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Eye contact, #MastoVoice, Introductions 

So, following @julia@harpy.life, here are my , and be assured it was super awkward filming this. Phew. But here, go and enjoy my double chin.

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I'm late to the , but here it goes. I'm 30, she/her, from . I work as a environmental scientist at a university, pursuing a PhD degree. I need some skills to do that.
I'm fairly into , especially like and .
I enjoy a lot, I also started playing about a year ago.
like or have quite a few hours on my steam account.
Plus: Trying to improve my ;)

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Beeswax wraps 

Ugh, wrong account. I'm just going to boost myself instead of redoing it. Apologies - Entschuldigung ;)

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Beeswax wraps 

I don't have any comparison to commercial wraps, so I'm not sure if it feels the right way. It does still feel waxy to me, so I'm a little sceptical of wrapping food directly in to it. Would love to compare that. But they hold well when wrapped over bowls, so I'm calling it a win!

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Beeswax wraps 

For this one I went in pretty cautiously because of "overdosing" earlier - but that's the good thing, you can just put it back in the oven and add more until it feels right. If the wrap is larger than your tray, then you can just fold it. I have folded it different ways when adding more so every place gets coverage and I think it also helped to put pellets below, in between the folded layers and on top.

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Beeswax wraps 

I fixed the too waxy ones by cutting out more fresh fabric and layered it on the baking sheet so that the fresh fabric will soak it up. Worked pretty well, just had to add a tiny bit more later on 2 of the 3 I did this with. I read you can also use a painting sponge or brush to remove some excess but this way I made more wraps at the same time ;)

I made a new large one for the mixing bowl so I can use the wraps when I have to let a dough rise and I need to prevent moisture loss

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Beeswax wraps 

I made beeswax wraps!
I already had everything I needed and plenty of cotton scraps left over from mask sewing so this was a good time to do it.
Some vegetable oil, beeswax pellets, woven cotton fabric, made in the oven at 100Β°C/210F.
Had my first go last week but I felt they were a little bit too waxy so I readjusted today and I'm happier with how they feel and behave. I have never tried a commercial one so I'm not sure how they compare.

Covid-19, reflections, local elections 

I'm noticing how taxing I find some social interactions now.
I used to be a little bit tired after some heavy socialicing but I can tell a bigger difference now that daily physical interaction isn't a given anymore.

I've had to sit with a very exhausting person for 5h this morning during my shift as a poll worker and I'm feeling so drained. Let's hoping counting will be quick and this will be over for good.

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This Week's #MastoSourcedPlaylist is The One About Work. Over 50 songs about work, making that cash money, or just to listen to while you do those things.
Enjoy!

open.spotify.com/playlist/41Pw

As always, if you want to participate in future lists, all you gotta do is say so!

Food (vegetarian) 

New skill unlocked!
I made Naan bread today! Yay!

Pro:
- Very Tasty
- seemed pretty foolproof
- The Boy looked at me like :blobheartcat:

Con:
- My lentil sweet potato curry was outshone
- need a nap now

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It's the first of the new #MastoSourcedPlaylists!

The One About Good Vibes - I asked people for songs that make 'em feel better when things are shit, and here we are! Over 50 songs to make you feel nice!

open.spotify.com/playlist/0TSs

If you want to be involved in future playlists (I think we're going to do Once a Week for now) just let me know and I'll get you on the list!

Look at what a good friend I was back in 2013.
They actually were kind of fun, but sooo fiddly in parts. You start at the tip of the thumb and trust me, cabling with 26 stitches on the needle is veeeery fiddly.
I'm going to be something simpler for myself, I guess.

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I might actually knit myself some gloves? I've been wanting to since forever since I can't just buy them (short & fat fingers) but eh, not a huge amount of fun, I guess!
I DID make some before, but only as a gift for a friend... Eh, I should be this kind to myself too!

I've had my first grey hair 3-4 years ago. Now I have 5 grey hairs.

Selfie 

Wasn't digging the heat today but I do enjoy this summery evening on the balcony.

local elections, poll working 

Just got home from working as a poll worker. It's always a long day, 7:30 am you have to be there and prepare the room, get everyone on the same page and decide who works which shift. Polls close at 6 pm, then 2,5h of counting.

The election of mayor is looking like it didn't result in a majority, as expected, so there will be a run-off election in two weeks where I'll help out again.

Menstruation, covid-19 adjacent, job 

Also no work since june and there's definitely some pressure falling off of me too. Of course looking for a job right now is also no walk in the park mentally but still. Although I loved a lot of things about my old workplace, there are also things I'm very happy to not have to worry about anymore and I think this part might have been bigger than I accepted it to be when I still worked there

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Menstruation, covid-19 adjacent 

You know, my periods have been somewhat irregular. As in you could count on it coming, but cycle length would vary, one month 26, next month 34 etc. You know, ever since march though? Cycles between 27-29 days. Not sure how to interpret.
... There are less social stressors for once, but also this whole going back and forth between the city I worked at and city I primarily live at with the Boy (2h drive twice a week) has stopped, so things have been more steady.

Elections, covid-19 

There is no obligation to wear masks for voters, just highly encouraged. If people show up without a mask, we (or security?) are supposed to offer them one and if they just don't wanna, make sure they are the only voter in the room.
I'm hoping security will handle those cases, not sure how that'll work out though... Hope there won't be too many people fussing about the adapted rules...

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Elections, covid-19 

I'll be a poll worker in a local election on sunday. Have been doing this for a few years now but this year is going to be different of course.
There'll be plexiglass shields in front of the poll workers, masks, frequent disinfecting, security at polling sites to make sure there aren't too many people in and at the same time were expecting less people due to an increase in mail in ballots.

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The El Dorado wildfire in California, which has now burned 7000 acres of land, was started by a gender reveal party.

A similar thing happened in 2017 when a gender reveal smoke bomb caused a fire which burned 45000 acres.

Cis culture is officially dangerous to the environment

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