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For all the magpies out there, the Lioness

Also known as Elisem, makes amazing and unusual shinies, and she's having a sale:

Elisem's March sale page

Go and enjoy. :)

Amazing and dammed true

[dubhain got it from jesus_h_biscuit.]

Women Deserve Better


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And, as angry_biscuit says:
"Remember, it's absolutely free, you're not signing up for anything, and it only takes about a minute of your time (well, more if you're picky about your colours like I was). How often do you get a chance to help someone in need that's absolutely pain-free and actually kinda fun? Now get to it! :)"


Fibro update/new meds that actually help

I've had fibromyalgia and lupus for years, diagnosed in 2000. I've been on a cane since then, with severe pain from my hips to my toes, and in my arms. Fibro is a weird disease, and has been a difficult one for researchers to track down. My doctor was at a conference a few weeks ago, and heard a presentation on the probable cause of fibro, and a medical "cocktail" that seems to help a lot of people. It doesn't get rid of the disease, but it controls a lot of the symptoms. You'll still have flareups, but the day to day pain seems to dissapate.

Fibro is actually a lack of dopamine. Current thinking is that people with fibro have a high level of adrenaline, and/or "fight or flight", often stemming from incidents in their past, ranging from car accidents to severe illnesses (such as a bad case of flu) to abuse issues. The high adrenaline level messes with the limbic system, and eventually keeps dopamine from reaching the brain. (very simplified explanation, but as close as I can get it with lack of notes) Lack of sleep also contributes to fibro. Fibro is not psychological, it's not muscle based. It's apparently chemical.

If you have fibro, or have friends who have fibro, tell them to ask their doctors for a combination of two drugs:
Cymbalta (an anti-depressant that tends to have pain-controlling side effects) and Mirapex (usually used by people with Parkinsons and restless leg syndrome). It took about 2 weeks to work completely on me - and I'm off the cane for the first time since 2000.

Just in case you were wondering

Operation Yellow Elephant

"Talk show hosts like Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh act like they know all about war; then they refuse to give any credence to soldiers like me who have been to war and seen the brutality of war. These guys are nothing but WEAK SPINELESS COWARDS hiding behind microphones while soldiers come home and are losing everything they have."
--Spc. Doug Barber, who took his own life Tuesday, after struggling with PTSD for two years

More backstory here at angry_biscuit's post on the subject.

No, really?

Kyped from chaosdancer...

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Too good not to share

[dubhain posted this to his journal, but since his journal is Friends Only, I asked him if I could repost it here. Enjoy!]

mlion just got off the 'phone with her mother.

Apparently, M'lionDad went to the UPS shipping office this afternoon. Naturally, it being the Giftmas season, the place was crowded as hell.

As the line moved slowly along, a woman talking on her cellphone got her chance at the counter. She stepped-up, still nattering away on the cellphone. The clerk tried to help her. She wouldn't interrupt her telephone call to speak to the clerk. She made it obvious she expected him to wait until her call was finished. The clerk, seeing the line behind her, kept trying to engage her, with no success.

Finally, the man behind her in line walked up to her and said "Lady, either get off the 'phone and do your business or get out of line."

Her response? A snappish "You wouldn't talk that way to me if my husband were here!"

Man: "Where's your husband?"

Woman: "He's outside, in the truck."

Man: "What's your truck look like?"

Woman: [Describes truck.]

Man: Goes outside, finds truck, talks to husband.

Husband: [Comes inside, takes cellphone away from his wife, closes it.] "You do your business. Now."

Man: Smiles.

Woman: Sputters.

Husband: Ignores sputtering, insists she attend to her business there.

The couple leaves afterward, with her screaming incoherently at her husband, and he having none of it. M'lionDad reports that the crowd in line was cheering him as he ushered his screaming wife out the door.

Final score: Asshats 0, Menschen: 2.

Snagged from Hobbitblue

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