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On 4/26/2019 at 9:19 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Then we went to a fundraiser dinner with our church for a group called Ransomed Life, which rescues girls out of Sex Trafficking. We learned that there is a difference in definition between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking. Smuggling is moving people from one place to another, whereas trafficking refers to the acts they are forced to do against their will. One thing that was pointed out to us is that almost all the girls helped are local; the abusers keep them here to exploit them. The organization is incredible, and our church has partnered with them almost from the beginning. Despite the heavy topic, it was still a fun night, the organization branded the event "A Night of Hope" and focused mainly on the work they do and the restoration these girls find. They are incredible. 

 

This is amazing.  Sex trafficking was a HUGE deal where I used to live, almost an epidemic.  I just can't even imagine those poor people; we assisted some of them in therapy and wow, it was.  A thing.  Thanks to you and your church for being the good guys. <3333

 

19 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

 

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Um

 

Can you uh, maybe, like order this on the internet

 

Asking for a friend MYSELF SHAMELESSLY

 

14 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

 

Also, Sra. Tanque came into the kitchen and noticed she was in there barefoot and pregnant.

 

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Oh no it's too cute YOU GUYS ARE TOO CUUUTTTEEEE I LOVE IT~

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20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

The thought then occured to me to open the blinds and turn on lights, then to go stand in the sunshine on our lower balcony. I felt better after that, and ended up cooking lunch.

Nothing like a bit of nature and/or sunshine to lift the spirits.

Glad baby AND mom are doing well. Love the photo with her baby bump. Barefoot, pregnant in the kitchen :D

Is the bacon jam something like chutney, but with a distinct bacon flavour? I can't wrap my head around bacon "jam". Here we call a finely textured fruit preserve which you spread on your bread, jam.

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2 hours ago, shaar said:

 

This is amazing.  Sex trafficking was a HUGE deal where I used to live, almost an epidemic.  I just can't even imagine those poor people; we assisted some of them in therapy and wow, it was.  A thing.  Thanks to you and your church for being the good guys. <3333

 

 

Um

 

Can you uh, maybe, like order this on the internet

 

Asking for a friend MYSELF SHAMELESSLY

 

 

Oh no it's too cute YOU GUYS ARE TOO CUUUTTTEEEE I LOVE IT~

https://cookwell.net/products/bacon-jam And thank you!

51 minutes ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Nothing like a bit of nature and/or sunshine to lift the spirits.

Glad baby AND mom are doing well. Love the photo with her baby bump. Barefoot, pregnant in the kitchen :D

Is the bacon jam something like chutney, but with a distinct bacon flavour? I can't wrap my head around bacon "jam". Here we call a finely textured fruit preserve which you spread on your bread, jam.

Chutney might explain it better. There is a bit of sweetness to it.

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On 4/26/2019 at 4:19 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

We learned that there is a difference in definition between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking. Smuggling is moving people from one place to another, whereas trafficking refers to the acts they are forced to do against their will.

Smuggling is when people pay shady criminals to get them past borders. Trafficking is when said people "disappear" along the way and end up forced to work as strippers, prostitutes, sex slaves or worse.

 

On 4/28/2019 at 6:34 PM, shaar said:

barefoot and pregnant.

Had to google this to get the joke.

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17 minutes ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Smuggling is when people pay shady criminals to get them past borders. Trafficking is when said people "disappear" along the way and end up forced to work as strippers, prostitutes, sex slaves or worse.

 

Had to google this to get the joke.

Exactly. The Sherrif made a point that a lot of the human trafficking involves local victims. 

 

Yesterday was a good day. We finally saw Endgame, and I can be on the internet without fear of spoilers again. I won't comment on it for even something innocuous I say could spoil something. I will only say I'm glad I saw it.

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On 4/29/2019 at 6:08 PM, Snarkyfishguts said:

I saw it this morning! I won't say anything either. :D:D:D 

 

On 4/29/2019 at 6:18 PM, Snarkyfishguts said:

Also, I'm glad you're doing good deeds that help people who are put in horrible situations. 

Thank you!

 

I have become very inconsistent with posting, that's something I can focus on improving.

 

Monday: Went to work at Far hospital, came home and ate. We went to bed early again, but didn't sleep as well (congestion).

Tuesday: Worked at downtown hospital and had small group, where we had a lot of fun. Early bed, but poor quality due to congestion, and woke up with a headache, which is being managed by NSAIDS.

 

Today the plan is to do a limited Police Day, including a KB workout, then come home to cook so we can go to our church's First Wednesday service.

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On 4/24/2019 at 2:58 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:

I'm an enigmatic presence; at once here and then simultaneously there, they say.  Nigh impossible to track and truly unpredictable like a warp storm.  ;)

 

Edit - many people made the joke I was making.  I have shame...

 

Here's a picture of a corgi herding to make up:

 

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I have heard pretty much the same with EndGame from those that I know have seen it. Still I have remained unspoiled. Hopefully, I can get to see it this weekend so I too can rejoin the internets haha 

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23 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Early bed, but poor quality due to congestion, and woke up with a headache, which is being managed by NSAIDS.

Hope it clears up soon, and no more headache. Between my eyes, my sinuses and stress headaches, I am just happy when I don't have a headache at the moment.

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21 hours ago, Moros said:

 

Edit - many people made the joke I was making.  I have shame...

 

Here's a picture of a corgi herding to make up:

 

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It's a cute corgi.

18 hours ago, Tateman said:

I have heard pretty much the same with EndGame from those that I know have seen it. Still I have remained unspoiled. Hopefully, I can get to see it this weekend so I too can rejoin the internets haha 

I'm glad you are unspoiled so far. I had a friend actually see it and post on facebook warning folks about all the Endgame Spoilers you see when you watch Endgame :P 

1 minute ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Hope it clears up soon, and no more headache. Between my eyes, my sinuses and stress headaches, I am just happy when I don't have a headache at the moment.

Seems to have cleared up. I woke up without congestion today. A little sore in a persistent knot where my neck meets my shoulders, but no headache.

 

Yesterday was a good day. I made an executive decision and did not go in to the police department. My rest day was what I needed. No workout, just watched a movie at home. I did cook for dinner. I boiled some baby yukon gold potatoes and mashed them with salt, pepper, garlic powder, butter, and milk. Very simple and very good. I cooked some beef that had been cut into strips (I cut them further to make bite sized pieces) with some red wine vinegar and avocado oil. I drained the liquid off, then seasoned it with some italian seasoning that had salt already in it. I then added some broccoli florets that I had steamed in their bag, and added some salt and pepper. I then added some Greek yogurt to it all for some creamyness. It was very good, and paired well with the mashed potatoes.

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26 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

It's a cute corgi.

There is no such thing as a non-cute corgi. Fact.

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Came in here after eating lunch and now I want to go home and cook dinner. So much better than if I came in here and left wanting to eat a pizza. Thanks for your food porn lit.

 

On 4/26/2019 at 8:19 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Then we went to a fundraiser dinner with our church for a group called Ransomed Life, which rescues girls out of Sex Trafficking. We learned that there is a difference in definition between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking. Smuggling is moving people from one place to another, whereas trafficking refers to the acts they are forced to do against their will. One thing that was pointed out to us is that almost all the girls helped are local; the abusers keep them here to exploit them. The organization is incredible, and our church has partnered with them almost from the beginning. Despite the heavy topic, it was still a fun night, the organization branded the event "A Night of Hope" and focused mainly on the work they do and the restoration these girls find. They are incredible. 

Sounds like your church is doing a lot of heavy emotional lifting. I hope I have time to come down in October before I leave for Athens and visit with y'all.

 

One of my former Youth Group kids works for an organization that helps heal women rescued from sex and human trafficking. She and her organization came and spoke to our congregation last summer. We encouraged our youth group to attend; we have a lot of young women and some of them are pretty naive. You're right, it's a really heavy topic, and it's especially a lot for, say, my 13-year-old to take in; but with the appropriate after-care it's information that our youth need to hear as well as the adults in the audience. 

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6 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

There is no such thing as a non-cute corgi. Fact.

You are correct sir.

1 hour ago, EricMN said:

Came in here after eating lunch and now I want to go home and cook dinner. So much better than if I came in here and left wanting to eat a pizza. Thanks for your food porn lit.

 

Sounds like your church is doing a lot of heavy emotional lifting. I hope I have time to come down in October before I leave for Athens and visit with y'all.

 

One of my former Youth Group kids works for an organization that helps heal women rescued from sex and human trafficking. She and her organization came and spoke to our congregation last summer. We encouraged our youth group to attend; we have a lot of young women and some of them are pretty naive. You're right, it's a really heavy topic, and it's especially a lot for, say, my 13-year-old to take in; but with the appropriate after-care it's information that our youth need to hear as well as the adults in the audience. 

A big way to prevent trafficking of that sort is to educate people about how the traffickers work and manipulate people. A heavy topic indeed, but better to heal them from the warning about trafficking than to have to heal them from the effects of trafficking. 

 

Last night our church's first Wednesday service was awesome. God is really working on me and brining me past perfectionism. 

 

Today is a good day. I did laundry and Yoga, NF Water B. I also went grocery shopping. It felt really good to do Yoga. Part of what changed in me last night was the realization that simply starting a task is more important right now than finishing it. One of the ways my perfectionism has manifested itself in the past was to overanalyze something such that starting didn't feel worth it. I felt a freedom last night, an ability to simply start something rather than worry about how long it was going to take, or all the ways I could mess up. I've even noticed writing is a little easier, typing a little faster, even my vocabulary use has improved. This is not one sudden change, it's one of many steps in a long process, and by no means the last. Even so, it brings me hope, and peace. Today I felt more centered and peaceful than I have in a long time. Now I'm focused on how to nurture and deepen that peace and calm. 

 

I'm going to cook tonight. I'm gonna make some power slaw with honey, mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and a bag of the slaw.

 

I'm going to roast some butternut squash in the oven (haven't decided on temp and time yet, gonna look that up), with some avocado oil, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and thyme.

 

Then I'm going to take a pork tenderloin and rub it in honey and chili powder, then wrap it in bacon and roast it with the squash. I'll slice it and serve it all up together.

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Sra. Tank looks adorable.  I loved being pregnant once I got past the first trimester, and was more often than not barefoot (I hate shoes).  How is she feeling?

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12 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

a non-cute corgi.

 

I used to have a dog that was some kind of odd corgi/sheltie mutt.  She looked like a fluffy potato.

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14 hours ago, Rinna said:

Sra. Tank looks adorable.  I loved being pregnant once I got past the first trimester, and was more often than not barefoot (I hate shoes).  How is she feeling?

She's doing fine. We are quite happy that she had no morning sickness at all in the first trimester.

10 hours ago, Cheetah said:

 

I used to have a dog that was some kind of odd corgi/sheltie mutt.  She looked like a fluffy potato.

I bet she was still cute.

 

I did not end up cooking the meal I described. I still will at some point. That's why I don't normally talk about my recipes in advance of making them, sometimes they don't happen when I expect. We ended up looking at several houses last night. Most of them aren't right for us, but we did find one solid maybe. We're still early in the process and aren't desperate enough to jump on a maybe. Tonight will probably be Chick Fil A as we have a church thing and Sra. Tanque has to get home from work (I have today and tomorrow off).

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23 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Part of what changed in me last night was the realization that simply starting a task is more important right now than finishing it. One of the ways my perfectionism has manifested itself in the past was to overanalyze something such that starting didn't feel worth it. I felt a freedom last night, an ability to simply start something rather than worry about how long it was going to take, or all the ways I could mess up. I've even noticed writing is a little easier, typing a little faster, even my vocabulary use has improved. This is not one sudden change, it's one of many steps in a long process, and by no means the last. Even so, it brings me hope, and peace. Today I felt more centered and peaceful than I have in a long time. Now I'm focused on how to nurture and deepen that peace and calm. 

That is exactly what I do all too often. 
Really awesome you're making nice jumps in the process of dealing with that! Thanks for sharing the hope and peace. :) 

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On ‎5‎/‎2‎/‎2019 at 1:34 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

oday is a good day. I did laundry and Yoga, NF Water B. I also went grocery shopping. It felt really good to do Yoga. Part of what changed in me last night was the realization that simply starting a task is more important right now than finishing it. One of the ways my perfectionism has manifested itself in the past was to overanalyze something such that starting didn't feel worth it. I felt a freedom last night, an ability to simply start something rather than worry about how long it was going to take, or all the ways I could mess up. I've even noticed writing is a little easier, typing a little faster, even my vocabulary use has improved. This is not one sudden change, it's one of many steps in a long process, and by no means the last. Even so, it brings me hope, and peace. Today I felt more centered and peaceful than I have in a long time. Now I'm focused on how to nurture and deepen that peace and calm. 

 

That's awesome

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On 5/2/2019 at 1:34 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

 Part of what changed in me last night was the realization that simply starting a task is more important right now than finishing it. One of the ways my perfectionism has manifested itself in the past was to overanalyze something such that starting didn't feel worth it. I felt a freedom last night, an ability to simply start something rather than worry about how long it was going to take, or all the ways I could mess up. I've even noticed writing is a little easier, typing a little faster, even my vocabulary use has improved. This is not one sudden change, it's one of many steps in a long process, and by no means the last. Even so, it brings me hope, and peace. Today I felt more centered and peaceful than I have in a long time. Now I'm focused on how to nurture and deepen that peace and calm. 

 

 

This is wonderful! Because the best results come from the greatest efforts and the most plentiful attempts, not from the most fastidious avoidance of imperfection. And that peace and calm sounds awesome. 

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On 5/2/2019 at 10:34 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I felt a freedom last night, an ability to simply start something rather than worry about how long it was going to take, or all the ways I could mess up. I've even noticed writing is a little easier, typing a little faster, even my vocabulary use has improved. This is not one sudden change, it's one of many steps in a long process, and by no means the last. Even so, it brings me hope, and peace. Today I felt more centered and peaceful than I have in a long time. Now I'm focused on how to nurture and deepen that peace and calm. 

This is great! I'm so happy for you.

Sounds as good as the peace I got when I realised I don't have to reach certain levels or do so much with exercise at the moment. I just have to do something, when I can, if I can. Which you doubly confirmed when you said that I must realise I will probably not be able to get into a set or regular routine due to all the other stuff I have to concentrate on. Peace and freedom.

Have a great week 3.

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