Knitting and Sljivovica

Jul 27, 2014

elfyourmother:

i am seriously not exaggerating or joking when I say the #1 sign of an abusive person is how they respond to an attempt to assert boundaries

i’m not a psychologist but i got my degree from the school of hard knocks ok and that is really the common denominator

don’t trust anyone who tries to argue with your need for them

Gonna put this under a read more because suicide (and the ideation, attempt, and purposeful triggering thereof)

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Jul 27, 2014

We remembered to record the fetus’ heartbeat at the most recent visit to the midwife.

According to a pregnancy app I use to keep track of things like blood pressure, the fetus is now about the size of a Hass avocado.  A few weeks ago, it was a blueberry-sized dinosaur.

It turns out that my thyroid got way off in the couple of months since my last test, so hopefully I will start feeling a bit better once that gets adjusted.

Jul 26, 2014

confusedcatsagainstfeminism:

[An image of a calico cat sitting next to a sign which reads “I don’t need feminism because it’s not food. Is it food? Where’s my food.”]
If it can’t be eaten, Osaka doesn’t care.
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Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked. You should totally go there, like right now.

Also, the kitty has a bit of an accusing glare.  Just in case those with screen readers were wondering.

confusedcatsagainstfeminism:

[An image of a calico cat sitting next to a sign which reads “I don’t need feminism because it’s not food. Is it food? Where’s my food.”]

If it can’t be eaten, Osaka doesn’t care.

Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked. You should totally go there, like right now.

Also, the kitty has a bit of an accusing glare.  Just in case those with screen readers were wondering.

Jul 25, 2014

nivalingreenhow:

when McGonagall finds out that Ginny is pregnant, and that the Weasley and Potter bloodlines will converge, she marks on her calender the day the child will turn 11 and that is the day she retires 

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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?