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2023.03.22 15:42 TeaAndCozy 9 more Nui Cobalt Bees & Favorite Things
I'm back with thoughts on my new Nui Cobalt Bees! I previously posted thoughts on the 19 Bees and Favorite Things I'd tried HERE
- I have a bunch
of favorite Bees, including Queen Bee
and Bees Love Blue
for florals, The Bees' High Tea
, Honeymoon Suite
, and Busy Bee
, all especially wonderful for particular seasons of the year, Bee Kind To Yourself
(concept by our very own u/propheticperfumes
here at IMAM! Truly not to be missed), and Emotional Support Bee
and She Stopped to Pet a Bumblebee
for gentle, delicate, my-skin-but-better scents. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on 9 more, all of them new releases this year. Despite being sick for the last two weeks and counting (ugh), after the first week of illness I was happily able to get back to enjoying perfume. Thus this review post comes a little later than my usual, but I'm delighted to still get it out in time for the next release (April Fools this Friday!) in case you might want to add any of these to your next order. Ordering specs: Nui Cobalt's website
is easy to navigate, shipping is very affordable (please note that since the slight price increase this year, base shipping has gone up from $2.99 to $3.45, just fyi
), items come very securely packed, and customer service is always spectacular. I don't think I've ever placed an order that took more than 2-3 business days to ship (and recently it has usually been literally the very next day). Samples are generous - 1.15 mls at least - in vials with wand caps. Each order comes with one free sample, chosen by them (there’s no box to insert requests). Nui Cobalt's typical annual schedule of releases:
(I [and especially Nui Cobalt] make no promises, of course, that these collections will recur; this is just in my experience
- Late January - Valentines
- Late February - Bees, Celtic Treasures, Favorite Things
- Late March - April Fools
- Late April - Critters
- Late May - Fae Folk
- Late June - Big Island, Dances
- Late July - Witches' Utility Blends
- Late August - Autumn 1
- Late September - Autumn 2
- Late October - Astrology, Ascended Masters, Good & Evil
- Late November - Yule/Nutcracker
- Late December - Gamers & Geeks
I especially love snuggly scents, incense, golden amber, cardamom, black tea, beeswax, non-gourmand vanillas, and white florals (though sadly I am allergic to lilies and in my admittedly limited experience, jasmine doesn’t work on me). I don't like hay, overly sweet gourmands, excessive musk, dragon’s blood, leather, patchouli, labdanum, or any really dark scents in general. To my great devastation, Nui Cobalt’s apricot and pear notes don’t tend to work on me, though I haven’t given up hope and I continue to try new blends with those notes occasionally.
These perfumes were provided as press samples by Nui Cobalt in exchange for an honest review.
New Bees It's Hive Code
[Spring harvest honey, a faithful accord of rare Ghost Orchid, neroli and bergamot hand lotion, and a dark base of melted fudge] - I got this sample because most of these notes sounded absolutely heavenly. Honey, orchid, neroli, and bergamot? Count me in - that sounds amazingly light and springy. I kept my fingers crossed that the fudge would be minimal. In the vial, it's a base of honey and chocolate fudge, with the light citrus and floral above, and on my skin, it continues to be a fight between the gorgeous, breezy springtime floral and the heavier, waxy (almost tootsie roll-ish) chocolate. And it's so strange, because up close, the chocolate is so much less obvious that it really almost is the scent I wanted it to be. Personally, I just really wish it didn't have the fudge - I think all of the other notes are just perfect! All in all, It's Hive Code
is much more atmospheric than springtime. Like the the several NCD blends that pair caramel with wildly different notes (Mad Scientist
, Glass Pumpkin
, Venus Verticordia
), this one is a thoroughly unexpected combination. My approach to it is also slightly hampered by the fact that I haven't seen the Netflix show (Wednesday) that it's an homage to. The Bees' Carnival
[Cotton candy spun from crystallized honey, fresh leaves of lemon verbena, blue raspberry drizzle, and a grounding smolder of sweet myrrh] - This one is COTTON CANDY and a lot of honey, with only mere hints of the lemon and blue raspberry. (If you love the cotton candy of Nephophilia
[A fluffy melange of pink cotton candy, ivory cashmere, silk tree blossoms, blush suede, and steamed vanilla] but wanted it to have even more cotton candy, The Bees' Carnival
is for you!) I was expecting more blue raspberry, but happily I do have Blue Moon
[A diaphanous lunar musk entwines living honeysuckle and sugared blue raspberry] and Dewdrops on Spidersilk
[Cerulean strands of cotton flower bejeweled with dewdrops, cold crystalline musk, tiny black vanilla beans, frozen blue raspberry, and gentle incense] to scratch that itch. The herbal quality of the lemon verbena and the slight earthiness of the myrrh come out in the drydown, keeping the really golden nature of this honey from becoming too cloying. Honey, I'm Home
[Snowdrops and fresh nectar from their first petals unfurled, golden sunlight, yellow crocus, and warmed honeycomb] - This one is GORGEOUS - the light-golden warmth of an early spring day. After an initial burst of warm but airy honey, the honey blends in with the flowers, which really are yellow in their scent color. There's nothing grassy about these florals but they remind me of chamomile nonetheless - chamomile and daisies perhaps, they're just so cheerful and happy. This is the springtime sibling to Yellow Leaves
[Blooming moringa, olivewood, coriander, oakmoss, tangerine, and helichrysum], the most perfect autumnal floral. After its initial burst of honey, this scent dries down to cling quite closely to my skin, a private little bubble of buoyancy and optimism. Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
[Portrait of an extraterrestrial desert and its elusive denizens: dry white sandalwood, Tunisian tea, cracked coriander, cassia bark, amber resin, raw cotton, and combs full of precious honey that few will ever taste] - Friends, Nui Cobalt has done it again: another spectacular
black tea scent! This one is black tea spiced with coriander and cinnamon, gently sweetened with honey, and with some very subtle nuances of cotton flower and sandalwood (making it a much more rainy-day-cozy scent than the perfume's name might suggest). This tea note is more incensey than Blarney: Irish Breakfast Tea
[The warm, tannic comfort of a proper Cuppa sweetened with a touch of raw honey and smoothed with fresh cream], more like the black tea in Unbought & Unbossed: A Tribute to Shirley Chisholm
[The fragrance inspired by her is a strong and sophisticated spiced tea with raw honey and Barbados sugar sipped among the sunlit roses of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden] and Cloak of Evergreens
[Snow-covered spruce, iced cedar tips, golden pine sap, icicle musk, and the fading memory of tea by the fireside]. The Beekeeper's Funeral
[This comforting blend opens with gentle Bulgarian lavender and petrichor, then blooms with Casablanca lily, honeysuckle, and wet grass, and settles at last into a pillow of fluffy whipped honey] - A very pretty, understated floral-aquatic. I get white florals (but not too bold), an herbal lavender, grass, and rain - this petrichor is more the smell of the watery rain itself rather than wet pavement. Oddly enough for this being a Bee, I actually don't get any honey, though there is a little bit of sweetness that reminds me of the white amber in Mirror
[Pale amber and white tea are accented by dry coconut, angelica, and cooling rain], in part because of the shared rain note. Bee You Tiful
[Honey-roasted pistachio and chestnut, pink magnolia, and sweet apple blossom] - When it first arrived, sniffed in the vial, this one smelled entirely of honeyed-salty-toasty nuts. On my first wear (though I was getting sick at the time so I didn't count it as a proper "first-test"), the florals were there, but almost entirely obscured. So this one is definitely one that benefited from a proper rest, because when I wore it again, wow! I'm really not sure that I want to smell like nuts (although I remain utterly fascinated by the idea of Black Baccara's Shamrock Potion
[Pistachio mousse, fresh whipped cream, slivered almonds, and a drizzle of french vanilla syrup] and hope someday to buy a really small decant), but this perfume is awfully
convincing. I still get toasty, honeyed nuts, but they are beautifully balanced with the florals, particularly the apple blossom. Nui Cobalt has a gorgeous
apple blossom note! I have previously said that Pixie
[An apple orchard in bloom, spring grasses alive with an unearthly glow, vanilla bean offertory cakes, and sparkling honey mead] is an early autumn perfume for me, and Venus Amica
[Sun-warmed wildflowers, olivewood, apple blossom, light amber, moringa leaf, and sacred benzoin] is an early spring perfume; well, I think Bee You Tiful
is going to be a "transition from spring to summer" scent for me. The honey, pistachio, and faint apple combine to be reminiscent of some sort of delightful pastry - is a pistachio-apple galette a thing? And yet this isn't a realistic gourmand, especially with the wafting florals making it much more atmospheric. The overall impression is of a garden party. Many hours later, the top-note florals are gone, but the gentle nuts remain.
New Favorite Things All Dolled Up
[Spiced apricot preserves, almond blossom, pink peony, Hawaiian and Australian sandalwoods, balsam of Peru, and sunlit amber] - Despite the notes list starting off with apricot and almond, All Dolled Up
does NOT read like a Squirrel (which all start with the same base: "A playful blend of almond and spiced apricot, grounded in rich benzoin and copaiba balsam"). Instead, it reminds me strongly of Rose Gold Sky
[Fuzzy apricot, amber resin, styrax, pink sandalwood, clove bud, melissa, and blush rose], but lighter and more warm-weather. When I tried this, I didn't have the notes list in front of me (and I didn't remember it), so my impression that this scent is pink amber + apricot + clove (see the connection to Rose Gold Sky
?) was completely independent of the actual official notes. Then seeing the notes list a little later in the day, I could also easily make out the peony (a very "pink" floral), which is a big part of why this reads as more summery than Rose Gold Sky
[Molten vanilla caramel, Egyptian musk, mahogany, honey amber, black tea, cathedral incense, a pinch of galangal, and a glimmer of white grapefruit] - Caramel and honey, thick and rich and luscious, backed by golden amber, a touch of grapefruit to cut the molten sweetness, and a whole lot of very expensive-smelling Egyptian musk. There are some indistinct spices too, which is perhaps how my nose is reading the black tea and incense. (This is a bummer, because I LOVE Nui Cobalt's black tea + incense combo, but this scent doesn't really feature them.) It's a heavy, luxurious scent, a sister to Ailurophilia (Love of Cats)
[Egyptian musk, tonka, and dulce de leche wrapped in luxuriant cashmere, soft suede, wisps of sandalwood and copal smoke]. Its dark, honeyed quality is also reminiscent of Arcana Snug
[The scent of staying in to watch the snow fall: dark honey amber, marshmallow, and the glow of beeswax candles], but with caramel instead of beeswax. All this being said about its complexity and rich layers, my colleague walked into the church choir room this morning and from across the room from me said "It smells like pancakes!", to which I sheepishly admitted that it was probably me. (It was.) So, this one has tremendous throw, much stronger than most Nui Cobalts, and to an untrained nose, apparently smells extremely (and solely) like maple syrup! (To me, though, it's not nearly as similar to the mapley Little Brown Rabbit
as it is to the caramel of Ailurophilia
.) Fairy Garden
[Cool dewdrops cupped in clover leaves, early purple orchid, a porcelain thimble of green tea with oat milk, and frosted almond cakes served in an acorn cap] - It goes on more gourmand than I was expecting, primarily oat milk, green tea, and sugary frosting. Behind these are a bit of acorn earthiness (I recognize a similar acorn note to Deep Midnight Wildwood
[Pumpkin Bread, Incense, Acorns, Dried Apple and Orange Peels, Fading Bonfire], the only other place I've experienced an acorn accord) and a touch of floral. At first (and to my surprise, based on the order of the notes list), I don't get any aquatic dewdrop nor any grassy clover but as the scent dries, these start to emerge as the sweetness of the frosting recedes. Eventually, all these notes combine to create a very balanced and detailed scent portrait not just of a fairy garden, but of the fairies holding a fancy tea party among the flowers. I'm curious, for anyone who has tried both: how similar is Fairy Garden
to Poesie Green Girl
[Pistachio, wildflower honey, oatmilk matcha latte, heliotrope blossoms, marshmallow musk]? Fairy Garden
has a Poesie-style whimsicality which I'm really loving.
The stunners from the new releases, for me, are Honey, I'm Home
and Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
Or if you want to imagine yourself part of a fairy tea party, go for Bee You Tiful
and Fairy Garden
And The Beekeeper's Funeral
and All Dolled Up
are just lovely
Where these landed in my collection:
- Honey, I'm Home and The Beekeeper's Funeral are in my "Spring" section
- Bee You Tiful and Fairy Garden are in my "Transition from spring to summer" section
- All Dolled Up is in my "Summer" section, specifically in the "Pink" subsection
- Candlelight is in my "Fall" section, specifically in the "Cozy" subsection, right next to Ailurophilia
- Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy is in my "Tea" section
- It's Hive Code and The Bees' Carnival will land in my destash
I would love to hear your thoughts on these - which ones did you love most? - or if I've inspired you to add any to your wishlist!
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I am having the MOST trouble understanding a caloric deficit. I have read a ton but I cannot seem to get the gist. I am 5'5 and a half and 210 pounds. I have started a fitness routine to include cardio + strength training. I am a teacher so I am up walking around the classroom, to the cafeteria and around the halls throughout the day. I aim to burn around 500 calories daily fro exercise. I burn more on days where I do a Zumba class. If we are looking at calorie intake from foods..
Let's use today.
Breakfast ( 258 calories) 1 slice of honey keto bread, 1 cup of spinach and a teaspoon of cottage cheese w/ 1 brown egg and a seedless sweet mandarin orange.
Lunch, I meal prepped Sunday so (305 calories) and it is 2 cups of broccoli spears w/ parmesan cheese, shredded and 4 oz of chicken breast tenderloins (2 pieces) and a romaine salad with carrots.
Snack today, I am having a Greek yogurt, strawberry (110 calories) and 2 medium strawberries (11 calories).
This is what I eat during my work day and I usually finish a gallon of water before I even leave. I will probably have a snack after work, something I can pick up quickly. A protein bar or some grapes (lets say 100 calories) and I'll get my daughter from school, go to the library, then to the gym. After the gym, I will have my last meal and that will probably be about 300-400 calories assuming I am going to do a big green salad with some ground turkey cause that SOUNDS GOOOOOD right now.
Okay so now that I have said all this. I will be under 1400 calories for the day and everyday going forward on my health journey. I do not understand TDEE or BMR, but taking these into consideration. Will I be in a deficit? I am currently really only limiting carbs, drinks aside from water and watching not eating after a certain time, 7/8pm.
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2023.03.22 04:42 Ihateseatbelts The Cusps of Clarity, Part I(a) - A Preliminary Pamphlet to Practical Palettery
What is it, and why should I care?
Palettery refers to a group of disciplines practised by Focals, so-called because they use a magical property known as Focus to alter a target's physical blueprint, or Palette.
Focus? Like concentrating?
Focus ultimately describes an object's physical stability. A dog, a stone, a star, and even empty-space are all... somewhat... "stable", i.e. high-end Focus.
On the opposite end of the spectrum lies an infinite extrasensory cacophony of elementary stuff: the three Bases of Pulse, Power, and Pitch. Where these Bases collide with each other, and even themselves, physical things happen.
Such collisions happen constantly in such beautiful patterns so as to form a robust, high-Focus cosmos, which Focals learn to manipulate in order to achieve their desired Palettes.
To work with Focus, one must first gain Clarity.
I beg your pardon?
The universe is a melange of matter and spirit. When you look at, hear, or touch something, your observations are inevitably shaped by shades of its symbolic, ethereal self.
The only way to glean a fundamental perception of either in isolation is through a potentially fatal trial: one must be immersed in a pit of nothingness and emerge by clasping a fundamental aspect of reality.
In the process, a survivor staggers away with a newfound awareness of said aspect (or Clarity) and, therefore, magical ability, if only to contribute to their respective Court (tradition).
For Focals, this means one (and only one) Base.
"Element". You mean "elements".
To Focals, the Natural World is a canvas or score. The Bases, in turn, assume the role not just of ingredients, but also layers or registers responsible for its current order.
Each Base possesses two natures, known as Keys. Four secondary behaviours, or Motors, also exist. A Focal's raison d'etre is the understanding of these Motors - coupled with confident Focus control - to influence a Base's Key.
So the Keys are the "elements"... or the Motors, then? Just tell us what they are!
Pulse, woven into the Keys of Depth and Range, is the dialect of distance, duration, and destination, and hallowed by the Court of the Tower.
Power, through Light and Form is the wellspring of primal, elemental matter or fuel, and wielded by the Court of the Forge.
Pitch is the webbed nest which spawns, feeds, and binds the vital, or Touch, and the psychic – Mood. It is tended by the Court of the Grove.
Whether constrained or not to a Palette, a Base's "appearance" is always influenced by prevailing Motors as perceived by Focals:
Resting (light) Tying (heavy)
Stepping (slack) Joining (taut)
Flaring (bright, loud) Dulling (dark, silent)
Breathing (soft, moist) Clamping (hard, dry)
Humming (sticky, smooth, fresh) Growling (prickly, coarse, stale)
Lilting (bitter, pungent, stimulating) Wailing (sweet, aromatic, depressing)
While the configuration of Keys and Motors are responsible for a Palette's physical expression, they are not subject to mundane physical laws as we understand them. Rather, at the low-Focus level, each Motor represents an ideal aesthetic of nature in and of itself.
For example, the bitterly cold and long nights of winter are not simply bereft of Flaring Motors, but roused by the swelling of its Dulling counterpart.
As each Focal's Clarity extends to a single Base, they potentially have four Motors at their disposal, drawing them in patterns to guide the transformation from low- to high-Focus while following the Palette of their wishes.
That's... a lot. How would you cast all of that? Why?
The devil is in the details. Deciphering Palettes is challenging, and memorising them, tedious.
Modelling them to actually cast magic, however, requires sustained concentration and willpower, which leaves even master Focals at a disadvantage.
Choosing a suitable approach, therefore, is a great indicator of a Focal's skill level:
Solving – the appraisal and reflection of low-Focus reality, it is often overlooked by some practitioners as the "Novice-level" stage of Palettery.
Solving has no tangible effect, but it nevertheless holds valuable information. Replicating a Palette is impossible without it, and improvisation along the same lines would be seriously misguided.
Tracing - the act of guiding Focus through Base collisions, it is the field Focal's bread-and-butter technique. Fine-tuning one's gestures to ambient Bases, it can be approached methodically by modelling a Trace on a previously memorised Palette, or spontaneously from an intuitive understanding of Motor relationships.
Unfortunately, Focals are mortal and, therefore, have an intrinsic Palette of their own. Threatening catastrophe from a loss of concentration or even identity, the more cautious seek the final set of techniques.
Grafting - the act of permanently imprinting a Palette onto a proxy agent for a persistent effect. Throughout the universe, objects known as Focones occur in areas where low-Focus Bases collide in natural disasters and other major physical events.
Crucially, their spiritual cores are completely detached from their material shells, allowing Focals to inscribe a Palette onto them and expect perpetual "obedience" until the Focone weathers beyond recognition.
Even this can be remedied, as they can be replenished by the limitless sea of Bases with moderate effort.
So no mana pool? What's the catch?
A Focal's worst nightmare is the Peel.
Masters of Palettery can increase their lifespans tenfold, shower their enemies with gamma rays, or even shroud themselves in an aegis of impassable space, but they still possess souls... and mortal souls are notoriously feeble and frivolous.
Whenever a Focal is interrupted, a Palette risks corruption, and the resulting proliferation is thus a Peel.
Forcing oneself to Solve beyond reason could mean the difference between loss of consciousness or a (hopefully) temporary loss of humanity. Every lacklustre Trace could result in a simple fizzle or a decade of local fallout. Even Grafting, for all of its vaunted safety, harbours dire consequences.
To avert disaster, however, a craftsperson places trust in tested tools, and Palettery is a craft like any other.
The ranks of each Court place the Grafting of the personal tool, or Pyrm, as the leading hallmark of progression from Novice- to Fellow-level Focal.
With a Pyrm, a Focal can Solve further and deeper in relative safety. Tracing unaided is, at best, foolhardy beyond tactile range, but the well-equipped can potentially cast as far as their senses may take them.
Grafting also becomes far more efficient, even allowing Focals to use opposing Motors to shape a Key, for instance.
And yet, Pyrms are not perfect insulators. Sometimes, Peels just happen, and a swift decision on whether to fight or flee the fire must be made.
Ehh... so it's dangerous. Still sounds overpowered.
The arts of Palettery are indeed easy to abuse, and the various Courts are abundantly aware of their mutually assured destruction.
Alas, they are not gods.
While Bases shift between themselves in nature, no Focal(s) can directly replicate the process due to the nature of a single Clarity.
At best, the most foreign Motors with which a Focal can shape a Base are those from the opposing Key, i.e. Grafting Light with the Breathing and Clamping Motors of Form to finely sculpt a flame.
Even still, these behaviours do not perfectly align, meaning the resulting Palette is proportionally more unstable.
As such, the following magics are impossible and ignoring as much is simply moronic:
- active participant time-travel
- permanent conjuration
This list is, of course, non-exhaustive.
Abstract concepts such as fortune, or visceral states of will like love (as opposed to pheromone-induced infatuation) are similarly out of bounds, as they are fundamentally spiritual in nature.
Finally, Focones cannot be artificially produced. Trying so invariably results in Peels, which are highly termination-resistant.
I think I'll pass.
The path to Clarity is many things: voluntary isn't always one of them. But that's a story for another time!
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2023.03.22 04:21 Outside_Celery5331 Oldest son (6) feeling "stuck with little brother (3)"
My oldest is having a lot of stress lately. He has the not-so-ideal life of a single mom running a whole household by herself and her attention divided between that, two children, and the little windows of time she needs for selfcare so she doesn't have a meltdown. Oh yeah, and a dead father. Lately he's been taking that frustration out on his brother, because when mom is doing stuff around the house, his brother follows him around everywhere and toddler and 6 year old boys don't mix well when they have two very opposite personalities. No, little brother will not just hang out with me because I am not interesting to him and I can't stop doing my cooking and chores because I have no one to pick up the slack.
Please skip if no interested, but here's an example: We are tight on money like any single parent but luckily I'm creative, an artist. So everyday I do DIY stuff for Easter or really any holiday. During the weekend the kids were sick, so I decided to just get some of that done -- I do this all for them and Easter is our favorite holiday. Well, it only took a weekend of doing on and off crafts for the house to become a huge mess and me behind on my responsibilities, like starting my biga for two everyday wheatbreads I make for the week -- for sandwiches, snacks, whatever -- and therefore not even making the breads for the week, I make them traditionally by hands, the kneading and everything. Also, I make three sweet quickbreads for the week which are for snacks besides fruit, and I ended up only making one. The kitchen was also a mess from cooking meals, the kids were making messes everywhere beyond that, and well, you get the gist. I kept telling myself "I will make them monday after work", but forgot I have my Monday responsibilities, and so on and so on.
There is simply no one here picking up the slack when I -- well, slack. Many other parents will say, "well, just forget the dishes or forget this and that for the day and just relax", but I find this not very logical because this only works when someone is there volunteering to take care of the domestic stuff while the parent gets a break. In reality, no one is there and then I am left with double the work. My point here is that I have my parttime job, my home, and my kids to care for and therefore I am a busy mother, not having the luxuries to pass my children off to a family member to give them the attention they need and what happens is the children become "stuck" with each other and it's weighing on big brother. He is has developed a mean streak and becomes short with his brother. It's getting worse now that I am intervening when he bosses his brother around and corrects him all the time. We are talking correcting when little brother is using his imagination, not to correct something that is unsafe or crucial to his development. When little brother picks something up and says, "this is a robot", big brother says, "that isn't a Robert, that is a ball with a rubberband around it", or something to that effect. And this happens ALL DAY LONG or "was" happening. But now I have to tell my oldest to "let him have an imagination of his own, because that's how he learns" or "why don't you find something else to do and let your little brother play on his own". The bossing around thing I have to be very firm about. Like when I'm disciplining my youngest, my oldest will be this echo, he'll repeat me.
Example: "yeah, little brother, you can't be doing that!" or "mom said xyz" while I am standing right there, he acts as if little brother can't hear me. Then, I have to say, "excuse me, but I think I'm capable of handling this on my own, I am the parent after all" or "your brother hears everything I'm saying, we don't need a repeat of what was said. Please go back to what you were doing".
This seems to stress my oldest out and then he will do something spiteful to little brother and then I'll have to discipline him by telling him to go to the other room, sit down, and "take a breather". I let him know it's not a punishment, just a time to reflect. After a minute or so, I sit down with him and we talk "again" about what happened and the other day I had him write down or draw "what it means to be the big brother" and wow, was he confused from his responses. Now, yes, I do ask my son that 'while I'm cooking meals, to watch over your brother', but I always tell him 'that doesn't mean to boss him around or treat him badly, it just means that if you notice he's being unsafe with you or himself, then let me know so I can help". Apparently, I don't say it enough, become somehow he thought that looking after his brother meant that he's the parent, so boss him around.
And ok, now we have corrected this, but he seems really stressed out lately, almost like he needs to boss him around to take his anger and frustration out on him, and now that I have taken that outlet away, he doesn't know what to do. He says things like: "I feel angry, but I'm not angry". Earlier I went on my computer to pay some bills and order food, because I give them one takeout day a week, and he came in with his pillow and was yelling into it saying the same as above. I asked him "what happened to make you "mad"?" and he said, "I don't know, my brother, I was out there (in the the living room) stuck with my little brother". What the hell am I supposed to do about that? Both are very young. If I bring little brother in with me, he gets tired of sitting around with me, then goes to big brother. But then, oldest brother says, "I'm scared" and doesn't want to sit out there alone when little brother is with me. I can't just bring older brother in here with me, because then little brother says, "I'm scared, I don't want to be alone". It's a no win situation. But really? "I am stuck with my brother"?? I'm just sitting there thinking, 'well, you will be living with your little brother for many years until you're a person who isn't so dependent, so you better figure it out'. Seriously, what is he going to do, spend 3000+ days resenting his brother? Then he's telling me that he sat at recess meditating at the wall and how his friend pushed him off a pile of snow and made him mad. I said, "Did you talk to him about it?" he said "yes, I told him I was going to tell on him". I said, "what did he say?", and he said, "he told me not to and that he was sorry and didn't meant to". I said, "then the problem was fixed. He didn't tell you he didn't care about how you felt, right?" He said, "yes he said that?" I said, "Oh yeah, he said that or do you just think that?" and he said, "I just think that." So, he is dwelling in anger and it's a very difficult situation because he is so young where there is only little understanding of feelings. Even when you teach them their emotions, they still need time to develop the understanding. And it sucks because children are a very raw version of humanity, where we see so much craving and dissatisfaction. You want to fix it, but you know it's just part of being human, that there is really no ideal situation, that we can't change anything about our life, we can only change our thinking and behavior. Even when we are great parents and the conditions seem right, kids come out with their own personalities and there are unseen conditions there that influence them that are out of our hands. They are a totally other person and you can't help but want to be an extension of them when that is impossible, you can only do your best to help them survive and guide them on the right path, hoping they will find their way, but you know that it takes a lot of experience of the rawness of life to really grasp it all. You know they will have many hardships, that there's only so much you can do. I don't know, I labeled this as a "vent" but I don't think this is really it. Maybe I'm just wondering if anyone can relate or if they made any observations to what I described that they can share and maybe some different strategies to help big brother and little brother get along? I do spend time with them, I dedicate my entire Saturday to them, but I feel like it's never enough. It's not like we don't sit down at dinner together and talk. I just can't divide myself anymore than that, it's just me, I am it. Thanks for reading.
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2023.03.22 02:54 essvee927 Stressed out so I’m making poor food choices
I’m eating all of the things that make me feel like crap and make me LOOK like crap too. Bread, sweets, dairy etc. I wish there was a medicine I could take to help reduce the side effects of eating like this when you have PCOS. My face looks so different the next day and I feel so self conscious. I can’t seem to snap out of it though :/
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2023.03.21 23:52 EjmMissouri Cleansed by the blood, Washed in the Word
1 John 1:7 The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
The blood is central to the sanctuary service Hebrews 9:22-23 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
John 1: 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Jesus by His life and death on the cross fulfilled the ministry represented by the Sanctuary’s courtyard. He came to be the sinners sacrifice. He came to be the Lamb of God. No longer do people need to offer an animal to God when they sin. Jesus, the Lamb of God, is our sacrifice.
The Laver of Washing Now before we move on to the sanctuary itself, there is one other item in the courtyard that we need to take a look at, and that is the laver of washing.
Exodus 30:18-21 You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the LORD, they shall wash with water, lest they die. So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them-to him and his descendants throughout their generations.
When we come to Jesus, confessing our sins, the promise is that not only are we forgiven our sins but we are also cleansed from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This cleansing is spoken of in Titus 3:5 as “the washing of regeneration,” or as it may also be translated, “the washing of recreation,” for we are to be made a new creature, a new creation in Christ.
A New Creation 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
In other words, Jesus is not offering us a mere bandage fix to our sin problems, but it is His design to completely recreate us. He does not plan to simply patch up the old sinner, but to recreate you as a whole new person in Christ.
A Kingdom of Priests The priests as they came to minister in the Sanctuary were to first wash themselves in the Laver of Washing before they performed any of the work of the Sanctuary. Likewise, we must ourselves be washed and made clean before we can effectually minister to others, bringing them to Jesus, for it is God’s purpose that we as Christians are to be to Him as a kingdom of Priests ministering to the world.
Exodus 19: 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
1 Peter 2:5,9 You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. … But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Washed in the Word Just as the priests of Israel needed to wash themselves daily as they served in the Sanctuary, we also, so long as we live in a sin polluted world, need to a daily washing as we go about ministering to others. And what is this water in which we are to wash ourselves daily? It is the Word of God. Said Jesus to His disciples;
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
And again, it is written of Christ’s church;
Ephesians 5:26 That He [Jesus] might sanctify and cleanse her [the church] with the washing of water by the word.
John 13:3-15 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”
Just as the feet of the disciples, though they had bathed, needed to be washed after walking the dusty streets of Jerusalem, so we also, though washed with the “washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5) need to be refreshed and cleansed by the water of the Word as we go about ministering to others in this sin filled world.
Titus 3:5-6 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
This is the message of the laver of washing.
The Holy Place Now moving on from the courtyard – How does Jesus fulfill the ministry of the Holy Place?
Hebrews 9: 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
After slaying the lamb, the repentant sinner could only walk away, trusting by faith in a promised Redeemer that his sins were really forgiven and that he was cleansed of guilt. After the sacrifice was made the sinner could do no more for himself except to trust in the promises of God. Promises such as;
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
However, the Sanctuary service on behalf of the sinner did not end at the Altar of Burnt Offerings, nor does the plan of salvation end at the cross. The cross, however, makes all the rest possible. Without the cross everything else would be impossible.
The Blood Ministry Now begins the blood ministry of the priest on behalf of the sinner. The exact ritual varies depending on who sinned and what the sin was – and again, as previously noted in earlier posts, this is a somewhat simplified overview of sanctuary service. And also, as previously noted, for simplicity sake I will be using a lamb in my examples when speaking of the earthly services.
Typically, either directly or indirectly, the priest carries the blood of the sin offering into the Sanctuary – into the first chamber known as the Holy Place – and sprinkles the blood before the altar of Incense which stands before the veil dividing the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Thus symbolically, a record of the sins of the people are carried and deposited inside the Sanctuary. This symbolic record of sins is representative of the books of record that the Bible tells us exist in heaven.
Daniel 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
The Bible speaks of records that are kept in heaven, records that record our every act, our every thought, and even our motives. This book is spoken of in the Bible as the Book of Remembrance. There is also another book besides these that the Bible speaks of, and it is called the Book of Life.
As the sinner confessed his sin over the lamb he symbolically transferred his sin to the lamb. After the lamb was slain its blood was carried into the Holy Place of the Sanctuary and deposited before the Altar of Incense – a record of (and note this carefully), a record of CONFESSED SINS.
Only the sin that is confessed is brought into the Sanctuary Only the sin that is confessed is covered by the ministration of Jesus our heavenly High Priest. As the Bible says;
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Once for All – The Fullness of Christ’s Ministry In the services of the earthly Sanctuary there were many different kinds of sacrifices because no one single sacrifice was sufficient to illustrate all the fullness of Christ’s ministry. But in contrast, Jesus, who is the fulfillment of all these multitudes of sacrifices was offered only one time – once for all. And His one sacrifice was all sufficient.
Hebrews 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews 10:10-12 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.
An Unceasing Ministry Day after day, year after year, century after century the endless offerings went on, each yearly round of ceremonies illustrating to the people the whole of God’s plan of salvation.
The building of the Sanctuary itself, as originally constructed by Moses, was an elaborate tent constructed of various fabrics and animal skins over a gold plated wooden frame. Inside the first veil which served as a doorway into the structure was the Holy Place. Here stood the seven branched candle stick, the Table of Shew Bread, and the Altar of Incense. Passing through the second veil you entered the Most Holy Place. Here was the Ark of the Covenant.
The ministry of the Holy Place (just like that of the courtyard) was continual, daily in nature. It never ceased, but continued year around – symbolic of Christ’s unceasing ministry on our behalf, symbolic of the constant availability of forgiveness, and of restoration, and of reconciliation.
The Blood Ministry of the Holy Place And the ministry of the Holy Place, was also a blood ministry, as it is written;
1 John 1:7 The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
And as the earthly Sanctuary serves as an example and shadow, an illustration if you will, of heavenly things – Then we can expect to find in the heavenly Sanctuary a blood ministry that corresponds to the blood ministry of the earthly Sanctuary. And indeed, we do.
Hebrews 9: 11-14, 22-24 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?… And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
A Heavenly Sanctuary The Bible is explicit. A Sanctuary exists in heaven. Jesus is the High Priest of that heavenly Sanctuary. And all that was done in its earthly copy is symbolic of the reality that is accomplished for us in the heavenly.
Upon His ascension, Jesus entered into the Holy Place of the heavenly Sanctuary, where He intercedes for us. Hebrews 9:24 says He appears in the presence of God for us with His own blood. The work of the Holy Place symbolizes Christ’s work of perfect intercession. The Altar of Incense in the Holy Place represents Christ’s life of perfect righteousness. His perfect life is added as precious incense to the prayers of the God’s people as they ascend to heaven.
In the book of Revelation we are given glimpses of this heavenly sanctuary – and of Jesus as our High Priest. In Revelation 1 we see Jesus inside the Holy Place of the Sanctuary.
Revelation 1:12-13 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Here Jesus is seen in that part of the heavenly Sanctuary containing the seven golden candlesticks – whose earthly counterpart was the seven branched candlestick in the Holy Place.
Moving on to chapter 8 we find activity in yet another part of the Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary.
Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
This Altar of Incense (just like the Altar of Burnt Offering), also stands in a direct line between the repentant sinner and the law. In regard to the earthly service at this second altar, God says;
Exodus 30:1,7-8 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it … And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it and when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.
[And by the way, – just a little side note – it was here by the Altar of Incense that the angel Gabriel announced to Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth would have a son, and that son was to grow up to be John the Baptist.]
Three Impassable Barriers Again, it is important to note that in the wilderness sanctuary as God directed Moses to build it, thee barriers stood between the repentant sinner and the broken law. These were the Altar of Burnt Offering, the Laver of Washing and the Altar of Incense. All three stood in a direct line between the repentant sinner and the broken law. What we see here is the reality that Jesus, by virtue of His perfect life and sacrifice, stands between the repentant sinner and the broken law. The sinner is reconciled to God through the death of Christ and saved by His life;
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Jesus is not only He who died for us, but He is also the One who lives. Our God is a living God.
Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
The earthly Sanctuary and its services serve as a very accurate and reliable illustration of the heavenly Sanctuary and its services. By the understanding of the earthly in the light of the life and death and resurrection of Jesus, we can understand the ministry of Jesus (our great heavenly High Priest) in the heavenly sanctuary.
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2023.03.21 21:04 sunshineroundabouts I make £103K and I spent £370 on a long weekend trip to Northern France
I don’t see many travel diaries for Europe or the UK so thought it would be nice to do an example of a long weekend!
For reference I live with my partner and share some housing / bills with him but keep all other money separately, however I went on holiday with one of my friends.
Section 1: Bio Age - 34
Occupation - Tech Manager
Hometown - East Sussex
Number of PTO days and how you accrue them - in the UK most people get at least 25 days annual leave plus public holidays. In addition to this I get the option to buy holiday as part of my benefits - I do this every year, usually between 6 and 10 days, so this year I have 31 days.
Section 2: Assets and debt Savings balance: We bought a house early last year with my partner, that wiped out most savings! I’ve probably got £10,000 now across stocks and shares ISAs and standard savings pots.
Checking balance: About £1500
Debt: Other than a giant mortgage, no other debt.
Section 3: Income Salary after deductions: Around ~£5K per month - that’s after tax, NI, pension, life / critical illness insurance, health insurance, holiday purchase deductions
My pals overall situation: I don’t know her specifics but she works in PR and makes somewhere in the area of £60-70K per year.
Section 4: Travel expenses I have kept all costs as combined through the diary and then have done the split at the end.
We wanted to do a long weekend Europe trip but wanted it to be pretty relaxed and I didn’t feel like taking a flight so we eventually decided on doing the Eurotunnel.
For reference, the Eurotunnel is where you drive your own car onto a train and then the train goes through the channel tunnel from the UK to France. We then thought we would do a bit of northern France and do a bit of exploring! I've done other areas of France previously but never further North than Paris.
Eurotunnel and insurance - £213 - we booked this beforehand, this is return for one car with two people in it. It was a fixed time train each way, and includes car insurance for when we were in France for three days.
I also spent £40 on a “prepare your car for Europe” kit which included what you must have in your car to legally drive in France (high viz jacket, first aid kit, breathalysers, light deflectors etc) - I haven’t included this in the trip expense totals because we will reuse it many times for trips, and to be honest seems like a handy thing to have in the car anyway!
Air bnb - £155 - we booked the accommodation beforehand, we booked two nights in Lille in a studio apartment with one double bed and one sofa bed. I always like to get an AirBnb as it gives more flexibility to stay in, have your own kitchen and have a bit more space!
I didn’t book separate travel insurance - I get full year cover as part of one of my bank accounts.
Accommodation total: £155
Transport total: £213
Pre trip total: £368
9.30 - I pick up my pal from a nearby train station then drive down to Folkestone where the Tunnel is. I am very excited to take my car on a train!! We stop off for fuel at the services nearby so that I won’t need to figure out France petrol stations - it only needs half a tank to fill, we also pick up snacks for the drive £40 for fuel and £5 for snacks.
11.30 - our train is at 12.20 but we arrive about an hour before. Check-in is super easy and we get a little sign to hang from the mirror to show what our train number is. We park up at the terminal and wait for the signs to show to proceed. We grab a drink from the terminal whilst we wait £4.
12.30 - whizz through both passport controls and then drive on the train! So weird to be sat in a car which isn’t moving on a train which is speeding along. The train takes 35 minutes and then you can just drive straight off onto the motorway. We lose an hour with the time difference so arrive at 2pm.
2 - we have no plans as we've both been so busy with work and decided to just see how we get on! But the signs on the motorway says Dunkirk and that’s a place I’ve never been so we head there which is about a 35 minute drive. Park the car £1.
3 - wander around Dunkirk looking at the war memorials and the pretty harbour. Buy some cheese baguettes to keep us going - £5.
5 - back in the car to drive to Lille where the AirBnb is which is about an hour away. We stop off at Lidl to buy some provisions (bread and cheese ofc), snacks, Prosecco, champagne, and tonic for the bottle of gin I brought with me from home - comes to £45 but £15 was the bargain champagne!
5.30 - check into the Airbnb. Promptly drop my bottle of champagne on the floor and it smashes everywhere. £15 well spent… spend ages cleaning it up. Have a glass of Prosecco to commiserate.
7 - decide we need to go out for a drink to make up for the champagne. Head out to a nearby French restaurant - food is delish, service isn’t excellent but overall a lovely evening catching up - £65.
9 - head back, more Prosecco, put the sofa bed up and then off to sleep eventually around 11.
Day 1 total: £165
9 - time to explore Lille! We get our walking shoes on and start to explore the city - lots of walking down little streets. We do the classic of wandering from cafe to patisserie with a snack here, a drink there, comes to about £15 for the three breaks. The city of Lille is beautiful - it didn't get as destroyed in the war compared to Dunkirk so full of French architecture and big grand squares.
11 - walk a bit out of town to the Citadel and do a big walk around the park outside. You can't go in the citadel but its still a very nice spot to walk around.
1 - time for proper lunch!! We fancy crepes and thankfully we are in France! Find a great crepe restaurant and have a sweet and a savoury - ham and goats cheese which is so good. Plus a couple of glasses of wine - £27
2 - there are so many chocolate shops due to how close we are to Belgium. Pop into one and buy some chocolate as a gift for my partner - £7
3 - feet are getting tired by this point so make the 25 minute hike home - almost 20,000 steps today! We are exhausted. Collapse in the Airbnb for introvert time of tv, phones and ignoring each other.
4 - I for some reason start to feel a bit off and have a bad stomach (too much cheese and wine?! Surely not). Make the decision to stay in for the evening.
7 - have a little bit of gin which I brought with me and watch a movie on Amazon Prime. End up getting Uber eats of some pizza - £25. I used to feel guilty when we stayed in when I was on hols but now I know that I need to not be exhausted when I get back so a night in is okay! We did so much exploring that we did make the most of seeing Lille. Plus I know it's so close now, I can pop back!
10 - water, reading, bed!
Day 2 total: £74
8 - feel much better this morning - so thankful! Nothing like being ill when you know you need to travel, I was worried it would not be a good driving day today. Glad I got lots of sleep!
10 - clean up the Airbnb and pop to the patisserie for croissants - £2, before hitting the road and driving back to Calais to do some exploring. It's raining a bit but clears up when we hit Calais - win!
11.30 - it’s about an hour and ten back to Calais. Driving hasn’t been too bad considering it’s the wrong side of the road for me and the wrong side of the car! I was a bit worried about it but as long as I just tell myself continually to drive on the right then it seems to be okay! I want to go to the lace and fashion museum as it sounds interesting. We park - £1 - and then walk over. It’s £8 for both of us to get in because it only has one exhibit on - bargain! Very much enjoyed it, never realised so much went into lace or that there were so many different types!
1 - time for our final lunch! Head to a probably too touristy restaurant and the food wasn’t great. Clearly means time to go home! £27
2 - head back to the Eurotunnel and stop in the terminal once we are checked in. Pop into duty free and buy 2 bottles of rum as they are a bargain, plus some macarons as a gift - £33. Stop for a drink in Starbucks - £8.
3.30 - another speedy trip through the tunnel! Save an hour on the way back too. Head back and drive home. Used about three quarters of a tank of fuel so quite pleased with that. So nice to have a lovely break, see somewhere new but also return back not feeling utterly exhausted!
Day 3 total: £79
Section 5: Overall Total cost for both of us: £686
Total cost for what I paid: £370 (half most costs, plus full cost of rum, smashed champagne and gifts)
How I afforded the trip: I’ve only recently started earning more so I’m still a very naturally frugal traveller! Plus most of what I enjoy when travelling is just wandering about and eating the delicious food.
I split the cost so did all the pre trip costs earlier in the year so it doesn’t feel like all at once. I then usually put my “spending money” onto my Monzo which I don’t use for anything else - makes it really easy to track how much I’m spending and keep an eye on it. This was probably lower that I expected for the trip because we didn't go out for dinner on the second night which definitely saved some money!
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2023.03.21 20:42 Carmellio What is the name of this bread from Morocco? Tastes quite sweet
2023.03.21 20:39 Ok-Security4961 Lets same my parents greek trainwreck of a wedding
Discailmer:this is gonna be a very long but entairtaining post. Also my first post.English are not my first language.
PRO WEDDING DRAMA
*Dad ask money for drawry.This was a very old fashion tradition who used to be mandatory by law but was unlawful for more than a decent.My dad said to my mom when they were thinking abot marriage"what is your father paying to take you"And then threated to throw my mam out of their house.Almost broke up because of this but dad managed to manipulate my mom when she got drunk.
A little after they got engiged my dad's father dead.My dads mom(who will call from now on my grandma because moms)) want to delay the marriage *for years** because of mourning.They waited 3 years and she still wanted more.
*Dad and mom were from different areas of greece.It was more than 4 hours away and they lived at my dads area at the time.But they married at my moms city because it was impossible to streamroll the weeding at my dads place
*Normal greek weddings don't have groomsmen,bridesmaid.You have a man and a woman that play and important roll at the cermony and i will call them best man/woman for luck of a better word.Traditionaly they also gonna be the future kid godparents.Grandma wanted her cousin to be her cousins to be in that roll.Mom prefered someone closer to their age so they will be in countact and friends.She still agreed thinking she can be friends with their children.After agreeing she learned that they did not have kids and grandma wanted them because without kids many money will be used for the godkids.(godmom doesn't know this still)
*Normaly the wedding is payed by both of the families.The parents pay a lot of staff for their kids wedding.My dad and his side payed nothing.Grandma insisted that it was the wifes side and the best man/woman that had to paid.Dad would buy thinks from himself that weren't wedding related.Grandpa(mom's father awesome man RIP,will call him grandpa for the rest of the post) payed for most thinks with his wife yiayia(moms mom is in the picture but to sweet got the drama,will call her yiayia)
*Mom had to organise everything herself with help from her family and especial yiayia.
*Grandma wanted to rent 2 busses with 50 sites each so fathers side could travel at the wanting grandpa to pay.I don't think he did.They end up having one boss that wasn't full.Grandpa still payed for the food of the people they didn't come.Moms relatives that lived in other places came one their one without asking free traveling.
*Most people end up beeing from my moms side because dads side didn't bother that much.
THE ACTUAL WEDDING
Disclaime:Mom and dad were from different areas and different greek groups and they had some different wedding tradition and different veriation on some traditions.Some of the drama comes from that.Most people were from mom's culture group.For those who know Dad is from the palins ofnorth greece with ancestory from Asia Minor (Μικρασιατης) and mom is from from the montains of central greece(αργιθεα).Very very different mindset with dads side being more conservites.
*Grandma wanted to put money on dad's clouths at the chrurch.Mom said that her tradition was to put the money at the venue during dancing and it would be awkward when she would be the only one gifted money during the dance.Dad wanted to do this my mom's way because it would be more relaxed at the venue.Grandma insisted and dad was annoyed for wasting time.Later at the venue when dad's side so my moms way they agreed that mom was right and asked grandma why they didn't do it at the dance.
*When they were leaving the church dad's side cut a a bread above my parents head because it was their tradition.They had not informed my mom about that so they scared here when sudenly they gang on her with out warning with bread and knife!lol
*Dad wasn't holding mom properly and almost left here behide and the photographer had to yell to him"hold your freaking wife".Dad's is stil trying to excuse himself saying he didn't know how to hold her because her injured arm has not full movement and he didn't know how to hold her(they were together for years and you can easily hold her)He got so pissed at the photographer that he never watched his wedding video because he didn't want to hear him again
At the venue!
Mom's side trandition is to have differnt important people lead the dance to honour them.Tranditional greek dances,you hold hand side by side, you have a pearson at the frond of the line leading.First the best man/woman dance to honour them.You would also have the couple and their families taking turns.So...
*Best woman didn't want to stop dancing at the front,she had a good time but mom had to step in
*Dad said he knew how to dad's no needs to worry.HE DID NOT know how to dance.At all!!He could bearly move his feet!He would always look at his feet and be hunched.It was even more embarasing because the dance was a very prood dance and song was about how proud manly and good dancer is the front dancer.(Λεβεντησ εισαι ματια μου)
*Grandma denead to dance because she was still mourning after 3 years.
*Dads simpling didn't dance because they also did not know how to dance.It kinda runs in the family.(thankfully didn't inherited that)
*Grandma would complain about the music because the music was from moms area.At that point the close family was still at the front dancing accourding to the tradition and they dance at their music and because dads side didn't take part at the tradition they didn't have their music yet.They explained that to grandma and said they would put their music soon but she still complained that her guest could not dance.I my remand here that she did not pay for music,grandpa did.Also mamy of the dances at moms area are very known through the whole country.Some of the dances are the same with same steps and just different music,so her guest could dance to that till they changed to their songs.Bestwoman didn't had a problem with our songs. Also mom had around 300 people and dad had 50 because they didn't bother to come so we outnumber them.(the people are normal amount for a not big greek wedding).Also mom and grandpa where the ones to pay and organise the wedding because the others didn't bother and tried to pass as their trandition to not pay.
*Dad's side of the family still mocks the dancing tradition
*Not so importand,dad's side gifts were not good and cheap compare to mom's side gifts.
*Dad went to jail some months after the marriage so they never had a honeymoon THEY GOT DIVORSED(NOT because of the jail) Dad's side were sympathetic for my mom.Grandma fought with her cousin/best woman/godmother because she took mom's and mine side.Grandpa paying and moms side helping where a glimps to the future GOD BLESS grandpa and yiayia
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2023.03.21 20:25 lobo_locos Week 12: Sweet Brunch -B.E.C on a buttermilk waffle, with a side of monkey bread.
2023.03.21 19:49 Glopuss Supermarket (Coles & Woolworths) specials March 22 - 28 (incomplete)
A selection of items “on special” this week in Coles and Woolworths that may be of interest to keto followers. Many are processed so not really suitable for “clean keto”. Victorian data, some may not be available interstate. Consider house brands may be cheaper than ‘specials’
Alcohol (except no carb beer) excluded. Drink prices exclude recycling deposits. Fruit & Veg probably vary by state, so excluded.
If you are doing an online order, I suggest you also look at the stores' ONLINE ONLY specials as I don't always include all of these, many are multibuys.
Coles ‘locked prices’ might now be considered specials but same every week til April so not included as specials
COLES Coles web pages are a mess, prices showing as a special in the List function are not showing as specials when you drill down into details. So some of these prices cannot be trusted. To make matters worse, they have now taken down the old pages.
- Beer - NEW Hahn Ultra Low Carb Bottles 6x330mL $18 has less than 1g of carbs per bottle and only 87 calories
- Berries, frozen - Coles frozen berries 500g 2 for $11
- Bread/Wraps - Simson's Pantry Low Carb High Protein 5 pack 225g , & Keto minis, 156g 2 for $9, Simson's Pantry Low Carb Keto 5 pack 200g 2 for $10
- Cheese - South Cape Flavoured Cream Cheese 200g $5.10
- Cheese - Cheer Cheese Slices 750g $14
- Cheese - King Island Cape Wickham Double Brie or Camembert 200g $8.90
- Cheese - Always cheddar cheese block or slices on special
- Chocolate - Well Naturally 100g $4 45g $2 not all varieties
- Confectionery - Eclipse Mints 40g $2.80
- Dips - Always something on special - all brands have high and low carbs
- Dips - Black Swan 2 for $7, Black Swan classic 2 for $6.50,
- Drinks - Monster Energy 4x500mL2 for $17
- Drinks - Kirks zero 1.25L $1.40, 10 cans $6.95
- Drinks - Red Bull Energy 8x250mL$13.20
- Drinks - Coca-Cola, Fanta or Sprite 12x300mLbottles $9.10
- Drinks - Frantelle Spring Water 24x600mL$6.40 half price
- Drinks - Lo Bros Kombucha 330mL $2.50
- Drinks - Pepsi max Diet Sunkist or Solo 1.25 Litre $1.25
- Drinks, no sweetener - Schweppes Infused Sparkling Water 10x375mL $8
- Drinks - Nexba Kombucha 4x330mL 4 pack $6
- Fish - Coles Fresh Tasmanian Salmon Portions Skin Off $32kg
- Fish - John West 90g tuna or 95g salmon $1.45. Wild Tides 95g tuna $1.10
- Fish - Birds Eye SteamFresh Fish 380g $7 some with sauce
- Fish - Sirena tuna 425g $6.50, 185g $3.60
- Fish - John West Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon 210g, or 105g red $5.50
- Fish - Ling Oscar sardines 105g $2.50
- Ice cream - Twisted Licks 4 pack $7
- Ice cream - Denada sticks 3 pack or Lil Nadas $8.50 ONLINE ONLY
- Mayonnaise - Kewpie Mayonnaise 300g $4.30 don’t buy ½ version, Hellmans real 400g $5.50, Best Foods 405g $4.50
- Meat - Lamb loin chops $23kg
- Meat - Gravy beef $17kg
- Meat - Pork forequarter cutlets $12.50kg
- Meat - Whole uncooked chicken $4.50kg, Wings $7kg, Free Range whole $9kg
- Meat - Coles Made Easy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Parcels with Pumpkin Spinach & Fetta Stuffing 600g $11
- Meat - Lamb Rack Roast $30kg
- Meat - Don kabana $3.30 ea
- Meat - Moira Mac's Classic Mini Chicken Kababs 90g $3
- Meat - Spam Canned Ham 340g $3.75
- Meat - Primo gluten free kransky 250g $4.50
- Milk, almond - Vitasoy UHT $1.65, Sanitarium So good fridge $3.30, UHT $2
- Oil, EV olive - Cobram Estate Aust 750ml $10.80, Red Island Aust 500ml $6
- Peanut butter - Mayvers 375g $4.60, Sanitarium $3.50
- Protein bars/cookies - QUEST PB cups bars & Cookies $3.15,
- Protein powder - Musashi High Protein Powder 900g flavoured $52
- Sauce, pasta - Cucina Matese Passata 700g $2.40 check for sugar
- Stock - Campbells Real 1l $3
- Sweetener - Truvia (Erythritol, Steviol Glycosides, Chicory root fibre) Caster, Brown, Icing 280-360g $6
- Syrup -Queen sugar free maple 355ml $3.50
- Yoghurt, flavoured - Chobani No Sugar Added Greek or Natural light 150g $2
- Yoghurt, flavoured - Yoplait Zero 6x160g $4.80 sweetener
- Yoghurt, flavoured - Danone YoPro Perform 20g protein 175g $2.50
- Yoghurt, flavoured - Danone Activia Probiotics 4x125g $3.50
- Yoghurt, plain - Tamar Valley Greek 1kg $6
WOOLWORTHS Woolies has a range of health products @ 30% off, I have put some under the Protein heading for convenience. 30% of all NOSHU
- Berries - Woolworths frozen ruby berries 500g $5
- Bread/wraps - Simsons 5 pack keto or 6 pack low carb hi protein $5
- Cake mix - Noshu 99% sugar free fudgy brownie or Choc chip cookies 300g $5.25
- Cheese - Always cheddar cheese block or slices on special
- Cheese - Bergbaron Reserve 200g $3.50 half price
- Cheese - King Island Brie or Camembert 175-200g $8.90
- Cheese - Picon cream portions 120g $2.50
- Cheese - Woolworths Brie or Camembert 125g $3
- Chocolate - Vitawerk milk coconut bars 35g $2.50
- Chocolate - Well Naturally 100g bar or 80g choc almonds $4
- Chocolate - Frey Supreme 100g $2
- Confectionery - Noshu Bars 42g $2.45 see also Snacks, sweet for multipacks
- Confectionery - Funday no sugar $3.50
- Crackers - Olinas gluten free pepita or sunflower `00g $4.40
- Dips - Always something on special - all brands have high and low carbs
- Drinks - Gatorade zero or G active 600ml $2.30
- Drinks - Coca-Cola No Sugar 30 x 375ml $24.95
- Drinks - Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta Soft Drink Can Varieties or Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling 10 x 375ml $8.75
- Drinks - Monster No sugar energy 4 x 500ml $8.30
- Drinks - Remedy Kombucha 4 x 250ml or 1.25 Litre $6, Lo Bros 4 pack $8.50
- Fish - John West mackerel in O oil 125g $3
- Fish - Sirena tuna 95g $2.30
- Fish - Thawed Cooked WA Rock Lobster $23 not all stores
- Fish - Woolworths Frozen Barramundi 1 kg $18
- Ice Cream - Twisted Licks 4 pack $4.50
- Ice Cream - Fropro Keto scoop 475g $7.50, Denada $9
- Mayonnaise - Best Foods 405g $4.50
- Mayonnaise - Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise Squeeze 400-432g $5.50
- Mayonnaise - Maille Hollandaise cream 200ml $4.50
- Mayonnaise - S&W whole egg 440g $6.50
- Meat - Australian Easy Carve Lamb Leg Roast $17kg
- Meat - Australian Pork Belly Roast $16kg
- Meat - Bertocci shortcut bacon from deli $15kg, Streaky bacon $18
- Meat - Chicken drumsticks $4kg , Maryland $6.50kgMeat - D’Orsogna Deli Fresh Sliced Meats 80-100g $2.80
- Meat - Gotzinger kransky chipolatas 400g $8, Franks $7
- Meat - Luv a duck confit legs 500g $10.50
- Meat - Plumrose canned meats half price
- Meat - Pork shoulder boneless roast $8kg
- Meat - Primo Short Cut Bacon 750g $11
- Meat - Woolworths COOK Pork Shoulder with BBQ Sauce 560g $12.50 ditch half the sauce
- Milk unsweetened almond - Almo fridge $3.85, Almond Breeze barista UHT $3.50 higher carbs
- Nuts - Australian Natural Walnuts 500g $9
- Oil - The Grove cold pressed avocado 250ml $8.50
- Oil, EV olive - Bertolli 750ml $9
- Pancake mix - Noshu Sugar Free Pancake Mix 240g $4,45 higher carbs
- Peanut butter - Fix andFogg everything butter 275g $5.70 minor pecials on this brand
- Protein - Bsc Body Science Clean Greens Superfoods Tropical 150g $25
- Protein bars - QUEST PB cups $3.36, Bounce Load Up High Protein Bar 60g $3.50,Bounce Keto fat bomb 35g $2(higher carbs), Keep It Cleaner Collagen Bar 40g $2.45 (check ingredients)
- Protein drinks - BSc Pre-Workout Coffee 150g $17.50
- Protein drinks - Cellucor C4 Sport supplement Powder 285g $33.60 looks like electrolytes ?
- Protein powder - DOSE & Co. Pure Collagen Powder 200g $28
- Protein powder, plant - Kapowder Plant Based Protein Strength 220g $15.40 - This brand has a large range of vegan, no sugar powders.all 30% off
- Protein powder, plant - Prana On Plant Protein Shake Vanilla Flavor
- Protein water - Bodiez Protein Water Powder Pouch 290g $24.50, BSc Body Science Protein Collagen Water 350g $24.50
- Sauce - Mingle BBQ or Tomato 250g $4.45k
- Snacks - Munchme almonds or pepitas 120g $4.80
- Snacks - Pink Himalayan seaweed 30g $3.50, 8 pack roasted $4
- Snacks, sweet - Noshu Low Carb Indulgence or Nut Bars 150-160g 5 Pk $6.20 muesli aise, Aussie Bodies 5 pack $7 see also Noshu single bars under Confectionery heading
- Spice - Mingle butter chicken 30g $2.60
- Stock - Maggie Beer 500ml $4, Hart & Soul bone broth 350g 2for $7
- Sweetener - Whole Earth E&MF 200g $6.80
- Syrup - Lakanto golden malt or vanilla 300ml $7
- Yoghurt, flavoured - Chobani FiT 15g Protein Yogurt Pot or Pouch 140-170g $1.25 half price , Yoplait Zero 1kg $4sweetener.
- Yoghurt, plain - Chobani Greek whole milk 907g $5.50
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2023.03.21 19:46 TeaAndCozy Seeking Astrid Whinnies reviews!
Astrid Whinnies are here! The house describes these as "my version of Peeps marshmallow treats." It's an annual (? seems to be?) spring collection, and this year it's only available through April 14. The house only sells 8-ml full-sizes, no samples, but Ajevie just put up their decant pre-order, so I'm hoping those of you who have tried any Whinnies in past years will chime in and let us know your thoughts! Can you link to any past reviews, if you've posted any, or drop in any mini-reviews here? What's Astrid's base marshmallow note like? Which ones are your favorites?
One Marshmallow with strawberries, strawberry coulis, lavender absolute, and French mint.
Two Marshmallow with peony, yellow mandarin, and sandalwood.
Three Marshmallow with peach blossom, honeysuckle, lemon verbena, and tulsi.
Four Marshmallow with lilac, bergamot, white tea, violet, and lime.
Five Marshmallow with candied rose, pink grapefruit, ginger, and green cognac.
Six Marshmallow with fudge brownie, peanut butter, coffee bean, and butterscotch.
Seven Marshmallow with violets, vanilla, and ylang ylang.
Eight Marshmallow with blackened oud, oak, sandalwood, and vanilla.
Nine Marshmallow with English ivy, cassis, calendula, and galbanum.
Ten Marshmallow with baby powder, blueberry, petit grain sur fleurs, and tangerine.
Eleven Marshmallow with apple blossom, orange blossom, white tea, and thyme.
Twelve Marshmallow with white sandwich bread, vanilla, and cinnamon glaze.
Thirteen Marshmallow with lemon lollipops and orange Dynamints.
Fourteen Marshmallow with sweet orange, lavender, blue tansy, atlas cedar, and sage.
Fifteen Marshmallow with vanilla toffee, almond granola, hazelnut, and clove.
Sixteen Marshmallow with white cake, jasmine sambac, and pink pepper.
Seventeen Marshmallow with white tea, aloe pulp, cilantro, white ginger, kaffir lime, and davana.
Eighteen Marshmallow with clean linens, orris, carrot seed, and bergamot.
Nineteen Marshmallow with pink musk, passion fruit, lemon verbena, and rose.
Twenty Marshmallow with mimosa, vanilla, and tangerine.
Twenty-One Marshmallow with pineapple soda, cream soda, and maraschino cherry.
Twenty-Two Marshmallow with pink amber, plum, champagne, myrrh, vanilla, and Egyptian jasmine.
Twenty-Three Marshmallow with neroli, blackberry, and vanilla.
Twenty-Four Marshmallow with white musk, ginger, and a whisper of patchouli.
Twenty-Five Marshmallow, Osmanthus, matcha tea, Moroccan rose, black pepper.
Twenty-Six Marshmallow, violet, orchid, lemon, heliotrope, honeyed musk, amber, and plum.
Twenty-Seven Marshmallow, honeysuckle, almond milk, ginger, coconut husk, and patchouli.
Twenty-Eight Marshmallow, candied muscat grapes, and rosé wine.
Twenty-Nine Marshmallow, fig, plum, spikenard, and Somalian myrrh.
Thirty Marshmallow, tangerine, and lemongrass.
Thirty-One Marshmallow and peach.
Thirty-Two Marshmallow, black raspberry, jasmine sambac, peony, dandelion, vanilla, pear, and geranium.
Thirty-Three Marshmallow, pink bubblegum, and orange blossom absolute.
Thirty-Four Marshmallow, lilac, bourbon vanilla, butter CO2, and blue chamomile. (not vegan)
Thirty-Five Marshmallow and chocolate pound cake.
Thirty-Six Marshmallow, sandalwood, violet, bluebells, sugared musk, açai, and vanilla.
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2023.03.21 18:26 ResponsibilitySad389 Anorexia-Orthorexia Pipeline (TW)
I've been experiencing post-starvation hyperphagia for almost a month now, and I've observed that I generally crave lots of bread, oats, rice, and lean animal protein (beef, lamb, poultry, tuna) .... but the thought of eating, IDK, a chocolate cupcake or a bag of potato chips physically nauseates me. I mentioned this offhandedly in an ED Discord server, and I got a lot of clout for still "restricting/trading anorexia for orthorexia" b/c..."normal" people like sugary desserts? I mean, the only "sweet" I like is 90% dark cacao chocolate (it's bitter, bitter tastes good IMO -I'm also a coffee addict) and fresh baked artisan bread w/ dried fruit. My point is, if "recovered" is eating standard American fare for breakfast (orange juice, bacon, pancakes w/ syrup, cold cereal) and fast-food...then no thanks, I don't want to be recovered in that sense. Is this something to be concerned about?
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2023.03.21 18:04 upandawaywethrowin Found lower cal sweet spread for bread :o
I went grocery shopping and there was a jar of coconut spread but it's bean based. I'm so excited to try it! The nutritional values are interesting.
Numbers: !> 250 cals, 17% suga23% carbs, 17% fat, 4% protein!<
From a very niche shop in my little area so I don't want to doxx myself but I think if you blend white beans, coconut milk, ground coconut, sugar, and vanilla, you'll get pretty close to that. First people made bean cake for calories (i know asian bean cakes exist but.. I mean the other ones :D), now we get sweet spread. What is this life 😍
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2023.03.21 17:48 comprepensive Least expensive source for bulk dried goods?
I have a household with 6 people, of which 4 are adults. We obviously have keenly felt the increased cost of food. We like to bake our own breads and sweets and home cook a lot too. I would like to find a source for a bulk quantity of things like flour, brown sugar, coffee, dried beans, etc. Like 10 kg + bags of stuff.
Where is the cheapest place to source industrial quantities of food staples? Is it Costco? I would assume it's Costco, I see a lot of talk about their deals on packaged goods like snacks and such, but not a lot of talk about large basics. Like I don't need 50 small brown sugar packets, or 3 dozen muffins. I need 50 lbs of sugar and flour. Is there cheaper online source anyone knows of?
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2023.03.21 17:44 Alithinos Persephone risen on the Surface to reunite with Demeter! Yay! I baked them a sweet bread.
2023.03.21 16:23 timcotten Breakfast in SF: Jaspers is bullish on BTC!