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Emily's guinea pig is making the squeakiest noises, ah so cute. Anyway!

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Becoming 'Whole' Again: A Qualitative Study of Women's Views of Recovering From Anorexia Nervosa
Jana Jenkins and Jane Ogden

(thanks again to recycledstars for accessing it)

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Current Music: Johnny Flynn - Tickle Me Pink
Catherine Pancake
25 February 2011 @ 02:24 pm
It is raining


my bedroom

Catherine Pancake
18 February 2011 @ 06:15 pm

H. R. 217

To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.

This Act may be cited as the "Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act".

PROHIBITION.—The Secretary shall not provide any assistance under this title to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion.

The PDF of H.R.217 via The U.S Government Printing Office. An HTML version is available through the Library of Congress's THOMAS Web site.

Rep. Mike Pence (R - IN) vehemently opposes abortions. It has been pointed out that anti-choice, anti-abortion legislation and rhetoric are misogynistic: they slut shame (police women's consensual sexual activity and women's sexual interests, disproportionately more than men's); tell women that our lives already in progress are worth less than the potential lives of any and all of our possible offspring, that is to say, reduce our existence to breeding purposes; and they are indicative and representative of women's overall standing in a society as a socially minority population (which is why all women, regardless of individual likelihood, ability, or inability to get pregnant, get to speak on this matter, while men generally need to fall back, as men's minds and bodies are not the recipients of nearly the same level of disrespect). It has been pointed out that calling anti-choice, anti-abortion legislation and rhetoric "pro-life" is a farce unless you think of existing women's lives as disposable, and it has been pointed out that "pro-life" persons frequently support, say, the death penalty. Maybe Pence did not get the memo; maybe he got it and chose to ignore it. H.R.217 went to the House of Representatives January 7 and has sat around doing nothing since.

It seems Pence was getting impatient with H.R.217, because he came up with the idea of tacking the meat of his bill onto H.R.1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011/Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011. Pence's proposed amendment targeted Planned Parenthood, as Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the nation. Regardless of whether or not you think Planned Parenthood should have been able to use its federal assistance to fund abortions, in accordance with federal law, Planned Parenthood has never used its federal assistance to fund abortions. The funds Planned Parenthood has received have gone to non-abortion reproductive and sexual health services such as STI/STD testing and cancer screening (see Health Info & Services for more). The proposed amendment would cut off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D - CA) and Gwen Moore (D - WI) took issue. Watch Speier speak here about shaming in anti-choice legislation and her abortion and Moore speak here about classism and racism, via Minority Leader of the House Pelosi's channel. (Moore: "I am really touched by the passion of, uh, the opposite [anti-choice persons], you know, to wanna save black babies.")

The House of Representatives approved Amendment 11 to H.R.1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011/Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011, referred to as the Pence Amendment or the Anti-Planned Parenthood Amendment, today. From here it goes to the Senate. It is not law yet.

If you have gotten this far and are still capable of rational thought and speaking or writing in a respectful voice, please call (preferable) your representatives and senators or e-mail them (next-preferable). Incapable of rational thought or speaking or writing in a respectful voice? Me too! It has taken me a few hours to write this damn entry, and I'm still not sure it makes sense. Planned Parenthood has drafted an "Open Letter to Congress," which you can read and sign here. I believe any US resident can fill it out and send it. If you aren't a US resident, please try and let me know if it goes through?
Catherine Pancake
17 February 2011 @ 10:32 am

Tamar-kali - Pearl (remix) feat. Jean Grae (aka Pearl - J Mage (Remix) [Fear. Jean Grae] on iTunes) all the time


I have had TWO vivid vivid but thankfully brief smell-memories of raw lamb kidney in the last two days, oh my God why. It smells so much worse in retrospect
Catherine Pancake
11 February 2011 @ 10:27 pm
I bought a lamb kidney at Adams because it was 28 cents.

Now what do I do with it.

(Dana suggested I throw it at someone.)

I am reading that lamb kidney's best applications are stew and chili, which means the meat is not good on its own (according to a recipe I am about to link, the "extreme" and "arresting" pungency of lamb meat drowns out the urine smell) and must be made good with other foods.

This recipe looks promising (and I would have to adapt it), but am I reading this correctly:


1/2 of lamb kidneys, about two or three
1 tablespoon rice wine
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper or chili pepper flakes
1/2 curry powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup of oil, for passing through

Is she implying that lambs have approximately four–six kidneys
Does she mean two or three halves of all kidneys from one lamb, i.e. one kidney; all said, two or three kidneys
Does she want me to halve kidneys until I have two or three half-kidneys
Catherine Pancake
03 February 2011 @ 03:12 am
my body must have missed the memo that orgasm brings calm

twitchy as fuck rn

I am trying to eat this wonderful salad and my fork hand is trembling

body, what are you doing
Current Music: Kanye West - Addiction
Catherine Pancake
31 January 2011 @ 11:59 pm
I called one of three of Dr. Ackerman-Raphael's office numbers today.
"We're sorry, calls from this account are currently restricted…."

Get up, go back to bed

Quite right.

Emily has officially moved in with Mom; I say officially because she lives there and I have inherited all her furnitures. Four dressers! Two desks! I am living the American Dream.

The secretary desk (similar to this) does not have a footrest. Most desks don't. A travesty, if you ask me. I like to prop. I found a way around this:
  1. Open drawer

  2. Place foot in drawer

  3. Do not shut drawer
ETA: Emily left stickers in the desk! I am gonna use the shit outta these.
Current Music: Ratatat - Prada SS11 campaign video
Catherine Pancake
07 January 2011 @ 10:06 pm
It took three phone calls, but MVP corrected their error. I am insured.

Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson on the set of IWTB - Gillian cracking up

1. E-mail Geraldine. In the morning, so she doesn't think I keep weird hours.

2. Call Dr. Francesca to schedule new-patient appointment. Tell jerk primary-care physician he's fired.
Current Music: Nicki Minaj - Massive Attack (feat. Sean Garrett)
Catherine Pancake
04 January 2011 @ 07:37 pm
My family's new MVP insurance cards came in the mail today!


I did not get one

I called MVP. I punched in the toll-free number (it's 1.888.687.6277, by the way, since MVP does not make their member services number available on their Web site), my member number, and my eight-digit date of birth. MVP said sorry, I don't exist. THEN HOW DO I HAVE A MEMBER NUMBER

TXF - Syzygy. No concept of this

ETA: My mother is the policy holder; she called MVP today and sorted it all out. I should exist within 24 hours.