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Thursday, October 18th, 2007
12:34 am - MRSA Misadventures
For those who don't know I've been battling a MRSA infection for 9 months and for the last 4 months, it has been severe. The medical profession is just now starting to take it seriously.

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
1:23 am - Olbermann's Comments on Bush re 9/11
Full Transcript:

And lastly tonight a Special Comment on why we are here. Half a lifetime ago, I worked in this now-empty space.

And for 40 days after the attacks, I worked here again, trying to make sense of what happened, and was yet to happen, as a reporter. And all the time, I knew that the very air I breathed contained the remains of thousands of people, including four of my friends, two in the planes and — as I discovered from those "missing posters" seared still into my soul — two more in the Towers.

And I knew too, that this was the pyre for hundreds of New York policemen and firemen, of whom my family can claim half a dozen or more, as our ancestors. I belabor this to emphasize that, for me… this was, and is, and always shall be, personal.

And anyone who claims that I and others like me are "soft", or have "forgotten" the lessons of what happened here — is at best a grasping, opportunistic, dilettante — and at worst, an idiot — whether he is a commentator, or a Vice President, or a President.
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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
5:05 pm - Tax Refund Update
or how to spend the 1st spare money I've had in years..

Over 1/2 is going to my kids:
- damage deposit, 1st month's rent, & some furniture for M
- rush passports for S & M to go to Ireland next week w/their father

That leaves a few dollars for me (and samvimes) to enjoy:

Things I'd like to do...

UPDATE: Nevermind, we just found out we have a carpenter ant problem, there goes the rest!

The universe at work....seeing to it that I never have discretionary funds... :)


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Saturday, April 1st, 2006
2:45 pm - Looking for the Perfect Property
samvimes and I have been looking for a semi-isolated piece of land (5-10 acres) which we could purchase for future uses.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005
4:27 pm - Next Stop, Big Brother: U.S. vs Deborah Davis
Anyone who still believes that we (in the US) live in a free country, needs to WAKE UP NOW. For instance - U.S. vs Deborah Davis...

In late September of this year, Ms. Davis was riding the public bus to work. The bus, as part of its normal route, passes through the Denver Federal Center. A security guard got on and demanded that every passenger show their ID. Ms. Davis declined and the guard called in two federal cops. According to the website (http://www.papersplease.org/davis/index.html), here's what happened next.

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
7:17 pm - Help others by buying something for yourself!
If you want to help with Hurricane Katrina's aftermath try the fundraiser at:


You can either buy or donate an item for sale!

PS: I donated one of my jewelry items (necklace and earring set).

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Thursday, September 1st, 2005
11:51 am - "Are they going to leave us here to die?"
Unfortunately, I think the answer will be yes.

Oh, I think there has been and will continue to be, a "good show" of rescue efforts put on for folks sitting at home, watching the latest on TV.

But how better to get rid of a bunch of undesirables - people too poor, old, disabled or handicapped to leave town; people who obeyed the authorities and placed their trust in others to take care of them. (Insert stock footage of jewish folk going trustingly to concentration camps in WWII).

After all, these people are mostly not "productive members of society"; they will require lots of resources (shelter, food, medical, etc.) for a long time that could be better spent on new toys for the Pentagon. (FWIW, New Orleans is in this situation in the first place because Army Corps of Engineers levee funds, National Guards and other resources were cut or diverted to Iraq by Bush&Co).

And then of course, after you've left the weak ones to sit in their own juices for a few days, it gives the "lawless" ones time to loot, gather ammunition and start terrorizing the weak ones. This then gives the authorities a reason to stop the rescue efforts and bring in more armed personnel to "bring order" and get rid of more undesirables.

What a good way to separate out and pick off the criminals. Much cheaper and quicker than the expense of lawyers, trials, and incarcerating them. Meanwhile, while order is being restored, the criminals have taken out a few more of the weak ones and killed a few more of each other as well.

Do not tell me that this "couldn't be foreseen". This scenario has been written down in hundreds of books.

It reminds me of a chilling Harlan Ellison short story in which there is a massive traffic jam on the LA freeways and rather than make rescue attempts, the authorities simply pave over the cars, people, etc and made a new road on top of the corpses.

Urban renewal indeed!

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Sunday, July 31st, 2005
5:08 pm - A Paean to Gaia Consort
“Put your feet to sacred land
Stamp a rhythm, lift your hands
Connect us to the earth and to the sky”*

This is a story about Gaia Consort at PolyCamp. I adore their music and have been to several concerts, but I’ve never seen them before at an outdoor performance. I was curious to see if the same vibrant energy that coalesces at their concerts would also be there in an outside space.
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Thank you to all who make the music.

* Lyrics by Christopher Bingham/Gaia Consort

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005
10:48 am - Walls of Pain
This is a whining post, you have been warned.

Yesterday, I got the notice that I had been denied disability again (this is the 2nd stage). The letter stated that although I could not do my former work, I could do sedentary unskilled work. Right.

My chronic health issues:
Severe anemia (requiring blood transfusion/iron IVs every couple of months)
Fibromyalgia (constant severe pain from muscles, joints and bones)
Multiple chemical sensitivities (especially plastics, mold, and scents)
Auto-immune disorder (sarcoidosis - lumps in lungs & skin)
Diabetes (type II)
Morbid obesity
Severe insomnia and sleep apnea
High blood pressure
Depression (long term/chemical imbalance)
and a few other odds and ends (depending on what the blood work for that month shows)

My limitations:
1) Unable to sit up for more than 2 - 2 1/2 hours at a time. After that, I must lay down for at least 1/2 hour for my muscles to recover.
2) Unable to stand or walk for more than a minute. (This is my improved time - after 3 months of physical therapy three times a week - before it was 30 seconds.)
3) Constant dizziness, foggy-headedness, non-coordination and sleepiness from the 12 medications I take.
4) Constant pain, varying from tolerable to extreme depending on circumstances and how much vicodin & other pain medications I take.
Note: Although I am in pain even without moving, any movement triggers increased pain, so it becomes a balancing act - how much pain am I willing to tolerate when I sit, stand, walk, reach out my hand, turn my head, etc.
Note: I am allergic to most opiate medications (morphine, codeine, etc.) and even the vicodin has a negative effect, so I do take as little as possible.
5) Unable to tolerate most office environments (no inks, no plastics, no mold or mildew (which around here is very common), no new carpets/paints/fiberboard/building materials, no cleaning supplies, no scented items, no indoors plants, no dust.)

There's more, but those are the biggies. So, I guess if anyone knows of a job that can be done laying down, in a sterile environment, without needing a fully functional brain or any manual coordination, let me know! Failing that, anyone know of a good lawyer for disability appeals?

Ok - enough whining.

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Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
12:39 pm - Score too high - ya'all better go take the quiz & change the bell curve

I am nerdier than 80% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

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Sunday, July 25th, 2004
6:56 pm - Zaratyst's Birthday Party
Lyrics to the song I sang:

Sung to the tune of Sweet Molly Malone

In renton’s fair city
Where girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet laura lee law
As she surfed ok cupid
and friendster and eshwa
Crying poly and wuzzle and live journal

Oh live oh live journal
Oh live oh live journal
Crying poly and wuzzle and live journal

She was a geekmonger
And sure twas no wonder
For so were her husband and lovers before
And they each surfed the websites
Like hooray for boobies
Crying geeky and poly and live journal

Oh live oh live journal
Oh live oh live journal
Crying geeky and poly and live journal

She died of abundance
Of pervygeekfancies
And that was the end of sweet laura lee law
But Zaratyst of Gray Havens
Her icon lives on
Crying poly and wuzzle and live journal

Oh live oh live journal
I love my live journal
Crying poly and wuzzle and live journal.

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
5:37 pm - Veggies for the Week
Red Leaf Lettuce
Italian Parsley
Green Onions
Roma Tomatoes
Red Raspberries
Saturn Peaches
Bing Cherries

Whew - all normal stuff I know how to fix - in fact, SamVimes and I took the box upstairs and made a big salad (lettuce, carrots, broccoli, green onions, tomatoes and red radishes from last week) right out of the box and ate it!

We ate everything from last week except some lettuce, so we're doing well! I'd never seen Saturn Peaches before - weird :)

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
11:49 pm - Weekly Veggies
Green Beans
Red Radishes
Red Scallions
Romaine Lettuce
Snap Peas
Valencia Oranges

I did not have a chance to update my journal last week (family emergency), but we did pretty well on fixing stuff....made a big pot of vegetable soup, guacamole with the onions, tomato, and cilantro, fried the collard greens w/bacon (my daughter's special request), steamed the peas and green beans, and made a big salad with most of the rest.

Everything this week, seems pretty do-able, except maybe the red scallions - are they similar to onions?

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Friday, July 2nd, 2004
10:50 am - Weekly Menu
Baby Carrots
Snap Peas
Salad Mix
Sweet Onions
Valencia Oranges

and by mistake - collard greens :)

We've eaten the blueberries, nectarines, snap peas and some of the broccoli. The difficult ones will be the chives (hmmm...need some sour cream I guess) and the collard greens! Yummy...

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2004
1:35 am - Personality Quiz - Cute :)
You are an SEDF--Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you an EVIL GENIUS. You are extremely focused and difficult to distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak and unsuspecting.

Your friends may find you remote and a hard nut to crack. Few of your peers know you very well--even those you have known a long time--because you have expert control of the face you put forth to the world. You prefer to observe, calculate, discern and decide. Your decisions are final, and your desire to be right is impenetrable.

You are not to be messed with. You may explode.

from: http://hokev.brinkster.net/quiz/default.asp?quiz=Better+Personality&page=1

current mood: amused

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Friday, June 25th, 2004
1:13 am - Weekly menu
I haven't posted in many moons. Now that everyone has given up on ever hearing from me again, I am going to use my journal to plan menus! After seeing another journaler's post about CSA, I signed myself and samvimes up for a weekly pickup of fresh organic produce from Full Circle Farm. I started us out with a small box ($27/week) which consisted of:

Red leaf lettuce
Baby spinach
Lacinato kale
Sweet salad onions (with green tops)
Green beans
Red potatoes
Fresh basil

So far, we've consumed the green beans (steamed), the spinach & 1 onion (mixed into scrambled eggs) and some of the fruit. Ideas for the rest:

Green salad - lettuce, carrots, onion tops & zucchini
Pasta with fresh basil & broccoli

Any ideas about the kale? I found a couple of recipes for potato & kale soup, sounds kind of weird to me.

Until next week - same bat time, same bat channel!

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004
12:53 pm - Signature Strengths

VIA Signature Strengths Survey

Top Strength

This is a Signature Strength for you.

Date: 02/12/04 7:26 AM


Creativity, ingenuity, and originality   Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

On this strength, you scored as high as or higher than . . .

95% of all Web site users

96% of all female respondents

94% of all 45 to 54 years old

95% of occupation group AD

96% of all with some college

94% of those in Zip Code 980xx


Second Strength

This is a Signature Strength for you.

Date: 02/12/04 7:26 AM


Curiosity and interest in the world   You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

On this strength, you scored as high as or higher than . . .

83% of all Web site users

82% of all female respondents

79% of all 45 to 54 years old

82% of occupation group AD

86% of all with some college

81% of those in Zip Code 980xx


Third Strength

This is a Signature Strength for you.

Date: 02/12/04 7:26 AM


Love of learning   You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

On this strength, you scored as high as or higher than . . .

74% of all Web site users

73% of all female respondents

69% of all 45 to 54 years old

73% of occupation group AD

81% of all with some college

72% of those in Zip Code 980xx


Fourth Strength

This is a Signature Strength for you.

Date: 02/12/04 7:26 AM


Fairness, equity, and justice   Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

On this strength, you scored as high as or higher than . . .

55% of all Web site users

53% of all female respondents

50% of all 45 to 54 years old

56% of occupation group AD

54% of all with some college

55% of those in Zip Code 980xx


Fifth Strength

This is a Signature Strength for you.

Date: 02/12/04 7:26 AM


Forgiveness and mercy   You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

On this strength, you scored as high as or higher than . . .

73% of all Web site users

72% of all female respondents

69% of all 45 to 54 years old

74% of occupation group AD

72% of all with some college

74% of those in Zip Code 980xx



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Monday, July 14th, 2003
2:44 pm - Poly Post & Question
I posted this to a poly mailing list, but also wanted to get others feedback on here: Note - post has been modified/shortened for LiveJournal.

I am trying to define what I see as different stages of poly, how they happen, what events support each stage, how people transition from one to another. I've based it on my experiences, so this is not a "definitive" document, but I would like to get input from others on the subject.

1. Recognition of being poly: often happens before you have any real information about it - you just know you're different in how you look at things.

2. Awareness of others out there: "Wow! You mean I'm not the only weirdo on the planet!" This is when you find resources, discussion groups, other poly people.

3. PuppyPile: You've found your people, now you want to jump in and meet and greet.

4. Communication, limits & rules: You've spent some(ok, a LOT of) time talking, thinking, rehashing, rethinking, about what you want, who you want, etc.

5. Forming the Tribe: Now, how to get what you want!
(BTW, I am defining stage 5 as committed and longterm poly relationships.)

My opinion is polyfolk probably meet a lot of people in the first four stages, not a whole lot of those in stage 5. Reasons for this might include:

-- Not all polyfolk make it to stage 5. Some people drop out at each stage and many people aren't looking for stage 5. (Pls don't flame me for this: I don't think this means they're not poly, they just have a different ending point.)

-- Stage 5 can be already done before you find out about it. If during the earlier stages, people are already making bonds with others, then essentially they're going into stage 5 with a closed group.

-- There are less ways to facilitate stage 5. This is one I'm personally intrigued by. Perhaps this would come under "intentional communities", but so far my poly experience has not included this.

-- There's something within you that works against finding/relating to stage 5'ers. Perhaps you're not attracted to others with those goals; perhaps you're not personally ready to make commitments.

So, how about some feedback on this! Am I off-base entirely; are there other stages I didn't describe; what what would make it easier to find and create long-term relationships, etc.

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12:12 pm - HELL0 W0RLD! :)
My first Life(ok,ok...)LiveJournal post. While I didn't swear I'd never join (cause I try to never say never...just gets me into trouble), I finally had to give up my hermit hiding so I could make comments to posts by friends and lovers.

Who am I...polyamorous BBW with a wonderful live-in SO (samvimes), mono hubby, 2 late stage teenagers, a job and a hobby/business on the side.

If you want to know more, just ask!


current mood: amused

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