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Huh! So today I was feeling recalcitrant about writing. (Yes, like… 
4th-Feb-2013 03:07 pm

So today I was feeling recalcitrant about writing. (Yes, like every day.) And one of the problems with Cicatrix is that it is so tightly focused... and that that tight focus is all within Ash's head. And there are things that, say, you or I might notice that Ash just wouldn't, and assumptions that Ash makes about hirself that may or may not be accurate.

So I'm writing an Ash-and-Aaron conversation, and I'm frustrated because I have no clue what they'll say, and I have to step outside of Ash and interrogate Aaron directly. Offscreen. The whole novel is Ash's head.

So writer-me asks character-Aaron, what drew you to Ash? Why are you interested? Because Ash definitely doesn't understand why anyone would look twice at hir, so I have to figure this out somehow else.

And I got Answers, man. I got a flow of stream-of-consciousness from Aaron that explains a lot. Parts of it are actually deeply sweet, and parts are intellectual curiosity, and Aaron is an observer and has picked up on some things that Ash is just not aware of about hir own presentation.

So then. Then I could write.

Side note: It is so non-intuitive to be writing a scene that takes place during a heat wave when I'm freezing my butt off over here. I am just saying.

Other than writing.

* Saturday was a hardcore getting-things-done day. I am pleased with our accomplishments!

* Sunday was a slacker day by comparison, but OMG PUPPY BOWL. We had never watched the Puppy Bowl before, and it is my new favorite thing. Next year, we're having a Puppy Bowl party. Then y'all can go watch the Super Bowl somewhere else. I actually still don't know who won the Super Bowl. From what I can tell on Tumblr, Beyonce won.

* Max is doing so much better - thank you, grntserendipity, for recommending Cosequin for him, and thank you, feste_sylvain, for giving us your remaining stash! He's walking normally again and playing with the catnip-stuffed plague rat we bought him at Arisia. <3 So yes. Almost certainly arthritis, but manageable. Will continue to monitor him.

* I am sad that Warby Parker doesn't do progressive multifocals, because I want these. My current frames are discontinued, and the last time my optometrist replaced my lenses, he broke the frames. I got lucky that there was a pair of 'em in the warehouse. My prescription is terribly expensive (they do not make my prescription in non-ultralight lenses), and I would love to not spend hundreds of dollars on frames. I would also love to have non-boring frames. Any Bostonians know of local shops with interesting frames? My other eyeglass limits: The frames need to be wide enough for multifocal lenses, but small enough that they don't look ridiculous on my child-size face. I do not like glasses shopping.

...now I have made myself grumpy about glasses. That's no good. I shall go read a book. *nod*
4th-Feb-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
No clue if they'll have what you are after but give For Eyes (http://www.foreyes.com/) a try. There are a bunch of them around the area and they are decently priced (in my experience) as I have same ultralight lens material requirement.
4th-Feb-2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Glasses shopping: have you already considered buying glasses online? They don't make my prescription in anything but ultralight lenses either, and the last time I bought glasses online it came to about $150.

I don't have any experience shopping for multifocal lenses online, but the experiences I've had with my glasses have been good. (I can elaborate on what has and hasn't worked out well for me if you're interested.)
5th-Feb-2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
I do have to try them on, though; small face, easily overwhelmed by most frames!
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5th-Feb-2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
(We don't stand on ceremony here. :) )

My big problem with the children's department, besides style, is that kids' frames are often too small for multifocal lenses. The Venn diagram of "large enough for multifocals"/"small enough to not take up most of Shira's face" is a challenging one! :(
5th-Feb-2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Have you tried Aquidneck optical up on Galen street? Boris is really nice and sold my mother a pair of glasses that make her look like Harry Potter, which might not be what you want but is super cute on my mom.
5th-Feb-2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
Never heard of 'em - I'll stop in!
5th-Feb-2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Akycha has gotten a series of Awesome glasses from See in Harvard Square. Every one of them has been amazing, and her latest prescription was for progressives (not multifocal). The staff has a queer vibe to them (though not as mighty a queer vibe as the staff at the Fluevog store on Newbury St) and they're all eager and enthusiastic to help you find fun things for your face. When I finally get off my ass and get to the ophthalmologist for my new prescription, I will be going there, because my current frames are, like, 15 years old, I think.
5th-Feb-2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
I'll check them out, thanks!

...wait, we have a Fluevog store?!?
5th-Feb-2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
5th-Feb-2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
The Puppy Bowl is SO cute! We watched it instead of the half-time show. (J insists on watching the stupid Superbowl. :P ) We missed the kitten half-time show this year, though. Woez.
6th-Feb-2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
So, the store I'm going to suggest is NOT convenient-to-you, but it is T accessible (technically, green line).
Highland Opticians in Newton Highlands. http://www.yelp.com/biz/highland-opticians-newton-highlands

You may recall that I also have a small face! I don't have multifocals (though I do need distance & reading glasses, but I like to have a complete lens for whatever I'm focusing on).

This is a picture of me wearing my everyday reading glasses in the store:
You can see more pictures of me in glasses (including that pair and others purchased elsewhere) at my Flickr Glasses tag: http://www.flickr.com/photos/minkrose/tags/glasses/

These were technically in the Kids section, but they are definitely my favorite pair and they fit really nicely. I like them enough I don't feel like I *have* to wear contacts when I'm going out, which is nice (I have excessively dry eyes, so I can only wear contacts for a few hours).

Anyway, they were incredibly patient and helpful. This was actually the third glasses store I'd gone to! My fantastic optometrist is at Custom Eyes in Central Sq, and while I do own two other pairs of glasses from them, I couldn't find a third pair that I really liked.
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