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srfirehorseart

@srfirehorseart@ohai.social

Arts, writing, health, accessibility & IT chat. Intersectional moth.

Making art about the urban landscape & contemporary life.

Support artists:

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📍 England, UK.

#Art #ContemporaryArt #drawing #illustration #urbansketching #watercolour

#Tech Enterprise Software, #Middleware #design #ITIL

#history #community

#SFF #comics #zines #WritingCommunity

#SelfCare #AltText #AuDHD

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srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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@3goodthings

  • learning to use a new machine
  • a friend helping me clean my home
  • a takeaway for both of us, in the evening
ned, (edited ) to random
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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.

srfirehorseart,
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@ned

I love that you shared the history of the character's creation and the first strip.
🧡

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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#3GoodThings

  • 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
    ✨ :blobsleeping:
srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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#3GoodThings

  • a cooked breakfast and lunch
    🍳
  • it's raining today, so I haven't missed anything by having to stay in and rest
  • the lunar new year (Year of the Dragon) starts this weekend
    🐉🎉 :blobtada:
srfirehorseart, to LGBTQ
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“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"

#NHS #LGBTQ #diversity

:blobpride: 🌈

https://www.vice.com/en/article/ak38ak/uk-government-shuts-down-nhs-lgbtq-diversity-program-rainbow-badge-scheme?at_medium=Social%20media&at_campaign=Mastodon

andycarolan, to random
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I've never seen roads flooded in my local area like I just have 😬

srfirehorseart,
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@andycarolan

There are FIVE flood warnings in my area today.
:blobpartlysunny:

CaramelizedShallots, to random
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catch-22

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.

srfirehorseart,
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@CaramelizedShallots

People with ME-CFS often have this problem too:

If you rest you start to feel better. Then you feel the need to tackle all the backlog of stuff you need to do, or exercise. A day or two later you feel terrible again and back to square one.

Until 2021 doctors often suggested Graded Exercise Therapy but most sufferers reported feeling worse after going through this.

Read more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-59080007

eclectech, to photography
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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.

#sillyScribbles #photography #mosstodon #nature #cute #silly #drawing

srfirehorseart,
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@eclectech

Hooray for Happy Seed!

Oh no. But you survived without telling them to eff off. Well done.

Time to provide constructive feedback or look for a new project?

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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  • made it out to a local shop for essentials in the middle of the day, so I also got a short walk and some vitamin D

  • rewarded myself by having a take away for lunch (not v healthy but I figure I needed the carbs for energy)

  • a phone call from a friend

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srfirehorseart,
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@eclectech

The barnacle looks to me like it's happily singing.
🎶

srfirehorseart,
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@eclectech

Thanks!

The barnacle looks enthusiastic with its arms thrown wide as it sings ..
🎶

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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@3goodthings

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

grimalkina, to random
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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:

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/viral-protein-fragments-behind-serious-covid-19-outcomes

The virus persists but so do scientists <3

srfirehorseart,
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@pa27 @grimalkina

I still hope that studying Long COVID will yield better support and treatment for ME-CFS.

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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#3GoodThings

  • feeling less achey than yesterday
    :blobcatthumbsup:

  • did some housework
    🧹

  • a short walk in the dark

straphanger, to random
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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... 🧵

srfirehorseart,
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@straphanger

Thanks for the article.

I thought the other threat to olive trees was the thieves cutting branches off.

I'm sad to hear that the trees are unwell but it's good efforts are being made to save them.
🌴

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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#3GoodThings

  • 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
    :thinkspin:

  • I feel creative vibes returning. I drew a couple of cartoon characters for a zine idea: https://ohai.social/@srfirehorseart/111852043944484418
    :ablobcatattention:

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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  • able to take it slow today because I finished my urgent admin yesterday
    :blobcatjustright:

  • a friend's appointment went well

  • had some more of the red lentil daal with fresh rice
    🍲

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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#3GoodThings

  • did some housework and put away some laundry
    🧹

  • made a red lentil dish to go with some leftover rice
    🍲

  • finished the annual admin task and can relax a bit
    :blobcatbusiness:

deborahh, to random
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@Snowshadow
@JoePajak

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. 😢

😷😷😷
https://mstdn.science/@JoePajak/111838348118679030

srfirehorseart,
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@deborahh @Snowshadow @JoePajak

That post seems to have gone.

Many countries relaxed their mask rules in 2022 and almost all by 2023.

However, masks have been reinstated in some places, such as hospitals and public transport.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/spain-facemasks-mandatory-hospitals-flu-covid-cases-surge

srfirehorseart,
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@deborahh @Snowshadow @JoePajak

Thanks! I saw the article link the first time I tried but got an error when I looked again.

I look forward to a time when public transport is safer again.

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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#3GoodThings

  • porridge for breakfast
    🥣

  • hanging up the rest of the latest laundry wash

  • today's weather was a bit more chilly than yesterday. This was fine, as it's dry, so I took a short walk at sunset.
    🚶🏽

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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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.
    :blobcatbusiness:

#3GoodThings
@3goodthings

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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#3GoodThings

  • 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
    :blobcathearts:

  • 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.
    🤖

srfirehorseart, to 3goodthings
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  • 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.
    🌗✨

RickiTarr, to random
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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
Toy trains
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!

srfirehorseart,
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@RickiTarr

My feeling is that I'd rather get something I've specifically asked for than a surprise gift. The problem is that I'm often unsure what I want until I see it for myself.

However one friend is impossible to buy for as they're a shopper and better at finding what what they want than I am. For their birthday this year, we settled on my taking them to lunch and giving them a card. I felt this wasn't much but they insisted they're very happy with that.

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