podcast: Minisode 2.5 | feedback, favorites, & first impressions

bluestocking-circleEpisode 2.5 is up!

Gricel has a confession about Firefly, Ashley forgets to provide spoiler alerts, and Bee’s long-cherished wish comes true as we introduce our next selection. In honor of Halloween, the lady nerds discuss their favorite scary, creepy, and downright disturbing reads, plus respond to feedback and play First Impressions.

Listen on:

Next Work: The 10th Kingdom

Recommended TV Series and Movies:

Scary Favorites:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

Enjoy! Episode 3, The 10th Kingdom, will be released on November 1.

Find us everywhere @bluesoxcircle and join the conversation.

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video: hypo diaries, pt.3 | it’s not all in my head (and that’s a good thing)

The meds are working and I’m starting to feel better. Even I can’t believe the difference a week made 🙂

An update on my new treatment and more.

off the shelf: the Great Harry Potter re-read, part 2 – books 3 & 4

And we’re back! It took me an embarrassingly long time to get though Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but I’m finally caught up and ready to move on to Order of the Phoenix. It’s been 10+ years since I last read the series from cover to cover.

Watch the video to learn how I’m feeling about books 3 and 4.

podcast: Episode 2 | Firefly and Serenity

Episode 2 of the pod is live!

bluestocking-circleIn which we discuss the ownership of fictional characters, male gazes and female sexuality, the importance of second seasons in character development, and nonsense Mandarin. All this and more as the Bluestockings discuss the TV series Firefly and the related film Serenity.

WARNING: Spoilers galore. If you haven’t seen the series or movie, do so now!

(coming to Podcasts soon!)

Honorable mentions and recommended reading:

Articles:

Books and Comics:

Other:

Credits:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

Enjoy! Our next episode on your thoughts on Firefly and Serenity, our recent favorites, and the First Impressions for our next selected work will be released on October 15. Find us everywhere @bluesoxcircle and join the conversation.

life: hypo diaries, pt. 2

Despite getting a less than satisfactory PCOS diagnosis, I was convinced the origin behind my recent cascade of symptoms lay elsewhere, and I was right! When in doubt, always trust your gut, I say. Too often, I’ve had to fight for the correct diagnosis and too often I’ve come away with less than satisfying results because the process is long, appointments are hard to come by, and co-pays start to add up. I have a yearly check-up with my endocrinologist (who was the only doctor willing to treat me when I fell into the gap between child and adult at age 15), and I was revved up for a fight despite a relatively good history. Luckily, no fight was needed. I told him how I was feeling (exhausted and ready to nap from the moment I wake up, unable to concentrate, unable to lose weight, bloated all the time, and more); he took one look at my numbers and confirmed what I long suspected: my TSH levels fell off the wagon. My symptoms all point to an underactive thyroid. My PCOS symptoms likely stem from this, rather than a hormonal or insulin imbalance (yeah, TSH is a hormone but you know what I mean).

Am I happy? No, but it is nice to have my suspicions confirmed and my feelings justified. I’m currently on a slightly higher dose of Synthroid, and will be running additional tests to gain more insight. It’s not a process I look forward to, but at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. My efforts won’t be entirely wasted if my thyroid actually gets the hormones it needs to function properly.

This also means I’m going to document my “journey” (gah, I hate that word). If there’s one thing I can talk about it’s being hypo. It affects every aspect of my life, from my physical to my mental health, daily actions and relationships. If your thyroid isn’t working, nothing works.

I’m working with a new camera. Please excuse learning pains.

 

podcast: P.S. Soulless

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We’ve emerged from out hurricane bunkers with another episode! Recorded at the behest of our fearless leader, no storm can stop the Bluestockings!

In Mini Episode 1.5 the lady nerds follow up on your feedback from their makeshift hurricane bunker, plus recommend a few recent favorites and provide First Impressions on the next selection.

Recent Favorites:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

life: Hurricane prep

I’m following that good ol’ Florida philosophy: hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

As of this moment, I’m still not sure where I will be staying. I have two options and neither sets my mind at ease (mostly because there’s always the thought of what if). I’m preparing my kit, and will bring the plants inside by the end of the week, but I’m bracing for the worst.

Wishes, prayers, vibes, all positive forces welcome.

podcast: Episode 1 | Soulless

Episode 1 is live! bluestocking-circle

Kissing books! Secret feminist agendas! Scandalous confessions! Female friendships! Dangerous bluestockings! All this and more as the Bluestockings discuss Soulless by Gail Carriger.
WARNING: Spoilers galore. If you haven’t read the book, do so now!

Honorable mentions and recommended reading:

Support the pod by using one of our affiliate links, or check these out from your local library 🙂

Comments? tweet us @bluesoxcircle or email thebluestockingcircle@gmail.com

 

minimalism: closet update

Another video in the minimalist transitions series.

Let’s delve into my closet for another round.

Not that anyone has asked, but these videos help me make sense of my belongings and aid in the process of decluttering :).

Also, post-video update: the white shelf is now gone and a simpler, smaller solution in place. Progress every time.

minimalism: music declutter

A few months ago, my mom unearthed my old cd collection. This is good, because it means she finally cleared out enough of her own stuff to return what was left of mine. However, there was something about sorting through those old albums that made it really hard to purge. It had been years since I played any of the cds in the box, but the thought of parting with them was extremely difficult. They were tied up in nostalgia and sentiment in a way that surprised me. So I left them in a box and let them gather dust for a few months.

Three, to be exact. I looked through them a couple of times, but couldn’t do it. Then, the day after the Garbage concert, I was ready. I knew what I needed to do and I did it. The result is a small collection of albums that were essential to my young adulthood, and includes those that I still enjoy today. I sorted them into three sleeve cases, and kept a handful of soundtracks for future library events and writing sessions. The rest, I donated. They’re gone and I’m free of the baggage (in more ways than one).

Music decluttering #konmari

Music decluttering #konmari