No time to write, just random shots today…

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@Gaby I’m ready to take the blame for this one, no worries. Have your coffee 🤣

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@Gaby Oops, sorry. I can see why the confusion might happen, I was talking about the first day of the workshop 😇 For what is worth, I don’t ever touch the app anymore as well.

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@Microlorian Sorry, not the app! DayOne of the workshop 🙂

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@mbkriegh Indeed. Feeling exhausted, but good 🙂

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@JeremyWxBaker Appreciate the comment 🙂

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@poritsky Thank you! 🙂

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Love the smell of a thousand fireplaces going on at the same time. The whole city smell of burning wood. The good kind.

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Done with DayOne! Exhausting. Went pretty well, but still…

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@rknightuk ROFL 🤪

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@pimoore 🙂

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Workshop about to start. There will be a live interview for a local news channel, as if the whole thing without it wasn’t stressful enough!

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@cdevroe 🙂 Ended up falling asleep again, at around 6AM.

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Back in Time

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@gr36 😔 Thank you for the warm welcome 😅 It was a very tiresome day, ended up sleeping at 1030PM, and now my body seems to think I’ve had enough sleep. I have not.

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@gdp Exactly the same way I found it!

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🦉 Up at 4AM. Why?!!??

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@UndamnedOne It is. You can do it on Safari, via a Shortcut, with Drafts, with a Telegram bot. Those are the ways I’m aware at the moment. The Info Center has some tools listed.

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😩 Too tired to scroll

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@cliffordbeshers It is, yes. We have winter, but try to keep it hidden from the brochures 😅

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@gdp Yup. iOS 16 goodies 🙂 Thanks for thinking about me.

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Today’s mood.

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Halfway there. Rain and fog most of the time. Also, will reply to everyone when I have the chance. Can’t really do it while driving 😅 Sorry!

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@davidmarsden They are, yes. I use mine for work, often. Not suitable for a lot of stuff, but pretty good in general.

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@Portufraise Obrigado! I'm sure it will not! 🤣

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@Portufraise Hahahaha... Flashy!

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🏃 Running around like a crazy person, trying to leave on time

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@davidmarsden Thank you. No camera on this one, again 😎 That is, in fact, the whole point of the trip: I’m giving a mobile photography workshop 😂😅

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Yup! Another day, another Maserati. Same place as yesterday. I must be doing something wrong with my life!

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@odd Marshmallows would be… sweet? 😉

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@davidmarsden Hang in there, tomorrow will hopefully be a better day.

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Classic Hello Kitty for today.

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@rom Ivory is turning into the holy grail! It would make an incredible Christmas gift.

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🚌 Travel day has arrived!

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💤 Going, going, gone.

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@skoobz Yes. That's what I found funny, and why I thought I should come back to this 😅

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🥨 Tying up some loose ends...

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🎒 Packing for a week in the cold takes 759 times longer than doing it in the summer

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🥓 When I thought it wasn’t possible to love this child any more, she says “Bacon is sooo good”!

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My ‘98 car was getting very depressed every time we were entering the garage in the building. Finally figured out why!

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No idea what I’ll do with it yet, but I’m trying PencilBooth.

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Winter Morning Light

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Right after the barber appointment, went to lunch with a friend at the Ramen place close to our old home. Still good, I’m happy to report.

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🍜 Spiciest ramen ever! Felt SOOOO good!

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It’s everywhere already. Getting close, it seems.

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💈 It's that time again

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A few dozen new quotes added to my PhotoQuotes bot. Finally! @PhotoQuotes@botsin.space

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🥶 Checking the forecast for Chaves. Rain could really screw up a workshop where we’re spending most of the time outside. So far we’re good. SUPER cold, but rain should give us a rest.

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💖 My favorite Hello Kitty in the world…

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🦠 Haven’t heard the word “Wave” yet, but we should be dead in the middle of one. SO many people getting Covid at the moment, it’s really impressive!

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☕️ Girls still sleeping, time for a quick run to the supermarket (I like to think it’s a 7-11, or Lawsons). Must get coffee before movieStar is up!!

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🌞 Here we go again…

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Done for today! Selection is almost done, tomorrow I should be able to finish it. No need to stay up later than this. 166 so far, probably more than enough.

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Well past midnight, still renaming photos and getting them into some sort of order. Probably I’ll wake up and find out the order makes no sense at all!

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🗂 Organizing

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Oceanic+ is, finally, available! Yay!!

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Oh, the teenage years…

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🤣 tinyMovieStar getting acquainted with the famous hills in town, after telling us she wanted to walk, no pram. She’s EXHAUSTED!

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Random #2 for today, two things I miss dearly: the islands, and riding a motorcycle.

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🔎 116 photos have been picked, time to pause for now. Tomorrow is another day.

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One thing I’m definitely showing at the workshop, even though it’s not strictly mobile-only, is the Personal page on the website. I feel these odd side projects are the thing I’m actually more fond of. Everyone should have one of these.

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After months when we stopped going out for an afternoon beer, we’re doing it again today. Twice in as many weeks. Is there a trend here?

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❄️ Time to start checking the news again… Friend might be heading back there, time to fire up the back-office one more time.

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🧮 84 photos, and counting...

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🥢 Picking photos out of the archive. Had to do it, three days before workshop starts...

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There should be a “Piggyback” Workout activity on the Apple Watch.

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Today’s first random is from around here, very close to home. Let’s get going!

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At the time we thought about getting this one for our captain cousin, but didn’t in the end. It was pretty cheap too!

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T-3 for workshop. Gotta remember to pack all the wool we’ll need: gloves, scarf, a hat…

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🥛 9.30PM, drive to the gas station and get some milk

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🥰 There’s nothing better than having my daughter asleep in my arms

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Sleepy #caturday… It’s been a while since I managed a somewhat decent photo of this one. Anyway, here goes…

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Looks a bit like that other bird…

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Crowded! A lot of them, and my most used one (Metatext) isn’t even in this folder!

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🧑‍🍳 In the oven

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🍰 I believe we’re having cake today… Yummy!

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📝 Fired up Drafts, and a new thingsThisWeek post is already in the works. Thank you for the push, @jamesvandyne. Again.

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🤖 Note to self: Must add more quotes to photo quotes tooting bot

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🌞 Goooood morning!

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💤 Gone

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Help her become whatever she wants to. That’s the motivation.

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📷.omg.lol is a thing. No idea what, but it is.

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Passkey login with omg.lol feels so magical I have probably logged out and in more often than I had to.

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🐾 Time for some “Bluey”

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One thing I’m enjoying immensely with Mastodon is changing apps multiple times a day, and the one responsible for the notifications.

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💖 Still love the stamp we had made in Vietnam.

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If Santa was REALLY cool, this would be his sled.

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Family affair…

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🍖 Lunch at mom’s ALWAYS means “No dinner”!

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tinyMovieStar, meet the Little Prince.

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🔥 Already dreaming about the fireplace I’ll get going as soon as we get to my in-laws

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I made the commitment to complete this challenge, and I’m trying hard to do it! But I’m REALLY looking forward to the end of Microblogvember 😇

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Squeaky Clean

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I hate subscriptions that renew without as much as a simple warning email a couple of days before, letting me know I’m about to be charged. That’s why those that are not critical are set up with virtual cards that expire as soon as first payment is done. Try that, I’m done.

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Cloudron installed, Pixelfed running, but confirmation emails are not going out, and this is not the time to figure this one out. Sleep in… 3… 2… 1…

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🚧 Friday Night Fever: Cloudron

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🐧 + 🎅🏼 = 🥰

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The news, offline…

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Sometimes M.b takes a while to fetch the feeds, so I added a ping to the end of the sticker spotter shortcut. Maybe that will help.

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🎄 The tree is up!

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🥰 tinyMovieStar just made my day! She got home from school, I opened the door to let her in, she looked at me, smiled, and said: “You look so cute”! I melted!

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Four people, lasted two hours. Still, not great news coming from the islands. Sao Tome and Principe government thwarts overnight coup attempt | Reuters

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Today’s random photo, theMusicMan.

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Alfredo Marceneiro.

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💻 Testing terminal apps on iOS. Yeah…

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🌴 Even came across a new one for the palmLove series! And a TON more at Flickr!

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Short photowalk today, but the sun is finally out, I had to go for it. A few stickers, a couple of not so great photos, but a nice walk anyway.

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🔭 Out looking for stickers

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Rough night, with tinyMovieStar coughing and complaining about ear pain, until she finally fell asleep at 3AM, holding my hand, in our bed. She looks fine now, let’s see what happens when we wake her up in a little while.

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Ritual: Microblogvember entry before turning in for the day.

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list of great apps made by indie developers or small teams for Apple platforms Indie Friday Deals

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📺 Almost done with FIFA Uncovered. It’s disgusting.

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Our little Minnie Mouse is really pushing it today! Being a piece of work since she got home! 😤

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Cars honking on the street! I guess it’s either gas prices coming down, or something with the football match.

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tinyMovieStar woke up and said she wanted to go to school dressed as Minnie Mouse. Mom: “Should she?” Me: “Why not??”

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Best time to go to the supermarket? While our National team is playing in the World Cup.

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🚌 It’s “Pick up the Girls” time again

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I have lost all hope that I’ll be able to retain any control of my schedule. movieStars are in charge now.

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Power and Gas company had an inspection scheduled for today and, of course, they had to get here right in the middle of lunch time.

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Super high speed Hello Kitty. Kawaii bullet train, how much better can it get?

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🦥 Me right now

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After yesterday’s winding post, maybe it’s time to finally get down to picking the photos, no? This is, unexpectedly, taking way longer than it should.

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Feeling tiny.

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⏲ Still two days to go before the weekend. Phew…

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Flexibits is having a 50% off Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale. They say it’s the lowest price ever. I took advantage of the offer.

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The Workshop

Our friends from Chaves, the ones who put together the wonderful N2 festival every year, are now getting ready to launch Bilhó, a new event in the city. It’s going to be great. A multidisciplinary arts festival, including illustration, music, writing, and, of course, photography. They invited me to do a workshop on photography. I picked something close to my heart: mobile photography, using your smartphone as camera. I’ve been doing it for a while, even leaving the camera behind when I should carry one! This is a first for me, however, a workshop for non-photographers, and I’m a little anxious. I’m very much used to teaching, but I’ve always done it with photographers, or people just out of photo school. They would have a grasp on some basics already, and I knew they would speak the language or, at least, understand most of what I talked about. I do have some difficulty when it comes to teaching, or talking, about photography. I believe the technical bit, at least at a basic level, is quite easy to grasp and, when it comes to mobile, even that can almost be forgotten. I could go over the foundations in an hour, slowly, and we’d be done. What I’ve always found challenging, even when talking with young photographers, or people just starting, is everything else. The parts that really matter. How do you talk about influences, and taste, when that is so subjective? What kind of photography would they find interesting, and worth pursuing? Will it be something I know of, or an area that I have no interest in, and no particular knowledge or insight? I am a photojournalist at heart, one that appreciates other views. But so many others fail to interest me. Advertising, or fashion, or food photography have no appeal to me. Yesterday I came upon another article about Eggleston, and it’s hard to explain how thrilled I am whenever that happens. But some, unsurprisingly, fail to see how that could mean something. He’s a master, but one that some find hard to like. We’re all, thankfully, so different, but that leaves me no other route than talk about my way of doing things, and the way I think they can be done. Not should be done, mind you, but can be done. If I’d try to guide the students to whatever they feel like shooting, then I’m might not be having as much fun with it as I wanted. Not too cool, I know, but safer. We don’t have months, after all, and this way, hopefully, everyone will get something out of it. In the old days, at the paper, when the new class of interns showed up, like clockwork, I would always tell them they could do things anyway they liked, after finishing their internship. While they were with us, they would try to use our language, and could use that time as a learning experience, one they could use later in life, even if they picked some other area of photography as their place in the world. Maybe they’d enjoy their time with us, and pick some tricks. Some did, others not so much. But that was what they’d signed up for, and they knew it. Maybe I’ll try the same with the ones that enrolled in the workshop. I’m afraid there’s not much else I can do. And hope they enjoy it.

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One of my favorite photographers. Always a thrill. Cars, bars and burger joints: William Eggleston’s iconic America – in pictures

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Sold Out! A day later, the workshop is sold out! And I still have to think about a ton of stuff… Good thing I still have a week to go.

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Turned out to be quite the intense day! I wasn’t expecting it, but didn’t even have time to keep up with Mastodon (and that moves FAST!), on top of M.b…

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On our way to drop the microwave at the repair guy.

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🥰 The new logo for shoutouts is LIVE! It’s SWEET! Well done, @vincent, well done!

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🦃 Family Thanksgiving dinner canceled. And that's a reason to be thankful for!

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Some umbrellas are just cooler than others!

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New Home, New Landlord Moved to maique.lol, everything is running smoothly. Painless process, mostly because @vincent was the one dealing with the painful stuff! If you’d like your own instance, feel free to contact him at his boutique Mastodon operation. hey@vincentritter.com

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The weather was not perfect. But still a pretty great day. 🇻🇳🌧

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☕ But first: coffee... hmmm... coffees.

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It’s “Take the Microwave to the Repair Person Day”! Yay!

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📏 Welcome to the middle of the week

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I should have used the word “update” on my last status update. That would have counted as the Microblogvember update for today, and this here update wouldn’t have existed. Should really have checked the updated word list.

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Moved earlier than expected, tonight I’m already sleeping at the new place. Looks comfy!

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🔐 2FA enabled on the new home

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📦 Moving...

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Randomly moving around, today we stop at Pico, Azores. 🇵🇹 🎉

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Burger (and beer) were delicious. I could just go to sleep now. Other news, it’s time to pick tinyMovieStar from kindergarten.

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On Our Way…

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🍔 Going out for a burger at the best burger joint in the city. It feels like Christmas!

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Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, and a tab on Safari with Instagram messages! That’s what I have open at the moment to be able to talk to five people at the same time.

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People are already signing up for the workshop, and I still have to go find the photos I’ll use! One week to go…

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Covid is gone, Hello Kitty is back!

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🖕 Ciao, Covid, see you next time!

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Good morning. Waiting to see what comes up… 🇮🇹🕴️

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C’mon, Micro.blog, you can do it… We trust you! Be strong…

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💯 ? Hard to tell

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📺 Watched two episodes of Pepsi, Where’s My Jet? on Netflix. A crazy, wild, story I was not familiar with. The whole time we’re going “America! This could only happen in America…” It was just what we needed to wind down.

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Enough for today. Tomorrow life should resume, back to a more normal posting rhythm… 🇧🇷🏝️

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🧠 Brain says no!

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Wondering if dealing with VPS + YunoHost + Mastodon while still a bit brain foggy was the best decision… Finding it challenging to deal with this while my brain keeps telling me to just pick another photo and find a word to describe it. Maybe a sticker…

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💻 Hetzner: GO!

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I wish today’s word was “snow”. I know what I’d do with that one. Ice? No idea. Maybe a cocktail?

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🍳 Thinking about dinner. It’s 5:40PM!

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Friends. In the rain. 🇹🇱🐶

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Guess where we did end up? “No, you can’t go down to the sand” “No, you can’t take off your shoes” “No, you can’t play in the wet sand”

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tinyMovieStar: where are we going? Me: we might see the sea. tinyMovieStar: ok. movieStar arrives. tinyMovieStar: Mom, we’re going to the beach. With the sea, and palm trees and sand. Me: that’s not what I… tinyMovieStar: we’re going to the beach.

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Breaking the sandy spell with Chef Ants Uustalu, from (at the time) Ööbiku Gastronoomiatalu. 🇪🇪🐷

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Done with lunch, let’s try to drive a little. Maybe that will persuade tinyMovieStar to take a nap. It’s been two days without it, and cranky tinyMovieStar is not a great mood to deal with… 😅

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I can’t get away from the beach/sand theme! These are looking a lot less “random” than I hoped for 🤨 🇪🇸 ⏳

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Couldn’t sleep last night, so made a shortcut I couldn’t find available. One to post to Mastodon from the Apple Watch (or iPhone for that matter). The app even has a page now, where you’ll find the link to download it if you find it useful.

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Macanese Beach Day Not the most inviting water, or sand, or weather. You get what you can, I guess. 🇲🇴 🏖️

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😅 I’m afraid we’re still on Random Photos (and the occasional Covid update) Mode! Hope you enjoy…

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🐢 Not perfect, but slowly getting there

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3AM, my night is on ice. Will try to sleep, not sure about the success of this project. With any luck, it’s the last you hear from me today.

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🙄 2AM. Had a coffee too late in the day, so now I’m building a Shortcut that I “needed”.

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Long day about to end, and we believe the little one won’t be able to attend kindergarten for a couple of days longer. Should make for an interesting week.

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This One Time, at Band Camp… Today a friend was going through some old magazines, pre-pandemic magazines, and found this. At the time, another friend, a photographer, needed help shooting some motorcycles. I’d go in, as a “model”, and got to ride them for my troubles.

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🧸 Also, entertaining a healthy child, locked at home, while both adults are sick, is not that easy.

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🧽 The amount of dirty dishes the three of us are responsible for is impressive!

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Still in a beach mood, randomly going south, to the islands. First time I went there. 🛶 🏝️

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A privacy-first, no-nonsense, super-fast blogging platform ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ Bear One I never remember to suggest, when people are looking for exactly what says on the tin.

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The randomness goes on, now at the beach, for a little set photography. It was a funny show. 🎥 🏖️

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🍛 Must eat something

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Back from a very quick supplies run, and time for another random photo. Morocco, kids playing football without a care. As it should be. 🇲🇦 ⚽️

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🎙️Jake Adelstein, of Tokyo Vice fame, has a new podcast coming out. Looking forward to it.

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The poll has ended, random photos it is… Mexico was a trip of discovery. Much more, and very different, than I expected. 🇲🇽 ☀️

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Before tinyMovieStar came along, my days were seldom alike. Babies like routine, so now we’re mostly on constant repeat.

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🦠 Feeling a lot better. This covid has nothing on January's covid!

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In other news, on account of tinyMovieStar, we’re now having dinner at 6:30PM, risking our own citizenship along with it.

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movieStar and the Azores A while back we visited the Azores (one thing everyone should do), and I decided to document the whole trip with movieStar, as usual. But from the back. Enjoy…

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🥰 Sorry about the image spam on my next post, but I’m sick and in love.

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Can’t say this enough: if you need to do any image uploading to Micro.blog, Mimi is as painless as it gets!

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I wonder if I can upload 23 images to Micro.blog in one go… I guess I’m about to find out!

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🍵 movieStar made tea for us, and, still hallucinating, I was taken back to the tea plantation.

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Both Masto.host and Fedi.monster are not accepting more registrations. That only leaves hosting offers that are out of my reach on the table. Still waiting for Masto.host, of course, but would love to see affordable options for single-user instances. @vincent /wink wink

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🛌 Still here…

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Glad that replies editing is now available on the latest beta of the M.b app. It will soon (already?) become my most used feature.

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Tweaking Hugo partials on the iPhone is SOOO much fun. Not!

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Dreaming… Hallucinating… Lying in bed, looking down at my covered legs and feet, picturing this instead. 🇰🇭 🏝️

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Old school, analog, Hello Kitty.

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💅🏼 Here We Go! Locked at home, let the festivities begin!

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🦠 Ready for a day of Sickness & Stickers

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There is enough material for a novel, but I’ve always been a non-fiction kind of guy.

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Disabled crossposting to Twitter. I’m sure I’ll still check from time to time, but I’m not adding to the network.

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🌡 As expected, night comes with a slight fever…

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🥶 Shivers, and muscle pain. Also thinking tinyMovieStar has been infected already.

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😴 Nice covid side effect: 3 hour nap!

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Today would be the perfect day to get started with the instance, since I’m already locked at home, feeling less than ideal. My judgment is already impaired anyway… 🤣

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🦠 Always together! 🥰😅

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🧪 Next up: Covid test. Positive it's nothing, just making sure.

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A bit like myself today, past our prime. It’s not all glamour in Hello Kitty’s life 🙂

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💊 Today’s coffee comes with a side of Paracetamol

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🤷‍♂ Sleep at 2AM, up by 5AM. What could go wrong?

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I will never tire of hearing tinyMovieStar calling out “Minki Winki” from the bedroom, when the time comes for her milk at bedtime.

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We will be fine! Craig Mod is now also on Mastodon. Let’s keep walking.

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💥 Should be sleeping, but can't turn away!

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True to form, I’ve also been postponing going through thousands of photos, and picking the ones I’ll use at the workshop in December. Today I received the mock-up of the website that’s launching soon, and I have less than two weeks to go!

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🌴 As close to the island as I think I’ll get this time.

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Not happy to announce that flu season has begun for us. Here we go…

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Island Trip

We had planned a month on the island, for January. And now I’m seriously considering staying behind with tinyMovieStar. Instead of staying a month, movieStar will be there for a week only. It’s simply too expensive for us at the moment, with no guarantee I’ll get work over there this time around, and a difficult tinyMovieStar situation. I’ll be sad, of course, but will love a week alone with the little one, instead of a whole month on the island with little to do to keep her entertained, and no real way to move around, on top of everything else. I was really looking forward, but this feels wiser.

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🛸 Beaming up the photos...

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📺 Not a football fan, but I do LOVE a good mafia story! It’s only natural that I’m enjoying FIFA Uncovered a lot.

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Memories… memories… 16GB worth of memories.

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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!! 🥰💖

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Here we go! Final stretch, help me out here, guys! Episode 71 of Hemispheric Views, with the usual gang and Adam(!) will easily take me across the finish line!

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Thankfully this just showed up! Just in time for the dreadful work ahead! Thanks @hemisphericviews!

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Today is the day I finish editing these. Today is the day I finish editing these. Today is the day I finish editing these. Today is the day I finish editing these.

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🐌 Last week flew by. This one? Not so much…

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In a surprising event, yesterday I left the movieStars at home and went out for a beer with someone I hadn’t seen in 35 years. We stopped short of a barrel, but it was pretty fun 🙂

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Had a beer with my closest from from when I was a baby-teenager. I hadn’t seen him in decades. It was great! Like we had kept in touch all along.

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Today’s lunch venue, a pan-Asian restaurant, had some really cool art on the walls. Nice food as well. Dessert was an amazing Ice Lolly, Vietnamese coffee on a stick.

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Doors

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💕 Lunch date with movieStar...

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Quick walk to the barber to pick up a new tin of Reuzel pomade, and back home. On the way I found my old friend, the poo emoji, that is still sticker spotter’s avatar. Still have no idea who’s responsible for this one. Would love to know.

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Whenever it’s “Go Time”, Hello Kitty joins us for the ride.

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Also, how’s Poland? Still there? 😔

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🚀 So… Missed Artemis launch while I slept.

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There’s no way we’ll open a franchise of tinyMovieStar. This is a single location brand.

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Last one, pinky promise. I wasn’t going to post any more of yesterday’s photos, but got this one right now, and couldn’t help it. Photo by Rui Veloso, the photographer hired by the company that sponsored the event. Also open to sponsorship offer by that particular company 😉

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Just saw Ted Lasso, feel good Ted Lasso, on a McD ad, for the Qatar World Cup. I guess I’m not watching Ted Lasso again.

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This week I’m having a beer with my best friend from school, when we were 3 to 16 years old. I haven’t seen him since.

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While waiting for the door to open for yesterday’s show, Marta (barber who works with Miguel at Belarmino), sat down in a parked Harley for a couple of minutes. Click click, we were done before the owner came back. (We told him afterwards, he didn’t mind…)

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The rain keeps falling, no stop at the playground for tinyMovieStar today. Sad face.

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Glitch!

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😝 As expected, mom thinks the haircut is a "bit too much"

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Break for Kitty After yesterday’s rougher post, I thought it would be a good idea to get back to normal. Here I am, with my dear friend Hello Kitty.

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😩 One day of fun and games must be followed by one sitting at the computer, editing photos. Stupid rule!

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🐎 Sometimes I really feel like a Toddler Wrangler…

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Aluminium is my Microblogvember kryptonite.

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😴 Sleepy sleepy

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Reckless eating during the weekend is messing up my intermittent fasting plans. I had dinner just a couple of hours ago, and I could eat again already!

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🔥 Microwave is no more, heating milk in the stove, like my grandparents did.

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📺 Relaxing…

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Carrying my Yubikey around with me all day long, just in case Masto.host opens the floodgates when I’m not home, and I need to make some DNS changes while out and about 😅

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Done!

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💈 About to start. New haircut in a few moments…

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Before Lunch Rehearsal, prepping, here we go…

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The way over photo dump… Quick metro ride, and a short walk. Arrived.

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Slept in tinyMovieStar’s bed, after she finally gave in and fell asleep. I would gladly spend the whole day with her, but we both have to leave. She’s has fun and games planned at kindergarten, and I have the same program with the barbershop gang. Have a great day, y’all!

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🤨 How do you tell a 2 1/2 year old that midnight is not a proper time to sleep at her age, when she’s been doing it for the past two days at her grandparents?

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🧈 You’re obviously entitled to your own opinion, but you haven’t really tried butter until you’ve tasted butter from the Azores!

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I will rarely visit Discover on Micro.blog and not follow someone.

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🪅 Refreshing Masto.host, hoping candy will fall down…

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🛣 Time to go home…

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Tomorrow I’m taking the subway. Haven’t done that in a while, as we usually walk everywhere, and the trip is not challenging at all. Our subway system is pretty small and easy to navigate, but I needed an excuse to use Citymapper again 🤓

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For you? For me? One of movieStar’s birthday gifts has my name on it… Inside North Korea, by Oliver Wainwright.

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Dry

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Of all the people (a lot!) that came over for the party yesterday, guess who stayed for a sleepover, and breakfast? Yup, that cousin! Extra coffee next!

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☕️ Still need one of these. Or two.

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Not all of them are from far away places, Hello Kitty is also found really close to home.

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Adjust! Adjust! That could be our motto now, or the advice we’d give new parents if they ever ask for some: “Love, and adjust!”

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Looking forward to tomorrow. I’m joining my barber at a barber show. His using me to show off his skills, and I might get an even crazier look out of it. Hoping I’ll also get some photos!

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11:30PM, looks like the party is finally winding down. I’ve been up since 3AM, so I’m (more than) ready to get some sleep. It was a fun day, though.

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Pink World!

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There’s this one cousin, though, that gets on my nerves! I have to work REALLY hard to keep my cool the whole time he’s around. And he always, ALWAYS, ends up overstaying.

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😝 Already waiting for the end of the party, and it hasn’t even started

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Tom Waits - Closing Time. The whole drive over. Still one of my favorite albums of all time.

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After yesterday’s smaller dinner, today we have a full blown party at my in-laws. Dozens of guests, just like in pre-covid times. Should be fun, and somewhat exhausting. Big groups still drain my energy a lot more than they used to.

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🏎 Time to get in the car and drive to tinyMovieStar!

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5AM. Up for a couple of hours now. Not the way I expected this to unfold.

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⏲ Counting the minutes until the night is over.

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While I have the time, I might as well say that I have a strong suspicion tinyMovieStar might be having one of the greatest nights of her life, with her very lenient grandparents. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she went to sleep later than we do.

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Speeding along…

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So… what should I do with the extra time, while movieStar is out with her friends… maybe an extra sticker? One more Hello Kitty series photo?? Both?

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Excellent dinner, incredible IPA to go with it, and a side of worry, wondering how tinyMovieStar is doing without us. First night alone in two and half years, doing relatively fine.

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🎄 Christmas ornaments bigger than a tall statue? Sure, we have those too!

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Today tinyMovieStar will sleep at her grandparents, without us. First time she’ll be away from us for the night, and I might be the one that’s having the most trouble dealing with it. Can’t help it.

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🥰 I’m the luckiest man alive! No doubt about that.

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A little tweak to the shortcut @gr36 kindly arranged, and sticker spotter on Mastodon now supports alt text. Glad @manton got this working as well, it’s brilliant.

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🍹 It’s Margerits for lunc… Margaritas for lunch tay… Day!

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Downtown

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☕️ iSeeFaces, the Portuguese edition

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😍 Funny enough, we actually met on her birthday as well, 7 years ago!

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💖 Happy birthday, movieStar!

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Yesterday we watched an amazing display of style, and fashion sense, by tinyMovieStar. And that duck bathrobe never expected to see a restaurant too!

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Yeah! Apple Frames 3.0: Completely Rewritten, Support for iPhone 14 Pro and Dynamic Island, New Devices, Multiple Display Resolutions, and More - MacStories

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Semiphemeral is your friend.

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Move along, move along… Just testing to check if alt text makes it all the way to Mastodon 🤞🏼

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10PM doesn’t sound like an acceptable time to have a demonstration, but that’s exactly what’s going on outside just now. Sadly it seems the little one won’t be able to sleep while the protesters stick around.

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👑 Hoping we can find the time to watch another episode today. Will you be a dear, and sleep, tinyMovieStar?

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🦆 Back from dinner. tinyMovieStar decided to wear her duck bathrobe to the restaurant. She looked awesome.

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⚡ Week almost gone, went by in a flash…

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Afternoon spent walking around with friends visiting from the north, no minutes added to my working time in the afternoon. Not a bad way to spend a day.

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Update: with some help from Hello Kitty, stickers, coffee, chestnuts, Micro.blog, and Mastodon, I have managed to work exactly 7 minutes this morning. Feeling quite proud!

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Very Day Hello Kitty Love

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❌ 💩

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🌰 Delayed editing: buying chestnuts

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☹ Not sure I'll find time to walk today. Lightroom keeps yelling my name, that needy bastard!

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Some days with tinyMovieStar I feel like a minister preaching to a tinyDevil.

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👋 Welcome to Thursday. May it be a good one.

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CiderDiver Going home!

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Still at it… Not too bad, just away from the movieStars 😔

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Here we go… The way there: The venue:

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🚀 Time to get this show on the road!

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Today’s walk photo dump, pretty boring to be honest. Went out looking for another street art piece, after yesterday’s disappointing hunt, and I knew this one would be challenging. It was.

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✈️ Quick bonus post, how we got around. Fly me to the moon… Spoiler: we flew.

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😒 Very uninspired walk

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🇭🇰 Done! Made it! The final post of the honeymoon is now live, feel free to visit Hong Kong with us.

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Gotta pick up the speed with the photo picking. Assignment later on, and it’s a long one. Would love to finish this today, but starting to doubt it.

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😻 Yeah, I’m serious about this whole Hello Kitty business!

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🔍 Going through the photos... Hundreds of them... Must... Choose...

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⏰ WHAT?? Already???

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Almost… Done with the text (I’m almost positive), and about to dive into the hundreds of photos from HK. I will probably leave that for tomorrow. It’s too late, I’m too tired. 🇭🇰🚶🏻‍♀️

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🏗 Still working on that Hong Kong post, but it's close to 1:30AM!

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Nothing is certain! Nothi… Unless we’re talking about ALL Microblogvember posts being about our parenting woes.

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The Apartment Building

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I might have started the process of getting my own Mastodon instance…

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👻 Ghost renewal. Ouch!

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😱 Rough night in the movieStars lair. The tiny one is awake again!

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tinyMovieStar is having a meltdown. Not nice.

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🛒 Back home, after a quick supermarket run (Peppa Pig strawberry ice-cream)

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So, Lidl has Paw Patrol toys. Guess where we’re going?

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Couldn’t help it! Writing on dinkiwinkiminkiwinki reminded me I had not bought that handle on omg.lol, so I went ahead and did it. Breaking my own promise.

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⌨ Raining for hours, getting busy with the Hong Kong post for DinkiWinkiMinkiWinki.

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🍲 Wondering if I should have lunch, or just skip this one as well. Not THAT hungry anyway...

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🍩 Yummy Kitty One of my favorite Hello Kitty ever!

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📱 Back from the walk, editing, editing…

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The River Edition Walked to the river, trying to find another sculpture by SUPERLINOX, but it wasn’t there anymore. Bummer. Got a bit of rain on the final part, but good 5.5K walk anyway.

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I find it extremely amusing that my bank sends me notifications about investment funds and other opportunities, somehow specifically tailored to me…

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🌦 Rainy. Must walk anyway.

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I can’t reach a consensus with myself on many subjects.

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2000 nit!

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A fresh take on the whole copyright infringement situation.

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🧐 Pondering… Pondering…

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I’m afraid I might just be waiting for masto.host to open up registrations again. I have the domain all ready (I had no idea this was it’s intended use when I got it), and should have money available when they’re back. Dangerous combination.

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Much nicer than the one Rolls Royce has, as far as I’m concerned.

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Going Up

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🍺 Well done, BrewDog, well done…

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🛻 Drive to Mom&Dad’s, and back: accomplished!

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Impressive review and photos, as usual. Best camera app around, developed by a great photographer as well. iPhone 14 Pro Camera Review: A Small Step, A Huge Leap — Lux

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🎨 Pants Down! Short walk today, and almost exclusively so I could get to this piece by SUPERLINOX I saw yesterday while driving home. Too lazy to pick a photo, so here’s four of them.

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🌅 Wishing y’all a great week

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One of the most counterfeited characters, I’m sure. Here spotted in one of the counterfeiting capitals of the world.

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Two and a half years of this, and still so little insight into the whole parenting thing. One minute you feel you’re on top of everything and, a second later, struggling with something else for the first time, totally unprepared.

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I knew I needed my own instance 😇

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⌛ Endless Sunday

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I knew the nap tinyMovieStar took at 4PM, for HOURS, would come back to haunt us. Sadly, but surely, I was right.

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Matryoshka Kitty I’m slowing down right after this one, but I’ve been digging in the archive, and it’s one after another. So many of these throughout the years!

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🧭 Found our way back home

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This is the kind of thing that, sometimes, makes me want to have my own instance again… Love what you can do when you own the place.

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One of many musical Hello Kitty you can find, and the guitar I’d like to own, if I knew how to play the guitar.

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The only Twitch notifications I get, guaranteed to get a smile out of me…

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Hello, Hello Kitty Triggered by a conversation I had on Mastodon, I’m starting a new category on maique.eu: Stuff with Hello Kitty I find all over the place. It’s been a passion of mine forever, and plenty of photos so far. Hope you enjoy this one.

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Kitty Poker anyone?

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😻 And the final one… Happy Caturday!

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😹 And how is THAT going, you ask?

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😼 Trying to get the cat to do something for Caturday, even though it’s already Sunday

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🔥 Fireplace: ON

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😡 A week later, the DST change is still playing games with my wake up time

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Trying to find an easy way out for today’s Microblogvember word only led to hearing it, over and over, echoing inside my very empty brain.

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🌛 Going soon…

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Here’s to the next year of sticker spotter! My card was just charged by the good people at Micro.blog, the awesome company where it’s hosted. sticker spotter | Mastodon | Contact

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Me@Mastodon

The wonderful Adam has enabled social.lol for all the usernames one has on omg.lol, his wonderful suite of internet fun, so I went ahead and activated all three of them. Yes, I now have not one, but three Mastodon accounts! Well, four, but we’ll get to that in a minute. (Truth be told there are a few others, scattered around instances I tried in the past, but these are abandoned now) So, where can you find me, and what can you expect when you do? The main one is @maique@social.lol, where every single post that shows up on {micro maique} ends up, as well as every sticker on sticker spotter. That’s the whole maique package, or a close as it gets. It’s the account I use to follow people, and interact. If you don’t want all the yadda yadda yadda, and just wish to look at stickers, you can follow @stickerspotter@social.lol. The blog with the entire sticker collection is also a separate one, so it made sense to offer the same on Mastodon. The third one is mrBatsu, my alter-ego for ages, and test account at omg.lol. I’m using the @mrBatsu@social.lol account to share links of stuff I read. For now. Something else might end up there in the future. There’s a fourth account, one I’m not using, but felt I needed. The Portuguese community gathers at masto.pt, so I went ahead and asked for an account there, warning the admin I wouldn’t be posting often. He said yes. The instance is administered by Hugo, a wonderful developer, sysadmin, and owner of masto.host, a fully managed Mastodon hosting service. If you’re looking to host your own instance, I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re looking for an instance to call home, take a look at the server list on joinmastodon.org. Bonus: the iOS apps. Mastodon has an official app now, and it’s ok. My favorite, the one I’m using more often, is Metatext. There’s also Toot!, Mastoot, tooot, and a ton others. I’m sure you’ll find one that suits you. You can also just add the web view to your home screen, and be done with that. Mastodon is great fun, and I’m glad it’s getting more attention, and more users. Hope to see you there as well.

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On The Road People seem to have a hard time finding the bin at the gas station. Actually, they seem to struggle everywhere. Always impressed by the lack of civility. Love the driving part though…

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A cousin came over, and I was looking at his AirTag. They look nice enough, but I struggled to find a way to use one in my life. I ALWAYS put stuff in the same place, and never lose keys/wallet/whatever…

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Hygge

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🪅 Coco

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🍕 Pizza Time!

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🎒 Packing, again

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Evening Supermarket Run

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🌻 Beautiful morning, enjoying it

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tableForOne Coffee time, and wishes of a great weekend.

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🦉 Figuring out what I'll use yet another account for...

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Temporary exemption yesterday, but still feeling I shouldn’t have done it. I’ve cut down my sugar consumption to zero, or as close as I can get to that. Yesterday I saw a limited edition doughnut, and ate two of them in one go. I do love doughnuts. And special editions.

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Today’s Leftovers Walking for a longer time, more photos are bound to show up. Some are left behind.

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😮‍💨 Waiting for a certain someone to fall asleep

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Strong contender to the Ugliest Corner in the City award:

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🍩 21 hours of fasting, then two doughnuts. Doing great, sir!

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Shoutouts is live. Really fair pricing, for a simple, nice, and cool service. Go check it out, and subscribe if you think you might use it. I know I did!

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Firenza/Triumph

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Back home, after another trip to the dentist on the other side of the river. Everything going according to plan. tinyMovieStar home soon, and we can start our Weekend Programming.

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🌳 Looking forward to getting out of the city

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Here you go, Adobe, take my money. Again.

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Today’s Walk A little over 5K, visiting a few different neighborhoods, some I don’t go to often. Finding you can tell the coolest from the not so cool by the amount of stickers (got a LOT of those today). Final shot is a remake, love this building.

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😌 Walking

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🦘 Final hop, this week felt looooooong

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My admiration and respect for movieStar is limitless. We had two girls for a few hours. Uff! I can’t fathom how people do it. Really. I can’t.

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🥵 Exhausted

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💪 Half my Activity Rings are closed doing stuff around the house: dishes, cleaning up, laundry, …

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Daydreaming Again Throwback to a very fun afternoon. Beer (lots of it), beach, karaoke. How could that go wrong? 🇰🇭 🍺

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🤪 Babysitting Mode: ON

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movieStars trying to find a pair of boots, I’m waiting for them. There is always time for a photo, don’t even have to step outside the car, if I’m being…

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🚌 Getting ready to pick up tinyMovietStar. This concludes the "quiet" part of the day, let the games resume!

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I was this close to purchasing another omg.lol address yesterday, just because I had a great avatar for it! In the end reason prevailed, and I just changed the avatar on my testing account. Also, I said I wouldn’t get another, or add time, until the new price kicks in.

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Soooooooooo… Just found out we’re babysitting a friend’s daughter today! The kid is super nice, but still………..

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Thinking about lunch… this fasting thing is fine, but after almost 19 hours I could definitely eat something.

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100m Apart

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Amore! Walking in the rain, still a pleasure.

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🚶‍♂ Walking in the rain. I might be singing as well…

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🌡️ We’re good to go

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🧑‍🏫 School day, or not? Let’s look at the thermometer…

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🎙️ Just in time, there’s a new Smartless episode! And, yes, it’s the one where President Joe Biden talks to the guys.

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Spent the whole day acting as a doctor, nurse, cook, and child care professional. All of this without holding a single license! Usually I also play driver, the one thing I’m actually qualified for, but not yesterday.

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So far I’m having fun with Microblogvember. I’m well aware I’ll probably run out of gas in a few days but, until then, I’ll keep trying…

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Long day close to the end. tinyMovieStar spent almost two hours trying to sleep with her mom. She couldn’t. I gave it a try. Took me three minutes. Either she was REALLY tired, or I’m just a human sleeping pill.

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💊 Fever goes up, fever comes down. Up, down, up, down...

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Shoutouts are things you want to shout out about on your website Introducing shoutouts.lol // Vincent Ritter A cool new service from @vincent that I’ve had the privilege of beta testing. I’m using it on every page of the blog. It’s great!

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It’s Dramatic Light Day! While on my sticker spotting mission…

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Hey, I’m walking here!

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✌ Successful hunt. Now a quick supermarket run, and then a full day of taking care of the little one

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👀 Out, hunting for stickers

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🏃‍♂ Quickly checking online world before waking up the movieStars

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😴 Time to go

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It’s past midnight, so I guess I can use the word already. What a feast we had yesterday! Through fever and medicine, with no afternoon nap, our strong little girl kept playing, laughing, eating and being the sweetest.

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📺 The Playlist, again

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🏁 Made it to the end of the day!

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I really put the scrambled in scrambled eggs!

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the erratic right-wing populist was holed up in his presidential residence consumed by anger, despondency and disbelief Bolsonaro breaks election silence but refuses to recognise Lula’s victory Ass. Hole.

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Obviously not counting this one as diving, but I had to check tinyMovieStar’s bath temperature, so why not use the watch? 🤷🏻‍♂️

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🩺 Trying to control a fever

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tinyMovieStar: “I want that thing to hear everything, and to hear nothing” She meant the headphones 🎧

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Afternoon at Uncle John’s tinyMovieStar got to play with a ton of cool stuff… I was stuck at the register!

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🙌 Relaxing…

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Help

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tinyMovieStar with a little fever, off to the pharmacy I go…

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Here We Go Holiday means more time together 🥰

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A tech bro here, a tech bro there, OMG tech bros everywhere! The city is full of WebSummit attendees, it’s time to move to Cascais for the day!

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No kindergarten today, National holiday. We’ll have to figure something out…

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🍝 Pasta Time!

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Probably some President or other, in town for WebSummit. Or not.

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First time at this tattoo studio as well. Fiasco. That’s the name of the shop.

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🎈 Picking up tinyMovieStar

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🩹 A really small one, but the one that means the most to me already. Well under an hour with Vicky Monté (Instagram link), and I now have a permanent bandaid! Happy!

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🩹 Tattoo accomplished!

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🤪 Told you it was a strange part of town, didn’t I?

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🩹 Pick a size…

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Waiting for the artist. I did get to the studio WAY earlier than I should have.

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It made him rich and famous—but tragedy, as Oscar Wilde knew, can sometimes stem from getting everything you want, rather than from failing to. A candid new book explores Anthony Bourdain’s trials

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Sad Got (very) early to the tattoo place. The area around it feels sad and desolate. A 15 minute walk, and I’m back in the car. The gloomy weather doesn’t help, there’s no one in the streets as well, but some parts of the city just feel sad and dark.

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💥 Be right back, getting a tattoo

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👏 Lula!

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🗳 Fingers crossed for Brazil

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It was an incredibly busy weekend, with family and friends. Full table at every meal, well over a dozen people all the time. Fun, happy, and loud.

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Can’t escape! Even when I’m off work, I can’t get away from the grapes!

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🏙 City, we’re back.

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Family Stuff It’s been a while with no family photos, so here goes… Took tinyMovieStar to the playground, then back home to get lunch going. movieStar found time to clean a pair of boots. Hope you’re having a great Sunday as well.

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🪅 Tomorrow is tattoo day! Can’t wait.

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Late, as usually, but here is my contribution to the Caturday fun… Managed to get three this time around!

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Colors, by tinyMovieStar The kindergarten teacher was impressed by the neat circles, instead of the usual mess. We were too! And, related, she likes saying the color names in English so much, she never calls them by their Portuguese names!

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☕ Number 2 now, didn’t have the strength to post while having number 1

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🎁 A new omg.lol address you say?

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💭 It’s quiet again, I can hear myself thinking

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The Watch, a few Weeks Later

So… how do I feel a month after spending a small fortune on the new Ultra? Happy. And there’s actually one thing that didn’t cross my mind again: the cost. The Watch First the physical part: the watch looks great, the size is about perfect for my smallish wrist, and it’s very comfortable to wear. I do appreciate the fact that it’s a lot more rugged, and probably won’t break like one of my previous models. Battery life is awesome, coming from such an older model, the series 2. I would get annoyed with yet another thing to charge every day, and the battery wouldn’t even last a whole day. I can’t sleep without a watch, and the fact that the battery was so small was a pain point for me. Not anymore. The always on display is another thing I wanted all along. I never got used to the fact that I’d glance down, and couldn’t tell the time. Coming from a life spent wearing watches, that was a big no-no. Having tattoos doesn’t help, as the older watch would fail to light up with a flick of the wrist. This one seems to be working a lot better. Not sure if the size has anything to do with it, maybe the sensors are spread over a bigger area, and that makes a difference. The size. I’m not even a fan of huge watches. My watches are, mostly, small by today’s standards. But this one doesn’t feel as big as I expected. I find it perfectly sized. Ruggedness. I haven’t tested it yet, but I did break that other Apple Watch back in the day. And I love that my watches can go to the beach, underwater, handle a toddler’s bath, or dishwashing duty. All the things that a moderately active person does, without having to think if I should remove it before taking a shower, or building a sand castle. This one, by all accounts, seems to be able to do that. It’s not rock climbing, after all. I’m aware some people would never shower, or sleep for that matter, with a watch. But I have always been a 24/7 watch person, and decades of this behaviour will not change. All my watches, from the cheapest to the most expensive, can handle it, this one should to. Mine came with the Yellow/Beige, and I was surprised with how good it was, but I wanted the Midnight Ocean Band all along, and Someone decided to fund it on my BuyMeACoffee page. I am thankful, and super happy with it. Cell service. My older model had no cell service. I’m testing the eSIM on this one, free for 6 months, and deciding if it’s worth the extra €5 a month after that. It’s handy, but I’m not without my phone for long periods of time. Undecided for now. GPS is supposedly much better on the Ultra, and I have noticed how precise the tracking is when I’m walking around town. The city doesn’t have a lot of buildings that are tall enough to fully take advantage of this, but I can tell the difference. The Apps Most of the things I need to do are still done on the iPhone. Input is much faster and convenient, even though the dictation works remarkably well on the tiny thing. The keyboard is nice enough, but I use the watch on my dominant arm, so the error rate when writing with my other hand is higher than I’d like. But I have a list, a short one for now, of things that I’ll do on the watch. Using WaterMinder. It’s nice on the watch. Workouts. I wouldn’t be able to measure everything without the watch. And I LOVE data from the workouts. Shopping. Using Grocery on the watch is a treat. Trips to the supermarket are even more fun now. Volume control for whatever device is playing podcasts or music. Handy in the car, even better on a motorcycle. CARROT Weather, my app of choice for weather, is perfect on the watch. I almost stopped using the iPhone version. Drafts is another great one, adding new stuff on the go is the one time I dictate things. This is what makes me believe I should be doing this with other apps as well. Paying for stuff. I’m not even taking my phone out at the supermarket, or at gas stations. The restaurant where we have lunch daily, the kiosk where we have coffee, and so many other places where paying with the watch is even easier than using the phone. At first it feels a little strange, though. Attendants are used to people paying with their phones, but still look oddly at me when I’m doing it with the watch. Shortcuts is something that I find myself using these days, and I never did on the phone. I’m using one to post to status.lol often. Some other apps are just easier to check on the watch, no need to pick up the phone. Pedometer++ Parcel is cool when I’m waiting for a delivery. Things, mostly to cross off what I’ve done. Fantastical, I check it often enough. Pillow, sleep tracking, with issues. Probably because of my tattoos. And a few apps are not essential on the watch, but handy. Tot, but not a lot. I have a reserved spot for something I’ll need soon, like a PIN code, or VAT number. Morpho Simple, allows me to know how many hours before I can eat again. 1Password is one I still have to find a way to use properly. Phone. I’m not a heavy phone user, meaning making calls, and I’ll just pick-up on the watch when I’m alone. Having the speaker on, in public, is something that I just can’t do. The app I’m waiting for, as many others, is the promised Oceanic+. The one that will turn the Ultra into a diving computer. Supposed to be out in Autumn, still nowhere to be seen. Annoyances Getting the app grid setup is a pain. It should be easier. A lot easier. Not being able to hide/delete a ton of Apple’s apps is just silly. The fact that tattoos are still an issue is ridiculous.

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📷 Screenshooting

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13 adults, 4 toddlers. Crowded lunch, noisy lunch. 5:30PM, still going.

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🥩 Ate TOO much

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A sample, and Caturday!

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🌶 Chili Challenge

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Walking the dog, and tinyMovieStar Just before the rain came back, hard. We were having fun, and then I had to carry her all the way home 🤣

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🔒 Enabled 2FA on my social.lol account. It’s something I do whenever the option is available, but somehow missed this one. Guess I was having too much fun to remember…

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⛈ One of those days

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🤔 Up late again

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🐶 Walking the dog

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For those mildly interested, here it is: Mini Maria, the elusive cookie. We will always have this photo, even if we never find another one again.

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If anyone still remembers the Cookie Saga, my mother-in-law found them! tinyMovieStar is HAPPY 🍪

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🎃 Seems like we’re also doing this now…

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🧘‍♂ Weekend Mode engaged

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Am I wrong, or the new Medications thing on the Health app doesn’t allow for a specific end date? Let’s say I should take medicine X at 10AM and 10PM, for a week. I can set both times, daily, and tell the app I’m starting today, but can’t find a way to end it in a week!

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Saw the first 10 minutes of Bullet Train on YouTube, now I want the rest…

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🎒 Getting ready for the weekend

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📺 Finished The Playlist.

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Tips and advice for getting started with Mastodon. Especially if you’re used to Twitter. A Brief Mastodon Guide for Social Media Worriers

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A remake of this photo would thrill me for two reasons: I would be diving again, and in a place where we’re very happy: the island. Bonus: no wetsuit needed!

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Crossing the bridge again.

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🚙 Driving

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dismal view of the go-kart tours held by a large number of locals, many of whom find the modified vehicles to be noisy, annoying and dangerous. Tourists return to Japan, and Mario Karts return to Tokyo roads with them 🇯🇵🏎️

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The new sticker setup is making me post a lot more frequently than usual. I hope this will settle down in a few days 🙂

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Next: Pick up brother -> Pick up movieStar -> Pick up tinyMovieStar-> Mom’s birthday tea party 🎉

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📺 Pausing for a bit, watching Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn. Read about it in the past, glad this one also made it to Netflix.

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Now that everything is working with the sticker thing, it’s time to pick a theme, and tweak it. I’ve got a busy day ahead.

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One very cool and sweet side effect of the Ultra: tinyMovieStar loves swiping left and right between the Minnie and Mickey faces, and touch the screen to hear their voices.

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🍰 Mom’s Birthday

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🛑 That’s it, time to sleep.

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Wild Hair Day On assignment: At the paper:

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I Saw Faces. Again.

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🥴 So. Tired.

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Out and About It was a long day, with great conversation on the way there and back, and not a lot of photos. Today’s photo dump…

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Yay! @manton is awesome, and I managed to import hundreds of photos to sticker spotter’s new home with a script he made! Still need to pick a theme, and tweak tweak, but it’s fully working!

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💻 Back home. Editing in a rush.

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👀 Looking for lunch

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The move has been made! All I needed was a painless way to post, and I thought about a Shortcut. Before I could even open the Shortcuts app, Greg Morris came to the rescue. While I slept! And Pratik as well! Talk about a great community…

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🌳 Oh, the countryside!

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Early Morning City Life On the road. Loving it.

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😭 It’s too early to be up!

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Solution: a Shortcut! I’ll need a Shortcut that allows me to pick a photo, asks for a caption (usually a single word), and posts that full size photo, with the word below it. Sunlit posts it before the photo! Easy? Sure… I’ll figure it out tomorrow. Now, sleep!

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There are 549 photos already on the old one. Hope I can import them somehow to the new version.

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Got a new Micro.blog account, changed the DNS for sticker spotter. The old one is dead, long live sticker spotter. Trying to get things working as before, but too tired to be messing with DNS, crossposting, timelines and such… Will finish tomorrow, when I get home.

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🤿 Diving head first, as usual!

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🤔 Decisions, decisions…

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Tomorrow I’m back in the Alentejo, on assignment. Rain is expected, not great when the whole thing we’re doing is outdoors. Anyway, happy to be back on the road with a camera around my neck.

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🥘 Juggling pots & pans

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It’s here!! Thanks to “Someone”, the Ocean Band made it home. Now I just need to find a diving buddy willing to face the freezing waters… Happy! 🥰

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🎉 Delivered!

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📦 Incoming…

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Morning drive to the dentist, always thrilling to go over this bridge.

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🦷 Dentist visit next

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Maybe, just maybe, sticker spotter will move to Micro.blog. Just saw @manton’s post and, while I personally have no use for the Premium account, I’d like to keep supporting. Another blog might be a way to do it.

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Had the pleasure of meeting a couple of friends today. I missed both, but one is a very dear friend, and it was truly a treat. Meet Rui (Instagram link warning!), super photographer, who has to visit the mainland to get a copy of one of the magazines he works for.

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Guess who has a daughter? 💅🏼

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🐌 Updating

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😎 Happy day with friends

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🍪 Cookie Quest on hold, no one seems to have them anymore

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🕵 Show me the cookies!

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Stuff to do today: Go out and look for those damn cookies! Again! Visit Mom&Dad Lunch with an old friend who lives in an island and is never in town!

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☕ Coffees made, and drank. Have a great week, everyone.

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🌆 Driving back to the city

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One page I keep checking, almost daily. Keeping my hopes up, dreaming this will be the service that replaces blot, and sticker spotter will have a new home. omg.lol - Weblog

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🍛 Family lunch

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Keeping an eye on the camera bag, I guess it’s safe. No one would try to take it away from her. Again late for caturday, but here we are 🐈

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Getting Started Here we go, been looking forward to this day for a while now 🔥

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🔥 Fireplace on! First time this year.

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🐌 Sloooooow Sunday, please…

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I got this piggy bank when I was born, from the bank where my father worked at the time. My mom is using it now, for tinyMovieStar. Every month, on the day she was born, a note goes in. She turned 2 1/2 today.

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🤩 Surprisingly unusual, and happy, day coming to an end. Thank you all 🙂

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I’m just a pillow now… Caturday, what else?

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🍔 Binging Somebody Feed Phil, as you do on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

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Ordered! Thank you again! 🥰

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I can’t believe this!! Added a thing to test the wishlist feature on buymeacoffee, and a sweet soul just funded the whole darn thing!! Ten minutes later, I’m still shaking a bit! A LOT! 🥰

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🏗 Adding offers on BuyMeACoffee…

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Just like Peppa Finally, after months of dryness, we get puddles! tinyMovieStar can, at last, jump on puddles! These are small, true, but we’ll find bigger ones during the weekend. Promise.

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Still on the weight thing, I’m glad I weighted myself before lunch with my parents 😅

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Also, sugar is WAY harder to let go than beer!

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Three weeks have gone by since I started the intermittent fasting and walking. Down 7Kg. Still a bit more to go, but happy with it so far.

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I promised my barber I wouldn’t trim the beard, or touch my hair, until Nov 14th, for an event he wants me to be a part of. I look like a hermit by now, and we’re still weeks away from the thing!

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🔦 Sky got so dark it feels like nighttime again

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Buymeacoffee now has integrated wishlists. Testing…

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🧸 I should be in bed

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Even if you are not sure you need a snippet repository, you might pick up a few things about workspaces, actions, and other Drafts tools that you can use in other applications. TIP: Using Drafts as a Text Snippet Library

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😩 Waiting for tinyMovieStar to fall asleep to watch something on TV. It's taking FOREVER!

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Orange Out to dinner. The usual corner, unusual sky.

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Haruki Happiness We have a friend that has a dog. I love him. I guess he loves me too. Every time we meet he starts howling. First time seeing this warning on the watch. Thanks, Haruki, now I know it works 🐶

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👓 Red glasses have been delivered, no longer using backup pair. tinyMovieStar will be thrilled when she gets back home.

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Cookie Run Photo Dump Still managed a few postcard photos while looking for the missing cookies.

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Cookie Run Long story (and walk) short, I couldn’t find the damn cookies! Visited 8 supermarkets. Why can’t tinyMovieStar just eat the regular sized ones instead of the mini version? “They don’t taste the same!”

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🔎 On a mission! Need to find a particular brand of cookies, only available at a specific supermarket.

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💅 Getting my nails done. Purple this time. tinyMovieStar picked the color.

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The week is not over yet, but we’re getting there!

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🏁 Home at last

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Road Day As I spent most of the day on the road, guess what photos I got today? Yes. Again.

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⏳ Waiting for the time to leave again

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First part of the “ambulance” service done. Walk also done. Probably skipping lunch, and then it’s “ambulance” duty again. Busy day, but doing nothing really. Just driving and walking.

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Lucky me! Both Hemispheric Views and Missing Crypto Queen have new episodes!

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☕️ Need this even more today, raining and the wind is blowing

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😅 Here I go, ready for a day on the road

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One of the apps that I love using, even though I’m barely scratching the surface so far, is Grocery. Great watch app as well. Have to dig deeper, read the manual, and get used to Markdown Recipe Format.

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Back to ambulance duty tomorrow, with added rain on the forecast. Maybe I’m lucky and I have new episodes of some podcast to keep me entertained.

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🥩 Cooking

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👨‍🎨 Playtime!

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Today we drove tinyMovieStar to kindergarten, as the rain wouldn’t stop. She said she needed boots for the rain. She’s was right. “So, what color would you like them to be?” “Pink!… With Skye on them!” Guess what we had stashed in the closet, for months now?

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🍜 Vietnamese for lunch

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📺 Watching “The Playlist”

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Vehicle Also spot a variety of transportation modes… Gloomy gloomy.

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Color Walk Trying to find some color on a gloomy, and wet, day.

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☔ Walking in the rain

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⛈ Stormy day ahead

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LOL Extravaganza

A few days ago I went ahead, took advantage of a Porkbun promotion, and registered a new domain: maique.lol. The sole purpose of this move was to test, and play with, one of omg.lol’s features: the switchboard. Some of the links are actually longer than the original one, so nothing is gained, only fun. So, where do all these take you? maique.lol will take you to my profile page at maique.omg.lol blog.maique.lol redirects to maique.eu, my blog, hosted at Micro.blog. status.maique.lol takes you to my page at status.lol links.maique.lol will be used for the PURL service at omg.lol stickers.maique.lol is, predictably, a way to get to sticker spotter bin.maique.lol, my pastebin at omg.lol If you’d like to know more about all the services available at omg.lol, the Info Center is well worth a visit.

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movieStar noted, and rightly so, that tinyMovieStar doesn’t wear diapers anymore. As a result, I had to change my occupation across social media. I’m no longer a “professional diaper changer”, I’ve been promoted to “toddler wrangler”.

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👓 Broken glasses, wearing backup pair.

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Walking With David

Today I had the pleasure of meeting David (@crossingthethreshold), and his wife, and walk a bit around town with him. I do go on, and on, and on, and I hope I’m forgiven for that. Already looking forward to the next visit, hopefully we’ll walk a bit more.

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🤝 Back from a lovely walk with a fellow microblogger

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Tiny Micro.blog meet coming next 🥰

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tinyMovieStar had a meltdown before heading to kindergarten. There was no red sweater, and she REALLY wanted a red sweater. In the end a red fleece jacket came to the rescue, but not before a very decent amount of screeching and crying was summoned. This is not usual.

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⏰ It’s _that_ time again

⏰ It’s that time again

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🧠 Shutdown

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Driving, driving, driving… Spent most of the day in the car. When I was finally getting home it dawned on me that I had taken 0 photos. Fixed it.

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⏳ Never ending day

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🛣 On the road. Again.

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movieStar and her mom picking up the little one, I’m standing by, waiting for the hospital call that lets me know my package is ready for pick up 🙂

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😫 SOOOOOO tired!

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Father-in-law was dropped outside the hospital. Part I is complete. Now waiting for the end of the surgery, at home.

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Parked Waiting for customers. 🇲🇲🛶

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🚑 Ambulance duty

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⚙️ Tweaking some more

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Added a couple more years to my test omg.lol account ❤️

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💩 Feeling like…

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5AM, still up. In a few hours I’ll be picking up my in-laws, and dropping my father-in-law at the hospital, for minor surgery. Then I’ll drive them back home, and on to the final drive to meet the movieStars. Will spend a big part of the day in the car.

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🕺 3AM: Insomnia

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Drove to a friend’s house, had a lovely tea party. Not a lot of photos, we were busy with three toddlers. Found another vintage car.

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🌇 Back home. Finally.

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🌧️ Watching the rain roll in

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🍵 Tea Party time

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Measuring tinyMovieStar’s temperature. Where we go next depends on the outcome of this move. Home? Or tea party?

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watch.lol Woke up today, and figured I had to reach for the phone to update status.lol. There was no way to do it from the watch! Can you imagine?? That is now fixed. Assigned to action button too!

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🥨 Testing

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🎉 It works!!

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Yay!!! The shortcut works! A bit rough around the edges, but it works!

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🔩 Building a shortcut

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📺 Paw Patrol time

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Just noticed I have no way to update status.lol from the Apple Watch! Drafts would be my pick, but can’t find a way to run actions from the watch. Shortcuts, maybe?

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☕️ First one

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📖 Reading. Still in bed.

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Yesterday’s Photo Dump We spent the day at my in-laws, didn’t leave the house all day.

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😠 Up. Too early for that.

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🍰 Dinner

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Full house again. Most of the people who attended the triple birthday party yesterday crossed the street and are now having dinner at my in-laws.

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Started reading: Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright 📚

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Gamification It works for me, I’ll admit. Count the steps, close those rings, how many cups of water still left? Settled on this face.

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Lazy Saturday We’re both feeling extra lazy today. I couldn’t find the energy to get up and look for her, she found me. Happy Caturday 🐈

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Regarding the Ultra and tattoos, I’m finding this works much nicer than older models, despite everything. Locks a LOT less than my previous watch.

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A skill has been added to the list of things I must master: hair braiding.

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Pray for us 🇻🇳 🙏🏼

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Coffee #1 done, the tiniest of breakfasts as well. Ready to face Saturday.

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🦥 Slowly waking up

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Birthday parties side effect: it’s now past midnight, and tinyMovieStar is SOOOO excited! It’s going to take a while to get her to sleep. Heck, it will take forever to make her stop running!!

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🎂 Not one, not two, but three birthday parties at once!

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🌳 Countryside for the weekend

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A Day in the Life, the _Making of_

Today was, in the end, a rather unusual day for me. I left home and walked to meet a friend, we then drove to the beach, where we met another friend, and had lunch. On the way I kept fast walking, and shooting. I had hoped for a quieter day, I would stroll at a leisurely speed, and take my time with the photos. That was not to be. The walking part is the one thing I try to do as often as possible, and today I walked in a part of town I don’t usually visit. I walked for a little under an hour. My friend was waiting. The beach we visited is one we go to once in a while, and it’s a lovely one. We don’t usually visit in the autumn, but maybe we should. It was a brilliant day, the beach close to empty. The perks of October in this country. We then had lunch at a Peruvian place, first time for me. Yummy food. And we drove back home, just in time to pick tinyMovieStar from kindergarten. Busy busy day. I decided to post a lot more photos than usual. Some are nicer, others not so much, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of what it felt like trying to get a photo for today’s challenge. Hope you enjoy it.

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11:36AM, Carcavelos Beach, Portugal. For A Day in the Life. More coming later.

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Morning walk done, closed two rings. I’m sure the other one, the standing up one, will take care of itself. Also, plenty of photos for the challenge already!

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🌊 Going out to lunch with friends. By the sea.

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Updating a few apps, as one does, noticed something: Twitter’s iOS app is now 250.1 MB in size. Spring, the one I use, 50 MB.

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📑 Reading TFM

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ECG: done. The things you can do with this gadget!

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🥘 Dinner prep

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Just got the email reminder for the A Day in the Life Photo Challenge. It’s starting in 30 minutes, but I think I’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning to get my photo. Looking forward.

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On the way to kindergarten, shooting while driving. Safely, waiting for the traffic lights to turn green.

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List of things I hadn’t done in a while: Close all three rings before 5PM Pay for stuff with an Apple Watch Go grocery shopping without the iPhone Use Dick Tracy like Dick Tracy did

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🚌 Next up: picking up the movieStars. Office, then kindergarten.

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Hey, I’m walking here! First outing with the health monitor strapped to my wrist. A simple walk, close to an hour. The workout paused around 6 times, tattoos got in the way. Why can’t it just keep going until I tell him to stop? Or can I, and I’m missing something?

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👣 Back from today’s walk

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Out of curiosity, checked Apple’s store. Let’s say I’d like to order a simple band for a product they launched recently. I don’t, really, but let’s say I did. They wouldn’t be able to deliver it before Christmas! A darn band. It’s October now! How can things be so screwed?

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Listening to a couple of @monday episodes. So far it’s @sod and @Denny. 🎙️

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🌞 Waking up. Good morning.

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First Impressions After all these years, Apple watches and tattoos are still not friends. Sad, really. The thing is BEAUTIFUL. It’s not THAT big. The flat screen is awesome. Still want the Ocean band.

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Trying to configure a new gadget that arrived at the same time as tinyMovieStar did, back from school. Not. Easy. Bath, dinner, laundry, so much to do today!

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Forget everything that was said yesterday. Twitter did it’s thing, and a friend managed to find one for me. It’s done. Welcome to the family, Dick Tracy Ultra.

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About to disappoint someone on Micro.blog. Sorry.

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Not a lot of love for the asshole in the city.

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🦿 Wishing I had an exoskeleton

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Back to It Managed a two-hour walk, shooting like a tourist, and listening to podcasts and music. Tomorrow I’ll be back for more. I’m sure the quality of the photos, and the walk, will improve over time. At least I hope so!

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🚶 Out for a walk

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I have set up Yay, it’s ok to be Gay. It just redirects to ILGA now, let me know if there’s a better site to point things at. yayitsoktobe.gay Thanks 🏳️‍🌈

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🦄 Getting the little one ready for kindergarten

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Happy National Coming Out Day 🏳️‍🌈 Free .gay domain by the good people at Porkbun. Get it here.

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Done with editing. It was a long day, but is now finished. Tomorrow I’ll do nothing!

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All day long we waited. The delivery company sent a message at 8AM, saying they be here by 7PM. They were not. 11 hour wait, and nothing. Called them up, they had no news for me, and “nothing we can do at this time, we’re closed now”. Incredible service.

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🛌 Must. Sleep.

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The Ukrainian response to Musk’s Twitter peace proposal was succinct – one diplomat told him to “fuck off” Elon Musk Spoke to Putin Before Tweeting Ukraine Peace Plan: Report

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📦 Waiting for a delivery. No, not that one.

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In China, people have perfected this kind of language play online as a way to discuss an ever-lengthening list of banned or controversial topics How Chinese citizens use puns on Weibo to talk about #MeToo and zero-Covid without being censored #🍚🐰

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Back There Editing means non-walking and non-shooting days, so here we go, back to the past. Hoi An is a treat, wouldn’t mind being there, even if I had to be sitting down, editing. 🇻🇳💛

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Ate a bunch of grapes for lunch.

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The longer it’s taking Apple to get the Ultra stock back up, the more I think about canceling the order. I want it, but don’t need it. This is a though one!

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Taking a very short break from this ordeal. My eyes thank me.

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💻 Editing... sad face emoji

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🥛 Quick supermarket run before the girls are awake

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We watched Luckiest Girl Alive today. Not what we were expecting when movieStar asked for “something light”, that’s for sure. 🍿

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🍿 Movie time

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Still raining. The time has come to get tinyMovieStar into her comfy bed. She doesn’t seem very interested. I, on the other hand, would fall asleep in five minutes, the rain sounds sooooo nice now.

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🛒 Getting supplies

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Sleepy Mountain Couldn’t help it, @cliffordbeshers 🙂

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Forecast said occasional short showers. In fact it’s been raining non-stop for hours.

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Can’t say I’m a fan. 🌧️ 🚗

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Found another one, @pcora. 💛

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🌦 A bit of rain

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Not record braking, but tinyMovieStar matched her previous best. Sleep time: 14 hours! She needed a good night to fully recover. She got it.

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Bazofo Three months later, it’s finally out. The story about Vitor, and Bazofo, was printed on today’s edition. Cool dude, cool project.

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🤨 Still coughing

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Porkbun + omg.lol = FUN. Now have a few subdomains working. No big deal, but still a fun way to spend a few minutes while tinyMovieStar doesn’t wake up for a midnight snack.

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Watched Cuba and the Cameraman for the second time. Enjoyed it for the second time. 🍿

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I had to do it. $1.50 later, maique.lol is now under my control.

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⌨ New domain, you say?

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Scary moment just now: tinyMovieStar grabs the tv, and tries to turn it. If the one at her grandparents swivels, why shouldn’t this one do the same?

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🏬 Ah, the big city…

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The Garage Grandpa has a car, tinyMovieStar has a car. Everyone gets a car!

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🚗 Heading back home

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Mastodon is getting busier by the day. Lovely to see so many familiar faces over there.

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A week ago I started using WaterMinder again, to track my water intake, in preparation for the total gamification of my health status that is coming later in the month 😉 Weekly average: 1.83L. Not too shabby. Will increase.

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🍛 Leftover curry mode

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22 days left for my tattoo.

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Emoji, please?? Wouldn’t mind if this truck was the one used as model for the emoji…

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ZzzZzZZzZz I know how you feel, sir, I get it. 🇻🇳😴

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☕ Let’s go!

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Living right above a small supermarket on a small town has a few perks, but one huge disadvantage: they open VERY early, even on Sundays. Thankfully we do this only during the weekend. Sadly we do this during the weekend.

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🥱 Up, but still VERY sleepy

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How come it’s almost 2AM and I’m still awake, mostly watching videos? Go. To. Sleep, maique!

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It’s the gift that keeps on giving! The Dent - I’ve Been OMG’d ❤️❤️❤️

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🏆 I guess that’s it for today

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🌶 Thai Green Curry in the making

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Getting late, but still Caturday! 🐈

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Cuteness Overload Where is she truly happy? By the sea 🥰

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Foz do Arelho We drove out to Foz do Arelho, took advantage of the sea/lake, had lunch on the beach, and drove back. The weather is not brilliant, but still warm enough, and tinyMovieStar had a blast. A blast, and a dive! She fell on the water!

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🛶 Back from the lake

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Not sure about if the outfit is adequate for the current weather, but she looks cute anyway. She’s feeling better, that’s what matters.

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The dog has been walked, time to get ready to leave. tinyMovieStar, still recovering, is not being easy. Let’s see how the whole thing turns out.

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Feeling a little better. Enough to consider a little Saturday drive. We’re getting the crew into the car soon, and heading out. With luck we’ll end up having lunch by the sea.

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Spent the whole day trying to get better. Pills and cough medicine. Feel pretty much the same as when I woke up, minus the fever, that seems to have vanished. I’m not sick sick, feels like the day after a covid shot. Sleeping now, maybe I wake up feeling like new.

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📦 Ordered

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News from DC are not great. No Ultra available. Now I’ll have to figure if I want to order it from Apple, pay the extra money, and wait 2/3 weeks…

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💊 On a pill diet

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Testing a new page for affiliate links… Lying in bed, not a lot else to do.

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Back in Time Coffee Time

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✨ Feeling like poo

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😵 Rough night again

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Even though she has a temperature, and some tummy trouble, this was one of the few moments when she stood still. Full of energy, even sweeter than usual. Let’s see how she wakes up tomorrow.

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🤒 Coughing for hours

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Back from the vineyard Quick trip with two stops, home after lunch. Had no lunch, by the way.

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💉 Starting my shift as Dr. maique

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Incredibly, my camera bag, and the cameras, still smell like a forest fire!

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🍷 Back into wine country, two movieStars left behind, one sick

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Unfortunate timing tinyMovieStar had a rough night. A bit of fever and all that usually comes with it. Probably something she ate yesterday. I can’t postpone today’s assignment, so movieStar has to stay behind and play all the roles. Feeling pretty miserable.

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The plot thickens! movieStar took her back to her own bed, with milk. I heard them talk. And talk some more. Over 40 minutes. And then “something something Papi”. She came back to our bed, snuggled, and fell asleep. Just like that. movieStar sleeping in the smaller bed now 🤣

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🍼 Papi duty

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And… just as both of us finally fell asleep, tinyMovieStar waltzes into the room, and asks for some hot milk. Brilliant timing, love of my life! Cherry on top: while laying in bed with us, she goes: “Papi can make it, I’ll stay here with Mom”. Still love her.

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Godmother Lucky us, tinyMovieStar’s godmother visited again. Always a very sweet moment.

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🎙 Having fun with auto tune, filters, delays, and stuff I don’t understand

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Eggleston has Untitled (Cocktail On A Plane), I have Untitled (Sangria On A Trash Can)

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As expected, plans have been totally derailed already. Barely past noon.

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🤪 A whole day of “doing nothing”. Usually they are the busiest ones.

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The day when we said “enough with this kings and queens nonsense”. Happy holiday.

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🐩 Enjoying Old Man. Favorite character: the dogs.

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Cousin in Washington with father-in-law. A trip to the Apple Store is mandatory anyway, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed they have an Ultra waiting there. Not too hopeful.

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The international community will never accept the invasion and annexation of territories that belong to a sovereign country Putin and East Timor - Editorial - The Jakarta Post

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Talk to anyone who lives in or has spent time in Japan and they’re also likely to wax poetic about combini That Combini Life: Convienence Stores in Modern Japan - Unseen Japan

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😎 National Holiday mood

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Done with all seven seasons of Veep. For a second time. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I need to walk a lot more.

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🦥 Taking it slow for a few hours now…

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Had an errand up the hill, so I walked there and back. Really looking forward to getting back to a regular walking schedule, and the photos I’ll see along the way.

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🚶 Walking

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I don’t use swear words online often, but “FUCK YOU, Musk”!

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☕ Wakey Wakey

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🫥 Sleep...

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🧟 Zombie mode engaged

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tinyMovieStar knows a couple more words in English. Sadly the words she has somehow learned are the ones we need to use when we’re trying to talk amongst ourselves. Ice-cream, and beach, have been decoded. New words are needed! She’s learning too fast, on her own.

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Anyone aware of a good alternative to Pythonista? It’s been two years since it was last updated, and can’t find a good replacement for it.

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📺 News time

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🐤 tinyMovieStar has been picked up from kindergarten

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🍿 Watching a documentary on Xinjiang and the Uighur people

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🤗 Back from a visit to Mom&Dad

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I thought about walking a bit, but that walk would take me to an authorised reseller, and I know they are out of the thing, so there really is no point, is there? Hahahahaha…

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Not sure when, or if, we’ll ever go back, but it’s good to read about friends who are walking these same streets right now, and be able to visit this way. 🇰🇭 🚲

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🐌 Four. Weeks. Delivery. Time. Did not order.

🐌 Four. Weeks. Delivery. Time. Did not order.

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IRS return has happened! What a great way to start the week. Took the long enough this time around…

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Perhaps the real revelation here is that the shallowness you see is the shallowness you get. Elon Musk’s Texts Shatter the Myth of the Tech Genius - The Atlantic

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👀 New week ahead

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Watched Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga What. A. Ride. 📺

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🌇 Hello, city.

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tinyMovieStar refuses to take a nap (how silly is that??), so we’re getting ready to drive back home.

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I will re-learn enough Python to code a simple app to update status.lol!

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Tea before lunch 🍵

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🐔 A chicken is trying to kill me

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🤖 Tinkering. Not working.

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Ongoing Caturday 🐈 💖

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☕ You know how it is…

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Thrilled! It’s been ages since this has happened, and I wasn’t expecting to see it ever again. Our story about the charcoal process made the front page of the paper. It’s a slow news day, for sure, but still happy this one was picked.

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🗞 Great way to start the day

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🥱 Time to go

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Under Construction House next door, actually a part of the one where my in-laws live, is being renovated. Auntie is moving in before Christmas.

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What’s for dinner? Not forgotten, aware it’s Caturday. 🐈 🥘

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Thinking about these times a lot lately. We’d go out almost daily, before heading to work.

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🌳 Out of town

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First stop on the tour: lunch and playtime. My brother’s family joined us as usual. Happy times, even though tinyMovieStar is still a bit cranky for yesterday’s lack of sleep time. Weddings can be tiresome, more so for those who spent all the time running around.

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Another thing that October won’t have is a haircut. I have to leave it alone (beard as well), until Nov 14. That’s when I’ll be taken care of at the barber event/show. I’ll even take a camera (a real one!) and try to get some photos.

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We have added Bluey to our list of cartoons on rotation. 🐶 🇦🇺

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Starting our grandma&grandpa tour soon, as it’s Saturday again. We’ll do all four of them, and also go for a cool Caturday.

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🍺 October will be beer-free for me

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Luckiest man alive? I am.

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🧮 Adding and subtracting

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Ultra news: I’m adding “exercise more” and “lose some weight” to the Reasons Why I Should list. I’m aware they could fit in a single item, but the list needs items 🤣

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Yay! New pop-up photography newsletter by Craig Mod coming in October. Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Hantō

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🤐 Skipping dinner

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We went to England! Joking, of course. The wedding happened in Cascais.

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🥴 Back from the wedding

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💥 So. Much. Food.

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Waiting

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💍 Getting them married

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Change of plans: tinyMovieStar is skipping kindergarten today, and she’s coming with us to the wedding. She wasn’t supposed to, but I suppose she’ll have more fun there anyway.

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☕ Wedding day. Doing a double espresso right now.

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Watching the Oceanic+ videos is not helping!

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👰 Thinking about tomorrow’s wedding

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For one 24-hour period, we challenge you to post a single photo that provides a glimpse into what life is like where you are. A New “Day in the Life of Micro.blog” Photo Challenge for 2022 - Jean MacDonald I’m in!

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⏳ Waiting for tinyMovieStar’s bedtime

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🧑‍🍳 After taxi driver, and doctor, it’s now time to play the cook part

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On the way back from the barbershop, one of the coolest buildings in the area.

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👨‍⚕ Trying to get cough medicine down tinyMovieStar’s throat

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Just discovered you can have a macro button on the default camera app, and turn off that annoying macro on/macro off dance whenever you get too close to things!

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Why, oh why, am I still watching Ultra review videos on YouTube??

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🚌 About to start my route. Picking up the girls next.

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Two domains renewed. One was due today, the other close to a year away. I had to take care of the first one anyway, so why not do both? I’m not dropping this one…

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NextDNS was accidentally turned off, and boy what a mess that was! TONS of ads suddenly showed up.

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Where did all this rain come from??

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🍔 It’s burger day! Yay!

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Barber: done.

Back from Belarmino, where Miguel did his thing again. Happy with the result, as always. They have a ton of stickers there, and found one from Marta, one of the barbers there. It’s sticker spotter latest post, but also managed to get a photo from the real one. Surprisingly, I was asked to join them in an event that’s happening in November. As a model! They must be desperate for hair and beard models, so I said yes. Helping a friend out, and getting a haircut while at it, that’s pretty great.

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🦄 Looking like a million bucks! Well, maybe 10 bucks…

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The mess I miss. The weather is also getting colder, I miss the sticky hot of Vietnam too. 🇻🇳🍜

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💈 Getting a haircut, finally

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As cool as they come! 😻

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There’s a visit to the barber, a photo exhibit that opens today, and a friend that come down from Porto for that show that I’d love to meet. I managed to edit all the photos yesterday, so I’m hoping that’s about it for today.

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😩 New day already??

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🌜 Bedtime

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Just noticed Old Man is already available on Disney+. A couple of episodes, that is. I believe we have found our next series to watch. LOVE Jeff Bridges.

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The week turned out to be a little busier than expected. Thankfully there’s still time to keep my barber appointment tomorrow, otherwise I’d look like a crazy man on Friday’s wedding!

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🧑‍🏫 Enjoying how tinyMovieStar mispronounces words

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👨‍🍳 I guess it’s dinner time

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🛒 Grocery shopping. Mostly because we were out of coffee.

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🪅 Still playtime…

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🧸 Playtime!

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Felt good to spend a couple of days with a colleague I’ve known for decades, with whom I spent SO many days out on assignment. It was really a travel back in time kind of assignment, and the subject made sure we felt that “going back in time” vibe.

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🍛 Done with lunch. Waiting for tinyMovieStar pick up time.

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💻 Editing

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Back home, and actually looking forward to edit these. That hasn’t happened in a while, but I think I might have some nice ones today. Still smelling like a forest fire.

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🌇 Back in town

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🚘 Driving

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Waking up in the woods. A simple bungalow, nice enough for one night. On to breakfast.

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None of us slept very well. I, for one, expected it to be a good night, since I’m sleeping in a bungalow in the woods, but had a bit of insomnia. The movieStars also had trouble sleeping. Let’s do this coal thing again (Yay, smell!) and be on our way home soon.

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☎️ FaceTime with the movieStars

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Like everyone else in the world, people in Iran deserve privacy. Signal » Blog » Help people in Iran reconnect to Signal – a request to our community

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💤 Time

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Thank You! Long overdue, I have included a colophon at my about page. This blog would look, and function, very differently without the work of these incredibly generous people.

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🏕️ Back at the bungalow

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Every technological innovation puts more power in the hands of surveillance capitalists who prosper by solving our everyday problems. China’s Surveillance State Will Be the West’s Future, Too - Bloomberg

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🍺 A few beers later, it's time for some meat

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Traffic on the way to the hotel. Cool bridge.

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🍲 Wondering how long before dinner time

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🥺 Homesick

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You guessed it, already counting the minutes until I’m back with the movieStars. Still have to wait until tomorrow, not going to be easy.

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📱 Editing. In bed.

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Snaps from today Smelling like burnt wood, one of those smells that will take weeks of showers to wash off.

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📷 Shooting, shooting, shooting

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🍛 Lunch break

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🛣 On the road…

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💰 Getting a bag of money to fill up the car

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Camera bag almost ready, backpack with a change of clothes as well. Another coffee next, and then I’m off. Get some gas for the car, and we hit the road. We’re not going too far, but I guess a road trip is a road trip, so that’s good.

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💨 Running around, getting ready to leave in a little while

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🏄‍♂ Sliding into the new day

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⏰ I suppose I’m waking up

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😴 That's it: zZzZzzzZZz

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🎒 Packing for a night out. Tomorrow I'll miss the girls. ARGHHHHH.

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😵‍💫 Trying to talk tinyMovieStar into sleeping

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We had our suspicions, but can now confirm: we are dead in the middle of “Why?” country. Every single time we say something, we get a “Why?” back from tinyMovieStar. Every. Single. Time.

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Plan B We ended up missing the demonstration, and had ice-cream instead. Playground, and ice-cream. It is what it is. We wanted to go, tinyMovieStar had other plans.

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🪫 Charging batteries. Camera batteries.

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Tomorrow I’m going on a very short assignment with the same guy I spent a month in East Timor, back in ‘99, and another month a few years later, in ‘12. Thrilled.

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🍽 Taking care of dinner.

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🛝 At the playground

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🍦 But, first, ice-cream!

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👶🏻 Picking up tinyMovieStar, and taking her to the demonstration

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😎 Relaxing a little before we head out into town

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Later today we’re attending a demonstration supporting the ongoing protests in Iran. It will be tinyMovieStar’s first demonstration!

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🥘 Back home, time to start thinking about lunch

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Love how the new status.lol service can get integrated everywhere. My omg.lol page gets it, also on my M.b blot, and it’s own dedicated page for a running list…

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🚚 Running errands around town

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High Ceilings Almost ready to leave for another country in my memory tour… 🇲🇲🚶🏻‍♀️

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☕️ Number two

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🦺 Some more tweaking...

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🚕 Doing an "Uber", dropping the girls off

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🛎️ Waking up the girls

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Chasing the cats around… Busy weekend away from home, filled with laughs and good fun. As they all should be.

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☀️ Morning already? Nooooooo!

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🛌 The time has come: sleep!

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🤢 I'm so sorry, Italy

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🤔 Wondering what this week will bring

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Looking forward to the new week. There’s a wedding at the end of it.

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📰 Catching up on what's going on

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🔩 Tweaking stuff

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🏡 We made it back home

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🧳 Must. Pack. Soon.

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Enjoying the final moments at my in-laws, before we head back to town. Today we were also joined by my brother-in-law and wife. She is one of tinyMovieStar’s favorite persons in the whole world, so she’s having a ton of fun as well.

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😴 Seriously considering a HUGE nap after this LOOONG family lunch

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🍺 Talk later, it is now Beer O'clock

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🥩 Picanha ready to go

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Praying Time One of many beautiful temples in Mandalay. Dozens are worth a visit. 🇲🇲🙏🏼

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If you’re a omg.lol user (and why wouldn’t you?), and you love the new status.lol feature (brilliant, right?), while still adoring Drafts (yeah!), maybe you should take a look at @podiboq’s new action: omg.lol Status. It’s great.

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🚗 Driving home

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🛒 Getting supplies for lunch.

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🥘 Lunch prep coming up.

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Pizza Party! First time for tinyMovieStar, she had a LOT of fun! 🍕

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🧇 Breakfast time.

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🧪 Testing...

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⏰ Waking up…

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📺 Maybe I’ll still get to the end of the Wirecard documentary.

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😴 Almost time to go…

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Coming soon… Adam knows how to make great things that look incredible.

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🩹 Tattoo is 37 days away.

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🍿 We can, hopefully, find time for a movie. Fingers crossed.

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🐶 Next up: walking the dog.

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🏝️ This place is paradise!

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🍕 Pizza in the oven!

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🍕- My two year old daughter is cooking us pizza. Real pizza!

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🥳 Can this be a thing?

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No Silence Long gone are the days of silent toys. These days we have a new keyboard, a hair dryer, a juice blender, a crazy chicken, a keychain with music, a drum,…

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“Already?? Can we do this tomorrow? I’m sooooo sleepy!”

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I should start a buymeacoffee campaign for an Apple Watch Ultra. If each of my readers pitches in 1€, I’ll soon have… 2€! Mom&Dad… GO!

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Walking Around Had to run some errands, a chance for a couple of photos downtown.

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It wasn’t a particularly challenging week, but I’m strangely looking forward to the weekend. Glad this one is over.

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Mustang Not a common sight in the city.

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Blues Morning Nice surprise. Kid Koala, 7 Bit Blues.

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Still Going?

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Drafts + Runestone + Working Copy = Fun Time

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Finally! The post from Japan has been published. Took a while, but dinkiwinkiminkiwinki is back on… 🇯🇵💖

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We Survived Fun party, tons of kids. Spent a good amount of time at the window, shooting.

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Correction! Birthday party is bigger than expected, we now have 6 toddlers! P. A. N. I. C.

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Next up: birthday party. Three couples, three toddlers. The fun times never stop.

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I have to start prepping a workshop I’ll do at the end of the year, and I’m already feeling a little anxious.

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Finished Saving the King. Crazy stories from the kingdom next door. 📺

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Fun Times With Greg’s post still fresh on my mind, this is what we got this morning. Greg is SO right.

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Morning Coffee ☕️

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Stuck in Traffic

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Leftovers from Caturday It’s as if she can taste my arm already… Right before she strikes! 🐈 🤤

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Extremely slow morning. Should brighten up during the afternoon: tinyMovieStar’s godmother is in town, all the way from London! Yay!

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Rise and Shine Happy Monday, hope there’s a great week ahead. 🇲🇲😴

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I was aware there were a few, but was still surprised by the list. Glossary of Japanese words of Portuguese origin - Wikipedia

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U-Bein Blues Another highlight of the Myanmar part of the trip: the U-Bein bridge. 🇲🇲💙

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For those of you waiting for a report, the Pad Thai was delicious, in the end. Really great lunch.

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We have reached peak sneaker status. tinyMovieStar is ecstatic.

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Still regarding father-in-law antics: today we’re cooking Pad Thai for lunch. A staple of Thai cuisine, one you can get in 3 minutes from a street food stall, is taking over two hours to prep. Not easy 🤣

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See you next week… Caturday is no more. New photos in a week, if she behaves and stops trying to kill me.

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Focus Finally decided to sort this one out, and this is what I ended up with: At least for now. During the day, nothing changes. Set up a Night Mode focus, with nothing, except the dock. Notifications from family are the only ones allowed.

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Carurday Plot Twist! Kitten got carried away while playing, my hand was nearly maimed. NOTE: might be overreacting, but got to use the medicine from the US. 🐈 🚑

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After lunch, time for a nap…

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My father-in-law wants us to brew beer. Not sure if this is one of the projects that never gets off the ground, or if we’ll be drinking our own beer in a couple of months down the road.

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It wouldn’t be Caturday without a shoot in the Laundry Room, right? Top Model Chiquinha. 🐈

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A tiger sitting high up on a tree in the jungle. I can be whatever I want to… Welcome to Caturday! 😻

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Second episode of Chef’s Table: Pizza. Rome. Predictably, dinner is decided: slices of pizza from the Roman shop down the road, and ice-cream from the shop next door, also Roman.

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Because nothing says familial togetherness like failing to explain “non-fungible” to your meemaw before she embarks on her well-deserved nog nap. Melania Trump’s NFT ornaments make me want to cancel Christmas

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I had to leave, and laugh when I was out of reach. Yesterday, during tinyMovieStar’s bath, she went “Fuuuuuuuck. Fuuuuuuuuuck. What is fuuuuuuuck, Papi?” I have no idea, whatsoever, where she picked that up!

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Getting ready for the weekend. Today’s reminiscing still in Myanmar. 🇲🇲

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We started watching Chef’s Table: Pizza on Netflix and, 30 minutes into the first episode, I already know we have to visit Phoenix, AZ. 📺 🍕

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So… I was mildly looking forward to a game, turns out it only comes out next year! 🤣🤣🤣 I guess it’s time to get back to my game-free life.

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“What would you like for breakfast, tinyMovieStar?” “Spaghetti.” “What would you like for lunch, tinyMovieStar?” “Spaghetti.” “What would you like for tea, tinyMovieStar?” “Spaghet…” You get the picture.

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If there is one site I know I can’t visit, because I’ll spend a stupid amount of time before I’m able to leave, that has to be Reddit! What a time-suck! I avoid it like the plague!

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Girls at their respective offices, I’m facing another day of photo picking. Also, bright side, some receipts to issue, gotta keep that money coming in…

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Good Morning A very serious look, by a very serious boy. 🇲🇲 🧐

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One thing I sometimes have trouble with, is keeping my cool at meal times, when tinyMovieStar starts acting up, finding excuses for not eating. If it wasn’t for movieStar’s endless patience, she would have starved by now, I’m sure.

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Myanmar. Asked movieStar to name one of the countries we visited during our honeymoon (still needs updating), and this is the one she picked. Adding a few more to the bSides Myanmar page then… 🇲🇲

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Uneventful The rest of the day flew by. Picking photos, lunch, pick up tinyMovieStar. Stop at the playground, and back home. That’s it. A normal day.

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DALL-E 2 and Ronald McDonald? Sure! Starring Ronald McDonald

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Saudade While taking care of my non-paying client’s request, I came across a photo from the island we miss so much. It’s been too long without a visit. 🇸🇹🏝

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movieStar forgot to tell me she was having a home office day today, so we drove all the way to the actual office, rain and crazy traffic included. Great.

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Boots

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Extended Family Children at tinyMovieStar’s kindergarten are requested to bring a family photo, to be tapped to a wall. This year our little one told us she’d love if the cat and dog could also be included. Done!

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The feature has been available for a while in 1Password (I use it with my omg.lol domain on top of that), but it’s good that now it’s also available for Bitwarden. Use Bitwarden to Generate Email Aliases with Fastmail

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Miss the Convenience Still none of these around here. Sadly. 🇭🇰🛒

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Danielle, Day Two Managed to drop tinyMovieStar at school, then the bigger movieStar at the office, right before Danielle showed up. 30 minutes of crazy rain, and the streets looked like lakes again. Great way to handle things, city hall. Really great!

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Today is the day I pick the photos for the non-paying “client”. Today is the day I pick the photos for the non-paying “client”. Today is… well, maybe there’s an episode of something left unseen.

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Why are we in iOS 16, and I can’t have Maps in Light mode during the day, if the phone is set to Dark Mode? Why is that every other mapping app allows me to do this, but I have to turn Light/Dark mode on and off for this app only?

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Pouring Of course the day when I have to spend the morning running errands is the day when a tropical storm hits! Traffic is a mess and, predictably for this city, we get plenty of these straight away.

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City Mess It was messy, hot, noisy, chaotic. Loved it! 🇭🇰🏢

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I know we’ve been asking for rain for a while, but did it have to come all at once? Thank you Tropical Storm Danielle, move along now…

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Final One? Tropical Storm Danielle is supposed to arrive today, with massive thunderstorms, heavy rain, and wind as we’ve never seen. While waiting, tinyMovieStar still had time for an unexpected dip in the pool.

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Slow Down 🇭🇰💨

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She’s making it impossible to stick to official Caturday only…

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I try. I do. But Maps is still WAY behind everything else…

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I swear to God, no other town is as proud as this one about their damn exhaust pipes! It’s 2AM, for crying out loud!!

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Shitty band playing tonight at my in-laws town. This is enough to have a ton of imbeciles drinking too much, yelling in residential areas close to midnight, revving their ridiculous car engines, and other alcohol-fueled stupidities. tinyMovieStar, thankfully, still sleeping.

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Currently reading: Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia by Anne Garrels 📚

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Caturday, Laundry Edition A few moments later, we’re in the laundry room, Chiquinha following us.

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We have arrived, just in time for Caturday.

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PhotoQuotes Bots

I thought about writing a post about the bots I control, on Twitter and Mastodon, and decided to do a quick search to check if I’d done that before. Of course I did, a couple of years ago. I still have to add a few more quotes, but they keep going anyway. On Mastodon, and Twitter.

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The weekend is here. The Mammas & The Pappas tour is about to begin.

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III III Same beach, different mood. 🇰🇭🏝️

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it is impossible to imagine a future in which we can grow the economy and at the same time live in a sustainable manner without fundamentally changing anything about our way of life. ‘A new way of life’: the Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan

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Finished Elvis. Oscar for Mr Austin Butler, please.

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My goal is to help you work safely and help you do whatever it is that you’re trying to do in a safe way. Runa Sandvik’s new startup Granitt secures at-risk people from hackers and nation states

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Managed to watch about half of Elvis during lunch break, hoping we’ll get to the end of it after the little one is asleep. So far, enjoying it a lot. 🍿

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After yesterday’s Overcast update with Lock Screen widgets, another one (Dark Noise) is also including that feature on the latest update.

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Despite the time he puts in, he says that he almost never gets any feedback from his daughter. Dad’s Offbeat Bentō Creations Puzzle and Delight Beautiful story, sad about the lack of feedback. Kids…

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Love Beach Now is probably not the time to think about this, but can’t help it. We just came back from vacation, but vacation is what we need. 🇰🇭🏝️

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Fast, ok. Modern? Hmmmm… I get multiple crashes every day, whenever I try to start it, or change server. 11 months since last update, feels like WireGuard iOS needs some love.

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Another funny first from tinyMovieStar: fake snoring when the time came to wake her up. As soon as we walked in the room, she was off! We played along, of course, “Oh, she’s sleeping so well”, and she managed to keep it going for a minute, before cracking up.

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tinyMovieStar is two and a half, and she knows about the Queen already. RIP 🇬🇧👸🏻

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Why the Long Face Don’t get this kind of vehicle for the city, and don’t think that face is justified!

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Why did the chicken…? 🇯🇵🐔

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The excellent service and convenience customers receive from conbini has throttled advances in more automated solutions, such as vending machines. The Number of Vending Machines in Japan is Dwindling

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Another thing I’ve been trying to avoid: tag all the photos uploaded to Flickr in the past two months. Vacation, music festival, trip around the country… It’s a LOT.

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Survived the night, no trip to the hospital. There’s a bump, but it’s really tiny. I’m alive! 🙂

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Catwalking

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It’s been 0 days since I’ve been hit in the head with a hammer. Thanks, tinyMovieStar, love you too 🤣

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The only thing I was waiting for is here. Downloading.

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Pink Truck Land 🇯🇵 🚚

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Pick up tinyMovieStar, meet friends for beer, go get some mail still delivered to the old place. Those are the plans for the afternoon. See? No Apple related events on the schedule.

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Sticker Spotter, Thinking Out Loud...

This is a project that I still enjoy, but I have to find an alternative to the current situation. At the moment it’s working perfectly, in the sense that it’s impossible to have an easier workflow, and the result exactly as I wish. The photos are saved to a folder on Dropbox, directly from Lightroom, and that’s about it. In the background, with no intervention from me, Blot picks up those photos, adds them to the blog. The blog’s RSS feed is fed into Micro.blog, and that has a couple of effects: it’s shown on my M.b account (and M.b’s timeline), and crossposted to my Mastodon account. IFTTT also picks up the feed, and posts it to a dedicated Twitter account. So, recap, a simple save to Dropbox gets the wheels spinning, and the photo shows up on a blog, on M.b, Mastodon, and Twitter. And I still get a folder (Dropbox) with all the photos. Problem: the blot subscription, one I’d love to cancel. There are just too many subscriptions and, while not the most expensive one, this is a time to start paying less. I’m looking for an alternative. I’m aware I won’t find an easier one, but would love to come close to that, for free, or nearly free. The account is shutting down on December 8th. That’s my deadline to have it set up, or just give up. The ideal solution would be a free blogging host that’s as good as blot. Not going to happen. Second best, Adam gets omg.lol’s weblog feature up and running by then. Probably not happening as well. I could also set up another Mastodon account and have that as blog. Feed it into M.b, moa would do the rest. Easy, but I would miss having and actual blog. What else could I go for?

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One of the hardest part of being a parent has to be this! We’re trying to get tinyMovieStar out of bed, but she wants to stay in, cuddling with us. We want the same thing! She’s laughing and warm, and the bed feels great. School? It’s a “Bah!” from all of us!

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Started watching Game Change, a movie about the McCain/Palin campaign. Julianne Moore plays Palin. In real life I dislike Palin, very much. And I adore Julianne Moore. I can’t seem to dislike movie-Palin, because every time she says something stupid, I still go “Awwww”.

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Appointment with tinyMovieStar’s doctor after school, another opportunity for us to know that, thankfully, everything is ok with her. She’s growing up healthy and happy. After that, a photography exhibition, by a super talented colleague and friend, Patrícia de Melo Moreira.

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DNS issues seem to be solved, hope no email was lost. Site downtime is a nuisance, but no email for 8 hours can be a pain.

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Matchy-Matchy Good morning, kids! 🐆

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Started watching North Korea From the Inside with Michael Palin earlier today, while tinyMovieStar was away. We’re now hoping she’ll fall asleep earlier than yesterday, so we can watch the rest.

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What is this? Water falling from the sky??

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Just a couple of days ago I was complaining about the police probably doing nothing to enforce laws regarding scooters… Today I came across this truck being loaded, for illegal parking of the scooters. 🛴 👮🏻

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Sleepy, but there’s no way around it: it’s editing day!

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3AM, and that coffee I had late in the afternoon came back to haunt me! The little one finally fell asleep a couple of hours ago, movieStar as well, exhausted. I’m still here, adding stuff to the new Up Ahead, and watching episodes of Veep.

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Guess who had a late nap today, and is acting like the two year old she is, close to midnight? Yeah, it’s one of those nights…

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Sunday. We ate. Family and friends came over. We ate again. We napped. We ate.

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Paw Patrol is on most of the time on weekends. tinyMovieStar isn’t even watching, it’s mostly my father-in-law and me.

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And it’s also more fun to just edit some of movieStar’s portraits

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I should be editing these… But we’re getting ready for Sunday lunch at the in-laws. Hopefully no one will need them before tomorrow.

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On Caturday News, tinyMovieStar now knows what kitten claws feel like 😔 The kitten was sleeping, and tinyMovieStar does not, as we are all very aware, respect sleeping hours… 🤣

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But you’re only as strong as your weakest link, and for many of us that means our family members. Your Loved Ones Are Betraying Your Privacy — The New Oil

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Wait, what? Is it Caturday again?

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When the wind comes, hair becomes princess tinyMovieStar

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tinyMovieStar expects the tv to be controlled by touch. Why wouldn’t she?

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Syncing a bunch of photos to Lightroom, just in case I need to edit and send during the weekend. Not taking the laptop, but can easily manage that on the iPhone.

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Just like that, it’s Saturday again. Grandparents, cat and dog. We love the weekends.

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Lock screen widgets are also going to be helpful. Can’t wait to see what some apps do with them, but already enjoying how handy Drafts widgets are.

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It’s the little things… One day into my iOS 16 test, and I could already talk about a couple of things I like. Being a daily user of the timer, this has to be one of my favorite updates. Big, legible, actionable.

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Scoot! They’re everywhere. Both scooters, and tourists.

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Following up on yesterday’s “Nothing accomplished” post, I’m happy to say I’m NOT on track. Still at the same exact spot: nothing is getting done.

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Shibuya is offering visitors a chance to experience some of the nation’s top architectural creations while they relieve themselves. Tokyo Toilets: When Architecture Calls | Tokyo Cheapo

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Super “Dry” 🇯🇵🐟

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Survived! Beta installed, and the banking apps are working! Yay!

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This is going to be fun… Fresh, and exciting, news from omg.lol… Thanks @jeannie!

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Doing It. Hopefully no regrets in a little while.

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I’ve finally reached a point where I could install iOS 16 beta, and deal with any apps that might stop working, but the release date is so close I’m not sure if it’s even worth it anymore.

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Nothing was accomplished today. Tomorrow I’ll have to start editing yesterday’s photos, go through all the music festival shots again, and look for a ton of photos for a special request I got, from someone who’s not paying a dime. Guess which will be dealt with last?

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Tipsy Tiger 🇯🇵🐅

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I have to say Vero looks like a really nice experience altogether, from what I can tell so far. If you’re there, feel free to hit me up… I’m maique, as usual.

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Off she went. Enjoy another year at kindergarten, tinyMovieStar 😘

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Off I Went First day back home, already out the door, and into wine country again. Drove to the nice restaurant owned by the vineyard, and shot a grape juice tasting. Really grape juice, not grape “juice”. It was delicious.

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Miss only getting a tiny fraction of what’s going on… 🇯🇵 🗣

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Still Going… I was already standing outside, waiting for the Bolt car that would drive me to work, when I remembered this was still a thing. movieStar had to throw the mask down from the window. It’s been months since I’ve had to wear it.

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Hello, Pants! Can’t say I’m happy to see you again, I’ve had a wonderful month with your cousin Shorts. BTW I was also doing fine without you, Boots.

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Alarm set for 8AM, I’m (very) needlessly up by 6AM. Classic.

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We Made It!

There’s no real cause for celebration, millions of others do what we just did, millions more do way harder things, millions, and yet I can’t help but think “We survived”! We are one day short of a month, one month on the road with tinyMovieStar. It’s not always easy, but a daily treat anyway. We went up north for the music festival, down to the center of the country for a week at the village, and further down for a week at the beach. We had the company of a couple of friends for the first two, and family joined us for the last one. We came back to the city, and spent our final week of the month at my in-laws. Even with help along the way, and great help, it was exhausting. We had, as expected, a lot of fun as well. Spending time with our friends in Chaves is always sweet as can be. The village, with the beach in the lake, the day trips to Spain, unbeatable. The week in the Algarve, amazing, as expected. tinyMovieStar is growing up, and she is amazing. Moving around, sleeping in hotels, unfamiliar houses, eating out every day, driving for hours, always (or almost) in a great mood, talking her heart out. movieStar, halfway through it, said she was already “great company”. She’s right, of course. Our tiny two year old is already a part of the gang, ready to go anywhere. We can’t wait to take her everywhere.

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Barely made it home before the call arrived: an assignment for the paper, tomorrow morning. Let the games begin!

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tinyMovieStar was sleeping upstairs, and we kept looking at the (unsafe for kids) stairs, waiting for her to show up at the top. We shouldn’t have bothered. As soon as she left the room, Rosinha ran up the stairs to keep her safe.

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Enjoying the final days before getting back to kindergarten… Lucky us, we have a cool cousin who lives in a place with a nice pool. Thanks, cousin.

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What do you do when you find yourself with free time? Smoke a cigarette, if you’re into it, or edit a couple of photos. 🇯🇵 🚬

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I’m feeling a “Down Memory Lane” mood… I might start going through these again. 🇯🇵🤖

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Tomorrow we’re leaving the village, heading on home. Still another stop before we get there, but only for the day. Sidenote: can’t wait for kindergarten to start on Thursday! A month long vacation is EXHAUSTING!

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Taking a day off from Caturday, with Rosinha…

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More Doors New, and old. People do have the strangest ideas…

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on that first visit I also discovered several of the island’s many faded towns and settlements A photo journey through eastern Hokkaido

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Doors over here.

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Morning at the Cat Place I was too close to get the framing just right, but it is what it is…

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Seems like I was right when I picked the tattoo design. Today she showed me I was right about the placement as well! It’s the exact spot where I’m getting mine, one of her favorites.

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Kitten has a necklace, made by tinyMovieStar. Just another episode of Caturday…

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Slow day for everyone. Minnie Mouse is the exception, she tumbled around for a while.

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Saturday means lunch with Mom&Dad, so we’re driving to the city to meet them. They haven’t seen tinyMovieStar for a month, they’ll freak out when they realize how much she’s grown!

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Ongoing Caturday…

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A new book of robot faces in Tokyo’s architecture Tokyoids. – Present&Correct Added to my wishlist. Christmas is not too far out, right?

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The incredible Momo drew my new avatar (and was extra kind to send an svg on request), and I went and changed the avatar in as many places as I could remember. A LOT are probably still missing. Amazing how many accounts one has these days!

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Life Goals

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My favorite mug while we’re staying with the in-laws. Two of these set me up for a day of doing as little as possible.

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Queen of Hearts

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DuckDuckGo Email Protection is a free email forwarding service that removes multiple types of hidden email trackers Protect Your Inbox: DuckDuckGo Email Protection Beta Now Open to All!

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The marketing strategy was successful enough that news of the furore prompted many to remark that they were surprised that the brand was in fact Chinese. Chinese firm Miniso apologises for Japanese branding after outcry Count me in as surprised. Assumed it was Japanese.

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Is it (hashtag) Caturday already?

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We left the city, hot and sunny. An hour later we arrived at our destination with cloudy skies, windy. You could even say cold.

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And… I was wrong about not having to load/unload the car again for now. We’re on the move again: in-laws it is…

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Giving BeReal a try…

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She never runs out of ideas to entertain herself 🎨 We’ll deal with the cleanup, until we can train her to do it herself 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Would rather still be looking at this, instead of the city view we now have.

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For our Return to TV, now that are back to our routines, we picked Industry. Not bad at all.

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This is a longtime problem of Leibovitz’s. The photographer has dropped the ball many times in her depictions of other powerful Black women Annie Leibovitz proves yet again: she can’t photograph Black women | Tayo Bero

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Sponsoring a football club — proper football, that is — is more than just a business transaction. How football shirt sponsor deals for Barcelona, Liverpool and more chart the rise and fall of tech like smartphones and crypto

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Where did it find the time to write those longer posts? It was just last year, and things seem sooooo different now.

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It shows how humankind acts as a catalyst to natural processes and dangerously accelerates global warming and desertification. This ice cube necklace warns water is becoming a luxury

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First day at home. I do wish we’d keep going. Still a week until kindergarten starts, and it feels like there’s nothing to do in the city.

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Back in the city. Hot. Good thing about arriving? I’ve unloaded the car for the last time.

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Final Dip Saying goodbye to the Algarve, see you next year! Thank you for the good times.

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Tattoo Time

It’s been four years since I’ve had a tattoo done. In the past two I’ve been thinking often about it. I’d love to get a tattoo that represents tinyMovieStar, something unusual for me, with so many tattoos that mean nothing at all. I’ve been coming up empty on ideas for it. Wanted something small-ish, cute, but with a motif that would immediately make me think about her. The closest I got, and it’s not very close, was an egg. Her name is also the word we use for egg white, and she loves eggs! A couple of days ago I was going through my Instagram feed, and got a sponsored post for an artist from Argentina that will have a European Tour in a couple of months, and liked her style. I started following her. A day later I saw one of her posts, full of nice images that were still available. And, there it was, my tattoo! As soon as I saw it, I knew this was the one. A band-aid, for my band-aid freak. Not only that, but a band-aid with a heart! Perfect. tinyMovieStar insists on always having one on her, so it’s fitting that I should have it as well. I already knew where it would go, right above my knee, as if she’d placed it there herself. A quick message to the artist, and a couple of hours of anxiety waiting for the reply (timezones are a pain)! I wondered if she still had available spots for Lisbon. She did. The date is set. I’m getting a band-aid tattoo. It was worth the wait.

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tinyMovieStar was, in the end, even more exhausted than we were. She fell asleep when we left the beach yesterday, in the car. She slept for 14 hours straight! I believe that’s a personal record.

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It’s the night before the drive up. Of course I’m wide awake at 3AM.

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There’s a TV at the place we’re staying. No one turned it on.

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Algarve, DaySeven Leaving tomorrow. Back to the city, after three weeks on the road. tinyMovieStar misses her home, I would gladly go on. It’s exhausting, and great at the same time. We went back to the beach, one last time before we’re done with the Algarve. For now.

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Final day at the beach. Even though I’m not the biggest beach fan, I can’t help feeling a little sad. tinyMovieStar LOVES it, and the happy look on her face is worth everything.

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Congratulations, tinyMovieStar, you managed to go almost two and a half years without falling down from a bed! 🎉

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Algarve, DaySix

We skipped our trip to Seville (too hot), and to the beach (too lazy). Spent the whole day at home, in the pool. Also took a giant nap. In the evening we had to leave for dinner. On our way to Tavira, movieStar thought about Cacela Velha, and we were there in no time. And then she had another brilliant idea, and remembered a restaurant she loved. Lucky for us the restaurant does not accept bookings, it’s on a first come first served basis, and we are always in need of an early meal (thanks tinyMovieStar). We sat down, ate, and left for Tavira. The little one had a play date with friends. We met them at home, and they have a small pool on the rooftop. This was definitely Pool Day. A while later we left for a stroll around town, ice-creams as well. The city is full of tourists, concerts happening every day by the river, a thousand restaurants feeding everybody. Busy busy…

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After three weeks on the road, today was the first time tinyMovieStar said she misses our home, her room, her stuff. She was very sleepy, way past her bedtime, but she told us so.

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Algarve, DayFive Unusual day, a birthday party for an uncle taking the biggest slice of our time. We drove over, partied, drove back, pool, and went to Tavira for dinner. No photos, besides the Méhari series. Tomorrow we’re back to our regular programming.

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Inspired by omg.lol, again, I just ordered a doodle from Hey Hey Momo. Momo drew the cutest heart I’ve seen for them, and I’d love to get a new avatar from him. It’s coming 🥰

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The Coolest Car Citroën Méhari. Orange, of course.

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Ulysses has been acting up in ways that I cannot understand. Posts disappear while I’m writing them, after spending minutes getting all the photos in order. No longer trust it.

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Slower morning today… Taking our time before the birthday party begins. Girls at the pool, I’m enduring the sunburn in bed 🤣

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Getting a lot of small videos, on top of the usual photos, and I can’t wait to edit them, and get an overview of tinyMovieStar’s vacation together.

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Family member birthday party today, we’re skipping beach until much later in the day. Happy coincidence, as yesterday I stayed in the sun WAY longer than I should, and I wouldn’t want people to mistake me for a tourist on the beach 🤣🤣

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A python never loses interest or goes away of its own accord. You must make it do so. Underestimating China on Taiwan: What Comes Now? | JAPAN Forward

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Algarve, DayFour

The day started with dogs and bagels, and then we were off to the beach. Family joined us a bit later. We spent the whole day there, enjoying the beautiful weather and calm waters. We played with rackets, tried Stand Up Paddle, and built sand castles (now called Paw Patrol headquarters). A break for beer and food at lunch time, at the beach club, more beaching, and dinner at the restaurant on the beach. It was the only place we could find that could host us. August in Algarve is restaurant chaos, everywhere we called was fully booked. We even called a restaurant across the border, also not accepting anyone else.

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Getting a table for dinner is impossible, booking a table is close to that. Darn, Algarve.

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Tried SUP, fell down a couple of times. Not as easy as it looks from the outside.

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6:28, the sun is rising. I guess I won’t get any more sleep now. Time to start thinking about that first coffee… ☕️

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Algarve, DayThree movieStar’s family joined us at the beach. Long day, with games, food, drink, running around, and no nap time for tinyMovieStar. We were all exhausted by the end.

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Not everyone crosses the border by car…

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Algarve, DayTwo Pool in the morning, beach before lunch time, and the usual hop across the border to Ayamonte, for the afternoon and early dinner. We came back, predictably, with a ton of croquetas de jamon in our bellies. In a couple of days: Sevilla.

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Algarve, DayOne After a three hour drive, highway full of people, we made it to our little paradise. I picked up some supplies while the movieStars took a nap, and then off to the beach. Epic day! Warm water, beach empty at our secret spot.

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Mel is here as well!

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Welcome Party We made it. Our hosts for the week are the sweetest, and we found a small purse on the bathroom. “Clara’s Stuff” 🥰 The dogs are here, and so was a chameleon.

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Poo Time

I could never imagine poo time would be one of my favorite parts of the day. Not mine, mind you, but tinyMovieStar’s. Whenever she announces she has to go, I know I’m in for a great time. We talk a lot while she’s at it. Some of the most incredible chats we have had happen at poo time. We go through the highlights of the day, or something she wants to share with us. Serious at times, funny most of the time, always a pleasure. No one has ever told us about this. Or the multiple places where a bath is so totally right. The bathroom is now one of our favorite places, I guess.

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It starts tomorrow, but already got an email from Craig Mod’s TOKIO TŌKYŌ TOKYO. It’s going to be a great week!

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Eggs Add bacon and I turn into happyMaique.

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Caturday, Still Going… Couch and kitten. Perfect Sunday.

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Laaaaaaazy Sunday. Recharging, tomorrow we’re back on the road.

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Nap Time See you in a bit.

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From Kabul to Kyiv, Lynsey Addario has documented conflict worldwide, with an emphasis on women’s issues, for 20 years. Photojournalist Lynsey Addario honoured for her work – in pictures

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Caturday Entertainment for the whole family, the new kitten at my in-laws… 🐈

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This past couple of weeks, thanks to being on the road (working and vacationing), I haven’t listened to a single podcast episode. I’m mostly getting my M.b timeline and a few Twitter accounts on Feedbin, and I’ve yet to install iOS 16 beta. Not perfect, but manageable.

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Happy Baby tinyMovieStar loves animals, and adores water. Today was a good day for her.

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Unpopular opinion: I don’t think your life has to have a purpose, or you a grand ambition; I think it’s okay to just wander through life finding interesting things until you die Amber Sparks

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Final Selfie at the Village Just before we left for the drive south. Took us almost four hours to get to the new stop, but we’re here already.

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See You Soon Today we’re saying farewell to our friends that have been with us for two weeks, and driving south. Weekend stop at the in-laws, then off to the Algarve.

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The Kitchen This is where all the meat is grilled at the restaurant. Tons of it.

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Au village on parle que Français. Tout le jour.

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Reason 357795 to love the countryside: All-you-can-eat meat lunch, with beer, wine, salad, coffee, and ice-cream: €16.50.

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Before the Storm Just before the rain came pouring down, with sound effects. We were in the middle of a huge glass of beer and a ton of fries.

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Sunny day turns into thunderstorm. Awesome.

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Tradition, Part II After last week’s post, another tradition is born at the village: tinyMovieStar and her moody TV watching. 2021 2022

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I might have missed following someone on Mastodon while moving to social.lol. If you’re active on Mastodon, feel free to leave your username, and I’ll make sure to follow. Thank you, and sorry.

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Moody Sunset Leftover from yesterday’s trip to the beach by the lake. We might go back today.

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Vacationing with photographers is great. The two friends we’re spending these first two weeks of August are both great ones, and the amount of photos we now have will be appreciated for a long time. Also incredible babysitters.

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Another thing about the village: trash pickup happens at 7:30AM. The huge truck rolls in the morning, and not late in the night as in the city. I can easily tell you which one I prefer.

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One thing about the village: church bells ring on the hour, and 7AM is too early to be woken by them when you’re vacationing.

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Lake Beach Back from a lovely afternoon at the lake beach. tinyMovieStar had a great time, we did as well.

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Spain

Crossing the border into Spain, and just going as far as Ciudad Rodrigo, or maybe Salamanca, still gives me the same warm feeling I got when I was a little boy. Even after years of going around, leisurely and for work, this is the border that I have crossed more often, hundreds of times, and the cities I probably know better. And, yet, that feeling of “going abroad”, so different when I was a boy, still lingers. When we were little, the border was still a real border, with border police going through our luggage, inspecting our passports. Even if we were just going to the border town, Fuentes de Oñoro, to get some toys, we’d have to go through the hassle of getting our car searched for contraband. If the trip was made in August, even worse. Thousands of emigrants coming back to the country, from France, Switzerland, Germany and elsewhere, would keep the border clogged for a long time. We’d stand there, waiting in the hot car (no air con back then), entertained by the new toys (impossible to find on our side of the border), while the policemen would slowly check car after car, after car. These days we just know we’re in Spain if we go through the main border, where the old border police buildings are still standing. But we can pick from dozens of roads where we have to look carefully, or wait for a sign in Spanish, to be aware of the country change. We went today. Not through the main border town, but the one that is less than a kilometer away. We could walk to Spain, and we have, but there’s really no point, nothing is waiting on the other side, just the same landscape. We drove to Ciudad Rodrigo, to get supplies and have lunch. Ciudad is the closest city to where we’re staying, so it’s the logical place to do our shopping. It just happens to be on the Spanish side.

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There’s no cell coverage in the village, at least not for my provider. We do have fast Wi-Fi at home, but no cell when we’re away from it. Feels odd, after already getting 5G in the middle of nowhere these days, but not an issue. We’re vacationing anyway 🤩

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Welcome to the Village Night shot, but that’s when I remembered to do it. More tomorrow.

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Made it to the village, after a very long farewell lunch, and three hours on the road.

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all of these features create a place that should no longer exist, and yet does exist, exists largely for the pleasure of the Giant Suitcase People Walking Venice

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Truth is, we spend a great deal of time thinking about our week here, and we miss it even before we leave.

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See You Soon A week later we’re back on the road. Tomorrow we’re leaving our friends behind, and moving on. We had the most wonderful time, attended a ton of concerts, and had yummy food and drinks. There isn’t a better group of people in the world. We will miss them.

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That feeling of walking around without a huge camera bag: bliss.

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Exporting the last batch. I’ll take another long look when we’re back home, and send a few more photos. For now it’s done, ready to enter Vacation Mode again.

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Trying to keep up with the timeline on Feedbin, but wishing I had more time to spend on M.b.

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Legendary Best show of the festival. He had us crying. Amazing performance by The Legendary Tigerman.

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The Man Plenty more later, I’m sure.

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The band I’ve been waiting for this whole festival is starting their sound check in a couple of minutes! Thrilled to see The Legendary Tigerman again.

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So… Sunday will be super busy, I’m doing the random bit of the giveaway in a couple of minutes! Winners coming up… 🏆

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Ready for DayThree! Done with breakfast, time to edit some photos. Girls, as usual, will be at the pool with our friends.

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DayTwo, the Bass Another day is done. A photo of a bass, two of one of the bass players (because they’re the coolest), and that’s about it. It’s too late, going to bed.

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Fact: bass players are always the coolest member of the band.

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The Gang The little ones were left out of this one, but here we are. The group that made the trip to the festival.

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During sound checks we were told we could use the beer tap, for free, until it ran out. Hours later it’s still going. We’re happy.

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Also, as usual, plenty more on (sorry) Instagram. Mostly Stories.

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N2 2022, DayOne It was a long, hot, day. And I’m not particularly proud of any of the photos from yesterday. Still trying to find my way around the lights.

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Crashed tinyMovieStar kinda woke up, tried following mom into the bathroom, and just gave up. The room is not even THAT big, but she couldn’t make it all the way… Sleeping like this for a while now 🤣🤘🏼

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Up, but not fully awake. A lot of photos to edit, 25 minutes left until breakfast is no longer available at the hotel, and the movieStars are still asleep. It’s not a perfect situation. Not sure if we were made for Rock’n’Roll… 🤣🤣🤣

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Shine Bright Day One underway.

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Starting… Now! The festival starts in under an hour. Here we go… Little sleep for a few days.

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My Commute Eating and sleeping on one side of the river, concerts take place on the other one. Full disclosure: this is not the only way to cross 🙂

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Yearly reminder that PhotoSync is one of my most used apps, and one that I never seem to remember to mention. Use it every single day to transfer edited photos to my backup of choice: Flickr.

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00:00. Time to sleep. Tomorrow the festival starts, days will turn into very looooong ones.

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A Tradition is Born Chaves, the city where we are right now, is the place where tinyMovieStar was conceived. She is from here. We came back last year, as there was no festival in 2020, and again this one. 2021 2022

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Help is Here! Time to go out and have one, maybe?

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So. Hot. Not a lot to report. It’s too hot. Woke up, late breakfast, a dip in the pool at the hotel, lunch, and then we sat, eating ice cream after ice cream. Small stroll around, and back to the hotel. Tomorrow the festival starts, and we’ll have to be outside anyway.

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Driving These Days There’s always someone looking over my shoulder. Hey, Skye!

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Stroll, and Haircut Out of bed by 8AM, small stroll to the barbershop, and time for my yearly haircut in Chaves. Love this barber. Up to date on city life, and hair ready for a few weeks on the road.

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9AM, ready for my traditional Chaves haircut. Gotta look nice for the festival 😆

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Chaves, DayOne We made it to the wonderful Chaves. At last. We were welcomed by our friends, the best hosts in the land. On the way we picked up Diana, one of tinyMovieStar’s favorites, and she was acting cute in no time.

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Road Day We spent the whole day on the road, with a tiny stop for lunch and to pick up a friend who’s coming along for a few days. Photos from yesterday, the multi talented movieStar is a great photographer as well.

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Would you like to try omg.lol, and all the cool things that come with it? Landing page, email, DNS, Mastodon instance, make the world a better place, pastebin service? I’m giving away 4 gift codes, good for a year. Announcing winners on Sunday, just add a reply.

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Feeling Lucky? Adam keeps adding stuff on top of more stuff, and omg.lol is now even more incredible than before. Pastebin, Mastodon instance, IRC, and that’s just the new bits! So… To celebrate, I’m doing another giveaway. Yay. More news later.

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On Our Way Let’s get the cars on the road.

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Ended up with a little over 3 hours of bed time, today’s drive will be a painful one. One the flip side there will be a Francesinha about halfway through it. Time for more ☕️ ☕️

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03:10AM. Just remembered the iced coffee I had at 4PM. Thanks a lot, caffeine! ☕️

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Mastodon Times Two. For Now.

A new Mastodon instance shows up, and I knew I had to join this one. It’s hosted by Adam, from omg.lol fame. Of course I had to try it. Welcome to social.lol. No surprises, I’m maique over there as well. Being on mastodon.social up to now has served me well enough, and there is no real reason to change that. Also, there is no real reason not to. I don’t use it that much, other than for crossposting my Micro.blog posts, and to talk to Mike and a couple other people. They would probably have no issues with following me on the new instance. The local timeline over there is crazy, as this is the official instance, and there are thousands of posts, from people I have no time, or interest, to deal with. I end up using my personal timeline only. I can easily migrate my follow list to the new instance, and have the same experience, or better. And change my crosspost setting here on Micro.blog would be easy as well. This new instance, however, is still in beta, and things might break. I should wait a bit longer, on the safe side. While waiting, I tried to find another way to have my posts show up there already, and found a roundabout way of doing it: moa. Since I can’t have M.b posting to two different instances at once, I can get moa to pick up the tweet that M.b creates, and have that cross-crossposted to the new instance. And it works. Quickly, I might add. So, until the move is done, this will do. Micro.blog sends it directly to Twitter and mastodon.social, and moa grabs the tweet and sends it to social.lol.

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Dozens! It’s only Day Two of our tour, but I already have way too many photos waiting to be edited!

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Tomorrow we’re on the move again. Porto, then Chaves. Of course tinyMovieStar is still very much awake, it’s 10:30PM.

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Water Another very hot day. We found a nice restaurant for lunch, and a cool place for an after lunch dip. Let’s call this day a success.

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All Good Now 10:30AM, everyone is up now. The movieStars managed to get three more hours of sleep. Good.

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Rough night. Changing beds every night can be tricky for some, and we all seem to suffer from it. One more to go, and then we’re getting the hotel for close to a week. No plans for today yet. Might make our way to a beach.

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Long, Crazy Day Driving for a while, fires everywhere. Then party. Party was long. Food. Drink. Tired.

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Leg 2 done. Small drive, but tinyMovieStar was so sleepy that it turned the whole thing into a screaming hour. Of course she fell asleep when we had 5 minutes left. It’s hellish hot again, and we saw three different fires in an hour.

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Done with lunch, done with packing (again). Ready to go. Leg 2 is a small one, one and a half hours at most.

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The People Have Spoken I rode. It was fun. Certainly more so than driving there. Also, as people are leaving town in droves today, much quicker.

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Here at omg.lol, we’re not interested in re-inventing social media. We are however deeply interested in supporting kind, fun, lighthearted social interaction amongst nice people. And from this goal social.lol has been born. social.lol

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So… my father forgot his phone in the car, and I’ll have to go back to the city to return it tomorrow morning. The question now is: drive or ride? Take the car, or my father-in-law’s motorcycle? Hmmmmm…

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First stop: grandparents. All of them. Before heading north, we’re spending a day saying “See you later” to the four of them. Lunch with my side of the family, afternoon and night with movieStar’s.

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Bags packed: 3. Coffees taken: 2.

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Still a lot of packing to do, but we leave today. Three weeks of wandering around the country. Hopefully I’ll have some photos to share, but I suspect less time will be available to keep up with the timelines. Here we go. See you in a bit.

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Best. DJ. Name. Ever.

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Packing.

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Well, the internet runs on advertising. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that relies on mass surveillance. Vodafone & Deutsche Telekom to introduce persistent user tracking

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Let’s start the day slowly, please… Coonskin by Ayatollah

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Today is the last day of tinyMovieStar’s first year in the school system. We (the three of us) are really happy with her kindergarten, and she has grown SO much in the past months. Looking forward to a few more years at this place.

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Growing Up Today tinyMovieStar had fun helping out. I had fun getting my nails done. movieStar had fun with help preparing one of tinyMovieStar’s favorites: lasagna!

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All You Need Lovely afternoon.

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One more day at kindergarten, and then we have tinyMovieStar all for ourselves for a month. Tomorrow is the last day of school for her. It’s going to be fun.

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Down the Street Left home and went left instead of right. In a street covered with jacaranda I was surprised to find the last flowers. The only ones on the whole street. For those that still do the snail mail, express or otherwise. Not even sure if they’re working anymore.

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Late, but got to @val’s participation on @monday. I love opening Overcast and seeing a new episode. Always a thrill when I get to know members of the community a little better. Thanks, as usual, @jean.

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NewsBlur Sadness

I noticed Feedbin updates feeds much faster than NewsBlur, and I think I might have found a reason why that is happening. Congratulations on your esoteric taste in blogs—and condolences as well. The way NewsBlur works requires that sites get updated on a regular basis, so we try to serve the most popular and frequently updated sites first. Sites that only have a single subscriber tend to get updated much less often, in comparison to those that have many; Frequently Asked Questions Since I follow a lot of the Mb blogs via RSS, trying to make sure I don’t miss posts because we live in very different timezones, that will probably qualify as esoteric taste. Of course I can wait a little longer for posts to show up, and I probably would never notice the delay if I wasn’t trialing Feedbin. But, now that I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it…

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Good Morning Legibility wise, this one is on a different level when compared to the stealth version. Perfect. Still no coffee around, so went down to the cafe again, and got the usual espressos. tinyMovieStar was waiting, nail polish ready. First try on Papi. No photos.

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If oil exploitation takes place in these areas, we must expect a global climate catastrophe, and we will all just have to watch helplessly Congo to Auction Off Oil and Gas Blocks In a Step Back for Climate Change - The New York Times Every day we’re further away…

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Pick Up Walking to kindergarten twice a day is great. Shop windows keep changing, life goes on, always something new to shoot. Even old places have something interesting.

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Let’s go! What You Do To Me by BlakRoc, Billy Danze, Jim Jones & Nicole Wray

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Traveling leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a story teller Seen on a t-shirt.

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Mirror Life Walking back home, after dropping tinyMovieStar at kindergarten. Drank coffee #2 just before this one.

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Coffee Run We ran out of coffee, again, so I had to go to the tiny restaurant next door and ask the lady to fill these two with our morning espressos.

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It’s an Instagram link (and I’m sorry about that), but found it funny and wanted to share. Brilliantly Literal Norwegian Words That Say Exactly What They Mean

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Anyone on iOS 16 beta can check if Lightroom is working? Asking for a friend…

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I’m so happy with NewsBlur, have been for such a long time, so why am I testing Feedbin? Grrrrrrr!

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Less than a week away… In a few days, here we go. I know I’m repeating myself, but can’t wait to get on the car and drive away…

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Some construction work should be happening on our street right now. The city hall tweeted about it, it would last 4 days. Waze got updated and shows our street as closed. It’s day 2 of the ordeal however, and still no workers in sight.

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Biggest scare of my life. Yesterday tinyMovieStar swallowed a hair clip, and it got stuck in her throat. Instinct kicked in for me, apparently I did all the wrong moves, but she threw it up in the end. My heart wasn’t beating while it lasted.

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I can go anywhere and everywhere with this watch and not worry about a scenario where I might get pushed into a deep body of water (you just never know) Introducing: Look Up! IWC’s New Mark XX – The One We’ve Been Waiting For (Now With An In-House Movement)

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Almost done with the editing, then I’ll start, slowly, taking care of the preparation for August. A lot of road lies ahead, work and vacation thrown together. Lots of things to consider and get ready.

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Parking Spot The place where we spent the night while on assignment had a huge tree providing shade for our horses. Well, not exactly our own, that one had to spend the night plugged into a power socket, and trees are still, shamefully, unable to dispense electricity.

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Beach & Food Incredibly hot day at the beach today, with friends and father in law. After a long time there, roasting, we moved to a nearby restaurant for food and drinks. That’s it. Not a lot more to report. It was a good day 🙂

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Too damn hot again.

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Meeting with the teacher at kindergarten went pretty good. tinyMovieStar is a totally different person when she’s over there, but we knew that already. Good report, that’s cool. On to dinner with friends.

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helloYellow Ready for my summer vacation, counting down the days with pacMan. Just delivered.

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Of course I found a thousand ways to postpone editing the photos already, and it’s not even lunch time yet. Yellow item still “Out for Delivery”.

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Something yellow is “Out For Delivery”, and hundreds of photos from the past couple of days to look at and start editing. How convenient. Staying home today. Feels good.

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Back home. Fell asleep shortly after having dinner. tinyMovieStar, still very much awake, took matters in her hands, and woke me up. She missed me. I missed her too, so I guess sleep can wait a little longer.

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Alentejo, Day Two Early rise, and back on the road. Olives (and olive oil) producers, vegetable growers, and ended up at the second location of the shop I’m working for these days. Comporta. The Alentejo might be my favorite part of continental Portugal. Always a pleasure.

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6AM, getting up for Day Two of The Alentejo Food Adventure. It’s WAY too early, I can tell you that. On the brighter side, the day will end back home, with the movieStars.

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What. A. Dinner. We’ve been eating for three hours now, each dish more delicious than the previous one.

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On The Road, Alentejo Edition Bread makers, cheese makers, wine makers, meat products makers, we visited them all. Great stories, great food, and the stress of driving around on the Tesla, with no charging stations in the area. Can’t complain, today they even had beer for me!

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Ready to hit the road again, with my favorite client. I shouldn’t even call her “client”, she’s more like a friend. Hardest part: leaving before tinyMovieStar wakes up. Back tomorrow.

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Cool, so… Arc does not work with my old Air. Long wait, for such a disappointment. Back to Safari and Vivaldi, I guess.

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Came home a little later than I should have, and still have to pack everything for tomorrow. Of course the “invite arrives tomorrow” meant the invite would arrive at 10PM! Haven’t these people heard about timezones?

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In a few more days kindergarten closes for summer vacation, and we’re spending a month with tinyMovieStar all for ourselves! We’re doing pretty much the same as last year. Should be fun 🤩

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Email from The Browser Company. Subject: Your invite to Arc arrives tomorrow! Actually excited 🙂

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Mandatory Park Visit Weekends are spent out of town, and this one with me away from the movieStars. I missed them, missed picking tinyMovieStar from kindergarten, and the photos we get at the playground. Here goes, part of today’s crop.

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Beer Me! A few days after the good news, here’s the good beer. Thank you, Dois Corvos, not a bad way to start the week! Unpacking, in photo format: I’ll be back later, with the tasting report. Way to early to do it now 🤣

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movieStar: “What is Papi’s job?” tinyMovieStar: “Send photos”. She’s right, of course. She’s not there when I’m taking them, all she sees is me saying “I have to send these photos!” 🤣

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bSides From the Weekend

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Back with the movieStars. Not yet home, but with them already.

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Sunday Morning Waking up in Chaves. Breakfast with Roman ruins under my feet, and getting ready for the trip back to the movieStars. Miss them.

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Saturday The drive up was sad. Miles and miles of burnt forest. Close to the end, a deer crossed the highway just in front of me. I almost cried. Then it was time to have fun: being with our dear friends, and a concert. Dinner, beer, and back to the hotel.

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Here I go.

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True to form, on the night before I have a huge drive ahead, I’m having trouble sleeping. Past 2:30AM, still awake.

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The Pool, Part II Sorry about the spam, but both movieStars were just too cute not to post. Also, as I’m going north tomorrow, I won’t have new photos to share.

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My blot.im blog (sticker spotter), keeps going down, and up, and down, and up, and… Over 20 times today! Anyone else having issues with blot?

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The Pool Back at her grandparents, back at the inflatable pool. “Papi, the girl is peeing!”

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I adore my car, but sometimes it’s fun to drive one with all the nice, modern, touches.

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My cable is scheduled for today, money from an assignment was deposited in my account, and No Time to Die is available to stream. The air temperature is much fresher as well. Happy Friday to you too!

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I came to believe that Africa’s troves of natural resources were not going to be its salvation; instead, they were its curse. in The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis I know I’m going to like it.

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Chaves Going on Saturday, for a day. Can’t wait for August, when the three of us go together for a week. One of the highlights of our year.

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Tomorrow I’m dropping my car at my brother-in-law’s, and getting his. That way I’ll save a ton on gas & highway tolls, and also make the trip up north with CarPlay and a decent air con. I have a pretty nice brother-in-law.

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Somehow I lost the Lightning-SD cable, the one that it’s been with me for years, and the one I need this Saturday. Hope Apple’s next day delivery works perfectly today.

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If you’ve ever been to a major city in Japan, you’ve seen modern pachinko parlors. They’re almost impossible to ignore. Modern Pachinko: The Game That Definitely Isn’t Gambling! We could tell we were getting close to one by the intense cigarette smell that came out of them.

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A couple more episodes of Tehran, and it’s off to bed. Still too hot, but we have to get some rest.

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Here we go, time to go get tinyMovieStar. Time to face the oven outside.

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Pet Friendly The bookstore where we have to stop almost daily on the way back from kindergarten, is a really nice one. They are very pet friendly, and take the time to shoot the dogs that make it inside, and proudly show it on the wall.

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We just came home from a long dinner with friends, and tinyMovieStar is in the bathtub, with cold water. That’s what she wants to do at 10PM. On a school night. I think we’re doing a great job 🤣

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Beginner’s Luck First time trying one of those like-tag-share-comment things on Instagram. The prize was beer, so why not?? What do you know, I WON! Yay! Free beer, as in free beer!

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Music Fan She was this big last year, when we went up to the festival. It’s incredible how much she’s grown in a year. Can’t wait to go…

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Maybe a stint at the beach would be a better move next time. Aw, billionaire space travelers couldn’t handle their assigned workload

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News from the latest features for Micro.blog in podcast format? Sure, @jean and @manton have you covered on this week’s @monday episode.

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She keeps learning new words every day, but today I was thrilled to hear something for the first time: tinyMovieStar said “Ok, Papi”. Just like that. “Está bem, Papi”! I’m SO used to “No”, or the frequent “NOOOOOO!”, I wondered if she banged her head somewhere.

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tinyMovieStar picked up from kindergarten, and two assignments were edited and sent. Feeling very accomplished, and taking the time to write this down before everything comes tumbling down when the time comes to prepare dinner.

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And, true to the crazy heat we’re getting, today on the news there are reports that we might get thunderstorms and rain, but the rain will never make it to the ground. It will evaporate before it reaches us! 47C are expected at my in-laws on Thursday, we’ll get a milder 38C.

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The festival date is getting close and, as in previous years, I’m making the trip north for the presentation of this year’s festival. Alone. A couple of weeks later we’re all moving there! Party time! Saturday I’m driving the 5 hours north, and back home the following day.

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We forgot some stuff at my in-laws, and some of their things in our car. So I’m driving all the way to their place to make things right.

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Potatoes and Sand

In the morning, a small assignment. Another incredible story one of my colleagues found. I’ll have to write a longer post, as I’m enjoying these assignments for the paper. Especially when I get the chance to shoot a story for this particular reporter. Yesterday’s story was all about potatoes, and the man that supplies most of the high-end restaurants in Lisbon. Wonderful man, amazing story. Great potatoes too. After I was done, it was time to join the family. A lot of us today. Brothers in law, the wife of one of them, her parents, my inlaws… The beach was close to the place where I had the shoot, so very convenient. tinyMovieStar is a real beach fan. She LOVES it. We spent six hours at the beach, she couldn’t stand still for a minute. Always somewhere to run to, sand to be moved and arranged, the water always calling her name… We took turns taking care of her, and ended up exhausted anyway. She fell asleep as soon as she got in the car, and slept the whole drive back home. Two hours.

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Sunday morning, temperature is still bearable. Out for my assignment, then off to the beach to meet the movieStars and extended family. There’s a beer at the bar with my name on it already.

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Walking the Dog One of tinyMovieStar’s favorite activities, while at Grandma&Grandpa’s, is walking Rosinha, their sweet dog. I go along for the photos.

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PoolLife Doing whatever we can. Tomorrow everyone is going to the beach, I’ll join them after I’m done with my morning assignment.

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Driving On the way over to my in-laws we saw two unusual things: A vintage car driving on the highway. A sad man rescuing whatever he could get his hands on from his burning car. The fire, in the meantime, had ran away, into the bush by the side of the road.

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Here. We. Are. Nothing helps. Nothing.

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Sleepy As soon as everyone was up, it was time to get Peppa (and family) to sleep. Looks comfy!

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11.30PM. Both of us grownups are falling asleep. Obviously the little one is playing a whole range of different games. We tried asking “It’s night, what do people do at night”? “Sleep”, she said, before turning to her LEGO blocks, and ignoring us for a while again.

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Naughty Bread Maybe I shouldn’t share this one, but this is the bread people have on the table at the restaurant I had a shoot in. My life isn’t easy.

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Oh, Sweet Lisbon You should bring comfortable shoes, and maybe get some hours in the gym before coming over…

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Can’t say I’m looking forward to stepping outside. There’s a minimum of clothing I have to wear in public, and today that sounds like too much.

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Back to Japan It’s taking WAY longer than I wanted, but I’m finally back to the post on Japan for dinkiwinkiminkiwinki. The post keeps getting longer, and there’s still a lot to write. Picking the photos won’t be easy either, there are hundreds to chose from.

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One. Day. Left. Hotter than yesterday. And one last assignment for the paper left, late in the afternoon, before the weekend arrives. Can’t wait, this week felt longer than most.

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11PM, 29C, 84.2F. Slight breeze. Feels nice. We needed this after a day in hell.

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The Heat is On First day of the heat wave. Should last a week or so. Today: 36C (that’s 96.8F). It’s HOT.

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Today, hopefully.

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It’s tattoo anniversary day. A few years ago I got Neko Stamp. We were in Hoi An at the time.

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Rough night, tinyMovieStar woke up at 5AM saying she had enough sleep. Took us over an hour to talk her into sleeping again. But then, when the time came to wake up, she opened her eyes, looked at me, and said: “You’re Daddy Cat, I’m Baby Cat. Let’s play Meow?” It’s fine.

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Today is haircut day. One of the highlights of every month.

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It’s Festival Season in town, a new one every weekend. Can’t say I miss attending. Anyway, our festival is less than a month away, and I’m really looking forward to that one.

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myLove Beautiful tinyMovieStar, my love.

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A post by @pimoore, with a ton of replies, got me thinking. I should have a light version of the blog, as many seem to dislike dark mode. I picked Paper, and tweaked it a little. Everything seems to be working. maique.eu It’s on! Dark or Light, your choice now.

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Strolling Not a wide sidewalk, and impossible to get tinyMovieStar’s stroller across, without going into the actual street, where cars are going. Not nice, people.

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Took me long enough, but finally got around to 1917. Glad I did.

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This is going to be fun… ☀️ 😓

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On The Way Home Everyday now, when we pick tinyMovieStar from school, there’s a set route: playground, ice-cream shop, bookstore, and home. Finally. Not bad. Today we even got figs and peaches from the lady in the corner.

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Glad to find @cliffordbeshers on the latest @monday episode. I enjoyed his Micro Camp presentation, happy to hear his voice again.

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Finished The Terminal List. Nice series, filled with great performances. I do believe I enjoyed the book a little more. Well worth a watch, anyway.

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It was a really nice weekend, even with half a Saturday lost to work. The girls went to the beach while I was away. Truth be told, the assignment was also fun. Food and wine, as they all seem to be these days.

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tinyMovieStar is having a Diva Day. Not easy.

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4th of July You’re a little battered, but it’s still your birthday. Happy 4th of July.

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Editing day. The one good thing about it? I spend a lot longer sitting in front of a computer, and that means more time for micro.blog.

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What is paste.lol? The internet didn’t ask for another pastebin, and it certainly didn’t need one, but here we are. Another service from the incredible Adam Newbold, creator of omg.lol. Free with every omg.lol account. Go get yours, if you don’t have one already.

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Finished season 6 of the Peaky Blinders. Would love a few more.

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loveProject Back on the road, back to finding more photos for loveProject.

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Papi Obstacle Course Feeling a little better, tinyMovieStar made it to the beach with her little friends from kindergarten. Real fun, however, begins when she gets home 🤣

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The weekend is upon us. Going out of town again, and there’s work for me tomorrow as well. Not a perfect weekend, but should be good.

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Started watching The Terminal List. Book felt much faster paced than the series so far…

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Spending the day with tinyMovieStar, and the in-laws. movieStar needs to work. I do too, but can do it later, into the night.

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A mix that reminds you, no amount of architectural, infrastructural, and urban brutality can strip humans of their soulfulness and natural generosity. 🔗 Walking the World: Hanoi (part 1) - by Chris Arnade

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Imaginary bruises need very real band-aids, but the kind with little animals (or Peppa) on them. Five pharmacies later, I have secured three different packs. Mission accomplished.

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Longish day, with incredible lunch with movieStar, a visit to Mom&Dad, and still time to edit and send the photos that I had to deliver. Done.

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Sunday afternoon, back home, looking at the photos from Friday’s assignment. Must. Send. Tomorrow.

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Weekends Saturday is “wash your car” day. And, on Sunday, you cook family lunch. Busy busy…

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Happy Sunday After a relatively quiet Saturday, and an very relaxing sleep holding tinyMovieStar (or was it the other way around?) for hours, it’s time for coffee and a great Sunday. Hope you have a great one too. ☕️

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Nice Day It’s was a lovely day. Plenty of yummy food, and we drove to four different vineyards. Appetizers were incredible, main dishes as well. No photos from dishes, sorry 🙂 And a first for me, a rock vineyard.

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Off I go again. And, surprise, it’s another visit to a winery! This time, though, not for the usual client, I’m doing it for the paper.

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Uploading, sorting, and tagging photos on Flickr, when you have so many of tinyMovieStar, is a full-time job.

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Too lazy to post anything, except new stuff on sticker spotter. Have things I want to post, but too many photos need to be picked for that to happen, so this is it for now… Sorry about that.

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Solar Happy with the solar feature. Don’t care that much about Bluetooth, but not worrying about batteries is a big plus. How’s yours, @helgeg? Arrived?

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Finally managed to listen to @sod’s @monday episode. Great one, as usual. Thanks for keeping this up, @jean.

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Turning the laptop on. It’s been weeks since I’ve done that, and I didn’t miss it a bit.

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Back home. Again. This time we can’t leave again, tinyMovieStar has skipped enough days at kindergarten already.

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tinyMovieStar seems very comfortable in this pool/beach lifestyle.

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South 12 hours after getting home, we drove three hours. tinyMovieStar wanted a beach and, even though we have them next to town, the Algarve is SO much better, right?

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Still sick, both of the grown ups, and tinyMovieStar is feeling great. Woke up a couple of hours ago, went to the supermarket, and already thinking about going down to the Algarve. The little one wants a beach, and we can’t obviously find a closer beach. 250km away.

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Trip Day First leg: boat ride to the mainland. Here we go.

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Here. We. Go. Long day ahead. See you back home.

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Tech I had no idea I’d love, but works incredibly well and makes life SO much easier: eSIM.

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Problem averted, we now have a ride to the pier. Only thing left to do: get bus tickets.

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Both feeling miserable, and already stressing a little about tomorrow. Full day of traveling, still no bus tickets, and it’s impossible to book a taxi or Uber for the first leg, the trip to the pier. Fingers crossed, but we’ll be out of here at 7AM, rain or shine.

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Another day, another trip to the pharmacy. This time: Zyrtec.

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Someone who’s not a coffee drinker made coffee for us today. 9 hours later I’m starting to wonder how much coffee did she actually use!

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Incredible day today. Friends of our amazing host (who’s not on the island) invited us for lunch, and spent the whole afternoon showing us around, places we would probably not find out on our own. Merci beaucoup.

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Small change of plans: we’re staying an extra day on the island, and then doing Boat + Bus + Uber + Plane in one go! Leaving the island at 07:30AM, tinyMovieStar is going to love it. Not.

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Happy Not easy, with fever, cough, and a splash of the infamous “Terrible Twos”, but sometimes everything aligns.

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Was running out of data on my roaming allowance, couldn’t find a single SIM card on the island. The I remembered: eSIM! 5 minutes later I had the QR Code ready to scan, a French number (oh la la), and an extra 15GB. Hopefully these will last until we’re back home.

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Cycling, piggyback riding, cycling, piggyback riding… tinyMovieStar is having a blast. We’re just tired. It’s like going to gym, but all day, every day 🤣 Vive la France! (Disclaimer: We’re also having fun)

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Left the hotel. Ubers hard to find, only one available. Demonstrations all over town. Crazy traffic. Kamal did manage to get us to the bus station with 3 minutes to spare. Tickets bought, boarded bus. We’re off!

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Next: bus ride (provided we can find tickets), and a boat trip. Then we’ll finally be on the island. Fever seems to have gone away. Hopefully for good.

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Two days in, already exhausted. The little one woke up with a fever, so today I spent a fair amount of time at the pharmacy. Four trips there. We did get some nice food, beer, and walks. All is good.

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Here we go, on se voit de l’autre côté.

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No time to watch WWDC today, with all the preparation going on. I’ll catch up later, I’m sure a lot of posts will show up on the timelines.

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One Day to Go The part that’s ready. That’s all. Bags still unpacked.

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One day to go. Can’t say I’m not a little nervous.

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One year of Disney+, starting… now!

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Priorities while planning the trip: find the beer place that’s closest to the hotel, and decide which watch will go along for the ride. Pleased to say both have been accomplished.

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It’s raining, it’s Saturday. Of course this is the ONE time tinyMovieStar wakes up early! Every single day we have to wake her up for school. Not on weekends, when we could all use some more sleep.

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A few days before our flight. In the old days I loved airports, and the whole flying part. Now I just want teleportation to be a thing.

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Lovely A sweet story. Heads up, it’s a link to Twitter.

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Stamped! @paulopinto had the lovely (crazy) idea of using the silly drawing I made for him on a custom batch of stamps, official stamps. He was kind enough to send a postcard my way, using one of the stamps. Obrigado!

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Oops! It wasn’t.

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jacarandaGirls Both movieStars are great fans of jacaranda flowers.

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Getting to the end of this ordeal! Should be done with the editing in an hour.

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Lovely lunch, delicious food, and now back at it. Still a few thousand photos to go through.

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Editing is on pause for lunch, we’re meeting an English friend who’s having a layover in town, after spending a few days in the Azores. Yay for friends, and pauses in editing!

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Danger, Croco… oops, Fish ahead! Or “Why did the fish cross the road”?

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And here I find myself again: Sunday afternoon, and I have to rush through the editing part. Deadline is VERY close, and I’m nowhere near the end of this.

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Stripes Waiting…

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Fair Today we visited Feira da Ladra, another first for tinyMovieStar.

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Today: Feira da Ladra. Should be good.

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Another first: tinyMovieStar triggered the alarm at our place. That was fun. And LOUD!

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Had to leave the city, and back, during rush hour. I have no clue how people go through this, every single day, without serious mental issues as a result.

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Incredibly enough, another week has gone by, and no photos were edited. How did that happen?

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Written Good advice, can’t go wrong…

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Almost done with the Fat Leonard podcast. Now I’d like to see this in movie format, please.

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Tickets to France have been purchased. Yay.

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Top. Gun. Day.

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Schedule Whenever I hear the word, I think of two things: trains, and watches. Both of those words take me to a place: Japan. Nowhere have I experienced punctuality as in that country, and so many of my watches come from there.

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Mountain Not sure if it qualifies as a mountain, but it’s the craziest peak I know of… Pico Cão Grande, in São Tomé.

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First for everyone: tinyMovieStar got to school, and she had no shoes on! So eager to go, she jumped into my lap, and we left. I failed to notice, mom failed as well 🤣🤣 We drove back, laughing, and picked up her sneakers. No harm done!

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Added a new link to my omg.lol profile. Months later, still love the service!

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Tomorrow is Top Gun day, so I better get down to work today! Can’t remember the last time I was actually in a movie theatre.

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Crypto, when it comes down to it, relies on greater fools. As assets without any intrinsic value, the way to make money from crypto is to find a greater fool who will buy your assets from you at a higher price. Predatory community Tks, @cdevroe.

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Procrastinating Can’t get enough of this one. And, of course, trying to find every excuse I can to delay the work I should be doing…

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Back to the movies… at home. Today, Sicario, while editing another batch of boring photos.

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Textile Waiting for lunch. We’re going out, I picked pink for today. Shirt, socks, and boots. Feeling great.

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Weekends with the in-laws always have an assortment of random moments. Right now my father in-law is attempting the Braveheart soundtrack on a flute. I haven’t seen the movie, but can tell that’s not it. At all! 🤣🤣🤣

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Luckiest Girl Alive Hello Kitty + Pink + Converse All Star? Sure!

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Second vomit cleanup of the day? Check!

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Almost symmetry Not perfect, but close enough, hopefully.

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She eats everything. She eats nothing. She eats everything. She eats nothing. I never know what I’m getting into at dinner time. Same item: delicious one day, inedible the day after, indispensable again on the next day.

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Traveling Buddies These are my co-pilots nowadays…

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Beverage Had the usual cups of coffee in the morning, and decided to skip photographing those, hoping I’d meet a beer in the afternoon. Sadly, that didn’t happen. So… Back to memory land, and a place where a beverage is never far.

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32C. May.

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Weekend plans: after a week without the usual visit to all the grandparents (I was working during the weekend, and my in-laws went to Brazil), we’re back to regular programming this time around. tinyMovieStar is thrilled.

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Edited yesterday’s trip photos. It was a quicker visit than usual, to a jail. The wine is made by the inmates. The prison is located in one of the poshest areas in the country, incredibly beautiful. Fun day.

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10 Years Later Seems like not a lot has changed. Those in power are still the same, the misery remains. Wishing you all the best, Timor.

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Back from the wine producing prison. This one surely wins the “Most Out of the Ordinary” award on this series of visits.

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Just in Case I’m taking this one with me today, might need it later.

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Time to pick up tinyMovieStar, and have a beer. Tomorrow I have to work again, this time in a different venue: a prison. Should be fun.

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Great idea, again, by @sod. Tap here, and you’ll be taken to a random entry in the photoblogging challenge. I saved the link on Drafts, and use it repeatedly now 🙂

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Looks like this time we’re really going! Not our island, but an island anyway. First time on a plane for the tiny one, we should be heading to France in under a month.

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Random Speed through the Recents folder on Camera Roll, all 125 460 photos, and pick one. That’s as random as I can get.

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No work today. Feels great to say that. Time for some “Tokyo Vice”!

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Standing Still Love it when time does that.

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Best. Moment. Ever. Got home after days without seeing the girls, tinyMovieStar jumps up and I pick her and there’s a tight, long, hug. movieStar says “This is happiness”, and the little one replies “It’s not happiness, this is love”! My heart exploded 😍

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Final Day This ends today, and I’ll finally be able to spend some time with the girls. Missing them SO much, on top of the whole exhaustion thing. Have a great Sunday.

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Too tired to post.

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Third day in. SOOOOOOO fed up.

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Scary: corrupted card on the camera, half the photos from today are missing. Thankfully it’s a two card camera, so there’s a jpg version on the other one… 🙀

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Made it home before 11PM! Yay! tinyMovieStar, just before sleeping, said she was sad she couldn’t kiss Papi. Broken heart for both of us.

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Tranquility For Mr @vincent’s prompt, an old classic I return to often. We still haven’t made it back to the island, still missing it.

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Home by 1AM, quick edit and send a couple of photos. In good company, as tinyMovieStar couldn’t sleep without Papi. Sleep at 2AM, up by 7AM. Read a story to a (very sleepy) baby girl, and off I go again. Have a great one.

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Working Boy Mr Márcio, chief electrician, is a cool photographer as well. He was kind enough to shoot me while I shot him. Double shot!

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Lucky me, today’s shoot starts at 1130! Late enough to still have time to drop the little one at kindergarten! 🥰

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mickeyMouseOperation Toddler’s shades. Maybe I should get a pair…

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Family

We left home before lunch, headed to a nearby restaurant with a cousin. Had some food. Came home for a couple of minutes, left again with said cousin, picked up the little one from kindergarten, and met other friends (actually more like family) for beers and conversation. The garden was packed with tourists. The beer was cold. Suddenly it was dinner time, so we took that same cousin to another restaurant and had dinner. By 10PM we were home. The temperature outside around 23C. Felt like a summer day.

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Final day before assignment starts. Already feeling the sadness that comes from knowing I’ll leave before the girls are up, and arrive after the little one is sleeping. Five days of this. Bah.

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I might have a separate Instagram account just for watches. I also might be spending way too much time reading Hodinkee, and similar sites. I might even have downloaded their app. Talk about rabbit holes!

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11 Years

My in-laws have moved back to their hometown, a village outside Lisbon, maybe an hour away if one drives slow enough. We have been going there weekly for a while now. It’s a great place to spend the weekend, and see the family. The house is always full of people, food and drinks, and good times are guaranteed. This weekend it was a little (a LOT) different. The party level increased exponentially. This village is, as so many others in the land, wine country. Lots of small producers around. Every year all of them get together and throw a big party. One that lasts three days, where you go around trying their new wines, and eating. For free. Barbecues are set up on the streets, you just grab a piece of meat, slap it on some bread, and eat it with a glass of wine. Walk a little, go into another cellar, drink and eat a little more. Repeat. For three days! There’s also music. Three brass bands doing the rounds, loudly. When they meet one of the others, a music battle happens, and then they move on. And, once a day, a big concert close to midnight. Lucky us, the band that was playing the first night, the night when we attended, was a band we know. A band I was privileged to meet over a decade ago, in what was one of the most epic trips I’ve taken. Let’s go back a decade now, and talk Brazil. Brazil had never been on my plans. I’m not a huge fan, as so many of my countrymen, of their music, food, beaches, and culture in general. The country is also known for a high crime rate. Not somewhere I’d go to on my own dime. At that time the newspaper got an invite to travel there, as part of a trip put together by one of their tourism boards. The idea was to showcase their state to us, and hope we’d love it and share the news with our readers. They invited other outlets as well, and had also arranged a pair of ambassadors. They were musicians, and brothers, and would help persuade some of the media to join the adventure. Their music was not one I’d listen to, but everyone talked about their professionalism, and how nice they were. They were BIG by then already. I was curious. And, I’m happy to say, we got along brilliantly from the start. The state that invited us was Ceará, and we spent around 10 days going to the nicest places they had to offer. Beaches, dunes, lakes, palm trees, a lot of bbq everywhere, and caipirinhas to help everything go down. It was a dream trip, and we loved it. Luck had it I turned 40 during our time there, and the band decided to celebrate that, along with everyone else. They got a cake, and sang Happy Birthday, as one does. I was grateful, and thanked them. We’d met a couple of days ago and, even though we were getting along so well, they didn’t have to go to all the trouble of finding a cake in the middle of nowhere. And then the next day came, we moved to another, smaller, town. The trip was brilliant, with the Land Rovers on top of barges, crossing lakes, like being in a Nat Geo documentary. Dinner came at the end of that exciting day and, suddenly, Happy Birthday was on again. And another cake had materialized. My first thought was about the coincidence, someone had a birthday next to me. Surprise, the birthday party was mine. Again! They were crazy! I’ll cut the story a bit shorter, and move on: we had a birthday party every single day until we returned. Seven birthday parties. Seven cakes. Some were not even proper cakes, as no baker could be found. One of them was made of rice, a bowl of rice with a candle on top! They sang, we all drank, and had a great time. We came back home, with promises being made about a dinner that would happen in the near future, as one does on these trips. I never thought it would happen, and told them I would only be present if we could have dinner barefoot, as we’d done most days in Brazil, with our feet on the sand. A month or so later a date was set, and I was, again, surprised. We would have dinner after all, the whole gang, but the place was not on the beach. A Brazilian restaurant, true, but not on the beach. We had spent such a great time, with hours of interesting conversation, finding common ground on so many issues, and feeling blessed that all of us could make a living out of our passions. I could not miss the dinner, so drove over to the restaurant and was ready for a lovely evening of party. One of them showed up, I was smoking a cigarette outside, and I jokingly said I was a little sad and disappointed that I had to wear shoes, and no sand was in sight. He apologized, said they were extra busy with concerts and the venue was practical for them, not far from their home. He went in, and I did the same when the cigarette was done. Went to my chair, pulled it, and there was a box on the floor. A shoe box. Hmmmm… Curious, I opened the box, and it was filled with sand. That’s when I broke down, laughing and crying at the same time. They were looking at me, laughing their hearts out, and then the music started. What was the music? Happy. Freaking. Birthday. With a side of cake! It’s still one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done for me, and I will never forget them. At the time I promised them I would go to one of their shows. It took me 11 years to get there, but I finally watched one of their concerts. It was also the first one tinyMovieStar went to, and she LOVES one of their songs, and sang along a part of it. She’s two, and she already knows their music! I sent them a message the day before, letting them know I’d be there. The place was packed, and the little one didn’t make it to the end of show. We took her home to sleep, and I went back to the concert. They spotted me in the middle of the crowd, while singing, and motioned me to meet them backstage. And I did. I had to tell them I was a fan, their fan, as people, and let them know about the little one, and how important they had been, and are, all those years after we met. We hugged, and talked a little, and then I left. We all needed to sleep, it was close to 2AM. Hopefully it won’t take another decade before we meet again.

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So I put together a shortcut — Push To Overcast — that lets me download a video from YouTube, convert it to an audio file, and then easily upload it to Overcast. YouTube Audio to Overcast - Initial Charge Thank you, thank you! I needed this SO much!

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A very long Sunday, but we went to the beach (lunch included), and cousin’s pool in the afternoon. tinyMovieStar, a water and sand lover, was thrilled. Tired, but thrilled.

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parked movieStar’s great-grandfather’s old automobile, parked for good. Sitting behind a warehouse, she found it this weekend.

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There’s a post coming, and it will be a long one. But I’ll leave that for another day. For now, a photo. It’s now past 1:30AM, and we’re finally home, and in bed. Music still blasting outside, should stop by 4AM. Epic day.

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If she makes it that late without falling asleep, tinyMovieStar will attend her first concert today. Not pushing it, of course, but this one would be perfect as her first go at live music performances.

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Silhouette Sitting at home, avoiding work for as long as I can manage, the prompt comes up on my calendar (thanks @Burk): Silhouette. A postcard version of it comes to mind. Hope you have a great weekend.

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Automatically delete your old tweets, except for the ones you want to keep Handy service by Micah Lee. If you’re a fascist, or fascist supporter, the service is not available to you. Semiphemeral

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Lynx I wondered how the blog would look like in a text browser now that Alt Text is being implemented, so I went ahead and installed Lynx. It works great, and the image descriptions show up in yellow. Nice.

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Managed to edit the entire assignment I had left. I guess I can call today a success already, and we didn’t even have lunch yet!

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Earth Although I’m not taking part of this year’s May Photoblogging Challenge, I had to give it a go today. The Richat Structure, AKA Eye of Africa. And a mountain range in Iran. It’s a beautiful planet, and the only one we have. We should take better care of it.

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What Now?? Is everything alright, @HemisphericViews? 😂

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5 days of shooting set photography coming up next week. Mixed feelings, as usual. Money will be ok, but I’ll miss seeing the girls the whole day. Should leave before they’re up, and probably be back after bed time.

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Lunch Time Met two of my oldest (and dearest) friends at the paper, and we walked to the restaurant. Still time to meet another one by chance, while waiting outside the building. The restaurant was nothing to rave about: slow, very VERY hot inside, and pretty basic food.

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Lunch date in a little while. Can’t seem to stay home and, you guessed it, there’s an assignment waiting for the editing part. I wonder if these two things are related? 🤔

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Moving We went to a different supermarket yesterday, and tinyMovieStar quickly found her way to the usual spot on the cart. Before that she tried the moving walkway for the first time, and it definitely wasn’t love at first sight!

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Alt Text

From this day forward I’ll make an effort to always add Alt Text to the photos on my posts. Jean was kind enough to share @sod’s presentation on Micro Camp and, after watching it, there was no other way to go about it. Ulysses even makes it super simple, I just have to add a caption to the photos, and those will render as Alt Text when it’s published. Easy. The video is informative, and funny. Killer combination. Check it out: Accessible Microblogging: A Crash Course

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Testing… Will this work, @sod? Using Ulysses as usual, it would be brilliant if it did…

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There, and Back Left early in the morning, with my parents, drove four hours north, attended a funeral, went to Spain for gas, had lunch with family, drove four hours south. That’s about it. A day went by.

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Here we go. See you later.

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Up since 4AM. Getting ready for the drive up north. Long drive, and pretty cold up there. It’s not going to be nice, but we’ve had plenty of nice days lately, so there’s that.

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A little sad that I won’t be taking part of this May’s Micro.blog photo challenge, but I knew from the start I wouldn’t be able to keep up… Will happily follow along as my fellow microbloggers post their wonderful photos 🙂

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Sunday, Back Home After the wedding extravaganza, we made it back home today. Not before working this morning and afternoon. A visit to a winery so, at least, a painless one. Tomorrow I’m driving my parents to a funeral, WAY up in the north, and too early in the morning.

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Party Animal What. A. Day! tinyMovieStar surprised us all, and danced like a crazy person until well past one. 1AM! With her own bodyguard detail! First wedding for her: 10/10!

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Petal duty, and a drive to the winery to pick up a few bottles. That’s it for the wedding day morning.

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WeddingDay (sold)

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Wedding day tomorrow and, as usual, I’m not looking forward to it. Happy those two are finally doing it, but I’m not a fan of the actual wedding parties. On top of that it’s the first one with tinyMovieStar, so we’re on duty the whole time, and no drinking whatsoever.

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Khaki Field Mechanical New watch day is always an exciting day.

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Finally got to the end of the ordeal, and a jacket has been acquired! The Outfit Quest is finished, I’m ready. Predictably, as we were in the right shop for it, the watch managed to find a way to come along. That makes me happy.

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Well past noon, jacket situation still not solved… On the other hand, I saw a watch I really loved.

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Break in Case of Emergency

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Pick This is the one I picked in the end. If everything works according to plan, it should go into a show, where it will be sold. Proceeds will be delivered to a NGO that’s assisting refugees from Ukraine in Portugal.

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Two days to brother-in-law’s wedding, and I might need a cardigan yet. Trying to take care of that after my hair gets fixed today…

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In hindsight I should have used that nap time to pick a photo that should have been sent a week ago! How do I pick ONE photo? One single photo from all the photos I have ever done? That’s why it’s taking so long.

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Happy to say I managed to nap a little before picking up the little one. Not a huge achievement, I’m aware, but sometimes it’s the little things…

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Thank God it’s Tuesday! After four days of partying, I really need a work day.

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Getting ready to leave. Why does it feel like we went out yesterday and somehow were beaten pretty badly along the way?

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Long Day It was a long, but very happy, day. tinyMovieStar is now two. Friends came over, she was excited, and so were we. Loved seeing them. Today we’re having Part II, with her grandparents. All of them. Should be fun.

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Regular A regular “customer” on our street, even when it rains non-stop, like today.

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Is this the day tinyMovieStar becomes miniMovieStar?

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Володимир Зеленський is addressing the Portuguese parliament in 20 minutes 🇺🇦

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It’s been a while now, and I’m still using Overcast. Not perfect, but still using it.

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Helium has been acquired! Only need to fill up one balloon, I’ll have to find a use for the rest of the tank… 🤣

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Happy 4/20, for those who celebrate it.

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Simone Woke up today and saw a post on a lovely hyper local newspaper we have in town, about a street art piece by mano.jmk. Simone de Oliveira is one of the greatest singers in the country (she recently retired), and the street artist is her grandson. Went there.

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G-Shock will soon be releasing an updated and improved version of its contemporary cult classic, the “CasiOak.” Solar power, one of my favorite features. I might need a new one after all… The new G-Shock GA-B2100 Adds Serious Functionality To The CasiOak Design

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Long Morning

Drop tinyMovieStar off at school, drive to El Corte and sort the outfit out, next to the hospital and get movieStar fixed. Lunch was planned for Time Out market, but too many tourists there to make that possible, changed to bifana close by. Also full. Ended up at Coyo Taco, with margaritas and tacos. Could be worse.

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Odd statistics of the morning: Went to El Corte Ingles, took care of the outfit. Friends I met there: 0. Came to the hospital, been here for 10 minutes. Friends I met already: 3!

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movieStar, bless her, sees me with eyes full of love. She got me the coolest outfit, but thinks I’m way skinnier than I really am 🥰 I’ll be on my way to the shop tomorrow, getting bigger sizes.

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Outfit search has (hopefully) ended. movieStar found everything I might need, and got it. What would I do without her? Not much, I can tell you that…

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Slow Horses day. 📺

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Ugly It used to be a nicer place. Now I find it ugly, messy, and harder to find the old character by the day. Nazaré.

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Easter Sunday Another trip to the beach. Windy, no sun, and a little cold. No problem for tinyMovieStar, she has a lot of fun anyway 🥰

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Summer Breeze Courtesy of Mansinho, just back from Ukraine. Also Tropical Swift, and Silver Selection.

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Something that’s admittedly hard to define, and yet along with the obvious element of nostalgia, they also seem to posses a kind of quiet dignity. A small homage to Japan’s humble and green public telephones — Tokyo Times

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Mansinho is finally back from Ukraine. Just in time for Easter.

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We were not the only ones who had the brilliant idea of driving to the beach, I can tell you that!

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Virtual Coffee After a couple of real ones, I come across this one. I’ll take it as well, thank you. Need all the help I can get to get through this ordeal…

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Good Friday. Editing. I guess I’ll just call it “Good” Friday this year.

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Go, Duck, Go… Finally got my invite to test DuckDuckGo’s new Mac Beta browser. First impression: that tab bar and search bar take up an enormous amount of space on my tiny Air.

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Maximum temperature for today: 29°C. 29? 29?? Where did we hide the summer clothes? Are they even at home, or at some storage facility?

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When cash was a thing…

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Today we’re visiting another wine producer. Thankfully this winery is closer to home.

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CODA. Cried and cried and cried and cried. Also laughed a lot, but boy did I cry! Loved it.

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I had forgotten how many Spaniards come to town for Easter break. Damn! Where should we escape to?

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One day later, still no outfit purchased. Also ran out of beer, and the brewery is on the other side of town. I did get the bank task sorted, so that’s a win.

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Mr Leandro One of the coolest characters on the island, Mr Leandro. He’s a basket (and other items) weaver, and he’s also known for hand-rolling cigarettes using the pages of an old dictionary.

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Coffee #1: done. ☕️

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The Place I Miss Still no idea when we’ll be back. Postponed twice already this year.

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“Papi, I’m cooking dinner for you. With mushrooms, beer, and carrots” 🥰

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Update on The Outfit Quest: didn’t even left the house. I’m one step closer to what everyone is fearing: I’ll attend the wedding wearing nothing at all!

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Project for today: find an outfit for brother-in-law’s wedding in a couple of weeks. It won’t be an easy task.

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tinyMovieStar is off diapers for the afternoon. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to clean up something later in the day…

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Just finished season 4 of Drive to Survive. Boy, do we hate that Dutch driver and his British boss!

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Sunday Drive On the way home today we drove by the place where my brother-in-law is having his wedding reception in a couple of weeks. Seems like a nice place 🙂

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Exporting. After editing. Before lunch. On a Sunday.

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thingsThisWeek #29

💨 This one flew by. 🥘 Covid seem to be under control at the in-laws, so we joined them on Sunday, and had a really nice meal at a nearby restaurant. Not the usual two-day affair, though, we spent one day only with them. On Saturday we just went to my parents for lunch, and then found alternative activities for the afternoon. Play date for the little one. 🍿 El Camino Christmas. Started watching the new season of Drive to Survive. Aloha. And, yes, finally, Tokyo Vice! 🇺🇦 It keeps getting worse. Every. Day. At least my friend is out of there, after close to a month in the country. Stopped in Paris for a week on the way over, and should be in town by Wednesday or Thursday. Beer is ready for him. 📷 Three assignments for the paper this week. A quick one in town, a longer one in the Algarve the next day, and a final one in Sintra, a place I hate going to, on Friday. Busy week. Not at all usual for a freelancer, but they were a little short on staff photographers this week. I missed this kind of work a little more than I thought I did. It’s great seeing old friends again, and learning something new every day. Glad to be back.

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In Sintra today. What’s the opposite of “This city grows on me with every visit”?? Every single time I come here I vouch never to come back! It’s a crazy mess with thousands of tourists, even with this shitty weather! Crazy town!

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Today I’ll start working a little later, at 6PM. Rest of the day at home with the girls. The little one woke up with a bit of fever, but the temperature is coming down already. Anyway, she’s skipping kindergarten today. This is the one keeping time today.

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Almond Day We spent 15 hours yesterday on a story about almonds. Ended up getting home knowing more than when I left, so I’ll put the day down as a success.

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15 hours later, I’m home. Left before sunrise, arrived after sunset. That’s it.

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6:30AM, leaving. Up since 5.30AM. It’s going to be a LOOOOOONG day.

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Today I visited a refugee center in town. Pretty calm. Some of the refugees said they picked this particular country because it’s the one in Europe as far away from Ukraine as possible. Seems like a very valid reason.

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Giving Overcast a new try.

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Back from the refugee center, lunch, and edit the photos (meh!) really fast. It almost time to pick up the little one, and that’s the most important bit.

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Apple Maps is still very much unusable around these parts. I don’t know where the hell they get their data from, but forbidden u-turns abound! I do try to get away from Waze/Google Maps every once in a while, but I’d rather keep my driver’s license for now.

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Not entirely a surprise (at all), but today’s issues with the VAT&IRS office were totally my fault. Money is already on the way, so I should be ok for a while, until I screw up again.

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With all the timers available, I still can’t find a more practical way to time stuff in the kitchen (and elsewhere) than a plain old diving watch bezel.

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I need a crash course on taxes and stuff. “IRS and Other Taxes for (extreme) Dummies” sort of thing…

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It was painful enough to drop tinyMovieStar off at kindergarten and not even getting a “goodbye” from her, but today she outdone herself and actually looked at me and said: “Ciao, Papi”. Not in a sweet, “see you later” way, more like a “we’re done here, scram”… 🤣

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With fascinating characters and vivid urban ambience, Tokyo Vice is a visually stunning crime drama that’ll have you hooked from the start. Review: HBO Max’s Thrilling Newspaper Noir ‘Tokyo Vice’ Explores the Dark Side of ’90s Tokyo

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Old School Surfer Old old van on our way to kindergarten this morning. Shot while driving, sorry about that 🙂

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We did make it to the in-laws after all! Covid is under control, and we were getting hungry anyway 😅😂

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As far as Sunday mornings go, nothing beats lying in bed with tinyMovieStar, reading a book. Hope you have a great one too.

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Back from lunch with my parents, on to the rest of the afternoon. Little one asleep in the back of the car, as she usually does after these lunches.

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thingsThisWeek #28

🍜 And what a Sunday it was! We felt marginally better from the stomach bug that’s keeping us on our toes lately and, since the usual trip to the in-laws had to be cancelled due to their Covid infection, we arranged to have lunch with movieStar’s brother and girlfriend. We met her, and one of our cousins (Gu) at the beach, since they were there with their dogs (tinyMovieStar’s great friends). The drive over was pleasant, and we always feel a little better when there’s sea at the end of the road. Also, as usual, plans were quickly upgraded. We picked up my brother-in-law and Gu’s girlfriend, and had lunch at a great pan-Asian restaurant in Cascais. Thai Green Curry for me, a couple of Sapporo as well. Yummy! That part of town has art painted on the street, so the little one was obviously thrilled to be able to sit on blue. And yellow! We also sat on super tall red stools. Great time with colors After that we walked to the best ice cream shop in the country, and the little one had way too much strawberry ice-cream. Another cousin skated by, and stopped to meet her. This is one we hadn’t seen in a while, he spends most of his time abroad. He will be the little one’s surf coach in a year or two, and she looked amazed by how tall and blond he is. And she tried the skate! There was a fair in town as well, and a rally to support Ukraine at the same time! Busy, busy Cascais. Foot volley players on the beach, music and a party vibe all over. We didn’t stay long. We drove to Gu’s place, with more ice-cream in the bag. tinyMovieStar dipped her hand on the cold pool water, and played with the dogs in the grass. By the end of it, surprise, we weren’t feeling that great again, our tummies were complaining: spice food, ice-cream, beer, and churros?? What were we thinking!? It was worth it! 🍿 Finished Ted Lasso. Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King, The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank. 🧟‍♂️ On Wednesday, dropped tinyMovieStar off at kindergarten, came back home, went back to bed, and slept four hours. Woke up feeling like a zombie. 🍺 Our usual spot for an afternoon beer is nearly dead. We have a lot of fond memories of the place, and a few relationships that started there. Heck, I didn’t even drink beer before I found about this place! It was an incredible place. Cosy, filled with great beer and happy conversation. Over the years the owners have proven over and over they were great people too. And then they decided to open a second shop, and somehow ours felt abandoned. Sometimes it wouldn’t even open and, when they did, the shelves seem emptier by the visit. We kept coming, but the visits felt odd. Like we were the only ones pushing it, wanting it to succeed. The owners were nowhere to be seen by now, their visits far and apart. Soon we’d stop showing up as well. I get their reasons, to a point. They can, obviously, do whatever they want with their business. It just feels sad that a place with such a cool energy will stop being there. A couple of weeks ago a friend came to town from the north of the country, we met him there for a beer. The shelves were even slimmer than usual. It was probably the last time we arranged to meet there. This week we drove to one of the breweries in town, one that makes a beer we used to drink there all the time, and I bought a case. I will drink them at home, with friends, and alone. It will have to do. 💻 A have an assignment on the laptop, waiting to be edited. It’s been two weeks since the shoot. 🎉 We had scheduled a dinner party for some friends. Then covid happened to one of them, the gathering was postponed, then back on. We had a lot of fun, with some beer. There’s no way to set things up in advance these days. Something always happens in the meantime. 🇺🇦 Friend still in Ukraine, but this should be the last week, he’s probably making his way back home next week. I’ll be able to relax when he’s back here. Just today news appeared about another photojournalist who passed away. RIP.

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The dinner party happened in the end. Only two couples, but very fine with that. We had fun.

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Turns out dinner party is no more. One of the couples is down with covid, we rescheduled.

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tinyMovieStar off to the petting zoo, we’re on our way to the dentist, a meeting, and prepping a dinner party for kids and grownups later on. It’s THAT kind of Friday.

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Ice Cream Crazy Another visit to the supermarket, en route to the brewer, and another ice cream box that didn’t make it to the end of the (short) shopping spree. She LOVES strawberry ice cream!

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Time to pick the little one from kindergarten. Still one of my favorite parts of the day, even if she now wants to stay there a little longer…

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Yesterday we finally managed to finish Ted Lasso’s second season. Now we want season three. Tomorrow!

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Suica Pointless at this time, and probably for a long time as well, but somehow my phone felt incomplete without this one…

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Street Artist

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Ready for you, Mr @Gaby 🙂

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Are the people who decide to keep this Daylight Savings Time thing going all childless?? Or do they have to go through this mess twice a year with toddlers, and still think this is a brilliant idea?

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Yesterday evening tinyMovieStar placed some of Peppa’s friends facing the wall on the doll house. We asked what were they doing and she said: “It’s not television, it’s the cinema!” 🤯

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Welcome summer time! Also, in-laws have finally joined the Covid club 🦠

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thingsThisWeek #26/#27

Another couple of weeks went by, and I couldn’t even finish these on time. We’re having two-in-one again… Sorry about that. 🚗 Saturday. The usual lunch and trip out of town to visit the in-laws. We had additional plans, but couldn’t make it. On the following weekend we decided to relax, and spent the entire Sunday there, instead of driving back after lunch. Complete with nap. Perfect. 🍿 The French Dispatch. Finally! And I LOVED IT! Wes Anderson on acid, and I’m very fine with that. The Adam Project, Bad Vegan, WeCrashed, The Wizard of Lies. That’s it. 🏝Seems like the trip is back on. Or not. No, it is! No, not yet… Hmmm… We were planning for a late March departure, but seems like it was postponed. Again. I keep saying no to assignments, because we’re on the verge of going, and then we’re stuck here, and the assignments have been handed to someone else already. Not cool. Still managed to spend a day inside a hotel, shooting an event, a boring one, on a very busy Friday, one that ended with a quick drive to pick up my car from the mechanic, dinner with friends and kids. It was a LONG day. ⏳Sand storm, a few days when our lives had an Instagram/Narcos filter all day long. Sand dust from the Sahara taking over our skies. Not the healthiest choice, breathing problems are also to be taken into consideration. Thankfully it went away quickly. 🥰 Father’s Day. My second one, but this time tinyMovieStar is a little bigger, and she prepared a drawing for me, and it was beautiful. She had a great time too, probably thinking it was my birthday again, and she sang Happy Birthday, that always brings a smile to her face. She does smile (and laugh) a lot, now that I think about it. 🇺🇦 The situation has not improved, at all, and my friend is now in Odessa, after a little while in Moldova, and a quick trip to Mykolaiv. I’m keeping an eye on the areas where he’s going, trying to read whatever news might escape him. Our fingers are permanently crossed now, wishing everything turns out ok for him and tinyMovieStar’s godmother, who has family in the country. She’s worried sick as well. 🎵Our good friends from Chaves, the ones who created the N2 music festival, are in town. We love them, and it’s always a pleasure to welcome them. Had dinner with them, and I was supposed to join them on the award ceremony they’re in town for, but… 🦠 Stomach bug! Yes, another one. movieStar got it, and now I do. Happy days.

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I guess I’ve had a good run, a couple of weeks with no issues 🙂 Welcome, new stomach bug! Nice of you to drop by.

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movieStar had coffee this morning. She’d been drinking tea for a few days now. I can REALLY tell the difference! 🤣

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Also, yesterday we had the most wonderful evening, dinner with our friends/family from Chaves. tinyMovieStar was REALLY thrilled to see them again, showing them around the house, all the toys, towels (she has a thing with towels), and staying up WAY past her bedtime.

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Sometimes it takes me forever to edit photos from an assignment. Usually it’s something that was SO boring that I just know, and fear, the boredom that will come from reliving it. Today is one of those days.

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The call came. Wanna go on assignment to Ukraine? Not right now, no. Sorry, can’t.

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Supermarket Soundtrack Perfect to wander the isles of the local supermarket. Wander the Night - Tokyo

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Starting to wonder if this will be a sleepless night. We haven’t had one of those in a while.

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Welcome 🇺🇦

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Morning routine now includes checking up on Ukraine’s situation, so I can advise my friend who’s still in Odessa, and wondering if he’s going to be able to make his way to Kyiv.

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Here’s your milk, the one you asked for. Is it good? No. Turn around, walk to the room and back. 5 seconds total. Here you go. Try it now. Is it good? Yes!

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What. A. Long. Day! Again.

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Walking to Work Of course you’re free to move around any way you like…

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Grover on Wheels

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A Brief History of Tractors in Ukrainian Found at the second hand bookshop. 🇺🇦 🚜

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Driving Around Had to leave the house for a while, things did not improve on the filter situation. Still impossible to see the sun.

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Sandstorm Not easy to see on the photos, but the sky is yellowish and it feels a bit harder to breathe. Maybe the printed “yellow” helps set the mood. Thanks, Sahara.

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Slightly hangover. Not used to these anymore.

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Photographer’s beer meet planned for today. A colleague who moved up north is in town, and we’re celebrating his visit. A chance for him (and others) to meet tinyMovieStar. She’s almost two, and they haven’t had the opportunity yet.

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Odd to be messaging someone I had a beer with a couple of days ago, and now he’s in Odessa, while we’re having lunch with the in-laws as usual.

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One thing we didn’t expect to spend so much money on with the arrival of tinyMovieStar: toothbrushes. She LOVES playing with them, and renders them useless in no time. We try to hide them, but she has a talent for spotting the new ones everywhere.

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One lunch appointment, a visit to a farmers market, a toddler’s birthday party, a drive to the in-laws. And we should have rain throughout the day. Wanna bet we’ll miss some of those?

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lowLight I have to say I’m IMPRESSED! Last week we visited a winery up in Gaia for work, and it was dark in the cellar. Really dark. It was my first opportunity to test the new iPhone in a low light situation, and boy was I happy with the result!

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thingsThisWeek #24/#25

Unable to publish last week, here goes a 2-in-1 edition. 🇺🇦 The situation in Ukraine took over most of the weeks. Twitter is where I spend most of the free time, for as long as my brain is able to cope. We dropped a few bags with warm clothes and baby stuff at the Ukrainian Church in town when all this started, and a lot of people were doing the same. A LOT. There’s not much else we can do for now, except worry and hope that, somehow, a quick solution is found. Improbable, I know, as each day brings horrible and depressing news. 🍿 No time for anything besides news about Ukraine. No shows, no movies. This will have to change soon. 🍺 We managed to go out and have a beer. Sounds simple, but it’s actually a lot harder than it should. Getting three couples (complete with babies) together involves a lot of planning, and a sprinkle of luck. We made it happen, but one of the parents couldn’t make it. As close to 100% success rate as we could get. We were still happy. The beer was delicious and cold, and we talked… Mostly, of course, about the babies, but the war talk was also on the agenda. It’s unavoidable at this point. 😔 Micro.camp is happening, and I couldn’t find a way to take part. I’m feeling both sad and embarrassed. I was supposed to have a presentation, then couldn’t get things ready on time, it was a mess. A huge one. These past couple of weeks have been hell, and I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to keep my promise and get the presentation ready. 📷 Work weeks! Damn, I did not miss having so much work. Went all over the place, both for the newspaper and the wine shop. That means a lot of time away from home, and a lot of time at home editing photos. 📱 Tech wise, not a lot going on (see previous list items). I did swap my physical SIM for an eSIM, and got a new number as well. Since I’ve been on the road often these days, I wanted to make sure I always have a working connection in case something happens to tinyMovieStar, so I got a new number from another provider. Also road-related, I gave TomTom another chance. Waze is basically unavoidable here, so many people use it, and that gives it an edge on current road conditions, presence of police on the roads, radars and whatnot, as well as the super Google search for locations. But I’m finding TomTom to be a great contender in looks (Waze looks really basic) and the routing is incredible. Traffic information is awesome as well. No police warning, but I drive so slow I guess I don’t really need them. Also has a nice web view for route planning and saving. Handy. Subscribed for a year. ⛽️A couple of weeks ago there was talk on M.b about gas stations, and attendants that help you filling up, and I was surprised to see one in the city one of these days. They are a regular thing outside the city, but here we can’t find them anymore. I was again surprised when I needed to fill up again, and found my tank cover was gone! The gentleman had forgotten to put the cap back on, and I drove off without it! Went back to the station, but it was gone forever. A new one is on the way. Gas prices are crazy now, way crazier than before (and they were already mental), so we’re driving only when we really need. Diesel went up by 14 cents per litre last Monday, and will go up again next Monday. This time: an extra 25 cents. 👶🏻 A dear friend, one of the three I call close friends, had a baby a couple of months ago, and it’s been hard for them ever since. Thyroid issues from day one, now also blood issues. Getting a blood transfusion this young can’t be easy, for the baby and for them. We look at tinyMovieStar and feel blessed, our hearts tighten whenever we hear the hardship they’re going through. 🙏🏼 A dear friend, one of the three I call close friends, has left for Ukraine. He’s a photojournalist, the one who took over my place as photo editor at the paper, and he will try to get to Odessa and report from there. We started worrying already, as the city seems like hours/days away from being invaded. It’s his first time in a war zone as well, that also adds a layer of worry. I don’t miss that part of the job, at all, and wish him all the best in such a stressful situation. Hope he makes it back safe. 🙋🏻‍♂️ The last of the three I call best friends had no big issues, and he’s the one who ALWAYS has something happening to him! He’s the unluckiest person I know, but these weeks have been good to him. 🍰 I managed to turn 51. We had lunch. It was great.

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A close friend is on his way to Ukraine. Wish him all the best, and hope he remembers my words: No photo is worth your life. Godspeed.

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We’re going through a Barbapapa phase.

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Tomorrow I might finally get some rest. Emphasis on “might”.

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On Our Way First stop, first photo.

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06:30AM. Up. As we’re taking the train, at least I can sleep during the ride, or share photos and post while we’re on the way. What will it be? Anyway, good morning.

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Back home. Editing and getting stuff ready for tomorrow’s trip up north. Shortest weekend in a LONG time.

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Full weekend ahead, and Porto on Monday! Taking the train this time.

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Out and about. Again! Busy busy busy 😰

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No one talks about anything else. The war takes up the whole day, everywhere.

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Bank holiday over here, the whole city is quiet. Except the street where the Ukrainian Church is located. That’s packed full of people donating tons of stuff! Happy to see everyone doing it.

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Going Home

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When it rains, it pours. We did it! Went out for a beer! It’s been months.

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Finally managed to go out and meet a couple of friends. They had a baby a couple of months ago, and today was the first time we saw her.

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thingsThisWeek #23

📷 New iPhone mostly means new camera, and I tried to take advantage of the new one this week. As I haven’t been out of the house for long periods of time, it hasn’t been easy. But I can already tell it’s a huge improvement over the X’s camera. Enjoying it. 🍿 Done with Inventing Anna. Also done with season 2 of Space Force, and watching The Serpent. Not incredible, but any series set in Bangkok will, at least, get me to watch a couple of episodes. No movies this week. 🧂 We drove out to the salt pans close to my in-laws on Sunday morning. It was a cool way to spend a couple of hours, and got to visit a place I’d never been too. The whole weekend was really nice, even though tinyMovieStar gets so excited to be at her grandparents she always ends up sleeping WAY too late. 📰 My renewed press card was finally issued, and I went to pick it up. I could have it delivered, but it’s only a ten minute walk from home to pick it up (everything is a ten minute walk from home!), so I just walked there. Feels kinda strange to have one of these again. After decades identifying myself as a journalist, I was now a photographer. It’s odd to have that registered as my occupation again. 😭 The infamous Terrible Twos. On 22-2-22, turning 22 months old, the little one decided it was time for a personality change, and went from sweetest baby in the world to crazy screaming monster. 🎂Brother-in-law had a birthday, we drove out to Cascais for the party. On the way we stopped at the horse riding school, and picked up another friend’s daughter. It was so much fun, watching tinyMovieStar looking at the horses, and playing with her. She’s a great kid, and knows how to handle toddler with a crazy expertise. They get along beautifully. She joined us for dinner at a cousin’s place, and the whole family had a great time. tinyMovieStar loves staying up late, that’s a fact, and she did it again. And in a school night, no less! The whole thing took a few hours, and I was feeling exhausted by the end. 😥 Had another assignment for the paper, and it was a rough one. Both mentally and photographically. A hard situation to shoot, the location was not easy, and couldn’t get as many, and as good, photos as I wished. Worst was the story, a heartbreaking tale of children separated from their parents. A throwback to earlier years, when I was feeling burned out with all the depressing things we cover on the news. That, and the Ukraine war, have made this another hard week. movieStar is having a hard time dealing with the war news as well. 🦠Still trying to understand what’s going on with my body, if this really is a case of long covid, or some other thing. Talked to a couple of friends who also feel far from recovered, even though the infection happened a while back. The energy levels are still very low, and everything feels like a sacrifice. Really hope this changes quickly.

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Not Ready, but Here We Go Still a little under the weather, but couldn’t say no. It’s been years since I’ve had my morning coffee at this place.

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Wake up at 8, got an assignment at 8.30, leaving at 10. Freelancing ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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The “It took me X hours to make this, hope you like it” scam on Instagram is going strong. Getting one DM from contacts that have been hacked every single day.

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Still working with half a brain (at most) only… The bed is my new chair.

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Just realized today is the day when tinyMovieStar turns 22 months old. On 22-2-22. No wonder the Terrible Twos are here!

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Three months of Apple Arcade included with new device. I had no idea. Nice! And thank you.

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Here we are: Terrible Twos.

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Upgraded my cellphone plan. The extra €3 will get me 5GB data a month on top the the old 5GB limit, and 5G. Turns out the vaccine & booster weren’t enough to get those speeds!

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Attack of the Ultra Wide I knew it, this will become a thing. I might as well start a new series. Decided not to fight it, I will embrace the wideness!

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Forgot to inform that we had Chicken Skewers, Amazing Satay Sauce & Fiery Noodle Salad for dinner on Saturday, and we most definitely will have it again.

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Sunday Morning

After a night of little sleep, we decided we wouldn’t stay home, and drove to the salt pan nearby. I had never been there, but my father-in-law wanted to visit with me. So off we went. There wasn’t a lot of salt there, it’s not salt season, but it’s a nice enough place, and I’m glad I finally know the place. The places where salt used to be stored, small wooden cabins, have been transformed into little shops, selling all sorts of items. Salt included. After that, on the way back home, we drove by Manique do Intendente, a small village that has a massive palace, built by a somewhat crazy police chief, that thought this place could someday become the capital of the kingdom. Things didn’t really work out for him, but the palace is still there, surrounded by the regular sized houses that come with a regular sized village. It was a great way to spend the morning, and the drive there was really nice.

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Thinking about going the eSIM way, and leave the physical slot empty for when we travel… Hahahahaha. Joking, we’ll never travel again!

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Ultra wide will take over my life! Haven’t used such a lens in a decade, I’m doomed!

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Stuffy nose + cough = no sleep. Up since 4AM. Using the time and quietness to write a few more sentences on the Japan post. It’s been a while since dinkiwinkiminkiwinki has been updated!

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The Usual Busy busy day, no opportunity to properly test the new camera, so my subject is the usual one: movieStar. xMarksTheLove 🥰

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Kevinho

Over the years, I’ve been lucky to meet a few characters. First because of my line of work, and then movieStar’s occupation allowed me to meet some more. One of them was the very talented Kevin Rushby. He visited the island, while on assignment for The Guardian, where he’s the chief travel editor. We spent a week together, and the stories, as you’d imagine, just kept coming. I was thrilled when he decided to launch a newsletter, backstory, and even more excited when he published a post about an episode that happened while he was there. If you like travelling, and love a great story, make sure to subscribe. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

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Been away for a while, energy levels still low to spend as much time online, but feeling like I’m missing on a lot of stuff.

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thingsThisWeek #22

🍷 Comida Independente had a party, we attended. I was supposed to document the event, but things didn’t turn out as easy as expected. I’m not really great at shooting these things, and the end result is always so depressing that I find myself shooting less every time. Of course that means I have fewer, and worse, photos. I guess I should just start saying no to these. 🍿 The Tinder Swindler to start the week, followed by The Drug King. Special Correspondents, second time for me, because movieStar hadn’t seen that one yet. 6 Underground, Screwball, The Highwaymen, True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Downfall: The Case Against Boeing. Series? Inventing Anna. We binged the series, meaning a couple of episodes a night. Last week’s show (Murderville) was left behind. Somehow it didn’t feel funny enough for movieStar, and I’ll have to agree. There are SO many shows to watch, some are bound to be left unwatched. ❤️ Yes, Valentine’s Day happened this week, and I totally forgot it was coming. We ended up having lunch at our Mexican joint down the street, and that was it. Turned out pretty great, with lunchtime margarita happy hour thrown in for good measure. Next year I promise I’ll remember and plan accordingly. 🎥 Movie Day for tinyMovieStar. Kindergarten took the kids to the movies, and she had a great time. It was her first time at the cinema, and they watched mostly Russian short (very short) movies. Everyone was behaving very well, silent and entertained. She slept on the bus that took them back to kindergarten, even though it was a 15 min drive. 🔋Felt tired all week long. No energy. Nothing. Still have some photos left to edit, and took care of another batch, but that was hard. Did nothing worth a sentence. Nothing at all. 🏝 Seems like March might not be the month we go back to the island after all. Confirmation didn’t come through, some things that were planned there have been postponed, so probably our trip will go the same way. A couple of friends have been down there in the past month, we keep hearing about it, looking at the photos. It’s even harder now, when we thought we were so close to going back. April, maybe? 📱Got myself a birthday present, a month before the actual date. Finally upgraded the phone. The X will now go to movieStar, and it’s the phone I enjoyed the most up to now. It was the one that shot most of the photos of the previous years, the best time of my life. It’s been with us on the island, around Asia, a bit of Europe, and, topping that off, it was the phone that captured tinyMovieStar’s first months on this planet. Thank you, mrBatsu.

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Also it’s now dark outside, no way to test the new camera 😔

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Package has arrived. Setting up takes hours. All apps are restored to proper location, except TestFlight ones. It’s annoying as hell.

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Incoming parcel.

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helloYellow(carEdition) 💛

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Today’s Bitcoin investor is savvy and looking for a hand-crafted crypto currency to launder money or pay to have someone eliminated. Portland Startup to Mine Artisanal Bitcoin Using Only Slide Rules and Graph Paper

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No. Energy. Whatsoever.

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No idea where time is going these days, but I’m getting absolutely nothing done, and yet I have no free time at all!

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My oldest project. loveProject made it to the paper… loveProject 💖

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Guess who forgot Valentine’s Day was around the corner?

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Hard at Work. Both of us! (Photo stolen from Mansinho’s account.)

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Yesterday we had a birthday party for one of tinyMovieStar’s friends, today a birthday party for a shop I’m doing some work for. I believe tomorrow we’re still party-free 😔

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thingsThisWeek #21

🦥 Zoo time! Haven’t been in ages, didn’t really want to go back, but there you have it. tinyMovieStar rules the world, with movieStar as second-in-command, and we ended up spending a couple of hours at the local zoo with cousins, and their kids. What can I tell you? I’m not a fan of zoos. Can’t recall, but I don’t think I liked them when I was younger. tinyMovieStar loved it tough. She talked about it the whole week. movieStar got her a plush sloth on the way out, and it’s now one of her favorites, along with the panda she’s had for a while. 🍿 Another week, another batch of tv series and movies. Started the weekly marathon with The Hater. Then A Family, Get Him to the Greek, The Fable, The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn’t Kill, Untold: Crime & Penalties. We also watched one episode of Murderville. Funny. I heard about this one on Smartless, and was curious about it. Not great, but good enough for a few laughs. 🦷 Teething. Ongoing. These are probably the last ones, but they are proving to be a challenge. Poor thing keeps sticking her finger in her mouth. Still, I find it amazing how strong she is, I’d be rolling around on the floor. 📰 Surprise, I got back and did an assignment for the newspaper I left years ago. Felt good to be back to these assignments. It was a small, simple, affair, but felt great getting in the car and driving an hour out of the city to shoot a place I’ve never been before. When is the next one coming? 🎉 This was also the week when we, finally free from the Covid shackles, could visit both our families. Grandmas and grandpas were happy to see tinyMovieStar again, she was thrilled to see them as well. She played with the dog, she had strawberry ice-cream, scrambled eggs by the dozen, the whole thing… We slept over at my in-laws, and came back on Sunday, after a lively lunch with my brothers-in-law. A day later one of them calls and announces they too got the virus. Not from us, but from someone else at the wake we all attended last week. 🏝Seems like we’re going back to Príncipe. Probably March, but still waiting for the confirmation. A lot of things are worrying me at this point. I’m sure we’ll be fine, but the move from Gang of Two to Gang of Three has me thinking about the preparation a lot more than I used to.

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Night what was it a!

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Follow up: almost 3:30AM, girls finally asleep. I’m now having trouble doing the same. Brilliant.

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Turns out it’s one of those nights. 2AM and nothing seems to work, all of us are sleepy, getting cranky, and already thinking tomorrow (or later today) will be a hard day. Even the little one knows it.

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Triangle Party tinyMovieStar went to bed at 9PM, woke up close to midnight. She wanted an apple. I peeled it, and chopped it into small pieces. A couple were triangles, so she decided to have only those. Of course I had to get another apple, and all the pieces were triangles.

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Analog! movieStar’s phone is broken beyond repair, today they’re doing the “Camera Roll” thing old school style!

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Also excited that we’ll be able to post new stuff on dinkiwinkiminkiwinki, and not only the old ones we made (yeah, yeah, that Japan post is coming along just fine…) tinyMovieStar will be on the blog, not just mom and dad!

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After a thousand drops on the floor, movieStar’s phone finally got fed up and gave up. She now owns a dead Pixel.

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Travel Plans

We’re on the first stages of planning our upcoming trip. We’re still waiting for the confirmation, but we’ll probably spend a month (March?) on the island. It’s the first big trip we’re making with tinyMovieStar, and the destination can be challenging for a (close to) two-year-old toddler. This is a trip we’ve made many times before, but travelling with her adds countless new variables. That has been true when moving in the country, it will get a lot harder with this trip. Long gone are the days of pack&go! She’ll be flying for the first time, and not a short flight at that. That is our first concern. Then she’ll land in a place that is entirely different from what she’s used to. None of the things we rely upon to feed her and entertain her are available. We’ll have to pack tons of food, medicines, toys, books, and so on. Vegetables are hard to find there, and everything else has regular shortages as well. We’re probably getting a house in the city, and that comes with advantages, as well as disadvantages. We can cook, but we have to find supplies to do that, not as easy as asking the kitchen staff to help out. There’s only one “supermarket”, and regular things can be in very short supply. There’s also no pool or beach in the city, and the number of things to do in town in general is very, VERY, limited. The town is tiny. The nicest hotel, the one where it would be easier to keep her happy, fed, and entertained, is closed for renovation. That’s the one with the nicest beach too. Bummer. We’ll also have to find someone to help out with babysitting. We have someone on our minds, but aren’t even sure if she’s on the island at the moment. Transportation is another issue. There are no taxis (they do have motorcycle taxis, but those are obviously not suitable), no buses, and renting a car for a month would be crazy expensive. There’s a bus that takes the hotel’s employees around the island, and that’s probably what we’ll use. It will be crazy hot! We can handle it, sometimes barely, but she’s never been in a place as hot as the island. It’s another reason to worry. She’ll miss her kindergarten too, as she’s really into it at the moment. movieStar will ask the teacher to send a video now and then, but the first days will surely be hard for her. She doesn’t have a babysitter here, she spends all her time at kindergarten, and with us, I’m sure it will be something difficult to overcome. I will probably not work while there, but something might come up. I’ll keep her company for as long as I can, while movieStar goes off to work but, if I have to work also, things will get messy. We’re thrilled that she’s going there, and happy that we’re back as well, but I know things will be very different this time around, the whole dynamic has changed too much. Still, this is a wonderful opportunity, and I can’t wait to see her there, having fun and discovering a TON of new things. I hope she has as much fun as we do. She’s meeting the place where mom&dad met and married!

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Love it when I’m wandering the isles of the supermarket and the music on the AirPods matches my mood perfectly. Today I was lucky. Michelle Gurevich - I’ll Be Your Woman www.youtube.com/watch

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Instagram can be cool. A friend was asking for advice regarding movies/documentaries about photojournalists. I posted a story. Two hours later I have a ton of suggestions.

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Tried DeepL to help speed up a translation job, and I’m glad I did. The Mac app is lovely, a shortcut will paste the text from any app into it, and activate the translation. I love an app that saves time.

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🐼 tinyMovieStar loves pandas, today we did the right thing and told her about Panda Cheese. She laughed out loud!

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Oh. So now Leica also makes watches. I guess I have no use for kidneys, right?

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Vodafone PT was hacked. No 4G/5G, no SMS service, home routers not working. A lot of people are unable to work from home. Also no Uber/Uber Eats, and similar apps. Thankfully I still have Sygic, so I’ll be able to find my way to the assignment. Waze is a no go today.

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Seems like we’ll spend another month in the island soon. If I’m really lucky, I’ll celebrate my birthday (and wedding anniversary!) there. Seems fitting.

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Maybe I’ll finish the Japan post on dinkiwinkiminkiwinki. It’s taking too long!

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Should be a slow week. Hoping it’s a slow week.

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Yikes! Following a tip from @benwerd, I downloaded the app from Shady Pines Radio. Instant love. A few moments later, I’m ready to order a trucker hat. They’re brilliant. Update with shipping information, and my heart sank 😔 $25 shipping for a $20 item 😭

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Seems like tinyMovieStar still has a couple of teeth left on her teething adventure. Or should I say OUR teething adventure? Rough night.

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Guess the Animal Let’s play? Easy one 😊

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Zoo? Done! No flare? Flare? I guess zebras were made for flare 🤣

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Zoo Day. Not a fan, never been. We’re going nonetheless.

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Analytics

One service I quite enjoyed, and recommended, is Plausible. If you’re looking for a simple, privacy-friendly, analytics tool, they will deliver a stellar service. It is not free, but might be worth your money. I used it for a year, and was quite happy with it. In the meantime, while trying to cut down on my subscriptions, I came across Microanalytics. I believe it was a post by @ohBananaJoe that led me to this one, and it’s a great replacement. I’ve been using them side by side for a few months, and it works as expected. Doesn’t look as good, but that’s it… In reality I don’t need analytics, but I like to have it. This will do. Plausible is not expensive, but Microanalytics has a generous free tier, one that I can use in as many sites as I wish. I’ll never get enough visits to reach the limit anyway, and I’ll save a few euros a year now. It’s also a European service, easy to set up, and more than enough features to keep my modest wishes for analytics happy. It runs on sustainable energy too. If you’re looking for a free tool, this might be worth a look.

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Today we’re picking up tinyMovieStar from kindergarten and driving to a friend’s house to drop some treats. Covid buddies!

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thingsThisWeek #20

🎂 Mother-in-law had a birthday, and we couldn’t attend. We’re still a little scared we might be infecting people even after the mandatory week at home. Still testing positive when the week started, and the cough had yet to disappear. That changed later on, as the week unfolded. 🍿 Made it to the end of The Girl From Oslo, and moved on to… Did watch a couple of movies as well, still on my quest to go through the worst movies on Netflix: Home Team, Munich The Edge of War, The Polka King, The Trader, The Week Of, Bad Boys for Life, Yes Day, Sand Castle, Operation Finale, The Dirt. Busy week! One series that I keep turning to when I have nothing else lined up, or have no time to look for something, is Superstore. Fun enough, perfect for a break while editing photos or other chores. I believe I’ve watched it all already, but don’t mind seeing the odd episode from time to time. 🗳 Sunday was Election Day. This is the one I was working for until my test came back positive, and I’m sad to say that the nazis got a lot more votes than I expected. At the same time, the socialist party managed to get a huge chunk of the votes, an outright majority (way more than expected), and consequently they’ll be able to keep doing what they’ve been doing for six years now. 🦠 We finally tested negative on the Covid test. We had complied with the mandatory isolation, but we were still a little scared to go out and meet people, because our tests kept coming back positive. Now we’re free to go anywhere again. We can visit our parents again! This variant is still going strong, and everyone we know that has kids is getting infected. 🖼 Something I hadn’t done in a long while: go to a museum and see an art show. A colleague from Porto is showing some photos at the prestigious Gulbenkian museum in Lisbon, and Nuno thought it would be a good idea to visit. It was. He rode his bike and offered a lift (always a thrill), and the show was pretty cool. Small, but nice. 💻 Finally got around to it and edited a ton of photos from an assignment that was left behind when the virus came into our lives. Still another one to deal with, but shouldn’t take long. 👶🏻 tinyMovieStar is growing fast. Too fast. I’m aware this is something every parent feels, we were warned about it multiple times, and everyone was spot on. Things happen at a speed I wasn’t prepared for, and she’s not even two yet! Every single day we’re amazed by the new thing she’s doing. She talks a LOT, and I love it. She narrates her whole day, describing what she’s doing at all times. And it gets better and better, every day, with the new words she’s picking up. Sweet as can be.

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Back from a wake, ordered food for dinner. Wait for it to be delivered. Find out I forgot to order the main dish. We’re good for dessert, and side dishes, but no main. Order again. Wait an hour. Eat. Feeling stupid. Not hungry anymore though.

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Haircut: Done! I present… the Undercut!

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Haircut day. I’m thrilled. Maybe a little more than I should for such a common event, but I’m looking like a troll!

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I’m the luckiest man alive. That’s it. Have a great day too.

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Today I’m also delivering photos the old school way, and it’s a lot more fun! Instead of sending a link to the client, I’m going outside! Grab a scooter, ride it for a few minutes, actually see the person, and then I will hand over a usb drive! Yay!

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Exporting another batch. Covid vacation is over.

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Still There Years later, same car, at the same spot. The parking bill must be incredible by now…

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Zombie mode all day long…

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No, tinyMovieStar, it’s not 8AM. It’s 6AM, and you’ve been up since 4AM. It’s dark outside, that’s a clue.

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Both of us took a test at the pharmacy and we both got a negative result. Yay. See you next time, Covid. Please be gentle.

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As Bravas Lovely show. Glad Nuno got me out of the house. As Bravas (The Brave) Photos by Paulo Pimenta

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Going to a museum! How long has it been?

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Long night ahead, waiting for the election results. Hope this ends well…

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Check! Out for a little stroll with the movieStars. Voted already. In and out, no line at all. At my old high-school, as usual.

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It’s Election Day! Let’s do this! Gotta keep those asshole fascists at bay!

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Now I have a cold 🤧 Great!

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New pair of Blundstone boots ordered. These last ones served me well, as usual. Many kilometers on them…

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These diapers have either a raccoon, or a bird. tinyMovieStar will only accept the raccoon ones. She’s very determined. We now find ourselves doing a Bait & Switch. She caught us doing it a couple of times already 🤣

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Slow day. Mother-in-law’s birthday, but we’re still on soft-opening mode, and tomorrow is Election Day, so we can’t leave the city.

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thingsThisWeek #19

🦠 This week was all about Covid. Locked at home, on mandatory isolation after the positive test. Days One and Two. Days Three and Four. Day Five. Days Six, Seven, and Eight. We made it. It wasn’t easy, but also not too hard. We’re lucky. 🍿 Midnight Asia, not brilliant, but we’re suckers for Asia, so we’ll take it. Also Ozark, amazing, as usual. Laura Linney is incredible. She goes from sweetie pie to devil in one second! Mr Bateman is brilliant. The kids are great, but Julia Garner is… awesome! Two days was all it took to binge the whole season. We also started The Girl From Oslo. It has some moments, but not totally on board with it. Movie count (and quality) very low: Rising High, Get the Goat, The Brothers Grimsby, and Not a Game. Not a good weeks for movies (but I guess I’m to blame by picking the worst ones available), and a great week for tv. Ozark made up for the whole week. 🐦 I celebrated my 15th anniversary on Twitter. Still enjoy it, so maybe I should just say celebrated. I still get a lot out of this site. ✏️ Micro Camp was announced! This year I’ll be one of the presenters, and it’s causing me a bit of anxiety. I’m sure it will be fine in the end, and there’s a note on Ulysses with thousands of characters in it, so there’s that.

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A Pinch of Yellow

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Went out, got the latest Hemispheric Views episode going, and found a ton of new stickers. Not a bad way to start the day.

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tinyMovieStar, again, woke up at 5:30AM. The usual “tell me a story” routine. She goes back to sleep, we’re not so lucky.

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covidNotes (6/7/8)

daySix 4PM Head feels a little light. tinyMovieStar went back to kindergarten, the bigger movieStar sat at her computer and worked, and I thought I could get away with a little photo editing. It didn’t last long. As I’ve read before, some find it harder to concentrate after/while dealing with the virus. Obviously I couldn’t be left out of this part… I did manage to watch a movie in bed, but even then I had to stop every 15 minutes. Today is also the day I can request my new vaccination certificate from the national authority, since a couple of weeks have passed since my booster shot. Or, being an infected person, I can pick from that one and the “recovered” certificate. Decisions, decisions,… daySeven 8.30AM We went to bed yesterday at a regular time. The little one was exhausted from spending the day running around at the kindergarten, so she fell asleep as soon as she hit the bed. We had time to watch an episode of The Girl From Oslo before heading the same way. Today we started a little earlier, when tinyMovieStar decided 5:30AM was a reasonable time for stories&playtime. Coughing hasn’t gone away, it’s getting a little worse in fact. Body seems to be close to full recovery, less tired than before. Too early to know how my brain is handling things. Seems fine, but… It’s 10AM, and my dad is driving over with another load of supplies. I told him movieStar is out of her isolation, capable of going to the supermarket (3 minute walk), but he doesn’t care. They were going to their supermarket anyway, so picked up an extra ton of things, and we’ll soon need a bigger fridge! Of course we’re very thankful. Also got a call about an assignment, and had to turn that one down. Covid is making me lose money. I’ll probably be ready to work again next week, but these two weeks, unexpectedly, would have made me very happy. dayEight 1:30PM We’re good! Flu-like symptoms, and a mild one. That’s all we have left. 8:30PM That’s it. We’re done. Tomorrow we’re all allowed outside, and it’s just a matter of feeling normal again. We can get back to our daily routines.

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The Light It wasn’t the darkest tunnel, but I’m still glad to see the light at the end. Tomorrow I’m off, to the street!

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Final day in isolation. Tomorrow I’m allowed to go outside, a beer has already been scheduled. Still feeling like I have a cold, but a mild one.

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Micro Camp 2022 is coming! 🎉🥳 Micro Camp 2022 Dates and Call for Presenters Proud to be one of the presenters this year! No idea what I’ll talk about. Ideas? Please??

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Dumpster Fire Thanks to the lovely generosity of Jay Holler, I have received a cool sticker on the mail. One that went straight into the laptop. A very special thanks! It’s amazing. It’s also today entry on sticker spotter!

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The little one is off to kindergarten today. movieStar had to take her, I still have to be locked inside for a few more days. Will miss her terribly.

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covidNotes 5

dayFive Went to bed yesterday exhausted. It was a little later than usual, we binged Ozark for a little longer than we should. Other than coughing, this is the thing I’m still very much aware of. I get tired. A lot, and easily. It’s the strangest thing. I feel fine, like my battery is fully charged, I do some minor task and all the energy is gone. Usually I can feel the energy depleting and manage that, now it’s more like 100% to 1% in a matter of minutes. Like my body is running a very buggy new OS version. It’s now close to 9AM, and we’re all in bed. Girls sleeping. The worst is surely behind us. Vaccines are AMAZING, and that’s that. Still, after her seventh day in isolation, movieStar still had a positive on her test today. We were expecting the opposite by now. We were right when we decided to keep the little one at home for a day or two over the recommended week. Still have to test her, but trying to push that ordeal as far back as we can. 1PM,coffees have been drank a while ago, it’s time to have lunch. Today we’re cooking a juicy steak with boiled potatoes for tinyMovieStar, complete with yummy soup that grandma sent yesterday. For the grownup couple in the house we’re ordering Chinese from a local dim sum place that we’ve heard good things about. It’s called Macau Dim Sum, and we’ve had great experiences with dim sum in Macau, so why not? A bit after 5PM. Lunch was ok. Just that. I guess we will need to go to Macau again after all… As far as Covid goes, no big change. We’re still here, we’re still tired. Maybe coughing a little less. 9.30PM Nothing to report on the Covid front. tinyMovieStar seems fully recovered, if we take her energy level as indicator. She refuses to go to bed, and is acting like she just woke up. She had a huge dinner, and keeps asking for food items, that are prepared, and left uneaten. Then it’s off to story-land. One I have to repeat at least a dozen times, and then it’s not good anymore. We try to find a suitable one on her growing bookshelf, but none are good. Drawing. Ten monkeys and a couple of Snoopy faces, and we’re done. Time for a diaper change that turns into poop hell…. Ordinarily this would be a pain. When we’re still fighting the exhaustion, it’s very tiresome. I’ll see you tomorrow. Maybe.

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Ozark. Damn!

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When Christmas vacation was on we couldn’t wait for kindergarten to open again. This time I don’t want tinyMovieStar to leave! We might just keep her in the house forever and homeschool her until she’s 40! She’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen! Strong as hell too!

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covidNotes (3/4)

dayThree Hello, hello,… What time is it? 5:30AM Nose still blocked. I guess I’m a mouth-breather now! 🤣 Also, SO thirsty. It doesn’t matter how much water I drink, the thirst never fully goes away. Thankfully, I LOVE water. 9AM Woke up. Still feeling crappy, but manageable. 10AM No fever, for now. Coughing a little more, and I now have the sick taste. It’s something I feel when I’m about to get sick, I can feel the disease when I cough. Please tell me I’m not alone on this one. movieStar has no idea what I’m talking about. Anyway, coughing is no longer dry, and the nose is running a little as well. Back pain still very much present. 1PM Cooked lunch for the little one. Spent some time going around the supermarket’s app, taking screenshots of the things we need, and sent those to my brother. He’s doing the shopping today. Supplies should be here soon. We’re very fortunate that we have part of the family living close by, and countless friends willing to bring us whatever we might need. Others are surely not as lucky, and I wonder how many are going out, during their isolation period because no one is at hand to help them. How many are at the supermarket right now, with Covid? 3PM Supplies have been delivered. We’re good for another couple of days. The fever is back. And the chills? God! Freezing all the time. I can’t tell when I have a temperature, that’s what we’re finding out. movieStar will look at me, tell me I should measure it, and she’s right. Every single time. Whenever I feel like I’m hot, I’ll grab the thermometer, and never get it right. My throat is also hurting, it’s harder to speak now. Brother came over, complete with a N95 mask, tinyMovieStar was thrilled to see someone besides both of us, she did her happy dance! She’s been stuck inside for close to a week, impressive. Usually, she would love to go out, to the park, to the playground. It’s almost as if she knows there’s something wrong, and today was the first day when she started talking about it. He stayed outside the apartment, but that was good enough. And I’m not hungry. At all. Can’t even think about eating. It’s now past 4PM, and I haven’t eaten yet. 8:30PM Ate something. I had to. Throat is my main concern now, and I did feel a little, tiny, chest pain when I coughed harder. It’s probably nothing. It has to be nothing. 11:30PM We wouldn’t be up if tinyMovieStar hadn’t picked today to make it harder on us. She’s fine, but wants songs, and stories, and both of us in bed with her. We sing, and repeat the stories she’s requesting. Over and over. She’s been great throughout the whole thing, much braver than I’ve been able to. movieStar also behaved like… well, a star! She has no booster shot yet, and she had to go through the entire thing with the little one, alone, without me. I would be dead if I had to do it. I’m the luckiest man alive, I can tell you that! dayFour Can’t remember if I woke up through the night. It’s probably a good sign. It’s now 7:30AM, and I’m ready for another day of virus fighting! I do feel a little better. Maybe even more than a little, but I’ll have to get up before I can be certain. I got up. Drank an enormous amount of water. Ice-cold, as always. I DO feel better! Exhausted from the past couple of days, but better. Maybe the worst is behind me, and now it’s just a matter of getting my strength back. Still coughing. Around 10AM, properly caffeinated. All of us are feeling MUCH better. We can now enjoy the isolation! The three of us, together all day long, as things are meant to be! Mom&Dad can also breathe again, they were anxious, and miss seeing us. Mom got a care package ready, and Dad drove over to deliver it. Thank you. We have more than enough food to see us through another full week of isolation without going out. tinyMovieStar should be going back to kindergarten tomorrow, let’s see how that goes. Right now, I would actually welcome another week at home with these two! 11:30AM Still feel tired. Even the slightest effort will have me looking for the sofa or bed, but that too should soon pass. Throat still feels itchy. 1PM Lunch was YUMMY, thanks Mom. 4PM Managed to watch a little tv while the little one slept (Ozark!), and now we’re back at it: full on family isolation mode! If it wasn’t the throat, and the occasional cough, no one would be able to figure out we’ve been fighting the virus for a few days. We thank the vaccines, our (relatively) healthy lifestyle, and our good fortune. Unless things take an unexpected turn, we should be out of this one. Having said that, and even if we expected a mild couple of days, I must have gone through the list of things we should look for a thousand times, just in case we needed to call an ambulance. Is this cough like this or like that? I hope our fever doesn’t go above X! I hope tomorrow we feel better because the fever should go away after two days… The anxiety was the worst part. I’m thankful for the calls and messages we got, from friends and family. Some unexpected, from old acquaintances, and some others we expected at least a token message from, didn’t even bother. I’ll try not to hold a grudge for too long. 7:30PM Stable. Same as I’m expecting our next days to be: some coughing, sore throats, and not much else.

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Feeling a little better. That’s good.

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covidNotes (1/2)

dayOne I was feeling fine, happy, until the test result came. I was also feeling fine when the test result came, truth be told. Nothing changed, except I now had a positive test, something I had managed to avoid since this whole mess started. I went out and got a test at the pharmacy, to make sure the self test result was not a fake positive. It was not. Back home, ready to endure the isolation period. Seven days. That’s how long I’ll have to stay in. The movieStars end theirs on Sunday and Monday, I’ll keep going for a few more days. Spent a while texting and calling people I’ve been in contact recently, and let the campaign staff and candidates know I would, very sadly, be unable to join them for the rest of the time. Still feeling almost the same, we went to bed at around 11PM. Watched a few more After Life episodes before doing that. Woke up at 3AM, body aches and some shivering going on, but mostly good. Two hours later, still unable to sleep. No headache, but now I feel VERY hot. dayTwo Waking up at 8:30AM. Feeling like I have a monster cold. Still have to get up to find out how is the body doing, ache-wise. Took me a while to get back to sleep, I should ride this a little longer. I know I’ll be back to bed soon. Got up, walked around. It feels like a mix of a monster hangover, a beating, and flu. Legs hurt, muscles hurt, lower back pain as well. 1PM Fever. Yoghurt, some grapes. A pill was taken. Slept for something like three hours. Got the message from the Health Ministry, with a very extensive questionnaire. They got my test result, and I’m now a part of the statistics. Fever comes and goes, chills also. Central heating is blasting, full power, and I’m still wearing a hoodie, wrapped in a huge fleece blanket, a woolen cap, and gloves. And, thanks to movieStar’s memory, an amazing thing, a bag of cherry cores, that gets heated in the microwave. Brilliant. No TV today. Not even 8PM, and I’m in bed. tinyMovieStar joins me, we read a story (something a little more demanding when the fever is this high), and we’re all getting ready to sleep way before 9PM. The way covid charts look right now are scarier than they’ve ever been to me. I’m aware this latest variant seems milder, and I look at the graphs, they prove that. Most people who are hospitalized, or die, are unvaccinated, and we were lucky to be able to get the vaccines, and the booster shot (movieStar still waiting for that one). Then there’s a minuscule amount of people who still go to the hospital, and some will sadly die, even after getting vaccinated. Before, the numbers were all abstract, or sort of, a reflection of a reality that was not mine yet, in a way. But now we’re also a part of that “infections” line, and I would really REALLY love to keep us all out of those other lines. 22:45 Couldn’t sleep, so we headed to the living room again, and finished After Life and Folk med ångest. Both good, but After Life is AMAZING! Glad we were having trouble sleeping.

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The girls are MUCH better, and I’m pretty well too. A little fever, a bit of coughing, some body aches. That’s it so far.

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thingsThisWeek #18

📷 Starting with work, since that’s how the week began. Quite early in the morning, as a matter of fact. Rougher neighbourhood on Saturday, and then I had to leave the campaign trail for a couple of days, Sunday and Monday spent on the road, visiting vineyards for one of my other clients. Always fun, even though I don’t drink wine. On the campaign trail things are on overdrive, as the election date is approaching. One more week and we’d done, or so I thought when the week started. 😢 Sleeping away from the girls is no fun. No fun at all! Being on the road used to be something I looked forward to, a part of my job that I enjoyed immensely. Not anymore. I end up worrying too much, unable to sleep. We have slept in different houses maybe twice before, but not too far apart. I knew it would take me an hour to get to them. This time I was further away, and with no easy way to make it back. 🦠 Of course the first Covid positive in the family had to be tinyMovieStar, and of course, this had to happen when I was away! Of course. movieStar also tested positive, one day after the little one. The timing was bad. I should be home helping out, and this is the one time I had work that forced me to be out all day, every day! Fear not, as the week ended with the three of us locked inside, isolating as a family! I tested positive on Thursday, and that was that. No more leaving the house, no more work, no more. 🍿 So happy that After Life is back. It’s a great show, one we waited for with anticipation, and it does not disappoint. Amazing writing, stellar performances, it’s wonderful in every way. Sadly, my work schedule during most of this week, and the fact that both movieStars were feeling exhausted with covid side-effects, has prevented us from bingeing this one. We’re good for another week, I believe. No movies were watched this week. 🎙 David Byrne on Smartless. Listened to this one while driving to work this week, trying to keep my brain away from the thought of the positives at home. It worked. Such a great show. The man is a legend. I’ve been listening to his music for decades, loved the interview. 🥰 This week my Ulysses theme was finally approved, and it’s now available. If you use the app, and want to check it out, you can find it here: movieStars.

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🦠 Oops! Of course I had to get a photo of this one. Background art: tinyMovieStar. (And I already went to the pharmacy to get a confirmation. It’s positive!)

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We have a bingo! 🦠🦠🦠 I knew my time would come, today was the day.

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Short day at work today, enjoying the girls at home while photos export. Lying in bed with tinyMovieStar, and it’s just past lunch time! How great is this?

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Sitting on the bed, doing yet another covid test before getting up. Girls in the room next door, sound asleep. Still negative. How long will this last?

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Off to another day on the campaign trail. Still negative, girls still stuck at home.

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Ok, I’ll do one of these. Only one (promise) and that’s just because I got REALLY lucky 🤣🤣 Wordle 214 2/6 🟨⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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Two down, one to go. I’m the only one left with a negative result. Both movieStars are positive, and well.

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movieStars My Ulysses theme, movieStars (what else?), has been approved! I’ve been enjoying the app (and the theme), for a while now, and I’m happy that everyone can now try it out. Enjoy 😊

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tinyMovieStar has tested positive. The bigger movieStar, and myself, negative. Of course that had to happen when I’m away. Fuck. She’s ok. That’s the important bit.

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I’m telling you, she knows when I have to get up early, and picks those days to stay up late! Past midnight, and we’re going around in circles: pee, play, eat, drink, story time, it doesn’t matter. Battery Bunny, you have lost the battle, there’s a new Queen in town!

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Packing almost done for tomorrow’s and Monday trip up north. Most important items: powerbanks! Two of them, totaling 30000mAh. Gotta keep the phone happy and fed! Also gloves, the temperature should get down close to 0 during the night!

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Not Particularly Exciting

A rather bland morning at the projects. The usual assortment of characters one finds there, on top of a couple of markets. Highlight was meeting Tiago, after months without seeing him. Back home, and spend the rest of the day with the movieStars. Not bad.

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Today’s spot is a LOT less glamorous than the ones we’ve visited before.

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Yesterday I had an amazing commute, with a few good photos. Today I’m back to driving, but I’ll get to see a friend I haven’t met in a while. No two days are alike.

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thingsThisWeek #17

😔 A sad way to start the week, the saddest. As I had work to do during the weekend, I would be unable to spend the weekend with the girls and the in-laws, our usual weekend activity. So, I dropped the girls at their place, out in the countryside, and spent the weekend alone at home. That is, the brief moments I had to be at home. Missed them a lot. Not used to being away from them. 📷 Busy week, shooting the campaign for the upcoming election. Early start every day. It’s great to see old friends again, and being out shooting them is always great fun. We get around the whole district, that’s another plus. I also get some driving time, great to pick up new songs from the radio, or listen to a podcast episode on the way there and back. All in all, I enjoy these. Getting up so early in the morning is a pain, not being able to take tinyMovieStar to kindergarten is not nice, but it’s work, and it will be over soon. 🍿 Thunder Force (⭐️), The Hitman’s Bodyguard(⭐️⭐️⭐️), Who Am I (⭐️⭐️⭐️½), Flight (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️), Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord (⭐️⭐️⭐️), as well as a series, Folk med Ångest. But that is mostly me, movieStar didn’t find it too appealing. I might give up on it as well. We did finish Hit & Run. Nice enough, but we thought it was no match for Fauda. Next up: After Life, season 3. We’ve been waiting for a very long while. 🖍 Back to school for tinyMovieStar, and I couldn’t be the one dropping her off after the vacation. I had to work. Bummer! She did have a birthday party, from her closest friend no less, and was thrilled to get back. Happy for all of us. 🦠 Booster shot day was also a part of the week. We don’t have a vaccination center close to home now, at least not that close, so I drove to the other side of town, and got my shot. In and out in no time, just like before. Furthermore, the week when we started getting emails from tinyMovieStar’s kindergarten, people are testing positive over there. These are the first emails, which is a little scary, but also surprised we didn’t get any before. Classes started in September, it’s incredible that no one caught the bug until now. Anyway, side effects felt a little milder than before, but I had to work the following day, and that was not easy. 💻 No time for anything else. That’s it.

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River Ride

Taking advantage of the fact that today’s venue for the campaign was just across the river, I thought I might skip the driving part and just take the boat there. The time I was supposed to be there was also a little later than usual, so I had the opportunity to take it slower. Grabbed an electric scooter, rode it down to the river, managed to get a couple of sticker shots after I dropped it, and walked to the pier. Boats leave roughly ten minutes apart at this time, and the packed ones are coming into town, not the other way around. My boat, as expected, was mostly empty. Ten minutes later I found myself on the south bank, ready for a few more stickers, and another handful of photos while I made my way to the place where work would happen. The city streets also empty, as most people are already across the river to work. Did the work, walked back to the boat. Another short scooter ride and I was home editing. Still time to do it before tinyMovieStar left kindergarten. No time for lunch. That happened at five.

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A TON of photos on the way to work today. Post coming later, get that bandwidth ready!

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She’s close to 2 years old, and I don’t want her to grow anymore. She’s perfect like this! 🥰

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Must get some new photos for sticker spotter, running a little low…

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Day Two after the booster, feeling much better. No work today, so I get to drop the little one at kindergarten 🥰 Some errands to run, but should be an easy day.

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You’re missed. Thinking about you often, but these days you’re even more present. Miss you.

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Foggy Morning Foggy Day

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Not feeling great, it was a rougher night. Side-effects feel milder, but body and head still hurt. I do have to work. It’s not going to be pretty, but hopefully I’ll be home by lunch time.

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Booster Place The new vaccination spot is further away, but the street art is nicer. There was none on the other one 😊 15 minute wait only at the end, not the usual half hour.

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Get up, have coffee, get ready to leave, drop the little one at kindergarten, drive to the vaccination center, get boosted, come back. These are my plans for the morning. Skipped work today, booster trumps everything.

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My favorite thing these days: when tinyMovieStar uses me as a pillow and falls asleep on my face. Having her face pressed against mine, and hearing the sounds she makes while she’s drifting away is amazing.

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Now getting mentions on Twitter from people you will get me a Covid certicicate (sic), complete with QR Code, that will allow me to skip restrictions… I guess that’s what “Block and Report” is for…

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New Røde microphone on the way. Hopefully this one will last longer than an hour! 😩

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Enjoying the Work I do love these days.

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New 20000mAh powerbank is home. I will also use it as an exercising tool, it’s HEAVY!

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Back from Grândola Grey, almost raining. Market was almost deserted but, unlike yesterday, everyone had to show a vaccine certificate at the gate. A walk around town, also nearly empty, and back home.

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Here we go again. This time we’re going a bit further south, glad I’m not driving today. Feeling so sleepy I’m happy a professional is handling that. Also good luck, tinyMovieStar, I’m sure sleeping at midnight on the night before going back to kindergarten was a super idea!

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Tomorrow school is back on. I expected to drop tinyMovieStar off, as usual, but found out today I’m working tomorrow. Darn!

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The Market As far as markets go, this is one of the coolest we visit. Pinhal Novo is one of my favorite spots.

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Off I Go On my way to the market, this time Pinhal Novo. Second coffee of the day, at the gas station, after filling up. Then about an hour of (very slow) driving, with a podcast keeping me company.

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6AM, Sunday. There’s another market to visit on the campaign trail, no escaping that. Time for coffee.

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The Brown Gang Back from this morning’s shoot, photos are edited, and it’s now time to pick up the movieStars. Miss them!

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One of the things I like about this job is that it gets us out of our bubble, and we get a glimpse of the way others go through their lives. It’s not always glamorous. Not at all.

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Saturday, that means market day on the campaign trail. Always fun.

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Batteries are charged for tomorrow, it’s 9.30PM. Getting ready to sleep. How’s that for a Friday night?

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Every time I get on the highway I’m appalled by the number of cars being driven by people on their phones!

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Campaign photos get WAY trickier when you can’t see people’s faces. We need masks, sure, but it makes my work a lot harder.

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Here kitty kitty…

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Good Morning, Setúbal! Nice to see you again, it’s been a while.

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Enough time for a shower, two coffee cups, a post on sticker spotter (must get new photos!), and it’s off to the races. No breakfast today.

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7AM. Here we go… 😴

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Romanesco Special delivery for @Miraz 😊 Looked for it in the archive and, sure enough, there it was. 11 year old photo, the first time I saw one.

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Uploading a few dozen photos to Flickr. Gotta back them up, right?

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On the Campaign Trail, Again

This month we have another election in the country, and I really thought this time I would sit this one out, as far as work is concerned. I was wrong. So, here I find myself, getting ready for another three weeks of less sleep, a ton of photos, many miles and, hopefully, not a lot of gatherings. Covid is still very much present, and I would love to get to the end of this assignment without catching the darn virus.

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thingsThisWeek #16

🎈 Here we are, 2022! No predictions, as we are well aware how that went a year ago. 🍾 We joined a couple of friends for NYE. The (by now), antigen tests done by everyone before leaving home. And had a wonderful time. The sister of one of them was there as well. She’s going to our island in a few days, and we were left dreaming about it again. Hoping this is the year we make our way back there. Anyway, the night was short, we were back home by 10PM, ready for the new year. Same as last year, the three of us welcomed the new year in bed, together. Last time we did it in our bed, this time we squeezed ourselves into her tiny bed. A cool family tradition was born! 🍿 We made it to the end of the second season of The Morning Show, while watching a couple of movies on the side. This week it was The Laundromat, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Magnificent Seven, The Wedding Ringer, and 2 Guns. 🎨 Getting a Ulysses theme ready! Works great for me as it is, but I want to share it with others. It’s great that Ulysses has this feature, and I’m almost done porting my Drafts theme to the new writing place. The theme already submitted to the official themes page, let’s see how that goes. 🥘 The weekend routine made it to the new year as well: lunch with mom&dad&brother, then move to the countryside and spend the rest of the day, and Sunday, with the in-laws. tinyMovieStar has a blast on the weekends, and so do we. This time we had the company of some cousins we hadn’t seen in a while. My father-in-law had prepared a nice, Thai-inspired, noodle dish, it was delicious! We watched movies by the fireplace, the whole house is as Hygge-compliant as they get. Hot chocolate also available. 😓 This is the week most people get back to work. movieStar’s holiday is over, she’s back at it. I haa a pretty empty schedule this month, but then I got a call and now it seems I’ll be working harder than I expected. Kindergarten opens again next week, not a day too soon. Having this toddler home full-time is not easy, no one gets any work done. She demands attention at all times. Sweet, but exhausting. 📷 Small assignment of the week, out to the countryside to visit a winery. Even though I’m not a wine aficionado (I don’t even drink the thing), these are quickly becoming my favorite assignments: short, iPhone only, fun, out of the city. I’m even doing small video shots, and don’t mind that at all. I did break the Røde microphone’s Lightning port on the first day, but… 🔪 I need a new knife for the kitchen, so left the house to get that, and a couple of other things we needed at home. Somehow, some shops are still closed, so the knife will have to wait a little longer. I did get a couple of new stickers for sticker spotter, and went by the countless guys selling hashish at the Rossio square. It’s incredible that they keep peddling their fake drugs at this place, year after year. This time, they vastly outnumbered the people walking by. 👶🏻 One of our best friends had a baby, and they’re now dealing with everything that comes with that. We’re trying to help, offering advice when requested, and also our services when needed. They’re in for a rough ride, but having a support network is great. We did, and are now paying it forward. Happy to do that as well. 💸 I posted a list of the subscriptions I have going at the moment. I didn’t even have the courage to find how much each of them is costing me, as that would surely make me gasp. I need to do something about it, as it’s getting out of hand. I hate this model, but it’s not going anywhere, so it’s up to me to trim the list. 🥰 Managed to finish the post about Laos for dinkiwinkiminkiwinki, and I’m about to start the one about Japan. I can already feel my mouth watering! Note: Earlier than usual, but the weekend is going to be crazy and I would have trouble posting it then 😊

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Tomorrow the madness will start. Today is prep day, and a busy one at that.

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The rain didn’t stop. We drove back with water pouring over us, past an accident on the main highway, into the city. Crazy day to be out and about. Also, side note, the Tesla X’s winged doors are really shitty when it’s raining.

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Out in the Country Left the city today, for a few hours. Luckily the weather was fine for 30 minutes after we arrived at the location. After that: rain. For hours now. Rain.

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Work day, leaving the city. The usual mix of “happy to go” and “sorry I can’t stay”.

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Another great plug-in from @sod: Surprise me!. Get a random post from your archive every time you click the link. Brilliant.

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Finally made it to the end of the post about 🇱🇦 Laos. Hope you like it ❤️

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Love it when I open Mastodon and see one of us being mentioned 😊 @canion 😎

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Our January 1st will take place on January 10th.

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💸 Subscriptions

Another classic post for the New Year. What am I paying for on a regular basis? What subscriptions do I have going? I bet I’ll be scared when I get to the end of this one, and I’m sure I’ll forget about some services too. Also, I HATE subscriptions! In no particular order: Adobe Cloud Photography Plan - can’t really work without it. Also hosting my photography site. Netflix - Must have, we’re on a family plan, it helps to keep the cost down. A little. Apple TV+ - On and off, according to our needs to watch something on it. Spotify - Family plan, need it. iCloud 2TB plan - Enough room for all the photos comes with a hefty price tag. Fastmail - No way I’m ever leaving this one. Hosts all the domains I have. omg.lol - Was kindly upgraded to a lifetime account, so I keep a secondary one as a way to support the service. Micro.blog - Another one I can’t see myself living without. Drafts - Love, and need. Ulysses - New subscription. Liking it. 1Password - Moved to a subscription, although I could go on living without one for a while longer. Family plan. Halide - Camera app when I need something the camera app can’t deliver. Updown - Cheap uptime monitor, could live without it. Plausible - Will probably cancel, found free alternative that I enjoy. Raindrop - Will probably move back to the very generous free tier. PocketCasts - It’s either this, or Castro. Both have subscription model, so there’s no way around it. 1Blocker - Forget it exists, great job. Mullvad - My VPN service. Like it. Carrot - Could live without, but it wouldn’t be as much fun. Mailbrew - Will let subscription lapse when it ends. Lovely service, but not using it enough to justify the cost. Flickr - Have to keep paying. Archive. Apollo - Support the service, doesn’t get much use. Letterboxd - Subscription was discounted, enjoying it. Blot - Home of sticker spotter, good for a year. Let’s see how long it lasts. Ghost - Home of dinkiwinkiminkiwinki. Have to. Glass - Subscribed on a whim, will not renew. Smash - On and off, according to need to transfer photos. NextDNS - Love. Cheap. Will keep paying. Porkbun - Home of domains. A few at the moment. Too many. I was right, I’m a little scared! Something will have to change.

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I was expecting a slow, quiet, relaxed month. Obviously I had forgotten we’re having an election later on…

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A Gyoza Bar Found this one while looking for something else. Didn’t find the something else.

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My first Ulysses style has been submitted. Let’s see if it gets approved. Say hello to “movieStars”… https://styles.ulysses.app

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Follow up to Stock or Not, regarding Reminders. One app that will help this one stick a little longer is Remind Me Faster, a nifty way to add reminders.

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It takes me much longer, but I can not not add emoji to each individual item on my groceries shopping list.

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It’s a scientific fact that, as your tiredness level grows, so will the chance of the toddler living in your home insisting on staying awake well past her bedtime.

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Stock or Not

It all started when I thought about using Craft as my note-taking app. It seemed like a good idea, nicer looking than Obsidian, felt native and not something held together with tape on the iPhone. I thought about other third-party apps I use instead of the ones Apple ships with their devices, and which ones I might want to try to go back. 📝 I used the trial for Craft and, although I like it, it seems to be getting slower on the laptop after not so many notes, and somehow it feels like overkill for my needs. I still keep a few hundred notes on Notes, I feel they’re safe there, and decided to try this one again. I’ll probably miss some things, but I have a feeling this is the one that will last. ✅ Reminders is trickier. I LOVE Things. I will try using the official one because the integration with the system is brilliant, and multiple 3rd party apps use it as well. But there are so many steps to get to some features (subtasks come to mind) to work, and Things is just too good. And I’m too used to it after all these years. Reminders still feels old and clunky, even with the latest updates. I don’t see myself letting go of this one. 📅 Speaking of old and clunky: Calendar. Fantastical is another one I’ve grown used to, for many years, and I’m not even going to try to leave this one. Actually tried the Pro tier, but I’m not one with countless Zoom meetings (none, actually), the collaboration features are of no use to me, the added days on the weather forecast are also not needed. Would love to be able to change the icon, but that’s hardly worth the price of the subscription. Natural language input is a time saver, and I can’t imagine having to enter appointments any other way anymore. ✏️ So… no money spent on these, I’ll use that to fund the Ulysses subscription. This is one I can actually see myself using. Managed to get my Drafts theme working there (well, here) already, and it feels like coming back home. I did the three-month trial back in the day and, while not a huge fan of the way it handles Markdown, it has a great writing environment, it’s perfect for longer post with photos, can publish on Micro.blog without the “preview & approve” step, and I can even edit the posts after they’re published. It’s good. Drafts isn’t going anywhere, it’s still in my dock, but I imagine I’ll spend a big part of the year using this one. 📥 Mail is another one I’m afraid I’m not touching anytime soon. Actually, enjoying using Fastmail’s app. Have Canary installed as well, mainly for the PGP support, but I never use that anyway. Fastmail is not the perfect app, but it does the job, and I can live with that. As long as I don’t need email to be accessible without an internet connection! 💬 Texting apps have been discussed before, and there’s no change there: no one uses iMessage here (we’re in WhatsApp country). A few have moved to Telegram, even fewer to Signal. That’s how things work, there’s no way that’s going to change anytime soon. 🌧 Weather app of choice is Carrot, it’s wonderful. I have the official weather app widget visible, next to Carrot’s, to compare the forecast. But I never open the app. 🧮 I can’t remember when was the last time I opened the stock calculator app. Bought PCalc ages ago, created my own layout, and this is the one I instinctively go for whenever I need to do any calculations. It works, I’m used to it. 📷 I still use the camera app often. Very often. It’s my go-to app. If the light is trickier, or I need a RAW file, or if I know I’ll try a few shots and don’t want to deal with the annoying exposure reset (how much do I hate that??), I’ll open Halide. It’s wonderful. ⏰ The stock clock app is my go to for timers and stopwatch, but I rely on Overlap for time zone management. It’s not something I regularly use, but it looks nice, has a helpful widget, and it’s free. 🗺 Maps is another one where it’s difficult to use the app Apple ships. Even though we’re in one of the countries Apple uses as a testing ground, Google Maps is WAY better when searching for something, and Waze is the app everyone uses to get around. Apple Maps fails on so many fronts, it’s unbelievable. The fact that nearly every single car driving on our roads has Waze open helps with the crowdsourcing part, and the app is so reliable I use it whenever I’m driving, even if I know where I’m going. Have Sygic installed, and it’s great, but I’ll use this one mostly on countries where I have no cell coverage, as the maps are available without a data connection. 💻 Browsing the web is done with Safari, mostly. I use it on the laptop as well, almost exclusively, and Vivaldi still has no iOS app. I have a few other browsers installed on the iPhone (Firefox, Firefox Focus, OnionBrowser, DuckDuckGo, iCab), but Safari is the one I’ll go for 99% of the time. The new features are very cool, love having the extensions, synced tabs, the new search bar at the bottom is wonderful, there’s no reason to use anything else most of the time. That’s it. Love the device, but looks like I don’t have the same feeling for the apps Apple is shipping with it.

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Being human is a condition that requires a little anesthesia. Freddie Mercury We watched Bohemian Rhapsody yesterday. It was a cool evening. 🍿

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I’ll get back to these one day… Browsing unused folders on the iPhone, found Procreate. One of these days I have to start doing these again…

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Hot chocolate by the fireplace. Nice.

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kalsarikännit, which translates as “pantsdrunk,” refers to the practice of binge drinking home alone in your underpants 🔗 The grim reason why Finland is the “happiest” place on Earth.

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Sticker Life

Since I have committed to sticker spotter for a whole year, I thought I might as well have my own sticker. Of course the sticker will be one that features movieStar, and I believe this is the photo I’ll use: It might look nice as a sticker.

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Hello, 2022 First one of the year. Let the games begin! ☕️

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Same as last year, the three of us welcomed the new year in bed, together. Last time we did it in our bed, this time we squeezed ourselves into her tiny bed. A cool family tradition was born!

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The Omicron numbers are scary! Up to a month ago I would get tested and was always “Na, I’m good!” These days, whenever I take one, I can’t help thinking “Is this the one where I get a positive result?” Seems like a matter of time until I do.

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Another box of antigen tests was purchased. There’s something that I never thought we’d be buying like this…

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thingsThisWeek #15

🎄 Christmas dinner at my parents, as usual, then we moved to movieStar’s parents after that. One-hour drive, and we’re set for the night. Ready for Christmas Day with them and movieStar’s brothers. The little one didn’t get much sleep, so she was a bit cranky. She did love the present opening, and she left some cookies and milk for Santa, and a carrot for the reindeers before going to bed. 🎄 Christmas Day lunch. A big family event, at the in-laws. Cousins show up as well. There’s just too much food. Too much. 🍿 Don’t Look Up. Hmmmm. Tough one to review. Liked it, but not enough to give it over 3 stars on Letterboxd. Too long, not funny enough. Get the message, agree with it, but… something didn’t quite click. Also saw Les Mythos, Death to 2021, and The Equalizer 2. We are also back on the The Morning Show train. ☺️ I like the DayAfter. Dec 26th is the day for me. Less confusion, less stress, lazy day. 🤒 Health-wise, it was a shitty week: after the tonsillitis, I came down with a gastroenteritis. We’d heard it was going around town, and of course, I had to get it. 😃 The sickness has gone away though, hopefully for good, and we did enjoy a great day outside. Since the year will end in no time, we declared that our own New Year’s Eve party, and we’re almost done with the celebration. 💻 Tried Craft for a while, but I think I might actually be going back to Notes for that, as it seems good enough for what I need. Also gave a shot to Fantastical Pro, but my grandfathered features are also working great and are plenty, and ended up on Ulysses again for longer posts with many photos. Less copy and pasting is something I’d love to have in the next year, and I’d love to write longer posts again anyway. That’s the plan, at least. 🍼 We had one last thing to do before the year was done: take a pile of tinyMovieStar’s clothes to our dear friends who just had a baby. 🎉 That’s it. We’ve made it to the end of another one. See you on the other side.

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Happy New Year / F*!K Omicron OFF

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Thank you, -A–mazon®, you’re too kind, your email sounds really legit (all 50 of them!), but I think I’ll skip checking that lovely promotion I won you keep warning me about…

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Giving it Another Try Test post, I’m giving Ulysses another go. Thank you, @Gaby, I’ll blame you for this one.

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Final Day

Technically tomorrow will be the last one, but today felt like it, so… Now that the worst of my multiple maladies is, hopefully, behind me, we felt we could do something other than stay home and get through the day. A cousin, with her toddler, is in the country for a couple more days, before she returns to Cape Verde, so we drove across the river, picked her up, and had lunch with my parents and brother. After that was over, we stopped by the store I’m shooting for, we had to test a new microphone. tinyMovieStar asleep in the car while I did that. It was quick, and we were supposed to go back home after that. We did not. Another friend, movieStar’s oldest friend, with another toddler (one that is going to same kindergarten as our tiny one), called us and said they were playing by the river. We joined them. Ended up at the MAAT cafe, having a beer. The kids had milk. It turned out to be a wonderful afternoon, with an incredible sunset. Also the first beer in ages, and it felt like a New Year’s party! Spending most of the day out of the house, after so many locked inside, was an amazing treat. Thank you, movieStar, for this one. Again.

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Good day. Report (with photos!) in a little while.

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🦠 Booster shot requested, waiting for confirmation SMS.

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Best of 2021 This. We’re doing something right.

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Feeling strong enough to have coffee again, but not overly confident I will be ok. Here goes… ☕️

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Third day without coffee! No one should have to go through this…

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I take a LONG time to unpack. Doesn’t matter if it’s a month-long trip, or a weekend away, the bags will be left untouched for way longer than they should. There, I admit it.

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Tomorrow’s job postponed, one of the folks we were meeting tested positive for COVID. More time with the movieStars, so there’s a silver lining.

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Stomach Flu. That’s it. I’m going for bingo! All the diseases until the year is done!

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Can’t wait for 2022 to start, so I can add a thousand more links to my read-list, and never see them again.

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Vaccination certificate was about to expire, issued another one. Took less than 3 minutes to get it. Set for another 6 months.

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Is anyone still looking for a literal.club invite? Three more available.

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Here we Go 🎄

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Feeling it… 🎄

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🎄🎅🏼 Merry Christmas 🧦🎁

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A Jellyfish Christmas

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2021

Was that a year? A month? Two years? I cannot recall what I did this year. I know I spent most of the time trying to keep both movieStars happy, that’s my main occupation now. Happy to do it too… Most of it spent taking care of tinyMovieStar. Watching her grow into a copy of her mom. A beautiful, curious, intelligent woman. Worked a little, but not too much. Saw my friends a few times, but not nearly enough. Spent some time with my parents, again not nearly enough. We didn’t leave the city a lot, but managed to travel a little in the country. We went to Chaves for the yearly reunion with our friends, and that was awesome. Spent some time in the Algarve. It was brilliant. It was a great year. Or two. Here’s to 2022! 🌟

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Soooooo… kindergarten reopens on the 10th, right? The 10th, you say???

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thingsThisWeek #14

😴 I took a pill for the cold, and I believe it was one of those that come with a “Do not operate heavy machinery” warning. I was struggling to keep my eyes open on the highway, driving as slow as I could. It’s not far, so no one was at risk. But fell asleep as soon as we got to my in-laws. 🦠 When we got to my in-laws, feeling pretty bad, and right before I nodded off on the bed, movieStar had time to do a covid test on me. My mother-in-law had one at home, so why not? It’s something that we are now doing on a regular basis. People take them before going to a dinner party, or office Christmas gatherings, football matches, you name it. We can get a few of them for free at the pharmacy, or just buy them and take them at home. Mine came out negative. 💊 Woke up on Sunday still feeling in pretty bad shape, despite taking a few pills, and trying other methods. I guess this will turn into a depressing thingsThisWeek edition, full of disease and throat pain (it hurts!) 🏥 Time to move the circus to the hospital. movieStar thought I might be better off with some antibiotics, since the other medicine is clearly not working, and you need a doctor for that. A short drive and I went to the closest hospital. 📺 We finished The Great. Huzzah! 😷 Tonsillitis on top of a cold. Great. Just what one needs during Christmas week. Now on antibiotics, waiting for them to kick in. No alcohol for a week, that includes Christmas Day. Oops. It’s been a long while since I’ve been sick like this, and there one thing I surely didn’t miss. Hate feeling sick, unable to do much besides staying in bed, falling in and out of sleep. 😭 tinyMovieStar had her first big tantrum. The first one. She didn’t want to leave her grandpas on Sunday, and come back home. Probably because she gets to do everything she wants to, compared to home, where she gets to do everything she wants to. 🧚 tinyMovieStar’s godmother came to visit. Back from London, it was such a pleasure to see her. These are quick visits, but always a great time. One of the people I miss having around, sadly she had to move abroad to look for a brighter future. 💯 Top client award goes to: The one where I can do everything with the iPhone, have fun while at it, takes me out of the city whenever there’s something new to shoot, and gets new add ons for the phone when we figure we need them. Yup, I got really lucky with this one. This is the one I’d work for pro bono. 😓 Managed to finish everything I had pending one day before Christmas Eve. No more editing for me. Have one assignment right after, but it’s one of the cool ones. And I guess that’s it for this year, as far as work goes. 🎄 Merry Christmas, everyone!

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There’s an alarm that goes off every weekday at 8AM. It’s tinyMovieStar’s “Get up and go to School” alarm. She has no school today, but it’s a weekday. Guess you forgot to turn the damn thing off? Merry Christmas, y’all 🎄

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Exporting 251 photos. That should give me enough time for a quick nap.

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GOD! This is boring enough when I’m feeling good, doing it like this is just…!!!

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Editing and still feeling like S&$T. That’s how it is, I guess. Getting to the end of this today.

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Me, Right Now

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Sleeping through the night is still a distant dream. Feeling better, but coughing hard enough to wake me up multiple times every day.

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Feeling a little better, let’s check if that’s good enough to get back to editing…

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The streak of shitty movies is over. What a GREAT movie. Amazing acting, soundtrack, directing, photography, … Boy, I missed a good western, and this was incredibly satisfying. 🔗 ‎‘The Harder They Fall’ 🍿

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Finally made it to the end of 🇻🇳Vietnam. It was one of our favorite stops on theAmazingHoneymoon. Hope you enjoy this one… 🇻🇳💖

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Where does that leave the tourist industry around Lake Toiletbrush? Down in the dumps, is where. 🔗 Lake Toiletbrush and the Curse of Ikea’s Product Names

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🛌 🫖 💊

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Christmas Week Lovely. Wet and Windy.

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Tonsillitis. That’s why it hurts so much. Now on antibiotics. Eight days of this, and no alcohol. Looks like a fun Christmas ahead 🤣

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We thought the cold was taking it’s sweet time to go away, so here I am: at the hospital.

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Not feeling better. That’s all. Hope you have a good Sunday.

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From Yesterday I think I got worse because I had to leave the house. But got a photo in return.

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thingsThisWeek #13

💊 Pharmacies are everywhere, at least in the city. We have a 24/7 pharmacy close to home, three minute walk away, so we never give this a second thought. If we need something, we go get it, that’s it. Not the same in the village. A couple of pharmacies in town, but not one open after 10PM. You have to drive to the next town, a bigger town, to get your pills. What happens if you don’t own a car? What happens if you do have one, but can’t drive? 🤢 This conjunctivitis/gastroenteritis mix is awful. A couple of days in hell. Following that, a cold. A plain cold, still managed to make me feel miserable. 💻 Testing Craft, wondering if it’s worth paying the subscription. Not too expensive, not too cheap, but not sure if I’ll still be using it in two months time. I LOVE Drafts, and I use the hell out of it. Will this infatuation with the new app hold? Will I find a way to actually use it? Do I even need it? 🎅🏼 xMas party at the kindergarten. We went. We chaperoned. We came back alive. It was actually pretty sweet. Most parents had spent a night a week rehearsing four songs, for a while now, and they were all waiting for us (kids and chaperones) at the big garden close to school. When the kids showed up they thought they were going to listen to the three musicians that were already playing, and suddenly all the parents moved from behind the trees, singing. Beautiful moment. It’s a great school, we’re lucky tinyMovieStar is part of it. 📺 Succession Season 3 has ended! What. A. Show! What are we supposed to watch now? This one had us hooked. We had our Monday nights to look forward to, after the great craziness of the weekends. Now we’ll have to find something to replace it, but are well aware of how difficult that will be. My string of shitty movies is ongoing too. Maybe [The Great](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_(TV_series) can help us, we loved the first season. 🍺 It was probably the last time we managed a late afternoon beer with the gang this year. Or what’s left of it. One went to Paris. Another one is days away from becoming a father. Only one is left, the one who’s always there. It was good, albeit short. 📱 13 Pro. Still looking at you! Sublime Ads. It’s worth saying again, this is an AMAZING service. I added a few more ads to my thingsILove list. If you need to serve ads, pick this service. You won’t regret it. 👀 The last thing of the week was a meeting for a new client, visiting the place where I’m supposed to shoot, if I get the job. Still feeling miserable (is this a cold?), but I had to go. Thankfully we’re all wearing masks, so the risk someone will catch it is very small, but would have liked it better is this one had been postponed.

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Das Bundesverfas… Those times when @ohBananaJoe shows up in the middle of a meeting.

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Status Report: Then I had to leave! I fear I’ll feel miserable when I’m back.

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2:30AM. 🤧 😷 🤕

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Kindergarten Christmas party day. Our first one. Let’s try to make it to the end of the day alive, shall we? It’s going to be intense!

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Next adventure: we’ll be chaperoning the kindergarten Christmas party. Both of us.

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PSA: If an iOS update comes out, don’t think about updating it right before going to bed. Why is this still a multi-hour thing?

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Maybe today I can finally get to the editing part. So much work, and so many things going awry in the health department, it’s not easy to find the time to get everything done.

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Monday arrived, and the girls are feeling a little better. Ufff… Will this last?

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On the medical front: the good mood was short lived. Seems like the little one probably has gastroenteritis on top of the conjunctivitis (this part is much better), and movieStar is also having stomach issues, the gastrobeast has, almost for sure, infected mom too.

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iPhone 13 Pro, I’m looking at you. I shouldn’t (REALLY shouldn’t), but I’m looking at you…. Unrelated: I wonder how long can I go without food?

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The Village Christmas is always fun at the in-laws. They’re SERIOUS about the season! 🎅🏼🎄

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Morning news: everyone is feeling a little better. Great! 🤣 Time for coffee #2 ☕️

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11:20PM. Looking for a pharmacy in the town next door. Joys of the countryside.

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Oh! Yesterday I was told I could use Memoji like this! 🤯 Maybe I should use Memoji more often…

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When will this madness end? December shouldn’t be all about work, right?

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Vomit themed night turned into vomit themed day 😊 Happy times 😊

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thingsThisWeek #12

😢 Weekend was cut short again, as I had work starting very early Sunday morning. Had to drive out to the Alentejo region, an hour and a half outside Lisbon, for a shoot. Girls stayed back in the village and my father-in-law drove the car back with them while I was away. Thankfully the family Network is strong, otherwise this would be a lot harder to juggle. 📷 Sunday shoot went pretty well, even though we had to leave the city at 5AM, and drive for a while. Got to the location before sunrise, and got to it. This show has a really cool premise, and the end result looks very nice. A couple of lawyers explaining concepts in layman’s terms, and a rather clever wordplay for the title. Pão de Law. If you’re a Portuguese speaker, you might want to give them a follow, and hit the subscribe button, or whatever kids do these days. 🎨 stickerSpotter is back on! After a long intermission, the hunt has resumed. This time it will be more challenging, as I’m not walking nearly as much as when the project first appeared, but I’ll try to find some interesting ones to share. I know they’re out there, maybe this will get me out and about again. 🇸🇪 IKEA morning. We had to, there’s no way to avoid these twice a year or so. Trying to avoid the Christmas rush, or the possible, probable, closure of the store when new lockdown measures show up, we got everything we needed. Some stuff got tinyMovieStar, some others for the bigger movieStar, a few for the house. Lucky me I have a new fantastic pillow as well. See you next year! 🚗 Another national holiday this week. Darn! We used to love these. This time we had lunch with my parents, and then drove north a little and met a friend at a nearby city. She had a baby a couple of months ago, and we hadn’t seen her yet. 🗺 Busy week working in the city, and still another drive out to the north, this time Aveiro. We drove there on a Tesla Model X, a great ride. We did have to stop twice, to recharge. The assignment was lovely, a couple of girls making artisanal chocolate. Had some while there, and bought five different kinds to bring back home to movieStar. I was worried about tinyMovieStar (see below) but feels great to be on the road, I miss it. 🌮 Got over the stupidity, and celebrated movieStar’s birthday, a month later. Had guacamole, tacos, churros and a couple of Modelo. Pretty happy. 👁 Hello, conjunctivitis, not nice to meet you. tinyMovieStar wasn’t able to attend kindergarten on Friday, the day I had to go up north. movieStar took her to the doctor, and it’s official: the little one can add this to her list of diseases! It’s been a busy couple of months, she caught a few already. What’s next?

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10.30PM, whole hell broke loose! Too much snot led to extreme cough, and that took us to the next level: vomiting! Sorry about that, but this here also (or mostly) serves as a diary.

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Back Home Via the Space Station.

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Trip up north on a Tesla Model X. Stoked!

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tinyMovieStar woke up with what looks like conjunctivitis. I’m off to work, movieStar again taking care of business 😔

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Tomorrow’s assignment should be fun. Artisanal chocolate up north. Yummy.

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Cerveza We had a wonderful lunch. 🍺 🇲🇽

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The law has changed a week or so ago, but today was the first time we were asked for our vaccination certificates at a restaurant. Our usual spot isn’t enforcing this one.

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I’m afraid the sticker spotter posts might get a little spammy in the long run. If there’s an issue with that let me know, and I’ll turn the import off. Thinking about posting twice a day, or so.

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Good lord, December is turning into one BUSY month! I need a vacation! Today still in town, tomorrow up to Aveiro.

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Paid for a year of Sticker Spotter hosting on blot.im. I guess you’re stuck with a year of sticker shots!

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Side note: stopped using Flickr embeds on Ghost. It’s a cool feature, but finding out Flickr fails so often it’s just better to have to photos served by Ghost.

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Another day, another country. We stopped in Cambodia, and this is how it went. theAmazingHoneymoon goes on… dinkiwinkiminkiwinki.com/cambodia-… 🇰🇭🏖🏯

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National holiday again. That means no kindergarten. That means FULL STEAM AHEAD!

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We had planned to go out to the Mexican place for lunch, and then it started raining, so we didn’t. Somehow it felt wrong to have tacos with rain, but both of us agreed that Mexicans surely eat when there’s rain. Right?

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IKEA morning Quick IKEA run this morning, now back home. We have restocked the drawing paper supply for tinyMovieStar, so everything is OK.

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stickerNews

Months ago I felt the sticker spotter project was done, stopped paying for the blot.im account, and never gave it a second thought. One day I came across the URL, and clicked. It was still there. An email was sent to the lovely gentleman who runs blot.im, letting him know that the site was still up. He said he only does this maintenance a couple of times a year, and would be taking it down later. He didn’t mind having this one live in the meantime as well. That was nice! A couple more months gone by, and it was still there. So why not keep this one going for a little longer, I thought? I loved how easy it was to post there, once the thing was set up, and I still find a TON of stickers, new ones, all the time. So… here we are! A new domain was purchased, the IFTTT wheels were oiled and turned on again, and the whole thing is live at sticker spotter. If you’d like to follow along, it also has a feed, a Twitter account, and it will show up on my timeline on Micro.blog as well. Thank you for the support, and hope you enjoy the relaunch. Let the sticker spotting resume!

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Needed something easy to update, to keep busy with the limited time I have, so Sticker Spotter is back on! Back using blot.im, and with a new domain to go with it! It’s official, keeping this one around a little longer.

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Ok, Porkbun, you win! Two more domains…

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Leftovers Playground love, and another xMarksTheSpot for the collection.

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9.30PM, back in the city. Drove out to pick up the movieStars, everyone is home now! All together again! 🥰

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Second Batch

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Fun Having a great time with the location. Plenty of incredible details. Enough to keep me entertained for a while.

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Countryside Eggleston At today’s office, a familiar view.

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5AM, Coffee #2 ☕️ ☕️

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9.30PM, time to get some sleep. Long day ahead. See ya.

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And… It’s off to 🇲🇲Myanmar, the next stop on theAmazingHoneymoon! Awesome, sad, incredible, worth it.

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movieStar remembered we had no coffee, and got some during today’s supermarket run. Obviously I came back home and forgot it, the coffee is sitting in a bag, an hour away. I guess it’s time to go out again, and get another batch.

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There was one last thing left to do: get maique.omg.lol as my email signature! movieStar was the one that noticed it. Solved!

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Supermarket Run: Check! 🛒

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Software, even buggy software, has changed the world. Software, even software you don’t like, has inspired, and enabled, has been a life changing experience to someone. 🔗 A Love Letter to Software - DEV Community

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Will start including a photo on my thingsThisWeek posts. The Twitter card will look nicer with a photo on it 😊

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thingsThisWeek #11

💖 Missing the girls. On Saturday evening, after the day’s work was done, I was supposed to ride my father-in-law’s motorcycle back to the village. movieStar thought that was not a great idea. It was late, I was tired, and it was VERY cold. She said I should stay at home, they would drive back the following day, and her father would ride the motorcycle home, something he’s always looking forward to. I did just that. Slept for 11 hours, but missed them so much! Still debating with if it was worth it, but I don’t think so. 📷 Working during the weekend is something that is more common that I would love, but can’t really afford to say no these days, especially when the pay is not too bad. So I did, again. I spent the weekend away from the girls, and I’m now ready to start a new week. A week I’ll spend editing photos from this last assignment and the one before that (yes, still haven’t touched them), and I didn’t get any rest, except those 11 hours of sleep. Not the nicest way to do it, I’m sure. Next Sunday? Also working. 🍿 Saw a couple of movies in the evenings, but nothing worth talking about. Succession remains the only show we’re watching on a regular basis at this point. 💨 This week went past in a flash. Not sure where it all went. It’s strange, because I did the same things as usual, but it just flew by. The holiday on Wednesday helped, I guess, since having tinyMovieStar around just keeps us busy all day long.

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ETD for tomorrow’s assignment is 5:20AM! Yes, no typo there, 5:20AM! 😭😵‍💫🥺

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Loaded! 🎄

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Back in the village, at least for one night!

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Need to find time to go through all the Myanmar photos, a few still missing for the next post on dinkiwinkiminkiwinki. When will I be able to? It’s been a few days without a new post, and I’m itching!

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Burn!

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Getting dangerously close to 2AM! Time to sleep, everything is edited already. The girls aren’t having an easy night, so I might as well get some sleep while they allow me to. See you in the morning.

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Funny Building Coming across a ton of out-takes, but no time to edit these right now…

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11PM, still working the laptop, still churning out edited photos.

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Spotify around here, today… Thanks to Spotify TUI.

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I guess today is Editing Day! Very possible that it’s also Editing Afternoon, Editing Evening, Editing Night, and Editing Dawn… 😵‍💫

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Morning Drive Had to pick up something this morning, and traffic was HELL. I HATE driving in the city these days, but couldn’t get away from it. Now back home. Uff.

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Old Timey Blogging Machine

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That was one LOOOOOOOONG day.

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Time to dust off that EU Covid Vaccination Certificate! We’ll need those this month if we plan to eat out…

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Hippo Troubles Today was also the day the Hippo tried to eat a Clio…

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Back from kindergarten. As soon as we step inside, tinyMovieStar asks, demands, lemon. Yes, that’s right, a huge slice of lemon. She sits on the floor, looking at photos, and munching away. On a slice of lemon! 🍋🥰

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We went out, had lunch, bought a book for tinyMovieStar. Now waiting for the time to pick her up from kindergarten. Oh, sent an invoice as well! And that’s about it.

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Spread over two days, I managed to watch The Angel. 🍿

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Thailand… Thailand… We had to stop there, right? Welcome to another episode of theAmazingHoneymoon! 🇹🇭Thailand.

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The places inspiring your return to travel. 🔗 The Best Countries in the World: 2021 Readers' Choice Awards | Condé Nast Traveler

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If you were on the fence about getting an omg.lol address, there’s a flash sale going on, 50% off the regular price! That’s half the usual $5/year! What else can you get for $2.50?? Certainly not something as cool! Use: CYBERMONDAYLOL when checking out.

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I remembered I should probably update Homebrew. Turns out I had 31 outdated formulae, and needed to “unshallow clones”. It’s been going on for a while now. Thankfully it’s cold, so I actually welcome the heat coming from the little Air.

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“It’s time to sleep, tinyMovieStar…” “But… I want to draw. And I want to play with cubes. And I want bananas. And I want music…”

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Here we go again…

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Didn’t ride back to the meet the movieStars last night. movieStar said I should stay in town, my father in-law would even thank me for riding the bike back to his place. It was hard staying away from them for the first time but, on the (only) plus side, I did sleep for 11 hours!

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Also, in Apple news, finally got to the bottom of an issue that was driving me (and my Air) nuts. High CPU from SystemUIServer, and the annoying fans going at all times. For months. Date and Time on the menu bar! That was it. Turned that off, and the problem went away. Uff.

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Day in Photos It was long, mostly very boring, with some interesting highlights. Tomorrow I’ll have more of this. Maybe it’s better. At least it’s an hour shorter.

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Back-breaking assignment done for today. Tomorrow we’re back for part two. For now: Indian for dinner, and maybe a movie.