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Tactical Ninja - When your puppies fly the nest, or something

Jul. 7th, 2014

01:18 pm - When your puppies fly the nest, or something

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Yesterday the YoT left home. Like, properly. With a trailer and taking his bed and lugging furniture up stairs to his Typical-Wellington-Low-Income-Housing flat and everything. You know the type, built in the early 2000s, monolithic cladding, two flights of stairs to get up there. But his room is large and north facing, and it looks like it may have missed the leaky building problems and will be insulated because it's new enough. He emailed me this morning to tell me they failed to get his bed up the internal stairs but that his computer is set up. Good to see he has his priorities straight..

I do feel a bit weird about it, mostly in a 'hope he'll be ok' kind of way. But mostly I'm just damn proud of him. He's come a long way from the angry kid that turned up at my place in early 2009. And realistically, we've seen stuff all of him the last few months between his night shifts and his girlfriend. So yeah. He knows the door's always open but it looks like my offspring is, well.. off.


I may have spent yesterday afternoon moving all my craft stuff into his old room, which is bigger and sunnier with better light than the one I had. In my defence, I've had designs on that room since we moved in, and he knew that the second he moved out I'd be in there. I'm just.. efficient. Yep.

Here's what it currently looks like:





Looking at all that stuff, we wondered aloud how I managed to fit it all in the tiny spare room. But realistically, none of the cupboards have anything in them yet, as I've inherited some extra drawer space and this requires a rearrangement of my systems. I probably won't have to keep my adhesives in the same cupboard as the electronics stuff any more, for example..

This afternoon's mission is to start replacing everything in its new spots. And build a rack for my hides. Somehow I've managed to accrue a bit of a collection, aided and abetted by khaybee and danjite, who scored me a couple of calf hides for next to nothing in a recent sale. I now have enough to need a rack. Ooh er!

But as you can see, the room is more than twice the size of the old one. I have the work table set up so I can walk right around it, and a dedicated sewing table which used to be the YoT's desk, that he left behind. It's big enough to cut fabric on. I feel spoilt.

Other things I did this weekend included finishing the horns and mask for the Saarebas costume. The horns are now firmly attached to the wig and decorated. I should really cut the hair so it doesn't stick out from under the collar, but before I do that I'm going to see if I can do some kind of knotting arrangement. I'm crap at hair cutting..






On the pain front, this morning was morning 1 without voltaren, and it was straight back to having problems putting the undies on, and being overtaken by little old ladies as I walk down the road. Doctor appointment revealed that she wants to test me for rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus* among other immuno-inflammatory type things. If it's not any of those, I have the choice of continuing with osteo/voltaren for a month, then trying to get in to see a rheumatologist without a referral.**

I'm kind of hoping for it to just go away by itself to be honest.

* It's never lupus, right? The doctor did a double take and added it to the list really fast when I told her my maternal grandmother and one of my cousins had it. Eek.
** This is where the NZ health system gets expensive - when you don't have obvious indicators to qualify for publicly funded specialist treatment. I could go on a waiting list that may be over a year long, or pay to go private. With a referral, I'd be in within a couple of weeks and it'd be minimal cost.

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From:dreadbeard
Date:July 7th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
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Party at Tommy's place!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 7th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC)
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Yes! Apparently there is room for partying in his room because there is no bed.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 7th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
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ohh maybe he can get his bed through the window??
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From:tatjna
Date:July 7th, 2014 04:42 am (UTC)
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Or over the balcony like we did at the Cuba St place, yeah.
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From:crazedturkey
Date:July 7th, 2014 08:44 am (UTC)
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Nah sometimes it's lupus.

(Which isn't to say it is with you ;))
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:July 7th, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
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"early 2000s, monolithic cladding" It's what Charles Stross refers to as "Neo Brutalist architecture" which I think is fitting :)

It's never lupus. At least I hope it's not for you. I got a bad scare some years ago when I couldn't move my legs any more because my hips hurt. I thought I had to have new hips like my mother soon. Turned out it was purely muscular and cured with a lot of patience (which I don't have) and a lot of physio therapy with exceedingly less painkillers as we went along - which was good. I hope you get a similar result.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 7th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Heheh that is a fantastic description. Like this:



Except with PPCS rather than corrugated iron.
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From:meathiel
Date:July 7th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Does it make you feel old?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 7th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Oddly enough, not so much. I feel free, as in I'm able to run round the house naked. But other than that it's not enough of a change to really affect me.

Except where I probably won't be finding socks in the vacuum cleaner any more.... ;-)
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From:kehleyr
Date:July 7th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm loving the horns... I want horns like Angie has in Maleficent :-D.

but that his computer is set up. Good to see he has his priorities straight.. LOL
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From:tatjna
Date:July 7th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I think if I got three wishes, I'd totally waste 2 of them on horns and a prehensile tail. ;-)
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From:fbhjr
Date:July 7th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Costume stuff looks cool!
Hope things with YoT go well!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 8th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
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Well, it's been 2 days and there's been no explosions in Newtown, and no requests for lawyers, guns or money. Seems to be going well so far. ;-)
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From:meri_sielu
Date:July 8th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Those horns are amazing <3

Hopefully it isn't lupus, lupus sucks a hell of a lot. :/
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From:pickleboot
Date:July 9th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
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even with a family history of lupus, it might not BE lupus. i have all the, trying to make this as clear as mud because that is about where we are now, "typical" physical markers of lupus- the "butterfly" face rash, other skin rashes, some sort of oral thing, and the really crazy blood levels, but i do not have lupus. my last ana level(a blood level that in "normal" people is 1:40) was above the previous 1:3600, i think it was 1:6000, the first test was at 1:600. so far two rheumatologists have ruled out lupus, sjorensons, ra(maybe), and are now looking at a few other fun things. if you do decide to go see a rheumy, i would see if they have a partner that covers areas they don't so that you can get in house second(and if needed, third)opinions. and if you know all of this, ignore me. i just try to prevent my friends from becoming pin cushions if they can avoid it!

i envy you your craft room! rei and i are trying to take over the so called dining room(my yarn and fiber already take up a wall, along with some fabric in totes under the so called dining table, which is really an old table and booth bench from a 50's diner) with my wheels, yarn, various swifts, carders, etc, and my sewing machine as well as the serger my mom is replacing with an upgrade(yay!!! i can maybe make some of my own clothes out of the cotton heavy tshirt like material i like) and my easel and paints. we are just a tad bit excited about this, i just wish a loom would fit. we are designing an entire craft suite in the new house that will include sinks, fume hoods, and everything for metal work. but right now being able to shut a door would be heaven!

i envy you the hides! i've been offered several tanned cowhides, ready for leatherwork, so i am going to have to pm you for advice. this is why we need to live closer to each other!

both kids are threatening to live with us forever. right now i am taking it day by day- will post why later.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 10th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Update from doctor is sending me to a rheumatologist, so I guess we'll see.

Meanwhile, I love my craft room! It's colder than my other one (winter here ugh) but I can walk right around my work table! This makes me inordinately happy. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 10th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like he's off to a great start!

(Also I was a big fan of nicer air mattresses at that stage of my life. So much easier to move repeatedly)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 10th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Hey, that's a good idea. I'll suggest it to him. Although at 100kg+, he might struggle to keep one inflated. Hmm.
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 11th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
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I do weigh less, but mine was fine with two people and some bouncy, bouncy although I would not recommend having pets with sharp claws!
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