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Since I last posted one of these I've spent a week at a pagan festival mostly reading and a week at a cottage on a lake mostly reading. So, I figured I'd better post before my read-but-not-crossposted list gets really out of hand.

Lots of Kris Ripper and Alexis Hall in this batch.

Breaking Down (Scientific Method Universe #4) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ripper once again puts zir characters through the emotional ringer.

This time we get the aftermath of an offscreen sexual assault and a breakup that's painful for everyone involved. read more )

Roller Coasters (Scientific Method Universe #5) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book really centers Will's struggles and insecurities about his place in Hugh and Truman's relationship, which is a thing I'd wanted (and Ripper had been working up to) for several books. read more )

The Boyfriends Tie the Knot (Scientific Method Universe #6) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

So much going on in this book and it's all just fabulous. read more )

The Honeymoon (The Scientific Method Universe #7) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

And with that the main arc about Will and Hugh and Truman's relationship comes to a perfect close. read more )

For Real - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is a fabulous BDSM romance between two characters with an 18-year age difference. I love that kind of thing, but if large age differences make you uncomfortable this book is not for you. read more )

The Art Of Three - Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese ★ ★ ★

A sweet, relatively low-drama poly romance. read more )

Spectred Isle (Green Men #1) - K.J. Charles ★ ★ ★ ★

An excellent beginning to a new series. While the romance is central and significant, this is above-all a well-built supernatural fantasy. read more )

Extremes (Scientific Method Universe #8) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★

Short and incredibly intense. read more )

Silver Moon - Catherine Lundoff ★ ★ ★ ★

Menopausal werewolves! What's not to love? read more )

Glitterland (Glitterland #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★

There was a lot I loved about this book and a few things that really didn't work for me. read more )

Gays Of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista #1) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★

A charming romance with a delightfully disgruntled disabled protagonist. read more )

Aftermath (Glitterland #1.5) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★

A nice epilogue that ties up some dangling threads from the book, but I'm still just not in love with this couple.

Penric's Fox - Lois McMaster Bujold ★ ★ ★ ★

Probably my favourite of the Penric stories so far. Nominally a murder mystery, but there is only ever one obvious suspect. read more )

Sand and Ruin and Gold - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★

A disturbing and unsettling story about captivity and freedom and connection.

Romantic in its own way but decidedly not a romance.

In Vino - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★

Short story starring a secondary character from For Real, available for free for joining Hall's mailing list.

Fucked up, self-destructive asshole has fucked up, self-destructive and really ill-considered sex. It's like watching a train wreck. I really hot, decidedly kinky train wreck.

Fire Thief - Jordan Castillo Price ★ ★

Short story. Picked up as a first sample of a frequently-recced writer.

Enjoyable enough, but the way the love interest's disability was concealed and then revealed as if it were somehow shocking left me cold.

Shatterproof - Xen Sanders ★ ★ ★

I found this book frustrating. I liked it, but I really wanted to love it and I could just never get there. read more )

Daughter of Mystery (Alpennia #1) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I LOVED this book and I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in the series.

Complicated, smart and constantly-surprising fantasy with a great lesbian romance. read more )

Heart of the Steal - Avon Gale & Roan Parrish ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Well, that was completely delightful.

Philanthropist who dabbles in art theft meets cute guy at a party and decides to impress him with a gift of illicitly acquired art. Cute guy turns out to be an FBI Agent. Art Crimes divisions. Eh heh heh, oops? read more )

Prosperity (Prosperity #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I keep expecting the Prosperity series to be light and airy and vaguely fluffy. Airships! Skytowns! A street urchin named Piccadilly and a crime-lord named Milord! It sounds like the fluffiest of fluff. But it's so much more. It's also complex and tangled and so fucking honest about the complexity of love and emotion and connection. read more )

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:46 pm
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Yesterday afternoon I was in a weird mood--I thought I was going over to [personal profile] goshawk's house for an hour or so to cuddle with her cat and do some writing, but I ended up wanting to be alone to think and brood and sleep, and ended up skipping dinner and staying until ten PM. The cat was glad, since he's lonely without his human, but I'm still not quite sure what's up with me. Then I went home and ranted about the adults involved in the Indigo Children idea, which was very soothing.

I nailed today's job interview, or else I've never nailed anything in my life. I want the position desperately. But they said they'd take "a few weeks" to decide. Siiigh.

On the upside, Mom was able to afford to pay someone to come in and drywall my kitchen and bathroom. So yes, everything there is now covered in drywall dust, but once I clean it off I get to paint and make things look actually inhabited.

100 days of cleaning

Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:33 pm
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Okay, so last Wednesday was day 1

Then I was hit hard by a migraine on Thursday and Friday.

So Saturday was also day 1 :)  And I totally rocked it. I did two loads of laundry and a load of dishes.  I also managed to eat lunch, nap, and sew something using only stash!  While I was in the sewing room I rootled around in the stash and did a smidge more tidying.  Then, then I went out to a party like a gosh-darned human being who socializes with people.  

Day 2, Sunday, I purposely rested more.  I did groceries, another dishwasher load, and cleaned the kitchen.  Then I went shopping for needful things which involved walking.  And like a smart and fore-thinking grown-up, I laid down as much during the day as I could stand, and remembered to take pain killers just before leaving for the lots of walking.

Maybe my challenge shouldn't be just about the cleaning but about being smart wrt my particular limitations...

Day 3...well, I didn't sleep so well between Sunday and Monday.  I was asleep before 10, but up again at midnight.  I got out of bed at 1 and hung up the laundry from Saturday to dry.  I assume this counts towards Monday's total.  I also discarded a bunch of old food from the fridge in the morning and threw a load in the washer (then in the dryer at 8pm).  Oh and I made dinner.

So tonight is Tuesday, day 4. I "slept" too late, so I was running out the door this morning and didn't even look at the state of the house.  I did remember to put the tent in the car to take it to get repaired tonight, and I packed a lunch....I know that if I manage to cook something for supper, I will be able to at least unload the dishwasher and tidy the kitchen.  Wish me luck!
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There’s this glurgy poem about the Earth being a few feet in diameter. It’s an incredibly cheesy poem (and will you check out the cheesy website I found when I went searching for it to write this post), but I’m kind of partial to it for what it reveals about human psychology. It ends as follows:

“People would love it, and defend it with their lives because they would somehow know that their lives could be nothing without it.

If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter.”

This gap, between real things and representations of things, is at the heart of something I’ve been struggling to get my head around in recent months. The passion I see for stories, be they movies, games, or—gasp—sometimes novels, is something that I share, and yet it boggles me that as much as they affect culture in a broad sense, they seem to often have little impact on the individuals most devoted to them.
long and with pictures )

This weekend's reflection

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:03 pm
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Reflection for 19-20 August 2017
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Text: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28.


In which Ironphoenix wanders through the Gospels a lot... )

Eclipse Day!

Aug. 21st, 2017 05:28 pm
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I vaguely heard that the US was getting an eclipse (as in this was all over my FB feed) but assumed it wasn't going to affect here, but I found out yesterday that, no, indeed, we were getting 72% of an eclipse. A woman's paycheque worth of an eclipse. So I made last-minute plans with [personal profile] metalana. She is an A++ good influence on me as she makes me shoot RAW, so they came out slightly better than expected, and also made pinhole viewers since getting eclipse glasses at the last possible moment is not a thing that can be done. At any rate, we didn't need to bother, because during an eclipse, the usual rules of capitalism and urban living get suspended. Everyone came out to the beach and people were happy to share their eclipse glasses and show off their homemade viewers, which ranged from two pieces of paper to someone's modded-up telescope. The telescope people invited us to hang with them and gave us Coke and were generally lovely. Pointing a DSLR at the sun is not as dangerous as pointing your eyes at the sun, but is kind of pointless unless you have more sophisticated gear than either of us have, but I did get some awesome shots of shadows and things we found whilst wandering around.

Pictures that are not pictures of the sun )But let's be honest here; cool photography and socializing with your neighbours is not what makes Eclipse Day great. The best thing is that, after a number of my friends joked that Cheeto Benito was going to look directly at the sun like a fucking moron, CHEETO BENITO FUCKING LOOKED AT THE SUN LIKE A FUCKING MORON. This is the actual best thing to happen and I am so overjoyed you have no idea.

Protests

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:49 am
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 I saw a meme the other day that got me to thinking.  The basically said if you're nazi and lost your job it's your own fault.  It was on an antifa facebook group.

Okay, so, if you were filmed at a rally where the chant was about violently eradicating a given demographic - I can get behind your employer terminating your employment.  Regardless of whether the rally was totally peaceful or not.  Because you engaged in behaviour that could reasonably make your coworkers feel less safe - especially if they are a part of that demographic.

But what if the rally was for any one of a number of deplorable but not explicitly violent causes? Eliminating coverage for birth control under the ACA?  Removing sex ed from schools? Eliminating estate taxes? Eliminating Environmental regulations? Against same-sex marriage?

Lots of people are fired for attending rallies for Progressive causes because their employer doesn't share those values.  I don't think it should be allowed.  And I don't think it should be allowed in the reverse case above.  ONLY if the rally/movement/cause is threatening/advocating for physical violence, death or detention against a demographic.  

So, I don't feel comfortable with this meme.  Because it's about holding an ideology.  It's a terrible ideology and those who hold it need remedial education.  Nazism is evil.  I don't want any uncertainty on that front.  I'm saying that there are a number of things that can be sorted into the "bad" or "evil" buckets.  And in fact, different people will sort different ideologies into those buckets.

I don't want it to be okay to terminate someone based on their beliefs.  Follow company policy, don't do stuff that makes other employees feel unsafe around you (which, hopefully is also part of company policy).  Believe what you want.  This is why there are programs and policies that encourage hiring and promoting of minority demographics - because even if you aren't a self-identified White Nationalist (or any of the synonyms), people have unconscious biases, and those programs work to counter-act the biases.  You'll never get a completely unbiased person, and you can only judge someone on their behaviour not their intentions.

This feeds into that manifesto guy who got fired from Google last week too.  He wasn't fired for holding the opinion - he was fired because the company got embarrassed.  The person who should have gotten fired is the person who sent it to someone outside the company.  Maybe that was the guy who wrote it, maybe it was someone else. I don't know, I put my fingers in my ears and went la-la-la on that one.  What the author needed was more education, and maybe a patient mentor.

laying down

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:53 am
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Yesterday I was experiencing some nerve pain.  It felt like someone was touching me with an open, live wire on my instep, just behind the knuckle of my big toe.  The spark extended maybe 2" onto my foot, along the surface.  

It was shocking.  
I'm not sure I would call it "intense", but it was occasionally breath-taking. Some shocks were stronger than others. Some made my foot twitch, some caused a face, some made me clutch.
They lasted between a moment and a couple of seconds before the sensation dissipated.
They occurred at irregular intervals, frequently 10-15 seconds apart.
If I was doing something, I could generally ignore them.  
They were not affected by what I was doing or how I was positioned (standing, sitting, laying down).  

It was annoying but not really troublesome.  

Interestingly, even knowing that lying down did nothing to improve the situation, I wanted to just lie down.  Like everything will be better if I lie down.  This is not the case, lying down means not having anything distracting on the go...  It is perhaps the desire to bury one's head in the sand.

Despite my desire, I reminded myself that keeping going would at least take my mind off it and I did my day 1 with cooking supper, unloading the dishwasher and putting a few things in, while tidying/soaking others.  More kitchen cleaning is on the docket for day 2, and I'm making a list of things I want to do for home improvements.

For those following along at home, the pains have resolved over night.

100 days of cleaning

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:44 am
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Here I was all worried about day 4, but I think it was fine.  I did groceries, and I made supper, both adulty things to do. I put out the recycling - which included bringing stuff down from upstairs which I almost never do!

Day 5 on the other hand...I'm sure I did nothing.  You can't say I packed a lunch, since technically I packed it Monday night after supper.  I didn't even make real supper, I ate cereal.  I guess I have to start again at 1 today.  Not a derned adult thing.  I ate cereal, while watching Ranma and playing a computer game.

I'm not sure if it's that the 5th day in a row was particularly difficult, or if it was Tuesday.  Tuesdays I go out.  Tuesdays, I get home from work between 4:30 and 5, and leave again before 6.  During which time I have to eat something.  Then I don't get home until after 9, 9:30 and want to go right to bed. We'll know soon enough if it's day 4 or Tuesday, since the next day 5 is Sunday and it's usually when I'm well rested and raring to go.

Tonight I am off work earlier than most days, so I'll head home and tidy the kitchen before popping into a grocery store to pick up fixings for supper and pick up the ironphoenix.
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I'm really excited about this. I stepped outside my comfort zone and volunteered to write a monthly Column about Marvel comics over at Women Write About Comics.

My first post went up today and you can read it here.

This is my first time in a long time writing for an audience that isn't people I already know and I'm both nervous and excited about it. Mostly excited, I think. Ask me again when I have to put together my August post.

100 days of cleaning

Aug. 14th, 2017 07:48 am
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Day 3
Yesterday I totally qualified for 10 minutes straight work.  I unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, and ran it.  Then I cleaned the kitchen counters and stove.
I also did both bathroom counters, and tidied the sewing room so that I could use it yesterday.

I don't know if it was the cleaning or the sewing that did me in, but I was really done by the end of the meeting yesterday.

I may have to count groceries as part of my cleaning today, between my date and my general brokenness, it may be all I have time for. 

Vigil

Aug. 13th, 2017 11:28 pm
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Went to a hastily organized vigil for Charlottesville. There were maybe about 50 people and almost as many TV cameras. A blessed minimum of speeches as we all knew why we were there. We sang "The Red Flag" and "Solidarity Forever" and marched with drippy candles to City Hall.

it helps, at times like these, to be with folks that get it. There's another demo tomorrow morning but I don't think I'll make it because 8 am is very early. So I'm glad this one happened.

ETA: as I type this, I'm reading of another attack, this time at a solidarity demo in Montreal. Fortunately the victim survived. We must fight these bastards; nothing less than our survival and the survival of the most vulnerable communities is at stake.
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I remember in grade school how the school nurse would periodically go through our hair with an orange stick in search of head lice (or at least nits). At a girls' summer camp my daughter went to when she was around eleven or twelve, there was an outbreak too, although she emerged unscathed. But this past spring, in my sixties, I had to do The Treatments for the first (and hopefully last) time in my life - they're rather nasty tenacious creatures, though apparently not a major health hazard. I was blown away by the sheer range of products available at your friendly local pharmacy!

For the record, the product recommended by a tiny little pharmacy on Wellington Street, and which we found effective, was something called NYDA, manufactured in Germany. It comes as a pump-spray and is quite easy to use; it does, however, have to be left on for a full 8 hours (perhaps overnight), before being rinsed out with regular shampoo and water. The whole process then has to be repeated after 8 to 10 days.

Of course, I'm a bit paranoid (or maybe obsessive-compulsive) about such things and while the whole thing was going on I was thinking to myself, "What if it doesn't work after all that?" So I combed the drugstore shelves looking at other potential remedies - the Robicomb (a battery-operated comb that promises to detect lice and kill them on contact - no fuss, no muss!). Or the Shield 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner with natural aromatherapy oils, gentle enough to use every day!! (Perish the thought - were these things actually going to stalk me for the rest of my life??)

Anyway, it didn't come to that. When I went to my hairdresser after applying the NYDA treatments, I warned her about what she might be facing ... and after doing her usual thing with my hair, she assured me that she hadn't seen any sign of lice or nits. But just in case, I've got another NYDA kit tucked away in the medicine cabinet!

So on to the next potential hazard... apparently Ottawa (especially the west end) is considered to be an at-risk region this year for lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks. I'm taking precautions whenever I happen to be out in the countryside or somewhere in cottage country. So far, so good.

Of course, with mosquitoes (rather abundant due to all the rain we've been having) there's also West Nile virus to worry about. And for women in their child-bearing years (not me, but certainly my daughter's generation if they're traveling to exotic locales) there's also the nasty Zika virus.

I guess it could all drive you crazy if you let it...

That's My Jam

Aug. 13th, 2017 03:44 pm
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So I have the enviable problem of needing to use up last year's frozen fruits and veggies in order to make space for this year's frozen fruits and veggies.
Oh, darn.

Which means I'm finally (finally) getting around to making preserves out of 2 bags of wild-harvested choke cherries + a pint of farmers' market "please just take it away, so we don't have to bring it home" black currants that were definitely past their best, but not by much.

What this amounts to is:

1L jar of chokecherry purree with onions and whole cranberries and some left-over plum jelly. I need to add [1/2 C vinegar, 1/2 C granulated sugar, a diced apple, some dried fruit - like a couple of well-chopped prunes or something (more likely dried cherries, since that's what I have) - and maybe another diced onion] to this in order to turn it into 4-5 cups of choke cherry relish.
+
750mL mix of black currant purree (about 1C) and chokecherry purree (the rest of the jar) to be mixed with 6 eggs, 3C sugar, and... a quantity of butter that I should really double-check before I start this business... in order to get about 3C of vividly purple fruit curd (this stuff is delicious with both choke cherries AND black currants, as well as with cranberries, so... It'll be good!)
+
1L jar of choke-cherry purree, black currant PULP, raw frozen berries (grocery-store cranberries given me by a friend, a grocery-store mix of blueberries, blackberries & raspberries + neighbourhood seriveberries and neighbourhood (alley, not back-yard - not this year, anyway) raspberries)

That last one is currently on the stove with the addition of: a glug of (fake) vanilla, a somewhat larger glug of vodka, a dusting of ground cloves, a pinch of salt, 4C granulated sugar, and a splish of pomegranate-flavoured balsamic vinegar--> Making it this year's version of Goblin Fruit Jam.


I'm... I've got a couple of hours of work I need to do for a friend. If said friend is coming over to catch up tonight, I will be holding off on the fruit curd and the relish-type-thing for later this week BUT I need to get to it sooner, rather than later, because I don't want it to go bad now that it's thawed out. :-\


In other preserving news:
Diced, blanched, and froze a bunch of zucchini (About 3.5 whole zukes - enough to make 6C frozen diced veggies, at any rate). I've got five left in the fridge, and being able to put up another 3.5 of them this week would not be a terrible thing.
If the Herb and Spice still has butternut squash on super-reduced-to-sell discount, I may pick up a couple of those and do the same to them. We shall see.

Also: I keep the diced stems of chard, kale, mustard greens, and similar in a bag in the freezer and chuck them into stews and braises as needed. And I decided to ferment the entire bag today and see what kind of a Weird Veggie Pickle I could make in the fermentation crock my friend gave me.
Ingredients (more or less) are:
Diced leafy-greens stems
1 red onion, finely sliced into ribbons
A bunch of fresh sage, sliced into ribbons
Whole coriander (cilantro) seeds (some dry, some still green - all from the garden)
Whole mustard seeds
LOTS of pickling salt
Dusting of ground nutmeg
3 bay leaves (for tanins - may shuffle off and see if I can't add a wodge of grape leaves - also in ribbons - to this mixture for the same reason plus the handy addition of Moar Greens)
2 whole cloves of garlic, pierced a few times with a sharp knife
5 frozen bird chilies

I'm hoping it will be delicious and also slightly less watery than the spring Wild Greens ferment I did a few months back. We Shall See.

That's My Jam

Aug. 13th, 2017 03:44 pm
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So I have the enviable problem of needing to use up last year's frozen fruits and veggies in order to make space for this year's frozen fruits and veggies.
Oh, darn.

Which means I'm finally (finally) getting around to making preserves out of 2 bags of wild-harvested choke cherries + a pint of farmers' market "please just take it away, so we don't have to bring it home" black currants that were definitely past their best, but not by much.

What this amounts to is:

1L jar of chokecherry purree with onions and whole cranberries and some left-over plum jelly. I need to add [1/2 C vinegar, 1/2 C granulated sugar, a diced apple, some dried fruit - like a couple of well-chopped prunes or something (more likely dried cherries, since that's what I have) - and maybe another diced onion] to this in order to turn it into 4-5 cups of choke cherry relish.
+
750mL mix of black currant purree (about 1C) and chokecherry purree (the rest of the jar) to be mixed with 6 eggs, 3C sugar, and... a quantity of butter that I should really double-check before I start this business... in order to get about 3C of vividly purple fruit curd (this stuff is delicious with both choke cherries AND black currants, as well as with cranberries, so... It'll be good!)
+
1L jar of choke-cherry purree, black currant PULP, raw frozen berries (grocery-store cranberries given me by a friend, a grocery-store mix of blueberries, blackberries & raspberries + neighbourhood seriveberries and neighbourhood (alley, not back-yard - not this year, anyway) raspberries)

That last one is currently on the stove with the addition of: a glug of (fake) vanilla, a somewhat larger glug of vodka, a dusting of ground cloves, a pinch of salt, 4C granulated sugar, and a splish of pomegranate-flavoured balsamic vinegar--> Making it this year's version of Goblin Fruit Jam.


I'm... I've got a couple of hours of work I need to do for a friend. If said friend is coming over to catch up tonight, I will be holding off on the fruit curd and the relish-type-thing for later this week BUT I need to get to it sooner, rather than later, because I don't want it to go bad now that it's thawed out. :-\


In other preserving news:
Diced, blanched, and froze a bunch of zucchini (About 3.5 whole zukes - enough to make 6C frozen diced veggies, at any rate). I've got five left in the fridge, and being able to put up another 3.5 of them this week would not be a terrible thing.
If the Herb and Spice still has butternut squash on super-reduced-to-sell discount, I may pick up a couple of those and do the same to them. We shall see.

Also: I keep the diced stems of chard, kale, mustard greens, and similar in a bag in the freezer and chuck them into stews and braises as needed. And I decided to ferment the entire bag today and see what kind of a Weird Veggie Pickle I could make in the fermentation crock my friend gave me.
Ingredients (more or less) are:
Diced leafy-greens stems

An injury to one is an injury to all

Aug. 13th, 2017 02:07 pm
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Like many (most) of you, I'm grieving the murder of Fellow Worker Heather Heyer, a member of the IWW (an organization I was proud to be a member of for many years), the injuries of dozens of others, and the brutal assault of Deandre Harris at the hands of fascists and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA. Unlike a lot of (white) people, I'm not surprised. This is America with its gloves off. This is what we warned against. It was always going to come to this, and I fear it will get much worse before it gets better, if it does at all.

For a good long time, I've been actively confronting local fascists who organize and demonstrate under the thin veneer of free speech. Plenty of liberals and radicals alike have informed me that this is a waste of time, that the antifa who show up reliably every time the fash demonstrate are not radical enough, are too radical, aren't diverse enough, are too militant, are not militant enough, exclude less privileged people who can't physically show up, are secretly anti-Semites despite a significant number being Jewish, and are just plain doing it wrong. I'm not into calling out individuals and groups, but I have paid careful attention to who I see there, and who I don't see there.

I can only hope that Heyer, Harris, and those standing beside them and fighting back haven't sacrificed in vain. I hope that this is the end of inaction, of false equivalence, of turning our words on each other rather than on the enemy. I hope that this is a clarion call for action.

I'll repost what I said in the Other Place:

Hey GTA people posting your outrage over Charlottesville: did you know that a group of fascists regularly demonstrate at City Hall under the guise of "free speech"? We go to oppose them and try to prevent them from marching. Sometimes we're outnumbered. If you're really angry about what happened, coming out to shut this shit down here before it becomes tiki torches and vehicular manslaughter is a concrete thing you can do.

Also, if you have $ and are not sure which crowdfunding initiatives are legit, this is a good place to start.

100 days of cleaning

Aug. 12th, 2017 02:12 pm
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Day 1 and 2
Yesterday, day one, i tidied the kitchen.  I set the dishes to soak and piled them to get ready to put them in the dishwasher.  It was very little.

Today, I've already done more: I've put my carpets in the dryer (2 loads) and folded them.  I've unloaded the dishwasher, and reloaded it.

I"m hoping to tidy the sewing room too today, but we'll see, I'm not feeling super well - hence why I'm not at gaming. 

Millennials are killing

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:34 am
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 Almost right on schedule, my first back-to-school anxiety nightmare of August. It was not as bad as most, probably because I've been in school-anxiety-mode for a year now and my brain hasn't had a stretch of not being stressed out and anxious. Anyway, it was almost interesting so I'll share it.

First day of class. My classes, as per usual nightmares, were huge, and the kids kept drifting in and out and coming in late and wouldn't stay still or give me their names. One girl had recently lost her brother in a shooting, another had lost her mother three weeks earlier. Her mother's grave was located right beside the classroom, and she had brought several large bouquets of purple lilies that clashed with the red and white flowers on the grave. She kept getting up to shift the flowers around, or curling up in a fetal position to cry.

The principal had decided that class would begin with a personal address from her, and so I was supposed to wait until she arrived to start. But she was late, and the kids were already complaining that they were bored, so I did an icebreaker activity. It was called Millennials Are Killing X and you had to go around a circle and say a thing Millennials are killing and why. For example, "Millennials are killing the housing market because they spend on their money on smashed avocado toast and lattes. I thought it was hilarious but the kids didn't get it, and then I remembered that the Millennials had been years ago and the kids didn't know what they were.

100 days of cleaning

Aug. 10th, 2017 11:24 am
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Cribbed from con-girl.

I'm going to be partaking in the 100 days of cleaning with con-girl.  I've done stuff like this before, like the "screw one thing a day" when I moved into this house but this is subtly different.  The rules:
 
1. Has to be 10 consecutive minutes. 
2. Has to be every day, or you start the count over.

I wanted to say dishes don't count, but I think with my particular back issues, dishes are challenging enough that they should count.  I'm also going to set limits on what counts - like cleaning the downstairs bathroom can only count once a week.  Running the room-e counts, because there's usually a lot of bending/picking up to prepare for room-e's work.
My hope is that this will get me closer to my goals of a tidier garage and closets as well as finally tossing a bunch of stuff that I've been holding onto unnecessarily.
 
Wish me luck - an join in if you like!

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