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  1. Standard Internet Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals. If at all possible, go find one and see one; if it's affecting your ability to function in everyday life, it's serious enough to go see someone about. Don't wait for it to get worse. Agree with Seven of Seven's suggestion - see if you can get a referral. I've been there, it truly sucks. More big virtual hugs from this corner. I would suggest trying to do at least one thing to help every day - some days it might be making yourself go out and socialise with a really good, close friend so that you feel less lonely, b
  2. Exactly! The problems mostly came from the kids who were older than about seven - although they were pretty fine with it, they had a harder time fitting it into their world view. I got the most questions from the 4-year-olds with no filter and the nine-year-olds who knew enough about biology to start asking the technical questions. Kids in the middle of those ages just kinda ran with it.
  3. Argh! Curse my inability to look at dates on posts. I'm sure that RA's haircut is still amazing, however.
  4. Hey, all! Long time no see .... RA - you look amazing! I love your haircut. Re: Bathrooms - The whole thing has just so many holes in it, I'm just so sick of the whole thing. Cute story, though - I used to work in an after school care centre where I was out to the kids (we taught them about grammar and pronouns! It was fun!). One little girl in first year had more questions than just about anyone else I have ever met. Every day she'd come up and ask "So you're not a boy or a girl, right?" which usually meant there was going to be a lead-in to a whole other line of
  5. Gosh, it's been a long time since I last logged on! This place looks totally different! So, late last year I was getting pretty good. I had a regular gym schedule, I was eating right. Ish. Maybe. OK, so I'd started buying snacks to get me through work and 'treating' myself to pizza at the end of the day and damn the consequences. Then work got hectic. The gym dropped. I stopped pre-preparing meals. I had a few Life Issues that made things difficult (90% of which can be summed up with the word 'anxiety'). My job finished. I was unemployed for a month. I got a n
  6. Seconding the suggestion to try drinking water (or tea - I'm a huge tea fan, and tea often makes me feel like I'm 'consuming' something more than water, because it's got flavour and takes me some effort to make). If you're having trouble with snacking, maybe try either increasing your meal portions a bit, or eating a larger number of smaller meals throughout the day? If it's just that you feel like you should be having some form of food thing, perhaps try veggies like carrots or celery. I sometimes sit with a carrot if I'm working while stressed because it takes me a while to eat the carrot
  7. Hey, all. I was wondering if anybody could help me out gym-searching. Here in Canberra, I've found an amazing gym - it's got a really great atmosphere, it's small, so everybody knows each other and it's friendly, and it's run by people who know what they're doing, which makes it great for a newb to throw questions and know they're getting a helpful answer. Unfortunately, I'm moving to Melbourne in very short order. I need to find a new gym, but I have no idea where to look! I don't mind going to a bigger gym - my only absolute requirements are that there be decent freeweights and lifting equ
  8. PC has the advantage of getting a lot of the indie games, which are very cartoony and family-friendly, and PC will often get releases that are on other consoles as well (except exclusives, obviously) because PC isn't seen as a direct competitor the way Xbox is to PS. But yeah, I think Nintendo is always going to have more major-release cartoony fun than any of the others.
  9. Seconding The Night Circus, though yeah, the narrator is good but not the best I've heard. I really liked Michael Page's narration of 'The Lies of Locke Lamora' - fantasy heist novel is the best way I can sell that.
  10. So much sympathy sent your way, Orchid I hope you can find a way to get welfare soon - I know that here it's often a matter of perseverance and making sure it's more effort for them to ignore you than to just give you the money (which is a really [profanity]ed up way to go about it, IMO). I guess just keep in mind that financial issues won't last forever, so there's an inherent time limit on your inability to transition. There will be a way you can make it work. That article is kind of fascinating, despite the language choices! Not so sure about the "I'd bet just about every transgender per
  11. Welcome, sisustrong! Fellow afab agender person agreeing entirely about pockets Quite frankly, sexuality is strange, and I've decided I'm better off just saying "queer" and leaving it at that. I tried to tell a friend of mine that, with the joke "Once I got to four prefixes on my 'sexual', I figured it's time to think about picking an umbrella term", and their response was "Yeah, but what were the prefixes? Like, what section of 'queer' are you?" -.- If they were accurate, I wouldn't be using 'queer' ... Aaanyway, rant over. Welcome, hope you enjoy your stay.
  12. Today I went to a gym that a friend recommended to me - not only is the atmosphere amazing (small gym, small core of regular members who are good friends, so a really inviting group), but they give you a free PT session with the owner, who really knows what he's talking about, and is really encouraging and awesome. I've found my gym and I have the money to pay for membership! Woo!
  13. EGGPLANT. EGGPLANT IS BASICALLY MY FAVOURITE THING EVER. I'm currently trying to work out the Perfect Miso Eggplant (nasu dengaku) Recipe and it's not working so far but dammit, I will get it right! My standby is roasted in oil until it goes soft, and the smaller bits are a little burnt, even, with plenty of salt and whatever spice I'm feeling at the time: cumin is amazing, or paprika, or sometimes five-spice. Second to that, I'm a huge fan of all things dark, leafy and green. They're so versatile, they go in everything, they add depth to flavour ... really good base veggies for a lot of t
  14. Oh, I know where that is! It's a really nice spot down there. I had friends in Williamstown, which is just on the other side of the bay. When it wasn't too cold, that bay is a great place for kayaking. I recommend it highly, if you get the chance.
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