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  • Birthday 04/16/1989

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  1. Thanks! Glad to have you with me!
  2. Not quite. DnD Beyond is an online tool which helps players and dungeonmasters manage their characters/campaigns for tabletop roleplaying games. It's useful for managing characters and games if people are remote (or if theyre at the table). I will just be working on dnd tools full time.
  3. Okay, so... update. I have accepted the position of Software Engineer II at Fandom. I will be an engineer working on DnD Beyond!
  4. Howdy! It's been a while since I've posted. Holy crap has it been a busy week! So last week I worked and used my lunches for interviews. Then we left Thursday after work to drive to Chicago (3 hour drive) where we stayed at a hotel for the night. The next morning, we boarded our plane and flew to Orlando. From there we went to Cocoa Beach, got to our rental house, and decided to find some dinner. We went to a restaurant called Coconuts on the Beach. It was pretty good! While I was heading to the table, I bumped into someone and sat down. After sitting down, my father-in-law pointed out that the person I bumped into was Vanilla Ice! A bit later, I managed to get a picture with him (albeit not a great one) while he was leaving to go to an interview. My wife made tshirts with my father-in-law's face and some of his favorite sayings which got a lot of attention. We met quite a few guys who raced speedboats. There was a big race in town, so they were there for that. In passing, one of them mentioned he was friends with Travis Pastrana (X games winner on motorbikes, Nitro circus, etc) who was in town because he was racing. My brother has been a HUGE fan of Travis since like 2005/2006, so I knew I'd have to try and find him. After about an hour of searching around the area, I found him and managed to get a video of him saying hi to my brother. Maybe the best souvenir I've ever gotten someone! Travis was a really cool guy, and was super friendly to everyone who was excited to meet him. The rest of the weekend was really fun, but overall uneventful (in this case, that's a good thing). We made it back on Sunday night and the hiring manager at the dream job wanted to speak with me since we hadn't met. We had a good conversation and the next day I heard from the recruiter there that they wanted to send me an offer. I'm super excited about it! As soon as I get/accept the offer, I'll tell you about the job/employer since I've been going on and on about it. My gym attendance has been pretty lacking for the last few weeks with everything going on. I did make it to the gym on Tuesday night and it felt really good to get back to it. I continued to increase squat and bench while doing some accessories. I plan on going again tonight so I'm getting back into the swing of things. Lots of positive things happening in my life right now, and I hope that extends to all of you!
  5. I love Moe's. IMO Moe's > Chipotle. I may have to give this a shot. I've never really done too much stretching but this seems easy enough to figure out without taking up a lot of time.
  6. I managed to make it to the gym on Sunday night. It felt really good to get back to it and made improvements on my bench, deadlift and accessories. I had every intention of going last night since we're going out of town from Thursday to Sunday, but when I got home from work I was wiped out. Instead I took it easy, worked on my portfolio site, and called it a (relatively) early night. I had an interview on my lunch yesterday as well as today on my lunch, tonight after work (somewhere else), and a final one on my lunch tomorrow, so it's a pretty busy week. My goal is to get to the gym tonight and maybe tomorrow, but if I can only get there tonight I'll be happy with that. This is not a normal week and it's a really short week given my ability to physically go to the gym. We're going to Cocoa Beach, so between the pool at our rental, the beach, and shops, I expect we'll be walking around and doing stuff pretty consistently. Also, I'm really happy with my choices about deloading and doing accessory work with my knees. My knees feel pretty much back to normal and my squats are not only comfortable, but the lift I look forward to most (probably because there's the most room for improvement). 05/16/2021 Bench - 160x5x2, 160x12x1 Bent-over Row - 135x12x3 Lat Pulldown - 90x12x2, 90x9x1 Cable Crossover - 120x15x3 Hip Abductor Machine - 120x20x4 Deadlift - 220x7x1
  7. Only the best kinds. This has been me lately, too. You made it and you did the big lifts, so you made progress. Some progress is always better than no progress! Also been experiencing this lately, although mine has been related to redesigning my portfolio site. How about 7 letters per week? That sounds pretty manageable. Can't say much for the ease of editing by the letter rather than word, but it should be easy to fit into your schedule. Seriously though, have you considered putting it into an app and having your phone read it back to you? It may allow you to listen while doing other things and stop/correct when something doesn't make sense.
  8. I have questions.... Were all the characters replaced with dragons? Was only one of the characters replaced with a dragon? Was the story the same but with dragons in the background?
  9. Lol I had to read this a few times. That's a lot of double negatives. It reminded me of this: I enjoy them both (until Michael leaves). Let's be real Season 1 of the US version is basically just the British version (almost line for line for some episodes). Agreed. I figure I look like an idiot most of the time anyway, so I may as well have fun with it. For real though, it is way better when someone gets it. Of course, that's often harder to do through text alone if they're not super familiar with your sense of humor to begin with.
  10. Taking a step back and looking at what's going on and how I'm working through it with diet and exercise tells me I have the right goals. My goal isn't to be "shredded" or to "lose 100lbs by Christmas", so I'm not coming down on myself hard for eating too much or not losing weight this week. My goal is consistency and lifestyle change, which (in my mind) means it's supposed to work around the things going on in my life instead of being an all-or-nothing thing which competes with other things in my life. The fact that I can eat healthy 80% of the time while working through the things going on right now without having to put too much thought into it is a solid indicator that my mindset and habits have started to change for the better, and I think any progress is worth celebrating.
  11. No, it's not normal in my experience. 12 hour days are certainly not illegal, although they aren't typical. I have had a job where I was working 60-80 hours a week and still missing deadlines (2 weeks to build a site from scratch with no bugs and tons of content is just unrealistic) and that made me miserable, but that was at a startup. Never again. I work at a place where we auction off historic guns. 5-6 times per year, we have live auctions where people can come and bid in person, and that requires us to be here from the start of the auction until the last item is auctioned for the day. Sometimes it's 8 hours, others it's 12. This weekend just happens to be 12 hour days. They do usually give us a day off on the week following the auction. I chose Friday since we'll be on vacation, so I'm just looking forward to that. I'm really hoping I can start off my vacation with a new job offer, but we will see. This, too, shall pass. I'm just taking it one day at a time. I know it will get better, it will just require patience and tenacity. Thanks, Hangrybear!
  12. Okay.... So I'm the one who misunderstood. Last I checked, they were on Netflix. You may be able to find them there. Definitely had to start doing some research on Pride and Prejudice this morning to try and understand the reference. Learning about classic literature? Check! Gotcha. My buddy and I like to intentionally share incorrect facts about musicians when they're on the radio. It's fun because we get to be goofy, but do do so well also requires a solid knowledge of the genre being discussed to make sure you don't offer correct facts about something. For instance, "The Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin comes on the radio.... Me: Oh man, I love AC/DC! Friend: Yeah, but didn't this come out before Axl Rose became the singer? Me: Yeah, that's why it's so great! AC/DC was WAY better when they had Ozzy Osbourne as the singer. Dark Side of the Moon is their best album! We get one of a few reactions: 1) The people around us have no idea what we're talking about and assume we're very knowledgeable. 2) They know what we're talking about and assume we're idiots. 3) They know what we're talking about and try to correct us. 4) In my wife's case, she can't tell whether or not we're joking so she assumes we're spouting facts and likes to bring them up with friends to act knowledgeable about music. We get a good laugh when she comes home to yell at me because Ozzy was never in AC/DC and Paul McCartney isn't dead. I whole heartedly agree with this. I think most people are scared to share these things for fear they'll be mocked or called weak. Opening that door is difficult to do at first, but I find that once you do the conversation/relationship has so much more opportunity to grow into something meaningful. P.S. Apparently I'm on it with The Office gifs today...
  13. I don't think this is rooted in wanting to see people suffer though. I think it's just that our brains sometimes make us feel like we are the only ones going through these things and no one could possibly understand. Seeing other people talking about similar feelings or situations can help put things into perspective and maybe help us to find a new friend to navigate through struggles with instead of trying to do it alone.
  14. Well, happy Saturday! Haven't posted about my goals in a few days, so I thought I'd take time to write about it. My diet and exercise has been lacking this week with everything going on. That's not to say I've been voraciously eating or anything, just that I haven't been too focused on the healthiest options all the time. I've continued with bacon and eggs for breakfast, a clementine in the morning, some sort of chicken and vegetable for lunch, and a turkey stick with almonds in the afternoon. Dinner is really where it's been getting a little messy with chips and salsa one night before dinner, frozen pizza, Fazolis (not my choice), subway, and Italian beef sandwiches (homemade). I mean, as I'm listing this out it's not as bad as I thought, but there's still room for improvement. I will say, I didn't eat until I was stuffed and I didn't really spend much time worrying about nutrition, but overall I think I made some of the healthiest choices available to me so I'm going to count that as a win. Exercise has been poor this week. I only made it to the gym once, so I'll have to correct that moving forward. I may still go today and/or tomorrow. We have an auction at work this weekend which means I'm working 7:30am-7:30pm yesterday, today, and tomorrow, then go back to the normal 8-5 on Monday. On top of that, I used my lunch hour for interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday, was supposed to have an interview before work yesterday which got rescheduled, and then have interviews during my lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (all for the dream job). If you've been following my thread, you know I've been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety about stuff going on in my life, and that stuff combined with 12 hour days instead of days off has just resulted in feelings of exhaustion. Ultimately, that's the reason I haven't been super worried about the gym this week. Maybe going to the gym would help, but when I went earlier this week I was more distracted than I've ever been. I normally listen to music while I lift, but the music was just annoying so I spent the whole working walking around talking to myself during rests. Yup, I'm that guy now.... I'm just focusing on one day at a time for now, knowing that all of these things are temporary and once they are off my plate I can go back to focusing on the gym and nutrition. I will say, though, that this is the first time I can remember where being overwhelmed didn't lead to me binge eating ice cream or cookies, saying "fuck it" and going crazy when eating out, or something similar. I honestly don't even really think about it. Most of that stuff doesn't sound any more appealing than the healthier options at this point, so I think that's a sign I'm on the right track to achieving my goals.
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