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The student I mentor has an urgent need for info about humanitarian visas from Mexico to the U.S. Her family is dealing with a violent relative and they're divided by a border that only my student can cross. Any help/advice super-welcome. Am googling, as well.

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FOGcon tickets
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Are you going to FOGcon, or hoping to? Is the ticket price an impediment to going? If yes, please let me know and I'll give you one or both of our tickets. We paid $60 each, and you can have them for free, or you can pay me whatever you want to pay. I'll let you decide based on your personal situation, no questions asked. Just let me know in comments or message or email. I'll edit this post when both tickets are gone.

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Just determined I won't be going to Fogcon, so I'm feeling sad today. We had to pay taxes this year (when previously we always had a big refund), so the money was not going to work out. My sweetheart [personal profile] stonebender and his sweetheart [personal profile] loracs offered to pay a big chunk of the expenses, but there were other problems with going, so I'm not, and I'm sad, but it's not, on the whole, a bad thing. Now I have to decide whether to keep my upcoming vacation time or cancel it and use it for something I want to do later. On the other hand, my co-worker is going out on a long maternity leave in April, so maybe it would be good to take it while I can. Anyway. Don't have to decide today.

Reading

Have I read anything this week besides work papers and Twitter? I don't actually think I have!

Listening

Literally every previously quiet moment in my brain is taken up by snippets of Hamilton. Over. And over. And over. Still obsessed. I bought myself the soundtrack and pre-ordered the book, and it's SUPER tempting to spend way more money than I have to get tickets to the San Francisco run.

I used to listen to Here & Now on the way to work, and Marketplace on the way home from work, but now I take the kid to school in the morning and drive my student worker to the trolley after work, so I don't. I miss it, but not enough to ask the kids to listen to NPR with me.

Playing

Mostly Two Dots. I keep hearing that The Witness is wonderful, but my download failed and I didn't try a second time.

Watching

James and I re-watched the Blade series and all the monster movies we own, and now we're re-watching Austin Powers. Before I met him, I had only two or three movies I ever re-watched. Now we watch the same ones over and over. It leaves my mind free for other stuff, and he likes sharing the chill time.

No Jessica Jones this week. The kid just started school and work got busy for me, so we're both too tired to bother.

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Arduino giveaway on one of my other blogs
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Hi, geeky darlings. Just letting you know that the article I just posted for my dad's TeachElectronics.com site is offering a giveaway of a free Arduino (or Genuino if you're outside the US), partly for fun, and partly to test our new commenting system. If you want to enter, please head over there, and signal-boosting would be greatly appreciated.

http://teachelectronics.com/arduino-resources-and-a-giveaway/

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*sigh*
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Me: Guess what?
James: You love me?
Me: Yep!
James: I'm gonna change my name to Captain Sillybutt?
Me: Sigh. No, you got it right the first time. You don't have to guess again.
James: It doesn't matter!
Me: It matters a *little* -- you got it right the first time!
James: Captain Sillybutt is not bound by your rigid rule structure!

This is what I'm dealing with, people.

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Reading

I've been ill this week, and not reading (or doing) much. Have read a little bit of the murder mystery I started last week, but not enough to report on.

Listening

Mainly Hamilton. Over. And over. And over. Still obsessed. Also, a new fave: Black woman nerd hip-hop by Sammus. So far, I've heard 1080p, which was touching and made me weepy, and Power-Ups,, which is cute and funny.

Playing

Mostly Two Dots.

Watching

James and I are re-watching classic monster movies. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, and their attendant sequels.

I'm watching a web series called Get Your LIFE. Produced by Issa Rae, also known as Awkward Black Girl. Starring Amanda Seales. About a Black comedian who moves from NYC to LA. Short episodes that are friendly to chain-watching. (I've stopped calling it binge-watching because ableism.)

The kid and I are still doing a Jessica Jones episode once every week or two. We're on 4 or 5. It's currently a bit slow, but I'm still pretty stressed out by the Big Bad in this arc, so one ep at a time is all I can manage.

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Media consumption Wednesday
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Reading

Just finished Nnedi Okorafor's gorgeous The Book of Phoenix. It's a prequel to the equally glorious Who Fears Death? and I adored them both. Serene-Bob says two big thumbs up. Or two each, so four, I guess. Just started A Cold Day for Murder, by Dana Stabenow, which looks to be a garden-variety murder mystery. Next up is either N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season or Okorafor's Lagoon. I've still got 6 weeks or so on my Tempest Challenge, so any book recs by women and/or POC and/or LGBTQ folks are welcome.

Listening

Mainly Hamilton. Over. And over. And over. I am obsessed (thanks, [personal profile] metaphortunate!), and every morning I wake up with a different random earworm from the show that tends to stay with me all day. In the car, I listen to either NPR or whatever CDs are in there. Just finished Swamp Ophelia (Indigo Girls) and the next one that came up was an Olivia Newton-John best-of that I found in my mom's trunk. It's such a blast from the past. Have you never been mellow?

Playing

Mostly Two Dots. Still. Played a little Alphabear, but I don't like the way they handle pvp challenges. Oh, and my brother's kids taught me a game called Mao, which I hate with a fiery passion as it's the most punitive game I've ever played -- worse than dodgeball, and a game called Sequence, which I liked fine and would probably play again.

Watching

Re-watched The Man With Two Brains last night. Sexist and occasionally mildly amusing, but James likes it. Am on season 4 of the US version of "The Killing," and the last episode of season 3 almost made me stop watching. Mild spoiler: I HATE when the hero turns into a bad guy. HATE it. Even if the hero is a complicated person, I still don't want zir to be genuinely bad. I'm sticking with it for now, but I'm disappointed and sad about it.

The kid and I are watching an episode of Jessica Jones every week or two. That's about all I can take.

James and I recently re-watched Monty Python and caught the last season of Phineas and Ferb. Despite their sexism, racism, and classism, I mostly enjoy them both.

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Whew.
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Another grand adventure. Or something
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Step one: get symptoms (palpitations, etc) and take the day off work to shake it off.

Step two: a couple days later, go to work even though you're not feeling very good

Step three: get more severe symptoms, including shortness of breath, and call the advice nurse

Step four, the glamorous bit: call 911 and get wheeled through campus by EMTs to the waiting ambulance

Step five: ?

Step six: PROFIT!

Spent most of yesterday and today in the hospital. Yesterday, they told me I was no longer in a-fib as I'd been when the EMTs got me.

Then they told me I had blood clots in my lungs.

Then they said never mind, no you don't, maybe in your legs.

No blood clots in my legs.

They think maybe I'm having more episodes of my heart conditions (SVT & A-fib), so they're going to put me on a monitor for a couple weeks to make sure.

Not fun, but I'm home, happily, and watching reruns of Columbo. It could be worse.

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NaNoWriMo, freewriting, and Sturgeon's Law
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New vlog. So far, I've been able to do one a day. Not sure that will last, but hey. It's fun for now, and it's good task-avoidance when I need a break from my NaNo novel, which is on track, words-wise.



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