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Air conditioning. Running water. Freezers. Water bottles.

Food I can eat. Fresh fruit in particular.

Medication that helps me breathe and medication that helps me remember why.

Friends I can spend time with. Thank you.

The ability to buy a cold drink and a snack (and an excuse to sit in air conditioning).

Bookstores. Clever new (and old!) sf&f books that interrogate the problems of the genre with deep love and rightful anger and snarky humor. Used books. Sale books. Read-it-all-and-put-it-back-but-I’m-gonna-need-to-buy-a-copy-to-re-read books.

Instant access to information and communication via the Internet.

Trees. Thank you, trees.

Pillows.

Ceiling fan.

Views of the sun and the moon, however, hazy.

Things that smell of mint (or catnip!)

The coffee ice cubes turning out to be tasty.
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Today I am grateful for:

- rereading the Toby Daye books

- lots of new nonfiction books

- coffee, meds, food I know is okay, sunlight, naps, all the things that help me feel functional

- shiny objects like metal washers that are just there waiting for someone to pick them up and polish them and make treasures

- a partner who loves me and pets me when I just want to lie there and be a flat cat

Slight case of brainweasels and fwump: Read more... )
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Actually worked a bit on the Writey Thing for the first time, I think, since April.

I somehow drabbled. This is pure setting-background scenery-brainstorming sense-detail, came out in second person for no particular reason, dunno if it will be in the story, but I have got to be writing on the regular, I need that habit and that mode of expression. I'll take it.

Mentions food, wilderness. Here it is.

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Complaining catperson complaining about things that could be worse, feel free to skip.

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Body weirdness, brain weirdness, food issues, stress. Read more... )

(No thank you for 'have you tried this' type advice; sympathy welcome.)

I am going to hydrate with lots lots water and put Moana on (if I can figure out Netflix) and/or maybe soothing music, and set and alarm for tomorrow morning, and NOT do chores that require leaving my apartment for more than 5-minutes-ish. Because seriously f**k this.
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Yesterday we went to Sauvie Island and picked berries at a U-Pick farm. My partner and I admired the distant peak of Mt Hood, the boats on the river, and the green and rolling fields on the way over, argued about driving, compromised, and got to the farm with plenty of water bottles and sunscreen. The strawberries were basically done; the blackberries and blueberries were just starting to come ripe; the raspberries were in their glory. The sky was blue and enormous and the sun was very bright and warm. A breeze off the river cooled the whole island. The cottonwood trees left drifts of fluff on the grass. Birds sat on stumps in the river and trilled in the grasses and copses. We picked, lazily enough, for several hours, and filled two pints of tart thumb-sized early blackberries, two of greeny-purple-tinged small blueberries each, and three of perfect raspberries. A few sun warmed deeply ripened little strawberries in the drying rows burst in our mouths. I had nothing but raspberries for lunch, and felt well content… I left an offering of a strand of beads to the great oak tree that watches over the farm, and I believe it was accepted.
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Complainy cat is complaining in more detail. Yay?

Content Warning: comparatively less-sick person complaining about being sick and in pain; food, food problems; unpleasant medical details and symptoms; self-directed snark; internaliazed ableism and assorted brainweasels.

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WARNING: Contains: food issues, mental and physical unwellness, overdramatizing and complaining

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Well, today was in the nature of an experiment.

health stuff Read more... )
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Hey! I'm here, I'm alive, and I'm more or less working on some things that will help with various things. Also some good things because Spring!

Context & Bad Things: Friday I commented a bit about being really miserable. A Bad Thing happened at school, and I was processing that. Read more... )

Good Things:

The plum, apple, and cherry trees are in full magnificent blossom here in Portland, with pear and crab-apple still in bloom but starting to drop petals and leaf out. There's that particular intense reddish pink that I want to call cherry-candy-colored but it is historically older and prettier than cherry candy! Sunrise cloud red-pink?

S and I are struggling with some communication with each other - I miss her nonverbal signals; she has a hard time finding the spoons to verbal at me - but we're very aware of it and love each other a lot and are working on it, and I think we made progress talking and listening before she needed to go to work. Progress is good!

I have discovered the Everything Croissant. You know all those seeds and spices and onion bits and more seeds you get on a good savory Everything Bagel? Try those swirled into a croissant with extra butter, and shaped like a giant muffin of croissant-y tastiness for extra silliness.

We got our community garden plot assignment at last! Payment, required training and volunteer hours, first day to weed and turn over, details of commute, and deal between me and S on who does what still to be worked out, but WE GOT ONE YAAAAAAY! And okay, it is far away, but still YAY GARDEN.

I have actually seen the sun at least briefly more days than not this past week.

One of my school kiddoes LOVES the sensory activity kit I put together for her and it is also helping with eliciting some spontaneous oral language stuff. Other stuff is complicated but hey smile of pure joy on little kid's face after squishing a squeezy toy and ringing a little silver bell = YES. Also several students keep giving me dandelions to wear at recess, so I do. <3



I have some time and some energy now and will try to go do some things accordingly.
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I got veggies and things and I made food and this was a happy-making thing. I’m going to post about that instead of the things that make me miserable.

(Contents: food, money, cooking, cooking as coping, cooking as not coping, worrying about food, FOOD) Read more... )
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Do you like weird cookies?

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Today was hard, so some good things:
(Usual taggy things:) Read more... )
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A is for Audre Lorde, a poet who gives us strength

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Z is for Zoo Animals, a perennial favorite of children
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Recent gratitudes include:

Looking at almost full moon glowing in a soft pink twilight sky;

Reading a few new books by an author I like;

Listening to classical music on the radio;

Talking to people who gave me verbal kudos on a tough day;

Hugging my partner S for cozy cuddles;

Feeling the splash of cool water on my face, so refreshing when tired and stressed;
Noms and beverages, including adult beverage, under cut: Read more... )

Relaxing because it is Friday;

Smiling for no particular reason;

Weekend!
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Walked/hiked up to and around Mt Tabor City Park again.

Contents may include: humans, physical challenges, actually enjoying exercise, food, brain weirdness, fuzzy animals, complaining about weather: Read more... )
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The intense sweetness of star jasmine.

The stony damp green coolth of moss.

The dusty fennel scent of cow parsley in bloom.

The peppery sawdusty tang of recently sawed green wood.

The resiny, mellow scent of the flaking cones of local evergreen trees.

The spicy citrus-tinged rose scent of a perfect full blossom on a spindly rosebush.

Noms under cut: Read more... )
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Trying hard to take care of myself (sleep! food! safe feelings! water!), do my work, and still accomplish some of the little things that make life better. I will do the smart things! And it will work!!! Because!!!!!

Recent good things:

- Porch Cat came down off the porch and sat in my lap for petting!
- Among my impulsive grocery purchases the other day were some organic black olives that turned out to be really really tasty and have raised my bar for what to expect/accept.
- I am rereading "Always Coming Home," by Ursula K. Le Guin, and it is, as always, one of the most remarkable books I have ever read.
- I have a safe bed with soft pillows in a functional apartment. This is worth noting.
- My partner S and I continue to have lots of quiet walks and lots of hugs.

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