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Heartstopper has been on my to-read list for a long time and I still haven't read it, but I have watched about half the Netflix series now. It's very good and you should watch it if you want I feel all warm and fuzzy and have your cheeks hurt from smiling.

Problem 3 - Helping them with this stuff and other things related to their work with churches always kind of frustrates me.

Because I'm fucking *good* at this, ok? Like, there's a reason they still always ask me even though they get mad every time.

But churches don't like me. 🤷 And after years of being rejected and let down by churches, I'm not too thrilled with them either. So I get to work for a retail company and try to find ways to spin these skills into hobbies somehow.

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My sibling asked me to help with their sermon for tomorrow.

Problem 1 - it's *tomorrow*, so when I realize that my main advice is to scrap the primary text and start over, that's just not possible.

Problem 2 - They do not take critique well at all and now they're mad at me.

Riverdale spoilers through season 6 ep. 9 (ch 104) 

Hiram mining all the palladium in the town inadvertently removed Archie's weakness and therefore made him harder to kill, oops.

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Riverdale spoilers through season 6 ep. 9 (ch 104) 

Silly not real theory, except it's Riverdale so maybe??

Archie always had super powers but since they live right on top of palladium deposits it's been dampened most of his life. This is why he is still alive despite bear fights and numerous attempts to kill him.

So who else randomly gets "Dos Oruguitas" stuck in their head and then just have to hold back the urge to cry-sing at work? Just me? 😅

Finally wrote down my thoughts about Felix Ever After and can read something else! Next up is Kiki's Delivery Service. I just watched the movie for the first time a few days ago and loved it.

I've been watching quite a few animated films lately. Similar to why I like reading YA, they're just so cute and cozy and optimistic. I need that in my life.

Prompts/ideas to help myself with that:

1 - every day I read something, share something that stood out to me about it.

2 - every week share my favorite thing I read.

3 - when I finish a book, leave a review on one of the book sites so I can get a feel for them and see which one/s I like.

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New reading goal is just to share more about what I'm reading and actually kind of review things. Even when I read in a group it's hard for me to know what to talk about so I wind up not saying much at all.

I remember in middle school once my teacher pulled me aside and wanted to know if something was wrong because she knew I read a *ton* normally and it was "clear" I hadn't read the assignment (I had) because I didn't share in the group discussion.

Gonna work on that.

I never read or watched Hunger Games. No particular reason, I just didn't have a lot of time to read when they were super popular and I've had a lot of things since then I wanted to read more I guess.

Today I watched a video by Yhara Zayd about people's racist responses to the film and it reminded me of this misogynist former classmate who hated the books.

So now I want to read them, but wonder if I should wait awhile longer so it's not like 50% spite and I can just enjoy it.

Not-book-related, asexuality, sex, crushes 

I was talking to friends about a couple of people I find just *so so so* attractive and internally just go 😍 🙌 🙏 :blobheartcat: when I see them. One had a bunch of cute outfits in a video and I was like 💖 and thought that's what thirst trap must mean.

Then I realized allos probably actually mean they think sexy thoughts in those cases. 😱 Whereas I'm over here like "can I please buy you snacks and hold your hand? Maybe hug maybe?"


Felix Ever After 

I have issues with some of the assumptions in this book about love in general and good vs bad love and real vs text love. Still a really good book and people are entitled to their own experiences, just a lot towards the end of the book that doesn't mesh with my experiences and feels a *little* like it's just a neat way to get Declan out of the picture with minimal pain.

Felix Ever After predictions pt 2 (spoilers) 

I think Declan will get the scholarship and go off to Brown (at least, I *think* that's the school they both want), Ezra and Felix will get into a very good school nearby and room together, dating optional but likely.

Declan will make peace with both of them, he and Felix will keep texting, and everyone gets to live happily ever after.

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Felix Ever After predictions pt 1 (spoilers) 

Who made the gallery?

1 - Hazel was my first guess early on and I still think she's the most likely. She just seems pretty awful in every way.

2 - some random classmate we haven't met or was just barely mentioned, to throw us off

3 - Austin, because jealousy?

4 - Marisol because she hasn't actually been discounted yet and is also awful.

5 - Lia/Leah (audiobook = I have no idea how to spell names), I really don't think so and hope not, but skillz.

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Felix Ever After spoilers 

Oh nooooo I'm already devastated and also I hate everyone. About an hour and a half to go.

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Felix Ever After spoilers 

I almost don't want to keep listening because I feel like if this doesn't end in a polycule (and I feel like I'd have heard about it if it did) I'm going to be devastated for somebody. Not fair.

Re: HP references

There are a lot of them. My friends and I were nerds and identified with Hogwarts houses too, but I don't ever remember talking about them this much. We were mostly anime nerds though so I guess instead of talking about our houses we just traded fanfiction/fanart.

I'm not really bothered by the HP references, the author is quoted in some articles talking about the series being important to them and JKR hurting them. It's *so* much, I'm like "lol nerd" but affectionately.

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Felix Ever After is really good so far.

I'll probably finish it tomorrow, or definitely by the weekend.

Lots of Harry Potter references (ew) and other current-ish pop culture references that are always weird for me, like a lot of YA books these days don't feel meant to last like the ones I used to read with made up music and tv shows.

But I guess if it goes long enough for them to not make sense anymore, people might just assume all these references are made up the same way!

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