TannieSpace

geekery, drawing and then some

2009 (old posts, page 1)

New foods.

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I’ve tried a few gluten-free options this week, including a pre-made gluten-free bread. It doesn’t taste much like wheat-bread and it crumbs easily without having that spongey texture — somewhat like a loaf cake — but it works as a base to spread something (peanutbutter, creame cheese) on and it gave me no issues. Success!

Today I also tried some quinoa with grilled shiitakes and that didn’t go so well. I thought the quinoa did not work for me, however, on testing, it turns out the shiitake caused the problems. When I checked the date it had passed its sell by date for some time already, oops. The rest of the quinoa went well, so I’ll call it success too, hurray!

I found out it helps a lot if I keep on snacking / eating all day long. It prevents those moments I feel blown up because I ate too much. This makes it clear to me I have to stick to eating small meals, because my body can’t handle the bigger once — unlike some other people in my family.

Some time after surgery I went to see a dietician and she told me to eat at least 150 gram potatoes, 200 grams of veggies and a good chunk of meat (100-150 gram) for dinner1. This qualifies as a normal meal, for people with a stomach. This will never ever fit into me during a normal dinnertime. Apart from the amount, the time I need to eat has changed too. It takes longer. I could technically eat the above meal in around 2 hours or so. I don’t like that, I don’t want to spend more than 30 minutes on each meal, unless I go out to eat with friends. I want to have time away from food too :)


  1. This, by the way, despite me telling her at the beginning that I don’t eat meat and she still thought she had to suggest the 100-150 gram portion, and suggest it several times. Stoopid. And tiring. ↩

The medication rollercoaster

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My new rheumy — so far, very pleased — agreed that nausea caused by Plaquenil doesn’t help me. I didn’t even have to explain it, he told me to stop taking them right away and to increase my MTX. This means I need to get new pre-pared syringes.

This makes the MTX basically the only ‘real’ medication I still take, apart from the occasional naproxen or paracetamol (Tylenol).

I do take a decent load of vitamins in a medicinal way, not taking them causes plenty of issues, and they may interact with each-other / other meds so I always count them as medication.

My last blood-test showed a deficiency of vitamin D, ferritine, low B12. Still waiting for the vitamin B1.

Currently I take:

MTX once per week, as injection, for the RA folic acid once per week, to counteract the side-effects of MTX vitamin B12 once per month injection due to inability to absorb vitamin D as cod liver oil, twice per day, also comes with vitamin A, and as tiny tablets, four per day, for ‘senior citizens’ which just have D in them multi-vitamins also for ‘senior citizens’ which has extra vitamin B1, iron and zinc, twice per day calcium twice per day, with extra vitamin K and D

Mixing and matching turns into another juggling game because too many of certain vitamins (A) and minerals (iron and zinc) poison my liver, and my liver has a hard time dealing with all the other poison already, so I don’t want to push that ;)

My body needs lots of fine-tuning. *[MTX]: Methothrexate


You can’t ‘be’, unless you do.

Procrastinating from my Nanowrimo-novel (3471 words) I found Hugh Macleod’s article ‘ don’t worry about being an artist. just worry about getting the work made. ’.

It reminded me of how I know some people that graduate in something or the other, and then say ‘Oh, now I am a real \<insert random profession>’. When then asked what they really do then, they usually don’t have an answer to that. But at least they can say ‘I’m a \<insert random profession> now!.

Apart from these, a lot of people also seem to think that creativity (in any shape and form) requires talent. They don’t really know what this talent actually means, but clearly some people have it and some don’t. You get born with it, or maybe some fairy comes by at night and sprinkles it on you.

I don’t believe in talent (or that evil cousin called ‘luck’). I believe in (hard) work. I believe in doing. I believe that when you have an interest in a subject you need to dig in and put in the hours and hours of work to get ‘good’ or ‘great’ at it. Getting good / great requires work more than this vague talent. Sure, some people seem to do it more easily, however, most of these creative things take practice. And practice means work. It means failing and loving your failure because of the unexpected result. It means hating your failure and deciding you want to do the opposite. It means challenging yourself. It means stretching out to the borders of your sanity to see if you can, and then crossing it. It means stretching to the edges of your ability and finding you can go further than you thought you could go.

So I make this bold statement that you cannot be unless you do. You can call yourself a writer, an artist, a whatnot. But if you don’t actually do it, then you just stuck a label on yourself. Ask yourself what you would like more.


Dear Nano, don’t scare me like that.

Stuck under the sofa.

This morning I got up and walked into the livingroom, finding Nano (looking smug) on the sofa with an empty chocolate-bar wrapper between her paws. I thought I had stored the bar away, ‘cause I always do that. Not last night, unfortunately, so when I saw her looking at me and the leftovers of the wrapper, I freaked out a little. A call to the vet calmed me down (kudos to the other person on the line), as we calculated how much she had and what type. She had about half of the ‘minimal toxic (not lethal)’ dose, the vet said.

The vet told me to keep an eye on Nano, feed her some extra to dilute the chocolate somewhat and check to see if Nano drank enough. She drank a lot today, and spent some time on the sofa making small whining noises (I suspect a tummy ache) and seems otherwise fine.

This of course happens right after boyfriend suggested poisoning the dog in my Nanowrimo-novel.


Getting ready for Nanowrimo

This year I decided on a slightly different approach for Nanowrimo. Other years I’d jump in with both feet on November 1st, and this years I decided to do some pre-work (which, in other years, only happened in my head). I’ve made notes about my characters, a timeline, wrote part of the backstory that will not end up in the actual novel, and I made an outline. I haven’t finished it yet, still have 6 parts to go. Once I have 31 parts I can use those to write one part per day (a 1667 words). I like this approach. Somewhere halfway I got a little stuck with how the story should go from a certain point and I let it sink in a few days and then came up with the answer. If this had happened during Nanowrimo I would have lost several days (or at the least, spend them in great frustration).

On to the last 6 parts! [progpress title=”Nanowrimo Outline” goal=”31” current=”25” previous=”20” label=”parts”]


Another year, another Nanowrimo

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November lurks around the corner, so I had to join Nanowrimo again. I decided to try a different approach this year and have slowly outlined my planned novel. Initially I wanted to go for horror, with brutal murders and such (I blame this on watching the entire ‘Friday the 13th‘ series, as well as ‘Nightmare on Elmstreet‘, and ending it with ‘Freddy vs Jason‘), but my story seems to have converted more into a regular thriller with no supernatural murderer.

Ah well.

And it’ll have a dog.


Homemade white-chocolate-ginger-cheesecake

( with a sauce of caramel and sweet chili, and some chocolate sprinkles. ) Homemade white-chocolate-ginger-cheesecake with a sauce of caramel and sweet chili, and some chocolate sprinkles.

200 grams cream cheese 100 grams white chocolate 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 teaspoon gingerroot-powder (or more to taste) 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce (roughly) 1 tbsp caramel

Make biscuit bottom (I used readymade, happened to have it…)

Melt chocolate au bain marie, mix in cheese, put in cakeform. Layer over biscuit bottom, put in fridge for an hour or two.

Mix sweet chili sauce with caramel and drip over cake.

Trying to imitate the Wagamama version ;) It turned out slightly runny, but not too bad. Tips to firm it up appreciated.

(boyfriend said ‘it tastes cheesy’)


Hurray! Scarves in the mail!

Today we walked to the vet and back, a good hour and twenty minutes walking. Nano had to get her shots and we only spent about fifteen minutes in the vet’s office. Her UTI has gone but she has to continue her special diet food for a little bit longer to make sure everything clears up.

When we got home I checked the mail and happily found two items from Spreadshirt in my mailbox. Both my scarves arrived at the same time. Ofcourse I opened them straight away, and immediately felt a bit shocked. I misguessed the actual size of the scarves and the design on them got a bit bigger than expected. No worries though, I still love them both :D

The scarf can completely wrap my macbook pro (always handy) and feels nice and light. The design-part feels a bit stiffer, due to the print on it, and I do think the flock-printing turned out really nice. Raah’s scarf turned out less stiff than Robot, due to the large blocks Robot has (fixing that to make it thinner). Overal, very happy, nice large scarves might not fit the current warm weather, but with today being the last day of summer, can’t get them early enough :)


Flowing along.

Despite frequent hand-issues (just pain, it goes away with rest) I’ve managed to do quite a lot of drawing in phases. A few minutes on, an hour off, something like that. It worked out pretty well and I feel really good about the results. I’ve almost finished the four seasons set (always something left to tweak…) and took out bits to create two nice and calm backgrounds:

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Spring.

Spring .

I made spring. With flowers and blossoms (or at least, I aimed for that). This probably means I finished the series, but I’ll just let it soak for a bit. Probably want to tweak some more…

Four Seasons

Tweaked some more.. Four seasons, improved.


Added more to spreadshirt.

scarfI may have gone a little nuts / overboard, but they have so many things…

I’m currently in love with the scarves but have not yet ordered one. They look so nice and I especially love the two-tones. I’ve picked flock printing for most of the scarves, this means they’ll use a soft print (velvet-y) instead of the more plastic-like normal prints. Aaaah….

I’ve also added a bunch of glow in the dark things, edited my designs so they would work better with light on dark.

Now excuse me while I go drool at the scarves some more…


Float.

Float .

I’ve had this one in my head for a long time. Even started painting it (with real paint, yes). I don’t know why, but today I had to do something with it, suddenly.

So I did.

And she floats.