November 24th, 2009


Tew's Day!

Hello to new reader castle_blood!

Still with the cautious optimism. I wore the wrong shoes yesterday - chunky-heeled boots - so I got blistery and now have that particular ouch that comes from overcompensation. Feh. It'll pass.

Went very well indeed. They're interviewing someone today and will call to let me know tomorrow morning. Keep those fingers crossed! This would be a real life-changer.

They're jackhammering again today. Why? I really need noise-cancelling headphones.

Holiday Travel
I'm in a holding pattern, and it's making me twitchy. My poor birthmom may be stranded in New Orleans for Christmas again this year - same as last year, stuff closing right around Christmas. I kind of hate her boss. She's sent us money for the plane tickets, to be repurposed for holiday gifts if we opt not to travel. And then there's possible new job, which has a start date of December 7; they only get the 25th and 26th off, but really it's okay if I take the week.

So if I get the job, it'll be one week instead of the previously-loosely-planned two. And if my birthmom is stuck in New Orleans, maybe that week will be split between my birthfamily in DeLand and my family and friends in South Florida? I don't know. I hate waiting.

Link Soup
* Oooh. Read this. (Pay attention to that (10).)
* Yay, more Symphony of Science!
* Lightbulb terrariums = nifty.
* FTM sexuality research study in SF.

Daily Science
Boom! Two circulating beams bring first collisions in the LHC!

I need to pick up the lab order for Elayna's bloodwork so I can take her after school tomorrow. Should also mail packages. I don't have a firm grasp of what we need grocerywise, because I wasn't around yesterday when Adam shopped, so I may have to let him take care of that later.

The kitchen is still in flux, what with the reorganization to create gluten-safe spaces - the counters are full of stuff comma dammit. So that has to be fixed today. Cleaning today. Pies and anything else that can be pre-made tomorrow.
One Person can Make a Difference

Save SANE!

At our meeting last night, we heard more about what the cuts to the SANE program mean for Boston-area survivors of rape and sexual assault.

This is worse than I'd thought.

With 66% of the budget cut? SANE cannot operate.

Starting December 1, 50% of services will be eliminated.

Starting January 1? SANE is dismantled.

No no no.

The Boston Herald has a great article that outlines what the SANE program does and why it's so necessary. Please go read that.

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We cannot lose this program, you guys. We cannot.

And without SANE, we could lose a big part of our medical advocacy program. As it is, when a rape survivor goes to the hospital, a SANE is paged; our medical advocates are on the same pager system. SANEs and medical advocates live within half an hour of the hospital. They show up double-quick and are with the survivor through the whole process, the SANE taking evidence and the advocate helping the survivor, who's almost invariably in shock, navigate the whole thing. We lose SANE, we lose that pager system, and we have to reply upon ER personnel to maybe call - or we have to station advocates at the ER for their entire shift. And as dedicated as BARCC volunteers are, how many people do you think can give up multi-hour chunks of their week to sit in the ER just in case?

This is the difference between a highly praised program that's been running for a dozen years and resulted in a 90% conviction rate for cases that are pursued...and a broken chain of evidence and a crowd of impersonal half-trained people re-traumatizing the survivor.

Go here for a sample letter to send to Governor Patrick and your state representatives, and phone numbers as well. Please. If you do nothing else for me, do this. We have just a few days to save SANE.

And please, please, spread this info around! We need to reach as many people as possible.
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