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Quarantine Chronicles Part 2

Posted April 13, 2020 By kmarrs

One of these days I’ll remember that quarantine has two A’s and won’t be as reliant on spell-check. That day is decidedly not today. Anyway, without further ado, he’s what I’ve been up to while stuck in my house. Picking up from where I left off.

Day 13 of isolation

I hurt a lot today for regular shinanigans reasons.  The usual crud so I’m taking it easy.

Lots of New Leaf fishing.  I caught my first shark.  I paid off my first town project.  Starting tomorrow I’ll have a bridge on both ends of the river.  I’m stupidly excited about that, let me tell you.

Might fuck around and finish that book I started yesterday tonight.  Only 300 pages to go.  It should only take 6 hours or so and the day is young.

I made lentil soup today using the majority of systlin​‘s recipe.  My spice cabinet was barer than I anticipated.  (Note to self: restock spices next grocery trip.)  But I made due.  It tastes amazing and I’m on my second bowl for the day.

Day 14 of isolation

Iris is now a temporary blond. Tomorrow I turn their hair green.

I’ve started the process of getting Sammy diagnosed with ADHD. It’s a process but the ball is rolling.

The rest of the day is otherwise quiet. Lots of reading. I’m determined to finish the book I’m reading.

Day 15 of isolation

Left over lentil soup tastes better than fresh lentil soup, which was already good.

I’m up to 4 sharks caught in 3 days. They aren’t as hard to catch as I thought they’d be, once I learned the trick. There is still luck involved but I at least have the skill.

More DnD. Finished our first dungeon.

We’re already planning our next game where we’re all young dragons.

Gonna finish this book tonight. Not maybe. I’m determined.

Day 16 of isolation

Had a bad experience with the DS and ACNL. I dropped the system mid gameplay and it shut itself off. I was sad to lose the time spent so far that day but it usually resets in a way I can recoup except the fishing bit. Only when I turned it back on the internal clock thought it was January 7, 2020. So I had to fix that and it fucked up a lot of things. I almost quit the game then and there. I had just prior to dropping the system bought the last piece needed to complete my butch lesbian outfit and well… who knows if I’ll be able to get that piece again. I’m super sad. But alas, I’ll game on.

The rest of today will be spent watch Ducktales season 2.

I did indeed finish that book last night at like 3am. Time well spent. If you like period romances it’s called The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen and it was good. Very happy ending!

Day 17 of isolation

Today differs because it’s the day I was officially laid off.

Otherwise, it was more of the same. Lots of ACNL and some Ducktales season 2.

Day 18 of isolation

Feeling lethargic, depressed and apathetic.

Day 19 of isolation

Treating myself to a Pirates of the Caribbean binge. Never watched these movies as an out lesbian. Debating what my crush on a Will Turner means for my lesbianism. (To clarify I have zero interest in Bloom himself.)

Trying to spark debate on tumblr.

Day 20 of isolation

Wow. It’s been 20 days and there is no end in sight. I was originally meant to go back to work tomorrow. The kids were originally meant to go back to school today. Clearly neither is happening. We may finish out the school year at home. I’m not sure when I’ll feel safe to job hunt. So much uncertainty.

My appetite is disappearing. Probably stress and depression based. I’m making myself eat, but I’m turning down things like beef curry which is worrisome on multiple levels. But I am willing to eat lighter meals. Lots of Turkey sandwiches. But at least I’m getting protein. Doesn’t help that I’m suddenly drinking pop again because I can’t find mu usual water bit the soda aisle it’s well stocked. We’re do have a water filter so I am getting water in me. But I prefer to drink something with flavor. Anyway, all this soda is messing with my acid reflux which kills my appetite too.

Today I kept myself entertained with finishing season 1 of The Magnus Archives. I’ve started session 2, but I might break from that to watch the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie later tonight.

20 days. Huh.

Day 21 of isolation

I baked the best bread I’ve ever eaten today. It was devoured by the family before it could even fully cool.

I watched the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie and have opinions. Strong opinions.

Day 22 of isolation

Returned my office key at work and picked up my stuff I had in my desk. Wore a mask ADHD used hand sanitizer.

Got the hang of deep sea diving in New Leaf. Sort of.

The Biden post shit storm.

Day 23 of isolation

I was up until fairly late working towards catching up on B99 last night so today I slept in.

Somewhere in the night, I realized I own the full Avatar the Last Airbender series on blue ray so I gathered all the family members who were interested and we’ve set out to watch it all, 4 episodes at a time.

Realized I’m addicted to caffeine again after giving up soda over a year ago.

The storms that are rolling through and the rapidly cycling temperature changes mean I’m in constant pain these days, so now is not the time to cold Turkey caffeine.

The storms have been amazing though.

Day 24 of isolation

Days are starting to blend together.  I’m aiming to keep a schedule of sorts.  No set productivity quota or anything like that.  But I sleep at night, wake before noon, eat my meals around the same time.  Things like that.  I am too neurodivergent to be able to afford to completely break my schedule.  

That said, days still really run together.  And it’s becoming harder to journal the key activity or two of a certain day when I’m having trouble keeping track of what happened when.  But, I’m not just giving up on this journal.  I may be a nobody, but my record will show what a nobody from Ohio was doing during this global pandemic.  If enough nobodies do this there will be actual historical records left behind.  I follow enough academics to know that this record could matter even if I don’t on my own.

I’m not reading much at the moment.  I’m focusing on watching things.  Avatar, B99, and some Ducktales in between.  Once I get bored with screen time I’ll pick up another book, but it’s not like I’m behind on my reading for the year.

Knowing that I work fulltime and have 3 kids I really only aim to read 1 book a month when I set my Good Reads reading goal.  I’m already 4 books ahead for the year.  It doesn’t sound like much when I put it that way, but I’m more than halfway through my goal and the year has barely begun.

I suppose the thing of note for today is that I made chicken noodle soup.  Usually an all-day project for me, but about 2 hours before dinner time I decided I wanted it, so I threw some things into a pot and it turned out the best I’ve ever made.  I think I’ve finally mastered my recipe. 

Otherwise, today was just another day in a long list of days that seem to be exactly the same even if there are minute changes.

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So the Almighty Dark Lord Max, Ruler of All was summoned and I’ve agreed to do the thing. Cuz it’s an agreeable thing to do.

“TARA 4 BPD (Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder), is a not-for-profit organization that provides evidence-based facts to people with BPD, their loved ones, and mental health professionals. We offer a psychoeducation program for family members to reduce stigma and repair relationships. We help families realize that BPD behaviors are a way of coping with enormous emotional pain, not a manipulation tactic nor a means of getting attention. We teach families how to predict and prevent escalations, repair relationships and increase trust. We are currently engaged in Grassroots Research on BPD in order to call researchers’ attention to the experiences of children who eventually meet criteria for BPD.

Many family members feel helpless when a loved one self-injures, talks about suicide, or makes a suicide attempt. They panic, and their typical response it to call 911, take their loved one to the ER, etc. There is presently no data available that evaluates the experiences of people with BPD in the ER and in psychiatric hospitals. We want to know if going to the ER helped or harmed them.What was the emotional impact of being in the ER or a Psychiatric Hospital? How did they get there? By themselves, or did someone else bring them there?

We have developed a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of ER Interventions and/or hospitalization. We are asking for your help with distributing it by posting a link to the survey on your blog. This data will help us educate families on appropriate responses to harmful behaviors.”

Here is the link to the survey. I, myself, am going to take it. You should too! Research like this is extremely important.

Here is a link to their actual site if you want to check them out.

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Post-Op

Posted May 9, 2019 By kmarrs

I had that surgery this morning. It went really well. I’m in recovery mode at home just kinda riding the oxy high. They gave me oxy which is a lovely thing that they did.

I’m going to keep this really short because I’m hyper aware how stoned I am right not. Legally and rightfully. But uh…

Anyway, life is mellow today. I return to the chaos of finals week tomorrow but I’m giving myself today to just heal.

So Hi. I’m here. I’m alive. Not that there was a question on that. But I don’t even feel like death, except for my throat from the tube. I’m just sort of quiet and mellow and when provoked, silly. But there are worse ways to be post-op.

Hmm… this needs an image…

This candle is a lot smaller than this photo implies. It’s the mini candle. Good stuff.

So this candle was bought from DnD Apothecary and is super amazing. It came in a bundle with a metal D20 and a small wooden treasure box just big enough to hold 2 D20s. Luckily, I have a second metal one because, well, I also have a larger version of their candles, this one in the Woodland Ranger scent.

They are a small etsy based business but I really love them!

(Disclaimer: No one is paying me or asking me to plug them. I stumbled upon this person on Tumblr. Followed the link to their store. Bought a couple of candles. Plan to buy a couple more. And thought I’d share the joy that is this store with all of you. I really love their candles. They have soap too, but I have not tried it.)

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Magic

Posted February 9, 2016 By kmarrs

The Bloggess is working that magic that she is so good at, but no one else seems to be able to pull off!  It’s Booksgiving over on her blog.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s basically strangers buying books for strangers.  Yep.  It started with the Bloggess wanting to buy a book for 10 different followers.  They were instructed to set up an Amazon wish list with nothing but books in it, and then to link it on her blog.  Well… That gave all her readers access to all the wish lists and her readers are doing what her readers do best.  They are giving and giving and giving.

I, myself, have received a couple with more on the way.

In return I will find a way to pay it forward.  Or maybe this is my reward for magic I have accomplished elsewhere.  No idea.  But I’ll find a way to keep it going.

If you yourself want to take part either as a giver or a receiver, it might not be to late.  Head on over and take part in something magical.

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Deciding to Live

Posted September 7, 2015 By kmarrs

There is a movie, you can stream it on Netflix, called Veronika Decides to Die. It is about a suicidal woman. At first. If you watch it, by the end you might just find a reason or two to live, if you’re looking for one.

I want all of you to watch this movie.

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Say Something

Posted July 31, 2015 By kmarrs

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