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notebook covers are finally go
The first three designs in my refillable notebook line are ready!

(I tried about a billion variants of font and shape and so forth on the words for this, still only 90% sure it's right. maybe the NASA font is too ... idek.)

Now I just need the laser to stop being sulky, so that I can get a lot more made before NerdFairecon.

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My uterus has a theme song

I require brownies.

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4 weeks since ankle went boom
I'm definitely feeling some significant improvement. Sometimes people get to stop immobilizing at 4 weeks, so I'm hopeful. We will theoretically see on Tuesday when I should have an appointment and an x-ray, but given snowpocalypse mark 2, I suspect that's going to get rescheduled.  

I am soooo tired of being laid up, and so tired of being snowed in.

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snowpocalypse 2019
snow in the front yard

Snowpocalypse is pretty if you don’t need to go anywhere. The only sound outside this morning was the birds occasionally knocking snow off a branch.

taking the dog for a walk

The dog was not 100% behind this “walk in the snow” plan at first, but they ended up taking a quite long walk. He came home, filled the house with Wet Dog Smell and still had enough puppy juice to require romping with the children for another 20 minutes. He's completely sacked out now, though.

I have not ventured beyond the front, sheltered, steps since Thursday, and hope that I don't have to until things melt, though that seems unlikely. I am hoping the workshop I signed up for that is tomorrow will be rescheduled, and am not sure that if it does go if I will try and get there or not.

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The Tylenol has not been that helpful, so the doc gave me a scrip for Vicodin. The goal mostly was that Tylenol still leaves me too fuzzy headed from pain to work effectively, and I have shit to do.

I don't think this is going to help really on the work front, as my brain is now an entirely different flavor of fuzzy. Kind of a cross between tipsy and being a goofy 6 year old with a pinch of sleepy. Like, I think I might find fart jokes funny right now, which I normally don't.

No pain, though.

Luckily, the show that I need to do All The Things(tm) for has been rescheduled for March 2 from this Saturday due to the impending 2nd snowpocalypse. (NerdFaireCon) so the only super pressing work is an album revision and a print order. And my much needed supplies arrived in this small interval between snow storms.

I think I should maaaaybe not put too much out there on the internet while my brain is like this.

Stay warm everybody!

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This ankle thing is limiting my ability to get stuff done in so many more ways than I would have imagined, and right at the same time that I'm getting clarity on how much I would need to step up production and presentation in order to get my business to a level that would make me feel comfortable in the world.

It is both exhausting and infuriating.

I had an unexpected nap (pain fatigue yay) and had a full on nightmare about not having work to sell at this Saturday's show (which turned into stock disintegrating as I touched it yay)

Technically I have enough stock to fill a table. Just not much that is likely to sell to this audience. Matted prints that haven't seen the light in years may well make an appearance, but I think the congoers will be
heavy on cosplayers and kids.

But sparkly bookmarks are universally appreciated, right?

The puppy continues to be adorable, and also where 40% of my energy is going most days, because toddler needs can't wait, and one sucky show is not going to really be that consequential in the grand scheme of things, but dogs are.

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moar data
I got one of those "fitness trackers" (like a fitbit, but not expensive) which I plan on completely ignoring the "steps" tracking function of (and will continue to ignore, even when walking is something I am allowed to do) because I at this point do not trust my own estimation of how well I am sleeping, and let's face it, messed up sleep messes up everything. We got one for O as well, for the same reason; her provider is reluctant to throw medication at a problem without being sure it's actually a problem, which I appreciate.

It's kind of nice having a watch again, even though I do have to touch it's tiny screen for the time to be visible. Still faster than waking up my phone. And I turned off the part where it can vibrate to notify you of phone calls and texts because good lord, there is too much stimuli in my environment already.

The fracture is still "stable" which is good, they can't tell yet if it is healing, and the painkillers I was taking (naproxen) I have to stop because apparently there is some indication that NSAIDs can interfere with bone formation. Tylenol does nothing, and narcotics seem like overkill, so I'm just going to roll with oscillating from a 1-4 through the day and try to spend more time with it elevated.

At least if I'm not taking a lot of naproxen, I can have gin.

Iko thanks you for reading, and hopes you find a good stick.
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I can't believe I forgot to post pictures of the puppy. He's majority poodle and a bit of lab. He was the calmest of his litter, and has been a delight.

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red letter day
Am 45 now. Woo! The birthday morning was fun -- out to breakfast with a friend, who got me a spiffy Hubble book, but then the rest of the day went much more traditionally meh, but that's always been a thing with my birthdays anyway. There was pie.

Yesterday I went and had my hair professionally colored, so not only do I look a proper muppet again, there aren't any weird missed or blotchy spots like when I do it. I will probably be mostly returning to doing it myself once I'm physically able to do so, because it is understandably much less expensive, but it is so helpful to my sanity for that part of me to look "right" again that stylist prices are worth it.

The first proper refillable notebook/planner/binder cover is now actually alive in the world in a proper wood, and designs for the second (shoot for the moon) and third (pretty moon phases) will come quickly, possibly the fourth (a van gogh quote) but I am of course almost out of wood. Feh. I can do all my design testing on MDF, but that doesn't feel nice to the hand, so nothing I would sell people in general, or in particular on this Saturday/Saturday after next.

I am hoping to offer a filofax variant since that seems popular, but need to get my hands on an examplar of the proper hole spacing. And then would need to source a5 paper so ... maybe that will be an online custom order only thing.

I have acquired an impressive Heavy Duty Adjustable Hole Punch that was over $50 on *sale*, because I want to be able to deliver them with nicer paper that you can pick up at the office supply store.

and we need to figure out how to manage to combination of glowforge and puppy, because that thing is loud, and then we run an industrial fan to really get aaaalll the smoke out and that is LOUD and I am having visions of Vacuum Cleaner Defense League class shenanginans. Or even just freaking out the puppy, and scared puppy is not good, but initial puppy containment area and glowforge are in basically the same space.

The fractured ankle is "stable" sez the x-ray notes, which I guess means I haven't been overdoing it? hopefully.

I need to paint and epoxy about 50 pieces of glass in the next 36 hours, so I should really get off the computer and on to that.

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life continues, working and ouch edition.

The kids hung out with me last night and peeled masking paper of that day's cuttings, which was nice on several fronts (I hate pulling off the masking paper, it's fiddly. The kids find it soothing.)

Ankle still sucks. Production is still slower than it needs to be for my upcoming shows -- I need to ship to Farpoint tomorrow, Pancakes and Booze is Saturday (and Tammy will be doing all my setup and teardown, thank goodness), NerdFaireCon is February 8th, and that's the one I need to do MASSIVE amounts of production for. I mean, I'm short on stock for absolutely everything, but that one needs ALL THE THINGS, and 75% of the things in question happen on the Glowforge. Which is really not meant to be a production machine. Whee!

The boot inflicts its own set of bruises, but the actual injuries bruises have faded.

I've got a completed prototype of a ring-style refillable journal/notebook that takes standard half-letter and Franklin Covey paper, and will have the FiloFax version done once I can get my hands on a sample piece of their paper to properly measure the holes. This one is MDF, but all the ones I actually sell will be wood. (MDF is $4/sheet. Laser-prepped wood is $11-$16/sheet. Scroll-saw supplier Baltic birch is cheaper, but I need to figure out what level of sanding and finishing it needs before I sell anything made with it, and that's not happening while I'm not allowed to stand for more than a minute or two.)

I'll probably switch to slightly smaller rings, but this is what I could access when a friend could take me erranding. The inability to go out and find things is possibly the most irritating thing about this (other than the pain, and the boot.) Normally to solve the filofax examplar problem, I'd just stop by the Goodwill after dropping Dan off at school. Now, I have to hope I find a friend who can mail me a sheet or two.

I did mail order a bunch of heavier paper and a heavy duty hole punch. Did you know you can easily pay $80 for a good, non-electronic hole punch? (I didn't. I did spend $40, though.)

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