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  2. The Hero of Time

    Level 1 - Kokiri Forest

    Week 5, day 1 summary - Oct 14th Target 1: prepare for a writing quest in the next challenge My original plan had me completing rewrites and submitting the story this week. However, I finished that a week early. Instead, I've decided to spend this week preparing to do a writing quest in the next cycle --- I want to keep the momentum going. I'm going to take Harriet's advice to treat this as a skill-building exercise and "write ten more". Except, I'm going to write five more... in the next challenge. This is going to mean writing one per week so I'm planning to do 500-word flash-fiction. This, in itself, is going to be a big challenge --- I like to mull things so writing that quickly is a big change in my approach. I'm going to come up with 10 story ideas this week and narrow them down to five in time for the next challenge. To that end, I completed a 3-day email crash-course in generating story ideas --- the first item on https://www.creative-writing-now.com/free-online-writing-courses.html --- from Friday to Monday (okay, it took me four days but who's counting?). I now have 26 story ideas and a system to create more. I feel somewhat ambivalent about the ideas I've generated --- they're not what you would call original and they don't feel like 'inspiration'; they're also all based around the same three characters. However, the systematic approach suits me. I'm going to assume the best and treat this as a skill that will improve with practise. Over the next few days I plan to narrow those ideas down to ten and refine those further. I'm also going to make some notes from the WikiHow page on writing flash-fiction. Target 2: replace another of the Basic Runs in my interval training routine with the Island Circuit  It was strength training so I haven't done this yet. I bought the new dumbbells on the weekend so I've now jumped from 2.5kg to 3.9kg (8.5lb). I use the dumbbells during my "Free Step" warm-up --- swinging my arms while stepping on and off the Balance Board; this is about 1,000 steps but 500 swings of the arms --- I found this tough and struggled to lift my arms towards the end. I also use them during the Rowing Squat and the Jackknife --- these are both in the three circuits. The fact that my arms were so tired from the warm up made the press-ups more work. However, my form was no worse than last week... but no better. I had incremental improvement with the rest of the exercises but I did sweat a lot more than recently and was out of breath more. My arms are still tired today.  Target 3: start work on time four times  I had my mini-respawn after my poor performance last week and approached this with new determination. I started work on time. We tried Xena's breakfast with plain, full-fat, Greek yoghurt; fresh fruit (because we forgot to thaw the frozen stuff); and almonds. It tasted good, made a nice change from eggs and bacon, and was quick to prepare. We've remembered to take some fruit out of the freezer for Wednesday.
  3. KB Girl

    Waanie is looking for a goal

    Sometimes you just gotta survive. To be honest it sounds like you're doing quite well on self care and being mild towards yourself. I hope you can figure out a list of last things to do before printing, just for your peace of mind.
  4. Salinger

    Salinger's twenty fifth challenge!

    Thank you man xx ____________________________________ Morning all - wow i slept so much last night. Had a nice hot bath before getting into bed, warm, cosy, clean.....slept till 10am usually im up by 5/6am so this was a surprise. Lay in bed for 30 mins cuddling Jackson and coming round. Lovely. Just had some cereal and my tea is cooling. Its cold out today, brrrrrrr ...im still sort of trapped in as well (my car) by the roadworks. How annoying. So today.... - FINISH grant application and SEND it... - Keep on top of emails - Drink four glasses of water - Eat healthy - Sort out fridge - Clean kitchen - Pack for London - If i can get out of the drive, then go for a walk - Early night... I need to be up at 3AM tomorrow AGHHH ... drive to my friends, 30 mins away, and we are leaving at 4am to drive to London. Mainly to miss traffic. And we need to be at the gallery early too. NOT looking forward to waking so early Therefore, I need to go to bed early, maybe like 8pm or something if possible. Even if just to rest/nap... BUT i have to have the application sent before any resting can be done!!!! xx
  5. DarK_RaideR

    Should [DarK_RaideR] roll the dice or roll in the mud?

    Monday, 13 October Week 5, Day 1 of Challenge Cog (Zone Eating) Ate healthy and little enough, which shows on the scale numbers the day after, but didn't stick to Zone Diet parameters and certainly didn't eat enough protein. Ark (NF Update) Posted my updates, as well as an unexpected NGW show. Penemue (Muay Thai) Think I've caught a cold, I keep sneezing and my nose is stuffy at times so I decided to play it safe and not push myself. I also stayed at work till late in order to finally get a hold of my dad on the phone, after almost a week of trying. It was far from spectacular... Jyotika (BuJo) Updated my journal
  6. Waanie

    Waanie is looking for a goal

    I know, it's still frustrating though . It doesn't help that I'm not sure what the best way to care for myself is. Last week, I decided to continue taking it slow during the weekend. I did go climbing on Saturday, but only climbed relatively easy routes. For this week, we decided to go for easier meals than last week, more towards 20 minutes of cooking than 30 minutes. Somehow we picked all vegetarian meals as well, which is good since we want to eat less meat anyway. Currently I'm coming down with a cold. Combined with the thesis-stress and irregular work hours this week, it will be a week for surviving instead of improving. Next week will be hectic as well, since that's (most likely) the deadline for my thesis to go to the printer. No idea what I still have to do until then, which is annoying. Week 4 report Yoga 2/4 Mobility 5/7 Cleaning 4/0
  7. Salinger

    Mr_Willes: Gets a bit scared

    yehhhhhh sleep and rest <3 xx
  8. KB Girl

    Elastigirl Welcomes Autumn

    Those videos are very inspiring Thank you for sharing even the stuff you think looks sucky, but I agree with MH
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  10. The Hero of Time

    Level 1 - Kokiri Forest

    Thank you.
  11. zenLara

    The Doodlies are at it again!

    I'm not sure yet about joining, I'll think about it. It was really fun when I participated in that christmas challenge And it could certainly help me to get more accountable with my routines. But, given that we cook all of our meals at home and eating out or ordering food is quite rare for us, wouldn't that be unfair towards the other team? I mean, I would get a head-start with 3 automatic points every day. By the way, I think @WhiteGhost was a Doodlie?
  12. Quirky Quinn

    Found a perfect new hike

    I would be so tempted to head into that tunnel! Also, your dog seems like a great hiking companion!
  13. Quirky Quinn

    Hike Reviews

    That is cool! Everything in Australia is alive and most of it is trying to kill you!
  14. darkfoxx

    Darkfoxx 60: New Home, Who Dis?

    Monday HE PEED ON ME. That asshole dog lined his wang up with my belly (I was laying on my side), and he Peed. On. Me. Such an asshole and not the way I wanted to wake up. To be fair, there were 2 potty pads down, both had been pooped on, and Mr. Fussy hates a dirty pad, but that still doesn’t excuse that asshole. I was too horrified - and it was too early - to scream properly. Still made it to yoga - might as well, since I was up and showered early, with a stripped bed. Had to do something while my sheets were in the wash. Tried an iced lemonade coffee while out, and it was ... interesting. Not sure if I’d rush to order it again. Came home and had my favorite chili tuna with brown rice pasta for lunch after packing my case. Cleaned a bit, did even more laundry, and watched too much true crime content. Dinner was the second half of yesterday’s salad. Also started AHS Coven. Not my favorite season so far, but I do love me some blue haired Evan Peters.
  15. Quirky Quinn

    Hike Reviews

    There's no such thing as cold weather, only unsuitable clothing! This sucks, I think I've been quite lucky not to be affected by allergies. I hope that there's enough activity in here to slake your thirst for adventure!
  16. Quirky Quinn

    Finding the right path

    Recovery Yesterday was a recovery day, lots of rest and very little movement. After such a disruptive night and with a poorly little girl at home I focused on us all eating right whilst getting as much work done as possible. She's feeling much better today and is back at school which is good, I will try to get out for a run tonight although I'm feeling pretty stiff for some reason, maybe focusing on some mobility stuff would be better, I'll see how I feel after work.
  17. darkfoxx

    Miss Marissa doing fall things

    My DH does kind of accidental capsule wardrobing, since he doesn’t like to have a lot of clothes that aren’t t-shirts, and pretty much only likes black tees. His general (non-work) wardrobe consists of black or navy pants + plain black tees + Soflete tees, mostly in black. His going out wardrobe takes the same pants and adds a couple patterned button-ups with a navy base. Apparently we got the same black/navy memo, though I mix a bunch of grey in with mine since blue is my “fun” color.
  18. Mortimer

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    Also jogged to the top of the hill near my office, did 30 burpees once on top of it then jogged down. Whole thing took about 36 min or so. Ate a few baked black bean snacks. One of the delightful effects of morning yoga was that my hanging leg raises became easier. Ho-hum, I didn't know that would happen ^^
  19. zenLara

    Mad Hatter retreats

    It's gone since yesterday afternoon! I don't know what happened. It's just not there anymore. I wrote a message to support but I haven't heard of them. Last time this happened a whole challenge had been erased, but this time it's only my thread, from what I see. I don't understand.
  20. Mr_Willes

    Deffy #54 - Well Done

    It does make several valid points! Especially about knees!
  21. deftona

    Deffy #54 - Well Done

    Everyone likes it, even if to abide by the local decency conventions they choose to pretend they didn't.
  22. deftona

    Deffy #54 - Well Done

    Are you kidding, I live my entire life through the advice in that song.
  23. Mr_Willes

    Deffy #54 - Well Done

    @WhiteGhost WARNING: A Thai padding by Deffy is what turned me into a menace orginially (though i did like it)
  24. Mr_Willes

    Deffy #54 - Well Done

    Don't worry too much! Internet points of you know the reference (without googling that is)
  25. Mr_Willes

    Jungle Queen in Training, Part 1: DJ Trippy T

    TL;DR LOL
  26. Finally after living in my town for 4 years, I've made it out to this local hike 10 kms out from the town. Once upon a time it was a steam train track before they built the tunnel, now it's a cycle trail also good for walking. 2kms along a stream is the old town - not really anything left, and then it's up into the hills and the bush. There are two tunnels i found out, short then long. I just walked to the short one as I wasn't sure. My dog was so so happy, so much to smell. I'd bet there will be rabbits up there sometimes, and definitely tonnes of native birds. The song was so loud. So for now my goal is to walk up there a bunch more often (bonus goal I have to drive there and I'm still learning that) and then I want to get to both walk right to the other side and back, and also run to the top and back down pics or it didn't happen ...
  27. deftona

    Deffy #54 - Well Done

    Monday Update I got a lot of work stuff off my chest by talking to my manager. She completely understood when I explained to her why I felt like I did and I negotiated myself out of the parts of my contract I was up in the night checking. I spent the rest of the day trawling through CVs looking for new recruits. The day went pretty quickly. I picked TH up on my way home and we warmed up vegetarian chilli and came to bed early to read. Eat Better - Much better! An apple and cereal bar for breakfast, egg salad with yoghurt and satsumas for lunch and vegetarian chilli for dinner. Around 1500 calories. Spend Less - I spent nothing except work transport. Languages - Oui! Be Nice - I had to be a little less nice than I would have liked but I was leaning in like Sheryl Sandberg during the negotiations and everything I said was true. I have a relationship with my manager where I can say anything and be really open and I don't know how well I'd cope if I didn't because honestly, I find it very hard to not be completely truthful with people because I think it's the best way to be. I'm getting a new manager soon. This may spell disaster if I can't be as open because I still will be.
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