It’s been a really weird couple of days. I will be posting the comic in about… 12/14 hours? Sorry for the delay. :/
Some of those handwarmers; they should fit both slim and wider hands.
75% wool, 25% nylon, machine washable, ribbed partly for someone’s pleasure, but mainly so they fit snugly. I don’t smoke but I do have a cat.
As before, I’ll make a comic about what I’ll do with the money, and if you want I can post a link back to your website.
Okay, so for people in the UK we can do bank transfers and cheques and postal orders and things. But after PayPal facilitated the destruction of a $2400 antique violin in a way that doesn’t at all prevent fraud, I want out.
This comic is now anti-PayPal. Does anyone know of a good alternative?
Let me tell you about mooncups.
Okay, so those of you who read the comic probably are of a naturally enquiring mind. So you probably already know a bit about menstrual cups. You may, if you visit alternativey venues like environment centres and such, have seen toilet cubicles plastered with mooncup stickers. If this is the case, please feel free to stop reading and feel smug. I endorse your smugness.
But if you’re a bit new to the subject, let me just bluntly list the things I love about the mooncup.
- You pay £20-ish for one, and then you need not pay another penny for the next 15 years or so. Say you use 20 regular tampons a month, £1.30. That’s… £15 a year, or £234 over the mooncup’s lifespan.
- You aren’t paying money for tampons made of cotton that is grown in countries that don’t regulate pesticide use, meaning ALL of the pesticides in ALL of the waters.
- You aren’t paying for a semi-degradable pad.
- You’re a LOT less likely to get toxic shock syndrome.
- You won’t end up with bits of cotton fluff up your foof. (Word “foof” stolen from Hannah.)
- If you keep it with you, you’re never caught short. If you’ve already got it in, you need not use those expensive vending machines in public loos.
- No (probably plastic) packaging.
- Actually sterile, unlike pads and tampons.
- You can leave it in for way longer than a tampon without leaks. Also longer than a pad lasts.
- You can’t feel it when it’s in.
- You don’t *cough* dry out, because it’s not absorbent.
- I can’t think of anything else.
So, you could totally buy one, for you or a friend. Genius. To be fair, I wouldn’t be badgering you if I didn’t get a little bit of money every time someone clicks on this here promotional picture and then buys a mooncup. But I love my mooncup so much, and it’s a great company, and it really does help support this site. If you know anyone who might like one, send a link to this blog post.
(If you can’t see the above picture it might be because adblock.)
Each lace is 334cm long, and my boots have 12 pairs of holes and they seem to be just the right length.
I said that I would lace these boots corset-style, and I have. I’m going to show you how it went, but my photos and tutorialness are probably so bad that you might want to instead follow something like this. The important bit is that the bunny ears are at the cornery bend where your leg meets the top of your foot.
THE BOOTS OF GLORY
In case anyone is wondering, these are Doc Martens, Triumph 1914. See the silliness of the laces! One of the aglets even fell off during this tutorial. Pah.
Perhaps it’s useful to note at this point that I started lacing these so that the little permanent knot where the ends of the laces are tied together would be at the bottom, as it would be on a corset. Anyway, so what you do is this:
Go outside-to-outside with the holes, then inside-to-inside, when you cross over. At the ankle-corner, go straight back in on the same side, leaving a loop, which Hannah tells me is a “bunny ear”. Do the same on the other side, so it’s all symmetrical. Notice that the crosses alternate between under and over.
Then tie your laces together at the very end, close to the aglets, as above. Below, you can see how you’re supposed to loosen the laces so that the crosses are all tighter and the bunny ears are long and ridiculous:
And then tie the bunny ears…
See the difference:
The old one looks a bit pants, no? But the little knot at the bottom was bugging me. So I relaced it exactly the same, but with the ends of the laces at the top: *
Picture the scene. Your boots have baggy laces, and your foot can get in; hurrah! Start at the bottom. The first cross on the top, pull it tight. Then the second top-cross from the bottom. Then pull the slack into the bunny ears. Next, do the same from the top down: starting with the top top-cross, tighten, pull the slack into the next one down, and so on until you get to the bunny ears. Then tie the bunny ears into a knot. To use another animal analogy, it will probably look like a loopy insect at a pride festival.
To loosen/escape from your boots, do the same but in reverse. Start by undoing the bow. Pull some of the slack from your bunny ears into the top-cross just above it, and then pull a bit of that slack into the next cross up, etc. all the way to the top. Do the same working down: pull some of the bunny-ear-slack into the top-cross just below it, then some of that slack into the one below that. Pull the sides of your boot to loosen it more evenly, and then yank the boot and embrace your freedom with toe-wiggles.
*As illustrated, stomp your old laces into the ground, especially the one where the aglet fell off, and then go kick the crap out of some mountains.