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  1. 56 points
    The last place I interviewed wasn’t a good fit for the sales job, but someone from their company just put in their notice they are leaving this month. This is a mostly work-from-home role and they offered it to me. Little to no sales. I get to update certain material on the website and for the print copy (monthly magazine). I also will help add to the current directories/calendar. I start training in person on Wednesday but will do a lot from home. I attended the group meeting via computer this morning. The meeting wasn’t long and Dd left me alone. Plus I could mute my mic if I had to. Dh works late on Wednesday but if there’s a conflict I will get a sitter. I can justify the sitter cost. It’s considered a part-time job. I can work anywhere with an internet connection. The pay sounds good to me, but I have yet to determine how much work it involves. It’s a very family-friendly job — target market for the magazine is parents. They host a few family events where I’ll participate and can bring my family. Pay can be every two weeks or monthly. I’ll probably request 2 weeks. Dh gets paid monthly. A girlfriend got hired at the same time (sales) and the staff I’ve met seem nice.
  2. 14 points
    I'm so happy for you!!! Hooray!!! I know your husband will probably object to this, but I suggest opening an account only in your name to have your paycheck deposited in. And if you need to use some of your money for household expenses, you can transfer a specific amount to the household account without using all of it. I think this is important enough for you to hold a firm line on it and refuse to just put your money into the main account. You might tell your husband that you want to build some savings, so that your family will have options if/when you decide to live somewhere other than the faculty housing, and that this is a good use of the money, since your job will not cause an increase in household expenses (little to no time in the car).
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    So, I’ve been ignoring this thread for years but here for the past week or so I finally delved in. I really need to get back to ignoring y’all again, but now I can’t... ugh.
  4. 12 points
    Coffee and yogurt Call for referrals for my eczema Go to DD’s apartment and help her downsize shoe collection🧐anyone a size 6 1\2? Go to gym with DH Make dinner Relax
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    *may result in pregnancy
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    Two dogs got points, one dog got food. Who's the real winner here?
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    My dh is an electrician so I asked his 2 cents. He says he frequently disconnects dryer vents when he is troubleshooting them because he has to pull them away from the wall. He would never consider turning off the power - he of course needs the power on to troubleshoot. He has never seen this cited in code, and believes that the plumber is not at fault. Basically, he said anybody that is arguing that the dryer should be unplugged is arguing that it should be turned off before anybody touches it. The entire dryer was "hot" in this scenario - the vent should not electocute someone anymore than opening the dryer door electrocutes someone. Fwiw....
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    Morning! That sounds more chipper than morning actually is. but maybe I'll get that way over time, given enough caffeine. I was absolutely worn out this weekend. I cried most of the way through Friday from writerly stress, deep emotions, and general lack of sleep. Felt better on Saturday after getting around 7 hours of sleep (not all at one time), and Sunday wasn't terrible either because I got to come home early and then just lay down on the couch all evening and refused to do anything. I had no mental space even for reading. But I slept well last night, and pretty heavy rain meant that the Midnight Howler didn't make his usual appearance. It's still raining. Maybe two nights of peaceful sleep? Maybe? Anyway, checking in. I'm still alive.
  9. 11 points
    Good morning! Animals ✔️ Ds12 to and from school Work Budget and bills Plan school, at least for today School Run dishwasher Have DC fold towels and unload dishwasher Leftovers for supper First, coffee! And I suppose I should get dressed.
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    Yeah, that’s what happens. Sorry ‘bout that.🤣
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    school work in Schoolroom of Doom contact some more prospective camp staff members.
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    Good morning! Happy birthday, Amy! 🌸 Scout, I hope the doctor you're seeing today can help you with the leg cramps. May, I haven't worn a size 6 1/2 since I was about ten years old. We all have big clodhopper feet in this family! Storygirl, congrats on being done with braces! The full moon above the snowy landscape is gorgeous this morning - I tried to get some photos, but they don't do it justice. Nothing much happening here today, other than the usuals. Ds21 will be home for dinner and maybe to spend the night. He is coming down to work on his truck - the toolbox on the back has a jammed lock. Rather than pay a locksmith $80 to fix it, he is going to drill it out himself. office work - mostly bills & getting my desk organized vacuum main floor and steps use magic eraser on walls unclog my bathroom sink again (why this sink keeps getting clogged is a mystery because I only use it a few times a day to wash my hands and brush teeth🤷‍♀️) update my calendar and planner book work on puppy training dinner: Buddha bowls
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    Scout, I'm so sorry you are dealing with those terrible leg cramps! Today is my birthday, but it will be a regular school day. Dd was still here this weekend and they gave me a birthday breakfast yesterday. I went with her for her final "move" yesterday because she didn't have room to take everything. She took me out to a great restaurant for lunch. It was very emotional leaving her. Pray she finds good friends and community. I worry about her being lonely. I slept in, and now I need to get going coffee meals school with ds tutor 2 students meal plan and grocery shopping dh and ds to swim play games after dinner
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    - coffee, breakfast done - dentist appt - driving dc to activities - walk in woods - work in evening
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    Another school week begins. I am ready for summer, so that I don't have to be up at 6 am daily, but it's a long time away. Sigh. Fortunately, DH helps rally the kids in the mornings and also does the first dog walking every day, so that I don't have to be completely functional right away. I appreciate that about him. He is also tired in the mornings but seems to be able to wake up more easily than I do. ✔️Shower ✔️Wash sheets and towels Remake the bed One or two other loads of laundry Review materials for the school meeting tonight about signing my two 8th graders up for high school classes. Pick up DD14 around 9:30 for ortho appointment and then return her to school. Invisalign off today, then we are done with a total of 7 rounds of braces!!! Prep soup for supper. We'll have to eat quickly after DH gets home to make it to the school by 6:15 for the meeting Perhaps write an email to the special ed coordinator, confirming that I'm okay with suggested changes for DS15's class placement for next year. Crack open my paper planner and actually fill it out for this week, instead of just eyeing it laying there on the counter. There is a reason I bought it, and I need to use it. Bible reading Actually bag up the winter coats -- this has been on my list for awhile, and I haven't done it. Which is why I need to make lists and actually follow them. Nap, if I can. Still sleep deprived. Still need to work on getting to bed earlier.
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    Work after school meeting until 5:30 that's it
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    Sleep Phone call with DS10's therapist Meeting with DS9 and DS12's therapist (they share) Try and make a new homeschool schedule, taking into account recent changes in DS10's sleep, plus new music therapy Get DS9 and DS12 from FIL's lunch homeschool DS9 and DS12 Dinner Tutoring for DS10 and DS12
  18. 9 points
    Scarlett, sorry I'm reading this thread backwards, but I can't understand this. If you're connecting anything to an appliance that is plugged in, you're working around electricity. You're working on the appliance itself. Those vents are usually metal or have metal components. If he's attaching a metal component to a plugged in appliance he's literally working on an appliance that is connected to electricity. I get wanting to defend someone when they are down, but how you can possibly say a skilled tradesman wasn't working on an appliance or wasn't working around electricity while installing a vent on a plugged in dryer is baffling.
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    Morning, all! Happy Birthday, Amy! Scout, leg cramps are awful. I hope you find relief soon... I want to do nothing but lay in bed today with blankets, books and the remote control. It is cold and windy today, and I'm tired from yesterday. Anyways... coffee, expecting more in this area today walk puppy who hates the wind, wants to be carried laundry call Amazon regarding returns because I missed the deadline early trip to Walmart, Sprouts for menus for the week do some self care items like pedicure, do a deep lotion condition for hands, feet...eyebrows something involving ground beef for dinner read, relax Have a great day!
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    Happy Birthday, Amy! PT appointments today for dd2 and ds3. dd2 left for practice and I think she has the keys to both cars- so I hope she checks her phone when she gets out of practice! She texted with key location! Whew... coffee/paper call to excuse dd2 for her PT appointment take dh to work ds3 is sleeping in a little make foccacia for dinner (chicken sandwiches) school with ds3 PT appointment stop for a donut treat after rest day for athletes- they should be home tonight and in bed early dinner- chicken sandwiches Have a great day!
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    Hopefully sleep Coffee, breakfast, meds Drive to Nashville go to Amish furniture store eat lunch at New Mexican restaurant go to rheumatology appt drive home dinner????? watch Netflix
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    I like this thread because it gives me an opportunity to use the raised eyebrow like. we are taking a cleaning week break and I’m on here instead of decluttering.
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    Appears I forgot to update last week! So, finished 5 books over the past two weeks: 10. Just Mercy by Bryan Steveson (audiobook) - read by the author. This was a fantastic book. And a bit depressing, but hopeful by the end. Very highly recommended. 5 stars. 11. The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton - a middle-grades book that I'd never heard of before that someone said was their favorite as a child, and it's set in nearby Concord, in fact probably about 2 blocks from where I met dh, so thought I'd give it a quick read. Sweet book, might have given it more stars if I'd been the targeted age when I read it? Now I'm just middle-aged, rather than middle-grades and I'll give it 3 stars. I think I drove by the house used to inspire the cover - I may take a pic to compare with the cover... 12. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (audiobook, read by the author) - Not about Jason and the... but rather a somewhat stream of consciousness memoir about the author, her transgender husband, and motherhood (one of their kids was his from a previous relationship; the second she had by a donor). While there were a few times she got a bit too TMI for me about details of her sex life and preferences, overall it was a good book if you're looking for something touching on this subject matter. 4 stars. 13. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin - Read this for a new IRL bookclub I found; the meeting was on Friday. I liked the meeting; it was at a local independent bookstore and moderated by someone there who is also a writer. The people were nice and the discussion interesting. The general thoughts on the book were similar to mine, which was that it was a nice read, but not super-well written and a bit clunky in its plot machinations - it was supposed to be a Muslims-in-Toronto take on Pride & Prejudice, but it was mostly that it stole verbatim some of the most famous quotes from that book in a few key places. It read kinda YA, though it's supposedly not aimed there - I read it in a day. 3 stars. Next month we're reading American Marriage. 14. What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché (ebook) - One day the cousin of a friend of the author's shows up on her doorstep unannounced with his two kids, having driven to California from El Salvador. He tells her he wants her to come to El Salvador to see what's going on down there and write about it. She says, 'why me, I'm just a poet' - and he says yes, that's why. He spends three days there, and leaves again, and when he sends her plane tickets, she goes. No one is sure who this guy is or what his exact agenda is - not even her friend, his cousin. He takes her all over the country - he has her meet the poor working the land, and people high in the military and government. He never explains anything, but just tells her to observe. It's quite a compelling read, and some good background on why there's such a migrant problem still. 5 stars. Almost finished with Cien años de soledad. After listening to a book that sounds like a Greek myth retelling but isn't, I'm listening to one that doesn't sound like one but is - The House of Names by Colm Tóibín - and quite liking it, in spite of all the inevitable Greek Tragedy. Also reading Wilder Girls by Rory Power, which is written by the niece of a friend, so I had to read it in spite of its being YA. Somehow reminiscent of Annihilation and Vita Nostra. Hopefully we'll find out in the end what's causing the weirdness. Interesting side-note, since my reading was more male-heavy than usual the 2nd half of last year - Just Mercy was the first male-authored book I've read this year - Cien años will be the second. This must be some kind of cosmic evening-out...
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    I guess it’s kind of like Nutella. I don’t know how it is with y’all but I keep a jar for quick just in case we have a guest deserts. We never do have such guest and I end up craving chocolate. The next day it’s empty. Ugh.
  27. 8 points
    Today is the first day I feel somewhat back to normal again. Yay for Youngest sleeping 11hrs straight in his own bed (crib) last night! DH and I NEEDED a good night's sleep.
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    At first it's like pressing that little red button that says, "Don't press this button!" Impossible to resist, I know. You won't realize how far you've been sucked in until you rack up a couple awards on the leaderboard and wonder, "How'd THAT happen?"
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    It's a glitch in the matrix. Surely.
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    Welcome! Be warned, the magnetic power of the thread increases exponentially in accordance with time spent here.
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    Don’ listen to her. How you express your inner Booya/h is entirely up to you.
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    We are a healthy addiction.
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    I made a list of needed sewing supplies. I ran out of light green embroidery thread and imma try to hem a pair of jeans and I can’t find the zipper foot. That’s all the news from Lake Woebegone.
  36. 8 points
    Hello, BaWers! So far, I’ve read twenty-three books this year, fifteen of which are from my shelves and eleven of which are non-fiction titles. I’m off to a promising start, eh? ■ Highlights of the Collections of the Oriental Institute (Jean M. Evans; 2017. Non-fiction.) RFS We revisited the Oriental Institute in December in anticipation of seeing An Iliad there next month. ■ The Mousetrap (Agatha Christie; 1952. Drama.) RFS Read in advance of seeing the Court Theatre production. ■ Trust Exercise (Susan Choi; 2019. Fiction.) RFS Interesting review here. ■ Rutherford and Sons (Githa Sowerby; 1912. Drama.) RFS Read before seeing the TimeLine Theatre production. ■ Richard III (William Shakespeare; 1592. Drama.) RFS Reread before seeing the Shakespeare Project of Chicago production. ■ In the Heart of the Sea (Nathan Philbrick; 2000. Non-fiction.) RFS In a weird twist, I watched the movie before reading this terrific book. My interest was, of course, fueled by my Moby-Dick reread late last year. ■ Dear America (Jose Antonio Vargas; 2018. Non-fiction.) RFS Related link here. ■ A Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah; 2007. Non-fiction.) RFS Arrived at this book a bit later than most. Here’s a related link. ■ Frogcatchers (Jeff Lemire; 2018. Graphic fiction.) LIB Another of Lemire’s meditations on death, regret, and letting go. ■ On Tyranny (Timothy Snyder; 2017. Non-fiction.) RFS Again, arrived at this later than most. I began marking passages for the commonplace book and soon realized I’d copy the entire text. Review here. ■ Tomten Tales (Astrid Lindgren; 2017 ed. (1960 and 1966). Juvenile fiction.) LIB Small gnome ornaments topped the holiday gift bags I distributed this year. In a lovely note, my music teacher thanked me for, among other things, “the adorable tomten.” In pursuit of a definition, I stumbled on this delightful children’s book. ■ An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (Chris Hadfield; 2013. Non-fiction.) RFS My younger daughter (insistently) recommended this. p. 267 If you start thinking that only your biggest and shiniest moments count, you’re setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time. Personally, I’d rather feel good most of the time, so to me everything counts: the small moments, the medium ones, the successes that make the papers and also the ones that no one knows about but me. The challenge is avoiding being derailed by the big, shiny moments that turn other people’s heads. You have to figure out for yourself how to enjoy and celebrate them, and then move on. ■ Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates; 2015. Non-fiction.) RFS p. 51 Poetry aims for an economy of truth — loose and useless words must be discarded, and I found that these loose and useless words were not separate from loose and useless thoughts. Poetry was not simply the transcription of notions — beautiful writing rarely is. I wanted to learn to write, which was ultimately, still, as my mother had taught me, a confrontation with my own innocence, my own rationalizations. Poetry was the processing of my thoughts until the slag of justification fell away and I was left with the cold steel truths of life. ■ Keep It Moving (Twyla Tharp; 2019. Non-fiction.) LIB Meh. ■ The Passengers (John Marrs; 2019. Fiction.) ATY Flawed and a bit predictable but an altogether entertaining way to pass a Sunday evening. ■ Digital Minimalism (Cal Newport; 2019. Non-fiction.) RFS This book is partially responsible for the gap in entries here. ■ We Should All Be Feminists (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; 2014. Non-fiction.) LIB p. 18 Today, we live in a vastly different world. The person more qualified to lead is not the physically stronger person. It is the more intelligent, the more knowledgeable, the more creative, more innovative. And there are no hormones for those attributes. A man is as likely as a woman to be intelligent, innovative, creative. We have evolved. But our ideas of gender have not evolved very much. ■ Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey; 1951. Fiction.) RFS I reread this after rereading Richard III. p. 33 It was shocking how little history remained with one after a good education. p. 196 “No, that doesn’t matter at all. Most people’s first books are their best anyway; it’s the one they wanted most to write….” ■ Blood Dazzler (Patricia Smith; 2009. Poetry.) LIB Excerpts here. ■ Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (Carolyn Criado Perez; 2019. Non-fiction.) RFS Wow. Wow. Wow. This will certainly top my list of memorable reads this year. Related link here. ■ The Whisper Man (Alex North; 2019. Fiction.) ATY Another meh. ■ The Warehouse (Rob Hart; 2019. Fiction.) LIB Although I’m weary of the narrative device of alternating voices, it worked in this was near-future dystopian novel. ■ Emma (Jane Austen; 1815. Fiction.) RFS Austen’s prose sparkles; her wit pierces. But I wonder if I am too old to appreciate Emma. I reread the novel before seeing the new Chicago Shakespeare musical. ————————————— ATY Acquired this year LIB Borrowed from library RFS Read from shelves
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    BTW - camp prep season has started for real. Campety camp camp!
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    My children are cleaning. I'm organizing comments by chapter and scene for individual work.
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    IT seems that the Protestant churches that I have been a part of fully embrace extroverted expressions of faith but often struggle to relate to more introverted ones. For instance. We are told to "be still and know that I am God." This, as an introvert, is my wheelhouse. I LOVE being alone with just me and God. And yet, we are also told to "go into all the world and spread the Gospel." and all those "one another" verses where I'm supposed to be speaking life into others and allowing them to speak life into me. Because the extroverted actions can be SEEN, in many churches those are emphasized as important parts of faith. BUT WE ARE CALLED TO DO BOTH. Yeah, even me, introverted persona that I am, need to reach out and allow others to impact me as well (which means I need to slightly lower my defenses and let people in sometimes) It's like in the church overall there's a huge appreciation for the extroverted Sunday School teacher, youth worker who corrals large mobs of people on a regular basis, but the understated introverted Christian who has one on one discussions with co-workers, who quietly prays with intensity for the needs of others, who has in depth knowledge of scripture because they LOVE being alone with the Bible are just kind of invisible. (and many introverts like the invisibility of it) And by emphasizing certain extroverted characteristics, the introverts who are new to a congregation want to run screaming from the building each week. It took my dh and I (both introverts) years to feel connected, like we were a part of the congregation that we've attended now for almost 20 years. And we were okay with that. But I couldn't blame that on the congregation. I just take time to warm up to people. I also think that when we got a more introverted pastor it really helped with the dynamics of our church. Overall, what has helped out church was: A variety of Sunday School classes with a variety of sizes with varying ages in each one. Some people don't want to be cataloged by their age. (I had a wide range of ages with my kids, so when I had a toddler and a high schooler, a group based upon parenting stage was just not applicable.) Also, adult classes that vary by interest and depth of the Scripture. To get to know one another, my dh and I preferred different ways to meet people. Big bustling church fellowships felt overwhelming to us. (we still skip them) While smaller trips to a ball game or get together are better. And no, the trendy thing of meeting for bible studies and prayer meetings in someone's home won't work for me. By the time I figure out who is leading, which group is a good fit, which one is close to my house and find directions for it, I'm done. Too much work.
  40. 7 points
    ... goes off to search for booyah in the Bible... Seems like something Joseph might have said to his brothers when he revealed his identity to them in Egypt...
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    And it looks more Biblical with the h. 🤣
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    We have a Christmas term tradition of eating nutella while watching a Shakespeare movie. 🙂 booyah
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    There are nine people in my house. Elapsed time between entry of a jar of nutella into the house and the jar being empty is remarkably small.
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    Good morning! Oldest two have a 7:30 religious education class. Three kids have online speech therapy this morning. I need to register dd16 for her upcoming karate tournament. Cello lessons tomorrow, need to make sure the boys practice. I really could use a couple more hours of sleep before all that begins...
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    I finished quite a few books last week! I read some American Girl books and some frou-frou fairy books for my girls. I sometimes can get my older girls to pre-read for the youngers, but I knew that if I asked any of them to read the fairy books I would have to make it up to them in a big way. It was easier to just bite the bullet and read them myself. Sigh. I did, though, actually finish some books that I wanted to read. Hidden Figures -- This book was good, although I liked the movie much better. The book jumped around a lot from person to person and it was a little bit hard for me to follow. There was also a fair bit of the history of race at Langley that was included. Whoever wrote the screenplay did a really good job of weaving a lot of the information in organically. Turtles All the Way Down -- I didn't really like this book, although I was curious enough about it to finish it. I am definitely not in the target audience, so maybe that it why I didn't really connect with it. The House on Mango Street -- Another book that was kind of a miss for me. I liked it, but it certainly isn't one of my favorites and it is likely that I won't re-read it.
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    When you post at the top of the page please end your post in Booya not booyah. Thank you, Official Booya Babe
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    Baby made chili tonight with a Raddish Kids recipe. It turned out really good. Raddish kids is kind of spendy, but it’s a really good subscription box.
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    I think my womb has remembered it’s going to have to push this kid out eventually. I keep feeling all tense and thinking, “what am I worried about, what am I forgetting?” And then realizing, no this isn’t anxiety tension, this is Braxton-Hicks tension.
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    I love it when he enters crisis mode with the (I think) hot dog. “Oh no, she’s coming! Hurry!” I would never enter my lab in such a contest, lol!
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