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Saturday Miscellany 
26th-Jun-2010 02:59 pm
* Elayna and I had a nice long text conversation this morning (for me)/evening (for her) before Grandma informed her that texting was *not* free; later she caught up with me on Gchat. She's doing well. :) Put a note in the Western Wall, bought a dress at the market, had a nice swim at the hotel pool. Tomorrow she tours the New City.

* Dear L5/S1 disc: STOP. THAT. No love, 'song. Seriously, that disc has been torn for years - probably since I was 16, though we only noticed it on the X-Ray when we were X-Raying my lower back for something else entirely in my midtwenties. At that time, we shrugged it off as a thing to deal with when we'd dealt with the pressing matter we'd been X-Raying for. Then I started having seizures, then chronic pain, and there has just always been something more urgent or, in the case of the epilepsy, actually life-threatening. Every so often when I've been doing things bent over I have some pain there when I stand up, or later when I lie down. Today we were cleaning the fridge - and I stood up and almost collapsed against the counter, suddenly pale and with my fingernails digging into my palms. Much worse than ever before. An order of magnitude worse. So. Y'know. There's that to deal with now.

* The wristwarmers I want to make are charted-only. So I guess I'm learning to knit from a chart?

* Your Questions Answered Part Three!
Am I losing it?
I'm not qualified to evaluate? I don't see much on the topic (which I assume is related to the secret) on your LJ, so I don't know much about how you're reacting - but that sort of thing, it's natural to freak out about a bit. I don't know enough about your freakout level to know if it's disproportionate.

Has anything I've written ever upset you?
Nope, but I haven't read the two specific examples yet - one's on the FailKindle, one's in my to-read pile. I'll let you know!

I have most of the first draft of a novel. Friends would like to see it. I think hearing their thoughts *might* encourage me towards the finishing line. I have also been told I shouldn't show it till it's done. What do you do?
Hm. I have done many things - posted novels in progress, showed slivers to people - but I haven't yet actually finished a novel, so I'm not the best person to ask. Novelists? Thoughts?

* Bonus BPAL Reviews!
The Traveller: boot leather, pipe tobacco, and the dust of soft resins, herbs, and soil-flecked gravel picked on long, solitary travels.
In bottle: Soft leather.
On me: Something much lighter and clearer cutting over the leather. Sage in there. And something else I'm not IDing. Verra nice.

The Priestess: White sandalwood, life everlasting, nicotiana, iris pallida, and juniper berry.
In bottle: Guh. Starchy iris.
On me: A bit of juniper jumps up, but the iris defeats it. I really wish they listed Vampire Tarot notes with the original solicitation; I wouldn't have ordered a decant of a floral. :P

Ekhidna: mandrake, dark myrrh, seaweed, swampy moss, black pepper, pimento, opoponax, tobacco absolute, and tarry clove.
In bottle: Dark dark dark gritty rich sweet. Lickable.
On me: *cry* I would have loved to keep that swirl of notes. On me, it separates into tobacco/pimento weirdness. Where o where is my moss, my pepper, my clove, my myrrh?

Meliai: Ash manna and ambrosial honey.
In bottle: Medicinal.
On me: Even more medicinal. Uch. Where is my honey?

* My back still hurts.
26th-Jun-2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
The Traveller has turned out to be my One True Leather. No other leather scent has worked on me, or really smelled like leather. It's perfect, shiny boot creaking cuffs warm saddle LEATHER on me, and I love it.
26th-Jun-2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
FailKindle? Is there something wrong with it?
26th-Jun-2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Doesn't hold a charge.
26th-Jun-2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I just had emergency surgery at the end of May for L5/S1. Successful, thank goodness.
26th-Jun-2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I *really* hope it doesn't come to that! (Glad you're okay!)
26th-Jun-2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)

I hope it doesn't either - OTOH, that crippling pain is gone and I can walk fine.

Just PLEASE be really careful - that's a really tricky disc. If you start feeling ANY numbness - tush, back of the thigh, inner thigh - CALL your dr IMMEDIATELY. That's when you move out of "wait and see" and into "emergency!". Likewise if you start having loss-of-control accidents. The nerve bundle for that whole area and your legs is there and the disc can impinge on it with severe consequences. You may already know all this :-) but I felt I had to say something in case you didn't, because it is that serious at that point. My orthopedic surgeon took one look at me and said "I'll meet you at the hospital". I'd have gone in sooner had I known.

I hope you feel better!
26th-Jun-2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
So noted, and thanks!
26th-Jun-2010 07:43 pm (UTC) - re:L5/S1 of evil
Would you like me to find you a local acupuncturist referral? I have access to my alumni mailing list & I'd be happy to ask for someone in your area. 'cause that's the kind of thing one of us should be good at.
26th-Jun-2010 08:30 pm (UTC) - Re: L5/S1 of evil
Sure, thanks!
26th-Jun-2010 08:33 pm (UTC) - Re: L5/S1 of evil
:) Then to double check before I send the email - I'm looking for someone for you in the boston area? (my sense of geography is... weak, to put it mildly, unless it's someplace I've actually walked.)
26th-Jun-2010 08:34 pm (UTC) - Re: L5/S1 of evil
*facepalm* Or I could just look at your info page. I should ask for someone near Watertown?
26th-Jun-2010 08:34 pm (UTC) - Re: L5/S1 of evil
Yep. I'm in Watertown, so Watertown, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, etc. are all easy for me.
26th-Jun-2010 08:40 pm (UTC) - Re: L5/S1 of evil
Email sent, hopefully I should hear back from someone within 24-48 hours.
26th-Jun-2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oooog. My Dad has continuing issues with a slipped disc. Best of luck!

If you would like prayers to Brighid and/or healing energy, you need only ask.
26th-Jun-2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
If you are uncomfortable knitting directly from the chart, you can always write the instructions out abd then start knitting. I do that with funky lace patterns sometimes to reinforce my understanding of the pattern. Best of luck with your back.
26th-Jun-2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
What is the knitting pattern? I've been curious since your post about searching for it.
26th-Jun-2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is a different one for a different project, not the serpentine one (which I still haven't found). This one is Wings by Susanna IC.
26th-Jun-2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Showing it or not: entirely up to the novelist. Some are fine with it, some aren't. I recommend not getting critiques until it's done though.
27th-Jun-2010 03:08 am (UTC)
This. I started sharing mine because I can never set a self-generated deadline that'll stick, and I wanted people on the outside to prod me into action (which they continue to do). But yeah, I did put a moratorium on critiques until it's done, or else I'd never have finished the rough draft for want of fixing what I've already written.
27th-Jun-2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
I find knitting from a chart is easier if I transcribe the chart onto bigger graph paper (like 4 squares per inch) and highlight/colorcode the cables (that is, pink is hold in front, blue is hold in rear). And write out a key somewhere handy.
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