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Christmas tree is improbably still up.

Weather is delightfully cold and it has been snowing all afternoon. :)

Shoulder still hurts, but slightly less. Slow healing is better than no healing.

And now to work on sewing some flannel pajama pants. The actual sewing is easy. The drafting a pattern is maybe not so much as it is a skill I am still mastering. But it's good practice! That's what I keep telling myself...


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Eight days and the Christmas tree still stands. I'm starting to think that the cats actually approve of this one.

And we have discovered our new favorite holiday dessert. Hot chocolate floats. Take a normal mug of hot chocolate (preferably made with milk of some variety) and add a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. It is sinfully delicious.


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Finally broke down and ordered a bread box. The Tupperware bin I'd been using kept all the moisture in so the bread kept getting moldy, and the smell bothered me so much that I didn't bake bread at all last week. Kidlet was sad getting GF bagel sandwiches all week, but that's the only kind of bread I can buy instead of make myself, so he had to put up with it. This was one of those times when I really missed being able to just buy bread. But gluten free bread at the store is mostly made from sadness and disappointment. They're the first two ingredients right before rice flour and corn starch. :P


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captain yesterday wrote:
Tiny T-Rex (opening the broiler on the stove for the first time): excited gasp, complete with jaw drop. You mean it's NOT for clothes!!

lol. I had a similar reaction the first time we had a stove with a broiler drawer (as opposed to just broiling in the main oven)...only in my case I was trying to figure out where the heck I was going to store all my baking pans since that's what that drawer is usually for. :)


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We have made it seven days without the cats knocking over the Christmas tree! A whole week! And we even left them alone with it totally unsupervised for a whole afternoon. So far they seem to be totally content with ripping off the ribbons....Weird.


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It has been five days without the cats knocking over the Christmas tree. They have, however, started stripping the ribbon off of it, so I think they're working their way up to it now.

The kidlet still had a migraine today and I was not totally over mine either, so it was a quiet day spent napping and in his case doing homework. I finished some Christmas crafts and wrote my two pages. That's my post NaNo resolution. Obviously I can't keep up with the 2000 word per day pace year round. I am not a fast writer normally. So I'm writing two pages a day, which is about 600 words since I have small handwriting. It's a lot easier to finish things when you work on them in more months than just November. ;)

Thinking about going to a mall tomorrow to admire the Christmas decorations. I've already done all my Christmas shopping. except for the people who I get gift cards for and I think I might send Amazon cards to some of those. Then I don't even have to mail them. I am so lazy about stuff for extended family. But then, I'm the black sheep, so I can get away with it. :P


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It has been four days without the cats knocking over the Christmas tree! We're not quite sure what to do with ourselves now.

Today it had something to do with my having a terrible day-long migraine and one of the kitties decided she was going to nurse me back to health by laying on my lap and refusing to let me get up. As soon as the migraine let up a little she got up like, okay, human, you're better now. It was very sweet.


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It has been three days without the cats knocking down the Christmas tree! Another new record! :)

Starting to entertain the faintest glimmer of hope that this tree might last more than one year. It is more substantial than the trees I usually buy. But there's still a lot of December left for the kitties to dash that hope along with the tree, so I am not yet entertaining actual optimism.


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Krays wrote:
narrator wrote:

I AM NOT TRYING TO BE DIFFICULT, BUT THE NATURE OF TIME...BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS DON'T ALWAYS HAPPEN IN THE ORDER YOU EXPECT. BOTH ARE HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE RIGHT NOW. I AM SORRY. THAT IS AS MUCH AS I AM ALLOWED TO TELL YOU. FATE HAS ASKED TO BE ALLOWED TO BE THE ONE TO EXPLAIN THE ENDING THAT IS TRYING TO HAPPEN TOO SOON. SHE IS PROBABLY WAITING FOR A MORE DRAMATIC MOMENT. SHE DOES THAT. IT IS VERY ANNOYING. AND WE ALL PROMISED NOT TO EXPLAIN THE OTHER THING. SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO FIGURE OUT FOR YOURSELF. THAT IS WHAT I AM TOLD.
YOUR WIFE IS IN CHARGE OF FINDING THE SOLUTION. HELP HER, HOWEVER SHE NEEDS. THAT IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP ALL OF US. IT WILL MAKE SENSE ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND, BUT IT IS VERY HARD FOR LINEAR TO UNDERSTAND NON-LINEAR. SO I AM TOLD. I HAVE GOTTEN USED TO IT BY NOW, BUT I WILL ADMIT A GREAT DEAL OF IT INVOLVES NODDING AND SMILING AND PRETENDING YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON BECAUSE TIME IS VERY CONFUSING.

Krays ponders this for a second or two, then nods.

"All of the others agreed to this? None of the other patrons are trying to push it along?"

YES. ALL...WELL, PROBABLY. IT'S HARD TO TELL WHAT DESTRUCTION IS THINKING. HE IS, HOW DO YOU SAY IT...AN ODD GOOSE? NO, THAT DOESN'T SOUND RIGHT. I AM SURE IT IS SOME SORT OF AQUATIC BIRD...AN ODD SWAN? CRANE? SEAGULL? WELL, SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES. EVERYONE ELSE IS DEFINITELY ON BOARD EXCEPT FOR THE BRIEF PERIODS OF TIME WHEN THEY GET A LITTLE ....OFF. TOO MUCH TIME IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO FEAR CAN DO THAT TO ANYONE. AND I'M SURE THAT LUMOS AND ESPERANZA WILL BE VERY SORRY LATER. WELL, LUMOS WILL BE VERY SORRY LATER. THERE'S NO HELP FOR ESPERANZA. SHE IS THE SORT OF PERSON YOU NEVER INVITE TO PARTIES.


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We have made it exactly two (!) days without the cats knocking down the Christmas tree! Woo! New record!
And I made pillow shams that look like presents. They are adorable on the sofa and add to the general festiveness of the living room. :)

Not very futuristic I must admit. Eh, you've gotta have primitive folks around to impress with your sweet futuristic selves. What's the point if there's no one to be awed? ;P


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Ghalen Kiln wrote:

Winces at the sudden telepathic message...

"I'm never going to get used to that..." he mutters under his breath.

"Get used to what?" she asked, confused.

Heh. When you grow up around telepathy it's not so jarring. :)


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Oh, and it has been exactly one day without the cats tipping over the Christmas tree. If we can get to two, it'll be a new record! But it may just be because it's only been up for one day and they're working their way up to it. Although I did put all their favorite ornaments on the bottom branches to distract them with cheap baubles I don't mind if they destroy. Their favorite are colorful plastic balls I bought at the dollar store fifteen years ago...I'm starting to think those ornaments are actually indestructible. Pretty good for a dollar. :)


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

I'm now working a part time job for less than minimum wage plus tips, because stress broke me at my last job with panic attacks. It's so slow I'm not getting any work right now so...yeah...

Kind of hate my life right now. And myself for being pathetic enough to fall to this.

How's the rest of you?

Sorry things aren't working out so great for you right now. :(

Here's hoping that things get better for you soon.


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I can't remember the last time I posted. Most of November is kind of a blur. So...November Summary!

NaNoWriMo! Yay! ....got the flu the first week. Ugh. But kept writing! Got a little better for a few days....got a nasty sinus infection that hung around for two weeks. Ugh.:( Still kept writing! Had to stop posting to my PBP because I was kinda a wee bit delirious...for a week or so. :( Still kept writing! (Revisions are going to be interesting....) Then Thanksgiving. Two full days of cooking for a from scratch feast because when you have food allergies pre-prepared food is something that happens to other people. Wednesday I hurt my arm. Late Wednesday evening I was trying to write with my sore arm which I had kinda dislocated my elbow earlier and had to stop writing after a thousand words because I was in crying pain. Took Thanksgiving off of writing. Managed to muddle through the cooking without being able to use my left arm. But all of the food turned out! That never happens! Still couldn't move my arm on Friday so I took another day and binge watched Gilmore Girls (Yay!) while making crochet snowflakes because crochet only uses one hand. Still couldn't move my arm on Saturday so we went to the movies. Sunday I was starting to think that I might need medical attention, but when my husband went to give me a back massage to see if it would help, he discovered that my elbow wasn't the only thing I'd dislocated. Which totally explained the pain. You should have seen how queasy he looked when I made him hold my arm so I could pop it back into place. After that I was still in pain but had mobility in my arm again so I knocked out the last five thousand words of my NaNo novel (WOO!). And then I put up all the Christmas decorations yesterday and did the grocery shopping today. Neither of these things were very good for my shoulder and I am having trouble keeping it in place. May need to consider using a sling for a couple of days. (I have loose ligaments. My joints dislocate so often it's not even a thing anymore. But I can get some nasty muscle injuries if they aren't popped back into place promptly. Three days out of socket was especially bad.)

And as a special bonus: Movie reviews!
Fantastic Beasts: B-/C+ The ending was...terrible. Just...grr. And someone needs to get Eddie Redmayne a chiropractor...it's not normal not being able to move your neck at all.... But the beasts themselves were cool and I enjoyed getting more time in my favorite fictional universe, so as long as I don't think about the ending too much it's fine.

Moana: A+! Loved it! It was fun and funny and the soundtrack rocks. We've been listening to it on repeat since we saw the movie. My thirteen year old son who hates Disney movies really liked it and wants to go back to see it in the theater again.

And now to catch up on my poor neglected PBP...


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Freehold DM wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Checked myself into the hospital today, with a serious case of G.O.K..

Harumph! Hope you folks are having a better Saturday night than I am.

what in the world is G. O. K?

According to google it stands for god only knows. Which does work in context, so is probably correct. :)

Anyhow, I hope you're feeling better soon, TS, and that whatever it is isn't too serious.


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Crusinos wrote:

Me, "On the internet, the men are boys, the women are men, and the children are FBI agents."

Friend, "You claim to be an AI. Does that mean you're the only woman?"

I know it's supposed to be funny, but ye olde no girls on the internet 'joke' is anything but. :/


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Woo! Four thousand words completed today! And now I'm caught up to where I wanted to be at this point in the month. Plus I passed the halfway mark, which is always a good feeling. The middle might not actually last forever even though it feels like it will.
Thanks for your suggestion, gran rey. That really helped me get my words in this time and ended up being a really important event in the story. This is my third time doing NaNo, but the first time I'm working without an outline and it really is a whole different process putting the plot together on the fly. :)


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Sissyl wrote:

I am a fan of the classics: Suddenly, someone kicks in the door with a drawn gun!

Also, remember that ANYTHING that has the teensiest bit to do with the plot is fine. Your goal is 50K words in a month - not 50K EDITED words in a month. Blathering about the setting, the characters or the plot is just fine.

Also good advice. I don't spend nearly enough time describing the scenery. It's a real weakness in my writing and this is an excellent opportunity to work on that. :)

Meanwhile, I got my thousand words for tonight and it's time to go fall into bed. I'll need my rest since I'm trying to double my normal daily word count tomorrow to catch up to where I wanted to be at this point in the month.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
lynora wrote:

Noveling status: eating ice cream straight from the carton. Gotta get another thousand words tonight. So tired. But I can't put it off. I'm already 2k words down and need to try and get 4k words tomorrow to make it up. NaNo woes. >.<

gran rey's advice on how to pad your word count:

1) Introduce new character.
2) Spend 5 pages on new character's history.
3) Kill character.
4) Repeat until needed words achieved.

This is...surprisingly good advice. And my main characters just got separated, giving me an excellent opportunity to carry out this plan. Excellent! :P


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Noveling status: eating ice cream straight from the carton. Gotta get another thousand words tonight. So tired. But I can't put it off. I'm already 2k words down and need to try and get 4k words tomorrow to make it up. NaNo woes. >.<


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Aranna wrote:
Shopping is only super fun when you are shopping for yourself. I worry too much when shopping for others to allow it to be fun.

Oh, so much this. The only person besides myself that I can shop for and have it be fun is the kidlet. Because I know what he likes so there's no guess work. Everyone else....well, they pretty much end up getting gift cards for all occasions.


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Well, I made it out of bed. And I put on pants. Granted they're yoga pants, but I didn't sleep in them, so it still counts! And then I went to the yarn store and bought some gorgeous wool. Only a little for small projects. Good wool is too expensive for big projects. I always use acrylic for things like sweaters. And socks. Cause nobody wants difficult to care for socks. You just want to throw them in the dryer, not have to hunt through the wet laundry for them so they can be hung up to dry. And now I am enjoying my two dollar latte at espresso royale (yay, Wednesday!) and attempting to write my 2k words for the day. So, you know, adulting, for certain extremely low values of adulting. And I'm making lasagna for dinner tonight, so that's also a good thing.

More rambly stuff:
I have chronic depression and anxiety, which I manage with medication, for the most part. But we're currently working on getting the right dosage, and it's that time of the month which tends to make my symptoms worse. Add in staying up way too late last night watching the news, because stress and lack of sleep really help so much. </sarcasm> So I'm a mess, and it's basically time for a mental health day in which I try to do things that remind me that life isn't completely and totally awful and also help keep me centered and calm. Like knitting. That's how I meditate. Well, that or walking. I don't sit still well...ADHD in action.


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I hope you also feel better soon, NH


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

I've had two panic attacks in the past day and they're not election related.

...here I thought this job would last :-(

*hugs* I am so sorry you're having to deal with that. I hope things get better for you soon.


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I feel sad today. I just want to stay in bed and hide under the covers all day. But things need to be done, and I suppose I am going to have to get up and get dressed for that. Sigh. Adulting. :/


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Get well soon, Icy. Sending warm thoughts your way. :)


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And I finally finished doing all the setup on my new computer. It's as awesome as I was hoping it would be now that I'm getting used to it. It's a bit weird to be using a laptop again after using only an iPad for so long. But it can definitely do a lot more. And it'll be able to do even more once I get all the software I'm looking at, but no new word processors until NaNo is done. :P
It's especially cool because I wasn't expecting to be able to afford any computer at all for quite a long time, but I got a small inheritance from my grandpa that was just enough to get exactly what I wanted. Sad/happy all at once. Emotions are complicated.


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I voted this morning. Late enough that most people were at work, but early enough to be before lunch, so the lines were really short.

And then I came home and ate Nutella straight from the jar. Oddly enough these two things are unrelated, although chocolate certainly also helps with dealing with the stress caused by all the nastiness surrounding the elections. :)


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Squee! Shiny awesomeness is here! New laptop arrived in the mail today. :D


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Halfling is indeed listed as a language under the linguistics skill, and is in fact one of the few languages that Nari doesn't know, further proving Karrin's point. :P


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Dagnabbit, autocorrect is out of control. Especially where names are concerned. This is very frustrating when trying to write a novel. Like, no, actually you don't know better than I do how my character's names are spelled. :/


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I'm very sorry about your cat, Aranna. That is a very sad thing. :(


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CY, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Prayers/positive thoughts for you and your family during this difficult time. :(


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Tacticslion wrote:
lynora wrote:
Drejk wrote:
lynora wrote:

Took the kidlet to a Halloween event last night. He finally got to wear his costume. :)

Bow ties are cool!

And then this afternoon we carved pumpkins. Badly, and over a very long period of time. Pumpkin carving is not our talent. Heck, half the time was spent getting the kidlet to stop complaining about how slimy the pumpkin guts were. :P

You know, the kidlet seems to be quite big now...

5 foot seven last we checked. He's probably grown since then. That seems to keep happening. Probably a side effect of the vast amounts of food he consumes. :P

I used to think people were exaggerating how much a teenage boy can eat...and now I know better. :)

D-daggummit. He's as tall as I am!

:I

Love the Stan Dr. Who(?)* costume, though!

* I'm presuming based off of a closer look and recognizing what I think is a sonic screwdriver?

Yeah, he's dressed as the eleventh doctor from doctor who. :)


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Drejk wrote:
lynora wrote:

Took the kidlet to a Halloween event last night. He finally got to wear his costume. :)

Bow ties are cool!

And then this afternoon we carved pumpkins. Badly, and over a very long period of time. Pumpkin carving is not our talent. Heck, half the time was spent getting the kidlet to stop complaining about how slimy the pumpkin guts were. :P

You know, the kidlet seems to be quite big now...

5 foot seven last we checked. He's probably grown since then. That seems to keep happening. Probably a side effect of the vast amounts of food he consumes. :P

I used to think people were exaggerating how much a teenage boy can eat...and now I know better. :)


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Took the kidlet to a Halloween event last night. He finally got to wear his costume. :)
Bow ties are cool!

And then this afternoon we carved pumpkins. Badly, and over a very long period of time. Pumpkin carving is not our talent. Heck, half the time was spent getting the kidlet to stop complaining about how slimy the pumpkin guts were. :P


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"Ace" wrote:

"If you need help with shapeshifting, I might know a guy" Ace says with a chuckle. He then gets a notification on his datapad that the last shipment has arrived.

"Hey, you all wanna come with me as I help reveal a very special surprise to a very special friend? It won't be fully ready for about a half hour though "

"I can't," Ginni said, smile faltering. "I haven't been released from the infirmary yet. I'm only being allowed to wander around because my doctor is kinda encased in a cocoon right now," she added with a grimace.


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One good thing to come out of the ridiculous amount of time that I spent getting my phone working again is that I finally got around to making that Avalon playlist. :)


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♣♠Magic♦♥ wrote:
Sex Ed usually falls under Gym, which means it's Nanami Tanaka... Oh gee...

Lol. Actually she's probably a good person for that. Very sex positive, culturally speaking, and willing to force others to be tolerant if necessary. :P

But she's also one of the youngest teachers and fairly pretty as well, not to mention naturally flirtatious. Which makes her a terrible choice to teach sex ed. Then again, Ryo has demonstrated on many occasions that he is good at making terrible choices. ;)


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Raven Moon wrote:
To make the shield just cut a piece of cardboard in the right shape. Spray paint it blue. Put gray duct tape on the outside, to get the silver edges. Tape a couple of recycled straps on the inside to hold it on the arm. It may take a few hours at most.

A couple refinements since spray paint (or any paint) can be problematic around tiny humans: Buy a couple of sheets of blue duck tape and place on both sides of cardboard shield before adding edging out of silver duct tape. Extra bonus, this reinforces the cardboard and will make it fairly water resistant. The straps can be made from folded over duct tape as well. Alternately you can probably find a toy shield at the dollar store. You can use the duck tape trick to cover over it's existing design. Or not. Some kids don't really care about the details that much. :)


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Tacticslion wrote:

D-dang it. W-... W-... We've finally gotten to side kicks in TKD.

I... I understand what so many of those seemingly useless stretches are for now.

(I knew they were not useless; I just did not recall what uses they had in specific. By all that hurts, now I know. Now... now I know.)

It does get better eventually. The thing that made me feel better when I was first learning side kicks was when one of the masters admitted that he still doesn't like side kicks. It was like, okay, yeah you have to learn them, but you are not required to like them. :P


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captain yesterday wrote:
Hard day today, incredibly draining to have kid sick.

Yeah those are always tough days. Hope he feels better soon.


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Meanwhile, I'd just like to be over this days long migraine please. >.<


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Kidlet passed his first gup test! So he remains on track to get his black belt in the spring. :)


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"That is sooo not what happened," Andromeda sputtered. "Jasper threw Vashti at you. I just shot you. A couple of times. But you were trying to do something universe endingly stupid at the time, so, there's that.....You know that actually sounds worse. I probably should have just let your joke stand and not corrected it....Ummm.....nice to meet you, Tybalt. Sorry that I'm made of awkward. I swear I'm not a psychopath," she said with what she hoped was a convincing smile.


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Kryzbyn wrote:
I thought Kezzin was in the cafeteria talking with Al and someone else?

Ooh! Ooh! That would be me! Don't forget about me!


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Over the radio: "Fido to Boss. Something is wrong at base. It's blocking radio signals in the area. Grunt and Spitfire already went in to investigate. I've parked the shuttle near town. The interference doesn't stretch this far. Phoenix and I planning to go in on foot, in a manner of speaking. The field doesn't stop telepathic communication though, so you should still be able to keep in contact with us that way."


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And Happy Birthday (belated in some cases) to MG, MisterLurch, and any other of you with September birthdays. :)


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Oh, man. Tamrin's post. All the feels. Almost cried in public over that one.


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I finished my sweater-coat last night. It started out as a cardigan, and as I worked I kept making adjustments to the pattern to make it smaller. I still ended up with an extremely roomy sweater-coat at the end. Apparently the pattern was made for giants. :P
Now I have to decide what to knit next. Probably a hat. I could use a quick pattern after spending four months on a sweater. :)

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