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    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2013
    Alright, it's been a while here...if I sound a bit more disjointed than usual in my writing, it's because I've wanted to write something for a week, but couldn't muster up the energy on it. The following is a result of me closing my eyes, saying "ARGHFUCKIT" and jumping right in. So...

    - A reader and someone I always saw at beer festivals and enjoyed talking to passed away in her apartment on Friday. I didn't know her all that well and aside from a few exceptions death isn't a thing I freak the hell out about, but it was incredibly shocking. The Toronto beer community will be meeting up at a pub (the last pub I saw her alive, actually) as a sort of send-off.

    - Things got scary a while back. Real scary. Like, any rational person would call a hospital but I thought I would be okay and didn't tell a soul kind of scary. I won't go in to it, but...I guess I'm in a better headset now?

    Which then I guess goes in to the GOOD:

    - taking charge of shit once and for all. No more of this "I'll do it I swear" and then I don't shit.

    - Working on alternative hobbies, because as much as I love beer stuff, it's also work and I need something to do where I don't have to think too much about others or play some games to get things going.

    - I'm writing Wench posts that aren't boring the ever-loving piss out of me. Somewhere along the lines I became a local writer covering local events and local beers. That's great, but like cookies, they're a sometimes thing and I know I can write some kick-ass posts that will appeal to local and international reader alike. Example, I reviewed a cookbook which was a lot of fun to go in to and it let me experiment with incorporating craft beer in to food. I also did a somewhat lengthy post on non-alcoholic beers. I have one that I'm working on now that I am INCREDIBLY proud of and am trying to keep a low profile on it because of reasons. But I'm actually feeling EXCITED about writing these big stories. Little ones will be coming, yes (doing a winter beer post soon that may be something to go with a TV appearance), but that's not ALL I'm writing and I'm feeling good about it.

    - Weight is going down, bit by bit. I think. I don't know. I gained a bit due to Beer Festival Season last month but am now only going out to things once in a while and that's been reducing things. I like being able to control my diet.

    - I'm rewatching Twin Peaks. Love that show. Also Next Gen. Am also reading a book on the history of beer that isn't just spewing facts and is a really funny and engaging read. Man Walks Into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer by Pete Brown. Read it. It's like Terry Pratchett got a bit tipsy and started going on about the history of beer. Kind of. Anyways.

    - I'm hearing from people and lately the thought of socializing isn't feeling me with crippling dread. All the time. It still is, but hey.


    @flecky, so awesome to hear that you wrote out your first step. You've come a long way already and you're just getting started. Best of luck in staying put where you are and going ahead with glorious plans. You're a rocker, so you'll do fine in rocking it.

    @faux, I need to buy you a drink when I see you. 2013 can be beaten to death with a bag of rotting dicks.

    @patrick, sir a moment of your time just one picture for the paper, sir. SIR.
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013
    @oldhat: You're on. I'll let you pick.
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    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013
    @robin - I'll sit for a portrait when next we meet. I'll bring your Kill-Shot, you bring my Lone Wolf & Cubs.
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013 edited
    Guess I'm bringing my pad and pencil

    When shall we three meet again?
    In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2013 edited

    Hello, I'm back once again to announce things socially in a vain attempt to affix them in my own mind.

    Sploosh: three days til the end of my third semester. So far it's all Milhouse: got some positive feedback /invitation to do more on a conference presentation, attended an actually relevant conference as a volunteer (as opposed to the two others I've been to this year that only made me despair for the future of my discipline), heading into finals in one class with 100% (hasn't happened since sixth grade), doing a-okay in the others.
    The boy has been away, which is a positive because I've taken over the stereo and the kitchen. NP Monolight, it's been ages! And eating nothing but steak for dinner and banana splits for other-times. Ah, exams.

    Nutbunnies: My computer is kinda broken. Gotta send it away, thankfully on warranty. Going to spend two weeks reading books, hitting the gym, cleaning the house, and plotting the demise of various faculty members who clearly need to stop ruining new generations of my colleagues. I hate being the only achiever - especially since I feel like my extracurriculars are only out of spite for their failures. It's a shitty cause to get wrapped up in, though. Commence inarticulate flailing.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    Me da's got days left. He's got the hospice coming, so he's comfortable, but he's definitely turning the lights out and locking up.

    Thanksgiving was nice, though. I brought him some hot fried turkey, which he managed to get down and keep down. I'll be shipping up to Boston* for the services, which will be weird, but good.

    Very grateful for all the kindness.

    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    Faux - Amazed at how you're keeping it together. Good on you... He's blessed to have you around. *hug*
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    After visiting my parents for Thanksgiving, just woke up to an email from my mom saying she's noticed that I've gained weight, laments the fact that I used to be so skinny and sent me tips about exercising more and eating more salads.

    I'm 5'9" and used to be 125 lbs. My mother wishes I was anorexic again.
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    @glukkake: Aw hun, I'm so sorry to hear it. I wish I could tell her off for you, but that wouldn't help any either. Just remember that you're beautiful as you are - at a healthy weight.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    Parents are all of the fun. Hang in there, prettypants.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    @faux, I'm so sorry. If there's anything we can do, let us know.

    @glukkake, Yeah, fuck that. You're gorgeous.

    And with that...I have to close this thread down so that we can start the new one.