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I'm going to go to Furvana this September in Ocean Shores, WA.

I haven't been to a furry con in over half a decade, and getting a proper vacation under my belt β€” a Β«get out of the town I live in and go see a new placeΒ» level of vacation is becoming more and more important to my mental well-being. As in it's self-care important.

As it stands, buying my train tickets (about $120-ish?), setting aside the $10 needed for the city bus round trip (three buses from Olympia to Ocean Shores, $1 a pop), making the second payment for the Airbnb ($110-ish), and buying con admission (up to $175, depending on level) are on the list of Things To Doβ„’.

I also need to budget food into this whole thing, and pay more attention to the current budget in the months leading up to this.

It's doable. I'll likely be consuming more Saturo to at least get balanced nutrition (at $2 a bottle) while really minimizing some of my other expenses.

That said, if you'd like to help, feel free: buymeacoff.ee/Xial :)

medical whining. 

Medical stuff (--ish) 

This is my state of amusement: Did you know that you cannot readily acquire a topical ointment with ibuprofen in the United States, and that it's easier to get opiates by at least an order of magnitude?

Diabetes medicines (unsanctioned science) 

Not so secretly, I hope this scrip comes to pass, and that it works even half as well as I'm hearing it does. If I can just rub it in and be dosed, that'd be freaking amazing.

I had an interesting talk today with my doctor. Asked about topical metformin, as compared to oral metformin. It's been a sore subject for years, and I've begged and pleaded to come off the oral version.

If I get the scrip, though... Might have to go to war with Express Scripts.

, I plan on skipping my pharmaceutical benefit where humanly possible, and just paying out of pocket for prescriptions. The statin I take? Out of pocket 90 day supply is $22 via Blink Health and GoodRx; Express Scripts charges $99.84.
That's over a dollar a pill. πŸ–•πŸΎ

I had a DAY dealing with pharmaceuticals yesterday. I'm gonna go eat chicken from the fridge, and see if anyone will buy me a blue thing.

buymeacoffee.com/Xial

(or coffee, because coffee is also good.)

Weed (+ πŸ†) 

Weed. 

Related, though: It's like most of the shared hosts, who would handle management of the machines, are disappearing, and just about forcing people on to VPS based solutions.

I find setting up a VPS to be tedious as shit, though.

I think that my solution to my hosting dilemma may be to spin up a machine on Scaleway, and go through the headache of setting up web, mail, etc.

It's not a headache that I enjoy in the slightest, and that's why I didn't do it a year and a half ago when I was leaving Surpass. But I really, really don't want to pay $15-$20 a month for a machine that effectively just hosts a blog, my character references with adult art, and my email. That's just ridiculously spendy. :/

hey uhhhh can we stop hating on people for not being queerβ„’ enough? that’s literally hating people for something that they have no control over

I am being actively fucked up by my web host. They have decided to shut down at the end of this weekend, and I am fairly sure they were DBA several companies.

I have to find a cheap host option that will let me have my email the way I want it, along with not having a bitching shitfit because I have adult art posted in obscured corners of my site.

I really wanted to keep my expenses under $48 a year. I don't need a lot of space -- having 10 to 15 GB is probably more than enough, since most of it is email.

I'm not very welcoming of hosts that put up offers on LowEndBox. They're either failing, or being bought by other companies.

In which I express a clearly unpopular opinion about desktop SNS clients (Miniaturized Rant) 

Drowsy thoughts:
Trees are a form of carbon sequestration biohardware, right?

Why aren't we planting at least triple what we are using?

I am also really damned amused. Been trying to find a solution to handle my between-color transitions, and I've had one the entire time.

GIMP has the ability to stitch all of the images I wanted together.

I might go and revisit my halloween pic I got from Kecomaster a few years back, as result, now that I know I no longer have to try to make 90,000,000 individual frames by hand to get the smooth transitions.

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