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NobodysHome wrote:
lynora wrote:

Been in a baking mood of late. Made a really awesome flourless chocolate cake yesterday for my husband's birthday. One of the few times that a last minute Internet search for a recipe really paid off. :)

And today I am baking bread.

The downside is of course the massive pile of dishes accumulating next to my sink. So thankful I have a working dishwasher. :)

I drive people crazy when I cook because I pretty much throw them out of the kitchen. I need paths to the sink, fridge, pantry, prep surfaces, storage surfaces, and stovetop, and have no qualms about telling people to move if they're in any of those paths.

But at that point it's, "Prep the ingredient, put it in a prep bowl, clean up, repeat."

The kitchen is inevitably cleaner after I've cooked than before I started... but I *do* drive people crazy in the process.

I'm with you on the wanting people to stay out of the kitchen when I'm cooking. I move quickly and get annoyed when I keep having to ask someone to move away from the sink/fridge/shelf where I keep the pans. Inevitably they stand in front of one of the three. But I am a clean in one big burst at the end of the day kind of person. So I have a large pile of neatly stacked dishes next to the sink. Drives my husband nuts. He can't understand why I don't clean as I go. I can't understand why he thinks I can focus on more than one task at once. I have ADHD. One task is already a big deal. :P


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NobodysHome wrote:

(1) I agree wholeheartedly with Lenora: Shaky cam directors should be placed in paint shakers until they promise to stop.

(2) Apparently my paladin post was unclear (considering I just spent 25 minutes discussing it with Shiro's player until he said, "Oh, I guess we agree then,"), so the 30-second, "I promise it's my last post on the subject, Freehold!" spoiler:

** spoiler omitted **

Sounds like it's time for the character to be delivered a 'career opportunities on team evil' pamphlet. ;P


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Been in a baking mood of late. Made a really awesome flourless chocolate cake yesterday for my husband's birthday. One of the few times that a last minute Internet search for a recipe really paid off. :)
And today I am baking bread.

The downside is of course the massive pile of dishes accumulating next to my sink. So thankful I have a working dishwasher. :)


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Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
This isn't anything personal Freehold, but if you found anything good about T3 beyond "meh, I went in expecting bad acting, big explosions, and crappy writing", I just can't trust your judgment at all for movies.
Do recall that you're talking to a man who thinks the Michael Bay Transformers movie is a masterpiece.

a masterpiece? No. But I paid money to watch robots punch each other in the face and that's what I got. So I left the theater happy.

I have yet to get an explanation on what people want in a "good" transformers movie that has not been one of the following:

- Read the script *I* wrote, it's clearly better

- Live action version of the animated movie from the 80s

- Live action version of one of the many, many japanese versions of the series

- Another movie masquerading as Transformers

- No really, read my script, I'm awesome

- Live action version of Transformers Prime, but with a smaller human cast(which I might enjoy, truth be told)

- Transformers War For Cybertron, just as a movie(would enjoy, but the cost would be prohibitive)

- What we got, just not by Michael Bay

As a side note, I didn't much like the 3rd. I have yet to see the 4th.

What we got just not by Michael Bay is a perfectly legit criticism. If I'm paying good money to see giant robots punch each other in the face I want to actually be able to see it and not be retching into my popcorn bucket because of excessive shaky cam and weird light flares while wondering who the frak is who when I can see what's going on for a brief second. I just don't think that Bay is a very good director.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

And no, you can't know what she did, because FaWtL is a paladin-discussion-free zone...

I don't recall that in the rules

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Yeah, that's not necessarily a fall moment, but it depends on context. Making a deal like that because you're trying to deal with the actual demon and intend to circle back to deal with the cult later (nothing in that promise would prevent that) would be totally okay. Sometimes a paladin has to start with the big evil and work their way down. It has a lot to do with intentions. But, yeah, if it's just I don't feel like dealing with the evil cult....that's the first steps on a slippery slope. Welcome to the dark side, we have cookies.;P

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Drejk wrote:
Anyone got the new Tomb Raider? It seems that there is no hype over it anywhere... I only learned that it is already out because I saw it in a shop... WTF?

Yes, been really enjoying it. Graphics and story are amazing, but the resource farming gets old at times. Overall a really good game though.


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Captain Yesterday, Brut Squad wrote:

Awesome! Those sets look frustrating (but very, very fun), which one other then Trevi Fountain did you get.

Have you seen the new city skyline variations they're doing with those.

Why, yes, Lego is my primary dept I'm in charge of. :-)

Edit: And board games, I know entirely too much about board games.

The other one I got was Venice, which was a very easy set to assemble. I got the Eiffel Tower for Christmas and loved putting that one together, which is why I asked for more sets for my birthday. :)

I haven't seen the city skyline variations, but I am intrigued. I love Legos and was so disappointed when the kidlet got old enough to no longer need help assembling the complicated sets. So now I have my own. :)


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Thanks for birthday wishes, guys. :)
It was a good birthday. Fondue feast was delicious, and I got two Lego architecture sets. Which I promptly put together. I love those things. Although the Trevi fountain model was evil. Wobbly base makes assembly very difficult. But it looks cool now that it's done. :)


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Today is my birthday. I am 39. Woo! I managed not to die for 39 years! Woo! :P

It's a pretty quiet birthday, which suits me. Slept in, although not as long as I had planned as they were installing new flooring in the apartment next door and the pounding was so loud that there was nowhere in our apartment where we could get away from it. So that kinda sucked. But them's the breaks when you choose apartment living. Once I was up, I made crepes for brunch. I found this really good recipe made with almond flour and cream cheese. I couldn't decide between sweet and savory so I had half of mine with cheese and sautéed mushrooms and half with strawberry slices and whipped cream. I still haven't mastered the fine art of the crepe flip, so they weren't exactly pretty, but they were at least delicious. :)
Then I got dressed in my best clothes (because a birthday is an excellent excuse for wearing a beaded velvet kimono...not that I need the excuse, but sometimes it's nice to have) and the kidlet and I went to the bookstore, which provided a welcome respite from the noise. I found a couple of cool crafting books on how to make your own patterns, one for sewing and one for knitting. And in a little bit I will make a fondue feast for dinner. I already baked a cheesecake for my birthday cake last night. Trying out a new recipe for Japanese style cheesecake. We'll see how that turned out. I'm also making dessert fondue just in case. :P
My husband was all feeling bad about how much I was cooking for my birthday, but I'm all like I get a whole day to try new recipes when nobody can complain about them! ;P


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Where do fat MtF people find fitting women's clothing on a budget?

Well, I don't know a lot about being MtF, but I do know a lot about shopping for plus size women's clothes. So here's what advice I have. First off, no matter where you shop try things on. Sizing conventions vary wildly from store to store. Wildly. It's not you, it's them. Do not let it discourage you.

Thrift stores are the best for a very tight budget, but can be best utilized if you can sew. If not, no worries, you can still do minor alterations with the help of fusible interface tape and an iron. It's great for hems or for taking in a seam.
If you have a small but not quite as tight budget, I recommend Old Navy and Target as the next best options.
Next step up from that would be Lane Bryant and Torrid. Not cheap, but very nice stuff. And can be affordable if you catch the right sales.


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That sucks, Sharoth. Sympathies for your friend. :(


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Celestial Healer wrote:
Also, my best friend is going through complications from a ruptured, hemorrhaging ovarian cyst. Positive waves appreciated.

Oh, man. A ruptured ovarian cyst is the second worst pain I have ever experienced. The first was surgery sans anesthetic. The gap between those two levels of pain is not as big as one would hope. Lots and lots of positive waves for your friend and I hope that she recovers soon and is blessed with nothing but competent and not jerky doctors.


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Bad day rant, please feel free to ignore:
I feel so frustrated right now. Even sitting up is hard today, and I am once again behind on stuff that I will end up scrambling to catch up on later. Vertigo sucks. So. Damn. Much. At any given time I can end up having to put my life on hold with no warning. And it's not like I haven't already scaled back on my activities because of this already. Because things that are easy for other people are so much effort. I can't even go grocery shopping without using noise cancelling headphones because the rumbling of the refrigerator and freezer cases is so wearing. But that's on a good day. And this is not a good day. This is a hope you like staying in bed all day because that's what you're doing day. Aargh!


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Treppa wrote:

Time to update the blacklist, I see. So happy to be on Chrome.

EDIT: Ahhh, better. Nice how it works retroactively.

What'd I do?
Soapboxing in FAWTL and treading dangerously close to breaking the no-politics rule, probably.
I did no such thing.

Not an argument, I swear:

The stuff about unions and retailers business practices gets political real fast. Something to be aware of, that's all.


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*Sniffle* *sneeze* *sniffle* *honk*

I haz a cold. :(

Well, on the bright side, it's still pretty mild as colds go. My nose is getting quite sore, but otherwise I don't actually feel as awful as I sound. But I would still greatly prefer it if my nose would stop dripping like a leaky faucet. :)


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Freehold DM wrote:
I can't soda anymore. I seltzer.

Me too. :)

Love my soda stream. It's not that it's that great, it's that I hated lugging home heavy bottles of seltzer that much.
Weak arms + second floor walkup = a very tired me. :P


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I used to love Mountain Dew. But now I find any sweetened beverage disgusting and gag if I attempt to drink it. This has now extended to alcohol as well. Soy milk is the only exception and even then I've switched brands to find one with less sugar in it. Changing tastes are weird.


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Aranna wrote:
lynora wrote:

So to add to this week's fun there appears to be something wrong with our modem. So that's tomorrow down the drain while trying to deal with the evil Comcast. And hopefully it will be fixed then. Two days of no wifi already sucks. >.<

I gave up dealing with Comcast. When I got my new place I ran the line and set up my own equipment after hanging up on Comcast's Indian tech call lines after the third person who couldn't understand English. I had internet in a few hours rather than the month plus Comcast would have taken.

I live in an apartment. Choices are for people who live in houses. Apparently. But the internet is back online so I'm guessing this was yet another round of our tech messed the box up again when switching on/shutting off your neighbor's service. Happens. At least it wasn't the modem again so I don't have to spend tomorrow driving to the service center to exchange it for a new one.


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Okay, an hour of wifi and coffee....I think that's enough to get me through for now. ;)

Gonna need that extra sanity to deal with my family. Somewhere along the way they elected me tech support and it gets ugly when I can't fix it. :P


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"Ace" wrote:

Ace chuckles at the halfling's antics "Fine, fine how about pink?" And the green spikes are replaced by a bright neon pink mohawk "Or maybe blue?" which then becomes electric blue dreads. "Also, I would totally be pretending to be your boyfriend. I'm quite the accomplished actor" He adds with mock flair.

"If none of those suit you, perhaps I can just be a loyal, yappy companion, frolicking at your heels, and Keme can be you date". Suddenly, the male halfling is gone, replaced by a small puppy, happily wagging its tail and barking.

*facepalm*

"Someone just shoot me now."


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So to add to this week's fun there appears to be something wrong with our modem. So that's tomorrow down the drain while trying to deal with the evil Comcast. And hopefully it will be fixed then. Two days of no wifi already sucks. >.<


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captain yesterday wrote:
I spit on SUVs, especially expensive ones, right in the middle of the hood.

*shrug*

Like it's any worse than what the birds do to all cars? :P

I'm not sure if my car counts as an SUV or not. It's more of a station wagon trying to pretend to be one of the cool kids, but it has four wheel drive and lots of cargo space so that's all I need. :)
My husband's car is just a fancier more expensive version of the station wagon in disguise. (They call them crossovers I think) Because we live in a city and parking garages in a true SUV are their own punishment. :P


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captain yesterday wrote:
Why do people that don't drink coffee think that people that do drink coffee want unrealistically huge coffee cups as gifts.

Where are these people? I'm always short of mugs.... Also define unrealistically huge? Like it's really a soup bowl? Cause....those are actually pretty awesome. Or like a thermos disguised as a travel cup? Cause yeah those are not awesome. Those are annoying. :)


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Aranna wrote:
There really is no wrong way to cook hot dogs... That said my favorite way to cook them is grilled.

Seconded. But there is no way I'm grilling in January. Hell, most winters it isn't even safe to go out on the balcony what with the icicles. Not so much yet this year, but I'm still not going to stand there and cook with -5 windchill. :D


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I bought a pack of wax paper steamer liners when I bought the steamer. They are advertised specifically for keeping food off of your steamer, so I presume they won't melt.

Tamales might be the first dish I cook. The Trader Joe's frozen tamales I like list steaming as a cookig option, and I have some. Or I could cook chicken quarters. I have some that need using...

I would avoid steaming chicken or any other non-fish meat.

I find that steaming meat leeches it of its flavor, and lends fowl a chewy texture.

Chewy, flavorless chicken is not a good thing.

I'm *almost* with Aranna and Lynora here: The steamer is awesome for veggies, dumplings (OMG what it does for dumplings), and fish.

There are other, more complex dishes that only truly shine in a steamer (Chez Souvan in Santa Clara does an incredible banana-leaf wrapped salmon loaf).

But for plain old meat or tamales, I'd stick to a plain old oven. The extra humidity does such dishes no favors.

I find tamales made in the oven too dry. *shrug* Different tastes I guess.

Steaming chicken can work, but it's not the easiest thing to get right. Not something I have done often on account of the texture issues you mentioned. I've never steamed fish on account of being allergic to it and all, but steaming hot dogs works great. :)


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Aranna wrote:

All I use my steamer for is rice and veggies. It is awesome at making those. Oh and a tip from Aranna; Use good quality spring water for steaming it really does lend its flavor to the food. And by the same token avoid using city tap water at all costs... ewwww.

This depends on where you live. I've lived places where we bought water because the city water was disgusting, but I've also lived places where the city water is really, really good. Which is as much as I can really say without delving into politics. Water is kind of a big deal in politics around these parts right now. What with our state government poisoning a whole city and all....


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I've always been a sucker for kitchen gadgets. Because I'm a lazy cook partially but also because I am an adventurous cook as well and constantly want to try new things. :)


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I have aquired bamboo steamer. Now what do I do with it, and how do I use it?

Ooh, I used to have one of those. I really liked it, but it was a victim of the great culling two years ago when I got rid of all the now unsafe things when I developed the wheat allergy. I used to use the bamboo steamer to make gyoza so...yeah, anyways....

You'll need a pan that's slightly bigger than the steamer that you can put water in. Put water in it, heat it up, put the steamer in it, and cook your stuff. Line the bottom of the tray with cabbage leaves or something similar if you're making stuff that can slip through the cracks. Otherwise just use it to steam veggies or dumplings or tamales or whatever really. It's a very versatile tool. But if anything gets on the steamer wipe it off right away or you'll never get it off. Do not let it sit for later. (Voice of experience there...I had bits of permanently imbedded dumpling on mine.....they'd been washed well, but could not be removed without breaking the steamer. Don't repeat my mistakes, find new ones of your own! :P)


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David M Mallon wrote:
Aranna wrote:
lynora wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
lynora wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I love great graphics, the geography of Skyrim alone is worth the 12 bucks I paid for it, but they aren't the be all end all.
If you're a fan of environment graphics, I'd strongly suggest picking up a copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Just be aware that the rocks move in the background and the trees go incorporeal every time the wind blows. >.<

Because sometimes improving the graphics doesn't....

Are you playing on console or PC? I've run into hella bugs, but never any of those...
Console. Tried it on the 360 and the One. Same trouble in both. It's what made it so I couldn't play the game because the jumping rocks were making me sick.
Weird that doesn't happen on the PC... worst I ever got was the game locking up during a cut scene. Do consoles let you change the graphics settings? This is a graphics intensive game and if your card is starting to get old you may need to lower the game settings.
360 player here, and the only graphics bugs I've seen were the one corrupted save I had where everyone's heads were missing, and a little thing I like to call the "Thedas Slide," where a character in the background will suddenly zip across the ground to the other side of the screen and then carry on as if nothing had happened. On the other hand, the game is more crash-prone than most I've played, and sometimes certain characters will freeze in place during combat.

I have mennieres disease. I can't rely on my inner ears to tell me which way is up like a normal person because my ears get confused at the drop of a hat. So I rely on what I see to orient direction. Especially watching the horizon. The graphics problem here happens at the horizon, on multiple systems, two different copies of the game. When they loop the background there's a moment when the rocks in the horizon 'jump' as it skips back to the beginning of the loop. No amount of changing the settings can make this loop not happen and it totally disorients me as my eyes are then telling me that the world just shook even though I know it didn't. Terrible motion sickness. I've had other people look at it and they can't see the jump until I point it out. It's only a problem if you have a habit of staring at horizons apparently as they were able to easily ignore it after knowing it's there. Wish I could. :/

Well, I guess there are worse things than not being able to play the new games that are currently out. Good thing I'm not a die hard video game person. :)
Still disappointed about inquisition though. I was really into that series. It's definitely a bummer.


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David M Mallon wrote:
lynora wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I love great graphics, the geography of Skyrim alone is worth the 12 bucks I paid for it, but they aren't the be all end all.
If you're a fan of environment graphics, I'd strongly suggest picking up a copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Just be aware that the rocks move in the background and the trees go incorporeal every time the wind blows. >.<

Because sometimes improving the graphics doesn't....

Are you playing on console or PC? I've run into hella bugs, but never any of those...

Console. Tried it on the 360 and the One. Same trouble in both. It's what made it so I couldn't play the game because the jumping rocks were making me sick.


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David M Mallon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I love great graphics, the geography of Skyrim alone is worth the 12 bucks I paid for it, but they aren't the be all end all.
If you're a fan of environment graphics, I'd strongly suggest picking up a copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Just be aware that the rocks move in the background and the trees go incorporeal every time the wind blows. >.<

Because sometimes improving the graphics doesn't....


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Orthos wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Orthos wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I like Danny Elfman for soundtrack music, never really paid much attention to video game music.

I blame years of playing Madden.

I'm the opposite. Music is one of the biggest things that will draw me to a game. The only thing I need more than that is a story. If the story is good enough and the music enthralling enough, I can tolerate poor mechanics.

I only play RPGs and RPG-esque games like Mount & Blade: Warband, but I always do it with the music turned down (mainly because I really only play games to give my hands stuff to do while I listen to crap on Youtube)

Yeah I've never understood how people can multitask like that. Unless Youtube is strictly just playing music, I can't just let it run in the background; I have to be paying attention to it. And definitely can't play one game and pay attention to a video in another window or something. One thing at a time. @_@

I know! The kidlet does this too! He plays video games and watches you tube videos about a completely different game and sometimes also reads a book at the same time and I'm like how are you even doing this? My eyes won't even let me try that. The closest I can come is reading and knitting and that's only because I don't need to look at the knitting.


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Orthos wrote:
lynora wrote:

Playing Animal Crossing is the mental equivalent of getting out the crayons and coloring book. It feels creative and you can sort of tune out most of your brain for a while. Great for when you need to let the rest of your mind continue to worry at real life problems. :)

But I can see where it would be really frustrating if you want to play something that actually engages your mind.
Edit: And I love that it's cutesie. But I also love Hello Kitty, so obviously cutesie is not a problem for me. ^.^
Ah, so you use it for what I use reading books for =)

I guess so. Because I think I get from reading books what you get from playing video games if I'm understanding correctly. I am very mentally engaged with a book that I'm reading and constantly analyzing the content and language as I go even when not consciously, so when I'm reading it has all of my attention and I am rewarded with getting more story as I read more.

Funny how different minds work really. :)


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Playing Animal Crossing is the mental equivalent of getting out the crayons and coloring book. It feels creative and you can sort of tune out most of your brain for a while. Great for when you need to let the rest of your mind continue to worry at real life problems. :)
But I can see where it would be really frustrating if you want to play something that actually engages your mind.
Edit: And I love that it's cutesie. But I also love Hello Kitty, so obviously cutesie is not a problem for me. ^.^


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The games I do tend to find worth the trouble are either of the puzzle game that rewards you with pieces of story when you figure it out or they are games like Animal Crossing that have no win conditions and playing the game is basically a form of meditation.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Poor mechanics piss me off :-D

Really, for me, my enjoyment of video games is directly tied to how good I am at it, there is only so many times I'll do something over before I just give up.

That being said, I love a challenge outside video games, and never give up.

Oh good, it's not just me. My rage quit threshold is very low and I usually end up playing at the just let me win dammit setting when I do play. I'm an unapologetic button masher and have no patience with complicated game mechanics. :)

But real life problems I will worry at until I have them solved. It's an exercise in creativity. Video games will never really be that because they're too limited. In real life you can turn a problem upside down and inside out until you figure it out. Video games are too limiting and I just want them to give me the answer already if they're not going to let me do it my way. :P


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Freehold DM wrote:
lynora wrote:

I tried to play FF once. No idea what number but fairly recent I think. I couldn't make it through the opening scene before the motion sickness set in. So pretty sure that doesn't count. But aside from a brief window of time many years ago with my beloved dreamcast I've never been all that into video games. I like Mass Effect and I liked Dragon Age before inquisition came out (there's a whole rant about modern too good but not quite good enough graphics there), but mostly I play happy home designer on my 3ds. Because it's fun. :)

animal crossing?

Yep. I played animal crossing maybe a little too much, and then picked up happy home designer as soon as it came out. It's all the most fun parts of animal crossing without the incessant fishing. :)


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I tried to play FF once. No idea what number but fairly recent I think. I couldn't make it through the opening scene before the motion sickness set in. So pretty sure that doesn't count. But aside from a brief window of time many years ago with my beloved dreamcast I've never been all that into video games. I like Mass Effect and I liked Dragon Age before inquisition came out (there's a whole rant about modern too good but not quite good enough graphics there), but mostly I play happy home designer on my 3ds. Because it's fun. :)


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Treppa wrote:
Am I the only one who's never played FF?

Nope, not the only one.


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Because apparently people like to eat.


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I already use Amazon prime to get most of my dry goods. I get an embarrassing amount of packages per week.
But meat and veggies and dairy products must still be fetched from the store.


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I have to go to the grocery store because we are out of all the things. :(
This is one of those times when I really really wish there was a grocery delivery around here.


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Shoes...I had a good collection of shoes. :(
I had ankle boots, and knee boots that could double as wellies, and trainers, and sandals, and dress shoes, and dress sandals, and water shoes (because getting your feet cut up in shells is no fun).
And then my feet shrank.
My feet have been a size 8 for the last twelve years since the kidlet was born. They were a six and a half before that. So in the last couple of months as my blood sugar has gotten under better control, my shoe size suddenly went back down to a seven. The blisters that I got finding that out were epic. And now I can't wear any of my beautiful expensive shoes. I bought the bare minimum ( trainers and snow boots) that I need to get by, but it's going to take a long time to rebuild my collection. :/

Edit: well of course I'm naked...I don't have shoes to match anything. ;P


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Treppa wrote:
Can you learn to be a good singer? I mean, if you have a good ear but weak voice, can your voice be trained to be a great voice? Or do you have to be born with it?

I don't know about great, but if you have a good sense of tone then vocal lessons can really help strengthen your voice. When I was younger I had amazing range but a reedy voice, which ended up with me getting damaged vocal cords thanks to a high school teacher with a love of Mozart and a dearth of first sopranos. I was the only one who could hit the high notes, but I didn't know how to do that in a way that wouldn't hurt. I had to take a year off of singing and then take vocal lessons to learn how to sing without pain. By the end my voice wasn't even recognizable as what it had been. It was much stronger and clearer. And then years of asthma medication damaged my vocal cords again and I had to give up singing again outside of the occasional random karaoke. :P

Anyhow, the point of that long convoluted story is that yes vocal lessons can make your voice stronger. Learning the proper way to breathe, and the best ways to use your mouth to shape the sounds, and so on make a huge difference to how your singing voice sounds.


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Treppa wrote:
Does anyone else compulsively clean their house before the new year? I gotta have the fridge cleaned out, sheets changed, papers discarded or filed, house tidy, laundry done, etc.

No, but I spend the first week of the new year doing all those things. It helps me destress after the holidays. The cleaning begins tomorrow! :)


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Illithia wrote:
Keme Tokala wrote:

"You're right. Fear is a healthy response for something like this. And you don't have to do this. It's okay to change your mind."

"Uh...not really sure about anyone's relationship status here....Ace has a girlfriend....sort of...it's complicated. I don't know. Ace is more into the social stuff than I have been. Let's start there."

"Hey, I gotta earn my keep around here don't I? I'm not a dragon or super-powered like the ones around here who always save the day, so I gotta do what I can." Again, Illithia's dancing around the issue, downplaying her own fear. It's pretty easy to see through, even without the colour-changing ink patterning her skin. She pushes herself back up to a sitting position on the bed, accidently knocking a book and causing a small avalanche of stuff to tumble off the bed.

She blushes again momentarily and grins sheepishly. "Whoops."

"Alright, let's go see this Ace guy then. No use in sitting around."

"As the lady wishes," he said with a mock bow.

Once in the hallway, he touched a hand to the wall and followed the arrows to Ace.

"Hey, Ace. I've brought a friend and we have a terrible idea, but it just might work," he said by way of greeting.


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One of my Christmas presents this year was a silicone bread pan that I saw on Pinterest with a recommendation that it's really good for making gluten free bread. It's cool because it folds out to a bowl that you can mix the ingredients in, then you fold it up and fasten it and it becomes a baguette shape that the dough can rise in and be baked in. This is especially good because gluten free bread is delicate to say the least and the less you have to disturb it the better your chances of having something edible at the end. So I tried it out the day before yesterday, and it worked! I ended up with edible bread with decent texture that did not taste like sadness! Woohoo!
Even better, yesterday the kidlet and I realized that this meant we could have toast!!! (It's the little things. You try going without toast for two years and see how excited you get about it. :P) We ate the rest of the loaf for breakfast and lunch and snack because TOAST!!! :D
But now we're out of bread so I need to make more. :)


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
lynora wrote:

GTgamer, honestly that's... kind of an awful way to talk about your players. I know I would be pretty offended if it were me and I actually have ADHD.

My personal flowchart for dealing with players: are they having fun? If yes, stop worrying, it's all good. If no, talk with them, make them part of the problem solving process. Are they having fun now? Repeat steps as necessary. YMMV.
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'further musings:

You're right that the GM should have fun too, and I apologize that my earlier post was a bit too flippant to properly express that. I consider the GM to be a player too, albeit one who has volunteered to do extra work so everyone else can have fun. That's part of the point of everyone involved sitting down and negotiating what works best for them so that the whole group has fun. Anytime it breaks down into an us versus them kinda deal, it usually means trouble, and in my experience that is the first sign that things are about to get ugly. I'm usually the group peacemaker, so that's a pretty stressful thing for me. My apologies if I misunderstood your intent in your original post. That was just how it read to me. I admit that I am sometimes wrong. :)

On another note, I find it fascinating all the different ways that something like ADHD expresses itself. I have never really struggled with interrupting people or not paying attention. I just have to do other stuff at the same time as listening in order to properly pay attention. Knitting is a favorite activity for that. Or I just end up tapping my toes if I have nothing else to do. Staying still has never been an option. :)
And keeping track of appointments is the worst. I'm always forgetting somewhere that I have to be no matter how many notes to myself I leave laying around....
The kidlet has that problem with interrupting though. And my troubles with managing a schedule. Poor thing. The worst of both worlds. :P


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GTgamer, honestly that's... kind of an awful way to talk about your players. I know I would be pretty offended if it were me and I actually have ADHD.
My personal flowchart for dealing with players: are they having fun? If yes, stop worrying, it's all good. If no, talk with them, make them part of the problem solving process. Are they having fun now? Repeat steps as necessary. YMMV.


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Out of context quote: "Agh! Tentacles in the eyes!"

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