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SHARIF HUSSEIN BIN ALI MOSQUE
2023.03.28 13:12 Alaazaal96 SHARIF HUSSEIN BIN ALI MOSQUE
There is a stunning white mosque
with an attractive setting between the souk and the seashore where you are free to pray or meditate in solitude.
bears Hussein bin Ali’s name. From 1908 until 1917, he served as the Sharif and Emir of Mecca. Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, who is credited with starting the Arab Revolt, fought against the Ottoman Empire’s growing nationalism throughout the First World War.
Al Hussein Bin Ali mosque
stands out among the city’s bustle as an example of Islamic architecture with its immaculate white construction, exquisite glass windows, and towering minarets. In addition, it has the biggest dome of any mosque
A gorgeous white religious building bearing the name of one of the major protagonists in the Arab Revolution is the Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque
. It is distinguished by a fashionable center dome and a corresponding minaret. Have a look at the mosque
at night, when its slender tower is flooded with brilliant white light. Take note of the dome’s exterior’s elaborate designs.
is surrounded by a chic black fence, palm palms, and other exotic plants. Enjoy the structure’s sleek and contemporary architecture, which was constructed in 1975. A lovely geometric garden and a polished marble plaza may be seen in front of the entrance. The exquisite inscription outside explains the mosque’s
history. Arabic and English descriptions are etched on it.
The main hall has a striped carpet and bright stained-glass rose windows as well as artwork and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Views of the garden, its gazebo made of wood, and the distant mountains are beautiful. To find out more about the traditions at this holy edifice, ask the guard at the door. Be aware that formal attire is required for entry to the mosque
Women are required to wear robes to cover their bodies and heads, which may be rented from the mosque
. Public access to the location is available, but not when people are praying. You might want to look through the adjacent market for mementos and trinkets. The Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque
may be found in the center of the Great Arab Rebellion Circle at its southernmost point. https://jordan-travel.com/sharif-hussein-bin-ali-mosque-in-aqaba/ SHARIF HUSSEIN BIN ALI
In 1853, Sharif Hussein bin Ali was born in Istanbul, where both his father and grandpa were lodged. When his grandpa was later named the Emir of the Hijaz, he went to Mecca to study with him. Throughout his youth, he also obtained a great deal of expertise in tribal issues. https://jordan-travel.com/sharif-hussein-bin-ali-mosque-in-aqaba/
“King” Sharif Princes Ali, Abdullah, Faisal, and Zeid are the descendants of Hussein bin Ali.Upon the appointment of a new Hijaz Emir, Ottoman influence and interference intensified, angering Sharif Hussein and several other community leaders. The Sultan then expelled the rest of the opposition and called him to Istanbul. Al Hussein spent 16 years in Istanbul. https://jordan-travel.com/sharif-hussein-bin-ali-mosque-in-aqaba/ MOSQUE LOCATION
Across from Al-Ghandour Beach, on Al-Shata Street, between the market and the beach, is the Al-Sharif Al-Hussein Bin Ali Mosque in the Jordanian city of Aqaba. It was given that name in honor of Sharif Al-Hussein bin Ali, may God have pity on him and the founder of the “Hijjaz Hashemite Kingdom”.
The mosque is a notable religious
, social, and historical site and one of the models for modern Islamic architecture that echoes the style of the early Islamic civilization. The mosque is regarded as an Islamic culture center, with classrooms for teaching the Qur’an and Islamic studies to both men and women. It also serves as a cultural institution and a lung for the city’s breathing by housing well planned outdoor places for prayer, socializing, and hiking. https://jordan-travel.com/sharif-hussein-bin-ali-mosque-in-aqaba/ THE DOME AND THE MINARET
While the decorations adorning the exterior surfaces of the mosque were made of panels of white concrete reinforced with fibers as a modern technical alternative to decorations by carving on stone, the dome of the mosque is thought to be the first and largest dome decorated with three-dimensional decoration in Jordan. In the Moroccan Kufic script, the word “God” is framed.
The dome and minaret, which make up the majority of the mosque’s beauty and prominence, are marvels of architecture that beg to be admired. They are embellished with exquisite sculptural ornamentation, Quranic verses, rows of muqarnas, conical columns, frames, and cornices. ARCHITECTURAL MODEL
The construction of the mosque mimics the art and design of the notable Islamic architecture in terms of the interior and exterior design work that is highlighted by the domes, arches, doors, and the 40-meter-tall minaret that stands atop one of its corners. The mosque also combines modernity and originality in the prominent Islamic inscriptions on the walls, arches, arches, and floors.
The Mamluk architecture, which was renowned for its beauty and grace and its use of decorations in a three-dimensional manner arising from the convergence of architectural blocks, is where many of the traditional and modern architectural and decorative elements found on the mosque’s exterior facades have their origins. https://jordan-travel.com/sharif-hussein-bin-ali-mosque-in-aqaba/
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2023.03.28 12:49 Alaazaal96 CULTURE AND SIGHTSEEING IN AQABA
lone coastal city, which also serves as the nation’s sole seaport, is located on the Gulf of Aqaba
. Aqaba sees a fair amount of tourists being the gateway city to the well-known Wadi Rum desert landscapes and is known for having a diverse marine life in its warm Red Sea waters. Aqaba is a coastal town with Jordanian charm that is located on the southernmost tip of Jordan, about 4 hours from the country’s capital of Amman. Aqaba
is a lovely addition to the urban charm of Amman, offering the neighborhood bars, water sports, and a historical flare for those seeking to travel back in time.
THE EARLY ISLAMIC CITY OF AYLA
About 650 AD, the Rashedi Caliph Othaman Ben Afan founded the early Islamic city of Ayla
, which is noteworthy for being the first Islamic city to be established outside of the Arabian Peninsula. It operated as a port for neighboring Palestine and a storage facility for the Hejaz. On their trip to Mecca, Egyptian pilgrims once made a halt in Ayla
, which was a significant location. Nowadays, you can still see the ruins of the city walls, gates, a sizable mosque, and other structures right in the middle of Aqaba’s
coastal hotel sector. The location is clearly recognized and contains panels with facts about its significance and history. https://jordan-travel.com/culture-in-aqaba/
The early 16th century is when the Mamluk stronghold was constructed, according to an ancient inscription. The entryway is flanked by semi-circular towers, and the Hashemite family crest is visible above it. Visitors to the resort may easily access and are near to the excavation of the medieval city of Ayla
It is accessible at any time of day. Every street in Aqaba
has a story to tell. Jordan’s history may be seen at the Aqaba Fort. It was first found in the area where Mamluke Sultan Qanswah el-Ghawri reigned (1501–1517 AD). The fort was utilized and updated by a number of historical dynasties, including the Mamluks and Ottomans.
Early Church at Aqaba
Archaeologists in Aqaba
have discovered what they think to be the world’s oldest church, dating from the late third century AD, in one of the most intriguing recent findings. It predates both the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, both of which were built in the fourth century. The church, which is located on a parcel of land to the east of Istiklal Street, has been backfilled with dirt for security. AQABA CULTURAL CENTRE
The early 16th century is when the Mamluk stronghold was constructed, according to an ancient inscription. The entryway is flanked by semi-circular towers, and the Hashemite family crest is visible above it. Visitors to the resort may see the old city of Ayla’s excavation near Aqaba. It is accessible at any time of day.
AQABA ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
- City center shopping
- Cultural site-seeing
- Dive activities
The Sherif Hussein Bin Ali residence in Aqaba
is home to the Aqaba
Archaeological Museum, which welcomed visitors in 1990. Today, it is home to a significant collection from the Islamic site of Ayla, which dates to the Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid, and Fatimid periods, i.e., the Islamic periods from the middle of the 7th to the beginning of the 12th century AD. ARAB REVOLT PLAZA
The Great Arab Rebellion Plaza serves as the culmination of your tour of Aqaba’s
historic landmarks. This enormous area is said to be the perfect getaway for tourists since it’s a terrific place to unwind and take in views of the middle beach. The Plaza’s historical significance is what makes it so significant. It embraces the Great Arab Revolt banner and Al Hussein Bin Ali’s home, the Arab Revolution’s leader. Being the first Jordanian territory that the forces of the revolution under Al Sharif Hussein bin Ali set foot on, it carries a profoundly significant national connotation. Moreover, it was the location of the first shot fired during the Arab Uprising. SHARIF HUSSEIN BIN ALI MOSQUE
Hussein bin Ali, who presided as Sharif and Emir of Mecca from 1908 until 1917, is honored by having the mosque bear his name. During the First World War, Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, who is credited with starting the Arab Revolt, fought against the Ottoman Empire’s growing nationalism. https://jordan-travel.com/culture-in-aqaba/
Al Hussein Bin Ali mosque is a symbol of Islamic architecture and a stirring sight among the bustle of city life with its immaculate white construction, exquisite glass windows, and rising minarets. Among the mosques in Jordan, it also has the biggest dome. For the people of Aqaba
, it serves as their primary mosque. The city’s everyday life is observed at its most serene and pious during visitors’ peaceful strolls around the exquisite interior. https://jordan-travel.com/culture-in-aqaba/
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2023.03.28 12:14 mdanonomy21 Follow-up diary: I am in my mid-30s, work in nonprofits, and make $125k a year ($180k joint). This week we found out we need to cash flow $11,000 worth of dental procedures in 2023, and I still spent $396 on spring things. 🌱✨
Hi friends! I submitted a diary in February 2021 that you can find here
! Since then we’ve sold one house, started higher-paying jobs, moved states to be closer to family, rented a kind of busted house, bought another charming fixer-upper of a house, and given in fully to lifestyle creep, especially when it comes to plants and gardens.
❤️ Section 1: Assets and Debt Total Net Worth: $108,763
if you believe the equity calculator I reference below. Negative tens of thousands if you think the housing market is about to crash or even just reset! Retirement Balance: $10,000
for me, split just about evenly between a Roth and a 401k; $25,500
for my husband, L. This will make more sense when you get to the “income progression” section, and after you accompany me as I spend money like I have money to spend, every day. Savings Account Balance: $17,000
split between an “upcoming house repairs & dental fund.” The first $7k is spoken for already between a big chimney repair ($3k) and an expensive upcoming dental appointment for L ($4k), both in April. The remaining $10k we don’t touch – it’s for an emergency fund. Checking Account Balance:
. I try to keep this pretty low to discourage my own spending, which works only sometimes. Credit Card Debt: $12,100
left from our home renovations and move last October. We got two 0% APR cards to finance this, and will pay both off before the APR jumps at the end of this year. Student Loan Debt: $80,000
for L’s undergrad and MAT. $18,000
for my undergrad and (unfinished, womp womp) MAT. We aren’t paying on this til we have to, and are hoping it will be forgiven – mine via Biden, since I was a Pell Grant recipient, and L’s via PSLF. Equity: $145,000
. This number is from an online equity calculator, and is for our century-old house in a very walkable neighborhood in a popular Southern city, but who knows whether it’s real or not. Numbers that are real: We paid $575,000
for the home last fall, including a 20% down payment that my dad split evenly with us – his portion from his recent inheritance, our portion from the sale of our previous home.
When we started looking in 2021, our “stretch budget” was $450k, but the housing market exploded and it seemed like overnight the base budget for kind of place we were looking for was more like $650k (I’m committed to city living, and we wanted to make sure there was enough space for my sister, J, and her boyfriend to continue living with us, given the skyrocketing rent prices). We bit the bullet on this place after my dad offered to pay for half the down payment. That gift helped us avoid PMI, so that the rent we were paying for a worse place was comparable to the monthly payment on this one. We spent the remaining $15,000
from our previous home sale buying down the rate and on moving costs, repairs, furnishing, gardens, appliances, etc, and then still
took out about $12,000
more in credit card debt to renovate the bathrooms and make a few other upgrades.
❤️ Section 2: Income Monthly Take Home:
My base pay is $125,000
, and L’s is $55,000
. We bring in about $11,400
a month after taxes. The whole family’s health insurance is paid in full by my work, and our pre-tax retirement contribution details are below. Income Progression:
I’ve been working since I was 15 years old, moved out at 18, and paid my own bills starting that year, but income below starts the year I graduated college. Year 1:
$15,000 (part time ABA therapist, full time baby anarchist) Years 2-8:
$28,000 (This is a rough average of my income across these years. I accepted a spot in Teach for America right out of college in order to have a salary, despite my maximalist politics at the time, and kept working with young people for years after my TFA service ended. I paid for L’s expenses in college and supported a few other family members off and on while I taught. When I took a big pay cut to do youth organizing work for a couple years, L’s teacher salary helped support us). Year 9:
$45,000 (got a full-time nonprofit fundraising job, quit teaching) Year 10:
$55,000 (got a raise) Year 11:
$65,000 (got a raise and promotion) Year 12:
$75,000 (was promoted again, realized I was still underpaid) Year 13:
$98,000 (was hired by my current employer) Year 14:
$125,000 (was promoted!)
❤️ Section 3: Expenses Mortgage, Taxes, & Insurance:
. My sister and her boyfriend currently live with us and contribute $600
of this total payment each month, but we budget as if we pay the full mortgage ourselves. Investment Contribution:
L’s retirement is pulled out of his check before he receives it: it’s $289
a month. I put $170
into my 401k, directly out of my check. I also contribute $100
to a Roth IRA through Acorns each month. Through Acorns we also have a UTMA/UGMA account for B which gets $100
a month, and we put $40
a month into a taxable brokerage account. Savings Contribution:
We tally an extra $1.5k-$3k a month
beyond expenses, and are expecting $6k
back from our tax return this year. But we aren’t prioritizing savings right now, and instead are: 1. cashflowing L’s timely dental work (found out in the course of this diary that we’re looking at about $11k this year); 2. paying down the debt on our credit cards ($12k, see above); and 3. cashflowing a few must-do house projects (estimating about $8k for those). Debt Payments:
See above! As I mentioned, we have student loan debt to the tune of $100k
but aren’t paying right now. I actually paid my loans down by $10k during COVID with money from our first house sale. But I panicked when Biden said he was going to forgive loans and got my full payment during the pandemic – all $10k – reversed. That money is now our emergency savings account. Electric/Gas: $150ish,
varies significantly. We installed a high-efficiency wood stove when we moved in, which cuts down on the cost of our old furnace a bit. Internet: $80 Water: $75 Cellphone: $100
, for L & I both Subscriptions: $10
Youtube music; $2.99
Apple data; $22
NYT, for newspaper and cooking app; $5
for Acorns. I also pay yearly: $40
for the Freedom app, $20
for Hobnob, and $60
for Insight Timer. Car Payment and Insurance: $200
for insurance. This covers both of our used cars and my dad’s used handicap van. We paid off our 2012 Honda Fit when we sold our last house, and recently paid cash for a Honda CRV with 180k miles which we use for family trips. Medical/Therapy: $0
. My therapist is $181
a session, and I see her twice a month – but this is covered by my job’s MERP card. I also get an inhaler at least twice a month - that’s reimbursed too, but would cost $60
otherwise. Pet Expenses:
Our precious pittie suffered some injuries before we adopted her. She’s on Gabapentin daily for pain management which is about $60
a month. CSA: $40/week
minimum – this is a special CSA service that has all kinds of tempting goodies, so I usually spend more. Coworking space: $150.
I expense $100 of this to work. Gym memberships: $75
for a family Y membership, and $120
for my spin studio; I also buy 10-packs to the yoga studio down the street every few months, which are $120
a pop**.** Donations: Varies
. We give $10 monthly to our local Democratic Socialists of America and $10 monthly to the Working Families Party. We give one-off donations when asked or when we come across a need, usually $50-$100 at a time. Once we have less immediate debt, I plan to up our recurring gifts. Childcare: $600
. B goes to the best public preschool in the land – he was on the waiting list for 18 months. We previously paid double this for a subpar Montessori school run out of a church basement. Often babysitting is an extra $100
or so a month. Kids’ Activities: $120
every three months or so – think swim lessons, toddler soccer, etc. Outdoorsy memberships: $110
yearly for memberships to nonprofit parks, botanical gardens, etc etc. These are not too expensive and a fun way to spend a day with little ones. House cleaner: $320
. They come twice a month and charge $160
each time. This is some of the best money I spend each month. Nuuly: $94
. This has been a gamechanger for work travel.
❤️ Section 4: Money Diary
✨DAY 1: TUESDAY✨ 5:00 am:
I wake up wheezing with two pudgy legs draped right across my chest. My three-year-old, B, gave me a cold that I’ve just recovered from, but my asthma is still a bit aggrieved. I disentangle myself from B and head downstairs to make a french press and get some work in before everyone’s up. 6:30 am:
B comes running downstairs, naked and boisterous as ever. I spare a thought for my little sister, J, and her boyfriend, who share a wall with him. J and her boyfriend have been living with us since the deep pandemic when we all moved together, which has been a blessing for us. But the early mornings and constant circulating upper respiratory infections are doing them in, and they’re moving to a nearby apartment in May. This very basic one-bedroom will double their monthly rent D: And,
since J is finishing up school right now and doesn’t have a steady income, L and I had to cosign their lease in order for them to even qualify for the place. Big sigh on housing across America right now. 7:15 am:
B and L head out, and I get dressed and do a little more work. At 8:30, I head to my first-ever dermatologist appointment. My mom recently treated me to a mothedaughter facial where I learned that the creeping redness on my nose is likely hereditary rosacea! The facialist suggested I make an appointment with a dermatologist after I informed her that my skincare routine has to date involved only a wet rag and a heavy moisturizer.
The dermatologist suggests a gentle papaya cleanser; a phyto vitamin c serum; a rosacea triple cream; and a moisturizing sunscreen. The cost for the appointment itself ($150) is covered by my MERP card from work**,** but I pay for the cleanser, serum, and sunscreen from his office ($141)
and the rosacea triple cream from an online pharmacy ($49)
out of pocket. Thus begins my first-ever skincare routine. Sadly, the dermatologist’s proprietary packaging is ugly, so if you use something similar but cute, please share a link. 10:00 am:
I’ve walked the dog, made another cup of coffee, turned on Freedom, and am settling into my laptop for a day of toggling between Google Docs and Zoom rooms. 12:30 pm:
M barks rancorously as I’m wrapping up a Zoom call. The Tubies
I ordered last week for me (and B) were delivered. It’s SPRING and we are about to eat SMOOTHIE POPS, everybody. It’s also time for lunch, so I heat up this very yummy soup
(we subbed veggie sausage and it worked well) and toast a piece of focaccia. I read “I Went On A Package Trip for Lonely Millennials”
while I eat. It is every bit as unsettling as it sounds. 1:40 pm:
L calls — B has had diarrhea at school and needs to come home. B’s preschool is in the public school where L teaches, which means L handles all pick up and drop off, but my work schedule is much more flexible than L’s so I often do early pickups like this one. I shift my afternoon meetings, notify my direct reports that I’m signing out early, and stop for gas on the way to pick up poor little B. ($40) 4:30 pm:
B and I spent the afternoon doing quiet things together – he took a bath, played with toys, and watched some PBS Kids, and I took a few minutes to tie up some loose ends at work. When L gets home at 4:30, we set up the sprinkler on our tiny front “lawn” (currently actually a patch of very-tilled dirt), where we recently seeded low-growing wildflowers
. 6:00 pm:
I want to drink wine with L while we make veggie fried rice for dinner, but think better of it given that I just got over a cold. L offers to make me a hot toddy (yesssss) but then realizes we’re out of lemons. He and B head to the grocery store around the corner while I finish up dinner. They get lemons, a lime, and a giant bag of lollipops for L’s students. ($11)
The hot toddy is delicious. 9:00 pm:
B’s bedtime routine is a wrap and my new skincare routine is complete – turns out my face does
feel cleaner after a cleanser! I take a nebulizer treatment and read my favorite book that has completely transformed my life, Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts
, until we turn out the lights. Goodnight! 🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $241
✨ DAY 2: WEDNESDAY
✨ 5:00 am:
I wake up wheezing deeply again. I head downstairs to eat a cold banana and take a prednisone left over from the last time my asthma was aggravated by a cold. I decide to sit for a little Sarah Blondin meditation by the woodstove before I start my early-morning work block. Lesson 8 in this course
is my go-to, and is alone worth every bit of the yearly Insight Timer fee. 7:00 am:
B and L are awake, but B is staying home from school today so things are a bit slower. I make a mango smoothie for B and then add kale and protein powder for L and I. At 7:45 I don my favorite lilac workout onesie (I have it in black
too) and head to my spin class. 9:00 am:
I am but one month into spin classes and totally enamored. The dark room and loud music extremely do it for me. After class I stop at the coffee shop next door and buy a big drip coffee to split with L, a sticky bun for L and B to share, and a bag of coffee beans cause we are almost out at home. ($28) 9:30 am:
Take a quick post-spin shower while I listen to Iris Dement’s new album
, which serves the sound I grew up on and a very earnest progressivism
that reminds me of my parents and their sweet Boomer friends who care deeply about abortion access and post anti-racist memes on Facebook. I cover my body in Warm Feelings
, spritz on Winter
), wriggle into some cheetah-print overalls, and head down to work until L leaves in about an hour and a half. 12:00 pm:
My meeting with my boss ran over so L had to leave for work while I was mid-call. I extricate B from Disney+ (we use J’s login) and receive only a moderate tantrum in response. After some breaths, B lays on his blue rug and pretends he’s eating his lunch (a mango pop, grilled cheese, & berries) in the shallow end of a swimming pool. Pre-nap, we read Gabito
, a recent fave, and B’s eyes flutter closed during the last few pages. Back to work! 3:30 pm:
B comes running into my office but I need to wrap up an important task, so we listen to superhero stories
together while I tappity tap. It’s raining out, and L isn’t due home til 6p, so I make a gametime decision to spend the afternoon doing one fun inside thing for me (pick out berry bushes for our garden!) and one fun thing inside thing for B (ride rides inside the mall near the garden center!). B and I gather $2.50 in quarters for his rides, and he dons his Ironman costume and rainboots for the occasion.
At the garden center, we pick out two triple crown blackberry bushes, two chandler blueberry bushes, one heritage everbearing raspberry bush, and, after a quick phone consultation with L, one black tartarian cherry tree. L loves
cherries and is very excited to use them in his cocktail-making. We also pick up a galvanized steel watering can since my old thrifted one keeps leaking all over the floor when I water my inside plants. The total is $253.
Because I am very excited about this purchase and it’s for our house, it counts as free in my heart. 4:30 pm:
B and I are the only nerds in the mall wearing KN95s and clutching quarters in our fists. So far B has purchased a ride on a train ($1)
and some tiny banana candies ($.50).
He settles on a very exciting race car for his final four quarters – but the greedy car eats his money!!! ($1)
We are both very sad, and start searching for a ride that might take a debit card. Then, suddenly, to our left, appears a LEGO STORE. B dashes in and we find that you can build your own tiny Lego person. He happily obliges and I spend $5
on a three-inch-tall Lego man with a spider face and a big helmet. 6:30 pm:
Back at home, L and I discuss our most exciting news of the week – L’s youngest sister and her partner arrive at their new apartment in our city TONIGHT! They’ve been living several states away for years. L’s whole family lives in the area and we are all thrilled these two are coming back home. L, B, and I plan to help them unpack tomorrow, and I think we should take them a gift. L heads out to the bottle store down the street to buy two bottles of Morphos
(one for us!) ($52)
, and then goes to the grocery store to buy White Claws and some pull-ups for B. ($25)
save more money but life is for living.
Dinner is leftover fried rice, and B doesn’t fall asleep til 9. L and I take our favorite CBD gummies
before bed and I read the “soft fruits” section of Down to Earth
to prepare for our big planting this weekend. 🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $365.50
✨ DAY 3: THURSDAY
✨ 6:00 am:
I wake up late today – I had trouble sleeping because I couldn’t breathe all night. I make my favorite smoothie for breakfast (which is something like this
but incorporates protein powder and frozen kale and cayenne), L eats oatmeal, and B eats two mango smoothie pops plus a cereal bar. They leave around 7:15 am and I get myself together to walk the dog before heading to my coworking space for the day. 8:30 am:
I pack up my stuff and ride my bike to my pretty coworking space. The sun is out! It’s spring! The trees are blooming! Everyone is glad. 1:45 pm:
I heat up fried rice and drink some of the on-tap kombucha. While I eat, I read Today in Tabs
and consider adding it to my monthly expenses so that I can read it more.
Our cleaner texts that they’re done at the house, and I Venmo her $160 (included in monthly expenses). 3:10 pm:
I decide to bike home before the final Zoom call of the day. I cannot stress enough how glorious
it is outside. It’s also glorious inside, thanks to our fabulous cleaner.
Post-call, I make some smol avocado toasts and L calls to say his sibling is not in fact up for a visit tonight – they are whelmed by boxes. We pivot: bike ride to the playground! While at the playground, B is the first kid to hear the ICE CREAM TRUCK approach. Chaos ensues and we spend $5
on one scoop of cookie dough ice cream. 7:00 pm:
For dinner we make mini pizzas on TJ’s cauliflower crust. I also make asparagus with a delicious flaked salt left by my bestie the last time they stayed over, and the result is pretty enough to text to them. L makes us gin fizzes with strawberries and with mint from the garden. 🌱 8:00 pm:
Teeth brushing is always a slog with B, but on this night I am visited by a stroke of genius. Tonight, I explain to him that the tooth fairy has been hired for a residency at our place and is listening in while he brushes his teeth and uses the potty. If he does a good job, she’ll leave him a coin somewhere in his bedroom. L overhears and makes tooth fairy sounds (think tinkling giggles) from the hallway – B is delighted and brushes his teeth with aplomb. This is a big win! While he uses the potty, I steal away and hide a quarter under the toe of his stuffed Spiderman. He requests tooth fairy bedtime stories and falls asleep listening. ($.25) 🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $5.25
✨ DAY 4: FRIDAY
✨ 6:00 am:
Another late wakeup for me. I have a spin class at 8 and a packed workday, so I make my favorite smoothie again and walk M while it’s still dark out. Afterwards, I help B with his teeth brushing/potty routine, and it continues to be so much smoother than ever before thanks to our friend the tooth fairy. This time, L stashes a dime under B’s stuffed bear. B proudly puts the dime and last night’s quarter in his coat pocket and, as I buckle him into his car seat, announces he is NOT sharing his money with his teacher today. I suppose the discussion about whether money should be treated as a public good or a personal asset can come later. On the way to school, L stops for gas. ($25 for gas, $.10 for the tooth fairy) 8:00 am:
I arrive at the spin studio and learn that the teacher I expected overslept. His sub unfortunately leaves half the lights on and plays lots of Eminem. I survive the weird vibes and head home for a quick shower before work – no coffee shop stop this time! I am a disciplined
and frugal Recessionist millennial
. 10:15 am:
Our CSA is delivered! It includes spinach, heirloom tomatoes (!! new this week!), apples, lacinato kale, meyer lemons, limes, oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, red onions, shishito peppers, and mixed cherry tomatoes, plus a delivery charge, for $63, $23
more than the monthly minimum I included in set expenses. I fetch it from the sunny porch and am reminded that urgently want a pair of white platform Birkenstocks
for spring. I find a pair in my size in EUC on Poshmark and buy them now: $60
with shipping, a steal compared to $110 new! 1:00 pm:
My delightful neighbor and I take lunch together! We walk to a nearby eatery where I get a tempeh reuben and diet soda (my vice), $18
including tip. Over lunch we discuss parenting, gardening, her upcoming major home renovation, and how squirrels can sometimes relocate crocus bulbs. Meanwhile, B and L have early release at school so they head to a kid’s play place as a special treat to B. ($23 with snacks) 3:30 pm:
B is home early but, curses, I still have much work to do! He and L chill while I tappity tap for a while longer. I eventually wrap up, but will have to do more work over the weekend.
L wants to work in his shop for a while, so B and I take the bike to the playground. He is a very good friend at the playground, running around happily with a couple of 7-year-olds he’s never met and then, when they leave, chatting amicably with an 18-month-old and his parents. He periodically begs me to let him take his pants off so he can better pretend he’s in the pool. The answer is no, but he is shirtless, shoeless, and covered in “tattoos” (washable marker), and I think that’s a pretty good compromise. 7:00 pm:
Back home, L is making dinner (avocado tacos!), and I announce to him that we need a few more spring items: new (unscratched) oversize sunglasses and a beaded eyeglass chain for me, and little kid Tevas for B. I use my dad’s Amaz*n to buy the glasses and chain for me ($20)
and three pairs of Tevas for B to try on. They’ll only charge us for the ones we keep, which will be $21
L and I spend the evening drinking the Morphos he bought earlier this week and hanging out with J and her boyfriend. We turn on the AC for the first time which reminds us that we need to get an HVAC repairperson out here to check out some weird details of the old AC system our inspector caught. I mentally add it to my to-dos for the week.
We get B in bed late again – around 9 – and we watch Schitt’s Creek til almost 11. We will never tire of re-watching this show. 🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $185.10
✨ DAY 5: SATURDAY
✨ 6:45 am:
I wake up breathing easy today! Blessings, prednisone; blessings, springtime. 8:00 am:
L and I make eggie toasts with heirloom tomatoes, and L reveals that he had a long-awaited budget chat with the medical hospital where he’s been getting dental work done. They’re estimating we’ll need to spend an additional $11k this year to get L’s teeth in order. This kicks off a Big Conversation, during which we realize we absolutely need to be spending less than $8k monthly in order to cash flow his teeth, cash flow our must-do house projects, and pay down our cards by end of year. This should be doable, in theory, but will be a big adjustment as for months we’ve been splashing out on everything from gifts to travel to furniture to tools to fabric to support my baby-clothes-making hobby. As the conversation drags on, tension rises, and we’re both mad at each other but not sure why.
After a few breaths, I realize: we are just launching big numbers back and forth across the room, completely unmoored! I offer to make us a big fancy draft annual budget with monthly projections and schedule a date night to review. HOW FUN! L obliges after I convince him that I actually, truly, want
to do this, and I find a very nice budget template
on Etsy. ($20) 10 am:
I run down a hill and across a parking lot to yoga, and slip in some vom along the way. Meanwhile, L and B head to the gym together. 12 pm:
I take our e-bike (the one we’ve been riding around all week) to the shop and tell the bike guy that the lights and the breaks are in rough shape. He tells me they’ll fix it up, but that we should consider replacing it with a Yuba Spicy Curry
which is $5200. I think not, but in my heart, I do really want to sell this one and buy a RadWagon
or a Blix Packa Genie
. Ebike moms and dolls, send thoughts.
When I get home, L heads to Aldi and spends $125
on berries, lots of bananas, eggs, rice, oat milk, oatmeal, snacks for B, frozen berries, fresh broccoli, yogurt, and a bunch of other stuff including Aldi swag that he is very stoked about: a matching pullover, socks, and tumbler. He then goes to Ace Hardware and buys s’mores sticks for use with our fire pit and some light bulbs ($37).
B takes a nap and I plant the berry bushes and cherry tree while he snoozes! 6 pm:
We head out to dinner to celebrate the big move with L’s sister and her boyfriend. It’s a long walk to our favorite taco place, but a beautiful day. B rides his pink scooter and is very cute, but reader, he is a spirited child and today he is having A Day. We field multiple meltdowns and lots of not-listening on the way to the restaurant. Dinner itself is delicious, though, and we watch the sun set over the water as we eat. It’s $58
with tip for the three of us, including a coconut margarita for L and a watermelon sangria for me. 🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $240
✨ DAY 6: SUNDAY
✨ 5 am:
Up and thinking about parenting. L and I had a long conversation after B fell asleep about what we could do differently to help him manage his emotions. He’s a big child in size and in personality – at 3 he’s wearing size 6 clothes and talking as much as any child that age too. He has big joy, big wonder, big imagination, and also big anger and big sadnesses. We’ve tried to follow Janet Lansbury’s teaching since B was born, but at times gentle parenting, which Janet teaches, has seemed too lax for B. I decide to return to her work anyway. I read the transcript to her newest podcast episode
, and wonder if maybe we’re overengaging with B’s big feelings. Then I read this one
about another child struggling with aggression, and am glad that B is at least not spitting, I guess? 10 am:
B’s morning is going great after all, and we decide to pack a lunch and head out for a hike. B makes himself a ham, cheese, and hummus sandwich, and I make L and I veggie sandwiches with pesto. We happen upon a plant sale on the way home and L approves a “Fuzzy Mystery” peperomia for our bathroom. ($8)
Afterwards we drop off my Nuuly at UPS (prepaid!) and head home to watch a movie while it rains. I do work things and start our new annual budget spreadsheet during the movie. 5 pm:
J takes a walk with us and M the dog to a playground nearby, and while we’re out, our neighbor texts to suggest once-a-week family dinners on Tuesday (yes please!). For dinner tonight, I make Smitten Kitchen’s tomato sauce with onion and butter
using the heirloom tomatoes from our CSA and it’s very good as always. L and I drink some Pinot with dinner, and B eats his spaghetti with his hands. 9 pm:
My anxiety (her name is Esther) visits while I’m putting B to sleep, so after he’s down, I decide to get to the bottom of a few things via Google. As usual, this is a bad idea! I walk to bed crying and lay on L’s chest. I cry a lot more, including about the trailer for You Hurt My Feelings
which I saw three days ago, and about how scary it would be if L were to die, and about how L’s parents’ best friends’ lives have never been visited by tragedy and is that possible for us too?
Therapy is on Tuesday, everyone! We will make it. 🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $8
✨ DAY 7: MONDAY
✨ 6:30 am:
I wake up later than I wanted to after a fitful night. B was coughing a lot (post-nasal drip, ick), and I was thinking a lot. I have back-to-back calls today with lots of prep beforehand so I get dressed quick and grab a pre-made smoothie from the freezer for breakfast. B and L leave at 7:15; I light my Gardener
candle and tuck in to work. 1:00 pm:
Lunch is fried rice with a chonk of a Trader Joe’s milk chocolate hazelnut bar, yum. I eat on a call but politely turn off my camera. 4:00 pm:
B and L are home and I’m still wrapping up. On the way home, they picked up some natural honey cough syrup stuff for B ($12). 6:00 pm:
L and I drop B off at the Y childcare, and find out they are hosting a spring break camp for 3-5 year olds. L wants to build B’s long-awaited tree house over the break, so we sign B up for four days of camp. Very cute! And also less than half the price of other camps in the area. ($100) 6:15 pm:
I check the NYT as I start up the elliptical and am sent reeling by news of the school shooting in Nashville. I try to distract myself with The Crown. Unfortunately, Princess Di is really going through it, so the distraction is a bust. I turn on Sarah Blondin’s Learning to Surrender
meditation instead, and listen to it twice. I’m trying desperately to trust the universe but the hellscapeness of it all makes that difficult sometimes.
Life marches on anyhow: After our workout, we head to Trader Joe’s to buy the items Aldi didn’t offer over the weekend (fancy bag salad, plantain chips, challah, frozen greens, a Galia melon, a few other things), plus a lot more broccoli because we need it for the tofu and veggies we’re making with the neighbors tomorrow. I love this peanut butter tofu recipe
, in case you’re looking for one. ($31) 8 pm:
We three look at videos of baby B over dinner, and L says maybe he is
ready for a second. I think I am too. adrienne maree brown
put your attention on suffering – which is constant and everywhere – and it is all you will see. joy will come, and laughter, but you will find it brief, possibly a distraction.
put your attention on joy, being connected and feeling whole, and you will find it everywhere. your heart will still break. you will know grief. but you will find it a reasonable cost for the random abundance of miracles, and the soft wild rhythms of love.
return to love as many times as you can. 🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $143
❤️ Section 5: TOTALS Total Expenses: $1228.85
Food & Drink: $376
Fun & Entertainment: $130.85
Home & Health: $557
Clothes & Beauty: $101
❤️ Section 6: REFLECTION
This week was spendy for us between the plants and the skincare routine – but I’d say we usually have at least one week a month where we spend like this. I know that needs to shift if we’re going to pay for all the things we need to pay for this year without drawing from our life savings. I’m also aware that N’s student loan payments will likely resume, and that having a second baby isn’t cheap – so I’m excited to finish our budget spreadsheet and treat it like a goal rather than a suggestion (I currently track our spending obsessively in Mint but treat the budget limits like unsolicited advice).
I do like
everything we spent money on this week, though, and feel very lucky to be able to cover so many wants and needs in a given week. Thanks for reading!
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2023.03.28 11:39 ConcentrateOk6375 See no.14
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2023.03.28 10:41 raori921 What were some examples of American colonial period abuses AFTER the Philippine American War?
When it's taught, colonial abuses to Filipinos by the Americans are mostly limited to the war at the start, even if we extend the definition of the war to include the Moro rebellion and the last resistance against things like Pulajanes that went on here and there in the province until 1910 or later.
Were there any major or just recorded cases of post-Phil-Am War American colonial abuses of whatever kind, even if they're comparatively "mild" (as long as they're openly against Filipino independence campaigns, nationalist/anticolonial dissent or even assertion of basic rights, like any cases of racism or extending US segregation laws/Jim Crow to Philippine places)? Anything like denying natives entry into certain places, colonial courts siding with the white Americans over native Filipinos in criminal/civil trials even if they were obviously guilty etc., consistent underpaying of native employees compared to American ones, indiscriminate arrests or imprisonment without trial (or sham trials), putting down protests, peacetime/non-war-related torture for interrogation or in prison, early Red tagging against any Filipinos suspected to be Communist or Bolshevik sympathisers, etc.
One possible example is the "Aves de Rapiña" case where the editors of El Renacimiento were sued in court (even jailed?) after they printed an editorial criticising Dean Worcester, I think? Something like that, between I guess 1910 or whenever the war had actually ended, and 1942 when the Japanese invade.
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2023.03.28 10:13 _antsinpants_ asked chatgpt to make a clown bear crochet pattern... here's the head and ears so far... ngl im a bit worried for the rest of it (it also said to use white yarn so i did)
2023.03.28 10:09 CrimsonCloverwriter The first chapter of my book, the almost completed draft at least
Hi everyone, I'm writing a book, and just curious as to any feedback that people may have for my first chapter, I uploaded a previous draft before, a very early draft I might add, and now I'm looking for some good old fashioned feedback.
For more information about my book, check out my youtube channel at Crimson Clover - YouTube
Thanks, also the channel is very rough, it was my first time making videos and thus fairly poorly made, however I am attempting to improve it by making less book relevant content, which will allow me to improve my basic skills.
Chapter One :
Divinity. That is what connected the walls surrounding Dundis castle, not stone or metal, this was not a mere wall but a divine gift from ones above. Divinity sealed the wall, made it whole, the walls sealed together without mark or blemish, something no man could ever replicate. The wall had stood for a century, and would likely last ten more, there was no weakness, no flaw in design. 50 metres tall the wall was unscalable, unbreakable. No man could break the wall, it was the Vaunghe empire’s crowning gift, their wonder of the world. Those that were hired to clean the wall’s dirt and grime were heralded as the truly faithful, and all longed to help the gift of the gods. And yet despite this the Alizian’s watched, standing with armies around the great wall, waiting to breach its crust and destroy the core.
The Vaunghe had watched their foes throw everything they had, hundreds of men attacking the steel doors of the wall to no avail, an attempted archer attack quickly squashed by the wall's height. The Alizian military was strong, a blend of the Alizian warriors and Strolim blacksmiths made for a truly terrifying army. The army was so terrifying that the Vaunghe inside the castle doubted there were any more Vaunghe troops left, this was the end to a long battle between man and man. Even the soldiers left weren’t particularly important, just those lucky enough to guard the king and a few trainees. But the Vaunghe felt their luck running out.
The food supplies had run low, even if the nobles weren’t in the castle there was no chance of resupply. The few men who had eaten in the past few days stood alert, gazing down from the ramparts at the enemy. The soldiers knew they had to either surrender or fight, but the Vaunghe were passionate people, they could never leave behind their identity in favour of life. So the men waited, bows and arrows at the ready, for the next attack. Heavy items such as ingots and chairs lined the rampart, ready to be thrown off at a moments notice.
They had waited in this position for many cycles, and as day turned to night, and night turned to day the Vaunghe were exhausted, finished with whatever feeble attacks these barbarians had planned. They could throw whatever armies and arrows they wanted at the wall but it would remain unphased, forevermore. When the Alizian’s next attacked they would be met with the last strength of the Vaunghe, and it would be a story remembered for milenia by man and the gods.
As the morning sun rose over the wall, the enemy was revealed in all their glory. Even from so high above the Vaunghe could see the glint of silver from the Alizian military. The bright greens of the Alizian armour created a dazzling sensation that they were one with the grass, which blended in so perfectly with their clothes. They stood in their thousands, armed with whatever they could find, and even on the wall the men could see him.
The slaughterer, the murderer, the man, the myth and the legend Osmund stood alone on an overlooking hill. The fiend was well known by the Vaunghe, he was likely the greatest foe that had come from the opposing sides. Vaunghe generals often fled at his coming, or surrendered first, but rumour had it that Osmund gave no mercy. Overseeing his army to destroy everything that was left, the Vaunghe soldiers knew today really was the end. The figure on the hill moved closer to his army and screamed. The battle-cry of the Alizian’s shook fear into each of the Vaunghe atop the rampart, being so loud that it even reached so high.
The hundreds of troops began to move in sync, forming three individual groups of soldiers, with 10 metre spaces between each. Each contingent comprised six hundred men, easily dwarfing the 82 Vaunghe soldiers that were left. But the Vaunghe were not afraid, at least not afraid of a breach anytime soon. These walls were built to withstand any damage, no man could breakthrough one.
Between the troops was movement, indeed there seemed to be movement down all three rows of men in blue. The Strolime empire had finally revealed themselves, with their short stature and mental prowess the Strolime were gifted inventors not expected to appear on the battlefield. And yet here they were, almost one hundred of them hauling forth three large metallic objects. The sun bounced off of these objects into the Vaunghe’s eyes.
None of the men had ever seen objects like these, seemingly composed of pure metals and on wheels. Some thought they were a testament to the gods, some holy objects, others believed it to be some new invention from the Strolime, however none of them could say anything for certain as they were pushed closer and closer to the wall. The Strolomites stopped in their advance, approximately 20 metres away from the wall. The purpose of these objects had yet to dawn on the men, although one of the younger men on the rampart claimed he could see small objects poking through the metal, which was now aimed at a forty-five degree angle towards the wall.
As the Strolimites halted their advance many began to move away into the safety of the Alizian wall, likely afraid of any precautionary Vaunghe archers. One of them, a rather short and plump soldier, stayed with the object, placing a hand on it and turning to the wall. It was a fleeting moment, but for a second it seemed the man was gazing at the Vaunghe soldiers in shame. One last condemnation to the ones that began this war, before it would all come crashing down. But then the moment passed, and the short man moved as the rest did, doing a slight zig zag to avoid arrows.
And now, just as quickly they had come, the Strolomite’s were gone in the ranks of the Alizians, still waiting in their groups for something, and then they came. Three figures, two women and a man, moved between the lines just as the Strolimites before them. These three wore no armour, only the greens of Alizia upon their tunics. They stood beside the objects and began to reach their arms into the underside of it. Before the Vaunghe’s eyes the objects began to turn slightly, aiming even more directly at the wall.
One of the Vaunghe had enough of this display, and raised his bow. There were low winds on this day, and he was a good enough shot to reach at least one of the Alizian soldiers. He aimed his bow, finger on the drawstring, and released. It is likely that this arrow would’ve drawn first blood in this battle, however the arrow never reached its target.
In the split second before the release of the bow, the Vaunghe noticed the smoke billowing out of the bottom of the devices, the flames that shot out, and finally they noticed for not even a fraction of a second the object that shot out of the metallic thing, something white and red that hit the wall in an instant.
The wall shook, and the following barrage of these objects shattered any notion of divinity. Crashing and crumbling the rampart was launched, sending soldiers flying everywhere. The Vaunghe beside the wall were subject to the falling rubble, both the crumbling stone of the walls and the miscellaneous objects they had left upon the wall. All of the objects crushed the few Vaunghe left, save for the few sickly starving soldiers left inside the castle’s inner walls.
Down went the walls, such a harsh strike against the wall that nothing stood in the path of this monster. The roaring splattered through the castle, the screams of the falling wall waking the King himself from his slumber. Such a vast creation had fallen in seconds before the might of the Alizian’s, and now there was nothing left but to watch the battle unfold.
Smoke flooded the inner walls of the castle, casting the few remaining into fits of coughing and blindness. The walls finished their crumbling, and yet the roars didn’t stop. These were not the roars of the wall but the war cries of the soldiers outside, and they began to get louder, echoing through the walls of Dundis and into the ears of the weak nobles and soldiers.
Through the smoke they came, weapons raised and charging the weak. The few that tried to fight were slaughtered, cut down by a sea of green soldiers. Those that were choking, sputtering or raising their hands in defeat were spared, hauled through the hordes and into one of the stables facing the inner wall. They were to be tried and jailed, for no human regardless of their crime should be killed. It is simply not the Alizian way.
Out of the one hundred and fifty two people who were in Dundis, forty two had died in the wall’s destruction, and a further eleven were detained by the Alizian military. There was nothing that the Vaunghe could do, save for locking their doors, shield themselves and hold out for as long as possible. The Vaunghe forces built barricades in their castle, locking away the Alizian combatants for as long as possible. And during all of this Osmund waited. Waiting for his time to end this war, this travesty of battle that had gone on for too long, and that time finally came.
* * * *
Osmund stood alone atop the hill, and watched the madness unfold. The walls crumbled at the face of these weapons with no more effort than a straw house, and the plumes of smoke assaulted his men, although not to the extent of the inner wall. After a few moments of sputtering and choking the men cheered, for this was the moment that they had been waiting for, the end of such a long war now in the Alizian’s favour.
The Vaunghe capital was in shambles, their military long crushed underneath Osmund’s almighty power, and all that was left was the King. Hiding behind his walls as if he didn’t deserve this loss, this final failure in his life. Osmund was willing to spare as many people as he could, it was the Alizian code, but there would be no mercy for the King. This wasn’t one final battle between two great armies, that conflict happened weeks ago, this was the last breaths of a psychotic monarch being silenced amongst the last of his troops.
Osmund gazed longingly at Dundis, the ruined walls and advancing soldiers and doubted. He felt something was off, something was very wrong with all of this. His heart began to thump, as Osmund’s eyes turned every way to understand what was wrong, what abnormality was here. It grew and grew, Osmund began to shake at what was about to happen, nothing was right here Osmund should be somewhere else helping someone, there’s something wrong here something very-
Peace. Osmund’s heart stopped thumping, body stopping its perpetual shaking. He looked again to the marching troops, now almost entirely inside the walls, and looked back to his back, and the reserve Strolomites that now stood. They were cheering, marvelling at the success of the assault, and how the god’s gift had saved so much effort on their part.
Such strange creations composed of metal and flame, Osmund marvelled at the power the gods possessed. These devices were so unique in design Osmund doubted if any army could defeat them. The large red tubes they released could easily destroy an entire village by itself, but with one hundred of them an entire valley could be bathed in flames. Something truly abnormal in this world, something so parallel to the code of battle that no army would ever think of it.
The Vaunghe were once considered to be the greatest fighters, with the tournaments they created bringing forth the greatest warriors from throughout the land. Their dedication and power were unmatched in ferocity and violence, some called the Vaunghe the standing due to their unmatched will to always get back up. Osmund recalled his days in the tournaments, those peaceful days when he was not yet a hero to people, but a simple military man. He was still only Osmu back then, and yet even those of the time knew he would be something special. As Christoff used to say, ‘Ozzie you’re going places, big ones’. Osmund missed Christoff, It had been so long since their last meeting, and all Osmund wanted was to meet again one last time.
Osmund’s assistant came to him, a younger Strolomite by the name of Gizmu. Gizmu was rather muscular for a Strolomite, a strong figure contrasting his associates' plumper bodies, and stature was fairly tall for one of his people at 6’5 ft tall. Hazel hair protruded through a blue helmet, and for the first time Osmund considered what his assistant could look like. Gizmu was one of the many Strolomite’s who refused to show their face until military success, a tradition that Osmund respected. He had no doubt that Gizmu's true face would one day be revealed to him, as the man possessed genuine prowess in the fields of agriculture, something sorely missed in the modern military.
“Osmund, your team is preparing now, they’ll come soon. I advise you to prepare your armour sir, as it won’t be long before you’re sent in.” Osmund sensed mild concern in Gizmu’s voice, but didn’t pursue it.
“Thank you Gizmu, my friend. I’ll begin my preparations, tell the guests to meet me here when they are fully prepared. And do ensure they understand that there is still risk of injury on this mission, ensure each of them wears their armour.” Osmund’s voice was deep and echoed his long life, commanding a sense of authority amongst all Alizian forces.
Osmund left the hill, passing the cheering Strolomite’s and the peasant farmers who supported the army, and entered the rows of tents. They stretched out on either side, one for every four soldiers, until he reached his own tent. Entering Osmund was surprised to discover a fellow commander still asleep in his bed, snoring away peacefully.
Osmund removes his upper clothing, the clean tunic falling to the ground. While removing these clothes Osmund kicks the sleeping man in the leg, which doesn’t actually amount to anything rather than halting his snoring. Osmund kicks the sleeping soldier again, this time in the buttocks, which does a far better job of riling him. The man looks around wide-eyed, before settling onto the sight of the giant Osmund.
“Hey, why'd you kick me? I almost had a bleedin’ heart attack don’t you know not to meddle with a sleepin man?”
“Don’t you know that you were meant to be on the battlefield at the crack of dawn? I don’t know what kind of promotion you’re expecting when you aren’t even going on the battlefield. Do you really want to be Balmun forever?” Osmund spoke coldly, now reaching for his chestplate.
“Well no sir. But the thing is I actually have a very cunning plan, I thought of it all myself.” A smile falls upon the man’s face, whose head bears an uncanny resemblance to a potato.
“And what is that?” Osmund halted his preparations briefly.
“Well if I say I was there but didn't actually go, who’d think I wasn’t? I can just sleep through it all until the battle is won and no one would be the wiser.” Osmund puts a hand onto Balmun’s fleshy shoulder.
“A fine plan, if I wasn’t your commanding officer you buffoon. By the gods I believe some divine creator mistakenly put a turnip in your head instead of a brain because no noble’s son has ever been as frankly idiotic as you have. You’re coming with me to the battlefield, and I suggest you get dressed or you’ll be facing the last of the Vaunghe army with your flopping cock dancing for all to see.” Balmun stood and began to slip some clothes on, as Osmund completed his own set of armour.
Osmund’s armour bore the mark of a noble family, some rich fools who wanted their family crest to be associated with a bloody conflict and a dangerous murderer. Osmund wore it because of the armour’s quality, customfit to encompass Osmund’s 9’5 ft tall body, something no other armour was able to achieve. Osmund’s height was always an oddity, reaching far above the average 8ft heights of most Alizian’s, and making him one of the tallest figures in the lands. It was this height and his skin’s colour that earned him the name of the black death, which he wasn’t particularly fond of due to the mention of his skin. And even then Osmund certainly didn’t feel like a black death, whatever that was meant to be, rather he felt like death itself. Osmund was to be fifty years old by the end of the week, and it showed on his body. The hair that was left on his head was grey, and while still possessing an impressive form Osmund’s body was not in its prime, he was old.
Osmund looked at himself in the full body mirror, grabbing his longsword and leaving the tent, dragging a half dressed Balmun with him. Back through the tents they travelled, back past the now eager Strolomite’s and atop the hill where Osmund’s infiltration team stood. In any other battle Osmund would’ve despised the one that left this group with him, a collection of subpar and mediocre soldiers with all the military future of an Otter in a stew. But then again Osmund’s battle history did feature a lot of important people dying under his watch, so perhaps this was for the better.
The force began with Edmun, a cross between a prostitute and a noble who unfortunately takes more from the noble. An egotistical brat, as well as a greedy goblin of anything that isn’t bolted down, Osmund had borne the unfortunate duty of his company for months, since the initial assault on the capitol. The man could barely hold a weapon, save for slight skill with a flail of all things which he wore by his side. It was a gold plated flail as well, specifically made for beating in the heads of the poor Vaunghe soldiers stupid enough to get close. Blonde hair obscured blue eyes that spoke to his red-light mother, in fact for a noble’s son Edmun had all the appearance of an incestuous dullard. The man had survived by pure luck, and was the only casualty that Osmund wanted his side to suffer.
The Enick twins Humun and Eumun were up next, named after their family crest of the god of alcohol Enick. In contrast to Edmun these were a pair of real soldiers, Osmund had seen the fruits of their labour many times. They were great at the art of flanking, Humon’s greataxe paired alongside Eumun’s spears proved to be an unbeatable combination. The only issue that Osmund had with the pair was their… peculiar relationship. While the two were great fighters, whenever they were together anything else became impossible to comprehend. Osmund had once caught the pair attempting to seduce a goat wearing a knight’s helm, and while they were drunk there is still clear evidence of idiocy amongst them. The pair were identical in appearance, burly figures of 8’5ft, short cut black hair and overgrown beards stretching down their faces, however the distinguishing feature between the two was Eumon’s cleft lip, which gave his speech a lisp.
Josmu was far more a scholar than a soldier, although Osmund enjoyed his presence greatly. Since they first met the pair had hit it off, often discussing each other’s lives in Alizian taverns across the kingdom. A gifted archer, Josmu was the son of two aspiring poets and enlisted into the military voluntarily to assist in the war efforts. Osmund had a great deal of respect for the man, and hoped that the two would one day have a drink together, and ruminate on the past once more.
And then there was Jumun, a gifted soldier and one of the few Osmund thought could take him in his prime. Long strands of red hair ran down her rough face, a pointed nose and peculiar eyebrow shape giving her a perpetual look of disappointment. At a height of 9’2 ft she stood almost toe to toe with Osmund, in fact there were many aspects about her that reminded Osmund of himself. The first was her attitude, she treated every war as a tragedy of its own, and yet she would never fail to perform against her enemies. Skilled in most weapons Jumun’s life had been long and arduous, her worn out armour covered in patches and dents. Osmund had offered her a new set of armour once, to which she vehemently refused, telling Osmund that she wished to end the war in the armour she started it in. Currently she held a single large sword nearly identical to his own, and Osmund predicted that she couldn’t wait for the battle to be over.
The group stood facing the smoking walls, watching the now descending Strolomite’s retrieve the three gifts from the gods. Pushing them back up the hill would take tremendous strength and a long time, which is why nearly double the number of Strolomite’s assisted in the endeavour. Osmund cleared his throat, prompting the looks of the team. All of their eyes were of Balmun, who was somehow already panting after a 2 minute drag through the ground. Osmund released the man and pushed him towards his new comrades, to which he sulked.
Osmund could see through the smoke of the ruins now, noting the strangely high number of bodies present from Osmund’s view. It appeared that there were more forces than originally estimated, as it was initially guessed there were around one hundred and fifty soldiers inside. Judging by the number of corpses inside those numbers clearly forgot to account for the possibility of trainees inside of the castle. This may be a slightly larger fight than initially predicted, although even supposing there were another hundred or so trainees locked inside rooms there were things Osmund could do against that.
“Alright then, good to see that some of you actually bothered to wake up today, Balmun, and I think we all know that this mission is going to end the war.” Balmun raised his hand.
“Sir I have a very cunning pl-”
“Shove your plans up your slacker buttocks, you idiot. Now then, I’m gonna say this once, because quite frankly the more chances I give Balmun to interrupt the more likely I’ll butcher myself with this sword. Now then we are the backbone to the forces, our mission is to help take individual points of conflict from alternative points. We will accomplish this with the leaked maps of the castle gained from Vaunghe intelligence. Now then, originally it was believed that we were dealing with only around one hundred and fifty troops, but it looks like someone didn’t remember the number of rookie troops that are trained here, so we could be looking at a few more troops than expected.” Osmund saw the hand raised but tried to ignore it. The man with the potato for a head seemed adamant however, and raised his hand higher. When that didn’t work he raised both arms.
“By the gods what is it?”
“Well sir, what kind of weapons do you think they have?” Osmund stopped in his tracks, not expecting anything even related to an actual important question. A smile formed on his face, it seems that even fools can think every now and again.
“Decent question my friend, we can probably expect the basic mix of swords and axes, likely shields also, but we may have one or two archers running around however it’s unlikely any survived the wall’s collapse.”
“That is good Osmund, once we take a few down I need a weapon, I like the swords myself.”
“What’s wrong with your sword?”
“I left it in the tent sir.” Osmund cupped his hands into his face, cringing against the stupidity of this man.
“Listen…. just everyone follow me please, I mean by the gods man. Come on. Listen I don’t think we will need any armour with us today, we have the single thickest piece of meat just over there as we speak.” Osmund points towards Balmun, who turns to see what everyone is looking at. Without another word Osmund begins to walk down the hill towards the castle, muttering things that even the gods consider a little racy.
* * * *
The ruins of Dundis stood firm in their strength, with the ruined walls blemishing what was once a grand fortress that none had penetrated. Tall spires protrude from the shapeless stone complex. Along the gateway was a path leading directly into the Dundis entrance, which stood slightly ajar. Fragments of the wall had crushed many parts of the outside, with simple wooden stables and trees crushed by the weight of the plummet of the debris. The architecture that remained spoke to the complexities of the Vaunghe, as spiralling patterns adorned the walls of the castle, interlaced with rare jewels that coated the walls. The Vaunghe were so fortunate with minerals that one could find them coating their walls, despite the fact that no one other than a fellow Vaunghe was ever meant to see such a thing.
A veil of embarrassment and determination clashed as the group descended the hill, weapons at the ready. The group had reached the ruins of the wall now, debris coating the grass and the bodies that were surely there. Even destroyed Osmund still felt some of that divine power the Vaunghe always babbled about, he felt the strength in the walls and not for the first time wondered why the gods would bestow such a gift upon such a vile group.
The group began clambering through the ruins, over the cracked pieces of stone and through the divine walls final remains. There was a smell here, the remnants of smoke colliding with the smell of blood, but there was a third smell, one that Osmund knew well. It was the smell of inevitability, heavy in the hair. That which is unlikely to happen always will happen, and when it does the smell adds to it all, the smell of fate and destiny runs through this place.
Inevitability hides everywhere, in the trees and the skies, carried by the wind through it all. From nature it was born, but in man it thrives, the building’s will one day fall, the kingdoms will fade away, and everything will one day lead to something else. From every beginning comes an end, and each end becomes a beginning, this is how it has always been. This place thought itself against such things, and inevitability infected its walls, creeping along slowly rotting the once great walls into a hellish nightmare. Now the bubble has burst, and the smell of inevitability crowds the world, taking over everything.
Moaning. A low whimper. A cry for something. Calls for assistance. A terrified yell. Osmund approaches the source of these noises, his team close behind. At the source of these screams is a Vaunghe soldier, somehow alive after the rampart’s collapse, covered in piles of stone and smoke. His outstretched hand reaches towards Osmund, who in turn takes it.
The man mutters something, sputters blood, and begins to fade. As he does, Osmund moves towards the rocks, feeling against it. Somehow the rocks aren’t as heavy as they should be, and Osmund slowly moves the rocks. The first and second rocks move, and after some struggling Osmund moves the third rock, revealing a bloody leg, spurting forward. Osmund realises how the man survived, the remains of a metal box squashed around him. As the rampart fell the man landed inside, narrowly missing an immediate demise. Now he sat, bleeding in and out of consciousness, and moaning for help. Osmund put his hands around the man, slowly lifting him, and moving forwards into the inner walls.
There are running medics here, and as they see Osmund’s approach they run to him, taking the injured man and placing him onto a table. The man may survive, they told Osmund, however his bleeding may take too much from him. As Osmund turns to leave he hears the voice, the message of the man.
“T-t-th-than-” It was shaky, interrupted by coughs and convulsions, but bore strength, and Osmund felt the ghost of a smile play upon him.
“It wasn’t an issue.” And with that Osmund left the tent, admiring the surroundings in focus for the first time. Eyes bore into him from his party, and yet no one said anything, they couldn’t. Many had called Osmund a monster in his time, they had seen him do bad things to bad people, and yet none would call him a monster, for there is no such thing. Osmund is not some black death, he’s another beast entirely.
For the first time Osmund admired his surroundings, the inner walls were now filled with wreckage, and looked back to the tent. It was amazing how quickly the medics could establish tents, the battle had occurred for less than an hour and already there were three tents established side by side. Besides the wounded Vaunghe soldier were three other injured soldiers, each seeming to be hit by a minor injury likely from the smoke inhalation.
The captured and surrendered were lined up against the castle's wall, being carefully monitored by over sixty members of the contingent. There were only around twelve or thirteen of the captured, smoke-covered and sputtering. On the ground were bodies, those rookies that tried so valiantly to protect what they cared for. They now lay, looking up to the sky blindly.
Osmund saw the bodies and felt his stomach turn. The desire came back. The shaking returned, alongside it the painful sharp stabbing thoughts. Everything changed, he forgot who he was. What kind of person would approve of this, what even was Osmund was he real or fake, how is he even conceiving things like this. What is reality and why is it real, why can’t he understand-
Silence. Peace. Osmund returned to himself, the shaking never happening at all. He looked down at the bodies and continued to walk. There was nothing he could do for them, not anymore. The eyes of his group bore into him, shattering something that had broken a long time ago. He raised his hand and motioned for his team to follow, leaving this travesty of death and life behind.
Footsteps. Osmund turned to their echoing sound, the way they bounced through the place was unbelievable, the way it echoed between the walls and the castle structure itself. Through open castle gates he ran, a messenger in green, sword in its scabbard and now approaching Osmund. The man tripped on something, a large rock of some sort, before standing, dusting himself off and reaching the group.
“Osmund, we have hit the enemy’s points of defence.” The man was young, maybe twenty, and no more than twenty five.
“And? Where are they?”
“There are three fronts, the first is in the scout’s tower where a group of Vaunghe are amassing weapons and barricades fast. We can no longer enter the tower, as the amount thrown down makes common entrance impossible. The second location is the garden, where we believe the last of the nobles and the King himself are. We’ve faced harsh opposition from the enemies, who have formed a wall of shields to protect the door. Finally we have the guard’s quarters, where a few amount of Vaunghe are in active combat as we speak, although that will likely be taken without need for intervention.”
“Good job soldier.”
“Thank you sir.”
Osmund removes a slip of paper from his garb, and admires it in the sunlight. It was a complex map of Dundis, including the secret passages and escape routes of the entire place. It cost the annulment of many Vaunghe men and women, but was worth all the effort. Consulting the map Osmund noted the existence of an escape passageway inside of the tower. It was obscured behind a wall, thus explaining the lack of windows on that side.
“Report back to your commander that we’ll begin with the tower, there are several clear passages into an alternative staircase. Launching a pincer attack we’ll defeat the enemy and allow for the redistribution of forces. By that time I expect the guard’s quarters to be taken, allowing us to completely overflow any opposition protecting the garden.”
“Yes Osmund, I will inform her now.” And with that the young warrior ran back through the castle’s long iron gates.
The group followed suit, pushing the gates open fully and revealing the site of further bodies. They were inside the building’s inner wall now, the sun still bearing down upon them. This was the location home to many of the more important stables and areas for battle preparation. The ruins of a barricade lay around the door, alongside the copious number of trainee bodies who failed to protect themselves. While there was no evidence of the wall’s debris assaulting this place, there was still a large amount of destruction here.
The remains of statues greeted the group, once magnum opus now a disfigured remnant of what was. They were made of marble, and once depicted the Vaunghe gods, although who each one was could not be discerned, due to the broken faces and pieces they had been split into. The statues lined the walls of this castle, with a new statue lining the wall every five metres. If they weren’t destroyed they would likely be the most impressive feat Osmund had ever seen, standing at almost double his nine and a half foot frame.
Moving forward, Osmund looked to the north, where the entrance of the tunnel system began. According to the map the entrance was hidden below the royal stable, and gave passageway into the complex’s vast tunnel system that could lead to several strategic positions. Motioning for his group to follow, they moved slowly around the curved walls of the inner wall. The bodies gradually stopped appearing, prompting the drawing of Osmund and the other’s weapons, save for Balmun who still lacked anything to protect himself with.
The royal stable was just as grand as Osmund expected, long silver poles supporting a twenty metre stable. Beside each pillar was another statue of a god, albeit these gods were untouched and in their full glory. First was the god of thought, Merculd, a figure of 19 ft who sat upon a throne of gold. Adorned with jewels and royal fabrics, the bearded man watched down upon those that approached, beckoning them inside. The man himself was crafted out of intricate copper and glass, an architectural marvel that Osmund couldn’t comprehend its creation.
Beside the father of thought was the mother of art Freya, whose statue was in opposition to the metals of Merculd. Freya was a wood carving, an intricate and detailed depiction of the woman who was 15 ft tall, standing up with beckoning hands towards any visitors. Her face was carved to the smallest detail, with each individual tooth lovingly crafted on her mouth. In contrast to the first statue Freya’s was carved alongside her body, a tight fitting tunic layered over hard to know pants, due to the lack of colour or texture upon them.
The last of the three statues was Zid, the proposed god of the wall, a 19 ft tall mass of flesh and muscle. There was nothing to this god but his muscles, they were the only trait he has, a blank, general male face looming over the entryway. It was made out of stone, likely being the oldest statue here and thus the simplest. That is not to say the statue wasn’t a work of its own, every detail to Zid’s veins had been lovingly placed, it’s just compared to the other two Zid felt… irrelevant to Osmund, past its time.
The stable was enclosed in intricately carved stone, helixes intersecting each other granting slimmers of light into the stable. There was no damage here, no bodies, no other people, this was Vaunghe architecture at its finest, and all of this hard work was spent on a singular, slightly inconveniently placed barn. The oddities of the Vaunghe never failed to surprise Osmund, and he braced to enter the barn.
Straw floors and hay bales greeted him, alongside a single lone steed. A fine horse, certainly of nobility, awaited patiently for its master to return. It had been alone for time unknown, and yet Osmund noticed it was still being fed quite well, a decent number of carrots awaiting on a plate. Osmund opened the gate to the horse and approached the fine steed. He slapped it on the behind, sending it out of the stable and into the inner wall.
“Sir, I’ve stepped into horse dung. May I have another pair of shoes?” Balmun’s voice rang through the room, echoing slightly. Osmund responded by throwing a carrot at his head. Balmun dodged with less than a second to spare, and the armed man behind him was hit dead on.
Reeling back from shock and surprise, the armed soldier moved his sword to his front, trying to shield any further blows. The man was tall, 8’5 ft to be exact, and dirty. His armour was coated in dirt and remnants of the smoke from the wall. Osmund could see the desperation in his eyes, and now charged the man.
Osmund met the man’s blade with his own, parrying immediately. A foot swept the enemy to the ground and Osmund stood above him sword raised. The man went for the blade only to find his hand was removed, spouting blood everywhere. Osmund grabbed the man and pushed him to his feet.
“There is a base for any injured troops at the entrance to Dundis, go now before you bleed to death.” The man’s face flashed in surprise, and he quickly scrambled out of the room, hand stump spouting blood.
“What is it Balmun?”
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2023.03.28 09:58 jurafic_park [For Sale] MEGA SALE! Little of everything!
Selling off a bunch of doubles to make room for more records. Offers welcome!
Shipping to CONUS is $5 for up to 2 records and $2 for every additional record.
All records are sealed unless otherwise noted.
And just because someone always asks: I have a lot of sealed copies because I try to buy 2 copies of every record I buy in case one is a bad press. Most of the time the first one is fine so I end up keeping the doubles until I gift them or sell them like I’m doing here now.
100 Gecs - 10,000 Gecs (Purple) $30
100 Gecs - 10,000 Gecs (Yellow) $30
Arctic Monkeys - AM $15
Cute Is What We Aim For - The Same Old Bloodrush (Silver) $15
RAC - EGO $15
Armor for Sleep - What To Do When You Are Dead (15th Anniversary Edition 1/1000) $25
Beck - Modern Guilt $20
Crumb - Jinx NM/NM $20
Crumb - Crumb/Locket (Pink/Black Swirl 1/500) NM/NM $35
El Ten Eleven - El Ten Eleven (15th Anniversary Edition - Gold) NM/NM $20
Her’s - Songs of Her’s $20
Japanese Breakfast - Sable OST (Pink Marble) $20
Jockstrap - I Love You Jennifer B (Green) $25
Kenny Beats - Louie (VMP) $30
Metric - Fantasies $25
Minus the Bear - OMNI (Green) $25
Molly Burch - Please Be Mine NM/NM $20
Muse - Blackholes and Revelations $20
Run DMC - Raising Hell (VMP) NM/NM $30
Senses Fail - Still Searching (Yellow w/ Magenta & Black Splatter) $35
Steve Lacy - Gemini Rights $20
Teen Daze - Interior (VMP) $30
Thom Yorke - The Eraser $25
Various Artists - Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (Blue w/ Orange Splatter) $55
Vince Staples - Vince Staples (Blue) $30
Polygon Dream - Zeldawave (Sacred Rain) NM/NM $25
Polygon Dream - Zeldawave (Aquatic Marble) NM/NM $25
Polygon Dream - Zeldawave 2 (Moon Splatter) NM/NM $25
Polygon Dream - Zeldawave 2 (Lunar Shadows) NM/NM $25
Hotel Pools - Fall 18’ (Pink Lemonade) NM/NM $30
Hotel Pools - Palmscapes (Dragonfruit Splatter) NM/NM $30
Hotel Pools - Pacific (Pink/Blue Split) NM/NM $30
Windows 96 - Magic Peaks (Red/Yellow Haze) $20
Windows 96 - 100 Mornings (Sun Splatter) $25
Windows 96 - Enchanted Instrumentals & Whispers (Purple Marble Translucent) $25
Esprit - Virtua Zip (Virtua Galaxy) $35
Esprit - 200% Electronica (Orange/Purple w/ Black Splatter) $35
George Clanton - 100% Electronica (Blue w/ Red Splatter) $30
George Clanton - Slide (Blue/White Slide) $25
Mirror Kisses - Heartbeats (Blue, Purple, White Static on Clear) $20
Vaperror - Mana Pools (Heaven Sky) $30
Vaperror - Acid Arcadia (Unicorn Splatter) $30
Caspro - Making Waves (Purple Transparent Marble) $35
Caspro - Dream Tower (Yellow/Blue Split) $35
Surfing - Incubo (Orange) NM/NM $20
FM Skyline - Illuminations (Blue Marble) NM/NM $30
Deaths Dynamic Shroud - Live From Japan (Blue Jay w/ Butterfly Splatter) $20
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2023.03.28 09:52 chaoticplumber How Every Killer Could've Gotten Away With It
Here's how every Killer in the series could've gotten away with it. I'm willing to hear discussion and in fact welcome it. I might be wrong about some of these so let me know and what you think.
Also I haven't played Duel Destinies or Spirit of Justice in a while so I'm keeping them off just in case I forgot something
Frank Sahwit - Simply don't frame Larry, think about it they had no evidence on Frank. If he didn't testify against Larry they would've never found him out.
Redd White - "My mistake, she did run to the right" that's all he needed to say, but no he swore up and down Mia ran to the left. I really hated Redd White as a villain by the way. Such a dunce for someone so powerful.
Dee Vasquez - Well I could write this off as just admit you did it in self defense, but also she could've said that she threw the T-Bone into the incinerator.
Yanni Yogi - Burned the letter like Von Karma told you. Then they would've never figured out your identity.
Von Karma - They said that having surgery would've left a witness, but to be honest if he had just gotten surgery out of the country there's no way they would've ever figured it out
Damon Gant - Fire Jake Marshall. I'm aware that would've been extremely sus, but I'm pretty sure he'd rather have everyone weirded out than have a snoop on his payroll.
Richard Wellington - Made sure you grabbed the right phone. How did you make this mistake twice?
Mimi Miney - Don't mention the model of your car then they would've never realized you ran out the wrong exit if you were Ini
Acro - Ditch the bust at the hospital. You had ample time to ditch the bust and you never took it
Matt Engarde - Dont film De Killer, he would've never broken his contract with you otherwise.
Dahlia Hawthorne - Run away from the scene. First case murderers always trying to get involved more than they should
Luke Atmey - Don't mention that Ron was wearing his costume.
Godot - Let the verdict happen. Now before someone says yes I know he probably wanted to be caught but still.
Kristoph Gavin - Don't mention the color of the cards
Alita Tiala - Taken her shoes, why did she wear the slippers anyway?
Daryan Crescend - Put on a voice when he told Machi to hit the switch
Kristoph (again) - Well honestly it was the jury's verdict so I'm not 100% certain, but I wouldn't left Phoenix alone with my mail
Jacques Portsman - Stayed in his office, sick of hearing that yet?
Cammy Meele - Wiped the blood with the bedsheets, also place the bear statue by Edgeworth.
Lance Amano - Stayed "Kidnapped"
Calisto Yew - Don't spill the perfume, just open the window, everyone would've been too flabbergasted to ask.
Quercus Alba - Kept refusing to let them search Allebahst
Horace Knightley - Worn Gloves, and for that matter had he recognized the man WHO TRIED TO SNAP HIS NECK
Patricia Roland - Not try and frame Dogen. There was a case against Simon had they figured out his plan, but Patricia decided to frame Dogen instead of Simon leading to her downfall
Dane Gustavia - Stayed in Zheng Fa and never come back to America
Blaise Debeste - Covered his burn mark with Make Up.
Simon Keyes - Wipe the flower residue off your balloon.
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2023.03.28 09:16 livDot Would you like to help in building open sourced, cross LLM, ChatGPT with AI-Plugins support?
2023.03.28 08:01 defi-defender Candlestick Pattern of the Day
2023.03.28 07:31 omgpancakes1130 squish for sale
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hey guys! i’ve been out of the collecting game for a while now and it’s finally time i let go of a huge amount of my collection, i have a couple others i still have to take off display and post but if there’s any older squish you’re looking for i’ll let you know if i have it! all prices are super negotiable i just want these guys gone! thank you! 5” Tommy (blue bandana)-10 Carmelita-6 Teddy(red bandana)-10 Isabella(green bunny)-35 Gianni(valentines gnome)-5 Tristian(green Dino)-8 Marcellus(vday cactus)-5 Kai (blue heart)-5 Avery-40 Ronnie(brown cow)-30 Trey(dark green Dino)-10 Connor(Easter)-5 Avery(Easter)-5 Irina(blue axolotl)-10 Danny-6 Luna(black penguin)-6 Brenda(with flowers)-12 Baron(brown bear no tags)-10 Chase(og green)-40 Candess(multi color cow 2)-15 each Belana(blue cow)-25 Cherish(Easter elephant)-5 Calton(brown cow)-5 Magela(white crab)-5 Rosie(spotted pig)-5 submitted by omgpancakes1130 to Squishmallowsforsale [link] [comments]
8” Maritza(cactus)-8 Lorenzo(green nutcracker)-20 Luca(red nutcracker)-20 Peter(pink pig)-30 Aurora-5 Jim(green lamb no tag)-10 Kirk(police)-8 Maya(ice cream)-8 Edie(egg)-5 Navina(narwhal)-5 Paige(pumpkin)-8 Luna(penguin scarf)-15 Cedrick(blue bird)-5 Len(Halloween bear)-5 Connor(fuzzy)-15 Cleo(green cat no tags)-30 Sharon (birthday)-30 Libby(lamb)-20 Gordon(grey shark)-20 Archie(ice cream)-6 Fletcher-25 Horse(diamond)-10 Wrestling squad(red, blue, grey, green)-10 each Catarina(pink cat)-15 Irving(rhino no tags)-10 Winnie(no tags)-10 Steve(seagull)-30 Paige(black pumpkin)-10 Gisla(hamsa)-50
12” Yollie-30 Gabby-30 Connor-30 Paige/ calton flipmallow-25
16” Armie-30 Belana(bandana)-25 Valentines Mischa-? Dalton-25
Hugmee Perni(navy blue)-25 Trance(dragon)-35 Talford(multi color Dino)-25 Rosie (out of egg no tag)-10 Tax(blue owl)-15 Kangaroo- 20 Duck-20
2023.03.28 07:18 Sufficient-Menu-2334 I [34M] feel awkward around my wife [35F] for no reason, should I hide it?
We've been together for almost a dozen years now, and she's really amazing to have been able to bear with me for all those years ;)
The one issue I have been struggling of late -- and, looking back, the scary thing is that it seems to be getting worse each year --, is how sensitive I get to random meaningless shits, such a joke, or small acts of omission/procrastination, for no good reason, really.
Just to give an example of how silly it is. A few days ago, she was in bed, with a book on her lap, but closed, and I assumed she was ready to sleep, so I simply turned off the lights without asking before sneaking under the covers myself. She then said something about me being a controlling freak who controls even when she gets to get asleep, which was a joke, as she told me later on. However, as soon as she said it, I got all anxious and guilty, as I agree I was controlling and inconsiderate.
Because of this very minor incident, everything felt off for the following day or two. It's somewhat hard to explain in words how "off" it feels, but it's like I have the nagging perception she's faking, whatever she's doing. For instance, if she says it's a joke, it feels like she's lying -- even though I perfectly well understand that she's saying the truth. Then, when she tries to touch me or to cuddle, it feels like she really doesn't want to, but does it out of obligation -- again it is a weird perception, that I know for a fact not be based on anything real.
Now, because of this false perception -- and even though I know it is false --, I feel so awkward that I cannot make myself to act normal, so I tend to avoid her as I won't be able to respond normally. I know that is not healthy, but acting lovingly, when I have this nagging perception that the other person doesn't "really" care about me is very hard for me.
I know this is all on me, and I wonder if anyone has similar stupid feelings, and what did you do about them? Should I simply fake everything is OK so not to bother her? I guess my problem is that I'm generally really bad at acting/faking things, and I've always been weary of introducing deception into a relationship. But white lies don't hurt from time to time, don't they?
tl;dr: Feel disconnected from partner for no good reason from time to time. Should I play along like nothing happened to avoid distressing her?
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