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Am I the only one that completely lost it?

2020.10.21 07:25 Darkvenom39 Am I the only one that completely lost it?

I have been friendless and lonely for about 2 years now, ever since i have started living by myself. I moved to a new job, moved out of my parents house, and started hard working and also trying to achieve my goals as well as being social. But at some point my "friends" have slowly started to fade away from me. One is with his GF and another is with his new groupie (which im not invited) and others have just been giving me excuses and irrelevant arguments on why we shouldn't be in touch anymore. So all my 15+ friends were gone in an instant and i was left alone doing nothing but work, gym, home for the first year. And then came a GF into my life! and bruh that was toxic, she manipulated me and lied to me and her family just to take full advantage out of me, and sadly at the age of 23 that was my first GF ever that lasted for 6 horrible months! Not to mention she used to abuse me and punch me if i came home tired or sick and i wasn't in the mood for sex.
Thank god that relationship was over and i finally stood up to kick her out and burned her stuff after we broke up and told her good luck. Since then ive had a plan to be more social and going to concerts and manning up to go to a bar all by myself and trying my best to be as social as possible. But then came covid, and with that i went back to the dating apps (which i really dont recommend!) and to the life before manning up and yeah the gym closed to all my mass turned into fat and till today im still kinda chubby and losing muscle mass due to that, and the NYC mayor has only opened the gyms with pathetic rules only for a month. I have tried again and again to meet new people and also going on dates but i havent gotten anything besides a hookup here and there (which i awfully hated it) and ghosting's, so yeah im still charming and my heart is open to give out love and i hate it when girls see me as just a sex object or a free mealer or just someone that could give attention over the phone screen (which i hate the texting relationship stuff), and dont get me started with the whole only fans stuff that most beautiful girls try to promote their accounts and also IG and all that social media bullshit just to try and get that sweet simp money and attention because many girls just dont give a fucking shit about people these days!. So overall not the best time in my life and i believe not to everyone. I live by myself in the city of dreams (NYC) with broken dreams and tears in my dreams that i have no friends or anyone to date or even talk to besides my 2 cats that are my only thing in this world. Im at my mid 20's and within time i fell like the day where i have to tell my mom that she might not see grandkids from me would come because IDK how long i could try to keep searching where there are many women out there that dont wanna give me a chance or even people in general that i have a hard time opening a convo, at least at the gym i was very very very social and met a ton of wonderful people. But sadly its gone and im all alone here.
I started to write this down after i was trying to jack off after 2 weeks of not thinking about it and i just couldn't even get in the mood even if i wanted to, i just couldn't feel it (sorry for being so open about it). I want to feel loved and appreciated and go out and have fun and get to know more people that i could connect with but sadly everything in this city is shutting down and you see hate just everywhere, and even if i try to meet people and just meet a friend that could get me started up again so i could have someone to talk to, i just cannot get a long lasting convo no matter what or even just a switch numbers and lets go out for a drink or something. And also people on social media have became extremely toxic.
Overall i know people here like to vent, cuz i know many people here just dont have much anyone to talk to in this world and i wanna let out some steam somewhere, or even lay there shoulders on. Im still young and full of life and most of my time im just playing videogames or watching youtube and netflix or sleeping and feeling with everyday that passes im slowly decaying and dying inside.
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2020.10.20 04:32 ParadiseFound327 My boyfriend hates the dog I got him. Plz help

Hi daddies, hope you’re all having a great week. I’m not at all. My boyfriend (29m) and I (27f) have been a little rocky lately. We’ve been dating for 2 years and things were so great for a while, but now it just feels like we’ve lost our spark. I don’t know if it’s the pandemic just wearing us down, or the fact that I caught him doing steroids (he’s a big gym guy—like, veins in his neck, tattoos, etc.) and I told him that’s why his dick hasn’t been working and he stormed out of the house. I probably shouldn’t have said that but our sex life has been so, so sad. It feels like I’m playing with one of those slippery sleeve toys? With the glitter and stuff floating on the inside? I have no idea if you guys had those but if you squeezed at the bottom it would slip out of your hand. There’s no shape to it at all. And if you thought those felt weird in your hand, imagine having it in your mouth. It’s like I’m eating a living octopus (PS- I watched My Octopus Teacher on Netflix and it’s AMAZING)
To try to smooth things over, I went out and bought us a dog! I really thought it would help us, that he would open up more, and we could bond over it together. I’ve always wanted a dog and he just kept telling me he didn’t think we should commit to an animal yet because we live in a pretty small apartment together in NYC. He called it inhumane to raise a dog in the city, even though a bunch of my friends have them and say it’s totally doable and they make them happy. I got him to the point where he said he’d CONSIDER a small dog (we live in a studio apt but the ceilings are high) but when I saw Bear at the store, I didn’t feel like I had a choice. He is SOOOO CUTE!!! He’s an all-black Newfoundland, and they can get pretty big. But I figured we could make it work if we both took it seriously and committed to being dog parents.
Well, turns out my bf disagreed. He was pretty mad when I brought home a Newfie even though I know he appreciated the gesture. Like clearly I’m fighting for us and trying to save us. He sorta seemed to be warming up to Luca but by Luca’s first birthday, he weighed 137 pounds and the apartment felt pretty small. Now he weighs more than my bf and that’s really tough for him because he cares so much about putting on muscle and weighs himself constantly. It honestly seems like he’s competing with our dog now over who can gain more weight. But obviously he can’t keep up because Bear is eating hundreds of dollars of dog food per month. And it’s just getting really tough.
So he wants to get rid of the dog. And I don’t know what to do because I love them both so much. Any advice appreciated xoxo
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2020.10.18 15:04 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 18th, 2020

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2020.10.05 15:09 origamidreaming I am 33 years old making $335,000, live in London, and work as a lawyer

This is my first MD, a little scary! I've been reading Refinery29 for ages and found this group after the disappointing, fake lawyer MD from "Salt Lake City".
Section One: Assets and Debt
I'm single so all amounts are my own, although I've had help from my parents at various points in my life (which I'll note) and I'm very lucky to also have them to support me if life goes completely to the gutter. Everything in this diary is converted into USD and rounded (to the nearest cent for the diary, but nearest $1k more generally) for simplicity using google's exchange rates when I was writing this over the last week.
Section Two: Income
On income progression, I've been working as a lawyer for 10 years:
Section Three: Expenses
Section 4: Diary
DAY 1 SUNDAY - $33.50
I wake up at 7 am . . . My biological clock in COVID times is all sorts of messed up, and I feel like I've been sleep deprived for months. Doggo hears me moving in bed and jumps up for a 15 minute cuddle. I then put on a coat and take her outside for a bathroom break. I feed Doggo and make a cup of tea for myself and then go back to bed.
By bed, I mean I scroll through IG and the news for an hour. I doze off eventually and then wake up at 10:30 for a second cuddle session. I finally get dressed while listening to NPR's Consider This. I'm 4 episodes behind, it's the perfect start to the morning. I make avocado toast with a fried egg at 11:15.
I head out to walk Doggo for an hour at noon and regret it 15 minutes in. London has skipped Fall, it feels very much like Winter and I'm not prepared. By the end of the walk, I'm sniffling behind my mask. I treat myself to a blueberry financier from my local cafe ($4.72). I eat half of the cake at home with a second cup of tea, decaffeinated this time, and also eat a box of cherries. Doggo eats her lunch and then passes out.
I spend most of the afternoon decluttering, I go through and organise, swapping out seasonal clothes. I have been watching the Home Edit on Netflix and am obsessed!!! I'm thinking of placing an IKEA/Amazon order for "Product" but hold off. Amazon delivery guy drops off a parcel at 3 pm -- I bought a plant saucer and a trio of pots last week. I've been growing some plants on my patio but now that it's getting cold, need to bring them all in. I spend an hour repotting some herbs. I place a second order for the pots and saucer as they're perfect for the remaining herbs ($28.78).
At 6:30, I make myself some skillet pizza with a side salad for dinner, and eat while addressing some weekend work emails for about 30 minutes. I hop into the shower at 7:30 and spend my evening with a face mask and the Home Edit. Doggo gets her last walk at 9 pm, and then we head to bed. I have a hard time falling asleep so I light a candle, move the phone to another room, and lie in bed for hours.
I wake up at 7:30 am and take Doggo out, make myself a cup of tea, and eat the leftover cake along with strawberries for breakfast. I start work at 8 am, replying to emails and reviewing memos until 10, when I have an hour call with one of my direct reports.
After the call, I take Doggo out to the park for an hour. I keep an eye on emails, but nothing too exciting comes up as I work for an American company and it's still early there. When we get back, I heat up leftover pizza for lunch at noon and dive back into work. I start a marathon of calls from 1:30 pm to 4 pm, and then finally turn to other work.
The Amazon delivery guy arrives at 5pm, I take a 30 minute break to repot the remaining herbs before the sun sets, and then head back to work until 7 pm. I feel lazy so make myself avocado toast, peel an orange and eat a spoon of nutella for dinner. I spend the evening listening to the How I Built This podcast and watching the last episode of The House Edit. I'm in bed by 10.
DAY 3 TUESDAY - $46.27
I wake up at 7 am and take Doggo out -- big mistake not wearing a raincoat, so we make it as quick as possible. Doggo gets her breakfast while I make a cup of tea and eat two portions of strawberry yogurt. I work from 7:30-8:15, and then head out to take Doggo to the vet. I'm back home at 9:30, but sadly without Doggo who has been having leg issues this year. The vet recommended that she stay with them until the afternoon for x-rays. Thank goodness for pet insurance, the x-rays cost $940 but it is all covered by the insurer as I've already met my deductible.
I work from 10 to 12 before taking a quick 15 minute break to make some noodles (Thai inspired peanut noodles -- I made the sauce last week and defrosted overnight). I eat my meal while browsing Reddit and various blogs, and then spend another 15 minutes vacuuming the flat (Doggo sheds!).
I restart work at 1 pm until I pick Doggo up at 5 pm, she's lethargic from being sedated and the vet recommends booking her in for surgery (another £2,600 covered by the insurer). I join a call from 6-7 and then finish addressing other work emails that are time sensitive.
I stop work at 8 pm and let my friends, family and the dog walker know about Doggo's upcoming surgery next week. I'm stressed and decide to place an order on Glossier for cloud paint, balm dotcom and stretch concealer. I use a 10% coupon and it comes out to $46.27. I wash up, browse through the news, and go to bed at 10:30 pm.
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY - $59.02
I wake up at 7:30 am and take Doggo out, the morning is lovely today (bright blue skies, air nice and crisp!). I work for 45 minutes from 8 while eating granola with milk, and then head to the farmers’ market for some groceries. Meanwhile, the dog walker comes by at 9 to take Doggo to the park (cost is included in my monthly expenses). I ended up buying daikon, coleslaw, brioche rolls, pork ribs, roast turkey, gouda, and salmon ($26.97).
I come back from grocery shopping to see a delivery of flowers ($32.05). This is a subscription service where I get a delivery about once every three weeks (approximately how long they. last), but I’ll skip if I don’t like the arrangement. I used to not buy flowers, but it's given me such joy this year. This weeks’ arrangement includes pale pink roses, snowberries, bright pink alstroemeria, purple irises, white lisianthus and eucalyptus.
Doggo comes back from her walk, and she goes to sleep while I restart work. I do a load of laundry at noon, take a 30 minute yoga break, and then make myself a sandwich with coleslaw, turkey, sliced cheese (thank you to the CupofJo blog for the idea, delicious). I finish off the rest of the nutella. Doggo also gets her lunch and a bit of playtime. I dive back into work at 1 pm after putting my clothes in the dryer. I'm on back to back calls from 4 to 6, and then end my workday at 6:30. I make myself some ramen spruced up with bok choi and salad onions from my indoor herb garden.
I decide to shower early at 8 and then watch Schitt's Creek while reading up on the news (last night's debate, omg). I decide to go to bed at 10:30 and pop Doggo into her crate and try locking the door. It's a disaster, she cries and whimpers until 2 am. I wasn't expecting it to be this bad: she used to sleep in a locked crate as a baby and, even as an adult, alternates between sleeping in the crate (unlocked) and on my bed. Once she has her surgery, she'll need to sleep in a locked crate for two months while her legs heal as jumping will undo all the good work. It's devastating and I can't sleep either, I think I fall asleep at 3 am but who knows when.
DAY 5 THURSDAY - $123.76
I'm exhausted but my body wakes up at 7 am anyways. Doggo is quite happy and seems not exhausted at all. I take her for a short walk, give her breakfast, make myself some tea and get to work at 7:30 -- I'll nap later if I can. I catch up on emails, review some documents, and look at candidate resumes for a role that's open on my team. I break at 9:30 to fry an egg to eat with toast and a second cup of tea. I take a 45 minute call at 10, which results in a massive headache (mostly because of the 4 or so hours of sleep, but the call was a mess too). I decide to take Doggo out so we can both get some fresh air.
At noon, I get a delivery of plants that I purchased last week! This makes me so happy and motivated to work again. If anyone else is as plant obsessed, I bought Zamioculcas zamiifolia, polyscias fabian, sansevieria moonshine, clusia princess and a new pot. I take a break at 1 pm to eat a lunch of daikon soup and ribs (leftover, defrosted from last week), which watching Criminal on Netflix. It's the French series, I've already finished the UK set. I also feed Doggo her lunch inside her crate with the door locked, a little bit of whimpering but so much better.
Back to work at 2 pm with back to back calls from 2:30-4:30 (way too many calls in COVID times). I finish work at 6:30 after my last call is cancelled. At 7 pm, the doorbell rings again -- my groceries are here! I order online once every two weeks and supplement with weekly trips to the farmers market. Today's grocery bill is $82.27 for baby wipes (for Doggo), toilet paper, hand gel x2, shampoo x2, kleenex x2, toothbrush heads, decaf tea bags, soy sauce, chilli oil, sugar, peanut butter, rice noodles, tomatoes, onions, chicken thigh, melon, salad onions, pizza, mandarins, green beans, bananas, grapes, broccoli.
After unpacking my groceries, I buy a box of roasted cauliflower and greek salad from the cafe downstairs for dinner ($9.67). I place an order for Doggo from Amazon: some powder for small cuts to add to our first-aid kit and a raised dog bowl (supposedly better for her spine) totalling $31.82. We do some training in the evening (tricks for treats!) so she's nice and tired, cuddle in the bed while watching Schitt's Creek, and then I place her into the crate (minimal crying for about 10 minutes tonight, thank you Doggo).
DAY 6 FRIDAY - $45.61
I wake up at 7:30 am, take Doggo out quickly and start a laundry cycle for my sheets, duvet cover and pillow covers. At 8 am, the cleaner comes to do a much better job than I can (included in monthly expenses) and also makes my bed (is anyone else useless at putting duvets in duvet covers?). I give Doggo her breakfast, make myself a cup of tea and I eat some leftover carrot cake. I work from 8:30 to 11, when the cleaner leaves, with a break in between to put the laundry into the dryer.
Doggo gets a 15 minute walk (it's pouring!) and then we both eat lunch. I make an arugula salad, with tomatoes, mozzarella and mint & balsamic dressing. I read Lean In for an hour while eating. Yes, I know I'm late to the book club but was curious after seeing all of the comments!
I restart work at 12:30 and end at 5:30 to quickly walk Doggo in the rain and then play with her. I leave her with dinner at 6 and then take an Uber to Boy's place (it's our 4th date). I've been disappointed with Londoners on the tube as many people don't wear masks or don't do it properly so prefer to walk or take Ubers even though it's obviously more expensive.
Boy has been cooking up a storm, we polish off a bottle of wine and then some more, a tomato salad and pasta with lots of cheese. I Uber back right before midnight ($45.61 for two Ubers), I'm not concerned about the Uber turning into a pumpkin but I would never leave Doggo by herself. Sorry Boy (and boys generally), I don't do sleepovers without Doggo. Doggo is the happiest girl and I'm feeling pretty good myself, so we go on a long midnight walk and then some playtime at home. I'm not in bed until 2 am.
DAY 7 SATURDAY - $17.96
I wake up at 10 am and Doggo and I head to the park. The skies don't look great, so we keep the walk relatively short and choose not to take a detour into the farmers market. It's the right decision as it starts pouring at around 11 once we're home. Doggo gets her lunch, while I make myself a BLT with some grapes. I then spend an hour catching up on work emails that came in Friday (evening London time, but business hours America time). I draft a couple of responses so they're ready to go, but wait to send them until Monday. Weekend emails are the worst.
I text Boy to say thank you again for the dinner, we flirt a bit and then I get on a call with a group of my best friends at 2 pm to catch up. We all turn the video off because of Zoom fatigue but just hearing their voices is perfect. I spend the afternoon reading up on surgery aftercare for Doggo and place an order for a cold press and an inflatable pet collar that looks soft so that Doggo won't need to wear the cone of shame ($17.96). I then finish Lean In and also go through Criminal (France) on Netflix.
At 7 pm, I start making dinner (salmon with honey and sriracha plus a side salad) and call my brother in Vancouver in the evening to catch up over my dinner and his breakfast. I shower early, put on a face mask, and watch When Harry Met Sally. Doggo joins me during the movie to enjoy some belly rubs, takes her last walk and then we're both in bed by 10:30.
TOTAL SPEND: $326.12
This week wasn't too unusual apart from Doggo's costs. Apart from food and treats when we're running low I rarely buy anything for her anymore as we've accumulated a ton of toys, leads, etc. Pre-COVID times I spent more money on transport and food (as I used to eat out for my lunch almost every day in the office), but less money on home and health (I have bought so many plants and spruced up some of my decorations). The beauty purchase is a once a month cost, but I would spend that money in other categories other weeks.
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2020.09.29 06:20 n0thric The Exchange Student - Part Two (Isak)

So Carter has convinced me to join him for a little back and forth short story. He's going to write a chapter from one character's point of view and them I'm going to write the same time period from the other character's point of view. It should be a lot of fun. I hope you all enjoy it.
The waiting area by the gate was already fairly crowded as I made my way toward it. I wished that I had been able to get a direct flight to JFK, but the cheapest tickets all had a layover in Amsterdam. I had an hour before the flight from Amsterdam to JFK took off.
I found a spot on the floor that was a little ways away from other people and got comfortable. I plugged my phone into a wall outlet to let it charge and fired up Netflix. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to get any sleep. I clicked on an episode of Ancient Aliens. It was my guilty pleasure… absolute trash but entertaining.
A few minutes into the episode I got a new text message.
Did your first flight land already?
I stared at my phone for a few minutes deciding if I should even answer. We hadn’t messaged one another in over a week and part of me was hoping to keep it that way. I knew he was just checking in because he cared about me, but it would make this easier if he didn’t care.
Yup waiting for the second flight.
The message was instantly read and I could see that he was typing a response. After a solid minute of him typing it stopped. I began to get anxious. The last thing I needed was to start crying in an airport terminal.
Have a safe trip.
That clearly hadn’t taken him well over a minute to write. I wondered what he had erased.
I started the show back up. It managed to take my mind off of things for a while. Eventually I got bored and fell back on my second guilty pleasure, people watching. Across from me was a family with two young kids. The kids looked to be about 4 and 5 and were balls of energy. The father looked pissed and the mother looked worn out.
A few seats away from them sat a goth girl. She was in her early 20s and was so skinny that I assumed she lived on a diet of coffee and cigarettes. She had an elaborate goth outfit on and jet black hair with a white stripe dyed into it. She had one airpod in and I could only imagine the music that she was listening to.
Halfway down the row of seats from her was a guy who looked to be around my age. He was wearing grey sweatpants and a large yellow hoodie that said ‘Daydreamer’ on it. He was watching something on his phone but I couldn’t tell what because he had headphones in as well. He had short, strawberry blond hair and green eyes. I became transfixed on his interesting colored eyes. He glanced up at me and I immediately looked back down on my phone. After a second I glanced back up and his eyes were once again on his phone.
I found myself unable to look away from his eyes. He set his phone down and pulled his hoodie off, revealing a white wife beater underneath. I was so caught up in the show that he was putting on that I didn’t notice that he was looking at me again. He gave me a mischievous grin and went back to watching his phone.
I was so embarrassed that I grabbed my stuff and made a beeline toward the coffee shop. I wanted to try to sleep on the flight and didn’t really feel like loading up on coffee when the only bathroom for the next 8 hours was going to be shared with everyone else on the plane. I ordered a hot chocolate and found another place to sit down to drink it. I had almost finished it when they started boarding the plane.
I had chosen a window seat. It made getting up to go to the bathroom a bit more difficult but I couldn’t stand the middle or aisle seats. I stowed my carry on and took my seat. I flipped open the sunshade on the window and looked out at the airport. Nothing really to see yet. I popped my headphones back in and closed my eyes, wishing the long ass flight was already over. I felt someone sit next to me and opened my eyes to give them a polite nod.
Holy shit. It was him. My pulse began to race a bit and I felt a bead of sweat appear on my forehead. He gave me a warm smile and a nod. I did my best to return it.
“Chris.” he held out his hand.
“Isak.” I grabbed his hand and gave it a quick shake.
He leaned over next to me and inhaled. “You smell amazing, what is that?”
“It’s called Bibliothèque.” I smiled awkwardly. He had me rattled, getting so close to me like that.
“It’s delicious.” he smiled and put his own headphones in. I was used to my cologne being a conversation starter. That was the whole reason I bought it in the first place, but even though he had just given me an opportunity, I didn’t have the balls to spark up a conversation with him. I guess there wasn’t much of a rush. We were going to be stuck beside one another for many many hours.
The plane taxied and took off. By the time we reached cruising altitude, Chris was already sound asleep. So much for sparking up a conversation. I debated accidentally waking him up by climbing over him to use the bathroom but decided against it.
An hour over the Atlantic, his head had found its way onto my shoulder. I wasn’t complaining. I leaned my head against the top of his. His hair smelled like sandalwood and was surprisingly soft. We sat like that for the next three hours. I tried to doze off, but I rarely was able to sleep on planes and the physical contact wasn’t helping.
I hadn’t had someone rest their head on my shoulder like this since I’d broken up two months ago. Chris woke with a start and sat upright. “Sorry about that.”
“Don’t be, I didn’t mind.” I gave him a genuine smile. He stretched and checked his phone. I pulled mine out of my pocket to do the same. I sat looking at the home screen. No new messages, no Snapchats, no emails. I don’t know why I thought that there would be any. Most of my friends had grown distant lately.
“Who is that?” he nodded at my phone. My background was a photo of Liam kissing my cheek.
“That is my friend Liam.” I offered cryptically.
“Your boyfriend?” He asked.
“Oh sorry to hear that. Is that why you are flying to America? Running away to start a new life?” there was a hint of humor in his voice. He clearly wasn’t being serious… perhaps it was an attempt to inject humor into what he knew must be a sore subject.
“No, the reverse actually. I’m going to the US to study abroad for my senior year. We broke up because of that.”
“That makes sense. Are you still friends?” He pulled a bag of candy out of his bag and offered me a piece. I gladly accepted.
“I think we will be eventually. It’s hard to go back to friends after dating.”
He nodded. “I know what you mean. I was friends with this girl for like 2 years and then we ended up hooking up at a party one night and it was just too awkward to hang out as just friends after that.”
I knew exactly what he was talking about. “The same thing has happened to a few of my friends. It made it hard to hang out with certain girls because we have to avoid inviting them if the friend they hooked up with is going to be joining us.”
“Hey, can you help me take off my hoodie?” He glanced over at the large sleeping woman in the aisle seat. “I don’t want to wake her up.”
He held his hands toward me and I grabbed the sleeves and pulled. His hoodie slid off into my lap, pulling his undershirt halfway up his chest with it. His armpit hair was the same strawberry blond as the hair on his head. I couldn’t help but notice his washboard abs as he pulled his shirt back down.
“That feels so much better.” He stretched and got comfortable. “You can use that as a pillow against the window if you want to grab a nap.”
I wasn’t tired at all, but I balled up the sweatshirt and laid my head on it. It smelled like his hair. A mixture of sandalwood and sweat. Not a bad sweat smell… just smelled like he’d had a long day in the hoodie.
I was eventually able to nod off. I don’t know how long I had been out cold when I felt a hand rubbing my leg. I opened my eyes to find Chris smiling at me. The lady beside him was still asleep. The plane was extremely dark. Only a few passengers had their reading lights on. He leaned in close and whispered into my ear. “Give me a minute and then follow me.”
He stood up and slipped by the lady in the aisle seat without waking her. Where the hell did he expect me to follow him to? It suddenly dawned on me. He couldn’t be serious, could he? I felt my dick twitch in my pants.
I waited for what seemed like a minute and then slipped out and made my way to the restrooms. As I approached I could see that both showed green by the handle. I opened the first one and it was vacant. I awkwardly closed that door and then opened the other. Chris stood there with a smile on his face. I stepped in and closed the door behind me, locking it.
There wasn’t much space so our bodies were pressed against one another. He leaned forward, pressed his face against my collarbone and took a long breath in through his nose.
“Your smell turns me on.” he whispered. “I’ve never had a guy’s smell turn me on like this before.” I didn’t know if I should be flattered or if that was just a line he used all the time. He licked up my neck, around my jawline and then lightly bit my earlobe.
Liam and I had a number of very heated makeout sessions, but he’d never done something like that to me before. I instinctively reached around behind him and slid my hands into his sweats. I grabbed his ass. He ground forward into me, pinning me against the wall. “I want to fuck you.” he whispered.
My mind was spinning. This gorgeous guy who was just talking about hooking up with chicks had me pinned against the wall and wanted to fuck me? “I’m a virgin.” I admitted. I’d done enough research into the topic to know that I was going to need some serious prep time and possibly a soundproof room if I was going to be fucked for the first time.
“Oh, you can’t have your first time be like this. Would you blow me?” he asked.
I just nodded and squeezed his ass cheeks in my hands. They were a little larger than Liam’s were and much firmer. I kneeled down in front of him and he slid down his sweats, revealing his rock hard cock. It was around 7 inches or so, a touch longer than mine. There were strawberry blond hairs around the base. If he trimmed, he hadn’t in a while because the hair was fairly long. His cock was uncut and curved ever so slightly to his left. His balls hung down extremely low. I held them in my left hand and grabbed his cock with my right.
I squeezed it gently and shook it around to tease him a bit. He was already leaking a massive amount of precum. I stuck out my tongue and licked it. I was shocked to find that he tasted very differently than Liam did. I had always just assumed that all precum tasted alike. The taste of Liam’s cum had always bothered me a bit, but Chris tasted almost sweet.
I pulled back his foreskin and slid him into my mouth. I was easily able to get him most of the way down my throat. I’d never really had a significant gag reflex, much to Liam’s surprise. He had only been a little over 5 inches at his biggest, so I could swallow his whole dick easily.
Chris placed his hands on my head. “Yeah you swallow that cock Isak.” I began to stroke him off with my right hand as I blew him. I figured we weren’t trying to draw this out any longer than we needed to since we were in a damned plane restroom.
He began thrusting with intensity. I looked up at him. His strawberry blond pubic hair led up to a set of washboard abs. He’d flipped his wife beater up over his head so I could see his chest. His skin was pale, so pale it almost seemed like it was glowing. His torso was covered with freckles. I swore one of them looked like the big dipper.
I let go of his balls and ran my hand up his chest. Liam didn’t have muscles like this. Chris smiled down at me and lifted one of his arms up over his head and flexed. His muscles all sprang to life and he took in a sharp intake of breath. I prepared myself just as his dick rocketed a massive load of cum into my mouth. It tasted just as sweet as his precum had. I happily swallowed it while looking up at his spectacular body.
“Stand up.” he instructed. I did as I was told. He reached down into my pants and grabbed my hard dick. I was already extremely close. He raised one of his arms over his head again and planted my face in his armpit. “Smell this while I jerk you off.” He began to stroke me. A few seconds later my balls tightened up. His scent was intoxicating. I inhaled deeply.
Just as the first shot of cum left my dick, I woke with a start. My face was buried in his hoodie against the window. I felt a second spurt leave my dick. Then a third and a fourth.
Holy shit. I’d just had a wet dream on a fucking airplane while smelling the hoodie of the guy sitting beside me. I glanced over nervously. He and the lady in the aisle seat appeared to be sound asleep. I quickly slipped by them and rushed to the restroom. Luckily one was unoccupied. I stepped in and locked the door behind me. As soon as the door was locked I tore off my pants and boxers. The boxers were destroyed. Cum covered the entire front. Luckily I had got them off before they had a chance to soak through into my jeans.
I balled them up and put them into the small waste basket. I balled up some toilet paper and covered them up. I reeked of semen. I grabbed more toilet paper and wiped off my dick. Luckily I had trimmed not long ago so I didn’t have a bush full of cum. I wet a bit of toilet paper and washed off the remaining residue before slipping my jeans back on. Not bad. I washed my hands and then wiped them on the front of my jeans to conceal any minor wetness that I’d missed.
I headed back to my seat and managed to slide by my row mates without waking either of them. As I sat back down, the embarrassment hit me like a tidal wave. What kind of nut job has a wet dream on an airplane?
Luckily Chris slept until the plane had begun its descent. I hadn’t dared to fall back asleep again. Who knows what bodily function I would have lost control of if I had.
As the plane touched down, I suddenly stopped worrying about having cum in my pants and started to worry about meeting my new ‘family’. They had all seemed super nice when I’d Facetimed them, but you never really knew until you met someone just how well you’ll get along.
The plane began to taxi toward the gate. Did I smell like cum? Were there stains on my jeans? Could you tell I wasn’t wearing any boxers? I decided to just blindly hope that the answer to all those questions was ‘no’ and began to collect my things.
By the time I had my stuff together, Christ and the aisle seat lady had left the plane. Oh shit, Chris’ hoodie. I slipped it on and headed off the plane. The customs lines were packed. I waved at Chris and pointed at the hoodie. “Keep it to remember your trip, it looks good on you.” he gave me a thumbs up.
I wondered if he realized I came in my pants from smelling it. Thoughts about the dream kept my mind occupied and I didn’t get nervous until I was stepping into the baggage claim area and a woman I recognized from our Facetime calls squealed with excitement.
These people had been kind enough to take me in for the next year. They were either some of the nicest people on the planet, or secretly axe murderers. I saw Gabriel walking back toward us with a massive coffee in his hands. I wasn’t sure what to make of him. He seemed like a nice enough guy, but he had been very stand-offish during our calls. He always responded to Snaps that I sent him and we occasionally made one another laugh with goofy pictures, so he couldn’t be all that bad.
I went to hug him just as he went to shake my hand. Fuck! I was embarrassing myself already. We ended up settling on a brief and awkward hug. Great job Isak. Awesome first impression. Why not just point out that you aren’t wearing any boxers because they are covered in cum and stuffed in a trashcan on the plane.
They were kind enough to help me carry my stuff out to the car and I began to catch glimpses of the NYC skyline. I started to get genuinely excited. I didn’t live too far away from Oslo, but that didn’t compare to NYC. There were probably more people in JFK than in Oslo right now.
One building in particular caught the rising morning sun. I asked Gabriel what building it was and he told me that it was One World Trade Center. I should have known that, but it was honestly hard to tell its shape while it was reflecting the sun. I tried my best to stay awake and soak in all the sites, but as the skyline faded from view I began to doze off.
Luckily, this time I didn’t have a wet dream. I woke just as we were pulling up to my new home. The house was impressive, much larger than I had anticipated. When they said they lived in a small town a few hours north of NYC, I had either expected something fairly urban because NYC is so huge, or a little farmhouse in the countryside. This however, was a modern monolith planted at the top of a huge hill.
They ushered me inside and Mrs. Von offered me some food. I always got queasy when traveling so food was the last thing that I wanted right now.
Gabriel took me downstairs to my room. It was decidedly larger than my room back home and might as well have been from the future. Everything was either a rich red hardwood, stainless steel, or stone. I tried my best to contain my awe.
Gabriel showed me around before asking if there was anything else I needed.
I thought for a moment, “I will need the WiFi password.”
“Here, I’ll punch it in for you.” he held out his hand. Without thinking I unlocked my phone and handed it to him. The look on his face when he saw my background was a mixture of shock and confusion. He finally punched in the password and then handed me back the phone.
“Anything else?” My face was bright red. I could feel the heat radiating off of it. Why the fuck hand’t I changed my background?
“No thanks.” I managed to say. He left me alone with my embarrassment.
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2020.09.27 18:06 CyrusWaugh All Taylor Swift Albums Ranked (2006-2020)

And now we've reached the beginning of the end of CountryMusicStuff's first appreciation week, I loved every bit of this process, even when I was stressed out with deadlines, I kept pushing forward for you guys as a community, this has been the most fun I've had with the sub in a long time and I can't wait to explore other big and underappreciated artists. After 8 albums its time to answer the big one, which album stands tall above the rest, I'd love to know your opinion, even though I'm not touching Taylor Swift for a long time after this, I'll give a little shoutout here and there when I see it fitting. A lot of people this week have come together to appreciate all the music she's put out, and I don't want it to fade away. I'm gonna announce the placements Drum Corps style because this has built up a lot of momentum over the past week, also this was not easy, a lot of these albums were highly competitive, some rose in placement, some did not, a majority of the scores were really tight, and I'm being as critical as can be, because the fanboy in me would put all these albums around 8 or 9 out of 10.

In 8th Place With A Score Of 6.9/10:

8. Lover (2019)
Lover is last for me, as I feel like it has a lot to offer, but it fails to be cohesive, the sound ranges from candy sounding pop, to 80's synth style, to the style of Reputation and country, it's a mess in terms of lyrics and production. There a few instances where we get the peak of Taylor's vocal performance and writing skills, but mostly it feels contrived and lazy. Also this isn't last for my disdain of the trash that is the man, the album score is the average of my song ratings, so The Man only counts for 5.5% of the score. 1 song doesn't determine where I place a record. I've seen records where I give one song a 1/10 and the rest are 8,9 or 10 out of 10, and I give it a high score. The writing and sound for a lot of the record, is kind of dated, to be honest, songs like ME! or You Need To Calm Down's sound was already done 2016 and 2017, and in 2019, the sound of music changed drastically, either trap songs by DaBaby, or mellow pop songs by Billie Eilish and Post Malone trended, I'm not saying it failed as it has sold 4 million worldwide which in the streaming era is huge, and it still landed to be the most popular album of 2019, but chart wise this album didn't land, for an artist a few years back was a head of the times it feels on this record she's playing catch up.

In terms of the tracks themselves, this is the only record where I actually hate some of the tracks, them being The Man, I Think He Knows, and I Forgot That You Existed, one being dishonest lyricism and the other 2 being lazily produced and sung, normally I can pick up on something I like but not on Knows or Existed, out of context The Man is fun, but using my brain I can tell its the worst of the 3. Then we get into the decent section which is, Miss Americana, False God, You Need To Calm Down, and Death By A Thousand Cuts, these tracks are give or take, you may like the lyrics which are clever or honest, while you get bad production, like on Death By A Thousand Cuts, which is pretty descriptive but it suffers from a lot of the production concerning her vocals or in You Need To Calm Down where it is a jam, but the lyrics are lazy, and pandering, and how she keep's singing to haters and critics, why? There was a whole record dedicated to this, why do you keep bringing it up. And if you are going to, be clever about it, like Blank Space or Delicate. Then there's the good tracks that have a decent balance of both, like ME!, or Paper Rings, these tracks are often silly in their lyricism, which is okay, I'm cool with dumb silly songs, and the production really reflects the seriousness these songs lack, there are some tracks where the lyrics are so dumb and the instrumentation is advanced and beautiful, they don't fit together usually, so these tracks offer the middle lane.

The great tracks are the ones where we get to see inside her head, her personal stories, such as The Archer, which actually does a good job in describing the battle of her reputation, not addressing the haters but her own personal perspective, her relationship with Alwyn is on full display with Lover, which is one of the biggest standouts of the record, where get arguably the best bridge of her career, Luke Combs does pretty good ones, but Taylor is on a whole other level, even on tracks that aren't as great, she puts a lot of effort into bridges. Her matured view point of relationships in Cornelia Street, how this relationship is getting so good, and how if they fail, she's afraid to walk that street because its a scar. And the crown jewel of the album, Soon You'll Get Better, which is dedicated to her mother diagnosed with a terminal illness, beautifully written, I can hear every emotion going through her head, and it is heartbreaking. The record offers some of her best songs, my favorite melodies and lyrics, Just because it is barely misses a 7/10, doesn't mean don't listen to it, still 80% of this record I still listen to, I judge songs intellectually, so in terms of fun, this is around 7.5 or 8, if you are getting into pop for the first time after listening to country all your life, this is a good way to enter the genre and what to expect.

In 7th Place With A Score Of 7.4/10

7. Reputation (2017)
Reputation is considered by many to be her worst album, and majority of the people who say that, only listened to the singles, this album's opening is supposed to break your perspective, I think it is also dated, this sound of EDM, Trap was big with people like The Chainsmokers and Imagine Dragons and they were already on the decline, but while it doesn't hold up compared to the other records, there is a lot I like on it, Taylor's songwriting skills are still here, even if vocally and instrumentally it isn't, even on the bombastic EDM I Did Something Bad, there is still quality, and personally I like the production, the overall package isn't as intelligent as I'd like it to be but by the second chorus it brings it. Even on my least favorite track This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, while pretty forgettable melodically, is really raw in the writing, detailing how people have betrayed her over the years, and highlights her feud with Kanye West, also if you're interested in the context for a majority of the songs, I highly recommend the Netflix Documentary, Miss Americana, I skip over the political nonsense, but you get to see her mind set in her modern songs especially in Lover and Reputation.
The singles themselves are bombastic like Look What You Made Me Do and ...Ready For It, people's complaints are valid, it really comes down to personal preference, most people when listening to pop, tend to go for their ears rather than their brains, its easier when listening to country music, as the best of it reflect both instrumentation and lyrics, pop is a lot harder as songs for casual listeners are carried by the production, so she has my respect, for putting intellectualism in this style, the only other artist I think that used to be able to do something similar, was 21 Pilots but they've turned into a joke imo. The record really is divided into 2 parts, the dark and heavy sounding side which is all about her reputation and the other is her personal stories, which has a lot lighter production style, with songs like Gorgeous, if I were to put a song from Lover and Gorgeous together, you'd probably think they came from the same album, I tried it once, and that is what got a friend of mine to check out Reputation. Also quick side note, Her concert at Metlife Stadium 2018, is arguably the best concert I've been to, then again I've only been to 4 or 5, which were Toby Keith, Midland, Florida Georgia Line, and I wanna say David Allen Coe, I can't really remember, I was pretty young at the time and it was raining that day in Metlife.
The remainder songs actually highlight her new style or throwback to previous styles from older records, my favorite of the new style being So It Goes, its semi-dirty, and I gag to That's My Kind Of Night, but So It Goes is my jam. Don't Blame Me, has a electronic bass drop gospel feel to me, and while not that great lyrically, makes up for how much on an ear worm it is. Getaway Car is a fantastic metaphor, and is a great throwback to 1989, how she talks about a man, being a getaway car, and her guilt of using him like that. Dancing With Our Hands Tied is another great example of her growing skill of unique storytelling in describing relationships. Delicate is my favorite of the entire album, and highlights how she sorta disappeared for a year in the media's eyes, and how all eyes are on her, and you get a sense of freedom when there's no one watching you, the vocals are so soothing, and the drum loop blends in so well, and according to Grady, he calls it his "Chill Jam" I completely agree, then there's the elephant in the room, Look What You Made Me Do at the time really divided the fan base, but overtime this became a beloved piece of pop culture, it is lyrically so interesting, the chorus is a turn off for people, but after listening to this track tens of times, it's become on of my favorite tracks in her entire catalog. Then the closing track New Years Day, without a doubt the best track, highlighting how true love isn't in kissing, their body, or sex, its in their actions, how something as small as cleaning up after a party does so much, Overall yes I enjoy Reputation, I encourage those scared of checking out this record, give it a listen in its entirety, it's better than you think.

In 6th Place With A Score Of 7.5/10

6. Taylor Swift (2006)
To all the traditionalists before you downvote this because her countriest record is placed 6th, hear me out. Yes sonically her first record is the best. As is the case for a lot of artists in Nashville during the 2000's. But lyrically, this certainly isn't her greatest. Arguably this album is revolutionary for its key role in the start of the bro era, now I'm not comparing her to bro artists, but if you pay close attention, after 2006, you begin to see a rise in her more bro like songs charting slowly. And in this record, you get all the bro tropes, like Trucks, someones eyes, jeans, dirt roads. I certainly think she did a better job at describing adjectives than most artists, I'd put her around the same level of HARDY in that aspect, but simple adjectives are simple adjectives and there's no getting around that. And while there is a lot of traditional country sounds, to help make up for this issue, around 25% of this record leans in the 2000's pop rock trend, and that lowers my opinion of a lot especially with songs like Invisible which sounds awkward vocally for me, or A Perfectly Good Heart, I think the 2 styles in both the lyricism and instrumentation don't blend together great, and similar to how I view songs like Hey Cowgirl by Randall King, the sound might be beautiful but the lyrics are still pretty simple. She was starting to write songs at 16, she hasn't really sharpened her skills yet, this is evident on tracks like I'm Only Me When I'm With You, its sweet and fun but arguably besides the instrumentation and vocals, this is a 7/10 song, and others songs like this include Cold As You, The Outside, Stay Beautiful, all great, but I think we can agree these aren't masterpieces.
But while I approach this brutally in some of your eyes, there is still a lot I adore on the record. Our Song is a jam and while simplistic, that's the intention, the melody is as iconic to me as say something like Toes By Zac Brown Band. Picture To Burn is just a blast all the way through, that offer a lot more than a majority of the other tracks on the record, they let the instruments shine more often, you can tell she had a lot more fun with these 2 tracks than the others. The more mature songs signaled that the best of Taylor Swift was yet to come, Teardrops On My Guitar, A Place In This World, are the standouts for me as these are the stories I connected to more, I'm in my final year of high school and I this record feels so nostalgic. Teardrops captures a feeling we've all felt at one point of our lives, it's not that big lyrically, but it has so much emotion, it feels so raw and pure. Then there's Tim McGraw which was the prequel to one of the most iconic tracks of the 2010's Springsteen, who knows, maybe Eric Church was inspired by it to write his own perspective. Tim McGraw is captures every element I love and brings it all together, the great lyrics, the fantastic instrumentation and emotional vocal performance. Her first record may be your favorite, like I said almost all of them are close in striking distance for me, originally I had this in 5th place, but after listening to it 3 more times I came to accept that while the sound is gorgeous, there was just as much quality in her later years.

In 5th Place With A Score Of 7.6/10

5. Red (2014)
Red as I've said before is her most important record, which was her smooth transition of genres from country to pop, as you can tell by the ratings is a pretty good album, but while this does have the least amount of 6/10's for me, it is overwhelmed with 7/10's. 63% percent of this record is 7/10 for me. And for a pop record which I view it as, that's pretty good, it's extremely hard to make an intellectual pop record in this day and age. Most artists like Camila Cabello or Shawn Mendes while great performers don't put much brains into their songs and you're left with a 5/10 record. Red played it safe in terms of it leaning into the pop genre further than it ever did with songs like 22 and I Knew You Were Trouble. It's what I like to call a wholesome album, which is an album which intellectual and casual listeners can enjoy, songs with so much heartfelt moments, and fun moments people can universally enjoy.
So the fun moments for me are definitely songs like 22 and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, 22 is more of a bubblegum anthem, and those never really have vivid imagery, but this does put me in scenarios I've been in, like breakfast at midnight, however I will never EVER!!! go to a club. So there goes the relatableness. But still that melody is impossible not to enjoy (unless you're trigger) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is my favorite of the pop tracks, I don't think she's had as much fun in a recorded track, its a jam, still had a grudge as it was pushed to country, but still a lot of 2013 singles weren't country. Stay Stay Stay, is another fun little jam that border lines pop with modern country. It is harmless, hilarious and a good time throughout all of it. The S Tier of this record lies within the the opening and ending track, which is State Of Grace, and Begin Again, State Of Grace, shows the beginning of the end for her country career. I regret never seeing this song live, I adore it, and Begin Again, is her farewell to the genre, we get everything I love in a mature Swift song, beautiful instrumentation, compelling lyrics and sensitive vocals. And then imo the best track of the record: All To Well, so well written, beautifully sung, so perfectly built up to this dramatic conclusion. Red, is the safest record she's done, but the best of the record, is some of the best Taylor Swift has to offer.

In 4th Place With A Score Of 7.6/10

4. Fearless (2008)
This is what I call the golden age of Taylor Swift, drawing a fine line between mature lyrics and great instrumentation. This is the second time I've seen an album average out the same score, so to break it , I counted which album had the most 9/10's and here we are. Fearless brings back to a time, where I didn't have to worry about college, who I'm going to be, all I had to worry about was band and maintaining good grades. Her voice is slowly getting deeper and I got a feeling idolism. It is was my first record Taylor Swift record and I cherish it as much as I do for Chief By Eric Church, arguably 3 records broadened my perspective of the potential of country music, them being This One's For You and these 2. I've talked so much about my love of the album and I've yet to highlight why the album is good.
Definitely the simplistic parts of her writing haven't been fleshed out yet, so you have a hand full of 6/10's but they are improvements from her first record. Like Hey Stephen, to me it is clever but I find the melody extremely tedious. The Best Day, I'm sorry if you guys love this one I just don't see it, it feels too perky and you guys describe this to be over emotional, but I can't be on the same page with this. The Way I Loved You, is a bro song, her first 3 albums heavily inspired the lyrical aspect of the bro era, and I don't know whether that's a good or bad thing. Still all of these songs are good especially when I compare it to songs today. This is also her 2nd best single output for her 8 records. The singles here aren't just great for radio, their great overall. You Belong With Me is impossible not to sing along to when it comes on when we play music on the bus after a competition. This was the peak of 2000's pop. Like Robert California from the office, I don't like the Blacked Eyed Peas, I wasn't a fan of the output for a majority of these artists like Usher, or Eminem, so to hear this everywhere was amazing. White Horse is arguably the best lyrically, with how it progresses the story, but Love Story is the perfect balance those 2 songs possess. Great story production, unforgettable melodies and the best sounding song on the record. Fearless for a long time was my favorite record, it was my childhood (the parts I can remember)

In 3rd Place Receiving My Bronze Medal With A Score Of 7.8/10

3. Speak Now (2010)
Speak Now had the highest expectations from me, given how much I loved the previous record and for a long time I always viewed it as inferior to Fearless, it wasn't till this even where I realized its slight superiority. My only real complaint is how I'm not a big fan of the punk rock sound a few tracks had, but still the tracks were good nonetheless. For a long time I viewed this as her most mature record, where we got to see more of her life as a celebrity rather than stories from her past. There was a lot of innovation with the record as she also experimented with orchestras for the tracks Haunted and Back To December, both capturing the theme the lyrics capture, Haunted obviously bring out haunting melodies and Back To December, bring out sincereness. You could tell she relied less and less on the high school narrative, she really uses it 2 or 3 times imo.
A lot of the stories are so unique and feel interconnected in what I think the album's theme is which suppression of emotion. Speak Now the title track is about expressing love to some one who is about to marry the wrong woman, this is a perfect example of suppressed emotion as she does consider this is wrong, but she's tired of hiding it. Back To December is about swallowing pride rather than making a song about the man in the relationship being the wrong, this track is about how she was. Never Grow Up show's her side that never wished she grew up, how everything that matters to her aren't selling out shows, making millions but her family, I can tell I'm in the minority when say it's my favorite track, Better Than Revenge is her unleashing all her bitterness on Joe Jonas. Mean doesn't really convey the them of suppression, but still it's MEAN. The sound of it is amazing, it's pretty goofy, but that's why I love it. Dear John is the longest and most emotional roller coaster out of any Swift song, perfectly paced, unleashing all of her emotions about what I assume to be John Mayer, but I still have my doubts, take him out of the context, doesn't do a darn thing, I love this song just as much. Normally long songs eventually get me bored, but not Dear John I am moved by its haunting somber melody, the build up to her powerful vocals and one of her most compelling stories. Dear John while not my favorite, is what universally unites all fans of this record. This is currently the best country record she's ever made, who knows, Red is creeping up in appreciation, I learn a new detail every time I listen to a Taylor Swift record, so a year from now this record could be 5th or 6th or 2nd or 1st.

Receiving My Silver Medal With A Score Of 8/10
2. folklore (2020)
I don't think many people realize how much of a game changer this record is. I've argued Taylor has played catch up with Reputation and Lover, but once again she's ahead of the game. This blends several genres at once, country, soft jazz, rock, folk, pop and it doesn't feel disjointed. Without a doubt the most mature and well written record of her career as of now. If folklore was a country album, and given today's standards it is, I'd put it as the #1 album in the mainstream even above Never will by Ashley McBryde, the current leader of this year. Every single song is a fantastic album cut, it has changed the game for how she writes her songs, she's taken new perspective when singing about how she keeps up with appearances, new perspectives in break up and high school songs. The Saltbox House Chapter is a story line the spans off 4 songs, I don't remember the last time something like this has been tried, I'm sure it has but it's been a hell of a long time.
The weakest song on this track is still something with so much effort put in, Seven's only major issues are vocal and melodical, lyrically it tells the story of a forgotten friend, and she can remember everything but her physical details. One great example of new ways of writing about her reputation, is The Last Great American Dynasty, instead of talking about herself which she's prone to do a lot. She sings about others and in this case, her Rhode Island home's previous owner. It's very compelling and one of my favorite lyrically, but similar to how much I love Round Here Buzz, the percussion here is too big of a problem. The 1 definitely feels like an outlier, as it doesn't really go in the theme of the saltbox house story line, or her new perspective of her appearance. But still it's fun to listen to. I can picture myself walking through grey skies in downtown for school listening to this record. When I walk alone, I like to be alone with my thoughts and this record allows me to reach that state, even simple songs like this one.
Her songs about her and Alwyn are so wholesome, Invisible String is all about how an invisible string tied them together and they didn't know it. Little details of where they would've met earlier, places they've been to. Peace is about how while they are together, people will always look for cracks to get a story, and he doesn't are if its peaceful. Alwyn seems like the one for Taylor and I hope they last, he's better than everyone she's ever been with. I wouldn't be shocked if an engagement would be announced in the next few months as this song has finally brought her full circle as she's finally ready to commit, after everything she's been through. Mirrorball tugs at my heartstrings more than any song on the record, how she's giving everything she has in her songs, and each detail of heartbreaking her life is a crack in a disco ball. The world of music is heading into 2 directions, the trap path, which is a young generation singing in vulgar.
The Saltbox House Chapter is undeniably the best part of the record, Cardigan, is a great lead single, while not my favorite, it deserves a Grammy nomination, as does the record, most can agree 2020, was mostly a trash year for pop/r&b/hip-hop/etc, and country music is actually getting good, with quality returning more and more with people like Maddie & Tae and Ingrid Andress. August my 3rd favorite track, fills the gaps left in cardigan. We get the details of how James was seduced, how this unnamed lover felt, her joy, her guilt, and sadness. This is Taylor Swift in her prime, something she's hasn't really been in for 6 years. Betty, which is climbing faster than New Years Day, or Soon You'll Get Better ever did, is becoming a defining part of country music for 2020. Betty was the entire reason appreciation week happened, after I was done smashing stuff after the load of crap that was the ACM awards, I reminded myself of how perfect Taylor's return was. Betty in terms of structure is 2020's love story, great storytelling and the key change implies a happy ending. But Illicit Affairs takes it over the top where we get the perspective of James and the unnamed girl, every dirty vivid detail on full display. Folklore brought back the Taylor I knew as a kid, she's changed drastically in the past 14 years, and this is a sign of maturity I can respect, I do have my problems with her but this isn't the place to discuss them nor do they damage my perspective of how talented and heartwarming she is. Folklore isn't going to be for everyone, this is an intellectual album, there isn't a jam piece like ME! or Delicate, its her being the best version of herself on full display for the world to see.
And Finally In First Place Receiving My Gold Medal With A Score Of 8.8/10
1. 1989 (2014)
To put it simply 1989, is one of the greatest records ever made, I use 3 lines when I describe my praise in reviews like this and that's favorite, best and finally greatest, favorite is pretty simple, I like this song in a non-intellectual manner, it's great not in critical aspects and mostly relies on earworm melodies and licks. Examples are Tequila, or Marry Me. Best is what I use to describe what is critically great. How good is the instrumentation, the lyrics, vocals, production, examples of Best are Mr. Misunderstood, Seneca and Heartache Medication, Greatest is a combination of both but with a 3rd factor, and that is revolutionizing music all together. 1989 broke music, starting a trend that would bring me back into the pop world after I abandoned it around 2009. 1989 would change the songwriting styles and production value of many albums for years to come, in away its the here's to the good times for pop music, difference is this would improve the genre over time, not damage it. 1989 simply is a perfect pop record. Now I say perfect pop record, not perfect album there are problems with it, but a perfect pop album, to me is an album with an engaging sound, unforgettable melodies, rhythmically well tuned lyrics, and great vocal production. 1989 even its weakest moments accomplishes everything.
The opening track Welcome To New York, engages you into a thrilling setting, I'm about 15 minutes away from NYC, and while most of it is a rat hole, my first real experience by myself was this song, it is an instant classic, and I'm still mad it wasn't pushed as a single. When I take off for college this is my theme song when I leave as chances are I'm moving to New York to study Music Education. Up until folklore 1989 handled her songs about her you know what (I'm sick of using that word) Out Of The Woods, is about her wondering if she can finally relax with whoever she was dating at the time, as the paparazzi made it their mission to sniff around her personal life. I Wish You Would, while my least favorite is still a great song that probably would've hit #1 like every other single released on here. The irony of song feels so realistic, as the awkwardness and fear of a breakup can make our minds run wild of what the other is thinking, yes both Woods and Would are pretty repetitive in their melody but still they are great pop songs, compared to other songs trending in 2014, Ariana Grande is not my cup of tea, I'll never listen to her unless it's a song from Victorious. Bang Bang was mediocre at best, the literal garbage that is Anaconda. The only artists that really caught my interest was Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran, and really only their singles did, this whole record captured me.
All You Had To Do Was Stay marks the line from the good to the great pop songs, those are jams, but Stay highlights realistic issues in a fun manner, the toughest part of relationship is arguably enduring. And by leaving you show you're not ready and not the one. This Love, could arguably be called a country song, if you use 2010 standards, its beautiful if not a bit repetitive. The only real issue the record has is how repetitive the record can get in terms of lyrics. Clean is my least favorite in terms of production and percussion, but still great lyrical messaging of how going through a breakup is like ripping off a band-aid, it will hurt no matter what, the best you can do is endure the pain and once it passes you'll clean and free of most of the pain. I Know The Places was the first hint of the reputation era, and it's all about escaping the media vultures. Pretty simple messaging, but pretty descriptive in it's rap verses. Her metaphors are well put, how they are foxes, and they will hunt them down. How You Get The Girl is another synth smash, giving simple dating advice, for both short and long term. It's a jam and honestly nothing more, with a little bit story driven details sprinkled in.
But the biggest reason this record is #1 and stands tall above the rest is the big 5: Shake It Off, Blank Space, Bad Blood, Style, and Wildest Dreams. One of the greatest single outputs ever in the history of music. Most lead singles sell around 2-3 million, and the other generic ones make around 800k. In 1989, 1 surpassed 12 million 3 surpassed 5 million and 1 passed 3 million. The only record last decade to surpass it in numbers was 21 by Adele, and it's Adele, who is extremely tough to beat, and in terms of single output I still prefer this over 21. The only album that I probably enjoy more in terms of singles in the pop world is ÷ by Ed Sheeran, and even then, you can tell in terms of a lot of the album process this record was heavily inspired by 1989.
Bad Blood is my least favorite as its the most repetitive of the bunch and while Kendrick Lamar spiced it up it didn't change my view as much. Still that opening intro is fantastic, it's what Reputation wish it could be in terms of sound. Still salty we didn't play this in Marching Band. And even so lyrically a lot of interesting stuff is going on especially in the bridge. Shake It Off while never holding up to its standard is one her best jams, alongside New York, 22 and Delicate. Some people don't like the douche like bridge, I can understand and respect that, but I act like such a kid when singing along to it. For once I thought she's rising above it all, (boy what a lie that was!) Wildest Dreams restructured the sound of a lot of slow tempo contemporary ballads. It's beautifully sung, and gives off the emotion of pleasurable guilt, I can see the influence of Lana Del Rey, and that and this 80's synth remaster give the perfect combination. Style is the best song in terms of production, nothing over the past 14 years has been able to claim that title. For about 3 years it was my favorite pop song only being surpassed by Castle On The Hill. But still I listen to this track more than any Luke Combs song, Eric Church song, or any other song from indie and Texas artist. Style gives me an emotional rush, some of y'all will be pissed with how high I rate it tomorrow, as the lyrics I admit aren't substantive, but the production is something I haven't let go of for 6 long years, Blank Space is the best of the 5 and the record as while not a return to form sonically, it is a return in terms of storytelling. Brief little details of how she behaves, her next boyfriend, highlighting and summarizing every relationship she's ever been up till 2016. No one has truly escaped her wrath in songwriting, it is arguably her peak in pop, and I'm still considering where it will end up on my list.
I do acknowledge when I praise this record it has it's problems, most are in terms of lyrical maturity, I gave it a 8.8/10, if I wasn't as critical as I was put this record around 9.3/10. There are better records out there like Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves, The Tree by Lori McKenna, but while they are better critically in my eyes, I'll be honest, I would choose this record a thousand times. This record has one thing they don't, this record is unforgettable, if I live to 70 or 80, the 3 records that will always stay with me are Mr. Misunderstood, Seneca and 1989. Fearless is the golden age of Taylor Swift, Red is her most important record, Folklore is her most mature record, but 1989 is her Magnum Opus. It defied all of my expectations with how she handled Red, Mr. Misunderstood is the best mainstream country record of the decade in my eyes, 1989 is the not only the best pop record of this decade, but one of best of the century regardless of genre. It revolutionized the sound of music, changing it for the better, brought me back to a genre I abandoned for shallowness in every aspect, it somehow reignited that spark it had missed for several years. And that's why to me it is the crown achievement of Taylor Swift.
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2020.09.20 21:11 melaningoddess____ Single mother looking for friends with kids

Hello. I’m a 29F with three boys ages 1, 5, and 7. Last few years I spent a lot of time in abusive and controlling relationships and I lost all my companions. Now I spend all my free time with my kids. I think it’s unhealthy, for us to only spend time with each other.
I’d love to meet another mom (or dad!) who’s open to play dates or sleepovers and such. Seeing as I’m a single mom, I can’t really go out. No babysitter or family nearby to watch my boys for me to do so. So anything we’d do would have to include children in someway, so that’s why I specify a friend who’s a parent. Preferably someone with young children. My boys are polite, goofy, sweet and eager to love and be loved. They enjoy making new friends, sharing, and having a good time.
I love a good fruity drink or glass a wine and a good show or sitcom. I’m a Netflix and Amazon Prime head, I know all the good flicks. I love movies, especially a good thriller, mystery or horror. I want to see Antebellum but I’d like to watch that with a friend. I enjoy smoking weed and I’m trying to quit cigs. I’m college educated and a nerd most of the time. I like battle rap, writing poetry, all kinds of music, dancing and I enjoy make up, hair, nails, and fashion. I do a mean mani and pedi and I’m self learning how to do acrylic and poly gel nails. I’m all natural when it comes to my hair and I try different protective styles all the time. I transitioned years ago so I like to see myself as an expert in that category and always give advice to people I know who are struggling with their natural hair. My sense of fashion is pretty spot on, most days when I go outside I get compliments on various things I’m rocking.
Besides all that, I’m an all around down to earth person who gets along with anyone I meet. I’m that girl. I’m kind, anti violence and anti hate. I love positive people who look on the brighter side of things. I’ve suffered with depression and anxiety all my life so I’m coping with that best I can. I think having friends would help.
Just so no one reaches out who lives too far, I reside in Manhattan in NYC. Would have to be accessible by public transit because I don’t have a car. I do drive though and I rent cars pretty regularly so we could go on trips as well. I love to travel and see and experience new things. Peace and blessings to you all, especially during this time. Hope to hear from someone soon. xoxo
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2020.09.16 13:17 gradschoolMD I am a 22 year old full-time graduate student making about $17,000/year from my three part-time jobs

EDIT: forgot my location in the title, I’m in upstate NY
If I were to write an R29-style header for this, I would say "Today: a 22 year old graduate student who makes $17,000/year and spends some of her money this week on bagels and laundry". I submitted a Money Diary this past March so I guess this is technically a follow-up, but my life looks very different now so I'd really consider them entirely separate.

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Additional R29 questions/education expenses context because this is a grad school diary and I thought it would make sense to answer these!

Monday, September 7

7:45 AM I have an 8 AM nonprofit finance class this morning, but it’s online so I can sleep in super late. I wake up 15 minutes before class time, pour myself a cold brew that I make in my french press, throw on a sweatshirt over my pajamas and brush my hair before heading back to bed with my laptop for class. I’m able to keep my camera off for most of the zoom call, so it’s a relaxing way to start my week.
9:30 AM Another online class! This one requires cameras-on the whole time, so I leave my bed and go chill on my couch so I look slightly more presentable. In-class group work over Zoom is really just not the same- does anyone else hate team breakout rooms? Near the end of the lecture I start getting hungry, but realize I won't have time between the end of this class and the time I have to leave for campus to make food. I order a bagel for pickup at a cafe on the way to campus while the lecture finishes up. $3.08
10:45 AM Time to get ready for my first in-person class of the week. I throw on athletic shorts and a bra under the same pajama t-shirt and sweatshirt I was wearing earlier- yes, I’m a fashion icon. Grab my mask and I’m out the door, I pick up my pre-ordered bagel on the way and eat it while I walk. The class is okay, it's a quant modeling class which is way out of my comfort zone, so I'm glad that I'm able to take it in-person (at least until we inevitably get forced online by NY regulations).
1:15 PM I’m back in my apartment and heat up leftovers from last night’s dinner for lunch (cauliflower rice with roasted chickpeas, sweet potatoes, tofu, and a tahini garlic sauce) while listening to folklore. I think I've settled on august as my favorite song. Email my landlord about fixing a few things in my apartment that I've been trying to get him to sort out for literal weeks.
2:00 PM I have a planning meeting with the professor that I TA for. He’s super busy and bad at communication, so I’ve been handling the brunt of student questions so far. I made the mistake of letting the first-years add me to their class group chat, and they’ve been texting me at all hours. We talk about this and clarify what expectations should be for my TA position- he seems to want me to work 10-15 hours/week even though I was told 5-9 by the admin assistant who hired me. I can probably do 10-15, just not every week. We'll see.
2:30 PM The meeting transitions right into the class- I mostly just chill (camera on, unfortunately) listening to the lecture and taking attendance/marking participation, and nod sporadically when the professor makes reference to me. I won’t have many out-of-class responsibilities until grading starts, since I don’t have to run open office hours. After the class ends I work on organizing the course website and figuring out what the hell the prof is trying to do with the syllabus. Class hours and all prep/grading is billable time for TAs.
4:45 PM Realize that my fridge is pretty much empty except for a few random condiments and the rest of the leftovers that I had for lunch. I head out for a Wegman's run and buy enough for at least a week and a half- I used to go once a week, but with COVID I'm trying to spend less time in crowded grocery stores. I don't feel like cooking so I end up having some of the chana dal snacks and ice cream that I just got for dinner around 6:30. So healthy. $98.67, split out into food & home categories
7:30 PM Another online class! I hate night classes and strongly dislike online classes, so this seems like a recipe for disaster- however it's actually a really interesting course on inequality in education with a professor I think I'll really like, so hopefully it'll be worth it.
9:55 PM Class is over. 2 and a half hours is absolutely brutal for a nonstop Zoom meeting, especially at night and for my fifth class of the day. I shower and change into pajamas and catch the end of the Lightning-Islanders game. My favorite team and all of the teams I ended up bandwagoning are now out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so I'm trying to find a new one to root for- the game was high-scoring and fun to watch but I still don't like these teams.
Daily total: $101.75

Tuesday, September 8

9:30 AM I get to sleep in a bit today! I was supposed to have a shift at the COVID center starting at 7:30, but the university keeps changing the hours of the sites (it's a total disaster), so now my shift starts at 10:45. First thing I do when I wake up is send a quick thank-you text to my sister who's going to visit our mom- she broke her foot last week and her boyfriend (they live in the same town in separate houses) is being shitty and not helping her, so my sister is leaving college to go stay with her for a bit. I'm a few hours closer to home, but I have in-person work and class whereas my sister's school is totally online this semester. I have some scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese for breakfast before I leave the house.
10:15 AM I'm out of homemade cold brew and have a bit of time, so I drive to Dunkin to grab a coffee. I reload my rewards card to pay for it, and earn a free drink for my next visit! I'm from Massachusetts and the fact that I actually have to go out of my way to drive to Dunkin in New York makes me a lil sad. $10.00
10:45 AM Time for work- one of the blessings of the COVID job is free parking in high-demand lots (where the yearly parking cost would be about $900) on campus near the test sites, so I drive there straight from Dunkin. Luckily it's not too crazy of a shift, but I end up seated at a station next to this really weird coworker who keeps making wack comments about his personal life that are extremely inappropriate for the workplace. I make note of his name and plan to email my supervisor later, he's making me kind of uncomfortable and he's saying awkward sexual shit around people who are at the site to get tested.
1:00 PM Done with my shift so it's time for class! It's another quant class where I'm wayyy out of my comfort zone, I haven't taken econometrics in three years and it looks like I'll have to re-learn a lot of stuff in order to keep up. The professor seems good though, which will make a big difference since my last econometrics professor was terrible.
3:00 PM I pick up my car and head home, and immediately am bombarded with texts from my TA class- the readings haven't been posted correctly to the class website. Quickly fix that and put out a few other related fires. Trying to run an entirely-online class where lots of the students are participating asynchronously from another continent is a nightmare, I shoot an email to the professor about monitoring asynchronous course participation since we need to come up with a system for that ASAP.
4:00 PM Heat up the last of the leftover veggies and cauliflower rice from a few days ago, and settle in to catch up on miscellaneous work stuff. I draft an email to my supervisor about my coworker and have my mom look it over (with names redacted) since she works in HR. I'm going to wait to send it for at least a day so if he gets written up maybe he won't realize it's me that prompted it. I wash my bedsheets and towels in my building's coin-op washedryer. $3.00
9:00 PM My meal schedule has been way off today, with a super late lunch and dinner. I make this recipe, with a plant-based sausage added for protein. I eat 95% vegetarian and I'm making a conscious effort this year to eat vegetables multiple times a day.
1:15 AM After another few hours of scrolling through TikTok and finishing fixing the disaster of a website for my TA class, I head to bed.
Daily Total: $13.00

Wednesday, September 9

7:00 AM It's too early and I went to bed too late. The 8 AM online class I had on Monday is in-person on Wednesday, and I'm kind of regretting not signing up for the fully online version since it means I have to actually get ready in the morning. I drag myself out of bed and into the shower, and before I head out I order a coffee and a breakfast sandwich to pick up from Starbucks on my walk to campus. $7.34
9:30 AM Second class of the day, online. I'm realizing I don't really like this course and will probably try to find another one to replace it before the drop deadline. I find a quiet-ish courtyard on campus to go on Zoom, since all of the normal study spaces are closed. This is not gonna work once it gets really cold in upstate NY. While listening to the Zoom lecture, I see that my manager at my COVID job has scheduled me for a last-minute shift that conflicts with a class tomorrow- I email her and hope that she sees it in time. This job creates 8-hour shifts in the middle of the day with no easy option for partial hours, and then they wonder why they can't get their student employees on the schedule.
1:00 PM Head home after my third class of the day. I was distracted the whole time, trying to sort through TA and other work stuff (my shift got fixed at the COVID job, thank god) during the lecture, so I'll probably have to skim the slides again later. I chatted with a classmate in my cohort afterwards for a bit, and realize that that's the first time I've talked to someone outside of my family in a non-work capacity in over a week. Yikes. I make lunch (roasted asparagus and goat cheese pasta, are you sensing the "roasted veggie + pasta/rice + cheese" theme that makes up the majority of my meals?) and chill a bit before my TA class starts.
6:00 PM After finishing my TA class and working through some course readings, I make a kale salad with roasted chickpeas, sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and a tahini dressing for dinner. While I'm cooking dinner my dad calls, and I talk to him for about half an hour- we haven't talked for two weeks so I update him on a lot of stuff. My sister also texts and says that our mom gave her a lecture about how she needs to be nicer to the boyfriend- we both agree that we're not quite ready to go back to being pleasant to him yet, and would like to hear his reasoning and perhaps an apology for being so unhelpful that my sister had to drive four hours to do what he should have been doing all along.
10:00 PM I'm not having a great night, feeling quite depressed and socially isolated. I struggled socially as an undergrad and didn't really have any close friends, and now that the majority of my friends/acquaintances from undergrad have left and I haven't made any friends in my short time in pandemic-grad-school, I'm stuck by myself most of the time. It's really difficult to look out my window and see houses full of friends hanging out on their porch on a beautiful night and wishing I could have had that while knowing I never will. I end up going to bed early since I'm just tired and sad.
Daily Total: $7.34

Thursday, September 10

9:00 AM I wake up feeling slightly better than last night, but still feel a bit worn out. My sister texts that my mom now needs to be in a cast for 6 weeks. Hopefully the boyfriend can get his shit together. I make a breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, and spinach. I hang around my apartment for a while since work doesn't start until 11:45.
11:30 AM On my way to work, I stop and grab a coffee at a cafe ($4.16) and then go to 7/11 to pick up a notebook for class and a pack of batteries that I need for my string lights ($14.56).
1:15 PM After spending an hour and a half at work, I take my break in order to go to class. I'm supposed to go in-person, but I can't make it across campus fast enough and end up just going to the Zoom session. I am going to need to do some serious studying for this class, stats and econometrics is like another language to me.
2:45 PM Class is over and I'm back to work. There's a nonstop stream of students and staff coming to get tested, I personally go through at least 100 people over the course of three hours. Near the end of my shift, my coworker (the same one I'm reporting, actually) checks his email and finds out that he's been given a $3/hour raise and is now benefits-eligible. I immediately race to my phone, but there's no email. Everyone tries to figure out who qualified for the raise, and we come to the conclusion that student workers didn't get it. I might reach out to my supervisor about that, seems kind of ridiculous given that we do the exact same job. I don't need benefits and probably don't qualify anyways but the raise would be awesome.
7:00 PM I get home from work and eat some of the leftover kale salad, lentil chips and a homemade za'atar goat cheese dip, and an apple with peanut butter. I'm so hungry since I haven't eaten since the egg sandwich at 9 AM.
11:00 PM I re-watch the two econometrics lectures from this week– a huge perk of Zoom class is recorded lectures– and try to take more detailed notes and go through the motions of the coding myself. I still don't really get it, and feel pretty dumb listening to the intelligent questions that my classmates (half of whom are undergrads) are asking. Math in all forms has been a weak point for me since middle school, but I'm trying to power through so I can enter the workforce with at least some quant skills.
Daily Total: $18.72

Friday, September 11

9:00 AM Wake up and scroll through my social media for a bit, and have the rest of the kale salad for breakfast. Not really a traditional breakfast but I don't feel like cooking anything. I have my orientation for my research job this morning, and I think it's going to be a great experience! The two other grad researchers are both students in my program, so it'll be nice to get to know some more people. My official start date is next week, though I'm being paid for training. Once I'm done on that Zoom call, I head to work at the COVID center at 11.
3:00 PM I finally get my lunch break- there's not much open, so I'm limited to the one cafe near my work site. I pick up a bagel and a coffee, and the women who work there give me free coffee add-ons (oat milk and vanilla syrup) since they recognize me after I did their COVID tests in the morning. I love the dining workers on my campus. I have some extra dining dollars from last semester that rolled over due to COVID, so I use the last of those and pay the balance with my debit card. $1.06, remainder was pre-paid from last spring
7:00 PM Finally home- I decide to clean my apartment for a bit before showering, and I'm disgusted by how dirty it got. I'm a huge clean freak and this apartment isn't super well-kept (thank you college town slumlords!) and has a lot of cobwebs/dirty areas, so it causes basically a constant undercurrent of anxiety. I've recently been thinking a lot about my old apartment, which was newly renovated and a 2-bedroom which would have cost me $1,000/month for my share this year. My desire to live alone and be in the area where I thought I could best make a last-ditch effort at meeting people and making friends won out over my love for that apartment, and I'm pretty seriously regretting it at this point given the whole COVID situation. Depending on how the spring semester shakes out, I might try to sublet it and find a different place.
9:00 PM I'm still feeling a bit anxious and unsettled after cleaning, and don't really have the mental fortitude to cook tonight. A $5 coupon from GrubHub arrives in my email inbox like they can read my mind. I order paneer makhani to pick up from the Indian restaurant a block away from my apartment, and try to turn it into a positive thought about the apartment itself- my old place wasn't walking distance from Indian food, this one is. $10.07
11:00 PM My mom sends me a link to a video that she found of my school's 9/11 memorial dedication. We lost 21 alums that day, and a permanent memorial was dedicated a few years ago. I've gone a few times to see it in person and met some of the families through my previous jobs, so I spend some time watching the video. I was just shy of 4 years old on 9/11 so I obviously don't remember much, but going to a school with a large number of students from NYC almost guarantees that everyone knows someone with a personal connection. It always feels a bit solemn around here on the day.
4:00 AM I couldn't sleep. Finally pass out sometime between 3:30 and 4.
Daily Total: $11.13

Saturday, September 12

9:00 AM Drag myself out of bed and make scrambled eggs with cheese, and some cold brew that's been sitting in the french press for several days with the coffee grinds- this is basically liquid cocaine, it's extremely caffeinated but I'll need that today. I leave my apartment around 9:40 and start walking to work.
10:00 AM Today isn't too crazy, which is unexpected given that the site I'm working at is usually one of the more crowded ones. The shift supervisor today is the sweetest woman, she comes around and takes our individual coffee orders and brings them to us at our stations. I take quick breaks whenever I can to run to the corner to slip my mask off and take a drink. I chat to some of the other student workers when we have longer periods of down time, they seem really nice. I might try to work this site more often and get to know them better.
3:00 I drew the short straw once again and got the late lunch break- nothing's open on campus since it's Saturday, so I run back to the cafe near my apartment and order a turkey sandwich. I know I need to start bringing my own lunch, but we have no microwaves and the only fridges we have at the sites are for test tubes and ice packs so that makes it a bit difficult. $9.08
6:00 PM Done at work and headed home- I make a roasted cauliflower pasta that uses the rest of the spinach as well, and save some for tomorrow's dinner.
10:00 PM Lounging around in bed and watching the Vegas-Dallas game. I think I'd rather have one of these teams win the Cup than either of the teams in the ECF.
1:30 AM Fall asleep

Sunday, September 13

9:00 AM Up for another day of work. I make some eggs and cut up an apple with peanut butter.
10:00 AM My job today is as a greeter, so I'm not doing the actual registration and test observation, and am instead in charge of getting people lined up and dealing with the logistics of the site. A lot of the people in the line tell me that they were supposed to have an appointment at another site, but they showed up and it was dark and no one was there to deal with the 75 people waiting in line. We realize there's been a huge staffing miscommunication with our local health system partner, and this happened at three sites. What a clusterfuck. I also committed the cardinal sin of autumn in New York by not appropriately layering- it's suddenly 50 and raining, and I'm freezing my ass off sitting outside in leggings and a t-shirt.
2:30 PM Lunch break- I go to the one place on campus open on Sunday afternoons to grab a salad. $8.70
3:00 PM Still a decent flow of people coming through the site since we're still taking over from the sites that unexpectedly closed. By the end of the day, we've tested over 1,100 people just at this one site. I'm developing a horrible crick in my neck from turning to look and point each person to where they need to go.
6:00 PM Home from work. I heat up the rest of the pasta from last night and try to massage my neck a bit- I can tell it's going to hurt tomorrow, feeling like I'm 82 instead of 22. I prep some cold brew for tomorrow morning.
10:30 PM I'm absolutely exhausted, so I fall asleep around 10:30 for the first time in weeks. Hopefully this means I'll be well-rested for my 8 AM tomorrow.
Daily total: $8.70

Monday, September 14

7:45 AM I wake up feeling somewhat well-rested, but my neck is still really hurting. I grab some of the cold brew from the fridge and go to my online class.
9:15 AM I find a class that I'm interested in to replace the one that I'm thinking of dropping, and start getting ready to go to it to check it out. Just as I'm about to leave, I realize my neck is getting to be absolutely unbearable and I don't think I can make the walk up to campus with my backpack without a lot of pain. I shoot the professor a quick email asking for the Zoom link, and he manages to get back to me before the class starts! I join the online section and like the course, so I plan to make the official switch in my schedule. The class I don't like is taught by my advisor (who I'm hoping to TA for in the spring), so that might be a little awkward when I leave.
11:30 AM I make some pasta with a veggie sausage for lunch and go to class- this is usually an in-person class for me but I stay home and go to the online section today because I'm still in pain.
2:30 PM TA class- I'm required to have my camera on, and after comfortably laying down all day I feel like I'm dying because of the position that I'm being forced to keep my neck in. I periodically turn my camera off to lay down for a minute and scream into my pillow before coming back and pretending that nothing's wrong.
4:30 PM I drive to a laundromat to wash my clothes- I'm out of coins and need to go to the laundromat to get them from the machine, so I do my wash there instead of in my building. While I wait for my wash I call my grandma and catch up for a bit, and when I move my clothes to the dryer I go to Target to return some stuff I bought for my apartment and get painkillers. Have a mini-breakdown in the parking lot of Target because I'm so anxious about my apartment and the cost and how it's not kept-up and how I'm feeling so much regret about the lease. I send a frantic 3-paragraph text to my mom and dad about this and tell them that I want to try to find a subletter and come home. $6.00 for laundry, +$51.69 in refunds from Target (not included in breakdown), $4.07 for Ibuprofen
7:30 PM Dinner (eggs on toast) and online class. I'm really distracted, I hate Zoom class. My mom texts me throughout and I reply for a bit, and kind of unload about feeling super lonely and stressed. My dad calls around 10 after class is over, and we talk for a bit. I'm not sure he really gets where I'm coming from but he does his best to provide support, in an emotionally-stunted-middle-aged-dad kind of way (which is mostly just him talking about how I always "manage to power through" and referencing sunk costs and uncertainty). Honestly, I probably won't sublet the apartment just because I don't know if I'm ready to move all my shit again and because it's a buyer's market for sublets right now, but I really wish I had tried to get out of my lease before it started in August. I always have a lot of anxiety and regrets about large purchases, so this is nothing new. What I probably need instead of a sublet is to go back to therapy.
2:30 AM I'm still up writing a paper, so I answer a text in the group chat for my TA class about the paper- the student who asked apologizes for bothering me so late, she's abroad and didn't realize what time it was in NY. I'm fine with answering if I'm up, but I'm going to have to force myself to not answer until the morning so they don't start expecting that kind of immediate response from me.
Daily Total: $10.07


Food and Drink $148.18 total ($53.49 from restaurants/cafes and $94.69 for groceries)
Fun and Entertainment $0
Home and Health $8.05
Clothes and Beauty $0
Transport $0
Other $23.56


This was a typical week for me- I work a lot, I spend a lot on food, and I don't spend on much else beyond my monthly expenses. Obviously I don't buy $100 of groceries every week, since those last about two weeks- I usually shop on Mondays, restock on fresh veggies at the Wednesday farmer's market the next week, which runs me about $15-20, and then go to Wegmans again on Monday. I'm trying to spend less on coffee since I realize it's ridiculous to buy a $4 drink every morning when I can buy an $8 bag of beans and get 12 cups out of it.
As I get more into my research job, I'll be shifting some hours from the COVID job to that- it pays more and is more beneficial to my career, and I don't have the physical or mental energy to continue at this pace for the COVID job. This pay cycle (Thurs 9/10 to Wed 9/16) I worked 32.8 hours, which will probably be typical as a weekly total for this semester- just with a different breakdown by job (6-10 TA, 15 research, 10-15 COVID). This coming week I'm scheduled right up against the 40-hour limit, with 39.6. And yes, I do bill my time answering questions at 2:30 AM, I just put it on my timecard as a more normal time lol
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2020.09.08 11:48 theblanketthing Suggestions wanted - what are you watching?

Hey everyone,
I know this is a bit of a random unrelated post but my boredom is doing my head in. I have hobbies, but at the moment I just want to be a blob and lay around and watch things whether it's a TV show, movie, anime, YouTube channel, I'm not fussed. I just want to become immersed in something to help the time pass.
I just watched I'm Thinking of Ending Things on Netflix, and while I usually love Charlie Kaufman movies I thought it was a complete waste of time.
I like foreign films like Parasite I saw earlier in the year.
I watched the first episode of Dark on Netflix, does it get better? Worth watching?
Otherwise I like bingeing travel YouTubers like Bald and Bankrupt and Indigo Traveller.
I'm also up to date with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I started watching NYC but the first season is so dated I'm having trouble getting into it.
Looking forward to hearing what you're watching.
Thank you!
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2020.08.24 16:49 LunitaPodcast 5 Children's Shows that will Keep the Whole Family Entertained (ages 1-4ish)

In our household, especially during this pandemic, the television is on a little more often than we would like to admit; we do our best to get outside, get creative, and spend quality time together, but sometimes, there are still points of the day where we feel worn down and need a little break -- oooorrrr your child needs their hair combed, and it's easier with a little help from some entertainment.
We've been on the hunt for some good quality edutainment, and we have come across some gems! So, without further adieu, here are five children's shows that are great for the whole family. Enjoy!
1. Tinga Tinga Tales on YouTube
This is our NUMBER ONE children's show we have come across to date -- 11/10, so do yourself a favor and give it a watch.
"Tinga Tinga Tales" brings you stories of why animals are the way they are. Each episode is an African Folk Tale on the creation of an animal and how it came to be the animal that it is today (i.e. "Why Baboon has a Bare Bottom" or "Why Porcupine has Quills").
The artwork and animation are absolutely stunning, inspired by Tanazanian art, and the entire series is informative, hilarious, and just plain fun for the whole family.
Our only con? Ads... SO MANY ADS...
2. Pete the Cat on Amazon
Second on this list is a relaxing (very important) household favorite that combines beautiful art and storytelling with what it means to be a good person and live a good life.
Originally a book series, "Pete the Cat" and his friends (each their very own unique and cool character) start a band, The Resolutions, as a New Years resolution to keep the crew together.
Each episode highlights a different value / moral ranging from trying new foods three times before saying you don't like it to the importance of being yourself because you are you, and there's only one of you!
3. Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom on Netflix
The most hilarious show on the list, "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom" has us CRACKING UP over the made-for-adults humor that accompanies every episode.
Ben (an elf) and Holly (a fairy) live in the kingdom of Fairies and Elves, fairies using their magic and elves using their wit. Honestly, half the time we couldn't even tell you what an episode is truly about, but we can promise that you'll have a good laugh while you watch, and so will your little ones.
4. Puffin Rock on Netflix
Another relaxing (and this is key) show that's fun for the whole family is "Puffin Rock", a series about a little island off of what we're assuming to be the Irish coast.
This fun and educational Netflix original follows two curious puffins, a brother and sister duo, that find themselves exploring the island and experiencing the many beauties of nature.
5. The (Animated) World of Eric Carle on YouTube
This short playlist of some classics from Eric Carle that have been brought to life through animation will have little readers of all levels listening and watching intently as these colorful characters spark the imagination of your little one.
This playlist helps us when we're winding down from a long day and need something with a little less noise and a little more peace.
Hope you all enjoy, and if you know of any other good ones, we'd love to hear!!
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2020.08.17 15:39 Much-Pollution3065 How To Proceed After A Unique First Date

24 year old guy here: I recently matched with a woman I met on Chispa Dating App. The day we matched I initiated a conversation and we spoke well, and she even about some personal things regarding her family. I asked her to exchange numbers later that evening to which she gave me hers and I gave her mine.
We had been speaking through text for about a week and a half before I asked her out on a date. We also had 2 FaceTime calls in between. The conversations went very well and it was clear there was interest: she said it takes her a while to get comfortable with someone but with me she does feel it and she’s glad we can talk about big things together. She’s complimented me a few times and said that she’s sure we would connect even better in person probably having conversations all night and used some cute emojis with faces and hearts. Also recommended a great Netflix show to me and I did the same to her and we finished each other’s shows on the same day. Not going to get into too many more details but she gave me the impression of a sweet and genuine person. She’s Reached out to me On a few occasions herself and has been really clear and transparent with me.
I asked her out on a date through one of our video calls and we went out a few days ago. The date was unique because 1) We went out on her 24th birthday 2) She came to me driving from out of state For about an hour, as she’s from New Jersey in a suburban/ rural town and I’m a New Yorker from the City.
I treated her to dinner and everyone sang happy birthday 🎂 to which I recorded and sent over to her. While there were a few setbacks like the original place being too packed I did have a backup and took a while to find parking (NYC 🤦‍♂️) we adapted to the situation. I made her laugh a lot, and we have similar values and spoke once about future things to do together like possible future dates and stuff
*Most Important Part: Towards the end it was past midnight and she had to go back home As her family needed her but she dropped me off Home in her car. As we were saying bye she thanked me for everything and she turned her cheek so we can kiss each other goodbye, however I leaned a bit closer to her lips, to which she replied with “Oh” like a bit startled or caught off guard / unexpected but did respond well in turning her head to face me so that I can give her a kiss on the lips. It was a small peck not a huge slobbery kiss and then I went back home.
I sent her a message about 24 hours later thanking her for a nice time and asking her how she was feeling in a fun way like as an example: (on a scale from old jalopy to top notch Ferrari how are you Feeling today?) And I am awaiting a reply.
For some reason I just have a bad hunch that I went too fast with the kiss and made her A bit uncomfortable (that was the first time I kissed any woman in the Lips on a first date) and I fear being ghosted. She doesn’t seem like the type to do so based on what I’ve gathered but you can never be so sure at the early stages. I certainly don’t want to lose her already so if anyone has any suggestions on how to proceed I’m all ears.
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2020.08.17 00:42 HeyKim0oOo First time PC builder. Would appreciate any help/recommendations.

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.

I mostly just cruise the internet (Reddit mostly) from time to time, stream vids (Netflix, YT, Hulu, HBO), I make music for fun using Ableton occasionally, and I'll be working with spreadsheets in Excel with a lot of data for work. I don't intend to game, but would be open to the idea since a lot of my friends are trying to convert me to PC gaming lol.

What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?

When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.

My current computer died, so I'm ready to start whenever.

What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)

I don't need much else included besides the actual computer. I have a lot of the peripherals like speakers, mouse, keyboard.

Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?

United States, NY. I'm around the NYC area but I have access to Jersey as well.

If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.

Starting from scratch. So I won't be reusing anything.

Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?

I'm a complete noob, so I'm not even sure what this means. But I would assume, no. Nothing I really do is that super intensive I would think, aside from the music production, but even that isn't that crazy.

Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)

Not particularly.

Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?

I really wanna go for a small form factor PC. I don't have a ton of desk space and would prefer to keep it less cluttered. I like the minimalist look and I don't really need all the RGB lights that a lot of towers appear to have.

Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?

Nope, I'm all set.

Extra info or particulars:
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2020.08.13 22:05 assbckszn Need help! No idea what Im doing but want to build myself a PC - $2000 budget

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Mostly working which includes video editing, word/excel docs, need a lot of storage. Will also use for gaming (fortnite, apex, COD, overwatch) and making music (fruity loops) but those two are not my main concern. Needs to be able to keep multiple tabs and programs running at once. Other typical programs/sites I frequent are youtube, netflix, spotify, WeBull trading platform. I also want to be able to make changes to the PC when new components come out so needs to be a versatile build ready for future tweaking.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget?(ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Everything! including monitors, mouse, tower and all parts etc
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Yes, live near NYC
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Want the option - been gaming more often
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Want 2 monitors (24 inch or one size smaller), SSD, Lots of storage, gaming-esc mouse and keyboard
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
If it interferes with what components I get than looks aren't my main concern. If i can afford to be picky I'd like all white with blue/purple lights
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes, whichever is most recent of best fit? Not really sure
Extra info or particulars:
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2020.08.11 02:33 kwpluckett Kwpluckett #35: Uncut Gems (2019)

Challenge started: 5/18/2020
Date Watched: 8/10/2020
Runtime: 2h15m
Rating: R
Watched on: Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes: %92
Imdb rating: 7.4
Genre: Crime / Dark Comedy
Directed by: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie
Google synopsis:
A charismatic jeweller makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.
My thoughts:
Holy shit. Man, this one is pure gold. It fills you with such an overwhelming sense of foreboding and then punches you in the gut over and over.
No matter how hopeless you feel though, you are filled with a belief that everything will turn out differently in the end. (Maybe this one time?) This perfectly mirrors the main character's life and really gives you a sense of who he is, why he does what he does, and gets you rooting for him. (Though he's overall a pretty un-sympathetic character.)
You are dropped into the life of Howard (Sandler) the day he receives a rare uncut opal, and get to spend the next few days wandering around NYC with him as he attempts to pay off debts, sell the uncut opal for a million dollars, hold his family together, learn about his intestinal health, celebrate passover, fix his love life, and feed his obsession with basketball and addiction to gambling. (I think thats most of it.) It's pure whiplash, and it is quite a ride. Again, this perfectly reflects back to you the chaos in Howard's life, the commotion, the loss of control. It is pure, it is raw, and it is un-polished.
The music stands out as unique on this one, utilizing a combination of dreamy-synth driven ambiance and hip-hop. It gives the dramatic moments a second to unpack and unfold itself in your brain, growing in your mind, and filling you with the emotion of the moment.
Kevin Garnet and Adam Sandler kill it in this movie. I love the connection to basketball (I'm a fan of the sport.) And it actually got me rooting for the celtics. (I am not really a fan of the Celtics.)
I could go on but I'll leave it that.
I love this movie and highly recommend it. This is hands down the best movie I've seen yet during the challenge.
I'm giving it a 5/5.
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2020.08.11 02:25 dudeijustneedauserid Fitness diary! I'm 34F, NYC area, trying to lose 25lb and be better about my mental and physical health.

Location: NYC (but not Manhattan)
Household: Me and a very lazy dog.
Reasons for wanting to get fit: I would like to lose about 25lb, partly because I want to look better, and partly because I know that staying at this weight and carrying it around my midsection will result in metabolic disease. I would also like to be stronger and have more energy.
Fitness goal: Goal weight of 120lb (I’m 5’1 and currently 145lb) + "get fit" (yes i know this is very nonspecific haha)
Workouts: Before covid I was using ClassPass to do yoga with some barre, HIIT, and the occasional spin class sprinkled in. With gyms all closed I have really struggled to stay motivated. I’m setting a goal in August to work out 4 times a week for 30min.
Diet: I try to follow the 18:6 intermittent fasting protocol and have lost 10lb since I started in June. I do generally try to make healthier choices but don’t restrict any food group or track my calories. I like to cook and will prepare most meals at home but will get takeout 1-2x a week for variety.
Lifestyle: I work a desk job and have been WFH since the pandemic started. My at-work time fluctuates between high stress bursts of activity and periods that are quiet and boring. I eat when I am stressed or bored so I tend to end up snacking a lot during work hours.
****** Sunday, August 2, 2020 ******
2am: Looks like I get to start my fit diary week with a bout of insomnia. Scroll on Reddit for a bit and realize that a hurricane is headed my way. I have a grocery order scheduled for Tuesday, but I suspect it’ll get cancelled because of the weather, so I decide to order some basics from Whole Foods. I get eggs, spinach, kale, bananas, watermelon, oat milk, and cheese. I remove the dupes from the other order and finally manage to fall asleep.
8:30am: The dog wakes me up. I wanted to get up at 6am for a morning walk, but the sun is out now and it’s too hot for His Royal Floofiness. Play wrestle with him and feed him breakfast.
11:45am: WF delivery arrives! Total is $40 after tip. Dump everything into the fridge. For lunch I reheat a half portion of takeout crab fried rice and drink the last of a java chip frapp that I’ve been nursing for a few days. While eating I look on YouTube for workouts to do from home. I tried Chloe Ting a while back but found it hard to get into her videos. I find a different YouTuber, Blogilates, and bookmark a couple of videos to try.
3pm: I meal-prep 3 chicken salad & veggie wraps (shredded chicken breast with chopped rainbow chard stems and mayo, avocado, carrots, spinach in a wrap), cut up my watermelon, and wonder what to do with the bag of disappointing peaches and plums I got last week. I decide to attempt a fruit crumble so I peel/chop everything and leave it to macerate in sugar.
7pm: I heat up some chicken broth and add rice noodles, spinach, and Asian-style meatballs for dinner. I take the dog out earlier than usual as I have a work video call to do later. We walk a mile before he overheats and insists on going home. I jump in the shower and do my hair and makeup for the call.
10pm: Call is over! I light a lavender candle and turn on the AC in my bedroom so that it will be fragrant and cool when I finish, then I make myself do Blogilates’ 30min total body workout. I have to pause halfway to crate my pup as he gets overexcited and acts out when I do Weird Things. I do like her level of cheeriness – it’s enthusiastic and motivating without being over the top.
1:30am: The Reddit rabbit hole strikes again.
****** Monday, August 3, 2020 ******
7am: Ugh. I set 5 alarms to wake me up for a morning walk but slept through them all. I lie in bed having a bout of Sunday scaries. Decide to do a 10min YT meditation and feel marginally better. Pour myself some cold brewed black tea (La La Lemon from David’s Tea; it’s fine but not amazing) and settle down at my computer for work.
12:30pm: Slightly grumpy as it’s a slow morning at work. I’m actually a lot happier when it’s busy as it means that goals are being achieved and productivity is… productivizing? Lunch is a chicken salad wrap, more tea, and some blueberries and kiwi. I eat at my desk. Dog wakes up long enough to beg; I am a complete pushover and give him the tortilla end.
3pm: As expected, I get an email asking me to reschedule my Tuesday grocery delivery because of the weather. I decide to just cancel it as I have enough food in the house.
6:30pm Done with work, a little earlier than usual today. Dinner is leftover fajita veggies over leftover rice, with some scrambled eggs for protein. Head to the UPS store to drop off a package - 1 mile + 10 steps because I did the “keys wallet cell ugh forgot my mask” double take.
9pm: Take the dog out.
9:05pm: Come running home drenched because it started pouring right after we left. Wet dog zoomies all over the apartment. I chuck toys for him to fetch and play wrestle for an hour. I also remember that he is out of boiled chicken (he’s anxious around other dogs, so I bring high value treats on walks to work on desensitization training). I put a whole chicken in a pot with some water, goji berries, dates, lotus seeds, and ginger, then bring it to a simmer. The chicken will be for him, and I’ll save the broth for noodle soup or just drink it straight.
10:30pm: My butt still hurts from yesterday’s workout so I decide to do a 20min easy flow from Yoga with Adrienne to stretch everything out. The pup joins me on the mat and leaves fluff everywhere. It stops raining when I’m done so we head out for a quick potty break that turns into a 1mile walk.
****** Tuesday, August 4, 2020 ******
6am: I actually wake up when my alarm goes off. I went down the social media hole again last night, so I’m tired. Apparently the dog is also tired – I ask if he wants to go for a walk, and he grumbles and hides his face in his paws. Do the same meditation as yesterday and fall asleep halfway through it.
7:30am: Oops. Rush to turn on my computer for work as I’m a little late. Pour myself some tea - today’s cold brew is the Grapefruit Granita from David’s Tea. I did a big order a while ago and am working my way through the flavors. It’s a pretty red color so I pour it into a wine tumbler and pretend to be fancy. Dog faceplants into my pillows for his post-breakfast nap.
12:30pm: I have some milk that expires today so I boil some macaroni in it (after a quick sniff to make sure it’s OK) and throw in assorted cheese ends for mac&cheese. It turns out better than I expected, especially after I doctor it with a bit of hot sauce and Dijon.
6pm: Day went by faster than I expected! Surprisingly, I’m not hungry. I have some mixed fruit (peach, kiwi, blueberries, watermelon) and call it dinner.
8pm: My stomach lied. I am now hungry. Scarf down a poached chicken breast that was meant for shredded chicken later this week and hope it’s enough – I’ll call it a 16:8 IF day. Grab the dog and head out - 1.6 miles today.
10pm: I am still hangry and have been obsessing over food for an hour. Drinking water is not helping. Give it up as a bad job and eat a banana, half of a stale sour cream and onion biscuit, and instant ramen topped with 2 fried eggs. I am still jonesing for a bologna sandwich but at least this took the edge off. Today is a wash so I just give up altogether and go to bed early.
****** Wednesday, August 5, 2020 ******
7am: Feel a bit better after getting 8.5 hours of sleep. Usual morning routine of tea and work emails.
11:45am: The morning is absolutely dragging. I want to make it to at least noon before having lunch, so that I can reset my fasting clock from yesterday. Someone in the courtyard of the building next to me is running a chainsaw and it is loud and annoying, especially with the heat today. Eat my chicken salad wrap the literal second the clock strikes noon.
5pm: Endless conference calls in the afternoon, but at least makes the afternoon go by faster than the morning. I learn from yesterday’s mistake and prepare a quick dinner of rice noodles, spinach, and meatballs in chicken broth. I have at least a couple hours more of work to do, so I eat at my desk.
7:30pm: Done with work! I realize I’ve forgotten all about my planned apple/peach crumble. I top the fruit with frozen puff pastry, sprinkle with sugar, and bake. It smells amazing and I sneak a small bite… it doesn’t break your fast if it’s under 50 calories, right? Leave the rest of it to cool and leash up the pup for our walk – 1.5 miles today.
10:30pm I reluctantly drag myself away from dog Instagram videos to do another blogilates workout.
****** Thursday, August 6, 2020 ******
6:30am: Urgh. I have to actually go into the office today. Put on real clothes for the first time in a month and hop on the subway. People are being quite good with masks and social distancing. I stand in the middle of the carriage and surf, and wash my hands thoroughly when I get to work.
9:00am: I’m treating myself! Bagel with cream cheese from my favorite spot! I get an iced coffee to go with and buy a bacon egg and cheese wrap for my work mentee, who happens to be in the office this week as well. ($18 after tip)
11:30am: Morning flew by. Decide to get Thai food for lunch. Order for 5 people (we’re all on different teams; our work is having 1 person go in from each team every week). $80 but somehow only get $35 back in Venmo. Oh well – I’m alright with this; it’s younger people in the office this week and I’m happy to spring for lunch once in a while. I get a pork and crab noodle that is usually 10/10, but I feel the restaurant’s standards dropped a little through Covid. Still excellent though!
6pm: Get summoned into my boss’ office to discuss a potential new role that she wants me to take on. I am not sold.
7:30pm: I declared it “treat yoself” day and grab boba on the way home. $5. Get home and take the pupper out for his walk (1.5 miles).
****** Friday, August 7, 2020 ******
7am: No office today! Tea, feed the dog, emails. I love WFH.
12:30pm. I’ve had 6 conference calls already today and my head is spinning. I was actually on 2 conference calls at once for a bit. Break for lunch, which is the last chicken salad wrap, and some of the crumble from the other day.
6:00pm: DONE FOR THE WEEK!! It was insanely busy for a summer Friday. How even? I make rice noodles in chicken broth with meatballs and spinach for dinner again. I am a lazy creature of habit.
8:00pm: Walkies! 1.5 miles.
10pm: I volunteer as a driver for a local dog rescue and head out to do a pickup. I am a pretty ok driver but it rained earlier today and it is dark out, so I am not confident. Thankfully all goes well and I deposit this week’s snuggly love bug in her foster mama’s care. Plus: my pup is jealous that I petted another dog and decides to snuggle with me all night.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
8am: Dog barks in my face for breakfast. I feed him and then head out the door for an outdoor yoga class.
10am: I promptly undo all the benefit from the yoga class by stopping by Starbucks for an iced latte on the way home
12:30pm: I want sushi, so I order a salmon don and an oyakodon lunch special for pickup. I unofficially try to do pickup when I get takeout, as I live in a pretty walkable area and want to get those steps in. $35 after tip + 1 mile round trip walk. I pass by a boba store on the way back and cave to the siren call ($5). I save the oyakodon for dinner and inhale the salmon don.
1:30pm: Put on Netflix. I am watching Blue Exorcist right now. It’s pretty entertaining but not mind-blowingly good.
3:30pm: I wake up 4 episodes later from my very unexpected midday nap.
5pm: I clean my apartment as it’s getting really gross. My dog sheds a lot, so there are always fur tumbleweeds everywhere, and I have a bad habit of not unloading the dishwasher and then letting the dishes pile up in the sink. I have been trying to stay on top of cleanliness more as I know it takes a toll on my mental health. I vacuum, sort the recycling and take it out, unload/load and run the dishwasher (hallelujah!), do a load of laundry, and change my sheets. I light a candle (another Chesapeake bay candle from Target, it’s citrusy scented) and heat up the oyakodon for dinner.
11pm: I Reddit until I fall asleep.
  • I social media wayyyyyy too much. I really should cut down on this.
  • I barely made it to my goal of 4 workouts in a week. I’ve found that I tend to really let this go between Wednesday to Friday, as it’s when the work stress and frustration has built up for the week. Before Covid, I used to make sure I booked a class on Thursday evening just to make sure I stayed on top of this; I’m not sure when I’ll be comfortable doing in studio classes again, but I am hoping that as we head into Fall I’ll be able to do more outdoor exercise. Meanwhile, I should probably try to exercise more regularly
  • I’m very glad I chose to treat myself on the day I went to the office. I tend to be very extreme and then fall off the wagon hard, so I think this was a good way to get it out of my system.
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2020.08.07 19:48 grass_is_greener2005 I am heartbroken

I want to say thank you so much for the nice comments on my last post. My birthday was absolutely awful, but the kind words made it a bit better. I had wine last night, which I shouldn't have had. I was sober for a while, but its hard being sober sometimes. I endure his beeweed routines several times a week.
I was sitting on the couch watching Netflix on my last glass of wine. It was nearing 2am. I planning to just pass out after, and I didn't really "feel" drunk if Im being honest. All the sudden, the bedroom door opens up and its my husband "looking" for me. He gets pissed if I dont sleep in the bedroom with him for some dumb reason. Anyway, hes not dumb. Im usually only up that late if Im drinking wine. Immediately the fighting starts again. At 2am. It was bad. He of course, accused me of cheating. Cheating? HOW???? I told him to go through my phone. Which he did. Got on my facebook and gave me hell about the two remaining males on my page. Both aquantainces, both married. One, hasn't updated his page since 2018 and I even forgot he was on there. The other, maybe three posts in a year. One lives in Florida, the other in upstate NY (we live in Texas) and both I worked with....15 years ago. WHy do I have them on my page? I dunno. Lots of people have random aquaintances, I suppose. The NY guy, my husband knows I was friends with him ages ago and visited him in NYC 2009. Right away my husband says "the guy you went to see in New York!!!" So we argued about this. at 2am. Over a guy I went to see in NYC in 2009, 8 years before I ever met my husband. Ya'll. This guy was a friend. Never had a dating or sexual relationship. Ive been honest about exes with my husband and have zero to hide.
So yes. We fought over this. Me, proving my innocence. YET AGAIN. He goes through my facebook messenger. All women friends. He can read my messages, yeah sure. Nothing to hide. Now, he's looking to see if I have "bad mouthed" him to anyone. What the fuck. Whore gets exchanged. Bitch. Fat. Yet again.
Im not proud of this. But in my drunken stupor, I slapped him across his face. Some sort of Indignant rage came over me. I wanted him to hurt and hurt bad, the way he hurts me. He starts pulling up a police phone number, threatning to have me arrested. I back down. Say Im sorry. He starts threatning to take our son away from me.
The night ends with me going up to sleep on the mattress on the floor in the babies room. Its now 4am. He has to be up at 5. A few hours later I awake to text messages telling me I "kept him up" and he has "a headache" now. I ended up deleting my facebook altogether. Im working on my Instagram.
I have a jealous, possessive husband. Ive always known this and a reason I want to leave. He seems very insecure at any "outside" life I try to have outside of him. Guys, if you saw him...he is VERY good looking. Like, what the fuck?? And....Im now 37 years old. I did all the dating, partying, whatever, in my younger years and I have been completely devoted to him. I dont even find celebrity crushes hot anymore.
Anyway....I wake up today knowing I have to do SOMETHING. I Called lawyers again. They are hella expensive just for a consultation. I made an appointment for next week. I also went to a bank and opened my own bank account. I know this could take over a year. I dont want to screw him over or have an ugly divorce and we have a child. I still care about him a little. The entire drive home I cried. I cried for the fear I feel if he finds out about the bank. I cried for the feelings I felt on our wedding day. Feelings of "this is forever." Now, I feel lost and hopeless.
My posts have gotten dramatic and now that the weekend is here, I will probably be offline for a few. This sucks.
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2020.08.06 17:04 LewRothbard New Normal Fiction?

Has anyone encountered any fictional media that has been released recently which features the "new normal"? I'm talking about movies, TV, etc that take place in the COVID-19 world we are currently living in -- masks, social distancing, concern about the virus, etc.
As far as I know, the fiction media getting released on Netflix, etc these days was written and filmed pre-COVID. But soon the production pipeline will catch up and I'm wondering how Hollywood and other media producers will handle this.
Will a rom-com movie filmed in 2020, taking place in "present day" feature characters wearing masks? Will fiction media simply ignore the world we're living in or take place pre-2020? After 9/11 there was a big push to sanitize and account for any NYC scenes with the Twin Towers (look up what happened to the video game Red Alert 2 which featured box art of an attack on NYC). Masks, social distancing, and virus concers are much more prevent than the attacks on the World Trade Center, so I don't see how new media can simply ignore it.
In a broader sense, this could be an indicator of how long COVID-19 hysteria will last. If producers expect this to all blow over (thanks to a vaccine or otherwise), they won't want to date their material with references to the pandemic. If we start setting Netflix original TV shows with social distancing… buckle up for the long haul.
P.S:. Shout-out to these shit-posts parodying COVID-19 hysteria about movies:
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2020.08.04 21:36 Akkis Gaming PC for $500 max (cheaper is better)

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Gaming - Warzone, Hyperscape, WoW a few other FPS games. I dont have much to spend on this so I cannot upgrade monitors. My current monitor is to limited to 60FPS but would love to play at 1440 (highish) but I can make due at 1080P.
Photoshop, after effects, ThinkorSwim, stream video (netflix, etc.) browse web.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
$500 max
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Hoping to do this in the next week.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Just the tower. I have the OS, monitor, keyboard.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
NYC, I think there are 2 microcenters near me.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Monitor (27bk67u-b), bluetooth keyboard/mouse (i game with controller).
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
SSD for boot, Wifi, Bluetooth.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Not really.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
I would rather upgrade the gpu later than the CPU. Since I am limited to 60FPS i was eyeing a 570x (8GB) since they are only $130 and may work.
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2020.07.31 06:59 NNSmith First type builder in need of some help!

**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**

I will use the PC for reddit, netflix, and checking emails. Also for light gaming such as league and stardew. As well as doing work on python and R.

>**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?**

I would like to stay within $700-$850 range. But if there are certain parts that could benefit a lot of an upgrade or things of that nature, being above the range is fine too.

>**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**

I want to start buying the parts as soon as possible. Unless there is good reason (financial, new parts, etc), I would like to start as soon as the parts arrive.

>**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)**

I will need a new tower and potentially OS (not 100% sure about OS yet).

>**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?**

I am in NYC, NY. I do have a microcenter.

>**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.**

I will be reusing my monitors: Acer G226HQL Bbd and Acer H226HQL bid.
I will be reusing my keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
I will be reusing my mouse: Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB Wired Gaming Mouse

>**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?**

I am not interested in overclocking.

>**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**

I have an old hard drive I wish to have part of the build. But I would want an SSD with the build. I'm not sure how it would interact or work.

>**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?**

No windows. The case cannot be taller than 50-55cm tall.

>**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?**

I think I have windows from the old computer still (although the old computer doesn't function at all). The windows does not need to be included in the budget.

>**Extra info or particulars:** I'm excited and very nervous to be building the computer. It will be my first time! I will not need wifi on the PC.
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