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If you want to talk to me about something that's not discussed in one of my posts, make a comment here and I'll probably create a new post for it.

This post was written January 14, 2012. I've post-dated it to 2032 to keep it on top.
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Remember that post yesterday about how I ate as much salt and chocolate as I pleased right before and at the beginning of my period and it was going well, but I would need time to see if it kept going well?

My period's heavy today, as it normally is the second day. And I have no cramps. My cramps used to be worse than those of anyone else I've ever known. This has never happened before in my life. Could be the salt/chocolate combo. Could be that I no longer have anxiety. Could be that same dairy fat that killed my anxiety dead -- plenty of Greek yogurt and whole milk. Maybe it's the egg a day. Or a combination.

Maybe just maybe the vast majority of us have bodies that know what they're doing. I wish I'd listened more to mine and not food writers at The Guardian or wherethefuckever who parrot whatever propaganda's the in thing my whole life. I knew a lot of what they said was bunk, I never dieted or anything, and yet I still believed them about some things. Never again.

Eat food. Stuff you like. As much as you want.


Aug. 12th, 2017 10:38 am
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So turns out it's not bad for us. (I've read more, and more recent, studies that back up what that Scientific American article says, but it's the most concise article I've found on it.) In fact, getting as little as some organizations recommend is probably very bad for most of us. Americans should be getting what we on average are.

Read more... )

Some links

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:32 am
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First, Nancy Werlin is making a comic about her relationship with a sociopath. It's extremely creepy and funny and I recommend it.

Second, The Katering Show. Fucking hilarious. My favorite episode is probably either the wedding one, the Christmas one or the one where they (pretend to) stop eating sugar. But watching them in order from the beginning makes them even funnier.

Third, here's my Sims tumblr. I didn't link it before because I was afraid of the two internet names being connected but now that I don't have anxiety any longer, fuck it. I've got some ramblings on there, and eesh avoid the "politics" tag I had a meltdown over the election (everyone else in the community was having one too so I fit right in), but the main stuff is in the "sims 2 widespot" tag, starting here. Widespot is the awesomest of Sim neighborhoods, created by author and dedicated Simmer Peni Griffin, and if you play Sims 2 you should play it.
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Full fat plain Greek yogurt + honey + cocoa + vanilla + a smidge of salt = SO GOOD. Basically chocolate mousse in a minute. I added peppermint extract tonight. A little too much, as is easy to do with peppermint extract, but whatever it was still great.

I'm going to be talking about food a lot probably. Sorry, but being as cheerful as I was as a child solely from eating full-fat dairy has me, well, giddy. And somewhat obsessive.

Food stuffs

Aug. 2nd, 2017 12:40 pm
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My hypoglycemia or whatever it was is gone. Snuffed out. Not pining for the Fjords.

I've had temper problems my whole life when I got hungry and couldn't immediately eat. Now that I'm getting a lot more saturated fat, a bit more protein, a bit less carbohydrate, way less wheat, and more salt (within the "average American" range) -- I'm fine. I can be hungry for quite some time and just feel hungry, nothing more. No headache, no feeling out of control. I'm able to deal with crap much better generally. I had some computer problems a few days ago and was annoyed but very manageably so.

I'm also no longer Godzilla when I wake up in the morning. Nor does it take me a long time to drag myself out of bed. I wake up, I lie there for maybe 10 minutes, I get up. I'm a bit out of it but fine. I'll never be a morning person, but mornings are no longer a horrible ordeal for me and everyone foolish enough to interact with me.

I'm no longer cold all the time. When I last had this much energy, I was a teenager. I'm craving vegetables. Also my sweet tooth is diminished -- though if that ever disappears entirely, I'll start thinking I've been body-snatched.
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Hi! I'm doing much better than when I last posted. I'm doing much better than when I FIRST posted. I'm back to who I used to be in a lot of ways, and that's someone some of you have never known so, uh yeah hi. It's been years. Because of this:

I finally got fully through kicking that (100% legal and pushed as the solution to my problems, the motherfuckers) shit last year.

Then the election came and I went kersplat for months. While Trump winning shook me, that wasn't what knocked me flat. When I saw the way so many people supposedly "on my side" reacted, I dove head-first into cracking the echo chamber I'd been stuck in wide open. I've never done well, emotionally, in echo chambers. Cliques give me a rash. I've always had friends who didn't like each other. So that helped.

But what finally pushed my head back up above water was getting more dietary fat, particularly dairy fat. I have not had this much energy since my 20s. Kind of a problem, since my body is still a wreck in many ways -- I can't even walk around the block without severe pain, let alone run around it. It's still great.
lliira: "The will to be stupid is a powerful force, but there are always alternatives." (Will to be stupid)
Yeah, I'm not updating this journal any more. If I post here again it'll likely just be book sporks and nothing else. I can't handle most stuff that smacks of politics online any longer, the constant misinformation everywhere has gotten to me (just because someone seems to agree with your politics that doesn't mean they're not heinous liars and abusers), along with the stark black-and-white thinking and sheer hatred on ALL sides that has gotten far worse in recent years.

Combination of burnout and a real change in online culture that I can't stomach. Also why I noped out of my Tumblr. I do have a Tumblr for my Sims still, pm me if you care to see it.
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I love all the people, of every conceivable place on the political spectrum, using the terrorist attacks in Paris to tell everyone how they were right all along and saying precisely what should be done right now on the world stage. And informing people how to feel, too, that they should feel guilty for feeling a certain way, or for not. It's just lovely timing, and I'm sure all of these people are experts in world politics, sociology, mass psychology, terrorism, violent cults, etc. 

All I know is that this is unbearable. And I'm terrified for the people in my family who live in Paris. I never dreamed I would be thinking maybe they would be safer if they moved back to New York.

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I have not felt like this since 9/11. My cousin lives in Paris. Thankfully she and her kids are out of town (and thank goodness for Facebook so she could let us know), but they have friends they haven't heard from. This can't keep happening.
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So... is anyone else well into their 30s, but with aunts that still call themselves by the nicknames gotten because of the way you mispronounced their names when you were a toddler? Though my aunt Alice doesn't call herself the nickname I unintentionally bestowed, but other people do. Whoops. But I have another aunt who signs her e-mails with the nickname 2-year-old-me bestowed. I don't mind, but it is rather bemusing, especially as they're not much older than me as aunts go.
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Tessa Dare, where have you been all my life? 

I'm worried, because when I start fangirling a romance author, I then read a book by her that's either 1) incredibly offensive 2) incredibly boring or 3) wildly anachronistic. I'm not a stickler for details, and I definitely don't expect Austenian language, but when you have characters in the 19th century with worldviews and ways of expressing them that make them sound like people on the internet in 2015, that throws me out of the book entirely.

But the Tessa Dare books I've read so far have all been funny, sexy, sweet, moving, well-imagined, and neither anachronistic nor overly historically accurate in a way that strangles the story. I adore them. I've only read three so far, the Castles Ever After series, but I have everything else she's published on order from the library. I'm buying the Castles series with birthday money, and with how broke I am, that means a ton. The only other book I've bought in the past year was by Lois McMaster Bujold. So, yeah, recommended.
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Well, not a review, just a recommendation. I never know how to write positive reviews without spoilers. But: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. It's funny, sexy, and just generally really good. It ends up being kind of a love letter to the idea of fandom. 

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 Did you know mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was already known to be useful and was widely-used by the late 18th century, particularly for drowning, almost exactly the same way we use it now? I didn't, but I am really excited about it because I get to use it in what I'm writing now. Also: yay, internet! 
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(Spoilers below if you're Beroli, who is reading the same series I am but is a few books behind. Also, this is a post on which I've chosen not to put warnings.)

So I hate this book I’m reading. 

But I can't seem to put it down )
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I doubt I will care about anything today except the fact that Stephenie Meyer just released a gender-swapped AU of Twilight. Because WHAT.

I think she is going to pull it off and will change how the world thinks about gender roles in romance novels and yeah you know I'm bullshitting. The thing is, because of EL James, I do not seem to have any anger left toward Stephenie Meyer. So I find this very, very amusing. Also, as many people have already mentioned, I wonder how long until EL James writes a gender-swapped 50 Shades. A month maybe?
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If I want to be lectured about things I already know, I'll go to social media. Yeah, some anvils need to be dropped, but I'd rather they weren't on my head. I doubt the audience for these books needs these anvils anyway. This isn't what I read fiction for. I need more sugar with my medicine; and when it's medicine I don't need, it's all the more annoying. 
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It is interesting to me how religion-less almost all the historical romance novels I've been reading are. I don't mean the writers are atheists; I mean the characters seem to be. Except without ever thinking about it somehow. In 18th-19th century England. They agonize endlessly about social condemnation re: sex, but their own personal morality regarding sex and how it relates to religion never seems to cross their minds. "Hell" is only a meaningless swear word. It's... odd. The same way so much fantasy is odd, with writers attempting to write what they imagine our world was like in the 15th century or whatever, but minus religion. Though I find this far more aggravating in fantasy than in romance, as the focus is different.

(Btw, this is one reason I love Dragon Age. It grapples head-on with religion, rather than pretending a society like ours could have happened without it.)
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Just saw an article saying the concept of zero is younger than Jesus Christ. Said article also said Aristotle didn't believe in zero. The first, I could roll my eyes at and figure she'd been misinformed. The first paired with the second -- no. Also, this article is by someone attempting to be extremely deep. She Informs the Reader about Dante and Galileo later in the piece. (You know what I mean by Informs the Reader: it's opposed to Sharing With the Reader.)

I have no idea if Aristotle believed in zero, and I do not trust the internet to tell me the truth about this. I do believe, however, that I have just reached my limit. It's been coming for a long time, but now it's very much here. I am tired of trying to bail out the sea with a teaspoon. Maybe this is what middle age is. 
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Also: photos that are obviously post-1920 don't really count as evidence for the 1700s I think. Somehow. I don't care if the intent is good, when you pull shit like this you make everyone who can make a similar point with REAL evidence look less trustworthy.

I am going to be stewing about this all day at least.

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