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Editor’s note: Once per Long Rest is a biweekly column chronicling the art of Tabletop Role Playing Games (TTRPGs) with reviews, recommendations, and coverage of anything nerd-related.

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A sense of cognitive dissonance fills me every November as Thanksgiving nears. No matter how much the greeting card aisle or turkey recipes that proliferate my Instagram feed try to convince me, I struggle to buy into the narrative that this holiday is exclusively an apolitical time to gathe…

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Halloween is officially over, and we are well into November. That means it’s time for the festive season to begin, and what’s more winter-like than hot chocolate? Personally, I can’t think of anything.

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Sketching from observation isn’t so much about capturing what is actually in front of you as much as it is about translating what you’re perceiving in your mind onto the page. 

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“In the midst of galloping growth at the turn of the 20th century, Seattle's city leaders seized on the confluence of a roaring economy with the City Beautiful movement to hire the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm to design a park and parkway system,” writes Jennifer Ott in a 201…

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Editor’s note: Through the Copy Filter is a column from the Copy Desk addressing topics relating to grammar, style, and language (occasionally relating to current events).

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When I first got into plants, I wanted the prettiest pots for all my plants and would buy MiracleGro cactus potting soil to repot immediately upon purchase. While there didn’t seem to be any issues, my plants also didn’t thrive.

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Editor’s note: Once per Long Rest is a biweekly column chronicling the art of Tabletop Role Playing Games (TTRPGs) with reviews, recommendations, and coverage of anything nerd-related.

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I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that this has been the longest week ever. Between watching so much MSNBC that I hear Rachel Maddow’s voice in my dreams and constantly refreshing the polling results, this week has been a roller coaster of epic proportions.

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Last week, my roommate and I bought a 5-pound jug of apple cider. It quickly became clear that this was far too much cider for two people to drink, so I began to look for recipes that would make use of it.

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Daylight savings time marks the beginning of shorter days and longer nights, and for plants, this means slower growth, because there’s not enough sun to sustain them. If this is your first winter with plants, don’t fret; even though Washington is particularly dark and gloomy this time of yea…

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There’s a significant amount of anxiety in the air this week. Wherever you are living in this hyper-politicized, socially distanced world of ours, I implore you to seize every moment of serenity you can this week.

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I’d argue that the conventional joys of autumn and winter — multitudes of cozy blankets, hot tea and apple cider, candles, and fuzzy sweaters — are passé and overrated. I am here to tell you that the Danish have it wrong, and the absolute worst way to combat the cold, dreary weather outside …

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As a true Pacific Northwesterner, I believe that there’s no greater joy than a rainy-day walk. I love the gray sky and the smell of damp soil and rain. I love tugging on my rainboots and layering flannels and jackets to go splash through puddles and crunch dry leaves. Yes, I am an adult. 

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Editor’s note: Once per Long Rest is a biweekly column chronicling the art of Tabletop Role Playing Games (TTRPGs) with reviews, recommendations, and coverage of anything nerd-related.

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As the election creeps closer (please vote), it is becoming easier to lose myself for hours doom-scrolling through Twitter. We are surrounded by increasing evidence of the inequality, hate, divisiveness, and fear that plague our country. In the midst of a world that seeks to emphasize our di…

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By conventional logic, social distancing, remote learning, and 14-day quarantines beget social isolation and reclusion. And after hours on end of staring at screens, hopping online to join a club meeting or attend a faculty panel — alleviating, perhaps, the physical distance that separates u…

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This recipe is cool, if I say so myself, because it’s basically three recipes rolled into one. There are a couple of ways to mess around with these brownies to make them suit your personal tastes. Also, the baking process isn’t as complicated as the title makes it seem.

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This spring and summer, during the height of quarantine and social distancing, I did what I just instructed you all not to do and started going in on houseplant purchases. Only this time, the price tag reached new heights.

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Gas Works Park — contrary to North Passage Point, which this column previously wandered to — is worth returning to time and again on account of its spectacular vista alone. It is, however, best visited during all forms of weather apart from that for which Seattle is best known: rain. 

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Seattle has three year-round farmers’ markets in the Ballard, Capitol Hill, and U-District neighborhoods. Familiar with both the Ballard and U-District markets, I decided to visit the Capitol Hill location.

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The love of food is a community. Finding others who share your passion for cooking and, more importantly, eating, is a surefire way to build strong friendships. There is, after all, a reason that the act of breaking bread is so symbolic in literature: sharing a meal is an act of vulnerabilit…

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Editor’s note: Once per Long Rest is a biweekly column chronicling the art of Tabletop Role Playing Games (TTRPGs) with reviews, recommendations, and coverage of anything nerd-related.

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Seeing the spark in someone’s eyes when they share something that they’re passionate about is an extraordinarily rewarding experience. This week, I witnessed that spark in the eyes of Abbie Ganas, a dual-title doctoral candidate in chemistry and molecular engineering, when speaking to them a…

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At least once a week, I think about the viral picture of President Trump grinning over a Trump Tower Grill taco bowl accompanied by the caption, “I love Hispanics!”

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Welcome to Basic Baking. I promise this column won’t always have a bunch of writing at the top that you scroll through for five minutes just to find the recipe, but I wanted to take a moment to introduce this column and what it’s about.

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It’s that time of year when seasons change and the bugs come out. My first real encounter with a pest outbreak came last spring with the surprise arrival of both spider mites and fungus gnats. Needless to say, I freaked.

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After six months away from campus, the feeling of walking through Red Square, across the Quad, and down Rainier Vista was reminiscent of my first exploration of campus as a new student.

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For those who were born and raised in the Seattle area, this may seem like an odd statement: Seattle is pretty otherworldly. If you fall within this group, grant me this brief indulgence by allowing me to suggest that this city, far-flung on the northwestern edge of the continent, has sights…

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As far away from home as she’d ever been, Ebsitu Hassen, current third-year comparative history of ideas and anthropology double major, found beauty in both the differences and similarities between Brazilian culture and her own.

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The Negroni is the perfect cocktail with its bitterness and hints of citrus. It is incredibly easy to make using only three ingredients, all with equal parts. It’s boozy, smooth, and the kind of drink you could sip outside a cafe in the summer all day. 

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As the quarter finally draws to a close, it seems a fitting time to reflect on beginnings. After all, what is an ending except an opportunity to begin again? In the spirit of beginnings, I traveled back to where this column started: the U-District Farmers Market.

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When I first started getting into plants, I didn’t know that you had to fertilize the soil to introduce nutrients back into it. Unlike with outdoor plants who regain nutrients through natural outdoor processes, indoor plants only have the nutrients in the soil that they’re potted in; once th…

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This column has had to adapt significantly to the current circumstances. With sketching events, people, and places on location put on hold, I’ve had to find other ways of interpreting and exploring what I do this quarter.

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What The Daily staff is watching, listening to, and reading in quarantine.

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Many question the long-term financial viability of operating at half capacity or on takeout-only models given restaurants’ mounting piles of bills, the increase of home-cooking, and minimal assistance from the federal government. 

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I know it’s obvious, but this quarter was weird. Did I tell myself I would learn how to skate this quarter? Yes. Did I learn how to skate this quarter? Nope. Did I download and play a couple hours of “Raid: Shadow Legends” as a joke? Hell yeah, I did. Was it fun? Not at all. 

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I miss thrift shopping. It’s so easy to walk down the Ave and stop by Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading, Goodwill, or Lucky Vintage. It seems like every other store on the Ave is a thrift store, with enticing displays and prices to match my col…

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As if we needed yet another place to buy plants online during quarantine, welcome to the wondrous world of Facebook where you can buy, sell, and trade plants in the Facebook Marketplace or in Facebook groups. 

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A dark and stormy is arguably our family drink, brought about by yearly vacations in Bermuda (Goslings is their respected dark rum brand). It is so effortless and simple: ginger beer, dark rum, and lime.

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The U-District Farmers Market is only allowed to have 35 vendors present on market days, despite the fact that there is plenty of physical space to safely allow more vendors to attend the market. According to Strongman, the limit on vendor numbers has led to difficult conversations for the nonprofit. 

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As the quarter becomes more challenging in its final stretch, it’s  good to find a place of solace as a reminder that everything will be okay. To wander, ideally, is to stumble upon such a place and to call it your own for just a moment. 

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After weeks of sketching inside, I decided to venture out to sketch early in the evening. I brought my two trusty sketchbooks and my ballpoint pen in search of subjects I had been missing for nearly three months.