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No. No. NO. I absolutely draw the line at whoever it is driving around my block blaring "All I Want For Christmas Is You" out of shitty speakers.

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What's everybody making for Thanksgiving? Any new and exciting recipes? Or, alternatively, tried and true faves?

I'm gonna do a duck again. Jenn pointed out that the kids don't like duck, which is fair, but they also don't really like turkey and one way or another I'm cooking a bird. I might do a chicken too.

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Just went back for another section to be cleaned (that's section, not session). I always forget how long it takes to numb my gums adequately, and then they won't thaw for hours after. The back of my teeth feel weird to my tongue, but it's been so long since I had them cleaned (do NOT ask) that they're probably fine I think.

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the more I really identify with Shego. I tell you, that is not the emotional trajectory I expected from adulthood.

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She put on a t-shirt, and I remarked that it looked very comfortable.

Jenn: Yes, and cozy!
Me: No, it can't be cozy, it doesn't have sleeves.
Jenn: Are you saying you can't be cozy in the summer?
Me: That is exactly what I'm saying, glad you understand.
Jenn: You are so wrong.
Me: Am not! That's why when you put a hat sweater on your egg or your teapot to keep it warm, that's called a cozy! You can only be cozy when you're warm against the cold!
Jenn: Nuh-uh!
Me: Uh-huh!

Anyway, I came up here to poll you all. I'm right, right?



Edit: Well, goofed that, I meant to make them both drop-downs. Oh well.

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Thank you, [personal profile] antisoppist, you gave me the final clue. Google, super unhelpful as it turns out. Miswired the damn thing.

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it seems our thermostat has stopped working properly. I took off the front of it to replace the battery, noticed a wire was loose, fixed the wire, and now the damn thing won't shut off, even with the front of the thermostat removed or switched to "off".

I've turned off the boiler itself, in the interest of not having an 85F home overnight. After a day of careful fiddling, I'm pretty sure this is non-DIY fix. Unless maybe replacing the thermostat unit itself would work.

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If we knew the alien invasion was coming to harvest humans and eat us, why weren't we fighting back? Or hiding better? Or prepping in any way at all? And if it turned out that we could sate them with milk, why not just give them all the milk they like?

And where did all those kittens come from!?

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It's that time of year yay.

Did not find money in the pockets. Did, however, find an extra roll of poop bags.

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I did not know this was a new hypothesis. Given that you can obviously see pigeons flying around with string and hair strangling their toes, and that eventually you see the same pigeons without their toes, I just assumed it was settled science and have been giving that as an explanation to people for years.

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I gotta go to the store no matter what, so hit me with your ideas.

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Between Hogwarts and Tom Brown's Schooldays, most have an experience rather more like Hogwarts or Mallory Towers than the abusive boarding school dogma which is floating around here.

Hogwarts, where Harry nearly dies at least once per school year, and where canonical punishments have included traipsing about in acromantula-infested forests all night and having your pet toad potentially murdered? God, I hope boarding school's not like that IRL.

As for Mallory Towers, what I see in those books is that the main characters bully others with impunity, but that's okay because the kids who get bullied all bring it on themselves anyway. Charming message.

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I did not know that until I passed by it today on the way to the optometrist with the kids.

You look at numbers - this many people crammed into this tiny a space - but I didn't realize exactly how very small that space was before. I guess it's just that much more horrific than I realized, and honestly, I thought we all knew. But apparently "we all" did not adequately include "me". That is... really fucking small. And now I can see that.

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I know that polyamory isn't actually the solution to all of life's little romantic ills, but at least it means authors would have to come up with some way to keep their characters moping and pining other than the thorny problem of "I love both of them, and we're all BFFs, and choosing one will tear our little semi-platonic trio apart!"

Also: This is especially ridiculous when fiction, particularly that ostensibly aimed at teens and young adults, tries to give an impression that the ONLY choices are "single" or "in an exclusive relationship". What about a middle ground where you date different people and none of them are particularly serious and anyway forever is a very long time for people who are really too young to be making major life decisions?

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Every month. Like clockwork.

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Been putting it off.

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And now we have heat. Hurrah for warranties!

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I think I'll make pancakes.

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and asked you to answer a question about a product or to review another product, that doesn't mean you have to do it. If you can't answer the question, or can't review the item, then you shouldn't say anything at all.

Amazon isn't going to hold all future purchases hostage until you comply! You can just nope out of all of that and go do something else with your time.

Relatedly, Amazon, get your shit together and pay somebody to read over answers and reviews, and delete any that say "Sorry, I can't answer this, I haven't used the product yet". You are pretty much minting your own money. You can afford this. (Amazon, you can afford to do a lot of shit, actually, but let's not start on that.)

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so I'll just try that and stop worrying.

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Watching with Jenn, so I haven't seen the season finale yet. I keep screaming "STOP BEING SUCH A FASCIST!" at the screen, though, at Kara.

Anyway, since Jenn's out I decided to watch something else, and I must say Netflix's algorithm works pretty well on a lot less data than Amazon's algorithm does (seriously why do you keep recommending books I have no interest in, Amazon?) and I'm watching this historical medical drama set in Germany. Filmed in Germany too, they all speak German. I cringe every time one of those doctors touches somebody with his bare hands. I have two burning questions though.

First, just now the new Empress misquoted Shakespeare and attributed it to Goethe ("more things on heaven and earth") and obviously the point of the quote is to show she's not have as erudite as she'd like to believe, but is it a Shakespeare quote in German or just in the subtitles? It wouldn't do me very much good if it was some other well known German writer, but maybe the intended audience would do better?

Secondly, same episode the particularly dour and humorless matron wants all her staff to scrub the walls with bread and why bread? Is that like how you can use stale bread to erase pencil from paper?

I'm taking a break from TV for a few because this couple outside is having a long, protracted, and i will say very boring fight about how he took her phone and/or her headphones and she wants at least one of those back and he's insisting he didn't and would like her to go away. Instead of watching TV I'm focusing on the thorny question of "Is this fight about to get violent, and if so, would calling the police improve matters?"

I think they've calmed down now, though, which means that not calling anybody was probably the right move.

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The house is heated by a gas boiler. Today, it's not kicking on.

The thermostat has working batteries and is displaying both the correct temperature and the "heat on" light.

The furnace is not out of water.

All appropriate lights are lit on the furnace, so we can be reasonably certain that it isn't a device-specific power outage.

Turning the "boiler on/off" switch at the top of the stairs did nothing, so power cycling isn't the solution.

Is there anything else I can try (that won't burn the house down!) before I call the repairman?

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Things have been allowed to slide for far too long, so today we clean ALL the things in ALL the rooms.

It's fun!

(oh god kill me now.)

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You don't need to be American.

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You can do it! I believe in you!

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One of the issues on the ballot in NYC this year is ranked choice voting (but only for primaries).

And it's... I mean, I'm going to vote for it, because at this point I think almost anything has to be better than the system we currently have, but I'm not a huge fan. I'd prefer a simple ballot where you can pick multiple candidates without ranking them, for two reasons.

First of all, I think the concept is just easier to explain and a bit more intuitive for people who haven't spent a great deal of time (or any time) considering voting options. We've ALL taken internet and magazine polls that allow you to pick more than one option per question.

Secondly, and equally importantly, I think a lot of people don't know all that much about candidates when they enter the booth. They know they like this one, they don't like that one, and they have varying but unspecific feelings about these ones. Asking them to rank them or do anything more complex than say "Yup, this one would be okay!" and "God, not that one!" is a bit of a stretch.

Also - only primaries? C'mon.

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In response to "Stop using gypsy, it's a slur" round 1,000:

The same people that suddenly decided that a word that has been acceptable for generations is suddenly determined to be a "slur". Try referring to that word as a slur in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, France or Portugal and see what results you get.

Yeah, I'm definitely going to take the opinions of people in an area that's a hotbed of virulent anti-Roma prejudice. Uh-huh.

I have no idea, btw, why people are so freaking attached to this word. If we exclude it from proper names*, the number of times I've ever had to use it and not saying "yeah, don't use this word" can be counted on one hand.

* People give themselves and their children and their pets all sorts of inappropriate names. When you know better, you do better - well, unless you'd rather whine about it.

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I hate laundry.

In other news, a tree fell down onto a neighbor's fence, and even though they put up safety tape I guess they thought that wasn't enough, because now they ALSO have a small barrier made up of plastic grocery bags that have been carefully tied together to form a rope.

Sometimes I love people, exactly as much as I hate laundry.

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This is potentially the most exciting thing I'll read all month!

Of course... we'd probably start with Alanna, and she might not be my favorite protagonist of that series. Sigh.

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And the couple was raving about how the charming old house they were looking at had "pocket doors" and I'm just - folks, we live in a house with pocket doors, and lots of 'em. Do you know why this feature is so rare? When those doors break - and sooner or later everything breaks! - they are a massive, massive pain to fix. Are you particularly handy? No? Then don't do it.

I just googled this, and they start out by telling you to cut an access hole in the drywall and just no.

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I wasn't there for this, which might be just as well.

Jenn went with my mom into work today - she needs a little more help in the mornings, Mommy, so somebody has to go with her to the boat and then she goes the rest of the way alone. And they're waiting for the bus and then when it comes - it passes them! And the one after does the same, so when the third bus comes there's a lot of people waiting and the next one fully seven minutes away. And that bus is PACKED, so the driver apparently opens the back door and tells everybody to just go on through there - except my mother, who he knows and anyway, he can see she uses a cane. (She tells people it's mostly to get a seat, but she really does need it if she's going a longer distance.)

And as my mother gets on, somebody gets up to let her sit down. Except that as my mother is carefully turning to sit down, another woman swoops in and plops her four year old in the seat, with the end result being that my mother nearly squashes a small child.

And if that wasn't bad enough, this woman then (apparently) starts screeching about entitled old people who should be using access-a-ride. My mother was this close to hauling up her shirt and showing her the scars! The driver very nearly kicked that woman and her kid off the bus. Eventually everything settled down, but that awful woman gave my mother the finger as she got off. And her kid is right there watching everything, you know.

One day she's going to be the one using a cane, or a walker, or a wheelchair, and we'll see if she learns anything then.

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Looks like I'm gonna have to give out glowsticks to trick or treaters after all.

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Huh. Do you think I can do two birds with one stone here and use the envelope the passport came in as my proof of address when getting a state ID?

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Any good recs?

Also, this is a fanfic rec, and you've probably seen it a billion times today alone, but:

Demonology and the Tri-Phasic Model of Trauma: An Integrative Approach

Enjoy! (Edit: If you're a stickler for accuracy, [personal profile] siderea calls it "arguably the best representation of doing therapy from the therapist's point of view, in all fiction. By a lot" and I think she should know.)

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PASSPORT TIME, BABY!

Do you know what this means? Do you KNOW what this MEANS? It means I can get into Canada so long as I don't fly there!

More importantly, it's step one on my path to gainful employment - A Valid ID.

I'm gonna have to wrangle up some proof of address soon too.

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Either that, or they've become weirdly meta, because I got a lot of random texts last week saying "quit" or "stop" or "unsubscribe". And ONE random text that cursed me out and called me lots of bad names for sending her ("get it through your head I'm a woman!" or words to that effect) texts that were inappropriate in some way.

I felt like replying to that last one to clear my name, but on second thought that seemed unlikely to help, even if there is a real person on the other end.

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They brought Moosie, of course, albeit with some concerns about how this would affect their street cred.

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Please. I know you're excited about the new baby. I know that you anticipate sleepless nights and a distinct lack of opportunity to party hearty. I get it.

But please. Please, folks. Stop celebrating with explosions!

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Ana: Hey, Connie? Can you help me get-
Moonpie: INCOMING DOGGIE! I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU!
Ana: Hi! Hi!
Me: No, Ana. I will not help you get high.

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It's been haunting my very dreams.

Answer the question before you click, please: How do you say the word "detritus"?



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and apparently they had to cut open the hand to get it all out. So that puts things in perspective.

*shudder*

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!!!!!!!

I've got it on preorder, naturally.

You know, the only thing that excites me more than a new book by Frances Hardinge is the anticipation of what sort of influence she's going to have on the next generation of writers.

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Nomnomnom. I'll have to buy more, or make some of my own.

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so yesterday I went to buy more cat food and it turns out that they're not accepting returns right now anyway due to a "network outage". Good thing I wasn't bright enough to bring in the unopened bag of cat food in the first place, I would've been really pissed.

As it is, the cashier confirmed that a lot of people are super upset that their orders were randomly changed on them, as they should be.

I was able to make another return, though, after finding the hidden door to the UPS store.

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Which would be fine, except they randomly sent me a different brand without adequately informing me first. If I'd brought it in I would've returned it, but Ana brought it in and put it in their cat food bin, and I can't return 12 pounds of loose dry food. They even very conscientiously remembered to throw out the bag already!

Mama Cat is very persnickety and throws up if she has the wrong food. I could try Callie or Sweetheart on it, but they have their own food as well.

Does anybody particularly want 12 pounds of WholeHearted Grain Free Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food in, idk, a baggie I guess? Several baggies. Not sure if it works out as worth it once we add in the shipping, but I don't want to just toss it without investigating options.

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Georgia school district reverses transgender-friendly bathroom policy after death threats

They hate us for our freedom!

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And I certainly would like to complain to a manager, thank you. This is not the high-quality weather I expect.

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Stinky animal! Somebody needs to start sleeping with Jenn again.

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