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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Thor's Day 
6th-May-2010 07:27 am
Hearth
Medical
Mostly okay.

Supertaster
I don't know why that in particular is coming up a lot lately offline, but it is. Ask swashbucklr about the appalled expression and full-body shudder when I licked the test strip at the Museum of Science! Actually, lightcastle and s00j were there too...

feste_sylvain theorizes that this is why I cannot abide anything citrus; the citric acid just sets me right to gagging. Apparently this is a factor with gin, too.

Schedule
I have three straight evenings of BARCC plans next week, and that's going to tap me out in terms of social energy. Honestly, I think I need to plan to take it as easy as possible until Wiscon. If I don't end up needing all that time, great, but I want to allow for it.

It is impossible to overestimate how much April kicked my ass. And it ain't over; I have big BARCC stuff ongoing this month, too, though that's mostly during office hours, not volunteer hours.

I need to be making time for writing, as not-writing is not helping my state of mind.

No Link Soup
No time/energy for assembling it yesterday.

Plans
Work. Interview about mobilizing communities to take on the issue of sexual violence; my community outreach is considered an agency model. Thanks to you guys, o my community! Buying cards for the moms, coming home, packing up gifts, BPAL, and stuff I'm returning to Anthropologie. I may then drive out to the post office and mail stuff, or I may let it wait til Saturday and just tell the moms "sorry, late". Tackling the to-do list. Which needs expanding again, but also some reduction.
Comments 
6th-May-2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Heh. I did a few minutes on supertasters as part of my lecture on gustation yesterday.
6th-May-2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
I seriously thought supertasters were something They Might Be Giants just made up. I'm actually learning something. :-)

Surprising it is not that 'Song is intense in another way, huh? (Hi, 'Song.)
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6th-May-2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Even supertasters have different preferences. I hate olives, for instance. Too salty.
6th-May-2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Supertasting is one of the reasons why there's very little I can eat. I actually count myself fortunate that 80% of vegetables will leave me writhing in gut pain for two days, for example, because otherwise I would have to eat them. I don't like being unhappy. I have enough trouble with that.

Most citrus is a good thing for me, though. I am Blood Orange Girl. The intensity levels there hit pleasure instead of pain, thank goodness.

(Am also Pomegranate Girl and Strawberry Girl, so it's not like there aren't alternatives.)
6th-May-2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
I need to be making time for writing, as not-writing is not helping my state of mind.

I get this. I get mad at myself when I feel like I'm not getting enough writing done. And on the opposite side, I've found that I feel better about life in general when I know I've been getting some good writing done. Work doesn't stress me out as much, people don't piss me off, etc.
6th-May-2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
April kicked my ass too, but May will kick it even harder. The number of things I have to do this month is staggering, not the least of which are getting my vita ready for Annual Review and writing a damn paper that's due June 1st.

I am at least getting some non-academic writing done, both original fic and fanfic, but in some ways that's more frustrating because once my writerbrain is engaged, ideas keep coming when I literally have no time to put them down.
6th-May-2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
It's true. She was appalled, and it was kind of cute, really. :)
7th-May-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: supertasterness, avoid "miracle berries" like the plague unless you are superfond of sweets. (They are the berries that make everything you eat after taste sweet.) I'm a supertaster too, and I tried them once, and was gagging nonstop for hours, even on water. GAH.
8th-May-2010 01:26 am (UTC)
What exhibit had the test strip for you to lick?
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