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GreenRobot

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    Cats are not anti-social. Cats are choosy about the humans they socialize with.
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    What are YOU reading?

    I'm re-reading the Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor and liking it even better this time around. Afro-futurism with aliens and space travel and lots of maths.
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    the comic thread

    Belzebubs
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    what are YOU lookin' at?

    Watched the first season of Good Girls over the last while. Enjoyed it but I think one of the least believable plot-points is that someone (anyone but particularly late-forties Matthew Lillard..) would cheat on Christina Hendricks 😄 Fun to see Retta in something after Parks & Rec, and Mae Whitman is always great. The season ended on a major cliffhanger so I'm looking forward to season 2 when it hits Netflix.
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    The Exercise Thread

    2019 is all about maintenance for me. I'm almost at the weight I'd like to maintain (thank you holiday season) 2018 was about figuring out how to help my body lose weight, 2019 is about how to keep the weight off and feel great. So far it's looking like cardio and some light strength training for exercise, and for nutrition just figuring out the calorie range + balance of macros that keeps me happy.
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    what are YOU lookin' at?

    As a Canadian who grew up in various small towns in Canada - can confirm that Letterkenny is a decent depiction of general small-town Canadian life. Hicks, skids, Christians, and hockey players...
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    random jukebox

    Been loving this compilation album that Black Pill Red Pill released this month. Particularly enjoying Hi Rez Lo Life by Planetdamage, Parachute of Gold by Lorelai Dreaming, and Space Force Golf Course by Hardcore Pong.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    We had a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with just the four of us (and the cats). Clam chowder for Christmas Eve lunch, popcorn and cocoa while watching a Christmas movie before bed on Christmas Eve. Pancakes & bacon for Christmas breakfast after stockings, ham dinner for Christmas lunch, and a trip to the ocean cliffs that afternoon rounded out our celebrations. Now TM's family is visiting from O'ahu for a week so we're swept up in their whirlwind.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Got a big blue cast! This kid, though, we're going to have to watch him - aside from immediately following the actual fall when he cried for a good 20 minutes and needed help calming down, he has been basically normal. Building Legos, playing outside with his sister, running around the house in circles, eating (even ramen and soup!) with his left hand no problem. His pain tolerance is higher than we knew!
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    We've been dealing with the Younger Minibot entering the "Broken Bone Club" for the past few days. (The Older Minibot, you may know, entered said club almost 5 years ago now by breaking both bones in her leg - a terrible experience for everyone that involved multiple re-castings). Younger Minibot had a fall a few days ago and in the process of falling both bonked his head and hit his arm. We were much more concerned initially with his head, as you are, and after the crying stopped and we confirmed that his face/head was okay, he seemed pretty much fine - so we decided to keep an eye on his arm. It didn't swell immediately, and he seemed pretty good over the next while. Any time I asked him about his arm, he beetled at me through his brows and muttered that he was fine (yes, our 4-year-old is actually a grumpy 84-year-old in a child's body). But yesterday we were talking and realized that he was still favoring that arm, and then he tried to open a sliding door with that arm and burst out crying - so off we went to get x-rayed. I'm pretty sure that the ER register nurses and the first RN we talked to thought that TM and I were being overprotective helicopter parents because Z was laughing and talking and being a perfectly normal little guy, even using the hand to hold things, etc. And then they x-rayed it and the nurse came back with an icepack to put on his arm so he'd hold still because yep, we were right, it was broken! Luckily it's all in place and will heal up great. His cast appointment is tomorrow!
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    what are YOU lookin' at?

    Destination Wedding - Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder as an unlikely pairing thrown together at a, as the title suggests, destination wedding. Reminded me of those Ethan Hawke/Richard Linklater movies with Julie Delpy, but snarky and (charmingly) awkward.
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    The Exercise Thread

    I made a commitment to myself last November (well, like, again...). I was tired of being tired and I was tired of having a sore back all the time and sore feet all the time. I was over it. It's been over a year now and I've lost over 80 pounds. I turned 30 weighing the least I had in my adult life! I feel really awesome - lots of energy, strong, able to keep up with my kids all day. I'm wearing the smallest size clothes I've ever bought and it is WEIRD! But great.
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    What are YOU reading?

    Sunshine - Robin McKinley Alternate future with supernatural beings (vampires, demons, weres (including but not limited to wolves), sorcerors) and magic. Reminds me of some of Charles de Lint's short stories, more modern. Recommended by Neil Gaiman! As a long-time Robin McKinley fan I really appreciated the little nod to her Beauty & The Beast retellings
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    Random

    Suplex
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    What are YOU reading?

    "Hello Moto" by Nnedi Okorafor - a quick read, but a thoughtful little bite of a world.
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    deaths

    William Goldman - who wrote, among other things, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride - has died at age 87.
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    Show us your...

    some recent not-blurry photos of some of our furballs. Lightning on the table, Stone under the stool, and Kaha on the bed
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    Random

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    what are YOU lookin' at?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of CAOS - it was exactly the level of scary I can watch alone and still get a good night's sleep afterwards, and I really like the direction they've gone in with the characters. Unlike the show Riverdale which I tried watching when it first hit Netflix (not least because hey, Skeet Ulrich is in it!) but I found basically every character so irritating that I spoilered myself (for the first season at least) and stopped watching. Looking back on childhood, I remember flipping through Archie comics to find the Sabrina bits so I guess that has continued!!
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    The Minibots were up super early this morning so we ended up doing "day" versions of their costumes. M was a "tired dying" princess during the day, and a Skeleton Princess for trick-or-treating. Z was a pirate during the day, and a Skeleton Pirate for trick-or-treating. I am now exhausted!
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    Creative Endeavors

    I'm taking a break tonight to save my back, but all my creativity this week leading up to Halloween, has been focused on getting the costumes done. Minibot #1 is a Skeleton Princess, Minibot #2 is a Skeleton Pirate, TM and I are going to be their Skeleton Parents, and of course I also made the Silver Spook coat and armor-shirt that @TwiliteMinotaur wore in today's live-stream. I'm pretty pleased with how things are turning out! Haven't practiced the makeup yet though.
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    Random

    ...which MOST people our age have. And even the job switching isn't abnormal for your age bracket. It goes with what I was talking about above.
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    I think it's important to remember that it's not just you. It fucking sucks, but it's NOT just you. Most people around your/our age are working for below-average wages, and over half of them are working in service industry jobs that don't utilize their degrees. If they are working in a job in the field of their degree, they are severely underpaid. And then on top of that, they are usually working at least one "side hustle" job - driving for Lyft or Uber, delivering groceries, walking dogs. Just in our own lives, for TM and our family to be able to live, we are caretaking (aka, living without rent) in a falling-apart house in the middle of nowhere, on EBT and Medicare. When he was working as a STEM teacher on Oahu, we lived in his parents' home with his parents and his two adult siblings. His mom is a teacher, his dad is a teacher, his brother works full-time, his sister is a teacher, and TM was working as a teacher and everyone contributed to bills and rent and we were collectively scraping by. It's easy to think that it's a you-problem, but honestly from our experience and the experiences of others and the articles and statistics... this is how it is for too many of us.
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    WGB Cooking School (with images)

    You could switch it up from black or kidney beans every so often and do a chickpea curry! Similar to db's recipe, start with a little oil + a little butter and chopped onion, add turmeric + garlic + curry powder + garam masala. Add a little tomato paste, then your can of chickpeas. Taste, add salt if needed. Simmer. Eat with brown or basmati rice, you could top it with a little fresh cilantro if you're not a cilantro-tastes-like-soap person. A bit of naan would be nice with it too!
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