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Not really. As long as you find a place with a small living room and kitchen and only one bath, you can still get decent sized bedrooms. Big enough to put a bed in anyway, and that's really my standard. I had a bedroom the size of a walk in closet when I was growing up, so it's warped my sense of what a decent size room is. :)As long as you don't mind not having entertaining space then there are lots of houses and apartments like that around here. And I don't mind no entertaining space, cause introvert. (Ain't no party like an introvert party, cause an introvert party don't start.). :P
And in a big fit of irony, I swear we only ever have guests when we are living in a small house with very little room for them to do things like sit down. Because apparently friends are like cats who only want to go where they are inconvenient. ;)
Sounds awesome to me. A little smaller than my ideal (900 sq ft is my idea of perfect, but only because we like to have 3 bedrooms. I snore. Like a lot. And I get real damn cranky about being woken up for it multiple times a night. It's better for everyone if I have my own sleeping space.) but with a location like that, I can totally understand wanting to stay. Plus smaller spaces take less upkeep. This was a big factor in getting rid of our big house in the burbs. I hated not being able to walk places easily, I hated having to spend hours and hours trying to keeps over 2000 sq ft clean, both of us hated yardwork with the fire of a thousand suns, and the payments were too big. Our current place is still a little big, but it's across the street from the kidlet's school and next door to a grocery store, and an easy walk to almost anywhere in town, so we're staying for at least the next year and a half. Sometimes you just gotta find what works for you and screw what everyone else thinks. If being a real adult requires misery (and/or facebook) I'll pass thanks. :P
Well, got my words for the day in spite of being stuck in the mid manuscript doldrums ( that dreaded part of the book where the plot has stalled and you can't figure out how to get things moving towards the conclusion again) and being interrupted to be a math tutor for the kidlet all evening. So that's something, I guess. :)
Also, loving the math discussions. :)
Kidlet is having soooo much trouble with math homework tonight. And I am cursing the years of stupid curriculum that focused so much on the 'shortcuts' and different techniques that my twelve year old doesn't know how to do basic multiplication and division and it's slowing him down so much he can't get through his homework even though he's actually good at math and understands the concept. Ugh. So now I get to assign him extra homework over his next school breaks so he can get some actual practice doing simple problems so he can be able to do it for himself when it comes up in his school work.
I love math, but common core is [expletive deleted]
Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
See, I would have to strongly disagree with this sentiment. (Not the anti Facebook sentiment. I'm all about saying no to Facebook. The anti phones at the dinner table sentiment is the one I disagree with.) As someone who has long been opposed to trying to engage in conversation while eating (Seriously, it's loud, I can't hear anything anyways, and let's face it, conversation while eating invariably leads to someone talking with their mouth full and that is utterly disgusting not to mention distracting from what they're saying. Not to mention my tendency to wildly gesticulate while I talk makes talking while eating a bad idea. Someone always ends up splattered with sauce because I forgot I was holding a fork.) I find phones at the dinner table to be a considerable upgrade from the previous books/magazines at the dinner table. There's lots less stuff competing with the plates for space. If my family wants to hang out and talk, we go out for walks or play a game or something. At the dinner table, we're just enjoying our food. It's not sad. It doesn't mean we have no human connection. But some of us would rather read a book on that small screen than try to shout at our dinner companions when we're out. :)
Edit: Sorry, but it's getting to be a bit of a sore point due to what feels like everybody and their brother complaining about the modern disconnection caused by cell phones. It's not you, it's that you're just that one last person who made the same exact comment.
Today was a weird day. My joints hurt. Like all of them. Not a little either. Like my whole body is made of pain. This is unusual even for me. I hope that it stops soon and never happens again. :/
Freehold DM wrote:
The filling is made of grapes. It's best if you can get the seedless black grapes. You can use red if you have to, but it isn't as good. And don't use green. Just don't. Yech. It....isn't good. Anyhoo, you cook the grapes with some sugar and cinnamon and orange zest and a little bit of cornstarch until they burst open and the whole thing is basically an ooey gooey mess, and then you pour that into the pie crust, put the top crust over it and bake. It is soooo good.
Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
That's what I was going to say!
Of course this is partly because I can't have most pie. Cheesecake is easy to make sans wheat (I use almond flour instead of graham cracker crumbs), but wheat free pie crust is tricksy and often disappointing. Pre-allergy my favorite pie was grape pie.
Also it is hard to type with all these band-aids on my fingers. Carving the pumpkin yesterday was a bit more difficult than anticipated and I cut myself a few times. Thankfully nothing serious. But I had to tell the kidlet next year's design needs less teeth. It did look a bit cool though because my blood ended up dripping all over the teeth so it looked like the pumpkin bit me. :P
Panic has set in. I do not yet have a complete list of characters, let alone an outline. I still don't know exactly what the crime is which is a problem when you're writing a mystery novel.....meanwhile, my head feels like it's going to explode with too much information from setting research. And only two more days after this one before NaNo starts. I am so doomed.
Freehold DM wrote:
It's often much more complicated than that. Even if the parent knows that there is something wrong or off about their child, the doctors will swear to you that they are within normal parameters or that it's only a mild delay and they will catch up. They make you feel like you're being overprotective and a wee bit crazy to boot. So when you finally make it through to an autism diagnosis, you have some predictable responses. You have the see I told you camp. And then you have the confused but angry camp who are like but if junior was fine last month and now he is autistic, it must have been something that happened in the last month. And then they jump to the wrong conclusions because they need a narrative to make sense of this. I believe that we would see a lot less of this if the diagnostic process for autism were less antagonistic than it currently is and parents' concerns were not so frequently dismissed. It wouldn't go away altogether because yeah some people just can't see that their kids are different than other kids. But that's so far from the whole story with the system as it is now.
Ugh. Speaking of family inspired anxiety attacks, Dad came by for a surprise visit with his new girlfriend in tow. At least my sister gave me a heads up about the girlfriend. (Dad was pissed. Because he likes causing discomfort where it isn't necessary. Sigh.)
Yeah, about the worst you can do with a rice cooker is not washing the rice ahead of time. And even then you get edible rice at the end. It just smells awful while it's cooking. :)
We're insured by Satan...I mean Cigna. I keep getting those confused. Can't imagine why. :/
Current drama involves a two week gap on my diabetes meds that they will not help with at all. And since it costs as much as rent to pay for it out of pocket, I am waiting on a call from my doctor to see what I should do next.
David M Mallon wrote:
*Ahem*I know I wasn't as active in the first thread, and I didn't start posting in it until page 19, but I was definitely there. Also definitely still here. :)
Freehold DM wrote:
So being the kind of person who can't stand not knowing things, I looked some stuff up. Superglue can be dissolved with acetone. Acetone is naturally produced by the human body, in higher concentrations if you happen to be diabetic. So, yes, I actually am causing the superglue to fail. Also, unless you are on a ketogenic diet, you might want to have your blood sugar checked.And now you know. And knowing is half the battle. :D
And now to go do two hours driving to get the kidlet's new glasses frames. Bleh. But needs must and all that. At least I won't have to keep taping the current ones together. I have no luck with adhesives. They always give out. Superglue too. It's utterly useless. And I don't know why they make such a fuss about getting it on your skin. The stuff peels off like elmers. My husband jokes that I'm made of universal solvent. :P
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
It's hard when family doesn't understand. You're doing great though, and you will continue to do so. Because you're a strong person and you got this. :)(Figured you could use some cheerleading there.)
I had the same thing happen with brussel sprouts. Turns out I actually like the stuff.
But Lima beans are still evil and disgusting. :)
Freehold DM wrote:
Wheat and fish. So you know, just the stuff they put in everything. :P
Yeah....my family never got that memo...
Being the black sheep in my family means being held to impossible standards and forever after criticized for failing them. And lots of talking about me behind my back. Someone has to be the star of the family gossip mill I guess.
Yeah, my family is....well, my sisters are great. Other than that, let's just say that we do better from a distance. A long distance. Distance is good. I'm the black sheep of the family because....ummmm.....you know, I think I just happened to be the one who drew the short straw here. I have no idea how it got started but will admit I sometimes have fun with my 'bad' reputation. :)My husband has a similar relationship with his family. Different reasons, same result.
I've always been fascinated by and slightly jealous of those who have functional and healthy family relationships. I don't know what that would be like, but it looks nice from the outside. :)
TL, I have very severe allergies and have gotten very very sick in the past because of well meaning people who didn't understand about cross contamination. So I always bring a bento if I get roped into going to a potluck event. It is never an enjoyable experience but there are different levels on traumatic depending on the group.
Freehold DM wrote:
I know right?! Obviously I belong in my nice cave with excellent internet access where people can't disturb me! ;P
The Doomkitten wrote:
Sorry, hun. Sat down to update and kidlet walked in with broken glasses. Luckily reparable (because frames are expensive dammit), but it required super glue to fix. And ours had dried up so I had to go to the store to get some. And of course it couldn't wait because glasses required to see and stuff. This is the kind of thing that happens when you're a parent.(And if you want to know what happened to keep me from updating earlier in the day it was because I was trying to repair my sofa. Unsuccessfully. But I did make my reflex save versus the spring that will not stay tacked down so it didn't gore me. Yay. Doesn't being a grown up sound like so much fun now? :P)
That's actually pretty cool. Learn something new every day. Radiators are rare around here. Ours only ever get warmish. They're the floorboard variety so that's a safety feature not a flaw. I have been pleasantly surprised how much my asthma has improved from having radiators instead of a blowing furnace. Even when I would change the furnace air filters every week, it still wasn't enough. So now radiators are something I would look for in future places to live. Although not planning to move anytime soon. There's no way we would ever find another apartment this big. :)
They turned on the heat in our building today. It's one of those old school boiler systems with radiators in the apartments instead of a forced air system. We do have to use space heaters in the bedrooms in the winter though. There isn't much radiator in the bedrooms and insulation wasn't really a priority in the fifties, so it gets really, really cold back there in the winter.
The anger towards open mouthed chewers always makes me feel uncomfortable. For the record, I am not an open mouth chewer. I make an effort to always chew with my mouth closed in as polite a way as possible. Unfortunately that does not help. I am cursed with loud chewing. I have lost count of the number of times I have been yelled at to chew with my mouth closed while chewing with my mouth closed. It was pretty much a daily thing from my parents growing up and has been done by strangers, friends, and even my spouse since. Not a lot I can do about having good acoustics inside my mouth.
Female awww, but that would be telling unknown
While I appreciate the consideration, there's no need to sound snippy about it. You have no idea how long Magic was working on Jasper either.And it's not like there isn't room for more than one four-armed creature at Avalon. :)
(Thank goodness. We can't afford to lose anymore infirmary staff. :P)
The point being that there is room for more than one take on any particular idea.
So the parking garage(s) near the karate school are under contruction which sucks and takes up extra time. So this afternoon as I was heading to a parking garage and hoping I would find a spot, I found a miracle parking spot on the street literally across the street from the school. We actually ended up with extra time before kidlet's lesson because I had budgeted so much extra time for parking garage shenanigans. :)
The Doomkitten wrote:
You could take a page from Shackled City and play up one of the rival adventuring groups from the tournament. I mean really have them get to your players to the point where they're all like I don't care if I lose so long as those guys don't win. That will also add some extra complexity to your arena scenario. And trying to do the adventuring and the tournament simultaneously could lead to both some races against time kinda things and some serious resource management problems. Be prepared to throw in some extra potions and stuff if the latter starts sucking the fun out.
Also how well known is this magic virus? If very well known why is the tournament still happening? People generally don't care about fame as much during a zombie plague (shadow virus, same difference here). What's to keep your party from saying screw the tournament?
Also don't forget to throw in some non undead antagonists. Does the virus affect everyone? What if it started affecting a tribe of giants and now the survivors are blaming your city? Changing things up keeps your players on their toes. :)
Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
And after being in a few fizzled out games you'll realize the only way to get the game you want is to run it. Good luck! :P
But seriously, I hope you find a good game. PBP is actually pretty awesome. But it can take a while to find your groove with it because things function so differently than they do in a tabletop game. So be patient with yourself when you hit that learning curve.
I am so with you on this one. Never bothered me growing up because I'm artistic and have a very steady hand. (I made paper architectural models for fun....yes,I was a weird kid. Goes without saying.) But the kidlet has severe dysgraphia. Of all the language problems to have, that has got to be the easiest to deal with long term. And it's not uncommon for a kid with high functioning autism. He has a school district issued laptop so that he can actually do his school work since handwriting is out of the question. The school OT who had been working with him for years basically said on the record, sorry guys this is as good as it's ever gonna get, and we are wasting our time trying to work on this. And now all of his classes want to have them work on posters and diagrams. *facepalm* So now I have to teach the kidlet how to use PowerPoint and make posters using Word so he can actually complete these crazy assignments. It's not that it's hard. Theyre easy enough programs to use. It's just that suddenly there are so many of these draw a poster assignments. Like they all got together and decided it was poster week or something.