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Take a Penny, Leave a Penny!

Close to three years ago, karnythia hosted an LJ post where she asked people to leave a comment if they had something they wanted or needed, or if they had something they were willing to give or offer.

I got two things: yarn and friends.

This is how I met rosefox, who has since become one of the people in my life whom I value most.

So I've been thinking a lot lately about that and what a big impact it had on my life over the past three years. And it made me want to do it for other people.

Quoting karnythia's post from all those years ago:

What do you want?
What do you need?
What do you have?

Feel free to answer any or all of them. They do not need to be realistic things (I put world peace on mine last time) If you don't have a LiveJournal, or would prefer to answer anonymously, give us a way to contact you.

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* book recs, always, mostly SFF and or YA. Charming and funny are my favorite flavors. Books I've absolutely adored in the last few years include The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Night Circus, the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland & sequel, Beauty Queens, howl's Moving Castle,
The name of the wind & sequel. Bonus points for books I can get in audio or ebook from the NYPL.

* to catch up on the second half of the most recent season of doctor who and I don't have cable and I'm really trying to be disciplined about my spending money at the moment.

* a garden. I want a place to play in dirt. Or a brightly lit outside wall where I can attach a shoe organizer or ladder to try turning into a wall of nifty little container plants. I have a brooklyn apt without even balcony and a twitchy urge for fresh herbs & tomatoes & stuff. (Yeah, it's late in the season, but...)

Want/need because I cannot for the life of me separate them and then I get all philosophical about what does need really MEAN anyway and ACK FEELINGS:

* Help marketing my acupuncture practice & increasing my client base. (Am an introvert. With limited time. And family drama/funerals has taken my attention off the marketing/business end of managing my practice for the last 18 months.).

* Bonus points for introductions to interesting people to barter with - such as local farmers/restauranteurs/artists/LUSH store owners. :). Seriously. If you know an elk farmer with a bad back who wants to barter I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER. Massage therapists are almost as cool as elk farmers. I have offices in both queens and manhattan.

* help cooking/organizing/generally digging out of being overwhelmed between family drama and my own health issues (dx'd autoimmune issue 18months ago, much better now, still adjusting/adapting/healing and finding Life challenging) and yet I have no idea how good I'm going to be about letting people help me on this so FEELINGS OMG FEELINGS. Feelings are Dumb. Sigh.

What I have:

Red and black leather pants in size 16/18ish - recently lost about 30-40lbs and they're too big on me
Same size black corduroy pants, and possibly a few other pairs that I haven't seen in a bit having shoved them aside. Probably some other too big clothes to clear out as well. See previous organizing request and note that I have a "closet of doom."

A fair bit of medical knowledge (8 yrs practicing acupuncturist) and the willing to pontificate for a bit :) if you want an opinion on something.

Entirely too much BPAL which needs organizing and some of which needs to be rehomed so I suppose this is both need AND want.

Every so often I spin kind of awful art yarn (meaning, its only "art", alt thick/thin by accident) which I have more fun spinning than actually crocheting/knitting so it might be good to rehome it someplace it will get love.

(For the physical things, I am not good at getting to the post office, so local meetup is probably better.)

You should read Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns and its sequels, The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson, and anything by Jim Hines.

I would be glad to help with organizing either physical things or intangibles like finances. 100% no judgment or shaming or guilt or anything like that, I promise. I'm a bit terrified of acupuncture (because eek needles) but I also have unexplained ongoing hearing loss that I will try basically any treatment for, so would you be interested in maybe bartering along those lines?

Edited at 2013-08-02 09:02 pm (UTC)

Yay book recs!!

*takes deep breath* yeah, I think we could work that particular barter. You put your finger right on half of the issue for me. I am bad with letting people see my mess. To put it mildly. Sounds like we'll both get to experience emotional growth! *snort*

Okay! Email me at rosefox@livejournal.com and let's make plans.

I have helped someone go from "first thing we do is send certified letters to these 20 debt collection agencies" to a clean credit report, routinely filing taxes, and steadily paying off their few legitimate debts. As for physical mess, I draw the line at "Oh, that's where last year's Thanksgiving leftovers went... huh, what sort of bug is that crawling around on them?" but can handle pretty much anything else. It is almost certainly not as bad as you think it is, and a few hours of concerted effort will do wonders. Fear not.

And I just put in 3 hold requests at the library, yay!!!

I know a massage therapist who has been living in NYC. And she's the sort of person who is very very likely open to barter.

If I was in NYC, I would pick up the yarn because I LOVE YARN and want to knit all the things. But, alas...

If the MT you know is interested in barter, I'd love an intro, thank you. Email me at healingmaven at gmail.

And if you were local, I somehow acquired a big bag of acrylics, no two skeins matching, that are just taking up space and I think should be added to my have list to pass on. Mrr.

Destiny, I will mail you a box of yarn when I have a chance.

Autoimmune is pretty new to me as well. It seems like every time you adapt, it finds something new to mess up. I'll be around LJ if you ever want to vent/compare notes.

*snort* I understand this feeling. Fortunately, I'm in the right business for it & have figured out a lot of the self care. Western medicine sucks at dealing with AI issues. (*blink* just realized that autoimmune and artificial intelligence are abbreviate the same.) most of them they try, and the methods can help but are often really rough. Mine is one of those they don't even look for because its common but they don't treat it any differently because the immunosuppressants are worse than not in my case. I suppose I'm lucky... But I'm also pretty pissed at being left to flail about on my own for years, probably decades, until I figured it out and insisted on the right test and got diagnosed.

I may be a wee bit bitter. Fucking institutionalized malpractice.

I finally got a good endocrinologist who specializes in autoimmune disorders and he's done a really good job of treating me and anticipating what it'll do next. But because this started with Hashimoto's, I've spent over 10 years being told I was crazy, looking for excuses for weight gain, or diagnosed fat with a prescription of weight loss. I certainly understand bitterness at the medical field.

I agree with Rose's book recommendation. I'll also add in Kristin Cashore's Graceling books.

Woot! Not only do they have the first at the NYPL, but they have it in ebook AND available. Downloaded it!

*does an undignified happy dance*

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