Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

It’s the last weekend in July! I have already booked myself for something in every weekend of August! What poor life choices did you make this week/month, friends?

Thursday Link Dump

Clever Manka, · Categories: Thursday Link Dump

Did you not realize until just this moment how much you needed Hamilton fanart as both playing cards and as a college AU? Artist birdloaf has you covered. Are you a Hamilton fan who also needs a good hate-read? I stopped reading it half-way through because I got bored, but up until then I was all:

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Mid-week check-in

Clever Manka, · Categories: Check-In

This is the weekly post for those of us who are traversing together this hellscape called Personal Growth. Brag about this week’s accomplishments, ask for support, talk about what worked, what didn’t. Tell us how things are going for you.


If you’re fatigued, raise your hand (or just think about it because you’re too tired to move)

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Tina Belcher lying on floor

This is not a terribly inspirational post. Channel your inner Tina to get through it.

I have chronic fatigue.

It took years to come to grips with that little sentence (boy did I fight my doctor on it—not that admitting it mattered when it came to actual treatment because modern western medicine is shit for dealing with stuff like this). It’s something I still struggle to accept—not because I think it’s a personal failing, but because of the limitations. Fatigue is a constant presence in my body and in my brain. It’s not something that comes and goes. Even on days I feel energetic and motivated (especially on days I feel energetic and motivated), I have to remember my fatigue and make accommodations for it. Like an old injury that you forget about until you reach for a casserole pan and your back reminds you about that deadlifting accident and you’re stuck having someone else get stuff out of low cabinets for the next week (not that I would know anything about that), my fatigue demands constant attention. Read full post

Tuesday Tumblr Collection

Clever Manka, · Categories: Tuesday Tumblr

Today’s collection is Tuesday, July 26: Vampires.

clevermankaI’ve posted a weekly themed collection on my Tumblr nearly every week since October, 2011. Someday I’ll compile a list of them, with links to the dates. That day is not today.

This Week in Feminist History

Guest Post, · Categories: Feminist History

femhistory 7-25 to 7-31

Welcome to another week full of wonderful historical women! Weirdly, this week’s edition features mostly New York women. This is either just an odd coincidence or there is possibly something in New York that helps create extra awesome women, somehow. Read full post

Friday open thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

Living in Kansas, I usually avoid Oz references like the plague, but this is too accurate for me not to use right now.

I am so glad to be home, I can’t even tell you. Vegas was great (and I managed to increase my summer wardrobe by 50% thanks to hitting ten of the fifteen thrift stores I’d earmarked for visiting), but whoa doggies I don’t even want to leave my house much less my hometown for a very long time.

My apologies for completely spacing the mid-week check-in. I promise that will return next week when I am not recovering from a too-long trip and two-hour flight delay.

Tell us about your week, my pretties!