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  1. Starkess

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S4 - We Want to Be Here [spoilers]

    New Greg is fine but he is not Greg. He's just not. He doesn't have the same vibe at all.
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    The Orville Season 2

    I don't really like this show but I keep watching it? Don't really understand.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Yeah that definitely could be it. Chicago definitely triggers my "hibernate" mode!! I think I will try to increase my protein/fat. I do tend to eat pretty high-carb.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    DP - yep, that's the same way I am too! The worst part for me is that it's not actually hunger at all, it's just wanting to eat. So controlling the hunger doesn't really help because it doesn't scratch the right itch. Which I guess is just the desire to do whatever I want? It's like I'm acting out against...myself. Lol. My boyfriend thinks that I just don't really want to lose the weight enough yet and I think he's right, so there is a mismatch between the goals I'm setting for myself and my motivation and it's leading to even worse outcomes.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    I finished Commonwealth. It was okay. Well-written but it just missed the mark a little bit to me. I think it focused on either too many characters or too few. Felt like it couldn't decide between being Franny's story and being the Cousins' story. Also the non-chronological order and the whole "slowly revealing bits and pieces of What Really Happened" actually robbed the story of a lot of its tension. Just felt like a novel full of vignettes. But still, interesting and not bad.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    The good news: I'm back onto a workout schedule and it feels really good to be back in the gym. Lifting 3x a week and doing some running ~2x a week (although it finally snowed today so I'll have to transition to indoor cardio). I've also had no problem stick with a "dry January" or whatever you want to call it. The bad news: I cannot seem to stop eating. I do fine all day and then after dinner I stuff my face with chocolate, ice cream, whatever. I don't understand it. I've actually gained weight since I got home from vacation!! I feel so fat and unhappy with my body and it's so frustrating feeling like I can't control myself. I guess just keep on keeping on. One thing at a time.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    I picked up Commonwealth by Ann Patchett from the library. Don't really know what it's about, but going to give it a shot.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    Thanks for the info, everyone! This was my first Tchaikovsky book so I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't mind the writing (I don't mind non-strict third person POV), so it's good to hear that the story branches out and improves. And oops, only 10 books! I'll definitely get back to the next one soon.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Yeah, I really didn't want to get into this argument about calorie counting again. Suffice to say, I know how to count calories, and I have a very thorough understanding of "thermaldynamics" (assuming that was a typo for thermodynamics ). The issue is not how well I am counting calories. But the past 6 months it hasn't been working for me, so I'm trying something else.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    I finished Empire in Black and Gold and I liked it. It was certainly an interesting premise, but I felt the plot was pretty pedestrian. I'm hoping that it expands since it's a 12-book series. I definitely plan to continue, although maybe I'll try something else first. Not sure what.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    It's not worked because I haven't achieved my goals with it.
  12. Starkess

    Careerchat III

    If they didn't ask for or provide a clear way to upload one, then they probably won't hold a lack of a cover letter against you I'd think. More of just a missed opportunity for you to say something besides the rather constrained info on a resume. But I've also heard about people barely even reading cover letters, so who knows if they're even advantageous at all.
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    2018 Reading Self-Challenge

    Well then. I fell quite a bit short, didn't I?? Not sure why my reading drive took such a nosedive this year. Maybe burnout from having to do so much academic reading for school/work. In any case, I think this was the least I've read in a year since maybe ever. Favorite New Read: The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin Favorite Read: The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien Least Favorite Completed Read: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    I started Empire in Black and Gold. This series has been on my TBR list for a while, mostly being put off because my library doesn't have it and I didn't want to have to buy so many books. Anyway, I'm over halfway through and enjoying it pretty well so far!
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    Careerchat III

    I'd always been under the impression that the cover letter was mostly about the specific job, taking the chance to describe how you as a candidate are a good fit for that position and maybe to explain/shore up any specific weak spots in your resume (of course in that magical way that doesn't draw attention to them or make you seem like you can't do the job). Of course I've not had much luck in cold-applying to jobs so who knows.