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Moved to a new instance because in reading about Mastodon, one of the strengths is how distributed it is and I was previously on one of the more popular ones. Also hoping this will make the site a smidge faster for me, though it wasn't too bad before. Anyway... :

I'm a dual Canadian-American living in Nashville. In my spare time I hike, write , , and , watch the deer in my backyard, paint (really just one so far), and fail to run a , Upper Rubber Boot Books (it's on hiatus).

re: reading challenge 

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re: reading challenge 

15. She Who Became the Sun, Shelley Parker-Chan [K,N]
14. The ABC Murders, Agatha Christie [K]
13. By the Pricking of My Thumbs, Agatha Christie [K]
12. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, Agatha Christie [K]
11. Crooked House, Agatha Christie [K]
10. Peril at End House, Agatha Christie [K]
9. A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine [X]
8. I Must Betray You, Ruta Sepetys [#]
7. Under Pressure, Robert Pobi [K]
6. Towards Zero, Agatha Christie [Z]
5. How High We Go In The Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu [E,O,P,#]
4. City of Windows, Robert Pobi [K]
3. The Chai Factor, Farah Heron [O,P,T]
2. One Last Stop, Casey McQuiston [Q,Y]
1. Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot Diaries #6), Martha Wells [K,T]

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reading challenge 

Books read so far:
32. Oona Out of Order, Margarita Montimore [M]
31. Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells ( Diaries #6 – yes, again) [K]
30. Network Effect, Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #5) [K]
29. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #4) [K]
28. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #3) [K]
27. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #2) [K]
26. All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #1) [K]
25. The Golden Acorn, Catherine Cooper [C,G]
24. One Italian Summer, Rebecca Serle [#,V]
23. The Candy House, Jennifer Egan [#,C]
22. The Kaiju Preservation Society, John Scalzi [#]
21. Disorientation, Elaine Hsieh Chou [O,P,#]
20. The Secret of Chimneys, Agatha Christie [K]
19. A Tale of Time City, Ursula K. LeGuin [T]
18. Postern of Fate, Agatha Christie [K]
17. The Sittaford Mystery, Agatha Christie [K]
16. The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie [K]

weight loss 

I've been trying to lose weight because I'm juuuuust barely diabetic. I've been conscientiously tracking (and weighing!) all of my food and it's not my favourite AT ALL but it's starting to be habitual and therefore less annoying. I suspect I'll just have to do this for the rest of my life because when I stop I gain weight back and I really, really do not want to be diabetic. I mean I'd like to have the figure I had at 26 and still have in my mind, but I'm not actually particularly motivated by that, I just want to be healthy.

I need to get disciplined about exercise again too but one thing at a time, I'm not putting any pressure on myself for that until the big event I am working on for work is over (it's next weekend).

So, I weighed myself this morning and I have achieved my goal! I want to lose another 10 lbs for a buffer but I am now at the weight that I was last time I tested as pre-diabetic. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself!

re: politics 

I do this nightly: text "TRENDING" - it replies with three popular messages, then asks if you want to see more. It just gives you the subject of each one, and if you want to read it, text back "SIGN[whatever code it gave you]" and then "SAMPLE" and it shows you the wording as a picture (I am not sure if there is an accessible version) and then you can text "NO" or "YES" to send it to your reps. Then it'll ask if you want to text your friends (I say no, but sometimes I copypaste the "SIGN XXXXXX" and send it as a text a few friends I know are interested in that specific issue) and then it'll ask if you want it tweeted with your first name/city to increase interest. But you can ignore everything after you text YES if you like. It can take as little as two minutes to do.

You can also look at its twitter timeline or website to see recent/less popular ones. Currently on the abortion issue there's a bunch: resist.bot/petitions

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politics 

For those of you unaware, Resistbot makes yelling at your reps pretty easy. It's a tool to use texts to write faxes to your representatives. You can write your own, but what makes it easy is you can piggyback on others' by "signing" theirs, but it sends it as an individual communication to your own reps, not as part of a petition (although they call them petitions).

Text 50409 to get set up. It's free (they take donations, and I am set up to donate monthly but you don't have to.) You will need to give them information like your name, where you live so it can identify your representatives, your email if your reps require that (my senators do). Once you're set up, it identifies you by cell number and you don't have to do any of that again, at which point it becomes very simple.

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Just back from a couple days' vacation at The Retreat at Deer Lick Falls where we were able to hike (you guessed it) to Deer Lick Falls. Probably the most dramatic reveal of a waterfall I've ever seen - the trail takes you down a long ways and then you turn a corner and bam! waterfall. The trail takes you behind the waterfall! It was beautiful and spirit-reviving.

Since we moved in February, I've been working on a of a fantasy forest in my bedroom - current incarnation (the close-up is of an area that is basically done):

Moved to a new instance because in reading about Mastodon, one of the strengths is how distributed it is and I was previously on one of the more popular ones. Also hoping this will make the site a smidge faster for me, though it wasn't too bad before. Anyway... :

I'm a dual Canadian-American living in Nashville. In my spare time I hike, write , , and , watch the deer in my backyard, paint (really just one so far), and fail to run a , Upper Rubber Boot Books (it's on hiatus).

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