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Hi! I may have subscribed to your journal because you wrote something interesting that showed up while I was browsing dreamwidth or reading my network page. Perhaps you're reading this because you think I wrote something of note. Either way, welcome.

I try to avoid hate speech of any kind on my journal. If I slip up and say something heedless of my own privilege, please tell me - in a non-flaming way. These are teachable moments, not times to whack people over the head with a newspaper.

I could list an alphabet soup of identities, but suffice it to say thatRead more... )
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Hiya! Congress is considering an incredibly wonderful (for me! as well as others) piece of legislation. It is not without faults, but basically...

Right now, because I am on Medicaid and other forms of public assistance for disability, I cannot have more than $2,000 in assets or I lose my benefits. If I get married, my spouse and I cannot have more than $3,000 in combined assets or same thing.

So, you know, all the planning for rainy days and stuff? That cannot happen for me unless I break the law and hide money under a mattress or something, which is technically a felony that could land me in jail.

This new bill would allow me to have a special savings account of up to $100,000! Other people could add to it as well! (With SSI they get really fussy about anyone else giving you money because it's considered "income" and they want to dock your benefits and it sucks.) If the money is spent on medicine or housing, it's tax-exempt. When you die, the money in the account goes back to the government.

It has passed the House because something something fiscal responsibility. It is now in the Senate, so please if you live in the US and you have some spare time could you maybe call/write/email your Senators and ask them to pass it? Also if you live outside the US signal boosting would be awesome, too.

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I have limited hand usage so forgive me for not captioning these the way I usually would; I am about to go poop out in front of a TV and maybe fall asleep for a long time. But yay, Chance and Lily cuddling and also TOE BEANS especially for [personal profile] tyger!

Eternal cuteness of Chance and Lily

two moar kitty photos! )
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Our (small-ish) kitty rescue has found forever-homes for 93 cats this year (and there are still a few adoptions pending). ALL three of our foster cats, have been adopted (well, except for Ms. Maddy, who we are currently fostering and leaning ever more towards keeping because she is just that adorable and Chance is moving from hissing stage to meowing to get into her room stage so IDEK. She just. She makes *everyone* smile even though obviously having a gangrenous tail amputated is srsly a justifiable reason for being cranky and hiding in your closet as much as you want.)

Also, Ms. Haley, the Border Terrier we fostered for 2.5 months earlier this year, is thriving in her forever home. She has all the tennis balls she wants, goes for 5 mile walks *every day*, and gets lots of snuggles. So that is also extremely gratifying.

P.S. If you use Amazon.com and you don't already participate in Amazon Smile which donates a teeny tiny fraction of your purchase to non-profits so Jeff Bezos can sleep at night, please consider adding our cat rescue as your Amazon Smile designated non-profit. Totally no pressure, but I thought I'd mention it, because cats. You can try clicking here but if that link is not static then you can go to the cat rescue homepage and click on the left hand sidebar where the Amazon Smile logo is.

/PSA, and sorry to pair it with adorable animal photos but I keep having a cat step on my keyboard and try to steal my tea so it's hard to get one post up let alone two (and I still have to do the cat room cleaning/feeding schedule for the week. Did you know Maddy likes opening all the browser tabs ever?)

Animal Feel Good Photos:

seriously all the animal photos ever of our animals and a bunch of fosters> <a href= )

tw: happy-sad message to Rogue who passed away last year, maybe skip this part if you are teary already or if animal passing is hard for you right now

happy-sad message to Rogue )
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So you know how there is talk in US English about "Kitty Crazies"? That thing cats do roughly once a day where they look at you as though they have never seen you before, run around the house, etc?

Well partner's family speaks North African Arabic (also other dialects in other branches of the family). Anyway, there is another name for "kitty crazies". You say that the cat "has tagoug" (Anglicized spelling completely mine because partner is out; note that the correct grammar is not that the cat "is tagoug"). Basically it means that the cat is "possessed" (by a Djinn/demon -- what we call "genies" -- also note that not all Djinn are evil, some are aligned with God/Allah and the evil ones are not; there is a WHOLE area of study around this which not all Muslims and/or Arabs and/or Lots of Peoples I don't have room to specify agree on that I do not even begin to understand so I'm going to stop there). I kind of like this imagery because it ties back to all the ideas of cats and witchcraft and everything. It also kind of explains why cats look so uncomfortable.

Or you could go by my definition, which is that more specific than the "kitty crazies", your cat is just having a short manic episode. (Seriously, not that different from how I feel when fully manic versus hypomanic).

With our dogs, we always called these occasional bouts of RUN EVERYWHERES "racehorse dog" (though srsly they would be really poorly trained racehorses because they did not go in a ring at all). Though once my dog did get hold of the slug trap (which contained beer) and, er, emptied it into his belly before grabbing hold of the container and running round the yard. I think that was a chemically induced racehorse dog. (And don't worry, despite the alcohol/dog poison, he was fine. It was cheap crap beer with low alcohol content, which helped.)

Anyone else have other terminology for such things? Do bunnies have similar bouts of ALL THE ENERGIES? (I'm looking at you for this vital information, [personal profile] shanaqui .) What about other species?

ETA: I wonder if animals have names/thoughts for our shenanigans? Like "omg they are picking out those clothes things again"? Or whatever their idea of our recreational sex is. Or what the hell is the holiday season madness. Or VACUUMING. I mean, basically most of what we do around animals would seem to me to be nonsense to them? IDK. *curious*

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Chance the kitty
Pictured: Chance, an adorable black kitty with green eyes, laying on his side on a blue and white quilt like, "Huh, why are you disturbing me?" Part of the quilt is folded over the lower half of his body

This is why I've been having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. (I mean, aside from the 6 am feeding upon which I stumble back to bed and sleep for a bit longer.) Chance comes and snuggles up next to me with Partner on the other side and I am in a sandwich of warmth and cute cat love and how could I move? Plus when I had a dog I could say things like, "Do you want a treat in the kitchen?" and then he would move and food would commence. Chance does not yet know these words, and so he gives me dirty looks when I attempt to move out from the middle of the sleeping loved ones.Kitty! One photo and an embedded video below the cut )

Oh bodies

Nov. 10th, 2014 01:16 pm
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FWIW, I think I hurt my shoulder playing with cats. I woke up with that horrible, "I slept weird and pinched a nerve," feeling, which I thought was what had happened. Then I went to wave a mouse toy tantalizingly in front of a cat or two and my shoulder went, "Nooooo, there's the pain!"

This is where my frowny face goes.

So, uh, I did play with them this morning because I'd already started and unhappy cats are not pleasant to live with. Amelie went all RUN RUN EVERYWHERE HIDE JUMP BAT RUN on me, which is great. Chance also had a good time. They are good cats.

The other humans in my household better step up their playtime is what I'm saying, because otherwise there may be feline rebellion.
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So I'm on Lithium and hormones for my psych stuff. They are generally helpful! However one of their annoying side effects is that they give you teenage acne skin again. I am not a fan of this.

I have tried several skin cleaners, and the best one was one I impulse-bought at a neighbor's Mary Kay party. I don't really plan on going that route again because too complicated. Currently I have some Whole Foods esque skin cleaners made from plant parts that are not doing their job properly. I am a fan of the whole not tested on animals thing, PABA-free, no stupid perfumes that make me unable to breathe kind of thing.

Anyway, I'm looking for a skin cleaner that:
  • Actually works, like heavy duty. No messing around, this shit is real.
  • No animal testing.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • No stupid perfumes. Scents that come from actual essential oils/plant parts are okay (though not too strong is better), but no artificial scents or insta-migraine.
  • Easy to acquire in the continental US. Internet is wonderful!
  • Not horribly expensive! I may need to try one or two things before I find the right thing for my body, so if I spend all my money on one thing and it doesn't work I am SOL. (So ideally no more than $15 per thing. Less is definitely better. If I am being totally unrealistic in my expectations please let me know.)
Any ideas?
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Chance and Ameliť
Introducing Amelié, the foster cat my mom might maybe adopt (squee). She is tiiiiny (~7 lbs) and stands up to Chance and likes playing if you move the toy right. She's also been ill lately, poor thing, probably from stress. In fact she is at the dreaded vet right now. I am hoping they do not prescribe more pills because I have several scratches from trying to wiggle away from pills already. Anyway, she is a sweetie. When you are not giving her evil pills, that is. (She is a small black maybe-Bengal kitty facing the camera laying down with her paws tucked under her on top of a soft white mat thing.)


Allllll the kitty pictures; low bandwidth users beware; also beware of cuteness )

Link to a video of a scenic beach we went to earlier this fall; have been meaning to upload for awhile.

Link to a video of Chance and Amelie having happyfuntimes chilling in windows, as cats are wont to do.
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Am hoping she is helpful, and we can keep body weight discussions to a minimum because that is not what I am there to talk about.

In related news, I wrote this tirade comment on [personal profile] shehasathree 's journal and it seemed relevant and I am sharing it because I've been thinking about it since that asshole cardiologist last week

This is my problem with #notalldoctors:

If pretty much *anyone else* crosses a big ol' boundary

tw: talkin' about abuse and manipulation )
 

WOO

Sep. 12th, 2014 02:31 pm
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So I have had such trouble finding POTS doctors for, like, ever.

Apparently the key search term is not anything to do with dysautonomia. It is "electrophysiologist cardiologist" or some variation of that.

Also because they think the general public will have trouble remembering that, the professional association associated with that has a horrible website.

BUT there is a website for the Heart Rhythm Society which is basically the same thing, because even though it basically spends the whole time talking about atrial fib and arrhythmias, when I have called any of the doctors that they have IN THEIR DATABASE OF DOCTORS, the receptionists KNOW WHAT POTS IS, they do tilt table testing in house, and they can schedule me with a doctor who specializes in the weird thing I have.

So basically it's a secret society of doctors who treat POTS but don't advertise? IDEK. Like nowhere does it say anywhere "POTS" or "dysautonomia" or "hypotension" or whatever, BUT THEY TOTALLY TREAT THOSE THINGS.

Did I mention that their database of doctors appears to be international?

WHY ARE THEY HIDING THEIR MAGIC POWERS?

cynicism about doctors )
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Awhile ago partner put a cat noises app on my phone. Initially it was a way for myself and various family members who were not so familiar with cats to get a sense of different types of cat noises and what they might mean.

However, it has another very useful purpose, if one doesn't overuse it. That purpose is distracting cats.

For example, when Bubba and Chance were getting a little *intense* in their play (read: Chance mostly was the intense one), sometimes I would play random cat meows from the app. Both cats would stop what they were doing and go, "Wait, there's another cat? Are you making that noise? Where is that coming from? What?" It was enough of a distraction to kind of break the cycle of predator-prey-intensity and kind of reset things.

Note: use sparingly so as not to acclimate cats to random cat noises and render ineffective.

Another useful tool is random bird noise apps or YouTube videos. Your cat may or may not respond as mine has, but there have been times when we've needed to get Chance in a cat carrier or give him meds and he has (wisely) hidden under the bed or another difficult to reach location. Rather than doing the ill-advised move-the-bed or reach-under-to-meet-unhappy-cat-pull-out-of-hiding-maneuvers, at times we have played bird noises on the phone. This has sometimes led to cat coming out to go, "Wait birds? I like birds. Where are you hiding the birds? How did they get in the tiny box?"

Again, using sparingly is key. It also helps if the noises come sometimes not when cat is about to be trapped for medicine or the carrier, but also for fun things like investigating magic bird box or getting food.

I am guessing probably more experienced cat guardians have already figured these things out, but I thought I would share for kicks, in case people find this helpful, and because my memory is sometimes swiss-cheese-like.

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Thought I'd share a couple of Chance pics. J., who heads the rescue where we got Chance, has pointed out that it can be hard to photograph black cats well because they tend to meld into one abyss of ebony. My mom certainly has trouble picking out which bit of a photo shows Chance's head and which is a paw. I blame the fact that she's usually looking on a tiny smartphone screen. Anyway, is it easier for you? We shall see.
three kitty photos under the cut )

Funny thing about Chance and blankets: he has been excellent motivation for us to make the bed. He seems to feel that sheets are lava and blankets are "safety", to reference that one childrens' game. So if we don't make the bed, he curls up in a tiny corner where there is actually blanket, leaving the vast expanse of sheet untouched. Being concerned cat guardians who want our Chance to have maximum napping/frolicking space, we have been trying to ensure bed-making. (But be assured I will also be working on awdddddddddddddddx<--CHANCE'S FIRST KEYBOARD WRITING ahem, um, helping him get used to sheets.)
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You know how they have ball pits?

Well, what about a toy-mouse pit for kitties?

Wouldn't have to be huuuuge, could be expanded, and if Chance went AAAHHHHH THEY HAVE BANDED TOGETHER then we would just have a large stash of toy-mice for when the existing stash went missing, etc.

ALSO IT WOULD BE AWESOME.

Ahem.

relates to toy mice but references other things cats do to mice, no mice were harmed in the making of this story )

P.S. My brain weasels keep acting up and it sucks and also this leads me to talk a LOT about depressing news things like the FCC and Net Neutrality or what have you. I think know it is irritating my partner and also bothering me. Can someone link me sites that are cheerful and fun to look at but include sometimes words and not just pictures/video (because often I look at on my phone while twiddling thumbs and bandwidth). Dark humor also very much appreciated (see: The Bloggess).
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So you know how people have been making proto-self driving vehicles? Well what I want is a self-driving vehicle that has detachable escape pods. So, say you're at a party or family event with people. And say they want to stay but you are like rrrrrgh needs must go NOW. You can just get in your self-driving escape pod and jet out of there to wherever you need to go (a safe friend's house, your own house, some sort of ER, etc.) without having to get into a prolonged discussion about who will stay and who will go, who is driving which car, people potentially guilting you for "ruining" the party when that is not actually in your capacity to do to an entire party by merely leaving to take care of yourself, etc.

I think this is a brilliant plan!

Also, maybe the pod could be set up for introverts if perchance you are in introvert, so there could be shades to screen you from the outside world and music of your choice and perhaps a selection of books or a built-in ereader collected to a great library and squishy pillows and weighted blankets...you know, whatever helps you decompress from THE OVERSTIMULATION and SPOON OVERLOAD.

Please someone use this idea, you can haves it for free! Just make it happen!
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Buzzfeed Video Link: Things Cats Do That Would Be Creepy If You Did Them

*new video partner and I are referencing fairly often, not always in reference to Chance*
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Has anyone ever had a headache where:
  • no pain if they are laying down (at least, after a couple minutes)
  • immediate stabbing pain if they sit up (only on one side of the head, though the side may change)
  • the pain may dull after awhile of sitting up
  • the pain is only on one side, around/just behind one ear, and feels like pressure or maybe a lance going through the head
  • sometimes there is also inner ear pain on that side of the head
  • it has lasted at least four days
I know all the medical thingies say if you experience a weird headache to go to a doctor, but this one feels SO weird (like, even my nurse-mom is like, "I'll have to think about that one") that I just worry-from-past-experience that if I go to a doctor they will do things like make me have moar brain scans (have had maybe three in the past year? and they were all fine); refer me to a specialist for whom I'll have to wait a long time; give me painkillers that are super strong and also trigger mania which is no good; decide in the end that it is either psychosomatic or a side effect of one of my meds and they can't actually do anything about it, or it will have gone away by the time my appointment with the specialist actually comes.
It's nice when you have confidence in the medical system, see?

So anyway, not expecting Medical Advice (TM) for which I will sue if it doesn't work or something, just wondering if I am the only one this has happened to or if it shares commonalities with anyone else's weird headaches. Because sometimes I really do wonder if I am going "crazy" in the negative, stereotyped-by-the-media sense of the word.

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Where most of the day is spent with your cat who is having upset tummy and then meowing pathetically by the litterbox and/or running around the house because getawayfromitgetawayfromit, and finally the chaos stops at 2:30 am and you get to sleep and then are awoken at 7:30 am by a callback from the vet's office saying yes bring the cat in today, only maybe don't feed him because we might need to do bloodwork we'll get back to you on that after we check again with the vet, and by the way our earliest appointment isn't until this afternoon have fun with your hungry cat? And you kind of fall back asleep but not really because now your cat is all "I am fine I am just playing on top of my sleeping human"?

And then you take your cat to the vet after just having taken him two days before for vaccinations &tc and your poor kitty is like srsly I have an upset stomach and so you don't feed me and then take me back to this place with the thermometer up the butt?!?

Where the vet gives good care and you are pretty confident that the cat did not catch giardia somehow from the dog but you *do* have to give him antibiotics twice a day for 10 days (and it's Flagyl which is just le gross to take) and also now he has a special bland diet which means you have to pick up chicken from the store *and* if he doesn't improve soon or he gets worse you have to take the kitty back pronto to get X-rays? And also at some point you have to remember to bring them a stool sample on ice so they can test it for all the not-fun things, because it is a matter of protocol and somehow you keep forgetting to refrigerate or ice your cat's poop because usually he goes right when you've gotten in bed?

But at least the visit was not as expensive as feared, the cat was spared bloodwork, and so far seems to be doing okay and even let you toss a pill down his throat. Also he was super cuddly while you were rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and you couldn't get up to answer the phone because he was on your feet and it would have disturbed him and clearly his day was traumatic enough already. Also basically you were done with moving.

tl;dr I am way behind on entries and replying to things and stuff; that is mostly because I am mega-sleep deprived (I require eight hours of sleep to be pleasant and feel like myself, seven to be semi-functional, below that we enter the badlands.) Also fair bit of worrying about Chance today, both in terms of "I hope this is not something terribad" and "I hope he does not hate the vet's and/or the car forever and ever." Crossing fingers that tomorrow is a better day and I can catch up on dreamwidth and also do some more of the things I wanted to do like maybe change the sheets or pick up meds from the faraway compounding pharmacy (or, crap, the nearby regular pharmacy too *sigh*).
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  1. Tea, glorious tea
  2. Went swimming earlier this week! It was warmer than the Ocean, which was good for my companions but less good for me. Still fun! Though I still need to write what my Gran calls a "stiff letter" to the Park Authority about the accessibility stuff at that pool.
  3. Helped save a dog from a hot car yesterday! Adorable Portuguese Water Dog. So glad we were around.
  4. Chance is getting even more confident and comfortable, and among other things, has: found a perch in the kitchen; started giving my mom kisses; discovered not only how to open and close the drawer that formerly held his treats, but also how to remove his clicker from it.
  5. My mom got Sarge an appointment with our awesomesauce!thorough!whycan'tshebemydoctor vet, so maybe we'll figure out what's going on with him (because Giardia does not cause all of the symptoms he was having last week, nope it doesn't, *avoids TMI*). And my sister can't stop us because she'll be on vacation.
  6. Chats with friends!
  7. Waking up to a cat on my chest licking my nose. (Which is definitely better than when he hopped on my bladder at midnight-ish last night.)
  8. Partner is home! We might see Maleficent this weekend and/or How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  9. Doing absolutely nothing traditional for the Fourth of July weekend if I can help it.
  10. On my poncho-cape of glory, I am almost done with the first pocket and that leaves: second pocket, finishing, picking and sewing on buttons, DONE.
ETA: Also yesterday there was a TURTLE in the rain garden. XD
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I am really excite for this game, Never Alone,  coming Fall 2014. It is a puzzle platformer which is not totally my thing but my partner lurvs (so I may watch her play because glorious pretties), and also more importantly, the game was made in collaboration with Alaskan Native storytellers and elders of the Iñupiat people. It is a way to ensure that their stories continue to thrive among the next generation of their tribe and also among the rest of the world.

(Also, you get to play as the fox as well as the girl. <3 Let me just pause to squee about that for a moment here.)

ETA: Also did I mention it's got English subtitles? Because it's narrated in Iñupiat.

I feel like it is not inappropriate to avoid spamming by *raising a glass of non-alcoholic fizzy things* in remembrance of Stonewall here. I have many many thoughts about Stonewall, but I don't really feel like giving a voice to them at the moment. So just...thank you, those of the past who sacrificed and those who continue to sacrifice for the underdog(s).
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Dear Universe,

The eight-day headache I've had on this vacation is an Abomination Unto Nuggan and I would appreciate if you would make it stop. I understand you wanted to make an epic storm yesterday (thanks for the rain on my pillow at 4 am btw) and of course there were the hormones earlier. Those are both gone now, so maybe you could give me a break? Pretty please? Ferfucksake?

Beseachingly,
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