OK, so, on this account I *will* be posting about food and soft drinks, and boosting toots about food and soft drinks, mostly without CW.
It's a food-dedicated instance.
I will definitely not be offended if you need to mute or block this account as a result!
(I'll still CW for alcohol, and I won't boost my un-CW'd food toots from my alt accounts.)
I've been thinking a lot lately about how to pattern my working life more seasonally, and I think I've got something sorted out.
I do a lot of my work with help from a thing called Focusmate that basically pairs you up with workbuddies. My "core" morning routine is four sessions long; I've been starting it at 8am for several weeks now.
I also have different routines for different seasons; my seasons start and end on/around the cross-quarter days, halfway between solstice and equinox. And I hadn't figured out how to vary my core routine for the seasons. I need some variation but not too much.
A while ago I had the idea for #BellsAndWatches, which @y6nH kindof coded for me: https://y6nh.github.io/bells-and-watches/
It divides daytime and nighttime into twelve periods, called Bells or Watches respectively, so Bells are shorter in winter and longer in summer, and Watches are longer in winter and shorter in summer.
I discovered some long-forgotten cream in the back of the refrigerator. It smelled sour but not offensive.
I now have homemade cultured butter, and homemade buttermilk. Pretty happy with this tbh: cultured butter is hideously expensive here, and buttermilk isn't always easy to get, but cream is plentiful.
I suppose I shall have to make some more sourdough to go with it. Or soda bread, I guess, since I have buttermilk, but I always feel like I'd rather just drink the buttermilk.
climate change, meat and dairy
There are other really good reasons to reduce your meat and dairy consumption, especially of intensively-reared, grain-fed animals. And I'm not in the business of telling anyone else what to eat unless they ask me!
But if your primary concern is climate change, and if you're asking me, you might be better to switch to grass-fed, pastured ruminant products than to cut out meat and dairy entirely.
climate change, meat and dairy
Grass-based ruminant agriculture in Britain could help deliver warming-neutral agriculture by 2030:
The issue here is that methane is very short-lived in the atmosphere compared to carbon, so methane from ruminants only increases warming if the number of animals raised is increasing faster than methane breaks down.
question about stimulant medication or herbs; ADHD; medical
So: I am finding it harder and harder to tolerate caffeine.
At this stage a hot chocolate at 4pm will interfere with my sleep. Tea I can only manage before 11am, and not every day. Stronger forms of caffeine are Right Out.
I think this might be partly due to another medication, but I can't trivially stop taking that, because it's an implantable device that helps to manage a different health problem.
I do have an ADHD diagnosis and I am interested in other stimulants, particularly ones that don't interfere with sleep. I guess this means with a shorter half-life, or possibly something completely different. Any ideas?
(Don't say ginseng please, it makes me tearful when it wears off.)
I should note that I am not going for actual hold, here, just less dry frizziness than I would otherwise get.
I can't put coconut oil, olive oil or most other plant oils on my skin without causing problems (can't deal with oleic acid or lauric acid, not sure about palmitic), and most products that affect frizziness have those as ingredients.
(Also yes this means I cannot use sodium laureth sulphate, which is in every sodding thing. And most bar soaps are a problem, too.)
Got annoyed with hair styling products for my new-ish short curly haircut irritating my scalp and coming in plastic bottles.
Squished the gel out of an aloe vera leaf and used that instead. So far, so good.
I need to re-pot a bunch of my aloe plants and have been putting it off. Guess I have a good reason now.
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