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2023.03.31 05:51 I_v_0_r_y My daughter's rhyming game.

My daughter loves nursery rhymes she loves to sing them all the time rather than finding it annoying. Me and my wife find her love for these rhymes cute. The only concern I have is a year ago me and her were playing in the play room she and I had made up a game where we made our own nursery rhymes. She didn't like bringing others into the game I remember when we played the game with a cousin she some how managed to make the rhyme dark and vial. I started off by saying " brother, brother he had a lover " my daughter Ella's cousin interjected with " brother brother's lover found another " my little girl said " brother brother shot the lying lover. " Me and her cousin became shocked by what she said and we ended the game quickly my daughter never says things like that. But when I talked to my daughter about what she said she simply learned it from a crime show her mother was watching. Ella apologized for messing up the rhyme I told her it was fine just to make sure not to bring such dark themes into the game. A few weeks later when I was reading Ella's routine bedtime story to her I got a call from my mother. She told me about how something horrible happened with my brother and his wife. Ella and I had arrived at the hospital with her cousin (we had invited perviously over and into the game). Kimberly my brother's wife was shot apparently and my brother had been the one who shot Kim, their son Tyler was to stay with us after we heard the news of Kimberly's passing and my brother going to prison Tyler was put in our care him and Ella got along fine. Just recently I heard her and her cousin playing the game. I listened in by the door way first they started off by humming a soft melody. Tyler then started with " centuries ago , far away even to this day " Ella then continued with " ancestors played, The rhyming game ". Tyler announced " their mother sung this song and they all Longed for the game we play ". Ella went and had said firmly catching a glimpse of me said " but listeners who worried about it went away! " I took this as my cue to leave I had walked out of the doorway and stayed out of the game for a couple days. I found them repeating the exact lines being sung by them but instead of what my daughter said calling me out. They were chanting " centuries ago, far away even to this day. Ancestors played, The rhyming game. Their mother sung this song and they longed for the game we play " now Ella said " No one was allowed to join this game till the host said so". They engaged in this song more and more until they both said " eardrums of those who pry may they BURST! " I walked in scolding them. For this and sent them both to bed angry I was getting sick of this rhyming game and the bad influence it was bringing on the little angels who were being raised. A few weeks ago I got out of bed in the middle of the night careful not to wake my wife sleeping next to me. I went and got water while I looked out the kitchen window drinking my water I hear a humming coming from the kids room. I walked down the hall and checked on them I saw from the doorway Tyler and Ella playing that dammed rhyming game. This time once again their chant started with " centuries ago, far away even to this day. Ancestors played, The rhyming game. Their mother sung this song and they Longed for the game we play." Tyler instead of Ella said " Let those who scold we, those who play this game break their legs! " He shout whispered this and instead of me going in and scolding them again. Ella's head turned to me well where I was I had hid behind the wall. When I checked again they were in bed the sheets were neat not untidy like they were asleep the whole time. I stumbled back down the hall creeped out and went to bed to calm my head. A couple days agoI had a " accident " the doctors said I temperoaraily had gone into a coma and was lucid dreaming so it felt so real. I found myself in the house awake at night and there was a low him in the house I looked for what caused this. I came to the kid's room smelling a horrible repellent stench and I heard the humming grow louder and steadyer. I didn't see anyone in the house at all I saw a loose floorboard and it seemed like the odor was coming from the opening. I pryed open the floor board hoping to get whatever poor dead animal out for the kid's sake and have pest control come and deal with the stench in the morning. But as I pryed it open the hum was now a screech and it felt like my ears would start bleeding I passed out and apparently I was found. Laying on the bottom step by my wife and literally rushed to the hospital I woke learning I had broken my leg from the fall and slammed onto a pole on the baby gate that we used for the dogs we had and I burst my ear when it was punctured. The doctors said I was lucky to survive the ear bursting and that the kids found me and got my wife. Every now and then I swear I hear that stupid chanting of that rhyming game song in my deaf ear , yet Ella and Tyler hadn't played it since the " accident. " I'm worried now.. because I swear I hear a gravelly female voice singing to my kids " centuries ago, far away even to this day. Ancestors played, The rhyming game. Their mother sung this song and they Longed for the game we play, granddaughter and grandson pass this deadly song. The fathers and mothers won't last long." I don't have long left and I hear that damned humming is getting louder in my right ear and my lungs are beginning to ache painfully. Don't let your kids play the rhyming game.
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2023.03.31 05:50 bluberry435 Friend is being manipulated at work

Posting on a throwaway on behalf of a friend, keeping as much as possible vague.
This is a really tricky topic, any and all advice is more than welcomed. My friend (calling her Kat) is a writer that works at a company that makes an indie series. Without giving too much information, it’s very much a series that originally did not pull punches on its comedy, anyone and everyone was a target and they did it equally. It’s not like the series had any kind of horrible -isms they just make fun of everyone. If I were to put its comedy to anything it would be along the lines of south park but more tame. I myself enjoyed the comedy of the small series and when I visited Kat at the company for lunch I loved how fun it seemed. However the company went through a cycle of writers due to three leaving for their own passion projects. From what I could tell there was no ill will at this company, it’s small and everyone is super nice each time I’ve visited. So when the company hired new writers they ended up with someone I’ll call Jade. According to Kat, Jade was fine at first and doing well, but then as a few months went by Jade started to change the comedy in the writing. Places where the writing would normally have a hilarious joke, she would actively go in to replace it with something less offensive. Kat didn’t mind it at first but it’s now causing some issues. The issue is that Jade will actively bring up reasons why they (the writers) can’t do something in pitch meetings. An example is that they wanted to have a male character dress in a dress to pretend to be a grandma (parody of little red riding hood wolf scene) and Jade said they cannot do that because it would be offensive to the LGBTQ, which took Kat by surprise because she’s bisexual and she said she doesn’t see that as an issue. This lead Jade to become more upset at Kat and claim to her face that had internalized homophobia. Kat was upset and asked Jade not to tell her how to feel, but then Jade caught Kat alone and told her that just because she doesn’t feel bad doesn’t mean other people won’t and she needs to be more sensitive to their “truth”. Kat hates that saying because one of her ex’s used that phrase a lot, but Kat then began to question herself and if that was true… it’s absolutely not! But Kat has been quiet towards Jade ever since. From what Kat tells me, Jade is unbearable to work with as a writer. She’s constantly finding reasons why things would be offensive to any minority and making Kat feel super uncomfortable. It’s not just Kat, other writers feel this way too, but Jade has hammered it into them that since they don’t belong to those minority groups, they cannot speak for them or tell jokes about them. The writing room has a lot of diversity but Jade doesn’t want anyone writing anything if they’re not a part of said group. The writing in the series also seems to be super dull now and from what I’ve seen the people who subscribe are also feeling the change for the worst. It’s also reflecting in their numbers. Kat no longer feels passionate about writing for this series and is contemplating quitting but does not want to leave the other writers with Jade plus she loves what the series was. Jade seems to enjoy making people feel like if they don’t want to work on this series then they don’t want to make up for their past “mistakes” for writing horrible things before. To be honest nothing I read was horrible at all, it’s funny in a clever way. I’m personally livid for Kat because this person feels massively manipulative. Kat used to adore this job to death and now she’s depressed to go in. I went back to the office to visit Kat for lunch one day and ran into Jade once and she seems super distant and very much like she acts like an asshole, but I don’t work personally with her so Kat is my only source of information. But the atmosphere felt different in a bad way. Kat is massively afraid to bring this up to the owner of the company. They have been wondering why the writing seems so lack luster but no one wants to say it’s because they fear Jade jumping down their throat and claiming they are whatever-ism. Kat feels like if she complains she’ll seem like a bad person. Kat also tells me some of the new writers that came on also support Jade’s “cause to make things less offensive” not sure what exactly that means… but it’s been divisive in their writers room for a while. The room’s ages range from 21-35, Kat is a bit older than Jade who I believe may have just gotten out of college. Other examples of Jade’s influence are things such as trying to write a new character in mid-season for no other reason than more representation, they have a diverse cast already but Jade says they don’t count because they don’t have enough skin tones, she also says same sex friends in the series who aren’t into each other should not be touchy with each other unless they’re LGBTQ or it’s bait and so much more. She’s not even the project lead! I have no idea how she’s managed to change the direction of everything this much but no one is speaking up. I told Kat if she’s miserable around Jade then she needs to speak up to the owner or find a new job. Kat doesn’t want to speak up to the owner about Jade, and I’m not sure what to tell Kat in terms of how to go about this is she wants to stay… I work as a writer at a different job (less creative) and I have never dealt with someone like this! So I need advice, is Jade valid in her claims? I feel she’s very manipulative in how she’s going about things but again I haven’t dealt with someone like this. What should Kat do in this situation? I feel terrible for Kat she’s so sweet but she has a hard time standing up for herself. I don’t want to push her at all but I want to give her some advice to make the right choice so she’s happier.
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2023.03.31 05:49 PeterHolland1 How many Space Marines have died fighting the Tyranids?

There was a debate on a 40k Facebook post about how many space marines have died fighting the Rangdan vs the Tyranids.
It was widely commented that the Rangdan have still i higher death count than the Tyranids by the present day.
But that begs the question? How many Space Marines have died fighting the Tyranids?
And before anyone starts debating in the comments; we are NOT discussing how many SM died fighting in the Rangdan wars.
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2023.03.31 05:49 user378401 test-optional rural girl somehow clutches four ivies???

I'm still a little lost and don't exactly know what I'm going to end up choosing. I never thought I'd make it here.
Intended Major(s): Creative Writing, Political Science, Environmental Studies - chose depending on how I felt that day
Standardized Testing
I'm keeping it very vague to avoid getting doxxed
Summer program awards, College Board Small Town Scholar, Model UN awards, Speech and Debate awards
I submitted my why Harvard essay to Princeton...
Besides that I thought all my essays were deeply honest: my common app discussed the relationship I built with a right-wing extremist I worked for on a horse ranch. Many of my supplementals followed similar threads of reconciling my own prejudices/beliefs, with a few that were simply odes to my love for the natural world and my parents. It's important to be honest and intimate with your essays. Yes, it's painful. And yes, it's a privilege to be able to be honest with one's story. But you are human. Be human.
Decisions (indicate ED/EA/REA/SCEA/RD)
Yale (REA)
Princeton (RD) I'm pretty sure my admissions officer felt bad for me for submitting the wrong essay...
Columbia (RD)
Dartmouth (RD)
Harvard (RD)
There is so much pressure to put yourself in boxes simply in pursuit of getting into a college. Don't do that. Enjoy your high school years. Do the things you love, and do them fully; don't settle for miserable internships or Speech and Debate or volunteerism just for the sake of admissions. Because the school you go to - and I know this sounds insincere coming from someone like me - truly doesn't define where you end up in life. You define it. So may as well do the things you love :)
Please pm me if you have any questions or need advice!!
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2023.03.31 05:49 become_unseen ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍I have phases of asexuality and phases of hypersexuality (31F, straight)

TL;DR: I have asexual phases and hypersexual phases. I would like to understand myself, I don't know how to label myself. I feel like I can't have a relationship like this. Seems like I either don't feel sexual attraction or I'm demisexual. I don't watch porn because I hate it and I never had an orgasm with a partner.
I had several such phases, some had triggers (traumas/mental issues/possibly meds), some seemingly no reason. Each phase lasts months, up to one year (only asexual phases are that long).
For me asexuality means no libido, no sexual activities, not even by myself. Hypersexuality means too many sexual activities with different people (years ago irl, recent years just online).
I like labels. I guess I want to belong somewhere and learn more about myself.
I've been single for a few years now and I don't miss anything so I'm content like this, but I probably don't want to be single forever. Love was all I ever wanted. But I just can't imagine having a relationship anyway with these phases as it's important that libidos of both partners somehow match, I feel like I should be certain about my libido before entering a relationship. But it's just unpredictable.
Also I remember that my libido was generally getting progressively lower later in relationships. But also all my relationships lasted only a few months (because I met mostly very bad men).
I just read the difference between sexual attraction and physical attraction and it seems like I don't feel sexual attraction or maybe I'm demisexual. I don't even imagine specific people when having fun with myself. On the other hand I am easily physically aroused by people I just met, irl in past and online recently (e.g. by making out or by words), but not like I would see someone and have sexual desires. I'm just confused. I feel physical attraction but not to too many people.
I can't find any info if someone is in the same situation like me. Btw I'm in therapy, I'll bring this topic up next time, but therapy never really helped me (I had numerous therapists). Also I hate porn with real people and I never had an orgasm with a partner, if it's relevant.
Thanks for reading! Does anyone have any experiences like this? Or any advice?
(I read the rules and I hope I didn't break any with this post.)
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2023.03.31 05:48 ReaperCDN Kentaris - Level 20 Story I created that we started tonight

So it's been a few months since my group was able to get together, and tonight we had our first session of a story I've wanted to tell for awhile. I'm going to share it here for you all to enjoy, because we had an absolute blast playing, and got so much done in one sitting tonight.
Before we start, the party is three players.
Each of them are respected and venerated masters in the realm summoned to deal with an insidious rot tied to healing magics. Every time somebody uses a healing spell, both the healed and the healer are afflicted with a curse that does terrible things to them over a week, and ultimately kills them. The good news is that any healing magic resets this timer. The bad news is that the rot has recently mutated and is now afflicting anybody over 50, stretching resources too thin. Death has begun en masse, and the plague is getting far worse. To compound matters, healers are regarded as spreading this atrocity, and now people are wary of any casters and tend to attack anybody associated with holy orders for visiting this upon them.
But why didn't they just stop using the healing spells? By the time anybody figured out what was happening, the prevalent and wide spread use of the spells had spread this plague everywhere (a full week before the first deaths ever occurred, and then of course the various attempts over the months to cure it just exacerbated the problem further.)
By the time they thought to simply stop trying magic altogether, the plague had spread everywhere. For 40 years the church has been combating it with all manners of magical items, scrolls and spell casters to alleviate the sick symptoms.
And all of that changed in the last 21 days, when everybody above 50 suddenly came down with the affliction whether or not they had ever been healed. Unrest is rampant and the civilized societies have issued an emergency call to all available masters to solve the problem.
Last note before I get started: We like puns. So there's some comical elements that will make you groan. We enjoy ourselves and laugh our ass off. That's the goal here. Without further ado, enjoy.
Darius Masterfell (drow elf male general), Kain Dragonsbane (goliath fleet admiral of airships,) and Arianna the Green (Green dragon who looks like everybody’s favourite grandmother,) stand at the balcony of Caer Narfon and address the assembled heroes.
Darius speaks:
“You are all aware of the creeping rot. Indeed, in recent weeks many if not all of you have become afflicted as the scourge mutated and expanded its reach to include all of those who have passed their 5th decade. We have neither the manpower nor the magical resources to address a calamity of this magnitude, and turn to you as our final hope to address this emergency.
We offer you anything you should desire for a solution to the rot. End this cursed plague and if it be within our power, you will be granted your dream. This is a battle for the very world itself, and I can not overstate its import.
We know healing magics can stay the symptoms, but at terrible cost to the healer. What has changed is that after a spell has been used thrice, the caster or the victim are afflicted with terrible mental agony, and frequently madness. Take care with your spells, they are beyond precious.
Each of your groups will be assigned a task to follow up on, which we hope will lead to more information on curing the rot."
Darius continues to prattle on, addressing the assembled groups:
“Simply Amageing (male gnome wizard of some reknown), we need you and Hypatia (a female goliath forge cleric) and Echo (female half-elf half-orc rangerogue) to investigate the Krok-Telwar. They have fallen silent and cut trade ties. Perhaps there is a quarantine, perhaps there is an answer to the problem. Report back with what you find.
Party Bardly (a travelling trio of bards composed of Bard Weather, a storm sorcerer Minotaur who plays the electric guitar, Bard Tholameow, a tabaxi triangle player, and Bard to the Bones, a male skeletal revenant drummer), you will travel to the Dar-Mok, who trade in tales grand. Perhaps their ability to mix and mingle magics has yielded some solution to the problem of using healing magics.
And lastly, you three (points to Faun’s Forged, the players party) as our most powerful and revered masters, we need you to investigate the disappearance of our own Prime Fire Firstborn, the Griever himself Aurelias. He ventured forth to investigate the loss of two powerful investigators who set out to deal with a vampiric lord who had taken up residence near the Amalthean Mountains to the south. We have not heard from him in 6 days. Normally, we’d see to this ourselves, but our forces are spread thin and wide, and there is none second to the Griever in terms of power. We are greatly concerned, and wish you the best of luck….. heroes."
And with that benediction, the three figures cease their projection and flicker out of existence. Standing nearer to the party, Commander’s Desmona and Rygar step forth to issue orders.
Desmona, a lithe moon-elf (female, 5’ 2" and bearing a violin and bow shaped combo of fencing blade and crossbow which seem to double as instruments, draped in quicksilver armour that hugs close to her frame and dances with the shimmer of moonlight,) speaks in a voice that flows like elven wine:
“You can find your tasks and maps along with the arrangements for travel at the grounds by the gate guards. Report in weekly via a raven. All taverns along the main trade routes have messenger ravens you can send. Be sparing with your spells. We know not what triggered the mutation and can not risk further complications. It’s best not to risk anything.”
Turning, she moves quickly to the castle doors with Rygar in tow. Rygar is a Dar-Mok half-orc standing at 5’ 8" stocky at the shoulders and bearing a massive claymore with bright blue runes etched in its surface and dressed in the black robes of a powerful spellsword.
With that, the party moved to begin their task, wasting no time at all in setting out. The preparations had indeed been complete. Three mounts with Zephyr shoes were waiting for them, and a map was provided of the lands with a target location for where the three investigative groups had gone. Without further ado, the party set forth at a fast pace south to their designated target.
At the end of the first day, they came upon a small pond in a clearing which seemed frozen in time. A Tiefling was petrified at the shore, looking out at the water. After some investigation, including an attempt to skip a stone on the petrified pond, Faun decided to cure the petrified status of the Tiefling. They freed Kayla Devries from her prison, and were rewarded with information regarding the Griever who had apparently petrified her in place. She told the party that she was an artificer similar to Faun, but dealt with enchanting books. Flustered, she was concerned that 18 days had passed since she had seen and dealt with the Griever, and asked for a horse to report in. The party gave her one, and rested for the night in Faun’s portable tower. They carried on South the next morning without incident.
As they neared the edge of woods on the 2nd day, they noted an area which seemed to have a gravitational distortion. Rocks were floating in the sky, and the Mobius ring on the hand of Quenell was reacting violently to the area. Apparently, something had happened with the planes here, but the party was unable to discern anything of interest and quickly moved on. Quenell noted that the ring kept reacting the further South they travelled, and the pulses had begun to come in waves. Some strong, some weak, some big, some small. No discernable pattern emerged from the investigation.
On day 3, the party encountered a terrible monstrosity known as a Maneater Boar. A grotesque pig-like creature the size of a school bus, its face was covered in hundreds of pulsing and infected eyes. Its roar unleashed a mad psychic effect on all in its cone, and it drove the horses and Faun mad before Quenell and Rhyloth dispatched it. The battle itself was remarkable as Faun fired lightning fists into its vulnerable eyes, and Quenell reached out to attune to its very life force, just as Rhyloth decided to fly up behind it and subsequently Mammoth bomb it with a sky trample like no other master druid before him. Touching down on its back with one toe, Quenell finished the terrible beast as it unleashed a second psychic bleat by telling it to rest and ceasing the thread of its life force through his mastery of the Quivering Palm technique.
The group spent an hour trying to recover the horses, but gave up and returned to pursuing the fate of the Griever. Boarding Rhyloth now in Giant Eagle form, they ascended to the sky and quickly spotted the noble’s summer cottage estate. Roughly 4 football fields in area, the estate looked like Canadian Parliament while being roughly the size a 3 bedroom townhouse. The damage to the area, the grounds (hedges, trees, bushes, benches, statues, and more) was extensive. A pitched battle looked to have been fought, with magical scarring, flames and both weapon and claws having devastated the area. The group didn’t sense or see any threats, but remained on wary guard as they examined the grounds.
Rhyloth transformed into a badger after spying a rather obvious trail from a dragged corpse which had been hidden under a midden heap. Upon digging it out, he encountered an unusual and unfamiliar scent. The corpse was of the first investigator sent, Chesterfield, and was still wearing his sigil and name identifier on his chest, although it had been badly burned. In fact, the body was missing all of its blood, was bound in silver, and decapitated as well as burned. Faun pointed out that this was obviously the work of a vampire, likely one who had tortured and prolonged the suffering of the investigator by turning him first so he wouldn’t die quick during the torture.
Rhyloth still smelled the unfamiliar odor, and returned to the midden heap to find a further scrap of flesh, still intact, and with the word “Empyrean” carved into it. The clean cuts of the skin matched the vertical nicks on the investigators rib cage, indicating this had likely come from his corpse. Faun placed this scrap in a storage pouch for later examination.
Meanwhile, Quenell investigated the interior of the once lavish and now destroyed home. The interior looked as if a comet from the heavens had struck through the floors and destroyed the entire house from within. The crater terminated in the basement, in the center of which was a brilliantly bright stone approximately the size and shape of a short club. Above this hung suspended what Quenell suspected was the vampire lord the other groups had been investigating. He was chained by silver and outstretched above the stone, skinned alive, hands, teeth, tongue and eyes removed to render him impotent as a threat. The silver acted as a prevention to his healing process, keeping him locked in a skinless state, dripping his blood onto the brilliant stone below.
“VAMPIRE!” called Quenell, summoning his compatriots. Faun and Rhyloth joined him inside and investigated the area. Faun, adept at investigating, quickly discerned that the lectern was missing a tome, and that the family in the basement was likely tortured and murdered by the vampire lord. The youngest child, a girl, was not present anywhere in the vicinity, despite plenty of evidence suggesting she lived there. Faun, resolved to find out where she was, attempted to read the vampire’s mind and was assailed by images of what it had done. More to the point, it showed the Griever and the Tiefling working to skin the vampire and create the Solemnus Tenebris (Book of Vile Darkness), and creating a demon from the girl child.
One phrase kept repeating in the mind of the vampire:
“Written in blood, written on flesh, The spell is wrought, the demon fresh, The innocence lost, a violent rebirth, The rite is complete, Sakaar ever thirsts."
Quenell was encouraged by Rhyloth to retrieve some of the vampires blood, while Faun cautioned him not to contact the Brightstone as it would annihilate him. Instead, as he got closer to it, the Mobius ring reacted positively and seemed to yearn for the stone. Investigating it further, Quenell foolishly decided to press his luck and attempt to touch the stone with the ring, which immediately captured the rock in its dimensional hold. Faun had been constructing a box of lead from the piping to do this when Quenell successfully stored it, so she quickly abandoned course and returned to dealing with the vampire. Having given her word to kill it, she planned to make it a bit of a spectacle. Cutting it down from the chains, they bound it in the lengths and stuffed it into a bag of holding (still skinned alive, so wet and dripping I might add), to bring back to Caer Narfon. Then Rhyloth cast the walking through roots spell and they ported back to the castle grounds with their bounty in tow, but not before Rhyloth got the idea to scry upon the Tiefling, Kayla Devries. Suspecting she was the released demon, he thought he should see what she was up to. He managed to succeed for a second, but she quickly detected him and slammed the door shut on his window, sending a searing lance of pain warning him to never make that mistake again.
Upon arriving, they terrified the guards by pulling out the still moving and skinned vampire lord. Faun, having the social grace of a pile driver, stammered through how she figured Sakaar wasn’t actually a good god, and that Griever Aurelias was creating demons and petrifying people. The guards, skeptical, asked how he knew this, and when Faun told them he read it in the mind of the vampire lord, the guards flat out disbelieved him (this did challenge everything they accepted as order.) They sent for Desmona, and bid the party wait.
Complying, Faun regaled them with plenty of information while forgetting she was holding the vampire lord in one hand, so all the while she was gesticulating wildly, flopping this helpless and horrible mound of skinned flesh about while the guards cautiously backed away. Desmona took about 40 minutes to find, having been out at the stables where two insane horses had created quite the stir (from the pig encounter.) Upon arriving, she was briefed just as the guards were, and read the mind of the vampire lord herself. Corroborating much of what the group said, she didn’t mention the brightstone, and dismissed the guards before Faun could keep asserting that their god and most holy leader was actually a force of pure evil.
Taking the group to her office for a private discussion, she pointed out that assuming that was true, they couldn’t afford to simply spill that information into the populace. It would need to be slowly rolled out. She ordered the execution of the vampire lord, and asked the party if there was anything else they had to discuss. They told her about Kayla Devries and their suspicions about the Griever, and then set out into the town to wind down before the journey on the galleons to Ashfall which would occur the following morn.
During that evening, they gambled in games of strength, had some fun drinking, went flying around a bit, and even met with a legendary blacksmith named Solomon who outfitted them with some items to help them in their quest. Faun received a legendary forged holy symbol (Echo of the Abyss) which would protect her from scrying, while simultaneously devouring the mind of any who attempted to do so. Quenell received the Four Auroch Arc Stick which was a set of bindings that could solidify into a quarterstaff, or collapse into bindings which emitted electricity and enhance him in powerful ways. And Faun, the Mammoth Mothership, received a befitting weapon of such a calamity called Egg-secutor and Pay-Bawk, a handcrossbow combo which tagged a target with a mini egg that opened a chicken sized gateway to a hellfire plane that was linked to a demon chicken named Pay-Bawk, who would explode on contact with the egg marked target in hellfire, a searing flame bypassing all resistance.
In the morning, the group boarded the first Galleon on the left of the five, and spent the next two days trying to find Kayla. Somebody or something had tipped her off though, whether it was scrying, spying or self preservation, and she was nowhere to be found. The party assumes she was using some form of magical disguise, and could only wait and see how it would play out at Ashfall, home of Echidna and Typhon. The mother and father of monsters. And the society built around human sacrifice.
Thus ends the first session.
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2023.03.31 05:48 DarkBlueFlame36 Me (36F) and husband (35M) in this endless "you're not listening to me" cycle

I'm in an endless cycle with my husband who has depression:
How can I make him see that me suggesting solutions to his problems IS me being there for him? That he is, in fact, being a massive AH for not being willing to improve his life? And that I'm trying my best to help him?
Example: it's 4am and he can't sleep. I ask him what he's done to help himself sleep. He says nothing. I say, ok, well let's get some lavender oil and a valerian tea and you might be able to drop off. He says I'm not listening to him and that he didn't ask for my help. I argue the toss that if he can't sleep and wants to, he needs to actually do something to make it happen. He says that I don't understand. I agree, I really really don't understand - so I go and make us both a valerian tea, put some lavender oil on his pillow and I go TF back to sleep.
How do I break this cycle and a) make him feel listened to and b) get him to actually do things to solve the problems he wants to talk to me about?
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2023.03.31 05:48 WayTowardsToday Silent treatment

I'm doubting myself.
FYI is first bit.
Both my parents are from my and my sisters perspective narcissists or at least my dad is and my mum mite have ADHD. This is not diagnosed.
I played their games to survive minimizing the big things downplaying anything I found joy in to disassociate from them and cause less strife for my sister, till i found a way out at 17. I don't know If my sisters knew what I was doing. its never been mentioned.
I sort revenge in 2010-11 and talked them into splitting causing chaos in their financial and social life family home sold assets divided, both sisters had mostly moved out. (I was angry I got in my parents heads, felt like I was trained to do it, to be like them at this point in life) I was the perceived golden child along with my older sister she wasn't considered as golden I guess as I seemed to get better marks on things we were treated slightly similar but different. My middle sister was the scapegoat. I accidentally did something my sister was blamed, I admitted it was me nothing was said no blame to me no apology to her (really crappy to see and know how wrong this was). So i had my pound of flesh and left the country with my boyfriends family as a safety net. watching each step I took checking the mirror (I look so similar to my mother it sucks as I remember shit every time I look in it)
I understand I was most likely wrong to do this as the benefit to my sisters lives of having them together may have been effected a house to go to if life went wrong for them. I'll wear that.
Ive since grown as a person and my then boyfriend is now husband we have two children and I've disclosed all to him.

So my issue is with my Dad.
Christmas 2022 we flew back we were on good terms. My Dad pulled a huge card and invited my uncle and aunt (beautiful people happy memories with them) and his family three sons and their partners and children.
This was meant to be a small Christmas. The plan was all sisters and said sisters husbands and children along with Dad and his new girlfriend. I was tense, checking checking checking watching for signs of the manipulation starting (warned my husband that I may need him to take the kids and go, leave me to their drama) It was weird my older sister pulled me aside to warn me my middle sister is turning into a narcissist, my middle sister pulled me aside to tell me how fucked up and fake all this was. And I watched on as my Dad belittled his new girlfriend with snide mine and your comments. I was mildly triggered I felt my protective side rising up for his girlfriend but couldn't do anything. No huge issues that needed trimming or mending. I went to were we were staying after and spent the next day triggered reliving just shut down trying to calm my mind.
My Dad had taken four days off said he wanted to go fishing with my family and me and he called me to organize this two days later. I had finally calmed down and was out for a run, I said "I'm out running reception is bad I'll call you back in half a hour?" he responded with disappointment aggression and rejection words as I hadn't made solid plans.
I was struggling with planning this as my family doesn't have much fishing experience, my husband almost drowned in 2018 and in 2022 we had a relation die by drowning its raw. So our fondness to the ocean isn't strong I like fishing.
My head went blank on the call I don't know if I said anything else instinct kicked in, I finished my run 15min later got back and silence he isn't responding, I panicked rang round to organize his girlfriend to be checked on in-case he took it out on her went into shut down for hours, crying, frozen, shaking flashbacks of running to hide, hearing the fights the panic the pain.
My family and extended family on my husbands side never needs to see me like that it was so shit.
My Dad hasn't responded to a text or call from me 23/12/22 till his birthday the 25/3/23 that's over 3 months of silent treatment. I sent a message that just said happy birthday and he said thank you. Now hes responding to my photos on Facebook.
Do I respond? Do I try to mend? Is it my fault? should I wear the blame of not planning when I know the consequence of going into a situation without planning?
I've been debating for the past month on sending the things hes bought us (he try's to buy love) back to him, call it done. Try to stamp out the bond I've been slowly rebuilding so it can't hurt me and by proxy my family. I feel this is just a reoccurring cycle and I'm tired.
My head says cut, my heart says mend.
My older sister says sell the stuff spend the money on something to build your life. But its poisoned for me like using it is consuming poison, everything that stems from it will decay from within. My middle sister is not talking to anyone, and my Mum is in the dark, she is the worst manipulator so I wont mention anything to her.
I try to keep the contact as I want family, and I struggle to have friends as my past makes me hold everyone at arms length people are unpredictable, my parents and sisters are unstable yet mostly predictable because I have known them so long.
So I struggle to talk to anyone which has caused me to build social anxiety and left me with no one outside of my husband his family and my kids in the safe zone which is unhealthy.

So Reddit what do i do about my Dad?
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2023.03.31 05:48 LeeCloud27 ACT 2-7-4: Dwell Blind Upon the Siren's Song

It was decided that the group would head over to the Cat Cafe next. They quickly departed the house to make their way towards their next location. Sateen decided to accompany the group, mostly due to his developed interest (aka. A Teenage Crush) for Sumireko. Along the way, Satsuko continued to point out each and every single ride, game, snack booth there was, pleading to go on them or try something. Most of the group said no or denied the kid of his requests, Mary however, after ignoring the kid’s cute beady eyes, finally caved and got him cotton candy.
“Mmmm~ This is delicious!” Satsuko said, digging into the pink fluffy cloud of sweetness. “Are you sure you don’t want any Auntie?” He asked Mary.
“I’m good. Thank you though.” Mary said, holding Satsuko by the hand and guiding him along. The others looked at them from behind. Meiling didn’t think too much about it since she wasn’t familiar with either Mary or Satsujin. Sateen was too focused on being next to Sumireko, but Sumireko had other thoughts on the matter.
“She’s having the time of her life, isn’t it?”
“To think, just the other day they were acting more like best friends who got on each other’s nerves… But now it’s this.” Sumireko thought. “Then again I think it’s better than how they were before. It’s nice even.” “I’m sure the real one wouldn’t act like that. But you’re right. Let her have a moment of peace…for now.”
It didn’t take much longer before they arrived at their next location. They knew they arrived when they saw the giant lucky cat statue that could be seen a mile away, sticking out like a sore thumb. It was holding a token down with its left paw, while the other paw was raised up in the air. Below the statue was a regular-shaped building, painted in bright shades of red and blue, decorated with circular windows, and a nicely decorated door. Hanging above the door was a wooden sign, showing a picture of two cats, red and blue respectively, facing away from each other while their tails formed a heart shaped sign.
Looking at the giant maneki neko statue, Sumireko hummed in interest. “Huh,” she commented, “a calico cat. It’s not that common to see a calico maneki neko. Mike would like this place.”
Blinking in confusion, Meiling asked, “Who?” Admittedly, even before the moral gods invaded, she rarely left the SDM grounds, but she was sure she would have heard of a maneki neko being in Gensokyo.
Mary answered, “Oh yeah, Mike! I remember her! She’s that calico maneki neko who freeloads at Kourindou like every other week. Satsu ran into her a few times.”
“Mike… Now that I think about it, I might have heard about her before.” Meiling hummed, scouring her mind. “...I heard a few people in the past bicker about whether or not she was a guy or a girl.”
“Wait, isn’t she a girl though?” Sumireko asked.
“Well, I’m definitely certain… But like with Wriggle it’s a debate that will probably never be settled.”
The door to the cafe suddenly opened up, the sound of a bell singing tipped off the others, taking a look at the person coming out. “Welcome!” cried the figure in a cheerful voice. They rushed up to the group, invading their personal space and stopping mere inches from Sumireko’s face. “I’m Satsunyan, and welcome to my cat cafe!”
Satsunyan was a petite girl, seemingly only about a head taller than Suika. She had black hair in a shoulder-length bob cut, with cat ears sticking out like two cowlicks that refused to stay down. Her catlike eyes glittered in excitement, and small fangs could be seen peeking out from her lips. She wore a skimpy maid uniform that barely hid her modest bust and a scandalously short skirt that showed off her thighs and barely hid her rear. From under her skirt, a tail peeked out and flicked about playfully.
“Cute~” Everyone else thought, except for Sateen, as he stared at her and the cafe with a massive blush before quickly looking away.
“Glad to see you guys like my fashion sense. It wasn’t too hard to slip in a bit of my influence here.” A different voice rang out. Unlike the other voice, which was staticky, this one was layered, as though two people were speaking at once, one voice being deep and the other being higher.
“It’s a bit too stereotypical, but works.”
“You’re the last person I want to hear that from. Didn’t you try to make Satsujin talk like a stereotypical gang member?”
“Wait, who was that? And what did they mean?” Sumireko wondered, glancing up at the sky discreetly.
“Oh crap, you weren’t supposed to hear any of that. Forget about me for now!”
“They’re not stupid by the way, just present yourself.”
“Later, they should take care of this first.”
Satsunyan grabbed Sumireko’s hand, pulling her right into the cafe while saying, “C’mon, let me show you the place!”
“Wha- Hey!” Sumireko said, being pulled into the cafe while the others followed.
The inside of the cafe was quite colorful, looking to be modestly big enough to fit several customers but also feeling small at the same time. There were tables and chairs lined up in rows, chairs right by a wide counter, delightful decorations ranging from lamps to plants, but what definitely stood out the most were all the cat-like adornments. The chairs had cat ears, the cuts had cat-like tails, and of course, actual cats all minding their business over at one corner of the store.
“Kitties!” Satsuko cheered. “Can I pet them!?” He asked in a childish manner.
“Of course, go ahead!” Satsunyan answered. Satsuko went right over and started to pet the cats while Mary watched from afar.
“Hey,” whispered Mary, nudging the esper. “You think there are any more girl personas in here?”
Sumireko responded, “I did see another girl version of Satsujin the last time I was here, but I haven’t seen her at all this time. Why’d you ask?”
“Oh, nothing. Just wondering.”
Satsunyan turned around, a cat-like smile formed on her face almost in a smug fashion. “So… Are you all here for my challenge?”
“Eh? How did you-”
“Because Sateen is with you all! That means you must’ve beaten him in his edge-off!”
Sateen quickly turned to embarrassment, jumping a little upon hearing someone call his challenge an ‘edge-off’.
“I-It wasn’t an edge-off. We were merely showing ourselves our history of suffering, the torment we bore, the devastating power we each wield knowing the burden we must carry in order to not let it control our everyday decisions!” He said in a cool manner. “I had easily demolished them in the challenge, but due to feeling pity for them I decided to let them win.”
“Of course,” teased Satsunyan as she patted Sateen on the head. Heading over to Satsuko, she bent down to speak to him. “Satsuko, sweetie, I need you to listen to me.” As the young boy looked up, the maid continued, “I need you to behave, okay? The pretty big sisters have to do a test, and you can’t talk to them until the test is over or else they’ll get distracted. Can you promise you’ll be a good boy?”
Nodding, Satsuko replied, “I promise I won’t do something to distract Auntie Mary or her friends.”
Looking back at Sateen, Satsunyan continued, “You too, Sateen. Do you promise to behave?” “...Okay.” Sateen said, trying to look away. “Splendid!” Satsunyan clapped her hands, turning her attention over to the others. “You three follow me! I’ll help you get into your uniforms!”
“Uniforms? We just got here though!” Meiling asked.
“The sooner the better as they always say!”
Satsunyan pushed the three into the staff room. The Staff room was small, lined up with lockers for the girls to use and also a break area to relax at. The three were confused as to what’s going on while Satsunyan went over and rolled out a bunch of maid outfits.
“Okay girls! The challenge is quite simple: You’re all going to help me run my little cafe for the day by helping serve the customers, make the food, and give out your best smiles! If you do well, then you complete the challenge!” Satsunyan said. “But first, uniforms. I have a bunch of maid outfits, feel free to wear whatever you please!” “Ooh, dibs!” shouted Mary as she grabbed a uniform, rushing into the dressing room. “Well,” sighed Meiling, “I guess I’ll take this one. At least it won’t be too embarrassing.” She grabbed a qipao and followed after Mary. “Um…” hesitated Sumireko. Looking through the assorted clothing, she felt her face heating up as she kept finding maid uniforms that contributed to specific preferences, with some of the uniforms being the type she knew for a fact belonged in an entirely different kind of shop. “What’s wrong? Can’t decide?” Satsunyan asked. “Here, how about this one right here?” She said, pulling one outfit out in particular. “Is… is there any chance I can put on the cat ears headband and tail clip?” squeaked Sumireko, trying not to faint.
“...” With her cat-like eyes, Satsunyan glared deep into Sumireko, an intimidating glare that sent shivers through her as though she was in a tundra. She didn’t even say anything but one look at her eyes made her realize what may happen if she didn’t comply.
“Gotta be obedient, Sumireko…Unless…”
Noticing something in the corner of her eye, Sumireko grabbed it and exclaimed, “Oh, I’ll wear this one!” She internally cried in relief, having found a normal maid outfit.
“Not bad, not bad. Now, let’s see if you can do your tasks and be charming enough for the customers!”
“This isn’t too bad,” commented Meiling as she left the dressing room, wearing the qipao she selected earlier. “Though it’s a bit of a shame that the colors clash pretty badly with each other.”
“Oh, that’s alright. I’m sure you will do fine!” Satsunyan said. “Now, how about the other girl?”
Mary stepped out of her dressing room. What she wore shocked the others, including Satsunyan. It was a Victorian Era Style Maid outfit. But it was designed with the chest especially in mind, considering the amount of cleavage that was shown. Even though anything genuinely inappropriate was entirely covered, it was still revealing enough that Mary would have been arrested for indecent exposure.
“I almost want to keep this!” Mary said, puffing out her chest. Everyone couldn’t help but stare, their gazes following a certain set as they tried to break free from their restraints.
“Delightfully spicy, I must add.”
“Wow…She’s bigger than me. I’m kinda envious.” Meiling thought.
“How can a sentient blade have so much…mass?” Sumireko thought.
“Oh, and it really compliments my legs!” cheered the blade, lifting up the dress to reveal her stockings, which were held up by garterbelts. “Burn it into your memories,” she boasted. “I’ll have you know that the modern day equivalent of seeing a girl’s ankles back then would be a girl showing off her-”
“Goodness gracious!”
“That’s it, I’m abusing my power to make things move on a bit!”

Sateen and Satsuko were sitting over at one of the tables, both of them minding their own business. Satsuko was petting one of the friendlier cats while Sateen was writing something down on a piece of paper; A poem of sorts.
“A beautiful girl… Her hair short but so pretty… And some nice glasses.” Sateen said to himself while writing. He took the paper, looking at it before crumpling it up and placing it next to the other balls of paper on the table. “No no no. That’s not good either. I need to come up with a better poem to express myself and my thoughts!”
“Maybe you should try a different kind of poem.” Satsuko said. “Like a limerick, a sonnet, or even an elegy.”
“An elegy? How do you know what an elegy is?”
“...I don’t know actually. What do you think, Ms. Fluffles?” He asked the cat on his lap.
“Ms. Fluffles? Why name her that when Dimitri of the Seventh Pit of Hell is a much better name?”
Their conversation got interrupted followed by the sound of the staff door slamming open.
“Hey you pervs, business is open and we are ready to take your orders!” whooped Mary as she kicked the door open, leg raised high.
The mannequin-like customers who were inside the cafe cheered upon witnessing the newcomer maids. Satsuko and Sateen watched them come out one by one. First it was Mary wearing her risque cat maid outfit, then Meiling with her Chinese-Dress inspired cat maid outfit, and finally Sumireko, wearing a fairly normal outfit, but Sateen particularly was delighted seeing her in a cat maid outfit regardless. “To think her beauty is so magnificent she can make even the simplest clothing seem elegant,” he whispered. “Oh, I should write that down.” He said, taking another paper and started writing yet another poem.
Satsunyan came out, telling each of the girls what to do. “Okay, listen up. I’ll be in charge of making all the delicious foods and beverages. You three are in charge of servicing the customers. You don’t need to do anything specific, but do your best in making their days a little more special!”
Raising a hand, Mary asked, “Is this a contest? Because I already know how to win.” She flashed a knowing smile at Sumireko and Meiling, both of them blushing as they realized what she meant.
“Hm, a contest wouldn’t hurt. I always love to see some fiery competition. And I have a certain item for the fortunate winner if that happens…you might want it.”
Sumireko and Meiling looked at each other. “You and I, let’s do our best in showing that Tsukumogami.” Meiling said.
Sumireko nodded in agreement. “Let’s do this!” She said with her newfound confidence.
“Well glad to see you three are eager about this! Let the challenge begin!” Satsunyan said.
The day went and began for the little cat cafe. Customers began to come in little by little, usually by themselves or in groups. Satsunyan took care of all the foods while the others handled taking the orders and providing the service.
Sumireko, though a little hesitant at first, walked up to one table to take their order. The two mannequin customers looked at her with their blank faces.
“Um… W-Welcome to Satsunyan’s Cat Cafe.” Sumireko said, shaking a little. “Would you like to try our Nyan Nyan Peach Drink?” She said, blushing hard.
The mannequin statues stared at her, and she became nervous, worried she did something wrong. She worried that she didn’t say it right, or they weren’t interested in someone like her. But that quickly changed when both of them started squealing with delight.
“Kawaii!!! A Neko Girl with Glasses!” One of them said in a strange voice.
“Kya!!! Her shy attitude is sugoi!” The other said.
Sumireko stared in confusion and slight embarrassment, but for the most part she was doing something right.
Over at another part of the store. Meiling was already bringing out one of the orders for one table. “Okay, I got two Cat’s Paw Cinnamon Rolls, three Whisker Cream Sundaes, a purrrrlicious choco cake, and a fresh hot blend of Black Cat Tea.”
The customers were impressed, seeing Meiling balancing everything she was carrying above her head with perfect balance. She easily took all the dishes and placed them on the table at quick speeds, then using the kettle containing the tea she poured it elegantly into the cups of the customers from a certain height.
“Uuuoooohhh! Strong arms and showing off her toned thighs!” cried a mannequin.
Meiling smiled to herself, a glimmer of praise filled her from all the attention she got. “Hehe, it’s not everyday I get to show off my skills like this.” She thought to herself. “Sometimes I wished I kept my position as a maid back before Sakuya moved in with us.”
Sumireko and Meiling kept it up with their jobs, using their own skills and knowledge to make the customers’ day. But even with their combined effort, the attention they drew was drawn away by the third maid in the store. A loud cheering of several customers over by one area, as though a crowd had been drawn by whoever was over there.
“Wait, are those all the other customers?” Sumireko said. “What are they all looking at?”
“I think I know who.” Meiling said.
Mary was the center of attention for the moment, surrounded by several customers. She wasn’t writing down orders, nor was she bringing in dishes. But she was showing off her body in a very ecchi manner.
Glancing over at Mary, Sumireko choked on her spit. Despite having teamed up with Meiling for their little impromptu contest, the Tsukumogami was playing much dirtier than either of them had expected. “What the…” she gasped, “I thought she’d let the customers get an occasional peek, not do… that! Is she trying to compete with hardcore anime fanservice?”
Over at their table, Sateen and Satsuko continued to mind their own business, with Sateen STILL rewriting his poem yet again and Satsuko playing with a different cat. “No, that won’t do.” muttered the chuunibyou. “What else can I-” He looked up and saw Mary, and his face erupted into a massive blush before he covered his eyes. “Oh my,” said Satsunyan as she walked over to the boys with a plate of cookies. “I see you noticed what Mary is doing. Be a good boy and stay calm, okay?” She set the cookies down and leaned in closer to Sateen. “If you’re having trouble, you can talk to Big Bro Satsunyan and I’ll help, okay?” she whispered into his ear, blowing into it playfully. “Thanks,” squeaked Sateen, quickly pulling away. And then he registered what was said. “Wait, big bro?”
“Yep!” answered the catgirl(?). “Big Bro Satsunyan!”
“You… you’re a boy?” Sateen asked, a feeling of dread creeping up his spine.
“Yeppers!” Satsunyan chirped, nodding enthusiastically. “Got a ‘cat toy’ like any other guy. But unlike a cat’s, mine doesn’t have barbs!” He made a cutesy catlike pose, winked, and stuck his tongue out playfully, fully aware that he may have ruined cats for many people.
Nearby, Sumireko nearly tripped. Looking over, she bewilderedly raised a finger and pointed. “B-b-but… B-bo-boo-boobs!” she exclaimed.
Reaching into his unbuttoned maid uniform, Satsunyan pulled out a bra and removed a few bra pads from them. “Oh, I use these!” Holding it out to the group, he asked, “Wanna take a look?” Meiling instinctively rushed over and covered Satsuko’s eyes, while Mary grabbed the offered items and started inspecting them while occasionally glancing back down at her own cleavage, ignoring how the customers wolf-whistled at the scene.
Sateen took a deep breath, forcing a smile onto his face. He got up and went outside, standing in front of the fountain next to the café. He reached into his cloak, pulling out an MP3 player. Turning it on and scrolling through the playlist, he selected a certain song and pressed the play button.
A few seconds later, the MP3 played the selected song. “Yureta yuganda sekai ni dan dan boku wa-”
Falling to his knees, Sateen looked up to the sky and let out a heart-rending cry. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Tears trickled down his face from his eyes, which were hidden by his hair.
Watching in concern, Meiling asked, “Should we go see if he’s okay?”
“He’ll be fine… probably.”
“No. He just got reality checked, he can deal with it.”
Clapping his hands, Satsunyan replied, “Nope, worry about him later. It’s rush hour!” He went back into the kitchen, making more meals in preparation. Calling out from the kitchen, he added, “If you need an extra speed boost, use the roller skates!”
Surprised, Sumireko exclaimed, “Roller skates? Food places where the workers used roller skates went out of style like sixty years ago!!” Nonetheless, she quickly put on the skates, awkwardly navigating the cafe to continue taking and delivering orders.
“An Apple-Cinnamon pie for table eight! A Strawberry Milkshake for table twelve! A Layer Cake for table six!” Satsunyan called out as the order forms arrived in the kitchen. The maids quickly took the pending orders and delivered them, while the recently made ones were sent to the kitchen. Sumireko panted in exertion as she tried to avoid crashing, Meiling elegantly twirled on her skates while pouring tea and serving meals, and Mary… continued to try to outdo hardcore anime fanservice.
As time passed, the girls became more accustomed to the work, and their work efficiency increased significantly. Sumireko smiled as she finished serving another table.
“Try using your psychic powers a little to speed things up. It should help.”
“But wouldn’t that be cheating?” muttered Sumireko.
“And Mary flaunting her body isn’t?”
“But she isn’t using her powers to do it,” reasoned the esper.
“Not like she has useful skills for this right task anyways. Don’t worry, nothing too bad should happen if you use them at your own discretion. Besides, isn’t Meiling using her useful skills to show off?”
“But she isn’t using her powers either,” insisted Sumireko.
“If them using something you don’t have isn’t cheating, then you using something they don’t have isn’t cheating either.” “Agree, and like I said, you don’t need to do anything spectacular with them, just use them subtly.” “Oh, very well.” Sumireko said. With her powers, she was able to start bringing orders directly from the counter right when Satsunyan finished making them. The dishes floated across the store, inducing awe in the customers who didn’t know better.
“Look at that! The Cute Neko Glasses Maid is making the dishes fly right to us! She’s not just a normal neko girl, she’s a magical neko girl!!!”
“Very well done. Now keep yourself focused, the rhythm is about to slow down from here.”
A round of cheers erupted, nearly breaking Sumireko’s concentration. “What was that?” she wondered.
She looked back over, and lo and behold it was Mary. The only difference was she was no longer a cat maid… Just a cat. A Sphynx Cat one might describe her as due to the apparent lack of-
“Good thing I censored Mary just in time,” the second voice sighed. “How did she break free from the script and become this unhinged? She was only supposed to act flirty with the customers, not try to bring fanservice to new levels!”
“Because she can. Now…how are the other mind pieces doing in the backburner?”
Sumireko tuned out the voices, focusing on passing the challenge. She briefly nodded to Meiling, who was starting to feel the exhaustion of working nonstop for several hours.
“Keep going, gatekeeper, the rush hour is almost over! I don’t think you would want to give out the prize after the challenge!” “...Then I’ll just have to push myself harder.” Meiling said. Taking a deep breath in, and closing her eyes, she steeled her nerves, a moment passed while she focused on her energy before she opened them right back up with a new flourishing sense of motivation.
“And as for you Mary, stop fooling around and focus on your work, damn it! Aren’t you a shiv crafted by one of Japan’s most famous blacksmiths?!?”
“But I am,” purred Mary as she pulled her dress back up. “I’m drawing in customers.”
“That’s not how it works, butter knife! Now focus on the things that really matter, this isn’t a strip club!!!” Rolling her eyes in annoyance, Mary grumbled, but returned to her duties.
After some more time, the customers cleared out. Clapping his hands, Satsunyan announced, “Alright, work’s over!” The three girls sighed in relief, collapsing into nearby seats. Looking through the list, the cat boy said, “Okay, listen up. I know you had a mini-contest to see who did the best, so I kept track of who contributed the most to the cafe.” The girls perked up, listening with rapt attention.
“In first place is Mary. She made the most money, bu-” Satsunyan was cut off as Mary cheered with joy. “However,” he continued, “most of the money she made will have to be confiscated to clean and repair the uniform she has been provided. Getting those stains out won’t be easy, you know.” The Tsukumogami's celebration ended, and she fell to the floor in depression.
“So, the one who takes up the first spot is…Sumireko! Your shy attitude really made you popular, and doing that telekinesis trick to move orders gave a boost to that popularity.”
“The new second place is…Meiling! That was a really clean and smooth job, but showing off your strength, balance, and lovely legs wasn’t exactly the most popular among the customers. In fact, it was pretty niche. But still, good job!” “And because you’ve successfully completed my endurance challenge…Here’s your reward!!!” Satsunyan reached into the cleavage area of his maid uniform and pulled out a key.
The key glowed a little, jumping out of Satsunyan’s hand and flying right over to Satsuko instead, adding to the other key which the group already had. The two keys twirled around with each other before a ring formed, linking the two keys together side by side. And then it was followed by more victory music.
“Congratulations! You acquired your second key! You’re now halfway done with your quest!”
“Now, as I’ve promised…here it is a small reward for you, Sumireko.” *snap*
A little item appeared in front of Sumireko. A silver heart-shaped locket floated in front of her face, gently resting down in her hands. She held the locket, opening it up to see a picture that she didn’t expect to see: Her and her sister when they were both young. “It is always good to remember the people that keep you determined to push forward. She would have been so happy you found a new person to share your memories with. After all, people can go away, but the memories and emotions don't. Keep them close to your heart when you feel hopeless. She will bring you back up on your feet.” Sumireko smiled faintly before putting on the locket. Taking a deep breath, she got up and groaned, “Well, I’m pooped. Doing all that work with both my mind and body really takes up a lot of energy.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m exhausted, but I could use some rest too,” said Meiling. “As a master of qi, I have far more stamina than most, but that was pretty hard work even for me.”
“Wusses,” taunted Mary. “I’m a tsukumogami, so I’m totally fine, since I have tons of energy stored up over the centuries.” Stretching, she added, “But that doesn’t mean I only rest when I need to.”
“Hm…Well, since you three had brought so much attention to my store, I’ll let you all stay for the night, free of charge!” Satsunyan said.
“Stay for the night? What are you saying?” Sumireko asked.
Satsunyan clapped his hands again. From the ceiling, a stair ladder dropped down. Everyone was confused. He guided everyone up into the floor above, being presented with a completely different sight compared to the cafe.
The walls were made of a fancy wooden pattern, the floor was a nice shade of green, and there was a feeling of standing inside of luxury that made it all the more appealing.
“Welcome to Lucky Cat Hotel!” Satsunyan said. “A little place where you can all rest up and get your energy back! We offer rooms you can sleep in, services ranging from food to massages, and don’t forget our luxurious jacuzzi!” He said.
“Woah… This is amazing!!!” Meiling said.
Whistling, Mary exclaimed, “Damn! If we get Satsu back and Satsuland is still here, we should see if we can still come to this place.”
“Don’t count on it. The most probable scenario is that all of this mindscape will become one in specific. But that doesn’t mean the others won’t have their little corner on it.”
“But wait…We can’t rest now. What about Satsujin, or the others?” Sumireko asked.
“Ah, don’t worry. One hour in here is only a few minutes out there, you’ll be okay.”
“We COULD make it slower, but it won’t do any good for your mental age and physical age to be too different.”
With that in mind, the group decided that rest was now an option. Satsunyan showed everyone to their respective rooms. Sumireko and Meiling took one room, Mary and Satsuko took another, and Sateen was forced to share a room with Satsunyan.
And eventually, their small rest turned into a night’s worth of sleep.

Satsujin gasped as he woke up. Scrambling to his feet, he looked around urgently, realizing that he could see. “So I’m still in my mind, huh?” he muttered. Getting up, he looked around the room, looking for clues to where he was. Walking up to the window, he glanced outside, only to see what looked like some sort of large village. He checked if the window was the type that could be opened, but frowned when he realized it wasn’t. “Guess I’ll check the door then.”
Walking over, he came to a half when he saw not one, but two doors in front of him. One was in near-perfect condition, while the other was battered, as though someone had tried and failed to break through it. Going up to the doors, he tried to open them, only for the doorknobs to not move. Banging on them, he shouted, “Hello? Is anyone there?” There was no response. Satsujin was about to try again when he heard it.
Raspy breathing could be heard from the doors. Between them, the bricks dissipated, revealing a set of eyes. One eye was gold, while the other was silver. A deep voice growled, “Origin… stay here… me… keep you… safe…” The bricks returned, hiding the eyes once more.
Satsujin shook his head. “I can’t stay here,” he muttered to himself. “I have to go back.”
“Pick one. Time is running up.”
“Huh? Who’s that? Show yourself!”
“Leave the questions for later. Right now you have to find a way out of this place and reunite with your friends.”
An audible clicking was heard, and the doorknobs twitched slightly. Satsujin realized that the doors were unlocked. While he somehow knew that the mysterious figure wanting him to stay was telling the truth, he also knew that he couldn’t stay no matter what. He needed to leave and get back to the others. \Pick. One.\**
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2023.03.31 05:47 Terrible-Ad-3099 Meme

No way they actually dropped that many sd’s right??
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2023.03.31 05:46 ToadBrigade5 Teddiursa & Ursaring - Toad's Daily Pokémon Ranking, 216 & 217

Teddiursa & Ursaring - Toad's Daily Pokémon Ranking, 216 & 217
Introducing the first Normal type line to gain an evolution with a new typing in a later generation!
216: Teddiursa
Teddiursa is an absolutely adorable teddy bear Pokémon and I like it a lot! I think in the whacky over the top Pokedex we've covered in Johto, Teddiursa stands out for striking a very unique balance. It's both a cute, simple design but it has it's own vibes and identity going for it beyond that - with it's connection both to bear cubs and the moon, presented on it's forehead.
Teddiursa surprisingly got a lot of focus in recent generations that elevated it's presence to me - it's line was featured as one of the 10 core Pokémon in Legends Arceus, and then it got to be the ace Pokemon of Gym Leader Katy in Paldea, using a Bug Type Tera Form representing it's honey in her baking. I think the biggest thing that made me realize how pleasant Teddiursa's vibes were that the as the Pokémon showed up more, I didn't mind it at all and smiled as though it was a core regular in the franchise.
I think at the end of the day, Teddiursa is simple but it starts off a good line in a strong way, and I like it. I'm a sucker for stuffed animals in real life and it's just a cute Pokémon with some neat behaviors. It's too simple to be one of my favorites, but I think a low B Tier score is quite fitting.
Fanart found on Pinterest

217: Ursaring
This one is kind of disappointing though. Despite being the final stage for Teddiursa for a very long time, Ursaring really felt way too boring and simple by comparison. Like Noctowl, it seems to abandon most of Teddiursa's motifs like honey, stuffed animals, and night time, but unlike Noctowl, it isn't charismatic enough of a design to pick up the slack.
Ursaring is just... a bear. A bear with a yellow circle on it's belly which took me way too long was still supposed to be a full moon. But it still feels like a last ditch attempt, like Teddiursa was just another Johtonian one-stage line that they realize could not stand alone, and came running in with a random bear and painted a yellow circle on it's belly to claim it still preserved the motif.
I don't hate it, it's cool enough, they do some cool things with it. I like how it looks in the modern games, and watching Teddiursas gather around an Alpha Ursaring was really really neat. But it still is... disappointing, and feels incredibly average for a promising line. C Tier.
But man. Man oh man do I LOVE it's evolution. Ursaluna for the absolute win! We'll get to that in a few years.
Fanart by EriiRapbito
For information on this series like tier definitions, the archives, and rankings, see this master doc. The last post was on Sneasel, which can be found here.
If you'd like to see more content like this, also check out Emi's version which runs in parallel: Emi's Version.
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2023.03.31 05:46 RoboticSword Paranoia anxiety

My paranoia has got so bad. I can't put my mind at ease. Everyone is trying to undermine me. Employers are trying to break me down. They judge me. I can't escape. I don't know who I can talk to about this stuff. People who know me will talk about me if I do - more than they already are. I've had three panic attacks today. I'm not sure how to make them stop. I'm starting to hear sounds again that make no sense... namely non-vocal music. And I'm seeing things creeping on me... around each corner. They move like shadows. They won't let up. I just want to make it to the weekend, just so I can hide in peace for a few days before the world starts up again.
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2023.03.31 05:46 hey_itsthatguy9 Fluffy Dog "Rescue" truly is a scam

I saw a post on here (at I believe it was milwaukee, I apologize if it wasn't, though I feel like this needs to be emphasized and shared regardless) that now appears to have been deleted before I was able to add a comment with my own horrible experience about the sham that is Fluffy Dog "Rescue" (FDR). To whomever that was who posted it, I want you to know that you certainly are not alone in your experience.

We adopted a dog from FDR years ago. Unfortunately, after a few months it unfortunately wasn't going to work out with that dog due to an incident that deeply affected us and made us realize that we couldn't keep the dog. Making the decision to give up the dog was truly painful and one that we agonized over for days after the incident, but we knew we had to make it. Please believe me when I say that we wanted to make it work out, but it just wasn't going to happen no matter how much we wanted it to. Unfortunately, due to the contract we signed at adoption, we needed to return our dog to the FDR directly. We sent Lori Marcheck (the owner and founder of FDR) a very sad, sincere, and detailed email about how hard it was for us to make the decision and tried to do our best to ensure the dog would be taken care of. The response from Lori was so heartless, cruel, and so horrific: basically she didn't care about us and said (and I am literally quoting her email) "Welcome to rescue dog. [...] I am sorry that [dog name] will need to go through the stress of being rehomed again. Let's hope she makes it." What a cruel response with absolutely no regard for us; basically, this is what you should expect from us, oh well. We were incredibly close to breaking the adoption contract and giving up our dog to a different local shelter so that it would not go back to Lori; we didn't want return the dog to Lori so much that we even tried to bargain a return of dog to the foster home directly because we at least knew the foster provided a good home (and we certainly didn't feel the same about what Lori would do).
After that incident and reflecting upon all of the warning signs that we then were able to see (looking back at prior correspondences with Lori), I realized that we should have done more research into FDR. Oh did I find some interesting things...
Lori estimates that she has "rescued" over (5000 dogs)[] since 2005, which multiplied by the adoption fee we paid ($450) means she has received over $2.25 MILLION in sales/revenue. It appears that there may even be an additional(?) $75 fee which is non-refundable, this may or may not be additional sales/revenue Lori would receive. And as far as I can tell, Lori and FDR uses volunteers at their facility (which is just a warehouse with kennels stacked on top of each other) and as fosters. Furthermore, they utilize (transport groups)[] that volunteer to move dogs from southern states to FDR. Additionally, in our experience, FDR provided the absolute minimal number of vaccines and medication for the dog we adopted as possible, enough to legally allow them to cross state lines to come to Wisconsin; the vet that we took our dog to was SHOCKED at the limited/poor documentation and minimal vaccines given to the dog before we adopted them. Finally, they frequently ask for (donations)[] to support the dogs, meaning that even those basic expenses like food are provided via donations. Clearly, FDR has minimal expenses in total (the website even claims they ("are entirely volunteer run")[]), likely only paying for a minimal amount of dog food and other basic expenses required at their facility.
Finally, from what I was able to find, prior to FDR having their own facility at 647 Industrial Ct., they were registered at (W295 N8427 Camp Whitcomb Rd)[] which appears to be a very wealthy residential house. I unfortunately can't find it, but I don't believe they had a facility until at least 2020, which points to solely using foster households for the dogs they rescued for 15+ years (whom they would not have paid) since they had their personal(?) residence listed on legal documents for FDR's location.

In addition to my own experiences, this is the same "rescue" that (discriminated against a 70-year old women)[] and said she should adopt a dog who was 3+ instead of the 1 year old dog she wanted. Did Lori/FDR really expect that a 70+ year old women would die within those 2 years of a dog's life?!

Finally, I want to emphasize the point that all of the fosters and volunteers seem like absolutely wonderful individuals looking to do the right thing to help; our experience with the foster could not have been better, she was a wonderful individual. However, Lori Marcheck appears to be an absolute fraud and appears to be using this "rescue" as a way to make money from people who want to foster and adopt vulnerable dogs.
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2023.03.31 05:45 OkDragonfruit9933 Master the Golang browser automation skills and let you do more with less at work!

Master the Golang browser automation skills and let you do more with less at work!
In modern working environments, duplicate browser operations often need to be treated. This is not only time -consuming and laborious, but also errors. However, with Golang browser automation skills, you can easily implement the automation operation of the browser and improve work efficiency. This article will introduce some Golang browser automation techniques, and how to use the Clonbrowser fingerprint browser to simplify your automation process.
Golang is an efficient programming language, which has fast execution speed and high composite power. With the characteristics of Golang, you can easily implement the automation operation of the browser. The following is some Golang browser automation skills:
Webdriver library using Go language
The GO language has a very good Webdriver library that can realize the automation operation of the browser. The name of this library is Selenium, which can be installed through the Go Get command. Using the Selenium library can achieve the following operations:
Start the browser
Open the specified url
Enter text in the text box
Click the button
Get page elements
Waiting for the page loading to complete
Waiting elements appear
These functions are the basis of Golang browser automation. You can use them to build more complicated operations, such as automatic login website, filling in forms, etc.
Use Goquery Library Analysis Page
Goquery is a very easy -to -use HTML parsing library in the Go language, which can be used to resolve HTML pages. Use it, you can easily get page elements and operate pages. Goquery provides many methods, such as Find (), Children (), Parent (), Text (), ATTR (), etc. These methods can easily get the required page elements.
Use Golang's coroutine
Golang has good coroutine support, and the use of corporations can make the code easier and efficient. The use of corporations can perform multiple browsers at the same time to improve efficiency. In Golang, the coroutine can be created through Go keywords, such as Go Func () {// corporate code} (). The coroutine can be easily implemented.
In addition to the above techniques, there are many other Golang browser automation techniques. These techniques can help you complete the browser automation task more efficiently.
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2023.03.31 05:45 MeWithoutYou25 Does anyone else have family members you know hide what they really believe in?

My post the other day made me think of this and I'm curious to know if anyone else has a similar experience. I have hidden for years that I secretly attend Chabad events / classes etc ( that's how I ended up meeting my person) my grandparents ( the ones I'm close to) and my brother ( the only sibling I'm close to) we are all left leaning when everyone else in our family and our circles is hardcore right wing. My brother and sister in law identify as modern orthodox despite to the outside world portrayed themselves as yeshivish, I know even though they will never do it they would like to move away and join a modern orthodox community. My grandmother is a feminist, women's rights, lgbtqia rights, when I was younger and RBG was alive she took me to hear her speak, my grandfather learned Gemara with me ( so did my dad) but with my grandfather it meant long discussions and learning into the wee hours of the morning until I was so tired I would fell asleep, he also let me ask any questions, took my opinions as serious and let me stand correct when he believed I was, growing up motsei Shabbos at my grandparents house meant I could wear pajama pants, watch disney movies and cartoons, something I was not allowed at my parents house. I could give many more examples but I'm just wondering if anyone else has a similar experience, where you know other family members also hide what they really believe in and you are just honest with each other because you understand where everyone is coming from?
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2023.03.31 05:45 kitchensbrandom Renovating Your Home: How Long Will It Take?

Renovating Your Home: How Long Will It Take?
When considering a home renovation, one of the most common questions you’ll get is how long it will take and how much it will disrupt your life. This is especially true for full kitchen renovations, which can be quite disruptive. There are several stages to consider:


The pre-construction phase involves tearing out any existing fixtures or structures that need to be removed to make room for the new design. This can include removing bulkheads or relocating plumbing, which can take roughly a week or more depending on the situation.

Cabinet and Flooring Installation

Once the pre-construction phase is complete, the cabinets and flooring can be installed. This is typically followed by the countertop and backsplash in that order, and then final electrical hookup.

Countertop Installation

Many people opt for stone countertops, such as quartz, which can take up to two weeks from template to installation.
Overall, most kitchen renovations take about four to five weeks to complete. During this time, you may need to set up a temporary kitchen with a table, microwave, and relocated fridge. While it can be disruptive to your daily life, most people find that time goes by quickly and are thrilled with the end result. In fact, years later, many hardly remember the disruption.

Investing in Your Kitchen: How Much Should You Spend?

Another common question I receive is how much people should invest in their kitchen and what kind of return on investment they can expect. This can vary depending on the house and the homeowner’s goals.

Consider the House and the Homeowner's Goals

If the homeowner is in a starter home and plans to sell it in the next two to five years, they may want to limit their renovation budget to 10 to $20,000 to ensure the kitchen’s value is in line with the overall value of the house. However, if the house is worth a million or more, investing in a low-end kitchen may not be worth it as the next buyer may tear it out.

Functionality is Key

Functionality is key when it comes to kitchen renovations. It’s important to consider how the space will be used and make sure there are enough counter space, storage, and clearances for easy movement, especially for individuals who may use wheelchairs or walkers.
Overall, it’s important to consider the homeowner’s goals, the value of the house, and the functionality of the space when deciding how much to invest in a kitchen renovation.

The Importance of Functionality in Kitchen Design

Functionality is key in any kitchen design and should be the top priority when planning a renovation or remodel. Ensuring that the space is functional for cooking, cleaning, and prepping is essential to creating a kitchen that meets the needs of the homeowner.

The Role of Color in Kitchen Design

Choosing the right colors for a kitchen is an important part of the design process. While it’s important to consider personal preferences, it’s also important to keep in mind the overall style and aesthetic of the home to ensure that the kitchen design complements the rest of the house.

Customization and Flexibility in Kitchen Design

At our design firm, we believe in getting to know our clients and understanding how they use their space to create a truly personalized kitchen design. We work closely with our clients to ensure that their needs and preferences are met, while also keeping in mind the overall style and aesthetic of the home.

The Impact of Color on Real Estate

While personal preference is important, it’s also important to consider the impact of color on real estate value. Choosing unique or bold colors may limit the appeal of the home to potential buyers, so it’s important to consider long-term plans for the property when making color choices.

The Importance of Color in Design

Then the beauty comes in and that’s where all the colors come in. What I do is I actually like to lay out all my samples and we have an area here where we layout our samples so we can even take pictures of them so that we have them as scrap or to use as we’re designing. So some people like to pick their colors early on, some people do it a little bit later, but we always make sure that we’re there for them and we also try to give not too many options, because some people get very confused with too many options and we’ve got lots of options here.
If we know what you are looking for in a style, maybe you like the country, maybe modern, maybe transitional, or maybe you just have some pictures you found on a house or one of these websites. There’s something about it so working from a picture or some kind of focus, I find us as designers here at random. It gives us something to work towards, so that’s really important. So together we work with the client to make sure that they get exactly what they’re expecting. We’ve also heard from other companies out there that apparently they like to design and kind of put it upon the client, that this is what you should have, we’re not like that at all. We’re more about getting to know you, becoming a family member, and really trying to understand how you use your home and how you use your space. The rest of the home has to blend with the rest of the home, so if you have a very traditional house, we’re not going to try to sell you modern, that’s why we really customize and flex to our clients. It’s important because they’re the people who are going to be living in the house, they have to wake up and like it.

The Impact of Color on Real Estate

However, something about color and, I know from a real estate point of view, when people go a little off the norm, like a little off those neutrals like tops and beiges and grays. I’ve had clients come in and they said, I have to redo the whole bathroom just because of that library tile. It’s so important to ask that question if you’re doing it for yourself and are going to be in this home for a long time versus if your plan is to sell it in the next couple of years and maybe that lime green tile just isn’t the right option for right now.

Which Renovation Should You Choose?

With the modest budget to redo one space, would you recommend a bathroom innovation or a kitchen renovation?
It depends on the home and the like if it kitchens tend to be #1. I want to ask a couple more questions with respect to that. What’s the age of the home? What’s the state of the kitchen? What’s the state of the bathroom? Let’s call it a 1950s bungalow and, or even the 1980s home, and the kitchen and bathroom are still original.
I’d say go with the kitchen before going with the bathroom, especially for resale.Most people will usually do a kitchen first because it is one of the most used spaces, whereas usually I have multiple bathrooms and then that is also convenient for renovating because most people have a second toilet too, which is great, but kitchens most. People look for a properly renovated kitchen because it’s the hub.
Now, everybody wants to go in and hang out with their friends and family in the kitchen. So I would say you could look at, even just doing countertops, if your cabinets are in good condition and they just need to be repainted. But if it’s a matter of a full renovation, it just depends on what your needs are and what the budget entails.

About Partial Renovations and Stretching Your Budget

How far out would you stretch your budget and have something that still looked modern? I would say in the kitchen, some people still have their builder kitchens, and with the builder kitchen, even just changing out the handles, putting in a proper countertop because, the builder kitchen, usually they just give you a laminate countertop and if they don’t have a backsplash yet, put in backsplash tile, that can change the look.

Changing Out Countertops and Backsplash

Painting the walls as well to coincide with what you’re doing is something that’s a lot easier to do. There’s no plumbing involved, there’s only the countertop. Well, plumbing in the sense that we’re re-hooking up your sink only and then there’s just the countertop and backsplash so it’s a quicker renovation too because, you’re without a kitchen for less time, but you have to basically still your cabinets because they’re going to be there probably, another at least 10 years because once you invest in the stone countertop, which a lot of people are doing quartz countertops, you got to make sure your cabinets are good enough to last the length of the time that you’re going to have that quartz countertop.

Cost of Countertops

I’ve done many countertops, and some people spend as little as about 3000 installed, and some spend as much as I’ve done even as high as 8 to 10,000 for countertops, it all depends on the color they choose. There’s so many colors now with so many different price points that you can get a new stone countertop and a new sink and a new faucet for fairly reasonably priced.

Maximizing Home Resale Value with Kitchen or Bath Renovations

When renovating a kitchen or bath, one common question is how much of an increase in home resale value can be expected. The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the price of the home and the amount spent on the renovation.
It could be a couple thousand dollars or more with a full renovation, depending on the scope and cost of the project. Ultimately, the goal should be to maximize the return on investment while also creating a space that is functional and visually appealing.

Choosing Classic Style with Gold and Creamy White Accents

Decorating a space can be challenging, especially when trying to combine different styles and color schemes. One example is marrying classic style with trendy gold accents and creamy white hues.
While it may seem difficult to combine these elements, there are ways to make them work together harmoniously. For instance, gold accents can complement darker colors and create a sense of elegance and sophistication.
However, it’s essential to see all the samples together and consider existing flooring, which can affect the overall look and feel of the space. Getting the opinion of a professional designer can also be helpful in making the final decision.


Renovating a kitchen or bath and choosing a design style can be exciting, but also overwhelming. By considering factors like home resale value, personal preferences, and existing elements, you can create a space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
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Hello I am a man needing advice on something I’m really tripped up on…. I feel really weird cause I NEVER do this! I also do not open up and let many people in. This was the first time in a while I had and it was incredible how fast and easy she knocked down my walls!
I was dating a (28f) for 3 months! I attempted to make it official which we had discussed before and she stated she wanted! At this time I did not sense or feel like there were issues between us…. But we however were each individually going through stuff and we were having a pregnancy scare…. Which I had told her that I would be there for her with anything she needed and any decision she made!!!!
I sent her a message saying I wanted her and to battle any challenges that came!! Basically what a partner should do, I wanted and saw us going the distance!
She replied with say in short, that was everything she wanted and I was literally everything she wanted in a guy!!! BUT she needed time to figure stuff out and thought we should focus on ourselves for a little!!! Understood, she then says she didn’t want to do it this was but she never got a chance to tell me she loves me!! A few days pass not talking, I send her a message to see how she is doing and she replies and ends it with I miss you!
We exchange some txts nothing bad and all of a sudden it flips to me never contacting her again and going my own way!!!!!
In two weeks time it goes from good to breaking up to I love you, to I miss you and finishes with don’t contact me again!!!!
Im lost and need some advice, thoughts and opinions!!!!! Please!!!!
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2023.03.31 05:44 nokiacanon I don’t get along with my mom who is a tremendous help with newborn

Hi all! My baby is 3 months old my mother had been coming every morning to help since he was a few weeks old. We would argue many times about temperature, baby holding, baby wearing, baby feeding basically everything. My mother thinks she knows best because she has experience but I am literally just following doctors recommendations and I have a bit of anxiety and honestly just trust doctors more. We’ve gotten into some pretty big fights and one in particular was bad. My baby had a bit of congestion and my mom freaked out and blamed me and hubby., Hubby had a persistent slight cough since before baby was born. She basically yelled at my and told me to listen to her and believe her that we’re at fault. Actually, doctor said it’s common for newborns.
I’m grateful that my mom loves my baby so much but I’m resentful that she doesn’t follow my parenting techniques, she judges everything I do and makes me feel bad. She’ll tell me that I’m freezing the baby when temperature is at 72F and he’s well covered. She’ll tell me I’m not holding my baby correctly. She snapped at me while showering my baby because the water slightly touched his ear. She doesn’t let me walk my baby outside when it’s 65F because it’s too cold. Obviously he would wear jacket. Apart from her being mean to me regarding my baby she’s also mean about other things. My parents are divorced and She’s gotten more hateful towards my father. She talks bad about him and makes it really uncomfortable for me when he wants to come over to see his grandson. I think a bit part of her anger is because my dad got custody of me when I was a child and maybe my moms feelings are brought up again with baby.
And the last bit is that my hubbys family treated me really shitty when my baby was born. (My mil took my hubby out for drinks the day after I delivered and barged into my room drunk and demanded to know why I was upset) The few people I’ve told have sympathized with me and made me feel supported. My mother basically told me to just ignore it and get along with him and his family. - she also doesn’t want me baby wearing which I love because it’s bad for baby’s back 🙄 I want to get along with my mom. I know she loves us but she’s becoming a know it all and also bitter in general. What can I do to help this situation? Has anyone dealt with a mother like mine?
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2023.03.31 05:44 Financial_FreedomPlz I'm ignoring my health because of my job.

As I've continued to get success at my job, I noticed more and more that my health is getting ignored. It seems as though the more successful I get, the more I'm unable to focus on my health.
For me, there are at least 2 major health issues that I have. One of those leaves me incapable of traveling. I absolutely need a surgery to address this one, though there is no guarantee it would fix it, and I have been putting it off because of my job though my plan was to address it this year but those plans are halted due to some situations on the job I'll speak about below.
The other is a chronic condition I have been dealing with for 10 years. It has not gotten worse, but I am definitely not where I should or want to be.
Recently, I've been recommended for a promotion and a raise due to the exit of my manager. My new manager has already given me that work that falls within that promotion without the promotion or raise in itself, with the intention that the promotion is pretty much set in stone even though it's not official yet. It is essentially me proving myself that I can do this job.
I feel like this is a red flag and I've considered saying "NO" to doing anything else further until it becomes official now.
Due to this, I don't want to screw it up by taking extended time off so soon into a potential new promotion and new role. In the same sense, I would not be disappointed if I did take time off. This stems from the fact that the new boss is a bit of a loose cannon whom I don't know which personality I speak to day to day, and it increases stress levels high, whereas my prior managers were more chill and laid back.
Add to this that I would manage employees that I know are looking to leave and would leave me with even more work to deal with. It would be the equivalent of me having two or even three jobs instead of just having one. However, I do get paid very well.
My fear is the obvious of not only don't I get promoted, but they may see I'm not needed if I take extended time off and continue on without me.... and I have many bills and debts I need to pay.
In the same sense, I have been reading some articles about how health should come first as it could become financially worse later on if I didn't have a job, especially if I let health issues go and had an emergency because of it. It's really making me think about this, as I can replace my job and the work can be replaced as well and will always be there, but I can't replace my health and there's no guarantee it will always be there.
I want to share this in case anyone has any words of advice or encouragement for me. Reddit has been good thus far for solid advice here, most of which I've taken. I'll respond a within the next day or two to anyone who can offer advice or give me their experiences with this.
Appreciate any responses!
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