Another Terminator Spotter in Need!

Me with Gleann and Grainne**UPDATE: I realized I should update that we were unable to save our Gráinne. The lymphoma was just too aggressive, she went down hill very quickly and had some sort of episode involving either a lesion or a blood-clot to the brain. She regained her ability to walk after the first one, but the vet was clear that nothing could be done. We planned to take her for her last trip a few days later, but she had another similar episode and we took her to an emergency vet in the middle of the night. We probably do not have to mention that we are devastated as is Gleann. **

I reached out to you all a few months ago to save our Terminator Spotter Gleann. Through an auction of Sarah Connor and other Terminator collectibles, a fundraiser and a little help from a dear friend, we were
able to get his surgery and he is doing great. Except for his worry over his packmate Gráinne who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia at the same time we found out about his condition. At the time her numbers were good and we thought it was the only cancer she had.

Not long after he was recovering, Gráinne’s symptoms started showing up, even though her blood work showed her numbers not yet that high.  Skin lesions, including on her nose, began to appear and we have now found out she also has cutaneous lymphoma.

This is still treatable with chemotherapy, however, it is far more aggressive and requires CCNU, a more expensive form of chemo.  Her prognosis, however, is good if we can get it in time.  Time is not on our side here!

Grainne's nose

In the meantime, my husband broke his leg and as a per diem EMT he has no benefits to help us through that. The timing couldn’t be worse.  We need to start chemo THIS WEEK! Should have started already.

There is no time for any auction even if I had something to offer.  Shirt sales from our shop may help with later doses, but we need help right now, too!Grainne
We do have a fundraiser up for her. Right now, due to money we spent to get her diagnosed, we need this to be at $1,400 for the first dose! Please help us out if you can!

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Terminator Spotter In Need!

I haven’t posted here for a long time.  I actually was going to post aSachbout the 25th anniversary of Terminator 2 and various thoughts on that and the upcoming Terminator 2 3D release which is supposed to hit the US market in 2017. But…

In February I lost one of my First Line of Defense Heroes, Sachairi, to old age and liver disease.   It was heartbreaking.  Then we got hit with both of our other Terminator Spotters getting terrifying diagnosis the next month at their “routine” vet visit.

Me with Gleann and GrainneGráinne, our Greyhound has leukemia.  That was the one that sounded most horrifying.  Gleann’s calcium was high….how dire that was took awhile for us to comprehend.  While her white blood count and lack of symptoms means that we just need to get regular blood testing and will someday face chemo, right now Gráinne’s condition is stable.

However, Gleann’s calcium levels are rising and over the summer we finally got the funds to find out that it is primary hyperparathyroidism caused by a nodule in one of his parathyroid glands. We need to get this removed as soon as possible, we’re already running way behind because of how long this took to get a diagnosis!

Linda photoSo we are scrambling for various ways to get up the $3,500 for surgery and after care as quickly as possible!  Along with the fundraiser below and a few of our Sarah Connor Charm School tanks and T-shirts which are currently going to this,  the awesome administrator of is running an auction for Gleann of a photo I got signed by Linda Hamilton at the 2010 Chicago ComicCon and a set of all three variants McFarlane Sarah Connor action figures, NIB.   Please go to the auction and bid if you want to try to get this package and share far and wide!

Sarah Connor Action figures

And please go to and share our fundraiser link! And donate if you can. I have perks available and am looking for more.  There may even be more Terminator related items on there as well.  There are only a couple more days left from where we’d hoped to have the surgery scheduled, but it appears we may have to extend it. BUT we don’t know how long he has, before damage might be done! So please! Share and donate and bid if you can!

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Sarah Connor and Other Action Heroines will Kick Ass at the Artemis Film Festival!

So yes, we’ve sucked at doing this regularly but….I had to come on here becasue I couldn’t help but get seriously excited when I heard of the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival happening in Los Angeles April 24-26, 2015!

They have been fundraising to make this happen at and now have the funds for a single screen so it is a go!  They are trying to raise enough for at least a second screen and maybe a third!  Please, if you can, help out, if not snag that link and share it around!  The fundraiser ends on March 19!

ETA: And there will be a Twitter Party on March 19 from 7pm – 8pm PST!

Because this is important!  If we’re going to get more movies with women action leads, we need to support and celebrate the effort and show that we are an audience to be reckoned with!  And it’s vital that we have more of these movies out there, because it’s not that we just want them, its that we need them!  At any age and we especially need this to grow so young women and girls can see women as equal, in all ways! We need this festival to thrive!

There will be competitions for films and screenplays and women of action films will be honored!

This includes Linda Hamilton receiving the Artemis Action Icon Award! Well, who else would it be?  Because for so many of us, even after more than two decades she just really is The Icon!

Actress, stunt woman, author Angela Meryl will be receiving the Artemis Stunt Unsung Heroine Award and stunt  woman  and stunt coordinator Maja Aro will be receiving the Artemis Stunt Warrior Award.

You can see a message from festival founder, actress and stunt woman Melanie Wise in this video.  Please remember that the Women Kick Ass fundraiser has been extended to March 19 and therefore you still have three days to join in and make this event really take off!

The Women Kick Ass Project from Artemis on Vimeo.

Of course, if you can help out and actually go to it ….well, if I could I would! So do it! 

(cross posted at Shadow of the Hooded Crow Blog)

Where have we all gone?

It’s been over a year since any of us have posted here. I’m by far the most shameful for this offense as I had intended to get my next installment out over a year ago now.  Life happens. Non-paid and not related to making a living in other way writing gigs do get shunted for those things which might make us a living. Until Judgment Day rearranges things, that’s still how we have to keep roofs over our heads and food on the table. I hope to get the next installment done soon. No, this time I mean it. Yeah, I do understand your doubts.

Meanwhile, you might want to check out the blog of a student who is chronicling her way through the  curriculum so check out Much Like Sarah, Exactly Like Me

Speak your piece!

By SiegeRat


Speak your piece.


In the past couple of days, I came across two pieces of writing that sounded similar chords, and the connections between them helped me to solidify an idea that has been percolating for a while.


This idea is, when discussing the disempowerment of the female voice, usually the viewpoint taken is that women are excluded due to the social conditioning or physical characteristics that combine or interact to take away that voice. Thus, the voice must be “given” to them, whether by a system that forces male voices to be quiet, or by justifying those softer voices through an essentialist perspective that views women as naturally inclusive creatures, who won’t raise their voices. Many times, persons with this viewpoint are advocating for some sort of power-sharing structure that will give – again I stress the word “give” – them their chance to be heard.


The two pieces I refer to are the Indigo Girls’ “Pendulum Swinger” (“Eyes show the hell you’re gonna give them/When they back off the mic for once and give it to a woman…) and a piece on the communications systems at the Occupy Protests, originally posted by saigh.


Now, I’m not here to argue the basic points of these pieces. I personally think that the song is an excellent one with great lyrics and very timely, and the Occupy Patriarchy piece points out something that really should be considered, especially by a movement that claims to speak for the “99%”.


However, as a female who has been described as “loud,” “pushy,” “aggressive,” and “violent,” sometimes by men, sometimes by women, I am here to state my argument that waiting around for someone to GIVE you a voice is, in the words of Captain Mal “A long wait for a train don’t come.”


If you want to be heard, whether you are man, woman, child, transgender, YOU MUST SPEAK UP. YOU must take that mic and if someone tries to yank it away, you get in their face and you don’t back down.


Do you think a woman cannot be as loud as a man? Talk to my sister-in-law Katie M., a trained classical singer, whose voice can fill a cathedral unassisted by modern technology. Talk to my friend Liz S., whose confinement to a wheelchair does not impede her witty online presence. Talk to my fellow women in the military, who know that if you want to be heard, you have to have what is known as “command presence.”


You want to lead? You want to make a contribution? Nobody is going to GIVE you that chance – you must take it. Does that scare you? Okay fair enough. Find that loud, pushy, aggressive, violent woman and make her your friend. I’ll clear the floor for you. I don’t even have to agree with what you’re about to say, I’ll make sure you get the chance to say it.


Does speaking up in public make you feel uncomfortable? Surprise, this is not a gender-specific feeling of discomfort. Some people of both genders seem to view girly parts as automatic signifiers that you are going to be a naturally soft-spoken, community minded, social being who is also a team player. I believe this perspective is known as essentialism, by which a certain characteristic confers intrinsic properties. It annoys me when this perspective is held by a man, but it DRIVES ME BONKERS when it is held by a woman. Sorry, ladies and gents, my uterus doesn’t determine how I interact in conversation. If you think I’m going to shut up and let a conversation roll over me, you obviously never grew up as the oldest of six children where dinner table conversation was a combat sport.


Yes. I agree that gender relations have a long way to go, and we would get there faster if some loudmouths (such as, sometimes, myself) would shut up and let someone else have a turn talking.


But I also believe, with all my heart, that attitudes promoting female confidence, forwardness, volume and, of course, high levels of physical fitness which allows one to not grow weary when standing in the wings, are more productive than telling someone to just “give” someone a chance.



Power Smoothie

Power Smoothie

By Thistle

Since Saigh has been posting some stuff about fitness programs(with more great stuff to come!), I figured it would be nice to include some nourishing and boosting recipes to go along with the workouts. I know when I started getting into heavier workouts and doing a lot of weight lifting, my body began to require more foods, and more of certain food groups – mainly fat and protein.


I make this smoothie usually an hour or so before my workout, or sometimes after my workout, depending on when I am feeling most depleted or in need of a boost. This is a very versatile recipe, and intended that way.

In the food blogging world, I am known as The Leftover Queen, and my philosophy is that making food for yourself should not be difficult. One way to make it simple is to use what you have on hand.

Many times in the past I would post a specific recipe, and then get comments like: “can I substitute Y ingredient for X ingredient?” or “I wish I could make that, but I don’t consume X ingredient” or “I wish I could make this but I don’t know where to get X ingredient” or “I don’t like X ingredient”. You get the gist…

This is your smoothie recipe – easy to tailor to your tastes and needs. I give some suggestions, but feel free to improvise. Like chocolate? Add a TBS or two of fair trade cocoa powder (no sugar added). Don’t do sugar? Try stevia, or fruit sweetened smoothies – dried dates are great for this. Avoiding caffeine? Skip that. Want to make it a greenie? Add a handful of spinach. The possibilities are endless!


INGREDIENTS: per smoothie (@ 16 oz)

1 cup liquid – Kefir, Raw Milk, Coconut Milk are good choices

1 banana – I also like using instead 1 avocado or ¼ cup of pumpkin puree

3 TBS almond butter – you can use any other nut butter

1 TBS virgin coconut oil – macadamia nut oil or hazelnut oil would also be tasty

Handful of soaked nuts – I usually use almonds – click here to understand about the benefits of soaking nuts

1 TBS 100% pure maple syrup (optional)

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

1 shot of espresso or ¼ cup of coffee (optional)




Place all the liquids in your blender first. Then add the fruit, butters, oils and nuts and then the cinnamon. Process on medium speed until well mixed, then start adding ice, a handful at a time, gradually, until the smoothie is at your desired consistency. I usually turn up the speed to high during the ice process. Pour and enjoy!

Power Smoothie w/ Cat

This recipe has been kitty approved.