@YoungCrone Oh yeah. My lupus is the same thing. I was so good at faking sick I ended up needing a kidney transplant. I think that is, like, ninja level fake-outs there.
People are douchebags sometimes.
@thelovehater I don't have MS but I have lupus (SLE). I use a cane from time to time. I have gone out dancing (well, with people who were dancing) with my cane.
I've also done the online dating thing, the blind date thing, the random hook up thing.
What eventually worked for me was taking the time to get to know my partner really, really well. He knew about my disease up front, he wasn't about trying to baby me or fetishize it and he wasn't after me for my painkillers.
@Statham I like to think I'm a laid back coffee- or tea-house, with cool salads and local baked goods, but really, I'm a Starbucks, with a made-up language and unspoken rules and an unbridled lust for world domination.
@thiscallsforsoap Sadly, that's how most journalists write.
@supernintendochalmers Shhh.... That's what Uncle Walt wanted from the beginning. Now you must be silenced.
I'd have to re-read the book to get some really good examples, but I seem to recall Melanie doing almost everything Scarlett did, but being nice to people at the same time.
@dontannoyme Bombazine is a fancy weave of cotton. My Aunt Louise (technically, my father's aunt) was born in 1896 and has since passed away. She always used to warn us "Don't spill anything on your fine bombazine," before we went anywhere special. For years, I thought bombazine was old-fashioned slang for boobs.
She also had a vase that if you looked at it from the top, looked like a vulva. The 1920s were really Roaring and I had no idea.
Come to think of it, she probably did mean bombazine as slang for boobs.
On Manly Me
It's $550. It does seem very luxurious.
@iceberg I am so glad I work for a not-for-profit that gets it.
You can compost in your apartment! The deeper plastic storage bins work well, worms speed things up and that tip about a tarp or tray underneath- don't skip that one. Trust me.
Paper grocery bags work well for the "dry bedding" component. Tear them up or shred them.
Keep the area around it really, really clean and sprinkle some borax in that tray you got. You may even want to put netting over it. I never had to go that far, but I never lived in a hugely urban area, just a college town.