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Tew's Day! 
14th-Jul-2009 09:58 am
Happy birthday to Max!

Hello to new reader mer_moon!

Took it easy yesterday, and managed a brief nap. Didn't sleep well, thanks to The Itchening. Can't get in to see my allergist til the 22nd. :( I'm thinking I need more tests and possibly shots; I'm getting just a few uses out of any given anti-itch stuff before it starts to give me hives. Fie.

Still at $433.34. Please sponsor me!

Many thanks to the donors who are sending me their photos and info!

More information for donors: a) You'll ship to the winner, not me. b) Remember, you can probably claim shipping, the cost of materials, and the cost of your labor on your taxes - BARCC is a registered nonprofit!

And I'll e-mail people today; never got around to it yesterday.

RIP Charles Brown
I was stunned yesterday to see that he passed away in his sleep on his way home from Readercon. I was just on a panel with him on Friday. He didn't seem *healthy*, per se, but in no way did it seem like the end was that near.

Tectonic shifts in fandom.

I have come away from Readercon with poetry dares and story requests! Today is.... maybe my third day alone in all of July, not counting the brutal-withdrawal days. So hopefully I'll be able to get back on the stick today. I do look forward to using most of August as a writing month - it's easier for me to write when I'm out of my house and not distracted by the dishes and the mess on the coffee table, so Florida will be good for that.

Did I mention that I'll be in Florida starting August 10th? I will. Mostly South FL, but I'd like to wing up north and see morenasangre, farren, and haikujaguar, if I can swing it.

My husband has an LJ!
It came up this weekend that people were unaware that Adam is on LJ, because I refer to him here by his real name and not his LJ name! He's yendi. You should read him.

This may be the best post on disability that I've seen. Read it. Please.

Link Soup
* "Have fun at dinner!" As the site says, "There's so few genuinely subversive acts out there anymore that when we actually came across one, we were stunned silent."
* New Weird Al song!
* CPR certification... on the Wii?
* New site for teenage feminists!
* I can totally see Adam doing this.

Daily Science
We've been peeling bananas wrong our whole lives.

Well, I do have to contact item donors, and I have to see what else I have to write for the Blogathon. (If I can't split a story up reasonably, I'm writing something else to go with an extra item; I have three Persephone items and only two Persephone poems, so I'll write another.) Also I need to answer the rest of the questions from the question/secret poll. And a certain editor wants to see some of my flash, so I have to pick a few favorites and ship them off to him.

I may or may not be at Diesel tonight. I'd like to go, as I haven't seen y'all in a while, but it depends on how much I get done.
14th-Jul-2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Yay Max!

Edited at 2009-07-14 02:03 pm (UTC)
14th-Jul-2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Awww, Happy Birthday Max!
14th-Jul-2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
That disability post was really thought-provoking; thanks for the link. I don't identify as disabled, despite having two of the conditions mentioned (and a third chronic condition that wasn't), and now I'm trying to justify to myself why I don't. I think from one point of view it's a useful thought experiment to enable me to put myself in someone else's shoes, but really from another point of view I want to avoid claiming a status I'm not entitled to: like pretending I was disabled because I had a cold or something. Hmm. I am disquieted and confused.
14th-Jul-2009 02:15 pm (UTC) - About Max....
14th-Jul-2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Max!
14th-Jul-2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Is it my imagination, or is that the first truly depressing (as in, not even dark humor) song that Weird Al has ever released?
14th-Jul-2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Max!
14th-Jul-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I was really bummed to hear about Charles N. Brown. But I'm relieved that he left this world quickly; doing the things he loved most right to the very end.
14th-Jul-2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
*nod* He had a happy last weekend, and by all reports he died peacefully and painlessly.
14th-Jul-2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
RE: Charles Brown. Boy, talk about a way to wrap it all up. It's a lot like Charles Schultz (no pun intended with this comparison) dying hours after the very last original Peanuts strip was posted.
14th-Jul-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
wow, Max is really purty.
14th-Jul-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Now Max is one gorgeous kitty and happy birthday to him. :)
14th-Jul-2009 05:23 pm (UTC) - Fortuna Logic Fail?
Hmmm... that disability post really has me thinking. I don't tell people I am disabled or have a disability (just that I have a medical condition or a seizure disorder or epilepsy). But I can't drive and must rely on others to get me to work (and anywhere really) every day. Many nights I'm too tired to cook dinner- and sometimes on the weekends I still need to be monitored when cooking because I'm spacey and Hu doesn't want me to cut or burn myself. Half the time I need to nap at least one weekend afternoon for many hours (which I never did before I developed the epilepsy). And I can't even drain the bath tub or do a load a laundry anymore without risking a seizure (showers are fine- thank goodness). Plus- some days I can barely carry on a coherent conversation or focus enough at work to get anything done.

So why don't I consider myself disabled or at least a person with a disability or partial disability? Those are all essential life events - feeding myself, washing myself and my clothes, getting myself to work/errands/doctor's appointments? I think it is because I can still hold down a pretty high functioning job and have found ways with Hu to work around things that I don't call myself disabled (no work or public social services involved). As one person said in the comments to the original post- work = not disabled. And that is pretty screwed up. I can work to pay my bills, so I must be okay? Only, it is costing me any social life I might have had and all my spoons every week. I really need to re-think my logic here.
14th-Jul-2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Max-kitty! *pets*
14th-Jul-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
My Max gets tuna on his birthday. Anything special for yours?

As a recent expert on Itch, I can suggest:
Oatmeal bath - buzz some oatmeal in a blender, put it in a section of pantyhose and tie it off (basically making an oatmeal teabag) and toss it into a bath run as cool as you can stand. Soak.
Baking soda "poultice" - make a paste of baking soda and water. Smear thickly on wherever itches. Let dry and then rinse off. Easiest cleanup for this is to do it sitting on the edge of a bathtub, facing into the tub.

Hope you feel better! Itchiness is just... it's one of those things that I could easily see myself becoming OCD about and scratching myself bloody. Hang in there.
14th-Jul-2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Max usually gets a small gift - a new toy, fresh catnip, etc.

One year he got a brother. He was not well pleased.

Thanks for the recommendations! And yeah, I have at times scratched myself bloody. :( It's hardest at night; I have scratched in my sleep...
14th-Jul-2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
socks over the hands... socks over the hands... Doesn't prevent scratching, but does less damage and/or slows you down a bit. It's tough for those of us on sleep meds - I've had whole conversations with my sweetie I don't remember, so I'm sure I've scratched a ton, too.
14th-Jul-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Max! Every time I see your picture, I think "he is so beautiful!"
14th-Jul-2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Also- Max has the best eyes ever. Soooo blue against his face. LOVE.
14th-Jul-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Max!
15th-Jul-2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Max!

So how manic has Max been today? I feel so lucky I had quiet time with him that night I stayed over. Calm cat on my chest while I rested made the resting extra restful.
15th-Jul-2009 01:21 am (UTC)
He's been pretty laid-back. He is a calm and gentle boy. (Not at all like his brother...)
15th-Jul-2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Gotta send some Birfday love to Max. You can share in it! ;)
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