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6th-Jan-2012 03:39 pm
The trouble with writing Cicatrix is that, after writing time, I am absolutely no good for anything else for the rest of the day. Absolute brainfry.

So Friday memage:

Wearing: When I find something that actually fits, I buy it in every color and wear it until it falls apart. I'm oddly-shaped, y'all. So today: the charcoal grey version of the slightly-cabled Target Vneck sweater that I wish was warmer, plus jeans and stripey socks.

Reading: Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, by Victor Papanek. (Judah loves that I was reading design books way before I met him.)

Writing: Cicatrix. Writers who post metrics, how do you know how long your book is going to be? I see y'all out there posting like "2% done!" and I have no idea what percent done I am. More than 2%. Possibly 10%? But I don't know. I feel like I never know how long something is going to be until I'm almost done.

Knitting: I finished the last row of the body of the Dover Castle shawl yesterday; now only the edging remains. I don't know why I've developed this dislike of this project. The pattern is nonintuitive and the yarn is stiff and crunchy, which surprises me because it's Sundara - I love their FSM and Silk Sport, but I have this hate on for the Sock. Anyway. Also the baby sweater, which is pure knitting bliss.

Planning: Family dinner tonight. Lasagna and cheese rolls or cheesy breadsticks, I don't know which yet. Tomorrow is slightly up in the air, but hopefully I'll get to run some necessary errands in the morning, and I might get writing time in the afternoon. Sunday we're finally going to go see Sherlock Holmes 2. Other than that, I do not know, I have the brain fry.

I am going to go knit on the baby sweater, because at this point in the pattern it is just stockinette, and my brain can probably handle that. No other writing does this to me, I swear.

Feel free to post silly things in the comments while I'm gone!

EDIT: Oh, related to absolutely nothing else, my skin has been horribly painfully dry lately. And I'm one of the unlucky few who actually has reactions to topically-applied gluten and soy. Um, try to find a lotion without soy or gluten. Yeah.

Paintbox Soapworks Slip in Gingermilk. Is on me right now. I took the chance because I don't react to her soaps. This is the inside-forearm test right now, and I have no hives and my skin is soft! So if you react to gluten and/or soy topically, this is probably safe for you. So endeth the pimpage.
6th-Jan-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
If your skin is that dry, oil might not be too oily. Not sure where Vitamin E oil is sourced from, but it was the only thing my skin would tolerate for a while after the Great Poison Oak Disaster. Jojoba oil, sesame oil (Neutrogena used to have this in a non-cooking form), heck, even olive oil.
6th-Jan-2012 08:54 pm (UTC) - About skin creams...
fwiw I use CeraVe, which is, like, miracle stuff for eczema. It's saved me from having to use hydrocortisone creams this last year.

It's definitely gluten-free; I checked the ingredients on my lotion and it *looks* soy free? But maybe it'd be better to ask; the GF link above says their contact number is 800-321-4576.
6th-Jan-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Holy hives, Batman. It never would have occurred to me to check body lotions for either of those. Egads!

My skin's been rather touchy late, and one thing I find that helps is oil. Right now, I'm loving my bottle of skin-quality grapeseed oil from the hippie store near me. Calms my skin right the freak down and leaves it softer than the proverbial baby's butt.
6th-Jan-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I too have been looking for a moisturizer that works that I'm not allergic to. I'm with you on the soy issues, don't have the gluten problems, but do have issues with latex, so that means no shea butter. That's in EVERYTHING body product wise.
7th-Jan-2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
latex allergy means no shea butter? Never heard that. I have latex sensitivity (not severe enough to call an allergy I think) and I've never had problems with lotions.
8th-Jan-2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
They're close relatives; here is a reasonable explanation. Doesn't get everyone with a latex allergy, but it certainly gets me.
6th-Jan-2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
Because CZP (my publishers) used to insist on 100,000 words as a draft limit, I'm always shooting for that, but doing it word-by-word rather than in percentages, 'cause my math skillz are shitty. I've seen metrics conversion engines all over, though.
6th-Jan-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
When I was having the full body itching during the time of the divorce and move to KC, the only thing that I found really helped was Organic Coconut Oil. I still use it because it's cheap and easy and I know what's in it. I get mine at the local 888 Oriental Market for about $8/pint.

I use it in my hair, apply it on my skin when I'm still wet, have been known to put a dollop of it into my bath water. I also use it in my cooking...although not from the same jar.
7th-Jan-2012 03:37 pm (UTC) - off topic reply
Hey, we have TWO friends in common, it seems - one here in the Boston area, when out in the middle of nowhere'Stan.
8th-Jan-2012 12:58 am (UTC) - Re: off topic reply
Wow, what a coincidence. Jason is truly one of the dearest to my heart on the face of the earth; he could tell stories (but I trust he won't tell SOME of them!) I knighted him, hence that one tattoo.
8th-Jan-2012 03:25 am (UTC) - Re: off topic reply
Yes, he and I met through the open circle on Bagram - in my last two months we really clicked while I was dealing with some trauma issues.
8th-Jan-2012 03:45 am (UTC) - Re: off topic reply
It truly is a small world. I'm very glad that you and he met; he's a very wise young man. I hope you are doing really well now.
7th-Jan-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
I use http://www.burtsbees.com/other/top-rated-products/aloe-linden-flower-after-sun-soother-6-fl-oz.html - while I tested not allergic to gluten recently I still stay away from it, and soy and I have such a bad relationship that we've found things that have minute amounts of soy, soy oil or lecithin (sp?) make me sick so I'm almost certain this is soy free.
7th-Jan-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
And it's reasonably priced and available at most drugstores. I swear by their colored lip balm too - it's perfect.
7th-Jan-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Try oils. Extra virgin/first/cold press olive oil may be your best bet.

Almond is fairly moisturizing, though grapeseed may be the most odorless.
7th-Jan-2012 02:33 am (UTC)
I love Paintbox Soapworks slip! Gingermilk is a gorgeous scent.
7th-Jan-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
a quick Google search produced this: http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/64395-gluten-and-soy-free-lotions-shampoos-cosmetics-etc/

in short, California Baby products from Whole Foods makes a lotion free of both gluten and soy.
8th-Jan-2012 07:45 am (UTC)
Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, by Victor Papanek

Ah, a great book. I loved it when I read it in high school. Inspiring stuff.
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