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  1. Day 18 Spacecraft rehearsals in which they intentionally throw problems at us to see how well we cope. Even if it's "fake," it can still feel like this! Wow, work yesterday. It was jam packed and busy and worthwhile and I loved it, but it was LONG. So I took it easy after work and did some light yoga and mostly just made sure I took care of my back. I did cave and eat an ice cream bar that was provided to us, but I also had homemade chocolate chip cookies staring at me ALL DAY LONG so you know what, I'll call it a win overall. Debating on what I'll do today. I haven't contributed anything into Super Speed yet for the mini and today is my last day for Week 3 to do so (though I still have Sunday to make it count for my challenge) since I have fencing tomorrow, BUT my gym is going to be closed all weekend, too. I do have a 24 Hour membership I could make good use out of to make up for this, though I hate seeing it as a reason to keep that damn thing instead of ditching it altogether. Bah. We'll see how I feel after work. Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING 1/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING 3/5 back stretches per week 3/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING 5/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING 1.5/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE 74/240 minutes of piano practice over four weeks
  2. Day 17 If I could just learn how to take, I can avoid something like this happening. UTENA LEARN HOW TO TAKE. Another good productive day at work, and got a scheduling problem resolved which made me happy. Very soon hopefully, we'll be training up more people for the job since while we can make do with what we have right now, we're at the minimum. But we'll see! Fencing in the evening, though I got there just early enough to be invited to warm-up with the children's class and uh. Well. Warming up with children is seriously the #1 most effective way to warm-up, but I also suspect that the teacher might have an intense warm-up so that the hyperactive kids would be less hyperactive when he's actually trying to teach them? Anyhow, it was maybe too effective at warming up since while we were working on takes, my footwork fell to shit, and it was the most frustrating thing, argh. Once we started fencing, though, it was better all around. I think my heart is falling more and more for epee, but I could just be pulling a Christine Daae and just falling for whatever weapon is currently singing to me (aka, whatever weapon we've spent at least 2 classes in a row working on). Question is, which weapon is my Raoul and which weapon is my Phantom? ... this metaphor worked a lot better in my head. MOVING ON. But I am starting to figure out how to fence during a bout rather than just wildly swinging my sword around hoping I get a point and/or hoping I'm parrying effectively. I'm definitely thinking more about strategy now. But, I also need to spend some time working on my takes because I just. I don't know. I'm not getting it yet. :/ Anyhow, not called to rehearsal tonight (just the men ensemble since they have a lot more music than the female ensemble does), but I'm going to have a LONG day at work, so hopefully I won't be so fatigued that I can't lift. All else fails, I'll definitely at least take some time to work on some yoga at home. Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING 1/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING 2/5 back stretches per week 2/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING 4/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING 1.5/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE 74/240 minutes of piano practice over four weeks
  3. Most of the tango is absolutely fine, it's just the layout that's bothering me since it's basically a backbend: Something like this, except with the lead's arms around the follow's waist. I mean, once when we did it my partner wasn't as fatigued so he was able to support me just fine, so I didn't feel my back, but as he started to fade after 3+ hours of dancing I lost the support so I could bend back as far. On Tuesday I think we're revisiting this so hopefully he'll be feeling better, as will my back!!
  4. Day 16 Weeeee, ballroom dance day~ Work was productive and busy, even with the couple of fires to put out, one of course happening just as I was getting ready to leave for rehearsal. ;;; Luckily, it got resolved before I reached the point of having to text my stage manager that I might be late, and then: rehearsal times! Which. Was. Awesome. We spent most of the time learning a tango dance, and my partner was my good friend D who is playing Che, and damn, he made me look so good I was one of the 8 who were called to stay behind after to continue working the dance so the choreographers could get a good idea of how to do that particular scene. It's not a guarantee that I'll be in the scene since the stage is small and 4 couples is the MAX they can have, but it does mean I'm one of the top contenders for it, and it puts me exactly in the position I want to be in: in high considerations for being one of the primary dancers of the show. Which I realized last night: that's what I most want. I guess I don't hate dance after all, I just hate dance classes. Whomp whomp. But the work I put into learning tango and how to shake my hips as required for Latin dance definitely showed through, so woo! Though one of the moves in the extended tango dance that we learned after the rest of the ensemble was sent home, the layout, was not great on my back. ;;;;; Oh man, though, once my back gets healed, I will rock that move so hard, yo. Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING 1/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING 2/5 back stretches per week 2/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING 4/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING 1.5/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE 74/240 minutes of piano practice over four weeks
  5. Yes. That's what I love most about this theatre company, I think. We're all so supportive of each other, and they're definitely the people in my life who never stop believing in me for anything, and they're always gently encouraging me and pushing me to do more than I think I can do.
  6. Day 15 Just trying to be cool, nbd Did not manage to get to the gym yesterday, though I did take about a 30 minute walk and then after rehearsal took some time for much needed back conditioning (and throughout rehearsal too, because OW sitting for 4 hours, even with random stand/walk breaks!) because so much pain, I could not. Rehearsal itself was fun, if a bit....... scary. Upon discovering my range, I was put into the Stratospheric Soprano Trio (or Team Stratosphere, as we're calling ourselves) which I'm just like...... WHAT. Seriously, the conversation: Music Director: "Who can sing a high D?" Me: "Er....... if I warm up to it I kind of can." MD: "AWESOME, you're one of the high sopranos." Me: "......................... BUT I'M NOT WARMED UP TO IT." Surprise to me, though, I'm the asshole soprano who is singing a third ABOVE that note, what the hell, self. And when I try to to adjust to sing the actual note, I wind up singing a third BELOW it (which fortunately the third person of the Stratospheric Soprano Trio is singing, so I'm not technically wrong). So I mean. This is where I ought to be since my range has gotten pretty crazy awesome the past year+ of working on it, but wow. Crazy to think that just two years ago this was something far, FAR beyond my reach. Still, the three of us have determined that once we start blocking any song in which we are singing stupid high, we are not allowed to be more than a few feet away from each other. Attached to the hip if we can help it. We will petition the crap out of our director and choreographer if we have to, gdi. (Also, our notes in the sections of ledger lines in our individual scores are pretty hilarious across the board. We're all so abusive to ourselves. ) Buuuuuuut warming up before rehearsal: no longer just a good idea, but mandatory. That my boyfriend is the powerhouse high tenor of the ensemble is to my benefit; we can keep each other accountable on this since he's singing at the very top of his range, too. ;;;;;;;;; THE MUSIC FOR EVITA IS HARD GUYS OKAY. Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING 0/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING 1/5 back stretches per week 1/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING 4/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING 1.5/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE 74/240 minutes of piano practice over four weeks
  7. And oh man, I'm not even half as busy as I'm about to get! But it's really all about just taking things one day at a time, do what I can, etc. Yeah, and then later I discovered that my Xbox doesn't even want to play the DA:O disc. Alas. I think the 360 is on its deathbed anyway, which means I have to buy the games for the PC or wait and see if they make the games backwards compatible for the Xbox One. Mass Effect is, I know that much, but I haven't looked up to see if they've done it with the DA games yet. But then, for all I know, the discs themselves might be messed up, idk. Experimentation this weekend, methinks!! Thanks~
  8. Days 10-14 & Week 2 Recap Almost started falling behind. Kind of am behind. Week 3 is catch-up times! Wow, five days worth of catch-up to do. Okay, let's do this. Wednesday: Fencing class in which I got there super early, as did one of my classmates (her husband and kid were doing open fencing), so we took the 20 minutes we had prior to class warming up. Class was another foil day in which J, our instructor, taught us some foil strategies. Even if I didn't win a single bout, I'm totally getting the hang of foil, and I'm having a lot of fun with the mental game of determining right-of-way (even if my brain-to-sword reaction time isn't quite there yet, and/or I'm spending too much time thinking instead of doing). I also found out Wednesday night that after this month, there won't be anymore Saturday morning fencing classes until September, and August is when they take off of group classes (through private lessons and open fencing is still an option), which means I'm having to adjust my summer fencing schedule a bit. Thursday: Lethargy totally got the best of me on Thursday, plus I was in hardcore writing and coding mode on top of that. So........ nothing got done. Whomp whomp. Friday: Dentist appointment, and I got a steady run in, so yay. And the dentist appointment wasn't so bad, so that's wonderful news, too. Played some DA:O through the afternoon/evening. Can't say I did a lot outside of that. Saturday: Morning started with fencing class in which we did epee, and man, I am better at epee than foil by far so far, which stands to reason as most people tend to be pretty good at epee, I'm thinking, since there are no right-of-way rules to have to worry about. After class, I got signed up for the remainder of the Wednesday session at a prorated rate, so I start regular Wednesday fencing this week, yay! Once I got home, I decided to work on some coding and writing outside since it was such a beautiful day, but my allergies start to get the best of me so I wound up napping indoors the majority of the afternoon. ;;; The evening was spent watching Reborn and poking some more at coding adventures. Sunday: Well, this was definitely my "eat like an asshole" day. We had a belated Mother's Day brunch, and then right after I went to the first rehearsal for Evita. All the food, omg, I could not help myself. ;;;;;;; After rehearsal, I got home and practiced the piano for the first time in DAYS, and I'm surprised at how little I slid back on it. I did decide that I wasn't going to deal with the key change portion of the song because 6 flats I CANNOT. G-flat major, go awayyyyyyyyyy. Then after dinner, since my DA:O save files are somehow now corrupt and I didn't feel like going through the Landsmeet and all the DLC again, I started up a new DA2 game ahahahaha. Also sitting through the read-through on Sunday on uncomfortable chairs did not do my back any favors, ow. I have to remember to get up on my feet throughout music rehearsal tonight. ;;; Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING: A 2/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING: A 5/5 back stretches per week 5/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING 4/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING 1.5/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE 74/240 minutes of piano practice over four weeks Week 3: I need to finish cleaning up the living room. I also plan on tackling the bedroom and office this week. Lots of cleaning to do in my spare time! I also need to catch up on my piano practice, eep, but good thing is: I'm still on target with my snacking. And since my days are starting to pick up in busy-ness, my Week 3 Plan: Monday: Maybe running if I can get to the gym, otherwise rest day because rehearsal tonight Tuesday: Dance at rehearsal Wednesday: Fencing! Thursday: Lifting after work Friday: Rest day Saturday: Fencing! Sunday: TBD
  9. Day 09 So much over the gloomy weather Not a lot going on at work yesterday, which was just fine by me. I wound up doing quite a bit of writing which was strangely kind of nice. I missed writing. In the afternoon, I went to the gym, though others are starting to catch on that going right after the lunch rush is a good time to go because no one else will be there...... which means there are now people there. I almost wasn't able to bench press because of it. But it wasn't all bad -- a gym bro complimented me on my squats in the "look at how much you lift" way. Granted, this guy was a "skips legs day" guy, but still, gym bro cred. Flexibility was kind of rough if only because my body was ready to quit by the time I got there, but I did it, gdi. I think the weather put my body in a lethargic mood that not even lifting could help with. After work, I did some grocery shopping but didn't do much else for my challenge. I almost didn't do the second half of my back conditioning, but just before bed I remembered to put on IcyHot since my back was bothering me. That's kind of the name of the game these days; the pain isn't really there anymore, but the discomfort persists. Does this mean that it's finally getting closer to being healed? I can only hope........... (Also, and I blame the weather for this too, I thought about giving in and allowing myself a non-freggie/non-protein snack several times over the course of the day. I've also been craving a chocolate chip cookie for the past couple of days. I mean, I'm doing well enough in the challenge that I could have caved, but I'm also proud of myself for not. I'd rather save my non-freggie/non-protein snacks for something awesome.) Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING 1/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING 2/5 back stretches per week 2/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING 0/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING 1.5/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE 64/240 minutes of piano practice over four weeks
  10. Day 08 What my morning was more or less like Work kept me pretty busy, even if a lot of that was twiddling my thumbs waiting for the test conductor to tell me to do things. Finally, after lunch, I was free to move about and do other things, and there was plenty to do. After work, I went to the gym and hit the treadmill for some speed training and finished off with ~15 minutes of working through footwork exercises and some drills from Saturday's fencing class. I'm still having a bit of trouble with "thrust first, then step" but the more I work on it, the closer I get to getting it. Did some stretches and back conditioning to finish up the session. At home, I cleaned the dining room area, practiced the piano, and then took an Epsom salt bath (though I can't say it was relaxing, because I was looking forward to having my first bath in my freshly scrubbed down bathtub only to find that my boyfriend had taken a bath at some point and did not clean up after, so I had to deal with the remains of HIS bath, so yeah, grossed out and I was crying about how I hate living with boys, sigh). Played more DA:O before settling into bed. Good day, overall! Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING 1/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING 1/5 back stretches per week 1/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING 0/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING 1.5/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE 64/240 minutes of piano practice over four weeks
  11. I may wear those pants for one of our activity rehearsals tomorrow. I've only done foil and epee so far, and I still can't choose between the two which I like more. Reffing foil is a giant pain since I have a hard time keeping track of right-of-way, but the right-of-way rules is much easier to follow when you're the one actually doing the fencing and I actually enjoy that aspect of foil a lot. Although I do like the more combative nature of epee -- just get the hit in, it doesn't matter where. Eventually I'm sure I'll get a chance to experience saber, then I'll hopefully have a better idea of what I like! Spirited Away is one of my favorite Miyazaki films, definitely! This anime is Revolutionary Girl Utena, which I do recommend for the reasons we've stated previously in the thread: it's pretty, metaphorical, deconstructs its genre(s), etc. The characters, even (most of) the ones who seem terrible, are very well-rounded and flawed human beings, and while you may not still like them after you learn about their complicated natures, you can still pity them or at least appreciate that they are not just caricatures, bad to be bad, what have you. It really is a wonderful show. Just avoid the movie (Adolescence of Utena).
  12. Short version or long version? Short version: I'd been going off and on fitness for years, starting from about when I aged out of drum corps at the age of 21. I would train for a half marathon or a marathon, complete said race, and then just.......... not work out for months before I would get the kick in the pants to DO something again. Battling mental illness didn't help matters, especially as the untreated depression got worse and worse and worse. Finally, when I was on an upswing, @starsapart introduced me to NF just as my commitment to getting back into running (and as per the course, I had signed up for a half marathon as my motivation) was starting to waver again. Then a bunch of things started falling into place the more active I got on the forums: I learned to love strength training where in the past I'd always find reasons not to do it, I committed myself to want to learn how to dance, I found myself not only needing but desiring more flexibility, (both of those points for the purposes of being a successful musical theatre actress) until finally I found where I think I'd be the happiest in the fitness world just a couple of months ago: sword fighting. I don't race nearly as frequently as I used to or intended to, but I don't need to. I'm content with where I'm at, more than I'd ever been, and I think I'm finally learning how to love my body for what it is. I did lament for a little while upon realizing that I enjoyed fighting more than dancing and how this is basically screwing me over as an actress but then I realized: not really. If I continued the path of dancing, I'd be little different than any other actress in the Denver theatre community. That I'm falling more and more in love with fencing and how I am INTENT on continuing my stage combat education -- while there aren't nearly as many opportunities for actresses who fight versus actresses who dance, I'll have a leg up when the opportunities arise for an actress who know how to handle a sword, and they do come up every so often. Honestly, I'll have a better chance with those rare opportunities than I would with the common musical theatre production even if I became an amazing dancer, which makes me all the more gung-ho about continuing my swordfighting pursuits.
  13. #firstworldvideogamerproblems??? Yep!! I wish I could say that I'll be using the same sort of thing for next challenge, but I'll be so busy that grab bag will be the only thing I can do for myself in order to stay involved with NF while not losing my sanity. But at least I know how to do my challenge after that! I think probably one of my problems this year with designing a challenge was that I was still approaching it like a 6-week challenge which apparently doesn't necessarily equate to a good 4-week challenge format. Plus, I think I was trying to overcomplicate things, doing too much, etc. I'm not exactly sure what it was, but this format, I like! Thanks!!
  14. Day 07 & Week 1 Recap Week 1 down, 3 more to go I played Dragon Age all day. I REGRET NOTHING. Though I am a bit disappointed that the elves in the Alienage don't have a lot of unique dialogue for a Dalish elf waltzing into the place, even/especially considering their opinions of the Dalish. Ah well. Now to get through the Landsmeet, wrap up all the side quests (thank goodness Origins isn't so hard and heavy with the side quests like Inquisition, omg), and then beat the game......... and then play Awakening and rage. I wonder if Velanna will be more tolerable with Mahariel than she is otherwise? I doubt it. I may turn out to want to punt her off a cliff MORE with a Dalish Warden than with any of my other Wardens. ;;;;;;; Anyway, tidied up the last bit of the bathrooms, so that's done! This week will be focused on the living/dining room area. I also need a new vacuum cleaner, sigh............ Looking back on the week, I think I did a good job at creating a challenge that is exactly what I needed it to be. It's not too easy and yet not too complicated or challenge, and it's hitting everything I need it to. Time to keep going forward with it! Cardio days are planned for today (Monday) and Thursday, strength training tomorrow and probably Friday depending on how my dentist appointment goes (for so many reasons, I'm worried about it), and fencing on Wednesday (for my second of two make-up classes) and on Saturday. It's also going to be a pretty easy week for me with not a lot going on in my life, which is good, because I desperately need this final breather before rehearsals for Evita start on Sunday!! Scorecard: QUEST ONE: ENDURANCE TRAINING - A! 2/2 cardio days per week QUEST TWO: BACK CONDITIONING - A! 5/5 back stretches per week 5/5 back massage/foam rolling/heat therapy per week QUEST THREE: SMART SNACKING - A! 0/8 non-freggie/non-protein snacks over four weeks LIFE QUEST: SPRING CLEANING - A! 1/4 areas of apartment cleaned over four weeks SIDE QUEST: PIANO PRACTICE - B! 51/240 minutes of piano practice over four week
  15. You........ got full? Achievement unlocked???????
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