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- I'm a 50 year old pharmaceutical who helps organize in his spare time.
- I identify as gray-/#demisexual.
- I am a widower; my husband of 18 years passed away in 2017.
- I am a voracious reader of (especially with ), and try to post a of ones I enjoyed (and some I didn't) when I can on my at


Sometimes you need to look good for the teleconferences. Ah, the joys of working from home.

Today in Springfield, Governor Pritzker came out and saw his shadow, which means we will have four more weeks of lockdown.

(In all seriousness, I think this is a good thing, epidemiologically speaking, and I suspect that even only four more weeks is optimistic.)

MUTUALS ONLY!! Drop an emoji and I will write something about you.

(I don't normally do these, but hey - we're all stuck alone here together...)

Also, I made sure to pick up some sweet treats because we're in the middle of a goddamn global pandemic. I think I can have an Oreo.

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On this , a reminder.
It's about dignity.
It's about equality.

I aspire to live my life with the courage that my transgender friends show every single day.

It turns out that 6:30 AM on a Tuesday is an ideal time to shop with minimal people around 馃檪 I got everything I needed, and almost everything was in good supply. The prices on some commodities though鈥ikes. (Comparison: I believe a dozen eggs is usually half this, or less.)

(Weirdly, there was no talk with the nurse beforehand about payment. Not sure what the co-pay is for a 5-minute phone call, though I'd be happy to pay if it's necessary. Sounds like things are pretty crazy for them.)

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So I finally got in touch my my doc today since the pain can make deep breaths painful at times. We talked over the phone and he agreed with my self-diagnosis or fractured ribs, and also that now is NOT the time to be taking nonessential X-rays. So NSAIDs and monitoring for now.

Well, there鈥檚 one thing I can say about working from home: my office has a window, and even if the view isn鈥檛 the greatest it鈥檚 still really nice when the sun is shining (which it is obviously not today).

Follow-up: Bread machine died somewhere mid-cycle. It and the half-finished loaf dough go into the trash 馃槙 (To be fair, the bread machine sat on the shelf in the closet untouched for probably 8-9 years since it was last used. No great loss.)

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I'm late to the party, but I found Alton and Elizabeth Brown's "Quarantine Kitchen" today. This week they made a simple steak dinner at home, but the asides, husband & wife in-jokes, and fsck-ups (hint: sabering champagne can go badly) are hilarious

Out of bread but feeling really low on motivation, so time to break the bread machine out of storage and put it to good use. Next store run I'll pick up some bread flour and make something a lot better by hand, I think.

Now there's something you don't see every day. (Background:


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Yikes! Y'all be careful out there in Central and SE Iowa/NW Missouri/central Illinois!


A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION WATCH has been issued for NE Missouri, SE Iowa, much of Illinois. Primary threats: several tornadoes and a few intense tornadoes likely, very large hail events to 2.5鈥 in diameter likely, damaging wind gusts to 70 mph

I'm not much for watching streaming, but Stream Aid 2020 ( is totally worth tuning in for right now. There's a great lineup of musicians for the next 11.5 hours, and they're raising funds for the United Nations Foundation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

And hey, proof that I did indeed once drive a pickup truck! A 1979 Ford F-150. This photo is probably from around 1993, so the truck would have been 14 years old with almost 200k miles and was still going strong!

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Welp, I did a thing. I鈥檓 happy to lend my support!

(And if I win one of the vehicles? Oh darn, I have to road trip from Alaska to get it home! 馃榾)

All of your thoughtful comments, messages, and texts have helped remind me of how incredibly fortunate I am. Thank you for helping get through a tough day.

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