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It's been a while since I did an introduction post. (CW for length) 

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Very old and silly pic of early Julie... who honestly has not changed much in the 10+ years since I doodled this...

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Do you have gender?

It's ok. Many of us either do or did at one time. It's a somewhat common thing, really.

Did you know that you do not need to keep your current gender if it's not working well for you?

You can have more gender... less gender... no gender... all the...

... well, no, you can't have all the gender. I mean, save some gender for others that may want some...

Point is, you get to choose how much and what type(s) of gender you want, and you get to choose how you want to express it.

Yes! You do!! Yes, you!!!

Who knows computer-building tech stuff? (I am not skilled)

My compy has (what looks like) at least 2 open slots for more RAM inserts, and the single card I have is an old 8GB card that doesn't seem to be made/used anymore.

I know that I need to have the clock speed be the same for multiple RAM cards, but I don't know how (assuming I need to) set that, or where to get that info... if I've searched it right, my current one runs at 2400.

Current plan is to order a set of two newer ones, but I want to make sure I'm not going to break anything as I'm attempting this...

I am aware that I've developed a very negative addiction for social media... I sit here for hours qvietly scrolling almost every day, and it's draining my attention and strength away from doing anything I actively want to do...

And I don't really mean here... here is mostly good...

I need to stop burning so many hours on religious, political, and socio-political insanity, because this is really affecting my sanity, badly...

Stormy cat likes cheesesteaks.

JulieNews. Important information, for your chaotic world.

Death's Door is friggin' adorable!!!

Started playing last night, and got through the first major boss, and while there is a Souls aspect to the bosses of the game, the overall game is far more navigational puzzles, environmental and timing hazards in locked-room group battles, and (wonderful) bad jokes from the NPCs.

I will likely beat in in a few more plays of it, but I feel it was well worth the price.

And now the revulsion I had a bit ago has more layers to it, because of disinformation and KF being involved.

Yep. Still wanting to go back to the time before I knew of any of this.

I have become addicted to vids of a weird brittish semi-gameshow called 'Taskmaster', which is a mixture of personal stunts, riddles, and acting silly through any sense of shame... for nonsense prizes.

Many tasks have a hidden clue or easy solution if you read between the lines of the given task.

Look, this is EXACTLY the kind of thing I'd do in a qvick minute. I LOVE this stuff.

If my back is up to it, after eating some lunch, I may try to go to the store to pick up some cat-fud...

I could just ask Raccoon to pick some up on the way home from work, but... I HATE feeling useless...

I know I'm supposed to rest... but my brain isn't wired to rest when it's not rest-time, and "I'm supposed to be at work" hours are now...

Brains are dumb.

Ok... did my chore-exercise for today... dishes, took a few light loads of cardboard and trash out to the dumpsters, and cleaned the microwave...

... my back is tired!!!

OINTMENT!!!

OINTMENTOINTMENTOINTMENTOINTMENTOINTMENTOINTMENTOINKMENTOINTMENTOINTMEKTOINTMENTOINTMENTOINTMENTDONTMENTOINTMENTOINTMENT!!!

I have turned into an old man... grumbling about needing my ointment while needing my cane to walk through my apartment, really REALLY would like one of those automatic chairs that lifts you to a standing position, and just wants to be able to go to the bathroom without hassle or difficulty.

I hate this.

Bah... didn't even have the power flicker...

Well that was a wasted anxiety!!

Woo!

Tornado warning, and a big stormfront rolling in... so, time to power things off!

See you after the storms, folks!

I managed two loads of dishes, and Raccoon is now making a walnut/garlic/basil pesto in the clean food processor!

I am sitting down for the rest of the evening, because my back is TIRED!

2nd half of this dish round, done.

Got another partial load soaking... I really should have taken care of this over the weekend, but I was lazy (and drinking), and felt that I'd work on them in the evenings after work, this week...

This is not a sanitary train of thoughts, and I openly admit that I am not very good at regularly daily scheduled cleaning, at all, but I try.

Ok!

Did a half-load of dishes... and I'll get to the other half after I rest my back for a little bit!

As long as I gotta exercise some of this out, might as well get some chores done, out of it!

It is better for my back to try to be a bit mobile and stretch/exercise as I'm able to...

... but FUCK, do I just want to lay/sit here and just do absolutely nothing as much as possible...

... but... it hurts like hell whenever I try to get up or shift in the seat here, so I really can't do that...

I hate this.

Ok. Back home from the doctor visit.

Seems like just a muscle strain from too much activity, and not spinal, which is GOOD.

I'm on a no bending/twisting, rest when I need it, and 15 lbs work restriction for a while... work is figuring out what, if anything, I can actively do there, which may involve an assistant to load and unload the material for me for a bit... which... I honestly hate, but fully concede that I absolutely can't do that on my own, right now... so... I'll deal with that possibility as I need to.

For today, I am home, resting. Got cool menthol gel stuff on my back (STINKY!!!), and I'm just gonna chill as much as I can.

Going to the walk-in clinic/ER.

Just getting in and out of bed was a difficult challenge, as were morning necessities and getting dressed. I am scared.

There is no comfortable way to sit, stand, lay down, and trying to shift between any of these positions reqvires my cane or solid support, or my legs buckle from the pain.

Fortunately, I do already have a cane, because I've hurt my back, knees, hips, and/or ankles before.

So, Raccoon is coming home to pick me up and take me to the docs.

Crapcakes.

We've hit the part where the asprin has worn off, and I can barely stand up.

Great.

I have every feeling that I'm going to the doctor, tomorrow. This is not getting better.

Sleep may still help, but the way my legs are trembling and buckling as I try to stand up/sqvat down is not a good sign... absolutely need something to brace against as I try to. So, like, the simple up and down of feeding kitty is being difficult.

This is very familiar to the last time I injured my back, so... I'm not at all looking forward to the further adventures of getting older.

Hey... remember last week when I strained my back?

Well, I'm home now, because my back decided to scream at me today at work when lifting up a lighter weight puck of aluminum... still heavy, but far lighter than last week's load.

So... I can slowly stand up and sit or sqvat down... but I can't qvite fully stand, and while I could hold a load against myself with manageable pain, I was near seeing stars when trying to hold a load at arm's length... so...

Home for the day... hot shower had (felt very good)... heating pad on my lower back right now as I sit here, and if the pain does not subside, then I'm heading to the ER later tonight.

Asprin is taking the edge off, but not really helping, and I'm not drinking anything, for now.

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