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On 2/13/2020 at 7:16 PM, The Biggest Fan Of Fuzzy said:

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TBFOF!!!  WOW!!!  I am so sad that I missed being here when you and Lexxscrapham were here.  How are you?  How is life treating you?  What are you doing?  Please, fill me in!

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No news from Memphis at the moment. This coming Saturday I will be in Miami for a week.

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On 2/14/2020 at 7:30 AM, lexxscrapham said:

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WOW!!!  Lexxscrapham, I am so sorry to have missed you.  What are you doing with yourself these days?  What is happening in your life.  I really would like to hear from you!

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Unfortunately, I missed wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.  I was accomplishing this marathon drive from the Florida Keys to Utah, to Las Vegas and then back to Utah.  I was attempting to take care of some details in Florida before heading back to Utah.  I drove the twenty-seven hundred miles, in less than forty-six hours.  It was drive, stop for gas, drive, stop for more gas, drive, stop for even more gas, until I needed to get a little sleep in the car, and repeat.  The very first thing I did when I arrived home, was to take a long, hot shower.  We are making a move from Utah to Nevada by the end of the month, so I hope to put an end to my cross-country driving career very shortly.

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We've just been trying for the last year but we've not been consistent, that's all haha well she's definitely going to earn an ice cream but she hasn't pooped on it so no new dress, and peeing is iffy on it so she may not earn a doll this week lol

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On 2/20/2020 at 7:42 AM, Horatio said:

TBFOF!!!  WOW!!!  I am so sad that I missed being here when you and Lexxscrapham were here.  How are you?  How is life treating you?  What are you doing?  Please, fill me in!

Hello! 

Not too much to report these days. Still living in NYC. I quit my job Spring 2019 to "find myself" - as all the millennials seem to be doing these days. Never "found myself", but definitely enjoyed my year (omg I can't believe it's almost been a year) off. At this point I'm interviewing to get back into what I was doing before, just to have an income. 

Hoping to save up some $$ within the next year and move to Amsterdam in Spring/Summer 2021. 

 

 

How are you doing, Horatio?

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WOW!!!  Incredible.  Ha, ha, ha!  Some people never "find themselves".   Unfortunately, money is a necessity to have a roof over your head, food on the table and do some of those things you like to do, such as buy clothes and have dinner out.  I love Amsterdam.  You will absolutely love living there.  Then, I will come over and visit you.  A year off.  That is wonderful to have some time to think about what you would like to do.  You will be working for a very, very long time, so enjoy your life whilst you are young.  You are well qualified, so you will find a job fast.  I am certain that you will save the money that you are planning on.  

Life is terrific.  We just finished a move from Utah to Nevada.  I am still playing with my camera, taking photographs of anything and everything.  Ninety-nine percent are junk, but in that last one percent, I am fortunate to find one I like.  Are you still taking photographs?  You really have a very good eye and I hope that you continue with your photography.  I am enjoying many new hobbies.  Jewellery making and rock hounding for the rocks that I use for my jewellery.  

I will be back.  

 

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How is everyone doing during this stressful time?  What are you doing to get through this stressful time?

I have decided to take at least ten photographs, everyday.  The subject does not matter.  It is just the process that matters.  I have taken some very strange images in the last week, rocks, roadside litter, bugs, anything that catches my eye.  I will start posting images that I think you might enjoy.

Would everyone please stay safe during this time of uncertainty?  Practice at least two metres/six feet between other people, use a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands for at least twenty seconds and do not touch your face with your hands.

Take care and be well.

Horatio

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I'm here, I'm safe, and I'm healthy. I'm "essential" as a supermarket employee, so no forced extended vacation for me. I'm already a homebody so not going out except work isn't much of a struggle, esp since my main source of socializing has been Discord and Twitch for three years now. MacKenzie is having difficulty adjusting bc she doesn't really understand why she can't go play with other little kids at the park. She doesn't understand being sick; she's only had one cold in her life, so long ago she wouldn't remember it.

I'm worried about getting sick, because there are people out on leave in my store with "pneumonia" (read, undiagnosed but showing symptoms...) and 50 in my county have managed test positive. If I get sick, it's going to be a nightmare bc while I'm healthy and have no underlying conditions, we live with my over-70, diabetic, cancer-stricken, breathing-impaired father in law, who rather conveniently pays the rent. Which I cannot afford by myself. But we pay for our own food, so if I just stay home and forgo earning my paycheck, I can't feed my family. [unrelated - I have never spelled out "forgo" before and it looks weird]

So I'm stressed. But I'm working in a job that makes me happy, and helps people stay out of my store, which is even more important these days. I work in order fulfillment, which is basically a 9-hour scavenger hunt throughout the store every day, as I pick out products people ordered online for curbside pickup. It's fun! I get plenty of exercise (average 20K steps a day) and my coworkers are fun.

Stay safe, please. As absent as I am, this place and the people in it are important to me.

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Topazia!!!  Thank you for the update.  
Thank goodness you are healthy and working.  I am pleased that you are happy with your job.  Twenty thousand steps a day?!?!?!?  You must sleep very well at night.  

Only one cold???  That is fantastic!  Whatever you are doing, keep it up!  It is so hard to see young children not be able to go outside and then they are too young to understand why not.  How old is MacKenzie now?  It seems like only yesterday that she was born.

The stress of worrying about not catching this virus, can wear down your immune system. Please follow the guidelines of washing your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds, do not touch your face with your hands, and cover your face with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.  These guidelines should help you stay safe throughout your life.  

i will be back in a little while to finish this conversation.

 

 

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IT'S BACK! THE BOARDS ARE ALIVE!!!!

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Yes, I agree.  Great news.

How are you continuing to do during this very different period of our lives?  How is work?  Are you still as busy?  

Not much to report here.  Things are still the same.  I am taking quite a number of indoor images.   For example, I am playing with my food,  LOL!!!  Exactly what you teach MacKenzie not to do.  Today I am going to play with oil and water.  We will see how that turns out.  Perhaps this will be one photographic adventure that will be best conducted outdoors.  LOL!!!

 

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Life is continuing much as normal lately, just with no park outings for the little one. I got a promotion, and we're very busy, which is good. My department keeps people out of the store.

That's such a cool looking picture!

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The COVID-19 virus has certainly changed our lives.  The big question is how is everyone coping?  One fact to consider, Anne Frank was in a four hundred fifty square foot attic, not able to make a sound, for over two years.  She never left the attic for over two years.  We can make it through this.

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Yesterday was - Kat's - birthday.  Every single day this month, I was thinking that I needed to remember to wish her a happy birthday, even up to the very night prior.   Well, here I am a day late.  I totally missed her special day.  Happy Belated Birthday - Kat -.

 

 

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so many beautiful pictures, as always. My life hasn't changed a whole lot since this whole thing. I still go to work, I still come home and play with MacKenzie before bed, and I still try to do art at night. Were I in a different field of work, it'd probably be a very different story haha!

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Topazia, thank you for your comment.  I appreciate hearing this.  

The terrific news is that you are still working.  Is your husband working?  Hopefully, he is.  MacKenzie must look forward to accomplishing art with her mother every evening.  I always remember doing art with my mother.  It was always such a special time.

Let me see what other photographs I can post.  I have been playing with flowers and food these past weeks.  Some photographs are good, some are not so good.  It took me about seventy photographs for me to be happy about the result.  The good news, it passes quite a bit of time.

 

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SpaceX did a phenomenal job of delivering two U. S. Astronauts to the International Space Station!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!

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those are some trippy but awesome photos!

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that looks like a Monet painting!

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Thank you, I appreciate that.  At the moment, I am attempting to take photographs that are two images combined into one, in the camera.  This is not something I am doing in photoshop, but an in camera attempt at art.  So far, I do not have any photographs that I am happy with.  Hopefully, soon.  

How are you, Sean and MacKenzie?  She must be getting big!

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she's turning 4... in a week... make it stop! we're doing great, sean got a job a couple months ago and I'm still working where I've been for a year. And she's adjusted alright to no outside interaction, although I hate that she lost access to children right as her little personality is bubbling through. Luckily my mom and siblings are able to watch her sometimes so she still gets some play time with other humans than mom and dad.

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15 hours ago, Topazia said:

she's turning 4... in a week... make it stop! we're doing great, sean got a job a couple months ago and I'm still working where I've been for a year. And she's adjusted alright to no outside interaction, although I hate that she lost access to children right as her little personality is bubbling through. Luckily my mom and siblings are able to watch her sometimes so she still gets some play time with other humans than mom and dad.

Four, I cannot believe she is almost four.  Happy Birthday MacKenzie!  This is such a tough time for all little kids who should be around others at this age.  I am so happy that you have family that can step in and give her some attention.  Her mother and father are terrific, but the attention from others is also wonderful.

Congratulations on Sean's new job.  I hope he this is a company that he feels is a good place for him, and a place where he can grow and move up.  I remember when you started your latest job, are you happy there?  I know you are working really hard at this job, so I hope that it is a good place for you.  

Hopefully, you all are staying healthy and avoiding the germs.  This will be over soon, and life will go on.  

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On 8/9/2020 at 2:43 PM, Horatio said:

Four, I cannot believe she is almost four.  Happy Birthday MacKenzie!  This is such a tough time for all little kids who should be around others at this age.  I am so happy that you have family that can step in and give her some attention.  Her mother and father are terrific, but the attention from others is also wonderful.

Congratulations on Sean's new job.  I hope he this is a company that he feels is a good place for him, and a place where he can grow and move up.  I remember when you started your latest job, are you happy there?  I know you are working really hard at this job, so I hope that it is a good place for you.  

Hopefully, you all are staying healthy and avoiding the germs.  This will be over soon, and life will go on.  

So, how was MacKenzie's birthday?  Did you bake a cake?  Any photographs you would like to share?

I am taking two courses this semester.  These are a little more difficult online, as the two professors are not accustomed to teaching online.  One professor, does not answer his telephone, or answer emails.  YIKES!!!  How can you not answer any form of contact when a student is attempting to reach you.  I could see not answering for a couple days, but four weeks?  I have been attempting to reach this guy for four weeks.  The other professor knows the information that she is teaching so well, that she misses steps online.  She will say, go here, or go here, then here and here.  Okay, go where?  You cannot read the video on her screen as she has not adjusted the focus and the words are blurry.  How do you expect me to follow you when I cannot even see the cursor?  Then she will miss stating steps she is taking, and you end up trying to figure out how she went from step one to step five.  She omitted telling you about steps two, three and four.  If you were sitting in her classroom, you would raise your hand and stop her.  This way she could fill in the gaps.  But, online, with videos... well, all you can do is start and stop the videos and hope for the best.  You can see if you see her hand moving rapidly across the screen.  And... this is only week four.  Only ten more weeks to go.  

As for other news, there is not much.  I have decided to enrol in helicopter training as an add-on.  I think that this is something that I would like to do to enrich my mind.  The flight school that I have been speaking with, has a program that begins in the spring.  I am looking forward to this.

Not much else to report.  I hope all is well with you, Sean and MacKenzie.

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her day was great! she got the gifts she needed, and some fun stuff too. I didn't bake a cake, but the storebought was better anyway lol was a good one! I don't have any recent photos on my PC right now, they're all on the phone. but she's beautiful haha!

ew, those professors sound frustrating. but I'm glad you're in school, and working on your mind.

All is well with us. I've felt very sick today but I don't think it's the Rona. Hopefully not. He enjoys his job for the most part, and loves his manager. I'm enjoying mine, but I'm trying to transfer because his store (same as mine, across town) is closer to home and they don't get forced to work until midnight every weekend bc stuff didn't get done.

I had closed my art commissions for several months this year but I've opened them again because hey, money is good, and art is fun, so doing them is wise lol

other than that, not much to report. Hope all is well with you!

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This is all terrific news.  Yes, Public makes the most wonderful cakes.  I do not know if you have ever tried one from there, but they are so good.  I am certain that other locations are also as tasty, but for me, the Public store cannot be surpassed. I so happy to hear that MacKenzie's birthday was a success.  

Would you please back up your telephone or camera to your laptop?  Back ups are good.  

Yes, my professors are very frustrating.  But, on top of this is the fact that these professors have had to transition from face-to-face classes to online classes, and they did not do it very well last semester.  They could have accomplished something over the summer, but everyone in power said that face-to-face classes would be back in the fall.  Well, we all know this did not happen.  So, now the professors are scrambling to make online classes.  And... in the back of their minds is the fact that this may be for only one semester, so they really do not want to work so hard on this.  Well, you never know what will happen in the spring semester.

I hope that you get transferred to a store closer to home.  That would be really terrific.  

The news that you have opened your art commissions again, is outstanding.  As you say, you are having fun and making money, so what could be better.  I hope they start rolling in.

Not much is happening here.  Just me complaining about my professors and trying to grasp all the gaps in their videos.  There is one professor who is showing us things on her computer screen, with 'click here', 'go there' and other similar phrases.  The problem is that she is so fast and her cursor is black on black or grey, that you cannot follow exactly where she is pointing and then she is off to the other 'click here'.  YIKES!!!!!  I have stopped, reversed and started one six minute video over one hundred times, just trying to find out where her little cursor is located.

Other than that I am good.  The better news, is that when I get extremely frustrated with the videos, I find that cleaning the house makes the stress go away.  I never thought anything would make me want to clean the house.  My guess is that it is the gratification of seeing the clean bathroom or kitchen that makes me feel better.

Now it is time for me to get back to my homework.  I have three assignments due Monday and a big assignment due tomorrow..

Take care!

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