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I’m switching hosting providers for the blog. If you can read this, things are fine. If you can’t read this, then it may be temporary. The new hosting provider said it could take up to 5 business days for the migration. I’ll un-pin this after the transfer is successful. Thanks for your patience!

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I’m trying not to spend money I don’t have to this weekend. Here, let me tell you what I’ve already spent money on, and you tell me how I’m doing on my goal. Friday night, I met my friends for happy hour. I bought a HH burrito and two beers. With tip, that was $26.00. Maybe […] T

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Happy Hour with my friends tonight. My four best friends could all make it, and that makes me happy. We were meeting at Kay’s Lounge, in Sellwood. It’s a classic old-school lounge, with comfy leather booths and a nicely-stocked bar and bar food that’s got that little somethin’ extra that pushes a

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Oh, here I go again. I have no idea what to write. Well, sit down and prepare yourself for a half a page of dithering and fumfuh-ing. Or don’t, it’s OK, you can skip this one. I won’t care. I’m just writing to get my word count in. What’s on my mind tonight? I haven’t […]

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My day job is computer support, which sounds complicated and possibly stressful. Wait, maybe I shouldn’t be assuming what it sounds like to you, my dear reader. I welcome your thoughts on what you think of when you hear someone say something like, “I do computer support for a living.” Is it based on TV

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I mistakenly used the word “cheating” in connection with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) last week. Turns out that’s a faux pas; the preferred term is “NaNo Rebel“.  For several reasons, it’s really dumb to claim you’ve “won” the NaNoWriMo competition by w

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Been writing about home a lot lately, and my thoughts on where I’d prefer to live and what kind of house I’d prefer to have. It’s something I value, as an introvert: having a home, a nice safe, quiet place where I don’t have to worry about presenting any specific personality. I wonder, though, if

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It’s Sunday, and I’m house-sitting for my sister. She, her husband, and her mother-in-law live in a sprawling multi-level house on a bluff up in Portland’s West Hills. It’s got a fantastic view from a deck that’s probably about the same square footage as my whole apartment. It’s not th

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I remember the day I learned I was short. Let me back up. My height and weight were never things I thought about or considered. I was just me, in a me-shaped package. I moved through the world more concerned about what I thought and felt than what my body did or didn’t do. Thoughtless […] The post

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There’s a storage closet at work that we use to keep old computers and other IT equipment. It’s right near an exterior door that requires a badge to enter; the door itself locks with a key. For as long as I’ve worked here, the lock is only sometimes effective. Sometimes it doesn’t latch, despite t

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On my way into work today, my thoughts turned to the upcoming NaNoWriMo event, towards which I have been building. I realized that since it’s the start of October now, I should also be ramping up my daily word count. I want to aim for more than 1000 words a day this month, in the […] The post

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Spending time writing on my blog every day means that sometimes, I go back and read old posts. It’s fun. Sometimes. Sometimes it’s fun. Other times there are other emotions I feel, reading what I used to write down. I read posts that remind me of old relationships, and that’s always an emotional minefie

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Yesterday’s post, “Using Science to Be Happier” touched on a topic that is probably ripe for further exploration: our intuition about the world around us is frequently entirely wrong. In the post, I was explicitly referring to Dr. Laurie Santos’ contention that the things we generally think make u

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I’m listening to this podcast and they’re talking about happiness and what makes people happy and it made me reflect on my current situation. The podcast is  You Are Not So Smart, and I love it so much. David McRaney has been writing about all the various ways our brains fool ourselves for a long ti

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This video makes me smile and laugh, no matter how many times I watch it. via Gfycat via Gfycat (This isn’t my 500-1000 word post for today. I just wanted to share this.) The post A Short List o

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The idea and policy of Minimum Wage (MW) is an area of particular study for me. Since my politics have shifted further and further left, I have noticed how businesses (and therefore capitalists) argue against paying their employees a living wage. Time and again, I would see the same assumptions and pleas to common sense

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A year ago this weekend I moved into this apartment, a two-bedroom one-and-a-half bathroom townhouse located on the very eastern border of the city limits of Portland. I originally moved in with my nephew, Max, which is why we chose a two-bedroom place. The price was OK for us, even if the location was a […]

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Look, we both know I just need to warm up and then I’ll find some groove and it’ll all make sense. Hang in there with me, because I do not know where this is going. As usual. I watched a couple of videos about The Last of Us, Part 2. I’m super excited for this […] The post

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I had an idea for what I was going to write today but now, now that I’m home and sitting in front of my computer with nothing else pressing to do, I can’t remember what it was. You know the drill; I’m just going to keep typing until it comes to me or I get […] The post

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I broke the seal. I’m now sending out pitches for articles to various editors. In fact I’ve already gotten a rejection! Don’t be sad, that’s a good thing. Well, not as good as an acceptance but still, it means I’m out there trying. That’s why I’m saying I “broke the seal

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I’ve had a tiny increase in traffic over the weekend and it’s fun to think that there may be people out there reading my words who aren’t close friends or family. Not a lot of other people. Just a handful. But, y’know, still. Have I written yet about the odd-but-nice encounter I had at Rose [̷

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hannah Hillam (@hannahhillam) on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:11am PDT I didn’t always listen to podcasts. I had to start at some point. If you’re reading a blog, you probably already know what a podcast is. In case you don’t, the easiest explanation is that a […]

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Of course, I’ve been on the various dating apps for a long time. Bumble, Tinder, and OK Cupid, primarily. I don’t know of many others. Match? Plenty of Fish (which I can’t help but see as “Plenty Offish” for reasons that should be obvious)? Hinge is a new one, too, but that requires far more

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As per usual, I’m sitting here in front of my computer with no idea what I’m going to write about. No title, no germ of an idea, nothing. I’ve been sipping coffee and scrolling through the Hellsite trying to find motivation or inspiration and nothing is coming to me. But the whole point of my […]

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It feels later than it really is, but that’s because I’ve been awake since earlier than I normally am. It’s 10 PM, give or take, as I write this but it feels like it’s after midnight. Luckily for me and my self-imposed goal, it’s not after midnight because then, technically, I would be in vi

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Yesterday at therapy, the topic of my strengths came up. A touchy subject, because one of the reasons I’m in therapy is because I’ve got a very loud internal voice telling me I don’t have any. In fact, during the session, my Inner Negative Voice actually got channeled and became my literal outside voice

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Today I am writing the post that represents the finish line, as well as a new beginning. Maybe I shouldn’t think in terms of lines crossed; maybe it’s better to think about this as just another point of information. Regardless, 30 days ago I set out to do a thing (30 days of at least […] The post

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17 years ago I purchased the domain bamoon.com. I don’t remember what registrar I bought it from. I’m reasonably sure I paid US$35 for it, a price that has, surprisingly, only gone down from then; my last renewal for this domain was US$15.50. How many things you’ve bought in the past have gone down in [

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Four weeks! I’ve been writing at least 500 words every day for four full weeks. Another day and a half and I’ll have a Lunar Month’s worth of blog posts on Lunar Obverse. How cool is that? I don’t know that I’ve ever explained what Lunar Obverse refers to. I’m not going to go digging [

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The past two weekends have reminded me—more like smacked me over the head with—that I still have the capacity for happiness, for creativity, for connection and communion with people who share my interests and who care for me. I am happy for that timely reminder because my Inner Negative Voice does everything it can t

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