April 16th, 2013

Maiden's Blush rose

Tuesday so far

I got sleepy last night around 1:30 a.m., and should have tried to go to sleep then.  I tried to go to sleep at 3:00 a.m., and of course I felt wide awake at that point.  I was lying there for a while.  I'm not sure how long it was, but I woke at 1:00 p.m.  I am going to assume that I slept for eight or nine hours.  I was doing better for a while there.

I was going to go to a Nook class, but confused the times.  I thought it was 4:00 p.m., but that's on Saturdays.  It's 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  I may try to go again later.  I went on up to the Indian grocery.  They had baingan barthe today.  That's one of the dishes with eggplant in it.  I believe it also has peanuts.  The lady helping me said it was good.  I said yes, that I liked the eggplant.  I got a couple of garlic naan.  I'd had brunch when I got up, but I had a little of the baingan barthe when I got home, and half a naan.  Dad said to open the windows in the kitchen.  I had thought about getting the Punjabi curry, but I figured that would be way too spicy for me.

It's pretty nice out, though Dad said there might be a thunderstorm later.  I went out to the winter honeysuckle, mahonia and sweet briar.  The shoots of the white lily-of-the-valley are greening up.  The lilacs are in bud.  'Pocahontas' has lots of buds.  I planted four o'clock seed in the pots with the lilies and nasturtium seed in the pots with the pansies.  I'll try to do more gardening tomorrow.

Later: I went to the Nook class, which was from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  I was the only one there, so I got to enjoy individualized attention.  The associate, V., showed me a number of things.  I asked about deleting books I'd already read.  Nook books can be archived.  I meant the e-pub format books I'd gotten directly from publishers and read on the Nook, and also have on the desktop computer.  I would need to use the computer to do that, V. said.  I wanted to know how to lend books to TallCR.  I think I can do it using his e-mail.  I had downloaded and sideloaded books to the Nook, and read a few.  I'm pretty conversant with the "library" features.  V. showed me how to highlight words or passages, and how to look words up.  She also showed me several features of shopping.  I learned how to read a book in the store, or at least know that if it says "in store" on a banner over the cover I can do that.  You can read a book for free in the store for an hour.  It's a twenty-four hour period between times you can do that, and you can go back to the same book.  It doesn't bookmark your page, but I think that would be easy enough to find.  V. said I seemed to have the hang of e-readers pretty well.

Slightly later than that: I had a little more of the baingan barthe when I got home, and finished up the naan.  The baingan barthe seemed to have gotten spicier in the interim since I'd first had it.

I managed to delete the non-Nook books I'd already read from the Nook.  I'll experiment with downloading more, but I'd managed to download books from Samhain and AQP, and sideload various books I had on the computer in e-pub format.

Note to self: Saturday April 20th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: "Archives, Affects and Activism: Preserving Queer and Trans Histories" at Giovanni's Room.

May 1: Online publication of Stone Butch Blues.  I think it's free that day.  I already have it in print.
Maiden's Blush rose

rambling about TV

Likeasouffle posted on Tumblr (likearumchocolatesouffle) about reading My Gender Workbook. It's a book I've heard about many times. It's on my "someday I've got to read this" list. Mr. Souffle wondered what Blaine would think. I agreed that Blaine had been "immersing himself in queer culture and history this season." It's canon that Blaine got his information about sex from the Internet. Actually, he and Kurt were discussing many GLBTQ political issues not long after they met, Don't Ask, Don't Tell and Proposition Eight among them. It's the episode where a little purse fell out of Kurt's mouth. But this season several of Blaine's performances have referenced gay men and gay male culture. He wore a leather Dom cap in one performance. That was only a couple of episodes before he said what could be interpreted as saying he wasn't a bottom. "And it's not true! Not really!" That left it pretty ambiguous, though I like to think that Kurt and Blaine switch.

I think Kurt does, or at least did, more to queer gender than Blaine does. He would mix pieces of women's clothing among his many layers of clothes. He told Mercedes, "Fashion has no gender." He was bullied by the other boys at McKinley partially for breaking gender norms, in my opinion. Being attracted to men is another way he broke gender norms as far as they were concerned.  Blaine doesn't get harassed for that at McKinley. Blaine doesn't get hassled for singing girl songs, either. He sings them in a lower key, though. Blaine has a lot of the same interests that Kurt does, but they're acceptable when it's Blaine. Blaine dresses outrageously, but they're men's clothes. I don't know about the capri pants. Many of the characters at McKinley seemed to think Kurt was girly ("Lady Hummel," "lady-fabulous," etc.), and Blaine doesn't get characters thinking that about him. Blaine is one of the bros, when Kurt never was.

I said that Unique had been learning about images of trans women in popular media, most likely teaching herself. I don't know what she's taking from that, because most are negative images. Unique self-identified as a "strong Black woman" and a "proud Black woman." Race and gender are taking fascinating intersections there with Unique. Unique is the one teaching herself about gender. Out of the boys currently at McKinley, Blaine may well be the one most up on gender issues, but he really hasn't been seen talking to Unique.