My mental/emotional state continues somewhere on the order of "sludge at the bottom of a septic tank", and the other day I slipped on an icy sidewalk and bruised the right side of my ass (odd, given that I landed on the left), so everything hurts more differently than usual. Attempting to face any of the things I ACTUALLY SERIOUSLY NEED TO DEAL WITH makes me cry so I'm la-la-la-ing around doing things that don't help me and feeling guilty about it, huzzah!

To that end . . .

Informative essay on the popular practice of nipple piercing in the Victorian era.

Frequently obnoxious, occasionally brilliant: LiarTownUSA.

A friend of mine is looking for information/recommendations of resources on Black Canadian history. Suggestions? Bueller?

Contemplating changing DW user name to "hyggenaut", possibly AO3 as well. I dunno. Been a while since I changed alias, having trouble finding pros and cons.

Thinking of trying to make my own mayonnaise; soy-free Veganaise is pretty good but unnecessarily expensive, especially given I'm buying it for the "soy-free" and not the "vegan".

Grain-free dairy-free soy-free chocolate peanut butter muffins; I tweak the ratios for more peanut butter and less oil. Also grain-free (-ish; there's cornstarch): almond pear cardamom pancakes; haven't tried yet but have the ingredients, should get around to it before the pears rot and the almond meal rebels.
My main sources for discovering new music are 1. folk festivals, 2. fandom (mostly vids and mixes/playlists but also other fannish interaction), 3. film & tv soundtracks, and 4. other. Other is usually conversations outside of fandom or being near a radio, but the otherest other happened yesterday when I went to Value Village to drop off three bags of clothes I don't wear and shop for one bag of clothes I will. I found a me-sized black t-shirt with some feathers and the words "The Balconies" on it and deduced, correctly, that this was a band I'd never heard of (also there were actually two of the same shirt in the same size, apparently unworn, so plausibly leftover merch). I decided I'd look them up when I got home and I did and they're great. Remind me some of Die Mannequin (who I know because of Hard Core Logo 2/the Bruce McDonald creative cluster) and Halestorm (who I know because of--I had to wrack my brain to remember this--author notes on an unfortunately apparently deleted Game of Thrones rock band AU that cited a Halestorm song as basis for one played by Brienne and Sansa and Arya and Margaery's band), insofar as all are woman-fronted alternative/hard rock bands with punk and metal influences.


As part of Operation: Be Less Anaemic, I've been looking for more ways to get iron-rich foods into my face. Tahini, in particular, has already yielded two successful experiments: toasted raisin bagel with tahini and honey (delicious but sooooo messy) and vegan macaroni thing (cooked macaroni, miso paste, tahini, mustard powder, some non-dairy milk if it's not cheese-saucey enough, splash of lemon juice, nutritional yeast, lentils; green peas optional).
The purpose:
As some of you already know, I am planning a trip south of the 49th in April, to attend IMsL (a kink conference where one of my personal heroes, anthropologist Gayle Rubin, will be giving the keynote address) in San Francisco, California, and to present a paper at the Popular Culture Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, with a couple of days in Austin tagged on at the end. In order to be able to afford this trip and still pay my rent when I get back, I've been investigating fundraising options, the details of which are described below.

The projects:

Knitting commissions! )

Delicious hand-made chocolate truffles! )

ALSO, related to my trip only in that right now that's where pretty much all of my money is going, I'm going to be teaching a "Knitting for Absolute Beginners" class, perfect for people who've never knit or who've tried to learn but since forgotten (more experienced knitters, get in touch with me about what more advanced workshops you'd like to see offered next), at Site 3 coLaboratory on March 29th, 7-9pm. Go here for registration details!

Thank you for reading! Please do pass the message along, if you know anyone who might be interested in any of the above!
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