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Certainly not the biggest bummer of the pandemic, but it is a bummer that every mediocre social outing now comes with a feeling of, “ugh, that wasn’t worth the risk budget.”

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The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more. - Patricia A. McKillip

Went to get my flu vaccine this morning. Considering it's already a bad flu season maybe I should've gone earlier, but I procrastinated until my GP clinic called me to ask if I'd like a shot this year 🤣 Ah well, job done now!

I have a few photos to catch up on posting 😅 Anyway, Gizmo got the best seat in the house at our little Election Night party, on top of blankets and one of Mum's hand-knitted jumpers. Plus somewhere in that pile he'd buried some treats for later, too 🤣

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If you had an idea for a story and then you put that story into words (in full or in progress)

then you are cool as heck.

I will accept no arguments on this.

Cool As Heck!


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This article about making more sustainable clothing choices points out that by wearing a garment twice as many times as the average before discarding it, the environmental impact is lessened by 49%.

It goes on to say that it's hard to get numbers on what average is, but one survey estimates clothes get worn seven times. Looking at all the factors, I understand it. But thinking about how little 14 wears is, 7 hammers home the frantic pace of it all.

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“Their bed time is at 8, call me if anything happens”

Honestly, day 2 of unrelenting loud excavation work and I’m on Gidget’s side now. I tried going for a walk to get away from the noise but everywhere I went there was more construction, beeping, leafblowers, annoying loud cars… just so exhausted now 😭

Noisy day today. The construction site next door seems to be digging out all the earth where their underground carpark is going to go. Currently they have a massive embankment of dirt visible over our shared fence. Gidget is unimpressed.

Took a little selfie with Gidget this morning… and at the same time I get to show off this neat new jumper I bought, featuring Chilean "riot dog" Negro Matapacos! 😄 Gonna wear it out tonight to our little Election Night party.

Gidget's week has been full of ups and downs. Some days she's felt starved (Monday when she nagged Viv to give her ⅔ of her daily food before 6am was a bad one) but as the week's gone on she's seemed better and better about the diet. She's weighed in at 7kg a couple of days, which suggests it's doing what it's supposed to! The biggest down has been the poo-stravaganza she launched when I was in the shower yesterday, but I suppose her human servants’ dedication must be tested occasionally… (she's NEVER done anything like it before, so idk, I hope it's a one-off).

Today I discovered that the English word country is in fact cognate to Latin (and descendents’) contra; apparently it comes (via Old French) from a Vulgar Latin phrase terra contrata “land lying opposite”. Wouldn’t have guessed that! 😲 The Anglo-Saxon word is land.

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The Welsh: 1-10, that's easy

Everyone else: great, glad we're on the same page!

The Welsh: but when you get past 10 then you're just adding numbers to 10

Everyone else: well yeah

The Welsh: so what if we did one and ten, two and ten, three and ten, four and ten, five and ten

Everyone else: if you want?

The Welsh: one and fifteen

Everyone else: wait

The Welsh: we got tired of adding things to ten

Everyone else: hmm okay

The Welsh: two and fifteen, two nines,

Everyone else: okay hold ON

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Reminder why Forums are great and Discord sucks.

Googled something I needed today and where did it lead me? To a post on my own forum 😅 with the exact fix.

Search engines don't get Discord but they do get Forums.

Put guides on Forums pleeeeaaase.

Please don't judge me too hard but I couldn't resist a blog post venting about the ridiculous argument my little sister and I had watching the Eurovision grand final 🙈

Link: Building a Digital Homestead, Bit by Brick by Tom Critchlow

I appreciated this blog post about the nature of building a personal website, crafting it into a space that feels like home. It quotes/links to a few other good blog posts on the topic, too.

Gizmo decided to be a real bro to his best friend Gidget when he visited last night. He nagged and nagged Vivian to feed him cat food until Vivian finally caved in. Then the second the food hit the bowl, he ducked out and let Gidget violate her diet by eating everything 🤣

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On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.