I love hearing about what everyone's been getting up to and how they're doing, even if it makes me feel a tad insufficient at times - you're such an extraordinary bunch, with all your activities and interests and talents.
While I'm here, I've other news to share: We had a very successful "Slutwalk" here in Wellington on Saturday, must've been at least 6-10x the amount of people who joined in the protest against sow crates which was the last one I went to. Spoilered for any potential sexual-violence triggeryness:
Here are a few photos and a video of how the event went, if you're interested. The banners shown don't encompass the full variety and awesomeness of what was there! The trombonist is an acquantaince of mine that I know through my boyfriend - very cool guy, he also took his trombone along to the recent "Queer the Night" march in the city against homophobia and transphobia.
Also, some advice needed - have any of you quit the contraceptive pill at a random time before, i.e. before reaching the sugar pills? What was the effect of doing so? I discovered it was playing with my hormones and sex drive something crazy (despite being the same pill I've taken for the last 4-5 years with no trouble), and in desperation stopped taking it the moment I suspected it as the culprit. I certainly, certainly don't regret this decision, but now I've no idea what to expect with Shark Week and it's starting to make me somewhat apprehensive, not that I miss it! Basically it's been at least 6, possibly 7 weeks now since I quit the pill and I've had essentially no bleeding at all. Pregnancy test negative (yay!), although that wouldn't show yet if I got knocked up in the last 3 weeks I guess. Also, I'm feeling very very icky about hormonal methods after this experience, and wondering if any of you have tried archaic methods such as the good ol' diaphragm? Thoughts on it? (should probably search the thread before I ask! will go do that now...).
EDIT: search of the thread on 'diaphragms' brought up a whole heap of "spermicide burns". I does not like the sounds of this.