don’t think that it will hurt me to see someone who isn’t a surgeon first. I’m very dubious about surgery for this even though my primary care doctor said it is sometimes a thing for this problem. I would want to do some research myself on outcomes and such.

I did my recount observer training online last night. Due to technical difficulties, most of us in the webinar couldn’t see any of the power point slides, so they recommended that we do the training again in order to see the examples of valid and invalid ballot markings. I’m not sure I’m willing to spend another hour and a half on the off chance that the visuals will work this time.

I haven’t figured out exactly which shifts to sign up for yet. They’re planning three a day, one starting at 9, one starting at 1, and one starting at 5. The one at 5 is of indefinite length since the local civil servant in charge will decide what time to shut down for the night. Given that the Michigan recount is running a hugely compressed schedule (it was originally supposed to start today, but Trump’s people have filed to prevent the recount, so things are currently scheduled to start Wednesday and run either until the recount is done or until the 13th which is the drop dead point for giving the official results), it’s even possible that the 5 p.m. shift will run longer than four hours in some places.

Currently, the recount is set to occur somewhere that I can get to by bus, but I’m not entirely sure I want to try that if I’m going in for the 9 a.m. shift. I might have to leave earlier if I want the bus than if I take a cab. I’m not sure. Both are difficult at that time of day. I might be able to get a ride with someone else who’s doing the recount, but I don’t want to rely on that. I’m thinking that they’re more likely to get volunteers for the evenings and weekends because those are times that people who work are more likely to be able to manage. I can’t work the 13th at all, and I’m not sure I can manage the 12th because I really think that I’ll be too stressed over the Social Security thing the next day to be able to face any sort of added stress.

I think I’ve got serious problems with muscle knots in my left calf. Painful levels of massage give me temporary relief of the 'tendonitis' pain in my Achille’s tendon. That helps for maybe an hour before I need to do it again. I managed a fifteen minute walk last night without pain, but when I came home and sat down, everything tightened up and started to hurt.

Of course, massaging my calf muscle requires being able to use my hands which hurts. ::bangs head:: I’ve tried tennis balls in the past, but I can’t get enough leverage with them to get the pressure I need for my calf muscle.

I did a little more poking at the Wikipedia article about that enzyme system that I’m apparently genetically predisposed not to have work properly. If I understand correctly, tamoxifen and singulair are both potentially issues. I’m assuming, though, that if they were serious problems, I’d know by now. I’ve been taking singulair daily for more than a decade and tamoxifen daily for two days short of a year.

I made some progress on a fic I hadn’t touched in months, but I’m now stalled out by needing to write a description, something I hate doing but really can’t avoid here. I’ve put a hold on something from the library for a potential Yuletide treat. I remember the canon well enough to have started writing, but I need to review for minor character names and a few other supporting details. I own the thing on VHS, but the only VCR we have that’s plugged in is in the basement. I’m not willing either to try to plug in a VCR upstairs or to sit in the basement for hours in order to watch.

We ended up getting pizza last night. I gambled on the teriyaki chicken pizza and was disappointed. If I say that I want them to go light on the sauce, there isn’t enough to taste. If I say that they should put a 'regular' amount on, there’s so much that it drips and makes the crust fall apart. I blotted the pizza repeatedly with paper towels and still had the sauce dripping. The crust held together, though, so I count that a win.

Cordelia decided to try pesto on her pizza. Her verdict was that it was okay but not worth the bother.

I recently bought slippers through Amazon that turned out to be uncomfortable for me but that Cordelia loves. I had been planning to send them back, but I guess she can keep them. They were really wonderful apart from a seam across the top of the foot that pressed in hard, so I guess I can see why she wants them.

But I still need to find slippers that fit.

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'tis the season...

Dec. 2nd, 2016 01:14 am
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...to need a distraction.

So, rec me your favorite Christmas/winter holiday songs/albums.

Download or streaming or youtube links preferred.

Any genre or style.

Please feel free to link other people to this post, I'd love to get a wide range of answers.


Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:47 am
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Because Dreadful needed more health issues, and I needed something else to fret about, in today's vet appointment they found that he has a heart murmur.

The vet is less worried than I am. For now we're checking for any underlying cause on the bloodwork we were already doing. Then we'll decide if we want to do an ultrasound. And either way she wants to see him again in three months to check on it again.

There's not really anything I can do right now, so of course I'm fretting rather a lot. Damn silly, expensive, vexing kitten.

Media - November 2016

Dec. 1st, 2016 09:53 pm
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Is it really obvious I bought a TV this month? I feel like it's really obvious I bought a TV this month.

Books )

Books: 7
  non-fiction: 1
  sff: 1
  romance: 3
  ya: 2
Manga/Comics: 6
[community profile] 50books_poc: 0

Movies )

Television )
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Lin is super duper drunk. Derek's lips have kissed the lips of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their significant others take it in amused stride.

Pairings: Lin-Manuel Miranda/Derek Waters; Lin-Manuel Miranda/Vanessa Nadal; Derek Waters/Molly McAleer


For ames.

Ames is the best of friends and best of women, plus she poked me until I wrote this for her.

Disclaimer: Written using the personas of famous people...much like a play we all know. ;D?

Also on the AO3.

Drunkenly )
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Made spicy bok choy (cheonggyeongchae muchim) yesterday, which is basically blanched boy choy with a sauce of soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and fermented red chile paste. It's quite tasty!

It also makes a great egg frittata, when sauted with onion. A little kimchi juice mixed with the eggs to spice them up if you're interested.

ETA: Oops, yesterday was Wax Day, the 11th of Frost. Today is Horseradish Day. I misread the calendar. Also, the days are getting a bit weird this month, although next month they are all minerals except for the fives and tens.

bystander intervention training

Dec. 1st, 2016 03:21 pm
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Hey, Dreamwidth is back up and I can post this!

Hollaback! is offering training webinars for bystander intervention in harassment: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hollaback-bystander-intervention-webinar-tickets-29417789400. They've offered several already and keep adding more, but who knows how long they'll go on, so register if you want to participate!

(You should register in advance; I was going to do it today, but waited until this morning to buy a ticket for the 1 pm event, and it was too late. Tickets start at $5 -- plus a buck and change in service fees -- but the five-dollar option is hidden at the bottom of the list of prices; scroll down to find it if paying more is a hardship.)

Probably most of my circle has already seen Marie-Shirine Yener's wonderful essay and comic on how to respond as a bystander and witness to harassment, but Hollaback! takes a slightly different, though complementary, tack -- under the keywords Direct, Distract, Delegate, and Delay -- and more tools are always handy. So I've registered for the December 9 webinar. Maybe I'll see some of you there?

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Dec. 1st, 2016 12:14 pm
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Dec. 1st, 2016 09:33 am
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I’m slowly whittling down my to do list. I keep adding things, too, but they’re generally small things. Things look much better if I don’t include my list of things I want to finish writing. There are so very many of those, and right now, I’m flitting back and forth between several different stories.

I checked last night, and the face to face training for the recount is, while technically in Ann Arbor, well outside of reasonable travel range if I have to take a cab. The bus doesn’t go close enough for the ride planner to accept it as a valid destination. They’ve set up about five online training sessions, though, so I signed up for one of those. I still need to email the coordinator and let him know that I’m not coming to the face to face session. I’d kind of rather do the face to face because I’ve never done something like this online and don’t know if it suits my learning style.

I didn’t get back to sleep after Cordelia got up this morning. I stayed in bed until she left, though, so that she could have the time to herself.

We had a game session last night. We did a little more first contact stuff, but the group is being sent on an off-planet mission next session, so I don’t know if we’ll go back to that. The npc who’ll be taking over seems only sort of competent, but I suspect that’s largely because the GM wants the pcs to make the decisions about what to try.

I made chocolate chip bars last night. I’d gotten to the point of not easily being able to delay when we discovered that we had no baking soda in the cupboard. Neither of us could figure that out because that’s not the sort of thing that we usually run out of, especially not without realizing that we need to buy more. Scott ended up making a trip to the store to get some, and I pulled things together while the game session was getting started. I didn’t want to deal with our rock hard and years old brown sugar (I know there are ways of softening it. I didn’t want to deal with it), so I used white sugar and molasses. That changed the color of the resulting bars but not the taste.

My hands are hurting a lot. I keep doing the things I need to do, but I say, "Ow. Ow. Ow!" a lot and use heat and cold and wish desperately that there was something I could take that would actually help. I need to prod my doctor. She said she was going to refer me to orthopedics and that they’d call me with an appointment. It’s been three weeks now, and I haven’t heard anything. Given that it will take months for me to get in, I really want to get things rolling now.

I have one library book due on Sunday that can’t be renewed. I’m about twenty pages into it. Finishing it is possible, but I’m not sure I will because I’m not finding it engaging. I’ve got another book that can’t be renewed that’s due in the middle of next week that I haven’t even opened and another unrenewable book that I have started and really want to finish but am not sure I can because holding it hurts a lot. The latter has a lot of full page pictures, so it’s not a long as it looks, not in terms of time spent reading words.


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