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carol o (micro.blog)
Mostly non sequiturs. She/her.
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@carolou

tfw everything looks so good at the French bakery that you wind up having second breakfast 🥐☕️😋

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@carolou

getting croissants tomorrow

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

still slightly baffled whenever I get bit by a mosquito in Vegas. think I went 10+ years without getting bit, but this year has been different unfortunately… rip my legs 😭😭

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@carolou

decided I’m going to need more sports as a distraction from.. *everything* so signed back up for Fubo.tv this morning (#NotAnAd). lil weird but probably intentional that they don’t have the friendliest UI for what channels are included in which plan

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

know it’s early, but the Aces look good with Chelsea Gray back on the floor! 🥲🏀

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@carolou

wrapping up the end of a very quick jaunt to Los Angeles. some representative pics: 1. first Trader Joe’s location ever, so I’m told; 2. Dodger game; 3. Union Station tracks at night; 4. breakfast burrito.

the exterior of what I'm told is the first Trader Joe's location ever, still operating!view of Dodger Stadium field in early evening, from the upper deckUnion Station tracks at night, the view is quiet and kinda liminal?delicious breakfast burrito on a plate

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

Jackie Young reportedly out for the Aces tonight with an illness. she definitely seemed off her game Friday night.. hope she feels better soon! (Source: https://x.com/calliejlaw/status/1799592755842457829) 🏀

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

went out for breakfast this morning. am now 50% pancake

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

have a Bock fountain pen nib with architect grind that I rarely use. decided to experiment with moving the nib from Bock feed/housing into Jowo feed/housing so it’s easier to swap into other pens. don’t think I’ve got the nib and feed lined up quite right, but hey it writes! 🖋️

Bock nib unit on the left; nib-less Jowo feed and housing on the rightdisassembled Bock feed and housing on the left; assembled Bock nib + Jowo feed/housing on the right"Hooray, it writes!" written in green ink

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@carolou

Today in my sporting interests: Pirates have a Jared Jones/Paul Skenes double-header (for pitching fans, Tigers also have Skubal starting the first game), and the Aces play the Lynx tonight. ⚾️🏀😊

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@carolou

thought I knew what to expect going into Furiosa, but was still kind of astounded. entertaining spectacle, that’s for sure. pull-start thumbs up! 🎬📽️

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@carolou

had some pepperoni and rapini pizza on sourdough crust for lunch. not bad, don’t think I’ve had rapini (aka broccoli rabe) on pizza before, gave the pizza a slightly bitter accent that worked well with the cheese and crust I think. might try it with sausage next time. 🍕

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@carolou

maybe my perspective is skewed bc I mostly follow MLB, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I’ll be able to catch 34 of the Aces’ 39 remaining regular season games OTA via antenna, without having to subscribe to anything! will definitely make it easier to follow the WNBA more closely this yr

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@carolou

have plans to catch a couple of ballgames next week so I figured I’d knock some of the rust off by scoring Paul Skenes’ MLB debut on TV. was going pretty well up until the top of the 5th.. and now the game’s in a rain delay ⚾️📒

open baseball scorebook recording the first 4 2/3 innings of today's Pirates vs Cubs game. there's a mechanical pencil and eraser sitting on top

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

🎬 just caught a matinee of The Fall Guy.. what a fun movie! genuine thumbs up

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

this has been a wild few weeks to no longer be working in higher ed, btw!

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

🎬 distracting myself from various news items with Anyone But You, which features fit people, a predictable plot, and a surprising and charming end credits sequence

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

visited the new Vegas outpost of a Philly-based chain.

couldn’t decide what to get so I ordered all three!

large letters on a wall read: coffee, donuts, chicken. boxes on the side labeled Federal Donuts & Chicken

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

after catching Monkey Man earlier in the week, it took a few minutes (and waiting for the credits) before I believed that was also Dev Patel in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. talk about very different movies!

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@carolou

baseball’s ok I guess

Nintendo Switch with MLB the Show in front; TV with the Red Sox vs Orioles game in back

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@carolou

Finished up my last day of work today! Not sure it’s fully sunk in yet.. maybe it will on Monday?

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@carolou

⚾️ Pirates start the season 4-0, just as everybody predicted

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

🖋️ impulse bought this Majohn C4 fountain pen. been really into eyedropper pens recently. this one turns out to have a very firm steel nib, and an amusingly vestigial clip on the cap

view of the top half of a clear acrylic Majohn C4 eyedropper pen, showing off the short clip on the cap

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

One of the folks who thinks my email address is theirs is having problems logging into LinkedIn. Another just booked a nice looking B&B in New Zealand!

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

📖 Just started reading Crazy ’08 by Cait Murphy (about the year 1908 in baseball) and those early ballplayers were wild:

In 1903, [Rube] Waddell had a good season; once he finally bothered to show up in June, he won twenty-one games and led the league in strikeouts (with 302). It was a busy year in other ways, too: he also starred on vaudeville; led a marching band through Jacksonville; got engaged, married, and separated; rescued a log from drowning (he thought it was a woman); accidentally shot a friend; and was bitten by a lion.

Probably self-evident, but also enjoying Murphy’s prose!

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@rosscatrow this book really surprised me in a good way! liked the structure of it, too

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@manton definitely not an expert on this, but using the same protocol would allow individual mastodon users the ability to use more of the same tools they can use with any other mastodon server, no? instead of having to figure out what works and doesn't work with the bridge?

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@V_ the indefinite aspect is exciting and a little scary at the same time! but I figure if I don't this now, I might not have the opportunity in the future, so what the heck.

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@jmanes yes, I'm feeling hesitant to invest too much time into the platform until I see how some of those issues play out. micro.blog makes it easy to cross-post, so might just do that for now.

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@craigmcclellan that's the exact same Estie and nib that I have! really like the way that nib writes.. reminds me that I've got to ink it up again soon

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@carolou

@craigmcclellan of course! 😂 I've actually got another Nahvalur on the way.. the Original Plus. figured I'd check out their take on a vacuum filler.

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@craigmcclellan I've got one of these inked right now myself! Really enjoy the way mine writes.. even for a fountain pen, it seems to require little pressure.

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@denniskluge that one's my preference as well

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@meandering I wound up trying Serializd, it part because it intentionally does not include movies and I figured that'd help me decide what I track on Letterboxd vs Serializd! 😆 it's definitely newer though, and seems to be one person's passion project, so I'm also using a paper notebook as backup. Thanks for mentioning TV Time-- don't think I came across that one in my previous search.

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@craigmcclellan I like the little portholes on this pen but was otherwise on the fence about the design myself-- finding the pen at 20% off did convince me to give it a try though! 😂 do like it so far, fits better in my hand than I expected.

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@Brad the sunrises/sunsets here are genuinely one my fave parts of living in Vegas

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@carolou

@brandontreb Well, within 10-15 minutes of waking, most mornings. I let myself skip or cut the pages short if I've got a busy morning, but if I skip too often, I actually find myself really missing it.

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@carolou

@brandontreb I do morning pages myself, but I only average two pages. I do write them using a fountain pen, which requires less physical pressure to write with so my hand doesn't cramp as much. I'm not sure how to assess how well it works (Julia Cameron talks about the third page being key), but even just doing two pages, I feel it does help me clear my brain a bit in the mornings!

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@carolou

@channah Very similar to yours! A little underwhelmed by the port stops and the activities on the ship itself, but the scenery was amazing and the logistics convenient in a way, in that it was nice being able to just wake up somewhere new each day.

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@carolou

@V_ when i select the photo, the phone will actually crop a vertical slice out of the middle of the pic that actually looks pretty good! i'm not sure i can include an image in a reply, so i'll see if i can post it separately...

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@carolou

@alans my favorite is almost always whichever pen is most recently inked! 😂 in this lineup, that's the Franklin-Christoph w/broad SIG nib. writes with a bit of flourish compared to the others, and I like a good blue ink.

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@carolou

@d0gc0w i'm really enjoying the Opus 88 pens i've tried so far-- picked up a Jazz last year and just got this Demo a couple months ago. haven't had a chance to try the Koloro yet but it seems inevitable at this point!

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@Miraz this was a pretty great beach-- Huntington Beach in southern California. think it's normally more crowded but I took this pic on a quiet morning. tire tracks might be from lifeguard/safety patrol?

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@carolou

@RobinH like this pic! seems like a pounce incoming...

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@davidm I have not! 😻

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carol o (micro.blog)
@carolou

@Brad got to use my Pilot Acroball on my mail-in ballot a couple weeks ago!