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Hello! You are a person! You are probably lovely! I like people!

This journal ends up being a bit of a mix of Srs Business (rants; things I've learned from counselling; &c), fannish & scientific joy, linkspams, poetry, & misc life updates. I tag fairly compulsively, though not always helpfully; I use content notes; I have written up a cast of characters; I aim to maintain this as a safer space, and appreciate (but do not expect!) call-outs when I mess up.

I like it if you introduce yourself when you subscribe, but it's definitely not required. Probably 30% of this journal is access-locked; I give access very readily. Fanworks are always public; AO3 is the canonical place to find my list of works. I'm very happy for you to link to anything that's public, and I'll be even happier if you let me know you're doing it. :-)

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Jun. 23rd, 2015 06:10 pm
kaberett: A sleeping koalasheep (Avatar: the Last Airbender), with the dreamwidth logo above. (dreamkoalasheep)
Travel went mostly okay; I'm settled in Portland and slightly dazed but very cheerful. So far we have had a DW room party involving late night pizza and plotted a bunch of stuff and I labeled Azz's label printer "tool of the kyriarchy" because I think I'm hilarious. Aaaaaah people <3
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International travel on the first day of my period is such a uniquely horrible experience that I can remember every single instance of it. Today's shaping up to be a good one: after a sensibly early night, I woke up a little before 4 in enough pain it was half an hour before I managed painkillers, whereupon I necked 100mg of tramadol on an empty stomach and it just about took the edge off. I can't actually tell to what extent the persisting significant wobbliness is pain, sleep dep because of the pain, an opiate high, or not having eaten enough yet because sertraline. FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY.
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ETA per discussion in comments the following is an inappropriate and racist way to talk; apologies.

Today's horrible Turkish fact: "randevu" means "appointment". Because how else are you going to write "rendezvous". OBVIOUSLY.

(I can't actually talk here, given the flavours of German I speak - in Austrian we call potatoes earth-apples and in Swiss we call bicycles velo, and yet.)

Things I need to do for next week's trip. )

Monday morning things. )
kaberett: Photo of a cassowary with head tilted to one side (cassowary)
Content note: discussion of food, reference to eating disorders.

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kaberett: a patch of sunlight on the carpet, shaped like a slightly wonky heart (light hearted)
So a little while back my useless ex decided that there was a particular thing his grandmother used to make that he wished to recreate, and consequently dug out a recipe. I am blogging this partly so I've got it and partly in an attempt to provide him with handwaving on how I spice it.

ingredients )

Method )
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1. I am now on Duolingo, sort of, half-arsedly, for at least the next few weeks. I am not sure I understand the social side of things at ALL but if you want to either explain it to me or friend me I'm the obvious human over there.

2. Relatedly, the Turkish accusative is preposterous. "Ben paynir yerim" but also "ben payniri yerim", the former being "I eat cheese" and the latter "I eat the cheese"? FUCK OFF.

3. I have a problem, and it is that the people who make the rugged phones I have a pretty hard (but not impossible) time destroying have started making fully waterproof smartphones with excellent battery life.

4. Pleasant late morning/early afternoon hanging out with baby brother, cooking and eating and discussing body mods and work and dating and casual nudity.
kaberett: a watercolour of a pale gold/salmon honeysuckle blossom against a background of green leaves (honeysuckle)
1. Walking down the hill in the sunshine to buy sourdough and orange juice for breakfast, to go with strawberries left over from strawberry-mint-lemonade I made last night.

2. Cinnamon-sourdough toast, strawberries, and orange juice for breakfast.

3. ... followed by sourdough toast topped with kimchi for lunch.

4. For reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, I am putting together a costume (that is going to involve anti-gravity space-wheelchair). All components except make-up and one last bit of jewelry are now sorted and I am very excited about this. Proof of concept works and I am pleased (and currently working out the optimal way to trace a design for a temporary tattoo what do you mean a full-bicep temporary tattoo is overkill NO IT ISN'T).

5. I am rereading Max Gladstone's Craft books and finding them really very soothing.

6. I have had a string of slightly difficult conversations this week, and all involved have been kind and supportive and fantastic, for which I am v grateful. (Relatedly, having had a pretty rocky time of it on Wednesday night, I coped astonishingly well with Thursday despite several flashpoints that could plausibly have seriously set me off and... didn't.)

7. OUR LITTLE FEETY POTATOES are currently ravening maws poking out over the top of the nest making little cheeping noises. (We have a blackbird's nest right above our front door in the ivy; it is FAB and this is the second clutch this spring/summer.)

8. Tonight I am going to curl up in a pile with my housemate and catch up on Orphan Black and talk and eat ratatouille and it'll be great.

9. More M-fic this morning...

10. ... and a second e-mail from the AO3, informing me that someone who read one of my bits of A:tLA fic and liked Katara's homesick insomnia and commented to tell me so actually liked it enough that they're working through the rest of my stuff, which always makes me smile when it happens.

misc log.

Jun. 6th, 2015 09:15 pm
kaberett: a watercolour painting of an oak leaf floating on calm water (leaf-on-water)
Brains et cet. )

Today I have learned the principles of how to make praline, and acquired a leather jacket from a charity shop for £15 and a pair of absolutely fantastic ankle-support-ish suitable-for-costuming boots that fit me perfectly for a fiver. Also I finally got around to getting my useless ex and [personal profile] sebastienne a griddle pan. Sunshine and ice-cream and stir-fry and brownies, yes. Everything is a bit flat and grey, but. Moments of small joy.
kaberett: Photograph of clementine with perplexed face drawn on. (clementine)
I have this problem with oil-based carrot cakes that they are always way too heavy on the oil relative to everything else, as far as I can tell. Ergo I am writing down what it is I actually did this evening so I don't end up grumpily improvising every time.

175g light brown sugar [125g white, 50g dark muscovado]
175ml oil
3 eggs
150g grated carrot
250g SR flour [125g SR flour, 125g wholemeal flour]
25g ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
cinnamon, nutmeg

juice of one orange, pomegranate juice, sugar

Preheat oven to 180degC. Combine sugar, oil, eggs; mix until thick. Mix in carrots. Mix in all dry ingredients. Bake for ~45 minutes.

Meanwhile combine juices and sugar in a pan and boil until usefully syrupy.

When the cake is done (skewer or knife poked into it comes out clean), *without turning it out* make lots of little stabby holes and pour the syrup over slowly. Once the syrup's set transfer to suitable plate/tin/whatever.

I ate mine with pomegranate seeds and yoghurt; housemate & D decided the concept was an abomination and ate it neat.

[brain log]

Jun. 3rd, 2015 05:44 pm
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Content note for disordered eating (as distinct from eating disorder, but probably crossover) including discussion of calories.

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kaberett: A cartoon of wall art, featuring a banner reading "NO GLORY SAVE HONOR". (no glory save honour)
Gifts are given; offerings are made or, well, offered. The latter is availability with no expectation whatsoever; the former implicitly requires acceptance, to a greater or lesser extent. I have been playing over the past few weeks with this distinction as applied to human interaction.
kaberett: photograph of the Moon taken from the northern hemisphere by GH Revera (moon)
Defining my terms at the top of the page. )
The part where I wryly tell anecdotes so you can gauge your interest in reading several thousand words on the topic
I've been talking intermittently over the last little while about shit like theology as repository of psychosocial extelligence (e.g.). Thursday lunchtime I realised with some dismay that I needed a purification ritual and I needed one fast and all of this is stuff I'm cobbling together as I go along, but I ended up with: sorting out my hair; showering even though it was hard; scrubbing my face and hands with some of the nice salt we keep in; moisturising with the E45 that I stuck a couple of bay leaves in lo these many years ago; eating half a teaspoon of honey from a friend's parents' hives; and then I spent the journey over to the tattoo shop meditating, and now I have symbology etched on me, and it is good -- but I have also realised that I've been doing most of my talking about this stuff via chatting with people one-on-one and I might perhaps benefit from going into a bit more detail, a little more formally.

So. )
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1. [personal profile] wyrdatlast has started writing a series about about coming to terms with diagnosis of chronic illnesses, viewed in a framing of grief, which I suspect a bunch of you will be interested in, and for which I personally am v grateful because it means I don't gotta get around to writing the wretched things. ;)

2. BECAUSE OF REASONS (do my housemate a favour by doing me a favour, folk?) if those of you in the tech/computer science industry felt like writing a couplefew paragraphs about what your job is actually like for someone with a very strong CS background but no industry experience, I'd be super grateful. Comments here or e-mail are great. Cheerssss xx
kaberett: a watercolour of a pale gold/salmon honeysuckle blossom against a background of green leaves (honeysuckle)
... and twice makes a tradition. P-the-ethical & I have a habit of going for A Fancy Meal most times we end up in the same place, which we probably need to curb a little now that we see each other more than twice a year, and he was keen to go back and is an excellent dining companion; I'd been wanting to know what facesfriend thought of the place since he'd mentioned to me that work owed him a fancy dinner; and I was wanting to introduce them in a context that wasn't in point of fact A Party. Plus taking more people out to fancy vegetarian dinners means I get to try more of the food, so. That was a motivation.

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As one might expect service was unobtrusive except when they had no option, e.g. the committee that assembled to gape in amusement at how badly I'd got my hair tangled in my coat on arrival; and the point at which we came to pay, my boys looked at each other and me and pulled out their cards and said we'd sort out my contribution later, the waiter was very carefully very impassive, and I ended up going bright pink and burying my head in my hands and giggling because yes, in fact, it was exactly what it looked like. But also at a point earlier in the meal I'd mentioned that It Was My Birthday Treat, was wished a happy birthday, and then my dessert came out on a plate with "Happy Birthday" in the glaze and a candle on top of it. So! It was showy but also judged exactly right for me. It was lovely. <3

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