I was just reminded of A Memory Called Empire and wondered if the second book was available yet.

It is! And I have an audiobook credit!

Excellent.

Time for another biased poll.

Do you know what CC and BCC stand for in eMail without having to look it up?

I would appreciate it if you boosted this toot. :-)

(I'm aware the bunny ears in the gold saucer exist and are probably actually a closer look, but not so much on an au ra. Might try that later with a hyur. Might actually make a hyur character just for that.)

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I was talking to some friends about needing boy vieras in FFXIV and one of them said you could use the bunny head that was released recently as the closest thing.

Look, I'm a viera!

alcohol 

New favorite youtube channell: Bailey Meyers.

She does a drinking game/storytime combo called GooseDrunks where she reads Goosebumps books and I love it.

Also I didn't realize how short Goosebumps books were.

Also this counts as reading. I've read like 5 books this week. Yup.

Training for my new job involves being on camera in a group call all day every day.

Several times I see this cute guy in the corner of the screen and I'm like "wait who's that?"

Then I'm like "wait it's me, I'm the cute guy!" 😲

Testosterone is magic.

ffxiv 

I finished everything I wanted on the Moogle event. I have "too many characters" (in quotes because it's a thing I've heard but don't actually believe) but I keep them at different points in the story for when I'm not in the mood to do hard things. So I only have 3 characters who could actually get anything from this and they all did! Yay.

And then I immediately went and played a little of the msq on my favorite lower level character. Because I'm shy and that was a lot of group activity.

Yooooooooooooooooooo it's the last weekday I work at my shitty job!

They've really been ramping up all the stuff that makes me want to leave lately, so I'm so happy right now that I'm almost done I almost wanna cry. XD

Still gonna work there weekends but goodness I'm so done with being there very day.

podcast rant update, last one i swear 

After I had calmed down a little from my rant here, I found the podcast on instagram and left them a comment suggesting they reach out to people within the communities they're discussing next time.

They responded fairly well so I'm willing to extend some grace and remember that for a lot of people without vocal autistic friends A$ probably is still the loudest voice and they just don't know better.

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ableism 

Also updates/final thoughts:

I misunderstood who the speakers were because auditory processing and walking-while-listening: 3 hosts, one guest "expert."

They apologized to Australians for bad accents and getting info from Crocodile Dundee but seriously considered making "The Amazing Dumbo" the episode title and no apology to us for that or for using Rain Man as a reliable source.

They posted a graphic about not using functioning language on instagram so there's that.

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ableism 

Ok, finished the episode. It may have been a mistake to start with this book, I'm always going to start off skeptical when NT folks talk about autism. But I did start with this one, so now I have no interest in continuing with the podcast.

Which is helpful, because I already have more podcasts than I ever have time to listen to.

Should-be-obvious tip: if you're gonna talk about a group of people that doesn't include you, *listen to some of those people." How is this still happening?

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Liveblogging this shitty episode, ableism 

Ughhhhh after giving an entirely deficit-based definition of autism, this person paid vague lip service to the fact that autistic people largely prefer to be called autistic while still stating that by default she uses person-first unless a specific autistic person requests she stop in a specific situation.

No. Stop. Or at least understand that if you center your own experience as the guideline and speak over us, you aren't a fucking ally.

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Listening to my first episode of the "Stuck in Stonybrook" podcast because I saw they're discussing the bsc book about autism.

And they have some experts on to help with this important topic. Oh good, autistic people, right?

No of course not. People who *work with* autistic people. Including a behavioral analyst and (maybe the same) someone who uses "person-first" language.

Ew.

But I'll keep listening and see if they turn it around.

spoilers, riverdale s5, sabrina s4, speculation 

I don't remember which recap podcast I was listening to that pointed out Riverdale specifically stated it was 2020 before the time jump and now 7 years later someone specifically said it's 2021.

In the latest episode there's mysterious lights in the sky and abductions.

I'm just gonna say a Sabrina crossover would go really well here. They did do time hijinks that would overlap and Ambrose does autopsies, so.

If it's not witches it should be.

I got that job I had interviewed for from my previous posts. Yay!

I start next month and I'm pretty excited. Hopefully I'll have more time and energy to read and relax and post more.

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non-book, job interview, mental health, money thoughts 

Good news! Kind of.

I was wrong about how much I made. It was bugging me so I went to look at my actual paycheck and I make less than I thought I did!

So really it's only $3.67/hr less. And if I can keep working my current job just one day a week I'd actually be making more. HMMM.

I have some thinking to do. And probably questions to ask to find out if I'm allowed to do that.

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non-book, job interview, mental health, money thoughts 

Just had a job interview over the phone. I was afraid it was going to be a surprise zoom call so I got all dressed up and even wore a tie. I looked cute!

I love everything about the job except that I'd be taking a $5.50/hr pay cut. Yikes.

So what it comes down to basically is that I can't decide if my mental health is worth that much. Which is. A really weird depressing thing to say. But like. My partner doesn't work and I'm scared.

Not book related, violence, depression/anxiety, self harm 

Do you ever just wanna punch your feelings in the face?

(Actually coming up with this wording just now helped because I often think I want to punch *myself* in the face and think how much I hate myself, and I just now realized that's not true. I *like* me, I hate these awful feelings. Go away, bad feelings!)

Gotta fix up my resume and put in some applications. Like, *lots* of applications.

Luckily I have blogs to write and shows to watch and ffxiv to play when I need breaks.

And at some point I'm gonna make red velvet brownies from scratch. That's exciting.

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