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  1. Mine arrived! I'm really wishing I'd ordered several more of each of the translucent ice and fire plinths, because they are FREAKING AWESOME! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  2. Painting Ma'al drakar in 7 days with size 0 brushes. Seriously, it was a glorious experience and I learned a great deal, but my lovely beastie half killed me in the process, lol. I'd repeat any of the 7-day challenges, except for that one. Regular life, probably having both MrBoot and I in graduate school programs at the same time. It was a marriage-strengthening time in our lives, overall, but man it was rough. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  3. Well...dang it. I guess all of our Pathfinder campaigns are just gonna have to take place on a ship now. At sea? Sailing ship. In the desert? Land ship. In the sky? Airship. Among the stars? Spaceship. Besieging a city? BATTLESHIP. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  4. I think if your focus is more on the mental aspects of painting, "Overcoming painter's block" would be the best title. "Improving as a mini painter" would probably have people joining looking for actual painting techniques. That said, I think this has value as a topic. I think nearly every painter has run into "painter's block" before, and imposter syndrome can definitely be an issue (I started having problems with it a lot more when I started teaching ReaperCon classes, myself). Tips for how to get back to enjoying the hobby (give yourself permission to make mistakes sometimes!), as well discussion about how different painting levels work better for different people depending on your needs (competition and gaming each focus on different painting skills) might also be helpful. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  5. I appreciate being able to share here, because I couldn't talk about this with any of my family members without causing the female members to totally panic (well, panic more) or my dad to get political. My brother would probably be fine to chat with, but the poor guy has enough stress in his personal life just now. Things are still quiet here in SE Washington, but we're getting some very scary reports from most of MrBoot's siblings (one lives in Portland, OR; one lives in Salt Lake City; one lives in Seattle, and one lives in Missoula, Montana). His brother in Salt Lake is reporting riots, burning cars, guard being called out, and a two-day curfew. Missoula had such a big protest happening downtown that the brother-in-law there (who works as a beverage delivery driver) said the driver had to skip that part of his route (though he didn't know whether anything worse was happening). His sister in Seattle hasn't said much other than that she and her husband are okay. I feel so bad for them; they're the youngest, married less than a year, and have already had to deal with job insecurity, a pandemic, and now literal rioting in the streets. His older brother in Portland has been the most affected. He works as a jeweler for a chain of pawn shops in downtown, and says that lots of pawn shops downtown have been broken into and looted, including one right next door to the one he's currently working at. He did say there wasn't likely to be many, if any, guns or ammo left in them, since his stores at least saw an enormous jump in gun and ammo sales due to the pandemic (Please note, I'm not mentioning this to open up debate on firearm issues, just stating what is happening). I'm just happy that where he and his family live is a quiet area. I'm...having trouble finding words to describe how I'm feeling right now, but I suppose @Cyradis said it best: that there's really nothing I can do about ANY of this and it's just so terrible and I hate feeling so helpless. Raw is probably another good descriptive word. Like, there's just too much happening all at once. --OneBoot
  6. Try surgical tape. Other suggestions include sewing a pipe cleaner over the top of the mask, but I don't know how that would hold up to washing. I've ordered both surgical tape for sensitive skin, and some odd foam tape meant for use under the eyes when fake eyelashes are being applied. Hopefully one of those works well for daily use. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  7. Hello! This is a forum for Reaper Miniatures, a company that produces gaming figurines and paint. While you are welcome here, I think you'll find more help for your problem at the Reaper audio software forums: https://forum.cockos.com/forumdisplay.php?f=20 . Take care! --OneBoot :D
  8. I love this picture but just looking at it makes me want to sneeze. Allergies are weird. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  9. I had to actually check the news to discover that there was even a protest here yesterday. Only a couple hundred people, and it sounds like the people who organized it worked diligently to keep it a peaceful one; the couple of police officers present had nothing to do. Physically we're doing great, though my pants are a bit more snug and my muscles are getting squishy, lol. We've got food and shelter and income and we're both healthy, so overall we're doing pretty good! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  10. Unfortunately not; the only really protected area from the wind is under the covered area of the porch. It gets very gusty here before, during and sometimes after a storm. Unfortunately, two of my biggest new tomato plants managed to half-uproot themselves from being wind-gusted before I could get to them. They seem okay today after I straightened them up and packed more dirt around them, but I'm starting to realize that these may need to be put into the ground and caged rather than living in big pots. They are growing quite vigorously! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  11. Storm part two just raged through aaaaaand yep there goes the internet. Still have power, though, so that's good. Once again, the rain stopped 40 minutes after rushing to move the more tender plants under cover. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  12. Yeah, I figured it would end up visiting you. The rain didn't last long, probably less than an hour or so, so it was moving quite fast. Looks like the same storm system. And yeah, I loves me some thunder; the louder, the better! There was a huge storm that passed right over our house when I was younger, and I still remember the thunder literally rattling the windows. It was like someone had shot a cannon outside! Related, I've actually been...much closer to an actual lightning strike than I would have liked. I was helping out at the archery range at a girl's summer camp, when a storm rolled in and started making angry noises. We called the activities early, and while I was up on the side of a small hill gathering arrows, there was suddenly this tremendous NOISE. I didn't even process what it was, my body just instantly reacted and dropped me to the ground. It took several moments of lying in the dirt covering my head for it to filter through that the NOISE had been the loudest crack of thunder I'd ever heard and not, as my subconscious had interpreted it, an explosion (well, not...exactly). A bit shaken, I finished gathering the equipment and started helping to haul it back to camp. When I got back, I discovered that lightning had actually struck a tree IN CAMP, less than a quarter mile from where I'd been. Nobody was hurt, thank goodness. It was absolutely fascinating to see; all the bark was blown off in a straight line from top to bottom, and all the sap underneath had boiled then hardened. I actually saved a piece of that bark, somewhere; it had the oddest feel to it, kind of rubbery. My guess is because all the cell walls in it got exploded. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  13. Hooee...got a right proper thunderstorm rolling through right now. Near-constant lightning flickers, pouring rain, the works! Aaahhh I miss 'em, haven't seen one like this since we moved here. What's funny is I didn't even notice for the longest time. I had my awesome headphones on, and was right in the middle of the final(ish)* boss fight in FF7 Remake. There was a lot of thunder and lightning happening in the game (lots of elemental-type monsters), so it wasn't until there was an especially loud BOOM outside that I realized it wasn't all just excellent special effects. Everywhere nearby appears normal, though while I was capturing a couple minutes of film on my phone, I heard a fire truck siren start up. There was a cluster of about three that looked/sounded like they might have hit in or just south of town only a couple minutes prior, but I won't know for sure until later today from local news. To be on the safe side, we turned off/unplugged everything of value (I'd rather replace that hour of playtime than a brand new PS4), but the storm already seems to be grumbling its way off northward. *-ish, because hey, this is a Final Fantasy game. The final boss is never ACTUALLY the final boss. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  14. Ready to go to my interview! It's SUPER WEIRD wearing makeup again. Also, actual clothes. I'm like a real person! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  15. Here's an article my techie friends will appreciate: https://www.boredpanda.com/hardware-disasters-tech-support-pics/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Newsletter And by appreciate, I mean run screaming in horror from and probably have nightmares about. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  16. That's very strange. My inbox is getting full, but it's not at capacity yet. I have no idea what is causing you to get that message... Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  17. I have many fond childhood memories of The Great White North album. My siblings and I ran around talking in outrageous faux-Canadian accents so much that my mom eventually confiscated the CD and told us to knock it off. So we restricted our "beauties" and "take offs" to when she was out of earshot. I did indeed; I've got a Bachelor's in speech-language pathology (plus a year of experience in a Master program, which I unintentionally quit due to various reasons). But it gets better: the same clinic also has a position open for an SLP-Assistant (which I'm technically qualified for), so on a whim I applied to that too. And because both applications are through ZipRecruiter, I get an email every time an application is viewed. Both applications were viewed three times (the last time was right before the interview email lol), and this is the position they decided to interview me on. Which is absolutely cool with me! Honestly until I saw the SLP-A listing, I hadn't even considered looking for employment as one, since I had assumed that everybody wants full SLPs. And it HAS been 10 years since I got my degree. But, yeah, it's just super weird that all three of my disparate educational paths (speech therapy, secretary-ish (from various volunteer experiences) and medical coding/billing) would converge at this one place. Life's funny sometimes. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  18. Well, this is a pleasant surprise! I have a job interview on Friday! I wasn't expecting to get an interview anywhere for another few months, so I'm pretty excited. On the flip side, this means I need to immediately shove my circadian rhythm back in line with the rest of the daywalking folks. It also means I'm gonna have to figure out how to people again, like, super fast. Especially since this will be for a front-desk position at a speech therapy clinic (which is ironic in ways I'll elaborate on later). Not having a paid job for the past few years, and basically no in-person social interaction for the past few months, has poorly prepared me for this, but I'm gonna do my best! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  19. Agreed. Watching her swing around, perfectly horizontal, holding onto the pole with nothing more than her right elbow... I mean, wow. Mad respect. On an entirely different topic, I believe this Dilbert comic is extremely relevant right now: https://dilbert.com/strip/2009-04-17 Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  20. Reason #18 why I LOVE looking for a job: The job listing states that SLP-A certification is required (or that the applicant is actively working toward it). ...That certification isn't even available until fall of this year... Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  21. Well, explosions are pretty awesome. Especially the ones that make stunt doubles fling themselves across the room, or that have the cars blow up for literally no reason. Uh...I guess you won't have to worry about job security? Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  22. Huh. Well, that's a shame. I do like to see what shenanigans Past Me gets up to sometimes. She doesn't even have to be present to cause mischief! Well, I mean, why not? Any excuse to stage an epic rescue/fight/chase scene involving motorcycles and bladed melee weapon should be sufficient! Don't forget to throw in a few random explosions, for good measure. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  23. Okay, now I'm super curious which thread this was. All the threads I used to follow got unfollowed at one point (or possibly several), so I don't really keep track of old content anymore. Yes...bake the cookies...the grandmas compel you! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  24. Huh. Well, the Red Cross just emailed me my blood type, and I was a bit surprised at the result, since it's one of the high-demand ones. I then realized that this means that they are probably going to call me every two months for the rest of forever asking me to donate. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  25. 17 out of 24, but I was rushing a bit. It was indeed harder than expected, lol. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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