I am in between company. Sent one set off at 6 am and getting another at 12. Brain feels like it is stuffed with wool. Can't think of what I am supposed to be doing.

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Apparently, we were bad in this house because Santa just took away the internet.

Some would say that it was the storm raging outside, but I know better. Oh, I know better.

What if a virus evolved that affected just people who haven't any empathy toward others, are greedy and/or lack the ability for critical thinking? Trump's supporters, in other words. Yes, I made the mistake of reading some comments on another nameless site.

Read a NYTs article about family estrangement. I think this is the first article I've read about it. I'm glad for the people who have gotten help for themselves. I don't think that it is good to have toxic people in your life, even if they are blood relatives. Families have patterns that repeat each generation until someone changes it for themselves and the next generation. That can be a very good thing.

I think what makes me uneasy about dungeons is that I might let the group down. Plus everyone seems to know the dungeons and I don't. I don't know how to work in a group, too.

For the Paladin quest line, I have to do the Violet Hold in Dalaran. I read about it and it sounds rather on the difficult side, with lots of suggestions for groups that wipe. Huh. Anyone have any experience with it in Broken Shores WoW?

Happy Solstice! It will be nice to have longer days again.

So much for my not-amazing vet deduction skills. Little dog's leg was hurt, it wasn't his back or arthritis! Now he's back to his normal bouncy self.

The puppy ran and slid across the train table several time too wiping out all the hard work and knocking the kids over. He is going to grow up into a good dog but right now his idea of fun is a little to extreme. Fortunately, I'm getting an even bigger young'un for a visit at Christmas and they can knock each other over as much as they like

Well, now, I don't think the little dog has arthritis, I think that his back leg got hurt when he was "playing" with the big puppy who came over. "Playing" is probably too strong a word. The puppy who is 2-3 times bigger than LD runs at him full tilt boogie and slams into him under the mistaken notion that this is fun.

Might take him in to the vet and see if there is something I can do for him. Long backed dogs are prone to it I think.

I finally figured out what's going on with LD. The old dog has a touch of arthritis, I think. He's 11-12 years old (uncertain because he was a rescue) and has been such an active little dog. We think he's a Chiweenie (cross between a Chihuahua and Dachshund) but now hobbling up the stairs.

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Anna and I have both been laid off, but we're turning it into an opportunity. We're ramping up our freelance work so we can start a business.

I do writing, creative direction, design, and system development.

Anna does writing, editing, and proofing.

Hit us up or share please.

Took a walk and I'm still seething about the bad girl hero. The trope of unwashed, foul mouthed, abusive loner emerging as someone good hearted, doesn't much hold true for real life. How many of us would encourage our daughters or sons to stay with an abuser like that, thinking that "someday" they'll emerge as someone worth knowing?

I found myself thinking that what she really needed was a good therapist rather than an adventure to find herself. Possibly I was not the target audience. There may be plenty of young women who do the same things and think they are very tough.

I was reading a book last night and did not like it. The hero was a foul mouthed, angry young woman, who lashed out verbally and physically at all around her, thinking that meant she was tough. Then she wondered why no one respected her and she didn't have friends.

Third thing, I was reading Mur Lafferty's book about writing and was much struck by something she pointed out. Our dreams, the stories we write in our heads and sometimes commit to paper, don't make good books. I think that is true. Why is that?

These different Mastodon social groups are a little confusing. I just posted some on a place thinking it was here. Also joined one that seems to have one person posting there.

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"Facebook is a new problem to our society because people believe in fake news posted there" say people who think that our society should be based on a fiction book written 2000 years ago.

Bridge or implant, that is the question. I know it will be a huge hassle and a lot of pain (and more pain than I can imagine now) but in the long run, I may be happier.

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