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Apr. 24th, 2019 10:46 pm
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I found this week's project
[community profile] dick_or_treat is a multi-fandom fanfic/fanart fest that runs from April 1 to April 30. Participation is open to anyone, no sign-up required.

Requirements to participate are minimal: one complete smut fic or artwork with a title named after a Pokémon move/attack.
thanks [personal profile] sylvaine!
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Yesterday, I gave both my last lecture and my first final exam of the semester. The end is in sight!

More Chill

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:01 pm
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Work continues to be busy, etc., etc.

I've been reading Elizabeth Warren's memoir A Fighting Chance. Really interesting, it discusses her early life and career up through her Senate campaign. It's remarkable what she's achieved in her career, and how hard she's worked to get where she is today. In some cases, like in her time on the oversight panel for the bank bailout, it's amazing how much she got done with so little hard political power. I'm very excited about the Warren Presidential campaign. She would have been my first choice of candidate in 2016, had she run, and I'm glad that she's willing to brave the proverbial blender again. She really gets it.

Last weekend, went to visit my siblings-in-law and niece in NYC. We had a nice Easter dinner at their house, Eris got to spend time with her cousin, Julie and I got a date night and saw Be More Chill on Broadway. An east-coast rainstorm once again meant long delays for our flight in, but the travel was otherwise not too hard.

I've been playing a bit of Magic at the office, won all my matches in a small Ravnica Allegiance draft which was quite fun. (Made it to the semifinals in the office sealed tournament for that set, too.) Was a really fun set. And I'm looking forward to the next set, which comes out quite soon. I'll be playing in the prerelease for the first time in a while.

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 06:44 pm
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Today is the April Feathering the Nest prompt call over on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer’s blog! Drop by, offer a prompt, and get a short story focused on nonsexual intimacy. Fluff and joy for EVERYONE!

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 02:00 pm
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Two of my tall triangle women were accepted for the "Sacred Feminine" show at Del Ray Artisans!

Three polymer clay figurines inspired by pottery decoration of the Hallstatt era.

Of the image above, the figure in back, along with one I'm not posting online yet, is one of the ones for the show. The other two are a bit smaller, although they don't look so from this angle.

Happy Earth Day!

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:44 am
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Apr. 21st, 2019 07:23 pm
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you and me could write a (bad) romance (7227 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Gabriel Agreste | Papillon | Hawk Moth, guest starring - Relationship, Marc Anciel/Nathaniel Kurtzberg, Alya Césaire/Nino Lahiffe, Juleka Couffaine/Rose Lavillant, past minor relationships
Characters: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir, Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, guest starring, Marc Anciel, Nathaniel Kurtzberg, Alya Césaire, Nino Lahiffe, Nadja Chamack, Lila Rossi, Nathalie Sancoeur, Penny Rolling, Gabriel Agreste | Papillon | Hawk Moth
Additional Tags: Romance, Modeling, Designer Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Homelessness, Queer Het, Temporary Character Death, Marriage Proposal, sitting these two clowns down to talk about their feelings, Adrinette April 2019
Summary:

Adrien rubbed the back of his neck and didn't meet her eyes. "Sooo I kind of had a fight with my father. The part where the art room social scene comes in is, I told him I'm done modeling for anything but romance novel covers. And he doesn't believe me."

"...Romance novel covers," Marinette repeated slowly, imagination filling with Adrien in a charcoal suit waltzing with a woman in a crimson silk gown. Adrien in a pirate ship's crow's nest, poet shirt open to show his defined pecs and abs, with the black-and-red-garbed pirate queen. Adrien, blue-jeaned and shirtless and wielding a broadsword, with—

"The thing is—and this," Marc added, "is the part where Loverboy is getting all flustered—the thing is, romance novels, as a general rule, have two protagonists."

"Both of whom," continued Nathaniel while eyeing Marinette, "ought to be on the cover. Otherwise readers will get confused about the genre.

"Subtle," said Marinette. "Adjective. Antonyms include Marc and Nathaniel."

Sister Coming To Visit for the Week

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:50 am
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The last time my sister visited, it was for a week in September, when we had JUST finished moving it (yes, it took us months) and I was pretty exhausted. Things were dry and very warm after a long summer drought with fires everywhere and smoke being an issue. We watched a lot of TV shows and only got out to drive around maybe 2 days. She was dropped off at my door, and picked up the same way.

This time-- it's spring, wet, and green. We have a lot more "done" around the house. I walk regularly to the near-by park, and will take my sister that way. She's arriving by herself by train-- which is a big deal for her, but she has a LOT of help. (And it's $250 cheaper than the door to door service I paid for!)

The massive fuss that Erica's support workers are making, as well as my paranoid mother and anxious sister, is phenomenal. They've planned things down to the tiniest detail. My sister has a train attendant meeting her to help her out, so really, it shouldn't be that big of a deal, but apparently, it IS to my mother and sister. But I'm not that worried. As long as Cat and I get there on time to meet her, everything's all good.

I have a few more plans this week. More walking and more working with my sister on her planner calendar with reward stickers. I want her to start to feel proud about what she does and start to feel some mastery over her life. She's really good with detailed order, so I'm trying to work with that.

My sister is autistic and "developmentally delayed" or "intellectually disabled." Not badly-- she's mentally around 12-14 years old. With the autism, that means she can't read facial expressions or tone of voice. She thinks all loud voices are angry, for example-- even if people are cheering a game, she sees it as threatening. She expects the worst, and my paranoid and manipulative mother encourages that, of course-- the better to keep her home with her, I'm sure!

But-- I'm essentially conspiring with Erica's social and support workers to start teaching her more life skills in preparation for her to run her own home (near-by me here at Heron Hold) with just some help. I'm trying to get her as independent as possible before my mother passes. Our maternal parent has utterly failed at preparing Erica for when she's gone. It's sad, but the truth is my mother doesn't really care. She wants to have Erica dependent on her for her own comfort, and when she dies-- oh well, that's for other people to take care of... And yes, I resent her for that. My sister will be devastated, naturally. I have to give her a hopeful vision of the future without my mother. I have begun talking about what happens when my mother is gone (or, possibly, when she goes to a care home and they sell the house they own together...)

Step by step, inch by inch, we're preparing her. Getting Erica comfortable with Heron Hold and being around me and Cat is essential. And helping her find fun and feel secure here means she'll transition more smoothly to life here later.

Which calls for me to have a great time with her while she's here. That isn't always easy. I have to watch my vocal volume carefully-- just raising my voice a little (even, say, to call a cat!) will make her walk away and cry. She gets worked up over strange things, often people just being human overwhelms her terribly. The quiet atmosphere of Heron Hold is very soothing to her. She currently lives in a very busy and crowded suburb of Portland, and has found ways to deal with that (including noise-cancelling headphones) but it's a struggle every day. When she gets here, she's always stressed out and worked up by the trip. Her anxiety and melt downs stress me out. I'm not used to her being like this. She didn't used to be so... fragile and/or manipulative. Helping her relax and stop being quite so serious and dramatic is my biggest task while she's here.

However--! I know how to make her laugh, and how to tease her in such a way she giggles and teases me back. Apparently, no one else can do that with her. Not one person. I'm the only person she lets cut her hair or do her nails or anything like that. She hates being touched-- very autistic in that way-- but it's okay if I touch her. Growing up together made that okay for her. So I help her grooming whenever we get together. Her support workers have realized that Erica is best off with the one person who has that connection with her, and I'm relieved because those relatives that want to take over her money and stick her in a group home will try to prevent my plans for Erica's future from taking place. Just because they hate me (though I never did anything to any of them!) I expect trouble.

Momentum counts. Starting plans now and working on them means it will be easier later.

But I'm not going to lie. This is going to be a rough week. Not as bad as last September. She's been here before and will be more relaxed this time. Once she's done the train trip, it won't be as intimidating. I have more things to do and I'm not on the brink of depression like I was then. Still... by next weekend, I expect to be socially exhausted.

This whole thing is hard. It doesn't feel good. But it's the right thing to do for an innocent person who can't live without help. It's not like I don't get that. I can't live without help either, though my issues are different. She doesn't deserve the autumn of her life to be in misery just because our aunt and cousin hate me and don't "get" her. A small part of me knows it would be easier for me to just roll over and let them take over like they want to... but I just can't do it. Dealing with my sister is a huge pain in the ass, to be frank, but she's also a super sensitive person with a huge imagination and inner life that few people appreciate. I can't let that person, the one connection to me by blood left who genuinely loves me, not have a chance at a happy life. A small house of her own near me, getting to be a "grown up" -- is her dream. I actually have the means to make that happen, and so I'm making a go at it. I may not succeed, but trying my damnedest is the only way forward I can allow myself. It doesn't feel like a choice, despite the tiny part of me who protests at the inconvenience of it all, and feels sorry for me being in this position.

She's my sister, and I love her, and therefore... I must move forward on this.

USA Today video for 4/20

Apr. 20th, 2019 05:43 pm
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At Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I posted WXYZ, WOOD-TV, and MLive on the first 4/20 since recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan. I considered including the following video, but decided it didn't fit the Michigan theme.


From ancient China to 420, pot has come a long way. Saturday is a high-ranking made-up holiday. It's 4/20, aka Weed Day or Pot Day, and that means specials for cannabis fans across the country, regardless of whether they can legally buy pot in their state or not. This year, more major restaurant chains are getting in the holiday mood including Pizza Hut, which has a sweet brownie deal, and Boston Market with its buy-one-get-one free Pot Pie deal. Plus, Carl’s Jr. says it is the first chain to test a CBD-burger at one Denver location only on Saturday.
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In the comments to Midweek Cafe and Lounge, Vol. 112 at Booman Tribune, I'm celebrating National Amaretto Day, so all of the drinks I will serve while that diary is on the rec list will contain amaretto. I begin with How to make the Amaretto Sunrise - Tipsy Bartender.

Your girl will love this drink...THE AMARETTO SUNRISE! This is one of the prettiest drinks we've made--it truly looks just like a magical sunset in a glass, with the hue changing from a yellow to orange to red in subtle layers. Plus, it tastes incredible! Amaretto, orange juice, and grenadine give it a nice fruity almond type of flavor that is sweet and smooth. This is one recipe to hang onto--with just three ingredients, it's super easy to make, and yet beautiful and tasty!
Today's recipe video is How to make Homemade Amaretto - Tipsy Bartender.

Try out this awesome recipe for...HOMEMADE AMARETTO! Amaretto is such a great liquor and so versatile. You can recreate the same exquisite almond taste as Disaronno with this recipe. This homemade amaretto is sweet and flavorful, and making it yourself is super fun and handy. It's easy and the results are delicious, so whip up a batch and serve it to your partygoers, or just impress your girl or guy with a custom bottle of amaretto!
I have another recipe video picked out for tomorrow, although my readers may have to wait until May Day to see it here.
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I had several good days in a row right before and up through my birthday. Starting to think happy thoughts about remission-period beginning early (before May/June) and imagining walking in the park and dancing a little and doing yard work and gardening! On those days when I have energy it is hard to even imagine flaring-- even if one just happened. It's like I want to forget the illness part of my life altogether and it just sort of recedes into the background of my mind.

Until the next flare...

I had first pain flares (which I thankfully have meds to treat now) and then fatigue flares.

Most mornings there is a process. Rarely I have that precious "pop out of bed" day that means I'm good all day long. More often, I wake up feeling sluggish, clumsy, and muddle-headed. I put on PJs and get settled in my nook area with my laptop and TV and take my meds, get a morning drink, and try to wake up. Much of the time, there is a steady improvement, and within an hour or two I'm fairly functional and cogent. Other mornings, though-- it's like the dregs of sleep just never let go.

Today was one of those days.

I'm feeling a little guilty about procrastinating lately.  =^/  I keep thinking I need to get back to my projects of writing about my paranormal past and/or working on audio posts. Then it seems I'm either struggling OR having a remission and wanting to go play. Its tough to shuffle through a day like a ghost, knowing what it's like to be able-bodied, but not being able to get there. The remission days seem like dreams-- breaks in an otherwise grim physical reality. And when the dream comes, I'm off and flying in that space, not wanting to deal with anything serious. That head-space seems self-limiting, though.

Regardless, I have been in a remarkably good mood through it all for a few weeks now. Between the Lyrica, supplements, and occasional *ahem* treatment, things continue to improve and hold me at a steady state of mental health. That's a welcome relief! And I really think that getting back on track in so many ways means my weird need to avoid working on my projects will give way to a more productive mentality.

Right now, though, "productive" is not possible. I've spent most of the day in bed and it's taking forever to type this out. Blah!
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io9/Gizmodo: Yes, Lucasfilm Is Developing Something for Knights of the Old Republic.
Knights of the Old Republic is an era and subset of Star Wars that fans have been clamoring to see in live action for a long time. And while that wait will continue, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed that something based on the classic video game is potentially bubbling.

“You know we talk about [Knights of the Old Republic] all the time,” Kennedy told MTV at Star Wars Celebration. “Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things fall but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much.”
As I wrote on Facebook yesterday, "This is the kind of good geeky news I've been waiting to read."

Quickie Update

Apr. 16th, 2019 10:54 pm
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I had a great weekend and birthday!

Didn't party hard or anything... just 2 glasses of wine and some cake, used my gift cards to buy clothes.
BUT I got a massive pain flare and had take meds and take it easy.

More to come-- just saying I'm okay.
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To celebrate the return of "Game of Thrones" for its final season, I present the Michigan and Peen State Bands playing music from the series at their game last November.

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