Dear Diary

A 1795-post collection

Saturday, Day Zero, Crimbolio Madness

Two cases from overseas, each detected in quarantine, but they do take the active case count up to ten. I dislike double figures in my active case count. One more week of school this year and it's not really worth giving up on the mask for that.

I feel Yulemas Mania approaching and this year... I want to make FUDGE.

I've fallen into a rabbit hole that started with an article about three-ingredient fudge. I've looked at the alternatives, found a recipe for condensed milk toffee and otherwise got myself good and fascinated.

The core of all "easy" fudge is thus:

  • One can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 400g chocolate
  • Unsalted Butter????

Some variants include unsalted peanut paste - which you have to go out of your way to acquire. The only way you can get your mitts on it is to go to a health shop that has its own peanut paste grinder. There's only one of those in my immediate area, and I don't want to go to that much effort no matter how delicious peanut paste fudge sounds.

I'll save that for another manic episode.

The variants I'm interested in have a range of butter. The minimum being thirty grams, the maximum being half a cup. I'll start with making both extremes and seeing which one gets predated first... and whether or not the family has any comments.

It's a feast day today, so I'll be able to test them too. Whee.

Let's write something and hope I don't go completely fudge bonkers.

Friday, Day Zero, Bread Day

Another case from overseas, detected in quarantine. The system works. Huzzah. Eight active cases. So less opportunity for random Typhoid Karens. I feel better about my place in this world.

Not completely safe, but better. Better is good enough for me. I'm actually contemplating hanging up my mask. Just... not... yet. See how this weekend goes.

Turns out I've been having a bout of depression, that was way beyond overdue. So once more I'm not paying a lot of attention to the

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Thursday - Day Zero - Can Has Relax?

Three new cases from overseas. Ten active cases in the system. Meanwhile, I've been hit squarely in the face by the Dunwannas, floparound version.

Symptoms:

  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of inclination
  • Lack of desire
  • INTENSE soporification [yes I know that's not a word, but I need it to be]

So I'm just going to focus on doing that which is necessary for my alleged business model and see if anything sparks my muse for the rest of the day.

No peeking at

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Wednesday, Day 2, Wordpress

There's prawns all over the place if you're willing to shop around, and I am willing to shop around. Unfortunately, I just looked at all the prices online and... yeah... Prawns cost the same no matter where you get 'em from.

So I'm gonna make sure I have a bunch of dosh and get a lot of the dang things. In one place. And then hide them and forget I have them until the next time I get ice cream because I'm

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Tuesday, Day One, Patreon

I owe my Patrons some content, starting with arranging the trickle-down of KOSBOB from $15 and down into the $1 tier. It's more or less a patience thing with my Patreon setup. Feedback on what could improve things for folks would help. Alas, I have a silent following.

Sigh.

I will be doing some research as where to source certain things I would like to have included in the yule feast.

Let's peek at the news:

  • China demands ScoMo "kowtow" in thrilling
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Sunday, Day Zero, Day of Rest

Thirteen active cases, with one new one included in that count from overseas. Thirteen chances for someone to act like a Karen.

Capt. S. is not coming for Yulemas, so it's up to me to provide the sweeties. Getting a very nice (and fattening) cake to enjoy with all the other finger foods available.

It's going to be mostly nibbles, this yule. Less bother, et cetera.

I'm not looking at the headlines. I'm just writing my daily nonsense and then going to

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Saturday, Day Three, Shopping!

So a few days ago I realised that I would have to start PLNing for Yulemas. I usually start panicking about this time of year long about two weeks after my own birthmas. Because that's a thing. I have a budget and 90% of the time it's slim. So advance planning makes a better yule.

It's not looking to be great. All the people in my life are hard to buy for. Either they don't care or they don't want anything. Which

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Friday, Day Two, whoopsydoodle

I keep forgetting it's November. Which means that I am overdue for Cashmas Panic. Hell, I haven't even gone looking for MeMum's bifdy present [I even almost forgot the nativity anniversary was yesterday -blush] and that's usually the precursor to Cashmas Panic.

So. Sometime this weekend, I shall be venturing forth from my bunker my bubble my home and either acquiring or sourcing places with which to accomplish a safe and sane yulemas.

Honestly, having a lo-prep Yule is a firkin fantastic

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Thursday, Day One, now whut?

Well, we have something resembling a PLN. We have some things we can do to help Chaos reach her goals. Part of which involves giving her things to try.

I just put some investment in it. Chaos now owns a copy of Garry's Mod which is the easiest CG animation program out there, as it has pre-arranged assets that anyone can use. Hopefully, Chaos has some fun with that.

If not, we know what she doesn't like. Progress involves missteps and $10

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Wednesday, Day Zero, Wordpress

Fifteen active cases in total. All from overseas. All in quarantine. New South Wales is entering that twenty-eight day milestone of no in-community transmission. Which means Queensland can relax about travellers from NSW at long freaking last.

Victoria seems to be treating this seriously as well. Huzzah.

I woke up at one in this morning and I have a PTA thing involving Chaos' future path in life. She's good at making cryptids now, but IDK about doing a career out of that.

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Tuesday, Day Zero, Patreon Day

Three more cases, all from overseas and detected in quarantine. Sing along with the chorus. Fourteen active cases, fourteen chances for one arsehole. Sigh.

I'm posting my last chapter of KOSBOB on Patreon today... and an awful lot of Terrible Tiefling Tales.

Some are new. I swear I'm trying to work on the things I already started. Promise.

Headlines... Ugh... Let's see what Humanity's been up to since the last check-in:

  • Muppet refusing to give anything to Biden - including adjudication on
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Monday, Day Zero, teh PLN

One more case from outside, thirteen total cases continuing on. Blah blah blah one arsehole yaddah yaddah.

Today, I am not writing any novels. Well, not professional novels. Fanfic can reach novel length or longer and that's what's cool about it.

I am writing only for fun from now until further notice. Sooner or later one of my queue'd novel springboards will capture my attention and I'll get onto that. Plague has done my head in and it's still going, so I

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Sunday, Day Zero, Chillaxin'

Two cases from overseas, once more. Thirteen active cases and thirteen people who could choose to be That Arsehole. I note that the infographic for such has altered to make sure everyone knows whether the new cases are from outside or from within.

Smart move.

I have already enjoyed watching Toasty make excellent art and, five seconds after I post here, I will likely slink off for an extended slugabout.

Let's get on with it.

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Saturday, Day One, I should try to chill

The spreader case in Adelaide once again employed the "genius" tactic of lying to the track and trace people. Something he would not be punished for because that sort of bullshit is still not a crime.

The fuck?

Braaargh...

I finished KOSBOB and am veering away from anything at all related to looking at novel writing until after the week is done, and even then I'm seeing how I feel about it by then.

I'm waiting for the fire in my heart

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Friday, Day Zero, no bread necessary

I have the bikkie in progress, now topped with Kalamata Olives I found in Little Woolies. Yes, folks. That's my new name for the regular one. Because "Big W" is apparently short for "Big Woolies". Lawl.

I want to write the last words of KOSBOB today but I'm not going to force it. If it happens, it happens. If not, then next week is just as good.

Today's three new cases are all overseas imports detected in quarantine, raising the number of

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