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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. eve
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    It was a "busy" week for me! Got a new TV (had to then shuffle around our existing tvs), had a Covid scare and got tested (came back negative, but still being cautious), and yesterday was my...
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    It was a "busy" week for me! Got a new TV (had to then shuffle around our existing tvs), had a Covid scare and got tested (came back negative, but still being cautious), and yesterday was my birthday! That was the best part. Got some tasty Indian food and a chestnut cream cake. I want to use my birthdays to explore food and try new places! I hadn't actually been to an Indian restaurant before, but I do love curry lol. It was super flavor and there was so much tasty food! And now I get to eat leftovers for a few days lol

    9 votes
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    Kuromantis
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    My parents decided they were going to have a fancy dinner at Outback along with my uncle and his wife. The first time we went, we were too late to enter, so we went again earlier the next day and...

    My parents decided they were going to have a fancy dinner at Outback along with my uncle and his wife. The first time we went, we were too late to enter, so we went again earlier the next day and barely managed to get in (also we had to contend with my uncle's child/one of my cousins as they were asleep the first time.)

    We ordered their barbecue ribs (like the previous times we went there) and their standard serving of rice, and my father ordered a burger of theirs. I asked for a strawberry drink they offered and averyone else asked for a strawberry/passion fruit mix (again, also like last time) with the exception of my uncle, which asked for a free-refill cup of Coca-Cola. They tasted as good as always, starting sweet and slowly turning into the burning spice feeling. Their serving of rice is a lot smaller than we expected, which is kind of a reminder of their 'fanciness' (and that we aren't upper-middle-class for going there) and definitely means that whenever we go again, we'll order 2 of those.

    My mother has also recently become unemployed recently, meaning she is not absent from my life outside the night after she comes home from work. (apparently this is because the contract-or-whatever-IDK she signed is temporary.) This recently meant that, before we went for Outback, when we went to get my hair done, she decided that it might be better if my hair was super short becauseit would require less maintenance. I personally wasn't convinced and after trying out that haircut I still am. Immediately after the cut I felt my head looked rounder but it's not that significant.

    5 votes
    1. chrysanth
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      Definitely feels like portions at restaurant chains (and other places too) have generally been getting smaller over the past few years, so I feel that. "Who put these chips in my bag of air?" and...

      Their serving of rice is a lot smaller than we expected, which is kind of a reminder of their 'fanciness' (and that we aren't upper-middle-class for going there) and definitely means that whenever we go again, we'll order 2 of those.

      Definitely feels like portions at restaurant chains (and other places too) have generally been getting smaller over the past few years, so I feel that. "Who put these chips in my bag of air?" and all that. Really makes me appreciate those small local family restaurants that still fill up our food containers to the brim!

      3 votes
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    highsomatic
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    Reading week. A lot of exams right around the corner. This is my last (almost, 2 electives left) semester so the motivation and work ethic have been pretty shaky after 7 years in undergrad. I've...

    Reading week. A lot of exams right around the corner. This is my last (almost, 2 electives left) semester so the motivation and work ethic have been pretty shaky after 7 years in undergrad. I've used most of it to recover from earlier stressors. Also received a scholarship! That'll alleviate some of my financial concerns for a while.

    I finished setting up my website's templating system. Now I can write blog posts... Once I figure out what to write about.

    I failed at my first attempt to set up a Matrix server—I'd like to eventually set one up just for myself to have control over some of my data and participate in new communities as well as bridge all the chat services that I use, but it seems to be a longer journey than anticipated.

    4 votes
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      chrysanth
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      I'm in a similar position, I've got midterms next week. This past week has just been skimping by on weekly class assignments to try and make time to study for the tests. Wasn't very successful...

      I'm in a similar position, I've got midterms next week. This past week has just been skimping by on weekly class assignments to try and make time to study for the tests. Wasn't very successful with that strategy but I'll just have to find the time this weekend, I guess. Congrats on your last full semester though! (if I'm understanding you right) and the scholarship too. I'm also feeling the motivation loss after so many years of schooling... I'm not excited about the workforce, either, but I'm far too burned out on school to keep going up the academic ladder, at least directly out of undergrad.

      Cool to hear you're setting up a website and Matrix server (or at least you tried), I've been meaning to do both of those things and only succeeded at the former, and that's just simple static pages in plain HTML/CSS, which I haven't updated in months (also having trouble with what to write about, though school has kept from brainstorming or drafting anything too). Haven't even tried setting up a server, I know that sort of thing is still beyond me in terms of technical capabilities. Hoping to use the summer to get better acquainted with the necessary skills.

      5 votes
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        highsomatic
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        Thank you! I'm pushing the Matrix thing for summer as well. I'm sure setting up a server is just a matter of reading and understanding the documentation with a little bit of patience, if you...

        Thank you!

        I'm pushing the Matrix thing for summer as well. I'm sure setting up a server is just a matter of reading and understanding the documentation with a little bit of patience, if you already use Linux.

        Why aren't you excited about the workforce? For me, being able to have a more routine schedule, and getting paid to work are two things I'm excited about. Weekends will be less stressful, and I'll be able to spend more time (and money) on my hobbies, as well as afford to start investing over the long term.

        5 votes
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          chrysanth
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          I have a bit of experience with Linux, and took two short tutorial courses on bash and home networking last summer, but otherwise have pretty limited technical knowledge, so it might take me a bit...

          I have a bit of experience with Linux, and took two short tutorial courses on bash and home networking last summer, but otherwise have pretty limited technical knowledge, so it might take me a bit more learning/practice than you (I'm guessing you may have more experience than that).

          Well, it's just that I hear stories from people who have a tough time managing work/life balance because their job is so demanding (but they can't leave because they have to support family, financial stability, etc.) I want to say I'd be one of those people who would leave any workplace that isn't going to respect my free time, but a guy's gotta eat, right? That being said, I totally agree with you in the abstract. School doesn't really make that distinction between their time and your time like there should be in a workplace that respects workers. So assuming whatever work I'm able to find doesn't bleed into my free time, I'm also really excited for post-graduation plans.

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            highsomatic
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            I agree that the software industry (if I guessed your area of studies correctly), and really STEM jobs in general can be more hectic when it comes to work/life balance. My working plan right now...

            I agree that the software industry (if I guessed your area of studies correctly), and really STEM jobs in general can be more hectic when it comes to work/life balance. My working plan right now is to give it my all in my junior years, since I'm still able to, in order to gain the necessary skills and experiences, as well as capital, to find a more balanced position later on—if I want to. I tend to thrive better under a dense workload, unfortunately, so a fulfilling career for me would be one that's occasionally whipping me. Family is an interesting dimension later on when the question of having a child becomes more relevant, in my plan, it's still too early for me to worry about it before I hit my 30s.

            Linux, I'm a big fan. I dual booted Ubuntu and Windows about 2.5 years ago, then triple booted arch alongside, then wiped the windows partition to make more space and never looked back. After the initial 2-3 months of getting used to it, it drastically improved my skills in terms of researching solutions to problems, as well as reading documentation and man pages (for tools and programming). I definitely recommend the switch if you think you have the patience and like to tinker with your OS settings to get everything just right.

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            1. chrysanth
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              Agreed. I'd be willing to go that extra mile in my non-work life earlier on, if it'll set me up for a better position later, where I can spend more time on hobbies/relationships. Let's hope it...

              Agreed. I'd be willing to go that extra mile in my non-work life earlier on, if it'll set me up for a better position later, where I can spend more time on hobbies/relationships. Let's hope it works out that way for us!

              No need to convince me on Linux :) I'd actually been running Linux (Ubuntu) on my laptop about two years ago before a hard drive failure. While it was working, I very much enjoyed the freedom of knowing I was in control of the software, and got comfortable using basic bash commands (though not much else). After I got repairs done, though, I handed that laptop off to a family member who needed a spare and fixed up an old Mac I had laying around. It's a mid-2012 Pro which is known for having some compatibility with Linux but I've always heard Macs are fussy about dual-booting and that's put me off messing around to try and get it working, since I have just the one laptop right now and I'm using it daily for classes. If it was a PC I'd have Linux on it absolutely. Same goes for my desktop, though the issue there is my wi-fi adapter doesn't have drivers for Linux so if I want to run it I need to move my setup over to the router to plug in the Ethernet. Honestly just haven't gotten around to resolving those two issues, but would be good to add it to the list of things that need to get done this summer. It's definitely better for programming (as opposed to Windows, at least) which is also something I'd like to get some experience with, Python and JavaScript in particular.

              3 votes
  4. Basil
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    Not much, but my corona isolation period has ended so I was finally able to get some fresh air this week by going on some walks. You really do miss the things that you can't do the most. I had the...

    Not much, but my corona isolation period has ended so I was finally able to get some fresh air this week by going on some walks. You really do miss the things that you can't do the most. I had the mildest corona experience around so that's nice and at least I needn't worry about that for half a year or how long the immunity lasts.

    4 votes