Wednesday, March 9

Why I Don't Have a Mobile Phone Anymore

Last month I did something that most would consider to be extreme, even though it's not: I used up my last minute, and decided that it was time to part ways with my phone service. "Why on Earth would you do that?", one might ask. Well, truly for this simple reason: I don't need or want it.

I've felt this way for almost all my life. I was given my first cell phone (which was soon replaced with a newer model) by my parents in college for so-called emergencies. I was all too eager to accept it, felt posh for having one, and was grateful because it was a way for me to connect with my family when I was away at school. We had a pre-paid account, and I was only allowed to use it to call home.

No smartphone for me, thank you. My lovely little Pantech has served me well for 10 years.

After the years past, I got my third and last phone, one that I paid for myself. Again, because of this, I knew that I was cool, and that I could communicate with others anywhere I went. This is a pretty normal situation for most people. It's common to leave our loved ones behind to go make money to live the dream that supposedly everyone wants. We trade our real interactions with texts or calls, because we're too busy for anything more (or even too far away).

For a long while, I was satisfied with this. Like people in third-world countries that leave their families behind to go make more money in the big cities, I was doing the same thing with a corporate career. If I left, and made something of myself, then perhaps I could take care of everyone. After the debt is paid, and the time is done, just maybe then I could make a better life for myself and share it with my loved ones.

The irony to all of this is that the phone bill must be paid so that we can continue on in this manner. And how do we pay for the phone? By working our lives away of course! This is true for every material possession that we must maintain, and that is why I don't need my phone anymore. I'm trying to climb out of the hole that I dug. By doing so, I hope to remedy this soon, and slowly regain my freedom.

The company that serviced my phone stopped supporting it this year, and that made it really easy for me to say goodbye. See, I would not upgrade my phone because it was working just fine, I liked how small it was, and there was no reason for me to contribute to the massive amounts of e-waste that pollutes this beautiful planet. Recycling mobile phones is not easy, and these phones don't disappear, they pile up. I'm proud to say that my little device will still continue to serve me well as a calendar, camera, flashlight, alarm clock, notepad, calculator, converter, stopwatch, and address book.

What about those real emergencies though? Well, I have never experienced that, and I can't possibly plan for one. My close friends and family know that they can reach me via email at anytime. Also, it's easy to video chat and make free phone calls online. I have what's equivalent to a home phone with the added bonus of getting to see someone on screen at least.

Once upon a time, we humans lived without mobile phones, and all was well in the world. There is no need to fear, especially if the very thoughts that we think attract experiences to us like a magnet. Ultimately, not relying on a phone means that time spent with people will become even more meaningful. It's essential now, and I'm excited to spend more quality time in the present moment with others that I love.

 It feels so right.
~Claudia

206 comments:

  1. Interesting take :) Well explained too

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    1. Thank you, friend. :)
      ~Claudia

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    2. Heyo! Just think of all the phone radiation free days you'll have now too! :D

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    3. Hi Andy! It's really good to hear from you again. How have you been? Indeed, that is a beautiful thing. :)
      ~Claudia

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    4. I'm decent. I might hit you up on email in a few days to talk some health related things.

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    5. Oh, awesome! Yeah, let me know. I do mentoring in person or over the web if you're interested: http://claudiasutton.com

      I can definitely help you out with that.
      ~Claudia

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    1. HIIIII! :D Thank you so much Eric! Yeah, it's really weird that Blogger does this. It would be nice if the comments went on forever. Oh well; here we are!

      How are you this fine Monday?
      ~Claudia

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    2. You're welcome Claudia :) It is rather interesting. I agree, it would be nice.

      I'm doing pretty good, how are you? How was your day?
      Eric

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    3. Yes, perhaps one day. :)
      Most excellent! I'm so glad to hear it. That always makes me happy to know that you are well. Today is beautiful; thank you. I've been meditating, watching the dark clouds roll in, and I'm about ready to go enjoy some of the most delicious blackberries.
      ~Claudia

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    4. Perhaps :)
      Aw, you are such a sweet person. Glad that you are having an awesome day today. Sounds good to me have some blackberries for me ;)

      And since today is Star Wars day, May the Fourth be with you and Aaron ;)
      Eric

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    5. You're welcome. Thank you, Eric. Yes, a favorite for sure. :)

      Yes! I thought about that late in the day. Happy 4th, and now it's the Revenge of the Fifth. Enjoy the dark side!
      ~Claudia

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    6. You're welcome :) Claudia. Excellent :)

      Lol, I actually had a couple of people at work say that to me. I would enjoy the dark side if they have better cookies ;) Hope you have an awesome day as well Claudia.
      Eric

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    7. Hee hee! Cool. I thought that they had awesome cookies! XD
      You too hun.
      ~Claudia

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    8. They might, but I must have missed out on them.
      How was your day yesterday?

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    9. Hee hee! XD I see.
      It was wonderful, thank you. Aaron and I spent all weekend with his Mum. She's so sweet, and we spoiled her for Mother's Day.
      ~Claudia

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    10. :)
      That's awesome. I am happy to hear that you both had a great time with Aaron's mother. I worked yesterday but I did talk to my mother and wished her a happy mother's day.
      Eric

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    11. Thank you Eric! :) I'm glad as well. Hurray for awesome mothers!
      ~Claudia

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    12. You're welcome Claudia :) YUS!!!

      How was your day today?
      Eric

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    13. Hi you! :D Hee hee! Today is awesome so far. I've been meditating, doing some learning via videos, and having tea.
      Life is good, always. <3
      ~Claudia

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    14. Why hello there ;) That's great, I'm glad to hear that you had an awesome day today. What all have you learned so far?
      I will agree with that.
      Eric

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    15. Thank you hun. :) I was watching Dr. Morse. He's wonderful.
      ~Claudia

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    16. You're welcome :) That's cool, I'm glad you are learning from him. What does he teach?
      Eric

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    17. He teaches how to heal any disease, by getting back to a human diet. Fruits mostly and herbs (frugivore species).

      http://www.whale.to/c/10013268_676368449097110_1949968139_n.jpg

      It's quiet amazing how changing the diet can help so much. You can type anything under the search on his channel and find the answer.

      His channel:
      https://www.youtube.com/user/robertmorsend/videos

      ~Claudia

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    18. Huh, interesting. I may look into this. Thank you so much for the info. How are you today? Doing anything special over the weekend?
      Eric

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    19. Yeah, definitely. :) I've been learning so much.
      I'm well today, thank you. Aaron and I went on an adventure to Virgina over the weekend and it was good fun. So now I'm resting. Hope all is well in your world too.
      ~Claudia

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    20. That's awesome, glad you are learning from him.
      That's great, glad you and Aaron had a great adventure to Virginia. Did you guys do anything fun while you were there? Things are going well for me, just really busy at work. I am down 2 people in my department and it makes it really hard on me on Sunday and Monday's because I am the only one in the department. It can get really crazy when you are busy like today. I was about to have a nervous break down cause I was so overwhelmed with things I needed to do. I got help from one of my supervisors, but it was really crazy. I had to stop what I was doing and pray to God for help. I need to remember to do that everyday I go in. But I am doing much better now though.
      Eric

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    21. Thank you! Everyone can. :)
      Yes, we did. It was a nice road trip (which we love). We went to visit friends, so it was awesome.

      Oh goodness! It sounds like you handled it quite beautifully though. Is your company going to hire more people?
      ~Claudia

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    22. You're welcome :) Very true.
      That's great, I am so happy for you guys. Hopefully you can come down to Missouri sometime. Would love to meet you and Aaron.

      I did what I could. Yes, they are going to hire more people. We have one person coming from overnights back to days and I think we are getting another person, but I don't know when.
      Eric

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    23. Yes, we would love that too. :) It would be fun.

      I'm sure. Oh, that's good news. How relieving.
      ~Claudia

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    24. It would be, just let me know in advance so I can get the days off :)

      I'll say. I had another one of those busy days again, not fun.
      Eric

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    25. Haha! We would definitely do that. :D
      Really! Oh my. I hope that you get some relief soon.
      ~Claudia

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    26. Excellent, would be fun to get some coffee with you guys or get some dinner.
      Same here. We are suppose to be getting some help on Sunday. So, we will see how that goes.
      Eric

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    27. It would be. :) Good to hear about the help!
      Happy Friday.
      ~Claudia

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    28. :) Yeah, so hopefully things will go a lot smoother.
      Happy Friday to you as well my dear friend.
      Eric

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    29. Indeed. It will happen very soon. :) Focus on what you want.
      ~Claudia

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    30. I will, thank you very much for the tip *hugs*
      How was your weekend?
      Eric

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    31. You're welcome! HUGS! :D
      It was great, we spent it with family. It was nice to see them again. And you?
      ~Claudia

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    32. That's awesome. My weekend was amazing. I went to Comic Con and got some really good pictures. They are posted on my DA page. Check them out.
      Eric

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    33. OOOOOOOO! Look at you out having fun! Great photos. :D That's so awesome Eric. They had a good lineup this year.
      ~Claudia

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    34. I had a fantastic time this year. They did and I cannot wait for next year. There is another con coming up in August that I will be going to. I'm glad you liked my photos. Would be cool if you and Aaron came to one of the cons and we could hang out there.
      Eric

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    35. Wonderful! Again, I'm so glad. Oh, cool. I'm sure that it will be fun as well. Yes, it would be. :) I love crashing cons. XD
      ~Claudia

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    36. They usually are. Do you think you and Aaron could come down for this one? If not then I will understand. Hope you have a great weekend.
      Eric

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    37. Yes, they are. :) I don't believe so, not this time. It would be great though. Aaron took off his vacation days this year already for July so that we can visit family. We're working on having more freedom for travels. We want to be adventurers soon! ;D
      ~Claudia

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    38. Aw, it's okay. That sounds like fun as well. Let me know when you come to Missouri ;) I am also working on doing some live stream here soon. Would you be interested in joining me when I get everything that I need for the stream?
      Eric

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    39. We most certainly will. :) It would be fun!
      Oh! That sounds like fun too. Let me know when.
      ~Claudia

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    40. Excellent, I agree. It will be fun
      I will let you know when. I am going to get a head set, so we can do a live chat as well.
      Eric

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    41. Definitely! That sounds awesome. :D
      ~Claudia

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    42. Oh yeah. And guess who's birthday is tomorrow ;)
      Eric

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    43. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :D HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC!
      <3 Claudia

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    44. Thank you very much Claudia

      Here is the link to my live stream. https://www.twitch.tv/dragonpud
      Eric

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    45. Hey, I'm streaming now on Twitch. https://www.twitch.tv/dragonpud Here is the link
      Eric

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    46. Hey sorry for the multiple messages, I just wanted to give you another link to my twitch account. https://www.twitch.tv/spartanmando81

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    47. Oh that's okay Eric. :) We went to them, and didn't see anything. Was it working okay? We just saw a loading screen.
      ~Claudia

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    48. It wasn't with Star Wars Battlefront, but it did with Batman: Arkham Knight. I am going to try it again on Wednesday when I get home from work. Probably around 5:30 central time. What time zone are you in?
      Eric

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    49. Oh, okay. :) Cool; have fun! We might be away for that one. We're in the Eastern Time Zone.
      ~Claudia

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    50. Aw, when is a good time for you guys? Cause I would love it if you guys came to it?
      Eric

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    51. Aww, well, thank you. That time is fine. :) Life is so spontaneous for Aaron and I.
      ~Claudia

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    52. Okay, I can understand that life is spontaneous at times. I will send you a link when the time comes.
      Eric

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    53. Unfortunately, I won't be doing any streaming tonight. I didn't sleep well last night. I will definitely be doing a stream tomorrow same time.
      Eric

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    54. Oh, awesome! :D Sounds good.
      ~Claudia

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    55. https://www.twitch.tv/spartanmando81 Here is the link to the live stream/live chat. If you have a mic, you can chat with me.
      Eric

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    56. Thanks again Eric for the link. I don't have a Twitch account, so I'm not sure how that works. I checked in early, but Aaron and I did some car maintenance together last night. So we were away for this one. We're usually not online much when he comes home. I'm glad that you're having fun with it. Was it a good time last night?
      ~Claudia

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    57. Ah okay. I can understand that. Is the car okay? I don't think you need a Twitch account to watch a stream, maybe just to chat. It was a great time. Got to chat with someone as well during the game play.
      Eric

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    58. Ah, yeah, she's fine. :) We need to buy a Valve Cover Gasket for her and do a bit more. Summertime is always our time to do car maintenance, because the weather is so nice. Yeah, I can see them, I figure that for the mic chatting though. I'm so glad to hear it! Hurray for that! :D
      ~Claudia

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    59. Hey, that's great. Glad she's doing good. That is the perfect time for that. You can take it in for maintenance, car wash, or what ever you need to do for her.
      It is good fun. I will be streaming again here soon. Maybe with the new Mirror's Edge game too. Have you played it yet?
      Eric.

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    60. Thanks Eric. :) Yeah, it is.
      Awesome! Glad to hear it. No, I haven't played it yet. I'm sure it's fun.
      ~Claudia

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    61. You're welcome Claudia :)
      It is fun, I really enjoy it. I do have some sad news though. I am stepping down from my assistant manager position. There are a couple of reasons why I am doing this. First reason is because of my parents. They are going to need me and I want to be more available for them. The second reason is because I am not doing so well. I have also noticed I haven't been myself lately because of it. I am getting frustrated easier than I have been. I have noticed I am getting more stressed out than I have been and it's showing. I cannot deal with that anymore.
      Eric

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    62. Hi Eric. Wow, it sounds like you made the right choice. That's good that you're being true to yourself. That is most important. Are your parents doing alright?

      It's okay to be frustrated, because that's the way to tell that it's not the right path for you. Again, you know you best, and it sounds like you're being pretty authentic.
      ~Claudia

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    63. Thank you so much Claudia, I really do appreciate your support :) My mother is doing okay but she will be having knee surgery soon and my dad isn't doing so good. He is way off balance and he has fallen about 4 times.

      I know I am. I have prayed about it and I believe this is the path the Lord wants me to take and I trust Him. I have reapplied for the job that I had before which was house keeping/trash guy. Which I don't mind at all.

      How are you guys doing?
      Eric

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    64. You're welcome. I'm not sure if they're willing to change their lifestyle, but those things can be reversed and healed. I wish them the very best.

      That's good to hear Eric. I hope that you get the old position back. :) I forget, are you working at an inn?

      We are well, thank you. We visited Aaron's dad for Father's Day and that was really lovely. The weekend always goes by so fast though.
      ~Claudia

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    65. Aw, thank you so much Claudia. I will hopefully see them on Friday for a late Father's day lunch or dinner.

      I'm sure I will. I work at a hospital in the laundry department, but I am hoping to go back to Trash and linen or house keeping. But honestly, I hope I go back to trash and linen.

      That's great, I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves on Father's day.
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    66. You're welcome Eric. Oh, I'm sure that was wonderful.

      Ah, yes! Now I remember. Any word on that yet? :)

      Thank you. Visiting with the ones I love is one of my greatest joys.
      ~Claudia

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    67. It will be

      I will find out tomorrow on if I get it or not.

      You're welcome Claudia :) That's great that you have that compassion :)

      How's your cosplay coming?
      Eric

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    68. Oh, wonderful! Best of luck to you my dear.
      Thank you. <3

      Haha! I'm still going with the hair clip. I'm going to work on it more today.
      ~Claudia

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    69. Thank you very much :) Well, I got my old job back, which was Trash and Linen. So my days off will be Tuesdays and Saturdays, which is fine for me.
      You're welcome :)

      Haha, well, it's a start ;)
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    70. Oh, good! That's wonderful to hear. Happiness and contentment is so important. I'm glad that it all worked out for you, and hurray for days off! :D
      ~Claudia

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    71. Thank you so much Claudia. I agree with you there. I am really happy that it did work out for me. I am not too thriled about my days off being split like that, but I will take it for now.
      Eric

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    72. Again, I'm glad that you got it back so quickly. :) I understand about the days off. Perhaps that will change in the future.
      ~Claudia

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    73. Thank you so much Claudia, that means a lot to me :) I'm sure it will, I will just have to be patient. How are things going for you on your end of the world?
      Eric

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    74. You're welcome. :) Yes, I'm sure it will.
      Life is good, thank you. Aaron and I just did a dry fast recently, so that was cool. We've been spending a lot of time outside too. Summer is always a fun time of year. ;D
      ~Claudia

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    75. That's awesome, I'm happy that things are going well for you. I agree, summer is awesome......minus the heat of course ;) Any plans for the 4th of July?
      Eric

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    76. Thank you hun! Yes! It's always fun. Yeah, we're going to be with family, see if we can find a hill somewhere, and watch the skies for fireworks. :3 And you?
      ~Claudia

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    77. You're welcome my friend. Excellent, sounds like a great time. I will be working that day, but in the evening might find a building to go on top of and watch some fireworks there.
      Eric

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    78. Ooooo! That sounds fun. :) Did you end up going? It rained really hard over here, so we ended up staying in. It was nice to relax though. I enjoyed it.
      ~Claudia

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    79. Aw, sadness. At least you got to enjoy it no matter what. Did you guys in a flood warning?
      Eric

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    80. Hee hee! It's okay. XD Indeed we did! No, I don't believe so, but then again I might not have known if we did.
      ~Claudia

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    81. Ah right. How was your weekend? I started streaming again yesterday.

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    82. It was amazing. We went to visit family, and we got to go swimming. It was fun. I've been spending a lot of time outdoors recently with the people that I love. The summer definitely brings that out in me. :) And you? Hope all is well dear. Good to hear that you're having fun with the games.
      ~Claudia

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    83. That's great :) I am glad that you are having a fantastic time outdoors. I'm doing pretty good as well. Why thank you very much. If you want to join in, I can give you a link.
      Eric

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    84. Thank you hun. Good to hear that you're well. Sure, feel free to send links anytime.
      ~Claudia

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    85. Awesome, will do :)
      How was your day?
      Eric

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    86. It's been pretty good so far. :) I've been having tea, and I posted this:
      http://claudiasutton.blogspot.com/2016/07/only-lovers-detroit.html

      ~Claudia

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    87. Ah right. I saw that post. You guys are just awesome.
      Eric

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    88. Hee hee! Thank you again hun. :3
      ~Claudia

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    89. You're welcome :) What are you guys up too today?
      Eric

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    90. Oh, I'm going to be hanging out with family while Aaron's at work today. :) I hope that we'll have time to go to the park soon too.
      ~Claudia

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    91. That sounds like fun. I'm sure you will. If not today, then probably the next time.
      Eric

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    92. Yes, we didn't get a chance yet, so perhaps today. I like to go foraging, and the wild blackberries are almost ripe! :D
      ~Claudia

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    93. That sounds like fun. I hope you got some good blackberries. I haven't had any in a very long while.
      Eric

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    94. Yeah, it always is. :) We found a few. Most of them still need a bit of time to turn black, so we'll check back again on them soon. Really? Wild ones specifically?
      ~Claudia

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    95. That's good :) Ah right, I'm sure they will in time. Have you guys been getting a lot of rain up there? You know, I honestly cannot remember which ones I have had. Have you seen the trailers for the Wonder Woman movie, Justice League and Doctor Strange movies?
      Eric

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    96. Yeah, we got a bit of rain over the weekend. Oh, that's okay. They're all mighty tasty. :D No, I haven't seen those yet. I'm sure they're all good fun.
      ~Claudia

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    97. Ah right, we have been getting a lot of heat over here and only a little bit of rain. That's great, did you make any smoothies with them as well? They are pretty good. Even though I don't know much about Wonder Woman or the Justice League, cause I am more of a Marvel fan myself, they looked really good.
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    98. Yeah, us too. It's been in the 90s. No, we just ate them on the spot. Hee hee! Yum! We did make a fantastic fresh juice yesterday. It was golden beet, apple, ginger root, and lemon. It was super tasty.

      Oh, awesome. :) We'll have to check them out.
      ~Claudia

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    99. I believe it, we are suppose to get hit in the 90's again next week. Haha, sounds like something I did a long time ago when I was picking maul berries. That sounds really good.

      Nice, let me know what you think of them.
      Eric.

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    100. Oh, really. Yikes! Hee hee! That sounds awesome too. :D

      The trailers are all great. I see that Comic-Con happened recently, so that makes sense.
      ~Claudia

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    101. Yeah, not looking forward to it. So I will be drinking a lot of water. It was amazing.

      I know right, they do look awesome. Yeah, the SDCC was going on and they say it's really hard to get into it as well. You need lots of money to get in.
      Eric

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    102. Yeah, I hear you about that. XD
      They do! I've heard that too, and that it's a zoo.
      ~Claudia

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    103. :)
      Which is too bad really. I would like to go there sometime, but not for that much money. Speaking of cons, there is one coming up next weekend that I will be going to.
      Eric

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    104. Yeah, I would like to go as well. It sounds like a great time. Oh, awesome! :D Have fun, good sir!
      ~Claudia

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    105. Oh I will good ma'am :) And I have been playing Overwatch recently and it's really good. I have played the beta for it, and I enjoyed that as well. Anything new with you? How's your armour coming?
      Eric.

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    106. Hee hee! :D Good! Oh, that's cool. I'm glad that you're having fun. I've put the armor aside for now, and I've been working on a new painting. I should have it out next week.
      ~Claudia

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    107. Oh awesome, will you be posting it on Deviantart? I can understand taking a break from working on armour. It can be tire some at times.
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    108. Yup! I posted it this morning. :)
      ~Claudia

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    109. Oh really? Huh, I must have missed it. Can you give me a link to it? How's everything else going for you?
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    110. Here you go: http://claudiasutton.blogspot.com/2016/08/tropicana.html

      Everything else has been going great, thank you. I'm looking forward to a day of rest today. :) And you?
      ~Claudia

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    111. Awesome, thank you so much my dear friend.

      That's great :) I am happy to hear that. I hope you enjoy your day of rest. I'm doing pretty good, been streaming like crazy yesterday and today and I am going to stream again this evening. I am really enjoying it. Even if I don't get people to come, still gonna do it. Hope to see you there sometime.
      Eric

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    112. Aww, sure thing. :)
      Again, that's awesome. I'm glad to hear it. That would be nice, alas, life has been stupid busy for me lately. It just seems like I have a lot to do. Busy can be good though.
      ~Claudia

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    113. :)
      Oh really? If you don't mind me asking on what's been going on?
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    114. Oh, chores and car stuff. We're trying to finish maintenance before it gets too cold again. And you? :) How have you been?
      ~Claudia

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    115. Ah okay, I can understand that. How much more do you have to do before you are finished?
      I've been pretty good, busy with work. I am still doing the live stream on Twitch, which is going well. If you want, I can send you guys a link to my Twitch account.
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    116. I'm not really sure. :) All in due time.
      Glad to hear that you're well. Sure thing, always.
      ~Claudia

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    117. Gotcha.
      Thank you so much :) https://www.twitch.tv/spartanmando81/profile This is the link to my account. Enjoy and I hope to see you guys there sometime.
      Eric

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    118. Hey hey Eric!
      So, I didn't make it out that night, but I did watch your Arkham Knight video. That game looks crazy! And glad to see that you're having fun. Again, we don't have an account, so I'm not sure that you'd see us. Unless, it counts all people that are watching? Not sure how it works.
      ~Claudia

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    119. Okay, now it works. I don't know anymore ;). So, glad you enjoyed the stream and I hope to see you at the next one. Take care my dear friend and tell Aaron I say hi.
      Eric

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    120. Hee hee! That's odd!
      Okay, that's good to know. It seems like it. I watched the whole thing. :)
      I'm doing well, thank you. Life is good!
      I will, thank you.
      ~Claudia

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    121. Awesome, next time you come by a stream, we can chat.
      Glad to know that you guys are doing well.
      You're welcome :)
      Eric

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    122. But that's what I'm asking, I thought that chatting was only for people with accounts. We don't have one, so we can watch, but not chat.
      ~Claudia

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    123. Oh okay, sorry about that. I misunderstood you. Well, if you want to get an account you can, if not, then it's fine as well.

      How are you guys doing?

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    124. All is well, thank you. :)
      We've been awesome. It's birthday month for me, so we've been celebrating! Hurray!
      ~Claudia

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    125. You're welcome :)
      Oh awesome, how old are you turning and what day is it?

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    126. It was the 12th. However, I send people this video when asked my age: https://youtu.be/ejqe-7Lhmt8

      I always think of that.
      ~Claudia

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    127. Awesome, I'm sure you had a great day.

      Very good answer, sorry if I offended you.
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    128. Oh, yes, I did. Thank you so very much Eric. I pretty much celebrate the whole month. :D

      Hee hee! Not at all. I'm just a mysterious one.
      ~Claudia

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    129. That's awesome, I am happy for you. Sounds like a great time for you :)

      Lol, nice. I knew I liked you for a reason ;)
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    130. Yes, it has been. Thank you. Yesterday, we spent canoeing and walking in the woods. It was amazing.

      Ha ha! Indeed. :)
      ~Claudia

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    131. That's great, I'm glad you had an amazing time. Did you get any pictures while doing it?

      ;) How was your day my dear sister?
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    132. Thank you so very much. It makes me happy to be outside. It's so beautiful. I didn't, no, not this time.

      It's been wonderful so far, thank you. It's raining, and I like watching it. <3 And you? How have you been?
      ~Claudia

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    133. That's awesome, glad you had a great day. Aw, that's okay. At least you had fun.

      Ah right. I've been doing alright. These past 2 weeks have been really rough for me and my family. My dad passed away on the 20th and we had his funeral on the 22. He had pneumonia, which brought his heart rate down to 15%, then he had problems breathing. He was in the hospital for a week, then in a hospice house for 2 days then he passed away. He was a soldier, so he was given a military funeral. He was 89.
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    134. Thank you, Eric.

      Oh, wow. Yeah, my Uncle passed away earlier that same week as well. My sympathy goes out to you. I'm sure that it was a lovely service: One of beautiful stories and heartfelt memories. <3

      ~Claudia

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    135. You're welcome Claudia :)

      I am sorry to hear about your uncle. I will keep you and your family in my prayers as well. How old was he? You have my thanks for your sympathies :)
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    136. Thank you Eric. You as well. He was 64.
      ~Claudia

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    137. You're welcome :) and thank you as well. Oh wow, did they find out what he passed away from?
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    138. You're welcome dear. He had cancer.
      ~Claudia

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    139. Oh wow, I am really sorry to hear that. *hugs*
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    140. Oh, it's okay hun. I know that he's at peace, and so am I.
      <3 Claudia

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    141. That's good, I am happy for you. How was your weekend?
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    142. Thank you, Eric. It was good. I stayed in, because it's getting a bit cold here. I'm going to try to get out this weekend though. :) And you? Big plans for this weekend coming up?
      ~Claudia

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    143. You're welcome Claudia :) I can understand that, it's getting pretty cold over here as well. I am taking Sunday and Monday off so I can get myself better. There are days where I am happy and cheerful and then there are days where I just want to break down into tears cause of my dad.
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    144. Yes, it's that time of year. I'm glad to hear that you're taking time off for yourself. That is completely understandable, and expressing your true feelings is always for the best.
      Hugs,
      ~Claudia

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    145. Yes, it is. Hopefully you and Arron are ready for the winter.
      Yeah, I need it. Especially on Sundays when I am working the floor machine at work, I do a lot of thinking and I start to break down into tears. Hopefully this will help me a lot.
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    146. No worries at all Eric about the spelling. ;) We're enjoying the fall season thus far, so I'm sure it will be a good one. To be honest though, the cold always gets to me. I've been better at dressing warmer this year already!

      Oh, Eric. I'm sorry, hun. Again, that is completely understandable. Tears are healing, and you need to express yourself. All will be well in time. He is in a good place. This we know. <3
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    147. Thank you Claudia. That's good that you are better at dressing warmer, you will need it.

      Thank you so much, I know he is in a better place as well. I agree with you. Tears is a form of healing and shouldn't need to hold it in. I have been working on that.
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    148. Ha ha! Yes. Surprisingly though, we've been having really nice weather now.

      That's good to hear, Eric. Yes, when feelings are released, that's the quickest way to find peace.
      ~Claudia

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    149. Yeah, same over here. It's been really nice, but it's getting colder over here now.

      I agree with you and I am doing much better now. I found peace and I am much happier now. How are you and Aaron doing?
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    150. That's so wonderful to hear Eric. <3 We are well, thank you. It will be nice to have a relaxing, restful evening.
      ~Claudia

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    151. Thank you so much Claudia, that is great to hear as well. I can understand having a relaxing evening. Those are nice. Have you had a chance to work on your cosplay any?
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    152. Thank you, Eric. Yes, I have. I'm still sculpting the hair clip. I want it to be really nice. I work on it in my free time. :)
      ~Claudia

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    153. You're welcome Claudia. That is awesome, I cannot wait to see the final results. I know it's going to look amazing.
      Eric

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    154. Me too! :) It's going good so far.
      ~Claudia

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    155. Excellent, I am excited.
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    156. Thank you! XD
      Happy Halloween, Jacen!
      ~Claudia

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    157. You're welcome :) and thank you as well.
      Thank you, same to you my friend.
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    158. Yeah, it was a fun one this year. We went walking during Trick-or-Treat hours to see all of the houses and costumes :) It was nice. How about yourself? Any awesome stories?
      ~Claudia

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    159. Wow, that does sound really wonderful. Did you see any cool costumes? Not really over here. I don't think they do Trick-or-Treat over here. I was going to try on my Master Chief armour and one part of it broke on me. So I will have to get it fixed.
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    160. Yeah, it was nice. Ha ha! We saw a bunch of Star Wars kids. :D So that was fun. Oh, really? Just in your neighborhood?
      Aww. :( Oh noes! Is it time for the super glue? XD
      ~Claudia

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    161. That's great that you had a great walk. Yeah, in my neighborhood, I don't think they do that here, which is a little weird in my opinion.
      Yeah, I was really disappointed. Super glue or the handy man's secret weapon........duct tape lol. I have contacted the guy who made the armour and he said that he will come out sometime and help me with it.
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    162. Huh, yeah, that is odd.

      Hee hee! Yes, it is. :) I'm sure that you'll get it fixed up super quick. Then it will be back to saving the world!
      ~Claudia

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    163. Oh yeah. YUS!!! I will need a sidekick though. Know anyone available ;)
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    164. Ha ha! This is true. Hum, that's a good question. :D
      ~Claudia

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    165. Hmm......maybe I will need to start training people ;)
      How has your week been?
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    166. That sounds like an excellent idea! :3
      It's been good, thank you. Aaron and I enjoyed our weekend, which was really nice.
      ~Claudia

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    167. I thought so ;)
      Excellent, I am glad that you guys got to enjoy your weekend. Did you do anything fun or just stayed home?
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    168. Hee hee! Yes. :3 Yeah, we spent some time out and about in town. We like going on joyrides too. It is getting cold though.

      How about yourself? How have you been?
      ~Claudia

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    169. That's great, I am really happy that you had a great time. Yeah, it's getting cold over here as well.

      I've been pretty good, getting over of being sick. Weather over here is getting really weird. It's been cold a couple of days and it warms back up.
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    170. I want to wish you and Aaron a Happy Thanksgiving
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    171. Thank you, Eric. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Cheers to that!

      Yeah, the cold is here. :3 Now I'm counting down to winter.
      I hope that you're feeling better. Eat fruit! It really helps. <3

      ~Claudia

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    172. You're welcome Claudia, I hope you guys had a great one

      I am doing much better, thank you. I did eat a lot of fruit every day. How are you guys doing?
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    173. Oh, that's wonderful to hear. Yeah, fruit is awesome. I'm actually working on a post about fruit and frugivores, so I'm excited about that.

      We're well, thank you. Today is a good day. I'm going to do some yoga soon, so that will be nice too. XD
      ~Claudia

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    174. Excellent, I shall keep an eye out for that post :)

      That's great that you are doing well. Glad you had a good day yesterday. I tried yoga and I just couldn't do it. That is why I stuck with T'ai Chi.
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    175. Yeah, it's taking a bit of time to write. :)

      Thank you; did you have a good weekend?
      ~Claudia

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    176. I can imagine :)

      You're welcome :) I did, my mother took me and my aunt, my wife and I to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra. If you have a chance on seeing them, I would highly recommend it. They were fantastic.
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    177. Oh awesome! :D That sounds so fun.
      ~Claudia

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    178. It was amazing, I highly recommend seeing them. How was your weekend?
      Eric

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    179. It was nice. We went to see our family. :)
      ~Claudia

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    180. That's great :) Are you done with your Christmas shopping?
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    181. We really don't buy too many Christmas gifts in our family. Just being together for the holidays is our gift. I did get a few things for my nephew though. Aaron and I try to travel as well, so that's what we usually get for each other. :) And you?
      ~Claudia

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    182. Ah right, that makes sense and that is what Christmas is all about. It's about spending time with family and friends. I am almost done, I just need to get a couple more things and I should be good to go.
      Eric.

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    183. Yes, tis true. Awesome! You're fast! Now on to the wrapping. :D
      ~Claudia

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    184. Haha, I had some that were easy to shop for. Yes, may the wrapping commence.
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    185. Ah, I see. :) Yes, indeed! Commence! :3
      ~Claudia

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    186. ;) How is your armour coming? Have you had a chance to work on it any?
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    187. It's coming along. :) I've been working on it in my spare time. December is always a busy time of year, so I've been out a lot and visiting people.
      ~Claudia

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    188. Excellent, how much more do you have to work on? I can understand that.
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    189. I'm still working on the hair clip, just in my spare time. :) It's coming along. The holidays have been keeping me busy recently.

      Speaking of, Happy New Year if we don't speak again before then.
      ~Claudia

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    190. Awesome. I can understand that.

      Happy New Year to you too my friend. Tell Aaron I wish him a Happy New Year as well.
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    191. Thank you so much, Eric. He says hi, and thank you.
      Hurray for the New Year! :D
      ~Claudia

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    192. You're welcome Claudia :) Do you both have any plans for the new year or are you just going to roll with what ever comes along?
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    193. We do have a general direction, but it's also fun to see where desire takes us. ;)
      ~Claudia

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