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It is definitely a thing. Somehow I seemed to think that volunteering and being busy around home Monday, working a longer than usual shift Tuesday, going up to the city Wednesday, and volunteering and then working anyway Thursday was a good idea, or at least one that wouldn't put me in bed most of Friday. Whoops!

I have also gotten really bad at sleep. I seem to lose at least one night a week to nightmares, getting too hot, having my legs and back suddenly start hurting like crazy, and needing to bathroomsplode at 3am. (It's always the full list, usually with multiple bouts of nightmares. Which is incredibly weird for me. WTF.) I outdid myself last night and had a scary dream that included absolutely no dream at all, just scary. It was rather like those featureless falling dreams you get where you jerk awake in a panic, only I shivered awake and attached myself firmly to Ehru. I swear, my sleep problems bother her as much as they do me, if not more, but she's such a good sport about it.

I am finding that, oddly enough, doing crafty sorts of things makes me feel a little more normal. I made a small batch of skin oils and hair oils for my mom, 'aunt', and Ehru, and after having sampled them a bit myself they are pretty awesome. And I have perfected my recipe for red chai made from scratch! As well as a few fiddly little other nothings that I'd been meaning to do.

Anyway, because I'm not hoardy about such things, red chai recipe:

3 tablespoons plain rooibos
1 tablespoon cinnamon, small pieces
1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods
1 teaspoon vanilla pod bits
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon dried ginger bits

I bought most of this through SF Herb Company wholesale (they sell to the public), except the cloves and ginger, because I actually dislike ginger on the whole and have no other use for it, and what am I going to do with a pound of cloves, anyway? IKEA's glass jars are the most awesome thing ever for storing ingredients cheaply, airtightly, and prettily.

Anyway it steeps however you like (I have a Beehouse teapot in my favorite shade of spring green) for five minutes in about 20-24 oz of filtered, just-off-boil water.

Then you add milk and honey for awesomeness. Vanilla soymilk actually goes really well with rooibos. Agave would work just as well if you're feeling vegan!

...I have really got to get running a D&D campaign for real again. My lack of DMitude is starting to GNAW THE INSIDE OF MY HEAD AAAAAUGH.
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The evil plane gave Ehru back to me finally, but it gave her back with a nasty headcold and a screwy stomach from so much greasy Southern food. D: It is going to be an evening of veggie soup and orange juice and VapoRub and a movie, clearly. (The VapoRub will be very helpful when I inevitably catch it as well. This is virtually guaranteed.)

Picking her up was fun though. I polished off my old mad crossdressing skillz and showed up in a suit and tie, causing her to do at least a doubletake to figure out who I was (though in her defense she was extremely cold-addled and exhausted from travel). I couldn't quite get the chest bindings as tight as I needed to really get rid of ye olde boobes, but I also really need to be able to breathe properly to navigate highway 101 on a weekend night, so. It was good enough. American Apparel had some extremely awesome skinny suspenders that I had to buy a pair, and then I had to figure out with what I could wear them, and it just sort of went from there.

I also got a haircut! It is very short again and can easily be styled dudely or girly. I am well-pleased. I seriously went to SuperCuts and got a cheapo cut that's damned near as good as any I've gotten for twice or thrice the price. It helps that I hedged my bets and went to a very high-traffic one (Redwood City Caltrain station) at a low-traffic time (boring o'clock, Saturday). I figured if they weren't good, they wouldn't be in business, since it's in such a demanding location, and going at a slow time would get me a good stylist in much less of a rush than usual. My gamble paid off to the order of an awesome haircut for $17 plus tip, and some Redken stuff (that I adore, and is nearly impossible to find) on clearance for 75% off. Score.

I am thinking of writing a post or several about D&D and the DMing thereof and game design/player interaction from a sort of psychological viewpoint, but I'm not convinced this journal's the place for it as I tend to just spew personal blatherings here. There don't seem to be any decently active tabletop gaming comms here at the moment either, unless I'm really missing this where people would start their own or what? I am greatly confused.

Anyway, I have grocery shopping to do, how exciting for me.
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Because writing things out makes me remember them, even if I don't look directly at the list.

★ Grocery shopping
★ Laundry
★ Attempt to bake these bad boys, probably with sugar crystals on top :D
★ Go to the post office and mail things
★ Clean the kitchen in general
★ Fill up another planter and seed/water it (this one's for catgrass for the cat that we don't have yet >_>)
★ Actually remember to schedule a haircut :C

Yeah, it probably won't get 100% done, but I can try. ( T_T)9

In other news, today is paydaaaaay~ also known as YAYDAY. :DDDDDDDDDD

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