Have to be up in 3 hours for work and haven’t slept a wink….STRESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 month ago
budyet ono interecnyei? ;-D
Hu, poka! Mnye nado idti na rabotu SEYCHAS, xhissss! 1 month ago
closer to the each other’s mindset than I thought! X-)
edit: And PS, obviously that isn’t intended to impose the concept of God onto atheists who do good things without expectation. I felt I should mention that, given the recent Oprah uproar, LOL! I am talking about my own perceptions and experience, as are you.1 month ago
Off to work peeps. Catchya later! 1 month ago
thinly sliced, dense, moist, and sort of fermenty tasting. Ask them if they have a recipe for that kind. (It won’t be like the soft rye or pumpernickel you sometimes buy for sandwiches – the texture is nothing like wheat bread.) But yes, see if they have a recipe! 1 month ago
part of what Jesus’ existence meant was, we are the embodiment of God on Earth. We were made in God’s image, He breathed life into us, the Spirit of God is in us. Therefore, when we do something to help others, freely and without expectation, we are allowing the Spirit of God to act through us.
I’m not articulating it well, but that’s how I see things anyway. I know we might not believe the same thing.
I also think it’s possible you are more clear in your beliefs, while mine are more more like a lava lamp – same basic structure, but inside that structure there’s a lot of blurping and morphing and shifting going on. If that makes sense.
Anyhow – yes about deism and fatalism! 1 month ago
From one perspective, I kinda get this one. I see this with girls in particular all the time. They worry so much about getting approval from their female peers, and there is so much social abuse (subtle and overt) that happens between females in particular, that they forget that they have a choice in who they choose to associate with. I have counseled several girls in this, daughters of friends and other girls, who are so beaten up by the social drama and exclusion, and I make them stop and think: “Are these people you really want to have as friends? You are very worried about whether they like you – do you like them? Just like you don’t particularly care for the company of other people, not everyone in the world is going to care for yours. Big deal. And you certainly don’t have to subject yourself to abuse just for the sake of friendship – that’s not real friendship anyway.“
I totally get what you’re saying, and they didn’t really make it clear with the wording. The wording sounds almost like, “And now here I am better than you!” 1 month ago
I am so
HAPPY AND EXCITED
for you!!! 1 month ago
I must have missed something somewhere, because I didn’t know this was even swirling about.
Congratulations!1 month ago
about people who say “If God wants it to be that way, it will be that way.” What about “God helps those who help themselves?” Or the idea of God acting through us? Sometimes, if God is the sentient, bearded, berobed Creator I sometimes envision Him to be, I imagine He just does one big, holy facepalm after another watching us down here… 1 month ago
Tolstii i Tonkii (Fat Man and Thin Man)? I liked that one. Also Maska (The Mask), na Gvozde (On the nail), etc.
I haven’t read them in years and years, but I did enjoy them. Maybe it’s time for me to pull my Chekhov off the shelf again…
edit: Just remembered, the one on my shelf is in Russian. And I am too rusty po-russki. Maybe I should rephrase that…time to buy some new Chekhove, in English. ;-)1 month ago
Though it just occurred to me that I recently discovered a Russian market 1/2 hour from me where I found halfway decent kvass, and it didn’t even occur to me to check for black bread.
The closest thing I have been able to find to Russian black bread is a brand called Mestemacher. They have several varieties of whole grain rye and pumpernickel breads, even more than I can find locally, apparently. It is still not quite the same as Russian “chyornii xhleb,” which is slightly more fermenty tasting, but it will give you an idea.
I have never seen this style of the Mestemacher where I live, but it looks like it would be more like black bread. Apparently you can order it on Amazon.
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for knowing there is a difference between Northern Californians and Southern Californians!
And for implying a preference for the correct ones…! ;-D1 month ago
that makes you eat so much fast food? Taste, price, convenience, or something else?
What if you have something available at all times that fills the same need? Would that help? 1 month ago
that you love fruitcake with port. It shows that you are a Rat of Very Refined Tastes Indeed.
What does glycerine do to the leaves when pressing them? 1 month ago
‘night, miserable, offended kitty…! 1 month ago
Prrrrr. 1 month ago
Off to a hot bath and a hot bowl of miyeok guk before bed.
nighty night! 1 month ago
for that at least. I hope he finds some things that bring him enjoyment. 1 month ago
1. Do you flirt? Yes. But I don’t think all flirting is sexual. Sometimes it’s just being playful – with my man, with girlfriends, with male friends, with children. That’s the main way I flirt – just being playul with people. Of course when it’s with TripleB that playfulness sometimes has a sexual element to it as well.
2. Are you good at flirting? I am good at being playful with people I have chemistry with.
3. Would you consider flirting to be on par or the same as seduction? Only if you intend it to be by adding sexual playfulness to it. I don’t think all flirting is seduction, and it’s too bad that people equate the two.
4. Do others usually flirt with you? If there’s chemistry, then it usually comes naturally. And I don’t mean sexual chemistry, just…chemistry.
5. Is flirting undesirable or desirable? Desirable when it comes naturally, kind of weird and uncomfortable when it doesn’t.
6. What do you think when you see other people noticeably flirting, either to each other or more one-sided? With each other, it’s all in good fun. If it’s one-sided, it’s uncomfortable. Again, I have a hard time equating flirting in just sexual terms, but that would still apply to any kind of attempts at playfulness.1 month ago
It loved to see me. I miss having a pet rabbit.
Now I just have miserable cats.
;-D1 month ago
a supportive cheer, not a happy cheer.
Sending you strengthening, healing vibes… 1 month ago
about hotel sheets… 1 month ago
cannot wait to jettison my Samsung. It’s the second crazy-making machine I’ve been subjected to from the Cruel Korean Contraption Creators. 1 month ago
::sprinkles some catnip:: 1 month ago
is illegal in public buildings where I live, and within a certain number of feet from buildings, too. I recently found out that some hotels are exempt from this – they can still have smoking rooms. Casinos, being native American territory and not CA state territory, are generally smoking-allowed, and are a smoker’s paradise. TripleB and I stayed at a casino hotel once on a romantic getaway to see a band we like that was performing there, and we also visited the casino…every effing fiber of my clothing and suitcase and toiletry bag and hair smelled like smoke for about two days afterwards.
I cannot stand cigarette smoke. That would be a major deal-breaker in a relationship, just because I cannot enjoy kissing a smoker. It smells like old fireplace ashes. Actually, worse.
(For some reason, I don’t mind the smell of pipes, cigars, or even pot as much, though the kissing thing still stands for all of those smokeables, too.)
A friend of mine smoke e-cigs. I couldn’t smell it. He let me try it. I thought, “Oh, just vapor, it will be like breathing steam or something.” That was right before I devolved into a choking fit. It doesn’t smell like cigs, but it felt like cigs going down. At least, close to what I remember my past experience with cigs being… 1 month ago
Hmmmm. Inside of me are all of these:
Coastal California girl
Immigrant/Sharecropper/cotton picker’s granddaughter clinging for dear life to a lower middle class life
Catholic-Quaker-Sufi-Buddhist-influenced undefined Christian-leaning non-atheist
Political moderate (liberal at first glance but surprisingly conservative on many issues – never extreme in any event, except as seen by extremists)
And probably other stuff.
I won’t mention material preferences because I think they express me, not define me. 1 month ago
a productive day.
But not to your friend’s misfortune. I hope he is OK. 1 month ago
to buy bedsheets from a second hand store, unless I really, truly could not afford them otherwise.
But there is always IKEA. 1 month ago