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My dad's beagle is chasing crickets, catching them in her mouth and spitting them out as she tries to catch the next cricket, we're in a field, so there is a s%+# load of crickets.

Our dog is cheerfully following behind so he can get a sniff of her vajayjay as she catches another cricket.

Edit: If you think you have a better way of running across the field then nekkid, then you're doing it wrong.

Edit: And if I knew I would be nekkid, I would've picked better company then the dogs.


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Life Lessons on Chore Day:

#1: There's no such thing as a "too secure" fence post.
As I mentioned, our whole back-of-the-garage lean-to, constructed by a previous owner out of corrugated plastic and scrap pine, has finally rotted through to the point that the gate fell over on our house cleaner.
So I bought a 10' length of pressure-treated 4"x4" (they were out of 8' and I wasn't feeling picky) and a steel post base (to be secured in concrete with a 1/2" bolt). Yesterday I drilled the hole, and today I assembled the thing and epoxied it in with the epoxy I was using for my foundation bolts. It's a $30, temporary fix. But I look forward to seeing just how long that 10' tall monstrosity lasts. There's a LOT of steel, epoxy, and pressure-treated wood just to prop up one corner of a shed.

#2: Changing batteries is easy.
Believe it or not, I've never changed a car battery. Well, the Celica's was already on its last legs when I accidentally left the door ajar, draining it completely. The Celica would neither jump start, nor would the charger charge the dead battery. So I pulled it out (very easy), bought a new one (very easy), and put everything back together again (relatively easy). I believe I managed to keep any acid off myself (the last time I worked with an old car battery it ended up melting off all my clothes, so I was a little more careful this time). I was very worried when I didn't see a single spark during the entire process. However, once it was all assembled, the car started up like a dream. Nothing like doing something like that with no manual and just a rough idea as to how everything fits together, just to have it all work. (I'm still worried that the built-in carrying handle on the battery was supposed to be removed somehow and it'll melt once the engine gets up to temperature, but heck if I could find a way to get it off.)

#3: The kids are NOT useful.
I was trying to work on the ceiling insulation in the garage, and set up one of my folding ladders in a rather precarious position. It surprised me by falling sideways instead of downwards, so down I tumbled, letting out a yell as I dropped to the concrete entangled in the ladder.
The kids, just in the house, didn't hear a thing. If I'd really hurt myself, it could have been bad. So lesson to NobodysHome: Don't trust the kids to hear you doing anything.

Anyway, homework time for Impus Major, and then back into the belly of the beast, now with stabilizers firmly attached to the irritatingly-tippy ladder.


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The handle will be fine.


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Hey, everyone. I know it's just a couple of weeks before my first anniversary here on the forums, but it's close enough. So I'd like to say a few things before I forget them. First off, I'm glad to have survived my first year on the forums, even if it's mostly just listening to others. I'd like to think that I've become a better Human Being just by listening to others with differing viewpoints and opinions. And I'd like to think that I've grown wiser in the process.

I'd like to thank everyone for being kind, caring, and compassionate towards me, a near total stranger. Not just about my recently diagnosed tumor, but everything else. Including my (still) unresolved grieving over the 1997 suicide of a brother. It means a lot to me, possibly more than anyone will ever know. Likewise, I've also shared in your joys and sorrows.

Each and every one of you, on this thread and others, has become like family to me, and I love you all. And this year, I'll not let my Birthday slip by without telling anyone.


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captain yesterday wrote:

My dad's beagle is chasing crickets, catching them in her mouth and spitting them out as she tries to catch the next cricket, we're in a field, so there is a s%@! load of crickets.

Our dog is cheerfully following behind so he can get a sniff of her vajayjay as she catches another cricket.

Edit: If you think you have a better way of running across the field then nekkid, then you're doing it wrong.

Edit: And if I knew I would be nekkid, I would've picked better company then the dogs.

Furry.

Furry is the best way to run across a field.


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First day of school in the morning.

For Tiny T-Rex, Pea Bear gets one last day of summer, filled with Glee and coffee shop excursions.

I would say she's got a handle on this whole teenager thing.


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I want to play Hearts of Iron IV really bad right now, but I have homework due in the morning.

My life is truly unjust.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I want to play Hearts of Iron IV really bad right now, but I have homework due in the morning.

My life is truly unjust.

What nation are you playing?


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Sharoth wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I want to play Hearts of Iron IV really bad right now, but I have homework due in the morning.

My life is truly unjust.

What nation are you playing?

I'm not, I have homework.

I would be playing America, and it'd be Kaiserreich.

Edit: Actually, Canada. Totally Canada.

Or I could do my homework instead of fantasizing about what country I'd be playing in the video game I'd be playing if I didn't have to do homework.

Dark Archive

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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I want to play Hearts of Iron IV really bad right now, but I have homework due in the morning.

My life is truly unjust.

What nation are you playing?

I'm not, I have homework.

I would be playing America, and it'd be Kaiserreich.

Edit: Actually, Canada. Totally Canada.

Or I could do my homework instead of fantasizing about what country I'd be playing in the video game I'd be playing if I didn't have to do homework.

~cracks the whip~ Get to work on your homework or it is to the galleys in chains for you!


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Whips and chains just missing the leather. Oh my.


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The leather could be implied.


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Fair. OH MYYYYYY!


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Yeah, but who wants Canadian leather.


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Is it made of moose?


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I have no idea what they're doing to the moose up there.


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I forget is moose the plural of moose?


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What are Canadians doing with moose?


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
I forget is moose the plural of moose?

The plural of moose is meesesesesssessess's.


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EggPie SpeechImpediment wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
I forget is moose the plural of moose?
The plural of moose is meesesesesssessess's.

What ever you say Mr. Jinx

"I hates those meeces to pieces!"


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Quick question for you guys do you think a boomerang would deal slashing or bludgeoning damage?


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Quick question for you guys do you think a boomerang would deal slashing or bludgeoning damage?

Bludgeoning.


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Bludgeoning.


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~ninja Dragon slinks away into the shadows~


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Sharoth wrote:
~ninja Dragon slinks away into the shadows~

*bows*

Well played sir

*vanishes*


My love for HOI4 now comes distilled into a handy music video format.


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I think we've set a new record!

Arrived at the ER at 7:39 pm, didn't get to a room 'til 10:45 pm (3 hours, 6 minutes), didn't get admission until 1:45 am, and as of 3:39 am when I left to get stuff for the patient (who will remain anonymous), they STILL hadn't even moved us to a "real" room, and we were in the ER examination room.

So yeah, 8 hours and counting.

Anyway, it's nothing life-threatening, but it may require a couple of days of hospitalization for the family member, so cross your fingers for me!

Aaaaaaand... back to the ER I go!


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Good luck!


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Quick question for you guys do you think a boomerang would deal slashing or bludgeoning damage?

Australian boomerangs deal bludgeoning, Sokka's from Avatar:TLA deals slashing.


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good clarification.


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Thanks...
I try.


Oof! I'll keep y'all in prayer...


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NobodysHome wrote:

I think we've set a new record!

Arrived at the ER at 7:39 pm, didn't get to a room 'til 10:45 pm (3 hours, 6 minutes), didn't get admission until 1:45 am, and as of 3:39 am when I left to get stuff for the patient (who will remain anonymous), they STILL hadn't even moved us to a "real" room, and we were in the ER examination room.

So yeah, 8 hours and counting.

Anyway, it's nothing life-threatening, but it may require a couple of days of hospitalization for the family member, so cross your fingers for me!

Aaaaaaand... back to the ER I go!

of course! Nothing but the best of luck.


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Tiny T-Rex successfully dropped off at school.

It's nice being one of the relaxed parents there, we're very rare.


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Update (especially for lisamarlene, though I'll be polite and e-mail as well): Unfortunately, surgery is required, and the recovery time is listed as 3-5 days in the hospital, then 2-3 weeks post-surgery.

So no game on Saturday, and no sleep for me today (surgery's scheduled for mid-morning, so back to the hospital I go).

If I sound a bit incoherent, there are reasons...

EDIT: OK, NobodysWife gave me permission to say that it's her (she's a very private person). And interestingly, a U.S. site says 3-5 days in the hospital, whereas a U.K. site says you can go home the same day.

Anyway, I have a LOT to do on 0 hours' sleep, so off I go to do it.


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Ouch!

I'm sure it'll be a success, but beware of orderlies wearing a mask and asking you if a rag smell like chloroform, you never know if this will force Freehold to ramp up his casually supplanting you plan. :-)

Seriously, we hope she gets well soon!


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NobodysHome wrote:

Update (especially for lisamarlene, though I'll be polite and e-mail as well): Unfortunately, surgery is required, and the recovery time is listed as 3-5 days in the hospital, then 2-3 weeks post-surgery.

So no game on Saturday, and no sleep for me today (surgery's scheduled for mid-morning, so back to the hospital I go).

If I sound a bit incoherent, there are reasons...

EDIT: OK, NobodysWife gave me permission to say that it's her (she's a very private person). And interestingly, a U.S. site says 3-5 days in the hospital, whereas a U.K. site says you can go home the same day.

Anyway, I have a LOT to do on 0 hours' sleep, so off I go to do it.

Depending upon exact surgery needed they might use different procedures... Or it might be a minor things like keeping patient for a few days to make sure there won't be litigation if anything statistically highly unlikely happens (or the patient don't do stupid things and then blame the hospital).


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Wow... Sounds serious.
Though... I am surprised that a surgery procedure took that long to determine necessary at an emergency room. Sounds like poor management to me, but maybe I'm just used to highly efficient hospitals
My prayers will be with you guys.


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The Game Hamster wrote:

Wow... Sounds serious.

Though... I am surprised that a surgery procedure took that long to determine necessary at an emergency room. Sounds like poor management to me, but maybe I'm just used to highly efficient hospitals
My prayers will be with you guys.

So... Children's Hospital in Oakland is infamous for, "We'll get you into a room in 90 minutes, but then we won't check on you more than once every two hours, even when we're releasing you."

So even if nothing's going on, you can expect a total 4-6 hour stay.

Alta Bates in Berkeley was terrible in terms of admission time. There were fewer than 10 people in front of us, yet it took over 3 hours just to get into an exam room. Once we were in, the staff was very efficient and NobodysWife got a CT scan in barely over an hour. But then it was an hour waiting for the results. Then over an hour waiting for an ultrasound to verify the results and determine the best course of action. Then the unforgivable 2+ hours to get the ultrasound results. Then another 90 minutes of consultation to decide what to do.

So yeah, from arrival to decision to perform surgery was roughly 9 1/2 hours. That's pretty darned bad. Not the worst I've ever heard of, but the worst I've ever experienced.


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NobodysHome wrote:

I think we've set a new record!

Arrived at the ER at 7:39 pm, didn't get to a room 'til 10:45 pm (3 hours, 6 minutes), didn't get admission until 1:45 am, and as of 3:39 am when I left to get stuff for the patient (who will remain anonymous), they STILL hadn't even moved us to a "real" room, and we were in the ER examination room.

So yeah, 8 hours and counting.

Anyway, it's nothing life-threatening, but it may require a couple of days of hospitalization for the family member, so cross your fingers for me!

Aaaaaaand... back to the ER I go!

I know how that is. I was stuck all day in the E.R. when I was admitted for my tumor.


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I am officially back to work on my previous schedule, starting Today.


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Aaaand... surgery was successful, and barring unforeseen circumstances she comes home tomorrow morning.


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Good news! (For both JN and NH)


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Good luck to NW, NH. And make sure you take the time to get some sleep - you can't be of any good to her if you start acting stupid from lack of sleep. *cracks well-intentioned whip*


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NobodysHome wrote:

Update (especially for lisamarlene, though I'll be polite and e-mail as well): Unfortunately, surgery is required, and the recovery time is listed as 3-5 days in the hospital, then 2-3 weeks post-surgery.

So no game on Saturday, and no sleep for me today (surgery's scheduled for mid-morning, so back to the hospital I go).

If I sound a bit incoherent, there are reasons...

EDIT: OK, NobodysWife gave me permission to say that it's her (she's a very private person). And interestingly, a U.S. site says 3-5 days in the hospital, whereas a U.K. site says you can go home the same day.

Anyway, I have a LOT to do on 0 hours' sleep, so off I go to do it.

please heal swiftly, Nobodyswife. I am sorry to hear you are unwell.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Good news! (For both JN and NH)

Thanks. :) It will feel good to be back.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Ouch!

I'm sure it'll be a success, but beware of orderlies wearing a mask and asking you if a rag smell like chloroform, you never know if this will force Freehold to ramp up his casually supplanting you plan. :-)

Seriously, we hope she gets well soon!

Dressing up as an orderly? What is this, amateur hour?

gets into janitor outfit


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Glad to hear it went well, NH! Well wishes for NW!

Channel Positive 4d6+1


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Vanykrye wrote:
Good luck to NW, NH. And make sure you take the time to get some sleep - you can't be of any good to her if you start acting stupid from lack of sleep. *cracks well-intentioned whip*

The closest I've ever been to true insanity was when I was up for 72 hours straight after Impus Major was born. I swear, I'll never forgive Alta Bates for THAT nightmare! "If you don't feed him every 2 hours, he'll DIE! And no, WE won't wake you up! You can either hand him over to us for care or you're SOL!"

Not the best natal care ever offered.

But yeah, going that long without sleep is SERIOUSLY scary stuff. All the stories you hear don't do sleep deprivation justice. It's bad.


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And yes, JN698, good luck to you as well.

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