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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Monday 
7th-Jun-2010 07:08 am
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Administration
Happy birthday to ewin, gentleeleos, and majes!

Hello to new reader kay_baird!

Medical
I have been rather desperately exhausted all weekend. This has not stopped. Hopefully the excitement of volunteer training will get me all pumped up.

Knitting
You guys the Arabella shawl is gorgeous and huge. I need another set of blocking mats and a looser bind-off to do it up right, but if this is how gorgeous it is even so? I want to make this in all my favorite colors.

Blogathon
We are getting so much awesome stuff. If you make stuff, you should come play.

Other Stuff I Got Done
Inbox 20. I am just saying. w00t.

And most of that is complicated stuff-to-do-and-write. And oh, I did my research on Victorian-era Prague for the story for upstart_crow, so I can hopefully jump on that this week.

Link Soup
* Dear poets: new magazine.
* This is a great post about what to do when someone tells you they were raped or sexually assaulted. And, equally important, what NOT to do.
* Sei Shonagon - patron saint of the blogosphere?

Daily Science
Could there be life on Titan?

Plans
Volunteer training, day one! Then hanging out with sindrian this afternoon and possibly this evening, depending on energy levels.
Comments 
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9th-Jun-2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Wouldn't have missed it!
7th-Jun-2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Perhaps I am old and cranky, but the gender-neutral pronoun in meloukhia's post is driving me UP A WALL and throwing me right out of the useful and sensible advice. What the hell is wrong with Singular They, anyway?
7th-Jun-2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
The sexual assault post (all gender neutral pronoun issues aside) was well done. Even if you've already been through sexual assault as a primary or secondary victim, it's really helpful to see the instructions spelled out so clearly and specifically. Any of us could easily find ourselves overcome with emotion on behalf of a loved one revealing that news and step on our own tongues. Thanks for the tip sheet--I'll remember it well.
7th-Jun-2010 03:52 pm (UTC) - WisCon Thanks
S ~ Thank you so much for your kindness at WisCon. As a person who only knew two people there when he showed up I now have a raft of WisCon Acquatinances, due largely to your networking efforts. I know you came home exhausted and are still working back from that... and I hereby pass you a day worth of spoons, to the best of my ability. Thanks again. Ric
9th-Jun-2010 12:22 am (UTC) - Re: WisCon Thanks
It was excellent to meet you. :)
7th-Jun-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the "what to when someone tells you" link. As the husband of an abuse survivor who is actively going through therapy to deal with her issues and who is currently in training to volunteer at the level rape crisis center, I find myself in this situation a lot, and I'm so glad to see that my initial instinct of what to say was (at least according to this author) the right thing.

ETA: When I used the word "issues" above,I am absolutely not using it in the dismissive way that it sometimes gets used in casual conversation (e.g. "She's got issues.") I use it because that's the word she uses.

Edited at 2010-06-07 04:18 pm (UTC)
7th-Jun-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Having a great one so far.
7th-Jun-2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Not to hijack, but I thought you (and other fellow fiber geeks) might enjoy this. It comes from a good friend of mine, whom s00j and omnisti know quite well too!

It is astoundingly gorgeous! Beautiful soft yumminess like you wouldn't believe, seriously. I've handled the roving as well as some sport weight and lumpy-bumpy spin (my favorite of the two!), and it's just all kinds of delicious. The price is well on the low end of the spectrum for the quality of the product, too.

I don't know if you spin or just knit, but thought you might like to take a look and/or pass on to some other folks.
8th-Jun-2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting the link about what to do when someone tells you they were raped.
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