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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011 edited
    Because I'm spending too much time in the Open Mic thread and need happy thoughts.

    I got my IUD today! HURRAH! Now I don't have to worry about taking a neon pill during a 1 hour time window everyday, nor do I have to worry about buying more packs or neon pills constantly; it's good for FIVE years. Moreover, it's more effective than the pill!! :D

    However I do have to deal with feeling cramped up and bloated for a few days and ouchies the procedure was not comfortable (like getting a charlie horse in my uterus x_x). But it's for the greater good, it really is.

    Also my birthday just passed and gifts included beer books from my boyfriend (How to Brew by John J. Palmer, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co., and Brewing Up a Business), a book on the Japanese Tea Ceremony from a friend of mine, and the entire collection of the Transmetropolitan paperback reprints from my sister (technically half of them is for bday, and half for xmas). Hooray reading!
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    Happy BD, Argos!

    Trying to get back to normalized state after a few days of shitty. SO.

    Got my car back the same day as dropping it at the shop!

    Getting right back on that bass line for Shakedown Street after years of not playing it! It's kind of the only Grateful Dead song I actually like. The entire rest of their (impressive) catalogue does little for me, but I'm glad I still have a line on that one song.

    Yay Flaming Lips and Guided By Voices on vinyl!

    Do well, you all.

    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    @Argos, WOO! I want one but I'm under the impression that people don't love IUDs in young women who haven't already had kids? Higher rate of rejection or sommat. Glad yours seems to be settling in okay!
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011 edited
    It's a little harder to get in bc your cervix is tighter, so there's that. I remember my old ob/gyn from my uni saying it had something to do with advertising them more to women who were already sure their family was "complete," since there is a risk of getting PID (small, but it exists), which can affect fertility. Otherwise my ob/gyn seemed completely supportive of the idea and the Planned Parenthood people didn't mention any greater risk of rejection for me.

    edited to add: Just found this when looking through the Family PACT website:
    "The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently announced that long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs) -- namely IUD and the implant (Implanon) -- are safe for use by almost all women of reproductive age. Many have mistakenly believed that only women who had given birth and who were at low risk for sexually transmitted infections should be considered candidates for LARCs. ACOG is recommending that LARCs are appropriate for almost all women -- including adolescents, stating, "Available evidence suggests that IUDs are more effective and have higher rates of satisfaction in nulliparous women compared with oral contraceptives."
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011 edited
    Argos: WOO! Good luck with the ouchies. And beer books! Hooray! I'm getting the Stone book soon and I own Brewing Up A Business! I say if I ever visit down there we work on a collaboration beer. *nods*

    Today I met up with two great friends that I haven't seen in ages. We went to the Mill Street Brewpub and I got to try their Oktoberfest Beer (which was AMAZING). But...yeah. It was good to catch up and get rowdy. Really nice girl's night out. :)
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
    Ooh... good on ya, Argos, and thanks for sharing the infos. it's good to know!

    Cold day today, which I'm not a big fan of (even less so when impertinent foreigners (e.g. anyone from outside of Southern California) tell me this isn't "real" cold), but with it came a bit of rain which was lovely.

    And there was German chocolate cake, which I usually skip because it is ZOMGtoosweetyeech!! but decided I'd take the piece my mom was shoving my way. And finally hot chocolate. Which seems anticlimactic now, after the cake, but fuck it I've been thinking about it all day long. Yay, hot cocoa!
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    I found out that year-long memberships for my boxing gym are now $100 cheaper and that the owner is VERY flexible for payment plans for it. I...I'm actually going to go for it. I'll be able to go to the gym any day I want instead of scrapping enough money for one class a week if I'm lucky. So hooray weight loss! Hooray for punching people! Hooray!

    Also interesting because I'm right in the middle of a two week free trial at the YMCA and, while I ADORE the facilities they have there, I just find the all-female and no children environment a lot more accommodating. Plus because it's a small gym, the chances of making friends there are increased. And everyone there is just awesome. I don't think I can bear to NOT see the coach there. She's really great.
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    My very elderly and cantankerous Mercedes, Moby Benz, passed it's MOT test today, just needing two new tyres (which I'd guessed it would). Last year the thing cost me £850, so this was much more palatable.

    And my girls have guinea pigs, which I have had to concede are more cute than I was initially prepared to acknowledge.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    It was my mom's birthday last night. I think she was happy, even if the restaurant was too loud for her to hear much of anything.

    I dressed pretty awesome today as it's the first day where it won't boil me alive to do so. Breezy and a little rainy! My favorite weather.

    And I am listening to The Flaming Lips waiting for the only class I like to start. Hooray!
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    Am seeing my bro next week. He's coming up to Iceland Airwaves. It will be his last "blow out" before he becomes a dad. I imagine fun times ahead...
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    Jon and Roo

    Took my three year old out for the day, first time in ages I've spent time with her on her own. We went from Gosport to Portsmouth on the ferry, I didn't have a plan for what to do next, but when we got off, she said 'Daddy, want to go on ANOTHER boat', so we went and found the harbour tour round the naval base. She's a little darling and I'm going to miss her like hell when I go back to work next week.
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    Today, a woman who curates shows at one of the bigger art places in Salt Lake, who I happen to be friends with on facebook since she came to do a lecture at my previous college and I was able to go out to dinner with her afterward and whatnot, posted a status asking for people with experience in working in galleries to come help set up a show. Or just people in general, really. She sounded super stressed about it, the opening was at 6. I'd just taken a test that marked the beginning of my week long fall break, so for once I had time to do whatever I wanted. The plan originally was to take a day off and relax, but I decided to go help instead.

    I'd forgotten just how much I loved working in a gallery. The crazy mess mad dash to the finish where tons of art that could (for this show especially) be worth more than your life is strewn about, waiting to be hung. The sudden peaceful sort of party with everyone dressed nicely that it magically becomes in just an hour (or sometimes a couple of minutes). Leveling things, taping wire behind things, hours of work on things that know one really cares about but that make such a difference for the art... I love it. I stayed and worked for about 4 hours until there was basically not much left for me to help with.

    They got contact info for those of us helping. Another volunteer said at one point they'd heard that we'd be paid for the help, but I doubt it. And even though I'm running out of money and I don't have a job and I don't know how I'm going to manage, I don't even care. I had a blast. I made it clear that they should call me next time to have me help again.

    Then I went to the opening for the show, and it was easily one of my favorite exhibits I'd ever seen in a contemporary art gallery. And I've been to Chelsea. I went to every opening for 3 school years at the CUAC, which is gaining reputation as the leader in contemporary art in the state. This show was fantastic.

    Not to mention, things like this are kind of a good in to get into the gallery world a little bit. And they can go on a C.V. Sometimes. But really, I don't even care much about that either. I just like measuring walls and filling them with art. All the pictures in my bedroom have been hung at 60 inches over center since I moved in, just like we used to do in the gallery at Snow College. I guess part of it is the anal retentive qualities you get with a printmaker, and part of it's my inability to get bored that comes from growing up in Dugway, but I really really love working in a gallery, and I'm so excited they're gonna call me to do more of it.
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    It's a good night.

    It's my 32nd birthday, and I'm at work, which is cool because I'm outside on Perimeter. It's beautiful out tonight. I get to see my lady on Sunday, and she comes home next Saturday.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    @ gov spy: Happy birthday you ancient git!!

    I'm so happy for you..big sweaty hug from the bush,London!!!
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    Happy birthday, Government Spy. You definitely deserve a great one.
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    On a funny sidenote, does anyone have any idea how difficult it is to take a shit while wearing a bullet proof vest and a pistol on a gunbelt full of a bunch of cop gadgets?

    It's very difficult, in case you were wondering.

    P.S. Thanks for the birthday wishes!
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    Happy birthday gov spy,
    hope today is a good one and gives you some strength for your current woes.
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
    Bonfire with friends. Cops came but they were really polite. Spaghetti and a computer that will kindly connect to the haus inarwub.

    Worried about a friend but she's said she's ok. If she really is then tonight is a good night.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    Six months ago my son was born.

    How to sum up the last six months?

    Tiring is definitely part of it. Having to be active, on, and engaged pretty much non-stop has taken some getting used to (I'm definitely a person who appreciates the times when I can just veg). This has gone up several factors in difficulty since he's gained two things: greater degree of awareness and mobility. He's able to pretty much roll at will now. Not quickly mind you, but unless we put up some kind of physical barrier around him he's never in the same spot you lay him down in. This means no more turning your back on him when he's on the changing table or after a sink bath. He's also fascinated with cords, which means we've already started the baby-proofing. However, Michelle has been saying I've been doing a really, really good job with this so there you go.

    But, along with the tiring nature of always be on guard for "NODON'TYOUDAREPUTTHATINYOURMOUTH!" or the "No, my water glass!", it's been awesome seeing him realize things like object permanence or that the dogs aren't just flights of imagination and are, in fact, real. Along with this he's become more expressive, making a lot more noises of different varieties and communication (of a sort) has already started. His noise of protest is apparently to make a motorboat noise (yes, that kind of motorboat) which is even more hilarious when he's protesting you feeding him something. Well, he finds it hilarious when you're wearing the contents of his spoon. I may just feed him with a paintball mask on.

    He's also started real food. So far avocado is ok, rice cereal is a torture that we inflict upon him that proves we have no love in our hearts, and apple sauce is the BOMB. So much so to the point that he tries to grab the spoon so he can feed himself faster.

    And what can I say? I love the kid. I know the reasons I had before for why I didn't want a kid, and they make sense for me at that point in my life, but for the person I am now I wouldn't change anything. These last six months have been great and I look forward to many more (or at least until he's a teenager and I want to strangle him).


    This is alternatively tilted "Red shirt? OH NOES!"


    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    @govspy Happy birthday!

    @renthing omg, that monster bathrobe thing is the greatest.

    I took some time for myself last night to do an art thing for an upcoming show:

    I'm currently sussing out what gets to be gilded & what will remain. It's for a show based on the idea of Spirit Animals. Mine is apparently a melting bull person.

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