Friday Open ThreadClever Manka, September 30, 2016 · Categories: Open ThreadGOPY Tomorrow is October. How are you feeling about that? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window) 118 Responses to “Friday Open Thread” Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 10:10 am Good, though I'm waiting for the usual MD fall heatwave. Wondering where the summer went. Trying to balance fun and things that need to get done. Trying not to eat my emotions or primal desire for all the starches. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:21 am I am eating all the starches for you, bb. Last night I had a bowl of white rice with coconut oil and salt. =/ Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 10:44 am Well that sounds awesome! We actually had grilled cheese and tomato soup, it's been wet and cool all week, so I gave in. Reply Doc_Paradise says: September 30, 2016 at 10:11 am This past year has been like one of those nightmares that one vaguely recalls after waking, but which leaves one with emotional and physical exhaustion that is hard to look closely at. It's almost turnip burning time and I am very much looking forward to that. Turnip burning is the "turning of the year" for me so I'm hoping to put a bunch of stuff behind me and have some sort of "end" to the year. Reply Doc_Paradise says: September 30, 2016 at 10:16 am I was overwhelmed this morning and my partner volunteered to stay home for the morning to take care of the things I really shouldn't have had to deal with (cat urine, landlord shit, delivery and installation of a major appliance that landlord has been an ass about). That means I can actually do something for me today. (I'd been rearranging my day to deal with what HAD to get done and cutting out what I desperately NEEDED.) So today I've already started my slow-cooker chowder, showered, and sat with the cat. I have some paid work I HAVE to do, but I now have the emotional space and energy to do other things for me (like clean my personal space so that I can feel more comfortable there and enjoy watching Luke Cage tonight without having to either scrub cat urine or sit in it, and finish writing the turnip post). Maybe this year will be better. Today is promising for that. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:22 am I'm so glad you get to do stuff for you today! Chowder and kitty-time sounds perfect. Reply Merripat says: September 30, 2016 at 10:54 am Your partner sounds great, and I hope things get better for you soon. 2016 has been very hard for me, too, so I feel you. Reply Doc_Paradise says: October 1, 2016 at 7:40 am Thank you. Reply Lynn says: September 30, 2016 at 10:13 am My Toast tote came in the mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I carried it to work today while listening to the new Regina Spektor album!! We get to go home in two hours as a thank you for our hard work this week (I am not the only person who had multiple events before or after the gala). I have decided to be in a good mood about all these things and we'll deal with impending print deadline next week. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:22 am My tote arrived this week, too! I was getting worried! Reply littleinfinity says: September 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm Oh man!! LUCKY!!! I've been watching all the Toast totes roll in on Instagram and I haven't gotten mine yet ;( I did order in the second batch though so maybe that's it. Reply FriendOfDaja says: September 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm I got mine too! And I saw a girl carrying one while I was carrying mine, but when I said "nice bag!" she didn't hear me 🙁 Gotta speak up next time, but at least I know that my neighborhood is full of Toasties! Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm Ahhhhh! How exciting but frustrating! I hope you run into her again! Reply vladazhael says: September 30, 2016 at 10:20 am Much as I resist the departure of summer and dread the coming of winter (even the half-assed southern version of winter), I have to admit that this week's sudden onset of pleasantly cool autumn air agrees with me. It's a good season, even if what comes afterward is grim and awful. (Wildling by birth, but my heart is in Dorne.) Also, I have this conspicuously cute new planner/journal/thing that I started with October as its first official month. https://smile.amazon.com/Susenstone%C2%AE-Weekly-… This is an out-of-character level of cuteness, and I can't read all the Korean captions, but look at that round little bunny! LOOK AT IT! Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:38 am That is a fucking adorable bunny. Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 10:45 am A++ bunny-ing Reply MissBadcrumble says: September 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm Little ghostbunny! Don't you want the others-have-bought-stickers too? And mark important journal-planner-stuff with them! Reply Rianne says: September 30, 2016 at 10:20 am My fiancée is moving in tomorrow. October is great! Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:39 am Ah! Exciting! Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:29 am Ugh. What a week what a week. I told the Burgomaster on Tuesday that I wasn't contemplating suicide (at all, no worries), but I wouldn't be terribly disappointed if I just spontaneously died. <img src="https://65.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9qm7tA4T81qlqnhk.gif"> I have absolutely nothing planned this weekend other than the usual grocery shopping, food prep, and laundry. I am going to do my best to not stress about how: I'm not getting anything done and I'm a week behind on my yoga asana homework (although I'm doing okay with the readings) I don't have the mental energy to write Even my appetite has disappeared I have my next visit with Dr. Sexy on Tuesday. Here's hoping he has a miracle for me. Also, LiveJournal seems to be down so I've been unable to access my gif collection for 24 hours. Reply Rillquiet says: September 30, 2016 at 10:33 am Sometimes all you can do is cling to the driftwood and wait for the waves to go over you. But I hope things improve soon (Dr. Sexy? mm, do tell) so that you get your mojo back. In the meantime, rx carbs and bingeing Luke Cage. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:42 am OH MY GOD did I not tell y'all about my new doctor? I'm trying to not go tooooo overboard with how beautiful he is because he's my yoga teacher's son but he is just god-like gorgeous. <img src="https://janeaustenrunsmylife.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/dr-sexy.gif"> Reply Merripat says: September 30, 2016 at 10:48 am WHY HELLO THERE *fans self* Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:58 am <img src="http://i39.tinypic.com/104ouaw.jpg"> Rillquiet says: September 30, 2016 at 10:59 am Oh dear. Oh DEAR. Oh my stars. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 11:02 am <img src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/03/39/3a/03393afee170a9a008d4cc4c54986a42.gif"> littleinfinity says: September 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm whoa Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm <img src="http://sugarscape.cdnds.net/15/34/1440170499-tumblr-m5rqjs77ux1rxhburo1-500.gif"> Doc_Paradise says: September 30, 2016 at 10:33 am I hope you get to do nothing is peace and tranquility. Here are some pretty things to look at: http://blog.smartpress.com/daily-inspiration-430-… I'm particularly in love with the ones with bees on them. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:43 am Bees! I have a bee collection coming up next month! ETA: Holy shit those journals really are beautiful. Reply Doc_Paradise says: September 30, 2016 at 11:40 am More pretties: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/mehrdad… Lots of photos of ceilings. Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 10:47 am A thought that you can ignore: if you have ideas but low energy, would recording your work to transcribe later be a possible solution? Or is that just as hard? Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:52 am When I was in PT for wrist tendonitis, I tried talking out essays and it didn't work. My typing brain and my talking brain are very different, and things just don't flow. I do have a file of snips and drabbles, though, so if I am inspired with a topic or a pity thesis statement I jot it down for later. I have about two dozen of those. =D Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm Understood! My writing brain and my musing out loud brain are definitely different. Reply Merripat says: September 30, 2016 at 10:59 am but I wouldn't be terribly disappointed if I just spontaneously died. IT ME Though it's getting better. And I really hope you feel better soon, this has been going on too long!! Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 11:04 am <img src="http://i.makeagif.com/media/11-30-2015/CAImnw.gif"> Reply vladazhael says: September 30, 2016 at 11:05 am "I have my next visit with Dr. Sexy on Tuesday. Here's hoping he has a miracle for me." I hope this, too! In the meantime, be kind to yourself. ETA: I just looked at the pics and GOOD LORD. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 11:11 am <img src="https://media.giphy.com/media/l0HlP2ms0eUc5nlHG/giphy.gif"> Reply damngoodcoffee says: September 30, 2016 at 11:20 am Physical/mental energy and appetite wonky-ness just sucks, I'm so sorry. I def. know that feeling of trying to see the bright side and just… not. I hope your visit w/Dr. Sexy (very nice pics there) goes well, and that you can get some help and/or peace of mind. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm <img src="http://img.pandawhale.com/post-63767-community-shirley-thank-you-gi-RGuk.gif"> Reply MissBadcrumble says: September 30, 2016 at 10:31 am I'm feeling a bit sad about the ending of an ESA space mission that has been strangely touching. Earlier today they ended the Rosetta mission by landing/crashing the spacecraft called Rosetta into the comet that she has orbited and observed since november 2014. The whole journey started 10(!) years ago when Rosetta was launched into space in 2004. There was a really good live stream from the mission controlroom for the last hour or so of the descent towards the comet. The very last minutes were quiet, with the camera on the screen that showed Rosetta's response radio signal. Finally it flatlined, Rosetta had touched down and the contact was broken forever. So emotional!!!!! Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:45 am That is emotional! I'm surprised the Burgomaster didn't mention it. Or maybe he didn't want to bring it up because I'm already on the verge of tears all the time…I love the emotional connection that scientists and engineers have with their spacecrafts and missions. <3 Reply MissBadcrumble says: September 30, 2016 at 11:14 am There is a series of terribly cute animated five minutes long films about Rosetta and the little lander Philae, and their journey. They are called "Once upon a time…" and can be found on Youtube. Great for kids! And childish adults such as myself. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 11:18 am ADORABLE Reply MissBadcrumble says: September 30, 2016 at 11:35 am It is, isn't it?? Here is the first one, there are a bunch more. 🙂 https://youtu.be/9pTd_JHULBM Also, Rosetta and Philae had twitter accounts (OFF COURSE), and were tweeting eachother. <3 RoseCamelia says: September 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm Please forgive me for correcting you. You must have meant. "childlike adults such as myself." Childlike is good. I like childlike. I like you. OTOH, childish describes most of the men in my life. Not liking men lately. Reply MissBadcrumble says: September 30, 2016 at 1:51 pm Aha, oh yes of course! That is an important distinction, thanks! I like you too. Rillquiet says: September 30, 2016 at 11:17 am I cried in front of my boss when Rosetta landed (this may be why he was not shocked that I put in for solar eclipse leave a year in advance). It IS emotional. We did a magnificent thing, but it is in an unbelievably vast universe, so it's equal parts sadly insignificant and beautifully defiant, and whoops, there go the feels. Reply Merripat says: September 30, 2016 at 10:38 am Not sure how I feel about impending October. The academic year in my country starts in October, so for the past years, fall has meant new beginnings for me. And of course I have one this year, too, but it doesn't feel as good as hoped. I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that my anxiety made this life decision for me. And admitting that it's the anxiety actually helps me coping. My life is not over. It's a new beginning, not the one I wanted, but one that will be alright. I will always have options. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 10:55 am Yay! I'm so happy for you that you've turned this corner. This is great! <img src="https://media.giphy.com/media/XaFhFM2lVRoVa/giphy.gif"> Reply Heathered says: September 30, 2016 at 11:58 am I second that ascending star in cheering you on. Reply CheddarBiscuit says: September 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm I am glad that you are feeling more positive about the big changes you've undertaken! I hope things continue to get easier in the coming weeks. Reply freshwaterpearl says: September 30, 2016 at 11:05 am I've developed a little bit of tinnitus, a fuzzy staticky sound in my ear. I went to an ENT and they said I probably just have to live with it. It's very quiet, and I'm trying to keep it in perspective, but right now reminding myself how very mild my case of tinnitus is (compared to, for example, the guy on This American Life who has two dissonant tones playing loudly in his ears at all times) just makes me worry about it getting worse. I think this anxiety is adding itself to my worries about US politics, so that I wake up in the morning with my stomach already in knots and then lie there fearfully listening to my own ears, after which I fearfully get up and check 538. I'm a Quaker, the kind who worship in silence, so this has a potential bearing on my spiritual life that I'm sad about. I'm listening to Indigo Girls right now and trying to calm myself. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 11:20 am Oh my gosh, bb, that sounds wretched. Can you get a second opinion? Reply freshwaterpearl says: September 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm Maybe I will. I think I'm learning a lesson about not trying to be all Zen about something as soon as it happens–it just makes me feel guilty for feeling sad. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 1:05 pm You have every reason to feel sad! Silence is important! Reply littleinfinity says: September 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm I wonder if something like noise cancelling headphones could help? I know it's inside your head so maybe not, but might be worth looking into if there is a solution for Quaker meeting. I went to a Quaker high school and we had silent meeting too, I can imagine how annoying it would be if you just had a constant bzzz 🙁 Reply freshwaterpearl says: September 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm It might–I'm not sure how noise-canceling headphones actually work, but white noise does help. It's an idea worth trying, at least! Reply Xolandra says: September 30, 2016 at 11:05 am T-6 days before surgery is literally all I can think of October. I'm trying desperately to squeeze as much fun into this weekend as I can. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 11:21 am <img src="http://cbhits.weebly.com/uploads/2/3/9/0/23908610/1804633_orig.gif"> Reply Doc_Paradise says: October 2, 2016 at 6:33 am Best of luck! Reply Xolandra says: October 3, 2016 at 11:19 am Thank you! Reply damngoodcoffee says: September 30, 2016 at 11:16 am I love October, always, because of the changing weather and the lead up to Halloween. But I am in a weird place/mood rn, partly because of hormones and lack of sleep and partly because of other situational stuff- *Still–and perhaps this will be an always thing–feeling a bit isolated, even though I really do like a lot of my coworkers, they all have ties here and I don't and I don't know how I'm supposed to generate them *I go back and forth on how suited I am for my job. I like my career in librarianship, but I just don't think I have the right personality to be an academic instruction librarian for the long-term. It's a frustrating feeling, because I do fine, and I enjoy a lot of it, but my coworkers just seem to 'fit' better in this type of role, and I don't think I'm quite there, or will be. I mean it's fine, my job and my coworkers are really good, and I know it's unreasonable to just expect perfection, but like I said, it's frustrating to feel like you don't quite fit, like maybe you could do something else a little down the road but you don't really know what or if you have the time/resources to make it happen. *I was approached creepily by a random young man (probably student) on campus yesterday, and it was enough of a reminder of how vulnerable I look and how certain types (it's always been men) react to that by taking liberties/being invasive, and I hate that. I wish I was 6 ft tall, or looked like Furiosa or something. Anything that could make people stop thinking they can take liberties w/me that they can't with other people, just b/c I'm small & look vulnerable. Ugh, anyway, aside from all THAT CRAP, I usually love October. I just need to focus on that and not all the other stuff. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm Fuck hormones and lack of sleep. Boooooooo. Here's hoping you can look past/over/through the crap and enjoy your October. Reply Räven says: September 30, 2016 at 11:27 am WAIT WHAT. I am saying no to October. Because I love fall weather but I am Not Ready for anything else about this. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm SAME Reply LaxMom says: September 30, 2016 at 11:40 am Dammit was getting over my crush on kid's therapist but he got a new haircut and, whoops, nope, crush still there. Woke up to still not being able to eat (it's been since monday! my brain is gone at this point), have 2 proposals due today and all this semester's work is on my second hard drive which my computer decided to lose connection to. I seem to have recovered access to that drive for the moment. Let's hope it lasts until the papers are turned in. Teen boy. sigh. Those of you who may have been following me for a while might know the saga of teen boy and hand injuries/broken bones. At therapist. Saying that overall I was pretty impressed with him lately. He says, I have something to confess that might change your mind. Proceeds to tell me that he found a mousetrap at school and wanted to see how much it hurt, so he stuck his finger in it. It hurt. Wasn't apparently convinced enough, stuck ANOTHER finger in it after resetting it? Tells me today, he thinks the first one is broken at the knuckle. No big deal, he's just gonna go find the old splint…. I need a slamming my head into the wall emoticon. Reply Merripat says: September 30, 2016 at 11:44 am Oh no, I'm so sorry. Hugs to you, and I hope you can eat again soon, this sucks so much. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm <img src="http://rs1146.pbsrc.com/albums/o523/Dr_Doomsduck/Gif/HeaddeskStitch.gif~c200"> Reply Theo_Winterwood says: September 30, 2016 at 11:49 am I love October in theory, because Autumn and crispy weather and Halloween and leaves and everything, but man, this October is stressful, 'cause we've got no money and five million things in life are converging inconveniently from every direction on top of that. Also it's been raining all week, so I've been feeling very bleh about things. So I'm gonna try and enjoy the things I love about October and try not to worry about whether my seasonal depression will hit hard the second it's November as is sometimes wont to happen. BUT. I am also looking forward to trying to do the "31 Horror Movies in October" thing. I've already started putting together a mental list of things that I've been meaning to get around to watching. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm Yay scary movies! What's on your list so far? Reply Theo_Winterwood says: September 30, 2016 at 12:36 pm Off the top of my head (and with the disclaimer that I haven't seen any of these yet, so if they are terrible I don't know):- Stake Land (I'm not really a vampire person, but I feel like I've been told this was good?)- Let's Scare Jessica to Death- Lake Mungo- Fright Night (I have had the DVD on my shelf forever and haven't gotten around to it)- We Are What We Are- Last ShiftI swear there were others, but now I'm drawing a blank. Most of my to-watch list at the moment is admittedly where the Venn Diagram overlap is between “movies available to stream on Netflix” and “movies I vaguely remember people recommending.” (If anyone's seen any of the ones above and really doesn't recommend it, please let me know.)I will happily take any recommendations, though, if anyone's got any favorites. I could probably come up with a much longer list of movies I've already seen that I'll probably end up rewatching this month at some point 🙂 Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm The original Carrie is still so so SO good. Ugh, talk about a hard to watch movie. I was super let-down by the terrible re-make. Total waste of amazing actors, ugh. The Woman in Black is a fantastic ghost story and is visually gorgeous (also Crimson Peak), just ignore the last two minutes or so when they completely screw up the ending. I need to see Fright Night, too! Reply Theo_Winterwood says: September 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm I've been meaning to get around to Woman in Black but haven't–I don't really have many friends who watch horror films, so I hadn't been sure if it was worthwhile, but I'm a sucker for a visually gorgeous ghost story, so I will definitely have to check that out.(I actually ended up buying the two-pack of both Carrie movies about two years ago, because weirdly it was cheaper than either of them on their own–Then again, I'm probably the also the anomaly out there that didn't completely hate the 2013 one. I have a kind of strange relationship with Carrie, though, in that I will defend different things about the novel and both movies, while also having a bunch of things about all three that come up really short for me.) CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm I didn't think Woman in Black was frightening (I'm only frightened by movies like Seven, ugh THE WORST), but there was one jump-scare bit that the lead-in was so incredibly perfect and beautiful. Ahhh! It really is a lovely movie and is definitely worthwhile, IMO. I could talk about Carrie A LOT so I understand completely. Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm Woman in Black scared the pants off of me, there is a lot of tension in that film. CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm There is a lot of tension. I need to remember that most types of scary movie scares don't affect me when I talk to people about horror movies…Thank you for chiming in! Theo_Winterwood says: September 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm I'm the weird kind of horror movie fan, where I watch them, but–assuming they're well-done at all–am definitely easily frightened.I'm the kind of jumpy where sometimes I startle when someone walks into a room and I didn't see/hear them come in, even if they weren't being quiet or sneaky, so I know that I will jump at most jump scares, but somehow that's made me have particularly high standards for what makes a genuinely good use of a jump scare vs. just an easy scare to make someone like me jump and go “aah!” So that makes me even more interested in seeing Woman in Black now :)I could talk about Carrie for pretty much ever too, probably. There's an audiobook version of the novel read by Sissy Spacek as well, actually, that I enjoyed. Her narration somehow softens some of the things that annoyed me about the text of the book, I think . . . CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:29 pm You'll know that jump scare moment in Woman when you see it! I went with a friend who is a HUGE horror fan and when it finally hit (suuuuch a good lead-up), we turned to look at each other like <img src="http://24.media.tumblr.com/f5b959c97bc69d9972794203c4a9bcdf/tumblr_mke81g3yIa1qhr01io1_400.gif"> damngoodcoffee says: September 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm I loved Lake Mungo- v. eerie! Reply Lynn says: September 30, 2016 at 11:54 am Yeah, I was definitely in the first batch (one of the only times in my life I was on my computer at exactly the right moment), and my coworker who ordered in the second batch doesn't have hers yet. Reply Heathered says: September 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm October–whooo! Sort of. A witchy acquaintance pointed out that there's a black moon (second new moon in a month) tonight, and it's a great time to do a releasing ritual (e.g., make something to symbolize what you want to let go of, charge it with energy, burn it and let the ashes go into water moving away from you(the toilet is fine)). Took me a while to figure out what and how, but I think I'm going to do this tonight. Then, three months of my usual work, then quitting it and jumping into the void. Hopefully I get a little pumpkin spice action between now and then, either literally or as a euphemism for smooching, why not. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm I love the idea of flushing my problems down the toilet. Reply Heathered says: September 30, 2016 at 3:04 pm I realized I'm going to compost mine in hopes of transforming it into something useful rather than a full release, but hell yes, if I were you I'd send that energy dip right into the sewer system. Reply CheddarBiscuit says: September 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm Oh man, I cleared a bunch of old papers out of a file yesterday and was already planning on shredding them today, but now I'm going to think of it as a releasing ritual because it seems so much cooler. Reply LaxMom says: September 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm Reading this too late to actually do anything tonight, im exhausted. Do you think I could sneak it in tomorrow ? I am lying here in bed thinking I need to reframe a few things, this would be a good way to do it. Reply Heathered says: September 30, 2016 at 9:27 pm I totally think it's valid–the time between now and Halloween is ripe for that kind of reflection/reframing before seasonal hibernation and later emergence as butterflies (or whatever metaphor most pleases you). Reply littleinfinity says: September 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm October is a hard NO for me. I love summer, and I'm spoiled because in SoCal we get a lot of it, but the time change and the impending darkness make me sad. I don't do well with the short days and long nights. Also I have a conference coming up in a few weeks that hopefully will go fine, but I get anxious about work trips :/ Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm Short dark days are terrible, yes. Good luck on the work travels! Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm I've also been doing my yearly "should I buy another pair if boots" online browsing (contemplating Blunderstones, though I know they are not as great as they used to be), and thinking about a crafting day to make bullroarers. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm When in doubt (but in acceptable financial situations) ALWAYS BUY THE BOOTS. Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm Since none of the Converse worked out, consolation prize!, Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm I am still tempted by the knee-high Chucks even though I know I wouldn't wear them very often because boot season here = wet weather and canvas shoes are not the greatest for dry feet. Reply MissBadcrumble says: September 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm I don't know if these are available in the US (if that is where you live), but: DUCKFEET! http://www.duckfeet.com/duckfeet-womens-collectio… Comfortable, environmentally friendly production, thick bouncy rubber sole, and they are so cool!! The last year I have invested in a bunch of these-will-last-forever-and-are-produced-in-the-best-possible-way-shoes and boots, and if I hadn't already bought good winter boots I would LOVE a pair of blue Odense! I have a pair of Jylland and Himmerland, though. Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm Not here yet, I'll keep an eye out. I love the colors! Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm Waaah. why did I go window shopping at Zappos? Reply littleinfinity says: September 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm The March to the Sea ones have such cute lace-ups and they would be perfect for taking to the sea in! If only they weren't so many dollars… Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm I really do need a pair of gray boots but not those, tragically. Ugh, those boots are PERFECT for me. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm Y'all, I need to share this picture of the Burgomaster that someone in his writing group posted to FB this morning. I encouraged him to start wearing kilts a couple years ago and have s-lo-w-l-y helped teach him how to build a style and this is what he put together this morning all on his own! SO PROUD. <img src="http://media.tumblr.com/ee626ed7c878b8861bf4b62dfb273c64/tumblr_inline_mm3binTVBS1qz4rgp.gif"> Reply Kazoogrrl says: September 30, 2016 at 2:13 pm *fans self* Also, very close to some of Justin's outfits.. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:16 pm Hurray for our sartorial men! Reply Theo_Winterwood says: September 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm Goddamn, that is some A+ fashioning going on. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm The fact that he didn't choose the matching Batman tights (they're delightful, but not with the shirt too)? FUCKING SUCCESS. Reply Rillquiet says: September 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm #stylin Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 3:10 pm <img src="https://media.giphy.com/media/3o7absRkhtkz3Ww7Zu/giphy.gif"> Reply Räven says: September 30, 2016 at 3:19 pm He looks marvelous. Well done, both of you. Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 3:23 pm <img src="http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/galv5Il.gif"> Reply Onymous says: September 30, 2016 at 2:45 pm So I watched Man of Tai Chi, vaguely famous for being Keanu Reeves' directing debute and I mean the movie is fine it's just a kung fury flick but the basic plot is rich people fund underground fight club, TWIST it's not about a fight club it's about quote "taking a kind humble man of tai chi and watching him become a killer". But I mean either way, is that the most interesting thing rich people can think of to spend their money on? Paying some poor guy to beat people up until he becomes an asshole? This is sort of general problem. Rich people in movies are always being hedonistic in really boring ways. I'm just saying give me a billion dollars and there's gonna be exploding bears on flaming motorcycles. Flaming bears on exploding motorcycles at the very least. Reply Onymous says: September 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-70qCRW3bbrk/VCgNLNbNKkI/AAAAAAAAsoU/wL6tHwNxYXg/s1600/halford_mc.jpg"> … I mean more less (god bless you Rob Halford for this an easy google). Reply CleverManka says: September 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm I've learned to never underestimate the stupid shit rich people will buy. Reply Onymous says: September 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm So my grandmother died last Friday, we all knew it was coming and I hadn't spoken to her in years and years so I love her but she was pretty abstract and I am just sort of whatever about it. BUT the following email chain: Great Aunt wrote: " Family…. Just wanted to let all of the family know that [grandma] will be cremated and her ashes will be spread in the White Salmon River, at some point…per her wishes." Cousin once removed wrote: "Thanks, Aunt [N]. I wish I could be there. Here's an article of interest regarding the whole cremation and ashes thing: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/v… I hope the family can find a proper resting place for Aunt BJ's ashes, as believer's in the resurrection of the body. Let's also keep her in prayer!" Some guy I assume I am related to wrote: "[N] so sorry for your loss, and that we also cannot be there. Please follow HER wishes, and not those of someone wrapped up in their own personal melodrama! Namaste." Some times I forget that half my mother's side is so (BIG C) Catholic they will get in shouting matches if one of them says the phrase "guardian angel" Also excellent use of Namaste, good job guy. Reply Räven says: September 30, 2016 at 9:20 pm On the upside, I'm going to the Maker Faire tomorrow? I am looking forward to it, but already pre-exhausted, and I didn't get around to making clever portable food so argh. Reply Heathered says: September 30, 2016 at 9:31 pm When will science find a cure for pre-exhaustion? I hope you rally and have a good time. Reply Räven says: September 30, 2016 at 10:26 pm RIGHT? Someone should be working on this problem!! No, I'm really excited, but it's going to be raining and it's going to be really crowded and most of it is outside and my shoes will be muddy and there's nowhere to sit but the lawn and, and. And somehow the guide to all the makers doesn't tell you which zone they are in, which, just, WHY. HOW. HOW WILL I FIND ANYONE. that said, really I have been and am looking forward to it! Reply Doc_Paradise says: October 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm Someone there ought to be able to make a robot for that… Reply Räven says: October 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm I KNOW RIGHT? No, I had a good time, it was great. I was there half the day and had seen everyone I came to see *that I could find*, plus been surprised by two really nifty projects I didn't know. I met two cool artists and a gorgeous designer. And I did not run into my ex! Okay only because I was fast, and ducked out of the arduino tent before he looked up. Overall, the day was a win. For real, though, at the zone 3 information booth: hey do you know where beagle board are set up? Info: they're in zone 3, yes! Me: yes that is why I came to you! but do you know which pavilion, do you have a booth map, I didn't see them? Info: do you have the app? The app will tell you! Me: that isn't true, the app doesn't even say zone 3…. Apparently none of the map information had loaded into the app before the faire started. Lol. It's all fixed for today, but today I am not in queens. IT IS A TECH FAIR, HELD AT A SCIENCE MUSEUM. Whyyyyyyy. CleverManka says: October 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm I'm so glad you had a good time and that the app tech fail was the worst of it. Räven says: October 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm 🙂 and I realize that's a huge first-world whine, but honestly, it's a first world tech fair and tickets are not cheap. It isn't too much to expect a map. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * * Name * Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.