Do you remember what it was like last year, just as the entire world was going into Lockdown Mode for the very first time? Panic. Chaos. Fear. Buying tons of toilet paper and canned goods. And most of our daily habits and routines being thrown completely out of whack by Covid-19 and the new health and safety regulations.

As human beings, we need structure, order, and routine to thrive and survive. They all help us make sense of the world and work as a safety blanket of sorts. So it’s only natural that, while in mandatory lockdown, we’ve picked up some errr, shall we say, slightly peculiar habits. And by that I mean they’re so incredibly bizarre that we couldn’t wait to share them with you, dear Pandas.

The folks over on TikTok revealed the ‘mundane but unhinged’ things they started doing during the lockdown after entrepreneur Nikki Blank, aka Moneyintheblank, revealed how her weird lockdown habit is eating a sunset pickle. Yup! We love that so much, we can’t even put it into words. Don’t forget to upvote your fave answers as you scroll down and share your own Twilight Zone pandemic rituals in the comment section at the bottom.

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The whole family is in on it like a communal descent into madness. We have a plastic duck. Her name is Martha. We move her around the house and then act like she got there on her own.

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Zebwe
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5 months ago

that actually sounds pretty entertaining :)

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#2

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I learned what all the birds mean according to native mythology and now I use them to predict the weather.

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Sarah
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5 months ago

THAT is awesome!

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So for the past six months, every night I go down to the Mississippi River and I stare at the huge container ships that go by. And then just like any date, I have to google them. So I log on to marinetraffic.com to see where they’re coming from or going to. And they’re all coming from really exotic places like Hamburg, the Cape of Good Hope, or Trenton, New Jersey – just, like, really cool places that we can’t go to right now. I’m in so deep that now I’ve read three nonfiction books about container ships.

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Her Highness, Duke of Qin
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5 months ago

It's sound pretty cool

Ritchat
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5 months ago

I'm from Hamburg! You just made my day by calling my hometown exotic. :D

LuckyL
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5 months ago

Coming from Germany, reading Hamburg in a list of exotic places really made me laugh

R L
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5 months ago

Same for Cape of Good Hope :-)

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Pamda Panda
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5 months ago

East coaster here-- Trenton is not exotic. Pretty trashy, actually.

Adriana Vigliotti
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5 months ago

But they do have one of the best nicu at their hospital

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Pooptart
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5 months ago

As someone who works onboard these Container ships. Life is not as exotic as it might seem. Work days are between 10-16 hours. Most of the crew have been onboard 6-12 months. We are not allowed to step foot off the vessel in these so called exotic locations due to COVID TLDR: They are floating prisons

Paizleypie
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5 months ago

You've turned this awful pandemic into a neat learning habit.

Troux
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5 months ago

Just like trainspotting and planespotting...she's taken on shipspotting!

Leo Domitrix
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5 months ago

OK, wow, now I'm kinda jealous of this

Royer Potts
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5 months ago

If you think Trenton, NJ is exotic… do I have some bad news for you.

Lev Pertsov
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5 months ago

Hahaha, Trenton, NJ :)

Philly Bob Squires
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5 months ago

That's really cool! I'd be into something like that. I love exploring old buildings and try to get the history behind a lot of them. Cool stuff.

Mimi777
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5 months ago

I do this with airplanes when I see one flying above or near. It’s really cool I have an app that tells me exactly where it came from and where it’s going also what kind it is Etc.

Purr Fleurkins
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5 months ago

Sadly, many ship crews have been unable to disembark their ships since the pandemic started. Already in a career that keeps them away from home for months at a time, COVID has made it near impossible for some to return home at all. Please consider donating money or goods to your local "home for seafarers" who help provide aid to seafarers far from home.

Haunting Spirit
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5 months ago

The most funny thing about this post is that you call Hamburg exotic. It's a huge industrial city. Go 100 km above it and the surrounding is very pretty and more exotic.

T J R
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5 months ago

Trenton, New Jersey has exotic dancers (aka strippers), but that's the extent of it being exotic. It's a trashy town. So I found it hilarious that she called it an exotic place.

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Viv Hart
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5 months ago

Hopefully more folk like you learn about distant places on our planet.

Marvin HeartofGold
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5 months ago

And now I know what I'm doing on The Landing tomorrow night

blue
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5 months ago

That is actually really interesting

MiriPanda
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5 months ago

Ahh, my hometown of Hamburg being called a 'really exotic place' - love it :))

What's In Your Head?
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5 months ago

What's with the floating head?

Leslie Burleson
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5 months ago

A valuable skill for the apocalypse . Saves lots of looting time. You're on my team !

grey galah
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5 months ago

trainspotting in UK: container-spotting in southern USA. Careful, you may become British

El Dee
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5 months ago

I'm from a port town too. It was amazing to see container ships, fishing vessels and cruise liners all in the same day coming and going to exotic locations..

Full of Giggles
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5 months ago

Exotic places like Trenton, New Jersey. 😂

Gina
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5 months ago

Trenton sucks

Henry Hagens
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5 months ago

That is actually a really cool hobby!

Mazer
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5 months ago

I’m in

Stephen Lyford
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5 months ago

I would totally do this in your shoes. :)

Alex Luiz
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5 months ago

I absolutely love this!

Moo Moo Futch
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5 months ago

I've been doing this since before Panny! I have two ship tracking apps and I follow my favourites so I get alerts when they move. Of course those apps were mega popular recently with the Suez constipated by that massive container Evergiven!

Dion Huel
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5 months ago

I've never been so sad to live in a landlocked place because that sounds awesome

Easily Excitable Panda
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5 months ago

I wish I lived near a river now!

Pooptart
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5 months ago

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Luna Lovegood!
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5 months ago

You should sneak onto one, and then go to a place that you want to go.

I’m A Black Cat
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5 months ago

Hamburg ist cool, best city in Germany in my opinion

Guy MacGregor
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5 months ago

First time I see "exotic" used to describe Hamburg :')

Mii
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5 months ago

As a German it's wierd for Hamburg to be referred to as exotic XD

A B C
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5 months ago

"... I have to google them. So I log on to marinetraffic.com..." - so you're not "googling" them. 🙄

Cee Mor
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5 months ago

This is what people used to do back in the day...observe the every day and learn new stuff. The lockdown wasn't all bad

Loggers Ink
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5 months ago (edited)

FUN!!! I do that with planes and Flight Radar!

Kenny Kulbiski
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5 months ago

What a great idea. I'd do it in a heartbeat but my nearest river is a couple of days away. Maybe I could do it with trains.

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5 months ago

I did the same occasionally with planes when I lived near airport. Pandemic grounded so many flights but there were still some passenger traffic and all the cargo planes.

Douglas Turner
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5 months ago

Forbidden fruit and all that... I can't think of any city or town I have visited that didn't have something that was interesting, except maybe Oshawa.

Bobert Robertson
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5 months ago

Car thieves and vandals are pretty interesting

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Marcellus the Third
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5 months ago

Good to read I'm not alone... Whenever near open water, I check what those boats are up to.

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While having a routine in your daily life is vital to prospering (that way, we don’t always have to be on edge and we save a ton of energy), not every habit appears to be built the same. Obviously, some habits like binge-eating junk food, binge-drinking, and smoking are harmful to our health, even if they help structure our day.

The helpfulness of other habits depends on how much we engage in them. For example, while the science on the benefits/drawbacks of drinking coffee might flip-flop a tad, the general consensus appears to be that it’s good for your health in moderation.

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This took me year and a half.

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Ashley Conover
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5 months ago

Wow

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#5

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I bought my cat and I matching red silk robes and I put them on us on Sundays to watch true crime shows.

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Real Princess
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5 months ago

I need to see TikTok videos

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#6

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I found this thing online about this person who kept feeding the neighborhood crows and eventually they would start to bring her gifts like little bottle caps or shiny things. And I’ve been walking around the neighborhood a lot so I figured, why not? So I just kept buying huge bags of peanuts to bring with me on my walks. And then, anytime I’d see a crow, I’d throw out handfuls of peanuts through the neighborhood. Literally just in the hopes they’ll start bringing me garbage gifts.

I don’t know where the drop location is supposed to be. I don’t know if they’re supposed to figure out where my house is. Although, I have also started leaving peanuts around my house so they can maybe connect the dots. Because of this, I’ve become crazy tuned into the sound of crow calls. So yeah, it’s been a pretty special time for me and the neighborhood creatures.

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Pamda Panda
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5 months ago

I have repeatedly argued with my partner about whether or not this is a good idea. (He says no and always wins, but I am convinced that I am right.)

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However, going overboard with your love of coffee can wreck your health and even result in a caffeine addiction which is a very nasty thing to kick later on down the line. Hello, headaches and irritation. Starting your morning with a cup of Joe might be romantic (hey, everyone does it in the movies!) and might be a small ritual, but you have to ask yourself if you need the coffee or if it’s simply something that you want to drink. There’s a very important distinction there.

On the flip side, habits like exercising, eating fresh food, getting plenty of fresh air, being in the sun more (remember your sunscreen), socializing (even if it’s via Zoom or Facebook), and staying hydrated are positive and improve our mental and physical health. They very obviously help improve our quality of life, though they can be a pain to upkeep until we get in the habit of doing these things on a regular basis. We all know the benefits of exercise, but far from every one of us gets as much daily movement as we should.

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I tell my dog everything about my life. And when I feel like she has done her fair share of emotional labor for me, I go to my rabbit and I tell him stuff as well.

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Steve Barnett
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5 months ago

Animals are good listeners; they don't interrupt you.

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#8

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There’s a group of squirrels that bury their nuts in my little backyard. I gave them all names, back stories and a clan rivalry.

It’s been pretty cold and I haven’t seen them for a couple months and I really miss them…except Jason. That little fucker used to come around at 4 p.m. everyday and dig up the other squirrels nuts. But I caught on real quick. I’m watching you, Jason

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BookCrazyTeen
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5 months ago

I wish I could tell ‘my’ squirrels apart. We have a family in neighborhood.

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#9

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Every night at sunset I eat a pickle, and it's my sunset pickle.

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Whole Lotta' Baseball
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5 months ago

You better get a patent for that!

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You could actually say that Nikki’s habit of eating a pickle every sunset isn’t as ‘out there’ as it sounds. Some fermented pickles contain probiotics that protect our microbiomes and help the friendly bacteria in our gut be fruitful and multiply. We’re not sure how much of an impact a single daily pickle can have, but it can add a tiny bit of variety to your diet and it can actually be a bonus. Compare that to saving the stuffing from Oreos and you can see the difference.

Odds are, you’ve picked up a bit of knowledge about how long it takes to form a habit over the years, dear Readers. However, the science behind forming habits isn’t as clear-cut as we’d like. The time necessary can vary wildly from person to person.

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Everytime I go to the beach to walk my dog, I collect either rocks, sticks or beach glass. Here's my collection.

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

So do I - I can't leave a beach without a souvenir

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#11

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I put my Christmas tree up and I haven’t taken it down. It’s almost been up for a year and I’ve changed the ornaments every few weeks.

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Lou
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5 months ago

We wish you a Merry Summer.

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Kristy Nelson
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5 months ago

Beautiful!

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Healthline points out that it can take some people a mere 18 days to form a new habit. Meanwhile, others can take up to 254 days to make the behavior something that they do regularly, nearly without thinking. The average time for making new behaviors automatic appears to be 66 days. However, that depends on the person, the habit itself, and how much effort is put into the whole ordeal. Our advice? Start slow. Maybe with a single pickle and a single lap around your neighborhood.

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I don’t sleep through the night so at 3 a.m. I get up and eat the croissant on my nightstand. So instead of witching hour, it’s the croissant hour.

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Her Highness, Duke of Qin
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5 months ago

I understand

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#14

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I put my stuffed animals in chairs and give them mugs so it feels like I’m working in a coffee shop, when I’m actually desperately alone.

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Ashley Conover
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5 months ago

Awww

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I’m an essential worker and where I work they don’t mandate our customers to wear masks so I deal with a lot of stress. So now on my Sunday I draw a hot bubble bath with epsom salt and light some candles. I put my laptop out, turn on a good show, and I make some good dinner – like something I love. And I eat my dinner in the bathtub.

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Kristy Nelson
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5 months ago

Yes!!!

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#16

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That would be the rubber band ball made from each broccoli that we’ve eaten during the pandemic.

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Friday
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5 months ago

Interesting, but broccoli doesn’t need packaging or rubber bands. So much unnecessary waste ending up in landfills :(

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I live near an airport and at the beginning of the pandemic I downloaded this app that lets you check local airplane radar. Now, every time that I hear a plane go by overhead, I check the app to see where they were coming from and I imagine what it would be like if I were in that place right now.

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Smutná_elfka
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5 months ago

That's cool. No airport where I live, but I watch out for hospital helicopter. It's always a bit gutwrenching to see it.

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#18

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I got cowgirl boots to wear while watching a horse show on Netflix.

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Lou
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5 months ago

I got the horses in the back Horse tack is attached

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I rent a place by the lake, but I can’t afford a boat. I can’t go boating and I can’t go fishing because I’m vegan. So everyday during my quarantine summer I would come out on my porch and wait for boats to go by. As the boats went by I would pay attention to what songs they were playing and I would count that as fishing for songs. I put them all on a little playlist.

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Ray Martin
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5 months ago

Wow, you didn't mention being vegan until the second sentence.

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I’ve been obsessed with the turkeys that live outside my bedroom window and every day at sundown I watch them. It’s become a ritual. I call this 'Turkey Time.' And it’s gotten to the point where if for some reason, due to bad weather or something, the turkeys aren’t here, I feel like my world is crumbling. They are comfort turkeys.

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Shelli PL
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5 months ago

Glad they’re not cold turkeys or you’d have to quit them. (I’ll see myself out)

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#21

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I abandoned all my previously held beliefs about religion, politics, gender identity, and sexual orientation…oh, and I started painting wine bottles!

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Okiedokie
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5 months ago (edited)

People...they’ve had over a year to re-examine their [unstated] beliefs. That’s not on a whim, especially when you’re stuck inside all day with nothing but your brain for company. They’ve also incorporated arts and crafts, which is GREAT for mental health. I admire this person. They challenged themselves.

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5 months ago

No caption needed.

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#23

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Practicing my goat face. Would you like to see?

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Ray Martin
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5 months ago

This is brilliant!

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#24

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Whenever I’m alone for too long and watching TV by myself [and] I have a thought about what I’m watching I will pause the TV. Pause it, look to my left as if someone is sitting there, and I will argue with myself about my opinions on the show. There’s no one there. I only play the show when I’m done saying my thought.

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Joe Dad
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5 months ago

I do that too. Usually when I go for a walk, though.

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#25

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Before I moved, I would go for a sunset walk every night behind my house and write the names of the people I hate in the sand.

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Her Highness, Duke of Qin
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5 months ago

That's right, let it all out

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#26

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I started taking shots of maple syrup whenever I get stressed.

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Ray Martin
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5 months ago

Wait... by shots, do you mean a swig from the bottle, or a photo of the syrup?

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#27

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These are my sticks.

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Her Highness, Duke of Qin
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5 months ago

It's fine, my sister collects buttons

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#28

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Sweeping my floor while waiting for my morning coffee is a new ritual. Every single morning, like blindly in the dark.

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A Bringhurst
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5 months ago

Come to my house, I’ll make you coffee if you sweep here

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#29

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Cutting fabric into pieces and then sewing them back together.

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Sarah
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5 months ago

Pretty sure that's called quilting.

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#30

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I have this one blonde eyebrow hair that grows super long and I used to pluck it, but now I just let it grow out. It’s probably over an inch. It’s already fallen out naturally once so it’ll probably fall out soon, but I just love it.

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Elizabeth Klomp
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5 months ago

Hahaha. I love this too. Your smile is amazing

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#31

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I will make stupid lyrics to the songs and sing them out loud to no one. Like fully in public I will sing at my dog telling her to poop.

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bonnyatlast
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5 months ago

There was a preK teacher in my building that was given way too many kids. I think she had 28. She would do that. Sing to them constantly. She had a song about walking down the hallway to my class. She had a long rope with a knot every few feet. Each child held onto a knot as they walk down the hallway singing the hallway song. Must have been the only way she kept sane. And only way she kept them from all running off.

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#32

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I keep eating pieces of fruit and when I go to shoot, I grow up and now I have a mandarin tree. A lemon tree, a white guava tree. This one didn't like being reported, but she's bouncing back. I have more pink guava guavas growing some green guava. I have an olive tree and I have a tiny little navel tree, navel, orange tree that I'm trying to bonzai. I also have some yellow dragon fruit in the red dragon fruit. But this one's from a friend. I live in a tiny graduate housing apartment. Why did I choose trees?

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Demi Zwaan
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5 months ago

Google translation going wild?

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#33

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FaceTiming men on dating apps without warning.

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Vika Nordin
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5 months ago

Haha love this!

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#34

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I eat the end of the bread loaves at the end of the day.

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Mr Red
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5 months ago

That's ok... That statue from hell though...

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#35

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I don’t eat the middles of Oreos. I save them.

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Ray Martin
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5 months ago

That's weird, but as long as it keeps you happy and out of prison, I can totally give you a thumbs-up on this ;-)

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#36

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I got, like super into freakin composting. This is my stinky compost bucket full of stinky compost. Smells like sh*t. I have absolutely no purpose for it. I am just collecting stinky sh*t juice. Also, that system is called Bokashi Bucket. If you go to Banning's and ask for Cocchi, it's not going to go down well.

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Aldhissla VargTimmen
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5 months ago

I guess Bokashi bucket got autocorrected. So for anyone interested, google bokashi instead of abukar shi ;)

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