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I’m a senior full stack engineer doing non-profit work in juvenile justice, a tai chi teacher, and a home/public school mom to a couple of wonderful children.
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@sergio_101 Thanks :)

I did create my own micro.blog theme on top of the default template. Once you get used to Hugo, it's all just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. My code is a mess (be warned) but it's up on github if you'd like a look.

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@sergio_101 I've had some fun making a custom theme for my micro.blog site

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It’s just me and my son tonight. So pizza, ice cream, and some MTG battles it is. He already beat my bird and cat deck. Let’s see if this commander battle goes any differently 😂

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Things I spotted in my yard today:

  • Pink foxglove with wild strawberries
  • white peonies
  • A cute garden snake
Auto-generated description: A lush, green forest floor with scattered pink foxglove flowers in bloom. Auto-generated description: White flowers with yellow centers are blooming in a lush, green garden setting. Auto-generated description: A snake is coiled and camouflaged among a pile of cut logs.
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Sometimes I can’t help myself. I overhauled an old desktop blog theme I had. I’m not quite finished and it is possible I went overboard this time around 😆

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@otaviocc My sister and I did the same thing. Jumping back and forth and watering all the flowers. 🌷We would also make huge rainbow flower fields. But I think that was like six restarts ago 😆

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@otaviocc Yep, this is going to take awhile 😂 I'm dreading re-breeding the blue roses

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@alexink I also think Solomon's Seal, I have some growing in my yard.

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I restarted my animal crossing new horizons island a few days ago. This time I’m not going to unlock the terraforming tools. I feel like I have the best intentions with them, then it all becomes a mess until I’m so irritated that I delete my save file. 🏝️

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@larissaking This is in reply to my last blog post. Micro.blog is having a little trouble with posting it 😆. So hopefully this one goes through:

Thank you. I really appreciate it. I'm also very hopeful my daughter can kick this into remission. This program at Boston Children's is wonderful. The space is fantastic and everyone cares so much. Every week they have a kid or two graduating that they do a quick ceremony for. Not a dry eye in the place.

They also have great outcomes. Using mindfulness, learning the role pain plays in the body, ample coping strategies, doctors, psychologists, lots and lots of PT, OT and art/music therapy. The paper I read had about 88% functional and pain-free at the 1 year mark, and about 35% reached that outcome at the 1 month mark after the program. Even those that weren't pain free typically had a marked reduction in pain and functionality gains. The long term 5+ year study still backs that up.

Also, thanks for the resource links you left on my last post. I did look into them 😊

I also read "When Your Child Hurts" by Rachael Coakley and I'm using lots of those strategies. Apparently a lot of things that parents do by default for acute pain is actually detrimental to chronic pain. So a learning curve there for sure.

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@DaveyCraney That looks fantastic and delicious!

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@help Not sure what's going on, but when I try to reply to my blog post here the reply on the timeline appears under this post by a different non-micro.blog user and not on mine. Here's a screen shot:

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I tried it twice, once with my app and once with the Micro.blog website with the same result.

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@DaveyCraney Thank you! I love a good yoga session. There are lots of good ones on youtube (though I like in person better, keeps me accountable). Let me know if you try out some Tai Chi, there are lots of studies on its health benefits 😊

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@odd Yeah, I feel similar about strength training. I need to start factoring it in, but I don't want to hurt myself in the process.

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A journey into the world of pediatric chronic pain - a continuation heyloura.com
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@odd Thank you! It's a hard thing to keep up 😊 I try to do some stretching 10-15 min everyday and I'm getting to the point where I probably need to do some more.

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@lukemperez I started when I was 17 and I've kept with it since then, a bit off and on with university and parenting. So the total time is probably around 15 years 😊

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I needed some Tai Chi pictures so my sister helped me out with a little photo shoot. This is one of my favorites.

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@bryan Thanks! I hadn't listened to much of their podcast before this, but it was really good 😊

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I treated my daughter to a showing of her favorite podcast. It was a really nice to spend a little time relaxing and laughing 😊

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New update:

  • Use first blog when writing a post if default is not found
  • Fix page breaking when no author avatar found
  • Better message when “user not found” returned by Micro.blog

Still working on:

  • Auth cookie expiring/being removed in some browsers
  • Intermittent cross-posting issues
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It’s been just over two weeks since I updated 🐸 Lillihub. The analytics so far:

Analytics from lillihub for the last 30 days.

Which is good, since a few more people are using it. I’m keeping an eye on the free tier limits. Based on the logs, the CPU time per request limit was hit a few times. Probably large image uploads.

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Finally, tomorrow is the magical day that all schedules align and we can actually continue playing our dungeon crawl classics game. I know what I’m prepping for the rest of the evening ⚔️🐉

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Caturday 🐈

Fuzzyboots steals my chair any chance he gets.

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@jean Both sad and wonderful news. I'm so happy for you! Good luck with the new house and writing. And thank you for all your work with the Micro.blog community.

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Finally a nice weekend to get some yard work done.

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Let’s take a look at the timeline on Lillihub First, if you used Lillihub before this update you might remember it split out posts and conversations and now it combines them. If you liked them split apart, do not fear, I’ll show you at the bottom of the post how to set it back. Favorites When you log in y... lillihub-docs.micro.blog
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@manton 😂 I may have gone down the help documents on the API and asked myself "How can I work that in..." 😊

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@splinter Yep! Feel free to leave feedback 😄 If it's something technical/code/bug related and you're comfortable, Github is probably the best place. Or tag me on a post, or send me an email (loura -at- hey.com)

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@aeryn I'll take another look 😊. I can't reproduce it, so I'm going off error logs and it might take a little trial and error.

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@pratik Fix for the quotes should be up now. Fingers crossed.

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This is the first in a series of posts that will show you around 🐸 Lillihub.

The title of the page jumps you back to the top. The right side top menu, in order, lets you create a new post, manage your blog, and access app settings.

The sidebar (or bottom on mobile) has the M.B functionality.

screenshot of Lillihub UI with instructions on what icons means what
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Big update to 🐸 Lillihub! 🥳 You will need to re-login before using it. I’ll do a longer post with the changes. Speak up if you see any issues. If you like the split of convos and posts you can re-enable it under settings. UI redesign, backend rewrite and more! Whew! 😆

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My father came over for a visit. Our new tradition is watching an old black and white science fiction film together. Tonight was “Them!” from 1954. He gets such joy from sharing the make and model of every car, airplane, or helicopter he can in the films. Or any other trivia he can think of. ❤️

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A big pile of books arrived today that I was going to tuck away for next year’s homeschooling and my son has already snuck one away for reading 😂

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It’s just over a month since I shared that my daughter has pediatric CRPS. Hopefully we’ll get her into Boston Children’s Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center this summer/early fall. We’re on a waiting list, for a case review, to get on the official waiting list 🙄. It’s tough to see things worsen and not b... heyloura.com
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I’ve been slowly working on a major 🐸 Lillihub, a micro.blog client, update and wanted to check-in and see if there were any suggestions/ideas out there while I get the release ready. No guarantee I’ll be able to implement any of them 😄

Here is a sneak peak of the UI changes:

screenshot of Lillihub ui on a phone screen
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So for my hobonichi journal this year I picked up some dip pens and inks that matched the color of months. Turns out this was a bad idea. I’m far more less likely to sit down and add to my journal if I need to fiddle around with pens and ink. So back to my old pens I go.

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I’m curious if the micro.blog timeline respects the details element

exampleHello World
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Looks like it is round two of strep throat in the house. Hopefully I can avoid it this time…

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Tonight’s entertainment:

Tranquil Garden Lego set

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Two things I enjoy: ☕ and ☯️

Hey Loura wearing a t-shirt that says coffee and Tai Chi