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Crazycatlady

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  1. I usually reply that I've been better and get a sympathetic look in response.
  2. I have a nursing job lined up in Fort Wayne, IN starting in either May or June (depending on when I can take my licensure exam), so most of my unoccupied time is spent packing. My cat is intimidated by the whole packing process, but delighted at the number of boxes availible to play in. I am still working though (as a nursing assistant) four days a week, so I don't have that much free time.
  3. I found comfort in the Satanic Temple's response to Coronavirus. I can't find it right now (it was published shortly before March 16th if anyone's google-fu is stronger than mine). The closest I can find is this summary. They basically acknowledged that we're all going through a very hard time right now and we can expect it to be traumatic. What we need to do though is practice social distancing and staying at home while we wait for a vaccine to be developed. I take a lot of comfort in the fact that the world's top scientists are working on a vaccine. We just need to slow the tran
  4. I hope I'd be brave enough to rebel. More likely, I'd just try to keep my head down and avoid attracting attention to myself.
  5. The highest court in Australia has just released Cardinal Pell because there was insufficient evidence to prove that he sexually abused those kids. It's kinda hard to have proof when one of the key witnesses died as an indirect result of his abuse though. I was abused by a priest as a child, and this has reopened old wounds (not completely afresh but enough to bother me).
  6. I was raised very strictly Roman Catholic. Today is Ash Wednesday, and I made a point of eating something with meat in it as an act of rebellion, something I plan to continue doing each Friday during Lent. I'd love to get to the point where I just don't care and don't notice whether I eat meat that day or not. Apparently that isn't going to happen this year though. Can anyone else relate?
  7. For the past five years, I've been living in Missoula, MT which has an active secular society. Before that I lived in Las Cruces, NM where the Unitarian Universalist church is basically an atheist club. I was just offered a job in the operating room in Fargo that will start as soon as I graduate and pass my boards. I can't find an atheist group there: the Red River Freethinkers used to meet regularly, but it looks like they stopped a couple years ago. Moving to a new place is intimidating, and I'm try to identify as many social supports as possible before I get there (this would be so much eas
  8. If you don't mind me asking, where did you teach abroad? I'm planning to do the same thing when I graduate, and I didn't realize women could get fired for complaining about such things. That's really not cool. What are you even supposed to do in such a situation where you can't report sexual assault? Just quit your job? I taught in Thailand first and then Korea. Thailand was great, and I loved it there. Korea, on the other hand, I really don't recommend. Officially, my friend was fired the very vague reason of "parents have complained about xyz." It was pretty obvious that it was b
  9. Thanks for all the replies, everyone. Now that I think about it some more, I'm pretty sure there's some reverse culture shock going on here. I taught English as a second language for three years and got back to the US six months ago. I'm afraid I got used to the idea that women can be fired for filing a police report about sexual assault (because the resultant investigation could tarnish the employer's reputation) or persistant complaining about any sexual harassment. I need to remember that I'm back in my own country where a). sexual harassment is taken seriously and . I can stay in the c
  10. And I am sorry to hear that you had such an uncomfortable experience during your training. As FreeThinker said, we have all been there.
  11. Tyler, are you in Austin (that's what your profile says)? If so, there is an active Atheist Community of Austing that meets for dinner every Sunday. I was an active member about four years ago when I lived there. They have annual bat/river tour in late summer which I found really enjoyable (I do suggest bringing a clear umbrella, so you can stand on deck for a better view). That might be one to try to build a new social group. When I left Christianity, I felt very lost and alone as well. It does get better. The ACA helped me; joining shared interests groups (in my case, knitting; th
  12. Blaming "satan" for those atrocities elevates Satan to godhood by giving him sufficient power to cause (or prevent bible-god from stopping) them.
  13. I think you might be giving that person too much credit for thinking things through there. I like that idea. Thanks. Well, firstly I wear a minimizer bra at work that seperates out my breast so that isn't really much cleavage to begin with. If I wore a regular bra, there would be cleavage showing. Still, prehaps I should rephrase that: "low-cut; the third lowest-cut shirt I own." (And I only wear the other two in bars).
  14. I wear a uniform at work. The old one was an embroidered cotton polo, unisex. Now men wear an embroidered synthetic polo that looks basically the same as the old one with white undershirts. Women, on the other hand, now have to wear a synthetic, collared v-neck shirt that is cut very, very low-cut. When I say that it's low-cut, I mean that it is within a quarter of an inch of showing my cleavage. When I say that it's low-cut, I mean that I own exactly one shirt that is low enough to be worn underneath it without showing. It's technically not revealing, but it is very, very close. I feel un
  15. It's supposed to be 1000 words spoken in tongues, maybe...?
  16. Suddenly I'm really glad that I was raised Catholic. "Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to recieve from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen" (father, son, holy ghost, let's eat!" was the only grace we ever said. And we usually said it pretty fast too; it wasn't until after joining us for several family dinners that my little sister's boyfriend finally exclaimed "Ooh, you guys are praying in English!" He couldn't make out the words and just assumed it was Latin, apparently.
  17. is trying to protect her steak from the cats.

  18. I was lucky enough to not even hear of these things until after I left Christianity. Our church didn't really do anything for Halloween -- they just had us come to mass for All Saints Day on Nov. 1st. In CCD, they reminded us to be careful while trick-or-treating. We were also encouraged to go trick-or-treating because giving evil spirits candy was symbolic of driving them away before All Saints Day or something like that. Whatever, I was pretty happy to have even more of an excuse to dress up and get yummy candy (though as a good Catholic girl, I didn't admit that to even myself).
  19. That's hilarious. Maybe you should meditate if you're going to be dragged along to Quaker services...
  20. Perhaps an agreement to longer discuss religious topics with each other is in order. You should be free to comment and post as you choose, but avoid religious statements in response to anything s/he has posted or commented. S/he should do the same for you. (Note: the following is only effective if you haven't been commenting directly to her/him about religious stuff). I would suggest saying that you appreciate that your friend has abstained from commenting or replying to your posts because you don't want a religious debate either. Let her/him know that s/he has satisfied his/her duty
  21. My parents were never-miss-a-required-holy-day-of-obligation-and-Sunday-mass and confess-once-per-week Catholics. I was even more hardcore than they. My life's goal while I was Catholic was to attain sainthood (after my death, obviously). To that end, I focused very hard on not sinning and confessed all of my sins as soon as possible. I practiced corporeal mortification, approved by the priest, to try to help my loved ones leave purgatory sooner (started doing this at age seven). I don't think a strict Catholic upbringing was good for me or either of my sisters. All three of us have very
  22. My husband and I spent the day watching Star Trek DS9, cuddling in bed, and chatting with his brother and SIL over Skype.
  23. I keep getting ads from them on facebook and they're really starting to piss me off (so much that I've started marking them "offensive," but they keep popping up).
  24. It probably also had an American flag thrown into the mixture. Ugh! Instead of "not of this world" should read "reason on holiday" or "brain absent". I'm pretty sure there were several on it.
  25. I combine my two obsessions: I knit while watching sci-fi.
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