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  1. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Cute duckies.

    My boyfriend broke up with me Wednesday. I’m so upset I can barely eat or sleep. We were supposed to take that trip to L.A. in August and now I’ll have to go alone. He already paid for the hotel and told me just to go ahead and use it. I don’t want to go alone. I want to go with HIM. All our chat room friends will be there and they want me to come but I will be miserable.

    He’s in a bad place right now and said he wasn’t feeling the same. Thanks so much, Universe, for kicking me while I am down. I want to die. Why can’t I just die? I miss him so much.

    • VintageLydia says:

      Oh, sweetheart! I know virtual hugs and stuff are a far cry from the real thing, but here they are and I hope you feel better soon :(

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      You should go. Your chat friends will cheer you up, and help you out. Going out and doing something is better than sitting at home feeling bad for yourself. Because when you’re finally able to cope with the loss of him, you’ll regret not going to see your friends.

    • Will Print T-shirts For Food says:

      Honey, I recently broke up with my boyfriend of 2 years too. I’ve come to the terms that I may be single for the rest of my life. I’m only 21 and have been in 6 years worth of real relationships with two people. I know I’m young and all, but my relationships have always been very adult and not just kiddies running around and making out in public.

      I hope you can come to terms with everything, and love yourself more for it. I have learned that no one in the world will care about me more than I do. I’d say take the trip alone, don’t sit at home and be miserable. If you have done no wrong for him to leave you then you shouldn’t feel bad at all. Your friends will understand.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        At 21 you’re still dealing with a lot of people your age that just are not ready for marriage. They are starting careers, or grad school, or just not at a point in life they want to BE in a single relationship. And many of them just aren’t mature enough to do it. They have their own problems they are still working out.

        Getting married Monday, and I met my fiance at age 26, married almost 4 years later. At 26 it still took me 4 years to be ready.

        Don’t give up just yet!

        • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

          I cannot FATHOM myself getting married at 21 – I’m going to be 28 later this year when I finally walk down the aisle.

          At 21 I had no idea who I was or what I wanted from life. I was still a kid – recovering from some pretty shocking life experiences that I still regret (but which were even more painful then).

          You have plenty of time to know yourself better and those around you. You’ll meet someone else, and grow to love them. Maybe they won’t even be the one, but some day you’ll meet somebody, both of you will be ready, and it will be awesome.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Oh no, I am so sorry : ( I wish I could help in any way whatsoever. If you ever want to chat you know how to get me. I hope things start turning around for you soon, because you’re awesome and you deserve that.

      Also: Please don’t die. : (

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I’m so sorry. Please take the others advice and go on the trip. I know this hurts, but sitting at home alone won’t help. At least don’t cancel right away. Next week, or next month, you may feel completely different about it.

    • Coffee says:

      Awwww…I’m so, so sorry, Hogwarts…I can sympathize with you, and I know you don’t want to hear it right now, but time heals all wounds. Last weekend, my ex-wife and I signed divorce papers, ending a ten+-year relationship. The entire process was very painful, but I’m now in a better place than I was a year ago when the marriage was on the rocks.

      Also, if you need any support, we’re there for you on G+…I know that you probably want to curl up and just shut out everything right now, but there are good people out there who will listen and be there if you need them.

    • Bladerunner says:

      I know it’s easier said than done…but it’ll get better!

      And in the meantime, as hard as it is, you have to get out there. To speak from experience, after a breakup I realized that I wasn’t going to get less depressed by sitting at home all the time, and forced myself to get out of the doldrums and go out ‘n about. It was hard as heck, but I’m glad I did it, because the more I got out the easier it got. Not only did it help me get my head straight, but I never would have met Mrs. Bladerunner if I hadn’t.

    • slyabney says:

      I know it doesn’t help much and I don’t post a lot, but I live in LA and can totally play tour guide!

      It may be hard now but things will improve! We’re all here for you.

    • axhandler1 says:

      Really sorry to hear that Hogwarts And I hate to just jump on the bandwagon here, but everyone else is right. You should definitely still go on the trip, because sitting around at home is not going to make you feel any better. All you’ll end up thinking about is how sad you are (believe me, I’ve been there). Getting out and doing things will help you get over it, and help take your mind off things. I know it’s tough now, but like Bladerunner said, it’ll get better. You just have to have faith that it will.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      grrr. sorry to hear that. painful as it is, maybe you can still enjoy the trip when the time comes

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      It will get better, slowly, bit by bit – take the time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Learn a new hobby, read that book you’ve been meaning to read. Take some time out to rediscover you. :)

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Thank you so much, everybody. *hug* My friends including you have been very supportive. We met in that chat room. He has been staying out of it for now and I told him I was unfriending him on Facebook not because I don’t want to talk to him, but to give us both some space.

      I’m just praying he gets his head together and can go home soon because he is miserable where he is and I think that has been a big part of the problem. He knows how to find me if he wants to rethink things, but I won’t wait forever. Right now, though, all I can do is cry.

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    79 HOURS UNTIL MARRIAGE!

    Paid everyone, booked what needs to be booked. Now we play…The Waiting Game.

    • ooklamok says:

      This sounds like the beginning of a romantic comedy. Let the crazy hi-jinks begin!

    • Will Print T-shirts For Food says:

      Quick! Go have lots of meaningless sex!
      /s

    • Danno23 says:

      Best wished for you. We just celebrated 30 years this week. I won’t say that marriage is easy, but for me it has been worth it.

    • Coffee says:

      Congratulations, Loias…I know this is a long time coming, and I’m very, very happy for you. I hope everything goes swimmingly :)

    • Tegan says:

      Early congratulations!!! I hope everything’s awesome and goes smoothly and that you end up married at the end. That’s the goal, right? Have fun!!!!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Wow, I’ve been trying to keep up with all of your comments about it over the (I think?) years and it’s hard to believe it’s finally here. I hope everything goes well for you and your bride. Make sure to take a half a second to actually soak it all in, it goes so fast.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        4 years, Kimaroo. 4 years…

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          So about as long as I’ve been commenting here. I thought it had spanned quite a time! What will you do with yourself when it’s over? lol!

          • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

            1) Fix things at home that need to be repaired and fell to the wayside
            2) Restart my exercise program.
            3) Get used to this ring on my finger!
            4) Freaking relax!

    • Bladerunner says:

      Waiting Game sucks…you should play Hungry Hungry Hippos!

      But in all seriousness, congrats!

    • axhandler1 says:

      Congrats Laois! Enjoy your wedding and honeymoon!

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      Congrats man, going anywhere for your honeymoon?

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Oh goodness – good luck. I know when I reach that point I will be FREAKING OUT. :D

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Congratulations, Loias. I wish you and your honey all the best.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Congrats!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      may all the humourous wedding videos earn you lots of ad revenue on youtube

  3. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I’ve gathered up almost all the supplies I need to make soap, and hope to have the first batch made sometime in July. I’m going to make this outside, on the back porch, and hope to avoid gassing myself like this poor guy probably did :-O

    http://wnep.com/2012/06/27/man-dead-in-home-chemicals-found/

    I’m on staycation until next Thursday. Tomorrow I’m driving my Dad’s 1980 Z28 into town for a small antique car show, and then on Sunday our car club is holding its annual show. This year I’m prepared with a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen. Last year I got so sunburned!

    I still haven’t gotten to the river, and it’s been a week, so I need to get moving.

    Other than that, I’m not doing anything with any structure or schedule. It feels so good to have some downtime, that’s for sure.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      What kind of soap are you planning to make? It seems like a fun hobby, especially since you could pretend to be a mad scientist. Have you practiced your cackling?

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        You’re right, Kimaroo. If lovemypets is going to be an evil genius / mad scientist, the laugh is *very* important to get right.

        • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

          Humm – will have to practice the cackle. And the top of my filing cabinet is starting to look like a chemistry lab, with bottles of stuff, lye, scales, a glass pitcher, digital scales.

          I’m going to set up outside. I’ll clue the neighbors in so they know I’m making soap, and not cooking meth! :)

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I saw some recipes on a blog called Chickens in the Road, and I’d like to make the spa soap on that site. Plus, I bought a soapmaking book by Anne L Watson called “Smart Soapmaking”. She has recipes for all sorts of bar soaps. My first try will be “Anne’s Shea Butter Supreme” soap, with coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, distilled water, and lye. I’m going to scent it with cucumber melon scent and a little green coloring.

        So bar soaps for right now, and maybe liquid soap down the road. I hadn’t thought much about it, but one of my friends asked if I would sell her some soap. I told her if it turned out OK, I’d give her some, but she may have stumbled upon something there.

        • Danno23 says:

          We have been making goat milk soap to sell at farmer’s markets and craft fairs for the past year. There is definitely a demand for it out there.

          There is a lot more chemistry involved than you would think. Changing any of the ingredients makes a totally new formula that you have to calculate the lye for. Find a good lye calculator to make sure you get it right. I would also recommend that you keep extensive notes of everything that you do. That way you can refine your recipes and get to know what works and what doesn’t.

          Please be careful. Wear goggles and rubber gloves any time you are around the lye. It is nasty stuff.

          • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

            Can I ask you where you got pH test strips? I’ve found them online, but the shipping charges were $8.00!

            Googles, and heavy rubber gloves, check. Mixing lye outside, with a stand fan blowing the fumes away, check. I’ve also been practicing with the scale to use the tare feature and will weigh everything out by grams.

            My book has an Iodine Number Saponification Value section for recalculating fat to lye ratio. Plus, examples of how to do the math, which for someone like me is good!

            My first try will be cold process, but I’m also going to try the next batch using hot process. I already have a spare crock pot lined up.

            • Danno23 says:

              I will check with her when she gets back from her girls weekend out on where she gets her supplies. She is the chemist/soapmaker. I am just the ruggedly handsome farm hand.

              I do know that she gets all of her supplies in bulk, so shipping is not as big a deal. If you start doing it on a larger scale, you might want to see if you can find a place to get chemicals locally. We found a place where it is significantly cheaper than online, but you have to buy it in 100 pound quantities and have a commercial business license before they will even talk to you.

              My advice is to experiment, have fun, and don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t turn out right. She had some pretty miserable failures before she got the chemistry figured out. There is a “feel” to it that you will learn.

              Also, I don’t know if you are into soap molds, but MilkyWay Molds has a lot of really nice ones: http://www.milkywaymolds.com/

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          etsy, farmer’s markets, roadside stand with honor system drop box. it can be your mad money

          • axhandler1 says:

            Etsy is way cooler than I thought. A co-worker of mine’s GF has a shop on there, so I took a look the other night, and then ended up spending a couple hours just browsing around looking at stuff. Really fun. Thinking about starting my own and making more futurama-character shaped wall clocks out of wood. I made mine for myself, but I love making them and hey, why not. The co-worker’s GF site was pretty impressive, she is really talented. I’m thinking of buying one of her ceramic elephants. Here is her site if anyone wants to take a look:

            http://www.etsy.com/shop/StephanieCeramics

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              ooh, those are pretty. i think i know where my sister’s birthday present is coming from

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Aww. He was probably trying to make extra money. I won’t do that, fer sure.

      Have fun at the car thing.

  4. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOHOO!

    I’m glad it’s Friday, and this is my first time commenting on the new system… it’s… weird…. And I know everyone is disappointed that there is still no edit button.

    We have been spending lots of weekends in East Texas to visit with my grandparents and my dad.. it’s been nice, and we’re thinking of moving up there. Not that we have jobs lined up or a down payment saved yet, but it would be nice.. I think. I’ve never in my life not lived in Houston though, so that would be really weird for me I think. I know a lot of people hate cities, but I feel so closed off in the country. It’s bad when it feels like going to the grocery store is a huge deal. WOW, THERE’S PEOPLE HERE AND THINGS THAT AREN’T MINE THAT COULD BE MINE. WHAT KIND OF MAGICAL LAND IS THIS?!

    I’m also dreading some pretty serious oral surgery that I’m having the 2nd week of July. Ugghhh… do not want : (

    The only other news that may interest you guys is this: I got a Roomba! It was my grandma’s and she doesn’t want it any more. I haven’t been able to use it yet because it keeps complaining that the brushes are dirty, but this weekend I should be able to get the spare brushes from them and hopefully that’ll fix it up and it will actually run. I am ready to enter THE WORLD OF TOMORROW.

    Previously my friends and I had named the Roomba: Dirk Robofabulous, but now that I’ve heard that it has a lady voice I am kind of reconsidering that, even though I really like the name.

    • Tegan says:

      Yay Roomba! I keep telling my fiance we need to get one to chase the kitties around. You should also definitely get a battle harness for it to fight other Roombas.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I keep hoping that one of mine will ride on it like all the cats do on Youtube. I don’t know how they entice the kitty to sit on it though… Hmm…

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      A Roomba! My daughter’s roommate put a paper shark fin and eyes on their Roomba. Hilarious! Plus, the cat hates it.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Lol! That’s really funny. I hadn’t thought of decorating it somehow but that’s not a terrible idea…. Heheheheh.

    • Cranky Owl says:

      Ooh, I can’t wait to hear how your kittehs react to it. I’m sure hilarity will ensue.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      when will you be sharing the videos of cats reacting to the roomba?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Poo on surgery. But if you need it, then I guess you should have it. I hope all goes well.

      I like my Roomba but the battery died and I can’t afford another. I don’t really need it, considering I don’t have any carpet. :P I think it’s fun to watch them scoot around, though.

  5. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    long week at work with three days of intense training for changes in the department. but they are good changes, so it’s worth it, right?
    my mom just sent me this, my little hometown is in the news for black bears wrestling in someone’s yard.

    yay animal videos!

  6. JulesNoctambule says:

    The new format is faster, but so far I haven’t had a single comment actually post.

  7. Bladerunner says:

    I know it’s easier said than done…but it’ll get better!

    And in the meantime, as hard as it is, you have to get out there. To speak from experience, after a breakup I realized that I wasn’t going to get less depressed by sitting at home all the time, and forced myself to get out of the doldrums and go out ‘n about. It was hard as heck, but I’m glad I did it, because the more I got out the easier it got. Not only did it help me get my head straight, but I never would have met Mrs. Bladerunner if I hadn’t.

    • Bladerunner says:

      Blarg. That was supposed to be to Hogwarts Professor. Reposting where it actually goes…

  8. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    I’ve been catching up on my movie watching this week. Saw Safety Not Guaranteed on Tuesday, and finally saw Cabin in the Woods last night (both of which were very good in very different ways). I think I’m going to sleep in this weekend, though the forecast calls for horridly hot weather.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I’m in PA, and it’s 90 degrees outside now, and I hate it. Once it gets above 82 or so, I start to mind the heat. I could never live in the South.

    • axhandler1 says:

      I was wondering about Cabin in the Woods. All of my friends who’ve seen it said it was great, but I hate horror movies, just not my thing. I feel like I wouldn’t like it. Is it a horror movie, or is it more of a thriller?

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        Okay, I hate hate hate horror movies. They give me nightmares. And I loved Cabin in the Woods. I’m not spoiling anything because you’ll realize this before the opening credits actually roll, but it’s basically a horror movie wrapped up in a conspiracy movie. I can’t say a lot about it without spoiling things, but if you’re familiar with classic horror tropes, it’s a great movie because it really deconstructs those and just turns everything on its side. I didn’t find it to be too scary, and it was all really fascinating how the story came together.

        Fair warning, I am a huge film geek, and spend several hours each month with a meetup group to discuss and dissect cinema. Cabin in the Woods is made for people who actually like thinking about movies – it’s not a mindless horror film.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I’ve been wanting to see that one. I might rent it.

        • axhandler1 says:

          Awesome. Definitely gonna give that one a shot then. Thanks!

          • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

            Okay. And if you hate it and think it’s too scary, I give you permission to curse my name and to vow to make me rue the day I was born.

  9. axhandler1 says:

    Really sorry to hear that Hogwarts :( And I hate to just jump on the bandwagon here, but everyone else is right. You should definitely still go on the trip, because sitting around at home is not going to make you feel any better. All you’ll end up thinking about is how sad you are (believe me, I’ve been there). Getting out and doing things will help you get over it, and help take your mind off things. I know it’s tough now, but like Bladerunner said, it’ll get better. You just have to have faith that it will.

  10. Jawaka says:

    I’m curious if the work to the forums is done?

    Will the ability to collapse threads ever return? I really dislike the way it is now where everything is opened. I was also hoping for the ability to edit our posts and thums up/thumbs down voting on posts.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i really prefer it the way it is now – aside from the lack of edit button

  11. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    New classes start on Monday and its the last one I have to take to get my Global Project Management Certificate. I finished a very difficult final and group paper last night, I’m really worried about my grade.

    I just found out that I can’t attend my 10 year High School reunion because it conflicts with my wedding and a conference I’m attending for work. I’m not really sure how I feel about that. On one hand, I don’t really give a care, but on the other I really wanted to go point and laugh at all the bullies who said I would amount to nothing.

  12. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    Who wants to teach me CSS so I can load a custom stylesheet for this page and get rid of the god-awful pink highlighted text?

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      The Inspect Element feature of Chrome is great for this. In normalize.css, change the second instance of #fe57a1 (the last line) of this section to something like #A1F3FA

      /* =============================================================================
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      html { font-size: 100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; -ms-text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #231F20; }
      html, button, input, select, textarea { color: #231F20; }
      body { margin: 0; font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4; font-family: “Myriad Pro Regular”, “Myriad Pro”, “Gill Sans”, “Gill Sans MT”, Calibri, sans-serif; background: #DBDBDB; }

      ::-moz-selection { background: #fe57a1; color: #fff; text-shadow: none; }
      ::selection { background: #fe57a1; color: #fff; text-shadow: none; }

  13. JulesNoctambule says:

    It was 105* today, and it’s not going to be much cooler for a few days. I plan to stay home tomorrow and drink iced tea like I’m qualifying for an Olympic competition in it.