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The reception to the character of Franklin in 1968, and the origin of why the character was created (a letter from a White Los Angeles school teacher following the assassination of MLK Jr.), plus the first comic strip Franklin appeared in, in 1968.
- explained a Lunar New Year tradition to a friend, in one of our calls. I like that I had some relevant trivia to share
- made a healthy lunch with tinned kidney beans, the last of the cabbage, tinned tomatoes and some frozen spinach, served with rice
- going to have another early night
“The funding cut is especially interesting timing considering it’s February, which in the UK is LGBT History Month, and this year’s theme is medicine"
I've never seen roads flooded in my local area like I just have 😬
If I don’t feel great, but not too bad, I do OK taking care of myself, i.e. eating and drinking frequently enough, taking electrolytes, supplements, resting…
If I start to feel better, I start doing stuff and I forget to eat, drink, rest, etc and end up not feeling great.
Recuperating today, after attending a meeting yesterday in which some people were pompous & rude as well as ill-informed. This is not a good combination.
Today the sun is shining, I don't have a meeting, & I'm on the last 5% of The Quantifiable Project. This is a better combination.
Have a happy seed.
It's been a somewhat underwhelming stuffy nose, headache and burnt toast day for me, so my good things list is basic.
a lie in until midday, to rest up, with a phone call from a friend.
cereal for breakfast, fish on toast for lunch
binge watching an old TV series and drawing doodles to try to relax
This is a pretty incredible piece of work impacting #LongCovid future treatments that I just made my neuroscientist wife explain to me. Potentially a big finding and here's a good readable summary:
The virus persists but so do scientists <3
Wondering why olive oil costs so much this year?
Violent storms and hail at harvest time in some parts of the Mediterranean is one cause. Another is drought.
But there's another, slow-motion tragedy happening... 🧵
my slippers seem ok, even though I spilt stuff on them
I feel ok about my arts entry getting passed over (even tho I fit lots of the criteria), as I'm still in burnout mode. I wasn't looking forward to taking my sketchbooks in. OTOH a friend flagged up a new arts project that looks interesting
I feel creative vibes returning. I drew a couple of cartoon characters for a zine idea: https://ohai.social/@srfirehorseart/111852043944484418
This makes me want to scream: how is this not obvious and normal?! Gaahh!
As a person experiencing long covid effects, and reading about folks who are much worse off than I am, I ask: how can we not all be wearing masks in closed public spaces?
We know it can be spread by asymptomatic people. And that risk of severe #longCovid increases with multiple exposures (whether you felt sick or not).
I wouldn't wish long covid on anyone. 😢
Another day indoors avoiding the rain and gusts of wind (to 42 mph this evening). :blobpartlysunny: 🌬️
a good start to the day - washed and dressed, porridge for breakfast and put a wash on for clean sheets
made lunch with the leftover chips from yesterday's trip to the local shop
Safe and warm indoors, as I didn't have to go anywhere today. Got started on my annual quest to pay my NIC2.
a relaxed day. Gave in and went back to bed after breakfast, as I felt cold and tired
friends helping me look for an app that might work on my phone. We didn't find one today but it was great to have the support
found that I can now stream Mr Robot and Supernatural for free, courtesy of one of our UK TV companies. Am still working my way through Bones, courtesy of another channel.
my heating working on a frosty day. The temperature outside was -4°C when I checked this morning.
my first attempt at making garlic & lemon sauce went well, even though I had the pan a bit too hot.
Caught up on some housework, put out bird food and went for a walk in the evening darkness. Some paths and parked cars were still covered in a sparkly frost from this morning. The stars and the moon shone brilliantly in the cold air.
Okay, I'm thinking about gift giving today. A little backstory about why:
Every year my Father-in-law attempts to get my Mother-in-law a gift. She is a bit of a shopper, and is notoriously difficult to shop for. Every year he gets her something he guesses a woman would like (perfume, sweater, jewelry), and every year she doesn't really like it, and ends up begrudgingly using it or returns it. They have been married over 30 years, and seem to have a pretty good marriage otherwise. It's like she wants him to magically understand what she wants, and he is sort of equally bad at the whole thing too. I will never understand why they don't just have a conversation about this. Just for extra fun, she is the most bizarre gift giver, also, to the point that it has become an annual tradition that I show my friends what she got us. A small list of things we have gotten:
A couch cover with grapes on it
A sexy nightgown
A painting of the house they live in
A gourd painted to look like a cat eating a bird
A package of tea that I would have absolutely loved, stuffed with cheap tea bags
Children's Lego sets
Underwear that didn't fit either of us
A wooden board covered in seashells that is supposed to hold a curling iron
A waterproof bed cover
I could go on and on. Just to clarify this doesn't bother me or my husband at all, we actually get a kick out of the weirdness. I don't personally care about presents much, I'm more of an experiences person.
SO, if you've managed to get this far, how do you feel about gift giving/getting? Feel free to elaborate and give examples!