My evening

Sep. 25th, 2016 06:45 pm
soc_puppet: Words "In Real Life" in green (Now showing in 3D)
I started an incense in Pokemon Go just before I finished eating dinner, since I didn't have a whole lot to do tonight. I got my shoes on and out the door with about eighteen minutes left on the timer, just on time to catch my mom about to take Chester on a walk. I mentioned that I was planning to take a quick walk of my own, imagining getting home around the time my incense wore off, thinking of joining them for company.

Instead, Mom handed the leash off to me and went back inside X3 I don't actually care very much for playing PokeGo while walking Chester, since Chester is... not the best behaved dog on a leash (to put it mildly), but I figured it would be less than twenty minutes, just once around the local Pokestop and maybe up the hill a smidge and then back home.

Nope! I got to up the hill a smidge, and Chester was adamant about continuing all the way around the block. After making it all the way up the hill, across, and to the point where we were supposed to turn another corner and go back down the hill, Chester again insisted on prolonging the walk for an extra mini-block.

Me, upon getting home: Darnit, Chester, I wanted a short walk!
Chester: What is this "short" you speak of? I am a Dachshund; we only know long.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Rage" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Rage)
[Content Warning: This long, and somewhat still developing saga, includes the following: Biphobia, misgendering, and conflation of gender identity with sexuality. In addition, many of the links include moving gifs.]

Wow, I wish I'd thought of this three days ago! Would've made reblogging much cleaner.

The following are image descriptions and transcripts for this post on [tumblr.com profile] bisexualbooks.

For background, see the following posts: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

Transcripts ahoy! )

And that's it! Phew, my eyes and fingers hurt from transcribing all of that. Time for a break, I think.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
https://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/faqs/ - The confusion of weight and health does a disservice to fat people because people (often including doctors) think that they can look at us and determine our health, it also does a dangerous disservice to thin people who are told that they are healthy simply because of their weight and that isn’t what the evidence shows. In fact, the evidence shows that people’s habits are a much better determinant of health than their size is.

https://kateharding.net/faq/but-dont-you-realize-fat-is-unhealthy/ - Weight itself is not a health problem, except in the most extreme cases (i.e., being underweight or so fat you’re immobilized). In fact, fat people live longer than thin people and are more likely to survive cardiac events, and some studies have shown that fat can protect against “infections, cancer, lung disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, anemia, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes.”

https://kateharding.net/2007/11/27/the-fantasy-of-being-thin/ - Those of us in the anti-dieting camp are frequently accused of demoralizing fat people, of sending a cruelly pessimistic message. I’ve never quite gotten my head around that one, since the message we’re sending is that you’re actually allowed to love your fat body instead of hating it, and you can take steps to substantially improve your health without fighting a losing battle with your weight.

http://www.fatnutritionist.com/index.php/eat-food-stuff-you-like-as-much-as-you-want/ - It should come as no surprise to anyone reading here that our culture views food as a moral issue. A potentially dangerous moral issue. And, setting aside the very-interesting-but-not-to-be-had-right-now discussion of ethical and religious foodways, food just…isn’t.

Food isn’t moral. It’s not immoral, either. It’s morally neutral.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
So I self-diagnosed my Autism last December-ish and have opened up about it to a few people IRL. Twice now I’ve had the response, “Oh, I’m sorry.”

Yeah, it was pretty disheartening that your reaction to me disclosing personal information to you in hopes of acceptance and understanding was instead met with pity and ableism, but I accept your apology.

Phew

Sep. 12th, 2016 10:35 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Crochet)
Just typed up three crochet patterns, two of which could conceivably be posted on [personal profile] hooked_on_anime. It has literally been years since the last time I posted anything new there. I'm fairly certain I've responded to a few comments more recently than that, but that's about it.

I dunno if I'm officially "back in business" there yet, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

(For the curious: Fan patterns are Litwick and Queen Shulamit; original pattern is lightning bug/firefly.)
soc_puppet: Words "In Real Life" in green (Now showing in 3D)
Argh, expletive deleted tendonitis flareup >_< If only so many things in human society did not require the use of one's hands!

Alternately, if only I hadn't spent quite so much of the past week crocheting 9_9a It's nowhere near the amount that's caused my past flareups, but it is more than I've been doing, so maybe that's it.

On the plus side, I got all the way through Stellvia Foundation, which is an amazing anime, IMO. Even if she wasn't consciously written that way, I'm nearly positive that the main character has an anxiety disorder or is otherwise neurodivergent; I recognize so much of my own struggles in hers, the frequent crying jags and roller-coaster self-confidence and -esteem, the near constant worry. That said, it still manages to be a very optimistic show overall, and I was honestly warmed through when the het romance happened - and also somewhat charmed to see that it just got more complicated after the initial "confession". You don't get that a lot in popular storytelling.

There's also a background f/f pair which is pretty fantastic, and I just really love all of the characters? They're all so great and well developed. This is definitely going to be a feel-good type of anime for me to revisit on occasion.

Anyway, work tomorrow, even if I did get a really good nap in this afternoon. I'm out of practice waking up early already ^^a G'night!
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
So I was trying to write a post to share on Tumblr about how (extra) fucked up Beauty and the Beast would be if you flipped some particular gender roles, and ended up writing the story to the end? So I guess I'm posting it here as well, to keep from losing it.

Warning for male entitlement and related nastiness.

Okay, but think for a few minutes about genderflipping Beauty and the Beast )
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep on the Pokemon GO location background (Pokesheep Go)
New icon, whee! I finally made some Pokemon GO icons. I'll probably be sharing them over at [community profile] dreamsheep sometime in the near future, but not tonight because I stayed up too late making them already :P

I need to make more Pokemon icons as well, but tired, so. (My favorite plan is to make one with Dreamsheep as Mareep, because obvs. But there will probably be others as well.)
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
There's an Eevee nest somewhere in my area, but I'm too lazy to go and find it.

On the plus side, I have essentially located two other spawn points for rare and semi-rare Pokemon in my area, so that's nice.

I also intend to make some proper Pokemon GO icons, but that may take a while.

In not entirely unrelated news, here is the story of how my brother proposed to his girlfriend, and how she proposed back :D

Habitica

Aug. 16th, 2016 10:26 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Seeking at least one more teammate for Habitica, so we can tackle some bigger quests. A healer would be fantastic, but really, I wouldn't say no to someone of any class.

We want to take on the Call of Octothulu, and a healer is highly recommended. We've got three rouges and a warrior. Yeeeaaaaaah.

Edit: Should have disclosed also that all of us are from Shakesville. If you're not comfortable with playing in such a group, that is totally cool, and I hope you find a good group that works for you instead.
soc_puppet: Words "Endless Love" in red (Endless Love)
I don't usually indulge in capslock these days, but it feels appropriate for this:

MY BROTHER IS GETTING MARRIED!
(My brother is getting married!)

His fiancee is a wonderful young woman who works with an agency that helps young adults with disabilities transition from school life to non-school life. She's also an editor for Strange Horizons, a SFF literary magazine that, in response to getting on a Puppy slate for the Hugos, dedicated their July issue entirely to MOGAI content :DDD She is super great, and I am so looking forward to officially calling her my sister <3
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Just caught a 530 Venusaur :DDD

I've been seeing rare and semi-rare Pokemon "in the area" for like a week now, and decided to pass up on them the past few times I saw them, because I figured they'd come around again. Well, the last one I passed up on was a Scyther, and when I saw that Venusaur silhouette today, I was like, No. No, I'm going for it.

And I caught that grumpy flower toad >:D First time I've seen a wild starter or evolution that wasn't a Squirtle (my own starter, incidentally), and I catch the sucker! Between this and snagging a Dratini last night, I am quite pleased :3

That said, it was humid as a frog's armpit out there, so even though I was walking for less than fifteen minutes, I still could use a shower :P
soc_puppet: Words "Baseless Opinion" in orange (Baseless Opinion)
So the big boss of the bad guy team in Sun and Moon has been leaked, and...

Spoilers! )

In other news, I need to make myself a Pokemon icon or two. But probably not until after I crochet some more stuff.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
[Content note: Mention/speculation about brake troubles]

Got the call from my mechanic that my car was ready to go around 2:30 this afternoon. I got over there around 4:30 and was able to drive it out of the lot right after paying.

The bill was just under $200, which was much better than I was expecting, but maybe I'm just pessimistic about car repair bills :P

As to the ultimate cause of my car troubles, turns out it wasn't the fuel injectors; it was the fuel line that had gone terrible. The mechanic also replaced the brake line(!!!) for no extra charge(!) while they were in there, because apparently it was horribly corroded. As in, it looked okay, and then they touched it, and it fell off/apart. Thank you, Mom, for letting me borrow your car on Monday - and, in fact, for effectively talking me into taking it! I do not want to think of my brakes going out during either leg of my thirty minute commute.

Anyway, car is back and in good working order. I am quite pleased.
soc_puppet: Deep sea fish wearing a monocle (Monocle Fish)
Where "fun" does not follow the typical definition.

So when I made my car appointment last Friday, I specified that I would be bringing it in on Monday afternoon. I didn't mention why, but it was because I was working this morning and wouldn't have a chance to drive my car over until after I got back from work. I managed to get over there around 1:30.

Turns out the guy I made the appointment with forgot/neglected to include the critical "afternoon" part of my appointment. Why was this critical? Because apparently, if someone doesn't have a specific appointment time at this place, or even a specific time range, and they don't show up by noon, the staff assumes the person isn't going to show up. So you can imagine their surprise when I did show up, still wanting my car taken care of, and my subsequent surprise that "afternoon" had not been specified, thus leaving me somewhat in the lurch.

I'm off work until Friday, and told the person on desk as much, and even then I can borrow my mom's car over the weekend if need be, so it's not a huge problem that they probably can't (didn't, since they close at six-thirty) get to my car today. And they were cool with letting me leave the car there, so I didn't have to wrestle with getting it started up another two times. But it's still rather annoying that this hassle could've been avoided with a bit better communication.
soc_puppet: Words "In Real Life" in green (Now showing in 3D)
Argh, there's a frickin' Exeggcute in my neighborhood, but I don't have the energy to try and find it! Especially since the footprint thing isn't working [for me/anymore]. (Seriously, did the footprint thing just go away completely, or is it just my phone?) There was a Polywag when I got home from work, a Polywhirl last night, and an Exeggcutor and two Pikachu a few nights ago, none of which I've gotten.

On the plus side, I did manage to snag a cp527 Tentacruel on a bathroom break this morning, so that's cool. I'm currently at level twelve and have joined Team Mystic, because Articuno has always been my favorite of that trio. My workplace has three individual PokeStops, at least one of which I can reach from the employee break room, and downtown there's a huge swath of PokeStops in something like a three block radius. Like, over twenty huge swath. I'm also completely shameless about the fact that my GPS is a little faulty and registers me in slightly different places every few minutes or so while I'm relaxing in bed. Very useful for hatching eggs. Or, well, not that useful, but it makes up for that first day when it couldn't find the PokeStop I was standing right next to.


In 3D space news, my car has a fuel leak :/ I took it in about a month ago as soon as it began having trouble starting, but the mechanics couldn't find anything/reproduce the problem. In the time since then, the problem got a little worse, the owner of the shop suggested it was the fuel injectors acting up and that it would probably be fine as long as I just let the car sit in "on" for a minute or two before starting the engine, the problem got a lot worse, and on Friday afternoon I made an appointment to drop off the car on Monday. Friday saw the car eating up twice as much fuel as usual; today it used more like four times as much as usual, and there was a puddle in the parking place where I had been at work. Getting this fixed will definitely be cheaper in the long run, though I really wish we could've figured it out and fixed it when I brought it in the first time. Though at least they didn't charge me anything for that first appointment, since their testing device said nothing was wrong.

Anyway, the money from the Staff Art Table should help with that a bit. And hours are going to be picking up at work as well, since classes will be starting again soon, so that'll help, too.


And now I think it's food time, while I continue to rest my aching feet. More work tomorrow, and then the car goes into the shop.
soc_puppet: Words "Mad Fangirl" in blue (Mad Fangirl)
...Was yesterday, but who's counting?

Anyway, something I didn't mention on my Friday report is that I missed making my Opening Ceremonies "Here are things you can do to make the lives of PWD easier" speech, again. Either I missed my cue (entirely possible; I was called to the Bridge in the middle of Opening Ceremonies to deal with a gluten-related problem that may or may not have been an emergency; I'll probably ask for details at the postmortem), or the MC didn't actually give the cue for Staffers With Other Business.

The Staff Art Table closed out having made just over $1,000 before sales tax; about $450 of that was my own sales :3 I may be running a table with one of my costaffers at Icon this year, as well, though I do want to first discuss with her the option of the Art Sho, which would cost her less to participate in.

For acquisitions, I bought a box set of the first three seasons of Slayers, and the season one and two box sets of Wedding Peach, because I am a sucker for magical girl stuff. I also bought the first volume of Fallen, by Ogawa Buruku, one of our guests of honor this year, and some postcards by the staffer I mentioned in the previous paragraph, because she does gorgeous work. In fact, here is a link to her Deviantart account. Definitely check out the Senshi Royalty Project and the Talented Princesses collection, which were originally done in watercolors and both of which she had some postcard/greeting card prints of. She is just ridiculously talented.

Hmm, what else. Oh, apparently there was someone there from Cosplay Magazine, and one of my costaffers really talked up my work in the Accessibility Department to them <3 And I just - alawejfovdisd??? <3 <3 <3? Also, one of our returning attendees (uses a walker, has chronic pain and arthritis) basically showered me with compliments, and shared a really fantastic story from Friday: She had slipped and fallen, knocking her purse and walker down, and before she had even hit the ground, three people had come over to help - one put everything back in her purse, one righted her walker, and a third helped her up and made sure she was okay. She told me that probably 95% of our attendees are just really fantastic about accommodating folks, and I just about burst with pride on behalf of the convention. Anyway, I really, really want some minions next year, because I wasn't able to do nearly everything I wanted to this year, and I just want to reach for the stars now.

Oh, the Staff Art Table was also one of three tables in the Marketplace selling Pride oriented stuff, and I accidentally drew a lot of folks in by hanging up my Ace Blanket ^^a Unfortunately, I only had two smaller-ticket Ace pride items, and those were snatched up in very short order on the first day of the con, and I had probably at least eight other people asking for some. Moral of the story: I am definitely making at least a dozen Ace Pride Piggies and three Asexuowls for next year. Probably starting now, since I'll likely be too preoccupied leading up to the con next year.

Staffers were also given three Excellent Cosplay ribbons to hand out to people who had, well, excellent cosplays, to encourage them to keep attending. I handed all three of mine out on Friday: One to a Sailor Saturn that I met on the elevator, one to a tiny Captain America who was accompanied by their grown-up Winter Soldier guardian person, and one to a Ms. Marvel just as the Marketplace was closing, who proceeded to freak out happily. [personal profile] lightbird, I also saw a Helga cosplayer who made me think of you, and I made sure to get her picture :)

I think that's about it for highlights. Here's to next year!
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Life" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Life)
Bleeerrrrgh, I am so tired =_= So very, very tired.

On the plus side, the wheelchair spaces I set up in the video rooms remained mostly intact. On the neutral side, the spaces I set up in most panel rooms did not, but I have come to expect that. On the minus side, the slots I originally set up in Main Programming were so far off as to be effectively useless when I went about trying to re-set things this morning.

Made about $100 in sales today, and I still have a big commission waiting to be picked up. I don't know what else I mentioned yesterday and am too lazy to open a new tab, so I'll just change the subject.

I did reasonably well on our convention's traditional goal of 6-2-1 yesterday, but it fell apart last night. (Oh, 6-2-1 is our reccomendation for attendees (and staff) to get 6 hours of sleep, 2 good meals, and 1 shower for every day at the convention. We call it the 6-2-1 Rule.) Anyway, all of my roommates were out later than I was, and though I did my level best to get to sleep early (and before they came in), it did not work out. I got a few hours of sleep, and about eight hours of rest, but sometime around 2:30am one of them got back from a long shift who is a snorer. I'm a snorer myself, so I don't have much room to complain, but the irregularity of the snoring was not conducive to sleep. Towards the time when I finally got up, my dreaming/half-asleep mind started trying to interpret the snores as speech, with interesting results. The only one I remember is "blue ribbon butter", but there were practically conversations in there. And then they'd break off when the snoring went irregular :/

Anyway, I'm going to try again for sleep tonight, and even if I don't manage it, I've got tomorrow morning "off" and don't have to be staffing anything until noon, so. Relaxation, if nothing else.

And now, supper.
soc_puppet: Words "In Real Life" in green (Now showing in 3D)
Phew! Convention day one is effectively over. I mean, there's still stuff going on, but I'm not doing any of it. Instead, I will (very shortly) be sleeping. And then in the morning, back to work!

Oh, sales are also going pretty well at the Staff Art Table. And I've got pics of one of the special desserts I made for the Recharge Room, which I will share later :3b They are Pokeball chocolate strawberries, and they turned out great! The other ones are Mario 1up and grow/shrink mushroom style cupcakes. They turned out less well, but they're still tasty. Possibly more on those later.

Anyway, sleep. That is definitely what I'm going to do next.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Anyone know if the security risk for Pokemon GO has been fixed? Or if it's limited to certain devices? Because I've got my ultra fancy new phone (Moto-G4 with Android), and my brother has reassured me that I have more than enough data to run the game without going over, so that's my final major concern.

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