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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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4th-Dec-2009 10:04 am
Happy birthday to childofchaos!

Happy early birthday to phantom_wolfboy, who advances a year over the weekend!

Ugh sluggish and brainfoggy.

Eating gluten feels like self-injury. Because it is. And I gotta. But much as I do love tortellini, this is not fun, and I have to push myself to do it every time. When I adjust to a new condition, I do a hard reset; this stuff already scans as toxic to me.

And it reminds me of the food issues in the one Bujold book, and damn, it's not like I don't have enough Food Issues to start with.

IAF Auctions
They all end on Monday! I tell you now that all I want for Chanukah (besides a new laptop) is this. Also love this. And I already have one of these; you should get one so we can be necklace twins. :)

What People Do After We Save Them
I've seen criticism elsejournal about the "save x" communities that spring up, and the criticism is always along the lines of "what are they going to do then, to keep this from happening again?"

help_vera was one of the first of these communities. So what's Vera been up to in the year since? Let her tell you.

This is the story of a woman busting her ass to take care of herself. I know we like it best when people put in the work and do everything they can, and that's what Vera's been doing.

Help Vera help herself.

Another Person to Help
letoile lays it out for you here.

Update on Max
Because the first "oh gods help I need money" thing I saw on LJ was mine. This was before the days of auctions; I raised the money by writing flash fiction with a tip jar.

In 2007, Max developed feline resorption; the dentist originally estimated treatment at $300-$500, because he thought it was periodontal disease, but that shot up over $1,000 when he got Max on the operating table and saw that he needed seven teeth out plus jaw repair. With the previous tests to rule out cancer, that became $1,500. Thankfully, money was raised!

So here's a two-year update about Max.

He's doing great. :) Within months of his surgery, he was completely back to normal - even better than normal. He used to be very much a mama's boy, but he's become far friendlier to random friends and visitors; he'll even sit in your lap these days. I take this as a sign that he's no longer in pain - he feels that he can trust people other than me.

So those of you who were around back in the day - thank you again. Max is better than ever. <3

Link Soup
* I was looking through old pics recently and found one that has my body roughly the size and shape it is now. So here you go - me wearing nothing but the complete works of Shakespeare.
* Yay new csecooney story!
* Norman Osborn is crazy, y0.
* We're having a Wells vs. Verne debate at Arisia, you know.

Daily Science
After feeding a light-sensitive chemical to transparent, microscopic worms called nematodes, scientists at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia were able to paralyze the tiny creatures by exposing them to UV light.

Also? This is a National Geographic article that contains a Dr. Horrible reference. Dude!

Friday Memeage
Wearing: Black polka-dot pajamas.
Reading: Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald and a big stack of books abut celiac disease.
Writing: I have lain fallow this week.
Knitting: Here, too. Doing a few rows of Elayna's zigzag-rib scarf and the Travelling Woman shawl where I can, but I've not had much time.
Planning: Visiting with sairaali and emilytheslayer today, and possibly lunalovegoddess and family? Tonight, hopefully a Men's Story Project event with some BARCC colleagues.
I swear there's a lot going on tomorrow, but I don't know what; I might've had a friend coming into town, so I didn't make a note of anything, but he can't. So. What's up?
Sunday I'm tabling for BARCC at the Bazaar Bizarre, selling our lavender products; all proceeds go straight to BARCC. You should come on by! Do your holiday shopping!

4th-Dec-2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I remember that picture! Of course, having seen the phrase, "me wearing nothing but the complete works of Shakespeare," I'm now picturing something involving an artist with a calligraphic hand, a fine-point Sharpie, and a human body for parchment. Which scene would one write, I wonder....?
4th-Dec-2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Dunno, but I'm willing to be that canvas.
4th-Dec-2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
In that case, if we're going to be writing it on a short energetic person, the obvious answer is the entire text of Richard III....

"What was that?"
"The play, or the drug?"
"I recognized the play, thank you."
4th-Dec-2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Your mind went where my mind went. To be exact, I thought Wow, that'd make one hell of a pillow book...
4th-Dec-2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wearing: boring work clothes
Reading: Python docs
Writing: scripts for work
Planning: boardgaming tonight; holiday party and Mikado tomorrow; laundry and cleaning on Sunday, though I will swing by the Bazaar if I have time and energy left or just want the excuse to get out.
4th-Dec-2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wearing: U of Minnesota sweatshirt and pajama pants.

Reading: Seeker's Mask by P.C. Hodgell

Writing: Synopsis for the Not a Milkmaid of Destiny novel

Planning: Bunnee Night with careswen, including chicken parmigiana with sauteed mushroom and asparagus and a nice rice pilaf for dinner, followed by decorating the house for the season, drinking mulled apple cider, and snuggling on the couch with book and the cat.
4th-Dec-2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lady!!!
4th-Dec-2009 05:20 pm (UTC) - Weekend!
First of all, belly button! *does not tickle*

Wearing: Charcoal grey long skirt, black Merrells, black top, darker charcoal grey jacket, silver jewelry (conducting interviews at work).
Reading: Blood Lite, a collection of short horror-type stories with fantastical elements. Also The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater.
Creating: I've been on a jewelry-making kick, because I'm selling stuff at a cookie exchange this weekend. I finally completed a long-term on-the-subway project and have it bound off but not with ends tucked in. Next in the hopper to start: a hat with colors of the Canucks hockey team. Other vague notions: something for my youngest niece, followed possibly by something for the twins expected to arrive in February; possibly wrist-warmers and/or leg-warmers for me?
Planning: Going to NuTty's house tonight to bake cookies for cookie exchange (dough already there and chilling), sell jewelry, chill party Saturday eve, train ride of some sort on Sunday, come home and put away multitude of clean clothes Sunday evening. Cook food for the week.

You know, not much going on. *grin*
4th-Dec-2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Oh! I LOVE the Riverside Shakespeare!
Looks good on you! ^_^
4th-Dec-2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Psst! I also have a birthday this weekend :) I turn 28 - I've survived the 27 Club!
6th-Dec-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
4th-Dec-2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Black trouser jeans, peach tank top, big cream button-down shirt. Black loafers. I almost feel casual compared to the past few days.
Reading: A few journal articles. With no pressure. It's nice.
Writing: NOTHING. I proofread the diss and it is in to the grad school. I am giving myself a weekend off before I start on the next manuscript.
Crafting: Knitting idly while tutoring, but I have a necklace to put a clasp on, another to string in a different color for an Etsy request, and after that I just want to play with my beads for the first time in ages this weekend.
Planning: Dinner with my advisor tonight to celebrate being Dr. Me. Much-needed quiet weekend in which I will only leave the apartment to go to the grocery store. I need to write an exam, a formula sheet, and a "these are the orders in which you do the steps for all these statistical tests" sheet for my students.
4th-Dec-2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Saturday: are you still considering that thing in that place? If so, I can bring you your Tomoe Gozen.
4th-Dec-2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Looks like no one local's going, so no way to get there. :(
4th-Dec-2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear Max is doing well. He's such a GORGEOUS cat! I have such a soft spot for Siamese ;)
5th-Dec-2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'.

Re: body image: sadly, there is more book than body in that picture. I still approve. :)
5th-Dec-2009 03:27 am (UTC)
He's gorgeous!

Wearing: T-shirt and shorts.
Reading: My NaNovel... and some Warhammer 40K book...
Planning: Sending out books to the folks who responded to my giveaway. Meeting one on Sunday to pass him the books.
5th-Dec-2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Max was verrry friendly at thanksgiving. :)

Wearing: (earlier) black casual pants, tie-dye shirt, grey zip-up jacket, purple bandana,

Planning: Finishing organizing my room. Finishing vaccuming the stairs. Maybe start a jigsaw puzzle if I'm really bored tomorrow. Otherwise hide inside and watch snow/rain/sleet stuff that's supposed to happen.
5th-Dec-2009 09:32 am (UTC)
Hope that things went well with last night's event.

Sorry to have missed you last night; I ended up about a street away from your place. I knew I was in the right neighborhood, but got confused because it was dark out. *sheepish* By the time I called, it was after 5pm and we'd decided to grab dinner first and then if time allowed, swing by. So at least we got to hang out with your awesome girl and husband. Thanks again to Adam, for the hospitality.

Since you mention Max, just want to confirm that, yes, he was extremely friendly last night with us. He kept rubbing and flopping over onto Bryan's shoes, and was a little social butterfly! I was surprised, since he'd only met us once before.
6th-Dec-2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Glad you got to see the family! Hopefully we'll manage to get some time next time you come up...
18th-Dec-2009 03:36 am (UTC)
you look lovely in literature!
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