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State of the notes left on my bench at work

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[Paper note that says "Spider in Sat Lunch!" with a drawing of a spider in a bubble]

We make up medication in plastic bubble packs, and somehow a small spider had gotten itself trapped in a bubble. Everyone at work knows that [personal profile] lilacsigil is the great spider catcher and saver, so this was what greeted us yesterday. She freed the spider, and repacked the pack, and all is well, but it made me laugh.



State of the Dwircle
Hello people from the friending meme! Hello people not from the friending meme! HELLO EVERYONE.

I have an intro post about me and where I live: right here.

I realised my sticky post doesn't have a lot of personal information, so I updated it with this:
Things to know about me: I'm queer, I'm fat and body-positive, I'm Australian, I'm left-leaning in a big way. I was born in 1971 so I'm basically old as balls. I'm cis-female, white, the daughter of an Italian immigrant.Fannishly, I'm multifannish, I multiship. I love gen, slash, femslash and het. You can track my preferences through my Dear Author tag, here.

So. That was a thing I needed to do, and now it's done.

ETA: I meant to also say that though I pretty much give access to everyone, it's done with no expectation of reciprocity.


State of the garden
Lots of spinach, which is great, because I crave that mineral. I think it's low-key bolting? But I keep chopping bits off and eating it voraciously, so it's working out. Some of the pea vines died, but we're still getting plenty of snow peas. [personal profile] lilacsigil cut the coriander back murderously hard, but it's springing back fast.

Tomatoes are running so, so late; we've only just got flowers in the last week. The button squash are titchy but flowering, and we've got baby zucchini that's looking promising. It was a really cool run up through November, and things are sloooow. But I fed everything again yesterday, and we've got hot days coming so I'm hopeful. The basil is doing great! And we put in a tarragon plant, because there was a space on the fenceline and tarragon will be handy. None of the capsicum seedlings made it, so that's a thing we can put where the celery was. And soon we'll have a space when the beets are finished, because I don't think we'll replant them - I did it originally for the greens, so we'd have a pick-and-eat green between autumn's bok choy and summer's lettuce, but they got tough fast. Though, apparently you can steam/saute the leaves? That would possibly be nice and tasty, but now I have spinach and spinach is the superior green for me. (I've had so many weird cravings since I was sick in November - spinach and salmon and squid, oh my. Alliterative cravings, that's me.)

I wish we were warm enough for a curry tree. No, actually, I will forgo curry leaves for cooler weather.


State of Writing
- [community profile] fandom_stocking got extended, yay! I think the Christmas weekend really messed up people's schedules because I wasn't the only gobsmacked by the date creeping up on me. We've got till the eleventh, now, apparently. This is good, because I am disorganised but I want to stuff stockings.

Next up for me is going to be editing and posting some of the NaNo fics I wrote. (And wtf-ing at them, too, because I was writing with a fever and I know it's going to be weird in there.)


State of the Big Scary World
For the new people, since the US election, I try to pass on various activism links, even though I'm not from the US because I feel like that's a positive thing I can do. A lot of them come from [community profile] thisfinecrew, which is an excellent resource, if you haven't heard of it.

- From [community profile] thisfinecrew: Action and community Challenge: Call your reps about the ACA, which is encouraging and has a step by step action plan. I can't call, but I can appreciate an excellent action plan and share it around.
- from [personal profile] snickfic who said "Re:act is a weekly email newsletter full of info and suggestions for actions to take in response:" re:act.


State of yarning
While I have prednisolone-brain, I'm crocheting and crocheting and crocheting. It's very soothing. I have gathered up a collection of cozy murder TV on Netflix, and I put on a show and I crochet into the night.

My cozy murder schedule:
Shetland (aka Scottish murder) (Actually, this is my favourite of the cozy murder TV lineup and I've started being sparing with it because there's not much of it. Yet.)
Hinterland (aka Welsh murder)
Granchester (aka English country garden murder)
The Tunnel (aka on the dotted line French/English murder) (Clémence Poésy is in it playing a delightfully prickly, possibly non-neurotypical French detective and I love her.)

I've tried and not clicked with:
River (aka I see dead people murder, nothing wrong with that, but it didn't work for me)
Wallander (aka you're too smart to be this stupid about your diabetes murder)
Marcella (aka can we stop mental illness as a plot device ffs murder)
Paranoia (aka I wish I would watch a female detective in her late thirties do her job and not be all about her biological clock murder) (I'm particularly mad about this one because Indira Varma, omg, she's so beautiful, I want to watch her solve crimes.)

I do most of my yarn networking on FB (and ravelry: [ravelry.com profile] dansnark), and the current fad is these hats with a hole at the top for your hair - messy bun hats or pony tail hats. Hat aren't my usual thing to make - I make blankets and stuff for peoples' babies - but I tried one, and they're a really fun, short project. So I've made a bunch in the last week. It's hilarious to me because (a) it's summer here, and (b) I have close cropped hair anyway so they're useless to me. I'm showing them to people here, though, and they seem to think they're a good idea. Maybe I'll set a trend? Anyway, here are some good patterns that worked for me:

- Mango Tree Crafts messy bun hat - top down, worked around an hair-elastic. It's a yarn-eater, but it works up fast.
- Simplicity Bun Hat - top down. It doesn't work around a hair elastic, but you could easily do that - I think they work better with that stretch, honestly. The ribbing on the brim looks really good, especially if you're working in one colour.
- Bonfire Babe messy bun hat - this one works from the brim up, and either my foundation HDC is too wonky or they work very loose, because it came out huuuuuuge. So I frogged it, but I'm going to try it again with a smaller hook because it's super pretty.

And I think that's about it for me. *waves hello again to all the new folks*

Date: 2017-01-06 04:08 am (UTC)
out_there: B-Day Present '05 (Default)
From: [personal profile] out_there
Hee! Very cute note.

Date: 2017-01-06 04:18 am (UTC)
teigh_corvus: ([Misc.] [Plants] Spiral Trees)
From: [personal profile] teigh_corvus
You know, you're only a year older than me. Old as Balls, all around! :)Also- thank you for hosting the friending meme. I'm very excited about getting to know new folk.

Man oh man, do I love hearing about your garden. Many good/abundant thoughts for the squashes and tomatoes both.

Date: 2017-01-06 04:54 am (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
Thank you for running the friending meme! :D

re: the hats - my first thought, as someone who does have long hair, is WHY. Although some of those patterns look a lot like a wider version of an ear-covering winter headband, which I do wear, so idk.

Date: 2017-01-06 05:18 am (UTC)
runpunkrun: combat boot, pizza, camo pants = punk  (Default)
From: [personal profile] runpunkrun
Oh oh oh, I really enjoyed Shetland, and also have slash yearnings for it that AO3 is not fulfilling.

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Date: 2017-01-06 07:26 am (UTC)
londonkds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] londonkds
The Tunnel was remade from a Danish/Swedish co-produced show called The Bridge, which is also very good. In that it is really clear that the central character is not neurotypical.

Date: 2017-01-06 09:05 am (UTC)
beckonade: ([supergirl] kara hair)
From: [personal profile] beckonade
/waves hello/ Your garden sounds great! I only put in zucchini this year because I am lazy but I have enough already that my too-big, didn't-pick-it-in-time surplus is kind of out of control. It's always feast or famine when you grow things, it seems!

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Date: 2017-01-06 10:30 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
The spider was very happy to be free and scuttled away briskly.

Date: 2017-01-06 12:15 pm (UTC)
hellkitty: (teal gaze)
From: [personal profile] hellkitty
I have long hair but I don't wear my bun or ponytail SLAM on the top of my head, so those hats seem...odd to me. Also, your longest length is the oldest and most fragile of your hair, so why people would want to expose *that* to the cold and wet? But they were all over the crochet groups on FB, so I guess I'm just not getting it! :D

River at least had an emotional payoff if one sat through to the end. I remember it being....okay. Marcella, though? Just terrible.

You'll love Hinterland--it was great! Probably one of my top three series. I also really enjoyed Happy Valley, which I think is still on Netflix. The villain in season one is a bit of a cringe, but the other characters are so compelling, and it hits that level where the characters are flawed but not just awful people (as was my issue with Marcella). I assume you've seen Broadchurch, too?

I'm also excited by fandom-stocking being extended: I have a few stockings I definitely want to drabble for!

Date: 2017-01-06 02:04 pm (UTC)
resolute: (Default)
From: [personal profile] resolute
HI hi hi hi hi I added you on Ravelry Hi!

Date: 2017-01-06 02:32 pm (UTC)
haycorn: piglet with a dandelion (Default)
From: [personal profile] haycorn
I am in perpetual awe of people who can make blankets.

Date: 2017-01-06 02:36 pm (UTC)
musesfool: Olivia Dunham, PI (a pirate's life for me)
From: [personal profile] musesfool
I sometimes wear a baseball cap with my ponytail pulled through the opening in the back, and I wear a fleecy headband thing over my ears when it's cold, so I guess it's like that?

Anyway, I'm a year older than you so you know you're not the oldest fandom old running around!

Also Granchester! Shirtless ginger vicar detective! <333 I still need to watch the last two episodes of the last season.

Date: 2017-01-06 03:03 pm (UTC)
falena: (pathetic tv show addict)
From: [personal profile] falena
Hi,thanks for running the meme.

Your cozy muder schedule is made up of my fave mystery show (I love me a good murder mystery with a strong sense of place!)! Except The Tunnel, which I haven't watched yet because I love the original Danish/Swedish series to bits. I can't bring myself to watch a remake/adaptation.

Date: 2017-01-06 03:04 pm (UTC)
falena: Picture of a girl hiding behind a camera, reflected in a mirror. (Default)
From: [personal profile] falena
Marcella and Paranoia were a bit rubbish, yeah. And I agree, what a waste of Indira Varma.

Date: 2017-01-06 03:35 pm (UTC)
cephy: (guy winks)
From: [personal profile] cephy
Your description of the various murder shows made me XD

Date: 2017-01-06 04:25 pm (UTC)
yuuago: (Pokemon - Blanche - Sweets)
From: [personal profile] yuuago
Hmm, Shetland... I remember I meant to watch that at one point. <3 I'll have to get on it one of these days, it does sound good.

Never heard of those kind of hats! :O I am intrigued. And might have to try one.

Date: 2017-01-06 09:19 pm (UTC)
ainsley: (i do love knitting patterns)
From: [personal profile] ainsley
Added you on Ravelry! Not that I've used it in years, but I did start knitting again recently. ♥

Date: 2017-01-07 12:08 am (UTC)
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (Default)
From: [personal profile] aphrodite_mine
We tried Marcella too and I noped SO HARD after the pilot. Too bad, because I adore Anna. :/

Date: 2017-01-07 03:40 am (UTC)
adafrog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] adafrog
I have gathered up a collection of cozy murder TV on Netflix, and I put on a show and I crochet into the night.

heee!

Date: 2017-01-07 08:37 pm (UTC)
shopfront: Source: Fringe. Olivia in the episode Brown Betty, backlit. (Fringe - Brown Betty!Olivia)
From: [personal profile] shopfront
Just quickly stopped (in my very busy full feed which is largely full and busy thank to your meme! <3) to say that I am a. jealous of your awesome garden, and b. super pleased to see someone else liking The Tunnel. Cozy murder is not so much my genre of TV, but I really liked that series. Mostly cause Clemence. But still, it was pretty rad.

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Date: 2017-01-07 10:11 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
I'm glad the spider made it out okay.

Date: 2017-01-10 01:47 am (UTC)
sam_gardener: The catbus from My Neighbor Totoro. (Default)
From: [personal profile] sam_gardener
*waves hello back * this is lovely. Thank you!

Have to say that 1971 is now old as balls is a tad unsettling - my balls ( if I had any) were in high school in 1971.

Don't know if I can make myself post again, maybe about gardening? I'm trying to at least comment a bit.

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Date: 2017-01-10 11:57 am (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
The hermetically sealed spider reminds me of those weird backpack cat carriers that make the cats look like astronauts.

Date: 2017-01-10 05:52 pm (UTC)
batmarg: (Default)
From: [personal profile] batmarg
Love the note. And I would love to have a spider-catcher. If they're tiny, I try to be a kindly human & take them outside. If they're huge, since I lack a spider catcher, I am a panicky human & tend to attack them with bug kill spray.

That's a large variety of veg, mostly summer veg...so must be summer in Australia now then? I'm bad with geography, but it's finally cold here in the Southern US & we've gotten to the collard/kale/mustard/turnip part of the growing season.

I need to check out some of your cozy murder shows. I've only seen Grantchester (which I love) & Wallander (which I have to be in the mood for).

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