I try to stay off Twitter these days because I’m trying to live a more positive and productive life and getting drunk five nights a week and yelling at strangers on the internet is not an integral part of that plan. Also, my family members have started following me and “liking” my tweets about farts and cussing, which makes the prospect of doing tweets about farts and cussing – otherwise a large part of my brand – rather less enticing.
As a result, I spend more time on Facebook, yelling at the friends and relatives of people I care about, because I give very few fucks at this particular juncture and if your ex-husband thinks bitches need to “settle down” about that Google dude who Google-emailed his Google-colleagues about how women are naturally bad at computers, I have no qualms whatsoever about giving him a piece or two of my mind. I love going on Facebook to yell at Uncle Breitballs.
But this afternoon I logged on to find my friend Dan asking a question that, to be honest, I was not planning on entertaining. I was just gonna pop in to tell some middle-aged white women with MAGA avatars to fuck off and go about my day. Instead, Dan asked: “How scared are you, right now, of yourself or someone you love dying because of a nuclear war?”
Wait. Does Dan mean like, the residual low-level fear of knowing a man with the moral and emotional strength of cheap toilet paper has the nuclear codes? Or like, did a thing happen?
A thing happened. North Korea says they’re gonna attack Guam, and Donald Trump is going to blow up the entire goddamned planet to teach North Korea a lesson. I mean, or it’s just a couple of wildly insecure men who don’t give a fuck about turning the mental health and physical safety of tens of millions of people into collateral damage in their dim dude pissing contest.
I decided to make pickles, because either I’m going to eat the pickles, or the people who ransack my decimated home in the aftermath of a nuclear strike will eat the pickles. They will have Joshua McFadden’s Six Seasons cookbook to thank for them.
HOW SCARED ARE YOU RIGHT NOW PICKLES
Half a cup of rice vinegar
a tablespoon of white wine vinegar (I used sherry vinegar, who cares)
1.5 cups of hot water (I used hot tap water, I guess you could kettle it)
5 tablespoons of sugar (I might accidentally have put in six)
1 tablespoon of kosher salt
Some green beans or carrots or radishes or whatever else you ripped from the limp grip of a neighbor dying of radiation poisoning.
also some garlic cloves, smashed
Put all that shit together and stir it until the seasonings dissolve. Put your veggies in a jar with the smashed garlic cloves and pour over the brine. Refrigerate and eat until your extremities wither.
I know you've made mention of this before, but I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the way the fish hobby diagnoses and medicates their own fish, and how readily available those medications are? It kinda squicks me out. Every time I see someone with a sick fish, and someone else diagnosing and prescibing meds, I get a bad feeling. I know dragging a fish to a vet will often make things worse due to stress and water quality issues, but I think we medicate too readily for not being vets.
some countries antibiotics are available for fish over the counter in pet stores, without needing any kind of prescription. These antibiotics are easy to misuse and will inevitably end up in the environment somehow, usually down the drain when waste water is changed out by percentage. It’s also very easy to have a tank with low levels of residual antibiotics in it, which encourages antibiotic resistant bacteria, which I do not want.
That said, the majority of aquarium fish diseases are related to husbandry. Advice from other fish keepers and specialized aquarium stores is useful, because most of the time it’s a setup or water quality issue.
The majority of ‘medication’ available over the counter for fish here are not actually antibiotics, so they don’t concern me overly much. They exist for a purpose, and if they do the job, that’s great.
If they’re not a prescription product, anyone can recommend them, it’s not really being ‘prescribed’.
But I run into a problem when a fishkeeper ants antibiotics, metronidazole for example. I have to, legally, examine the fish to dispense it. I can come to their house and view the aquarium, in fact it’s better if I do it that way, and arrange for the medication either as an injection (ideal for large fish) or compounded into food, but fishkeepers generally don’t want to do this. They wanted to buy something off the shelf like they have for everything else.
And if they are going to call a vet out for the super expensive fish, they’ll call the ones that are at least partially specialized in fish. Which is perfectly sensible.
Most of the treatments recommended by laypeople for fish are variations on a water change and different types of salts, and that doesn’t bother me too much. The readily available antibiotics in some regions concern me, because they have such potential for misuse.
But if the industry doesn’t have much demand for vets who will see fish, few of us will maintain those skills. It’s supply and demand.
For beta to omega are you gonna have Vader and Obi-Wan bond? I really hope you do because I wanna see what Obi-Wan would do if that happened. Would he rebel secretly, or try to trick Vader into believing that slowly bringing democracy back would make him the Empire better?
You can easily claim that Obi-Wan is confused when he wakes, staring
up at the cream colored ceiling above him as he categorized the
various aches and twinges of his body and the low residue of drugs in
The last thing he remembered was…
Falling, the durasteel pole, being impaled.
That memory has him sitting up and throwing the covers aside, hands
pulling up his shirt to touch his stomach only to find a small pale
And then he becomes aware of another in the room, dark and familiar.
Obi-Wan jerked his head up to look to the edge of the large bed where
Anakin stands, smiling faintly at him with the terrible yellow gaze
He’s weak and worn but he gets up on his feet and backs away from
the alpha, teeth bared.
Anakin only chuckles. “I’m glad to see you too Obi-Wan though I’d
rather you hadn’t attempted to sneak onto Coruscant to abduct my
kids.” He offered lightly, staying still. Like a predator in wait.
Obi-Wan glared at him. “They deserve better.” He gritted out,
voice roughed from dryness and Anakin gave a low hum.
They spent some time just staring at each other before the emperor
moved and Obi-Wan tensed.
“I’ll give you a choice Obi-Wan.” Anakin slowly approached the
omega, settling his hands on frightened and tense shoulders as
Obi-Wan pressed himself against the wall in a futile manner of
escape. “And it will be yours and yours alone. You can leave, take
a transport off Coruscant and the only promise I want from you is to
not engage directly in any Rebel battle as I highly doubt I can
outright stop you and I’ll stop searching and hunting for you. Sith
spit I’ll even provide the credits for your transport.” He
smirked though inwardly he was panicking.
Green eyes narrowed up at him, not shrugging the hands off as Obi-Wan
evaluated him. “…Or?” He questioned quietly.
“Or, you stay, with me, here. You become the twins mother though we
tell them about Padme, show them her, give them all the information
they want about her and make sure they know her.” Slowly Anakin
slid his hand to cup Obi-Wan’s cheek, stroking gently. “You
become my Emperor consort and mate, you watch how the government
unfolds and get your own seat in the Emperor pod and your own voice
to veto laws though we show a united front.”
Obi-Wan stared at him in shock.
“…You’re asking me to…”
“I love you. I have loved you forever it feels like but I knew with
the Order around you’d never give in.” Anakin snorted then ducked
down slowly. “And I know you love me still. All I’m asking
Obi-Wan is for the chance to show you we can make the galaxy a better
place.” He offered earnestly.
He stopped before he got too close, already seeing Obi-Wan tense in
preparation to shove.
Obi-Wan swallowed hard after a few moments of frantic thinking but
the offer was too good to ignore and if he could help the galaxy…
what was one life against the entire galaxy. “…I hope you have
nightmares about those little bodies in the council chamber but…but
fine. I give in.” He whispered.
A strange kind of spasm went over Anakin’s face at that before he
settled back to smiling.
And then he claimed Obi-Wan’s lips in a kiss, sealing the deal and
Obi-Wan’s fate in one go.
known as hydrolats, floral waters, distillates, or “water of
_____”) are the by-product or product (depending on the distiller’s
purpose) of the distillation process.
fragrant waters that contain the essence of a plant in a milder, more
accessible, and easier to use form than essential oils. They are
suitable for all manner of applications for which essential oils are
too strong – for example, they are clothing safe, non-comedogenic,
hypoallergenic, and pet safe (provided they are the hydrosols of
plants that are non-toxic and poisonous to pets, for example, lily
hydrosol would be dangerous to cats, but most medical grade essential
oils are dangerous to pets due to chemical burn concerns.)
They are quite like
essential oils, but are far less concentrated. During distillation,
the water-soluble constituents of the aromatic plant and the essence
of a plant is released as steam, which condenses into two products –
the essential oils, also offered through Haven Craft, and the
retain a small amount of essential oil. Every liter of hydrosol
contains between 0.05 and 0.2 milliliter of dissolved essential oil,
depending on the water solubility of the plant’s components and the
*Please Note: The
addition of essential oils to water is not at all the same as true
hydrosols, and it is recommended that you read the ingredients label
on products to ascertain whether or not you are getting a true
hydrosol. When water and essential oils are mixed together with or
without a dispersant, this is called a “spritzer” or “aromatic
spritzer,” and this product should not be confused with a true
Hydrosols do not
need to be shaken before use.
referred to as cold pressing, is a method of extraction specific to
citrus essential oils, such as tangerine, lemon, bergamot, sweet
orange, and lime. In ancient times, expression was done in the form
of sponge pressing, accomplished by hand. The zest or rind of the
citrus would first be soaked in warm water to make the rind more
malleable in the pressing process. A sponge would then be used to
press the rind, thus breaking the essential oil cavities. The sponde
would then absorb the released essential oil.
Once the sponge was
filled, it would then be pressed over a collecting container. The
expression would then stand to allow for separation of the essential
oil from any released water or juice. The essential oil would then be
A more modern method
of extraction, much less labor-intensive, has been termed the
“ecuelle a piquer” process. It involves a prodding, pricking,
sticking action to release the essential oil.
During the ecuelle a
piquer process, the rind of the fruit is placed in a container with
spikes that punctures the peel while the device is rotated.
The puncturing of
the rind releases essential oils that are then collected in a small
area below the container. The end process is the same as above.
The majority of
modern expression techniques are accomplished by using machines using
centrifugal force. The spinning centrifuge separates the majority of
essential oil from the fruit juice and water.
and therapeutic oil companies sell both a distilled and an expressed
citrus essential oil from the same species. The main differences
between a distilled and an expressed citrus essential oil are their
toxicity, volatility, and aroma.
oils deteriorate more quickly and are considerably more unstable than
the expressed oils. Distilled citrus oils are not recommended for
The one exception
would be for distilled lime essential oil, which is considered to be
superior in aroma to its expressed counterpart.
Both the expressed
and distilled essential oil of bergamot contains the phototoxic
furanocoumarin, bergaptene. The aroma of distilled oil is considered
to be of lower quality than the expressed oil.
Expressed lemon oil
contains the phototoxic furanocoumarin, bergaptene, where as the
distilled lemon oil is considered to be non-phototoxic. And like
bergamot, the aroma of the distilled oil is considered to be of lower
Expressed lime oil
contains the phototoxic furanocoumarin, bergaptene, whereas the
distilled oil is not considered to be phototoxic. The main difference
with lime is that the distilled essential oil is considered to have
the superior aroma. The distilled lime is considered the superior of
the lime oils because it has greater similarity to the natural lime
Techniques for Absolutes (Extracted Oils) & CO2 Extracts
Flowers were being
processed via enfleurage in the Grasse region of Southern France long
before the modern method of solvent extraction was in widespread use.
In the antique perfume trade of France, many flower scents were
extracted via enfleurage.
Enfleurage is now
considered an ancient art that is passed down through family lines,
from generation to generation.
Enfleurage is a
cold-fat extraction process that is based upon the principles that
fat possesses a high power of absorption, particularly animal fat.
The fat used must be relatively stable against rancidity. It is a
method used for flowers that continue developing and giving off their
aroma even after harvesting (e.g., jasmine and tuberose).
involves placing the flower petals on a layer of glass that is first
spread with a thin layer of fat, called “chassis”. The
volatile oil diffuses into the fat, then the fat is collected and the
oil is extracted from the fat using alcohol.
Once the alcohol
evaporates what is left behind is called the absolute.
continues to be one of the few areas in the world that continues to
employ enfleurage as a method of extraction, although it is rare in
the aromatherapy market due to the expense. If one finds a jasmine
enfleurage on the market, this would typically be considered an
Some of the
therapeutic grade absolutes (extracted oils) carried by Haven Craft
were created using enfleurage.
Some plant material
is too fragile to be distilled – the heat will break down the
material to unusability long before oils are released – and so an
alternative method must be used. Solvent extraction is the use of
solvents, such as petroleum ether, methanol, ethanol, or hexane, to
extract the odiferous lipophilic material from botanicals.
The solvent will
also pull out the chlorophyll and other plant tissue, resulting in a
highly colored and thick, viscous extract.
The first product
created during solvent extraction is known as a concrete. A concrete
is the concentrated extract that contains the waxes and the fats of
the botanical material, as well as the odoriferous oils from the
The concrete is then
mixed with alcohol, which serves to extract the aromatic principle of
The final product is
known as an absolute or as an extracted oil.
is used for jasmine, tuberose, carnation, gardenia, jonquil, violet
leaf, narcissus, mimosa, and other delicate flowers.
blossom) and rose can be distilled or solvent-extracted.
The name neroli
typically implies the essential oil, whereas the name orange blossom
is commonly used for the absolute or hydrosol of neroli. The name
rose is used to describe either the essential oil or the absolute.
essential oils should rightfully clarify whether the product you are
purchasing is an essential oil or absolute. This information should
be on the label and in the product catalog. It often isn’t, though,
so reflect upon the price – if it seems too good to be true, it
After the solvent
extraction process has been completed, the resulting absolute will
have an extremely low concentration of solvent residue, approximately
5 to 10ppm (parts per million). The current European Union standards
are for less than 10 parts per million solvent residues in a finished
This does not
interfere in their use as therapeutic oils – some believe it does,
but my teacher did not.
interfere in their use as medical grade essential oils. Even
with such a potentially small residue (less than .0001%), many
disagree with the use of absolutes for individuals with a compromised
immune system, due to the potential effect of the residual pesticide.
do have therapeutic value and are often used for psychological
purposes and for animals, particularly horses. Many therapists
incorporate absolutes, such as rose, jasmine, and tuberose absolutes,
as a valuable part of their therapeutic applications of aromatherapy.
Ultimately the decision to use absolutes is up to the practitioner
and personal preferences.
Absolutes are used
extensively in the cosmetic and perfume industries due to their
strong aromas – they often smell more like the botanical material
than essential oils do.
There are also
different grades of absolutes.
The top grade is the
uncut, which can be a thick or semisolid substance, making them
difficult to work with.
grades are diluted with alcohol or a carrier oil, called a “filler”,
to make them more user friendly, although often the strength of aroma
is slightly diminished.
If the absolute
pours very easily and is thin or runny, it has likely been “cut”
Most bath oils and
gels, candles, shampoos, toothpaste, fly spray, aromatherapy
suppliers, and air fresheners (somewhere around 98 percent), use
absolutes rather than medical grade essential oils.
dioxide (CO2) extraction is a relatively new process, developed for
for the extraction of aromatic products.
CO2 under pressure
will turn from a gas into a liquid, which can then be used as an
inert liquid solvent.
This liquid solvent
is able to diffuse throughout the botanical material, thus extracting
its aromatic constituents.
CO2 extracts contain
most of the same constituents as their essential oil counterparts,
although they can contain some elements not found in essential oils.
For instance, the essential oil of ginger (Zingiber officinale) does
not contain the bitter principles, however the CO2 extract does.
Also, the CO2 extract of frankincense (Boswellia carterii) has immune
enhancing and anti-inflammatory activity not found in the essential
CO2 extracts are
known for their strong similarity in aroma to the actual plant aroma,
sometimes stronger than the abolutes produced from pressure
Other common CO2
extracts on the market include German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
and Calendula (Calendula officinalis).
The three main
disadvantages for this process are cost, potential pesticide residue,
and the lack of information regarding their safety, therapeutic
benefits, and medical benefits.
With regard to
pesticide residue, carbon dioxide extraction has been demonstrated to
concentrate from 7 to 53 times more pesticide residues in the final
extract. Therefore, it seems pertinent to only use organic plant
material for CO2 extraction.
Perhaps as more CO2
extracts become available and more practitioners use them, further
details regarding their applications will become apparent.
Two of the most
common essential oils available via CO2 extraction include
frankincense and ginger.
The Phytonic process
is a one of the newest methods of extracting essential oils using
non-CFCs (non-chlorofluorocarbons). It is also called Florasol
Extraction. The oils produced are called phytols.
The oils are
promising and are very close to nature; however, it does use
fluoro-hydrocarbons which can be potentially harmful. The process
also has some potentially negative environmental effects that need to
More research needs
to be done into phytol oils and the process itself before Haven Craft
will carry phytol oils.
Warm Oil Infusion
It is possible to
extract the volatile oils from plants into warm carrier oil by gently
macerating the botanical materials and placing them in a carrier oil
and slowly bringing that oil up to heat. These are not considered
essential oils or absolutes, but they are good for home therapeutic
when a great deal of oil is called for, such as in producing a salve
or balm to be used all over the body.
There is a method of
solvent extraction that can be done at home to obtain a kind of
extracted oil. It would not be considered a therapeutic or medical
grade essential oil or absolute, but it is considered an alchemic oil
and suitable for use in magick.
generally uses undenatured ethyl alcohol or very high proof grain
alcohol. It does not use rubbing alcohol.
The plant material
is macerated in alcohol for some time, then the plant material is
strained out. The alcohol is then placed into an environment below
the freezing point. The oil will congeal on top of the alcohol, which
will not freeze, and can then be extracted. This method is very good
for delicate materials that will burn before steam distillation
releases the oils, such as jasmine.
Foods I am not allowed to eat (for at least two more weeks) include milk, eggs, soy, wheat, butter, nuts, seafood, cheese, beans, anything with a lot of fiber, cruciferous vegetables…
And being put back on steroids makes me ravenous for all these things I can’t have. I want bread so bad. Pizza or bagels, or pizza on a bagel. I am used to eating low residue, but doing this testing to see if food contributes to my gut issues is just making me hangry.
I know this is random, but I miss Mini-Wheats. I used to eat them every morning for breakfast. Now I can’t even think about eating them. *sigh*. Crohn’s has this nice way of taking every food I love out of my diet. Now I’m stuck with boring, milk-free, extremely low-residue food. That is, if I’m even able to eat anything.
this girl next to me is eating the biggest juiciest strawberries ive ever seen - first of all where the hell did you get those this time of year - second of all want to switch intestines so i can have some?
This came from an anonymous prompt asking for Robin to be a hot DILF Regina wants to bang. I mean, that was basically it, that was the whole prompt. Somehow it turned into DILF watch on my blog, so I sincerely hope you all enjoy the result! Unbeta’d but I like living life on the edge, so.
The first time Regina noticed him, she was picking up Henry from school, waiting in front of her car. He was leaning against his, drinking coffee, and her eyes wandered down his frame, then back up to his face. He was looking back at her by the time she traveled back to his face and winked, which made her roll her eyes as the bell rang and children came pouring through the doors. His was young, a backpack almost as big as he was strapped to his shoulders, and she smiled just a little before her own son emerged, granting her a smile when he saw her. With on more glance at the other man, Regina and Henry got into the car, leaving school behind for the weekend. But she thought about him, a man with dimples she wouldn’t have missed seeing before.
Monday was teacher conference day which meant no school for the kids, but as Regina walked through the hall toward Henry’s classroom she saw a vaguely familiar boy admiring the lockers, reaching up to turn the dials.
Regina turned at the sound of the voice which, without a body of students to absorb the noise, echoed in the halls. It was the same man again, though he was closer now and she could see that his eyes were an impossible blue that crinkled when he grinned as he playfully grabbed for his boy. And then, his eyes turned to her and if he thought she didn’t notice him starting on her legs and making his way up her body, he was an idiot.
She didn’t hate it, though.
“If we’re to continue running into each other this way, shouldn’t we at least know one another’s names?” he queried, and she raised an eyebrow.
A small voice chimed in. “Roland!"
Both adults laughed until a teacher called for Regina and she turned to acknowledge the woman before looking back at Robin. "I do hope I’ll see you Tuesday after school,” she murmured, and then she was gone, leaving Robin to grin in her wake.
Tuesday afternoon was met with much anticipation, and Regina shifted from foot to high heeled foot as she waited on Robin to arrive. He was late and she was irritated, though she knew rationally she had no reason to be. She was about to simply get in the car to wait for Henry until she heard a rich voice behind her and she was smiling before he finished his sentence.
“Coffee, for the lady. I take you for a fan light milk.”
Taking the paper cup, Regina laughed, unable to contain a smile at his correct assumption. “You’re right. Is that your gift? Correctly predicting coffee orders?”
“Oh, there are others I’m sure,” he said, voice pitched low in a way that made Regina’s stomach flip.
“Why have I never seen you here before?” she asked, suddenly very aware of how close they were standing to one another.
“Roland switched from morning half days to afternoon. Do I get a question now?”
Amused, Regina nodded.
“Join me for a drink this evening?”
She wasn’t expecting that and was so thrown off guard that she found herself saying yes.
“Good,” he murmured, leaning in and pressing the word against her ear as the bell rang.
Her stomach flipped again, lips parting just a little, and then he was out of her space, focused on his son as he came running into his arms.