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What did you do this week?

As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their week. Did you accomplish any goals? Suffer a failure? Do nothing at all? Tell us about it!

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  1. rosco
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    I made a lot of soup. My girlfriend is down with the flu so I've been cranking out as much soup as I can for the week. We have chicken noodle, chicken based Ramen, chicken lentil, spicy chicken...

    I made a lot of soup. My girlfriend is down with the flu so I've been cranking out as much soup as I can for the week. We have chicken noodle, chicken based Ramen, chicken lentil, spicy chicken pizole... seeing a pattern? It's been fun for me to try out new recipes, I even tried my hand at making homemade tortillas. In her current state not much is going down so I think I'll be eating soup for the foreseeable future.

    The high note of the week is I've been given the green light to start biking again by my doctor. I tore my achilles a month ago and have been banging around in a big boot (sooo much better than crutches!) since then. The weather has been tauntingly nice and I'm excited to join everyone else enjoying it.

    6 votes
  2. [4]
    FishFingus
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    I went to a weekly Behavioural Activation group that was really rather depressing and not helpful in any way I can think of. So far, about half the group appears to have dropped out, possibly...

    I went to a weekly Behavioural Activation group that was really rather depressing and not helpful in any way I can think of. So far, about half the group appears to have dropped out, possibly because they find the meetings more depressing than not attending them. I hope that rereading the booklets they give us will help me make more sense.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      rosco
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      What does a behavioral activation group focus on? I've never heard of it. I hope it gets better!

      What does a behavioral activation group focus on? I've never heard of it. I hope it gets better!

      2 votes
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        FishFingus
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        I think it's meant to help with recognizing the certain behaviours that cause you to become depressed or anxious about things and put them off, and focus on tackling those to become less depressed...

        I think it's meant to help with recognizing the certain behaviours that cause you to become depressed or anxious about things and put them off, and focus on tackling those to become less depressed and more productive. I'm not sure it's really doing all that much yet.

        2 votes
        1. rosco
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          Huh, well it sounds like identifying the problem is a good first step!

          Huh, well it sounds like identifying the problem is a good first step!

          1 vote
  3. mrbig
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    Finished the 4-page treatment for my feature film screenplay. Threw away/donated a bunch of things, including useless stuff I've had for the last ten years, and finally organized all of my...
    • Finished the 4-page treatment for my feature film screenplay.

    • Threw away/donated a bunch of things, including useless stuff I've had for the last ten years, and finally organized all of my possessions.

    4 votes
  4. mftrhu
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    I spent a long time at work, first because of a meeting and then because there was a parent-teacher conference on Thursday. I wasn't expecting anyone - I don't actually assign marks, and as I have...

    I spent a long time at work, first because of a meeting and then because there was a parent-teacher conference on Thursday. I wasn't expecting anyone - I don't actually assign marks, and as I have 11 classes I barely know any of my students - but in those four hours two parents nevertheless swung by.

    I helped the theory teachers set up and try out the experiments that we want to go over in the next two-three weeks, I tried assisting two of my colleagues as they forced their way back into their own drawers - I succeeded with one, but the other had to call the janitor to pry it open - and I bought a few seeds packets (garden cress, rucola, chives, lettuce and cherry tomatoes) that I planted at the start of the week. They are just starting to sprout.

    I ate like shit - I finished the last of my curry on Monday, and I didn't feel like cooking since - re-read old books and stared longingly at oscilloscopes on Amazon for way too long, but...

    I finally managed to steel myself up and talk with a lawyer about starting the name & gender marker change process. That, incidentally, didn't help my energy levels in the slightest: I'll need to rouse up my endo, if he'll deign to answer my mails, probably meet him - he's a thousand kilometers away - possibly change my residence, and then get my diagnosis confirmed yet again. I don't even have a GP right now, and doing all of this - while juggling work, while being in an unfamiliar city, while not having a shred of support - feels like an insurmountable task. I need this, but... I really wish the rest of the world would disappear for a year or two so I could get shit done.

    4 votes
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    Adys
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    Soon 10 months since I met my current girlfriend. I mentioned her before on Tildes. This week was Valentine's day; she also spent the whole week at my place. Went great! Still feeling extremely...

    Soon 10 months since I met my current girlfriend. I mentioned her before on Tildes. This week was Valentine's day; she also spent the whole week at my place. Went great! Still feeling extremely happy to be with her.

    We went ice skating, I got to put to good use the past weeks of training. I feel pretty comfortable on the ice by now and recently started feeling comfortable going backwards. Going back tomorrow (at least three times this week, which will also be pretty busy work-wise).

    My weight loss has also slowed down primarily because I've been eating more and skating less due to spending more time with her. That's getting fixed this coming week. :)

    4 votes
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      mrbig
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      Well, I don't wanna be nosy, indecent or anything, but there's at least one thing you could do with your girlfriend that is guaranteed to burn a lot of calories... PLAYING CHECKERS. That's what I...

      Well, I don't wanna be nosy, indecent or anything, but there's at least one thing you could do with your girlfriend that is guaranteed to burn a lot of calories...

      PLAYING CHECKERS. That's what I meant. 100%.

      3 votes
      1. Adys
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        We're both big fans of Splendor. Although she has yet to beat me at it… Burns more calories than checkers, too. What with all the shuffling. :)

        We're both big fans of Splendor. Although she has yet to beat me at it…

        Burns more calories than checkers, too. What with all the shuffling. :)

        2 votes
  6. 3_3_2_LA
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    Still searching for software engineering summer internships lol!

    Still searching for software engineering summer internships lol!

    3 votes
  7. moocow1452
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    Set up autopay on car, cable and phone. Set up the spare tv with an old Roku for a live in uncle. Successfully navigated his impending divorce and casual distrust of Muslim Americans in social...
    • Set up autopay on car, cable and phone.
    • Set up the spare tv with an old Roku for a live in uncle.
      • Successfully navigated his impending divorce and casual distrust of Muslim Americans in social interactions thus far.
    • Found out whatever happened to the Cosmic Cube girl who turned Captain America into a Nazi. (She joined the Thunderbolts with Bucky for the duration of event and after things were set right, she was never heard from again...)
    • Used GPT-2 to create bespoke Fairy Tales from the Grimm's canon. They can start out okay and build a situation, but they have trouble coming to a conclusion. Just like me!
    • Used my malice tag for the first time.
    • Put a pause on marking comments Exemplary where the author asks for a different tag.
    • Applied for a health program at work logging diet and exercise as part of a social thing, got a free scale out of it, I'll give it a week before I lose interest and feeling judged even if I'm not.
    • Asked if I could put some time in the innovation lab at work rather than going on phones my entire time there. No answer so far.
    • Went to the library to work on my comic, did minimal work, maximum pacing and browsing.
    3 votes
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    joplin
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    I knitted my dog a sweater. I made myself a scarf last week. I'm trying to decide what to do next. Outside of scarves and hats, most knitting stuff you find on the web tends to be more feminine...

    I knitted my dog a sweater. I made myself a scarf last week. I'm trying to decide what to do next. Outside of scarves and hats, most knitting stuff you find on the web tends to be more feminine stuff. I'm thinking of making a knit tie, as I remember having one as a kid. I don't ever wear ties, so I'm not sure why I want to make one, but it's something a man can wear that's knit, so there you go!

    3 votes
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      mrbig
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      I think the answer is obvious: a scarf for your dog!

      I knitted my dog a sweater. I made myself a scarf last week. I'm trying to decide what to do next.

      I think the answer is obvious: a scarf for your dog!

      5 votes
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        joplin
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        Lol! Actually, a tie would probably be the same size as a scarf for my dog, so maybe it could be both!

        Lol! Actually, a tie would probably be the same size as a scarf for my dog, so maybe it could be both!

        3 votes
        1. mrbig
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          That would be awesome. My dog would literary eat anything I put around him, so he's limited to minimalistic fashion.

          That would be awesome.

          My dog would literary eat anything I put around him, so he's limited to minimalistic fashion.

          1 vote
  9. Ellimist
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    Finally got caught up on Netflix's The Witcher, Picard, and Knightfall. School work and trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up Trying to find time to have a serious conversation...

    Finally got caught up on Netflix's The Witcher, Picard, and Knightfall.

    School work and trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up

    Trying to find time to have a serious conversation with my girlfriend about her work habits.

    2 votes
  10. Atvelonis
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    I did some traditional English dancing on Wednesday. It's much easier than Scottish; there's hardly any footwork! Over the next couple months I'd like to go to social dances more like 2–3 times...

    I did some traditional English dancing on Wednesday. It's much easier than Scottish; there's hardly any footwork! Over the next couple months I'd like to go to social dances more like 2–3 times per week. They're a really lovely way to relax and get to know people better.

    2 votes
  11. hungariantoast
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    This week has been better, easier than the last, but still tough and annoying. I hate the grieving process and emotions in general. I received my cat's ashes yesterday, in a nice, little wooden...

    This week has been better, easier than the last, but still tough and annoying. I hate the grieving process and emotions in general.

    I received my cat's ashes yesterday, in a nice, little wooden box. Currently, it's just sitting on a shelf. I have no idea where to put it, what to do with it, but just having his remains back in my possession does make me feel better.

    I spent a lot of time this week doing homework, as usual, but did do a few other things as well:

    • Binged all four episodes of Picard. I have watched an embarrassingly small amount of old Star Trek, so maybe I just don't know any better, but I have quite enjoyed this series so far. (Discovery, not so much.) I do feel like some (maybe most?) of the writing and dialogue is... not necessarily bad, but the scenes feel rushed to me.

    • Redesigned my workflow with Taskwarrior. I have been devouring articles about task management and productivity (good articles, written by programmers, not cheap, self-help guru rubbish) and thinking a lot about how I use this tool. I decided to back up my old task list and start over again with an emphasis on keeping a minimal task list. So far, I love it. My task list currently has 224 items on it, which probably sounds like a lot, but it's vastly smaller than my old list. Also, every single one of those items is actionable or part of a detailed dependency tree, so I can reliably rely on Taskwarrior to tell me what I need to accomplish next.

    • Started rethinking about the design of the task management program I have been writing. As an off-and-on programming project I have been working on a program not entirely unlike Taskwarrior, but which takes a different approach to task management that is more suited to my workflow. However, now that I have changed my workflow with Taskwarrior, so to have I changed my requirements for this program. In addition to changing its design, I am also thinking about re-writing it in Java as a way to help myself better learn the language and object-oriented design. Whatever I choose to do, I plan on starting to make changes/rewrite the program over spring break, which is exactly a month away.

    • Gave my fourteen-year-old cousin access to my Steam account. There are totally zero ways this could ever become a problem for me, but I recently deleted my Windows partition and am not playing games at the moment, so I decided to do a nice thing for an "impoverished", bored teenager. I'm not particularly worried. I did tell her that if she bought anything, I would break her arms.

    • Donated cat toys and other related stuff to friends and family. This was hard to do, but easier than leaving a bunch of toys and what not about the place. I don't see myself getting another cat any time soon and I sure as fuck didn't want to just throw this stuff away, so I decided to donate it to people I knew. For instance, my cousin mentioned above has a cat, and now he has a doubly long cat tunnel to run through.


    Also, thanks @Icarus and @xstresedg for your kind comments last week.

    2 votes