I can think of better ways to spend a Friday night

But at least I had good com­pa­ny. For part of it. Yeah, anoth­er trip to the ER. I have GOT to stop doing this.  When I went to the doc for my week­ly blood tests on Tues­day, the nurse was con­cerned about ortho­sta­t­ic hypoten­sion. That’s when you get dizzy on stand­ing up because your blood pres­sure does­n’t […]

Podcast coming, serendipity

I do apol­o­gize, but my recov­ery has been slow­er than I expect­ed and I’ve had anoth­er trip to the emer­gency room. This one was due to not tak­ing good enough care of myself, as I got dehy­drat­ed and my blood pres­sure got way too low as a result. The pod­cast has been record­ed, though, and […]

What is network neutrality?

From Research­Buzz: “Net­work neu­tral­i­ty” (also called “net neu­tral­i­ty”) is the idea that an Inter­net access provider must pro­vide access to all parts of the Inter­net with­out prej­u­dice — with­out block­ing areas com­plete­ly, with­out slow­ing areas down, etc. Accord­ing to net neu­tral­i­ty, an access provider should treat all Inter­net traf­fic equal­ly no mat­ter what it is […]

My LJ style is GONE!

Appar­ent­ly this is a known issue, since the help page says If you have noticed your S2 style has changed to Gen­er­a­tor, do not change any of your cus­tomiza­tion set­tings, as your jour­nal may revert back to your orig­i­nal lay­out on its own. How­ev­er, if you adjust your cus­tomiza­tions, you might not be able to recover […]

It’s funny

…what you can con­sid­er peace­ful. There are a half-dozen teens in the next room with sam­bear play­ing Vam­pire. This is a cozy evening at home for us. I chose not to hide out in the bed­room this time, but to stay in the kitchen at the table, which dou­bles as my “desk.” I need to go […]

Is there a pentagram badge?

A his­tor­i­cal arti­cle, writ­ten in 2001. In an intro­duc­to­ry post to a news­group, I men­tioned at one point that my part­ner and I have been active in start­ing a CUUPs (Covenant of Uni­tar­i­an Uni­ver­sal­ist Pagans) chap­ter in our area, and also that I had just start­ed train­ing to be a Girl Scout leader. The com­bi­na­tion of […]

I’m a Girl Scout!

Yep, I’m a 39-year-old Girl Scout. In fact, all three of the humans in our house­hold are reg­is­tered Girl Scouts—myself, Katie, and yes, even Sam. Men can be reg­is­tered as adult Scouts. Katie’s troops have always asked that at least one, and prefer­ably both (or more if there are more!) par­ents in a fam­i­ly register […]

It Isn’t Karma or Punishment

We did noth­ing, in this or any oth­er life, to deserve ill­ness. We aren’t being pun­ished, nor are health­i­er peo­ple being reward­ed. I’m all for find­ing out about the phys­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal bases of our con­di­tions, as that infor­ma­tion is often a key part of find­ing the right treat­ment and pre­vent­ing relapse.  Look­ing for a […]

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