May. 28th, 2017 08:14 am
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Slept almost all day yesterday. Managed some food. Feeling much better - less pain, more energy.

Making mental notes on what worked. (NOT doing things that hurt for one.)
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This had better be awesome. I'd forgotten how much work sautéing ground sausage is. Ow.

Originally from the Peace, Love and Low Carb blog. I have, as usual, changed it:

3lb ground Italian sausage (used Johnsonville)
2 + 2 Tbsp butter
2 + 1 Tbsp olive oil
2 C spinach, packed (baby, and all of a 5oz package)
1 C carrots, diced
1 leek, not so small, cleaned and sliced
1 box (6oz) minced onion and celery
~5 C chicken stock
1.5 C lentils (green)
1 C heavy cream
1/2 C Parmesian cheese, grated
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper

Original instructions: Heat slow cooker on low setting. Thoroughly rinse lentils, and add to slow cooker with chicken stock.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage in olive oil and butter.
Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage from pan, reserving drippings. Add the cooked sausage to the slow cooker.
Add spinach, carrots, onions, garlic, leek, celery and a little salt and black pepper to the pan. Sauté vegetables over medium heat until tender. About 10 minutes.
Add sauteed vegetables to the slow cooker and mix in.
Stir in heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, and red wine vinegar. Cover and allow to cook on low 6-8 hours.

What I'm doing:
Brown sausage in olive oil and butter. Sauté veggies + salt & pepper in drippings. Package everything up and put in the fridge.
Do everything else tomorrow.

The original had one sautéing 1.5lb ground sausage in 2 Tbsp each of olive oil and butter. I wound up buying 3 1lb packs, and running low on oil in the pan about half way through and sloshed more olive oil in there. Then when sautéing the veggies (which were, like 2x the original) in the drippings, it looked too dry, so I added 2 more Tbsp of butter.

Right now I have the sausage browned and the veggies sautéd; I'm pretty much ready to combine everything when I wake up tomorrow so it can cook through the day.

April-May Newsletter

May. 27th, 2017 02:46 pm
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What I’ve been up to for the last couple months:

Over the years, my otherkin comic Theri There has suffered some link rot, so I went through and fixed it. Oh, and I found some more old pages of Theri There that I overlooked while migrating the archives to the new host, so I need to post those soon, too.

I just posted a sketch of Sythyry, and I have a few more drawings to post during the next few days.

I deleted the $9 reward tier on my Patreon. See my March newsletter about what happened with it.

Now I’ve got an account on Ko-fi, so if you’ve liked my creations, you can buy me a coffee.

I didn't put out many creations during the last couple months, because I was keeping myself very busy with getting a job. Good news: I got a job! Bad news: It's a while until the job starts, so I won't get my first paycheck until July. If you can chip in to my Patreon or Ko-fi, it'll help me make ends meet in the meantime.


May. 27th, 2017 08:03 am
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content note: generally low-pain person complaining about pain, please skip if you like; bad brain; fatigue; anxiety; medical stuff

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[psych] Define Empathy?

May. 25th, 2017 04:31 pm
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I am thinking about writing a thing, or several things, about empathy. I come from a perspective of generally being appalled about how the concept is bandied about, not just in the popular press, but pretty much everywhere, including among the pros.

Part of my appall is how there seem to be a vast profusion of definitions, many mutually exclusive, loose out there. Like, I'm pretty sure two of my grad school classes promulgated precisely opposite empathy vs sympathy distinctions.

So, for kicks and giggles, what's your personal definition of empathy? Assuming, of course, you have one. (If you don't, you can say that too.)

All comments will be screened, and I may or may not be unscreening some or all of them at my personal discretion. If you don't want your definition of empathy being tied to you, comment anonymously.

grow, stop, squeak, warm, access

May. 24th, 2017 09:03 pm
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Quick good things from the last week or so, no order:

Garden plot, and things sprouting and growing.

People who stop to help strangers.

Guinea pig cuddle-squeaks.

Sunlight and finally being warm enough.

Access to water in some situations where it could've easily been unavailable.

... State of the me: still very stressed and exhausted, but hanging in there; good things help. And so do you; thanks for reading.
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Starts good, gets great: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's magnificent address of May 19 on the removal of the Confederate monuments from New Orleans. It's 22 minutes long, and, Americans, it's absolutely worth making the time. Beautiful, firey, and uplifting, it's worth hearing it delivered rather than reading a transcript.

Many thanks to [personal profile] heron61 for bringing it to my attention.


May. 24th, 2017 10:50 am
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I've probably posted this before, but it's so good I feel like it's worth listening to again.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 51

May. 23rd, 2017 04:05 pm
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This Week in Fandom Banner by Kat St. Pete

This Week in Fandom: Callout culture, femslash as cult fandom, Yuri on Ice happenings, WhedonCon, and more!
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Two Highlander fanfic archives, Daire’s Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven’s Nest, are being imported to AO3:
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So I died twice in the game yesterday. Actually, the first party all died during the first lion hunt. It was, indeed, brutal. While hunting down the lion, we were pelted with acid rain that hurt us all severely even before we encountered the monster. Add to that a nasty card from the lion's deck called Clever Ploy that negates your hits, gets you attacked, and then gets shuffled back into the deck. We were pretty much doomed when the card came up the second time, and the third? I think that's when someone's head exploded. Two of us already had cerebral hemorrhages by that time.

We had decapitations, another head explosion, and the party was dead as doornails. Back to the village, were there was more population to make characters of. Two died by committing suicide together. The weight of this crazy, uncaring world was just too much for their delicate sensibilities.

The different phases take a while, partly because it's hard to learn so many new things at once. We finally figured out that if one person read from the book and another manipulated the many decks of cards, things went a lot smoother.

Combat can be really discouraging. You roll to hit, but then you roll to see IF you do damage. A hit doesn't automatically do damage, unless you throw some weapons, which then is an automatic critical. Take my advice, if you get to ambush the monster, make sure there's a critical in that first attack. It will make a huge difference.

I do like that the cards used by the monsters in combat will vary from hunt to hunt. I don't want to play a game where I know all the things that are going to happen.

The only thing that made me twitch was when one character was assigned the impairment of Binge Eating Disorder. That hit a hot button for me, as I have that, and I felt the concept was perverted in the game.

Other than that, I'm having a fabulous time at it. There were a lot of laughs, nobody got really upset when they died. We all went insane.  I don't know that I'd spend the money on the full game, but I'll enjoy playing, especially if we manage to survive with a village of six.

I can keep up with these updates if people are interested. I'd really love to see this group active again. If not, no worries.

(no subject)

May. 21st, 2017 08:24 am
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I noticed on my entries posts my username is shown below my user pic. But on my recent entries it's not. Like in the image below left=recent right= entry.

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What do I have to change to see my username on the recent entries page?

[Ω] QotD

May. 18th, 2017 06:03 pm
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On Twitter:

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump): This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!

Seth Moulton‏(@sethmoulton): As the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false.


May. 17th, 2017 11:54 am
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In "songs I probably should've realized were by the Dire Straits."
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 Spotlight on Legal Issues

OTW Legal discusses changes in how ISPs can handle your data
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I work at a clinic one day a week.

Last week, when I arrived at the clinic, I found in my mailbox a memo and some attached literature expressing Grave Concern about the Netflix original series "13 Reasons Why", due to its portrayal of suicide.

This week, as I was leaving the clinic at the end of the day, I glanced at the waiting room coffee table and saw...

The magazines in the waiting room of the MH clinic I work at, one prominently featuring a headline story on 13RW

Maybe the clinical supervisors should chat with the office manager occasionally.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 50

May. 16th, 2017 01:15 pm
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This Week in Fandom banner by Kat St Pete

This week in fandom: Syfy rebrand, Overwatch shipwars, UK polifandom, and more!

argh continues argh

May. 15th, 2017 10:40 pm
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Argh continues argh. Car thing. Insurance thing. Work thing. Long term thingy things. Health thing. Apartment thing. Much stress grumble grumble, must remember to sleep and food and relax on the regular while trying to do things. Me continues hanging in there. May you all have the bestest kittysnuggles or equivalent. I cannot grammar. Loveses you all.


May. 14th, 2017 05:25 pm
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Sorry that I have been not here very much recently. School continues stressful, I've added gardening which is coming out of my sleep schedule it seems like, and I have had to do a ton of cleaning because of reasons related to school job you can probably figure out, and I just. Argh. I will be all right, I miss you folks, and I will be back more often when I can.

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