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This stuff is the deal. I've tried several different Pangea flavors, and Sambal eats them all, but I just tried him on this one a few days ago and I've never seen him eat this much. He ate more than twice the amount of this as he has the other flavors. I'll continue giving him a variety, because I think that's good for him, but he has definitely shown his preference!
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Two lbs of peppers fermenting. In two weeks, I'll have hot sauce!
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Super sad day. I was cleaning out our anole Noelle's enclosure yesterday, and somehow she escaped. I think she was hiding in one of the plants I removed. We're keeping the cat locked out of that room, and leaving her enclosure open, with her heater, and UV turned on, and we're continuing to keep the humidity up for her, hoping that she'll get cold and return to the safety of the plants in there. I'm not super optimistic that she'll come back, but we miss her and really hope she does.
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When we got our little Sambal, he was very skittish, and would not be held. He's about 8 months old now, and he's calmed down quite a bit.
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New T-Shirt day! Along with my copy of the comic pictured. First appearance of Black Cat, ASM 194
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One of the guys from our regular Friday Bike Commuters Breakfast just got back from visiting Israel. When he was there, he saw there was an archaeological dig being done by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, our local university. What's weirder is, another guy on our regular breakfast just graduated from UNCC where he was one of the people who worked on that dig. The only American university currently doing a dig in Israel is the little college here in Charlotte. These are actual artifacts that came from that dig. He said these bits are so plentiful and of such low historical importance, that they'd routinely just send stuff like this to a landfill, so most of the students brought stuff home. The oldest piece, the half-circular piece in the middle, is dated around 400BCE. The piece in the upper left is the base of a pot. The little swirl was put there by the artisan's finger as somewhat of a trademark. The little square piece next to it is a piece of mosaic from a floor. Just very cool stuff!
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The question I get asked most often immediately following someone learning that my daughter has autism is "What's the one thing she's really good at?" It's weird, I get this seriously all the time. There seems to be a belief in the neurotypical community that people with autism have some super power. They're fantastic at math, or they're beautiful pianists, or they can tell you the day of the week for any date. And yes, there are people on the spectrum who can do these amazing things, but for the most part, people with autism are just that. People with autism. So, things that my daughter with autism is really good at.

Honesty. She never intentionally lies to benefit herself.
Empathy. I remember very well when she was in elementary school. There was a kid in her class who was blind. On Valentines day, it is tradition for kids that age to get small valentines cards for every other kid in the class. My daughter came home and said she needed to make one in braille. So we looked up on the Internet how to spell Happy Valentine's Day in braille, printed it out as dots, then used a pin to poke holes in a card in that pattern. We thought "What a neat assignment to give kids this age." But no, it wasn't the assignment. She just came up with that on her own. Apparently the kid was very excited that someone had done this for him. When the teacher gave her praise for doing such a wonderful thing, it really bothered her. She couldn't understand why people were making a big deal about it. She didn't do it because it was a wonderful thing to do, to her it was an extremely logical thing to do. If you gave him a card that was not in braille, he couldn't read it, so why would you not make it braille?
Happiness. She genuinely wants to be happy, and strives for it every day.

So, if you are unfamiliar with the autism, and learn that one of your peers has an autistic loved one, please don't ask what their super-power is. Instead, if you're curious, you can ask "What does she enjoy doing? What makes him happy?" I would greatly prefer to answer those questions.
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My fall greens are going strong. Pictured are broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, and purple spicy mustard greens. So, here's my question, with beautiful plants like these, why am I never getting any broccoli? The closest two plants are broccoli, and they're looking big and healthy, but no actual heads. I'll still harvest and eat the leaves, but this is my second time attempting them, and second time with the same result.
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This puzzle was too difficult for my daughter a few years ago. She got maybe 1/2 of this far in over a week and put it away, defeated. She pulled it out again two days ago. I know she was still working on it at 2am this morning, so I can only imagine how sleepy she must have been to walk away at this stage. No doubt she'll finish it today. 1000 pieces, and just tons of the same colors.
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Outgrowing his skin. Time for a new suit!
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