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#51 2016-11-04 13:47:05

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

Hi!

So,  so much has happened in the last few days. Guess I should do a new community post.

 

#52 2016-11-04 14:18:25

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

*leaves some hugs for Marian*


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#53 2016-11-04 15:43:31

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

It is always interesting how the brain sticks to certain points of view and how much of a difference it makes when you learn to look at a certain issue from another angle.


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#54 2016-11-04 16:09:38

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

*drops into mint*

Thank Dog this week is over.... It just.kept.going....

Feel like I've been doing this week for a month...

Massive hugs for you Marian... What a horrible horrible situation... Wish I could give you a rl hug!

*sits in cosy caravan... watching Babylon 5.

*huggles the rest of the mint*


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#55 2016-11-04 16:11:05

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

*waves at Libra*
Are you watching shows on the tablet now?


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#56 2016-11-04 16:30:08

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

Interesting thoughts, Magpie! (re: your father) It is kind of amazing how you can think one way about something for so long, and for no particular reason, one day your brain decides to put a couple things together and all of a sudden, it's seen in a different light.


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#57 2016-11-04 16:43:49

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

Peter wrote:

It is always interesting how the brain sticks to certain points of view and how much of a difference it makes when you learn to look at a certain issue from another angle.

It's not even learning so much as simply... thinking of it. Because the idea never even occurred to me before.

It's making me about my whole family on my father's side now...


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#58 2016-11-04 16:58:11

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

Peter wrote:

*waves at Libra*
Are you watching shows on the tablet now?

*waves back*

No, am borrowing the dvds!!!

Also bought 10 seasons of Supernatural.....


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#59 2016-11-04 17:03:02

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There's a word missing. "wonder"? "think"?

Sometimes I don't think of something at all, like you described, but sometimes I can guess at someone's viewpoint or the reason for something, but I can not "feel" it. That happens for decision making as well as for trying to understand people. The rational part of the brain understands, but the larger part does not.

Taking decision making as the easier example, it is easy to rationalise that beauty is unimportant. It doesn't make a person nicer to talk to, it doesn't make a car drive better or be more cost effective. But I still fail to feel that way, rationality be damned.


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#60 2016-11-05 02:17:53

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

Gmaen Mint!

Happy weekend everybody. I am mostly recovered from the accident. The bruises are all turning brown and yellow but my right side is still kind of bad. Physio guy said I hit the shoulder blade and will probably feel the aftermath at least until Christmas. Ugh!
Why didn't I just let go of the stupid bike when I fell? Would have been much better for me!

 

#61 2016-11-05 03:08:00

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Yeah, we're not very rational beings, us humans. :)


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#62 2016-11-05 04:02:30

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Yeah, I thought the same time after I fell with my bike - if I had just let go and used my hands to break my fall, instead of clutching the handlebars as if that would do any good...


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#63 2016-11-05 04:31:50

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Unfortunately, the rational part of the brain is pretty slow. In the case of an accident, it says "Oh, bugger" and that's about it.

Only thing you can do is to use your rational brain to train the rest into hopefully pulling out the right reflex.


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#64 2016-11-05 07:12:16

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The weather is nasty and my head hurts. Not making any progress on my workshop.


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#65 2016-11-05 07:26:17

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Sorry to hear that, Sahi. Hope the day gets better from here on out...


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#66 2016-11-05 08:54:51

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Good maen!

Sahi, I also hope you feel better.

I'm just going to try to get my life back on track today. Groceries and cleaning my apartment; laundry. Typical Saturday stuff; it's just been hard to deal with everyday stuff, so it feels like switching gears.

 

#67 2016-11-05 09:13:04

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I went out to go window shopping. There is this mega store that contains all kinds of small stores, but the whole of it has a single checkout area. They mostly sell pillows, candles, lamps, mirrors and the like. House decorations. Didn't see anything I liked, but then I didn't go there to buy anything either. :)


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#68 2016-11-05 09:59:36

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I've been doing clean-up work on the balcony. Coooold!


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#69 2016-11-05 11:30:49

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

Dinner has been had and the suitcase has been packed.


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#70 2016-11-05 15:14:25

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Some friends are taking me out to see Doctor Strange tonight. Yay fun!

 

#71 2016-11-05 15:15:08

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Enjoy, Marian :)


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#72 2016-11-05 15:32:24

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

*drops into mint*

Exciting day today... All the kids here do motorcross and we took the seven-year old out to the field (she's still a bit too uncoordinated to go to the actual tracks) .... She did really well, tight corners and everything... and really got her confidence and went faster and faster... So we did the little hill down and up.... And then she was going to do it one more time... But she took too big a turn and lined up wrong for the downward way and smashed her little motor and herself into the fence pole... Happened ridiculously fast and we could not get there soon enough... Thankfully she nearly immediately started bawling... Which is usually a good sign with kids... but the motor ( even though it's small) still goes really fast... so we were all a bit shook up and the little motor is seriously dented...

Anyway she only had a couple of scratches and a bit of a banged up nose... So then we decided enough is enough and went to get nando's... Kid's cool though...asked when she could go again....


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#73 2016-11-05 15:36:28

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I would have just looked at that thing and go "nope, nope, nope". Still would.
I admire brave people, but not enough to emulate them...


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#74 2016-11-05 16:30:42

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

It is a cute little bike though... But I'm too old now for that stuff.... I will come along to the tracks next time they go, but the offer to try it out will be refused... I'd probably kill myself... older people break much easier anyway... And I'm too big for the little bikes that can only go "this" fast... I would have to go on a full size bike... The kind that goes "woosh" as soon as you pull on the gas....


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#75 2016-11-05 16:33:14

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Re: QM - The Moderately Outsized Pumpkin

Oh I'm over the top giggling.... one of my old friends send me the videi of this ancient dating show in which we both were (just foir fun)... Was neear twenty years ago and it's making me giggle incredibly...


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