Still run into the family member or friend I haven't seen in a while who asks "weren't you two planning on never having kids", and yep! But of course it was a quiet slow road to changing our minds and then actually making it happen - and once you're deeply on that road and have nothing to show for it yet, it's even harder to talk about with folks. Happy to talk about it now, of course, because we entirely lucked out in the end and know it.
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I still love you all (though not in the way that duxup may), as has been long mentioned enough of you migrated to Facebook a decade ago that I've still got my HuSi circle close to my heart. But man 2016 killed my social media buzz, and I wish they would all fade into the oblivion that we used to have for social media sites (bye MySpace!) after a couple of years.
I've set up camp in the Mastodon space @firstname.lastname@example.org, a cooperatively maintained and funded federated instance that gives me some joy and a focused reminder of what I want the web to return to. Discovery is a little hard, good and bad. Forging a new set of like-minded folks in the fediverse echoes some early K5 moments of randomness, and I'm mildly optimistic.
Still mostly consume the web through RSS. What dinosaurs may come.
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Having a kid has not yet slowed my reading down, though perhaps a few more audiobooks than before. Sci-fi, social justice, and history the bulk of it. 18/74 books by women so far this year, so still struggling to get that 50% goal I set for myself each year. Easy recommendations from this year:
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Waves, Virginia Woolf
Uprooted, Naomi Novik
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
And I'm almost done with The Stone Sky and expect that series to be my fave of the last few years.
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