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After a 48 hour migraine over the weekend with back pain that never let up even after the headache eased, I dragged myself to the chiropractor yesterday.
captain yesterday wrote:
Sounds like a fun place to visit. :)
Freehold DM wrote:
Well, it's not exactly magical, but it's really great to make on nights you don't really want to cook. Za'atar is a spice blend. You can usually find it in middle eastern groceries. Or Whole Foods. Za'atar chicken is a staple at my house. Put a bunch of chicken legs in a baking pan. Drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle generously with sea salt. Then I add the za'atar by the handful, thickly coating the chicken with a spice crust. Bake at 350 for an hour while you go do other things that aren't cooking, I generally serve with salad or some other vegetable that doesn't take prep since the whole point for me is to spend as little time cooking as possible. :)
Also there's a little button below the text box that shows you all the stuff you can do to format your text.
Post here often enough and you'll find yourself having to edit those out of your word documents....
Jeran bowed his head and there was a long moment of silence from him as he appeared to be thinking things over.
"Sidon. It's not a name that would mean anything to you, but it means the world to me. He was my little brother. He was still very young when our father died, and not much older when he was killed by my uncle out of pety spite. *cough, cough* If you had made me that offer when I was ten, I would have taken it and thanked you for it, I was that desperate to get away from the pain. But I'm not ten anymore. *cough, cough* I remember Sidon every day. I got justice for him, but that wasn't enough. Everything I ever learned to believe about the strong being meant to protect the weak instead of ruling over them, it was all for love of my brother. *cough, cough* Which is why I am willing to sacrifice my life if it will save the people here. I don't want to die, but I accepted that possibility the first time I put on that flight suit. *cough, cough* But I can't accept this offer. I know what I would become without love. A monster. I can't save the people of this world from destruction by becoming a creature of it myself. My answer is no," he said, falling to his knees as a stronger coughing fit shook his body. He wasn't going to last much longer in this poisoned air, especially while talking so much.
He looked at her in stunned disbelief. "How new are you? That was last week's quota. This week just got started. So far at least one possible apocalyptic event that folks are attemtping to avert. And if the aschen are running around there might be two. Today. That I know of. And that's just potential apocalypse, not just garden variety disaster. We've got some of that going on too." He shook his head. "Maybe we've all been doing too good a job at hiding all this crap.......I really should talk to somebody about that.....or not.....it's.....probably not my responsibility anymore.....huh. That's just......weird," he said, his voice trailing off as the reality of not actually being on call if the world needed saving finally started to sink in. "Is this what normal feels like? I'm not sure I like it."
Freehold DM wrote:
Kaidan is definitely creepy stalker dude.But I can't get on with Liara at all. The awkwardness is almost cute. Almost. But she's just so needy. (I fault the game writers here. They bring on the relationship stuff both way too soon and way too heavy handed as I often found myself screaming at the tv, "but that has nothing to do with the conversation option I picked, I didn't say that!")
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An aschen appears in front of Ephebe carrying a sack. It carefully empties out the items onto the ground in front of Ephebe, pointing out on the list which one came from who. She raised an eyebrow and it shrugged in a sort of what can you do gesture when it pulled out Fei's pillow. She frowned when it pulled out the piece of Tarka.
Ephebe gathered the items and brought them over to Anwar.
captain yesterday wrote:
It's cold, I made pies to warm the place up, that worked for awhile, but now the kids are sluggish from too much pie and bickering, but because of the smoke I can't really banish them outside, so that means an indoor place like a toy store or Barnes and Noble, why not the mall you ask? Tiny T-Rex hates the mall, does nothing but complain the whole time "there's no machines! Where are the trucks?" He won't even go in Build a Bear! According to him stuffed animals are magical creatures that should never be made by the hands and fluff jets of human beings, who "will just a screw it up anyways"
So I've been watching a lot of Legend of Korra the last couple days cause I had to do something while I was too dizzy to stand up. And your description of Tiny T-Rex here has me pretty much picturing him as Milo now. :)
Anahita bint Tariq wrote:
"You sure you don't have? A button? A ribbon? An earring? Some belly button lint? Anything be fine," the creature asked anxiously.
Imperial Chronicler wrote:
lol. Glad I wasn't taking a drink when I read that. :D
The aschen gets frustrated, stamps its foot, and grabs the pillow off the bed....hopefully it counted.
"Of course, Master. Neither would I. I will be as discreet as possible."
"GOOD. WHEN THE EXCREMENT HITS THE RAPIDLY SPINNING BLADES, IT IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA TO LET ON THAT YOU HAVE BEEN KNOWN FROM TIME TO TIME TO WORK AS A MANURE SALESPERSON."And with that, Death returned to....whatever it was he did when he wasn't at work.
captain yesterday wrote:
It's been 4 weeks, but this weekend it's back to Numeria for a good long session, we're at 2nd level, should be a fun time :-)
Good luck and have fun. :)It can be tough to get back into things after a long break.
This weekend we will be heading to [redacted] as our brave (and more than slightly traumatized) heroes continue attempting to save a generally ungrateful Cauldron in Shackled City. :)
Gluten free baked goods are a pain. That said, they will never ever get the same consistency as normal wheat based stuff. Even if you've been fortunate enough to get a tasty version. It's basically like having to relearn baking all over again. It takes five different flours just to make a pie crust that doesn't taste like sawdust and sadness for example. Anyhow, good luck. :)
"Master...we need to talk..."
"I SUPPOSE THIS MEANS THAT SHENANIGANS ARE AFOOT. TO BE FAIR. THAT IS USUALLY MY FIRST ASSUMPTION. WHATEVER SHENANIGANS ACTUALLY ARE, THEY SEEM TO BE QUITE WELL TRAVELED."
Okay, that's an awesome costume. :)The kidlet could never pull that off though. He's almost twelve and only half an inch shorter than me (I'm 5'2") and very solid build. He's not overweight, but no one will ever call him skinny. Strong,yes, skinny, no. He's been glared at by parents who think he's too old for the playground equipment since he was nine. *shrug* Not much I can do about that.
His standard summer wear is sadly similar though. Too small flannel pajama pants and an old sweater of mine that he 'borrowed' and never returned....I liked that sweater too darn it.
My sympathies. Kidlet got the sniffles during the last week of school and we ended up taking him to the doctor the day after his last day. Turns out the sniffles was actually a sinus infection. So he has spent his summer vacation thus far playing video games to distract himself from how miserable he feels. He's dong a bit better and he's been on the antibiotics long enough now to not be contagious, so I'm planning to take him to the movies this afternoon....gotta get him off of the couch at least for a little bit. :)
Depends. Kidlet was playing that DLC yesterday and....it really did look like a Michael Bay movie....his play style is... Well, he's eleven, so, yeah......
Lol. I never thought so as a kid. It was a confusing color. I could never figure out if it was blonde or brown...or occasionally kinda red....when of course the answer was all of the above. I have never fit into categories well. :P
Freehold DM wrote:
Oh that just not playing fair. :)
Heh. I have the opposite sort of. My hair is super fine, but there's masses of it and it curls. Not enough to be cute. Just enough to be unmanageable. Finding a stylist who can deal with it without tears is challenging. All the dye has calmed it some. It still throws bobby pins when I wear it up, but at a slower velocity. You no longer hear the ping as a pin hits the wall at speed...:)
Freehold DM wrote:
Yeah, I tried the gym thing. Didn't care for it. Three mile hike over hilly terrain? Yes, please. Tai Chi in the park? Totally there. Yoga anywhere flat enough to set my mat? Awesome. Kayaking? Well...honestly, not really my thing, but I need to work on my arm strength, so sure. Swimming....yeah, I live in Michigan. We don't even try to swim before June unless it's an indoor pool. Which I'm not fond of. In fact, the overarching theme here is that I prefer outdoor exercise. The gym is somewhere I go in the winter because asthma and super cold temps are not a great combo for me. As soon as it thaws a bit, I'm out of there until the next December.
Edit: the only exercise I willingly do indoors is taekwondo lessons, and that kinda has to be done in a dojo. Which always smells like sweat socks. Blech.
Celestial Healer wrote:
Books? Or a gift card for purchasing ebooks? I mean, can you ever really go wrong with books? :)
Hey, that's just sensible.....they know their genre conventions. Monsters you can fight. A murderous doll? Yeah, thanks, but no, I've seen this movie. :)
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I'm on my second playthrough. Because it's awesome and I couldn't stay away. :)
Yes, I definitely feel this way. I often find myself self-censoring because of it. And sometimes I get past it and speak up anyways because that's the only way to 1) not be invisible and 2) to not go insane trying to hide who I am. Sometimes it's hard not fitting neatly into one category. But the folks here are really nice and supportive, so that helps.
Finished coloring my wife's hair for her birthday. Though I prefer her natural blonde she wanted to try bright red, she looks good, kinda like an anime character!(though not on lynora's level)
Awesome! Bright red is fun. I did the fire engine red hair many years ago. It was a good look, but a bit too tame for me now. :)
Oh, I think we can all agree that Gwyneth Paltrow is a bit clueless about shopping on a tight budget. Good first effort though.Also of course produce for a whole family is that expensive. The more people you add and all that. :)
The article Treppa linked also gave an example of how someone could spend that amount of money, eat fairly healthy, and still get sufficient calories. That shopping list looked very familiar. Not an exact match but pretty similar to how I shopped when money was super tight. So it kinda proves what I was saying, which is that it is possible. Not fun, but possible. Obviously it's a lot nicer when you have more money and can buy nicer stuff and more variety of fruits and veggies. I've just seen a lot of people eat nutritionally poor food because they didn't know they had better options. sometimes with dire health consequences. And I know it doesn't have to be that way.
I disagree that eating healthier is more expensive. It just requires some smart shopping and a lot more cooking from scratch. And a lot less meat. That stuff gets expensive quick. But it can be done without starving. Or feeling like you're starving.
Huh. You know, I did not realize that was something I felt so passionately about. Weird. Anyhow, I was raised on 'health food' so I guess that's part of it.
David M Mallon wrote:
Starting to come to my attention that I need to start getting back in shape and eating better. Problem is, a) I have basically no money, and b) my back is shot and my knees are on their way out. Any suggestions?
I second (third...whatever) the suggestions for tai chi and yoga. You can find a bunch of good lessons on YouTube and while a yoga mat is nice it isn't strictly essential, so you can do either with no equipment.If you want some recipes and/or suggestions for how to not be malnourished while wishing you had enough money to be on a shoestring budget, I can probably help. Been there, done that. I can at least steer you away from my mistakes. Hint: eating nothing but rice for a month, not the best idea. But it does beat going hungry. (Sometimes I wonder how I actually survived my twenties...)
Pyry Soleil wrote:
"Well, it's a kind of playing...without clothes on... and usually lots of kissing and stuff....and some people think you should only do that kind of thing with someone you really love, but other people think that it's okay with anybody as long as both people agree that it's okay....you know, I don't think I'm explaining this very well. Maybe we should go talk to the nurse. She had charts and diagrams and stuff. It was way easier to understand."
Yep. Crash course in sex ed part two....not how she thought she was going to be spending her day. :P
I got my hair touched up today. The blue came out much darker. Kind of an iridescent midnight color, a bit like starling feathers. Which is cool.
My husband is more lucid today which isn't doing him any favors since he is still in a lot of pain. And bored out of his mind. He's so frustrated about not being able to read or watch tv. Not that he can pay attention to anything yet. I've played the same podcast for him twice and he didn't even recognize it the second time... Looks like a longer than predicted recovery.
My husband had eye surgery this morning. It went well and he is in recovery. Meanwhile I am slowly losing what's left of my mind being cooped up in the waiting room. ADHD and sitting and waiting for hours make a bad combo. I've been getting up and changing seats every so often like it was the mad hatters tea party and I keep tapping my feet and stuff, but still.....waiting room is so boring! Ugh. And it could be hours yet. :(