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About Dicey

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  1. @Kangaroorex It's black asbestos mastic tar that's underneath the floor screeds. Yay for the 1950s. Edit: It's mostly safe as long as we leave it alone. Don't sand it or disturb it or release the fibers into the air. Covering it up will make it safest. There is no good/safe way to remove the tar.
  2. It was only a few inches. The exact amount is fuzzy, but it was throughout the whole house. Our friends in Harvey who flooded went through way, way worse. We helped them gut their houses, but it's different when its your own. Our 1958 hardwoods were on screeds and it was the absolute right call to take them out. Still breaks my heart, but seeing the water still pooled underneath in places 6 days after the flood when they were being ripped out, even with dehumidifiers and fans running for days, was a wake-up call. They might have flattened out eventually (they were cupped quite badly), but who knows what would have been growing in that space. Mold remediation is way more expensive than replacing floors.
  3. Thanks, @Kuroneko. If we had a general contractor ready to move fast and start today (which we don't) we were told it would probably be 30 to 45 days to get back into the house. Right now, I'm just hoping to be back in my own house by Thanksgiving. Living with the in-laws (even though they're currently out of the country for the next 2 weeks) is hard. It will be harder when they're actually here. But, we're close to the house and have space and storage.
  4. I've been away for a while. So much going on, all pretty much sucky. On the 19th, my home got flooded by the rains from Imelda. It was as pretty isolated thing but 5 houses on our street flooded and there were some others in the neighborhood also. Although we've had two 1000-year flood events and two 500-year flood events in the past 5 years, we hadn't flooded in any of them. Not even Harvey. Our neighbors did, but not us. Until now. Thursday was a blur. The water came in so fast. I saved all our board games from the flood waters. We have so many now, they don't fit on our current shelving, and so sit on the floor. Dangerous when you flood unexpectedly. I spent the next several hours trying to save anything and everything, while one dog followed me around forlornly and the other claimed a thick foam dog bed as her island and refused to move. My husband got stranded by high water trying to get home, locked his keys in the truck when checking the water level to see if it was passable, and then walked to the house in thigh-deep water and then back to the truck with spare keys. We grabbed all our most important treasures and moved out for the night, going to my in-laws house a few miles away. Friday we spent waiting on the FEMA insurance adjuster to call us, spinning our wheels mostly. Saturday and Sunday we packed all our belongings, storing the ones that were ruined for cataloging. Dehumidifiers were moved in and 30 air movers were set on standby for when the walls were opened. We moved our furniture to the center of all the rooms and we moved all our stuff out. So much stuff. All in all, we got really lucky with the sentimental, irreplaceable things that you hope you don't forget about but inevitably do. Nearly all of that was saved. Monday the adjuster came and the meeting went well. We finished up our moving and packing and the cataloging and photographing of lost items began. Tuesday, the walls came out. 4 ft of drywall throughout. On Wednesday, the furniture was moved and the flooring came out. This hurt the most. These floors were original to our house, which had never flooded. 1958 narrow plank white oak hardwood floors. Now they're in a heap in our yard along with bags of wet drywall and insulation. By Friday, I had completed the photographing and initial catalog of slimy, rotting, and molding items and the house was declared dry enough to remove the fans. Saturday, we took my dad to look at the house since he was in town. It's empty. It's a sad place now. It will take a long time to put it back together. We spent this weekend sorting through our clothes and putting aside a lot of them to donate, which we did. We're determined to downsize on the stuff, which is hard for me as I'm a bit of a packrat. Perhaps by giving stuff away more good can come out of this that might have otherwise remained packed away and forgotten in a guest closet. And this week it's been back to work and back to "normal". Emotionally, it's been hard. We're ahead of the game because some others on our street either have not started or only started the water remediation this past weekend. We're extremely fortunate. None of us were hurt. Our dogs are safe. Our tortoise is safe. We have a place to go. We didn't lose anything irreplaceable. I have a lot to be thankful for. We may even come out of the insurance claim ahead, thanks to having no prior claims and our expensive, beautiful, hardwood floors. But, I'm also at a loss. I feel loss. I don't know what to do now and it's hard to just be normal. I don't really know what the purpose is in sharing all this. We're okay and we're moving forward. That's the main thing. I'm trying very hard to be grateful and positive. We're very lucky despite everything. And yet, there is so much of this that just sucks.
  5. No meds currently. I was on Benedryl earlier in the week for an allergy thing or head cold, but I haven't taken any since Tuesday night. Stress is normal for me, just work deadlines and the like. No extreme spikes. I drink water and sometimes tea, but mostly water. No soda, no energy drinks, and I hate coffee. I had two cups of tea yesterday afternoon, which is more than normal (I normally have 1 cup of hot tea with milk and sugar 3-4 days a week), but that was at 2 PM and shouldn't hold over so long. Caffeine hasn't really ever affected me strongly anyway, probably because I don't drink a lot of it. I also had a beer with dinner, so if anything that should have the opposite effect. So, no ideas from me. I just got in bed last night and no matter how hard I tried or how long I laid there, I just could not shut off. My brain kept wandering from one thing to another. Apparently, it still won't shut off. My eyes are like sandpaper, but my brain and body seem wide awake.
  6. So, not only could I not sleep last night (lying in bed awake for 6 hours before giving up), I'm still awake! It's going on 24+ hours. I've tried to take a quick nap but nope. Nothing. Still no signs of falling asleep. I don't understand it. Apparently, I will be an insomniac for the foreseeable future.
  7. I don't have any good photos of my in-progress Troupes, but I did find one that's somewhat okay. It's from a while ago, but it sort of shows my theme for them. Harlequins typically wear bright colors of diamond-patterned motley with flowing ribbons to enhance their deadly dance. Some people call them "space clowns", but I prefer to think of them as acrobatic performance artist assassins.
  8. Technically, I think they belong to "Xenos", which encompasses almost all alien things, including Orks, T'au, Tyranids, Genestealers, Necrons, and all kinds of Aeldari. Harlequins are their own army, but are a subset of the Aeldari (Eldar) races, like Drukhari (Dark Eldar), Asuryani (Craftworlds Eldar), and Ynnari. The Harlequins are their own race, separate from these, but since it has so few unit choices (8 unique units), it is often taken as an ally to other Eldar armies rather than as a stand-alone. I, personally, don't like this and prefer to keep my Harlequins pure. They serve the "Laughing God" Cegorach, believed to be the only one of the Aeldari gods to survive the Fall into Chaos. All Harlequins stand against the forces of Slaanesh and are more protected from the forces of Chaos than their other Aeldari kin.
  9. My idea is basically to put them in an old fashioned opera house type setting featuring iconography from Harlequin lore. Harlequins are the troupers, players, and performers of 40k. The whole universe is their stage and they live to put on a grand performance of grace and death. I couldn't exactly build half a stage for this idea, I don't think. I'd either build it full scale or size it down. The size maximum is 2'x2', but there is no minimum. There technically doesn't even need to be a board at all for Armies on Parade, but most people create elaborate themed pieces for their armies. The only rule is that the models are 100% GW and that they are painted. The army does not even have to be "legal" so any GW models will suffice, even if it is a smaller-sized force. In all my searching, I didn't find a minimum number of models required by GW for this contest, but each individual store has their own latitude over what they will and won't allow. That in itself is irritating since GW often advertises these "worldwide" events and then leaves the fine details up to the local stores, which aren't exactly organized/managed well in my experience and information is slim to none unless you bother the manager to actually provide an answer. Normally, when I do this the manager just shrugs and offers something like "I don't know" or "we'll see".
  10. I also learned that the antlers were possibly upside-down for this dragon.
  11. So, after lying in bed since 9:30 PM, unable to sleep, I decided to get up. It's 3:14 AM here, for reference. My brain would not turn off and I kept thinking about things, including a possible insane display board build for my (unbuilt) Harlequins 40k army. Is it crazy that I kind of want to see if I can not only build, sculpt, paint and otherwise pull together a display board in a month, but also build, magnetize, and paint the army that goes with it (including tiny diamonds)? I must be insane, but I think I want to try. I may scale it down from a full 2'x2' display board to something a little smaller with fewer miniatures. However, I could see myself using the display board for tournaments and such (if I ever develop an interest in such things, since I've yet to actually play the game at all) if I built it at full size. I really should be using this sleepless time to catch up on work or something useful, but no... that wouldn't be true to my nature. Edit: I should add that the month deadline is for potentially entering said display board into the Armies on Parade event on October 19th.
  12. Ok. I guess there's too many moving parts for me..... I couldn't get it to work on mobile at the ReaperCon ReaperLive. I could see the stream, and see the chat, but not comment. I had a free Prime subscription waiting, so I subscribed thinking that would unlock the chat. It didn't. I already follow ReaperMiniatures on Twitch. So, for me, it could have just been mobile. I tried to download the app to see if that would help, but I don't have enough space on my cheap generic phone. It works on my computer, though. Not sure if that provides any insight.
  13. Dicey

    SWAG Bags for sale when? If?

    I know it is a thing with online orders. I did not know, however, that it translated to in-person orders during ReaperCon.
  14. Dicey

    SWAG Bags for sale when? If?

    That's really sad. I didn't know it was a thing! It was my first ReaperCon. How was I to know? I would have loved to have those minis! Sad face. (and woah, that's a lot of paint) Edit: This apparently makes me more sad than is probably rational.
  15. Dicey

    SWAG Bags for sale when? If?

    See, this didn't happen for us! We were in line early on Friday to get Murkillor (and we did) but we didn't get any free mini when we bought Murkillor, Ma'al Drakar Deluxe, and a Pokey Tool. I didn't know it was a thing, but it was definitely missed. We got the Big Spender ribbon, but no extra mini!