afniel: (Tea)
The Northern California Ren Faire was incredibly awesome, even if Ehru did suddenly start feeling sick, and then I got tired, and no way in hells could we have actually waited to see the band I wanted to see. That's okay, though, I much preferred getting there earlier in the day when it was cooler, substantially less dusty, and much less crowded.

The yellowjackets that chased my turkey leg around, however, can just die in a fire.

Now I am going to bitch and moan about fibromyalgia like a total tool. )

Bleh. Sorry for the total downer of a post. I'm really sore today and it kind of shows...I'm just going to dump this mess under a cut. Because I really hate ending posts on a sour note, I rebooted my Etsy shop for shits and giggles, and if my wrists will stop fucking hurting for two seconds hopefully I'll get my butt in gear and have some new things to post soon! I think the bored-at-home jewelry bug is biting me again...
afniel: (I ded.)
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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We had a sick staff member this weekend, plus two large catering orders, and the end result was that on Saturday I worked nine hours without a single break, and eight hours Sunday with just a quickie lunch.

Oh, and I had really bad cramps the whole time, especially in my legs.

My face when this weekend: D:

Ehru saved my life with a super amazing back massage (and arms, and legs, and feet, and hands...) for which I am TOTES THANKFUL or else I'd have died. I still had to come in Monday, too, but at least I was closing, and my boss told me to come in a couple hours later than scheduled and get some rest. And apparently she has been telling all the other staff about my weekend, because my efforts have already passed into legend. I'm either flattered or embarassed...I'm not sure. >_>

It's chilly lately, and I'm excited about fall. It's the only season I've managed to not see here, and my favorite season pretty much everywhere. Indiana's got flaming red and orange trees, Japan has brilliantly clear skies and amazing-smelling kinmokusei...I'm not sure what happens here but I'm looking forward to it.

Anyway. Time to clean out my ridiculously cluttered downloads folder and/or draw. :D
afniel: (I ded.)
Yup. It's here. And quite sinuses are more or less alright, but my throat feels like I ate a metal file. Possibly even sideways. I've been fighting it tooth and nail with advil, nasal saline spray, vaporub, and countless (okay, two so far, it's very countable) teapots of lemon slices steeped with a little honey. Today and tomorrow seem like they're going to be the roughest days, so it's fortunate timing that I have at least today off, maybe tomorrow too. I can hope, right?

Somehow a slug got into the bathroom the other day, left trails all over the rug, and eluded us until nighttime, despite my having cleaned the bathroom fairly thoroughly. I have no idea at all where it was hiding or why it came in (though how it got in was likely just through the little shower window).

...I feel like I had something interesting to say, but whatever it was, it's escaped me entirely.

So have this instead: a totally awesome AMV to a remix of Fireflies, which I am only the teensiest bit ashamed to say I really like as a song. The timing is spot-on and the cuts between the original music video and the anime flow pretty impressively. That, and I occasionally hear music as colors. It's not usually much of a big deal, but Owl City in general is something like jamming a kaleidoscope into my eye, moreso than just about anything else I've listened to. This vid especially made me go "oh hey, this is like hearing the song with my eyes rather than seeing it with my ears!" which is as confusing to me as it is to you, believe me.

And some more fun things while I'm at it.

RAH HEY! - In which some AMVer(s) realized that "Know Your Enemy" by Green Day sounds like "Know Your Anime." Wacky hijinks ensue.

Memory Flash³ - Somehow they even managed to mix some Mirror's Edge gameplay into this, totally seamlessly. Color me impressed. Occasionally with goosebumps!

Golden Age, TV On The Radio - WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN. The song's catchy enough I guess...just keep watching and tell me if it makes sense to you somehow.

Astronafti, Hanzel und Gretyl - Usually, they're a super industrial group. But sometimes, there are stringed instruments. And goats?

Ugh...I might lie down...this cold's kicking my butt.
afniel: (Tea)
Bad: I have a headache and cramps, I'm cold, it's too quiet here, and work yesterday was completely insane and I was stuck in zombie mode from having gotten up so early.

Good: Ehru got me a copy of the incredibly lovely Shadowscapes Tarot as a surprise, my boss showed up exactly in the nick of time to keep me from getting lynched, and I've got a succession game of Dwarf Fortress in which I really need to get around to playing my year. (Basically the fortress is passed around from player to player one ingame year at a time. Hilarity often ensues.)

Meh: I really cannot think of anything interesting to post. >_> Though I guess I'll have a reaction post later today when Judge Walker announces whether or not same-sex couples will be allowed to wed starting today. *Crosses fingers, not that I have any plans in the next hundred years*

Would anybody like a tarot reading from my new deck? Or my old deck...I have a copy of the Chinese Tarot as well. I'd offer up the Fey Tarot and Aquarian Tarot as well, but they're back in Indiana. (Also, the Aquarian Tarot was a jerk to me when I first bought it in Japan so I sentenced it to hard labor propping up my external hard drive to keep it from overheating. It maintains a grudge to this day.)
afniel: (I ded.)
Girl yuckiness. )
afniel: (Bunny)

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I threw in the first chapter of Spirals and this is what I got...I had to nip over to Wikipedia to actually figure out who this is (epic fail at literary knowledge), but he sounds like someone I would read.

Speaking of epic fail, ugh, I really need to just get rid of my reproductive system. Like, with a grapefruit spoon or something. I'm strongly considering going back to bed for a couple of hours. I'm off today and my next day off is Tuesday, and I'll be damned if I let Ehru drag me permanently out of bed on my 'weekend.' x_x

(Okay I don't go in Saturday until 4pm but DETAILS GUYS, RLY. >_>)

I'm not sure why this is but I really feel like drawing some damned furry art again lately. I swear, this goes in one-year cycles for me and I don't know why...I guess I should get out the anthro bunny icon though.

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