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    I am in New York right now! My brother is here on vacation so I came to see him. I return to Kansas tomorrow (where I have already moved), and start orientation on Monday. This is my last Friday as someone who doesn't have real work or study responsibilities. I am thankful to have had this brief window of not having to do much!
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    I ended up getting one and the first (and so far only) thing I have made is black beans. I'd normally have to soak the beans overnight and let them simmer on the stovetop for *at least* two hours, but with the Instant Pot I could skip the soaking, and the whole thing took maybe an hour (including the time it took for the pot to reach pressure, and the time it took to de-pressurize). The beans turned out great, too! I was worried the pot might explode so I set it to go and then stayed out of the kitchen. And when the pot was ready to be opened, I may have said, "Oh god," before doing so. This is very exciting!!
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    I eat a lot of beans with vegetables, and beans with ravioli. I cook the beans in a Crockpot with vegetable stock and spices. I'll make enough beans to last me a week, and then I'll pair it with something more exciting, like the aforementioned store-bought ravioli, or store-bought Chinese dumplings, or roasted Brussels Sprouts. I basically eat the same thing every day. I don't think I'm a bad cook -- I'm just lazy. I've identified the nutrients I need/the most healthful foods I can stomach, and I've figured out a way to consume them almost daily while also enjoying them enough to keep doing it. Ryan and Laura Rokas have said I am good at making curry, but I only ever make curry for them. Let me know what you think of the Instant Pot! I was thinking of getting one when I move.
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    What do you look like?

    Matt took this picture of us at Laura's art show tonight. Thanks, @mattli0n!
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    I gave notice at my job today! I have officially resigned!!! In two weeks I will be done with this job. Six days after that I will move to Kansas. And a few weeks after that, I will be a student again! I feel very relieved.
  6. I'm in Iceland's international airport.
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    My friend Lena flew back to Denmark this afternoon. We had a really good week together! Her visit to the U.S. was divided into three parts -- SF and Oakland, then a road trip with another friend to Yosemite/Tahoe, then back to SF and Oakland. After I had time away from her to recharge, I was a much better host and did not feel depleted all the time. While she was visiting, I had expressed to her an insecurity I have had for many years about not being "fun" or interesting enough, and a worry that the only thing that I potentially bring to the table is being organized and reliable, kind of like Willow in "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" before she developed magic powers. Our conversation prompted me to create an Excel spreadsheet in which I wrote in one column the names of all the friends I have whose company I really enjoy, and a row of qualities I like in those friends (e.g. basic intellect, loyalty, generosity, self-assured, understands they will die, etc.), and then I looked for the common denominator. After I had completed the exercise, I realized that the criteria against which I'd been measuring myself was not at all relevant to me, and I am probably doing better than I thought. It was a therapeutic exercise, and I certainly feel a little less down about myself! Tonight I am getting pizza with a former colleague of mine. It will be Chicago-style, so I am poppin' Lact-Aids in preparation.
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    critter thread

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    Today is my first full day in a week to myself! Tomorrow will be another day spent by myself! I am so excited!!
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    i've missed you, my friends!

    Welcome back, @splendorr! I have spent the past month pottering along. The highlight was probably spending a week with Skip in LA. The lowlight is probably many small things, like my manager saying something shitty that made my colleague and I feel shitty, or three days into my friend Lena's visit when I realized I am not built for hosting talkative people for more than two days at a time (very tired, kind of frazzled), or mistakenly thinking that going to Fisherman's Wharf (for tourism purposes) might not be a bad idea and being reminded that it is hell on earth... So yes, certainly pottering along. I finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I am glad I did! It's got some neat ideas.
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    What do you look like?

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    I love Spock. Happy birthday, @soaplitz!
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    My friend Lena is coming to visit me today. Lena and I went to college together and were both editors of the student paper. We were not very close, but were always fond of each other. After college I moved to the U.S. and she moved to Denmark. We kept in touch over email and a once-a-year Skype, but we haven't seen each other in person in more than six years. She is coming to stay with me in this here Oakland for about a week. I don't think I have ever had anyone get on a plane and come to where I am with the specific purpose of spending time with me (exception being Skip, but we're in a long-distance relationship, so that doesn't count), so I am both excited and nervous. Excited because: friend! Nervous because: hosting! This will be Lena's first time in America, so I feel tremendous pressure to make sure she has a valuable experience. I was thinking of dropping her off at a McDonald's playground for the weekend.
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    hot internets 2.0

    BABY FOXES!!! I like how the second fox seems to be telling the first fox, "Steve. STEVE. Stop doing that. It's glass, Steve. Stop it. This is very embarrassing."
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    Reasons for being alive

    He looks like he is the perfect size for scoopin' up and huggin'.