Mar. 30th, 2017 02:40 am

sorry for my absence

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I've been busy alternately with paid work, physical impairment and distractions. I will get back to journaling soon. I have a few things to talk about, anyway.

Thank you all for the oatmeal suggestions, I have been working through them one at a time and they are quite good. :)


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Mar. 30th, 2017 01:25 pm

Stuff

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Cats: Mason got his stitches out and is enjoying a cone free existence. He's been pretty good at pacing himself and not trying to jump on stuff that is too high. Also now he doesn't have to the wear the cone he and George are much more comfortable around each other, even occasional grooming.

instagram photo )

Because Mason still needs to be kept close and not be allowed to wander too much, I am reinstating the rule that the cats are inside with closed doors at night. Which is a good rule. This means I am bribing them with tuna most nights to get them to come inside, but they both seem to think it's a fair trade. Mason gets locked in when I'm at work, but George gets to stay on whichever side of the door she is on (with food in a bowl outside) because unlike Mason her timidity means she is less likely to get into dangerous situations.

Work: Mostly good. I gave a presentation on Fair Trade and ethical fashion at a Catholic high school on Thursday. It was fun to do and I would happily do it at other schools.

We had stocktake on Monday which meant I ended up working a 12 hour day. It all went pretty smoothly and we ran re-counts on Tuesday and there weren't many errors. I'm glad it happened towards the end of my work week, and not at the beginning.

Speaking of which, my roster will be changing after Easter for reasons I can't discuss publicly just yet. But my new roster will be pretty good, and still 4 days a week and 5 days in November and December, so that's something.

TV I started watching Gotham whcih is all [personal profile] sabotabby and [personal profile] the_axel's fault. They promised me crack but I got invested in the well being of characters like Baby Cat Woman, Fish Mooney, and Butch Gilzean. I even like Baby Bruce Wayne and Alfred. The character I care least about is Jim Gordon, and I'm pretty sure the actor is the bastard love child of Russell Crowe and Ben Mendelsohn.

After finishing two seasons in 3 weeks (look, I was home with a sick cat for two of those weeks), I decided to wait for season three to finish airing so I could binge that, too. And started looking for something that actually was the entertaining yet low stakes show I was looking for in the first place and Brooklyn Nine Nine is currently filling that role.

The I'm watching weekly which are currently airing are pretty much only The Magicians, which finally had a good episode after lots of rage inducing stupid plots, and Elementary, which I'm not enjoying as much as in previous years.

I started watching Atlanta on SBS on Demand, but it autoplayed the episodes in the wrong order so I rage quit.

Books: I know I read some...

Last night I finished re-reading Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which I hadn't read in 5-10 years. It turns out most of the stuff I remember was from the last third of the book, and there was lots more stuff about childhood and family history that I'd forgotten.

Before that I read The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, which was a great continuation of The Fisth Season. I liked the introduction of another point of view.

And before that I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Certain Dark Things, an urban fantasy-ish novel about vampire drug gangs in Mexico. This was really great, and actually made vampires interesting again. I loved the idea that there were actually different species of vampire, each local to one part of the world, which explains the different mythologies.

Me: Generally okay, but slept weirdly the last couple of days while trying to make up for the couple of days before that.

I got stung by a bee on Sunday, but thanks to quick action on my part followed by asking beekeepers for advice on facebook, it hasn't swollen up and the itching has pretty much stopped.

I usually make some sarcastic comment about giving up something for Lent. This year I decided to do a secular version of Lent which I have dubbed "Meat Free March" (with fish allowed on Fridays). It's been pretty good and I have remembered some of my favourite vegetarian dishes. But now the end is approaching and I am really looking forward to Saturday. I'm basically a non-religious person who likes to celebrate all the events on various calendars which revolve around food, so I figured it was time to try some of the fasting events as well as the eating events.

Winter is coming, and we had a weirdly wet and cold summer, so I'm a bit apprehensive. But also planning a Hogswatch/Solstice party for my birthday. This will be decidedly non-vegetarian as the whole point is an excuse to bake a ham. But there will be veg*n options. Plus asking everyone to bring a dish, and possibly a chair.
Mar. 29th, 2017 10:28 pm

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Mar. 30th, 2017 05:59 am

Exercise

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On Monday I printed out a whole bunch of exercises from the NHS website
so today I taped a few sheets to the bookcase I'm planning to get rid of and tried doing a few exercises.

Ow?

Like, not ow, but, huh, that's work I do not usually do.

I like the pillow exercises because instead of big weights you're swinging a pillow around
but
I tried them without even the pillow
and it says to do multiple sets
and I am currently disinclined to do multiple sets.

So.

Possibly I really need to do some exercises.



Also I tried like two from the abs sheet and now my abs feel unusual.


Also also I need to look up like moving images with instructions, because it's not always obvious how you're meant to look like the little drawings man.



So. Now I have a project. Involving actual movement. Ever. At all.




Dancing is good movements but I only do one hour of that a week so I could add more moving on different days.

... I mean, I probably won't, but I could...
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Wine Staging's Michael Müller announced today that he and his colleague have been working lately on a brand-new and more advanced build system that will allow them to release packages faster after a new version is announced.
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[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I are halfway through season 1 of Legion, and I'm not emotionally engaged/invested at this point, but I'm finding it fascinating. I'm also largely trying to mentally detach it from what I remember of the character's place in comics canon, because four episodes in, it appears* that there's little, if any, connection beyond "a mentally ill young man with multi-faceted, tremendously strong psychic powers". If any of the characters other than David come from comics canon, I don't know/remember them.

*Bearing in mind that Legion's not a character I was ever super-familiar with; I feel as if he was fairly back-burnered during the years when I was actively engaged with the comics.

I know Keri Russell only for The Americans; I didn't even know until Julia mentioned it recently that she was the lead in Felicity, which I've never seen. Until tonight, I didn't realize quite how long ago Felicity was. Then I saw a picture of Russell from that period, and mentioned on Twitter that it had made me boggle...at which point Julia linked me to a picture of Russell's hair from earlier in the Felicity time frame. She was SO YOUNG! She had SO MUCH HAIR! Such curls! *boggles anew*

Speaking tangentially of The Americans: despite having watched all of seasons 1-4 last year ("recently", is what I'm getting at), I think every season, when Henry first appears on screen, I stare at him and wonder if they recast the role. But the IMDb says it's been Keidrich Sellati all along.

Has everyone seen the Buffy 20th anniversary reunion pics? (Which Anthony Stewart Head missed, but not for lack of trying to attend. ;_;) My favorite pics are the one of Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, and Seth Green (fic please? Yes?), the solo pic of Amber Benson, and the solo pic of Seth Green. Oh, and Emma Caulfield + bunny!

(Speaking of Tony Head, I am unreasonably charmed by this tweet.)

I'm used to Amazon blithely combining items from multiple orders when shipping, but according to my inbox and package tracker, tomorrow a box of items from four orders, weighing nearly 10 lbs, is going to arrive. O_O

Contents: two manga volumes (Fruits Basket [omnibus] vol. 11 and Twinkle Stars vol. 2) and eight novels (of which I'm most excited for Mishell Baker's Phantom Pains). One of the novels is Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer, which I ordered last July based on its original release date.

On the weekend a few of us watched the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert (which I've owned for...a few years?...and had never seen). I started to draft a post about it, but what I've wound up with is a weird heap of notes that have very little to do with that specific concert performance (or at least, little to do with what was actually performed--my feelings about some cuts are very much in evidence in the mess of words). So, uh...hopefully that'll turn into an actual post of some sort, but this is not that.
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Mar. 30th, 2017 12:42 am

seaQuest - The Test

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Title: The Test
Original (or) Fandom: seaQuest
Rating: G
Notes: Takes place before Nothing But The Truth


“Can’t read my poker face,” Ben was singing. He bounced around the room dusting as he moved. Today was the big day! It was the day of his officer’s examination. In addition to a written test, there would be a physical test, and an inspection of his quarters. They were already clean, but he wanted to make sure they were perfect. At 0700 his alarm sounded, and he left for the physical exam. Running, sit-ups, and pushups were the easy part. Then at 1000 came the written exam. “To my future” he muttered as he nervously chewed his pencil.
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Mar. 29th, 2017 11:31 pm

Cuddle Party

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Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes.  Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime.  So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace.  Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a
cuddle room comes with fort cushions, fort frames, and sheets for draping.  The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone.  Come snuggle up!
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Posted by Jen

I'm completely one-track on this new project I can't talk about yet (the finish line is allllmost in sight. Aaa!), so today John suggested I share some stuff he got in the mail from you guys instead.

Before I get to that, though, I want to point out that John gets stuff in the mail from you guys. Which is huge. I mean, maybe it doesn't seem that way because I talk about him all the time, but the fact is John's never written anything here on Epbot. This isn't his blog. But you guys still know and love him, because of me. (And am I taking credit for this? HECK YES I AM.) 

When I first started Cake Wrecks it was just me. John was running our faux finishing company, and I was his part-time helper. (Ergo the boredom and starting a silly cake blog.) Then the economy tanked, CW took off like a shot, and in just a few months our roles completely reversed: now John was MY helper, and I became the bread-winner. It was so seamless, though. You'd think there would be bumps in a marriage when that kind of thing happens, but we were just so happy we could still work together - so happy this crazy lightning-in-a-bottle blog thing somehow managed to pay the bills.

I remember the first time on one of the book tours when someone asked John to sign Cake Wrecks. Even without his name on the cover, people knew. That book wouldn't have happened without John, or the one after (hoo boy, especially the one after), or the tours, or even the blog as we know it today. Plus anyone still reading CW knows that John's posts are usually the best ones. :p



(When ARE you doing another stick figure post, John?)

When I started Epbot, again, it was all me. My passion project. My thoughts. But as I went on, it was so blindingly obvious that John is a part of me. You can't split us up. So even though I'm a little more territorial here, and jealously guard Epbot as MY space - and even feel a bit stung when friends call Epbot "Jen and John's blog" - the fact is, John's all over these posts. He's part of every project, every discussion. Whether he's in the background cheering me on, or in the foreground Power Tooling The Things, you guys know: John's as much Epbot as I am. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Plus he agrees to meetups with both dinosaurs AND readers. 
(This is Aimee, Steph, and Toothy McLunges-a-lot, whose photo-bombing game is ON POINT.)

So yes, John gets stuff in the mail, but better than that, he has this awesome reader squad online now. For all its ups and downs (and obviously the internet has its share of downs), Facebook has allowed John to really see and interact with you guys. He gets to be a part of this community in a way he's never had before, and over this past year I've watched him laugh and cry and make honest-to-goodness friends with folks across the globe and share inside jokes and give advice and just, I don't know, come alive. With all the good and the bad. It's like watching my own journey through internet notoriety on fast-forward, and seeing John deal with the highest of highs ("People like me! Whee!") and the lowest lows ("People hate me, I will never feel sunshine again.") has been, well, a little scary. Sometimes moreso during the high times, because I know they don't last, and I want to protect him... but can't.

But then, just like I've experienced so many times, right at the lowest moment, right when you're convinced none of this online stuff is worth it, and no one cares, and why don't we just pack up and go off grid? - just then a card or package arrives in the P.O. Box. And it's some little handmade reminder that everything's going to be OK, or a note saying what you do IS worth it. And you guys save the day. Again.


The Black Knight, post shoulder surgery, by Cait B. :D

 Here it is in John's man cave, Cait!

John's out of the sling now, btw, about a week into his active physical therapy exercises (as opposed to passive ones), and still blowing away all our recovery expectations. He's merrily building things and using power tools again, so you'd never even know he had major surgery six weeks ago.

One more surgery souvenir: John's new Pony avatar by Tracey S.!

 Complete with a shoulder sling and Epbot cutie mark! Eee!



 And one last one, this time [snerk] from Anna B., who embroidered our names in Gallifreyan!
Or, you know, so she claims. It'd be hilarious if these actually said Up Yours or something.  (Oooh, there's a market for you, crafters: you've heard of subversive cross stitch? Subversive Gallifreyan. It'd be the most niche market EVER.)

Wait, you have to see the back side, too:

How is this so pretty??

As always, I hope none of this comes off unbearably braggy. I mean, a LITTLE braggy is fine, because look at this cool stuff, but I promise it's only in the spirit of sharing some happy, and to remind you guys that every positive thing you do or say - every "attagirl," every "me, too," matters. Not just to me and John, but to everyone in your life.

Sometimes it takes 100 positives to cancel out a single negative. Sometimes it takes an avalanche of assurances to bury one cruel dig. Remember that. Remember the person across from you is constantly weighing her own worth, and too often, comes up lacking. Remember how much you are needed in the little things, as well as the big. Remember how far a few words and single moment of your time can go. Remember you hold more power in your hands than you can ever imagine, and you are more seen, more valued, and more effective than you know.

And, of course:


Sorry. Couldn't help myself.


Right, the Project awaits. Hope your week's going well, peeps!
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Mar. 29th, 2017 11:13 pm

Anti-Nazi buttons

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I've been wearing a safety pin for several months now, but I was beginning to feel dissatisfied. It's subtle... maybe too subtle, unless you happen to hang around with a lot of activists. Then I read this article. And I decided that I was going to switch from wearing a safety pin to wearing an anti-Nazi button. Unlike the author of the article, I didn't have to sift thru vintage shops looking for one; I just typed "custom pin-back buttons" into Google and checked out the sources that popped up. I settled on this company, where I could order 100 1" buttons with the pin style I preferred for $.28 each, plus shipping and a $25 first-time setup fee (this drops to $5 for reorders). I found a good free-art image online and placed the order, and less than a week later I had my buttons. I've been wearing one ever since, but as I don't go out all that much, it was hard to tell if anyone noticed.

However, the reason I ordered 100 was to not just have one to wear, but more to give away. I keep a few in with my wallet change, a bag of 20 in my car, and at MidSouthCon I put a couple out on my table, visible but unobtrusive. Every time someone said, "I like your pin," I responded with, "Take one, they're free." I took 30 buttons to the con, and gave away 20 of them; I consider that a reasonable success. I noticed that most of the people who took one were young, but I also had one woman well into her 30s take one because she said she was Asatru and that community has been having an invasion of white supremacist neo-Nazis.

Overall, I'm pleased. This is something I can continue to do easily. Wearing the button serves the same purposes as the safety pin, only more unmistakably. Furthermore, it does something else -- it punctures the right-wing bubble by saying visibly, "This is someone who doesn't agree with you." And if having a couple on my table at cons costs me a few sales... first, I think it may gain me more, and second, I don't give a shit about anyone who wouldn't buy from me because I've declared myself to be a decent, civilized human being.
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A Door Opens
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 3 of 3 (complete)
word count (story only): 1337

:: This story takes place around dawn on Saturday in the Maldives, which is dinner time (around 5pm) on Friday where Shiv is. ::




“Well,” the teen stammered, waving at the box, “Have some before I eat the whole thing.”

Tolliver grinned. “Thank you.” He selected a medium slice, heavy with vegetables, and tipped it as he lifted it free so that several slices of linguica fell onto neighboring pieces. “I tend to keep track of calories as how many yards of the lawn I'll have to mow.”

Travis snickered. “I do the opposite, measuring how many candy bars I can have in a week based on whether I'm on walking duty, desk, or something else.”
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