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if you sleep too much you'll get a migraine. if you don't sleep enough, you'll get a migraine. if you get stressed out about having to sleep exactly the right amount, you'll get a migraine. if you manage to calm down after being stressed out, guess what? migraine time

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If you're in need of almost-last-minute gifts for queer friends and you're in the UK, here's the handwarmers I have in stock: wiki.polyinpictures.com/index.

Most of them are £16 per pair, first class postage is £1.50, happy to post overseas - DM me if you're interested!

The rain came. I can confirm the gingkos are totally bare, some still with yellow carpet, most with khaki.

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Along the tracks in Mountain View stands a line of ginkgo trees, bent slightly, not by Diablo winds or ocean gales but the punctuated wakes of trains.

In fall, they glow Suessian yellow, bright as torches in the early sundown. How strange that the trains bend the tree but the leaves remain. Waiting, I suppose, for the absent rains to pull them down.

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Dogs play the game where you don't let the balloon touch the ground. On a beach. I watched at least a dozen loops already and I'm not even close to done

divorce, depression 

it's dark out, nothing matters, there is nothing to look forward to for at least six more months, I just do a shitty job at work and parent my kid

(especially now, because there was a COVID case in my kid's daycare class and we're doubly quarantined now with no childcare)

but sure, introduce your brand new girlfriend to our kid, why the hell not

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like, a clean financial and legal break and half custody with some flex (e.g. if either parent gets sick)

and for my ex to quit thinking we'll ever get back together

that would be cool too

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"what do you want out of your divorce?"

to be divorced, lol

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splitting holidays custody during a pandemic:

halloween: dgaf
thanksgiving: dgaf
christmas: dgaf
new year's: dgaf
passover: dgaf
kid's birthday: grit our teeth and bear it together

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RT @RoyalHoeliness
Someone sent this to me on TikTok and I am delighted.

relationship + 

6th anniversary with boyfriend. He sent me a sweet note before I even realized what day it was.

It's his longest-lasting relationship to date, and he doesn't see that changing.

It's not my longest-lasting relationship yet, but I'd like it to be.

🥰

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uspol, election, nice ad-free tool 

Alex Gaynor made this tracker that shows you detailed updates on votes in uncalled states as they come in to the NYT data feed

alex.github.io/nyt-2020-electi

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"Svelte for Sites, React for Apps" by Shawn Wang swyx.io/svelte-sites-react-app

Interesting exploration of tradeoffs between web sites and web apps, and React versus Svelte. Worth reading for the links alone.

parenting 

Daycare is calling ex and I in for a parent teacher conference next week because of “behavioral and physical concerns” about our kid.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa guilt.

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This would be used a lot as a “fuck it, I'm going home” kind of emoji

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