Friday, April 20, 2012

24 Hour Read-A-Thon

Doesn't that sound delicious?  Twenty-four hours of nothing but reading books, any books you want.  That's pretty much my idea of heaven.  I just heard about this a few minutes ago, so I haven't had time to make elaborate plans or anything.  (There are people on twitter who are baking right now, so that they have special snacks for the read-a-thon.  Baking!)  But here is a selection of possible books for tomorrow's word orgy:

Obviously, I'm not going to get all these read in 24 hours.  In fact, I may wake up tomorrow and pick something entirely different to read.  But these are at least a start.

If you want to sign up for the read-a-thon, too, you can do that here.

Oh, happy day.  Books!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Embrace the Rainbow, Baby!

I can't believe I haven't mentioned this here yet, but I have a new project.  Since late February or so I've been a moderator at a website called Embrace the Rainbow.  Our mission is to educate the public, especially the m/m romance community, about the issues faced by trans*/genderqueer/questioning individuals.  You should check it out.  We haven't been around long, but there's good information there and lots more good stuff to come.

The thing I suggest you check right away is this post.  Not only is it my first post on the site, but it's also a big, multi-author giveaway!  It was nerve-wracking and also kind of fun to contact all those authors and ask them to participate.  Everyone was great about it, though, and as you can see there are a lot of books up for grabs.  You've only got until midnight EDT tonight (Wednesday) to enter though, so you'd better do it fast!

I'll keep this short so you can go check the site.  I'm working on my RT post, and I'll probably put that one up tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Big Day

It's been a long day, and let me tell you-- I am TIRED.

First, I went to the doctor.  She's going to give me one more round of antibiotics, this time a different one, to see if whatever is going on in my left boob clears up.  If not, she's sending me to a specialized breast surgeon.  She seems to be leaning away from infection and more toward inflammatory something or other going on in there.  With the Crohn's and the inflammatory joint stuff, I wouldn't be surprised if I've developed some weird, auto-immune breast issue.  I asked if that was a possibility, and she didn't deny it.  But she wasn't aware of any auto-immune diseases that affect the breast.  (Neither am I, but since there are about a million auto-immune diseases out there, it's not surprising that there's one I'm unfamiliar with.)  The impression I got from her was that she's concerned, if this antibiotic doesn't work, that it might be inflammatory breast cancer.  That's pretty aggressive, and not something you want to get.  I asked if it was possible for the mammogram to come out clear and still have inflammatory breast cancer.  She said it is, if it's just inflammatory, and there's no lump.  So kind of waiting it out.  If RT weren't next week, I'd probably go ahead and go to the surgeon to get it checked out instead of trying this third round of antibiotics.  But at least with RT coming up, I've got something to focus on other than ol' lefty.

In more positive news, I drove today for the first time in over a year.  There was no real reason why I haven't driven in the last year.  I just don't go anywhere much, and 90% of the time when I leave the house it's to go somewhere with my parents anyway.  So I just don't drive.  Plus, I don't own a car, so driving means taking Mom or Dad's car.  It was really uncomfortable there for a while, although I was perfectly comfortable behind the wheel today.  So yay!

After the doctor's office I went to Walmart to fill my prescription and get some last minute stuff for RT.  I really wore myself out, but I had a good time!  Check out this fabulous bag I got!  (The Cherries among us will appreciate it.)  And it was super cheap-- 88 cents!  The next time this bag sees the light of day, it will be filled with goodies at RT.

And here is a picture of the little gadget cozy I knit this weekend to cover up my mp3 player/wifi/fake smart phone thingie.  I'd take a picture of it with the gadget in it, but my gadget is my camera, so....

The cozy won't protect it from any hard knocks, but hopefully it will keep the screen from getting all scratched up in my purse as it gets carted around next week.  And I'll try to remember to take lots of pictures, so you get to see all the wonderful readers and writers I meet.

I think that's all the big news for right now.  I have some other good stuff to talk about, and I'll try to get to that this week, before I leave for RT.

Lip Balm Flavor of the Day: Cat Pee

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Change Would Do You Good

So.  I was looking around a couple weeks ago and realized that my "online presence" is pretty scattered.  I regularly use about four different handles, which is kind of ridiculous.  So now I'm consolidating.  Everything else has been shifted to "fibrobabe", but I've been dragging my feet about the blog.  I was able to get, and now I'm going to attempt to move all the old bektold stuff to the new blog.  This may or may not be successful.  My tech skills aren't exactly top notch.  If something weird happens, nobody panic!  I'll figure it out eventually.  But in the meantime, feel free to send a few extra FGBVs my way!