Thank you all, once again.

YouTouchMyHeart
There's a (not-quite) full tank of gas in the truck, some extra groceries in the fridge, and enough money in the PayPal account that I can get cash back off a small purchase tomorrow and get the checking account out of the red before I get dinged for their "Extended Overdraft Fee" or whatever the hell they called it. Once that's done, I should still have enough left that I can finally put in the 2014 Upgrade disk I got from Quicken and start following my money more closely again, and then renew my membership at the therapy pool after the 15th (when it becomes $30 rather than $50).

I was able to go visit pentaclemoon last night for her birthday and stay up far too late chatting (okay, snarking) with her, cruz531, [tumblr.com profile] myrkrida, , and [twitter.com profile] KobaltBleu, and spent the drive there and back working my way through the WTNV archive (I've just finished "A Story About You"). I paid for my late night by spending the day dead for tax purposes; I finally got out of bed for good about an hour ago, and am now making clean-out-the-fridge sourdough bread pizzas for breakfast/lunch/dinner/whathaveyou.

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Broke
[personal profile] gridlore and I were hit with over $100 in overdraft fees this week; I'd transferred funds from our emergency savings account when I got the "low balance warning" email, but we're still $40 in the red after that posts. I'm draining the rest of the funds from savings to cover, but that was money we had specifically set aside to get my car roadworthy again once Doug got his license back. There's less than a quarter tank of gas in the truck, the payment for which is due on Monday, and I don't get paid for another week.

I hate doing this, but any help you can offer would be appreciated. The PayPal address is purplekoosh at gmail. Boosting the signal is welcome.

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Withdrawing from LJI Season 9

FAIL
(as written to clauderainsrm earlier)

I'm realizing that I simply don't have the emotional energy to devote to the competition, either writing my own entries or reading enough of the others to cast a well-educated vote. I'm sorry I didn't pick it up in an earlier season; I might have a better handle on it by now.

I wish all of the other competitors the very best of luck.

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San Francisco
Yes, I sound like a broken record. No, I don't care. While this is a Flexible Funding campaign, the further from goal they are when the deadline hits, the bigger a chunk IGG takes off the top. Please support the campaign if you can, and boost the signal if you can't.

http://igg.me/at/revelation/x/4589688

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Random Acts of Manatee

Triple Nerd Score
So I got two hundred of these for a buck. Calming Manatees for EVERYBODY!

(srsly, if you want a postcard, send me your address and I'll come up with an appropriately calm message for you.)

belatedly screens comments

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LJ Idol, Week 1

ComputerBear
Jayus - From Indonesian, meaning a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.

My immediate reaction to this, as I noted in the Work Room, was "Why didn't I get [personal profile] gridlore to sign up instead of me? He's the funny one!" (Side note: It's not too late...)

From there, my brain bounced to the really BAD joke I was reminded of at work today.

When the Ark landed, Noah commanded all the beasts to go forth and be fruitful and multiply. After a suitable interval, he went around to see how they were doing. Sure enough, all were being fruitful--except for one pair of snakes. "We can't multiply!" they told Noah. "We're adders!"

"We'll see about that," Noah said. And he commanded the beavers to gnaw down enough trees to make a big, square clearing, and then gnaw off the branches to leave only trunks. Then he bade the badgers dig four holes in a square, and had the elephants plant one tree trunk in each hole. Then, as the elephants held still other treetrunks against these four posts, monkeys swarmed up and lashed each horizontal trunk against the vertical ones, forming a framework. The elephants laid more trunks on top of that. This done, Noah had two eagles pick the barren snakes up and fly them to the top of the new structure. A few weeks later, he shinnied up a giraffe's neck to look and sure enough, the snakes were surrounded by little ones.

Which all proves that you CAN make multipliers out of adders--with a log table.

Mind you, my job has nothing to do with math (and I never learned log tables in high school), so you may wonder why this would come up for me at work. Well, I work for a diaper delivery service; if people don't continue to go forth and multiply, I'm unemployed!

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LJ Idol Week 0 - Introduction

Approval
At the World Science Fiction Convention in San Francisco in 1993, my husband and I were examining various bits of merch in the dealers' room. "Come here," he says to me, "I've found your button."

Having long been fans of expressing ourselves 2.5" at a time, I figured he'd seen something amusing, and made my way over to where he was standing. "My god," I gasped. "It is."

The button in question?

Once you've come out as a pagan, bisexual, married leatherdyke, everything else in life is that much easier.

Now, it wasn't completely accurate; then, as now, I was closer to agnostic than pagan, though I'm fond of quoting Stranger in a Strange Land on this score ("All the names are still in the hat"). But damn if it didn't get everything else right.

Twenty years later, things vary in degree, if not in truth; the vagaries of my life have kept me away from queer and kinky space for quite some time. But both are still important parts of my internal identity.




I had an...interesting 2013, in that "oh god, oh god, we're all gonna die" way. I spent the first half of the year in an intensive outpatient program at an eating disorder clinic, and the second half dealing with my husband (who was already a cancer survivor) having a stroke and going through inpatient rehab. I trend toward the introverted side of ambiversion, and self identify as a recovering depressive (directly analogous, IMO&E, to being a recovering alcoholic). All of these things in turn can make blogging a challenge, which is why I find it hysterical that I've chosen to sign up for this...but then I look at the icon I've chosen for this post, laugh at myself, and move on.




I seem to be doing a wonderful job of talking all the way around the topic without actually introducing myself. Let's try this again.

I'm K`shandra (not legally, but I'll answer to it in public at least as readily as I do my birth name). Life long San Francisco Bay Area resident, married since 1991 to [personal profile] gridlore, also a Bay Area native. I'm morbidly obese and middle aged (both of which made the whole eating disorder clinic thing extra awkward at times, lemmetellya). My passions are science fiction conventions and Burning Man, both attending and volunteering; my current Default World boss is someone I work with in the desert. I have too many stuffed animals and not enough bookshelves, too many half-finished craft projects and not enough hours in the day to finish them.

Hi.

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Because everyone deserves a bra that fits

San Francisco
A Revelation In Fit

I wound up emailing the campaign founder in frustration - her proposed size range stops just short of my current needs - and got an amazingly compassionate and informative response from her. I am more than happy to back the campaign, and hope you will too, SF Bay Area local or not.

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Glitch
...and because I need something to get me writing here regularly again...

I'm signing up for the final season of therealljidol.

I know almost nothing about it, but since when has that ever stopped me from doing something? ;-)

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Serenity
Follow-up to yesterday's postCollapse )

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Today's happy realization

Glitch
I have Bisquick.

I have garlic powder.

I have shredded cheese.

[personal profile] gridlore and I are having crack biscuits for lunch.

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Not a good night.

FAIL
I am having some HORRENDOUS body image issues this evening, triggered by needing to return the third too-small bra I've purchased in the space of a month. (And fuck you very much, Intimacy, for having been the ones to assure me that the first size I bought was what I needed.)

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That awkward moment...

Broke
...when you're so busy juggling medical expenses that you forget the rest of the utilities.

Until they start getting shut off.

(It was just the landline, and I had enough money in PayPal to fix the problem right away, but still, one more headache I didn't need.)

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Saving this for future discussion

Wedding
From a comment I left on FB just now:

We don't need ["designer" hospital gowns in [personal profile] gridlore-approved fabrics] NOW, but when the day comes that he spends more time in hospitals than out of them, they'll be good to have. I know exactly what I want, too - a wrap-front top with dolman sleeves, with snaps in the shoulder seams. And what's frustrating is I can find wrap-front scrub patterns, and dolman sleeve scrub patterns, but not one with both, and I don't think my meager sewing skills are up to that kind of kitbashing. I should look for adaptive clothing patterns online.

EDITED: It's not exactly what I had envisioned originally, but a pattern that will absolutely suit our needs is now in the comments.

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A Thanksgiving Wish

Serenity
"I wish everyone a wondrous time and a moment of awe at how things work out every once in a while. Reality is pretty awesome and much bigger than anyone could've figured. Nice just to be a small part of it here on earth. Happy thoughts to everyone everywhere!"

--Arlo Guthrie, who knows a thing or two about Thanksgiving

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Advice Day

Serenity
From athenais, via [personal profile] wild_irises, a meme, slightly modified:

Today, I would like people to give me advice. Any kind at all. I will take it. I won't argue about why it's impossible. You have total immunity.

Go for it.


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Boosting the signal

Rachel - Does Not Approve
With thanks to fimbrethil for the initial heads up:



http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/legal-defense-fund-to-fight-felony-charges-against-journalists

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Taking people to hospitals. It's what I do.

Glitch
I had no idea why I got out of bed at 0745 this morning instead of rolling over and going back to sleep like a sensible person, but it was just as well. Half an hour later, [tumblr.com profile] copyx called me, asking if it was possible to get a ride to the hospital.

We checked in around 0900 and were in a room by 1100; L was released with prescriptions around 1500. In the interim, I finished one scarf, went and put gas in the truck (the warning light came on while we were trying to figure out where the hell they're hiding the ER at Valley Medical these days), and began - and almost finished - a second scarf. (It would be finished, but I determined it was too long and not quite wide enough and will rework it again later.) After dropping the scripts off at the discharge pharmacy, we went to the bank to drop off L's paycheck, had a badly-needed meal at the fabled Mini Gourmet (which, to my abject horror, is no longer a 24-hour establishment), picked up the meds, and got L home.

At which point I decided that I had fucking earned ice cream. In an amusing moment of synchronicity, [personal profile] gridlore had sent me a text while I was dropping L off, asking me to bring him something chocolate, so I hit the store, got us both something to satisfy our respective cravings, and got home around 1830.

This is SO not how I had planned on spending my day. But I'm glad I was there to do it.

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Last night...

Yaaaaaaaaaay!
...was a brilliant intersection of my fannish home and my playa home.











[tumblr.com profile] myrkrida, thank you for letting us dream with you.

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