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  1. Yes, but I think that the Matt actor is actually a bit darker--easier to see if you look at other photos besides the B&W headshots released. It's his light eyes that are really unusual for TR, but I think that's fine. Like maybe light eyes or something pops up in TR from time to time, but the whole combination of Rand being light-skinned, light-haired, AND light-eyed makes him a real sore thumb.
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    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    @Iskaral Pust, a pint of Ben and Jerry's is a serving size and that's just a known fact! I've just returned from a vacation to see the rest of my family. Ate tons, but since we were up in the mountains also got to stay pretty active (including hiking a 14er), and hit one easy training run. Back home today with an easy 3 miler, have an 8 mile long run tomorrow. On track for my half marathon next month! It's probably going to be slow but I'm beginning to think I'll actually be able to finish. As far as weight, not having so much luck with that. I am trying to be healthy, but I'm more focused on enjoying time with my boyfriend before he has to return to his home country and getting all my training in. Been roughly constant about 8 pounds above my goal weight for a while.
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    I finished Victory of Eagles. I had to listen to the audiobook because I was too impatient to wait for the ebook hold to come through. I don't love audiobooks and it was hard to follow at times, but I got through it and enjoyed the book in all! I also read In the Hand of the Goddess. Enjoying my re-read of the Alanna series, and this one has some nice lovey-dovey moments as well which are fun. Makes me feel like a teenager again reading through these.
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    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    Running in the heat: drink lots of water, stay in shade as much as possible, run early or late, and don't expect to run your normal pace. Don't forget sunscreen and sunglasses! And I like to bring a cloth wrapped around my wrist to help mop up excess sweat, since when it's warm I run in just shorts and a sports bra. Here's a nice resource for pace adjustments: http://maximumperformancerunning.blogspot.com/2013/07/temperature-dew-point.html
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    Finished Empire of Ivory, and I think it may be my favorite yet of the Temeraire series. Really enjoyed it! Have to wait for my hold on the next book. I also decided to start a re-read of Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series. I loved these books as a kid, and reading through Alanna: The First Adventure today, it still holds up. Also having to wait for a hold on the next book now. Guess I shouldn't complain about getting books for free but always with the waiting! My trusty Kindle Keyboard (got in December 2010) has finally become basically useless. More of the buttons have been failing, and now after finishing the most recent book I can't manage to get back to the home page at all. It's a shame! Put in an order for a new Kindle, trying to tell myself I'll get used to it quickly.
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    Careerchat III

    Thanks everyone!! It does feel really good to be past this milestone, even if I still have a long way to go. DP, I feel you. The last push on my paper was like torture at times. I told my advisor I was just getting so damn sick of it, and he laughed and said that was how I should know it was almost ready. I believe you'll get it done! I'm in science (Astronomy & Astrophysics), and that's not a super common saying although I'm familiar with it. Technically yes! Although I haven't even come up with an idea for my thesis yet, let alone started to carry out any of the research. I'm just glad I've decided on my subfield (exoplanet dynamics). Thanks! 2 years would really be pushing--stats for the past few years in my department have an average of 6 years to finish. 3 years more is my goal (which would be 5 years total), but we'll see. Having one paper already certainly helps, but it's probably not going to directly be part of my thesis, which I still have to define.
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    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    I'm onto week 2 of a 12 week half marathon training plan. I'm slower than I'd like, but staying on top of the workout plan. I'm actually trying to focus more on being slow--that is, really taking my easy runs easy. It being hot as hell outside is making that part a lot easier! I'm very excited at the prospect of running my first half since 2016.
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    Careerchat III

    Couldn't find the old PhD thread we had floating around, and grad school is my job right now so posting here: I had my candidacy exam yesterday and passed! This means I am officially a PhD candidate and now only about 3-4 more years away from getting my PhD. This is not a fast process by any means. I also had my first paper accepted last month, and I have another one that my advisor is going through right now to see if we can submit it in the next month or two. I absolutely am loving my program and my research and being a PhD student! Still have zero clue if I want to try to stay in academia or not, but at least I don't have to decide that *quite* yet. I also applied for a part-time, distance fellowship in science communication. They're expecting to announce the fellow in August, so trying not to think about it for now. I'm interested in scicomm as a potential career path, so this would be a great opportunity for me to both gain experience and help figure out if it is something I want to pursue more. They extended the application deadline for 10 days, after I submitted, so I'm convinced they've seen my application and decided they still needed more anyway, so I'm not too hopeful. It was good to put myself out there, at least! And my advisor (who had to sign off on my application) was super supportive and not at all upset that he might be losing part of my time to do research.
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    I've started on Empire of Ivory because my hold came through on the library's ebook. I'm 2 chapters in and already sad. I unabashedly love that series even though I can recognize it's not exactly high literature. Hope you enjoy!
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    Second Quarter 2019 Reading

    I don't think so! I have no idea what her personal philosophy is, but I haven't felt like the books are particularly preachy. Book 6 maybe tries to tackle sexism/patriarchy a bit in a somewhat ham-fisted fashion, and it's a somewhat traditional fantasy in the pro-monarchy sense, but nothing I've found too bad. It's a pretty tame series, I'd imagine it would get shelved as YA if Green Rider came out today.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    Ooh that's so cute, I love that stage when you're both into each other but not sure if the other is. At least, I love it in hindsight and when it's other people. Good luck!
  12. Most characters in the 16-22 age range aren't usually portrayed by actors in the 16-22 age range. None of the characters are so young that they are supposed to be perceived as children (unlike many of the GoT characters). They're all young adults, which can and I expect will be played by actors in their 20s or 30s.
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    Second Quarter 2019 Reading

    I finished Firebrand, the sixth book in Kristen Britain's Green Rider series. It was a return to form after book 5 which was sort of a travesty. Not great but eminently readable. I expect book 7 approximately never. She writes at GRRM speed and I believe as of now the 7th book doesn't even have a title. I think next I'll be heading back to the Napoleonic dragon wars with Empire of Ivory (Temeraire series book 4).
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    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    Yeah, I've had random hand pain that sounds similar. I went to the doctor about it, and she ruled out some more serious possibilities and said that it would probably go away on its own. And it did! I still get twinges every once in a while, but the intense pain is gone. I do worry it's related to cell phone and laptop use, but not enough to stop using those... My mono-induced rest period is over, so I hit the road to get some last minute miles in before my race next week. Suffered through 5 miles today in an unexpectedly hot and humid run, but I was able to finish. Think I can probably manage to run the whole 10k next week, but yeah, time will likely be slow. Rest of this week will just be a couple light workouts to keep everything primed before race day. On the weight side, I went to a conference this week and ate lots of food. But I've been good since I got back, so it was more just like a lost week rather than backsliding. Still have 11 pounds to go so don't expect victory anytime soon...
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    Careerchat III

    Congrats HEM! That's exciting. Good luck with the position, I hope it's a great stepping stone for you!