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  1. We typically make 2 trips per month to the recycling center to get rid of all the cardboard in all of its various forms. Absolutely!
  2. Yes, I do. Usually just with my parents and my brother (if he doesn't have to work that day). This year we are celebrating a few days later so that everyone can be together. I'll give Molly and Dixie a new toy tomorrow though, and plenty of treats. They get spoiled on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Currently watching White Christmas on TV. A tradition that I took up watching with my mom when I moved back home 7 years ago.
  3. Kind of used to it as I work second shift. It's always light when I head into work and always dark when I leave, so it's normal for me. I really only get sunshine on the weekends. I try to at least go out to get the mail on Saturdays, and take Molly and Dixie out for potty breaks while the sun is up. A plate of decorated Christmas cookies, please. Doesn't take much to please me, just a plate of frosted sugar cookies with some red and green sprinkles will do (just please don't use those tiny edible silver ball things on them... tooth-breakers...). On a non-food related decoration, I have very fond memories of the tiny ceramic Nativity scene that my mother used to set out when I was very young. My family is not what most people would classify as religious, but we had one. I'd help her set it up, and she'd tell me the story behind each piece. On reflection, this was probably my first exposure to miniatures. We haven't put that set out for well over a decade, but I always think of it at some point during the season. How about a Festivus picture?
  4. That is a tough one. Bought a resin 3D printer this year, but haven't been able to use it much. Had to buy a car due to someone hitting mine, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite yet. I think it can become my favorite once spring hits, so I can take Molly on car rides. And use her new harness that I bought for her. It's a Säker harness, if we go hiking, it can attach side bags to it so that she can carry her own snacks and water pouch. Also can double as a rescue harness to carry her on my back if she gets injured (though lifting her on my back isn't something I want to do if possible). I'll go with the harness for Molly. Final answer. I don't really "follow" any. The last one I remember watching a special on Netflix was Taylor Tomlinson, and I just found out this past week she is apparently getting some kind of late night chat show, so good for her. She's pretty funny, but your enjoyment may vary. Other notables that I find funny but don't really "follow" would be Micky Flanagan, Michael McIntyre and Richard Ayoade. If you don't like British humor, you enjoyment may vary.
  5. Seconded. Work is blah right now, ready for it to be over this week. I eat all cookies. C is for cookie!!! *nom nom nom* I haven't made cookies in a long time for Christmas. A lot of effort that I don't want to put in these days. Rolling out sugar cookie dough, cutting it out, baking and frosting/decorating... just don't have it in me anymore.
  6. My answer would depend on what said young person hopes to do in college. If they plan to work with their hands i.e. medicine/surgeon, knitting or crochet can help them develop/maintain hand-eye coordination. Engineering student? Build a Battlebot. I've seen kits online for building your own, though they are much smaller in size than what you see duking it out on TV. I once read a news story of a physics student who built his own particle accelerator about 12 inches in diameter... that was roughly two decades ago, Might need to go to a lab to do that, unless their dorm room looks like a tool shop.
  7. No, I don't really have time. I wanted to print and paint some models for someone, but I haven't even had time to print the models. I haven't painted all year, and I really wanted to do the mini gift swap, but the time just isn't there this year. Of the actual planet itself, no. Geology and ecology never held my attention. I do like to study civilization before the widespread use of gunpowder. Lately my mind has drifted back more towards antiquity, particularly the campaigns of Hannibal Barca of Carthage and Alexander the Great. Having mosquitos saved the Earth from destruction in Lilo and Stitch. Just saying... My answer has to be snakes. I see no reason to have them. Plenty of other animals prey on the things they prey on, we don't need them. And you know Indiana Jones would agree with me. And to continue the Indy reference, like Dr. Jones I also had a bad experience with snakes. Will never like them. I also support adding ticks to the list of animals we don't need.
  8. I have both, but I mainly use my synthetics. I paint so infrequently these days it's easier to use the cheaper brush since I'm not going for high-quality work right now, just to get stuff painted. Bought floor liners, a cargo liner and a pet partition for my car from Weather Tech, and then used my job's lifestyle account benefit to get reimbursed for it. It's a taxable benefit, but I only end up paying maybe 30-35% of the actual value for all of that. Totally fine with that, especially since I still have money left in the account to spend before the end of the year. Hello, new paints... There is an older gentleman at work who has given me nothing but good advice since I set foot in the plant. When I began training on my first jobs on the assembly line, he told me what to pay attention to in my operation standards when it came time to take a test on each process. I listened to him and never had to retake testing on anything I was trained on. He offered that advice freely, as he did to any new worker. He's a man who is honest, will tell you the truth even if it isn't what you want to hear, and had my respect from the moment I met him. When I was signing up for off-line job positions, he encouraged me to sign up for one I barely knew anything about (that position had been vacant for months before I even began working there). When they offered me my between the job I wanted vs. that job, I asked his advice, and I ultimately chose the latter job that I knew nothing about. I never regretted it, I loved every bit of it. And when I needed advice on the future of my career, in setting myself up for long-term success, I took his advice again, and am now in another position. Is it the best job? No, not compared to my old position, but as he put it, sometimes you have to make sacrifices to get ahead. The day he retires will be a sad day for me. So many things. - Despite the lows with surgeries and procedures this year, I'm thankful for the health of my family. - I'm thankful I have Molly and Dixie. - I'm thankful for gainful employment, and being at a place where my hard work has actually been recognized enough to land two promotions in less than 12 months (even if it has meant far less time to hobby). - I'm thankful for being able to contribute to the household expenses. - I'm thankful for the friendships I've made through work that have carried over outside of it, as it is leading to my feeling less isolated and getting to play D&D again. - I'm thankful the only loss in the car accident was my car (though I am a bit sore still that his insurance scrapped it), and that both I and the other driver weren't injured.
  9. So many. Been quoting Kung Fu Panda recently because I've been eating ramen soup recently. "You are almost ready to be entrusted with the secret ingredient of my secret ingredient soup. And then you will fulfill your destiny and take over the restaurant just as I took it over from my father, who took it over from his father, who won it from a friend in a game of mahjong!" "Actually, when I was young and crazy, I thought about running away and learning how to make tofu." "To make something special you just have to believe it's special." Lemons. Freshly cut lemons, lemon-scented anything. It's all good to my nose. I can't think of anything that I know for sure I haven't shared (or am willing to share). Some things are better left untold. Or told in-person at a convention gathering.
  10. I'm pretty much an any pasta dish type of person. There's so many varieties I've can't keep track of all the names. For convenience sake, I always just make angel hair spaghetti.
  11. I bought a pack of sculpting tools way back, maybe 8 tools came in it? I only use two of them, the rest are pretty useless to me unless I go into black market dentistry.
  12. Vortex mixer is up there, definitely helps with arm fatigue. JB Kwik Weld is also a good one for areas that just don't want to glue even when pinned. And boiling stones (for laboratories) really make good small stones for basing.
  13. Storage containers and storage shelving. I like to be very organized. Most do get used to sort hobby supplies, but I use them to sort paperwork/bills/taxes for each year. Things get bagged and tagged at my house.
  14. Sometimes yes. Leather always seems to use the same colors, though I've tried to vary it up with moderate success. I like using browns and greens. I'm trying to widen my paint palette. I bought a lot of Marvel Crisis Protocol, so I'm hoping the range of comic book characters outfits will help me develop a better arsenal of color choices.
  15. Yep, though I have been on hiatus for a while. But am fighting to get back in the painting game. In the queue is: - A bunch of draconians for the Shadows of the Dragon Queen adventure I had been trying to run all year for my brother's group. - A group of PCs for a group of new D&D players (it's my signature move to give them a painted mini as a gift for their first character). - Goblins and other monsters for Lost Mines of Phandelver for the above mentioned group. - So many previously abandoned projects that it is embarrassing. Really surprising how little time I have had for anything this year. Thankfully, no. But that could change, as I am currently in an industry that will eventually see job cutbacks. Thankfully, once again, I have taken advantage of opportunities at work to build my resume so that if I feel that shift coming, I should be able to get a job in one of the other industries coming to my state. I'm not going to lie, I gave up a position at work that I loved doing for a less-enjoyable promotion, but I have to think about the future and potential for always being able to find work.
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