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i am so good at making work for myself
I need to apply (as on wax on, let soak in minimum 20 minutes, wax off) 166 coats of feed'n'wax to coasters by this time tomorrow. For product that will total (not net) $126 when it sells. 1-2 minutes actual work time per coat.
Adding laser cut wood was supposed to mean I'd have *less* labor intensive product with better profit margins.

They are perfectly functional without the wax, but they are just soooo much nicer, as well as better performing, with it.

And I'll be selling them in Georgetown tomorrow, at the Trailer Park Mall's Holiday Bizaare Bazaar.

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 We were investigating a mysterious tchotchke in the process of cleaning  and upon opening it, it turned out to be full of some nasty perfume that is currently resisting leaving my arm.

This was supposed to be a post about Thanksgiving and/or the first day of GeekCraftExpo, but now my nose is running the show and I've forgotten the rest (hopefully it will come back.)

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 I was having artist's block, but then I had eggnog with rum in it, and now things are perking along reasonably well.  Except for I'm supposed to be making wooden laser engraved plaques and the designs keep wanting to be woodcut prints instead.

(Which I will probably do, but maybe not in the 7 days I have left to prep for GeekCraftExpo.)

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Election night sucks.
I'm glad the election is over, even if it will take time to get the full results. I just got so anxious and twitchy, especially when I made the mistake of looking at the news, that I couldn't think. My usual water-walking buddy couldn't make it tonight, but I made myself go anyway, and went longer and a lot harder than I usually do, so I am almost back to calm.

I remember being told that it was against the law for the media to call a race before people had finished voting, but apparently it isn't, so that was just awesome, I'm sure none of the people who had been waiting in line for hours to vote felt like their vote didn't matter at that point. (And initially calling Texas before Houston or Austin was even counted? That's shady AF, and that was a really close race, too.)

I want the whole country to go to vote by mail.   The media will hate it, because there is so much less spectacle, and returns don't come as fast, but it's just so much more secure and efficient and harder to suppress.... and I need to stop because I'm starting to to tense again, and I don't want to undo all my power stomping through the river.

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Survived GGC, lots of nice people, generally went well, but I started the con exhausted and so ended it doubly so. Today I took my "rest" in the dentist's chair, since I knew I wouldn't be managing anything useful anyway. Unfortunately, a ton of other projects have deadlines this week, so a half day of rest is really all I get.

In some sort of horrible radial symmetry, while one child's school experience/performance is getting significantly better, the other's is worsening. I would really love a stretch of time where at least 4 out of 5 of us are doing okay. And then there is the outside world to worry about, and I can't keep it all in my head at once or I will go completely mad.


I mean.

I wasn't going to write about it, but I used to walk by that synagogue every day.

Squirrel Hill is in many ways my ideal neighborhood, and while I don't want to move back to Pittsburgh, it is a place that has little chunk of my heart.

I wish that I were surprised by this horrible massacre, but I'm not. And I wish I were surprised it happened in the same week as the bombing attempts on high-profile Trump antagonists and black people being murdered in a grocery store just because they were black.

I wish I didn't know enough history to be terrified, but, well, back in the day my specialty was graphic design, both everyday and political, in Weimar Germany, and some significant dabbling in looking at the Italian and Russian propagandistic & avant garde art of time. And in non-academic knowledge, I've paid at least a little attention to what's happened in Turkey under Erdoğan in the past few years.

And all I can do right now is vote and try to keep my kids safe and healthy, and it doesn't feel like remotely enough.

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time flies
It was Day 1 of GeekGirlCon, where I am vending, (That's going well, but I started the day exhausted so it's mostly a blur.)

The kids came with Sean for a short stretch in the afternoon, and Dan had dressed up in a costume which he referred to as "Jack" and I am assuming is a character from something or other I'm too old to know about. So he had this printed out jack-o-lantern mask and a big green cloak -- which is the wool cloak my mother bought when she was pregnant with me to accommodate her baby bump.

I think she would be pleased.

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Almond Chai Snickerdoodles (gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan)
Because I am still annoyed to have lost the amazing GF snickerdoodle recipe I had ages ago, and because I ended up making at least 5 changes to the recipe I found at Yummy Mummy Kitchen, it's all here for posterity. These are excellent even if you are allergy free, especially if you are an almond fan.

for the inside:
2 cups almond flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
6 tablespoons melted coconut oil (6 T melted, not 6 T solid and then melt. 20 seconds in the microwave is usually sufficient)
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 cup regular sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silicon baking mat.

Dough In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardomom and powdered sugar until combined. Stir in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract. Add enough almond milk to bind the ingredients into a nice dough.

Topping: In a shallow bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon.

Make vaguely ping pong ball sized balls of dough (smaller will bake faster; these don't really change shape/size much) and roll in the topping mix to coat.

Place on the prepared cookie sheet and press to flatten into disks. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Makes about 18.

Keep in an airtight container if making them more than a day in advance.

You can leave out the cardamom if making them for really picky children, or bump it up for more tea loving adults. If you really want to make it more chai-y, up the cardomom, and add ginger or fennel or star anise.  I'm pretty sure you can swap in the same amount of regular butter for the coconut oil if you don't care about it being dairy free, and soy spread if you don't like/have coconut oil. I thought the coconut taste would be possibly a bit much, but we always have it around for hair care purposes, and I couldn't actually taste it in the finished cookies. Soy milk instead of almond milk also works, but the subtle additional almond flavor will be missed, imho. 

gluten free dairy free snickerdoodle

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This is a long shot, but I know I shared the recipe for the super awesome gluten free dairy free chai spiced snickerdoodles with several people, and now I can't find it. I've got a ton of similar ones on my pinterest, but have to make cookies for school and would much rather use a dependable recipe. 

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I'm clearly getting old
I resorted to a can and a half of Monster energy drink to make it though the Pancakes and Booze show (we tore down at 1 am) and was basically completely wrecked for two days following. My body appears to be almost entirely done with bubbly caffeinated drinks, so I need to come up with a new strategy before the next late night show, and frankly, a new strategy for handling the regular shows as well -- I won't be up past my bedtime when I vend at GeekGirlCon (table #804! Near the back!) but they are pretty much 12-14 hour days with no real breaks.

As long as I am talking shows, the rest of my schedule after GeekGirlCon (still waiting to hear back from one more show) for in-person shows is:
November 24-25 - GeekCraftExpo, Seattle [FREE but only if you register for tickets in advance]
December 1:- Cascade Winterfest, Shoreline (free)

December 15: Georgetown Holiday Market, Seattle (free)

Instagram cross-posting continues to fail, so here are the new pretty things in general and new designs in specific:


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an unexpected expense
I thought the people on the celiac forums were exaggerating about needing to get rid of all their kitchen stuff. 


So now we need a new toaster, cutting boards, a fair chunk of cooking utensils, cast iron pan, etc, and basically a special "no gluten zone" where anything porous or with small parts will live (on what counter space I have no idea yet). Which isn't EVERYTHING, but we use the hell out of our toaster oven so it should be a decent one, and since contamination is the issue, I can't turn to Goodwill like I usually do in such instances.

I have been using the "SimpleBlocker" chrome extension a lot so that I can ensure I go 8 hours without twitter/tumblr/etc since I am on hardcore deadline hell at the moment -- show tomorrow night, and I needed about twice as much stock as I had made as of two days ago. It makes me a little twitchy, since twitter is how I talk to my friends throughout the day, but there is only so much exposure to politics I can handle right now and stay functional.

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