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  1. Mistr

    Xena's fall re-set

    Sounds like you've had a busy week. I hope your modified strength training program lets your back recover.
  2. I often feel the same. Dumbledore is constantly on my case to take downtime. He sees me getting overwhelmed or stressed before I notice it. Everyone is happier if I take some time to relax now and then. I bet the same is true for you. The world will not end if a couple chores wait an extra day.
  3. I second what others have said. Write down the name and contact information provided by the customer service person. Then you can call that person back and not have to repeat the whole story. Treating the support person with respect and consideration is likely to pay off in them going out of their way to help you. It is totally practical to have more than one calendar. My partner has at least three, probably more than that. They are for: work, personal, gaming and fitness. He uses Google Calendar and has them color-coded. Sounds like your experiment
  4. I'm sorry for the reason, but you running slowly this challenge gave me a chance to catch up Following.
  5. Happy Birthday! You have an adorable family. ❤️
  6. I admire how you are adapting to circumstances to meet your most important goals (like taking care of Sunshine) and fitting in your other goals when that works. Knowing that you can pick up the goals again or change them if needed is a valuable skill. I don't know how anyone manages to run in the winter in the northern climes. A gym membership makes a lot of sense to me.
  7. Good to see you! My sympathy on all the stress this year. It would have been bad enough without injuries and bad things happening to your friends and family. My work has also adopted the "Just keep swimming" motto. My mouse pad has Dory and that phrase on it.
  8. I like walking meditation better than seated meditation. I'll describe the zen approach I was taught. There are many other approaches if this does not appeal to you. Walk with your arms and shoulders completely relaxed. Move the legs by swinging freely straight ahead from the hip rather than by rotating the hips as you walk. Instructions here. Keep a steady pace and count your breath. When you get to 10, start over again at 1. That way you do not fixate on reaching a total. The counting just gives your brain a task to keep it occupied. If your mind wanders, just go bac
  9. I am glad to hear that your results were negative. My sympathy on political discussion at work. I resolved to completely avoid the news today. I talked to Dumbledore about it yesterday. He is a Twitter junkie, so he is super stressed. I am treating this like an incoming hurricane. Everyone knows it will be a mess. They don't know exactly where it will be a mess. The news people will go on about that as long as they can possibly draw it out, pouncing on any little development as if it is actual news. I know some people like watching the numbers come in. I am not among th
  10. Checking in Work is still busy but I am coping better. I have been good about going to be on time and miraculously, have been able to face the tedious parts of my job. Exercise with the NF Journey app is going okay. I'm doing the mobility group challenge with @spezzy and like it a lot. I don't know if I will be able to touch my toes, but I might get some of my shoulder mobility back. Yoga level two is fine. I'm continuing to work through 30 days of Yoga with Adriene. I also like the NF Yoga Fire A and B sessions, but I don't want to do just those two routi
  11. Good for you for keeping your sleep schedule! Annoying as general background noise, or annoying as in having many annoying tasks on your list? In either case, burning them with fire is a valid option.
  12. Quoting is not working right, but here are the answers to @Aθena's questions. Viruses generally have an external coat that covers a central core of DNA or RNA. The coat usually has proteins that stick to some feature on the cell of the host. In the case of COVID-19, the protein on the surface is named "spike protein" because it looks like the spike on a crown in an electron micrograph image. The spike protein binds to the ACE2 receptor on human cells (https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1008762). There are more steps that happen after binding to
  13. Go Kishi! You've been writing a lot this year. You totally got this! I agree that it is impossible to please everyone. Some people want romance, some want nail-biting suspense, some want humor, some want strange new worlds. Write the book you want to write, then promote it so that the people who like that kind of thing can find it.
  14. That is definitely happening at my house. I bought one medium bag of candy so we would not feel deprived. On Saturday afternoon, Dumbledore decided he wanted to give candy to trick-or-treaters (who are mythical this year). He went to the store, discovered that candy was already 2-for-1, and over-bought. As in three large bags of candy for each of us. We did put out a bowl of candy by the door. I made sure it had the things none of us would eat, as well as chocolate candy. That disappeared sometime between 9 and 10pm. All of it, including the licorice. I'm glad it found a good home.
  15. I am not an epidemiologist, but I am a molecular biologist who works with clinical labs that do COVID-19 testing. My personal take on the Open letter from medical doctors and health professionals to all Belgian authorities and all Belgian media is that they are ignoring the data that does not support their case. Several of their statements are outright lies. They claim that COVID-19 is no worse than the seasonal flu with a death rate of 0.1-0.5%. Maybe that is true in Belgium, but it is not true in other places. In the US the death rate varies substantially by county. In m
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