So I called the contractor today

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:21 pm
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Left a message on his voice mail, haven't heard anything back yet. Hopefully I will tomorrow, if not I'll have to call back again.

Work was work. Nothing much to say about it really. Then after work the FWiB called, which is always a Good Thing. And I went to my meeting, which was very good and allowed me to share some of this crap.

I'm a bit worried about Bjorn, he isn't eating well. I may take him to the vet Friday.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. Got through calling the contractor.

3. The FWiB.

4. Mango slices with lunch.

5. Cooler weather.

6. My cats.

Tuesday Yardening

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:31 pm
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Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and picked a few blackberries.  My partner Doug mowed grass, and I walked around to see where it was done. 

EDIT 7/25/17: We went out and picked up a pile of grass.  Then I did some weeding in the septic garden.

EDIT 7/25/17: I finished weeding the septic garden.  *goflopnow*

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Jul. 25th, 2017 06:05 pm
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Three damn days on one article that refuses to process properly. Still playing catchup.

Podcasts
Oh god, Lindy West on The Sporkful on being fat and food and basically our cultural fat shaming. It's amazing because I love her confidence and she's very charismatic.

What I love is how the topic even goes to her husband, who is tall, skinny, what people associate with hot (at the time it was recorded, it was even pointed out he had to bulk up for a role on file), and she's not despite how they work out together. I can't recommend this episode enough.

But there's also some amusing tidbits, like making paninis in the Qantas lounge, which makes me only envy her because there is nothing more amazing than having the privilege of flying first class.

I also know it sounds like I listen to endless Sporkful, but I don't, honest! Their content is just that good.

Now that I think about it, there was a Cracked podcast on 17 Movies that were total disasters behind the scenes. It helped emphasize that:
-Marlon Brando was a farting maniac that read his lines off babies
-The Godfather was never supposed to actually work
-Italians actually were still a minority in the 70's
-You don't really want to be an actor under Stanley Kubrick

Recipes
Jeon episode 2
This time it was mix of slaw, julienned parilla, green onions, corn, and clams. Less water this time. I think it lacks the crispy greatness, so I need it to be soupy, or I need to use more oil at high heat.

High Heat?


I can't stop it, I love this commercial!

Also worked on lotus root for the first time. Simple recipe.
-peel lotus root
-chop lotus root sideways, quarter to half-inch slices
-dip in mixture of rice flour with salt
-dip in egg
-sautee in high heathot pan with oil and fry until golden brown

I did the same with tofu.

The thing about both is to use a good sauce to absorb with the texture. I used soy with a bit of vinegar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, pepper flakes, and chopped green onions. Everything came out like I remember and it was like taking a taste of nostalgia. The best thing about lotus root is the crunch, it's like a potato chip/water chestnut kind of crunch to it but with a much better flavor retention.

Today I'll make use of the rest of the perilla by wrapping salisbury steak morsels with it and then doing another batter fry. I think it'll be fine, but I'm running out of olive oil quickly at this rate.

I'll add more to say if I have time. Still no time for photos! No rest for the weary.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 1

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:47 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "rites / rights." I'll be soliciting ideas for adolescents, parents, heroes, villains, fools, clergy and other officiants, explorers, travelers, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, questioning, debating labels, traveling, accepting the call, refusing the call, getting lost, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, finding your power, speaking truth to power, telling your own story, discovering new places, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, the wilderness, cliffs, trails, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, the hero's journey, birth control, reproductive freedom, alien transitions, self-sacrifice, disruptions, adventures, legal rights, famous geographic passageways, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl?  Read all about it! )

Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Late 2017

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:13 pm
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The poll has concluded. These are the upcoming themes:

August 1
Rites / rights of passage

September 5
Families of Choice

October 3
Otherkin and Other-nesses

November 7
Outlandish Occupations

December 5
Hearth and Home

January 2, 2018
Do you believe in magic?

The Beast and the Bucket

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:17 pm
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For years I have been thinking about getting another Porsche to add to the stable. At one time I had three of them, my 87 944S I have owned for over 25 years, a 73 914 and a 68 911L. All good cars, I bought the 914 to replace the 944S when I broke the head on it. But over the years I fixed the red car and let the 914 and 911 go to different homes.

Still it's been 25 years, so this year I started looking at other cars. Decided on getting a 928S, they are big, heavy, fast cars, the big brothers of the 944's. And since I know the 944S engine (it's very complex) I know that a 928S is just that times two. So off I looked at a number of clunks, clunkers, before finally bidding on (and winning) this one in PA.

The beast

Best part is I bought it with bitcoins I had from all the work I do on stuff. Last year I was able to buy an ounce of gold with 2 bitcoins, now I can buy a Porsche....

Getting it home was fun. One of the requirements in my life is I have to drive the darn thing back, I am not towing wrecks. So my dad and I drove 4 hours out to Verona PA to pick up the car and get tags. Verona is near Pittsburgh, nice enough place with lots of poor white people. The car barely ran, and the driver's side window was broken along with the heat being on. So I had to drive it home nice and easy in 95+ degree temps with only the passenger window for air. It was, shall we say a long drive. But the motor got better as we drove, and I think I know what the root problem is (it's a simple fix, ignition computers go bad).Got it home before nightfall, and promptly went to bed.

Interesting side note: When we went to get the title notarized we went to one of those strip malls with a PA license and title center in it. Nice lady working it, with a guy as the notary. She totalled up the bill for the services ($100) and asked if I would pay cash or credit. Credit I said and handed over my Amex Gold card.

They both.... looked at it. They apparently had never seen one, and they thought it was unusual. I though at first they were joking, but no they got one a few months back but normally don't get Amex. Then it hit me: Amex requires you to pay in full every month. And in this area everyone lives on credit cards so no one would have Amex. Note to self: This is the White Working Class people that put Trump in office. Also note I didn't see one Trump sign there or back, and the two barns that had big Trump things on the side had been painted over (I drove out there early this year). Guess they are starting to see what they got....

Anyway spent the weekend working on the car, got the window working, sunroof working, heat working, mirrors, all sorts of stuff. Still need to work on the AC system and a few other things but the car is surprisingly sound. And fast, when the computers are working properly the thing is a BEAST. Thus it's new name, the beast. 5.0 liter 300hp 32v V8 engine and a supporting system designed to cruise at 130-150mph all day long....

Now I'm off to vegas for BlackHat, I'll do some drunken posting while there I am sure but I do also have a lot of meetings and things to take care of. So it's going to be a busy trip. Eventually I'll get some more time to finish this thing up and get it registered in MD, got 2 months to make that happen...

C



So, the wedding weekend

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:46 am
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Mostly it was lovely, but there were parts that sucked. The good parts were seeing members of the family I don't get to see very often. The wedding itself was beautiful, and the reception dinner/barbecue the day before was delicious and fun. The downside? Stuff with the cottage. Betsy was snide about it as always, and Laurie was a bitch. And somehow I got assigned to take care of making an appointment with a guy to fix the roof of the living room, the kitchen floor, and a bunch of other stuff. I got a name and a number and will call him tomorrow to come inspect the cottage while I'm up there in August.

I came home Sunday rather than staying with The Kid again because she had to work Monday and it would have been a hassle getting me to the casino bus Monday. So on Sunday we drove back as far as Binghamton and she left me at the bus terminal there and I took a bus to NYC.

I got home and found everything all right. Except with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. Their car was stolen back on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. So I went over there today after breakfast (well, brunch) at Dunkin' Donuts and went out with them to the 112 precinct to correct a paperwork mistake. On the way back we stopped at Martha's Country Kitchen for snacks. I got a frozen Nutella hot chocolate.

The FWiB called while we were there and we talked. Then we started back to [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place, and after we got off the bus and started walking back... THERE WAS THEIR CAR! On the same block but other side of the street, and down at the other end of the block, but undamaged and with everything still in it!

So we celebrated with sushi, cause nothing says "The car is back" like raw fish on rice! We can't figure out what happened because although nothing was taken things had been moved in the car, and they were very sure about where they left it. So someone took it, rummaged through it, and returned it.

Anyway, they brought me home and now here I am, ready for bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. They got their car back.

4. Friendly family.

5. Sushi.

6. Cool weather.
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The general fund currently contains $85. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Tuesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

Read and vote! )

Monday Yardening

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:42 pm
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Today we picked up three piles of grass and some sticks.  It is pleasantly cool this evening, but there are sweat bees everywhere.  >_<  I do not enjoy being licked by insects. 

I can't keep up.

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:39 pm
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Man. I can't even seem to write entries anymore, much less read other people's. Kind of sucks. Why don't I have time for anything? I feel as though I'm always teetering on a fencepost, always chasing a carrot, always thinking if I can just make it a little longer, things will be different, but how long have I felt that way? 6 years? 7? Longer? I feel like I didn't use to be like this, but how would I even know?

Poem: "Bulletproof"

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:47 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "gay" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains historical atrocities which many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the Holocaust, acts of genocide, the Schutzstaffel, mass murder, loss of families, yellow stars, ghettos, a gay man and a straight woman getting married and raising a family together, some awkward family dynamics, gay-related bashing, unplanned (but welcome) lesbian pregnancy, and other challenges. But the good guys mostly win. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It is not a plot-relevant part of extant storylines, just an interesting piece of Terramagne history.

Read more... )

Monday Update 7-24-17

Jul. 24th, 2017 02:32 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Boston Pride"
Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani
Poem: "Chipped"
Effects of Father Loss
Listen to the Trees
Tiger Swallowtail
Gender in Comics
Hard Things


There is currently a poll for Poetry Fishbowl themes in late 2017. Vote for your favorites. I'll sort the most popular ones into a schedule tomorrow so I can post the advance announcement for the August fishbowl.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One.  Astin takes V shopping.

Weather has been sweltering and intermittently rainy here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia.  Corn ears are thickening.  I picked blackberries yesterday.  Jalapenos are getting bigger. 
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DIY
IT IS DONE. THE HANDLE IS DONE AND I CAN FINALLY GET ON WITH OTHER THINGS.

Computer
Moving content from the dying drive is slow and tortuous. I can't even get it to repair properly. I need to get it to safe mode and get it working. Ran out of canned air. Two cans to make up for it!

Podcasts
Latest Sporkful: Roald Dahl's cookbook. They interviewed Dahl's children and the foods that he made for them and the stories he'd invent just to add magical whimsy while encouraging them to eat healthy. Imagine it was like eating dinner with Dr. Seuss; some of the recipe ideas seem to be built around being playful with the concepts and (minor spoiler) they feel that Willy Wonka was an analogue for Mr. Dahl himself--given how much I feared Gene Wilder as a candy murderer, I don't know how to feel about that, but I think he would have liked knowing that too, hah.

He also makes recipes with someone on Youtube (Binging with Babish) who is known for making recipes as seen in famous tv and movie shows, along with some trivia from "Matilda."

Gardening
Vines still thriving, no flowers yet beyond a bud from a young squash. Took some photos to catch some of the bugs around, to some limited effect. One I wish I got a photo of was a six spotted tiger beetle which was gorgeous. I also found out it was quite a helpful little buddy in clearing my plot of pests along with the occasional spring peeper that hops on by on wetter days.

Cooking

JEON!

I was inspired from this short and decided that it would make for a nice experiment since there's a birthday coming by the end of this week. It's quick! It's easy! It's finger food (sort of), and I tried to make it at home.

-Mix 1 cup cake flour with 1/2 cup rice flour and 2 tbsp salt
-Add two eggs
-Add water, 1 1/2 cups (maybe less is better?). Mix to battery goodness
-Throw in julienned potatoes, green onions, jalapenos, littleneck clams, and shelled tiny shrimp. Mix.
-Grease and heat skillet to high heat

-Using a ladle, dollop some in, try to distro the contents as you cook.
-One the edges look like they are darkening into crispness, flip.
-Once finished, place on cutting board, using knife and cut into squares. Serve with soy and vinegar.

I think I used too much water as it was difficult to flip, but it still came off really well. The rice flour and the cake flour adds to the crispness of the experience which is what I wanted especially. Michelle approved, so it's good!

Traveling
Thinking about it further, it made me realize as well that I was missing a few other things I wanted to do if I was doing the traditional party food, so I asked Michelle if she wanted to take a trip to Boston. H-Mart is next to a Cheesecake Factory, so I think that was all we needed to get going! To Burlington (er, MA) we go!

The trip wasn't too bad. The beautiful weather guaranteed that everyone else was going out of the state rather than into MA. In Burlington, we dined on salad and buffalo blasts (she missed salad. SHE MISSED SALAD! I'M SO HAPPY THAT WE HAD AN EXCUSE TO EAT SALAD!!!) and then we went to H-Mart where I acted like a dog in a butcher shop.

"HEY LOOK THEY HAVE LYCHEES! HEY HEY LOOK THERE'S SAMPLES OF MEAT WE CAN TRY! HEY HEY I THINK WE NEED THIS! CAN WE GET THIS OH WAIT I HAVE THE SHOPPING BAGS SO YES WE ARE GETTING THEM! WHOAH LOOK LOOK AT THIS WE CAN'T GET THIS HERE, I SHOULD MARK THIS SPOT SO I NEVER FORGET WE WERE HERE"

...okay, so maybe not *entirely* like a dog. point is, I got the things that we needed for my ingredients list (lotus roots and perilla) and they were all freaking cheap.

Parents
My dad wants to push his acupuncture business deeper and wants to get his website updated as well as his photos, so is asking me to come down and do this. He said he'll pay. I feel kind of like we don't really get to meet them much these days anyway, and I honestly wish we had more time in VT, but since it's for my dad's business, sure I'll go (I doubt I can get him to do this gratis though, but I can't really disapprove of getting more money in our wallets).

So I'm taking Friday off to fit with his schedule.

-Which is when that birthday is. I guess I'll make some on Wednesday and then bring it on Thursday and tell them it's for them for Friday?

Anyway, backlog is backlogging, so I'll get back to work. So much more to say, but I'm tired and a bit too silly right now to elaborate. Hope everyone's good!

Poll: Poetry Themes for Late 2017

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:35 am
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This poll invites audience feedback about themes proposed for the Poetry Fishbowl dates in late 2017. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Monday night, and then I need to close it so I can post the advance announcement on Tuesday.

The structure uses checkboxes. There are 38 themes after condensing similar ones and dropping things we've already covered. You may vote for as many themes as you would enjoy prompting/sponsoring in a fishbowl. I recommend that you don't vote for ALL of them, so as to help narrow down to favorites.

Read and vote! )

Back home

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:05 am
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A day earlier than I expected. Will post about everything tomorrow.
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 Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, there is one new verse in "The Order of Their Stars."  V thinks about sexuality.

3 Books

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:39 pm
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Two in-progress, and one abandoned. 

Fourmile by Watt Key
Fourmile's plot is my own special kind of crack: a mysterious (as in most likely running from the law) drifter takes a shine to a lonely, fatherless boy and stays on to help the boy's mother sell the family farm, which has, along with the family's personal life, gone to pot in the last few months. Unfortunately--and I'm not quite sure why--the characters don't live up to the coolness of their story. They're not flat, exactly, but they're just not surprising; in every situation they all react exactly as you'd predict these types of characters would. It's not enough to make me quit reading; I just wish I could love the characters as much as I love the plot. 

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I gave up on this a quarter of the way through. It's very, very tropey, which is fantastic, but none of those tropes happened to be ones I like. There's a gorgeous yet sinister guy, a beautiful, flighty younger sister, and a main character who's considered plain by the standards of the time but probably wouldn't do too badly for herself today. Which is fine--beauty standards change. But when are we going to get a heroine who'd be considered plain both then and now, or a heroine whose appearance isn't constantly brought up because, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter? That being said, there's an amazing sense of atmosphere--dark and cold and spindly--and the gorgeous yet sinister guy is obviously based on David Bowie from Labyrinth. I might give this one another try someday. Maybe. 

Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
This'll be my second Ann Rule book; I'm liking it even more than Empty Promises. Small Sacrifices covers the Diane Downs case, which I first heard about on My Favorite Murder (episode 12, I think). The book (obviously) goes into a lot more detail, especially when it comes to Diane's background. You can't exactly pity her--and honestly, I'd be straight up terrified of anyone who did--but it's interesting to see how her childhood most likely influenced what she ended up becoming. 

Poem: "Boston Pride"

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:06 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "lesbian" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

Read more... )

Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:28 am
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Famous mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has passed away.  She came from Iran and won her first medal in a
mathematics competition in 1994.

SO THAT HAPPENED.

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:30 am
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So, I have a Wordpress blog. Today I wrote a little blog post about Guillermo del Toro's new film and about my inability to fathom the motivations and thought processes of people who insist that things that are tangentially related are in fact deeply connected and related to each other. You can read it here.

I posted a link on my twitter, as you do. I tagged del Toro in it, since it saved characters and anyway famous people never notice when I tag them--

AND THEN HE RETWEETED IT.

WHAT.

I kind of freaked out? a little bit? And naturally my twitter notifications were blowing up all afternoon (less so this evening). And according to my WP dash, the post has gotten over FIVE HUNDRED VIEWS. I mean... what???? IS THIS REAL LIFE?????

I'm a little giddy over it to be honest. I haven't gotten like a new following or anything out of it, but it is kind of warming the cockles of my heart to think that someone I admire deeply as a storyteller might have read something I wrote, and liked it enough to share it.

Call for Themes

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:48 pm
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The call for themes is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your enthusiasm.

I've reached the end of scheduled themes for the Poetry Fishbowl project.  It's time to brainstorm some new themes!  These are a few that I've jotted down earlier, ones that I've thought up or people have suggested, to give you an idea what kind of stuff might be suitable:

* Help and Helpiness
* Otherkin
* Pirates and Brigands

What other themes would you like to see me write about?  Suggest them in a comment below this post. 

Later on I'll collect the suggestions and do some polling.  The most popular topics will be added to the schedule for future fishbowls.  Previously, I have just dumped all the proposed themes into a big poll.  The more themes people suggest, the less well this works.  I have an idea for fixing that problem.  This time, I'm going to run the first large poll with checkboxes so you can express interest in as many themes as you like.  I will then either pick from the most popular ones, or use that information to pull out the favorite themes for a smaller poll to select the ones which will appear in upcoming fishbowls.

You can also help by linking to this post so that more people will see it.  Everyone is welcome to suggest themes.  Everyone will also be able to vote for them later; prompters and donors will get extra votes.  If you link to the call for themes, you can reveal a verse in any open perk poem:
"Testing the Metal
"Dangerous Refuges
"The Marble and the Sculptor
"The Golden Peaches of Peace
"Leaves Upon the Water"
"The Quick Brown Fox"
"Lead Us in Peace"
"We Will Fade into You"

Poem: "Chipped"

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:23 pm
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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "bisexual" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some fractious content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features crowds, frustration, floundering over cape identity, rude people, obnoxious language, sex/gender bigotry, bigot-baiting, questioning aspects of personal sexuality, and other challenges. But mostly it's fluff. It's also a humor-based choking hazard. Do not read with your mouth full! If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )

Read "The Order of Their Stars"

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:05 pm
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Thanks to generous donations from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth[personal profile] across_space_and_time[personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline, you can now read the opening of "The Order of Their Stars."  Astin helps V with a shopping trip.

Effects of Father Loss

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:10 pm
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 ... are not just emotional, but biological.  It shortens a child's telomeres.  While death has the biggest impact, divorce or incarceration have similar effects.  Shortened telomeres correlate with shortened lifespan and worsened health.  Now consider that in light of policies from prison to foster care.  Losing a parent is the worst thing that can happen to a child.  If they are not literally in immediate risk of death, everything else does less damage.  That sucks, but it should be used to find other ways of solving family and social problems that do not butcher children's lifespan and health at a cellular level.

No mention was made of mothers.  Likely the effects parallel those of father loss.  I would not be surprised if they are worse.

Squirrel!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:15 am
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You can tell how hot it is because the squirrel's tail is so flat

I've got all the outfits

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:35 pm
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Hey it deleted all my text! What's the deal with that?















Here at the Kid's

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:35 pm
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The day went very well. I'm posting from my phone so will be brief. Work was ok and went well. Took the train to the Port Authority and made it with time to spare. The FWIB called and that took my extra time. The bus trip was uneventful. Now cozy at their house.

Failing to post already...

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:58 pm
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So.... it's been a while since I posted. Oops. Real life has been quite busy and I've been finishing off my crafting and I've been seeing my friends a lot which has been quite nice :)

Some old school friends came to Berlin too and I spent time doing stuff together with them which was so so lovely but also made me very sad when they left. I kind of miss who I used to be when I was with them last (so when I was still in school), but life seemed so much easier back then! Laura came visiting with her baby from America and then Jenna came with her husband Yalcin and we went to explore our old school and actually managed to get into the building! Took some photos and explored and then explored Zehlendorf and got some food together. Those days I spent with them was all just so NICE! Fantastic people who I miss and live too far away from :(

I've also been interviewing therapists! Perhaps that is why I've not been feeling the urge to post and detox my brain? So I've seen three so far. Two women and one man, and I think I am veering towards choosing the first woman. She seems quite nice, into helping me talk about things and sort out life management tips for coping, and also into trying to analyse dreams. Never done that before, could be cool. Also the office is in a good location on a bus route near me and there is a small park near where I can sit and think after sessions and there are also food places nearby. I'm going to call and make a second appointment soon :)

Last weekend I went off with my friends to Mannheim for an immersive theatre piece.
https://www.nationaltheater-mannheim.de/de/schauspiel/stueck_details.php?SID=2854
It was fantastic. Really really good. I really enjoyed myself and joined in the ceremonies and watched some of their rituals and composed a song and listened to their sect stories of how they believe their world is and watched them try and find new shells for their two missing gods. I have a lot of questions still too and I didn't manage to see everything that I wanted to but it was a very good experience :)

The drive there and back was good too. Out of the four of us only two of us have a driving license and only one of us actually drives regularly. So Laura drove us the 6 hours there in the daytime and then to our Airbnb late in the evening afterwards and then in the morning the next day. Poor love. I took over and did about three hours in the middle after I had rested with some Autobahn tips from Laura from the back. Very helpful! It is a bit scary driving so fast (135kmh at one point!) but I'm glad I did it.

Met friends this week for walks and swimming and dinner which has been real nice too :) Apart from getting eaten alive by mosquitoes in the woods! And packed! Because now I'm off to England for a family event and time with my Grandma and seeing friends and going to the Edinburgh Fringe! It's going to be a pretty fabulous summer :)

I plan to update throughout despite not having a computer with me, or I'll just use a pen and paper diary. We shall see!

Happy right now :) (despite not having finished packing yet! Argh!)

Gender in Comics

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:23 am
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I found this analysis of gender in comics to be fascinating.  In many categories, I've written against the mainstream pattern, such as having females with super-strength and males with psychic powers.  In a few areas I may have replicated the pattern; with pheromone control and prehensile hair, I could only think of female characters, although I'm sure there are males with pheromones.

Off to the wedding tomorrow

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:36 pm
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So, although I will try and post from my phone while I'm away, I don't know if I'll be able to, so this may be my last post til Monday night.

Anyway today work was frustrating as it was the third consecutive day of wonkiness with the cataloging program. Very annoying.

After work the FWiB called, and we taked until i met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner, made a quick trpi to target, and then went to Carvel for ice cream. We stopped to pick up my laundry on the way home.

Once I was home I packed for the trip. I hope I haven't forgotten anything, of course I still have to pack things I need tonight or tomorrow morning, but aside from that the only thing I need to do before the wedding is my nails. I Naired my legs, and they look good.

Anyway that's all, and I have to hurry to bed.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Nair.

3. The FWiB.

4. Oldest Brother is OK (his phone glitched and I got quite worried til he called me)

5. Found the jewlery I was looking for.

6. Trip tomorrow!

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Jul. 19th, 2017 02:38 pm
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I'm kind of idling, but partially because I have a major deadline for an issue and I'm waiting for feedback on some articles for a particular piece. It's been a busy as hell week and yesterday was (as you could tell from the previous post), me running my hands through the innards of a computer to troubleshoot why some parts were not operating properly.

Note to self: get another can of compressed air.

Cooking
So, ever heard of a dish called bibimbap? I think it's trendier these days more than it used to be since protein bowls are a big thing, but it's something I grew up with and for that birthday, I made it. The nice thing about it is that it's like an interchangeable dish of mixed vegetables on rice. The annoying thing is that it means I need several dishes made out to allow it to be interchangable.
-Blanched spinach for five minutes, drained, mixed with sesame oil, then mixed with soy and sugar, add sesame seeds
-stir fried kohlrabi sticks in oil, add onions, ten minute tenderization
-"quick" kimchee made of salted cucumber quarter slices, pepper flakes given time to drain, added fish sauce, minced ginger, celery
-Blanched mung beans, drained, mixed with sesame oil and seeds, garnished with green onions
-Fried extra firm tofu in sticks, hard heat, then mingled in sauce with miso paste and honey and sesame oil, garnished with green onions
-Stir fried ground beef with sesame oil, soy sauce, syrup, garlic powder, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions
-Stir fried mushrooms with onions and garlic powder
-scrambled ten eggs to a runny consistency since I can't guarantee ten fried eggs handling transit properly.
-Cooked two whole cookers of rice

They loved it. It was an all night project (we didn't even have any for dinner, we ended up having chicken tenders and fries), but the results were worth it. I didn't finish all the sides I would have used normally though, as I also had a bag of slaw I was going to make into a sour slaw, a daikon I was also going to turn into kimchee, and two zucchinis I was going to julienne before stir frying with butter.

Oh well, more for us!! I might brine the daikon instead now that I have the chance anyway.

Gardening
We found more beans growing on the window vines. I think they're fertilizing through the wind of the fan that I run as I sweat into my rig. This is looking good, as good as the vines that I will check on today if we have time. I'm predicting that the beans will climb the top of the twine by the end of this week. I'm really hoping the tomatoes will start to flower along the way. Also want to check on the squash.

DIY
We took a last minute trip to the hardware store last night, got some screws and of course I get the wrong thread. Go me. If everything comes in in time, then we'll try again? Just need to remember that it's podcast night, so I'm going to be busy. I got some extension cords for the audio equipment, so I'll see how this goes.

Random
I scraped my finger against the handrail at my complex and it wedged against a tapering part of the board and tore off a thick chunk of skin from my index finger. I can see the blood outside the bandage, so it must be deep.

Okay, things have been quiet for awhile, so BACK TO WORK.

Hard Things

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:32 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

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Jul. 18th, 2017 11:28 pm
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Troubleshooting a computer is no fun, and it's even less easier when you're using Windows 10 and even less so when you're doing all this just so you can extract raws from a card.

If you need me, I'll be swearing into a piece of hardware.

Busy evening

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:19 pm
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Work was OK, except that for the second day in a row the catalog system was screwed up. But we survived that.

After work the FWiB called, and we talked. While we talked I got money out of the bank, got a new Metrocard, and got my face waxed. The face waxing was done during a haitus in the call, he hhung up and then called back after 15 miinutes. Then I had pizza for dinner and went to my meeting, which was sadly just M and me.

After the meeting, The Kid called to talk about this weekend. She sent me some pictures of hats and things.

Then after I got off the phone with her, I fed the cats and took my laundry down to the laundromat and dropped it off. And then it was time to make my nightly call to Oldest Brother (I don't generally bother to mention it but I call him every night.)

So I was kept busy from the time i left work to now.

Gratitude List:

1. Weekend wedding coming up.

2. The FWiB.

3. The Kid.

4. My meetings and the people there.

5. Good pizza.

6. Healthy cats.

July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, Session 2

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:43 pm
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The July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is once again open.  We're reusing the original post with its donation button and ticker. However, please place new prompts below THIS post, because the other one is already so full that comments are collapsing, which makes them harder to read or search.  You may prompt in this session IF 1) you did not prompt in the July 4 session OR 2) you donated to the July 4 session.

I will do the best I can to fill new prompts and pick up some from the previous session.  I have no idea how long it'll take.  My body is being kind of cranky after last week's adventures, and the internet is a bit iffy although nowhere near as bad as it was earlier this month.  Witch me luck, eh?

Some Stuff

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:53 am
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  • This month I fell into a bit of a reading slump, and I've been slowly working my way out of it by reading a whole bunch of middle grade books. I just finished Ghost by Jason Reynolds and Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes. Olive's Ocean is an old favorite (I remember listening the audiobook when I was around the same age as the main character, Martha) and oh boy, did it hold up the second time around. I can't help but love how conflicted and miserable Martha is through most of the story because that's, more or less, how I felt when I was twelve: lonely and awkward and tired of everyone, especially everyone in my family. Olive's Ocean is also a very small story--one summer with one family--that still feels huge and deeply emotional. 
  • Ghost is pretty short. Even shorter than Olive's Ocean, which I read all the way through in one day. It's also hilarious, and features two things I adore: a snarky kid narrator and an "inspirational coach" type of character who's almost just as snarky. If anything, I wish that this one had been a little longer, but it's part of a series, so I will be able to spend more time with the characters once the second book comes out. 
  • I emailed in my application for peer tutoring a few days ago. I won't be getting an answer back for a couple more days, but I have a pretty good feeling about my chances. Mostly I'm just worried about filling the position for one of the classes that fits with the rest of my schedule before someone else does. 
  • An idea for a short story was bugging me, so I decided to try writing it down last week. I ended up learning two things. One: I can still write short stories, but two: I don't actually want to write short stories right now. Which feels weird, since I always figured that I did still want to write short stories--I just hadn't come up with any good ideas yet. But ideas aren't the problem. The problem is that I'm just not interested in them. And maybe I was never interested in writing short stories as much as I was interested in publishing short stories...anyway, if I'm going to write, I want to enjoy what I'm writing, so after typing up a couple paragraphs I gave up and dumped it in my "Bits & Pieces" file. It really wasn't a bad beginning. I'm just not interested in continuing it. At all. 
  • Better writing news: my July Horror Movie Spotlight for TFI is up. This month it's I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, which I already talked about here and still have mixed feelings about. I always find things I should have changed in my posts after they're finished and posted, but I don't think this one turned out too bad. You can find it here.  
  • I'm getting caught up on My Favorite Murder. Episode 77 was amazing, and by that I mean it covered two absolutely horrific stories. I haven't listened to Lore in a while, so that's next on my list. 

Recent Trip

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:41 pm
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In case you're wondering what I did last week, my partner Doug went to the IBM/SAM magic convention in Louisville, Kentucky. We met up with friends, and I spent several days exploring the tourist attractions ...

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] callibr8. It also fills the "blood" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] across_space_and_time, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It directly follows "We Are All Related," so read that first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. You-all wanted to see the gaybashers who attacked Kenzie curbstomped by the Iron Horses, so here it is. Watch out for conspiracy to commit assault, religious issues, conflicting obligations, bloody souvenirs, desire for vengeance, magical/spiritual stalking of culpable parties, Thunderbird is fucking scary and so is his follower, rude language, using superpowers against ordinary opponents, gaybashers stalking around a gay bar, oblique references to pony play, references to poaching and hazardous equipment, graphic violence, vigilante justice, use of barbed wire as a rumble weapon, probable permanent injury, brutal application of inconvenient truth, temporary hearing impairment, explanation of internalized oppression and repression of identity, complicated transgender issues, and other mayhem. This is a major plot development, so skipping it would leave a big gap, but the main thing you need to know is simply that the Iron Horses hunt down the gaybashers and beat the shit out of them. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Blah kind of day

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:02 pm
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Went to work, made it on time. Worked, nothing special.

After work, the FWiB called and we talked. Which was good.

The only thing of note that happened though was that when I got back to my apartment building the front door electronic scanner thingie wasn't working so I couldn't get in until someone called up to their apartment and had someone buzz them in. So I didn't dare go out again tonight to take laundry down for fear I wouldn't be able to get in again.Hopefully it'll be OK tomorrow, and I'll bring laundry down after my meeting.

Got the group photo from the winery trip. Looks good.

And that's it.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Didn't have to wait outside long.

3. The purple flowers I pass on my way to work.

4. Mango slices with lunch.

5. Quiet day.

6. Friends.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 03:52 pm
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no caffeine. Phone app no work. Sadness. Eternal sadness of the Mondays.

It's 3pm?

Momentary sadness of the Mondays.

Accounting for past sins in terms of how I mishandled my accounts, but I was encouraged about how I'm running the account decently enough. I actually proposed an email to our client that didn't require editing, so that alone is a boon!

Pretzels
I ordered some as thanks to the person who has been mentoring me and it went to the wrong address. She's thankful I sent them, and she went far enough to visit the address to see if they're there. Huh.

She said it wasn't necessary, but I reordered a new batch for her. If she gets them, then she will have double the pretz. I'll live with the sin of spoiling.

Birthdays
Not mine, someone here has a birthday in my team. Thinking it's going to be protein bowls tomorrow. That's the problem though, it's for tomorrow. Good thing I have mason jars, I'm going to need to set them up to cook a bunch of bibimbap ingredients, then a bunch of eggs, then beef, then tofu, then some quick kimchi, then I get to pretend I'm a good person for doing all this.

DIY
Did I mention that I punched a hole in the wall?

Did I mention that it was for a replacement for the phone box?

Did I also mention that the wiring is giving me problems?

How about that I had to unscrew the damn thing and expand the hole so that it can all fit without letting the wires interfere with each other?

My vacuum is full of drywall, but I think it fits now and the connection has been giving us errors, but it seems to be more associated with things like power outages and Game of Thrones, so I think we're good.

We got cabinet handles to install to the plastic rail. Looks like Don's gonna be a-drilling some holes with his dremel!

Photos
Those will likely be on delay, because my card reader is busted or my USB front case is failing on me. My case has a reader too, but for some reason it's not operating properly. I may need to dig into the innards and try to tweak the parts around again. I can say that I have yet to find a BSOD once I cleaned the memory slots, so at least that's no longer an issue. I may need to devote a day just to checking and cleaning and restoring function to some of the parts of my case.

Gardening
I am seeing the beans grow out and vine and they're climbing. They are actually climbing in leaps and bounds! Oh my god, it is fantastic!!

I also have a bean indoors! A window bean!! I'm a proud parent! A proud, somewhat cannibalistic parent!! I'll have a photo of it, it's a somewhat sickly looking thing, but just seeing me get away with it is what surprises me the most. Hopefully, it'll grow into a single, sexy twelve inch long bean (#nobeanmo)

The squash in the patio seems to be growing, at least one of them is. Just planted two more seeds in that planter to see what happens.

Another squash was planted in the garden as well, and it looks like it's going decently enough. We'll see, I think the indoor growing made some of these plants really frail, so I'm very skeptical, but again, we'll see.

Hiking
So this weekend, we visited Shelburne Farms! I took photos! Michelle took mosquito bites! I PETTED CHICKENS!!! I will share this travail once the photos are working properly.

Television
As I mentioned before, Game of Thrones. Yes, I watched it. Yes, I enjoyed it. It's been a long time for me, I honestly forgot what Dragonstone was until she got there and then I was like, "Oh yeah... *that* place!"

Did that spoil too much? Hopefully not. Either way, I know the first episodes are more or less to establish what's going on before they actually push, so I think I'll look forward to next week, when we are treated to Peter Dinklage actually opening his mouth and saying something this time.

We started getting into American Gods. Cinematography-wise, it's a beautiful show. Most of the time, I have no idea what is going on. I mean, I have a gist, but I can't see the grand scheme of it all. To be fair, I'm only three episodes in, but I can see and I think the concept of the mythos that it's pushing out expresses itself decently enough. There's a lot of references to mythology that I would google just to see what they reference and then I'd be like, "this doesn't explain much" and then it would be reference to something else in the show and I'd keep googling. It is its own thing, I guess, and I will keep at it, but I have to admit that it would be nice to know what I'm watching once we get later in.

Also, that opening? It's one sexy art piece that was made for this show.

Finally, got to add: Gillian Anderson can do a fantastic Lucille Ball. Like I didn't even realize it was her until I kept noticing "Guest Actor - Gillian Anderson" in the credit. I'm still trying to identify some of the old gods in the series too, while some like the jinn are obvious, others like the Irishman are too obscure for me.

Gaming
Michelle got that LEGO game for Switch and she tried out the Splatoon 2 beta release. I think she has a poor reaction/compensation time when it comes to games, but despite that I think she was starting to really get into it and was picking up some tactics aside from charging. Good for her! I still suck at it, though tbf, I think the controls need better tweaking, otherwise I could probably do decently as a sniper build in that game. Michelle keeps offering to get more controllers, but I'm okay with doing nothing.

Comics
Yes, of course I pick up comics.

Just want to point out that Marvano's version of The Forever War was back in release. I found it amazing because I grew up wanting to get the whole collection, but the second and third parts of the trilogy were really freaking rare to find. Don't believe me? Look up eBay: the second and third parts usually sell for 100 or more.

Now that I found out Titan reprinted them, I can get a second chance! I'll look forward to getting a new version, maybe get to keep my third copy in better condition now, too.

Finally
Reading this entry back made me realize I've been relatively busy this weekend, huh. Well good!

Monday Yardening

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:11 pm
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Today I walked around the yard.  It's getting warm and moist.

There are bees everywhere.  In the wildflower garden, I saw a big bumblebee visiting every flower on this plant.  I saw a small black bee and a tiny metallic green one on the echinacea.  These are probably native species, some of which are rarely seen. All had large panniers of yellow pollen collected from the flowers.  :D  Beeeeeees!

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 2, I picked a few blackberries.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 3, I planted some morning glories and watered plants.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 4, I weeded about half of the septic garden.

Monday Update 7-17-17

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:13 am
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (pots)
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (prairie garden)
Rainbow!
Sunday Yardening
Badger Engineering


I'm back at the keyboard now after a busy week.

The second session of the July Poetry Fishbowl will open on Tuesday, July 18.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been steamy here.  It rained a little yesterday.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, and some yellow thing in the wildflower garden.  Corn is tasseling.  I need to pick more blackberries.  I think there are two jalapeno plants with tiny peppers on them, and more cayenne too.  \o/  Evidently peppers grow better in pots than my efforts with tomatoes.

Garden Photos

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:49 pm
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I posted two batches of garden photos today, pots and prairie garden

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