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Just been berated for a good 10 minutes by our eldest.

Apparently, when we changed our name we should have done something better with our signature.

The fact that we barely ever use a signature is neither here nor there.

She realised that our three initials can be arranged, if you use the right type of letter forms, to be a butterfly.

Us: But we don't sign stuff these days.

Her: But butterfly!

Us: It's taken ages and a lot of effort to get this far, we are not doing it all again.


Us:. ...

(It is cool, but she could have figured this out earlier 😆)

Got to love this.

Types fast, might take a nap. Yup, that's the horse for us 😂

OutHorse Your Email

Disconnect from work and let the horses of Iceland reply to your emails while you are on vacation. (Seriously)

Curiosity poll regarding social media approach. Please boost because we're really curious about the experience-approach for as many users as possible.

We have excluded two options here and will explain why:

Twitter exclusively: probably not gonna see this poll if you don't use Mastodon at all

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Who would you rather support? You're welcome to boost this poll.

Get to coffee and a pause.
Find there is a greenfly in it...

Is this now a meal?
Can we skip cooking later? 😆

Spotted on my wanders yesterday 😊 I do love an old door 😊

First of three days of a lot of travelling and being in the city each day...
Multiple interactions, at least three locations each day, and one big event (Pride march on Saturday).

Definitely going to need some hill time to recharge after that :autism:

We *have* in the past crossed borders many orbits ago without documentation¹, and have in recent times wondered if we might have to resurrect some older skills and connections to do so again in the future.

Will be slightly nicer to not have to think in those terms for the next few years if we get it OK.

¹We always did it both ways, so technically we were only illegal for a short time, and good luck to anyone trying to tie us to that all these years later 🤣

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Of course.

We have been burned by bureaucracy so many times, we will not believe it until it drops through the letter box :blobcat_googly:

But still.

Looks promising at least... :blobcheerbounce:

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On a positive note.

We have been nearly 3 months into the process of getting a new passport in the correct name and gender.

Got a call from them earlier.

An issue with the exact type of wording in the letter from our Dr regarding gender marker and permanent transition.

Caller was lovely, and understanding. We explained all, including how we had directed the Dr to guidance etc... The fact that our GP was collapsing and being taken back into local authority control and if we needed something else, could she give us the exact text for them to use. She sympathised with our concerns over travelling under the wrong marker, including getting back into the UK.

Anyway, she went to check with policy dept and get back to us.

Not had another call, but we have now had an email approving it! 😀

You would like to think things have moved on a little bit over the years.

In some ways they have.

Other times, it's so painful to see that nothing has changed for some.

One of our girl's teachers told her the other day during a food technology lesson, that "a woman's place was in the home looking after her husband cooking and cleaning for him".

She later that same lesson went on to say that "if one of her three sons said they were gay she would pray for them".
(Daughter is a lesbian)

Love the fact that misogyny and homophobia is alive and well and being peddled under the guise of Christianity. 😡

We spoke to her. Asked what she wanted us to do about it, and made her laugh at our rather colourful language in regard to that teacher and her antiquated bigotry.
It's in hand.

But FFS 🤬

Ho hum.

Broke this instance yesterday.
Upgraded the VPS to Ubuntu Jammy Jellyfish.
Which upgraded OpenSSL to v3+

Apparently, this then broke Mastodon (webpush webauthn) and required a bit of poking.

TY to ClearlyClaire for fixes that we could apply.
Then of course had to patch for our character limit etc...
But back up and running.

But, instance all up to date.
Server up to date.
Cache and old media cleared out.
Good again for a bit :blobcat:

Wizard: Why is the barbarian carrying a frying pan?
Bard: He thinks it's his spell casting focus.
Wizard: He can cast spells?! Since when?
Bard: He can cast only the one. He hits people with it and yells CAST IRON!

A few from today.
(Blurred as one is a snake)

Topped out in a vest again today, despite throwing a much lighter shirt over it than last week. 😆
Though the sky then shortly turned black and threw first hail and then rain at us for the rest of our wander.

homophobia, important 

Please keep an eye out for people trying to brand monkeypox as a "gay disease", explicit or otherwise, and push back hard and early!

I've already started seeing the same kind of "the damn gays fucking everywhere" rhetoric that also popped up during the first years of the AIDS epidemic in the US. That rhetoric was directly responsible for (tens of?) thousands of deaths.

We absolutely *cannot* afford to let homophobes gain control over the public narrative around monkeypox, and let them use it to once again kill queer folks by denying them crucially important healthcare. :boosts_ok_gay:

Well, at least one or two of the sprouts do look like they may have come from catnip seeds :blobcheerbounce:

Used soil from the garden, so weeding out obvious imposters as various things come up in the tray 🌱

Speckled wood butterfly posed for us earlier 💚

Plenty of other types out, orange tips, small whites etc... But they were all busy flitting about 😀

Food, home cooking 

Home made pizza for the girls.
Making both base and sauce from scratch does take quite some time, even just fitting it around other tasks.

That said, it's good food that we can guarantee they will wolf down, unlike shop bought. 👍 Makes it worth the effort.

Always end up with left over bread dough. So often make a roll or something.
They also adore bread sticks.

Which we always forget how many you can make from such a small amount of dough 😂 (with added grated cheese)
Good to eat, rolling them out gets a bit tedious after a while. This was just the first batch 😮

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