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28th-Aug-2009 10:46 am
And I totally forgot to do a morning post yesterday. Oops.

The general oof of the early part of the week has dissipated.

Kissing Girls at Cons
Okay, see, I was being silly. I forget that I am seen occasionally as a Voice of Feminism. Bad 'song.

Yes, I totally use that line - but I only use it on people I know. Using it on strangers is kinda schkeevy. I know enough pretty girls fairly well that I don't generally have to wander out into the unknown.

I'm averse to Con Hookups in general - I've twice had them turn into Relationships that took six months longer to die than they should have and ended up all explodey at the anniversary of the initial Con Hookup, and just no.

Which is not to say that I won't have con sex, but it's with people I already know well. (And a certain blond gentleman and I have to solve our perpetual "we don't have a room to use!" problem by January.)

The "tell me about your favorite mixed drinks" post comes from a conversation with kires, who has invented the Dandylion: "one part each of goldschlager, rumplemintz, and frangelica".

I revealed one of the little things that make me feel like I am not yet a grownup: I don't have A Drink. Most everyone I know has A Drink. They walk up to the bar and can place an order. They know what they want. I have zero clue. I'm blinking owlishly at the cocktail menu - "Um, what's in that?"

So I want to have a basic idea of things that I can choose from that won't make me gag. I know that I can't stand rum or tequila, and that anything citrusy nauseates me severely. That would seem to cut out a lot of stuff. Which is good! Less indecision paralysis!

And yes, I can drink on my meds, if only a little. I can have two glasses of wine, that I know. And I stop at least two hours before my evening meds.

EDIT: And since some people are listing their favorite nonalcoholic mixed drinks (and why not?), mine = thai iced coffee. Iced coffee, condensed milk, sugar, cardamom. Om nom nom. Other spices can be used. Sans spices, it's Vietnamese coffee, but I like it best with spices.

Next Time I Visit
I will be six-months seizure-free, and I will just rent a damn car. So people don't have to drive an hour to come fetch me or deliver me home.

Please install autumn for my convenience. I return on Sunday evening, so having cool crisp air by Monday would be excellent. Please make a note of it.

Accomplishments Vary
I haven't gotten nearly as much writing done as I should have. Somehow I always forget how variable my parents' schedules are, and that really I only have three hours "to myself" (Elayna's here, but is fine in her room on her computer) on any given day. After shower, coffee, a meal, settling-in, etc., I have very little time to get any writing done before whichever parent left earlier comes home. Today Mom's due home at 1, for instance. (But at least I've been made aware of that this time, which is not freakin' usual.)

But I've gotten a good deal of the backstage stuff done. Several things are growing quite considerably in my head, and settings are finding their stories. I'll work. And the trip was worth it for time spent with friends.

Another Great Fugitivus Post
Excerpt: All a rapist is looking for is a woman. Any woman can fit this bill. Maybe they have a particular type of woman they’d like to rape; this narrows the field to all women who match the type. But there is no corollary to the robber and his victim; all women have what a rapist wants. No woman has more or less vagina for a rapist to violate.

What some women do have is cultural approval to be raped.

A criminal wants to A) commit a crime and B) get away with it. When we’re talking about rape, any woman fits the bill for A. But only women that bystanders believe deserve to be raped fit the bill for B.

When somebody says, “I don’t think women should be raped for wearing short skirts, but what do they expect when they do go out like that?” what you are actually saying is that if a woman in a short skirt is raped, you will be less likely to hold her rapist culpable. Which makes a woman in a short skirt really appealing to a rapist. That’s something that you did. That’s not something the woman in the short skirt did, or something the rapist did. You made that woman a more comfortable target by making it clear that if she got raped, you would be less upset about it, less willing to see the rapist go to jail, less willing to support the woman. A woman is not increasing her risk of being raped by wearing a short skirt. You are increasing her risk of being raped by saying that women who get raped in short skirts should have expected that. Rapists hear you say that.

Her posts are very long, but really valuable.

Link Soup
* There's a list of 24 words that are going to be cut from the Collin's English Dictionary due to lack of use...So here I am offering these 24 words a new home- on you. And if, once you own the word, you use it, it won't die. I'm eyeing vaticinate, periapt, and exuviate.
* O knitting friends - you want this shirt.
* Wordpress censorship?
* Shop in cluegirl's closet!
* O Seattle friends: Your last chance to see s00j on this trip (with stealthcello, vixyish, and tfabris) is tonight at Soulfood Books!

Daily Science
The detailed chemical structure of a single molecule has been imaged for the first time, say researchers.

The physical shape of single carbon nanotubes has been outlined before, using similar techniques - but the new method even shows up chemical bonds.

Friday Memage
Wearing: Plain green tee and grey pajama pants.
Reading: Still Edible History of the World; I've not had much reading time.
Writing: Most recent thing was "I Am Thinking of You in the Places Between"; worked some on Jessa's story, too.
Planning: Shopping for school clothes when my mother gets back. Elayna gets to hit Hot Topic and Forever 21, and probably Claire's for accessories. We're going to need another suitcase. Seeing Repo tonight with felisdemens, maxymyllyn, laliari, and malluna - anyone else? - and maybe dancing later, where I will also see kires.
Saturday: Absolutely no plans, so if anyone wants to see me one last time, this would be the time. Otherwise it is a day of laundry and packing.
Sunday: Travel.

28th-Aug-2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
I pre-ordered the Malki! shirt the other day, actually. :)
28th-Aug-2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I knew that you would require it. :)
28th-Aug-2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
CuchiCuchi has a huge drink menu, AND there's nothing wrong with taking your time to figure out what you want.

I'm betting that one or more of your geeky friends could take the "list of cocktails" from wikipedia, or off of the IBA site, and come up with a program/matrix that will eliminate rum, tequila and citrus.

How are you with gin?
28th-Aug-2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
I'm betting that one or more of your geeky friends could take the "list of cocktails" from wikipedia, or off of the IBA site, and come up with a program/matrix that will eliminate rum, tequila and citrus.

Hm. Given sufficient time, *I* could probably kludge something together. But I bet we know people who could do it in five minutes.

I'm fine on gin. And gin & tonic has geek cred, being the one drink found everywhere in the galaxy, you know.
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28th-Aug-2009 03:09 pm (UTC) - ATTN: Autumn
Dear shadesong,

We have received and processed your request for autumn. Unfortunately, the shipment of your requested season has been delayed. As you may have noticed, we have had a backlog of seasons that we are still attempting to work out. Some regions may receive their requested season sooner than others, but please be aware that all regions should experience their approprate seasonal weather for at least one day during this calendar year.

If you have any complaints, please send them to the Department of Seasons, New England Division.

Also, we understand that the regular shipment of autumn has arrived early in Vermont. Perhaps you can vacation there until the shipment arrives in Boston?
28th-Aug-2009 03:11 pm (UTC) - Re: ATTN: Autumn
IDK dude, today feels pretty Autumnal. I think it's sneaking in to wait for her.
28th-Aug-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Reading: Michael Moorcock's The Dreamthief's Daughter and a book on depression.

Writing: An urban fantasy set in Singapore. Hehe.

Planning: It will be my baby's first month and we are having a party, of sorts. ;)
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28th-Aug-2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Hedgepiggie quest is on hold until New Laptop Quest is completed.
28th-Aug-2009 03:20 pm (UTC) - Fugitivus
The post excerpt reminds me of a chapter in Lewis Grizzard's book about sex. He wrote about one case where a judge said that the victim of rape had been "dresed for sex". Grizzrd's point was, maybe so--but not necesasrily sex with the person who raped her.

It's actually a decent argument, if only one of many. But then, I expect that Grizzrad, ornery old coot, just wanted women to feel free to dress sexy if they wanted to. A little bit of enlightened self-interest.
28th-Aug-2009 03:32 pm (UTC) - Please install autumn for my convenience.
you might your wish been very cool here the last few days.
28th-Aug-2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Wearing: slightly heavier than usual short-sleeve shirt, and long pants. Yeah, it's cool enough for that.
Reading: LJ. Also Facebook using the new version of the iPhone app.
Writing: this comment! Also some build/deployment stuff.
Planning: tonight: boardgaming. Saturday: boardgaming. Sunday: sleeping a lot?
28th-Aug-2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Wearing: white halter that can't be worn in public without frightening people, yellow shorts.
Reading: If You Really Loved Me by Anne Rule because I've been on a True Crime kick like whoa.
Writing: only in my head
Planning: puzzle with the husband and kids tonight, possible invasion by husband's friends with musical instruments.

Drinks of choice that don't contain rum: White Russian, White Witch (suddenly sensing a theme), G&T.
28th-Aug-2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
A White Witch sounds delicious! I am adding it to my list of beverages to try. And it wouldn't hurt to have those two ingredients around the house, anyway.
28th-Aug-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, c'mon, Collins English Dictionary people, I've used "periapt" before! (Granted, it was during a call to a college radio DJ who was requesting obscure words to look up in the dictionary, but still.)
28th-Aug-2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised periapt is on it, myself.
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28th-Aug-2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I didn't comment on the other entry because my drink of choice isn't a cocktail, but I usually order a Bailey's on the rocks. (Or else a good cider, if they have one.)
28th-Aug-2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
asciikitty's coming by to get stuff.
Want to update a list of what you want her to pick up?
The crockpot is still available.
28th-Aug-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Link to lists?
28th-Aug-2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
When we’re talking about rape, any woman fits the bill for A.

Actually, my husband did psych research with rapists and found that each rapist is looking for something specific - so not "any" woman works. There are ways to classify 'risk' factors to being raped as a result of this. It's not entirely about a vagina and being in the wrong place.
28th-Aug-2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I've read research to this effect as well.
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28th-Aug-2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I don't have a Drink. For the most part, I dislike beer and most wines, but I like mead and sake. Whiskey and tequila do not like me. Never tried gin. Occasionally vodka. Like rum, brandy and liqueurs best.

I have a fondness for frozen mixed drinks, but lactose intolerance, which limits the amount of fun I could have if I knew what to order in the first place. I live around the corner from two pubs, and don't know what to ask for. The last time that I went, I just asked for Bailey's on the rocks.
My favorite drinks are Mojitos, B52s and variants, Pina Coladas, Mudslides, and Welsh Dragons. (Welsh Dragon: peach schnapps, midori, creme de menthe, OJ, and pineapple juice)
One of the most interesting I've tried, though: the B53, a layered drink comprised of Kahlua, Bailey's and Absinthe (in my case, made with Absente).

Weather: Sending cool air from the Great Lakes your way. Looks like the oppressive heat has finally broken; woke up freezing 58*F. Should hit Boston in time for your arrival.

Walkathon. Possibly going to the Erie Zoo tomorrow, weather-dependent. Forecast says "scattered thunderstorms", but it lies, I tell you.

Anniversary Sunday! Lunch date with husband, followed by grocery shopping.
28th-Aug-2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Also vote for White Russian.

Bonuses: they taste rich, so one is usually more than enough; they stay delicious as the ice melts, so you can sip it as slowly as you like; and you get to make gratuitous Big Lebowski references, which I like very much.

Plus you can get one just about anywhere.
28th-Aug-2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Playing along with Friday memage:

Wearing: blue jeans, Baycon 2009 staff shirt
Reading: In between books. Finished Mark Arax's West of the West, which is a wonderful book on various bits of California. I think next up is either the last Ex Machina graphic novel or Richard Riordan's The Lightning Thief.
Writing: Well, most recent thing I wrote is this: A Bottle of Pills. I think you'd probably find it a familiar story.
Planning: My next issue of At Ungodly Hours, how I'm going to find enthusiasm to do my work, how I'm going to survive the semester. And I should probably do laundry and chores sometime soon.

And that's about it.

28th-Aug-2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Dandylion: "one part each of goldschlager, rumplemintz, and frangelico"

Ooh, a drink named after me (though with an alternate spelling*), and one I suspect I'd like too! Cool!

*With a given name of Deirdre, alternate spellings seem to be obligatory in my life.
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29th-Aug-2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
As am I. :)
29th-Aug-2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
When do you get back?

Also, I kind of suspect I could get away with your "kissing girls at cons" not-so-serious advice, now that I think about it.

(Also, 2 Arisia's ago, I helped facilitate someone meet her quota of kissing girls at cons.)
29th-Aug-2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Sunday night. When do you leave?
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