Weeknotes: May 20-26, 2023

large furrowed tree trunk of a deciduous tree beside bright green backlit leaves on the lake edge, the water barely visible between gaps in the foliage
A beautiful afternoon at Saint Edward State Park! I was annoyed by a lone jet-skier, why do they have to be so loud? There must be a way they can have fun without disturbing everyone in a mile radius 🤔

Stuff I did:

  • 3.25 hours writing
  • 2 hours consulting
  • 17 hours business development! 😲🥱 I decided to apply for another roster with a deadline next week 👀 so I’m packing a bunch of work I’d planned to complete over the next month into a week 😱 My holiday weekend may not be much of a weekend 🤷‍♀️
  • Organized sample works in my portfolio and updated my resume
  • Baked blueberry pancake cobbler from Smitten Kitchen Keepers
  • Rode my bike for the first time in a while and walked once with a friend
  • Headed up to Saint Edward State Park for a warm afternoon walk with my husband 🥰
  • Finally gave in and ordered new sneakers online
Activism Political Commentary

Oppression against public opinion

A WaPo Poll Found That Significant Majorities Support Pro-Trans Policies, But Reported The Exact Opposite by Parker Malloy (The Present Age) on May 8 2023

WaPo polling found most people (57%) didn’t think being transgender was a real thing, but also that most believed trans people should receive protections regardless:

  • 71% of adults support laws banning discrimination against trans people by medical professionals.
  • 72% of adults support laws banning discrimination against trans people from getting health insurance.
  • 69% of adults support laws banning discrimination against transgender people in K-12 schools.
  • 73% of adults support laws banning discrimination against transgender people at their jobs and workplaces.
  • 74% of adults support laws banning discrimination against transgender people in housing.

Fascists and religious extremists are imposing their hateful views on all of us, against our common values. Forced birth is not popular. Discrimination against trans people is a minority viewpoint.

Corporations are driven by profit and simper into pathetic compliance at the merest whisper of manufactured exploitative outrage from fascists, but the rest of us don’t have to go along with it.


May Anti-Trans Legislative Risk Map by Erin Reed (Erin in the Morning) on May 20, 2023

Map illustrating the risk of anti trans legislation in each state, with a general trend of the West and Northeast being lowest risk.

This map illustrates a stark divide. Nearly all states with any potential for passing harsh anti-trans laws have done so… On the other hand, states with a low likelihood of passing such laws have enacted highly protective legislation, including refuge/shield laws that block extradition and investigations into care from out of state.


Weeknotes: May 13-19, 2023

We’re getting our first test of the heat pump’s cooling capabilities through a heat wave this week (the plants are ALL ABOUT IT ☀️🌿), and so far I’m impressed!

Lush foliage and flowers from a mix of shrubs
Garden went BOOM this week

Stuff I did:

  • 7.75 hours consulting
  • 2.5 hours business development
  • Two appointments
  • Cleaned the tub of any pepper spray residue
  • Baked muesli cookies
  • Walked to retrieve our car plus took one walk with a friend
  • Pruned our apple espaliers 🍎✂️🌳 (still needs more)


  • Pancakes + sauteed cinnamon apples
  • Bean bowl (refried beans + guac + sour cream + leftover olives + tortilla chips)
  • Asparagus carrot salad, snow pea salad, and white bean “Caesar” on sourdough toast, from Smitten Kitchen Keepers
  • Mushroom toast with cheddar cheese (inspiration)
  • Baked beans + veggie hot dogs + coleslaw
  • Baked potatoes + curried chickpeas and kale (inspiration — too dry)
  • Quesadillas with sweet potato, bell pepper and kale


Words I looked up / concepts I learned:


Weeknotes: May 6-12, 2023

view of garden from side angle, showing young plants in a wood-chipped covered landscape
Doesn’t look like it, but we’re chipping away at the weeds!

Stuff I did:

  • 4.25 hours of consulting
  • 2.5 hours of business development planning
  • My husband got assaulted standing up to a belligerent guy accosting the gas station clerk on Friday night — he’s ok but pepper spray takes a lot of cleaning up 😔 He couldn’t see to drive home so the police gave him a lift, hopefully our car hasn’t been towed 🤞
  • Headed up to the mountains for a picnic day on Thursday 🥪🌲
  • Kickoff meeting with an accountability group for a 12-week year plan and developed the plan
  • Borrowed a pressure washer from a neighbor on Buy Nothing, but it didn’t work 😔
  • Weeded twice for 45 minutes total
  • Walked twice with friends
  • Went to Homebrew Website Club
  • Figured out a trip plan for a family wedding and booked a motel
  • Realized I had our emergency fund cash sitting in a savings account getting 0.6% interest when I have a money market account getting 2.5% 🤦‍♀️ so I shifted it over
  • Updated my backlog with tasks floating in my head and scratch paper notes floating on my desk
Culture Featured Technology

Culture companies have forgotten how culture works

Hollywood executives have detached cultural works from cultural meaning, losing sight of the anchor of their business. They’re currently chasing the enshittification cycle down, down, down, dreaming that AI will allow them to cut all their costs (people) while pocketing even more profit because they’ll be able to produce endless “good enough” content.

Ed Zitron writes:

It’s somewhat cliché, but Hollywood is not concerned about creating interesting, or good, or unique content, but more content that can be used to make more things that can be used to make more profit to increase the stock price. It’s not about whether something’s good, or new, but whether or not it is marketable and “good enough” for consumers…

As Tim Carmody highlights, studios are barely entertainment companies anymore as they move into streaming, with the entertainment they make merely the hook for their real profit-centers. They make culture, but they value culture only insofar as it makes them money. The end game they envision is generating content for next to nothing; with an endless supply of content, everyone will find something good enough to watch, letting them maintain a vast customer base.

Towards that future, studios are self-cannibalizing their own industry by destroying career development for writers. They don’t value storytelling or recognize script-writing as a craft needing industry knowledge. As Dave Karpf writes, studios will satisfice their processes and products using AI if they can get away with it, accepting mediocre scripts as the price of profitability.



Weeknotes: April 28 – May 5, 2023

Stuff I did:

  • 6 hours consulting
  • Assembled my April listening report
  • Gave my family a video garden tour 🌷 My camas are just starting to flower!
  • Sunday morning donuts 🍩
  • Weeded three times for half an hour each and once for fifteen minutes 🌱
  • Baked almond diamond cookies and chocolate snacking bread
  • Walked with friends twice
  • Met with a business advisor and worked on my business voice / profile
  • Two appointments



  • Read Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller and The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel
  • DNF’d The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill and The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles
  • Added 2 books to my TBR (total = 746)

Words I looked up / concepts I learned:

Culture Food

Food fairness, or the validity of vegetarianism

At my old work, several times a year there would be barbecues and potlucks — but no one bothered to provide vegetarian food until a vegetarian Hindu woman joined the org. Her religious foundation for her dietary restrictions was treated more seriously than my personally chosen vegetarianism.

I saw a thread on where someone called out a similar example — that a meat-only barbecue isn’t an inclusive event just because the vegetarians were invited if there’s nothing for them to eat. Someone countered that most vegetarians wouldn’t bother to make meat dishes available at their events.

Am I wrong to believe this isn’t equivalent?


Weeknotes: April 21-28, 2023

Stuff I did:


  • Re-read The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare
  • Started reading The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
  • Added 5 books to my TBR

Words I looked up / concepts I learned:

Pretty stuff I saw:


Listening to music without a streaming subscription

I’m attempting to cut away from streaming subscriptions; today, my Tidal subscription ended. I was unhappy with Spotify, and after a year of use, also dislike Tidal.

I’ve subscribed to a music streaming service for what feels like forever, though is likely ten years 😉 While some of my listening habits remain the same from the iTunes days of college (when I listened only to music I possessed 😳), a lot of my listening habits have changed along with the switch to streaming.

I need to revisit and refresh all aspects of my listening system. The transition could be rough — certainly disruptive — but I’m excited to build new listening habits and try new ways of finding music, at least for a little while!

Music Technology

Review of Tidal after a year: hot garbage

In early 2022, I migrated from Spotify to Tidal for my streaming music service. I’ve given Tidal a full year trial, and I’ve had enough. Tidal is garbage music software, and I would not recommend it to anyone.

I’m not going to rehash all the problems I called out after three months of use (tl;dr it’s terrible for making playlists and it’s hard to manage your music library). Here, I’m focused on how non-functional Tidal is as music listening software and subscription service.