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  1. Hard Classic, no-grind run: Chapter 10: Yes, this was tough for me. I hadn't had a problem on Normal or when I was grinding, but it was definitely my first big challenge on a no-grind Hard run. I definitely had to play defensively; the first few tries I would keep getting too cocky and would send characters out too far, then not be able to recall them in time. Chapter 20: Winds of Change - this was probably the level I replayed the most! I kept making silly little mistakes and the problem is that the map is pretty slow-going, so it felt as if I spent forever on it. Chapter 21: Eternal Stairway - I ended up taking just a few of my strongest characters and rushing to the end as quickly as possible. Chapter 27: Working out where best to position everyone/pair everyone up so as to survive the first few turns was tough. Endgame: Fuck it, I didn't wish to play 27 again, so I just let half my squad die. Oh well. On the other hand, I did not have much difficulty with: Chapter 19: Kitsune Lair - I advanced really slowly, and it wasn't so bad. Chapter 23: Possessed - this doesn't stick out in my mind (been a few months since I completed this run) so it can't have caused too many issues! Chapter 24: Hinoka - I was absolutely dreading this chapter, but again, it ended up not being nearly as bad as I feared.
  2. Ending DACA is especial bullshit; I can't imagine what it must be like to be forced back to a country you don't remember and whose language you don't speak. It also has zero to do with criminality since you require a perfect, blemish-free record to benefit from DACA.
  3. Go Est!!! Yeah, we currently have a sickly household, I spent the past three days dealing with enough vomit, diarrhea and blood to last me a year. Also 3 hrs of sleep a night because Niko was too scared to sleep because he's associating sleep = vomit, now. He watched Dinotrux (he's only seen the entire 5 seasons 20 times or so) while I spent until 4 am cleaning.
  4. Well, first off I know the society I was raised in affected my morals; that is ultimately the base for my morality, even if it's subconscious. These days I'm a fan of the platinum rule; 'treat others the way they want to be treated'. I find it more useful than the golden rule as we're not all the same, we all have different beliefs and what works for me isn't going to work for others. For example, I have friends who prefer to be referred to by a gender-neutral pronoun; pronouns don't matter to me and I'm happy to be called whatever, but I recognise that it's important to them that I use they/them, so I endeavour to do so. Also this, only feelings = society, it's hard for me to determine between the two. I've been reading on how much our feelings/emotions are actually shaped by society and are not innate to us, and it's been really interesting.
  5. I must admit I had no real idea who he was before this and holy shit, he is really, really despicable.
  6. Yeah, it sucks, I'm really sorry. :( Good luck trying the strips! Yes; I was really curious about pregnancy then after like, a day, I was all nope, I'm over this. Then I forgot and decided I could handle it again three years later. I'm totally done now, though!
  7. That's where the ovulation strips can help! You can test for ovulation whenever. I also hear Taking Charge of Your Fertility is *the* book to read. But, hearing that she's irregular; has she ever pinpointed a source for that? Irregularity isn't necessarily a barrier to conceiving (I'm irregular too, but had no issues) but it can be indicative of hormonal issues or PCOS which'll make it more difficult to conceive (and make it even more essential to use the ovulation strips). I've not had problems getting my PCP to order blood-tests on the basis of irregular periods in the past.
  8. This Right now I'm actually really angry because my mother-in-law did something wrong; she complained to my husband that I was ignoring her so I *very politely* texted her telling her how hurt I was, and not to do the thing again, and now she's ignoring *me* when she has my kids. Fuck off with that nonsense. But most of the time I don't really care.
  9. Yes; I think they are. And I have some wonderful internet friends, but nothing is a substitute for physical contact, it's true (and I'm about as introverted as they come...) It's haaaard making friends as an adult. Yikes, that's something I'd never considered. That's really rough, I'm sorry.
  10. Is your wife tracking ovulation? I have a friend who used to work in a fertility clinic and her first piece of advice was always to buy a cheap lot of ovulation tests (they can be bulk-bought on Amazon; I've used them myself, as well as the pregnancy tests from Amazon) and become familiar with when you're ovulating, typical cycle etc.
  11. It's awesome that you're able to talk about it and good luck finding help! I'm glad your parents sound supportive. From personal experience it seems that mental health issues are more stigmatized in the UK than in the U.S.; here in the U.S. it is relatively easier (although I'm sure it depends on where you live) to find mental health support. I'm currently definitely not in a good headspace but I have 'white coat syndrome' (my blood pressure has risen as high as 180/120 at the doctor's office, but I don't suffer from hypertension) and I also have untreated Hashimoto's disease (my endocrinologist retired and I've been putting off finding a new one for a year, now) so it's difficult to say how much is stemming from that. A lot of symptoms overlap (a 1987 study found that as many as 15% of patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital for depression actually were suffering from some level of hypothyroidism.) So I can definitely sympathize with what you're describing.
  12. I don't know; the latter are *largely* harmless. The former actually wield a lot of political influence and are the ones making the laws (including laws that would allow people to legally mow down protestors, Texas's new 'rape insurance' bill, etc.). Yes... it's also worth bearing in mind that most confederate statues were erected decades after the civil war with the sole purpose of being white propaganda - they were also largely mass-made, were cheap (hence the photos of them being easily crumpled) and have next to no artistic value.
  13. Same, I'll likely buy the game now, despite it continuing to look terribly cheesy.
  14. If a white person is tired of being called a racist maybe they could stop being racist?! It's actually really not hard.
  15. Oh, so white people are not capable of withstanding a few harsh words? It's understandable that white people react to 'fuck white people' by espousing genocide and Nazi ideals? Somehow the vast majority of white people haven't felt shamed or decided to up-sticks and run off to join the Nazis; and this sounds an awful lot like victim-blaming. "We're not saying we're non-violent, we'll fucking kill these people if we have to. The fact that nobody on our side died, I'd go ahead and call that points for us. The fact that none of our people killed anyone unjustly, I think, is a plus for us." Theresa May failed to condemn Trump's words; not a surprise, still disappointing. Nicola Sturgeon's words, on the other hand, were spot on.