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  1. 11 points
    Tuesday, 8 October Week 4, Day 2 of Challenge Cog (Zone Eating) Finally got this right in a textbook performance of a day nutritionally. Ark (NF Update) Le post was made. Penemue (Muay Thai) I left work kinda late-ish and wasn't really feeling it, I was low on energy... so I went regardless and it was the best decision I made. The training went really well and I'm still energized up to today, plus despite my pretty irregular attendance, my conditioning seems to not only hold up but slowly get better even. Plus I picked up a swanky new dry-fit t-shirt with the school's logo on it. Next piece of loot on the horizon is this awesome mouthguard Jyotika (BuJo) Hey, I was more consistent than usual with this thing!
  2. 10 points
    I owe an update for Wednesday. It was a good day. Little bit slept a lot at night, so we got some rest. I went and picked up some furniture we had ordered for the nursery (shelves and such) and got gas in my truck. We went to a Venezuelan food truck for lunch and little bit didn't fuss at all so we got to enjoy ourselves completely. The food was amazing. Sra. Tanque got an arepa and I got a patocon and they were both amazing. We also had a good experience at our small group that night. I've got to get some fitness in this week, starting to feel inertia setting in. We have an appointment for a Hep B vaccine booster at 9 this morning, then it's Laundry and grocery shopping (and a Workout) the rest of the day.
  3. 10 points
    That's the one I bought. Today was a good day. We went to see the lactation consultant and little bit gained weight! We are at the bottomof the healthy range for weight gain, but we are in the range.
  4. 8 points
    She actually slept last night. Sra. Tanque apparently got up to try to feed her once but Little Bit didn't wake up enough to eat. Little Bit likes being pushed in the stroller. I've taken her for short walks outside a time or two. The doctor's visit went well. She got her shot and a weight check. She had a diaper on, but weighed in at 9 pounds 3 ounces. 1-2 ounces of that could be the diaper, but she was 8 lbs 14 ounces just two days ago. Either way that's awesome weight gain.
  5. 7 points
    21:30 here and I had a day off work but full of other stuff, so quick update just to keep this running Wednesday, 9 October Week 4, Day 3 of Challenge Cog (Zone Eating) Nailed it Ark (NF Update) Posted my progress and swag. Penemue (Muay Thai) Place is closed on Wednesday afternoons Jyotika (BuJo) Making progress here!
  6. 7 points
    Just was looking over old data from MFP. My highest ever weight (recorded) was 285lbs (Nov 22, 2018) As of 2 days ago I was 267.6lbs So in almost 11 months I lost 17lbs. Which might not seem like much lol but I am proud regardless because I stuck with trying for almost a year and I am better off than I was.
  7. 7 points
    It was cold, but super sunny today. Went for a walk with my friend, then I came home and did my workout. Made dinner for tonight, and the sauce to put over the crockpot chicken tomorrow.When my husband was in India, he bought some whole spices and brought them home. So, I bought a mortar and pestle, as I didn't have one. This was this summer. But first you have to prep the mortar, and it was hot in the kitchen, so I haven't used the mortar until today. I ground up cinnamon,pepper, cardamom, garlic,ginger, ummm something else I forget. It was fun, you get to pound away at all the spices. Then I cooked up onions and kind of pepper (forget that too) and tomatoes, and mixed the spices in. Tomorrow I'll pour it over the thighs and put it in the crockpot. I didn't know how long all the prepping the sauce would take, so I did it today, so tomorrow, I just need to deskin the chicken, and then put it all in the crockpot. Tonight we are measuring the drapes that I need to hem. They have been in my closet for two years waiting for me to hem them Changing some of my week's goals. I was going to Mari Kondo our downstairs bathroom, but my brother in law is coming to stay in our guest room, so I need to prep it. I've been working on it (yay) so it's not a big deal, but I want to just focus on it and finish. training log: For warm up- bottoms up presses and bw Sl deadlift and light goblet Crow Presses Some practice with lifting head while bringing leg back, was able to do it with left leg, problem was mental as much as strength, focusing on both the head and the leg wasn’t working Did lighter weights since my back hurt yesterday 2 KB press 20/25 (tried to go slow o descent) 6/6/5 SL deadlift 30# 5/5/5 Reverse row with sit back 4/4/4 Squat with 20 and 25# 5/5/5 KB swings- 55#,443, 35# A few cartwheels but I was tired so stopped stretch
  8. 7 points
    Got up at 4 am today (way early for me, for hubby only a little early) and reserved fast passes for our Disneyworld trip Then I went back to bed. Just started to get back to sleep, when I heard what I thought was hubby showering, only it kept getting louder. Apparently, it was a hail and heavy rain. We may be skipping fall and going straight to winter. Anyway. went back to sleep again and slept til 9. For training today I did crow practice and Vitamin practice. I videoed my floating crow practice, so once I upload that I'll post it here. Vitamin was cartwheel progressions. I mainly worked on the first progression. In the first progression, you focus on the arms. I really tried to focus on pushing with my arms. After the rain and hail, the weather cleared up, so I went on a walk.I also took a video of my cartwheel practice. I look very like I don't know what I'm doing, but I will post it here too. I sort of made a new dish today. I'd made it before, but didn't really follow it step by step. It was a beef, broccoli stir fry, and today I followed it step by step( except it was supposed to be snap peas but we had broccoli). It was yummy. From Mel Joulwan; Well Fed Weeknights. Really like the book, it's got lots of simple but tasty dishes. My back bothered me right after my workout, but after my shower it was fine. Been tracking my food in MFP. Really just guestimates. I've had some homemade cookies I brought home that were leftover from our church lunch. No idea how many calories they were. And homemade soup, which I just guestimated. I'm not trying to be precise, just an idea of what kind of serving sizes I needed. Last week, I often felt snacky, and wasn't sure if I was hungry or just wanted to eat. Finding out that I do have room in my food budget for snacks, so that is good
  9. 6 points
    hey guys its the EVE before my half marathon. ;) weather looks a little rough..... 50* (~12*C) and drizzle. still my mood is Good- I feel good!! and... yahoo! I'm gonna be last!! LOL. (BUT thats ok! because we're gonna run the whole darn thing)! cuz Running 13 miles is a good accomplishment IMHO! ---- also I got out today and did a little hiking. beautiful Weather, beautiful area! dirts roads going through the woods. THATS next. thats the future of running for me. its time to get out of town and run in the woods. I want to add the feeling of exploration, until... there's so much snow I CAn't run along those dirt roads. Just to show it off some; I'm also a little proud of myself, also. these dirt roads can be a little like a maze, but I kept my head clear and did a nice 8mile loop without getting lost*. attached is a screenshot of my route, my watch was keeping track of where I was. but its NOT a handheld GPS. it doesn't show where I am in real time. I had no GPS help during my walk. just 'reckoning' and a little familiarity of the valleys of the area. *PS. I didn't entirely lose my wits, though. as I walked when I ran into road intersections- I left sticks arranged as arrows pointing to the road I came from , so that- if I DID get confused and lost, I could follow my signs back to where I came.
  10. 6 points
    Day 4.2 OK! Last lifting workout before the meet, so I went for a somewhat meet style warm-up plus openers. Squat (using the squat bar for once): 5 x 145#, 5 x 175#, 3 x 205#, 3 x235#, 2 x 255#, then two singles at 275#. A little slow but not difficult (good!) Bench: 5 x 75#, 5 x 95#, 3 x 120#, 1 x 135#, 2 x 1 x 140# with meet commands (ez) Deadlift: 5 x 135#, 5 x 195#, 3 x 225#, 2 x 255#, 1 x 275#, 2 x 1 x 295# (also slow but totally fine) They say your openers should be something you could hit with the flu, and I'd say being able to hit them 1) with a cold, 2) with a random period, 3) after doing an intense hike over the weekend, 4) after practice the night before... suggests I'll be very, very okay on meet day. Afterwards, I went home, ate dinner, and tried to do laundry but the one machine in the basement was in use. I set a timer to go check later, but just went to bed at 9:30 pm instead after reading some of This Is How You Lose The Time War -- which I'm enjoying so far. Lift: 10/11 Bedtime: 13/20 Hunt: 8/12 House: 0 bonus points SOOO, the next few days are just to chill! My local library is having a sale I'm going to check out tonight or tomorrow, I might go see Hustlers, I can do laundry, keep applying to jobs (I'm aiming to apply for some every day to make up for my total lack of initiative the last few weeks), read, andddddd sleep a lot I guess.
  11. 5 points
    Friday Update I decided yesterday that I want to start looking for another job. Changes are coming and I think it will kill off a lot of what I love about my job and I want to leave on a high. I also planned my new challenge in the bath the other day and I am excited about that. I did the grocery shopping after work and we got a dirty kebab for dinner. It's been years since we did that and it was orgasmic. I have a bit of a free weekend coming up and our plan is to hole up and play video games for two days. I cannot wait for that. Eat Better - Nah. That kebab was the devil. A delicious devil, but a devil nontheless. Save Money - Also not really. I did a grocery shop and I have completely filled up the cupboards and freezer so we shouldn't have to shop much for the rest of the month. Languages - Oui! Be Nice - I had to put my foot down with something at work but I am going to do all I can to limit how this affects other people.
  12. 5 points
    Yesterday was all hype and excitement and too much energy - right until I crashed. I woke up at 4 am, couldn't fall back to sleep, instead I anxiously waited until gym time so I could train it off. It didn't really work, I still had too much energy to be able to focus at work. Oh well, it was Friday. We had a demo meeting in the afternoon, which I thought lasted absolutely forever, so as soon as it ended I immediately turned off my laptop. It turned out it was actually quite short, but by that point I couldn't be bothered to turn my laptop back on, so I decided to go home. I really wanted to walk home, but I knew it was going to rain in a few minutes, so I changed my mind and started walking towards the metro. Then I got to a crossing and the light was red and I couldn't be bothered to wait so I said screw the rain, I'm going to walk home after all. I got drenched, but it was awesome. And it looked amazing at this one spot where the sun broke through the clouds. Worth it. I realised I needed a picture for my marketing post, but the idea of stock photos put me off, so I thought why won't I just draw something? I made a doodle, but then quickly realised it wouldn't be quite so easy as I thought to convert it to vector art. I missed my screen curfew by 45 minutes trying, before realising I need a better plan and a cleaner drawing. Worth it.
  13. 5 points
    I hemmed and hubby then hung the curtains!!! Back story. We bought them 3 years ago (maybe 4) when we were having people over for the Holidays. We tried to measure them, and worried that we weren't doing it right. Since it was such a busy time of year, I decided to wait until after Christmas to deal with them.And then I procrastinated. And then I just forgot all about them. Then, when I was Mari Kondoing the guest bedroom, I found them. I decided I needed to try and hem them.They are from IKEA, and so are super long, and then you just hem them with that iron on magic stuff. I decided if I didn't like how they turned out,I would give them to Goodwill, and maybe someone would like them, and they would no longer be stored in our closet. But,I did like how they turned out. Yesterday I made another new recipe. Chicken curry, using whole spices that I ground using a mortar and pestle. I thought grinding the spices would be hard, but it really wasn't. Kind of fun. Katy Bowman(https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/blog/) would say it was a great way to get movement into everyday life, It was really good. When I woke up, it was 8 am, but there was still frost on everything. By afternoon, it was warm enough that I worked in the garden in my log sleeve t-shirt. Cut back all my dead Black Eyed Susans.Saved all the dead flowers as I will use them as mulch to cover my Dahlia bulbs , to protect them this winter. Didn't go for a walk as I was pretty tired after the gardening.. Floating crow progress :I am able to be in crow and then put one leg back behind me. Also did Vitamin work, which was spin and turns, It was super fun, and while I was doing it I didn't feel tired at all. Later in the evening though, my legs had all the DOMS.
  14. 5 points
    Carrying on — turns out my grandmother is in slightly better shape than they thought. She's stabilizing and they're going to move her out of hospice. She could still pass within a few weeks, but stage 3 kidney failure is a lot better than stage 5, so there's a chance she'll live until I go up to visit around Thanksgiving. I've been working on drawing Witcher 3 fan art instead of writing because I hit a point where my lack of emotional energy combined with stopped up creative energy/writer's block to kick me over an edge into "this isn't fun anymore and I'm failing." My writer's group was SUPER encouraging, and I'm taking a week or two off and drawing fan art to be doing something creative and fun that isn't drawing from the same creative pool I use to general plot, dialogue, prose, etc. I'm going to a conference next week so here's my away-from-home battle plan: Conference is in Chicago, so take advantage of the time change to get up at 5:30am (7:30am Pacific Time) and do the following: Kaer Morhen challenge: 5 minutes each of core, balance, and stretching/mobility (I've really only been doing stretching) 30 burpees in sets of 5, slowing and modifying as necessary to complete them safely (this will replace my usual P90X3 workout and help me prep for the Spartan) Cooldown stretching Then I'll read my bible, find some breakfast, and catch a shuttle to the conference.
  15. 5 points
    Thursday w4d4 Water - filled both my water bottles - tracked my intake (28 ounces) Food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner distraction free Coaching - intention mantra for 2 minutes - journaling and emails - coaching call - joy journaling - list of things to do
  16. 5 points
    I checked out Udemy and apparently their video platform works, and works quite well. I was able to find a few sketching classes I am interested but nothing for uke yet. MY only concern there is that what works now may not work next month 2 weeks ago they shut down Zoom, which many companies were using for online tutoring. Who knows what is going to be next to go. Week 4 Wednesday 5x5 Food Yesterday was Chinese/Beef day so I made a beef & celery stir fry. It came out quite good, except that I added a little too much soy sauce and it ended up a bit too salty. Sketching Nothing again Uke I looked for other sources for tutorials but didn't have any luck Proverbs Yesterday's proverb was 舍己求人 (She Ji Jiu Ren) and means be willing to sacrifice to help someone else. I really like that first character (Pronounced like should without the "ld") which means to be willing to give something up Handstands I was able to upload a video from my practice to Youtube yesterday on my phone but by the time I tried to share it here I had lost my connection again. I will try again to upload it. What do you know, it worked! This is where I was trying to kick up into a one handed hand stand by imagining I was going to do a cart wheel and then just stall at the top. It probably isn't a normal progression, but it is how I learned to do regular handstands and feels both comfortable and fun, so for now this is what I am going to do
  17. 5 points
    9/6/19 Sunday Since we stayed out late on Saturday I thought I'd have the whole morning to myself so I went about things leisurely. I was wrong and lost my workout time. Mrs. Sloth wanted to do an outdoorsy thing since it was the first non-rainy day in at least the last 40. We went to a state park and did a river boat cruise, walked around in the woods for a bit, went to a sculpture garden, and stopped by my sister's. It was a full day. 9/7/19 Monday I don't check email on the weekend; I can't do anything about whatever it is anyway. I had one informing me of an emergency math meeting, which is fine, except I still had things to do before the students got there. I lost a big chunk of my workout time. I managed to get the warm up and 2/2 get ups in at 12kg. It might have been 3/3. 9/8/19 Tuesday Something, something morning... it might have been gut fairies due to taquitos, I don't remember. I came home and was planning on training, but there was a dead squirrel in the driveway. I went to toss it in the trash, but it twitched when a fly landed on it's eyeball. "Damn", I thought, "I need to put it out of it's misery". I was about to take care of it when I noticed the neighbor was watching. Which is weird because I've never seen him outside, ever. So I waited until he went inside, but he never did, he just puttered around the yard watching my driveway. My theory, he hit the squirrel with his car and watched it try to crawl back to it's tree and never personed up enough to deal with it. I didn't want the critter to suffer and I didn't want him calling the police for animal cruelty so at the last minute I picked up the squirrel with my welding gloves and brought it to the wildlife rehab place just as they were closing. They guilted me into a donation to cover it's costs. Anyway, I didn't train. 9/9/19 Wednesday I got the warm up, 2/2 get ups at 12kg, and 10X10 2H swings at 24kg in. I'm thinking about getting a bigger bell for swings. Nothing of note has happened yet today.
  18. 5 points
    GoodDoug and Borish-ka got back to camp, carrying a large batch of Tyrannosaur meat. The rest of the hunting party had gotten in before them, and it seemed that the story of their exploits on the hunt for these T. rexes had grown in the time it had taken the two to get back to camp. The chief, Gromm'on-kan approached. "Good haul, I hear much of the glory of this hunt is yours. You will sit with me at the feast tonight, Nash-ka will take you to where you can get ready." The orc war party leader he had first met a few weeks ago came and took him to a tent to get cleaned up and put on some clean clothes. He also told him to wear his shirt wide open without telling him why. GoodDoug approached the camp feast area, led by the smell of roasting meat. The meal was quick as the orcs wanted to get to the festivities that followed. The chief addressed the clan, "Today we have a notur-fal that served the tribe with honor and brought glory to his hunting party. GoodDoug, stand up and be seen by the tribe." GoodDoug stood up, he quickly translated notur-fal to mean lesser race, what the orcs call all those that aren't orcs. The chief continued, "He has shown himself to be uru-nakal, and we name him GoodDoug-ur, come here." GoodDoug was stunned, uru-nakal was the highest honor a non-orc could be given in the tribe. It translated to something close to "Almost as good as an orc." He walked to the chief, humbled at what he had been called, the chief grabbed a leather thong adorned with bear claws, wolf teeth and eagle feathers and put it around the half-ogre's neck. "You will study with the druids. But that doesn't mean you won't still hunt." One of the old druids nodded to GoodDoug and gestured to a seat beside her. GoodDoug moved over to sit next to her, excited by the idea of new skills. Sorry the story isn't as good as I would like to make it, but I don't have time to make it better right now, and I want to move the plot along. I feel like I've already been doing a lot of Druid like training this challenge and wanted to reflect that in the story. I'll still be a Ranger (doing too many things as a Ranger does) but in true Ranger form, I'm borrowing from other disciplines... and this will set me up for the next challenge where I out Ranger the most Ranger-brained Ranger by doing all the things. GMB was hard this morning, but I like how doable it is even when it is pushing me.
  19. 5 points
    Thanks friend. I am right there with you. I feel like I eat pretty healthy in general, lots of protein, veggies, etc. But then I go overboard on sweets and I think my portion sizes are a lil whack sometimes too. Weekend summary Lots of rain last week. Spent a lot of time hopped up on Benadryl due to serious mosquito bite reactions. Got a massage Wednesday. Various stuff around the house. I feel like I did a lot and was very busy? But I also can't point to much specifically concrete that I accomplished. Sooooo yea... Did go out Saturday night for women's hockey game and then drinks with friends and had a here of a time with recovery on Sunday instead of being productive. oh well. 1) Read the equivalent of 1 comic book or 1 book chapter per day. 26 days left in challenge, but I'm going to round this up to a nice even 30. ☑☑☑☑☑ ☑☑☑☑☐ ☐☐☐☐☐ ☐☐☐☐☐ ☐☐☐☐☐ ☐☐☐☐☐ I did not make any additional progress here. 2) Do the equivalent of a workout every day for the rest of the challenge. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 ☑ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ 36 37 38 39 40 41 ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ I am thru Day 26. I may double up with a second this evening to play catch up (12 days left + 15 workouts left) but I REALLY need to go to the grocery store so I think that takes precedence. No softball the past 2 weeks as a bye week and then rain out. Playoffs start this week. We are ranked 2 Ultimate is going fine as well with playoffs starting next week also. Finally got our jerseys last night (lol) and I threw a hammer for a point which was dope. We are ranked 2 3) nutrition goal? Just... go to the grocery store and eat food that I buy. And some of the food I buy should be fruits and veggies. 4) capsule I put away my shorts over the weekend I need to take stock of my inventory and see what I need to invest in for this season, I think I'm pretty good on pants, but I want some more statement pieces for tops or accessories. Will keep ya posted. Rest of the week tonight: groceries and food prep W: 1-2 workouts am, go watch brother coach volleyball (~1 hr drive each way) Th: am workout, happy hour for volunteer gig F-Sa: ? Su: shop and meal prep again somewhere in there - harvest walnuts, capsule shop, more workouts + reading
  20. 4 points
    Thank you everyone, I really am so glad to have a space where I learn to talk about my feelings and everyone is so supportive. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you <3
  21. 4 points
    Yup. Do your best until you know better. Then, do better. Right, like the word that we translate as helpmate is apparently a combination of two words meaning "rescue" and "strength." Women are the badasses God made to save us because we were too weak to bear the weight of life alone. Good points. It's also worth pointing out that Scripture is a mirror in that it comes to reflect the person who's reading it. If you're a product of a patriarchal culture, it's going to change the lens through which you read, and it's going to change what parts you pay attention to and what you ultimately apply, which for all practical purposes is the religion. One of the most striking things I ever saw in my days as a door to door salesman was a Pentecostal bible study where the woman was, for all intents and purposes, covered in sackcloth and remained silent. Another was the application of Scripture to the gender relations in the church I went to, where a bunch of strong, badass, educated women were given the Complementarian lines about "separate but equal" with a straight face. Some went with it, and some went away. Couldn't hold that against them. It's also complicated by the fact that Christianity, as an evangelistic religion, is more concerned with social cohesion and getting butts in the seats - and money in the offering bins - than pushing people to engage with the Scripture in a critical way. Also that, ever since it was instated as the state religion in Rome, it's been linked to hierarchical power structures and as such hasn't really been part of the ongoing evolution toward democracy and the end of hierarchies until relatively recently. And even then, Christianity that advocates for this kind of thing (Christian Socialism, liberation theology, Christian Anarchism, etc.) is still considered relatively radical. So... yeah. It's all complicated. We've been in the world long enough for us to be of the world, and we never even saw it coming. * Surprise! My friend that I was going to hang with was slated to go have dinner with his wife's parents, and they'd made those plans before he'd made plans with me. So he had to go do that. Now I'm off to see him on Saturday instead. So I wound up doing strength work instead. It was good stuff, although I can tell my body is a little tired. Deload week is next week for handstands and Q&D, and even though the strength program doesn't call for structured deloads, I'm still thinking about hitting it that way anyway. I have thoughts about how I'd accomplish that. In the meantime, Open Mat tonight. Not sure if there will be drinking or not; training plans will be made based on how this all works out.
  22. 4 points
    Hmmm. I've noticed that work is occupying too much of my subconscious thinking. With the reduced internet time I'm much more focused at work, which I guess is good, but it seems like even after I stop for the day the work stuff is still being churned over in the back of my mind. I (obviously) don't notice it while it's happening, but work thoughts seem to pop up in my head quite frequently during quiet times. I want more interesting problems for my subconscious! As you might have figured, yesterday was another day of intense work, bordering on obsessive haha. At least I made it out in time for a really lovely walk. I like this tree.
  23. 4 points
    Food yesterday was mostly good. Food today has been good too, so far. I'm all packed up to go camping this weekend. I'll try to get some hiking in, but this trip has a structured itinerary, which I find annoying but it's an excuse to get out in the woods, so there we are.
  24. 4 points
    Week 3 update The Plan.... Run: I'm following NYAR 10K training plan currently, so points for when I do what is scheduled (including rest days) 5/7 Eat: Continue making the 24 hour plan, eat on plan when hungry, stop when full. 7/7 Lazy: Three times a week (at least) take time for me, this can be journaling, crocheting, or time to read. Sleep has been an issue lately so more of this. 4 days of this, D was out of town for work adventures: not an actual goal or on the plan (hence the little a) but I need more of these, less making excuses to not get out and enjoy life! As stated, this was pride weekend last week, I even went to a rope/impact demo on Saturday night ( couldn't stay long due to having to get up early on Sunday for the festival) this totally counts as adventures for the week! xamine: I've spent a lot of time 'navel gazing' lately...some of it has resulted in some interesting revelations. I want to continue this and finish a couple of 'self help' books I've been reading during this challenge: few things have hit me rather hard this week, those of you who follow me on facebook may or may not have noticed that...I'll be fine it's just one of those "when you think it's getting better" deals... Found out the other day that the contract for our gym memberships has not been renewed yet so we don't have access for the time being, going to have to figure out an alternative plan (at the same price point because I'm broke) I do own a treadmill and have asked D to help me find a place to put it so I can use it (it's currently in her bedroom) The ultrasound results were unclear so I have a CT scheduled tomorrow...I know the Dr. orders state to focus on the kidneys... Tried a herbal tea drink with CBD (not THC) this weekend....was the first time since my accident 9 years ago that my neck has not hurt...which made the next day that much worse because now i know what it feels like to not have pain coupled with anxiety...purchasing this will be worked into my budget next challenge!
  25. 4 points
    Hey all, Sorry I haven't checked in for a couple of days! Work has been... busy. Very high case load for the past couple of days, with some very emotionally draining cases. And long hours. I was at the office/court from 7:35(ish) to 6 yesterday. And it's not like I'm a traditional attorney where I have billable hours and am raking in the dough to be working those hours. I just have so much work I need to do and because I'm in court from 9-1 and 2-4(ish) every day, I have so little time to do actual case prep. I have write-ups that I need to send up to other people, discovery requests (aka evidence procurement) to process, and it's just a lot. I'm a little envious of the trial attorneys, because while their caseload is hard too, they get to split the amount of cases in half, and they're usually not in trial all day. On the other hand, I'm responsible for every case before it gets up to the point of trial. It's a lot of responsibility and it's a little stressful. People are great about answering questions when I have them (which is often), but it doesn't lighten my workload by much. Our juvenile DA (as in she works in the juvenile court) helps out a lot when she can, since there aren't as many juvenile cases as there are adult cases, but it's still a lot of work. Don't get me wrong. I love my job, and I feel like I'm, for the most part, doing my part to help people and keep people safe, but... man, it can get exhausting at times. Sorry for the mini vent! I just had to get that out. I haven't been keeping up with push-ups. My knee has been extra achy lately, and doing knee push-ups is not really an option for me anymore because it makes me knee hurt even more. That's something I'll probably have to shelve until either my knee recovers or I find a physical activity I enjoy more than push-ups. (I didn't enjoy doing it all that much, to be honest. I just wanted to do something physical). I should try to get back to handstands... maybe do some after I sign off or am done with the day. I just don't feel much motivation to do them, to be honest. Not being able to do the kinds of exercise I enjoy (weightlifting and cardio) is kind of putting a damper on my enthusiasm for fitness. I have been keeping up with mobility, but I'm noticing my stretching is less about full-body mobility and has been focusing more on my lower body out of convenience (read: I'm phoning in and while I'm doing something, I'm not going at it whole-heartedly). I should try to get back to doing full-body mobility routines though. Duolingo has been going well. Have hit some technical difficulties with accessing my Rosetta stone gift though, so I need to reach out to groupon and figure out what's going on. Journaling is... okay? I did it once last week on a word document and then deleted it because I didn't feel like writing it and didn't want to keep it. But I wrote last night, which is good. Knitting is going well! I have added on a bunch more, and I think I may finish the towel in the next week or two! After that, I'm not sure what my next project will be. Maybe a hat or a scarf, or maybe a reusable Swiffer pad for cleaning, because I don't like using a vaccuum on wood floor (doesn't work as well, I think), and that way I don't have to pay for those expensive Swiffer dusting cloths! The possibilities are endless. Of course, I may end up just making another dishtowel, so who knows. (Not me! That's for sure!) Sorry for the ramble, folks. Have a good day, all! Will try to check in soon