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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:


OK. Holy carp. What the heck happened to all the places that advertise "FREE" flu shots? I see Target, CVS, and Wal*Mart talking about them all the time! I guess "free" isn't free?

(We've managed to cycle the kids' annual physicals so that the kids and I all get our flu shots in conjunction with our annual check-ups. It was funny. We were at the pediatricians and I asked, "Can I get one, too?" and they said, "We'll have to charge you $30 for it."

It was the first time I'd been told a flu shot cost money. I was surprised.

I am appalled that you can't get your kids flu shots for free if you want them.

Those "free" signs (a) just mean free with insurance, no co-pay, and (b) are designed to get people in the door. Everyone shows up for something free, even if they don't want/need it. Even Walmart charges 39.84 without insurance.
That is the appalling suck.

There is even tiny tiny fine print on the bottom of the sign to prevent accusations of false advertising.

"Not our fault you didn't read the whole sign."


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For me, PbP has been awesome. In many ways I prefer it to the tabletop. And the last 12.5 months have exhibited a most horrid dearth of PF gaming for me, so it's really been the only game going. Sure, Monday nights have been occupied with a roll20 5E campaign (*shudder*, I'm mostly indulging a friend), but that system is so . . . bad-weird.

Charging? Not a thing.
Flanking? Nope.
5'-stepping? No way.

Burn spell slots to power your smites, noble paladin. Like dropping buffs and AoEs with duration, brilliant wizard/ranger/cleric/druid? You can only concentrate on one at a time, and most of them require it! My 8th-level archer ranger can't even use spike growth and hunter's mark at the same time!!! Argh!!!

*ahem*

[/rant] Prolly shoulda typed all that under that one alias of mine . . . .

But this Hollow's Last Hope thing I've been in since October of last year is just excellent. The depth of narrative you can bring to bear fills in a gap in my gaming experience that I had been missing; too often, it was all about "Objective!" and "Objective Complete!". Which is fine, but I had been craving a greater level of immersion -- and now I can have it!

And now I'm trying to translate that over to the SWEU by running a game of my own, set in the 3940s BBY (What was it? -- 21,103 or so after the foundation of the Galactic Republic?). Lot of developmental work involved, since I'm bringing Spheres of Might and Power into the mix, on top of doing my utmost to avoid "speed-of-plot" hyperspace travel (Really, BadPeople? Really??!!) and "Force-users just win."

I thoroughly enjoy it.

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TOZ wrote:
I'm on here all day anyway, so I may as well be running games.

I'd love to, but I'm always worried I'll forget or something. Though if FAWTLy players only I could always get nudges here.

Shadow Lodge

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Syrus Terrigan wrote:


I thoroughly enjoy it.

It would certainly be a way for me to get to all the campaigns I've wAnted to run.... The trick if course would be finding players I like running for and who are willing to play in a rather non standard homebrew setting.


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First signs of winter.

They delivered the salt, plow, and four wheeler that's used to (incompetently) plow our neighborhood yesterday.

The dog chases sun spots to sleep in during the day.

It's f*%%ing cold outside.


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:


OK. Holy carp. What the heck happened to all the places that advertise "FREE" flu shots? I see Target, CVS, and Wal*Mart talking about them all the time! I guess "free" isn't free?

(We've managed to cycle the kids' annual physicals so that the kids and I all get our flu shots in conjunction with our annual check-ups. It was funny. We were at the pediatricians and I asked, "Can I get one, too?" and they said, "We'll have to charge you $30 for it."

It was the first time I'd been told a flu shot cost money. I was surprised.

I am appalled that you can't get your kids flu shots for free if you want them.

Those "free" signs (a) just mean free with insurance, no co-pay, and (b) are designed to get people in the door. Everyone shows up for something free, even if they don't want/need it. Even Walmart charges 39.84 without insurance.

I'd rather just get the flu.


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captain yesterday wrote:

First signs of winter.

They delivered the salt, plow, and four wheeler that's used to (incompetently) plow our neighborhood yesterday.

The dog chases sun spots to sleep in during the day.

It's f&&*ing cold outside.

no need to thank me.


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Orthos wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:


I thoroughly enjoy it.
It would certainly be a way for me to get to all the campaigns I've wAnted to run.... The trick if course would be finding players I like running for and who are willing to play in a rather non standard homebrew setting.

I'm game! Dare ya!! :)


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brrrr!!! It is getting cold! ~slips into Freehold DM's apartment, turns the thermometer up to 85, then cracks open the thermostat, changes the dials around to where everything goes to HOT, then slips back out again~


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Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Jess Door wrote:

Hm. Definitely Paladin. I want something about being addicted to stories and story telling, but can't find a good bard archetype about that. Maaaaybe I can stretch to Archeologist, because they research cool stories? But I'm not roguish. Meh.

PrC: Loremaster.

Or cat. Could I be a cat?

be my animal companion as I am a lust wizard, apparently.
I don't know. Are you high enough level that I could be an ocelot familiar, rather than a housecat?
only if you let me call you revolver.
Make sure you keep the proper medication on hand for ol' Revolver.

Dammit! Its not a medical condition! It's a lifestyle choice!

Show it loud and proud Revolver!

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Freehold DM wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Jess Door wrote:

Hm. Definitely Paladin. I want something about being addicted to stories and story telling, but can't find a good bard archetype about that. Maaaaybe I can stretch to Archeologist, because they research cool stories? But I'm not roguish. Meh.

PrC: Loremaster.

Or cat. Could I be a cat?

be my animal companion as I am a lust wizard, apparently.
I don't know. Are you high enough level that I could be an ocelot familiar, rather than a housecat?
only if you let me call you revolver.

XD


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If Freehold is going to be a Blue Mage in Tac's list-of-optimized-prestige-posters, then he needs a spell to instantly create the ice assignation hideaway from Doctor Zhivago.
So he can use it in Brooklyn in July.

Shadow Lodge

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lisamarlene wrote:

If Freehold is going to be a Blue Mage in Tac's list-of-optimized-prestige-posters, then he needs a spell to instantly create the ice assignation hideaway from Doctor Zhivago.

So he can use it in Brooklyn in July.

"Where is my Super Suit??!"


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
The food part is easy. Everybody likes my food. (Except for Nobody's Home.) It's the people.

If you'd stop putting bugs in it, I'd happily eat it!

And don't forget I'm addicted to your Dr. Pepper pulled pork!

Well, I'm experimenting tonight... one pot is the standard chicken/andouille sausage/prawns, and the other pot (which has to accommodate allergies to seafood and garlic) is just chicken and pork belly. Honestly, who the fleurk is allergic to garlic, other than my 95-year-old grandmother (who just says she is because she's a snob)?

My mother-in-law was allergic to all kinds of alliums, including garlic, onion, leeks, etc. It was always fun when she had to be in the hospital because they kept trying to feed her things she was allergic to. Like if there's anywhere that should know better. smh

So when we were first married, my husband would totally get upset about all the onion I put in food. He would literally sit there and pick it out because it was something that he was so not used to. Now he's fine with it, but for a while it was like trying to cook for a picky child. :P
(It's still like cooking for a picky child, but for different reasons now, and at least I've got him liking vegetables now.)

Edit: And that food you are making sounds amazing. I do not have a lot of luck with either jambalaya or red beans and rice from scratch, which is a problem since I love both dishes. I keep trying different recipes, but something is always off. It's very annoying. I'll figure it out eventually. Any tips? Or is this just a trial and error (mostly error) kind of thing?


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Awkward moments for today: I realized when I went to the restroom that I accidentally cosplayed Smee today. Well, only one thing to do: say arr a lot and pretend I did it on purpose! XD


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My NaNo novel is a total disaster this year. Like even for a NaNo novel. I have fourteen thousand words, thirteen thousand of which are comprehensible, and I still have no plot....I suck at description so the fact that I have thousands of words of it is at least a good learning exercise, but man oh man, am I in the middle of that don't want to do this anymore stage of NaNo. Words are hard!!!


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Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:


OK. Holy carp. What the heck happened to all the places that advertise "FREE" flu shots? I see Target, CVS, and Wal*Mart talking about them all the time! I guess "free" isn't free?

(We've managed to cycle the kids' annual physicals so that the kids and I all get our flu shots in conjunction with our annual check-ups. It was funny. We were at the pediatricians and I asked, "Can I get one, too?" and they said, "We'll have to charge you $30 for it."

It was the first time I'd been told a flu shot cost money. I was surprised.

I am appalled that you can't get your kids flu shots for free if you want them.

Those "free" signs (a) just mean free with insurance, no co-pay, and (b) are designed to get people in the door. Everyone shows up for something free, even if they don't want/need it. Even Walmart charges 39.84 without insurance.
I'd rather just get the flu.

I haven't had the flu since I was 16, but I still remember it.

But considering I'm around the elderly (my mom is 86 now), toddlers (lisamarlene's), and soon a pregnant woman (the Russian Rapscallion's spouse, apparently), I need to make sure I'm not giving the gift that keeps on sucking...


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OK. Schadenfreude is over. This is now officially "sad". I think we've hit the point that we CANNOT make up the losses on the house any more.

Spoilering the maths for Freehold:

We just got an e-mail that they need to reduce the rent again, this time to $3575. Minus their 8% commission, that's $3289/month, so our "net" is now $589/month as opposed to having not raised the rent on my tenants at all because they were having financial issues, which is what brought on the whole, "You're charging too little rent!" discussion anyway.

So, we've lost rents for August-September-October-November, or $10,800. We've had to put an additional $11,762.43 in repairs my tenants didn't feel were necessary. Plus half of the first month's rent goes to the property manager, or $1787.50. So our losses are $24,349.93.

Dividing losses by additional income = 41.34 months.


So we're at roughly 3 1/2 years to make up our losses. And given that the new tenants aren't going to hesitate to ask for constant repairs and upgrades, I think it's now going to be a long-term loss as compared with having let my tenants stay.

*SIGH*


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Tact,

The reason I say "Duh" is because I've got like stacks of paladins from 4 different editions of D&D and almost that many in Pathfinder. As for why no Pr-class? I never much liked them.


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We have our first winter weather advisory!

Sovereign Court

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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

First signs of winter.

They delivered the salt, plow, and four wheeler that's used to (incompetently) plow our neighborhood yesterday.

The dog chases sun spots to sleep in during the day.

It's f&&*ing cold outside.

no need to thank me.

There's a reason I left Michigan for Houston.

We're having a cold snap. It's like, 65 degrees.


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That's swimmin' weather.

Shadow Lodge

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Not when the normal temperature is 50-60 degrees higher than that...

Orthos wrote:
TOZ wrote:
I'm on here all day anyway, so I may as well be running games.
I'd love to, but I'm always worried I'll forget or something. Though if FAWTLy players only I could always get nudges here.

I try to set up a group Telegram or Facebook chat so the players can communicate directly with me.


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lynora wrote:
Edit: And that food you are making sounds amazing. I do not have a lot of luck with either jambalaya or red beans and rice from scratch, which is a problem since I love both dishes. I keep trying different recipes, but something is always off. It's very annoying. I'll figure it out eventually. Any tips? Or is this just a trial and error (mostly error) kind of thing?

I wouldn't dare. I'm a white girl from Wisconsin; I have no prayer at all of ever making anything other than Nutrimatic jambalaya.

But I love food and I am perpetually broke, so I collect very old regional cookbooks, and I do my damnedest, meaning I am careful about ingredients (even when it means saving up for something I really want to cook), I'm fairly honest in the kitchen, and I don't try to get creative.


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BTW, Nobody?
A "toddler" is between the ages of 1 and 3.
My kids are not toddlers. They're just small.
And annoying.
Like Donkey.


Good news, everyFaWtL~!

I have strep throat!

(Or something like it!)


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That IS good news!


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No, it isn't! Get well soon, TL!

Sings a hymn, does a little dance, belches discreetly, casts Cure Disease

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Tacticslion wrote:

Good news, everyFaWtL~!

I have strep throat!

(Or something like it!)

Join us! The sick shall conquer the universe!

I haven't been able to talk for over a week.

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It is my firm belief that nothing can express contentment more completely than a happy cat.

Fat Bastard is very happy. It is difficult to type around him, however.


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Tacticslion wrote:

Good news, everyFaWtL~!

I have strep throat!

(Or something like it!)

*Leads TL to a chair*

Don't you worry, grand-mama Kjeldorn's got the perfect recipe for this kind of thing. It'll get you right back on your feet!

*Rummage through the kitchen*

Here you go!

*Presents TL with a hot cup of brew, that smells fairly alcoholic...*

See if you can down it in as few gulps as possible, it helps...


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Kjeldorn wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

Good news, everyFaWtL~!

I have strep throat!

(Or something like it!)

*Leads TL to a chair*

Don't you worry, grand-mama Kjeldorn's got the perfect recipe for this kind of thing. It'll get you right back on your feet!

*Rummage through the kitchen*

Here you go!

*Presents TL with a hot cup of brew, that smells fairly alcoholic...*

See if you can down it in as few gulps as possible, it helps...

*TL gets nauseated by the smell and likey <ew, that's gross> right into the thing, 'cause that tends to happen*

(And/or pass out from sudden headache.)


Thank you all for the well-wishes!

I'm most certainly fine, I just feel like garbage warmed over a bit.

But! I'll get better, soon! XD


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*Utterly panics at TL's reaction*

*Hurries out to the toolshed, grabs a shovel and start digging a hole in the backyard*

*mutteres to himself, between sobs*: not again, not again, not again...


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It's Old Yeller all over again!


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Sharoth wrote:
brrrr!!! It is getting cold! ~slips into Freehold DM's apartment, turns the thermometer up to 85, then cracks open the thermostat, changes the dials around to where everything goes to HOT, then slips back out again~

that's okay. I usually do that so I can open the windows.


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Orthos wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

If Freehold is going to be a Blue Mage in Tac's list-of-optimized-prestige-posters, then he needs a spell to instantly create the ice assignation hideaway from Doctor Zhivago.

So he can use it in Brooklyn in July.
"Where is my Super Suit??!"

there are several friends who believe that is me after some kind of super weird starvation diet.


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lynora wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
The food part is easy. Everybody likes my food. (Except for Nobody's Home.) It's the people.

If you'd stop putting bugs in it, I'd happily eat it!

And don't forget I'm addicted to your Dr. Pepper pulled pork!

Well, I'm experimenting tonight... one pot is the standard chicken/andouille sausage/prawns, and the other pot (which has to accommodate allergies to seafood and garlic) is just chicken and pork belly. Honestly, who the fleurk is allergic to garlic, other than my 95-year-old grandmother (who just says she is because she's a snob)?

My mother-in-law was allergic to all kinds of alliums, including garlic, onion, leeks, etc. It was always fun when she had to be in the hospital because they kept trying to feed her things she was allergic to. Like if there's anywhere that should know better. smh

So when we were first married, my husband would totally get upset about all the onion I put in food. He would literally sit there and pick it out because it was something that he was so not used to. Now he's fine with it, but for a while it was like trying to cook for a picky child. :P
(It's still like cooking for a picky child, but for different reasons now, and at least I've got him liking vegetables now.)

Edit: And that food you are making sounds amazing. I do not have a lot of luck with either jambalaya or red beans and rice from scratch, which is a problem since I love both dishes. I keep trying different recipes, but something is always off. It's very annoying. I'll figure it out eventually. Any tips? Or is this just a trial and error (mostly error) kind of thing?

I will not pick the veggies out of your food. I will eat them and be happy.

Why I didn't start absconding with geeky married women sooner,I don't know.


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lynora wrote:
My NaNo novel is a total disaster this year. Like even for a NaNo novel. I have fourteen thousand words, thirteen thousand of which are comprehensible, and I still have no plot....I suck at description so the fact that I have thousands of words of it is at least a good learning exercise, but man oh man, am I in the middle of that don't want to do this anymore stage of NaNo. Words are hard!!!

I believe in you.

Im not sure if any of my friends are doing nano this year.


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NobodysHome wrote:

OK. Schadenfreude is over. This is now officially "sad". I think we've hit the point that we CANNOT make up the losses on the house any more.

** spoiler omitted **
So we're at roughly 3 1/2 years to make up our losses. And given that the new tenants aren't going to hesitate to ask for constant repairs and upgrades, I think it's now going to be a long-term loss as compared with having let my tenants stay.

*SIGH*

you were right, they were wrong.

I'm sure that's hard for them to swallow.


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Jess Door wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

First signs of winter.

They delivered the salt, plow, and four wheeler that's used to (incompetently) plow our neighborhood yesterday.

The dog chases sun spots to sleep in during the day.

It's f&&*ing cold outside.

no need to thank me.

There's a reason I left Michigan for Houston.

We're having a cold snap. It's like, 65 degrees.

you are a cat girl now. Use your fur to stay warm in my Geeky Married Women Abscondi-cave.

It's like the batcave, but colder. And with less stuff. But we got Netflix. And hulu!


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lisamarlene wrote:
lynora wrote:
Edit: And that food you are making sounds amazing. I do not have a lot of luck with either jambalaya or red beans and rice from scratch, which is a problem since I love both dishes. I keep trying different recipes, but something is always off. It's very annoying. I'll figure it out eventually. Any tips? Or is this just a trial and error (mostly error) kind of thing?

I wouldn't dare. I'm a white girl from Wisconsin; I have no prayer at all of ever making anything other than Nutrimatic jambalaya.

But I love food and I am perpetually broke, so I collect very old regional cookbooks, and I do my damnedest, meaning I am careful about ingredients (even when it means saving up for something I really want to cook), I'm fairly honest in the kitchen, and I don't try to get creative.

if possible, I would send you food. Brooklyn means lots of choices for food that vary depending on neighborhood.

I'll send pics of local eateries and see if you get any ideas.


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Jess Door wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

Good news, everyFaWtL~!

I have strep throat!

(Or something like it!)

Join us! The sick shall conquer the universe!

I haven't been able to talk for over a week.

I need to hear your sick voice! I'm sure you sound cool!!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:


OK. Holy carp. What the heck happened to all the places that advertise "FREE" flu shots? I see Target, CVS, and Wal*Mart talking about them all the time! I guess "free" isn't free?

(We've managed to cycle the kids' annual physicals so that the kids and I all get our flu shots in conjunction with our annual check-ups. It was funny. We were at the pediatricians and I asked, "Can I get one, too?" and they said, "We'll have to charge you $30 for it."

It was the first time I'd been told a flu shot cost money. I was surprised.

I am appalled that you can't get your kids flu shots for free if you want them.

Those "free" signs (a) just mean free with insurance, no co-pay, and (b) are designed to get people in the door. Everyone shows up for something free, even if they don't want/need it. Even Walmart charges 39.84 without insurance.
I'd rather just get the flu.

I haven't had the flu since I was 16, but I still remember it.

But considering I'm around the elderly (my mom is 86 now), toddlers (lisamarlene's), and soon a pregnant woman (the Russian Rapscallion's spouse, apparently), I need to make sure I'm not giving the gift that keeps on sucking...

that impossible. You have children.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

First signs of winter.

They delivered the salt, plow, and four wheeler that's used to (incompetently) plow our neighborhood yesterday.

The dog chases sun spots to sleep in during the day.

It's f&&*ing cold outside.

no need to thank me.

There's a reason I left Michigan for Houston.

We're having a cold snap. It's like, 65 degrees.

you are a cat girl now. Use your fur to stay warm in my Geeky Married Women Abscondi-cave.

It's like the batcave, but colder. And with less stuff. But we got Netflix. And hulu!

Well, as long as there's Netflix...

Sovereign Court

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Freehold DM wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

Good news, everyFaWtL~!

I have strep throat!

(Or something like it!)

Join us! The sick shall conquer the universe!

I haven't been able to talk for over a week.

I need to hear your sick voice! I'm sure you sound cool!!

This weekend is better. Last weekend I could only whisper, this weekend I would like a 10 pack a day smoker.


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I hope you feel better soon, Tact.


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I decided not to do NaNoWriMo, despite the two fantastic ideas I had. I did '30 days of HEMA study' instead.


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lisamarlene wrote:

If Freehold is going to be a Blue Mage in Tac's list-of-optimized-prestige-posters, then he needs a spell to instantly create the ice assignation hideaway from Doctor Zhivago.

So he can use it in Brooklyn in July.

it is now referred to as my Geeky Married Woman Abscondi-cave.

We have Netflix and Hulu. And a fully stocked kitchen with industrial stove with oven.

God in heaven i miss having access to an industrial oven. It was awesome.


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Jess Door wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

Good news, everyFaWtL~!

I have strep throat!

(Or something like it!)

Join us! The sick shall conquer the universe!

I haven't been able to talk for over a week.

I need to hear your sick voice! I'm sure you sound cool!!
This weekend is better. Last weekend I could only whisper, this weekend I would like a 10 pack a day smoker.

COOOOOOOOL

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