keepin cool

Jun. 5th, 2017 01:10 pm
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sometimes you gotta take a break from the resistance • just to keep cool • marching’s hot work • sit down & have a drink of something cool

$5 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate


materials • i found the seaglass while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living


size • the entire piece is just about 2″ tall

• the copper u is a little over 2″ wide

• & the creek glass is about 1″ wide


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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electrolytes!

turns out they're sort of essential for actually functioning in a way that works.

many thanks to Steph who pointed this out, because this week Steph has the brain

i built a spinach salad the size of my FACE with also pine nuts, extra-sharp cheddar, red romaine, basil, tarragon, meyer lemon olive oil, & balsamic vinegar, all of which has the electrolytes, & then i eated it all, it was THE TASTIEST

& then just to be really sure i ate an entire bag of chips

things are better, i was still really tired yesterday but i think that is more to do with i walked a bunch & then there was a yard sale & then TEN SURPRISE PEOPLE at the house all afternoon GUYS THIS IS NOT COOL

so yeah drinking lots of water, watching electrolytes, this seems to be working. it is a good.

so tired

Jun. 1st, 2017 03:15 pm
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got home from the show Monday, it's Thursday, I'm still so tired I want to cry

i'm reminded of when i was living with my mom, & my sister asked why didn't i come into mom's trophy store to work during the week between weekend shows, because i didn't have anything going on those days

um

i ... have a job already?

which involves taking the weekdays to restock, tend the website, pack & ship orders, & yes, rest between shows?

but i guess none of that counts

(insert long rant about capitalism & Mammon here)
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so before we could even leave for the event we hadda do something about the trailer, because it was in Pitlike Condition

there were shelfbits not being used so we Did a Thing



photo by Beth Brillante, Valkyre Productions

it is all organizey, i like that



photo by Beth Brillante, Valkyre Productions

the shelves sort of bent on the way to the event but didn’t actually fall over til we had it unloaded, so hey, that was pretty good

the site is very pretty & has TREES i like that part



photo by Dharma Fuller

also an obelisk, which, okay, i guess it’s an al-Barran thing



photo by Christian Brillante

this dude got a list-legal rattan banjo & also some twinkies, because THAT was perfect

(if this is a reference you do not get, you might enjoy watching Zombieland, it is low-scary & low-gross as zombie movies go)



photo by Kate Reña

i found a tiny moth



photo by Kate Reña

also there were of course cats, here is Obligatory Boys Snuggling On Bed Pic



photo by Christian Brillante

Minion with Cat



photo by Christian Brillante

Other Minion, with Other Cat



photo by Dharma Fuller

Other Other Minion, with Stubborn Stake & Most Excellent Expression ZOMG



photo by Dharma Fuller

admittedly the thing WAS pretty stuck



photo by Dharma Fuller

eventually we got the thing out (& by ‘we’ i mean ‘the minions’) & we finished packing & went home

as it turns out having minions means that at the end of the event, i am tired? but not entirely exhausted?

also that i am achy? but not in agony?

WHOA

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done now

May. 17th, 2017 03:05 pm
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(Salt River Canyon in Arizona, February 2010)

but the important part is that even the most adventuresome of cats can Run Out & be Done Now Mom

anyway it’s a really nice 4×6″ postcard • (that’s 10ish by 15ish centimeters) • you could write something on it & send it to a friend • or stick it on your fridge • even send it to Loiosh if you wanted though he’d rather have nip

(i know the shipping is ridic • i will figure out how to fix it • in the meantime i will refund you the ridic part • sorry about that)

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I’ve always believed that all you need is one man to make a difference. To stand up when others are told to sit down. To speak loudly for those who have no voice. And to fight the good fight.”

$5 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate


materials • i traded for the beads, with a friend of mine from Colorado

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living


size • the entire piece is just about 4 1/2″ tall

• & about 2 1/4″ wide at its widest point


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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Do Not Want.
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(but remember that ‘kind’ isn’t the same as ‘nice’ • & it sure doesn’t mean being a pushover)

$5 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate


materials • i was gifted the purple beads by a friend of mine

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living


size • the entire piece is just about 4″ tall

• & the copper u is 1 1/2″ wide


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

*\o/*

May. 5th, 2017 12:22 pm
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Pocket friends, my bank account is in WAY better shape today than it was yesterday, y'all are the BEST, thank you!

urgh

May. 4th, 2017 10:06 am
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so being poor is SPECTACULARLY expensive, i really could have used the $60 i just lost to overdraft fees on, you know, SOAP LABELS OR DISPLAY BOXES, if any of y'all were at all inclined to buy something, now would be a REALLY GOOD TIME
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This is a thing I'm thinking about doing at SCA events, whenever there's room in the tent, because it's sliiiiightly necessary.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith on shock rooms.
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has put together a long post on emotional first aid, something we here in L-America could stand to know a LOT more about.
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...or, welcome to the East Mountains! Have some weather!

The trees have mostly survived, but it was close.

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Fortunately they're good & bendy cos they're full of spring sap.

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We got a good eight inches, though.

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And Major Tom (long since recovered from his earlier excitement) has reoccupied his winter house for the duration of the blizzard.

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Of course we went to the Grand Canyon, it’s the Grand Canyon.

The boy was as impressed as usual, which is to say ‘big hole in the ground I can’t even poop in, whatevs’.

He did, however, have an opinion about the elk. & that opinion was NO.

He also had some thoughts on the wind, & being held when he didn’t want to be _in_ said wind.

Did I mention elk, though?

They were RIGHT THERE.

Also, elk butt.

Fine, mom, I’ll look at the big hole in the ground.

…it’s worth looking at.

Mom! Done now!

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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“Come buy, come buy:
Our grapes fresh from the vine,
Pomegranates full and fine,
Dates and sharp bullaces,
Rare pears and greengages,
Damsons and bilberries,
Taste them and try”
• christina rossetti • goblin market

pomegranates full & fine • plums on their twigs • bob at our cherries • citrons from the south • such fruits as these • no man can carry

no detergents • no fragrance oils • no petroleum (save it for driving with) • keep it simple with coconut oil & shea butter • straight-up, crap-free, gets-you-clean soap


ingredients • saponified coconut oil • glycerine • shea butter • water • berry extract • white oxide • organic pomegranate flavour oil • grapefruit essential oil • organic plum flavour oil • organic cherry flavour oil • frankincense essential oil • thyme essential oil • vetiver essential oil • green oxide • blue & purple ultramarines

size • 4.5 oz • 133 mL

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

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and faces are high in protein • super great

$5 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate


materials • the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• i picked up the steel wire from the side of the road

• the rock came from somewhere along the banks of Fountain Creek in Fountain, Colorado


size • the shark tooth-shaped rock is 1 1/4″ wide

• the steel u is 2″ across

• the whole piece is 3 1/4″ tall


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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I was hoping to do a really great Estrella post with lost of pictures, but apparently I mostly got pictures of the boys.

Boys sleeping in the van on the way there:

Boys sleeping in the tent:

Here, though, is a picture of an Excellent Dogger:

The boys sleeping on the van one cold night (yes, Chocolate is curled into an arch shape & sleeping on his face):

Also they spent a lot of time sleeping in the booth:

First thing up, last thing down:

Save

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I'd mentioned turning my Iron Rations recipe into an algorithm over at [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's place, but I think I need a little help with ingredient substitutions & possibly the algorithm itself.

Here is the basic recipe:

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon (cocoa powder/cinnamon/poudre douce)
1 cup powdered milk
1/2-1 cup graham cracker crumbs

Mix the peanut butter & honey. (Warming them gently will help with this, but be sure to take the pot off the stove afterwards.)

Add the flavouring & stir it in good. (a Kitchenaid stand mixer is your friend).

Add the powdered milk a little at a time & keep mixing. (It'll start getting stiff here. This can be done by hand, with a spoon, but you need a bunch of hand strength. My hand & wrist always ached like hell afterwards.)

Once that's in, add graham cracker crumbs, a little at a time, until it hits the right consistency. (This is tricky -- it's somewhere between 'still gloopy' & 'starting to fall apart', & I haven't found a way to consistently hit the sweet spot yet, much less describe it to others. It also varies wildly with humidity, how long the honey's been sitting, & the state of the damn moon for all I can tell.)

Dump it out into some sort of form -- I use my silicone soap loaf mold & wash it extra-good afterwards -- & let it sit overnight. Cut it into bite-sized pieces (however you define that) & nom. Hypothetically it might want to go into the fridge eventually, but I've never had it go bad. Course then I've also never kept it around for longer than a month, & often a lot less.

It's lovely stuff, relatively inexpensive to make (except for the damn stand mixer, but there are other options), about the perfect balance of carbs to fats to protein for me (& also my roommate who's diabetic), doesn't need refridgeration, travels well, & is easy to eat even when food is the HARDEST DAMN THING.

There's a bunch of pretty common allergens in it, though, & I'd love to be able to give options.

Peanut butter can be subbed in with other nut butters, which could be fun for flavour but doesn't fix the allergy issue. I'd thought of trying tahini, but I think that also tends to be a problem for people with peanut allergies? Plus it's generally a LOT more expensive. I would LOVE to hear ideas for possible substitutions here.

Honey could be subbed with agave nectar, molasses, probably even corn syrup. They have different consistencies but that'd be dealt with in the 'mix in graham cracker crumbs' step. I'd love a savoury alternative or two here -- something with the physical properties of honey, & maybe the carbness, but with less of a sweet taste.

I've got the flavouring part down in algorithmic form pretty well already, I think. There are a zillion possibilities for flavouring here. With a savory alternative to honey, that expands even more.

Powdered milk is another pretty common allergen, or at least the lactose is. I suspect that most any sort of protein powder would work here, though again I haven't tested this.

Graham crackert crumbs can be purchased gluten-free if necessary (that's what my roommate & I do), or one could sub in oats (rough-ground or not), hemp seeds, flavoured breadcrumbs for a more savoury touch, & most anything of a sort of crumby-grainy consistency.

I came up with more ideas here than I had before, so this has already helped! I'd still love input. Especially let me know if you try making some, with substitutions or without. I'd really love to do a better job of explaining the 'add stuff until it's Done' step.
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Schwinked from Ysabetwordsmith, because April 1st is teh suck.

As April first is Saturday, I hereby pledge not to post any pranks, jokes, false links, or screamers. Nothing originating on this blog will be a prank or deliberately incorrect. If I re-post or link to other people’s pranks, which I rarely do, they will be clearly marked so you don't click on them and think they're real.

No direct links to howling horribleness, and no alternative facts baldfaced lies, will ever purposefully appear on this blog unless to be mocked as barbarism. If one does, it's a hack or something changed, or I messed up; please let me know immediately so I can fix it.

Stay safe out there, my dears! We non-pranksters have got your back
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Radical Hope: an 'Up the Witchpunks' Zine
a multimedia zine exploring radical witchcraft, and the true meaning of 'hope' in this dark time


Because the world is awful & we need not just hope, but radical hope.

I've submitted a couple things to this, no ideea if they'll be accepted, & I've also backed it, & I think it's gonna be pretty awesome.

As of this writing they only need $40 to reach their goal. They're already planning to pay contributors, & if they go above their goal, that means more pay for contributors!

(They're also looking for more contributors -- "we are really needing longer pieces, more visual art, comics, collage, recipes, rants, visions." Their update page has more info on that.)

Anyway it's really cool stuff they're doing, go take a look, back em if you can, spread the word either way.

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