real life

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I might be fucked, IDK

My headache got so excruciating during yesterday that I took the ibuprofen-paracetamol combo and now I'm SUPER paranoid about whether or not I or anyone in the family could be infected.

Worse news - the cyclone headache is edging back into my awareness.

If I hold out for as long as possible and keep my distance from everyone in the world and be paranoid about avoiding outside contact, I might be able to avoid the Plague. I hope. I pray.

I really hope the cyclone headache goes away with the weather when the weather hits. Meanwhilst, I am going to have to talk to people about cash-free payments for services and keeping track of the money I spend by card because spending by card is my firkin kryptonite.

Sigh. We all have to adapt to the Plague Crisis... and working on epayments is part of that adaptation. Therefore, I am spending as little as possible.

We're starting to run out of stuff and a shopping run is going to be in the cards. We need cat food. We're out of cream. We probably need fabric to make the dang homemade masks that are the latest wall in the way of spreading the Plague because apparently breathing is another way it spreads. Joy.

All we can do is be as careful as we can.

Meanwhile in the Ivory Towers, all our fucking leaders refuse to stop shaking hands. What. The. Fuck. The one thing you are the most NOT supposed to do during the fucking plague. And then they have the nerve to act surprised when they test positive for the gotdang Plague.

Yeesh.

Their reality check firkin bounced. Yipes.

There's even a lovely shot of ScoMo going for a handshake against the NSW leader lady [forgot her name] and her pulling away with a WTF expression on her face. It's gold. She is, in that captured instant, wondering if our chief elected idiot has completely lost his marbles or if he's just permanently without his faculties.

Anyway, I can't really begin with today's nonsense until I do the story, so I'd better rattle on with that.

Enough bitching. Let's have fun.

Ow... Ow... Ow... Ffffuuuuu...

I have a cyclone headache, and I can't use ibuprofen to defeat it because use of that increases my risk of catching The Plague.

Paracetamol does nothing, alas. I need the combo of paracetamol and ibuprofen to kill this cyclone headache of mine. Boo.

The sun's come up, and my alarm's gone off, so I need to feed the cats, feed my sourdough starters, and clean out the litterbox in the catio.

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Fun was had

...video should be edited, but right now I feel about as creative as a shred of cardboard. I can write maybe one or two sentences in anything I want to write.

I want to experience something new, but I don't want to start on anything. It's like I'm circling some kind of drain and I don't know how to get myself out of it.

Got any suggestions for sweet-happy cheer-up material that's minimal effort? I kind'a need it.

They're cracking down on

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Ooh, it's all so nice in the nuthouse...

Misinformation is spreading from the highest sections, with people in the admin section of the USA recommending dangerous shit like medication that hasn't been properly tested, or sticking a blow-dryer up your nose. We need experts on the screen telling folks the proper things to do.

The Muppet says that everyone should get back to work by April 12, whilst the actual medics say he's pulled that date out of his arse. In Australia, we have people with red circles on their

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Day Nine: Severe Measures

There's still idiots flaunting the law and one bloke who repeatedly escaped restrictions and got jailed for it. People are living alone in hotel rooms and public figures are wearing little green squares on their clothing... possibly to show that they've tested clean for Covid. It might be a new variant of the support ribbon, I don't know. All I know for sure is that it looks like a sticker.

Officials are urging younger folks to take the isolation protocols seriously because

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Technically Day Eight

We've completed a week of isolation out of the initial fortnight they expect us to stay away from everyone in order to flatten the curve. As one of the "at risk" folk, I'm staying the hell away from any kind of public place until all the news of corona dies down or a vaccine is invented, whichever comes first.

The Muppet is expecting people to be nice to him in order to gain support for the crisis. Translation: he's not doing his

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Early Start

I began my day at half-past midnight in expectation of a stream... but Toasty isn't in the right mindset to Art, today. That's cool, though, because I finally got my keister in gear and caught up with the buffer for Inter-Mission. The downside now is that I have to find a rough half-hour in which everyone else is asleep so I can record more stories for more buffer.

Which is going to be fun because the entire house is now on Who

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Bread Day part 2

Wholemeal flour rises REAL slow, so I give it the maximum possible time to do stuff. I'm worried that the dough is really dry.

Probably the third iteration of bread will be much better because I won't spill water on my surface and I'll know about a proper surface to flour and all that nonsense.

This lot will be better than the last lot. The next lot will be better than this lot. That's what progress is.

Speaking of progress, my breads

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Bread Day the Second!

I got enough wholemeal flour to make a loaf and keep the starter alive, so I'm making some proper sourdough that hopefully won't go flat as a tack this time.

I also made some pancakes and I think I've perfected the recipe enough that I can put the final version up on my foodie blog.

The bread will likely appear there tomorrow. Sourdough takes time. Lots of time. Lots of time and heaps of flour.

I only realised yesterday that the reason

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FuuuuuuUUUUUUCK!

Day 4 of official home quarantine procedures. Mayhem has work, and I started my morning thinking that my cat was going to die.

Apparently, when cats taste something they don't like, they smack their chops and make a lot of spit bubbles. I learned this because I spent a panicked half hour and $100 taking Pippi to the vet to find out that she wasn't poisoned or victim to a surprise disease.

AUGH.

Lots of public places prefer to keep their distance

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Officially Day 3 of Quarantine

I've more or less been self-isolated for a majority of my time. Introverts are ahead of the learning curve on that count. It turns out my productive output lately has been tied to my emotional state. Therefore, I'm working on my mental health with my own personal regime of treatment.

  • Only viewing new news about the continuing plague crisis
  • Singing when the mood suits me no matter what the family has to say
  • Seeking out some new experiences to enrich my noggin
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Whoof...

In the annals of "that escalated quickly", we have:

  • Queensland closing its borders
  • Parents keeping their kids at home if they can
  • Schools remaining open for the parents that don't have anywhere else safe for the kids to go
  • People fistfighting THE ELDERLY for more TP than they probably need [yikes!]
  • Empty shelves... empty shelves everywhere
  • There's been mass layoffs and a subsequent mass run on firkin Centrelink
  • ...and in other news, I'm shifting where my stories go because Steem decided to
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Self Quarantine!

We're keeping Miss Chaos at home this week and next week. Beloved is staying home. I'm braving the wilds of the local shopping center to see what supplies I can acquire that we also need.

I am only sticking to what we need.

With all the best luck, we should stay plague free for the interim. I am the most at risk out of my family. Yet, I am the one taking the most risk by going out there and acquiring whatever.

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Stream Morning!

I'm functioning on a thin chain of naps and a lot of caffeine this morrow. Yeeps.

I owe a thing about my bread since both loaves came out... edible. Not perfect, but at least edible.

Perfection will take time.

Longer than I expect because everyone and their kid brother's dog has emptied the shelves of literally anything that could plausibly be long-term food.

I can only hope that sanity returns before I run out of enough flour to keep my starters alive

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Bread Fail!

People should make their instructions (a) clearer and (b) linear. If you're doing an instructional video for noobs, don't make a big deal out of the allegedly proper way and then mumble something about never doing that in person.

Share. The method. That actually. WORKS!

::Anguished ASD gargling::

So yeah. Instructional video said "use this portion" with way more importance than what the guy who made it actually did. So my dough was too moist and the loaf turned into a roofing

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