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Itzl AlertingAs you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!

If you'd like to be part of the Itzl Alert Network, please leave a comment asking to join, or send us a message asking to join. We'd love to have you. The bigger our network, the less likely someone will be stranded all alone.

And we're sliding into the last 4 days before OctopodiCon starts. There's no stopping it now.

I know many of you are involved in campaign committees, and I'm sure you'll feel in November what I'm feeling now - what happens happens.  You've done your best and that's all there is to it.

Here's hoping the November election does right by America and all Americans, regardless of how they may feel at the polls and in the days following.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 10:00:04 PM PDT

  •  remember to breathe, 8-) !!! (7+ / 0-)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 11:11:09 PM PDT

  •  Since you mentioned the upcoming election, (4+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, luckylizard, broths, bumbi

    and the sense we all have about it sucking us into a giant whirlpool of fate (I know, lousy metaphor but it's late and I'm beyond tired) - I have something maybe y'all could help me with:

    I've picked a couple of websites that I think need some coverage here, and I don't have the time or energy to do it.

    First one is from OFA - they're organizing a Victory Counsel group of volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students to assist with voter protection. I don't know much about it, but the sign-up page is here:

    https://my.barackobama.com/...

    Second, I've just learned about a site called Ushahidi.com that describes itself as a crowd-sourcing platform for crisis situations. Seems like it would be ideal for coordinating and collating real-time data on election fraud, voter intimidation, etc. In fact it has been used for just such purposes by voters in India and Pakistan. The site name comes from the Swahili word for "witnessing." And that's all I know about it so far.

    I wish I could someone to take these ideas and run with them. It's been suggested that I do a diary, which a logical idea, but I am so swamped now with work stuff - I don't think so. At least not this week, and the election is getting closer every day.

    If anyone has a suggestion or wants to take these ideas and diary them, please please go for it. At least, tell your friends!

  •  Good Morning... (6+ / 0-)

    Getting ready to crawl out the door.  Not entirely awake (despite the shower).

    Still suffering from a tooth ache.  It really, really hurts.  Will take more meds when I get a chance to eat.  But, will have to suffer until then.  

    I HATE having a tooth ache, and because I'm miserable, it will mean that I will be on a headset at work (instead of a position that I don't have to wear one).

    Ain't life just grand?

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 12:36:43 AM PDT

    •  You have my sympathy. (4+ / 0-)
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      broths, leu2500, FloridaSNMOM, bumbi

      Toothaches are one of those things that affect everything about your life.  I had an abscessed tooth awhile back and it took over my life for a couple of weeks.  I hope you can get it taken care of soon.  (I'm still waiting, gambling really, that I will find the $$ to get it dug out before it happens again.)

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 02:42:45 AM PDT

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      •  Caedy has medical but not dental (3+ / 0-)
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        bumbi, luckylizard, weck

        and we're under water a bit with the bills, so barring a miracle, she's going to be doing the same thing. She does have medical, so if it gets too bad she can try to get some antibiotics from her PCP. She also has the good pain meds from her peripheral neuropathy which will help. Last night we split a frozen hard cider pack we had lurking in the freezer (one of those $1.98 frozen cocktail things), in the hopes that the alcohol  and ice would both reduce the swelling and help with her tooth a bit (and help her fall asleep).

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:00:55 AM PDT

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        •  I did the same things... (3+ / 0-)
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          weck, FloridaSNMOM, old wobbly

          Ice and analgesics.  You might look into whether there is a dental school at a university near you.  That's what I'm doing.  I haven't made it up there yet (it's only an hour away, but I don't have wheels), but they give good care for less.

          -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

          by luckylizard on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:39:56 AM PDT

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    •  Most pharmacies (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, Caedy

      carry dental grade clove oil, which will numb a toothache (tastes nasty, numbs everything it touches, including your tongue if you're not careful).  It acts not just as a toical anelgesic, but as a topical antibiotic. Gentian violet is also a topical antibiotic - but it temporarily stains verything it touches a bright blue-violet color.  It tastes better than the clove oil.  Hydrogn peroxide, 3% solution, diluted 50/50 with water also has antibiotic properties.  It will also remove the gentian violet stains.

      What I usually do is numb things with the clove oil, daub on some gentian violet wait half an hour, take a mouthful of diluted hydrogen peroxide and hold itin my mouth for 2 minutes (you can swallow a bit if you need to, but don't swallow all of it).  Spit out the remains of the foamed up hydrogen peroxide.  Half an hour later, do the cloves and gentian violet, followed by the hydrogen peroxide again.

      If you aren't allergic to penicillin, you can buy it from aquarum stores (called Fish-Mox or fish moxicillin) - take the doctor recommended dosage.

      This should keep you relatively pain free, keep the swellng and infection in conrol until you an see a dentist and get it taken care of.

      It's not a long term or permanent solution, but it tides you over holidays and a wait until the next paycheck.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:05:23 PM PDT

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  •  Good morning everyone. (5+ / 0-)
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    leu2500, FloridaSNMOM, bumbi, weck, Noddy

    Going to get rid of my containers on my deck this morning.  I just looked at the weather for the week, and it's supposed to be in the high 40's by Saturday.
    Then, I'm going to try to figure out how to thread my new sewing machine, and I'm going to buy the book "Quilting for Dummies".  I'm sure I'll need it.
    Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 05:16:02 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (5+ / 0-)
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    broths, bumbi, weck, chimene, Noddy

    At least until my husband is seeing someone for his PTSD, I will be saying hello here so my friends know I'm okay. He has an appointment next week, which is as soon as they can get him in.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 05:57:30 AM PDT

    •  Welcome Alexandra (5+ / 0-)
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      broths, bumbi, weck, chimene, Noddy

      Be safe hun. In our house I'm the one with PTSD, but mostly I just flashback and hide in closets unless anyone touches my throat, then I'm likely to lash out. So everyone has learned not to touch my throat, no hugs from behind around the neck, etc.
      Therapy has helped though, and I haven't hidden in a closet in a few years. I do still get panic attacks though when certain things happen, and I am still hyper alert about a lot of things.

      I wish you both the best.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 06:45:16 AM PDT

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  •  Yummy bread for breakfast. (5+ / 0-)
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    broths, bumbi, weck, chimene, Noddy

    Home made bread made from necessity but no less tasty for all that. We used a different recipe this time, as we wanted something for toast in the morning we didn't make foccacia. And we didn't have any ziplock bags to make "Bread in a bag" which my daughter loves to make so we made this one:

    Essence of Bread

    Only we didn't have bread flour so we used the all purpose flour we did have. I think it would have risen a bit higher with the bread flour, but it still came out very good. We had exactly enough flour for this recipe left. But, Dad's SSI comes today, so we'll be able to get groceries to get us through until Wednesday. We have leftovers from dinner for lunch and two loaves of the home made bread to get through the rest of the day until Caedy gets home.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 06:53:36 AM PDT

  •  Still here... (7+ / 0-)

    And still getting ready for Octopodicon.

    •  Good luck! Still don't understand Octopodicon? (2+ / 0-)
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      broths, Noddy

      But good luck anyway. All is beautifully sunny here
      after 3 days of much needed rain. Everyone have a good
      and productive week!

      "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

      by bumbi on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:53:10 AM PDT

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      •  con or steampunk? (1+ / 0-)
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        Noddy

        con is convention, like a science fiction convention or Comic-Con.

        Steampunk... see the Wiki article for a start... it's a 1980's spin-off from regular science fiction, alternative history division, 8-)  Actually, the Wiki article is very text-y, not very visual, and for lots of folks, the visual is predominant. It's a design aesthetic, it's a venue for role-playing, it's an excuse to make neat-looking stuff, or re-make existing stuff (try googling "steampunk computer")

        Like the SCA, steampunk is a very participatory hobby, not passive at all -- you DO things and learn to MAKE things, and find new acquaintances with whom you have this interest in common, so it can expand your social life (beyond getting drunk together & watching sports, for example)

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 01:41:34 PM PDT

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  •  Taking down the garden fence today, (4+ / 0-)
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    broths, FloridaSNMOM, old wobbly, Noddy

    partner will mow, add this years mulch pile then turn the soil before everything freezes.

    I haven't seen the deer family since the farmer cut the corn, but with so few feral kitties left, I'm starting to see more bunnies.

    My former feral kitten is adapting well, playing chase with Smudge and Diesel, annoying Big Kitty and avoiding Mikey.  There will be vet visits this month, and hopefully, a septic tank pumping is in the budget too.  Wouldn't want to do that in winter weather, but cool weather works well.

    Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:54:16 AM PDT

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