My duderuses with uteruses, remember when PMS meant you just got a little crabby and wanted chocolate?
Ahhh, those were the days. I'm still trying to figure out how hormones can cause everything from nightmares to tooth aches, like my whole body sets itself to Self Destruct.
So even though I'm pretty good at sleeping sitting up from all the reflux, and have a truckload of doctor-prescribed pills and potions that supposedly help, I've been a useless lump most of the last week.
Suki using her sleeping sister's head as a pillow understands.
Plus, never fails: right around day 3, when I'm lying on the couch bone-tired and aching everywhere, in come the dementers to remind me just HOW useless I am. And ugly. And a bad friend and daughter and wife. You know the spiel.
I like to think I'm better equipped for my monsters these days, though. Or at least, I know where I can gear up.
Props to our favorite Blogess for the hashtag.
If you've ever spiraled before then you know what it's like to be teetering on that edge. And if you've spiraled often enough, you eventually learn to recognize your tipping point: the place where things are about to go DOWN if you don't do something. The one thing I've found that works to catch myself? Sweet and silly distractions, and lots of 'em.
...with a sprinkling of watching John pet the cats.
I got a bunch of great recommendations from you over on IG, which were roughly 70% cute animal accounts. I had no idea there were this many cute furballs on Instagram, and I'm definitely OK with it.
Most of you didn't get to see these, so here are a few of my favorites:
There were dozens more, but that's a good start if you're looking for some happy today. If you want more, go check out all the accounts I follow. It's a constantly changing list of art, crafts, Disney photography, cosplay, and random people who make me happy.
(Just to be clear: some battles need a LOT more than pretty internet things to get through, so if you're spiraling, please, reach out. There's no shame in gearing up for a Boss Fight.)
The next day I woke up to more great links and the most beautiful "orange hug" from my friend Sharyn:
An all-orange bouquet! Since lilies are bad for cats this has been traveling with me from room to room so I can keep an eye on it. Again, not complaining. It's nice to have something beautiful nearby to rest your eyes on.
Like these goofballs.
More things that got me through the week:
Such a good show. And Hamilton fans: Lin guest-starred in the last one!
John mentioned he'd never watched The Guild before, so we binged all 6 episode/seasons.
It's wild watching it all at once, seeing how the show evolved as it hit superstardom - and reflecting on how far geek culture has come (or... not) in the last 10 years.
Oooh, I just realized I haven't shown John the bonus music videos yet! Gotta do that tonight. (You can find them all on the official website here.)
If you're a fellow Critter then you know what else made me happy this week:
Critical Role started a Kickstarter last week to animate a single half-hour show, with a goal of $750,000. As of today they've raised over SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS, and are on their way to animating an entire series. (!!) Watching the cast lose their minds over this outpouring of love and support has been so pure, so good, so affirming for geeks everywhere.
I mean, on paper this show never should have worked; who watches a bunch of nerds sit around and play D&D for 4 hours a week? BUT IT DID. That's such a vindication for both us fans and all of us out here resisting the mandate of Shorter, Flashier, & More Click Bait. I think we're craving longer formats again, hungry for more than a headline. We want connections, inside jokes. Anyway, seeing these awesome people succeed makes me so hopeful for the future of online media again, I gotta wear shades.
Thanks to the Kickstarter I also skipped ahead in Campaign 1 to start the Briarwoods arc, which runs from episode 24 to 38. (I'm all caught up on Campaign 2. Aw yeah.) I'm only 2 eps in, but really liking it so far!
And since I have to work on puzzles during the show - have to - I stocked up for the next week or three:
Yowza, for a week where I didn't take many photos, I sure have rambled on. (Here's where I hope you guys really are down for longer posts.) I'll end with my best photo of the week: Eva looking badass when the sunlight hit her tag just right:
"In brightest day, in blackest night..."
Wishing you a dementor-free week out there, my friends. And remember, when they do come swooping in, I'm right here, serving up all the sweet and silly and wonderful things I can muster. Love you.
Thanks for shopping through our Amazon links; it helps support me and John and the site! ( USA, UK, Canada.) You can also support us directly through Paypal, or throw Epbot an extra share or "like" over on Facebook to help fight the algorithm, if you're so inclined. Thanks, gang!