Why, in this day and age, is it still perfectly acceptable to treat fat people in a way that is not only belittling but even dehumanizing? Are we not human, too?

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A small announcement

From this time forth, any LJ friend who refers to my weight in any way will be summarily de-friended both in LiveJournal and, if applicable, in real life. This includes commiseration, however kindly intended, suggestions for improving my diet and/or exercise regime, and all related topics. It's just off the table, as far as discussions go. Period.

Also, I am removing some of you from my friends feed because I cannot deal with the things you are posting about at the moment. Please be assured that this is no reflection upon you but rather a reflection of my own concerns.

Need decorating advice!!

It looks like we're going to start working on clearing out and painting the sunroom this weekend. (My mom will have two rooms completely to herself, the sunroom and the large room behind it.) I've decided to move all my 1950s-era aluminum porch furniture in there (loveseat/glider + 2 rocking chairs), since the dogs and cats can't really hurt it (I hope!)--as opposed to my vintage wicker furniture, which would probably become a lovely scratching post. I think I'll also put my vintage enamel-top table in there--it has chrome legs, so again the pets shouldn't hurt it much. I'm thinking of painting the sunroom a pale, jadite green and hanging sheer white curtains, and then sewing some red tropical-patterned cushions for the chairs. There are windows on three sides, so it's really a lovely little room to sit in and read, etc.

I'm not so sure what to do about the main room--right now, it has 1950s-era wood paneling (the *real* kind, thin sheets of wood, not fake wood grain). Should I paint over it? I feel kinda bad about doing that, since it is real wood, but it would certainly lighten things up in there. What do you think?

The room is a little dowdy (and full of boxes), but my goal is to make it feel airy and comfortable. I'm having a hard time coming up with a decorating scheme, though. The carpet is ca. 1960? and has a textured pattern. It is kind of an oatmeal color. Unfortunately, I don't think we're going to have the time and/or funds to replace it or remove it and refinish the floor, so it stays for now, but I'll steam-clean it as well as I can:

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Career stuff

Hmm. Well, really, that's the best case scenario. My paper wasn't accepted for the CAA annual conference, which is just as well, since to be honest I wasn't really sure what I wanted to say in it. (grin) But the guy who's heading the session works at Duke on topics similar to mine and wants to meet up with me and possibly have me give a guest lecture in a course he's teaching this fall. So that's a very good thing! Also, he thinks an anthology might result from this session, and he's letting folks who submitted proposals know in case they want to be involved (if he can find a publisher). So that's *also* good! Being rejected for the session stings a bit, but I'll get over it... there are always smaller conferences and there's always next year!

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Dear LJ friends: I am in the process of doing a rather radical winnowing of my friends list. Several of you I have known for a few years now, but I feel that our lives are really not going in the same direction. Please do not take offense at our parting, and go in peace.

Energy bars?

Could I make some kind of homemade energy bar from the following ingredients that I happen to have on hand?

golden raisins
peanut butter
dried cranberries
coconut flakes

I saw Chocolate and Zucchini's post about making homemade Larabars, but I don't have *quite* the right ingredients. Any ideas, folks? Or should I just make biscotti? The thing is, I've had the dates and the coconut for a quite a while, and I'd like to use them up. Help?!

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  • 14:27 Took my vitamin first thing in the morning instead of last thing at night...I am *so* not doing that again. Vitamin-B burps! Yuck! #
  • 21:45 Ah, happiness--I cleaned my office! It's clean, and quiet, and even cool (I had the a/c on today). Yay! I love my office! #
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