10lb of beetroot harvested ftom the garden. That's half the crop. I've run out of jars before beetroot. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope people like pickles. This lot gets added to the 4lb of green tomato chutney and 6lb of piccalilli I made a few weekends ago.


Just did a final push before bed, there are over 300 vector images in there now :D

๐Ÿ’ฏ RT @Gaohmee@Twitter (nitter.net/Gaohmee/status/1433)

> Do you know what Hypernormalization is and why it is likely what a lot of us are experiencing at the moment? Itโ€™s largely a term used when people in larger society are aware that the system they live in isnโ€™t working but are pressured to just continue to function like normal.

(Thread!) /ht @hmans

@welshpixie @puf My other half (grew up in Wales, slips into an accent at the drop of a hat, has been known to talk in her sleep in an accent) had a good laugh at this. Can't fault the translation. ๐Ÿ˜‚ She did have to explain that two f's make an f sound. Because of course they do. ๐Ÿค”

I started doing 16:8 IF at the weekend, and just finished my 5th fast. Not only is this a good use for the immense volume of vegetables we have growing in the raised beds, I feel SO good. More energy. Less bloated. I've lost half a stone in the first 3 days (admittedly, a chunk of that will be fluids) and I'm drinking 6-8 pints of water a day. No sugar or simple carbs, lots of fibre, fish, and white meat.

In between that and 416 days sober, shit is improving (and not just literally).

Violence, death 

@omnicaritas Cheers Tim, and vibes ALWAYS appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜€ We're doing okay. I suspect it was the sudden shock of events and the pointlessness of it all. I can usually attribute things like this to chaos or randomness, which is fine when it's you at the centre of it all and it's something like missing a bus. This...not so simple.

Violence, death 

@sexybiggetje Thanks Martijn. ๐Ÿ‘ I'm getting there, doing much better than those who were closer to him (reasonably so).

Violence, death 

The weekend was challenging. We've had a death in the family. Without going into detail, a relative that lived in the US was murdered. It hit us hard and triggered the fuck out of me, dragging up trauma responses and putting me into full fight.

I was going to say "uncontrollably" but I've coped. I've got tools now. I'm present and aware of what I'm feeling and where I'm feeling it. So yeah, it's horrible and we're hurting but I'm not going to allow it to dominate. RIP buddy. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Things I never thought I'd be doing a few months ago: picking my lunch from the garden at 6.45am, as I'm popping into the office today. ๐Ÿ˜

I've been playing a lot of The Ascent this weekend, and I've gotta say, janky dual stick controls aside, it's a gorgeous cyberpunk experience. So many nods to the likes of Neuromancer, and a really cool Bladerunner, Shadowrun, and SLA Industries vibe.

Angular is the dumbest fucking framework I've ever had the "privilege" to use. I swear, I'm gonna put my fascist Senior Dev hat on one day and tell everyone we're using VueJS moving forwards and nothing else.

Enjoying John Mayer's new album. It's got that layered, '80s, John Mellencamp vibe going for it. Obviously jumping on the '80s synthwave bandwagon.

John Mayer falls into my weird ethical middle ground. As in, I can separate the art (I enjoy his music and I think he's a pretty solid songwriter) from the artist (somewhat of a whingy, narcissistic prick). There are certain artists, not just musical ones, that I refuse to support (typically, ones that are Nazi fucks). Fingers crossed, eh John?

wriggling worms 

I'm feeling pretty good at the moment, all things considered (all things being: eldest catching COVID, isolation at home, stupidly busy at work, etc.) A few years ago, I'd be managing this by self-medicating and feeling worse as a result. Short of a few intrusive thoughts, my brain reminding me that trauma never really goes away, life is good.

Latest garden project is vermiculture, starting with a wormery I set up last night. Lots of fun + helping close the loop on recycling.

@petloki003 Hey there. That's not me, I've not put together any Pluralsight courses. I've a small piece on using RSA with .NET Core on my personal site though and if you have any questions, feel free to DM me or whatever.

So we thought stuff wasn't growing in the raised beds, so we ordered some plants to fill the gaps. Then everything started growing. Then the filler plugs arrived today. So I've spent two hours cramming chard, spinach, MORE LEEKS, mizuna, beetroots and some other stuff that @Jo dealt with. Tied up and pinched back the tomatoes, as they've gone full Jurassic Park on us now. And drilled holes on things. Hoping the weather will stay nice as I have some brickwork and pointing to do.

@korruptor Just point the stabby end at anyone with a warm, overpriced pint of lager in their hands.

@korruptor Welcome! Your pitchfork is next to the back door, grab a flat cap on the way out and I'll see you on the wall.

UK lockdown lifting, vulnerable people 

A great piece by Laura Elliott on how so-called 'freedom day' means nothing of the sort for clinically vulnerable people

"Society isnโ€™t made up of isolated individuals who have no impact on each other. How each of us behaves affects other people. If dropping social distancing measures means that many of our neighbours are trapped in an unofficial lockdown, can we really claim to have been liberated at all?"

#ChronicIllness #MECFS #Disability #Covid #Lockdown @ChronicIllness

@stardot Yeah (barring the occasional bottle of coke over the last year). No coffee, no tea (except green tea).

I do wonder if quitting caffeine made giving up the booze easier, with alcohol being a depressant and caffeine a stimulant, the absence of both meant neither could mess with my nervous system much. It was certainly a smoother transition than the last time I attempted a sober lifestyle (18 months, 2017-2018).

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