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There was something I wanted to do after work today but I can't remember what.

I just took our art director's intern out to lunch. She is so adorable and eager and ambitious and bright and talented and I wish so many positive and happy things for her. She sort of reminds me of a young shaenon in a lot of ways. It was super fun to sit and chat with a smart young lady about comics and about working in comics. Really positive. She kept thanking me profusely but it was really good for me too.

My mom went to the orthopedist and she is OK. Her wrist is sprained but her knee is much better than the original diagnosis-- it's a bone bruise, not a torn ligament, and will heal on its lonesome.

I strained all my new liqueurs last week and started a couple more last night (two rose ones and a burdock one), but I have a problem. I think the lilac liqueur is actually triggering my asthma. My asthma had not been bad in a while until last night when I drank it. What the heck, life!? It's okay because the dandelion and lilac ones are much better.

Speaking of triggering, I have been having this (possibly TMI) horrible thing happen lately where brushing my teeth triggers my gag reflex. It happened last week and it keeps happening! It's horrendous. The only thing worse than the taste of puke is the taste of puke and toothpaste together. Yeah, I know you wanted to hear about that, so I told you, because I am a classy lady.

Oh! Tattoos! I am getting my bees next Thursday. How exciting is that? BEEEEEES. The tattoo artist is super sweet, and she listened to me geek out about things like different breed-specific markings that I wanted to have visible on the bees. AWESOME.

Tomorrow, I am going to be out all day at a thing. A comics thing. It's a legendary comics party that I have been hearing about for years and this is my first time attending? I am pretty excited.

I'm having a little moment of lack of focus. I hate that. Just having trouble getting back into working on stuff after lunch out and some really invigorating conversation. Oh! Oh! Oh!

News: I built my first ePub from scratch, and it works, and it is awesome. Just so you know, in case anyone is looking for help developing ePubs that are not straight flowed text (either picture books or comics or whatever), I now know how to do this thing! Excitement and possibly updating the resume to follow. God, I am a nerd.

I think that is it for now. I need to decide what I am going to eat for dinner since dinner the past two nights was brownies.

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How strange. I will see if it works. I do love that the thing the most people are replying to is the grossest part of my post.

I have been gagging on everything. And then getting hiccups. It is better then being actually sick, but more embarrassing when it is in public.

If you are sensitive to lilac, at least now you can try to avoid it. Because it might be making you sick even when you are walking around and it is all flowery.

I am excited for your bee tattoo! I do think your bees are awesome. Not quite awesome enough that I want to play with their hive, but awesome enough that it is fun to be in the garden when they are buzzy because it's like an intelligent gentle tornado.

Oh no! Poor Jess.

The bees love you, too. And we will convince you to play with their hive. Yes. We will.

I have a very sensitive gag reflex, and tooth brushing started triggering it about four years ago. What I finally did was to switch toothpastes to something that foams less and has a different flavor. So now instead of generic bla toothpaste I use Tom's anise flavored. It has really helped.

But, yes, I can so relate. Feeling pukey when you're brushing your teeth suuuuuccccckkkkkks.....

I already use Tom's wintermint or whatever it is flavor. Although I may try a milder flavor, hmmm.

I realized that the taste of the toothpaste was triggering my gag reflex because I was associating it with whatever about tooth-brushing was triggering my gag reflex. Or something. Just switching might help?

Yeah, although I think anise would be too much for me. I'll see what other flavors they have.

I can use spearmint toothpaste (tom's gel) but any other mint paste makes me gag. I'm a fan of Tom's apricot, though it can be hard to find.

I hate spearmint flavor! But apricot sounds interesting.

Trittos on the toothy-brushie-gagging-micropuking thing.

In my case, it has nothing to do with the toothpaste, and everything to do with my trying to get the nasty gunk off of the very back center of my tongue. I've had that reflex go off when brushing my tongue without any toothpaste on the brush.

As for the tattoo... did you post a pic of a sketch? Or are you not going to see the sketch until you get to the pre-tatting stage when you go in next thursday?

Hmm! Maybe I'll try no toothpaste and see what happens.

No sketch yet! I'll be getting that next week. But I have seen the stuff she's done for shinyredtype and it is excellent. Oh my goodness!

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