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The last of my ECCC pictures are uploading now. As usual, and help with ones tagged as unknown is very welcome.

My friend Eddie described it as a Midwestern Con. That's a very apt description. It had a good dealer's room, some great comics, but not much set it apart and unique from other cons. Well, it did have a LOT of panels on diversity - which I thought were great. But more of them were on the "diversity 101 level", which was disappointing. I was hoping for something more than that. I did also get to see a World Premier of some animated Guardians of the Galaxy footage, so that was interesting as well. However, I'm not sure I'd make it my one con next year.

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Today was interesting; I still didn't go to too many panels, but I enjoyed wandering around and seeing all the cosplay. I've just put up the pictures from yesterday. Some of them will be tagged unknown; help is always appreciated on them.

I have at least double that amount of pictures from today, and we're about to wander over to the costume contest. It'll hopefully be fun. We'll have to see.

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venkablackfire and I wandered all around Seattle yesterday, while waiting for the rest of our Emerald City Comic Con group to arrive. We saw some very bizarre statues, the Space Needle, Pike's Market, etc, and had some very creepy encounters.

One was with an owner (son of the owner?) of Market Beads that randomly started to talk with us about his cell phone issues, and then started showing my bead strands like a cat bringing me tribute. I ended up buying some oregon jasper and an awesome Kabuki mask, so it probably ended ok. Except he gave us both beads for "good luck". Mine somehow ended up with Venka, I have no idea how... *innocent look*

The second was a proprietor who offered to "tell us where to go in Seattle". I backed out of that store immediately, and just kept an eye on Venka to make sure she wasn't getting boxed in. It ended when she left, and he came out and proclaimed "You know that book 50 Shades of Gray? Yeah, I didn't need to read it, I live it!" *shudder*

The third was a homeless guy in a wheelchair who wanted to give us both a really big hug. Yeah, no.

Other than that, we had a blast of a time and ended up eating really awesome food at Twisted Pasty, and then I ended up running into an old con friend after that while trying to buy groceries. We also saw a Popsicle statue on the way back to the hotel. Very bizarre.

I'm exhausted. And I've still got 2 more days to go!

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In Seattle with venkablackfire for Emerald City Comic Con. We've toured the city a bit today, and con will start tomorrow. It'll hopefully be a lot of fun.

Anyone else here?

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Woohoo! Not that it's much rain, but we need every drop we can get.

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Dear Rep King,

I read your remarks earlier in the week regarding 'I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second'.

That's okay. Many people don't understand how Republican's can decry the Senate Democrats refusing to pass a bill to help victims of human trafficking because of the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment in it (What was that Mitch McConnell did? He said that the Democrats are playing politics to hurt women, and then he turns around and holds up the new AG nomination due to those self-same politics. Hypocrite!<1>).

To get back onto the original subject, Netanyahu has gone - as Jon Stewart described in this wonderful piece - "full blown settler". The fact that your end of day revelations require all the Jews to be in Israel in a unified country doesn't mean that all Jews agree. The frum settlers are a blight upon Israel, and the fact that Netanyahu supports them doesn't help him. He's not as much of a war criminal as Ariel Sharon - that man started the second intifada by going to speak at the Temple Mount stating that it would always belong to Israel knowing what would happen - but he's close.

The frum have a disproportionate influence on Jewish life in Israel; kind of like how the Republican party has a disproportionate influence on everyday life in the United States. There's not going to be peace until more moderate voices on both sides start talking with each other, and the other Arab states stop using Israel as their bogey-man to keep their population looking outward as to the source of all their issues. For example, back in 1948, if the Arab states had wanted[2], they could have helped the Palestinian population actually settle into other countries rather than make them permanent refugees. The issues would be vastly different these days if that had happened. Netanyahu isn't helping Israeli security; he's hurting it.

Many Jews are Democrats because they believe in helping people. That's part of the faith. I don't see many in the modern Republican party helping people without bias. Am I being unfair to you? Possibly. But I'm sick of listening to people talk down to minorities of any stripe as if we can't think for ourselves. I don't need you to christinsplain to me why I should vote Republican. I'm quite capable of reading and listening to what your party says, and reject it as being insular and short-sighted.

In conclusion, Rep King, please shut up - and start listening to the very people you're claiming that you want to speak for.

שָׁלוֹם,

Hawk

[1]I like this quote regarding the whole thing the best: Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, called McConnell’s comments “politics at its worst.”

“Opponents of safe and legal abortion are using a bill that was supposed to help women to hurt women and hold up the important Senate business of confirming a well-qualified nominee to serve as Attorney General,”
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[2]I'm excluding Jordan from this. Both King Hussein's have been pretty stand up mensches considering everything.

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I never thought I'd say this, but I'm getting pretty bored with reading comics. The stories feel like ones I've read over and over and over... I might give the new "battleworld" of Marvel's a chance, but it also feels like a good time to cut most of it off. I'll still get a few of them - Buffy, Astro City, the last Ultimate Spider-Man, maybe Ms Marvel and/or Hawekeye - but I feel done with reading most of them for now.

I'll still watch the movies and some of the TV shows. Those adaptations bring me more excitement. Possibly I'll change my mind, but it feels like a good time to mostly end the habit.

That being said, I still enjoy Comic Conventions, and can't wait until I'm up at Emerald City in two weeks. I'll get to hang with venkablackfire, verbicide, and some other friends while admiring all the Cosplay. I'm really looking forward to it.

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canyonwalker is traveling over in the UK, so of course I injured myself! I was slicing some peppers for a movie marathon and managed to get part of my thumb instead. It wasn't that big a cut, but it managed to A) take all the skin off and B) hit the vein. After 20 minutes of no clotting, my friend took me to urgent care, where I got the most awesome wrapped thumb. It's such a small wound, and yet they wrapped it in so much cotton it seemed like I'd hurt myself even worse.

Pictures of the wrapped wound. Nothing graphic, I promise.Collapse )

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I'm stuck in a pain flare right now. There's nothing new about this, unfortunately, other than the fact that I had a call at work today from a woman stuck in one as well.

She cried, metaphorically speaking, on my shoulder for about 15 minutes. She went on about all the things she wants to do, but can't, because her body is betraying her. She can't go out to walk because the cold hurts her too much. She can't get her fingers to move the way she wants them to. She wants to do all these things for her elderly father, but she's stuck in the house...

I heard myself in her. Now, I'm not quite as bad off as her, though I feel I have my moments. But I've gone through that process myself, all the "fuck this, I want to do x but my body won't let me!". Or "I'm going to be in massive pain, but I'm doing to do this regardless." I'm always profoundly grateful for canyonwalker at those times. Even if he doesn't gt it, he listens. He does things like let me steal all his body heat to make my body move the way it should, or pretend to listen to me rant about all my frustrations with everything. I seriously have no idea how I'd manage some days without him.

I'm positive that the woman I was talking with doesn't have someone who can regularly do that for her. Which is why she was so grateful I listened. Things like this is why I tell my employees that if we're going to give patients good customer service, sometimes we just need to let them vent. No matter how uncomfortable it might make us. It's still nowhere as bad as what they're going through.

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"Strengthen your core", they say. "If you strengthen your core, your chronic disk issues will go away", they claim.

I say "My core is stronger than ever (and has never been weak, no matter what you claim!). Where is this pain relief you speak of?"

*bangs head on wall*

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"Messianic" Jews - aka Jews for Jesus. Especially schmucks like Sid Roth of "It's Supernatural", who's decided his life's calling is mailing unsolicited Messianic literature to people who have Jewish sounding surnames. Oh, and his unsolicited literature is in a plain white bag, so it's not obvious until after you've opened it.

The next plain white bag I get is being returned to sender faster than his head can spin.

If there's one thing you can get almost any Jew - frum[1] or secular - to agree is mind-numbingly annoying are the Jews for Jesus people. The ones in my parent's home town tried to sham legitimacy by claiming that their main offices were at the JCC[2], but that most people came to another address to talk with them.

[1]aka Religious
[2]Jewish Community Center


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Happy birthday, slothman! I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

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canyonwalker and I went hiking at Big Basin Redwood State Park today. This isn't our first time there - or even our third. Back in 1997 we hosted a darkfriend social hike there, and it's been one of our go to hikes in the intervening years. The main "problems" with the hike are two-fold: 1) It's a 10.5 mile hike and 2) It's insanely popular.

Well, Super Bowl Sunday seemed a perfect day to do it, since a large portion of the population would be at home watching the game. Our nefarious plan mostly worked. There were still enough cars there to make it crowded, but not enough that we felt crowded on the trail. In fact, we went the opposite way we normally do - we started by doing the long stretch to Golden Falls Cascade and Silver Falls, then to Berry Creek Falls, and ended by taking the route out that we normally walk in on. I like this loop better; the trail from the parking lot to Golden Falls Cascade and Silver Falls is a lot of up and down, and it's nicer to do that when you've got most of your energy. The trail from Berry Creek Falls to the parking lot is also up - but it's all steady up or semi-flat, which is so much easier when you're out of energy.

We also discovered, after all this time, that there's an easy 3.6 mile hike to Sempervirens Falls! I'm not sure how we managed to miss those falls before, but they are definitely on our radar for next time.

Also, while out and about on the trail, we saw a crew from the California Conservation Corps improving the trail. My hiking boots salute their hard work - if it wasn't for them, the good trails we take for granted wouldn't be there.

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One of my (under 30) employees was doing some video game testing on Friday night. I'm not 100% sure why she volunteered to do it (extra money, most likely), since she seemed so discombobulated by the people she was testing with. She ran back into our office to grab a jacket after she'd started the testing, and started talking about how "nerdy" these guys were.

When I mentioned that I was a nerd too, I got a "No you're not!" She then recited all the tired stereotypes about nerds (stays in the basement, plays video games all day, overweight, male, etc) and kept being incredulous when I mentioned "I play games", "I read comics", etc. I finally asked her if she played any games other than the one she's testing, and she said "Sure! Taboo, Cranium, etc".

ROTFLMAO. I'm planning to use Pandemic in a few weeks to teach some of my employees about how teamwork is necessary to succeed. It'll be interesting to see what she thinks of actual board games, not party games....

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I supported the Kickstarter that Unshelved had to print their most recent book, as well as have adorable USB drives shaped like Card Catalogs with DRM-free ePubs inside...

Card Catalog USB Drive

Not only are they incredibly awesome[1], it arrived on my birthday! Best unintended birthday gift in a long time! *grin*

[1] You can go here to see how to get your own

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I had plans to make my shaped sugar cookies with icing decorations this combined birthday party with canyonwalker, but then I realized I didn't have quite the shoulder stamina I wanted and decided to make roll sugar cookies instead, and let everyone ice their own. Plus I made a bunch of toffee cookies, and a large batch of caramel marshmallow cookies. Hopefully everyone will be satisfied! And if not... that's their problem. *smirk*

I thought I'd have more anxiety with this birthday, but I'm fine. Now when my brother's birthday comes up in February, we'll see how it'll be.

Baking pictures!

The cookies as balls:
Balls

The cookies after I squashed them:
Flat

Yummy baked sugar cookies:
Cooked

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Don't expect me to continue the trend of two (or more!) posts in a single day. I usually leave that type of meshuga energy to canyonwalker. However, I feel like a dam has broken so I want to get some things out.

Cut because of discussion about my brother"s death. I"m know some of it will trigger, so please don"t click if you"re feeling fragile.Collapse )

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Ok, not quite so much. I've made a few more pieces than this over the past year, but here are three that I already took pictures of:

Moonstone Garnet Necklace
Moonstone and Garnet necklace. I picked the pendant up in SF's Chinatown and the moonstones are from my great-aunt's collection.

Malachite Necklace Bracelet
Malachite necklace and bracelet. I found that gorgeous pendant in downtown Scottsdale, AZ. For downtown prices, the cost was a steal. For anywhere else, I paid too much. However, the pattern is very unique - and perfect. I couldn't pass it up.

LaboraditeNecklace
Laboradite and amethyst necklace, with a bit of kyanite mixed in. I found the pendant at a Gem Faire in Santa Rosa and couldn't resist.

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I know I haven't been around much of the past 6 months; I've been reading what's been posted, but I haven't been able to get myself to talk. I wish I'd had the strength to cheer you on or commiserate with you publicly, but I just didn't have it in me to speak. Just know that if you thought I was thinking about you when you posted - I really was. 2014 started out so well for me, but turned hellish half-way through and I'm still processing the death of my brother. The odd thing is that I was the one who was so together at the time compared to everyone else (blood-related, that is). canyonwalker wasn't able to be there the entire time, and someone had to be sensible about things. But once I wasn't needed in that role, I started my own stages of grief and just haven't come to full grips yet.

On top of that, my father had emergency surgery the beginning of December, and it could have proved fatal as well. Considering how bad off he was, he's well on his way to a perfect recovery (as perfect as recovery can be when you're 75). I desperately needed the trip we just made to Cancun (canyonwalker is detailing it over on his journal) and it helped. But once we got off of vacation... I'm back in the same stages I was in before.

I'll get out of it, at some point. I want to try and make more of a point of being outgoing and seeing friends again. I know I keep saying that, but I actually feel it might stick this time. A lot of things went wrong with my brother, and one of them was that he kept himself isolated when he had support that he never used. If he'd used it, things would have been very different. So while I'm not promising anything, I will do my best to much more visible and available this year. And yes, silmaril, that means more beading posts.

I have no idea who's still reading this or not. I'm well aware that the majority of my friends circle is over at G+ now, and I still hate the interface enough that I'm not sure I'll ever manage to get myself there. But for those of my friends who are reading this - and even those of you who aren't - I wish you all a sweet and happy new year, and may any trials that happened in the previous year just be there to help make you stronger for this one.

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Today's the birthday of my favorite spouse, canyonwalker. Happy Birthday, love!

It's also the birthday of my favorite twin of his from another mother, prince_eric. Have a wonderful birthday as well!

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My oldest brother is dead. We were never particularly close, but I always knew that when push came to shove, he was there. I didn't push my chance to see him when I was in Philly in May; he's mostly a hermit, and I "knew" that I'd be seeing him in November at our parent's 50th wedding anniversary.

Except now I won't get the chance. The next time I'll see him is in the casket, before we bury him on Monday. And while we never said much to each other, I enjoyed spending time with him. And now I never can again.

RIP, Nathan. You will be missed, even if you never believed it.

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At least, don't tell me it's probably benign in a letter and then ask me to come back in 6 months "to confirm this area has not changed".

Personally, I'm annoyed because this is a horrible way to tell someone that their mammogram has something to be worried about. I was in the office where the radiologist interpreted it. They could have come and talked with me so I could ask questions about probabilities. Instead I get a stupid form letter that's supposed to be reassuring. My mother had kidney cancer. I am quite aware that a 6 month cycle means that there's something they are concerned about.

Fuck them. I have an appointment with my primary care tomorrow night about my most recent back herniation, and I'll make him figure out for me if I should really bother going back in 6 months.

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Things I hate:
1) My back, my knees, my shoulders, my big toes... basically every part of my body that can potentially throw out.
2) Narcotics. I do not enjoy being high as a kite, even if it does take away the pain.

Things I appreciate:
1) canyonwalker
2) My boss. I highly doubt she will actually be able to take care of everything tomorrow with me unexpectedly out - without having to call me - but I appreciate that her first instinct was to try.
3) Doctor's who know me, make sure I have prescriptions on hand "just in case", and then actually respond to emergency calls on a weekend.

Fuck you, back, and the horse that you wouldn't be able to rid in on.

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I've never been more grateful to suffer from chronic pain. I've gotten pretty bad food poisoning from some bad egg salad sandwiches[1], and the over the counter stuff isn't doing much for the muscle pain.

"Thankfully", I'm used to taking scalding bathes (110? Maybe even 115?) for 10 minutes or so to help relax the muscles. It helps, barely.

This better be better in the morning - and gone by Friday night when I need to fly to the East Coast.

Blargh.

[1]Cliched, I know.

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We've been doing a lot of interviews recently, and I've started and let go a few people. One of the main issues I'm having is trying to figure out computer literacy. To wit, it's not just "Can you use Outlook?", but "Can you use multiple systems such as LIMs, Salesforce, Outlook, Excel, Word, and File Share Servers competently enough that I don't need to explain basics such as 'double-click'?"

At my last place of employment it was fairly easy - I'd make them figure out some citations and explain some search logic and figure out quickly. Here it's much harder - many of these are intrinsic skills you'd expect 30+ year olds to have figured out and it's a bit insulting to ask if they know how to.

That being said, I need to find out a way to do it. I'm getting sick and tired of hiring people that I have to practically start at ground zero with.

Any suggestions? I'm expecting crickets as response, but anything would be nice.

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Great News: I went rollerblading for the first time in 6-8 months. It was completely exhilarating and relaxing and I had no problems. It was as if I hadn't ever stopped doing it because of all the back et al problems. I've missed it so much.

Dangerous News: Which is great, because I was so pissed off by a situation at work that I took out my helmet and arm guards to put on, then went out rollerblading without them and never even realized. I got home, started to take off my skates, and noticed that they were still lying in the foyer. D'oh! That would have been a really bad spill if I'd had any problems.

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Just how hot was it at my office today in the shade? Hot enough to explode an unopened Coke Zero can. Luckily all the liquid flowed into the cup holders for an easy cleanup!

ExplodedCan

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Have you ever been so tired, that you just start doing things on auto pilot? I did that tonight with my baking. I wanted to make fig newton bars, but I pulled and started mixing up my oatmeal fruit cookie bars instead. I'm using the fig jam, and they'll be tasty... but it certainly wasn't what I was planning to do.

Then again, my office is just delighted that someone bakes. I definitely won't get any complaints.

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Is it just me, or does the cover to #2 make Loki look like a young John Travolta?

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I was in a bit of a groove over the past few months with making new jewelry pieces:

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Happy 2014, everyone! May it be even better than the last.

canyonwalker and I are sitting at Midway Airport, waiting for our 4:45. At the moment it's delayed to 6. Looking out the window, I'm not so sure we're getting out of here anytime soon...

MidwaySnow

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It's that time of year when I recall how few hours I have until I'm leaving for Chicago New Year's... I've got the tangerine pound cake in the oven, honey cake will be next, and - if I feel up to it tomorrow - I'll make lemon poppyseed poundcake. I might also make some toffee chip cookies.

As odd as it is sometimes, baking is a relaxing activity for me. Too bad I don't have a waistline that's not hurt by so much baking; nor do I usually have the time to do much. *sigh*

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Today's the birthday of my favorite spouse, canyonwalker. Happy Birthday, love!

It's also the birthday of my favorite twin of his from another mother, prince_eric. Have a wonderful birthday as well!

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I was looking for fall office decorations last night at the CVS, and I found some of their Christmas gel clings. I hate to break it to you, CVS, but that doesn't look like a bulb in the string of lights, but something very much not work safe...

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I just finished putting up the last pictures from today. As always, if the tag says Unknown, help would be greatly appreciated.

NYCC was a lot of fun - and a lot of line waiting. It's not as bad as SDCC, but it's getting close. I'm torn about coming next year, but I suspect I'll end up doing it.

Hightlights:
- Getting to meet Jim Cheung, buy some artwork, and fangirl at him.
- Going to both the Women in Marvel and the Minorities in Fandom panels and finding the rooms packed. I remember when they first started the Women in Marvel panels and the room was maybe half-full. It's great to see them expand
- X-men panel; frankly, any panel with Peter David is worth going to
- Lots of great cosplay.

Disappointments:
- Arizona's outdated, stereotyped, sexist, tea ad. For what it's worth, I never saw it again after the first day. Every panel I was at in that room seemed horrified by it.
- Marvel's Digital panel. Guys, how are you supposed to convince me to get into your digital comics if you can't even manage to figure out how to use Powerpoint?

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Saturday's pictures are now up. I found some awesome pictures today - 2 (TWO!!!) Jack Knights, a bubble-head Mysterio, Ewoks, Khaaannnn!!!... today was a good costume viewing day.

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And now off to sleep. I need to sleep more.

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And Friday's are now up! I found some interesting costumes, but I'm not as happy with my picture taking today.

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I was enjoying the panels, except for the ones in Room 1E - where Arizona Iced Tea was sponsoring it. They decided the 80's hadn't been missed and designed a "I heart Big Cans" promo that left absolutely no doubt as to what type of "cans" they were talking about. Good going, Arizona! Let's insult all the men by saying they only think with their penis, and all the women by making them nothing more than objects to be desired and have drinks poured over their already tight shirts.

Congratulations - you've convinced me that I no longer want to drink Arizona tea. Snapple's the place for me!

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Pictures from today are up! I'm surprised with as many as I took today. Then again, tomorrow and Saturday I'm mostly planning to be sitting in panels so we'll see how that goes.

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The premiere tonight of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a pretty awesome anniversary gift. I'm sure it was planned just for us. *g*

And Lola! I should have seen that coming, but it didn't even register until the end.

Such a fun show.

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Despite both of our works trying to destroy our 19th[1]/17th[2]/7th[3] anniversary trip, canyonwalker and I went to Loch Leven Lakes in Tahoe National Forest on Sunday. Middle Loch Leven is definitely one of my happy places. And having canyonwalker there just made it better.

MiddleLochLeven

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[1]19th anniversary of our first date
[2]17th anniversary of moving across the country together
[3]7th anniversary of when we got married


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Via ojuang:
Raptor vs Mailman

I'm rooting for the birds... of course!

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During my pelvic ultrasound today, the nurse was prepping a long cylindrical object. She put a condom with gel on top of it, turns to me and asks "Have you ever had one of these before?"

I feel that my return comment, "I am married", was not as well understood as one would hope.

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Dear LinkedIn,

Thank you for suggesting that I might want to connect with the ex-coworker who physically threatened me. I know you have a "no" button for the connection page. Do you have a "never, not even if I would never be able to earn money again" button that I can click instead?

No love,

Hawk

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Bye, bye DOMA!
Bye, bye Prop 8!

The rulings might not have been as far reaching as I feel they should be, but they ate a very good start.

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So you know how canyonwalker threw out his back coughing from a cold/bronchitis type thing? Well, that virus is the gift that keeps on giving! Now I've got it. Because of all the medications I'm on for my shoulder (which is finally in MUCH BETTER SHAPE, thank you very much), I didn't notice I had the cold/bronchitis until a few days into it when I went on a scheduled decrease of my medications. That's Gift Number 1.

Gift Number 2? Not only did my loving spouse give me his cold/bronchitis, I got laryngitis from it. Considering a lot of my job is talking on the phone.... Argh! I'm currently sitting in our closed up bathroom, with the shower running as hot as it goes, creating a very inefficient humidifier for my throat. The good news is that it's working. The bad news is that I'm still going to go to work, but just not talk, today. I don't get this kind of humidity in my office.

[BTW, why do I keep saying possible bronchitis? The phlegm has been pretty sweet, and that is frequently an indicator of the illness having reached the lungs. Fun!]

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I both liked and disliked the movie, but on the whole I'd fall on the side of liked. Iron Man has never been a favorite of mine outside of a team, but Tony Stark can be fun when done right. RDJ has been a consistently wonderful Tony Stark, but he seemed a bit off in this one. I can't explain it other than timing felt off to me. That being said,

There be spoilers beyond this pointCollapse )

And on that note, I need to go to bed. What are your thoughts?

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I've spent the last two weeks being in more pain, meeting yet another doctor, and getting put on yet another drug regimen[1]. It's all been worth it, though, as today is the first day in seven bloody months that I've had no pain and no side effects from meds! I know it's a temporary reprieve, as I shouldn't stay on these meds forever if I can help it, but I don't care. Being pain free feels awesome and I'm going to revel in it.

*does the dance of joy*


[1]This is despite the new doctor shrugging his shoulders and having no real clue as to what's happening with me. As usual. *sigh*

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In case I missed someone, thanks for all the help that was offered. At the moment, I'm just going without a ring until my pain issues are mostly gone. Actually, I'm going without all jewelry right now because I'm not trusting even a little bit of metal against my skin at the moment, even if it's something not as tight as a ring.

On the whole, each day is getting better and better which is wonderful, as this problem's been bothering me since September. Last night was a random throwback, where I wanted to rip my arm off and beat everyone else with it. Thankfully, it's better this morning and I don't have to deal with that type of pain level as often anymore.

Maybe the shoulder was just reminding me of how it had been, as I'm off to see the doctor today. If the doctor disbelieves the concept of how I'm allergic to metal? I'm firing him. I'm done with having doctors not believe me when I've either 1) have proof from other doctors that this is how my body works and/or 2) I've done a lot of testing on myself and know that there is at least a correlation between x & y.

Hopefully it will go well. We'll see.

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My Post Apocalyptic Scooby Gang picture from SDCC 2011 has been passed around the web so many times, it needs people to start taking numbers.

That being said, it just got linked to Reddit so now I'm getting a shit-ton of new traffic on my flickr. Which isn't a bad thing, except for two reasons:
1) I made a mistake of looking at the comments on reddit. Wow, almost everyone wants to do Velma. And they're crude about it. Of course making Velma (and Daphne) look doable is the whole point of a cosplay like this. How did I ever think otherwise!??!

2) I loathe how websites HOST someone else's picture rather than just link to it or use img src HTML to show it. I'd like all that traffic to come back to me, so I can see how people are enjoying my pictures, rather than to someone else's tumblr/reddit/pintrest page so I don't know where my pictures are at.

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