I ALMOST FORGOT IT WAS THROWBACK THURSDAY. This is me with @patjarrett and Grandma RuthAnn, Xmas 1983 #tbt #babbies

Mmm. Yes. Would eat.

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Every time I have a conversation with or about my family my glucose reading spikes from the stress. Do you think I can convince them all to leave me alone for medical reasons?


Boston, MA

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Why can’t there be a male hooter’s equivalent where male servers are shirtless and highly sexualized for their bodies and looks

Male Strip clubs. You’re thinking of male strip clubs.

No. Not a male strip club. A strip club is a strip club. I want a place called Cahones where waiters wear Speedos and are forced to stuff if they don’t fill out their uniform well enough. I want them to giggle for my tips. I want it to be so normalised and engrained in our culture that women bring their daughters there for lunch (because whaaaaaat the wings are good! Geeze sensitive much?) where they’ll give playful little nudges like, “Wouldn’t mind if you dad had those. Heh heh heh.” that their daughters don’t even understand but will absorb and start to assume is just the normal way grown up women talk about grown up men. I want to playfully ask my waiter if I can have extra nuts on my salad and for him to swat my arm with an Oh, you because he knows if he doesn’t his manager will yell at him. I want other men to pretend to like going there so I think they’re cool. I want to go to Cahones during my lunch break at work and when I come back and tell the other women in the office where I went they chuckle slightly and the men around us suddenly feel self conscious and they don’t know why.

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Aw yeah. Starting off my Wednesday morning with a good hate-read. Bring it, mommyblogs.

Well whatever the hell Husband has I certainly don’t want it. He’s been vomming for the last hour. It is super unpleasant.


It’s getting real in a SE Portland Parking lot.











Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.

Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes.

If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken:
  • Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.
  • Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.
  • If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.
  • See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.
If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions

Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.

Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.

Do not burn it, because the smoke will give you the same reaction.

If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [this guide] for how to deal with it yourself.


Fucking invasives. Signal boost.

Re-reblogging because I checked Snopes, and not only is this shit true, but the text on this is pretty much the same as it is there! Stay safe, kiddos.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, these are currently the states and provinces in North America where Giant Hogweed is present. Even if your state/province is “clear” that doesn’t mean that it is not there. If you see Giant Hogweed in your yard or anywhere please call your DOA! This stuff is mad deadly!

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Also here is a human for size reference. Since they are huge it should be easy enough to see and spot when fully grown.


The burns can also be very bad, far worse than any poison ivy. Just Google ‘Giant Hogweed Burns’ and you’ll see. It can cause bad blistering, red painful rashes, and more. Please be careful of this plant!


Reblogging to signal boost… this is upsetting in the extreme.

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Oh My Maps (by Marc Khachfe)

London-based artist Marc Khachfe fuses science, space, and art in his series of large-scale maps composed of multiple layers of photographs and data. ‘I was blown away by the nighttime images taken of cities at night by the astronauts on the ISS (international space station) and wanted to print out a large poster of the London one for my office, but I found them too blurry and too small to look good good printed out large format’, Khachfe explains. Sourcing open map data, Khachfe has composited the visual information with data and layered it with CGI, to mimic the glow of streets and buildings. finally, photoshop merges all the layers together and play with colors, exposure and glow augment the reality of each image. the artistic interpretations are geographically accurate and match the real images as closely as possible.

Maps (in order): London - Helsinki - Rio - Chicago - Cleveland - Amsterdam

A game I play with myself when stuff like this comes up on my dash: can I identify the unlabeled cities without looking at the caption first? 

In this set I got London, Chicago, and Cleveland. 

Frankly, I was surprised to see Cleveland included in this mix… I made sure to double check the caption to be sure, but there really is no mistaking that lakeshore.

I made the mistake of having ONE (1) conversation about hallucinogens with this dude at work (to be fair, he brought it up), and now whenever I see him he feels the need to tell me about whatever substance he’s on and/or wants to be on. Ughhhhhh. Totally tedious.



rabbit dragon 

Gorleston Psalter, England 14th century.

British Library, Add 49622, fol. 165v

This is a delight.

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So here’s a recipe I found on Pinterest (originally posted on a blog called The ForeverAfter Blog) and pretty much immediately made. I had everything on hand, for once, which was really nice. 

Avocado White Bean Salad with Vinaigrette

  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 sweet onion chopped (or less or none if you’re not a fan of onions)

That’s the salad base and here’s the vinaigrette:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • dried basil to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

I made the following minor changes: 

  • green onion instead of white/sweet onion
  • no tomato (for sugar reasons)
  • slightly more mustard than recommended
  • no garlic (because garlic is poison)

It turned out AWESOME. I made sure to choose a firm, somewhat underripe avocado b/c I didn’t want it getting mushy in the salad. The flavor is light, bright, and perfect for spring. I ate mine over a handful of spring mix greens and with a few bites of chicken thrown in. You could also mix in some plain Greek yogurt or sour cream for a creamy consistency, which I might yet try. Hopefully it won’t have a negative effect on my glucose level. I’d be really sad if it did (I’m thinking the lemon juice would be the culprit) because it’s really, really good. And incredibly easy/cheap.

Oh, awesome. One of my neighbors has a theater-grade sound system and has just decided it’s time to watch what sounds like a documentary on EXTREME RUMBLING BASS AND EXPLOSION SOUNDS or maybe VERY DISRUPTIVE NOISES THAT PREVENT YOUR NEIGHBORS FROM GETTING ANY REST. I can’t tell if it’s coming from The Apartment Of 1000 Dudebros next door, or the folks upstairs. I am considering calling the office tomorrow and asking for them to post a “friendly reminder” about quiet hours.

UGH I KNOW I’M SUCH A TATTLE. But … I’m not going knocking on doors, and if it does involve more than one apartment then a blanket reminder is honestly the best approach, I think.

And you know what? I don’t even care that I’m being kind of wenis about the noise… we all signed leases here, and just as I have to deal with people smoking outside their apartments rather than inside, they’ll have to deal with turning the volume down after 9pm. Them’s the breaks of living in close quarters.