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I seem to have dropped all podcasts except the backlog of Stuff You Missed in History Class, which is fine. But it has this ad in it for another podcast, about futuristic stuff, IDK, and in it, someone shouts out futuristic things I might be interested in, like 'fistpunch evolution'. I don't know what it is but it scares me.


[community profile] halfamoon has an Awesome Ladies Rec post: Go rec me some fics?


State of the me

Putting this down for my own record.

I put my Pristiq up to 100mg a week ago today, and it's been a bit rocky, mood-wise. I've been super depressed, which is frustrating, since I don't actually take it for depression, but internet research says that desvenlafaxine can cause depression early on, especially in women and especially in anxiety conditions. And I guess I've been too down to be actually anxious about things, so there's that? But it's that really chemical flatness, the 'I really don't see why I should waste time and energy brushing my teeth' thing that I don't usually feel. Bleh. I think I'm coming out of it a bit today? I did some stuff today.

Prednisolone wean is down to 15mg today, and will go to 10mg mid-week, so I've only got a couple of weeks left before I'm pred-free. I'm sleeping better. I'm in shitloads of knee pain though, and I've started wearing my carpal tunnel splint at night. I miss having knees. Everything is so effortful again, and I hate it.

I'm supposed to look out for recurrence of the skin inflammation as the prednisolone dose comes down, and I've not seen that (actually, my wound healing is on the up, thank goodness, because I've still got spots and nicks from the massive allergic reaction that have been slow to heal thanks to the pred) but my asthma is through the roof. I might also have an chest infection? I'm not sure. I'm coughing up a lot of muck. I don't know what my immune status is going to be like after taking pred for so long, so hopefully I haven't picked up some disgusting shower fungus bug. (This is unlikely. I hope.)


State of the Garden
One capsicum! It's yellow-green and I believe it needs to be yellow-yellow before we pick it, but it's there. The other capsicum, a dwarf variety, is remaining very dwarf-like. It's leafy and covered in flowers but so tiny. It's palm-sized. I'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to be or not.

I tied up the tomatoes again, and there's lots of fruit on everything except the Black Russian, which has flowers. But! There has been some kind of baby massacre - something has bitten into the tiny baby green Romas, and spat them out again on the mulch surface. So wasteful! Further investigation revealed some nibbling on the ends of the zucchinis, also. I suspect parrots, or maybe possums. [personal profile] lilacsigil enacted chemical warfare in the form of sriracha and dishsoap in a spray bottle.

I harvested the last of the beets this week. And spinach is over, waaaah. I miss you, spinach! I'm trying to track down seeds for warrigal greens, which are supposed to grow well at this time of year (spinach, for us, is a seed you plant in cooler weather) but no luck yet. I have some spinach seeds which I'll try, if I can't find something more seasonally appropriate.

Zucchinis are go! We've only got two plants this year, which are producing at exactly the pace we need for zucchini in our meals, with nothing left over for bread/muffins/other recipes I use in desperation. I'm a bit sad about that? But also, it's nice not to be picking armfuls and armfuls of giant marrows that are hollow in the middle and full of seeds.

The plants we grew from seed have finally taken off. Leeks are shooting up and starting to look like leeks, a bit. There's button squash starting to turn yellow, and I think the pumpkin has fruit too - either that, or we planted two varieties of button squash? Time will tell. Cucumbers are showing up - still in the tiny, cute-cumber stage, but they're there. And one capsicum that we grew from seed but stayed in the two leaf stage since December has suddenly started growing and growing, so who knows what will happen with that. I threw a seed packet of mixed salad down one end of a bed and it grew and now there's a lettuce patch, yay! I can go out in the morning, pick a bowlful of salad, and have it for lunch. It's very civilised.

A while ago, we planted the ends of our spring onions, and have been snipping them off when we need them. This is much, much better than buying them from the supermarket! If you have the means - a flower pot on a windowsill would do - I would suggest doing it. They grow really well and don't need much care. And it saves money. And they taste better.


Heads up that there's going to be a bit of spamming from me as I catch up fic I've posted everywhere but this journal. Stuff for [community profile] fandom_stocking, and [community profile] 100words and [community profile] yuletide. (And I'm catching up on AO3 comments, too.)
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