I don’t typically take food pics because most of the food never looks as good as it does right in front of my face. But tonight, my breakfast for dinner looked as if it might look just as yummy in a picture.

Freshly baked French baguette, spread with chive, onion, and garlic soft cheese, center cut applewood smoked bacon, and topped with two just barely firm poached eggs.

-Erika

I don’t typically take food pics because most of the food never looks as good as it does right in front of my face. But tonight, my breakfast for dinner looked as if it might look just as yummy in a picture.

Freshly baked French baguette, spread with chive, onion, and garlic soft cheese, center cut applewood smoked bacon, and topped with two just barely firm poached eggs.

-Erika


Cat sitting. And by that I mean the cat is sitting on me. He would sit on my head if I let him.

-Erika

Cat sitting. And by that I mean the cat is sitting on me. He would sit on my head if I let him.

-Erika


My very first felted creature. I’m laid up with post infusion nausea. It’s a hedgehog, in case you can’t tell. I’ve never felted until today, I had some time to kill at my infusion.

-Erika

My very first felted creature. I’m laid up with post infusion nausea. It’s a hedgehog, in case you can’t tell. I’ve never felted until today, I had some time to kill at my infusion.

-Erika


Chemo Sucks

I’ve had five separate IV’s today. Two with no return blood flow, two that blew my veins out (one of the two blew out because the Benadryl got pushed too fast and burned my vein from the inside out) and then the one that finally worked. Reason 9,679 why I should have a port. But nooooooo my crazy immune system won’t cooperate with a port.

Thank goodness for private rooms on days like today.

My arm is going to look like I’ve been doing illegal drugs.

-Erika


fragileannie:

cathrinabroderick:

Martha Stewart






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Want.-Erika

fragileannie:

cathrinabroderick:

Martha Stewart

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Want.

-Erika


khymeira:

khymeira:

I write this with a lot of trepidation, because I am unsure of the result…

Hi Tumblr.

This is my best friend and life partner, Kris, who was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, a disease in which, the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells and tissue; harming organs and organ systems like the heart, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys.

The symptoms appeared two months ago, and those two months have been difficult and frightening, as we had to navigate our daily lives without the knowledge or safety of social support. 

Saddled with the debt and continuing cost of living expenses, education loans, and the life-saving medication without insurance, we’re stuck in a living situation that may have contributed to the development of this disease.

We’ve been trying to get out of this basement apartment before this illness appeared, and now driven by desperation, knowing my hard work and humble earnings will not be enough, I’ve created this fundraiser in an attempt to finally ask for the help that we truly need. 

The set goal is very intimidating and it fills me with anxiety, but I will actively contributdo what I can to get us there. I may put a few of my most precious possessions up for auction/sale. None of those things matter in the sobering face of our situation

I am working with a few wonderful artists to create a pretty cool reward ladder for donations. More information and visuals will be provided in the coming days, but in the meanwhile, we would be truly grateful if you can reblog, share or donate to our fundraiser

Fundraiser (new link): Help Kris Live Without Pain on GoFundMe

For Paypal: Please visit: khymeira.tumblr.com

Thank you so much for reading. 

I want to thank everyone for their support. These past few weeks have been… difficult, which would explain the radio silence on my end. 

Silly complications with GoFundMe meant that I had to start my campaign over, but all of your generous contributions have not been forgotten. 

These past few weeks have just been so— heh, oh man. It’s been very difficult to navigate this alone, and while I still sometimes feel that way, your kind messages and gestures of support means that it’s no long all-pervasive. 

I have a lot of people to respond to. I will, I promise. In the meanwhile, I thank you. Thank you all so much.

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Knight In Rusty Armor

I’m watching a reality television show right now, titled “True Tori.” The show is about the famous daughter of Aaron Spelling, Tori, and her relationship with her husband, Dean.

In the episode I’m currently watching, Tori made a statement “I want a knight in shining armor.” She went on about how she grew up watching princess and fairy tale movies and how she loved them. Tori also said “I’m waiting for Dean to make one big, grand gesture.” For those of you who don’t know, Dean cheated on Tori a while back and it’s been scandalous tabloid news. Poor Tori is waiting to be a princess in a fairy tale, and unless you’re Kate Middleton, that’s not going to happen. Plus, Kate is a duchess, as lovely as she is, she still wasn’t crowned as a princess!

Maybe Tori has acted in too many television shows and movies that she doesn’t realize any more that life isn’t a fairy tale? My fiancé isn’t always a night in shining armor, sometimes he’s a knight in rusty armor. I’m not always the lovely princess he would like me to be, sometimes I’m more like a housemaid in rags. But at the end of the day, as rough as the day may have been, as long as we are still truly devoted to each other, then that is all that matters.

An apology also doesn’t have to be in a form of a grand gesture. Sure, could Dean go out and buy any fancy diamond ring he wanted for Tori? Of course he could, they are a celebrity couple bringing in more money than I could ever fathom. But if the sincerity isn’t there, the raw honesty that comes with being sorry, then that grand gesture of a diamond ring means nothing.

I have a Pandora charm bracelet. I love it when I get a new charm! Never once has my fiancé gotten a Pandora charm for me as a grand gesture for being sorry. Why? Because it’s flipping ridiculous! I don’t need a piece of jewelry to know he’s sorry. Just like I don’t have to buy him an expensive book he wants when I need to apologize. Most of the time a warm embrace and “I’m sorry” whispered in the ear means more than anything that could be bought in the world.

I doubt Tori will read this because I’m just a young woman with lupus who has a Tumblr. But I hope she can one day see that you can’t dwell on what someone has done wrong forever. Few things in life are truly unforgivable. Life also isn’t a fairy tale, I’m sure even royalty have rough days, weeks, months, or possibly years. Grand gestures mean nothing without real love and honesty behind it. No one is perfect and we all make more mistakes in life than we care to admit to others. Life goes on and we have to go on with it.

If life were a fairy tale, I don’t think any of us would be able to feel what true love is. We would just take it for granted, not knowing what it felt like when it was taken away. Much like Tori, I wish my life was better, but in very different ways. I don’t wish though for my life to be a fairy tale because I might forget how truly lucky, blessed, and gifted my real life was and is today.

-Erika


cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!""But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

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ATTN RVA

thunderdolt:

DUI CHECKPOINT at 95N/64W ramp at Boulevard. 12:30 Friday night. Please reblog.


Blargh.

-Erika

Blargh.

-Erika