Self Care

A 9-post collection

Thursday, New Bread, and Trying to Relax

I have bread. Look:

[Shown here, two loaves on a black cooling rack on a black cooktop. One is in front of the other. The foremost loaf is golden-brown and smaller than the hindmost loaf, which is slightly burned on top]

Once again, my ability to make even halves of the dough have bitten me on the butt. I have PLNs to do better the next time.

Adjustments this time: Soaked the chia in the water for the dough creation. The result was a stickier experience in the dough making, and a stiffer dough. Even with 78% hydration.

The technique for incorporating chia'd water into flour has to be different, lest you wind up with the immovable gunk over your hands. I advise pushing the flour onto the chia mix, then pressing it into the chia mix, until the immovable gunk is defeated.

I'll be seeing if that works the next time I make some. If that doesn't work, I'll try half a cup of chia instead of a whole one.

By this process of experimentation, I shall make better bread.

Chapter count: Halfway done with Chapter 365.


{internal screaming}

We got the rates notice and -oof. Ow. Not looking forward to paying that. Did derive a PLN to be able to pay for the next lot.

I haven't been trying for bonus points this week. This is taking it easy. I might stir myself to do some bonus points today. Depends entirely on my mood.

I also gotta figure out my hashtags for the thing I am about to commence.


Monday, Self-kindness

Good news! I was not arrested for existing whilst queer. The cops held both sides apart by like ten meters because they really like an easier job.

So the rainbow set yelled at them, and the TERF set decided to condescendingly pity us. Some of them danced to our chants and it was confusing until someone told me they were mocking us.

I thought they were digging our jams.

On the plus side, there were way more rainbow people than TERFs. Something

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Challenge #03418-I130: Look After Yourself

Ma scolds Wraithvine for making a very rare, for them, dangerous mistake. Fatigue can get to anyone. -- Lessons

It had been a long, long day of chaotic encounters in a Wild Magic Zone. Wraithvine, suitably frazzled and tired, had 'only' wanted to light hir pipe and smoke a little dandelion to calm hir nerves. Of such little things, big mistakes are made.

When ze came out of being an iron statue for a quarter of an hour, ze was face to

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Friday, Self-care necessary

I did my wrists in by carrying a bag. Good gracious gravy, I am getting old. Lightening the load is going to be a PROCESS.

I have reduced what I need to a minimum, but the bag itself is still heavy. Blarg.

Lighter Bag Quest may be on, today. We shall see.

Meanwhile, I take very careful care of myself. Get help where I can, and otherwise take a breather from my three WIPs, dungeon building, and other shenanigans.

At least I

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Thursday, Beauty Regime

Beloved is also an enabling gremlin, as it turns out. She's convinced me to moisturise [I had a flaking face so yeah. I needed that] and I'm getting my nails done by pros today. Watch for the blood red nails and the gears on my middle fingers :D

Other shenanigans as shenanigans occur, belike. I will be learning Beloved's secrets of finding interesting things to go to, so help me blorb.

I will also learn what's involved with getting a kitty cam,

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Challenge #02526-F336: Every Good Boy Deserves Fondness

Hard to explain: basically this post. -- Anon Guest

[AN: I see the Terry Pratchett quote in that post. GNU.]

"So. You know about werewolves, right? Terrible curse, full moon, murder and devastation and all that shit?"

"I... think so. Um. Why are you leading me into your basement?" Gria grew increasingly alarmed as Thom lead her downstairs. "Why is your basement door made out of metal?" And from there to inside, "Why are there chains on the wall?"

"Babe... I'm a

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Challenge #02048-E224: Small Miracle in a Bathhouse

I will follow you to the ends of the Earth with only mild complaining -- TheDragonsFlame

[AN: Callback to this because I like the concept]

So many miracles happened in Wraithvine's wake. But then, one could expect that sort of thing from an actual wizard. For a start, Wraithvine could make a gesture and everyone would not see her as a Kobold any more. They would see a Halfling, or a Gnome, or a Dwarf, or an Elven or Human child. It

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Second Day to Take

Short version: The family wants extra time to slack off.

Long version: The next Jurassic Park movie is playing at freaking last and I'm fairly certain they also want to play loads of Factorio again.

I'm allowing it.

Monday, I will begin posting my Blasts manually. Mostly because, every time I do that, Streemian comes back to life again. And it's been more than a month of inertia on this.

I no longer have a novel to summarise, and that frees up

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I am taking a day

I need a day, so I'm taking one. Self-indulgent self-care is happening.

I'm doing this blog and my daily Instant of course but after that, I intend little more than faffing around and doing little at all that's productive.

Hot bubble bath, maybe a DVD or two on my 'to watch' list. And after that exhausting itinerary, a good long nap. After that, I may even leave the bedroom to mess around with a game or two.

It's the weekend. I am

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