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TotD: Eating and Drinking

This pas­sage remind­ed me of Sam:

Peo­ple ask me: Why do you write about food, and eat­ing and drink­ing? Why don’t you write about the strug­gle for pow­er and secu­ri­ty, and about love, the way oth­ers do?

They ask it accus­ing­ly, as if I were some­how gross, unfaith­ful to the hon­or of my craft.

The eas­i­est answer is to say that, like most oth­er humans, I am hungry.

But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and secu­ri­ty and love, are so mixed and min­gled and entwined that we can­not straight­ly think of one with­out the oth­ers. So it hap­pens that when I write of hunger, I am real­ly writ­ing about love and the hunger for it … and then the warmth and rich­ness and fine real­i­ty of hunger sat­is­fied … and it is all one.

The Art of Eating
From The Art of Eat­ing by M.F.K. Fish­er

NOLOSE 2008

And anoth­er announce­ment, this one at the request of Stefanie:

The date has been set! Mark your cal­en­dars for NOLOSE ’08: Sep­tem­ber 26th through the 28th (Fri­day-Sun­day). Meet us by the pool at the Clar­i­on Hotel and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Northamp­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts for a week­end packed with fat­tas­tic fun, food, friends and oth­er good stuff!

We’re all hard at work, plan­ning to make this year’s con­fer­ence the best ever! There are a lot of excit­ing things in the works. The Clar­i­on has charm, a great loca­tion and a staff that is already excit­ed to hang out with all of us. As always, choos­ing a venue was no easy feat. We have a very diverse pop­u­la­tion and we have lots of fac­tors to take into con­sid­er­a­tion. All in all, we are pret­ty psy­ched about the Clar­i­on, and we are sure most of you will be too.

Keep your eyes open for more detailed infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence as it becomes avail­able and, as always, if you have some ideas about what you’d like to see at NOLOSE this year, let us know! Expect to see a call for work­shops in the very near future, because that’s how we roll.

For more infor­ma­tion about NOLOSE and to keep up with the cal­en­dar and new infor­ma­tion about the upcom­ing con­fer­ence, please vis­it nolose​.org.

NOLOSE is a vol­un­teer- run orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to end­ing the oppres­sion of fat peo­ple and cre­at­ing vibrant fat queer cul­ture. NOLOSE start­ed out as the Nation­al Orga­ni­za­tions for Les­bians of SizE. As the years passed and the orga­ni­za­tion grew, we changed our mis­sion to include not only a broad­er com­mu­ni­ty of queer women—dykes, les­bians and bisex­u­al women—but also trans­gen­dered people.

NOLOSE and the annu­al NOLOSE Con­fer­ence are explic­it­ly trans-inclu­sive. We want to make it clear that NOLOSE invites all fat queer women, all fat trans and gen­der-vari­ant folks and our allies to participate.

Boo Sickness! Recipe, Word Geeking, Reviews

This not-flu or whatever is exceedingly tiresome. I should think it would be enough to live with the day to day stuff, let alone put up with this. Then again, nobody has ever claimed in my hearing that the world is fair.

MélusineI haven't succeeded in holding any thoughts in my head long, so you're in for randomness again this entry.

I have no idea why the main article was linked from ZDNet, but doesn't this cheddar and apple sandwich seem yummy? I wonder how it would be with ham? I used to have a really good recipe for a sausage and apples dish, but I know I haven't cooked it in the last decade. Maybe I could dig it out of my ancient recipe box? There are few ways to go wrong with cooked apples, as far as I can tell.
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What do you want to read or hear?

I record­ed some more pieces, but need to wait for Sam to “pro­duce” them (clean them up and add appro­pri­ate music). One of them isn’t some­thing I would have cho­sen myself, but Todd, who cre­at­ed Live Read­ings, asked to hear oth­ers read it. It turned out bet­ter than I thought it would. And it was fun to do some­thing that I wouldn’t have chosen.

So it’s request time! What would you like me to record, or write about?
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Further Prof of Insanity: Blog365

I got through NaBloPo­Mo, as ridicu­lous as it was to com­mit to post­ing at least once a day for a month. So of course that small suc­cess has led me, in a moment of more-than-usu­al-luna­cy, to sign up for Blog365 (oth­er­wise known as “Out of the Fry­ing Pan, Into the Fire”).
Blog365
The pur­pose is fair­ly clear: to post at least once every day of 2008. Feb­ru­ary 29 is a “rest day.” Posts may be writ­ten on any site, rather than stick­ing to just one blog, so I’ll try to spread them around on mine/​ours. If I can’t get some­thing on the actu­al site on a par­tic­u­lar day due to net con­nec­tion issues or what­ev­er, I have to write (yes, write! like, cuneiform or some­thing!) a jour­nal entry and trans­fer it to a blog as that day’s entry.

It would be far sim­pler to have a sys­tem of some sort. Maybe I’ll cre­ate a rotation:

  • Fibrant Liv­ing — health, liv­ing with a dis­abil­i­ty, podcasts
  • Acad­e­my Car­i­tas — home­school­ing, edu­ca­tion, college
  • House Fire­heart — polyamory, par­tic­u­lar­ly my and Sam’s approach to it
  • Heart­song Hand­i­crafts — home of my orig­i­nal needle­work pat­terns, and soon to be home for the rest of my stitch­ing information
  • Cyber­stalked! — inter­net safe­ty and pri­va­cy issues
  • Cyn­thia Armis­tead — my pro­fes­sion­al port­fo­lio, where I put the geeky stuff
  • Ene­my of Entropy — here, of course, where I put gen­er­al stuff, book reviews, and the like. 

Hope­ful­ly there will be new pod­casts up soon. There will def­i­nite­ly be more music, as we have that love­ly con­cert piano we received via freecy­cle all repaired and put togeth­er. It’s beau­ti­ful and sounds great! Not at all bad for one dri­ve to pick it up and less than $200 in repair fees! (Sam want­ed to just take it to the near­est autho­rized repair cen­ter rather than doing it ourselves.)

2007 wasn’t a stel­lar year, but nei­ther was it ter­ri­ble. Sam has a steady, secure job that he enjoys, in an orga­ni­za­tion that’s allow­ing him to advance. , Katie had a lot of health prob­lems, but I’m hop­ing that we’re on the right path to resolv­ing them. Shel­ley passed away a lit­tle shy of her 18th birth­day, but since we’d been told in 1999 that she only had a year (at most) left, we felt that we’d got­ten an “extra” 8 years with her any­way. Kioshi has grown into a nice com­pan­ion, too.

We real­ly kept to our­selves a lot through the past two years. When you’ve been betrayed and hurt as deeply as we were by our for­mer housemate’s sud­den crazi­ness in 2006, there’s a lot of heal­ing to be done. I don’t know if I’ll ever approach Thanks­giv­ing with­out trep­i­da­tion again, but we had a good one any­way. The stress did con­tribute to the dete­ri­o­ra­tion of my health, and that does make it hard­er to get out. We’re work­ing on it, though. We cer­tain­ly learned who our true friends were, and we’ll nev­er for­get that.

So on to 2008, which we hope to be full of more time with friends, bet­ter health, much more music, Katie spent last night and almost all day today with friends from the school she was attend­ing as well as her new beau. Sam and I spent the day gam­ing, upgrad­ing some web sites, eat­ing good food and watch­ing movies. If it’s true that what­ev­er you do on Jan­u­ary 1 indi­cates how your year will go, we should be just fine.

Some of Today’s News in Atlanta

I man­aged to avoid the crime news, which is always hor­rif­ic. Okay, I most­ly avoid­ed it. The three boys under 10 who are being charged with kid­nap­ping and rape1 is get­ting to me. That poor lit­tle girl!

Transgender candidate misled voters, suit alleges2

Actu­al­ly, these guys seem to be suing every­body but the dog­catch­er down there in Riverdale.

What does Ms. Bruce’s gen­der have to do with how she’ll per­form as a city coun­cil mem­ber? Noth­ing, of course Ir’s been brought up because a cou­ple of sore losers just won’t let go. Asshats!

Trumpet the news: Elephant is going to be a mom3

But she won’t deliv­er until some­where around April 1, 2009! 22 months of preg­nan­cy. Dum­bo nev­er men­tioned that lit­tle fact.

In metro Atlanta, profile of those in need during the holidays has changed4

It isn’t just dur­ing the hol­i­days, either. Food banks across the coun­try are see­ing more and more work­ing peo­ple who need help. They’re hav­ing to reduce the amount of food giv­en to each per­son or fam­i­ly because the demand has out­paced the sup­ply so much.

I can’t say that I’m sur­prised. I know too many peo­ple who are just bare­ly scrap­ing by, and it isn’t because they’re irre­spon­si­ble. It’s just how the Amer­i­can econ­o­my is, and some­thing needs to change very quickly.


1 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​b​b​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​a​s​s​a​u​l​t​_​1​1​1​9​.​h​tml

2 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​l​a​y​t​o​n​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​r​i​v​e​r​d​a​l​e​s​u​i​t​_​1​1​2​0​_​w​e​b​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

3 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​e​l​e​p​h​a​n​t​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

4 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​g​u​i​d​e​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​f​o​o​d​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

Finally, home & cat stuff

The last install­ment of the update — home stuff

Sam and I are adjust­ing to sleep­ing at a new height. Yes — height. I’ve lust­ed after a captain’s bed for some time, because of the stor­age pos­si­bil­i­ties and how much more walker/​wheelchair friend­ly our bed­room would be if we could remove some of the fur­ni­ture that would be made extra­ne­ous by real under­bed stor­age. Well, we got one via Freecy­cle this past week!

It’s a queen size frame, so our cur­rent (very, very good) mat­tress and box frame fit. That was an impor­tant con­sid­er­a­tion. And the head­board is real­ly neat, with shelves that are very handy for one of the alarm clocks, and my glass­es, and tis­sues, and so on.

The trick is that this captain’s bed was orig­i­nal­ly designed for a waterbed. The box frame fits into the box where the waterbed mat­tress would fit, and you have a sur­face that’s about a foot high­er than our old bed. Then the mat­tress goes on top of that, and we have a bed that I have to use a step­stool to climb into.

It is an impos­ing edi­fice! We will no longer be chas­ing our shoes and oth­er items out from under the bed, nor can the cats hide under the bed. There’s one less rea­son to run the Room­ba (it does a good job of chas­ing dust bun­nies out from under beds). And we have twelve big draw­ers of addi­tion­al storage!

The donor was a real gem. She actu­al­ly brought the bed here to us, since we don’t have a truck. It took her two loads to do it, too, in her tiny lit­tle pick-up. She told me that she just want­ed to be sure that it went to a good home. Her moth­er was with her, and told Sam that it was her late partner’s bed, and that it pained her to see it. I thanked her pub­licly for going above and beyond any­thing that could pos­si­bly be expect­ed, and we’ll be pay­ing that kind­ness for­ward for some time.

The attic is insu­lat­ed, as of Fri­day! That should make a nice dif­fer­ence in our util­i­ty bills and win­ter com­fort. Now we need to get into the crawl space and find the source of a draft (and mouse entry!) under the kitchen cabinets/​dishwasher, and we’ll be quite snug.

Kiyoshi, the junior cat, has been neutered and giv­en his first round of shots. He seems a bit calmer already. He and Shel­ley aren’t bud­dies, but they are a bit friend­lier now that he’s set­tling down. They can get along well enough to share Shelley’s heat­ed win­dow perch. She’s will­ing to put up with him as long as he’s being inof­fen­sive and bring­ing extra body heat into the equa­tion – unless he tries to take the posi­tion clos­est to the win­dow. Then there’s trouble.

At 18, Shel­ley sel­dom leaves the kitchen, where the perch and her food are. The lit­ter­box is in the laun­dry room right off the kitchen. We’ve got a lit­tle seat­ing area in there, so she gets a fair amount of atten­tion. Kiyoshi roams the house, hang­ing out wher­ev­er Katie is when she’s home. Shel­ley is the kitchen cat. She’s los­ing weight, which is wor­ri­some, and she’s got cataracts. Her hear­ing is going, but she doesn’t seem to be in pain or have a bad qual­i­ty of life, so as long as she’s rea­son­ably hap­py, we’ll just keep nurs­ing her along.

And that’s about it. Bor­ing, but wordy. That’s me.