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Got to rehearsal all right yesterday! Although that’s the last time I use GoogleMaps to get me there… It had me take waaaaaay too many back roads and I still couldn’t avoid interstate traffic. I’ll blaze my own trail from here, thanks.

It’s was so nice to be back. I didn’t realize how much I missed it!

Also I feel the need to note - yesterday I tracked all my food again AND I was right on track! Two days in a row is pretty damn good!

Sitting in my car at work now, waiting for it to get closer to 8 so I can head on in. Hope you all have lovely days!

Michigan Bound.

I have work stuff in order and I’ll easily be able to tackle things from the road if necessary over the next six days… I think I’ll work a few hours tomorrow to ensure everything is set.

The plan is to avoid rush hour traffic in both DFW and Chicago…. the rest, whatever.  It appears there will be enough construction on either route to slow us down - that’s cool enough.

I can’t wait to smell the Great Lakes, to hug my mom, see most of the family, and to pet the puppy that is surely now a full-grown dog.

I may never leave - I am over the southern climate these days.


Are you ready kougarwatcha?

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It was odd how almost unsurprising accidents had become in Callie’s life. Being a surgeon for years, there wasn’t too many things that shocked her. Of course driving to work that morning, she hadn’t been expecting to see a car accident. It wasn’t her usual route- she’d wanted to avoid traffic after running some errands so she wouldn’t be late. One look at the vehicles involved and she knew it was a bad one- it looked like the large truck had T-boned the smaller vehicle. Even as she pulled her own car off to the side of the road and climbed out to help, she still hadn’t been expecting who one of the people involved would be. 

“Oh my god, Derek!? DEREK.” 

Alternative vs Alternate

Alternative – (adj) another available option or possibility.

  • The restaurant offers many healthy, low-fat alternatives to their plates.
  • We took an alternative route to avoid traffic.

Alternate – (adj) every other; (adj) other than the usual.

  • He was asked to work on alternate days.
  • The road was closed due to construction, so we had to take an alternate route. 

Alternate – (v) occur in turn repeatedly; (v) switch between two or more options.

  • She speaks fluent French and English and was able to alternate between the languages as necessary.
  • I alternate between my various writing projects.
  • The weather alternated between rain and sun.

“Alternate” tends to have a sense of the options being separate and distinct (rain or sun, French or English, and yes before I get smart-aleck responses I know you can have both at the same time for both examples, but we’re talking typically), while “alternative” has more of a choice or mix of options.

Basically: “Our dishes alternate between fish and chicken every day (M/W/F is fish, T/TH is chicken)” versus “You can get fish as an alternative to chicken for any dish, any day (fish and chicken both served all week).”

Again, they’re similar—in some senses more than others. There are cases when you can use either and get away with it, but there is more of a distinction between these as opposed to continual and continuous. If you’re still confused, you can read more here!

–E

Hey witchy pals,

I’m working on my zine and I’m trying to define what a charm is, but…I’m having trouble articulating what my understanding is. LikeI, I know that charms used be considered more the words you can for an incantation - like the act of “charming” something, but when someone says “charm” to me, I think immediately of some sort of physical item, something that seems more…folk magic than anything else. I think of charms as…simpler spells? Smaller spells that focus on physical components? Like a bundle of herbs tied together to hang over a bed to ward off nightmares, or a special keychain enchanted to avoid traffic jams or something.

How do you define what a charm is?

ithewhimsy said: you’re adorable. for a second i actually thought you just had surgery for like 19 years and i was really concerned. also…if i come to london (my dream vacation) i am throwing so much tea in the thems. so there.

You come into my home. I’m pretty sure you’d be publicly hanged if you did that tbh like people would riot (I’d be on your side because I hate tea oops). Also why would London be your dream vacation it’s a shit hole please save yourself. 

9 Ways To Save Money On Labor Day Travel

If you’re one of the millions of Americans trying to get away, here’s how to do it with the least amount of headache—and cash—this weekend:

1. Check for last-minute deals.

2. Compare car rental prices.

3. Forgo hotels and go camping while the weather’s still fine.

4. Avoid as much traffic as you can by using a map app amd save gas money in the process.

5. Pack snacks to avoid wasteful spending on bad road food.

6. Avoid peak travel times. 

7. Take advantage of free attactions.

Two more ways to save money on labor day travel. http://onforb.es/1JHhedp

Dear reading fest goers:

-don’t go into the town centre bcos you don’t need to and it gets too busy
-don’t use the roads if you can avoid it bcos the traffic system is terrible and the council admits it actively tries to stop ppl driving so it’s absolute mayhem all the time. Use public transport wherever possible
-people live in the surrounding areas so be respectful and keep ur drunken antics in the festival grounds
-don’t give alcohol to minors
-stay safe and don’t go on ur own anywhere bcos there’s always rape reports
-seriously, do NOT give alcohol to minors. Ever.
-reading fest is located in the rich, old white ppl part of town where everyone is retired and grumpy. Remember this when using the nearby supermarkets bcos there will be angry old ppl trying to do their weekly shopping even tho there’s 10000 ppl in there buying carling 12 packs
-if you haven’t tried drugs before then now really isn’t a good time to start
-don’t do anything dumb basically

-from ur friendly local resident

driving up to SF super early tomorrow morning to avoid traffic & staying at my uncle’s for a week and i have lots to do before i leave but oh god it’s really happening it’s happening soon oh god