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3 minutes ago, Tateman said:

Wow, work does indeed sound like a hot mess. Glad you are ok after the accident. Hopefully, getting the car back to tip top shape won't take too long :)

Lol my boss still has not responded to my inquiry. I'm happy to do the testing if you give me instructions, sir! I mean, not happy, but it's fine. 

 

I'm gonna take my car in nowish or maybe after lunch (depends on dad since he has agreed to collect me from the shop, and I won't make him wait lunch if he's hungry). Hopefully they will give me some good news!

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The first time I was ever in an accident, the other driver asked me if we could settle between ourselves, since he had just been in an accident recently and didn't want his premium going up too much. I told him I would have to talk to my mother about that and he tried to imply I shouldn't be driving if I was so young I needed my mom's help, and that young people are bad drivers anyway. You rear-ended me, asshole! I stopped at the tail end of a yellow, you wouldn't've made it through the light anyway! Jerk. 
 
Every accident I've ever been in has been a rear-ending. Of all the ways to be in an accident, it's probably the best, but I'd prefer if there were slightly fewer of them all the same. (Not all have been while I was driving. Whenever I'm in someone else's car and someone hits us, it's also always a rear-ending. I was in three in two weeks once when I was in high school.) 
Wow. Besides hitting inanimate objects I have only ever been in one accident XD
It was a silly one at that. And it was my front hitting the other car's side.
Because obviously if you wish to switch lanes you do so right in front of another car, instead of the really big gap that's been left wide open for you...
So even at 30 km/h (or about 19 miles/h) I didn't have enough time to break...

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12 minutes ago, Siferiax said:

Because obviously if you wish to switch lanes you do so right in front of another car, instead of the really big gap that's been left wide open for you...
So even at 30 km/h (or about 19 miles/h) I didn't have enough time to break...

Last week I was driving down a frontage road so there were all of these left turns leading into the neighborhood but the right side was bordering the freeway, right? So all the left turns had either a designated left turn lane or a center turn lane, to help with traffic flow. Through traffic on the right (which is usually backwards in my country but again, frontage road). 

 

This dude gets into a designated left turn lane. I had been right behind him, but was not planning to turn left there, so I stayed in my lane and kept driving. He also kept driving, despite his turn lane ending. He did not turn. I scooted around him and came out in front, but it was super terrifying because his car was enormous and he clearly wasn't looking where he was going, and he could've crushed me. 

 

Maybe I should just not drive so much... 

 

EDIT: I got my timeline mixed up. This was the same day of the accident, on the drive out to the restaurant. Accident on the way back. Bad day for driving. 

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These stories make me very happy that I don't drive all that much. I always flip my shit then XD
No more company car, so basically I only drive if my boyfriend has been drinking.

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1 hour ago, Wobbegong said:

Yeah no if it gives you anxiety you should not go. Or like... if it's an anxiety you really want to overcome, try controlled situations a little at a time. Baby steps. I was suuuuper nervous the first time I flew by myself, and the first time I took an international flight by myself, and the first time I took the bus to San Francisco by myself, and the first time I took the ferry to San Francisco by myself. But now having done all those things, I'm pretty comfortable substituting in other places and I don't get too worried about it. But I really wanted to be able to do those things by myself. If you have no need to do them and no desire to do them, what's the point of stressing yourself out? 

 

That is what I think. But I don't think MIL will understand anxiety or really any mental health thing. She doesn't how I think at all (yet again, another thing she will never get). Mostly because, if she has never had it, she won't understand it. and that's fine, but I am trying to be better about understanding my own limits and not jumping into something and then going "OMFG what did I just do". Because that may of been a problem in the past.

 

1 hour ago, Wobbegong said:

Thanks! You do not have to come with me lol. One of my stops would be in Chicago. Idk how close that is to the part of IL you're in, but there might be a branch train from Chicago to closer to you that I could take? I would love to hang out. 

 

Chicago is only a couple hours away by car. They do have a branch line that comes down here from up there (like directly here). So we will of course have to hang out. if nothing else, I will come to you at that point.

 

1 hour ago, Wobbegong said:

 

I will probably post my general planned itinerary here a few weeks in advance and ask everyone who would like to see me to tell me where they are so I can plan to visit them. Depending on response, I might extend the trip or have more time to explore on my own! Either way is fine. :) 

 

 

Sounds good

 

1 hour ago, Wobbegong said:

 

Thanks! So far it's going pretty well. I should probably be posting more updates about what I'm doing since it's part of my challenge, lol. A year does seem daunting when you're looking at it looming in the future, but at the end of the year it kind of feels the opposite, like it just flew by and you sort of missed it. Or at least, that's how 2015, 2016, and 2017 all felt to me. So hopefully with a good plan in place, that won't happen in 2018. 

 

 

Good luck with this. I keep saying I need to do that, but then I remember that I would need brain space for it. So going to let things coast by. My big one for this year is to not have everything break and go to heck, and most of the ones that I want to fix are not the ones you can see coming (Garage door, Fridge, cat, car, car, ect). its just the universe or gods will at that point.

 

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I always forget that when I take my car anywhere that someone else will drive it, there will always be the surprise transition from "ah random frumpy girl can't deal with her cute little car" to "omg she drives manual that's legit." 

 

Every. Time. 

 

Idk if it's because it's such a male-dominated industry and men always underestimate me on first glance, or if it's because not enough people drive stick in this country and it's come to be a sign of "someone who really knows their way around a car" (which is honestly super ridiculous), or the fact that my adorable tiny car even has an option for manual, or some combination, or what. But seriously every time, whether it's service, the car wash, or repair work, some guy will come in and compliment me and my car on our fantastic transmission. 

 

tl;dr: Guess what guys I'm surprisingly impressive. 

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So earlier this afternoon my toe felt kind of sore but I'm basically sedentary when I'm not cooking, running, or grocery shopping, and I did all three of those things this morning before toe pain, so I just stayed off it and since it only hurt when I walked around I kind of forgot. Nothing looked out of order and there was no pain to the touch, just when walking. 

 

Fast forward to it's 9:30 and there was no family dinner plan so I forgot to eat and I get up to grab some leftovers and the pain is kind of excruciating?! The first joint of the toe is very slightly swollen and the whole toe is very slightly discolored but otherwise no physical evidence of foul play. Still doesn't hurt to the touch, but putting any weight on it while walking is a problem. 

 

The internet's only suggestion that matches these symptoms is gout, but it usually affects the big toe and this is my "index" toe. I'm also not really in the high-risk demographics. Also I just had my kidneys checked like two months ago because of my acne medication and they came back clean, so?? Did I bang it on something while I was taking my car in?? Metatarsals no! 

 

Does anyone have any other suggestions? I am weirdly protective of my feet and would prefer not to go to a podiatrist if it can be avoided, but if it keeps getting worse... since starting to write this point, it has begun to stiffen and ache even though it's at rest. Uggggggh. 

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Hah! Love the car thing. My country is quite the opposite. It's more like oh you don't have manual? That's so lazy, but kind of nice too.
Manual is the default here and you pay extra for auto.

As for your toe, if it's not better or if it's worse the next day, do get it looked at?!
It doesn't sound good :(
Maybe you've made a wrong movement without noticing and it's just annoyed with you. But maybe something more serious is going on.

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7 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

So earlier this afternoon my toe felt kind of sore but I'm basically sedentary when I'm not cooking, running, or grocery shopping, and I did all three of those things this morning before toe pain, so I just stayed off it and since it only hurt when I walked around I kind of forgot. Nothing looked out of order and there was no pain to the touch, just when walking. 

 

Fast forward to it's 9:30 and there was no family dinner plan so I forgot to eat and I get up to grab some leftovers and the pain is kind of excruciating?! The first joint of the toe is very slightly swollen and the whole toe is very slightly discolored but otherwise no physical evidence of foul play. Still doesn't hurt to the touch, but putting any weight on it while walking is a problem. 

 

The internet's only suggestion that matches these symptoms is gout, but it usually affects the big toe and this is my "index" toe. I'm also not really in the high-risk demographics. Also I just had my kidneys checked like two months ago because of my acne medication and they came back clean, so?? Did I bang it on something while I was taking my car in?? Metatarsals no! 

 

Does anyone have any other suggestions? I am weirdly protective of my feet and would prefer not to go to a podiatrist if it can be avoided, but if it keeps getting worse... since starting to write this point, it has begun to stiffen and ache even though it's at rest. Uggggggh. 

 

I hope its not broken, but discoloration and swelling and stiffness could lead there. That being said, I am not a doctor nor play one on TV. I would say maybe try a walk in clinic for just an X-ray if its not feeling better tomorrow. Then you can decide if it needs a specialist. Or you could do what I would probably do and tape it to the toe next to it and ignore the break because that is what they would do at the dr. If it was an Agent we would be heading to the dr. If it was me, tape and go. However, the tape and go is not a good thing if it isn't a bone but something else (and I am touchy about feet ever since I broke it walking and then tore a tendon on the fractured bone)

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2 hours ago, Bean Sidhe said:

 (and I am touchy about feet ever since I broke it walking and then tore a tendon on the fractured bone)

There was not a good aghast face for me to reply to this with so I settled on confused. Your fractured bone tearing up other things... that's terrible! D: 

 

8 hours ago, Siferiax said:

Hah! Love the car thing. My country is quite the opposite. It's more like oh you don't have manual? That's so lazy, but kind of nice too.
Manual is the default here and you pay extra for auto.

Yeah, so many people drive auto here that I don't even get to "that's so lazy but kind of nice too" it's just like... "you can drive manual though, right? no?? SERIOUSLY??" Plus automatics aren't as fun or as convenient to drive. They're not as petrol-efficient, either. They talk a lot about the beef industry but I sometimes wonder if the US carbon emissions could be lowered significantly just by replacing all the automatics with manuals.  

 

8 hours ago, Siferiax said:

As for your toe, if it's not better or if it's worse the next day, do get it looked at?!
It doesn't sound good :(
Maybe you've made a wrong movement without noticing and it's just annoyed with you. But maybe something more serious is going on.

 

2 hours ago, Bean Sidhe said:

I hope its not broken, but discoloration and swelling and stiffness could lead there. That being said, I am not a doctor nor play one on TV. I would say maybe try a walk in clinic for just an X-ray if its not feeling better tomorrow. Then you can decide if it needs a specialist. Or you could do what I would probably do and tape it to the toe next to it and ignore the break because that is what they would do at the dr. If it was an Agent we would be heading to the dr. If it was me, tape and go. However, the tape and go is not a good thing if it isn't a bone but something else

 

I also hope it's not broken. The discoloration and swelling are soooooo slight they're barely even noticeable. It is exactly the same this morning in terms of appearance, but it hurts more, so I guess I will need to take myself in and get looked at. Boo. 

 

I don't know if we have any walk-in clinics around here. (Surely we must? I'll have to check my insurance for in-network places.) I feel like it would hurt more to the touch if it was broken. It really only hurts when I walk on it. Although after walking to the bathroom and back this morning it's low-key angry with me. Uggggh. This is not what I wanted to deal with today. 

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I just asked my dad if he knows of a walk-in clinic and he confirmed it's just the emergency room. He suggested I call my GP and ask for suggestions about what to do, and they might just say go to the emergency room, but they might have other advice too. Their office isn't open yet so I'll wait around until they are and then give them a call. 

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I keep forgetting that I want to record what I'm eating for breakfast here, since it is a challenge. I don't remember much from last week so I'll give myself a pass. 

 

Monday: Mushrooms and garlic cooked in olive oil, madeira, and cream. Small amount of chicken liverwurst on the side. 

 

Tuesday: Planned on leftover mushrooms but there were ripe avocados to eat so I had a lightly salted avocado instead. Also about half an ounce of chicken liverwurst. 

 

When I was in the grocery store yesterday I successfully found the cow liver and calves liver, but no sign of the chicken liver as of yet. Boo. Buying pre-made chicken liverwurst is delicious but very expensive, so it would be much better to just make my own. I have a recipe that's probably a decent start to approximate the store-bought one, and from there I can experiment and tweak it to get it perfect. 

 

I also need to come up with a way to eat more ground flax. For a while I was eating about two tablespoons of it daily and I felt great all the time, and my nails stopped breaking. It was magic. But I was eating it with granola, because that was an easy way to not notice it, and I'd rather not eat that much granola. So now I have to figure out a new way to eat it. It's fine over salads, if a little grainy, but I always forget over an evening meal. Ideally I'd figure out how to eat it at breakfast. I hate smoothies, but someone online mentioned they just mix it with water and drink it down. Sounds pretty unpalatable, but maybe I should give it a try? What do you guys think? 

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On 7/1/2018 at 12:15 PM, Wobbegong said:

That sounds vaguely familiar, I think I knew that at some point and then forgot? But that's really cool, do you enjoy it? Teaching anything in the United States is rough work, I'm always very impressed by anyone who hangs onto such a career. 

 

Yeah, I enjoy it. I haven't been doing it that long as an actual career (academia, law, and farming before) but I did a lot of volunteer work in the area for a long time (starting in high school) before I decided to give it a go professionally and got certified etc. I teach adults, almost all low-income new immigrants, and I find it really interesting and satisfying. I have a slight preference for teaching groups of people with a mix of native languages, which is what I have now. I also do one-on-one tutoring. The people I meet are really fantastic and it's really satisfying to see the changes it makes in people's lives. Every time one of my students lands their first job in this country, my heart swells half a size.

 

On 8/1/2018 at 8:43 AM, Bean Sidhe said:

I think the travel sounds kinda cool in a "That will be awesome for you, don't make me go." This was an argument I got into with my MIL at Christmas. We talked about when Hubby went to Vegas and she gave me more crude for not going and I said "I am not comfortable walking around strange cities solo." She said I needed to learn. Sorry, no my anxiety and the way I was programmed as a kid says otherwise.

 

One of the things my therapist has helped me with is realizing that not every "problem" is actually a problem that needs fixing. Some things that other people think are problems might actually just be preferences. Like for example, when I'm sad I might like a bit of a snuggle but mostly I want to be left absolutely alone to think, write, listen to music, and just have time to sort it out by myself. At one point I was a bit self conscious about that, like I was being anti-social or not processing my emotions "correctly" if I wasn't talking about them. And my therapist was all, "uh, but what if that's just what feels good to you when you're sad? what if that's completely fine?"

 

So yeah, when I start getting critical of myself (or, more rarely, if someone else does) I like to stop and think...is this actually a problem, or is it my preference/personality? 

 

In that vein, it's completely fine for you to not be super interested in a big trip by yourself like that. It's fine that wobbegong is into it. Both are okay. Don't let your MIL's lack of understanding and empathy make you question what you know about yourself and what you want.

 

On 8/1/2018 at 3:10 PM, Wobbegong said:

The first time I was ever in an accident, the other driver asked me if we could settle between ourselves, since he had just been in an accident recently and didn't want his premium going up too much. I told him I would have to talk to my mother about that and he tried to imply I shouldn't be driving if I was so young I needed my mom's help, and that young people are bad drivers anyway.

 

Way to fail at negotiating, Rear-Ending Moron Dude.

 

On 8/1/2018 at 5:39 PM, Wobbegong said:

I always forget that when I take my car anywhere that someone else will drive it, there will always be the surprise transition from "ah random frumpy girl can't deal with her cute little car" to "omg she drives manual that's legit." 

 

Every. Time. 

 

Idk if it's because it's such a male-dominated industry and men always underestimate me on first glance, or if it's because not enough people drive stick in this country and it's come to be a sign of "someone who really knows their way around a car" (which is honestly super ridiculous)

 

So because of the years I spent farming, I have years of experience driving and repairing tractors, forklifts, bobcats, and random other machinery. And I lost track of the number of times some dude who was visiting the farm for a tour or to pick up veggies or whatever (and in one case, a dude applying for a job) tried to give me unnecessary (and quite often wrong) advice on the machinery that it was literally my job to understand and drive. A bunch of times dudes ran over while I was in the middle of loading some pallets onto a truck, or backing up a trailer into the barn, or something, and proceeded to wave their arms and try to direct me. Like...no? Get the fuck out of my way? At first I was polite about it but after a couple of years I got really tired of it because, surprise, it never happened to any of the dudes I worked with. So eventually I got pretty salty about it and did not hesitate to tell them to fuck off.

 

Also I much prefer driving stick, but I share a car with two people who don't know how to drive it and aren't super interested to learn so  :(

 

5 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

I also need to come up with a way to eat more ground flax. For a while I was eating about two tablespoons of it daily and I felt great all the time, and my nails stopped breaking. It was magic. But I was eating it with granola, because that was an easy way to not notice it, and I'd rather not eat that much granola. So now I have to figure out a new way to eat it. It's fine over salads, if a little grainy, but I always forget over an evening meal. Ideally I'd figure out how to eat it at breakfast. I hate smoothies, but someone online mentioned they just mix it with water and drink it down. Sounds pretty unpalatable, but maybe I should give it a try? What do you guys think? 

 

My partner eats oatmeal every morning, and they grind up a tablespoon of flax and stir it in. Can't even taste it. I've had it in yoghurt with jam, too, and because of the texture of jam it basically wasn't noticeable. 

 

37 minutes ago, Wobbegong said:

I JUST GOT WORD FROM JET

GUESS WHO MADE IT TO THE INTERVIEW ROUND

THIS GIRL

HECK YEAH

 

Congrats!

 

Also: trust me, you do not have gout. My grandfather has it. Gout does not present like that.

 

Good luck getting your toe sorted!

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2 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

I JUST GOT WORD FROM JET

GUESS WHO MADE IT TO THE INTERVIEW ROUND

THIS GIRL

HECK YEAH

 

This is totally AWESOME. Congrats. I am sure you will rock the interview.

 

9 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

There was not a good aghast face for me to reply to this with so I settled on confused. Your fractured bone tearing up other things... that's terrible! D: 

 

The story of where because I am fat, I can't have a stress Fracture. Basically, what happened is I was walking like 5-6 miles a day. somewhere in there I either broke a bone in my foot or got a stress fracture. After about a month or so of pain, I go to the Physician Assistant at my dr office. She decides I am fat and it must be Plantar faciteis because I wear girl shoes too much (Note, I wear logging boots 24/7)  and gives me some PT stretches to do. So I do them. and its not fun but for about a month and a half, I stretch and stretch. THe pain gets better until one night there is a pop and I curled into a ball. After that, I could barely walk and they sent me to a specialist. Specialist takes an x-ray (SHOCKER) and said he saw a mostly healed fracture, but that didn't account for the lack of mobility or pain. Gets an MRI. MRI shows a small partial tear about where the fracture was in the tendon along the bottom of my foot. 9 months of a walking boot and cane while still trying to be me and walking and doing stuff on it that need done with a 2 year old, then a cortisone shot later, I will probably always have some pain in that foot which at this point, My brain goes "hey that alarm is always on, so just ignore it"

but yeah, don't be me. Be smarter than me.

 

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2 hours ago, Severine said:

One of the things my therapist has helped me with is realizing that not every "problem" is actually a problem that needs fixing. Some things that other people think are problems might actually just be preferences. Like for example, when I'm sad I might like a bit of a snuggle but mostly I want to be left absolutely alone to think, write, listen to music, and just have time to sort it out by myself. At one point I was a bit self conscious about that, like I was being anti-social or not processing my emotions "correctly" if I wasn't talking about them. And my therapist was all, "uh, but what if that's just what feels good to you when you're sad? what if that's completely fine?"

 

So yeah, when I start getting critical of myself (or, more rarely, if someone else does) I like to stop and think...is this actually a problem, or is it my preference/personality? 

 

In that vein, it's completely fine for you to not be super interested in a big trip by yourself like that. It's fine that wobbegong is into it. Both are okay. Don't let your MIL's lack of understanding and empathy make you question what you know about yourself and what you want.

 

 

This is kinda my take on it. And Hubby said something similar since he doesn't get the idea of traveling for fun by yourself. the point is to share it with others. I know what works for me and its just another way that I know my MIL doesn't get it, I just kinda go, "You do you, Let me do me."

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I went to sleep strangely early last night and still managed to convince myself this morning it would be better to sleep in than go for a run. I guess I'll go tomorrow and either Friday or Saturday to catch up, then. Sigh. 

 

I did at least wake up feeling more relaxed than usual, even if also very unwilling to greet the day. I don't want to say "exhausted" because I didn't exactly feel sleepy or fatigued, just... a very strong sense that curled up in bed was where I belonged no matter what plans or responsibilities were waiting for me. Oops. 

 

I did cook breakfast properly! A mix of reheated leftovers and an egg, for a total of mushrooms, mashed potatoes (skin-on!), and one egg. One egg always seems like kind of too few in my head but with all this other food today I think it's plenty. Next up: planning 2018!

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I did cook breakfast properly! A mix of reheated leftovers and an egg, for a total of mushrooms, mashed potatoes (skin-on!), and one egg. One egg always seems like kind of too few in my head but with all this other food today I think it's plenty. Next up: planning 2018!


When I was cutting carbs, I read a book that said if eggs are the only protein in your meal, one portion should be roughly how many eggs (in the shell) you can hold in one hand. For me that was four. I agree with you, one egg is a snack or what a baby eats, but that was also on a very restrictive diet, so I’m not sure how mashed potatoes effects that.

Also I love mashed potatoes, especially with the skin on. I’m too lazy to peel them, and why would I? They’re great!



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6 minutes ago, Hypotheticalfox said:

When I was cutting carbs, I read a book that said if eggs are the only protein in your meal, one portion should be roughly how many eggs (in the shell) you can hold in one hand. For me that was four. I agree with you, one egg is a snack or what a baby eats, but that was also on a very restrictive diet, so I’m not sure how mashed potatoes effects that.

Also I love mashed potatoes, especially with the skin on. I’m too lazy to peel them, and why would I? They’re great!

Good heavens, four eggs at a time sounds very filling indeed. I'm not sure I could eat that many. I usually eat two at a time and sometimes three if I'm really hungry. I guess I should try this hand test and see how many I can actually hold, that's an interesting metric. But also for some reason depending on how the egg is cooked I can eat very different amounts of egg. For example, I only like one or two fried or poached eggs at once, but I'll eat more if they're hardboiled or scrambled. Curious. (Of course, if they're deviled the limit does not exist.) 

 

Technically mushrooms are also a protein, so eggs were not the only protein on my plate. And there was more mushroom than potato. In terms of macros it was still probably not the best breakfast but damn was it delicious. ;) 

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