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23 September 2016 @ 08:08 am
Finally beginning to feel like myself again as of about 5 days ago! Have a lot of catching up to do after a year of being busy and a half-year of being very sick, with bad eyes to boot (screens were hard). Such a relief.

I'm Celiac on top of everything else. It's a whole lot of not-fun in America when I can't even risk cross-contamination, but I'm getting better at it. Learning the ropes of the kitchen and slowly gathering a set of kitchen supplies of my own.

Been hanging out with a younger friend of mine a lot recently who is also giving up gluten--she has had a very similar rash on her legs to the one I had and has had it for a very long time as well--so we're working on this together, which makes it easier. She's prepping for a colonoscopy so today we're making up a meal plan and shopping for it. I figure it's good for me too and helps support her. Platonic joint adulting!

I have come to be known as "Pups" in regards to my animals and some friends: not Mum, not Pa, but Pups. I am Head Puppin of the Mary Puppins establishment for training ourselves, each other and our pets into being our best selves. I've always kept a clutch of those younger than I in order to mentor and help along; now it's slightly more official: I do whatever I can to help my pups become the people they want to be and to feel comfortable in who they are; I teach emotional intelligence and communication skills wherever I can. I'm not a happy Pups when my pups get messed with, and those who do the messing tend to hear about it. ('Best selves' means knowing when to be an arsehole, and on the occasions that I actually get to be one, I probably enjoy it more than I ought...)

Recently there have been jokes about my being a referee, blowing a whistle and saying "foul!" or handing out yellow cards when I catch people being unkind. Looks like I may have to start wearing that Hooch hat more often.

Anyway, I'm going to get back to sleep. I conked out on the futon last night while working on my hoggywartyxmas sign-up (yup, I'm in!) and it's posted now, so I'll catch some Zs before my shopping adventure later today. (:

Hope you're all keeping well! I miss you dreadfully. What have you been up to? How are you doing? How have your hobbies been treating you?
Current Location: The Cubby under the Rainbow
minervas_eule: my Minervaminervas_eule on September 23rd, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hi there, great to hear from you!

The mental image of yourself as Mme Hooch, blowing the whistle and handing out yellow cards when you catch people being unkind, made me smile so much :-). We could really use such referees walking about ;-).
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on September 24th, 2016 01:08 am (UTC)
Great to see you again as well! I'm always terribly sorry not to keep up with LJ. So many friends to miss out on!

Pleased you got a smile out of that as well! I did when my friend cracked a joke about it. I made a comment about throwing a yellow card a few days ago and it stuck. :P
lash_laruelash_larue on September 23rd, 2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear that you are getting some relief, and yay for team food prep. It does help.

If your friend has actually started the prep, she might want to rethink leaving the house, though.

I hope things continue to improve, and I'm glad you'll make Hoggy!

Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on September 24th, 2016 01:10 am (UTC)
Haven't started the prep yet, today was the big shop to prepare. Three of us went together and it was rather fun. I held us up while flirting with the cashier, so she hit cash for my friend instead of card... Oops. *Scratches head.*

Going to try my damndest to keep things improving! Thanks for the hope! ♥
Julie: Original ★ dethorned rosesragnarok_08 on September 23rd, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
That's great that you're feeling like yourself again :)
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on September 24th, 2016 01:10 am (UTC)
Indeed, I'm rather rubbish at being anyone else, worst of all if that 'someone else' is merely a very ill version of myself! I get to have much more fun now. (;
therealsnapetherealsnape on September 23rd, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Great to see you on board for Hoggy - it just wouldn't be the same without you.

And I'm glad to hear things are a bit better for you. Any practical questions about food prepping, mail away. I'm a fairly decent cook, though not familiar with gluten-free. But I know how to do things, and if I can help, gladly.
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on September 24th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
Ah, bless the kindest Modly Mod!

You know, I did think of you when I realised how much of a kitchen overhaul this would be. I thought I might post to the OLSB recipe page one of these days to see how people like cooking their favourite veg. I'm supposed to cook most things, now, and avoid eating so much raw, which I'm not very used to. Plenty of tricks to the trade I've yet to learn. Just picked up my first steamer, for instance, though I haven't tried it yet.

Also, 'fairly decent' my arse. You're excellent, m'dear. But of course you can't come off as a braggart--so I'll gladly do that for you. (;
kellychambliss: HogwartsXmaskellychambliss on September 23rd, 2016 09:42 pm (UTC)
So glad you're feeling a bit better, love! And yay! for Hoggywarty.
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on September 24th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! Can hardly wait. Was delighted to see both you and tetleythesecond down, although I haven't had a chance to read prompts yet. (Can't wait for that either.)