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This Weekend Open Thread Wants to be Buds with Biden

Costco Biden has my heart all aflutter. 

It’s the weekend! The first week back after a long weekend is always challenging, but you made it through! Let’s snuggle in with some holiday cookies, something spiked in the open thread punch bowl, and the brilliant company of our fellow Persephoneers, shall we?

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

18 replies on “This Weekend Open Thread Wants to be Buds with Biden”

I”m going to put in an offer on a condo. I’m just trying to decide how much now. ARGH. See, they’ve priced it too high for the market right now (which is FINE, that’s why it’s still available). I’m somewhat concerned that an engineers report will say that the building will need work on the parking garage, so I have to budget for that, and basically I’m all excited and terrified. This condo has SUCH a nice garden. I’m damn enthusiastic about it and trying SO hard to be reasonable about what I can afford and what the market value realistically is. It’s HARD.

So, somehow last week I managed to strain my back real good. I don’t know how or when but I’ve been in crazy pain for ~5 days? Or so. It’s hard to nail down, and I hate that I don’t know what I did.

But mostly: Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow.

Decided to try and start rehabbing it myself since ‘maybe it’ll go away’ isn’t working. Couch is off limits until further notice, get some exercise (non-load bearing, non-impact) every day, stop sleeping on my stomach.

Has anyone dealt with this kind of acute lumbar agony before? Tips?

Oh man, last winter I hurt my lower back so bad that I was on the floor (literally) for 10 days. Be careful with stretching it… One small, easy stretch is to lie on your back with your feet on the floor (so knees bent), then press the small of your back into the floor for a count of three (or five, or ten, depending on how much you can do and it still feels okay), then release. Then repeat press and release for a minute. There are a bunch more, but for real take it slow. Couch is definitely out. Stay on your back as much as possible, or just standing. Actually that’s another good stretch- stand, arms over your head (elbows by your ears), and lean slightly to one side, hold it for a few seconds, then back upright. Then lean to the other side, arms overhead, for a few seconds. It’s just simple movements, but do them a few times a day and it helps.

Ugh, even just thinking about how that felt when I hurt my back last year makes me shudder…. good luck. Also: massage therapists are really good for stuff like this. Assisted stretches can be the greatest thing ever.

So, my brain is being dumb. Yesterday I woke up at 7. This morning? 6. IT IS THE WEEKEND. IT IS SLEEPING IN TIME.

But I went with Fella to his office’s holiday party last night, ate all of the things, discovered that I like Yuengling, was pretty social through the evening (though introvert mode started to kick in as the majority started to head home), and had fun.

And, so long as my apartment’s management company decides to be nice and not assholes, I’ll get through December (financially). Work is going to get crazy this week, so I will have ALL of the hours, and I get my Thanksgiving week paycheck on Friday (which will cover cell phone and netflix, at least in theory). I still need a full-time job to happen as soon as possible, and my contributions to Christmas will be minimal, but I’m better off now than this time last month.

Ugh, I know. My dogs have decided that I need to be up early every day this week because they have “NEVER LEAVE ME ALONE” anxiety issues. So at 6:30 am every day I r0ll over to find that my nose has encountered a cold, squishy nose and when I open my eyes, I am looking directly into the eyes of a pony-sized dog. And I am not allowed to go back to sleep once they see that my eyes have opened.

I’m happy that things are looking up for you! It’s clear that you’ve been under a ridiculous amount of money-related stress lately, and I hope you find that job soon!

I would, just to be safe. Change anything that shares the same PW as your email account first. Look into a password management program like Last Pass to manage all your passwords safely. If you’ve had your browser save any passwords, you may want to delete those, too.

You’re probably okay, those links are usually after your contact list, not your passwords, but you may have your email account spoofed in the near future, so keep an eye out for bounced or returned emails.

I changed my passwords. I checked the login history of my email after changing the pw and it doesn’t seem anyone got into it. It was one of those bank scams and I shut off my computer after opening the email. I also had images blocked if that makes a difference.

Thanks for your help!

I woke up this morning and it’s SNOWING!!!!! YAAAAAYYY!!!!!
There’s maybe an inch or two on the ground, and still falling in these big, fluffy, awesome flakes.
I love snow. It is possibly the only justification for this much extended cold. Snow and ice-skating.

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