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One of my lovely fans sent us a panettone.  This is Italian fruitcake: light, sweet bread with bits of real dried fruit, not the candied crud.  :D  It is quite tasty.  We've been slicing it up for desserts. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Refugees Then and Now
Poem: "Experience Stinks"
Community Building Tip: Community Garden
Moment of Silence: Miguel Civil and "The Scribe of the Evening"
Heating Patches for Clothes
Declining Life Expectancy
Emotional Intimacy Question: Thanks
Why Challenger Failed
Hard Things


The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend.

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week.


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Poetry in Microfunding:

There are four open epics.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 25 new verses. Pain's Gray has another talk with Clement about the importance of not mistreating Keane.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies." An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.

"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.


Weather here has been mild. We got a little snow, but most of it has melted off quickly. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Unsold Poems for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
Recipe: "Ginger-Basil Beef"
Recipe: "Baked Eggs with Vegetables in Muffin Tin"
Poem: "If We Had No Winter"
Today's Adventures
Listen to "Gimme Some of That Ol' Atonal Music"
Poem: "Unless You Happen to Be a Bottle of Wine"
Poem: "Herbs for the Service of Men"
Poem: "The Rituals of the Moon"
Community Building Tip: Little Free Libraries
Reflective Scarf (with discussion of anti-camera and night safety items)
Moment of Silence: D.J. Conway and "Candlemas Crossing"
Gossip in Judaism
Emotional Intimacy Question: Trust
For Binder Users (includes breathing and stretching exercises)
Good News


Last week's poetry fishbowl went pretty well.

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Poetry in Microfunding:

There are four open epics.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 28 new verses. Pain's Gray and Keane start cleaning each other up after the fight.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies." An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.

"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.


Weather here has been variable.  We got a little snow, a little freezing rain, but most of it has melted off quickly.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a downy woodpecker, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.
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We went up to Champagne today.  A stop at the tea shop yielded no tea, although I did find a couple of hotpads which can be combined to place under the long casserole dish.

For supper we stopped at Merry Ann's Diner.  I got the gyros burger, which is becoming my favorite.

At Krannert, we had dessert.  Mom and Dad split a lemon cake.  Doug and I had red velvet, which was ... less objectionable than I've had before, but I could still taste the food coloring and that's never a good thing for me, so I gave up after a few bites.

We watched February Dance: Dancing 50: Moving Forward/Moving Back.  This is a student production, which is always a crapshoot.  This time it was very good, with mature skills.

"Patina" just about put me to sleep.  It was nice stuff, but very Zen with slow crawly movements and quiet music.  Full belly, dark room, mood music ... yeah.  Not their fault.  I actually liked the setup, where they were drawing circles on the floor with charcoal.  I have no idea how they managed to find three dancers  with that much artistic skill, because freehanding circles takes a ton of practice. 

After that, while they were setting up the next scene, several people did presentations.  There was acknowledgement of the First Nations, which I was thrilled to hear because that would've gotten someone canned 20 years ago.  It may have taken decades of work to haul the university's head out of its ass, but it is demonstrably less racist now than then.  \o/  They also spoke about the "dancestors" who helped create dances and dance movements, especially African-American ones.  A couple of them wore African clothes, too -- beautiful bold colors.

"Kueendom of the Shade" was my favorite dance, primarily about the Black Femme but playing with different gender ideas too.  It started with a giant African goddess figure that the dancers crawled out of.  The costumes were African.  The moves included a brilliant fusion of African folk steps, ghetto street dance, step dancing and body music, even a dab of ballet.  It really worked.

"Tether" was inspired by double-dutch jumprope.  They used some of the lines and skipping moves.  They also did some ribbon dancing, I think with elastic strips.  It was all pretty allegorical but it came together beautifully.

"I Wonder ..." was about black manhood and a nod to Stevie Wonder.  This one involved a lot of costume changes as they referenced many different scenes of black men's experience.  They did some African ones and several modern American ones.  And one running motif was "I can't breathe."  America deserves that.  Seeing it onstage, I suspect it will appear in many creative works for some-several years.  What interests me particularly is whether it will disappear in time, or get added to the repertoire of motifs such as slavery and Civil Rights that characterize black theatrical arts.  I think it has a good chance of crystalizing because it speaks so deeply of the black experience throughout history.

I was really pleased by the diversity this time, too.  They had a great balance of male and female dancers working together and separately, of various skin tones.  They also had exceptional body diversity.  Several dancers were chunky despite being athletic.  They actually used that in some of the booty dances, especially in "Tether" which featured a very challenging butt-waggling crouched step.  One of the men was downright muscular.  A couple of people had afros, and one man had dreadlocks he was swinging around to excellent effect.  People are just starting to capitalize on the artistic potential of nappy hair in African-American dance ... of course, if you look at African styles and entertainment, you can already see the whole range.

Afterwards, we went grocery shopping.  I made some great finds at Harvest Market.  They had the tenderized beef cutlet, fresh basil, and fresh ginger I want to riff on something from Core Life, so I'm making that tomorrow.  I also picked up a chocolate tomato, some multicolored baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and baby bella mushrooms to make a baked egg casserole later.  \o/

All in all, it's been a good day.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Wildlife News
Community Building Tip: Block Party
Valentines Bingo Cards 2-1-19
Emotional Intimacy Question: Sabbatical (survey says: Travel!)
Unsold Poems for the January 22, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
Poetry Fishbowl Report for January 22, 2019
Cuddle Party


The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, February 5 with a theme of "personal or public ritual." Please mark your calendars, and I hope to see you then.

Voting is now open for the 2019 Rose & Bay Awards. Thank you for nominating projects and patrons. Please go vote for your favorites now. Review the nomination posts for more information about the nominees if you need it.

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Poetry in Microfunding:

There are four open epics.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 55 new verses. Pain's Gray and Keane head to the support area for mission followup.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies." An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.

"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.


Temperature has varied radically this week, from frigid to mild.. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of starlings, a small flock of mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a pair of downy woodpeckers, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Review: Illusion Card Game
Community Building Tip: Respect
Poem: "Bedtime Rituals"
Recipe: "Grilled Pork with Pineapple Slices"
Poem: "Waves of Emotion"
Emotional Intimacy Question: Ideal Weekend
Today's Adventures
Hard Things


The fishbowl last week generated some great prompts. I have finished 7 poems, still have more I need to write. A couple of them have been posted.

So far no activity on the Rose and Bay Awards. :( Nominations are now OPEN for all categories of the Rose & Bay Awards for excellence in crowdfunding. Please nominate your favorite projects and patrons. These are the handlers for the 2019 award season:
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Poetry in Microfunding:

There are three open epics.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask. Pain's Gray warns Ham about mistreating Keane.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies." An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.


We got a dusting of snow here, and today it's raining. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of starlings, a flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a pair of downy woodpeckers, a red-bellied woodpecker, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.
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I made this tonight as my January new recipe. It occurred to me that I could use the George Foreman grill to cook fruits or vegetables, not just meats. :D Success!

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Today's plans got dropped in a blender, but it turned out great anyway.  :D  My parents couldn't make it to the Krannert event, so we had to rush out early to get the tickets from them, but then we had lots of extra time to kill.  So ...

* We had lunch at Core Life.  They always have different stuff.  Today I noticed they had fresh ginger root and fresh basil, and I was having beef with purple rice and some other stuff.  Let me tell you, fresh grated ginger and chopped basil is magical  as a bowl topping.  I usually use them dried, or cooked fresh, not raw.  But now I plan to make a batch of quinoa (another option there, and I don't have a source for purple rice, drat it), grill some beef, chop it, and top with the fresh herbs.  It will be awesome.  :D  Well, for hardcore ginger fans.  The fresh root has far more bite than most people like, but I lick my fingers after grating it, so.  This is my idea of fun.

* We bought candlemaking supplies for Imbolc.  Bulk paraffin now comes in a block with divisions about soap bar size, not a giant slab that has to be busted up with a hammer and screwdriver for 10 minutes to fit in the melting equipment. \o/  Seriously, a blessing on whomever got a clue and made that change.

* We visited a music store and made note of some things Doug will want to buy.  And I fell in love.  :D  It's called a sea drum, and I bought one on the spot.  I picked it up out of curiosity and was instantly mesmerized.  It's a drum with two clear synthetic heads and in the middle are many tiny steel balls rolling around.  This is a fantastic fidget if you like watching, feeling, and hearing things move.  As a musical instrument, it makes rain or ocean sounds, along with more normal drum sounds.  I'm only so-so as a drummer.  But it only took me a minute to figure out how to make a good rain sound and quiet surf sounds.  I will need a little more practice to make crashing waves without stopping the balls -- that's tricky -- but I'm confident I can do it.  This is a musical instrument I can play  and not feel like my remaining musical ability is trying to walk on a broken ankle.  I pick it up and feel normal.  I got the 12" version, which sounds fantastic and is a comfortable size for me to use.  There are larger and smaller ones, including some with natural heads.

* We went to World Harvest looking for pear white tea, which they did not have, but they had a couple others I wanted and haven't seen in a while, so I got those and was well pleased.

* Supper was at Merry Ann's Diner.  I tried the turkey swiss grilled sandwich, which was pretty good, but saltier than ideal for me.  I still love the place because it's right across from the Krannert Center where we go fairly often.

* Krannert performance tonight was the ballet Sleeping Beauty.  Now I've seen Russian ballet in Moscow, and while the technical performance there was a bit higher on average, there was no pageanty -- just different colored leotards and a bit of lighting.  Tonight there were spectacular costumes and gorgeous sets.  Some of it was very subtle, like a lace curtain representing the wall of thorns around the castle.  All of the dancers were capable, the animal actors were hilarious, and the lead couple were definitely as good as the Bolshoi Teatre.  The male lead was extremely callipygian.  He could walk away from me all night and I would love the show.  :D  If you love the male form, you would love this show, because some of the men are costumed above the waist but below it are wearing nothing but tights and shoes so you can SEE EVERYTHING.  We also did some Ayyam-i-Ha shopping: I bought Doug a DVD of the performance and he bought me a paper quillwork card of a squirrel.

EDIT 1/24/19: My partner Doug reminded me that after the show, we stopped at the Intermezzo to share a slice of Swiss Chalet cake.  That was chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and a vanilla cream filling between them.  I love their layer cakes that have multiple flavors like that.  Fancy-dancy desserts!  :D

I'm really glad that I made the effort to scramble out of the house several hours early today.  Totally worth the trip.  \o/
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I went outside to bring in the stones.  The moon is very white again. It's so bright I can see colors: the dim periwinkle of my gloves, the red of the lawn mower, the green of the stones.  The sky is a dusky blue instead of black, and most of the stars are gone.  It is cold that everything crunches.  The air crinkles in my nose when I breathe.  My coat crackles.  The ground beneath my feet is covered in frost, glittering and brilliant, ice tinkling with every step.  The shadows the tree branches crisscross the ground with black.  It is all very beautiful. 
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We have a fabulous view of the lunar eclipse tonight.  The moon was very bright a couple hours ago, with stars around it, when we set out the stones to be charged.  Now it is all dark with a lot more stars!  Sometimes the color doesn't really change much.  Tonight most of it is black with just a little orange left.  We even got a bit of a diamond ring effect as the last light was fading.  :D 
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Identifying animal tracks is fun.  I still have the habit, despite not being a hunter in this life.  I always step around them, not on them.  Over the last week or so I have observed the following tracks in our yard:

* cottontail rabbit
* fox squirrel (tracks are similar to these gray squirrel tracks)
* birds (likely including mourning dove, sparrow, dark-eyed junco, and cardinal)
* cat
* canine (dog, fox, or coyote; probably coyote from the size) 
* human
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It's after midnight, but I haven't slept yet, so for me it's still Monday. Dreamwidth is up at the moment, but Downrightnow still reports service outage for LiveJournal, which usually parallels Dreamwidth -- although in this case, LJ came back hours before DW did. Whatever.

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "L’amore è Cieco"
Poem: "The Nature of Advertising"
Poem: "Never Trusted Without a Check"
Community Building Tip: Out Front
Emotional Intimacy Question: What Matters
Poem: "Mistakes and Changes"
Cuddle Party










The fishbowl last week was okay. Not a lot of donations, and I'm seriously backlogged on writing due to repeated interruptions for other activities. "Fernweh," "As the Heavens Are Higher Than the Earth," and "On a Long Leash" have been sponsored.









So far no activity on the Rose and Bay Awards. :( Nominations are now OPEN for all categories of the Rose & Bay Awards for excellence in crowdfunding. Please nominate your favorite projects and patrons. These are the handlers for the 2019 award season:
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Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics. That leaves a slot open in case anybody wants to open a new one tomorrow. \o/

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 55 new verses. Pain's Gray warns Ham about mistreating Keane.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.


We got a lot of snow here. Everything is covered in white. Roads are navigable though. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a big flock of starlings, a flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, several pairs of cardinals, a pair of downy woodpeckers, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a squirrel.
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Day 13

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
.

See my goal list for 2019.  That is quite enough, but none of them are fannish.

So for the purpose of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge, I will add a goal to post at least one new entry to my most popular series, Love Is For Children.
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Day 11

In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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Day 9

Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
.

Gods know, the world needs more kindness in it, so here are my recent activities: 

* I compiled some resources on kindness to fulfill a Snowflake wish.

* The Cuddle Party is open today!  Come be excellent to each other.  I host this every third Wednesday for people who need contact comfort.  In between are Good News and Hard Things posts.  These social posts help folks get the support they need to get by in a world of fraying bonds.

* Be kind to animals too.  I stock birdfeeders (a small metal tray feeder, a suet cage, a hopper feeder, and a fly-through feeder) here at Fieldhaven.  They're loving it.

* The biggest thing is one I can't talk about openly, because privacy maintains, but I've been working on it for a while and it came to a peak over the last week or so.  Just remember that kindness is essential.


Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty!  What have you done recently?
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Birds are swarming my hopper feeder today.  :D  There are lots of sparrows and dark-eyed juncos, along with some mourning doves.  I saw a red-bellied woodpecker.  Then I saw a pair  of downy woodpeckers!  I don't think I've ever seen a pair before.  Both sexes are deckled black-and-white, and males have a red spot on the head.  \o/
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A friend of mine sent me two essential oils.  :D  The Cocoa one smells a lot like chocolate liqueur.  The Coffee one really  smells like coffee!  \o/  Many thanks.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Peacemongering 101
How to Feel Less Shame
Nonmale, Nonwhite, Nonbinary Characters
Resources on Kindness
How to Care Less About What People Think
Fainting(ish) Men
How to Deal with Writer's Block
Sustainability for Beginners
Snowflake Challenge Day 6: Fannish Wishlist
Mental Load
Burned-Out Millennials
Snowflake Challenge Day 5: Promote Others
Community Building Tip: Know Your Neighbors
Snowflake Challenge Day 4: Interact (57 comments)
The Other Gifts
Now in the Public Domain
Snowflake Challenge Day 3: Favorite Piece of Canon
Emotional Intimacy Question: Bucket List
Snowflake Challenge Day 2: Rec Fanworks by Someone Else
Hard Things
Snowflake Challenge Day 1: Happy Place


Nominations are now OPEN for all categories of the Rose & Bay Awards for excellence in crowdfunding. Please nominate your favorite projects and patrons. These are the handlers for the 2019 award season:
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I have a lot of new readers from [community profile] snowflake_challenge, [community profile] addme, and other sources over the last month or so. I encourage you to look around now, because it's going to get a lot busier tomorrow.

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, January 8 with a theme of "That's not a mistake!" (It's normally on the first Tuesday of the month, but I bumped it later figuring nobody would be available on January 1.) Mark your calendar so you can come give me prompts, or just enjoy the crosstalk and watch for free poetry to appear. Donations are welcome but not required, and prompters get a free backchannel copy of what they inspire. If you have any questions, ask me today because tomorrow I'll have my hands full with writing poems.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.  That leaves a slot open in case anybody wants to open a new one tomorrow.  \o/

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 3 new verses. Pain's Gray and Clement discuss first aid.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.


Today is gray and blustery. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a big flock of starlings, a flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, several robins, a pair of cardinals, a pair of mourning doves, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a rabbit.  The plant catalogs are beginning to arrive.  
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Day 4

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


I have been going through the posts from Day 1, commenting and adding people who seemed like a good match for me.  This is not actually as good an idea as it seemed.  There are really very few people who enjoy my company.  I don't mind if people ignore me.  But this year I've gotten several rather aggressive replies indicating how much people hate my normal way of interacting.  It's a reminder that I'm better off watching for a considerable time to see if there's enough  common ground to attempt interacting on, and a real stylistic similarity, rather than just one or two mutual interests.  Most people want nothing to do with me and are not shy about saying so.
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Keeping track of stuff I like or want is easier if I make a place for it through the year, rather than trying to do it at the last minute. This worked great in the past, so I'm continuing the practice. See my wishlists from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.


Pocket microscope. This version is small and lightweight, similar to one I had many years ago.

Eggcrate foam chair back cushion. Possibly a neck pillow turned sideways would work, or a seat cushion.

Evolution: Flight 
This is an expansion of the Evolution board game of designing herbivorous or carnivorous species for survival. Available at Dr. G's Brain Store.

Johnson's emotional first aid: How to increase your happiness, peace, and joy
Paperback – 1997 by Victoria Johnson (used is fine)

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen is a cookbook of Native American recipes.

Black Dogs Part 2: The Mountain of Iron is an anthropomorphic novel. I loved the first one.

Reflective yarn.  I WANT something made with this yarn -- preferably a hooded scarf or a scarf and winter hat.  In approximate order of preference: peacock blue, purple, grey, black, aran white, olive green.  I'd rather not do the neons, and definitely not the pink.

"That's what I do.  I read books and I know things." t-shirt size Large color eggplant.

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