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On Drynuary: What and Why

"It's like sex with a condom on: you understand WHY it's important, but you know the alternative is much better." I'm kind of irritated that this was the best comparison he could come up with. It sounds really whiny and kind of douchey.

The alternative ISN'T always better, thanks. *mutters in a corner*

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm 4

On Emus, Mentors, Cupping

@PatatasBravas I've had cupping done before, except done in a way that seemed a lot safer than described in the article (burning cotton ball = NO THANKS). A friend of mine was interested in learning how to do it and practiced on me under the supervision of a much more skilled friend. I've always seen it done with wands with thick cotton heads, dipped in 70% isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol is wiped along the inside of a glass cup and then lit. The cup is quickly placed on the skin so that as the alcohol burns up the air in the cup, it creates a suction on the skin. I've also usually seen it done in such a way that the skin is warmed up first by slowly waving one of the lit wands near the skin--this makes the skin warmer and, by contrast, the hot cup seem less hot. I don't think it solved any major health issues for me, but I did find it relaxing and enjoyable. But then I'm one of those people who enjoys deep tissue massage. I also didn't have any circle marks afterward, as I don't bruise easily.

I've seen the suction cup sets, too, which definitely lessens the concern about fire but increases concern about applying too much suction. I've known or heard of people who have had really bad experiences because either the person doing the cupping (fire or suction) didn't know what the hell they were doing, or there was an accident and shit happens. Basically, it's a situation of making sure that the person who's going to be doing it is knowledgeable about the practice. You walk into it accepting that there might be some risk, which is the same with anything, really: chiropractor might screw up your neck, massage therapist might use an oil you have an allergic reaction to, psychiatrist might prescribe you something that makes your problem worse before recommending another medication, etc.

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 10:12 am 0

On Have You Voted Yet, Are You About to Vote, When Are You Voting

I voted by absentee ballot a couple weeks ago (registered in FL but living in OH). The most notable issue (after choosing my presidential candidate preference) was probably choosing who to elect for the Soil and Water Conservation Board in my district. One of the candidates was a guy whose position is, "The board shouldn't exist, so if I'm elected I'll work to defund the board, and then abolish it." He's like a real life Ron Swanson.

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm 0

On Have You Voted Yet, Are You About to Vote, When Are You Voting

@Lady Humungus This is legitimately making me consider switching my residency from FL to OH for as long as I live here. I'm so pissed I don't have a sticker from absentee voting. So pissed.

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm 0

On It is Upon Us

I've considered doing NaNoWriMo, but instead of writing a novel I'd use it to get my ass in gear about writing IRB proposals, conference submissions, prepare manuscripts and so on. Unfortunately that's stuff I have to do all year so I can't take a break from it after November. Yaaaay grad school. *waddles off to finish-er, start-a conference submission due in 1.5 days*

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm 2

On How to Make a Halloween Costume

I REALLY HOPE I'M NOT RUINING THE GAME OF THRONES SERIES FOR ANYONE WHO HASN'T READ THE BOOKS but I'd totally go as zombie Catelyn Tully.

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm 5

On Remember to Add a Title Here

@teaandcakeordeath I got so excited to see some of the stills on Facebook yesterday. It makes me feel like a giant alien mother ship releasing little TIE fighters or something. Pashew-shew *laser sounds*

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 11:02 am 2

On The Mother's Kiss

Last month my health communication class was having a discussion about diverse cultural understandings of health and medical knowledge. One of the women in my class explained how in her culture, a small child with a sinus infection does not have their sinuses drained using a little eyedropper/sucky thing like we tend to use in the States. Instead, it's considered more effective for a mother to put her mouth over her child's nose and just suck the congestion out. Apparently it's not just a mother-child thing; she and her sister will do it for each other's kids, too. It's just more effective and probably not too unsanitary, since they probably have a more robust immune system than the kid.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:57 am 1

On Second Favorites, Gold Stars, and Sex Not Had

#1 and #3 are basically my dilemma right now. In a great relationship with a dude with a lot of long-term potential, while also starting to feel like my girlcrushes in high school and college were maybe more than I originally thought. My situation's just different because I'm active in the BDSM scene, so we've negotiated that I can have sexyfuntime with ladies...we just haven't gotten to the "I maybe wanna date them" part yet.

And of course I'm terrified of *actually* pursuing sexyfuntime with ladies because I like emotional connection and I don't like oral. UGH CAN'T I JUST MAKE OUT WITH CUTE QUEER WOMEN AND HOLD THEIR HANDS AND GIVE THEM FLOWERS WITHOUT SO MUCH PRESSURE JESUS.

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Caftans, Baby Gifts, and What Is Up With BB Creams?

I signed up JUST to comment on this. For LW2: Check out this etsy shop for foundation: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadisonStreetBeauty . I switched last summer (I was also a Physician's Formula user) and this stuff just takes it to the next level. I love, love, love these products. My skin actually cleared up a bit after I started using the foundation. They're vegan, the gal who runs the shop is SUPER nice, and the eyeshadows are amazing. Seriously some of the best colors ever. And it's relatively cheap, especially if you can catch them when they have one of their sales (which happen, like, all the time. There's one happening right now!).

Seriously, if anyone is a mineral foundation user, I cannot recommend Madison Street Beauty highly enough. When combined with the Soapwalla deodorant cream that was featured here a few months ago and the oil cleansing method for my face, I feel like an UNSTOPPABLE WONDER-BEING OF ALL-NATURAL BEAUTY.

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm 1