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Craft Update – June 29, 2016

Okay. It’s been a long time since I’ve updated crafty stuff. In my defense, there have been other things in life taking priority for me lately. 

If you’ve been keeping up here, you know I’ve written a few posts about T1D. Trying to advocate for change, and also trying to educate a few of the masses. 

But, this is a crafty post, so let me get to that.

For my local SC people, I am actually putting myself out there and going to a market on July 9th. It’s the first time I’ve done this, so I’m a little nervous, but there is a first time for everything, right?

I’ve been posting about it on my Etsy Facebook page, and have been teasing about pictures for a week or so, and since I am keeping up with school well at the moment, I took some time to snap some pictures. 

First, something that will not be for sale, this was a project I made for myself. There was a problem at first, I teased you all with a WIP picture a couple months ago. Well, I was about halfway through the first panel when I realized that my gauge was WAY off. Not just a little off, but it was about half the size it was supposed to be.  So, I ripped it all apart, made gauge swatches until five (yes FIVE) hook sizes later, it was there. But, in the end, this wrap turned out lovely, truly. 


I learned several things with it, including how complicated it can be to carry yarn up the side and how tangled it can get. 

Now, on to the preview for the market…

Scarves. Double knit on a loom in a lovely light weight yarn that stripes beautifully.


Another scarf, also loom knit, I found in a bag, presumably that I was going to list on Etsy that I never got around to.


Two grocery bag holders, a fun project I learned, they have elastic on both ends, and a tie at the top to hang.


Lastly, different styles of dishcloths. This is the main focus the past week or so, they are fairly quick and easy to make, and are made in cotton yarn. My favorite pattern is the top middle, it is a waffle stitch that feels very nubby so it will be good for scrubbing. 


Still more to do, and finishing touches to do (yes I have ends that need to be run under) but all in all I’m having fun prepping for this market.

Keep smiling everybody!!

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Engage: The Officially Official Star Trek Podcast

Okay, so I think I’m going to start something new here on the Chronicles.

If you read this post from a week or two ago, you know that I came out of the nerd closet and am flying my flag high, letting my geek light shine, whatever the hell you want to call it.

I also mentioned in that post how I was interested in this whole podcast thing. I was never one to like “talk radio” because most of it was yawn inducing boredom, politics, or sports. I tried to like it. I really did. But, I just couldn’t get into it. I felt bad that I couldn’t. Like because I’m a reasonably intelligent person with a decent IQ, and a knowledge of what talk radio was talking about, I still wasn’t “cerebral” enough to listen, and it had to be something wrong with me, and not the talk radio. lol. Anyway, I digress… Podcasts at least some of them that I have found, are now the new talk radio for nerds. I know there’s LOADS of other topics covered, but yeah, I’m hooked. I’ve listened to the most recent Nerdist, as well as a couple from the archives, and I have Wil Wheaton’s latest downloaded, and one a friend turned me onto called Cracked.

But…

Being that I follow oh I don’t know, half of the trek-verse actors, as well as the official trek page, and goodness knows what else on twitter, I of course was well informed of Engage, the now OFFICIAL Star Trek podcast, fully licensed by CBS, official blah blah blah you know the drill.

I subscribed to the channel and downloaded Episode 0 onto my happy little phone, and so later that day when DS and I had to drive across town (20-30 minutes on a good traffic day) for his first dance class of summer, I asked him if he would mind if I listened, since I hadn’t had a chance to. (I usually listen while I walk, but considering it’s been 95+ degrees here in South Carolina with well over 65% humidity, walking outside has been VERY far from my mind, I like to be able to breathe while I walk thankyouverymuch). Thankfully Mr. I’m-13-and-I-know-everything was feeling rather agreeable (probably had a lot to do with being on the way to ballet class) he said “Sure why not?”, so I plugged in my phone, started it up and off we went. Honestly, as much as my kid gets into a lot of the same nerd stuff that I do, I figured his earbuds would be out about five minutes in, and I would just get the strange looks from the passenger’s seat while I listened.

Now, before I get into my thoughts on this new podcast, let me give you a little more background of the nerd that is me. I mentioned it a bit in my post from before (see link above), but let me go a little further. I grew up on Star Trek. I have very early memories of watching TOS reruns with my dad. My first memory of the any of the movies, is IV: The Voyage Home. To this day it is still my absolute favorite. Favorite is tough though, not really the best word really. I actually like all the movies equally, but again, I’m babbling. Anyway, some of my first toys were Star Wars action figures, and some of my favorite memories are curled up with my dad, when TNG was new. Now, fast forward to my early 30’s. I’m finally starting to not care what people think of me (really, it’s a hard thing to learn), and so with sudden amounts of extra time on my hands (first months being a housewife, and everything was clean, etc…) I figured out that Netflix had all of the series, and most of the movies. I was like a kid on Christmas.

So, being the logically minded person that I am, I started at the beginning. Sure, I’d read a lot of the stuff that said as long as you watched the movies you can skip TOS, and TAS. (don’t worry I’ll give you a list of acronyms at the end) I am so glad I didn’t. I dutifully watched my way through all three seasons of TOS, both seasons of TAS, I then went and watched the TOS movies. I – VI. Then, I went through TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. Then the new movies, VII – X. So, although not necessarily chronological, but kinda in order of release. (now after this I did move on to other series, and movies, but that’s for another post)

What does this have to do with Engage? (by the way you can read an article about it, as well as if you’re a twitter user, you can follow the host Jordan Hoffman there, or if Facebook is more your thing, they do have an official Facebook Page) Frankly it has a LOT to do with Engage. I spent nearly the entirety of Episode 0 smiling, laughing, nodding, and saying “YES! ME TOO!!” a LOT. Now, I have only seen the 2009 Star Trek movie, in pieces, once, so I don’t know much about the new alternate universe, but I do plan on watching them at some point. They’re not on Netflix and well, that’s the main way I watch my movies lol. (so unless someone wants to send me DVD’s or blu-ray versions lol I’ll just wait) Now, I’ve never been to a con, most of the good ones are too far away. I’ve never read the books, or comics, I didn’t keep up with blog discussions, or anything like that. I just really love the show. I get excited over episodes. I get excited when other people see a favorite, and I can get excited about it again. I don’t know what every little thing means, some things I just accept without diving into the hows and whys. All I know is it makes me happy. All of them do. This time around I’m watching in “chronological” order (or close to it) so, so far as of the time of this writing, I’ve watched Enterprise, TOS, and am in the end of season 3 of TNG. Next will be DS9 (and I will still have to dig my way through the first 2.5 seasons as much as I love the show, those first couple of seasons are… rough lol) and then Voyager. Yes, I did skip TAS this time around, but I have already watched movies I-VI (and I don’t care how many people don’t like it, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is brilliant).

All I know is I am very excited about this podcast, and I am looking forward to drives to and from dance, and other places with my son since we’ve agreed to listen to it together.

Episode 1, here we come!

As promised, acronyms:

TOS: The Original Series (meaning the 1966-68 television series with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc)

TAS: The Animated Series (1973-75, original actors doing voices, supposed to be the last two years of their first 5 year voyage)

TNG: The Next Generation (1987-1994 approximately 100ish years after TOS, the continuing mission)

DS9: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999, takes place on a space station on the edge of the galaxy)

Voyager: Well, Star Trek: Voyager lol (1995-2001, ship gets lost, fun stuff happens)

Enterprise: Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005, 100ish years BEFORE TOS, 100ish years after Cochrane’s first warp flight)


T1D Ignorance Day Two

Well. Hard to even figure out how to start this one.

Let me start this way. Yesterday I posted this.

Needless to say. The best “apology” that came up was this:

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Okay. I understand that the restaurant is your livelihood. I get that. We all have the right to make a living and do so in whatever way works best for us within the confines of the law. Oh. I said WITHIN the confines of the law. That sign did actually break a few, not to mention it was morally repugnant.

So then, his bestie at the local newspaper, pens this. If you don’t want to read the entire article, or give his newspaper more clicks then it deserves, I’ll quote portions of it here, and break it down for everybody, including the author, Mr. Perry White.

“This is truly as American as apple pie. Attacking Mike’s is equivalent to bombing Main Street.”

That quote was in reference to the outrage that ran through the T1D community yesterday when the picture of the sign that was hung in the restaurant was posted ON the restaurants page BY the restaurant. So. People outraged about a sign is the same as someone killing people. Great moral compass there Mr. White.

“But Mike offered up one thing that some people are jumping on as discrimination: he has a sign asking people who need to inject themselves with medication to do it in the privacy of the bathrooms.”

Sorry, but I’m not going to ask anyone to stick a needle into their skin, in the same place where people (excuse the term) poop, potentially causing the introduction of infectious materials into their insulin or their body, because a few people were uncomfortable. That’s unsanitary, and frankly ridiculous.

“I am a Type II diabetic, and I inject insulin. One type I use is taken just before my main meal, and I have from time to time been forced to take my injection pen with me. I have NEVER used that injection pen in public. I usually use it before I get out of my car, but I have also used it in a mens room. The inconvenience to me is nil. And more importantly, the inconvenience and discomfort to others in the restaurant is also nil.”

(FYI I left his typo, not my circus, not my monkeys, in case you’re wondering Mr. White, Men’s Room, not mens… great editing there.)

First off. I’m so very sorry that you have such badly controlled Type 2 Diabetes that you are taking insulin. May I recommend a gym membership and a better diet than Mike’s Pig Pen? (also, do me a favor and read this, it goes into more depth of how I actually feel about a lot of type 2’s). I am also so sorry that you have to take insulin before your “main meal”. My darling husband, and all other REAL diabetics like him (you know the ones that can’t lose their disease, and have been on insulin since they were CHILDREN), have to take insulin before or after EVERY meal, not just their “main” meal. They also have to take a long acting once or twice a day, and correct for any highs that may occur during the day. Look it up. Educate yourself. Type 2 is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING like Type One. The only similarity is the name, and SOMETIMES the medications that are taken. Speaking of the children part, you’re telling me that a parent should take their squirming, restless, possibly scared, diabetic child (as young as infant or toddler age) into a BATHROOM where they could likely end up on a floor, or having to sit them on the toilet or counter to give them their necessary insulin shot. Right. Let me know how that works out. Oh, and you’re “forced” to take your pen with you. Right… again, so sorry. We carry a case with my husband’s insulin EVERYWHERE we go. Because it’s how we keep him alive. And being that we live in the south, it travels into every restaurant, store, or friend’s house we go into, since insulin shouldn’t be kept in the heat.

“For activist diabetics (bet you never thought you’d see that combination of words) to suggest the only place they can shoot up their insulin is standing on the counter of a small diner is little more than arrogance — and an unwillingness to consider the feelings of others.”

Damn right we’re activists. SOMEONE has to stand up for the Type 1’s to shout down all you squeaky wheeled Type 2’s. Watched TV lately? How many NEW AND IMPROVED medications are out there for Type 2’s and how many are out for Type 1’s. Get a grip. And NO ONE said they were going to stand on the counter. They just wanted to be able to inject at their seat, and not be shoved like some pariah into a dirty bathroom. I know needles make other’s uncomfortable. I have a daughter that doesn’t exactly enjoy watching her dad give himself shots. BUT. She also knows that it is what KEEPING her father ALIVE. And so if she doesn’t to see, she like everyone else on the planet, can LOOK AWAY.

“There are important causes out there to take up. When you do so, take up one that will yield positive results. But this isn’t one of them.”

You are correct. There are lots of important causes. Type 1 Diabetes is one of them. As much as you may not understand it in your narrow minded view of Type 1 being exactly like Type 2. Which I recommend a trip for you also, one last link for you Mr. White and those that think the same way, to http://www.JDRF.com. Educate yourselves on the differences. Yes, there are LOTS other causes as well, as we all know there is plenty of social injustice going on in the world. But, don’t talk down to us, like we’re stupid children, when you obviously don’t know the difference between your illness of Type 2 Diabetes, and the auto-immune DISEASE that is Type 1 Diabetes. So, thanks for the “advice” (I use the term extremely loosely), and I think I’ll keep to my “cause” of being an activist for Type 1 Diabetics.


T1D Ignorance 

*EDITED TO ADD MORE INFO*

This situation popped up on my Facebook news feed today since I follow a few T1D pages. They are a great source of inspiration, laughs, and information that I can share with my hubby. I may not be the T1D in this house, but I am a strong advocate.

This was the picture that was posted:

This conversation happened with the owner of the meme page not long after:

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I don’t even know where to start. Mostly I will let the ignorance speak for itself, but just in case you were wondering… T1D (or T2D for that matter) is NOT contagious. Also, the needles used for injections are so very thin and tiny rarely does the person injecting bleed. As well, this is a massive violation of ADA laws. Lastly, unless you are claiming that your bathrooms are cleaner than your dining room, it is quite unsanitary to administer injections in a bathroom. Oh, and by the way, although now removed, this picture was posted BY the restaurant.

In case you were wondering if this “fine” eatery is anywhere near you or someone you love, here is the info from their Facebook page:


May I suggest the Wendy’s up the road for your meal instead?

Some say ignorance is bliss, but, I think in this case, ignorance makes you look like a huge arse.


Being okay with being me

I sit here tonight, rather content. Is my life perfect? Oh hellll no. lol I have a new class starting tomorrow for school (anatomy and physiology I, and yes I’m scared), there’s laundry in the dryer, a barely started afghan on my hook, a cross stitch that hasn’t been touched in weeks, I should probably vacuum, and I really need to sort my closet.

But…

What’s had this post on my brain for a while now, has been this video. I will admit to being a huge Wil Wheaton fan. Ever since I was a little girl, not quite nine years old, curled up on the couch against my daddy’s side, watching “Encounter at Farpoint” for the first time, I thought Mr. Wheaton was the COOLEST person ever. He was a TEENAGER (which at not-quite-nine is a big deal) and he was ON STAR TREK. The NEW Star Trek. The first NEW Star Trek series in AGES (my earliest ST memories are of IV: The Voyage Home, yes I’d seen most of them, but for whatever reason IV is the one that sticks in my brain as the first movie I remember). So, all of that being said, when I was that not quite nine year old little girl, Mr. Wheaton was very, very cool. (by the way if you want to find out how cool of a person he still is, go here, he does podcasts and blogging things and just cool stuffs. Speaking of podcasts, can someone explain these to me? I have an iPhone and obviously internet, but I’m not quite sure what I do to listen/watch to these things… so help an “old lady” out here).

Then that nine year old little girl grew up into a rather shy, introverted, awkward, teenager… I tried really, REALLY, hard to fit in. I was in marching band, I changed that to JROTC (which actually was a great idea because I don’t know if I would have graduated if I hadn’t), I had friends here and there, but no one I was ever really close to. Yes, even today I have some people I knew in high school on Facebook and such, but, I was never really super close with anyone, and I’m still not. After being laughed at, or worse, bullied (at times rather severely), for being smart, liking to read, liking all the things I like (the list is long, but I’ll get to that), I tried to hide it. I tried to “give up” the things I liked. Seriously. I stopped watching ST:TNG, never watched an episode of DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise, when they first were on air. Never saw another movie in the theater. I gave it all up. (and Star Trek isn’t all of it, never watched Stargate, or Eureka, or Warehouse 13, or ANYTHING sci-fi related at all, more on that in a bit)

I hid how smart I was (and really, I’m not THAT smart). I wouldn’t read in public. Missed a lot of really cool stuff. Never went to a DragonCon in Atlanta (usually that’s the closest Con of any interest to me here in SC) or any other Con for that matter. (Still on my bucket list, but I’ll get there). I hid the fact that I loved Animaniacs, and Batman:The Animated Series (that IS where I found Harley after all, WAY before she was “cool” and Suicide Squad was a thing). I didn’t talk about growing up on Star Wars (my R2D2 underoos ROCKED thank-you-very-much), Star Trek (TOS and the movies, and TNG until I got “too cool”), Buckaroo Bonzai (still John Lithgow’s best role if I do say so)… I didn’t talk about how much I loved Stephen King, and Dean Koontz, and Robin Cook (they made you THINK), as well as Anne McCaffrey (dragons, DUH). Instead I tried to dislike all of that stuff, and like all the “cool” stuff. I tried. I failed. I liked rock and alternative and metal (I also have a deep love of classical, and was a trained pianist at one point in my life). I couldn’t get into pop and country (hey I am in the south, that was the “thing”).

So, I kind of wandered and did my own thing, and kept who I was to myself. I didn’t talk about what I liked, and would just smile and nod when my friends would get excited about what they were into. I would watch the popular movies, listen to the Top 40 stations, and just kind of exist.

So… anyway… onward…

I play it off well, but I am severely introverted. I could literally go days without ever leaving the house and be perfectly content. I struggle with reaching out to people, I struggle with making plans, and if I do make them, I struggle with following through with them. I am really good at excuses. That sounds horrible I know. It’s not always excuses either, I do have things that come up, life happens! I will admit that sometimes though, it is an excuse. Thankfully I have a couple of wonderful friends, and a great husband, that don’t give me too much shit about it either.

I really do have a point, bear with me, I’m getting there, I promise…

Within the last five years or so ago, I slowly started realizing that I can like what I like. Netflix has been the BEST thing ever. Really. That’s sounds crazy, but I’m quite serious. With the digital streaming service, I have been able to watch every single Star Trek episode and movie I’ve wanted. (okay, almost, the newest reboot of the Star Trek movies aren’t all available on Netflix yet, but I’ll get to it eventually). Not just all the ST series either, (and sorry to everybody, as much as TNG has a very special place in my heart, Voyager is my hands down favorite), but Charmed, Buffy, Angel, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Firefly, Haven, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and I’m sure more that I’ve lost track of.

Not long after I started binge watching (Hi, my name is Becca, and I binge watch on Netflix and Amazon), I found the video I mentioned at the beginning of this. I am woman enough to admit that the first time I watched it, I cried. Here was Mr. Wheaton, a man I’d hero-worshiped as an 8 year old girl (and sorry Anne, had a bit of a crush on, too), telling me that I AM OKAY. So… silly little fan girl that I am, loaded up my twitter again, and started following all kinds of my favorite people. Too many to name, but I’ve had some “follow backs” myself that have made me grin like a crazy person, as well as replies and likes from several of my favorite people. I’ve had brief Facebook chats with some truly awesome people (more on that in the future, maybe 😉 ).

I tweet and Facebook about new projects coming up, sharing memes and seeing fun stuff. I laugh, I smile, I read blogs and articles, sign up for newsletters and generally enjoy myself and all the geekness I can handle. I look at pictures from conventions, I smile at Mr. Auberjonois’ bucket pictures. I giggle when Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo tease each other. I try not to swoon too much when I get a like, or a reply.

And then, as I’m writing, Jeri Ryan posts this meme:

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And well, it’s kind of my whole point. I’m letting my weird light shine bright. I’m here. I’m shy. I’m socially awkward. I may stutter, shake, giggle in weird places, or smile way too much, but I’m a weirdo. And I’m okay with that.

So, to Mr. Wheaton (and his lovely wife, Anne), Jeri Ryan, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois, Manu Intiraymi, Robert Picardo, Brent Spiner, Eddie McClintock, Connor Trineer, Jolene Blalock, and so many many many more, THANK YOU. You all have been massively patient with us crazy fans. I know there are “bad eggs” out there, but you still continue to be patient with us, even if we are annoying. ❤

(P.S. I will get back to my crafty updates soon, I promise, I do have things to show off there)


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