Mid-week check-in

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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

175 Responses to “Mid-week check-in”

  1. CleverManka says:

    Having given the AIP a good shot, AtN decided to ditch it and start me on a FODMAP protocol. I don't know if it's easier for me because I have three months of practice with the AIP or if the FODMAP allowances are generally more to my liking but so far I'm doing okay with it. I can start reintroducing spices again (a huge deal) and mayonnaise is back on the menu (cause for great celebration). The removal of alliums (onions, garlic, leeks, etc.) and cruciferous vegetables (I just figured out how to make decent mashed cauliflower of course) are the only things that kind of sting but pretty much the other stuff not allowed on the FODMAP is the same stuff I couldn't have on the extra-restricted AIP (basically no starches, no fruit).

    An interesting development–I weighed myself this morning and I'm down fifteen pounds (!) from when I started working with AtN (in, I think, October?) but I haven't lost a single inch around my waist. Talk about solid evidence of two things: 1) most of my abdominal mass at this point is inflammation, and 2) my body no longer feels like it's in starvation mode and is allowing me to burn fat again. That means I'm absorbing nutrients finally! So even though it's hard for me to subjectively feel I have more energy (I still need at least an hour nap in the afternoons and I have limited resources to be productive on the weekends), objectively that energy is manifesting somehow.

    It's nice to know that progress is happening. I needed some indication of improvement at this point.

  2. Heathered says:

    Last week I had to look up "What is an infinity scarf?" (it turns out I have loom knit two of them that I wear all the time without knowing that was what they're called). Today I'm tempted to look up "Are moose real? I mean, REALLY real?!" I like it. Depression may be starting to lift, but I don't want to jinx it. *tiny squee* ETA: Also, DOUG JONES WON HOLY SHIT! And Omarosa is quitting the job she had that nobody could figure out what it was! Yay yay yay.

    • CleverManka says:

      I shall join you in small squeeing because I 100% know that jinx feel.

    • damngoodcoffee says:

      *tiny squee* and thank goodness for the Doug Jones win, really.

    • Xolandra says:

      Moose are really real, and just as terrifying as indicated yesterday ^_^

    • jenavira says:

      I will second your tiny squee!

      (A møøse once bit my sister… Look, I'm sorry, I restrained myself ALL DAY yesterday)

    • pseudonymica says:

      I love that you had to look up "infinity scarf." The thing itself is classic but the name is overblown, if you ask me. (I had to look it up too. It's growing on me, though. Let's start calling skirts that aren't wrap skirts "infinity skirts." It'll be great combined with length designations. Mini infinity. Maxi infinity. Midi infinity.)

      • Lee Thomson says:

        this is probably not where you want me to tell you there are different sizes of infinity? I can elaborate if you're curious.

        • littleinfinity says:

          Kiss by kiss I travel your little infinity,
          your borders, your rivers, your tiny villages…
          -Neruda

          Please elaborate! I have a personal interest 😉

          • Lee Thomson says:

            hold on, we're going in:

            The simplest infinity is the countably infinite – there is a one to one correspondence between the natural numbers (Mr Crow calls these Sheep numbers – 1 sheep, 2 sheep, 3 sheep, never 4.5 sheep) and the infinity you are assessing. There are an infinity of natural numbers, an infinity of odd numbers, an infinity of even numbers, and all these infinities are the same size. You can even think about them, a little, by thinking of the biggest number you can, and adding one, and one and one and one, and so on.

            The next biggest infinity is real numbers – all the integers and fractions and transcendental numbers. When you think about it, it makes sense that this one is bigger, because there is fundamentally an infinity of numbers any two numbers in the series. Think about how many fractions between 1 and 2, and it can make your head spin, and then there are that many again between 2 and 3, and on up to the infinity of real numbers. In this infinity there is NO correspondence between the items in the set and anything countable.

            Looking at these two that I've described, you can see there is a pattern of increasing complexity. The countable infinity is sometimes said to have size aleph null, and the infinity of reals is said to have size aleph one. You can see there is room for increasing alephs (and there are, and somebody uses them) all the way up to …. (you can see this one coming) aleph aleph – an infinity of infinities.

            The last piece is more mathy. Roughly speaking, if you have a group of objects (numbers, blocks, atoms) you can raise 2 to that number, and get a count of how many subsets you can create from that group. If you have a group of 4 things, 2 to the 4th (which I cannot think how to format properly, please forgive me) = 16, and you can get 16 different subsets of combinations and permutations from those 4 objects. This relates to infinity because roughly speaking, 2 to the aleph null = aleph one, and 2 to the aleph one = aleph two, and etc.

            And that is all I can tell you about infinities!

          • ru_ri says:

            Honestly Sheep numbers was all I needed today, the rest was a fabulous bonus until the last paragraph where my brain did that thing where the needle hits the center of the record and goes
            zzzt….zzzt…zzzt…

            Edited to add: Thank you for the robust explication of infinities!

          • littleinfinity says:

            Forgot to reply the other day, so I hope you see this, but thanks for the tour of all the infinities!  It makes sense the way that you describe it (an infinity of whole numbers, an infinity of partial numbers, sets, etc), but I would never have thought of it that way. Very cool.Virus-free. http://www.avg.com

      • littleinfinity says:

        little infinity! 😀

    • redheadfae says:

      Yay for lifting… small yay, that is.
      Infinity scarves are "those things I can never put on properly" because no matter which way I try to wear them, I always feel like they just sit "out to there" on my boobs.

  3. meat_lord says:

    The good news: So far, my two cosplays are lookin' good, for someone who is no tailor. (I would like to thank Hunter x Hunter creator Yoshihiro Togashi for drawing men with outrageously curvy hourglass figures, because my body type is accurate for my HxH cosplay!) The bad news: I have lots left to do on both of them, they have to be ready by Saturday, and I may only have tonight after work to get it all done. AAAAAHHH. Wish me more luck and a burst of manic hyperfocus??

    (Related, one of the wigs I purchased is really poor quality… anyone here have any tips on how to spruce it up, since ordering a new one is a no-go?)

    Uh, what else… I've been doing better at recognizing my emotions and taking appropriate actions to self-soothe / not let them splash onto other people. Also, I got a $75 dress for $25!

  4. Doc_Paradise says:

    Medical appointments give me anxiety and panic. I had one this week. I have three next week. I'm also still dealing with boundaries and friends. I've had two nights of nightmares in the past four days. A bunch of other stuff is leaving me feeling overwhelmed. And, in general, I find myself thinking that I'm an asshole with no place in the world.

    I hate this.

    • meat_lord says:

      I promise you that you are not an asshole, and that there is a place for you. I know that I often find myself feeling like an asshole when I need to set boundaries or limits with others, so maybe you would benefit from the same kind of reminders that I need? (Please disregard if irrelevant.)

      It is actually kinder to set boundaries than to not set them. It is normal and legitimate to not be able to tolerate everything that others decide to do. It is an act of trust and respect to give others the information that they need in order to be a good friend to you.

    • CleverManka says:

      UGH. Bad feels are terrible. I'm sorry they got dumped on your plate. You definitely have a place here. I can't find a gif of Jenko saying "I fucking treasure you" from 21 Jump Street so just imagine that I did.
      <img src="https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/clevermanka/1047329/276350/276350_900.gif"&gt;

    • Heathered says:

      That's so much to contend with, I'm sorry. If there's any way to set out little gumdrops along the path (like, gumdrops of things that make you feel better, more embraced, soothed) between appointments and social confrontations, try to do it. Those are all hard and depleting, so front-load some rewards if you can.

    • jenavira says:

      You are not an asshole and you have a place in this world.

      Good for you, taking care of your body and your boundaries. It's hard work and not often fun, and you are allowed to be overwhelmed. I hope you are able to find some time to get the whelm back to manageable levels soon.

      • Doc_Paradise says:

        Thanks. Honestly… sometimes I look at all these neat little roles that social systems create and how people fit into them… and I feel envy. I'm well aware that they aren't necessarily happy or even understand… but it just looks so much easier to be "normal". Sigh.

        I bought Dara's gender identity workbook. I'm thinking about going through the exercises starting soon.

    • Lee Thomson says:

      Def not at asshole. Really solidly put together individual, with astonishing depths.

      Also if you ever get tossed out of your universe you are cordially invited to mine, you'd be an enormous asset.

      Nightmares suck. My mother used to make sure we weren't too hot when we were having strings of nightmares, and take a blanket off us. It helped some.

    • redheadfae says:

      Three appts in one week is crazy-making, I'm so sorry. I .hope you can give yourself a break in all that.
      You is kind, you is smart and you is important.

  5. Doc_Paradise says:

    In kitten game news, my kittens now have a space program and I've sacrificed almost a million unicorns at this point. I'm going to kitty hell for that, probably. But first… to the MOON.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      I cannot tell J about this, or else I'll never see him again. Kittens AND a space program? Awesome!

    • Xolandra says:

      OMG, I want to play the kitten game so much and have zero patience for this kind of thing. Thank you for the updates! Also, this may be my favourite thing I read all week: "my kittens now have a space program and I've sacrificed almost a million unicorns at this point". Thank you.

    • exitpursuedbyaclaire says:

      I am bewildered, delighted, and either really should or really shouldn't play this game.

    • Absotively says:

      My home kittens have unlocked factories and engineers, but I haven't managed to buy any of either yet.

      Work kittens have one lousy steamworks, but my work prefers us to leave our computers on and locked for some reason, so they should at least have a lot of beams and slabs when I return to them in January.

  6. damngoodcoffee says:

    I am… wishing this week was over, as our former team lead is once again trying to get her old job back through as much behind the scenes manipulation as she can muster. We work in a library for crying out loud, why all these underhanded machinations? Can't we all just help the students and each other and do our jobs and learn new things? This drama is just all so unnecessary, and I'm trying to curb it as much as possible, but I think it's driven in large part by people who (because of personal or professional histories) only know how to communicate indirectly, (through passive aggression, secrecy, etc. Two employees who are grown adults actually gave each other the silent treatment the other week).

    But anyway, I've recently started watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and despite my bitterness towards Amy Sherman Palladino after what she did with Gilmore Girls (ugh, Rory), I am enjoying the hell out of it.

    I would also like to rec the podcast 'Let's Watch 2 Movies.' It's hosted by two women who do one episode per movie and do a lot of comparisons & analysis (& hilarious commentary). The one exception to the one ep per movie rule was when they did 3 episodes (totaling over 6 hours) on Mad Max Fury Road, if that gives you any idea of what the podcast is like. 🙂

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      Oh, that Fury Road mention has me interested!

      I started listening to a podcast yesterday about Pushing Daisies. I think I will finish it today because, as much as I try to give love and encouragement to non-pro podcasts, it's annoying me.

      • jenavira says:

        …what's annoying about it? Because I would love a podcast about Pushing Daisies, but I don't have much energy to be annoyed right now.

        • Kazoogrrl says:

          They don't have a strong intro, meander into what they podcast is about (they never really give the title and purpose in a forward way), don't edit out stuff they say will be edited out, and don't seem to really have an idea about why they are doing the podcast. They also don't seem to know anything about Fuller. I will give it two episodes, but I don't have much patience.

    • CleverManka says:

      Oh my god. FUCK OFF terrible former team lead, UGH.

      • damngoodcoffee says:

        Yeah, I'm not shocked by the behavior, as I've come to accept that this is a person who has many emotional/personality issues that she is not getting any help for and her self-worth is tied up in things in a way that is just really not great, for her or anybody. I'm more ticked the boss above us doesn't seem to want to address any of this and would just like to pretend it isn't happening, while offering former TL no guidance at all on her new position. So the whole thing has the potential to be not great, but I'm trying to be positive and at the very least ignore it over the holidays.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      Started this on my lunch break. So far I like the people, but I really need them to get to points a little faster, though part of that seems to be because they are excited about the film. I'm going to stick with it!

      In podcasts overall, I have an issue when there are multiple hosts and someone makes a point, and then it's a lot of long winded "me too" responses. We are not immune to doing that, but belaboring the point is a source of frustration for me. Listening to podcasts and noticing things like this is a good learning experience.

      • damngoodcoffee says:

        I think it definitely depends on your personal taste. They absolutely go on and on about stuff, and there are pretty frequent comedic digressions in addition to a lot of analysis. I happen to enjoy that a lot with podcasts, usually, so it works, but I can totally understand that not being the case.

        My podcast peeves are actually the opposite in that it bothers me when podcasts feel 'overproduced' to me. I have trouble listening to most of the more mainstream podcasts b/c of this (like Invisibilia and stuff like that); anything where a topic is forced into a 30-minute narrative that it doesn't naturally fit into; anything that feels too stylized. The only podcast of that type I listen to is Pop Culture Happy Hour, but even that is far more of a conversation than a narrative.

        As the exception to every rule, though, I hated Gilmore Guys specifically because of the digressions, with what I felt was not enough actual analysis to balance it out.

        • Kazoogrrl says:

          Gilmore Guys made me want to bang my head against the wall. The Incomparable sometimes has a lot of "me too!"-ing, but they can do ok. Overinvested sometimes doesn't dig into stuff enough, the critique can suddenly dead end in "I didn't like it" or similar. One thing I'm trying to break out of is saying something is "interesting", because that's not descriptive enough. It can often be harder to describe why I like something than to criticize it, but I figure if people listen to me I need to give them some content!

          I'm similar to you in a way, in that for me podcasts are a homegrown medium. I know it's really just a delivery format, but ones with advertising or on a network or produced by a radio station/media company always feel different to me, even if I like them. Also, I hate the format of Radiolab, and I want to smack any imitators.

          • damngoodcoffee says:

            I so agree re: Radiolab. I thought the topics were often fascinating, but it was so packaged that it ended up feeling more surface-level than anything else. I also like the previously.tv podcasts, because I am not ashamed of my love of a healthy dose of snark in fan podcasts. There are a lot of shows that I can love and hate in equal measure, or love but also love to criticize, etc., so those I enjoy. I haven't heard of the Incomparable or Overinvested, though, so I'll have to see how they are!

          • Kazoogrrl says:

            The Incomparable is a network, I listen to their main podcast under that name, which are round table discussions. Overinvested is Gavia and Morgan, both writers and bloggers particularly in fandom. They are definitely a bit snarky.

        • Kazoogrrl says:

          I stuck with it and it grew on me! I enjoyed their enthusiasm, was able to deal with the diversions, and they pointed out some stuff I hadn't realized. I also appreciate that they have some research going on but mostly just want to talk about the thing they love. We're not trained in analyzing TV/film, so really we're going off what we like, random thoughts, and the tiny bit of literary theory I can dig out of my brain from my undergrad classes 2 years ago. I'm glad other people are doing that.

    • Lee Thomson says:

      I also harbor bitterness towards Ms Sherman-Palladino for Bunheads failures, even though I loved loved loved it, her response to increasing diversity was seriously lacking.

  7. Kazoogrrl says:

    I volunteered to be the back-up to the liaison between my neighborhood group and another group's business district committee, which means more meetings but also being a part solutions in a tiny tiny way.

    Spent part of the morning being gobsmacked at the shitty customer relations between a UK con organizer and the people on the Hannibal con FB page. People talk quietly about him being an ass, but my co-podcaster and I decided to do a review episode when we get back and to talk about his behavior and how he gets away with it. If anyone can tell me how to get $50,000USD, I'll hire Mads Mikkelsen to come to my house to hang out and drink beer on my porch, and you're invited! On a good note, I disengaged instead of continuing the argue with the asshat in question.

    • meat_lord says:

      I want so badly to drink beer with you and Mads Mikkelsen…

      • CleverManka says:

        Congratulations on disengaging and count me in for the Mads porch party if you win the lottery.

        • Kazoogrrl says:

          A friend works in social media marketing and engagement, and she is 100% convinced she could find a way to get the money and it wouldn't even be that hard.

      • Kazoogrrl says:

        It's funny, when I think about it I'm like, "Yes! This is something that yes, I would really like to make happen! How do I get rich enough to do this thing?".

        We figure he'd do it for a plane ticket, lodging, and a case of lager, it's his agent that's the issue.

  8. jenavira says:

    I am completely tapped out, and I feel like I'm saying that every week at this point. Two and a half more weeks until my January vacation, y'all. (I have, so far, not told anyone other than work that I'm taking vacation. I don't want anyone to get Ideas.) (Also my boss realized yesterday that I'm almost at my maximum vacation accrual and basically ordered me to take more vacation days, so I'm for sure taking Imbolc off this year too.)

    I was going to knit things for people for Christmas, and last night I finished one of four knitted objects and figured how long it took me to do that one and this morning I decided, fuck it, I am just buying things. So I just ordered the vast majority of my Christmas presents in two big batches, and will do a second order this evening, and that should cover everyone. (Okay, I am still gonna make lotion bars, but that should be much, much faster than knitting.) (Okay, and I'm probably gonna knit my sister some washcloths. But I need something to keep me awake all night on the Solstice vigil, right?)

  9. Xolandra says:

    Spent the last two days being Dreadfully Competent at work, and so am wasting today, it seems? Idk, I have things to do, but my brain is mush. Urgent things get done, less urgent things get… peered at. My eyes hurt.

    O YEAH, I wanted to ask if there is a "get in my pants" .gif? I ask only because I spent the last two days in meetings with an older, tall, lanky, academic type (thus meeting literally every of my personal fetish criteria) who was so handsome and charming that I literally had a hard time making eye contact (NB: I am _not_ a shy person). When, at the end of two days spent defending indigenous ontologies from the attacks of Western Trained White Men, we were talking policy and he stated to a room full of people "well, we can talk about the effects of heteropatriarchy, if you like", it took EVERYTHING IN ME to not be like "YES AND ALSO YOU MAY HAVE MY BODY, IF YOU LIKE" because such would not be professional. Instead I went with "yes, but there is no beer here" and y'all, I _almost_ tried to wrangle a date because he did not leave until this morning but I could not because neo-liberalism and also unwise LOOK AT THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE, i can still barely breathe.

  10. LaxMom says:

    hey there. Teenboy is lording it over his friends since he finished his exams a week before them. Teengirl is treading water, scholastically. I cannot for the life of me get any writing on my proposal done. I need to finish and then revamp my resume and apply for a job that looks like a pretty good fit.
    Healthcare.gov shit is making me very stabby.
    I will probably try to post this and have my school network kick me off, so I feel unmotivated to type more. Suffice it to say that I don't want to have a birthday next week and although I have the kids this year I'm ambivalent about yule and really don't feel like making the "mom makes the holiday special and drags all the boxes out and decorates and bakes" effort. However I do have to clean out the garage enough to fit the car in since it started snowing, and the boxes I have to move are the decorations. I just keep taking loads to goodwill. I just want to knit and craft in a house that gets decorated and smells like tree and cookies without any effort or cleaning or money spent on my part. Plus I want a julebokk. That was my favorite yule, when we went and gave our goats treats (they like to eat pine for vitamin C).

    • CleverManka says:

      Congrats to Teenboy, hang in there Teengirl, and I hope you find energy to celebrate the season. If you wanna anyway, otherwise fuck it–that's what I'm doing.

    • Heathered says:

      I'm seeing folks in my Facebook feed just raging about Healthcare.gov these days, if it helps at all to know you're not alone. The idea of goats nibbling pine boughs makes me feel relaxed–I hope you can either do this or create an app that reproduces it and buy your own private island to fill with goats and pine trees.

      • LaxMom says:

        oh, it does help. I keep going back to my freshman-in-college-reading-kafka days, reminding myself that feeling complete despair because of interacting with a bureaucracy is a longstanding human condition. It doesn't help much but it's there. It….is very very rage inducing.

        I would like that island of goats soon. I could use some de-stressing.

  11. Rillquiet says:

    I'm in the throes of handling the theft of the small wallet with my drivers license, ATM card, and credit card, but oddly it's not bothering me above a dull, "Urgh, this is a pain." Which is nice and means that I've got a level of cushion, logistically and financially, for which I'm grateful. Various replacements are being sorted or sent, the fraud watch worked (if a bit late–surely my buying history doesn't suggest I usually spend $50 apiece at Panera, Dunkin Donuts, and Sbarro), and I have backup ID and another card that'll handle the major needs. FYI, if you haven't written down your drivers license number somewhere, it's not a bad thing to have as backup info.

    My holiday cards are not yet begun and most of the gift-buying remains to be done, but half a gallon of Everclear's worth of krupnik is now aging in various containers, so that's progress.

    The milonga on Sunday turned out fun; some of the people I expected didn't show, but others I didn't think would be there were, so on balance it worked out. The band was fantastic, and I couldn't believe how young they all looked. Who let these college-age-looking kids get so skillful?!

  12. Fancy_Pants says:

    Creativity check-in time! Did anyone make time for creative projects this week?

    I've made time most days this week to at least sit on my bed with my guitar. The first time I did it, I —whooosh— finished writing a song that had been rattling around in my head for about five years just as easy as snapping my fingers. Isn't it great when that happens? Other than that I've just been doodling around, but it feels nice to have music in my fingers again.

    New Apartment is not very soundproof, so I had been holding off on music things until we weatherstripped all the doors. I'd still like to hang some blankets or tapestries on the wall before picking up my violin again or singing loudly.

    Are there any fixable issues that get in the way of your creative outlets? I say "fixable" because I'm sure for most of us, lack of time and energy are usually the main issue. Also, where should I be looking to find some rad (and cheap) wall tapestries?

    • CleverManka says:

      For the cheap wall tapestries–do you have Tuesday Mornings where you live? Sometimes they have great deals on rugs which will dampen sound a lot more than the thin sheet things marketed as wall fabric at head shops.

    • meat_lord says:

      Haha, did I ever 😛 Last-ditch costuming efforts, plus daily writing/journaling.

      Congrats on finishing the song! That's so awesome. I have mad respect for people who can compose/ write songs, since I have no aptitude for it whateover–it seems like magic to me.

      • Fancy_Pants says:

        Nice work! And also good luck finishing the costumes 🙂 The manic hyperfocus will come, I'm sure.

        That's exactly how I feel about people who write fiction! Where does it all come from? It's wizardry to me.

    • Doc_Paradise says:

      Creativity check-in: I went to my figure drawing session last week and posted some sketches on Instagram. I really need to find a way to take better photos of my art.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      I did some knitting over the weekend. I'm going to glitter my Odin holiday cards tonight. Did a blog post about the Nutshell Studies for the podcast.

      Fixable issue for me is actually sitting down to do things, I have a hard time actually doing the work. It's one of the things that makes me feel like maybe I do have ADHD. I can fritter away hours and crap behavior when just doing the work would get me so much further.

    • Lynn says:

      I'm trying to finish a new hat for myself — my "everyday" winter hat is not quite thick or windproof enough for windy winter storms and my "winter storm" double thick hat got shrunk and felted by the people who cleaned our stuff post fire. I was hoping to have it done by today because it was "feels like 5" when I left the house this morning but I didn't quite get there. New goal is by Sunday when we have two parties and it's supposed to snow.

      It's basically two-color fair isle but I am using rainbow yarn for the contrast color and I am super happy with how it is coming out.

      My fixable issue is that I am a habitual new project starter and a terrible finisher (as evidenced by my small dresser full of craft supplies and small bookshelf full of yarn), so projects where I can actually say to myself "hey you need to get this done or your ears are going to freeze" are very helpful.

    • Xolandra says:

      I made time for knitting! I am working on a pair of socks for my mom to match my party socks (these are mine, mom's aren't done yet: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSFX_DKlqWl/?taken-by….

    • vladazhael says:

      I had my last show with my band on Friday night, did a bit of shopping at the local art space on Saturday, and I've been knitting and crocheting like a fiend. My shoulder/neck issues can get in the way of the latter, and I'm still learning to make accommodations so that I don't wreck myself every time I decided to play with yarn. Though since my physical therapist was pleased with my progress and officially discharged me on Monday, I'd say I'm doing okay at the fixable part.

    • Heathered says:

      I asked a middle grade fiction author I'm connected with online about the medium and she was super encouraging and helpful. And I made a vegan lasagna in my slow cooker that should have been a disaster but is actually a real lasagna! I still kind of can't believe it.

    • redheadfae says:

      I did a lot of thinking about buying those wonderful Berkshire Blankets at TJ Maxx and making a Katwise style sweatercoat out of them, because I itch badly with anything wool:

      <img src="https://img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5134970/il_570xN.229221890.jpg"&gt;

      Speaking of that, those fleece blankets would be great at sound dampening.

  13. Xolandra says:

    I just noticed the pic for today?

    Have one of my v fav screaming songs (note: the rest of their oeuvre is Not That Great):

    • Rillquiet says:

      Screaming songs! Doomtree with P.O.S.'s cathartic "Get Down":

      • Xolandra says:

        DOOMTREE. I found out about them via the (now defucnt) misandry youtube playlist and NEVER LOOKED BACK. ty for the link!

        • Rillquiet says:

          Shredders (P.O.S., Sims, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger) starts touring early next year. Check local listings!

          • Xolandra says:

            Dessa is my love, tragically. Also have to go to Toronto. ONE Canadian date y'all? Honestly, why even deal with the border?

            EAT: but thank you for the info! I clicked that link so hard

          • Rillquiet says:

            It looks to me like she's not with them because her independent career is getting hot, but boy does she take their shows to a new level. Did you catch her track on the Hamilton remix tape? (Mike Mictlan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes earlier this year and may be taking some time to deal with medical blarg.)

  14. mckitterick says:

    I'm no longer dying of the cold virus! On the other hand, MUCH final grading remains. On the third hand, tonight promises an amazing Geminid meteor shower! I'm stopping by Best Buy to finally get myself a proper DSLR (thanks to their "month of Black Friday" sales…):
    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/geminid-

  15. Lynn says:

    Put up the one large tree last weekend and then gave myself permission to not put up any of the rest of it (I have a LOT of Christmas decorations, including two smaller trees). It pleases me that the vast majority of my ornaments are ones I either made myself or purchased while traveling. Of course it took over a decade to get to this point, but still, now I can enjoy the fruits of my labor. Maybe in the next decade I'll finally get around to making my own tree skirt and stockings.

    It is party week around here and we have Star Wars tickets Friday so I am girding myself to spend my extrovert bucks (I mean, I like these people, so it's fine, but three parties and a movie in five days is a LOT of extroverting). Somehow we wound up with two parties Sunday and none Saturday, though so I will have one full day of peace. Alternating between panic and glee that I have 4 more work days before my vacation.

    • CleverManka says:

      We have tickets for a Saturday matinee! \o/

      Best wishes getting through party week and FUCK YES VACATION!

      • Lynn says:

        Woo! I'm weirdly nervous now that all the reviews are so good. I'm better with movies where I have no/low expectations (Force Awakens I was basically in "just don't suck" mode).

    • redheadfae says:

      We're going on Friday as well, although in order to get seats, I had to go with the 3D version. I hope it doesn't give me a headache.

  16. vladazhael says:

    Soooo Alabama didn't shit itself. And it sure as fuck wasn't white people who saved us from that.

    I don't have a lot to report other than that, and this: https://www.buzzfeed.com/christianzamora/which-st

  17. Heathered says:

    OK, I'm only gonna air this complaint once and only here because it's a safe place to do so. I'm seen by a therapist intern who I really love and respect. She is fantastic at her job. But she's never on time. Ever. And I am so fucking sick of being left waiting (today) or cancelled on (also today! We were supposed to meet Friday but she gave my time slot to someone else). I raised it as an issue today and we agreed to push our appointment time out even later, but it's not a great solution for me and I'm just really annoyed. Booo.

  18. Lee Thomson says:

    I've felt like crying all day.

    When the younger Crow woke up sad and spent time in the morning weeping for no reason we could figure out between us (nothing in particular making her sad, nothing hurt, not sick) we agreed there was something deeply sad and cry-worthy about the excess of hydrogen in the universe. I believe today I am sad about the excessive amount of hydrogen in the universe. My mother just calls it high water pressure.

    Which is oddly frustrating because external things seem improving slightly? I mean, goddam Alabama! Go y'all! that is encouraging news for the next week. And it looks like Patreon is coming to their senses, which would be encouraging as well.

    so, have a drippy yay? it's the best I can manage at the moment.

  19. Flitworth says:

    I had to clear cache on my work machine and, of course, don't recall my IntenseDebate login details.

    One of my fav. colleagues took severance and today was his last day so the team spent much of the day chatting. Somehow ended up exchanging hamster horror stories at one point. Work has calmed and I am making progress teaching myself python.

    I am not prepared for xmas. No gifts purchased, no cookies baked. We have a tree and that's it. The tree, incidentally has a sort of Non-Euclidean quality in that it looks like it is leaning in a different direction from every angle. Speaking of Lovecraft: TH made a snowman and it went like this:
    TH: How many eyes can a snowman have?
    Me: As many as you like, we have a whole bucket of rocks for eyes.
    TH: Challenge accepted.
    [~15 stones applied to front of snowman]
    TH: He needs eyebrows.
    Me: How many?
    TH: Two.

  20. Absotively says:

    It is my last day of work this year, and I really need to finish getting my timesheets up to date, and I have been procrastinating, and now am at work late and missing Netrunner trying to get them done.

    Also I have something that requires me to leave the house planned for every single day of the pre-Xmas staycation portion of my time off. Le sigh.

    • CleverManka says:

      Ughhhhh leaving the house every dayyyyyy. Hope after the holiday you get some hermit time.

      • Absotively says:

        So far I have nothing scheduled between when I get back and when I return to work! Unless I go to the New Year's party I've been invited to.

        The good news is I am half done with my required house-leaving for today, at least.

  21. redheadfae says:

    I get to see that SSDI attorney in a few hours, so I hope this goes well.
    I have So Many Questions.

    I have a really bad "wanna make something" itch, but I really must clear up some hoarder type mess first, and my hair needs touched up something wretched. I can't believe I'm going to meet someone new looking this way, but .. eh, depression, right?

    At least I feel good that I was able to help another person sort out insurance quandries.. and grateful that I'm not at work doing it this week of the final enrollment.

  22. Räven says:

    This fucken cat has chosen today – HEALTH INSURANCE SIGNUP DAY – to reject not one but two cans of food that have been opened for him, and to sit behind me clawing at my shirt and mewing piteously. A mere nine months ago this cat was rescued from being eaten by coyotes in a blizzard, and now he stares glumly at dishes of food that cost $1.89 a can because there isn't enough gravy for his taste. (His new taste, developed after we bought these cans last week.)

    It'd be funnier if I didn't have to spend the next 24 hours on the phone with government agencies.

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