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2017-06-23 02:19 pm
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Welcome to the journal of stephbg

A very long time ago this was my LJ welcome post, pinned to the top of my blog. I'd forgotten it would also make the trip to DW and stay at the top, but it's time to let it slide into obscurity. Because hoo boy is it out of date.

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One day this will become my Welcome post. But not this day. It's a work in progress, like me.

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2017-06-18 10:29 am
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Hello Yaris, soon goodbye Catmobile

There is a strange car in our driveway. That would be the new Yaris! It looks impossibly small for Husband's gear, but it tested positive so here it is. First time the household has ever had a New new car.
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2017-05-02 08:39 am

This is a test

It's not an experiment.
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2017-04-04 03:57 pm

Hello world

This is me, being active on my account.
stephbg: I made this! (cat herder)
2016-02-22 01:48 am
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Late night ramblings

TW: Self harm; general gloom
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2016-02-16 10:59 am
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2016-01-04 01:58 am
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Pure folly

Life has been rather grim lately, particularly with regard to my freedom or lack thereof to get out of the house and do anything resembling fun. Even inside the house my hands are so wrecked with arthritis and I've so little energy that I'm forced to brutally prioritise to a shrinking list of essential activities. But not entirely.

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2015-12-14 09:33 pm

They can do that now?

Random medical post that I decided to put on the blog rather than Facebook. Does not indicate any greater coherence, just the desire to distract myself for a few more minutes until I can get some pain relief. Today I saw the shrink and my physio.

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2015-12-05 12:44 pm

The Lion King - 2 December 2015

For  our anniversary outing this year, Husband and I went to see The (fabulous) Lion King at the Crown Theatre (formerly and forever Burswood). To add as many breaks to the experience as possible we also stayed overnight at the Crown Promenade hotel, right next door to the theatre and over the driveway from the casino. I'm not up for a properly and coherently decent post about the experience, but I thought I'd dump some thoughts here.

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2015-08-20 08:14 pm
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Low Dose Naltrexone update

I'm about six weeks into my LDN trial and well overdue for an update.

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2015-07-09 11:41 am
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New drug: Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

A few days ago I started a new drug trial so I'm a bit remiss in making a full report. This might not be entirely coherent but should contain enough of the basics for future reference. Disclaimer – I'm simplifying in the extreme to the level of my own basic understanding which may or may not be particularly accurate.

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2015-06-17 09:34 pm
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Demons, puppies, and recorders

I will be very pleased when tomorrow's tradesman (due "about 10am") has completed his work.

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2015-06-08 08:59 pm
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What ungodly creation is this? (It's Vegemite chocolate!)

Earlier this afternoon I attempted to consume one square of Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate with Vegemite. You won't believe what happened next.

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2015-05-04 11:13 am
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What's in the news

OK, I've had a coffee, so let's clear a few things up.

(1) Happy Star Wars Day everyone who likes the idea, the rest of you can go celebrate Monday, or I Made It Out Of Bed Day, or Bloody Hell, That Was A Nice Coffee Day.

(2) I have been culturally conditioned to believe that the arrival of a baby princess is a wonderful and magical event. I am almost entirely able to override this conditioning, but not all of it, so here it is: "Naw, a baby princess." That aside it's an extra dose of surreal to be reminded that this baby is now 4th in line to have non-trivial levels of power and influence over the country of my birth. Also, I'd go for Elizabeth for a name – previous monarchs of the type have done rather well for themselves. Perhaps she shouldn't be allowed to watch Game of Thrones as she grows up, or there'll be fire-breathing winged corgies emerging from the palace labs.

(3) By all means, appreciate the art and science of boxing if that's your thing (the hitting people variety, not the packaging variety, although as a frequent purchaser of fragile items delivered by post I care rather a lot about the other kind of boxing). I shall simply sit here and wonder why on earth there's so much money involved. Like, truckloads of the stuff. It's not like there aren't other sports where athletes put their bodies on the line, never mind professionals of all sorts. It's weird, I say. Weird.

(4) I think there is a place for the death penalty in the world, but only in a vanishingly small number of very specific cases. And for whatever's sake not by firing squad. Jeez.

(5) OK, I'm tired now.

(6) Yes, I don't blog here much any more, see above.

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2015-04-02 10:22 am
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Swancon 2015

Swancon is here again and come hell or high water I'm going again for the full event and staying at the convention hotel. I think this will be my 14th, so I've a long way to go before I collect a badge – they only hand those out to people who've been to 20 or 33. This year is the 40th, and doubles as the NatCon.

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2015-02-03 03:52 pm

I shopped for clothes, and I think I liked it.

I shopped for clothes, and I think I liked it. But I probably won't do it again. (Warning – this gets depressing.)

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2015-01-21 07:47 pm
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Sometimes a bad day is also a good day

Today I'd hoped to go to hydrotherapy, but unfortunately I was not in sufficiently good shape to go. This was disappointing, but a useful reminder of something important.

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2015-01-14 10:07 am
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It's not a tooma

For the last few months I've been bothered with pain in the lower joints of my right thumb, ranging from a sensation of mild bruising to oh-no-you-didn't system failure and collapse when trying something adventurous such as drinking a glass of water. It responded to codeine and amitriptyline, but those are at the heavier end of the pain relief spectrum and I try to keep their use to night time. I can't take anti-inflammatories of any kind.

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2015-01-12 07:43 pm

Warning: shrinkage may occur

Today was my 6 monthly visit to Dr T my psychiatrist. Six months is the default interval so in a sense that's good news. That said I would have brought the appointment forward if it wasn't already there. Things got very very grim around the turn of the year.

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2015-01-02 09:46 pm
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TribbleJ survival notes

I haven't been doing much at all in the way of long form blogging here, but over on Facebook the perilous adventures of TribbleJ are well documented. After he broke two (more) glasses in less than 24 hours over new year's eve I was a broken woman and conceded that maybe one day he might have to go back to the Cat Haven from whence he sprang. It's too much to recreate all of the fun and games here, but I wanted to cobble together some of my notes on where we are and where we might go.

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