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Load-in for BayCon starts on Thursday, and over on the Book of Face I'm starting to see desperate pleas from friends looking for people to work in their departments (including one person who, despite every attempt to avoid same, found out at the final staff meeting that they are running their department).

And I'm torn between feeling bad for my friends and wanting to help out...and schadenfreude that I got the fuck out when I did.

GPOY

May. 13th, 2017 10:38 am
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I actually went out to the bar Thursday night. It was Bruce's birthday, and I've missed so many other important nights there (I'm still kicking myself for not going to his wedding reception) that I decided that I WAS going, come hell or high water.

And then Captain Paranoia reared his ugly head and tried talking me out of it.

So I whined a little bit about this on FB, and one of my friends/playa village-mates told me precisely what I needed to hear: "That fucker has the best timing. Kick him in the balls, and then go sparkle like the god damn princess we all know you are."

"Princess," I thought. "I can do that."

Selfie taken outside King of Clubs 05/11/17
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Because it's been a while, and I've picked up some new friends since the last one:

I was introduced to Jamberry Nails in 2015 by a dear friend. I'd always been a fan of my awesome friends' awesome manicures, but I gave up trying to maintain my own years ago - I'd spend all the money on having them professionally done, and I'd screw it up before I even got home from the salon (seriously, I dinged two nails beyond recognition once just getting back into my car). But after doing Jamberry's 7-day challenge, I was a convert.

The company has grown by leaps and bounds in the past two years, successfully landing license agreements with Disney/Marvel, the NBA and NFL, and DC (as a tie-in to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie). I'm reaching the halfway point in my current virtual party, and I could use a push to get to the next reward level.

Check out http://bit.ly/GGJamsSample for free samples to start your own 7-day challenge. If we're friends on Facebook (or willing to be), the party is here, and there's still plenty of time to get in on the games we've been playing.
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
After the miserable side-effects roller coaster I was on with the metformin, my doctor set me up with some samples of Januvia. I'm tolerating it well, and it seems to be helping at least somewhat, so she submitted a prescription to my pharmacy. Which got bounced because my insurance wouldn't cover it. So I called the doctor's office back, and they started the process to get a prior authorization for it.

I got a letter in the mail over the weekend saying the authorization had been approved, and I finally had thirty seconds to call the pharmacy this morning to see if they'd received a copy - which they had not. The tech put me on hold while she ran the claim...

...and when she got back on the line, she confirmed that it had been approved, but that I was still going to have a $290 copay for a one-month's supply.

What. The actual. FUCK.

I've checked GoodRx, and the price difference is sufficiently negligible that the hassle factor of transferring my script to the lower-priced pharmacy negates the savings. I downloaded a coupon from the manufacturer's website, but if I'm reading it correctly, that's only going to cover half the copay.

And this is with the Affordable Care Act still in effect. Fuck only knows what it'll go up to if ACA is repealed.

I am seriously glad right now that my doctor's office gave me as many samples as they did.
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
It's been a while since I pimped out theSkimm here, but I've added a few new people to my circle since the last time, and I'm still loving it. Founded by two friends who are former producers at NBC News, theSkimm is a daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. They do the reading for you - across subject lines and party lines - and break it down with fresh editorial content. It's short, it's snarky, and I'm feeling more informed about the world around me than I have in years.

New to the website this week is a section where they do their best to break down exactly WTF is going on with Russia - no mean feat. Earlier this year they did an amazingly informative feature on immigration. Do check it out.
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[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is a community celebrating this site and everything it has to offer. To quote from the introductory post in the community, back in 2010:

Anything that you choose to create and offer for this festival is with the understanding that it be posted only on Dreamwidth for three weeks from the date you post it, with the intent of stimulating conversation and connection here at home. After three weeks, you may post the content anywhere you wish. During the time that the festival is running, you are free to post other content anywhere you like, converse and interact with people, and do exactly as you would normally do, except as regards content you have created specifically for the Three Weeks for Dreamwidth Anniversary Festival. Only content created for and entered in this fest must remain on Dreamwidth.

With the influx of people escaping LJ's New Russian Overlords™ this is a perfect way to get to know more of the people and places on the site. JoeBob Koosh says check it out.

(crossposted to [community profile] 2017revival)
kshandra: Sinfest character Slick sits at his laptop, poking the keyboard; the words "refresh refresh refresh" hover over his head (5-Minute-Refresh)
Joined an Expanse community - [community profile] rocinante - earlier this morning, and fell in love with the journal style so completely that I had to steal it for myself. ;-)
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
So the new sari I ordered on Monday arrived today.

OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS THING. )
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
It had started out as such a promising day, too - the top I ordered and the sari pleater both arrived at work, and I was excited to play with them all when I got home.

And then I pulled my sari out of the costuming box when I got home today...and it needs to be at least a yard longer if I'm going to have a hope in hell of actually pleating it properly.

So now I have to try and match that material, on top of making/buying a petticoat to go underneath it. I appear to have found a longer sari in a similar color palette on Amazon, so I'm back to just needing the petticoat. But damnit, this was more money than I was hoping to spend on this...
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
So I've got this dark-red saree with silver sequins.

Who's going to help me put together an Avasarala costume for Baycon? (Amusingly, Baycon ten years ago was the last time I wore said saree, for a friend's Firefly-themed room party.)

In my dreams, I'd basically be wearing this outfit with the color scheme reversed. My hair is long enough for the braid to look right (it'd be great if I knew someone who could hook me up with the coronet, instead, but I'm not holding my breath). If I can figure out WTF is wrong with my sewing machine this time, I can make a black petticoat to go under the saree. I need a snug-fitting black top, 3/4 or bracelet-length sleeves (the one black blouse I currently own isn't the right style by a long shot). And then I need ALL the jewelry.

Any takers?

EDIT: This top will do nicely if I can find the money to order it in enough time, and [personal profile] feyandstrange has noted that I can probably find wedding jewelry for cheap in Berkeley if I can get up there.
kshandra: Frank the Goat, swearing in comic-book fashion. Text: "LiveJournal: Proudly uniting foreheads with keyboards since 1999" (Livejournal)
So I was attempting to click through on a Read More tag on a friend's LJ, when this pops up:

screenshot of the pop-up window forcing Livejournal users to accept their new service agreement

Lemme say that one more time for the folks in the back:

ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document.

So unless I agree to something written in a language I do not read, I can no longer access a blog I have been using over fifteen years.

I'm doing one final import of content, so I have whatever recent comments have been left on the LJ side of the divide. And then I'm clicking OK on the agreement long enough to save my 200+ userpics, and deleting my account.

I do hope I'll see more of you on Dreamwidth in the future. I'll miss those of you who don't make the switch.
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[personal profile] gridlore took my car to the shop this morning; we had a coupon for 90K service, and as Bailey just hit 100K last month, she was certainly due.

They gave Doug a list of follow-up work (prioritized, at least) that, at a glance, is probably going to be over a grand in parts and labor.

Doug's actually thinking about registering Bailey as non-operational and being a single-car household for now; I've got a month to mull that over, yet. And I'd already been thinking that next year's tax refund was going toward a new-to-us car; this news has basically made that a certainty.

But I'm so far behind at work I think I'm first, and I don't have time to think about this right now.
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
Saw my doctor this week about changing my diabetes medication. The one I was originally prescribed, while it had worked beautifully for me when I was first on it four years ago, had done nothing but cause me severe gastrointestinal distress (leaving-work-early severe on more than one occasion), and it never went away. If I tried taking it during my meal, I had massive bloating; if I took it more than X minutes after I ate, it was cramps and worse. One of my fellow coworkers is a diabetic himself and had been telling me for several weeks "Look, it's none of my damn business, but you need to get off of that stuff," and I finally did something about it.

Of course, me being me, and compliance being something I struggle with on the best of occasions, having one of my meds revolt on me meant that taking any of the rest of them rapidly went out the window, as well. So the labwork I had done this weekend is going to be a mess, but I'm braced for it.

Anyway, tonight I took my first dose of Januvia; I've got four weeks worth of free samples, and we'll see if my insurance will cover the script outright or if I'm gonna have to fight for it. (It looks like the manufacturer has a copay card for it, as well, so I've got options if it comes down to that.)
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
So, thanks to an Invisible Internet Friend I got a referral code for a free week of Blue Apron meals. I made the first one of them yesterday...and while the food was AMAZING, it was a rather horrifying lesson in just how out of shape I am.

None of the steps in the recipe was all that difficult, but the fact that they were supposed to happen simultaneously meant there was no way for me to stop and let the pain reside before starting in on the next ingredient. [personal profile] gridlore was listening to me make my way around our really-not-that-big kitchen and almost stopped me in the middle of cooking. (Sadly, said kitchen size means that getting something like a lab stool on wheels so I can sit while I cook is most likely a non-starter.) We'll make at least one of the other two recipes before the ingredients go bad, but I've cancelled the account going forward.

(For the record, the recipe in question was their Lamb & Beef Stew. I am absolutely keeping the recipe card.)
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
Got a call from Amtrak this morning saying that our train trip for this weekend was cancelled (mudslides on the track w/no estimate for clearance), leading to a call to the Morris to cancel our room for the village summit. [personal profile] gridlore went to the lab for bloodwork, only do discover that half the stuff on the order needed a 12hr fast, and he ate breakfast on the way there.

Can we go back to bed?
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
As I mentioned last fall, [personal profile] gridlore and I have come to the conclusion that we are just Too Damn Old™ to keep fussing with a tent on-playa every year. So we did our taxes as soon as all of the paperwork was in, determined what our budget was (an attempt to apply for financing fell about as flat as I had expected, so we were strictly cash-on-the-barrelhead), and started searching in earnest.

Then one of my coworkers sent me a link to something he found on OfferUp - for a THIRD of our budget.

A blank canvas

It's little more than a bed with walls around it, but that was all we were really looking for, anyway. And we knew that with that low a price tag, odds are we were going to wind up putting as much money into it again to get it ready to use.

Little did I know just how much sweat-equity would be involved... )

I've got some serious New Relationship Energy for this thing, lemmetellya. We've got the exterior artwork planned out (I ordered a custom stencil for the back which turned out beautifully), and little by little I'm getting stuff together for the interior. Found a storage ottoman on Craigslist to brace the lower half of the bed (the head is permanently mounted, but the foot is a free-floating piece of plywood so you can convert it to a couch during the daytime); I picked up an area rug from Freecycle last night, but it may be a little too MOOPy (which is a concern for me even though it'll be indoors the whole time). My boss is going to spot-weld the trailer for us next week, and will likely help us replace the cracked plexiglass window. (Doug was highly amused by how this became a group project in the 36 hours we had it parked behind the warehouse before moving it to storage.)




As I was leaving dinner Tuesday, I recognized a group of people walking towards the restaurant - including my very first boyfriend from HS. Much to my amazement, he sent the rest of his party in to get a table, then walked me back to the truck, where he took my hands and asked my forgiveness for the way he'd treated me when we were dating. "I was an ass, and a beast, and to put it in AA terms, I'd like to make amends." As the saying goes, you could have woken up to find the Sphinx with a new nose and not been more surprised than I.
kshandra: jointed teddy bear, standing upright, wearing a faux-leather flying helmet and jacket, goggles, and "silk" scarf (Aviator)
A friend of mine is putting together a fundraiser for his daughter's health expenses, and I pulled up our link in the process of giving him some pointers.

Over eight months after the trip - a year after winding up our efforts - we are still the 11th most-funded campaign in the Celebrations category.

We will be talking about this trip for the rest of our lives...and we have all of you to thank for it.
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Senator-Elect Kamala Harris asked her consituency for our priorities in the coming years. If you're a resident of California, you can fill out the survey here: http://www.kamalaharris.org/landing/e151209/

A friend shared his responses, and they were so well-thought-out I used them to frame my own.

As a member of a sexual minority, married to a disabled man, my first and most important priorities are as follows:

  1. Single-payer health care in this state, if not nationwide.
  2. Protections for the LGBTQ community in health care, housing, jobs, parental rights, and education.
  3. Protections for Muslims, Jews, and other religious minorities in freedom of worship and speech, housing, jobs, and education.
  4. Protections for all persons of color, regardless of immigration status, in freedom of speech and assembly, health care, housing, jobs, and education.


I realize this is a lot to ask for, particularly of a first-term senator. But if these issues aren't addressed, many people I love and care about - my husband, my family, my friends and colleagues - will be in grave danger.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
This used to be a first-day-of-the-year meme, but doing it on the last day makes sense, too.

Free DW Account, Created on 2009-05-01 (#152315)
31,173 comments received, 3,996 comments posted
5,327 Journal Entries, 190 Tags, 0 Memories, 72 Icons

Permanent LJ Account, Created on 5 March 2001 (#69080)
30,599 Comments received, 48,206 Comments posted
5,323 Journal entries, 182 tags, 61 memories, 211 userpics

There used to be a lot more minutiae involved with this, but I don't have the brainpower to try and figure it out across the two platforms right now. (I did take this opportunity to start moving my RSS feeds from LJ to DW.)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
Never switch between HTML and Rich Text when making a post AGAIN.

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