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  1. oromendur

    Ink Slingers - NFers in Oge Mai

    4 Zainga for Water yesterday (Sun 15 Jun), 2 Zainga for Water and 1 Sothai for Air today (Mon 16 Jun), which should cover my seven required element monsters. I also got 1 Spodo, 1 Otpar, 2 Hydnum, and 1 more Sothai for points today. It makes such a difference when there are small monsters available for me to get my required elements
  2. Well, to be honest, if they wanted to be friendly I think they could have done a better job of eating up all the ants coming in! Ugh.
  3. [WEEK 1 UPDATE] This turned out to be a rather difficult week. I lost two days up front in travel, and then didn't have much in the way of energy once I got home -- so I'm afraid I'm starting out more than a little behind on the challenge front this time around. Main quest (The Red Book of Westmarch): I had one really good day of writing, and one or two poor ones, and one or two that were a complete waste (the count varies depending on how generous we want to be with the term "dissertation work"). I've started to get back into my normal patterns, though, and I have hopes that this will improve tremendously in Week 2. I WILL finish Chapter 7 this week, dammit! Quest 1 (Moving fast): PAI score 100 or more done Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, 4/5, overall 4/20. Cardio outings done Thu, Sat, Sun, 3/3, overall 3/12. Total for this quest: 7/8, overall 7/32. As I mentioned earlier, I actually went running on Thursday, for the first time in far more years than I'm willing to try and calculate. My calves were *really* sore after that, though, so I stuck to walking through the canyons on Saturday and Sunday. Not too bad, all things considered! I really have to credit the Doodlie photo hunt for giving me the activation energy necessary to get me out and walking around -- I was able to keep my PAI points high even though I didn't have the energy to go out dancing as I'd planned over the weekend. Maybe I can harness that momentum for some extra points this week? Quest 2 (Moving strong): nothing. Nada. Nichts. Zip. Zero. 0/3, overall 0/12. Anybody else surprised? No? Yeah, me neither Perhaps I can find the energy to force myself to do the quick-and-easy 4HB kettlebell thing this week? Maybe? If not, I'm going to need an awful lot of extra points... Quest 3 (Moving quiet): Morning routine done Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, 5/5, overall 5/20. Stretching done Thu, Fri, Sun, 3/5, overall 3/20, plus one bonus APT session after my walk on Sunday. Quest total 9/10, overall 9/40. I don't really have a good reason that the evening routine proved less reliable than the morning one did; I just sort of forgot about it on my first full day back (Wednesday), and then there was some questionable decisionmaking involving gin on Saturday night. I'm pretty much back in the groove now, though, so it should be OK from here on out. Good thing, as it looks like I'm going to need some extra points... Life quest (Clearing up): Cleaning 0/2, overall 0/8, projects 0/2, overall 0/8, I, um, well, I did put things into Habitica on Sunday, so that's 2 bonus points, so the quest isn't quite a total bust, but it came pretty damned close Quest total 2/4, overall 2/16. Considering how much cleaning it feels like I've done this week (the summer ant infestation, which I am usually able to stay ahead of because I'm at home, really got way out of control while I was gone, so I've been poisoning and wiping and poisoning and vacuuming and poisoning and poisoning and poisoning and they're STILL coming, and I haven't even begun to think about tackling the spiders) it doesn't seem fair that I didn't get any points, but despite all the wiping and vacuuming I didn't manage to do any of the things I said I would do when I typed this up last weekend. Sigh. I think, if the [BLEEP]ing ants will just give up and go find somewhere else to forage in the next day or so, I should be able to get back on track pretty easily this week. Hopefully. We'll see. If at the end of week 2 I'm still really far behind, I may change the number of bonus points I can earn from my Habitica efforts from one to two for each week -- although I didn't complete any of my stated cleaning goals specific to the challenge, I did manage to knock off some unpleasant regular weekly cleaning tasks because I wanted to be able to tick them off in Habitica today (In passing, I have to say that the Habitica user interface makes me feel stabby. Stab stab stabitty stab stab. The only thing that stopped me from giving up in disgust as I have the two previous times I've tried to wrestle with it was the fact that I was desperate for the two challenge points. Grrr. And here I thought the 4TW site was difficult to get my brain around...anyway. Moving on.) Total 18/25, overall 18/100. Like I said, I'm starting out a little behind... Recovery is still possible, but I think I underestimated the impact of requiring things five days per week rather than three days per week on my ability to recover from losses. Ah well, live and learn. Here's hoping everyone else had better luck in Week 1! I have to admit to feeling a little behind...and what on earth could I have done with that silly pocket-handkerchief... "That leaves you just ten minutes. You will have to run,” said Gandalf. “But - , ” said Bilbo. “No time for it,” said the wizard. “But —," said Bilbo again. “No time for that either! Off you go!” (The Hobbit)
  4. oromendur

    Doodlies Unite!

    It is getting to the season in Southern California now where, walking through the canyons behind my house, I can no longer pretend I don't live in a desert. Everything just turns brown and dry under a pitiless sun. I went walking anyway, though, and discovered that there is still some color to be found -- and even some flowers!
  5. oromendur

    Doodlies Unite!

    Although I had sort of assumed I'd get my outing and exercise quests done by dancing this weekend, it turns out that my introverted self has not quite recovered from my trip yet, so I'm staying in. This means I had to go for a walk (shudder). At least I got some nice photos out of the deal
  6. oromendur

    Ink Slingers - NFers in Oge Mai

    Mine looks right. You can add today's haul: 1 Hydnum (my last elusive required monster!), and 3 Sothai (9 pts), 1 Zainga (2 pts), 1 Kenkom (3 pts), 1 Lekhop (3 pts), 1 Fraite (2 pts), and 1 Otpar (1 pt). Yes, I was working on catching up with my Bestiary. Why do you ask? There is a small chance I'll nab a few more little guys today -- I'll let you know if I do. As always, thanks so much to our fearless leader for sorting all of this out, and doing it here on NF where the forums make sense! I have a really hard time finding anything on the 4TW forums, and even when I find the thread I evidently have to read through the whole thing every time and it loads strangely and sometimes doesn't load at all. If you all weren't so active over here, I probably would have given up by now!
  7. oromendur

    Ink Slingers - NFers in Oge Mai

    One Hydnum and one Snowfell for me today (Fri 13 Jul). I will get the last Hydnum tomorrow, I promise... Well, to be fair, it isn't *all* dissertation work. I do my share of stream-of-consciousness journaling to rack up words to beat cute monsters, for sure But it is the dissertation writing that actually matters, so I try pretty hard to do at least some of it every day. Some days are, well, better than others. Yesterday, for example. Yesterday was good. Today? Yeah, I don't much want to talk about today...
  8. oromendur

    Doodlies Unite!

    Garb! All the garb! Taking up all the closet space! From the Viking Age to the Renaissance, from Ireland to Afghanistan and Norway to Egypt and a good selection of the places in between -- whatever you're looking for, I probably got you covered Most of it still fits me, too. Unfortunately I don't get to wear any of it more than once or twice a year these days, but the dissertation won't be forever. (A girl can hope, right?)
  9. oromendur

    Ink Slingers - NFers in Oge Mai

    So, I've been slowly plugging away. I managed two Giant House Oozes yesterday (Wed 11 Jul), and one each of Hydnum, Irise, Sothai, Elobre, and Spodo today (Thur 12 Jul). If I'm counting right, that should bring my total to five of my seven required monsters plus some points here and there. I spent some time counting scribbles this morning, and it looks like my handwritten morning pages tend to yield around 550 words; I pasted in that much Tolkien text at the start of my daily writing session today to knock out the Hydnum and help me build some momentum, and it worked pretty well -- I went on to actually tackle some real dissertation writing for the first time in a while. Using the same tactic I should easily get at least two more Hydnum this week and finish out my seven requirements right on Saturday. Tomorrow I plan to tackle my remaining Writer Untu (Snowfell) to finish that quest and get the cool hat, and then move on to the Magic Untu. I'm about a week and a half behind all you superstars, but I'll get there eventually
  10. I didn't quite come home to an auction, but honestly the mess here isn't far off Me too! More than I should, considering how relatively short the trip was, but it really did wipe me out. Sorry I missed you in London, BTW -- it was a totally unplanned thing and I only spent a total of about six stressful hours in town, or I would totally have hit you up. Welcome, my Lady! Good to see you around! In passing, you might check out this post in the Doodle thread, for something you might find pleasing
  11. Small victories: I WENT FOR A RUN TODAY! I never do that. Ever. Ever EVER. But I set myself this stupid cardio outing quest and I didn't have a lot of time and I needed a LOT of heart rate action* to get my PAI score to 100** and so I dug out an old pair of barefoot-style trail runners and wandered outside with full permission to do as much or as little as I liked. I ended up going about a mile and a quarter. I won't admit anything about how long it took me, but it honestly doesn't matter. What matters is that I ran! For the first time in a LONG time! And I didn't die! Now if I could just manage some sort of similar success on the strength training front... * Doodlie protocol evidently requires me to state that this is not a euphemism ** I didn't quite make it; I foresee a small amount of moderately alcohol-impaired XBOX dance game activity before I go to bed tonight, but we'll just have to see
  12. oromendur

    Doodlies Unite!

    Well, I probably can't help but act as a reflection of my esteemed Waffle Daddy Um, well, I have to admit I usually shift with my right hand. Unless I'm driving in the UK. Or in Malta. Or in Jamaica. Maybe then I'd do it like this. (I've done all three in the course of past adventures, and not a one of them was pretty )
  13. oromendur

    Doodlies Unite!

    Seriously, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've gone running on purpose in the last five years. Today's run was very short and very slow, and my calves are now registering their displeasure, but I didn't die -- and it didn't suck as badly as I feared (nor as much as I remember). I think it counts as exercise
  14. oromendur

    Doodlies Unite!

    Heh. Sorry. Too many undeclared thought-shifts. Here's the retracement: someone who is excited by initial concepts but hates the nuts-and-bolts of execution is generally known as an "idea man," but I'm not a man, and "idea woman" sounds awkward, so I went with "idea girl," but then shifted one concept too far by trying to say it's because I'm a typical idea girl that I didn't even notice the spreadsheet wasn't quite right
  15. oromendur

    Doodlies Unite!

    Something I love: my beautiful harp. (The gorgeous piece of furniture behind it is fairly high on my "I love it" list as well.) Pulling the harp out for this photo reminded me that I don't play very much anymore, which makes me sad. Food for thought in upcoming challenges, perhaps...