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Thursday, Apr. 15, 2004 - 4:45 a.m.

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Folded Panties, Hosta Sprouts and Adult Content

Well, somehow I have managed NOT to work on my Far North book all day. Absolutely amazing. One would think I'm allergic to it or something. I am always like this. Either I throw myself into a project with a furious passion, or I put it off like it was a leper with cooties sitting beside me making googly loveya eyes. Eeps.

I did have a very busy day, though for once, a day with nothing written in the agenda book. No flamenco classes that go on interminably, no driving about town for any reason.

But I did call around shops again about my comic books, and managed to get rid of five on consignment to Chicago (jeesh I hate long-distance consignment) and fifteen, yes, fifteen!! to a shop in Olympia WA. I have NO idea where that is. That's ok. When I called up the guy was all like "hey COOL!! I was WANTING to get your book in!!"... now that is an excellent attitude to have on the other end of the phone, vs my usual "who are you? you want what? Um, let me see... can you call back?"

So for the second day in a row I took a hefty box off to the post office. Yay, for having unloaded 40 books in two days. :)

Besides that, I updated my webpages and added the new shops. And tried to get a SignMyGuestbook for my comics' site. But guess what?!! My effin Netscape hasn't deigned to send me email for over 5 hours now. Yay. So I didn't yet get the password I requested at 11:30 pm. yay. Sigh. Another technology glitch I had today (well, one of them) is that a store asked me to send them info on my book by email. And the email was rejected by their server as spam. Yup. strikes again. All cuz someone hijacked the servername to send a gabazillion spams awhile ago. Many sites refuse our emails now cuz of that. Imagine if they started doing that with Hotmail, and no one with Hotmail could get their emails by spam filters?!! glll.

I spent a lot of energy looking up "adult content" on the internet to get some definitions, since I want to write a comic about the wonkiness of writing comics with "no adult content", which I have been asked to do for a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) directory put out by Prism Comics. It seems that most people who would freak at comics having the word "fuck" or having a breast in it, would be the sort of people who don't want comics to have gay content period. Most people consider two women kissing (with no tongue) to be "not fit for children", ironically. Yes, ironically. The same thing that is considered the ultimate in chaste behaviour for straight people... ie not doing the hanky panky until they are married... ie "marry my daughter to prove your intentions" and "I'm so thrilled my daughter is getting married, the sweet thing!", is considered to be something to bother amending the constitution over if one is gay. Hmmm. I need to write some comics about this. But they have not gelled yet. It takes a lot of time in my head thinking out how to say something... then the actual writing of the comic just goes so quickly. Putting down on paper is easy.

So, here is a cool link about "adult content" and other objectionable speech from a civil liberties website. And another one from an online directory, about what they consider "adult" content, vs "adult content" yup... for instance, a frank discussion about infertility, or premature ejaculation is definitely not for kids. But it is not obscene or pornographic. Very interesting, and relates back to my questions about "what is adult content" when searching for a webserver. hmmm.

socks and underwear copyright 2004 wench77
Here are a couple of photos for ya to take a gander at... inspired by the number of people who were like "WHAT?? FOLD UNDERWEAR??" in response to question #28, about whether you are bothered by someone else folding your underwear or your lover's underwear, in my dirtylaundry survey. Well, I fold my socks... which was one of the first chores I got when I was three or four... no one can fuck up matching socks together... well, at least not if they have proper coaching at age three or four! Before you move on to folding underwear! And later, teatowels, tshirts and fitted sheets, in that order of difficulty. You can see that the white socks are all together, then the colored ones, and finally the black ones. As for the panties... there are the sexy ones to the front left, the "boys" ones behind them, and the two piles of regular cotton ones to the right. Yes. Folded underwear. Bras are folded too... with them in half so the cups are nested, and then the straps inside the cups. So there. So much for that survey question, and the utter disbelief that followed.

leafy snow and hosta sprouts, copyright 2004 wench77
Here are a couple of pics from outside last week. You can see that the snow is no longer so snowy, but rather mascarading as a pile of autumn leaves. Hah! It will be gone soon. The other photo is of the hosta in my front yard. That is a Canadian loonie next to the sprouts to give you a scale idea. Now if you don't know how big a Canadian loonie is, you are screwed aren'cha!! hehe. Very soon this will be a big leafy plant. The daffodils aren't much taller, but are gettin there.

That is my seed sprouting set-up in the basement. Two trays of 32 little pots, with lids, sitting on Sunbeam heating pads underneath a flourescent lamp. When I took this pic last week (Saturday I think) only the basil and kale were up, and JUST barely at that. Now everything is up, including the four types of tomatoes and the castor beans. It is incredible how well this set-up works for sprouting stuff efficiently.

So very exciting. I am gonna have veggies galore. The sort-of crazy thing is that I also signed up for a weekly veggie basket from an organic farm, les Jardins du petit tremble, which is a member of CSA which means Community Supported Agriculture. (BTW on that English page, the "farms" link doesn't work, you have to click on the "home page" to get the french equivalent. Grrr) You sign up with a farm that delivers in your neighborhood, and you pay in advance so the farm has operating cash for the season, and has an idea of how much to plant. Then you get a box delivered to a preappointed drop-off point once a week, full of seasonal veggies. For twelve weeks of veggies starting in June, it is $350 Cdn for one person, which is $17 a week, and the $10 CSA membership fee.

I helped work for a week or two on a similar farm in Wisconsin in 2001 and it is a totally great thing. Oh, I forgot to mention. The veggies are certified 100 % organic. Some farms also have eggs and meat. Now is the time to sign up for such a thing if it interests you at all. A wonderful way to support a better planet, and a healthier way of living on it, with convenience and a wide variety of food. yum yum.

Well, so, obviously besides playing with html and calling shops and posting boxes, I picked up photos. yup. So there will be a few more in upcoming entries. I also went to the weight room and worked out. Good me. And that is about it. Doesn't seem like much of a day once written down in the entry, but I didn't stop all day except for a 15 minute coffee. zoom zoom zoom.

Well, I am off to bed now. I once again have an ambition to be up between noon and 1pm, so I can get lots done before my flamenco class.

Goodnight, sleep tight, have a good morning, and sign up for an organic veggies box. Tah!

Hugs to me from me, wenchie.

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