Knitting and Sljivovica

Jul 19, 2014

There’s a post going around about these things:

[Image is a photo of those plastic, fluid-filled toys that frequently had glitter and/or small figures inside. The toy forms a tube with an empty tube down the middle.]

but there’s a lot of cissexism in that post.  So, new post!

Basically, the old post talked about how these toys taught kids to give hand jobs, and someone mentioned that you knew you were going to [like having sex with folks with vaginas or other fingerable orifices] if you stuck your finger inside instead.  Then other folks started trying to figure out what the way they played with this toy meant.

And all I could think about was the time my 10 year old brother yelped in the back room.  I went back to see what was going on, and the toy had burst on the floor.  Then I looked at my brother’s face, which was covered in blue glitter.  Did…you try to eat the toy?  We don’t have any idea what’s in there!  Do I need to take poison control measures?!

This is still the funniest memory I have of those toys.*  About as funny as when he stuck one of those rubber half-spheres that you invert so that they pop off the table to his forehead while alone in the backseat during a 5 hour car ride.  He had a bruise on his forehead for a good month.

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*Don’t sexualize this, please.  My brother was 10.

Jul 13, 2014

remove gender markers from government ID

(Source: kaninchenzero, via kiriamaya)

Jun 25, 2014

Heartbeat!

We heard the fetus’ heartbeat a couple of days ago!  That was awesome.

It took the midwife a couple of minutes to find it, and then I would laugh after a few seconds of listening, tensing my lower abdomen and making her start over, but it was really cool and we got to listen a few times.

The midwife says heartbeat was in range, and that my uterus feels like there is only one in there, so, *phew*.  We’ll know more at the anatomical scan in a couple of months.

Speaking of the anatomical scan, I am trying to figure out the best way to tell people that, no, we actually won’t know the kid’s gender until they’re like, 8 years old.  C’mon, people.  I have a heavier-duty post about gender stuff with the kid coming up later, so I’ll leave that there for now.

Jun 20, 2014

Margarine Facts

Today my partner is doing field work at a margarine factory in our city.  This factory produces 1.3 million 7.5 oz tubs of margarine a day for four major brands.  Surely that’s all of the margarine produced in North America, right?  Or maybe it’s the only major margarine manufacturer in the world?

Nope.

This factory holds a 19% market share.  For the United States alone.

That means that there are 6.8 million tubs of margarine consumed in the United States every day.  That’s one tub every month-and-a-half per person.  When you take into account that butter and margarine are consumed in about equal amounts right now, that’s one tub every 23 days per margarine consumer.

Whaaat.

That’s a lot of margarine.

Jun 12, 2014

underwearparade answered to your post “As it turns out, a job that starts at 6 am is not ideal for someone…”

When you are feeling less barfy, you could try the elecrolyte tablets endurance athletes use!

Thanks!  Someone else suggested coconut water, so I mixed some of that with juice this afternoon (not a big fan of the flavor on its own).  It worked alright, but I think the antiemetic I started this morning was the primary cause of me feeling better, lol.

Jun 11, 2014

As it turns out, a job that starts at 6 am is not ideal for someone with moderate morning sickness.  (It’s very intense in the morning, but then just nausea for the rest of the day, so I’m averaging that out to moderate.)  On the plus side, I feel a lot better shortly after leaving work.

I picked up a prescription for an antiemetic today, so hopefully that works tomorrow morning.  I feel like if I could just get some protein in the morning, I would be able to maintain blood sugar a lot better.  Right now, though, even a sip of water results in being sick.

Does anyone have suggestions for evening out electrolytes?  I hate the taste of gatorade, and am allergic to most artificial sweeteners, so the vitamin water kind of stuff is out.  What are my other options?

Jun 5, 2014

(Vomit CW) Blergh.

I’m really tired of puking, guys.

I work five minutes from home, but I can’t stop throwing up long enough to get there, much less do work once I am there.

May 29, 2014

A photo of several high-schoolers in formal attire.  In the middle, a boy is holding up a hanger with a green formal dress.
brotoro:

dynastylnoire:

colormeradical:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

keepcalmandprogram:

This powerful image is from one of the memorials last night for 16-year-old Maren Sanchez.
Maren was stabbed to death in her high school stairwell on the morning of the prom. She was killed for allegedly turning down a young man’s invitation to be her prom date.
Her classmates paid tribute by dressing up, and bringing out the gown she would have worn to the prom. Even though this memorial was a sorrowful and traumatic event, the students smiled through their tears for the camera because… Maren would have wanted them to be happy on their prom night.
I grew up in Milford, CT, and I live about 15 minutes away from Jonathan Law High School. My partner attended JLHS and I have friends with family members who currently attend.
With the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, I can’t believe that here we are again, just a year later, with another tragedy in a Connecticut school.
My heart goes out to all of those affected.

Sharing memorial images for a young woman that never should have died.

She was killed for allegedly turning down a young man’s invitation to be her prom date.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? YOUNG GIRLS GETTING FUCKING KILLED BECAUSE MEN A MAN CAN’T HANDLE REJECTION. 
FUCK THIS WORLD.

That lone dress on a rack where she would be standing. My God.

thank fucking god people are still talking about this. Maren was killed on Friday and after that first day, posts about her vanished.she was sixteen. she was sixteen and was supposed to spend that day getting ready for junior prom, but instead was dead by the time the first bell rang.
don’t forget maren sanchez. don’t let her become another name you vaguely remember in twenty years. do not fucking forget maren.

Okay, but why did someone need to change “men” to “a man” in colormeradical’s commentary?  That is bullshit.  This violence is not the result of a single, solitary man thinking he is owed women.  It is the result of men thinking they are owed women.  
Men - all men - have perpetuated this violence against all women.  I don’t care if you have never personally raped or killed a woman, you have still made rapists and killers feel comfortable in your presence.  You have made them feel like this is acceptable.
No man gets to excuse himself from the blame, here.

A photo of several high-schoolers in formal attire.  In the middle, a boy is holding up a hanger with a green formal dress.

brotoro:

dynastylnoire:

colormeradical:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

keepcalmandprogram:

This powerful image is from one of the memorials last night for 16-year-old Maren Sanchez.

Maren was stabbed to death in her high school stairwell on the morning of the prom. She was killed for allegedly turning down a young man’s invitation to be her prom date.

Her classmates paid tribute by dressing up, and bringing out the gown she would have worn to the prom. Even though this memorial was a sorrowful and traumatic event, the students smiled through their tears for the camera because… Maren would have wanted them to be happy on their prom night.

I grew up in Milford, CT, and I live about 15 minutes away from Jonathan Law High School. My partner attended JLHS and I have friends with family members who currently attend.

With the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, I can’t believe that here we are again, just a year later, with another tragedy in a Connecticut school.

My heart goes out to all of those affected.

Sharing memorial images for a young woman that never should have died.

She was killed for allegedly turning down a young man’s invitation to be her prom date.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? YOUNG GIRLS GETTING FUCKING KILLED BECAUSE MEN A MAN CAN’T HANDLE REJECTION. 

FUCK THIS WORLD.

That lone dress on a rack where she would be standing. My God.

thank fucking god people are still talking about this. Maren was killed on Friday and after that first day, posts about her vanished.
she was sixteen.
she was sixteen and was supposed to spend that day getting ready for junior prom, but instead was dead by the time the first bell rang.

don’t forget maren sanchez. don’t let her become another name you vaguely remember in twenty years. do not fucking forget maren.

Okay, but why did someone need to change “men” to “a man” in colormeradical’s commentary?  That is bullshit.  This violence is not the result of a single, solitary man thinking he is owed women.  It is the result of men thinking they are owed women.  

Men - all men - have perpetuated this violence against all women.  I don’t care if you have never personally raped or killed a woman, you have still made rapists and killers feel comfortable in your presence.  You have made them feel like this is acceptable.

No man gets to excuse himself from the blame, here.

(via punwitch)

May 27, 2014

pornstarch:

i hate when ur boob starts falling out of ur bra like excuse me ma’am please return to your assigned seat

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May 24, 2014

Yuck.

Morning sickness is here, right on schedule.  I’m really hungry, but every time I so much as look at food, I get sick.  Except for strawberries, for some reason, so that’s better than nothing.  I have a late lunch at my grandma’s this afternoon, and we’re having a bunch of family over tomorrow for dinner, so I need to figure out some way to do this gracefully.  I also need to figure out some way to get nutrients not found in strawberries into my system because, you know, I am supposed to be supporting a developing lifeform here, not losing weight because I can’t keep food in my system long enough to digest it.