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Feb. 23rd, 2019 08:03 am
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I'm on my penultimate long weekend having decided earlier in the month that I was taking 15, 22 and 28 Feb and 1 Mar as leave. I'd planned to accomplish things over those three weekends. (In between feeling frustrated, depressed and furious as we lumber ever closer to Brexit day still without any kind of plan. It's starting to get interesting in British politics tho' as 9 Labour MPs and 3 Conservatives have left their parties, most forming The Independent Group and there are rumors of more to come and rebellion in the Tory ranks).

Last weekend I did spend time on Friday down on the allotment and lolled around doing very little on Sunday except inhaling The Umbrella Academy which was as wonderful as I had been led to believe. Hard recommend there from me - the cast knock it out of the park and Robert Sheerhan is a joy to behold as ever.

This weekend I lolled around yesterday doing nothing much other than a gym session. Today I'm up and soon to be out of the door for another gym session with the lovely PPTP and then I plan to do a combination of blitz cleaning my flat (which is a pit), play catch up on a backlog of TV viewing spend more time on the allotments and tackle Laundry Foothills and Ironing Mountain.

I had my second physio session on Wednesday and other than getting better at doing the exercises more regularly all is well.

In other news I have reached the age where the NHS is now offering me free screening for certain things so I had the joy of an endoscopy on Wednesday. The NHS has cunningly figured the way to distract you from thinking about what they're doing is plant the TV screen without your eyeline so you can see what the doc sees. I'm not quite sure what the appropriate response is to "You have a very healthy bowel" is but yey - go me and my large bowel. Well done, body!

It's super foggy out this morning which feels a bit weird and I suspect it will mostly have cleared up by the time I get out of the gym. Speaking of which I can breathe a sigh of relief as the lovely PPTP is (a) finding time to squeeze me back into his insane schedule and very happy to see me (b) with his background is quite happy to ease me back into gym work and spend time working slowly on leg and core exercises as well as upper body and most importantly (c) has got his settled status sorted without a hitch (he's Slovakian) and trust me I (and I suspect a considerable number of his other much better connected clients) would have fought the Home Office if they'd tried to boot him out.

Time to go put the gym gear on and head out! Hope everyone on the other side the screen is having a good weekend!
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Not doing so great right now. I have... exceeded some emotional operating parameter. I feel absolutely raw, and on edge. Today was a super challenging day for me, emotionally, before, well.

Some of the stuff is good stuff – some of the problem is here is emotional whiplash – some of which is abrupt relief of stressors like finally getting the rugs and booking movers. Which is good, but often comes not with a good feeling but a shaky, bullet-dodged feeling.

I don't talk about my work-life much here.

One of the things I pride myself on as a therapist is that I apply my therapist skills to the issue of patient attendence, such that I have, I think, a lower rate of non-attendance that typical for therapists seeing similar populations. At least last time I ran some numbers it seemed to bear that out; and more anecdotally, to hear therapists complain about it in our trade mags, apparently getting ghosted by patients is a pretty normal thing for most therapists. But it's vanishingly rare for me.

The unfortunate consequence is that when a patient does ghost me, it has been, an alarming percentage of the time.... a rather more literal "ghosting".

Read more... )

Immunizations

Feb. 22nd, 2019 11:16 pm
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There's a measles outbreak here.

I know I don't have a full set of vaccinations, because my mom was kind of antivax. I have vague memories of getting some shots, but which ones?

Years ago, when I did a summer program at the University of Chicago, I had to meet their vaccination requirements. My dad found my old records from when I was a baby in England and sent them to me.

My English records show that I got three rounds of DPT + oral polio vaccine in my first year (the third one was on my first birthday, apparently).

There's a confusing line entry with some corrections and crossing-out - it looks like an entry for me getting MMR around the age of 3 was made, but then crossed out.

When I was about two and a half, we moved back to Canada - first Ontario, then when I was around 5 we moved to BC. I don't have any records of what shots I got during that time, but that must be the time period that my memories of shots are from.

I remember I got a tetanus shot when I was about 12.

I know I had to get some shot(s?) to meet the University of Chicago requirements. Looking them up, I suspect it's MMR I had to get, because my English records show that I had met the DPT requirement. I should probably have a record of that but I suspect I don't.

[EDIT: No, I don't think I had met the DPT requirement after all. A look at the immunization form says that "One dose must have been given within 10 years of first day of the quarter you start at the University of Chicago". And that fits with my memory that I got a tetanus-related shot before going to the University of Chicago.]

I should probably look into getting an MMR shot to make sure...
And seeing what else I need to do to get properly up-to-date. But especially the MMR since measles is going around.

Rex-O and the Scavenger had Livewire.

Feb. 22nd, 2019 10:57 pm
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They'd got her when she'd gone after them.

The psiots she'd taken in, Avi and Nikki and Owen, were tracking her down.

She was in the Scavenger's lair.

He was explaining himself to her. )

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Feb. 22nd, 2019 10:13 pm
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pumpkin spice and everything nice (versus isovaleric acid) (981 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug
Characters: Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir
Additional Tags: Based on a Tumblr Post, Kwami Swap, Stormy Weather 2 Is Not Canon
Summary:

Ladybug doesn't believe Chat Noir's gym-socks-and-buttered-popcorn aroma is the result of Plagg's Camembert obsession. And she knows she smells sweet, but she also knows she lives, uh, near a bakery; it's nothing to do with Tikki at all.

...Well, it's probably going to be a strategic benefit if they know how to handle each other's powers, right?

The next morning at school, now...

I wrote fluff and now I feel better

Feb. 22nd, 2019 10:12 pm
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pumpkin spice and everything nice (versus isovaleric acid) (981 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug
Characters: Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir
Additional Tags: Based on a Tumblr Post, Kwami Swap, Stormy Weather 2 Is Not Canon
Summary:

Ladybug doesn't believe Chat Noir's gym-socks-and-buttered-popcorn aroma is the result of Plagg's Camembert obsession. And she knows she smells sweet, but she also knows she lives, uh, near a bakery; it's nothing to do with Tikki at all.

...Well, it's probably going to be a strategic benefit if they know how to handle each other's powers, right?

The next morning at school, now...

Nirvana in Fire (rewatch), Episode 8

Feb. 22nd, 2019 11:29 pm
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[personal profile] krait
AKA, "Nobody Knows How Much of This Was Planned Except Mei Changsu"

Seriously, what's a Divine Talent gotta do to get credit around this town?

Prince Yu: "Good for Mei Changsu. He bought a mansion at random and gave me such a big gift."
Jingrui: "Why must you be involved in this political chaos?"
Banruo: "Mei Changsu seems to be acting on his own."
Mei Changsu, deep in his heart, probably: THIS WAS ALL DONE VIA MY HARD WORK OVER LITERAL YEARS IN ADVANCE, THE LEAST YOU COULD DO IS RECOGNISE IT!

More thoughts under the cut! )

STO Night

Feb. 23rd, 2019 12:01 am
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
Now I have to feed my dragons and get ready for bed.

Havva Quote
If they don't get those Klingons off us, this is going to be a real short trip!
--a Terran Empire captain, being sent back to their own time.


INwatch+Bookwatch )

missing person recommendations?

Feb. 23rd, 2019 12:12 am
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The co-leader of one of my gaming communities has vanished.

She is usually OBSESSIVE about logging into the game we play daily. Even when she occasionally lost the ability to log in to the game, she still connects to Discord to talk with us via her phone.

It's been 10 days since she's been seen online, and we fear the worst.

We know her first name, the town in which she lives (Westford, MA), the name of her last employer, and that's it.

We've asked the game company if they'll consider asking the police to do a wellness check, but no response yet. (Not that I like bringing the police into anything, but sometimes you have no choice). This way we don't need to know her PII, and the company that already does can do it on our behalf. (She and I are both friends with the game company's head of development.)

Another option is to have someone in the guild who has met her in person call the MA police themselves and have them follow up at her last place of employment to get her last name, then do the wellness check.

We're not sure what else to do. Suggestions welcome.

ETA: Our worst fears have been confirmed; she passed away on Feb 14. :(
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the sunlight clasps the earth (1215 words) by Laura JV
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Additional Tags: Inspired by Fanart
Summary:

A good friend will always stab you in the front.

"Every mile is two in winter."

Feb. 22nd, 2019 03:44 am
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As is the usual way of things, posting here about being sick meant I was shortly to be past the worst of it. Tuesday I felt pretty decent and Wednesday I felt great. I slept! I got housework done! I went to PT! I took Kit to speech therapy! I shoveled snow! (My arms and shoulders are doing great and I wasn't even slightly sore the next day.) I had lovely smoochy times with J! He was a little sniffly but we assumed he was fighting off the same bug X and I had had.

Now I'm a little sniffly. And sneezy. And disproportionately tired...

😭

But it's just a little cold, nothing nearly as bad as the flu-like thing that wrecked me for the past week. I didn't go to the office yesterday because I don't want to be a plague carrier, but I got work done from home, and J and I even took a leisurely walk in the not-too-chilly evening air. I was sad to miss the nice daytime weather, the likes of which we will not see again for a couple of weeks, but the walk was a decent consolation prize. And the kosher bakery was open late, so we got jam cookies and hamantaschen and bourekas ("for tomorrow's boureka-fast", we always say, because we find ourselves very funny).

I got more housework things done today, including folding all the laundry and entirely clearing off the dining table, and the house cleaners came, so the main area of the house looks great. The Shabbat candles are burning, the machines are quiet, the cats are mostly not being jerks, the humans are mostly asleep. It's very peaceful. I'm thinking of putting on a low-key TV show or movie and doing some cross-stitch or knitting for the first time in ages. It'd all be even nicer if my body didn't have that lingering bleh feeling of being sick, but it's still pretty nice, and pretty nice things have been scarce around here lately, so I will take it.

EDIT: I got out my knitting, but I think I am too tired to knit, so i'm going to go sleep a lot.

Twatter

Feb. 22nd, 2019 06:01 pm
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I have this love-hate relationship with Twitter

First of all I'm gonna say it's fantastic for business. I get my work spread across a lot of different eyes and I've had just a lot more visibility on Twitter than I've ever had on tumblr. (it also helps that Twitter DMs actually work.) As it stands, most of my business comes through Twitter. But geeze, is Twitter just an awful noise generator. For me at least.

Having TweetDeck open at all is more distracting than I gave it credit for, draws my attention away worse than discord and is more difficult to keep up with. Ever since removing reblogs from my timelines on TweetDeck, it sure has helped a lot but it still doesn't change the Constant Noise factor of Twitter. It's worth noting that I currently follow over 500 accounts, and even if you figure even half of those are active that's still a lot of people.

For the record, I felt similarly about Tumblr, but the difference between the two is that Twitter's feed is constantly moving no matter what I do, and Tumblr I could just.. stop paging and it wouldn't just keep refreshing so it makes for a different experience. I can't have TweetDeck open to keep an eye on my DMs for business purposes without all that other background noise. At this point, I may have to make my phone give me push notifications just for DMs so that I don't have to have TweetDeck open so often.

The worst part to me though is with extended use of Twitter comes people's need to apparently make infinitely threaded posts going on 20+ While I wish people would just use a blog, it's times like that I miss people's use of TwitLonger. At least I could read the whole dang thing in one post and not have to worry about losing my place in a long thread that has no business being on a microblogging site. People use this to argue that Twitter should increase it's character count again (which is why Mastodon has grown in popularity) but at that point, why bother using a microblogging service.

Anywho, I have no intention to influence or change what service people use or how they prefer to use it, not my business or goal. But I can gripe about it :U and use the service a whole lot less.

the [community profile] 100fandoms prompt table

Feb. 22nd, 2019 05:13 pm
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(I am going to CHEAT and use pre-existing fics because the mod said it was OK, lol. Also doing that still doesn't add up to a lot in my case of course, DOUBLE fucking lol. sigh.)

Prompts table )

Fills )

double three card draw

Feb. 22nd, 2019 06:29 pm
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Felt the urge. Decided to do a three card draw with both decks.

Portable Fortitude:
Protection from diseases of the skin
Protection from self-sabatoge
Protection from Kali Yuga

Heart of Faerie Oracle:
The Hope
The Hero
The Crone

Dear Heart of Faerie, Three face cards, really? Fuck you strong letter to follow. -Me.

Portable Fortitude looks like a confused jumble. I'm gonna disregard it.

the hope: light in the dark/ faith/ comfort
the hero: strength/ courage/ unconditional love
the crone: look again/ wise woman/ direction

As a side note the hero and the crone are sequential cards.

The hero is a feminine heroism please note the unconditional love in the breakdown.

Volunteer social thread #87

Feb. 23rd, 2019 01:36 am
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Another day, another extortion email. The first one was funny, the seventh one... not so much.

What have you all been up to?

Question thread #73

Feb. 23rd, 2019 01:34 am
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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
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My fannish joy for the day: "New Fruits Basket Anime's Teaser Promo Video Previews Japanese Voices for Yuki, Kyo, Shigure". [ANN]

It tells you absolutely nothing about the story, but it's a glimpse (what's the auditory equivalent?) of the main actors' performances. ^_^

What I said else-net: "For a second I thought, 'I am disproportionately happy about the fact that they're using honorifics in the subtitle script', because I might actually have cried if they hadn't...and then I remembered the original anime's English subtitle script making Hatsuharu refer to 'Brother Tori' when he says 'Tori-nii'. So actually, I feel okay about my degree of relief.

('BROTHER TORI.' *facepalming forever*)"



(Other) Fannish/Geeky Things

"Watch Live as Captain Marvel's Goose Actor Does Cat Things on YouTube". [io9] (The livestream is long over, but the video's still fun!)

We're getting a Peggy Carter action figure!


Writing/SFF

"Women weren't excluded from early science fiction: they were erased". [Boing Boing]

"The Status Quo Does Not Need World Building". [Kate Elliott at Tor.com, 2013]

"How Could I Forget the Liberating Weirdness of Madeleine L’Engle?" [Tor.com, 2018]

"20 Truths from 20 Years of Editing".

"The Dos And Don’ts Of Pseudonyms And Author Personas". [March 2018, in response to a then-unfolding fiasco] "Many of the repeat questions I get in the Big Damn Writers’ Question Box are about pseudonyms. Why do you need one, how do you pick one, how do you hide your tracks if you need to? It has never occurred to me to ask the question, “Where is the line with regards to an author persona, and a pseudonym?” So, I’m going to go ahead and lay out what should be common sense when building your author brand."

"I'm A Teenager And I Don't Like Young Adult Novels. Here's Why". [Huffington Post, 2017] (I've read this before, but it's a good, if unsurprising, read.)


Miscellaneous

Seen all over: "The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles".

"Roast Chicken Tournament Crowns The Best Recipe Ever: Eight famous roast chicken recipes go head to head in a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament. Like March Madness. Only, with poultry. In October". [Buzzfeed, 2013]

"Mural is Purposely Painted Upside Down to Reflect Right Side Up in the Water".

Via [personal profile] kore, two pieces by Tessa Miller: "Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Chronic Illness" and "Sick, Again" [2017; includes some traumatic medical stuff].

Via [personal profile] kate_nepveu, "The Clandestine Cultural Knowledge of Ancient Graffiti: Today we are used to thinking of graffiti as subversive or illegal, but ancient people didn’t necessarily see graffiti in this way at all".

gluten-free hobnobs

Feb. 22nd, 2019 04:25 pm
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[personal profile] runpunkrun
Homemade Hobnobs from the Gluten Free Canteen, by Lisa Stander Horel, author of Nosh on This.

These cookies are gluten free and dairy free, and I like them a lot. They're also very versatile and I've made a bunch of variations, which I've included at the end.

Homemade Hobnobs )

In conclusion: These cookies are easy to make, easy to adapt, and very easy to eat.
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I was inspired by [community profile] 100fandoms which is very chill and fun! This is just a literal drabble but it's the first thing I've written in MONTHS, (ETA no ALL THIS YEAR, wow I am even more pathetic than I thought. Just limping along....) I'm kind of pathetically excited, lol.

Read it here or at AO3. Based on the Captain Marvel trailers so far.

No real spoilers, cut just in case )


(While researching slang I found this link: "My Lt. is a cat"! Awww.)

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