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About Kricket


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    The odds are good, but the goods are odd.
  1. Definitely well-being. I don't know what "feeling alive" means, except that people often say they feel alive during an adrenaline rush.
  2. Literally dozens by now. Everywhere I go, I seem to find someone I want to emulate in some way. My father: his reason, and love of exploration. More than anyone, I'd like to be like him. A coworker: his unwavering morality and ability to define and solve problems so logically. A friend: her effortless generosity and genuine delight in people. Many others, known personally or seen at a distance: a palpable sense of inner peace and perspective. I can pick this out immediately in people, and I constantly try to cultivate the same peace in myself.
  3. Huh, this is really interesting to me. Currently I introspect at random intervals, without much rhyme or reason. I've pruned away or cultivated different beliefs but haven't taken into account the garden as a whole. I think it would benefit me to set aside time for a more structured analysis. I'd probably spend a while thinking about my idea of the person I want to be, and writing down the core values that make that person so good. I'd also spend a lot of time examining my actions and discovering when/why they differ from that ideal. As I've gotten older, it's become easier for me to ask that extra "why?" when I notice I have a gut reaction to new information. I'd like to continue that development from acting/feeling on pure instinct to living a purposeful, reason-informed life.
  4. I manage 20 minute pasta by just boiling 3 quarts of water (not ideal, but on my gas range it takes 11 minutes to bring to a boil). Current favorite sauce is lemon cream: saute pancetta and minced garlic or shallots in olive oil, add lemon zest/juice, cream and a bit of chicken stock or pasta water and reduce. Can add a bit of sliced chicken breast for protein. If we have steak on hand, husband and I can split a single filet mignon which only takes ten minutes from cold pan to done. Add in some sautéed green beans and microwaved mashed potatoes and you're golden. My dinky rice machine can spit out a couple cups of Jasmine in less than 20, and it's easy to sautee shrimp or chicken to go with it.
  5. It is my (very loose) understanding that there are different types of depression and the onset of symptoms/recovery all depend on the kind of depression you have. I've got major depressive disorder, which generally kicks off at puberty when the brain is undergoing a lot of changes anyway. Events/stress trigger depressive "episodes" and each episode wears the groove a little deeper, making it easier for the next episode to occur (with increased severity of symptoms also, which is cool ). So while there are environmental triggers, my brain was already predisposed to losing its shit. I expect that people with more acute versions of depression can change up their routine and that's enough to get out of the circular thoughts. Their brains aren't so inclined to rewire themselves permanently.
  6. I can't offer advice, but I definitely understand the sentiment. My last tech industry job became a waking nightmare. Work was never "over" and there was no time to feel any sense of accomplishment. One emergency propelled me to the next to the next. It was never done. I started to fantasize about becoming a butcher or a baker: some trade job where I could see the work of my hands and get some sense of closure at the end of the day. A job where I could see how well I was doing instead of that constant feeling of shouting into the void. Eventually I suffered a sort of break down and got what was supposed to be a low key job as an admin assistant, but that was its own brand of crazy with many of the same issues as the high pressure tech job. Now I think I've found a good place where I can still work with technology, but as a curator of knowledge. Much better pace for my nerves and I can go home at 4pm without worrying. It's not like the data is going anywhere before tomorrow. Still, almost all of my hobbies involve working with my hands because I need that in my life. I think it's very human to want that tactile feedback.
  7. Costco executive member here... like Warrior, we get at least $100 (more like $150 this last year) back, which covers the membership fee. Favorites: Cat litter (way cheaper) Meat, especially large vacu-packs of pork and beef that I can break down and freeze. Fish products are high quality. Pork belly is cheap. Eggs/milk/cheese are all good Produce is GREAT, with some neat seasonal things that I don't see elsewhere, like persimmons. Blackberries are huge. Artichokes are cheap. Booze is so cheap. I love you, Kirkland brand gin. So much that I'm putting myself on a six month restriction from buying you. Socks/underwear/tennis shoes are all good. Pharmacy folks are really nice, but not sure how they rank price-wise Furniture, when we need it. Cheap and a great warranty. Gas CHEAP cheap cheap garden soil in the spring! I generally avoid getting: Spices (no idea what the turnover is, and I can't get through that much paprika before it goes stale) Ladies jeans (mostly Gloria Vanderbilt sp?) Books seem fairly expensive, imo I accidentally walk out of the store having purchased in the Costco Daze: Camping gear for next season Mats for my car Nifty soup bowls Ten pairs of lounge pants A pack of 50,000 AA batteries 5lb bags of chocolate covered pretzels/cherries/whatever flavor of the month I'll go to the regular grocery store for things like beer, bread, lightbulbs, one-off groceries like individual garlic heads or condensed milk, coffee, husband's favorite cereal... but whatever I can get at Costco, it's usually higher quality. I also like that they rotate their stock and bring in new things throughout the year; always something new to try. Just wish they would stock the lobster bisque all year... stuff is amazing. Ordered fresh flowers for my wedding directly from the Costco website and they arrived in great condition.
  8. I dont see how it would be much different. Just because someone is wearing a skirt doesn't mean they swing your way. It's a shocker, but you might have to... get to know a person before assuming they are DTF.
  9. So, I haven't had anything to do with Active Directory since college, but part of my current job is to be a permissions gatekeeper for folders in a shared drive. I'm dealing with approximately 20k users who are constantly shifting from one office to another (then to different jobs within offices, etc.) and moves usually require permissions changes. I feel like this should have an easy answer, but darned if I can find it. Here's my problem: I would like a way to check what folders an AD group has access to. Groups are already created in our system, but it seems that things get jumbled up... Sometimes the groups exist but don't have the correct permissions to the correct folders, sometimes duplicate groups were created, all sorts of things. I'm concerned that some groups may also have too many permissions. Since I'm dealing with PII here, I'd like to be super certain that I'm not granting permissions that I don't intend to. Make sense? SCENARIO: Jimbo requests r/w permissions to Folder A, which is all well and good. I see in Active Directory that there exists Group_A_RW; I check the security tab for Folder A, and Group_A_RW does indeed have r/w permissions to Folder A; all is as it should be. Currently, the process is that I add Jimbo to Group_A_RW and go on with my day. I'd like to make sure that whoever created Group_A_RW didn't also accidentally give the group r/w access to Folder B, which contains info Jimbo shouldn't be viewing. So ideally, I'd right click on Group_A_RW in AD and see a list of folders with permissions and confirm that r/w access is only available for Folder A. Is there a way to do this?
  10. I'm trying to think of a good metaphor... When I was extremely depressed, it felt like I was drowning. After a few weeks of medication, counseling, and life changes, it was like finally being able to reach the surface of the ocean and gasp for air. It has taken a lot longer to learn how to STAY at the surface, to recognize when I'm close to going under again, and to start kicking my way toward land. I expect that how long it takes you to reach stability depends on how far out in the ocean you are, and how prone you are to drowning. Hope that makes sense.
  11. That's too bad; for me, the gifted English program had different kinds of work (a LOT more creative writing instead of standard essay after standard essay, for one). Gifted Literature did involve reading quite a few more books than the standard class required, but I think that was because the gifted students had proven to be fast readers in the entrance exam. I also remember having a lot more control over what I did with class time; the teacher would set aside time for us to choose to read, write, discuss or do projects related to eng/lit. I can't comment much on the gifted math/science programs except that a friend on the math side got through more of the book than we normals did. I'm not sure if the teacher took a more creative approach to teaching the material or if they were just trying to keep the kids as busy as they were capable of being.
  12. It's great that you have the motivation to do this. I was unable to break the depressive cycle without medication, but pills aren't necessary for a lot of people. Even with SSRIs, I wasn't feeling my normal self until the 8 week mark. I imagine it will take several weeks for the good habits to take effect on your brain. Try to be kind to yourself and don't worry if you suffer some setbacks along the way.
  13. I need to break mine out. It was "lent" to me by my mom something like eight years ago and I think she was just glad to clear out some pantry space. I did a couple loaves before it started collecting dust and surviving two moves. My big issue with making bread from scratch is that I can't get a handle on the altitude here. Anyone know of a good high altitude baking resource?
  14. Wow, I'll have to remember this. There are certain things where it's so obvious what's wrong that I am loath to drag my corpse to a doctor's office (never mind the typical week long wait for an appointment). Once I had to go to urgent care for a UTI; it's not like they need me clogging up that waiting room when the symptoms are obvious and the drug store test is positive, but I needed the antibiotics that weren't OTC. I also have Aetna. -_-
  15. Awesome! May I ask what recipe you used for your wrappers? I have a pasta rolling attachment for my mixer, but I haven't done filled pasta yet. I'm a huge fan of lobster ravioli. A little brown butter sauce is all it needs...