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  1. Heyo!
    Returning rebel here! Its been a LOOOOOOOONG time since i've done a challenge.

    Bit of a background story: Couple of years back i did a lot of challenges here on the forums and they helped me IMMENSELY with getting into fitness, hobbies & nutrition.  And at some i stopped doing the challenges cause they

    kept being the same and for me i was disciplined enough to keep track of them.
    Then COVID happened and like for everyone else i fell off everything.

    BUT!! its (for the most part) under control now and thus a good time for me to get back in the game!

    1) Read when i wake up & read before i head to sleep (atleast 4x a week)
    I used to read every morning when i woke up with a cup of coffee and read in bed before i would sleep (i have those fancy philips hue lights so i would read until they dimmed and then sleep).
    I want to read more again, i want to read atleast 4x a week. Doesnt matter how long, it can be 5 minutes, 5 pages doesnt matter. Its all about getting back in the rhythm.

    2) Exercise in some form every day aka Move My Body
    I used to exercise a fair amount back in the day. Bodyweight stuff 3 times a week, running 3 times a week and mobility work every day. Now that all is gone, so to get back on track im gonna exercise every day.
    BUT very open. So it can be a bit of mobility, it can be one set of push-ups, it can be a couple of squats, it can even be getting a sweat with a VR game.
    So "move my body every day", whether its one stretch movement, one set of exercise or move with a vr game. Its all about getting back in daily movement.


    Thats all the goals for now! I have a semi-grip on my nutrition currently. Next challenge i plan to upgrade that.

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  2. Really late update...
    How long has it been since i updated? 2 weeks? Woah thats quite a long time. Time to explain what happened.
    There's no deep explanation, no extreme situation that has happened. I just got sucked into Destiny 2 PVP, trying to get better because a new content drop coming tomorrow with a big emphasis on PVP events. And that has taken a lot of my time, focused a lot on that when i was home. WOOPS!


    So what did go well the last 2 weeks? Getting my workouts in & tracking my food intake with MFP. So.......only 2 out of 6 YIKES!
    However i got that itch scratched pretty good right now and even tho the next content comes tomorrow i feel much better pushing it to the side and focus on other stuff. 

    Workouts have been going great, getting stronger every week. The food tracking is also going well, have been eating a bit higher calories last week and when i stood on the scale a hour ago i lost a tiny bit of weight (0,2kg & 0,1% bf). So i have to be close to what MFP says to lose weight. (i ate about 2200-2700 and according to MFP i need to eat about 2000 to lose weight consistently) 


    The plan for the last 2 weeks, changing the goals up a bit cause i said in the title "Gets back to basics 2.0" but its too much basics:
    - Workout 3 times a week STAYS
    - Run 1x a week  im removing this one cause the weather isnt looking to get any better for the next 2 weeks. So i'm gonna shift that to next challenge where the weather will be better, hopefully

    - No ordering food STAYS
    - Up my protein with a shake STAYS, trying to hit 200g of protein on workout days and somewhat near 130-150g on non-workout days
    - Everyday Blender with cleaning CHANGES I need to focus on Blender instead of doing it with cleaning, dont know yet how many times a week i'm going to do it but i will do it on days i dont workout (more time)
    - Stretch/Handstand CHANGES: dropping the handstand practice but keeping the stretches, right now i feel overwhelmed with everything so only keeping the most important one. 


    On 2/24/2020 at 3:05 PM, Manarelle said:

    Mmmmm, sprinkles. That looks really good, with no obvious repeat patterns and the shading is amazing. Nifty how you can rotate it, too. Boo to crappy weather, here's hoping this week improves. 

    well as you probably read...it didnt :( Near the end of march the weather seems to really change to spring (which is my favorite season)

    On 2/24/2020 at 8:42 PM, Akura said:


    👀 My 750g container last like forever...

    I take about 4 scoops a day (the max they recommend :D ) to get to my 200g protein. I did some math and if i do that every day that container can last about 2 weeks :D so...probably good to get more prtein from other sources aswell


    On 3/1/2020 at 6:17 AM, juliebarkley said:

    Where are you with your handstands right now?


    Your tutorial donut is also super cool, btw. How long did it take you to get there?

    I'm not really far right now, the furthest i have come with handstands were free HEADstands and maybe 5 second crow poses. 
    I think it took me, if i only take the time i followed the tutorial on the dot, a couple of hours. But i took a lot of days between episodes to continue. I have been working on it now for a couple of weeks. Following the tutorial is easy, but i know that when i start with my project and have to do it on my own the progress will be really slow



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  3. Week 1, Day 4 till 7
    Rest of the week went oke, didn't have a chance to go for a run outside (the weather was shitty as f**k, a lot of rain and strong winds). But i did stretch a bit everyday and notice my wrist and body have gotten a bit stiff so its nice to get it all loose again. I made some great progress with Blender, its been a bit since i worked with it so i had to re-learn shortcuts but when i got that dialed in i was able to follow the tutorial pretty good. Last challenge i shared this picture of my tutorial donut:
    Which is already pretty cool and tasty looking. But during the weekend i was able to add something to it to create this:


    So its looking better and better. I'm still a long way off from starting with my project but seeing this stuff is just amazing and really motivating.


    Goal 1A: X X X / - - - / - - - / - - - / - - -

    Goal 1B: - / - / - / - / - 


    Goal 2A: X X X X X X - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 

    Goal 2B: - - X - X - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 


    Goal 3A: X - X - - X X / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 

    Goal 3B: X X X X X- - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 

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  4. On 2/20/2020 at 9:40 PM, Akura said:


    For me it took a lot of testing to find a brand and flavour that is okay.

    Luckily i have a 1000g container, so i can finish it somewhat fast and try a different taste.


    On 2/21/2020 at 12:36 AM, Defining said:

    If you can find it, I've found that the unflavoured/unsweetened whey & casein tend to be the easiest to use.

    I'll have to try unflavored after this Strawberry one

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  5. Week 1, Day 1 till 3

    A decent first few days. Ordered my protein powder and got delivered yesterday, which was perfect cause it was a workout day. I forgot that protein shakes don't have the most amazing taste :D I have to tiny bit of trouble to change up my routine with the stretching again in the morning and changing my Pomodoro stuff with Blender. But i'm sure after week 1 i will have gotten used to it. Not much more to report as of now...


    Goal 1A: X X - / - - - / - - - / - - - / - - -

    Goal 1B: - X X - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 


    Goal 2A: X X X - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 

    Goal 2B: - - X - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 


    Goal 3A: X - X - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 

    Goal 3B: X X X - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / - - - - - - - / 

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  6. 10 minutes ago, Akura said:

    I'm confused what "Pomodoro cleaning" means in the context of learning Blender... I know the Pomodoro technique for working, but I can't  parse the word "cleaning".

    I'm doing 10 minutes of Blender work and then 5 minutes of cleaning. Then Blender again for 10 minutes, clean 5 minutes, blender 10 minutes, clean 15 minutes. 
    I know it easier to clean up immediately after i used something but, for me atleast, this is a great way to clean up and clean the big stuff every day (like the bathroom & the toilet)

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  7. Grandkai Get's back to basics 2.0


    Last challenge i did fairly well with getting back on the horse and bettering my every day life. This challenge is a continuation of my previous challenge to first go back to a good basic life.


    Goal 1A: Workout 3x a week

    Goal 1B: Run outside 1x a week

    Last challenge i did pretty good with workout out a few times a week and i want to continue that streak. So gonna keep doing my Push/Pull/Legs Full Body setup.
    I also used to be a decent/regular runner, used to run 2-3 times a week for about 5-10 km every time. But after a running competition...uuh 2 years ago?.... i stopped running. The weather here is going to the better side of it all and i want to take this opportunity to get back into running and enjoy the outside again and clear my head.



    Goal 2A: No ordering food for the whole challenge

    Goal 2B: Use a protein shake to UP my protein intake

    Last challenge i did...oke with not ordering food but near the end of the challenge i got lazy and ordered food. Yeah its handy but i still ordered mostly "bad, fatty, fried" food. So i want to stop ordering that all again and enjoy the meals I MAKE.

    I did realize with the last challenge and tracking all my food, well most of my foods, that protein wise i was a bit lower than i need to be. According to MFP i need to eat 100g of protein but if i calculate i should be getting more around 200g. So i'm buying some protein powder to help me up my protein amount and help me get closer to the amount i should be getting.



    Goal 3A: Everyday Blender with Pomodoro cleaning

    Goal 3B: Everyday stretch/Handstand practice

    Last challenge i started learning Blender and i'm loving it, did it 2-3 times a week and noticed every time i worked with it i had to really remember all my short-cut keys. So i decided to practice/learn it every day to remember the keys and get faster progress. I am gonna combine this with my Pomodoro style of cleaning. 

    I also used to stretch every morning and do some form of Handstand practice (on a regular basis), i want to get better at this stuff aswell cause doing a handstand is one of my goals for 2020. So every morning i'm going to do stretches (after i'm done with reading and coffee), at the gym i'm doing the NF Handstand workouts & if i dont have a gym day i'm doing some wall stands & headstands.




    Here we go!!



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  8. Oooh dang, i forgot to update....but we are all used to it by now :D 
    Don't have a lot of time today to write something so gonna keep it short.


    Last week went so-so. Workout went good, eating could go better, hobby stuff could go better. Didnt prioritize certain stuff and instead went for the lazy route. 


    Quick summary for this challenge.

    I'm glad with what i did this challenge. Got back in a good workout rhythm, i enjoy the workouts and they aren't too time consuming (i can get in and out in roughly 30-45 minutes).

    Eating went pretty good, had some trouble in the beginning of finding what i enjoy eating but i got a better selection of what i like and don't like. I did notice near the end of the challenge and the week i was more likely to order something online (its not great, but only once a week is one hell of a improvement compared to before). 

    My hobbies....im super glad i started with Blender. Its fun and interesting and those shortcuts are something i really have to learn. Every time i finish a Tutorial video im impressed with what i made. The cleaning tho...the drive to finish Darksiders went down each week. Maybe its because all the stuff i need to do i already did in the Xbox 360 version and this is the Xbox One Remastered version. So its kinda boring. I might have to try something else starting next week. Any suggestions? Maybe a different game or a skill between the cleaning times? I'll have to try some stuff out.


    Overall this was a decent challenge. If i would rate it out of 10 i would give it a 7, not amazing but still a good start again.

    Gonna take this week to think about the goals for next challenge. Things i was thinking about right now are: continue Blender (its great), use supplements to up my protein and perhaps some multivitamins......and a new skill perhaps? i dont know, i'll figure it out this week.


    Thank you for joining me in this challenge and hopefully i'll see you guys in the next one ;) 

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  9. On 1/27/2020 at 1:09 PM, Grandkai_NL said:

    *Goals for the next few days:

    - Finish Level 1 Blender Tutorial;
    - Once again play my scheduled PS4 time;

    - Update on Day 3/Wednesday

    Finish Level 1 Blender Tutorial; ooh heck yes i finished that one and i'm really freaking proud of it. With Level 1 you learn the basics of Blender and you make a Donut. Here's my Donut render. The next levels will all be about giving sprinkles, more detail and other objects in the picture.



    Play my scheduled PS4 time; did do this on tuesday but not on Thursday, buddy wanted to game on Thursday but he ended up coming online really late so i could have spend a couple of hours on my PS4. Oh well, will probably do a few hours today.

    Update on Day 3/Wednesday: yeah....totally forgot.but i'm here now, better than nothing ;) 



    Week 4, Day 1 till 4
    Worked out twice, finished my Level 1 Blender tutorial (see pic above ;) ) and did good on eating EXCEPT for yesterday (Thursday) i had a real craving for sushi so i ordered some but it didnt taste aswell as i had in my head. So i was a bit dissapointed.
    Got through the most annoying achievement with Darksiders so now its only the collectibles left. Its gonna be a bit tedious cause i did grab a bunch of those on my playthrough but i dont remember which so to be safe i'll have to check every spot again. 


    Next week is the final week and so far i'm happy with everything i'm doing. I'm focusing more on food, tracking the last 2 weeks most foods i ate, enjoying my workouts more & enjoying playing on my PS4 and learning Blender. Yeah i'm a bit behind with updating here, but thats just a tiny thing. 


    Workouts: X X X X | X X - X | X X X | X X - |

    Nutrition: X X X X X | X X - X - | X X X X X | X X X X - -
    Hobby: X X X X - | - X - - - | X X X X X  | X X X X - -

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  10. Week 3, Day 3 till Day 7

    On 1/22/2020 at 4:56 AM, Grandkai_NL said:

    - Test Blender again, if it doesnt work trouble shoot the web for help. If there's no solution except "get a better PC" look into 2D drawing programs

    - Spend the hours on the PS4 that i scheduled 
    - Update here on Day 4 (Thursday)

    lets first look back at this. 
    "Test Blender again": it took a few days but i got back into blender and i forgot to save and had to do a lot of actions again :( BUT this helped me learn a few actions again so tis not a total loss. With knowing what went wrong last time i decided to not follow the tutorial to the dot. In the program you can set how detailed the drawing is and before i set it on a level 3 (like in the tutorial) but this time i went with a level 2 and it WORKED!!! i was able to get pass the sticking point and ready to continue.
    "Spend the hours on the PS4 that i scheduled" did okay with this. Didnt spend the complete times but still a lot without "missing" playing on my xbox too much. 

    "Update here on Day 4" yeah i totally missed that.


    Day 3 till 5 went pretty good. Got my workouts in, got close to my calories each day. Didnt order any food online which felt AWESOME!, made some progress with Darksiders achievements (not sure if i will be able to 100% it at the end of the challenge but i'm gettin close) and overall had a good week.
    Friday was my mothers birthday & in the evening we went out to dinner and had some drinks. I had a Tournedos which was to die for, it was so yummy. And i kept it easy with snacks during the evening, beers not so much but it was a celebration so i didnt really care. Saturday & Sunday were really lazy days. I was supposed to go to my mothers party (for friends and family) on saturday but i fell a sleep on the couch and woke up at 10PM. My father was a bit worried since i wasnt there but i texted him to let him know what happened. And it was all good. All i did on Sunday was go with my sister to a electronics store to buy her a tablet and a wireless speaker. 

    I stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh in and, i understand why nutrition is important but now i saw actual progress and it made me 10 times more motivated to eat healthy and hit my calories. Last week i weight 83,5 kg (184 lbs) with 17,5% BodyFat. After last week where i ate close to my calories each day (2020 cal) i went down to  82 kg (180 lbs) & 16,6% bodyfat. Which puts me back on the same weight as in October. 

    Workouts: X X X X | X X - X | X X X | - - - |

    Nutrition: X X X X X | X X - X - | X X X X X | - - - - - -
    Hobby: X X X X - | - X - - - | X X X X X  | - - - - - -



    *Goals for the next few days:

    - Finish Level 1 Blender Tutorial;
    - Once again play my scheduled PS4 time;

    - Update on Day 3/Wednesday

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  11. On 1/20/2020 at 7:54 PM, Elennare said:

    And I don't think I've ever seen that before, even for entry-level positions!  I guess just further proof I don't want to work at that company, even if they are doing really cool things.

    Their loss.  
    Sometimes i'm surprised what some companies ask even for entry-level/starter positions. They expected everyone to have super high level skills even when they just got out of school.

  12. Week 3, Day 1 & 2

    Monday was a nice productive day, had a good workout and a good filled afternoon without distractions. In the evening i continued my tutorial in Blender, which hit a little bit of a ditch. The program froze a few times while i was trying to move something in Blender, could be that my laptop isnt powerful enough (which can be a possibility since its also 2 years old and not the highest spec) but i will see it tomorrow/today when i try it again. If it ends up that my laptop isnt powerful enough i'll probably look into a other drawing program (perhaps 2D instead of 3D) and learn/create art with that. 
    On day 2 i spent some time with my PS4 instead of my Xbox, i'm mostly a Xbox Gamer but i kept lookin at my PS4 lately and i wanted to put more time in there to finish the games i still have lying around. So like the routine type of guy i am i scheduled a couple of hours every few days so i can finish those games. And it felt so nice, playing Nier Automata and i forgot what a good game it is. Only downside is that i'm really invested again in Destiny 2 so i am easily convinced by a good friend to switch to that and game with him...


    Workouts: X X X X | X X - X | X - - | - - - |

    Nutrition: X X X X X | X X - X - | X X - - - - | - - - - - -
    Hobby: X X X X - | - X - - - | X X - - - - | - - - - - -


    *Goal for the next few days: 
    - Test Blender again, if it doesnt work trouble shoot the web for help. If there's no solution except "get a better PC" look into 2D drawing programs

    - Spend the hours on the PS4 that i scheduled 
    - Update here on Day 4 (Thursday)

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  13. On 1/20/2020 at 5:26 PM, Manarelle said:

    I love that you're just like "I can do that, I'll teach myself!" The world needs more of this attitude. Here's to a better week 3. 

    If one person can make something badass as this: 


     Its gonna take a long while for me to do it but in the words of Shia LaBeouf

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  14. On 1/20/2020 at 9:13 PM, Akura said:

    I guess... My problem right now is that the whole process of tracking seems annoying. Especially since I often buy my breakfast and lunch, so I have no idea which and how many ingredients there are in it. And guessing doesn't really help. I might have to figure something out...

    If your breakfast/lunch is in a package with a barcode you can scan it with MyFitnessPal and it will automatically put everything in. Makes it a whole lot easier to track stuff.


    On 1/20/2020 at 9:13 PM, Akura said:

    So... I had a couple of very bad days... On Friday morning I woke up at 3:30 with terrible pain in my chest and neck. And after getting up, it quickly spread to my abdomen and kidney area. I went to the bathroom a couple of times and spend the rest of the night sitting in front of the telly. Later I felt better and went to work. It went fine but in the evening the pain got much, much worse. I was close to calling an ambulance, but it got better.

    OH NO! Good luck at your GP and i hope this was something "small".

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  15. Okay, last week was bad to track my stuff here. I am just bad at journaling so for the rest of the weeks i'm putting down a checklist and will write atleast 1 sentence to tell you guys how the day was. But first......last weeks progress (a bit more extensive):

    Week 2 Update:

    This week wasnt a good one. The meals i made were really small and i didnt get close to my maintain calories, bought more snacks & food when i should be fasting. So not a great week nutrition wise. 


    Workout wise it went oke, i did my workouts and decided to change from 4 days a week to 3 days a week in a full body setup (something i used to do before which i always enjoyed). Doing this will help me aswell in making sure i keep doing my cleaning and gives me a bit more free time which i missed with doing the 4 times a week workout plan. 


    Week 2 wasnt a total loss, in the evenings i'm reading through a lore book from Destiny 2 (my favorite game) and in there is a "300 Spartan" type story which stuck with me since the day i read it. So much i download Blender (a 3D drawing/animation program) and going through a tutorial now so i can recreate the art in 3D and perhaps this year make a short 30 second animation from it. I'm following a good tutorial to learn the basics and i'm really excited about it :D 

    So that was week 2 , a lot of downs but also some changes to make the next weeks better. 


    Workouts: X X X X | X X - X | - - - | - - - |

    Nutrition: X X X X X | X X - X - | - - - - - | - - - - - 
    Hobby: X X X X - | - X - - - | - - - - - | - - - - -


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  16. On 1/13/2020 at 4:37 PM, Manarelle said:

    Off to a great start. I hear you on farming, it gets old really fast. Do you have an estimate of how many 30-minute farming episodes it'll take you to hit the achievement? 

    Probably 2 or 3 more. So not too crazy and then the rest of the achievements are collecting stuff. Hopefully i can get through those in a week after this farming achievement.


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  17. Day 2 till Day 5.

    Oh yeah i need to update this :D 
    The last few days went well, had some good rest days and played a bunch of Destiny 2. On day 2 i went to the gym and did some overhead presses, dips & chin-ups. I wanted to go yesterday to the gym but i felt so tired from my nightshift so i skipped it. Today i wasnt really feeling it, BUT i decided to go and do a quick one. Did Deadlifts 2x5 & Bench Press 2x8 and called it. Head home, shower & put on comfy clothes cause i dont have to leave the house anymore today.

    All the days i did my cleaning stuff. alternating every day and everything is nice & clean in my apartment :) Also made some progress with Darksiders Remastered. There's a achievement im working on were i have to get weapon xp and there's a great farming spot, but its a bit boring. so i only do it for 30 minutes or so.

    Ordering food goes oke. I'm curious how i will fare on fridays & saturdays when i'm in total relax mode. Eating my apple goes well, usually take it a bit before i prepare my dinner.

    So far these first few days are going oke. Been trying to track as much as possible on MFP to get a good idea of how much i eat and help me makes good decisions for future meals. 

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  18. Week 1, Day 1


    Woke up nice on time after the first night shift of 2020 and ready to start a new challenge and start working on myself. After my morning routine (coffee & reading) i grabbed my gym bag, put on my Overwatch Reinhardt shirt and headed to the gym. It was a long break since my last workout so i decided to go with 3x5 on Squat and tried to find a good weight. Ended up with 100 kgs for 3x5. Felt good and after that i did some leg presses & leg extensions. 
    Went to the store to buy some meal containers but they didnt have the size i needed so i'll have to buy some later this week.
    Got home turned on the oven to warm-up my home made burrito's and took a quick shower. With my burrito i took my apple (which was tasty and i forgot how nice a apple was to eat) 

    Cleaning went well & fast. Today was the toilets turn & i felt a tiny bit sick from the cleaning spray but it wasnt too bad. After that i played an hour or so of Darksiders Warmastered on my Xbox One and grinded some xp for one of the achievements. 


    So overall i had a good strong first day. Now i have to keep this going until the end of the challenge ;)



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  19. 23 hours ago, raptron said:

    Woo, welcome back!


    23 hours ago, Manarelle said:

    Welcome back indeed. Good goals, following for the awesome. 


    4 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

    Welcome back!  Great to see you here again


    I should probably copy that "an apple a day" thing :)


    I missed all your faces! ❤️ 
    Its a great idea @WhiteGhost cause "a apple a day keeps the doctor away" :D 

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  20. 16 hours ago, Akura said:

    my fiancée and I did do much today except for watching Bones and The Witcher.

    When those day's arrive they are the best, together on the couch watching shows and relaxing and letting that hangover pass ;) 

    16 hours ago, Akura said:

    That's nice! 👋 My main problem with being social online is that conversations tend to move pretty fast, especially if you're not in an American timezone. So it's a bit tough to follow along...

    Same, messages go so freakin fast and when i get get to add something to the conversation, everyone is already done with talking about it :( 

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