I'm at home alone right this moment. Cordelia had a volunteer shift at the downtown library this morning and plans to meet up with friends at the Traverwood library in the afternoon. She'll go home with them, and we'll pick her up at 9:30, after movie night with her friends. Their current plan is to watch Grease.
A couple of nights ago, I cooked the remaining ground turkey in the instant pot with some great northern beans and turkey bacon. I added chicken broth and some herbs/spices. I think I misjudged that because it almost gives me reflux. It doesn't actually; I can just tell that I'm near the tipping point.
I've managed the two most urgent phone calls, but neither matter is resolved yet. The second call is almost certainly going to end up with me having to call a different doctor's office about parameters/limitations for Cordelia's knee in high school gym. I was hoping not to have to because that's the doctor that wanted us to do surgery. The first call went to voicemail, so nothing's resolved until I actually manage to talk to the person.
The other call I should make is to Shar Instruments to ask about buying a viola and whether or not we can do it on installments. Of course, buying a viola kind of requires us to be fairly sure Cordelia's done growing. She's only grown half an inch in the last year and a half, and she's in the height range where all the women in my family tend to fall (5'1 to 5'3"). It's just that everyone in Scott's family is tall, so Cordelia's still hoping she'll get taller.
I'm trying to decide whether filling out insurance forms is more important than starting to write right this moment. My procrastination levels are set to 11 at the moment. The forms are important, very much so, but would there be any harm in having Scott fill the dratted things out this evening?
I have given our old crock pot to our cleaning lady. She'll actually use it, and we haven't touched it in years. The stoneware inserts are really too heavy for me at this point. I don't think this is the sort of thing that's worth holding onto for the years until Cordelia moves out and might want it. Plus, I'm pretty sure she'd rather have an Instant Pot instead.
I had no idea who Ed Sheeran was or why there was this giant kerfluffle over him being in Game of Thrones. Now I know who he is and what he looks like and y'know? Those are some adorably round cheeks and cute red hair. He can be eye-candy in Game of Thrones all season long. (No spoilers please, I actually haven't seen season seven yet, I'm just catching up on season six.)
Wow it's been since 29 May when I saw the nutria crossing the road that I last posted. I guess I did dream about posting about KWHSS! I SAW tatterpixie there!!!!! IT WAS AWESOME AND SHE HAD THE BESTEST SCRIBAL SET UP AND NOW I NEED ONE for heraldry, not scribery, because yeah, my art's pretty rough, but I can do straight lines for heraldry. HOWEVER I did get not too bad at painting pre-prints. And I can probably work on making a scroll out of the Mamman embroidery. I'm not a scribe. I'm a herald (even with a H!) but I can learn some stuff! (It will probably take a light board. My drawing skills are not really all that great, mostly because my brain-hand coordination isn't wonderful. Thanks, brain damage!)
KWHSS was SUPER. I got to see a lot of people that I'd wanted to see (and some that I'd only been able to talk to online). I CREATED A SERVICE AMOEBA. IT OOZES AGAIN IN THE DEBATABLE LANDS. AMUCK!
I also went up to Sneferu and told him that he was right and Bruce was wrong. Which yes, it's a big thing. But we do need a ruling on something from Cormac Wreath. Can pantheons be tertiary charges?
I have become the Heraldic Webminister for Gleann Abhann's CoH. I am looking forward to teaching my Ruby deputy all about transferring letters in OSCAR because that means she'll be super ready! We even have figured out a screen-sharing software for that.
Bloodstone Herald has been suggested for Webminister job. Probably because it's like trying to get blood out of a stone to get stuff turned in for that sort of thing. I think I'm going to make a pendant or something with glitter. Glitter vinyl, not actual pouring glitter.
I am considering making myself bookplates for my gaming hardbacks. Brent bought me a new one - 'Horror Adventures'. He also picked up the last part of 'Strange Aeons'. I have all six of them! YAY! But I need to stick nameplates in mine. I have a sticker maker and a lot of time. :D
MASTER CONALL MADE ME A BEAUTIFUL RENDITION OF MY NAME IN CYRILLIC. I can't wait to turn it into an SCA business card. I told a friend that I was looking forward to being one of those 'one name people', like Cher, Bono, those sort of people. I will be Skaia, Herald.
Well, THAT was amazing!
There's still a tiny bit trickling, so the total will rise just a wee bit, but get this, my dear friends, team IBKC raised $144, 284 this year! This brings our all-time grand fundraising total to $894,005! I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around all of this last night, so I added, and added again, and again, and again, and I kept getting the same numbers, so this must be right!
You all must be so exhausted after giving so much!!!
It truly is remarkable the way you give. I talk about this Community of ours all the time, and people are always impressed by you. Friends I have who work in the world of fundraising can hardly believe that you exist! You are such a rare, beautiful gem.
I appreciate your donations so much, and I am so happy to place this $144,284 in the capable hands of our Humane Society. They will put it to good use, and so many cats and kittens will benefit from your generosity.
But your gifts are not just a monetary amount -- it goes way beyond that.
These gifts make our hard-working shelter staff and volunteers feel supported and appreciated. This work isn't easy on the soul. Your donations illustrate that there is great value in the work they are doing. It lifts them.
You are putting something very positive into the world. There are a whole lot of people who prefer being negative -- offering no solutions -- just criticism and complaints. You recognize there's a problem and know you can do something to help. You take action -- you give.
Watching you give inspires other to do the same -- to our shelter, and to other rescues. Your giving is contagious.
And personally, your gifts impact me profoundly. Can you imagine how good it feels to have so many lovely people, most of whom you've never met in real life, supporting you in this way? I am so grateful for all of the love you show me -- not just during our fundraiser, but year 'round.
So, thank you for all of this. I appreciate you big-hearted kitten lovers so much. You are what's right in this world -- you are positive, you are good, you are inspiring. Thank you for making this happen, dear Community. We love you.
I'm far from done thanking you. I've got so many individuals that I need to give a "shout-out" to -- I'll be sharing that tomorrow. The list is long so it's going to take some time to put that together!
Thank you, beautiful friends. You are amazing. You made something huge happen.
it's free, they even give you supplies necessary to take care of the kitten.
all you have to to is feed them, care for them & clean up after then for a few weeks.
not sure how to take care of a kitten? humane society silicon valley has a 2-hour orientation & will give you the phone number of someone that will answer your questions.
this article has all the info, including links the the HSSV page & calendar with the next scheduled orientation.
if you're not near this place, check with your local shelter, they might have a foster program of some sort.
I haven't spent much time going through and thinking in terms of which ones are most workable for me, but there are several I like. Chosen family is one of my favorite things; "huddle for warmth" is one of those reliable classic tropes that I don't think I've ever actually written; I like domestic things, so both curtain fic and food/cooking fit... We'll see.
Anyway, here's my card:
( under the cut )
--"Mermaid Hues: A Book of Mermaids" is a project by an artist whose work I enjoyed during Mermay, so I'm glad to see it's being made available for purchase!
--Sparkler Monthly just launched their Kickstarter for year 5: "Twelve more issues of women-oriented, LGBT+ friendly webcomics, light novels, and audio dramas in our digital magazine!" Their Kickstarter page includes a lot of info on the kind of work they do and publish, and links to a free downloadable Sparkler Starter Bundle.
(I do have to note that I'm friends with several of the founders/editors [and have proofread a few of their print volumes], but that means I can tell you with confidence that they bring a LOT of experience and passion to the table as long-term manga-industry professionals and as enthusiastic, thoughtful fans of female-gaze-focused Japanese and Japanese-style media.)
"10+ Times Corgis Mixed With Other Breeds, And The Result Was Absolutely Pawsome".
"Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Welcome A Squeaky Little Small-Clawed Otter Pup".
"22 Dogs That Prove We Don’t Deserve Dogs". [Buzzfeed]
naye posted June pics of her LaPerm kitties!
"I’ve Spent Years Photographing Rats To Break The Negative Image Of Rats By Taking Cute Pics Of Them".
Via erinptah, "Senior Cat Was So Grumpy — Until He Became ‘Grandpa’ To Kittens: “I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever.”".
"Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF". [Tor.com]
Aww, yay! Sarah Kurchak is Writer of the Week at The Establishment.
"The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates".
Via alexseanchai, a fascinating piece of poetry/meta and commentary about translation between languages where the speakers of one have oppressed the speakers of the other. It's remarkable.
Via tielan, "5 Easy To Make Homemade Air Conditioners".
"How Clergy Set the Standard for Abortion Care: Fifty years ago, a network of religious leaders helped thousands of women find safe, comfortable ways of having the procedure". 
"'Glow' Star Betty Gilpin: What It's Like to Have Pea-Sized Confidence With Watermelon-Sized Boobs", a piece about becoming comfortable in her body for the first time. (I'm not sure exactly what content notes to put on this; proceed carefully if you have issues tangled up with body image.)[Note: I have not seen Glow, although it's on the LIST OF DOOM.]
What a day! What a fundraiser! We passed $119,000 (WOOT WOOT) but I still have auction money and other checks and cash to throw in before we have our grand total. OH boy, it's gonna be huge!
I'll be back tomorrow morning and we will start winding down and saying our thank yous!
Thank you so much for all of the love and support you have shown us. This community is so special -- I hope you understand what a rare gift you all are to the world.
See you in the morning, dear ones.
I'm working on an Alucard art piece that seemed so simple when I was sketching it out but which has turned into this really in depth piece. I'm really enjoying working on it; it's not for anything and I'm not really in any hurry to have it finished. So I can kind of meander and play around and see what works and what doesn't. it also helps that I'm working entirely with a blue palette and while blue isn't my favorite color, it's one of my favorite colors to work with (my fave color is orange! Yay complementary colors!). Anyway, ideally it will be finished by this Saturday but we'll see.
( Cutting this but it's about John McCain's cancer diagnosis )
It depends a bit on the weather, but I’m mostly packed, I’ve cooked food that’s currently waiting in the freezer, and I have acquired the third Diane Mott Davidson book to read.
The plan is to leave work early, catch the train to the campground, camp overnight, and in the morning hike out to a different train station further down the line, about a seven-mile trek, to do a longer endurance test than last weekend’s. Then I’ll catch the train home around noon on Saturday.
If something goes wrong, I can catch an evening train home on Friday until eight o’clock, or starting in the morning at 5:30, with little to no exertion. It’s pretty low-risk and I’m well stocked. I don’t have a sleeping pad, but my backpack has a partial one built-in, and I have one arriving tomorrow (though it might be too bulky, we’ll see). And honestly in this heat, I might just sleep on top of my sleeping bag in any case.
Worst case scenario, the campground has heated, lockable shower cubicles with nice big floors. I’ve slept on worse.
Caaaaaaamping! *jazz hands*
from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2uB78KA
She didn’t go out of there, so he poked in his head forcibly.
Maru:[It is stinking here. This seems too steamed. You should go out of here right now.]
I looked back on my journal — ten years now — and realized that I always fall into a posting hole post-WisCon. I intend to post about what happened and then don't, because WisCon generates so many complex feelings. Then I feel like I can't post about other stuff until I get the WisCon posts up, and then it's November and I can start posting again.
So, I promise no WisCon posts (which means I might actually write some) and an update on my current goings-on.( Weather & the dog )
Two hours left to meet this last match! We're running out of time and these kittens are running out of steam! If you're planning to give to give, please hurry! We've got to $1630 to max out Cynthia's generous match! It's easy to donate -- just click HERE and give with your big ole hearts! xoxo!
Wake up, Fancy Pants! Wake up!!
As his the high-bidder that gave this boy his name suggested, he looks like he was born under a Tesla Coil.
Yep. He does.
One more reminder: we've got a match! And it's our last one, so we can't miss it!
For those who were planning on supporting our Humane Society but haven't yet, PLEASE step up to the plate! Your donation will help make a difference in the life of a homeless cat or kitten.
And, it's being matched by our dear friend Cynthia so your donation will go twice as far!
THANK YOU! You can make a tax-deductible donation by visiting our fundraising page.
$2260 to go! Four hours left!
It's always a great day to give, but especially when it's the last one!
And one last little thing:
We're auctioning off the teeny tiny magazines from our fundraising set! The auction is HERE and there are a couple more up there too. Thanks!
MORE TO COME!
To help things nudge things along, I wanted to remind you of some of the fabulous programs our donations are supporting.
The Senior Cat Fund
Our Senior Cat Fund helps our vet staff do testing, procedures, blood work, dental work - whatever it takes to get this special population in top form! It will allow our doctors to go above and beyond and give the Seniors many more happy and healthy years. It will help the Senior Cats get adopted faster, too.
The Special Needs Fund
Thousands of cats pass through our shelter each year. Most don't require much more than vaccines and basic medical care before they're ready to hit the adoption floor, but some cats need more. These are our Special Needs cats and kittens. A Special Needs kitty may need surgery, a special diagnostic procedure, medication, special foods, or a visit (or visits) with a specialist. This is this a fund that gets depleted every year, so it's so important that we help it grow.
The Foster Program
The foster program allows both cats and kittens to receive the best possible care while they wait to reach an "adoptable" state. With these cats and kittens temporarily living in our huge network of foster homes, more space is created at the shelter for incoming cats. It frees up shelter staff, too -- animals in need of fostering require more care, sometimes 'round the clock, and special attention. It takes a lot of supplies to care for all of the cats and kittens in foster homes -- our donations will help stock the shelves of the Foster Room with all that they need.
The Pet Food Pantry
The Pet Food Pantry supplies pet food to those who are in temporarily in need. This program also delivers to elderly or disabled pet owners on fixed incomes who are having a difficult time affording the cost of feeding their precious pets. Transportation often is an issue for them, and this delivery program brings pet food and supplies to their doorstep. The Pet Food Pantry helps keep pets where they belong - with their families.
The Spay and Neuter Program
The Humane Society has several low-cost spay and neuter programs designed to serve pet owners who struggle to make ends meet. Most pet owners know that altering their pets is the best thing they can do, but sometimes, they just can't afford it. We don't want income to be a barrier to these surgeries --- these valuable programs help prevent that.
The Community Cat Program
The Community Cat Program addresses the 84,000 free-roaming and feral cats of Pierce County. These cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, ear-tipped, and returned to outdoor homes to live out their lives. Some become barn cats, others backyard buddies, some are returned to their colonies. Kittens are socialized through our foster program and then adopted out. This program makes our community cats healthier, and it helps reduce the number of kitten litters flowing into the shelter each year. With fewer kittens coming in, it frees up resources to help more.
We're on the home stretch now and have just six hours left of our fundraiser. If you been putting off making that donation, please give now! It's almost over!
To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page!
Thanks to all who have given! And thanks to Cynthia for offering up the big match today!
I'm trying to put these posts out as fast as I can but I've kind of hit the wall, and I'm having a hard time staying awake today -- I keep dozing off mid-post! My apologies in advance for higher number of typos and mistakes than normal. There have been a whole lot of short nights the past few weeks and it's really starting to catch up with me today!
Stay tuned -- more coming! Thank you!!!
Also, the number of people in the comments who said they'd totally read it...
I swear, the ill-fated "Pillsbury Nazgul" British cover for Paladin of Souls ticks almost all of the boxes.
Ta, L. Easily amused this morning.
posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on July, 19
Just a couple of these things, & it pays for itself. For example, the Fiction River anthology alone [nearly 800 pages!] is 8.00 on Kindle. The Uncollected Anthology Year One [490 pages] is only available as a $24 paperback. Afaik, this is the only e-book edition. The Grayson trilogy is excellent, romance-with-woo-woo fun; the Rusch Diving series has great buzz. The Faerie Summer is a 20-book e-book set.
Throw in the others, & that's a lot at an excellent deal. Squee!
filkferengi, off to buy it now