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Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

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Okay, post office trip successful. 11am on a Wednesday is definitely a good time to go. 

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1 hour ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

My daughter just baked a bunch of cookies for a bunch of her friends (12 of them I think) and called it good.

 

I tried suggesting that, but apparently the cookies she brought at Christmas were not sufficiently appreciated by most of her friends.  (Who doesn't love Swedish gingerbread??)  Some of the choir kids get to wander the school delivering singing val-o-grams, not sure if the newbies are part of it.  

 

And for anyone curious, the Harry Potter board game from Knight Models will be hitting Kickstarter in a month.  Squeee!!  

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2 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Well, a bowl of cheerios for breakfast isn't cutting it; I think an early lunch may be in order.

 

How about some watermelon?

 

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5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

I have a hard time rooting for people at the olympics. Mostly because I want them all to do really well. Like, they're all amazing, they've all worked hard to get there, they all deserve cute cat dolls. I feel so bad for them when they mess up :wacko:

 

Except the cheaters. They deserve their face plants.

 

I can agree with this except in the cases where they are overbearing and arrogant. People like that irk me and I take sadistic pleasure in watching them go down like you with cheaters. Otherwise it's nice to see them rewarded for their work and I especially like seeing people from the smaller countries that had no real support do well.

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The Netherlands is a small country, yet we're doing quite well on the medal front..

 

WOOF APPROVES!

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As I said to my husband, when I heard the interview with Shawn White about how he felt like a failure coming in 4th:

"I guess to be as good as you need to be to go to the olympics, being fourth in the olympics would feel like a failure. Cause if you were the type that was ok with being 4th you might have stopped pushing yourself when you were the 4th best in your city, or your county, or state. But to push yourself to the point where you are disappointed that you are the 4th best in the world, and that only pushes you more. Man, that's a tough life to live."

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^^  Yup.  There is a reason why my 10 year old decided not to get into competitive swimming.  She's enough of a perfectionist at school that she wisely determined it would not be fun to sign up for more of that same stress.  

 

Should really take her to the pool more, though, being in the water makes her happier.  Sometimes she just sits on the bottom for a bit.  

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4 hours ago, Tripleh5133 said:

Snowing in SE WA. Yuck. But, the doggos seem to enjoy playing in it.

 

We're supposed to see some Sunday. Really hoping it doesn't hit, too much to do next week to deal with snow.

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I and my brother were competative ice skaters. We were training for the Olympics.

 

I quit. It sucks being in 5th/6th grade and having a full time job on top of school. I got tired of it, not getting to do things my friends at school were doing, competitions all the time...

 

And the backstabbing, knoblin gerfing hypocrits. Those judges aren't impartial. We were run out of one rink and had to move to another city to find a new coach because the other parents hated my brother and I. My brother won just about every competition he was in. I was too young for those same competitions, but won my fair share in my age groups.

 

What was worse were the coaches. My first one didn't want to teach me, instead trying to hold out for my brother. I was 5/6 years old at the time and she wanted her fame sooner. Plus I'm a girl, so... my first experience with misogany.

 

My last coach. Similar, but he preferred teaching boys. I had to beg to learn the axel. My brother and I started training at the same time, though he's 3 years older. He was already learning doubles and I couldn't get my coach to let me out of the kiddie waltz or toe-loops. :grr: And they wondered why I did other people's (more advanced) programmes instead of my own. Yes, I would watch other skaters, memorize their programmes, and then do them. Even the more complicated jumps I wasn't supposed to know.

 

It was cutthroat. And you kowtowed to the judges. If they didn't like you, it was an automatic point deduction.

 

I hate figure skating now.

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I haven't disappeared, I simply ran out of free time. There's a reason I never accepted full time employment before. Because somehow working 8 hours a day at a full time job takes more time than working 12 hours a day at 2 part time jobs. How does that work?

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