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  1. (We're just gonna pretend this came at the end of Terra Prime and not that other episode that came after but did not, in fact, actually happen) I really like Star Trek, and with the new stuff out this year have reignited my love for same. I was wondering what to do for a challenge theme, but this is it. As it has been for a while, I'm really just slapping a Star Trek Patina over the same challenge I did for most of last year. Kettle Bells The NF KB workout has goblet squats, so this works. I'll do the KB workout 2-3 times per week. Yoga
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  2. Storm Bella raged through the night. In the morning, Mr and the Enting did a boundary walk to look for fallen trees and other damage. While I cleaned up our breakfast and got a fire going in the wood stove, I considered what a strange and eventful few weeks we’ve had since we been called to Owlshire. Boiler and fuel supply problems, an historical flood, unexpected severe allergies to sections of the house, leaks in buildings, now a major wind storm... all within the already surreal year that is 2020. But the year was turning, and we’d made it through midwinter in the Forest, and th
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  3. Ok so I'm not ready for the new year yet.. it's not that I don't desperately want 2020 to be over- it's just that I've yet to process everything that has happened and I haven't even begun to recover! How am I supposed to get all excited for big goals?! It's not happening. So, I'm going to give it some time and get all excited for the new year on February 12th. REST & RECOVER - do some journaling/talking to deal with all the grief from 2020 - bestow extra love on the cranky left hip and wrist - go outside, seriously- go outside PREPARE
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  4. ‘I do not doubt your visions,’ the Khan said, quietly. ‘But what do they change? Shall we stare up at the shadows and let our blades fall from our hands?' Know this, son of Magnus. There is more under the arch of heaven than victory and defeat. We may fall back, but not forever. We may feint and we may weave, but not forever. We may yet be doomed to lose all we cherish, but we shall do so in the knowledge that we could have turned away, and did not. We remained true,’ the Khan said. ‘They can never have this, not if they burn all we ever built and scorn us through the dancing flames. You hear
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  5. RESULTS OF SQUATMAS 2020!!! Participants: @Mr_Willes SquatMas / DeadMas @WhiteGhost SquatMas / DeadMas @h3r0 I did 5x10 with 95# @KB Girl SquatMas @aramis 60@60 squats for this year / 60 reps of KB DL with 60% BW @Rhovaniel 30 bodyweight squats on Xmas Day @Tobbe SquatMas1 / SM2 / DeadMas @Harriet SquatMas1 SM2 SM3 / DeadMas @Xena decided to go "all cat" @juliebarkley 75 full-depth goblet squats with a 12lb. / 50 reps all in one set with two 10lb. dumbbells THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING THIS A SOLID TRADITION!!!
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  6. We need no longer fear the banana (something I remember from commercials for it). Sounds like 6pm was a happy time for a while. I looked it up, and it's on Hulu for streaming, and we've already got Amazon Prime, Netflix, and CBS All Access (for Star Trek). We'd get Disney+ for Star Wars stuff before Hulu but a fourth streaming serivce seems silly. Today is a good day. I'm off today again, but I did get the first round of the Covid Vaccine today (the Moderna one). No side effects other than some mild soreness at the injection site. I just looked and realized they gav
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  7. I can't believe after playing hundreds of hours of Skyrim I have never done a Skyrim themed challenge. Time to rectify this oversight. As the Dragonborn gets ready to complete the main questline, it is necessary to pass by Tsun, the Nordic God of Trials Against Adversity who tests all who wish to enter the Hall of Valor. Before that trial of combat, Tsun asks by what right the applicant seeks entrance. If you have done all of the other questlines you can choose a number of rights: Right of Birth: I am Dragonborn Right of Glory: Leader of the companions of Jorrvaskr as
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  8. Prologue: Swordless, not Unarmed I am Harriet. Human. Warrior in exile, stripped of my weapon (the barbell). Though I am blessed in many ways, I carry three curses. The leechen cloak saps my energy and brings me slug phases in which apathy and fatigue inhibit action. The berserker spells are high stress responses to ordinary events that also discourage action and create general unpleasantness. The grotesque mirror is a hideous artefact that whispers to me a litany of my flaws, real and imaginary. It, too, causes suffering and inhibits action.
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  9. I sincerely believe Agnosticism is the most intellectually honest starting point with regards to theism. I had a very wise professor once point out that God is not scientific, in that science deals with that which is both observable and measurable, and God is neither. Therefore, God and God's existence can neither be proven nor disproven. Don't get me wrong, I believe in God, but I don't pretend that I can prove God's existence, I have simply chosen, and continue to choose, to believe. I'm glad you're here. Thank you. I would not presume to debate you on this matter.
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  10. I'm older than most of you, and this show was an integral part of my childhood. I feel both sad and nostalgic anytime I hear the original theme song or see classic segments from the 80's. I adored Jim Henson. I am definitely here for this. And btw, if you can hear this gif in your head... ... you're probably old af. 🤣
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  11. Ok gang, here's the deal. My brain is a dumpster fire, I don't actually want to do a challenge, in fact I have a burning desire to press the big, shiny, red button and self destruct. Since my christmas wish of a boatload of drugs was not granted by santa, I guess I'll have to find a different way to cope. Here's the challenge. I will attempt one act of self care each day. Can be anything as long as it's met with resistance and away from the dark side. If that goes well enough I'll add in the additional categories of eating foods with a vegetable and moving m
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  12. I was trying to think of a wow theme, and it just wasn't happening. So here we are. I'm just living my life, trying to level up in fitness as well as the rest of my life. I'm not sure how Baby Yoda fits in to my theme, but isn't he cute? Looking forward to the new year, the one change I would most like to make is in my morning routine. It is the constant thing that I feel like I really struggle in. I’ve done challenges, and developed a routine for a challenge, but then I easily drop into old habits. This year, I would like to establish a routine that enable me to say I am making th
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  13. This oddysey of mine is all about finding the best version of myself. In order to do this i need to build some strength, do some speech therapy and do some walking. Goal 1: Strength In order to develop some basic muscle strength and get used to a routine i set a simple goal of doing a few excercises. 3 sets wide squats 3 sets of incline push ups Planking Reward, if i complete 80% i earn a strength point I didn't specify the reps because i mean to set a baseline at day 1, and build up everyday. Goal 2: Distance In order to get somewhere
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  14. I don't blame you. Thanks, it went out on NYE and isn't as bad as the Thanksgiving Incident. Today is a good day. I went to church (Sra Tanque and little Bit stayed home) and it was good. When I came home, I cooked lunch. I took 1.5 c rice and put it in a pot with some sesame oil and stir fried it for five minutes, adding garlic powder and powdered ginger. I added 2 c water and enough rice vinegar and soy sauce to make the total of the liquid 2.25 c. I brought that to a boil, reduced the heat, put the lid on, and let it cook for 15 minutes. Meanwhile I took some p
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  15. I’m told other parts of the Forest of Dean higher up have seen more, but Owlshire has received a little dusting of her first snow (since we got here) over the last couple of days. Like with the floods of last week (was that only last week?) many roads are closed or ill advised to travel on, and we risk getting cut off because we live in a steep hillside—but we have a full hopper of fuel for our boiler, firewood, and the grocery delivery came Sunday our pantry is well stocked. If we’re going to be trapped, there is no better way to be. —Although, a local han
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  16. There is room in my heart for both franchises. I'm simply more excited about Star Trek right now, likely due to not having Disney Plus and not having seen any of the Mandalorian. I've seen that wrap. It's far too tasteful to be civilian clothes in TNG. 90s era trek put civilians in what I like to call "Convention Center Carpet Chic". Seriously, compare these two google image searches: Quark Deep Space Nine and Convention Center Carpet. Today is a good day. Church was online only today, something the church does at the end of every year. They pre-record a service and po
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  17. Alright, Rebels! There have been a LOT of changes over the last few weeks. We're still working on some, and tweaking some of these, but I wanted to share what we've got so far! DISCORD / CHAT We now have a Discord Server for the forums, as an additional way for you to chat in real time with your fellow rebels! This isn't meant to replace the forums - and we're starting out with one big general chat channel. We looked into multiple options to add a chat room back - and using Discord made the most sense as it has lots of features that we can use (like video for virtual meet-up
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  18. Goals: Exercise: Same as always. Languages: Finish Maître Thénardier for French, 2 days/ week for Russian. Learning Practicing: Draw something once per week. Cosplay: Finish setting up electronics on the wings, start construction. Finish the gentleman's Backlash hood, mask, and gems. Other: Make a walking playlist in iTunes - different from workout list. Learn 2 more quiet/ evening/ calm down songs. Slight tweak to the usual 4 hobby areas. I've been working on learning Maître Thénardier for
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  19. I don't really trust this new year. I'm not trying to punish it for what 2020 did, but I am trying to protect myself by preparing for the possibility that this year could be horrible. Absolutely horrible. Maybe wonderful at times, but... (squints in suspicion) I don't trust it yet. So I'm going to focus on exercising and eating healthy foods to keep me strong and healthy so I can enjoy all the beautiful moments that are going to happen like people sharing videos of their dogs, and new baby announcements, and the feeling of warm towels right out of the dryer, and the sound of quiet in the win
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  20. Hiiiiiiii everyone! And happy 2021 Challenge Theme This challenge is themed off the book Seraphina. The main character has visions, and to manage these visions, she creates a mental garden, which is just a form of cognitive architecture, and avatars (grotesques) of each of her visions live within this garden. Each of the grotesques has their own personality, needs, and area of the garden, and she gives them a name based on their personality. Every day, she must keep her garden in "ard", and if she doesn't, the grotesques will take over and give
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  21. A little over a month ago, my sister almost died; having to be rushed to the hospital. It gave me flashbacks about how my mom died less than 2 years ago and the stuff that I said to her body before the coroners came to pick her up. When my mom was laying there, arm all cramped up because of gout from her terrible eating; I expressed a lot of things. But the most important thing was that I was going to do something that she never did: Love myself. My mom never cared about herself and her death was a big wake-up call. I was still in school so I had to finish that, and then clean
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  22. First, when a chicken and a lemon love each other very much...
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  23. I have LOADS on my Kindle that I can read! I have the worst memory in the world so half the stuff I bought I already forgot how the book went! HA HA got that goin' for me!!... HI ❤️ Perhaps this could turn into a new art hobby.......... It's so fun! I've actually been able to find The Little Dipper: It works when its cloudy out Because Science but yeah, I'd like to use it more when we have clearer skies, which hasn't happened a lot yet here either............ Honest
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  24. Hope so too. I'm going to send another email to the 4th referral person. I sent an email right before christmas so I figured it might be a little hectic or the person might have time off so I was waiting until after new year's to follow up. Will do. I think it's a matter of being on here more, especially when I'm craving junk. Thanks! Looking forward to your project too I mean, doing the math; it's entirely realistic and reasonable to undo all the damage from the past 5+ years of yo-yoing bullshit so I have to do this. I've realiz
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  25. When you put it like that, how can I argue? It's also why he leans so much on one leg. Today is a good day. The back wasn't as bad, and at one point between breakfast and lunch I soaked in an epsom salt bat with water as hot as it would get from the water heater.* The back is still stiff, but on the road to recovery. I can no longer feel a bump where I had my COVID vaccine on Tuesday. Lunch was shrimp pasta with garlic bread. I boiled some bowtie pasta according to directions, meanwhile I chopped an onion and cooked it in avocado oil for a few minutes, then
    15 points
  26. Today I plotted and tested a walk that achieved two important purposes: An off-road running path for Mr to start on. A toddler-friendly route into the village—indeed, it came out into the village right in front of the shop/Post Office and just down the way from the Surgery. The latter was one of my Quests on my XP chart (offline), so I get 10XP for that! What makes the route important for me is that instead of going up and down all the very steep, hilly ravines and valleys that form our area, it hugs a curve around them from where we live on the
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  27. Welcome! Glad to have you! Us too You really ought to watch TNG (and trust me, tough it out for the first two seasons). Today is a good day. I did NF Kettlebells, and I made myself do two full rounds with my 20 pound bell. It was difficult, but I had it in me. I really needed the movement and the revving of my pulse. We spent the day at home, which to be fair probably would have happened even without the quarantine order. We contacted our respective employee health offices. I believe I mentioned Sra. Tanque was told not to get a test unless she was
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  28. The core idea is a bit of shock treatment, making use of the New Year momentum while rapidly dropping the extra weight gained during this lockdown and the holidays. That should be January, then settling into less extreme and more sustainable measures come February. Workouts: Need something focused on rapid weight loss, so less strength training, more cardio. Since running or skip rope are out of the question due to winter and lockdown, HIIT will have to do instead. Darebee's 30 days of HIIT Advanced program ticks all those boxes, while providing a structured sequence and pretty short (but
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  29. Main goal: 5 consecutive strict pullups. Secondary goal: Lose 5 lbs Continuation goals: - Run - Lift RESULTS OF SQUATMAS 2020!!! Participants: @Mr_Willes SquatMas / DeadMas @WhiteGhost SquatMas / DeadMas @h3r0 I did 5x10 with 95# @KB Girl SquatMas @aramis 60@60 squats for this year / 60 reps of KB DL with 60% BW @Rhovaniel 30 bodyweight squats on Xmas Day @Tobbe Squatmas1 / SM2 / DeadMas @Harriet SquatMas SM2 SM3 / DeadMas @Xena decided to go "all cat" @ju
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  30. - - - Her favorite time of day was twilight, where the sun had barely crested down beneath the horizon, lifting one last futile glow of the promise of daytime against the encroaching night sky. The melange of dying gold merging into the comfortable slate-blue atmosphere of whatever bits of daylight were left, giving way to the yawning darkness of space. She found it fascinating and sat, enrapt, small form curled into itself under her fur-lined charcoal cloak, chin resting on bent knees as she just... watched. She watched the sky change before her eyes, the colors dance
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  31. Rhovaniel stood at the window, arms folded across her chest, staring outside but seeing nothing. Thick fog had gradually enveloped the small town, and not even the cobbled roadway, nor the sturdy row of shops and houses opposite, could be seen. In the room behind her, the fire crackled and hissed as someone stirred the embers, coaxing more life and cheer from it, and the hubbub of voices and the clinking of glasses and earthenware mugs was a heady sirens call. She could wait another hour, another night. Eat another meal with these fine folks, these brave souls on their own adventures, hear tal
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  32. I don't really have the bandwidth to give individual responses right now, and frankly I don't know what to say that hasn't been said. Today is a good day. It was Little Bit's first day of day care, and it went well. I've been emotional all day. Even getting all the good news has been strange. I'm also a little sleep deprived as we've been getting up a lot earlier and not going to bed any later. Little Bit also was fussy last night. As Sra Tanque and Little Bit left early, and I didn't have to come in to work till 3 today was the first day I've been alone in the house
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  33. Honestly, I cant tell the difference in flavors. Ghostess can, though, which is why we have 7 different bottles of vinegar in the kitchen right now. One of them is a bottle that one of her coworkers brought back from Shaanxi and she loves it. I never touch it because it would be a waste to use up her good stuff when it tastes exactly the same as the cheap big brand stuff to me Global Warming.... That‘s a topic I should probably avoid discussing here because I have opinions about it... It doesn't make me feel any better, per se, but it does explain why I didn'
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  34. I've seen everything but TAS (and I've seen a couple episodes of that). That makes a lot of sense actually. Today is a day. My back felt better, but I didn't push it, I did some gentle stretches. A co-worker called in with COVID symptoms, he's getting tested tomorrow. We are already shorthanded from the priest retiring a while back and covering each other for the holidays has us feeling pretty toasty, another one of us going down is not fun. To make matters worse, with my schedule being so dynamic lately I miscalculated when I needed to leave for work and left half an hour
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  35. I’m mall walking my kitchen, but just until my food is hot. Happy New Year y’all. May all your road-blocked hopes and dreams of last year come true during this one.
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  36. I know we have some people in covid recovery and that access to official covid diagnosis/treatment is uneven, so I wanted to drop this somewhere. I'm seeing a lot of chatter that people's doctors are advising them to refrain from strenuous/any exercise for at least three months after recovery, due to the risks from inflammation of the lungs and heart. So please be gentle on yourselves when you make your fitness plans, guys. I know a lot of people want to power through respiratory illnesses and get back to training, but covid is new territory. It has a long recovery process, and there's good re
    14 points
  37. Okay so the forum ate my post. Let's just call it the last sacrifice to 2020 and now hopefully that will make 2021 a bit better. Made my milestone yesterday. A 9mile run. Spent NYE as t the inlaws and on the NF discord server which was a lot of fun! Thanx everyone, proper update when I'm not on mobile! Today a visit to my mom for her birthday, and 2 days of plenty of time to play computergames and running/lifting! Maybe upgrade the homegym. Pics will surely follow! I'll try to keep them clean. For everyone I missed yesterd
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  38. Today is a good day. I took it easy in the morning, and did two rounds of the NF KB workout with my 20 lb bell. It revved my heart very well. I spent time in the NF Forums discord, and even got to video chat with RES, DarK_RaideR and Chesire, all of whom got to see Little Bit. Sra. Tanque did lunch, and I made dinner. I started by making a sauce from 2/3 c water, 1/4 c soy sauce, 2 tbsp corn starch, 2 tbsp honey, some ginger paste and minced garlic. I stirred that together, then brought it to a boil and let it cook a minute till it thickened. I took it off the heat. I had a bak
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  39. Images from today’s Mapping the Leylines: (He wanted to carry Pooh Bear.) Derelict old buildings on a neighbouring farm. A view down to the River Wye from the footpath. A very old oak in newly planted part of the forest. The people who own this wood (on the other side of the pasture from our wood) said that much both woodland parcels were illegally clearcut in the 1980s and were replanted shortly thereafter. This enormous oak, at least, was left standing. Th
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  40. Shaar is a little waylaid by the actual playground equipment here - where are the darkened corners? Her bourbon? The fireplace?? - she 'ahem's quietly to herself while perching on a brightly colored fence, yanking a flask from her hip pouch and glancing back and forth more than a few times before pulling out her tablet and going to town typing who knows what on its screen - likely keeping up with her most recent gaming dailies............
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  41. Welcome to the tried and true 10lbs/10 weeks weight loss challenge! Coming down off the holidays, stressed out from almost a year of COVID or even lockdown in some cases, with a head full of New Years Resolutions, now's the time to sign-up for a Player-versus-Player accountability challenge sure to motivate you to lose that holiday poundage! Of course we only advocate losing healthy weight and using healthy methods to get there, this playful side quest is less about beating your peers to the finish line than it is challenging yourself, making some new acquaintances, and having a p
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  42. Last we left Red1263, he resumed his training under Orthos. During his time under the pollen of the Mendacium flower, he discovered that he was missing a part of himself. He once strove to complete the crystal shard that he still possesses, but that journey had been left unfulfilled due to the random direction Life had taken him... "OI! Get back to work!" Orthos bellowed. "Time is starting to run out! And you're nowhere near ready for the test!" Red1263 looked puzzled. "Test? What test? You mean this isn't the test?!" "Of course not, boy!" Orthos gaffaws. "
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  43. The creature that is slowly approaching Scalyfreak is magnificent. Graceful and shimmering pearlescent white, like moonlight given shape. It stops some distance away and watches quietly... like several of the demons Scalyfreak has encountered in her journey it does not speak, though the creature's glowing eyes shine with intelligence. A little bit unnerved by being scrutinized like this Scalyfreak slowly readies her shield. The creature is not behaving aggressively, and there's nothing hostile about its body language, but one can never be too careful... when the creature merely wat
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  44. This challenge will look very familiar to those who have been following me for a while, but I felt compelled to return to it because I felt very in my "true nature" during this challenge. There are only a few changes to the previous challenges to reflect more current methods for reaching my goals, but the essence of the challenge will remain the same: I have been wrestling with the urge to return to the LotR book series (again), so what better way to motivate me than to theme my challenge after LotR. As a way to bounce back from the challenges of 2020, I could use some inspiration
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  45. It's been a while since I re-introduced myself. I'm Stronkey Kong (for now). Over the 7+ years I've been on the NF forums, I've previously been known as (from most to least recent) Chris Tarly, Brogo, Curl Brogo, and Darwin's Demon. The focus of most of my previous challenges has been some combination of gaining strength and losing weight. While I've got some benefits from strength training, my weight loss battle is mostly a losing battle full of frustrations. Recently I've been reading about Intuitive eating and Health at Every Size, and have been focusing health and being more a
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  46. Hah, I KNEW it Welcome to your new role Yeah, doing this with someone else live who knew what they were doing would have been so much nicer. I'm not sure what the deal was, but my tortillas were craggy, crumbly and thick and yet simultaneously super sticky. The consistency felt right, and matched both your description and what your links said. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ^^^ Actual footage I'm glad something about it was wonderful Yes, we should all eat more good food. I can order store-bought tortillas online but I wante
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  47. You posting this reminded me it's my 7 year nerdaversary today...
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  48. #31DayCharacterCreationChallenge #Day1 Game: Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, 2nd edition The game in a nutshell: Medieval/Early Renaissance grimdark world with fantasy races, magic and Chaos (with a capital C). Players are mainly peasants expected to die of famine and/or disease, but if they don't, they might just save the world against overwhelming odds in a dungeon somewhere and no one will ever know. The good: An established and interesting world with decades of development behind it. A challenging, murderous system that fits the desired tone. Anti-heroes and gallows humor. Magi
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  49. Haha, many groups, yes. When I was sewing for ren faires, that was a very true maxim, despite me avoiding handsewing whenever possible. So far, it has also held true for all my cosplays as well. If I'd been working on my own stuff, I'd probably have kept going, but my standards are a bit higher when I do stuff for other people. And I am already pissy about that project, so any excuse to stop working on it is fine by me. As far as music for walking, I don't know yet. When I walked outside, I wouldn't listen to music so I could keep an ear out for potentially dangerous situations. S
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  50. Today I accepted that I’m not doing okay with the continued and increasing pandemic situation. I’m just exhausted by all of it, all the extra that it requires of us. So I made some executive decisions about how I was going to reduce the amount of responsibilities held myself to and absolved myself of feeling guilty about not being perfect. Then, because the ground is frozen and I can’t dig in the garden, Enting and I went for a walk. People keep telling me we moved in the grimmest ti
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