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Let’s Get To Know One Another

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I’ve heard of these referred as “Chinese Portrait”, but I can’t find the historical relevance or etymology which makes me think that it doesn’t come from Chinese ancestry at all. Does anyone know? Please share your sources?

The idea of it, however, is sound.

After the prompt, answer from your heart, or, as I like to say, let your fingers do the walking.

But even I don’t always work that way. With some of these, like the seven wonders of the world – I read up on it, then answered. Others, like my favourite meal, I couldn’t remember the word for it – I always think, chicken tikka masala when my favourite food is actually massaman.

Either way, the because, description, or explanation often leapt from the fingers once the single item was written.

And then I knew it was true.

And sometimes I didn’t write any explanation at all.

Which is also true.

So, this is me. If I were something else.

I’d love to hear your versions, too – feel free to copy the prompts – or make new ones – and fill in your own versions.

Let’s get to know one another better.

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And Now For A Fitness Update!

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I know, I know, I wrote all those secrets and now I’m talking cardio?

WTF, Leander.

But, see, this is on my mind, TOO, y’all.

Since I killed my back, when I’m at home, I hit the gym every single day for at least ten minutes of cardio.

Why ten minutes?

Ten minutes is the warm up I do before strength training. On Tuesdays and Fridays. If I’m not doing that, I do FORTY FIVE MINUTES of CARDIO.

If you KNOW me, you totally know I’m not a cardio girl. Nothing wrong with cardio girls, I just get bored way way too easily and my brain is way way too mean when it gets bored.

And you know what motivates me when I run around outside? Running fast enough that no one’s staring at my ass for too long.

That’s not motivation, that’s terror.

Which, sure, is its own motivation, but that’s not HEALTHY.

And we’re making healthy choices here, damnit.

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Workin’ NINE to FIVE. What A Way To Make A Livin’!

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Let’s just dive straight into the last one, shall we?

After a quick tea break, damnit.

That’ll probably turn into a chocolate break. And a walk around a bit cause the back likes it. And board the plane break. And get to the AirBNB. And eat dinner. And find any number of other distractions so I don’t actually do this until a month from now, hm?

But #DamnitTeaBreak


I’m not willing to wait a month.

I wrote a version of this story that’s full of anger and vitriole and blame and emotion and sent it to a few close friends, to my partner.

It helped.

Part of why I’m writing these stories – these three secrets – is because I’m dealing with this anger that is so high that I feel like the Hulk and just getting this third story out of my head and only the screen – read by a very few close friends who don’t really care what it says, who don’t necessarily even have to respond – this helps alleviate the constant pressure.


Another part of me definitely wants to get this third secret out as well.



But first, #CONTEXT

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