kcaleece

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  1. Not permanently, mind you! Not yet, at least. But we only have 90-ish days until we're in Mexico! We're staying down there for about 3.5 weeks, most likely from June 11-July 3, though dates are subject to change based on when the airline tickets go through - we have to work with customer service directly because we're required to buy a ticket for my son but he won't have an actual seat since he'll be riding on our laps. That young toddler age range gets kinda weird on international flights because they're not "children" yet (defined by the airlines as being "at least 2 years old" - he'll be 19 months old on this trip) but he's also way too big to take in a carseat like we would if he was still an infant. Anyway, so I'm working on preparing for that trip, the end of the school year, (hopefully) a new job, and also keeping an eye on our longer term goals of earning my Spanish teaching license, graduating with my MA, and having a second baby! I've made okay progress, but I'm also a bit further behind on some things than I'd like and occasionally still have to fight off feelings of defeat and despair. As long as I keep my focus and rely on my Legolas for some inspiration every once in a while, I'll get there though. Eventually. (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...) So with no further ado...my quests for this challenge! Quest One: Get Moving. No, Really. Don't Disappoint Your Inner Elf. Yeah, this has been awful. As in, really terrible. I don't think I've managed to really succeed at a fitness quest since before my son was born. For this one, I'm drawing on my longtime emotional crutch - my LotR self-insert fanfic. *cough cough don't judge me you all probably do similar things sometimes* I've been working on this one for...Lord, a little more than 20 years now and no, that's not an exaggeration. I had a really shitty childhood and imagining I was an Elf running around with Legolas (with a few breaks once in a while to run around as a Jedi with Kenobi, my second love) was the only thing that got me through. My Elvish self is named Arwen. Yeah, yeah, I know. I was somewhere around 10 when I started this story, okay? By now she's basically a part of my identity, so while I recognize the cringe factor, her name simply ain't changing. Anyway, so my Arwen is actually a swordswoman living in exile, so she's basically constantly on the move; even when she's not actively running around doing crazy adventure stuff, she's sparring and training to stay in top shape so she doesn't die. With her in mind as my motivation to get my butt moving, I'm going to aim to be active in one way, shape, or form at least 80% of the days of this challenge. While I'm not setting any specific goals other than "move 80% of days" (which is 28 days, btw, since I'll start tomorrow), I'm going to try to think about this in a few categories: 1. Distance - Arwen covers massive amounts of distance nearly every day. I can use anything that covers a large distance for this quest, be it walking, running, biking, or another one I can't think of right now 2. Agility/explosiveness - Arwen's speed and agility are her main weapons. Jumps, side steps, and other such activities totally would work here 3. Flexibility/body control - Arwen may not be doing yoga, but she has a massive amount of body control. She always moves precisely what/where/how she needs or wants to. Flexibility is a major problem for me personally, so I'm including it here. Range of motion or gymnastics type activities would fit here (admittedly, there is some overlap with many agility exercises. I'm not pretending this is an exact science.) 4. Strength - She can't completely ignore her strength, of course. A lot of things in her life depend on her being strong enough to generate the kinds of power and agility she needs. For this, I'm thinking some form of bodyweight exercises. In an ideal world, I'd like to say I'd split up my 28 days evenly at 7 each. At this point, I'm just going with "don't forget any one category too badly". I'm also not setting a minimum time or anything like that. Literally just one thing counts at this point. I'm in bad need of a win. Quest Two: My Worst Enemy Is Still Sugar I'm doing better on this though! Kinda. I'm going to go ahead and move up my "deadline" for lack of a better word and say I can only eat dessert between 1:30 and 9:30. 1:30 shouldn't be a big deal most days - the 12:30 time last challenge was just slightly after my lunch break ended anyway, so a lot of days I got used to skipping dessert after lunch anyway. Weekends should be the only days where that matters too much. And this week, since it's Spring Break. I'm also going for 4 days with no dessert at all. I made 3 last challenge and 4 the challenge before that, so I know I can do it! (Arwen loves apples. Maybe I should eat more apples...) Quest Three: School - Grad School, Teaching, and Language 1. So this challenge actually takes me *almost* to the end of my first grad class! I was unaware that MSU got out so early, but they're done at the end of April. I have a 100% in class right now and while I'd really love to keep it that way, I'll be happy as long as I keep my grad class' grade at anything above a 94% (which is the top grade category for my program and goes on my transcript the same as a 100% would anyway). The second half of class starts tomorrow morning and honestly it looks harder than the first half did, but I know I'm more than capable of doing it! 2. I also need to keep up with the job applications to find a not-shitty job for next school year. I'm willing to bet I'm not going to get anything amazing, at least partly because I haven't seen any of those posted yet, but I at least want something that won't make me pull my hair out and consider jumping out the window on a daily basis anymore. This can be questionable because it's highly dependent on what goes up, but hiring season should really start picking up steam here in a week or two once most local districts are done with their Spring Breaks, so I'm going for at least 20 more applications and at least 1 more interview? I'd like to think I'll get more than that but I can't really set goals that other people control... 3. Ah, Spanish. My current love-hate relationship. I'm going to try to make this a little bit easy on myself. I'm going with 1 word and 1 sentence per day (34 total each) - sentences to be ones that are likely to be either on the licensure test or useable in my life either at school or in Mexico. I'm also going to set slightly more flexible goals with 5 podcast episodes for listening practice, 2 hours speaking practice either with my husband or my online tutors, 15 pages of reading either in a novel or articles, and 5 practice writings (at least 150 words each). Quest Four: Self-Care Expanding this a slight bit. I'm going to keep the manicure goal (5 manicures this time, at least 1 stamped, maybe at least 1 gradient? I'll have to look at my colors and see if I have any good options for that one already, since I'm out of hobby money for the month already.) But I also want to aim for at least 80% compliance with my doctor recommended daily supplements I tend to forget and also 80% compliance of a personal daily task I've been really awful about for no good reason. Quest Five: The Odds and Ends Picking a couple simple ones this time, since I have a good amount of stuff set already!! 1. get those seeds started already!! 2. put the baby's 6-9 month clothes away (already have the container, just need to sort them) 3. Finish the new book I've been reading (The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier - so far I'd give it a 3.75 out of 5) 4. Backup at least 1 month of baby pictures (right now a huge majority of them only exist on my phone)
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    In Which KCAleece Prepares to Flee the Country

    I'm really hoping so! Honestly I was super impressed with what they were saying. I know all too well how easy it is to make something sound better than it is in a 60 minute interview - that's a huge part of what happened to get me into my current position - but some of their comments were pretty encouraging, like how they don't allow outside flexible seating option (both against local fire code and also a perfect mouse habitat) but they've considered that some teachers like that so they actually have built in 2-5 flexible seating options in each classrooms if the teachers want to use them. They seem genuinely collaborative in that way, which is depressingly hard to find even in good districts. I'm trying not to count my chickens before they hatch and all that though...they did respond to my thank you e-mail, which I always feel is a good sign, and said they were hoping to make their staffing decisions "soon". We'll have to see! Official countdowns: 44 school days left 81 days left until we go to Mexico I haven't done much, honestly, because I've been home sick. Haven't been going to work, slept something like an extra 8 hours yesterday, my husband debated taking me to the hospital (because he's a worrywart - it's like urgent care level hahaha) type sick. I'm on the upswing but there's still a lot of "up" left to go too. Quest One: Get Moving. No, Really. Don't Disappoint Your Inner Elf. I'm giving myself lots of leeway here. I feel like the last two days are a "wash" in that no, I didn't do anything, but I have a super valid reason - I think they're just going to go away. The hubby is starting to feel sick (gotta make the house rounds, I suppose) but we got to play in the backyard a bit this afternoon with the baby, so I'm "counting" that. Not as a workout, because it really wasn't, but enough for me to feel less bad about deleting these last couple days from the challenge. Days active: 5 Categories: Distance - 2 walks Agility/explosiveness - 1 workout Flexibility/body control - 1 workout Strength - 2 workouts Quest Two: My Worst Enemy Is Still Sugar Up to 2 days with no dessert at all, much helped by sickness! My addiction is bad enough that I still wanted to eat dessert yesterday, but restrained myself and I think my stomach was better off for it hahaha. Quest Three: School - Grad School, Teaching, and Language Grad class: Module 5 (due March 24) Haven't done anything for this at all. I feel like I'm super behind, even though I'm not. Same story for interviews and applications. I still have 7 words and 7 sentences on my study list. Did get to 2 podcast episodes at least! Plus the 1 practice writing. Still at 0 hours speaking practice either with my husband or my online tutors and 0 pages of reading either in a novel or articles Quest Four: Self-Care Technically I have 3 manicures done now, but I've been meaning to do a new one for the last two days now. Maybe tomorrow.I also have done 10 days of taking my doctor recommended daily supplements I'm pretty sure. And...I'm pretty sure 7 days of a personal task? Honestly going to kinda forgive this one a little bit - I don't have nearly as good of an excuse for not doing this one as I do for not exercising, because this is totally something that *can* be done while sick, but I'm giving myself leeway for the "pushing myself is hard" factor. Quest Five: The Odds and Ends 1. get those seeds started - the first seedlings appeared today! YAY! Of course it was the cauliflower LOL. But all the seed packets say 7-14 days to germination and today is day 6, so the rest of them have time to catch up 3. Finish 3 books and make a toddler busy book page for the airplane = Still haven't bothered to finish book #3 (that alone tells you something about how good it is...) but I did manage to pick up a few busy book making supplies while dragging myself through WalMart for more medication. Sadly all I got was like the decoration stuff (foam letters, pompoms, etc.) because they only had the crappy flimsy felt, so I still can't start actually working on it yet.
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    Redgrill18 Round Three

    Enjoy the gardening! I'm getting mine started this challenge too and it's been a bit of an adventure already hahaha. It's so nice to dream of fresh produce though!
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    In Which KCAleece Prepares to Flee the Country

    That's certainly fair! Apparently my husband always does them with his legs bent, because he looked at me like I was crazy when I said you were supposed to work on keeping your knees straight hahaha. I wasn't exaggerating when I said my hamstrings have the flexibility of concrete, because I can't even sit on the floor with my legs out straight. If I do, I'm either leaning back on something (my hands, a wall, etc.) or am in pain. So my legs were definitely a little bit bent but bending them a touch more would certainly make it much easier. Official countdowns: 46 school days left 83 days left until we go to Mexico Quest One: Get Moving. No, Really. Don't Disappoint Your Inner Elf. Failed here again. Starting to get a little irritated with failing several days in a row, but interview prep and sick ate up every last bit of my time and energy. Days active: 5 Categories: Distance - 2 walks Agility/explosiveness - 1 workout Flexibility/body control - 1 workout Strength - 2 workouts Quest Two: My Worst Enemy Is Still Sugar Still have 1 day with no dessert at all. Quest Three: School - Grad School, Teaching, and Language Grad class: Module 5 (due March 24) 1. an 80 question exam - Still have 13 left for closer review. 2. a 3 paragraph research paper proposal, thesis statement, and overview of the journal we wish to submit the final paper to (!!!) at the end of class - Definitely leaning towards my vocabulary depth idea now, but need to clarify my thoughts because I can write the proposal. My interview was today! I'm actually feeling really good about it. I've had a few better interviews in my life but that one was definitely up there. And at the end, when I was done asking questions, they responded by explaining all the tech the school has - which I hadn't asked about at all, but had mentioned that I use a lot. It just came across like they were trying to sell me on their school, if that makes sense. Which, in their shoes, I wouldn't do unless I really liked a candidate and was afraid they'd go somewhere else. They're even willing to consider me for a Spanish position, despite the fact I'm not technically licensed yet! They're splitting into two middle schools, so they let me know they have a lot of "varied positions" as they're sorting through teachers and trying to figure out who will be on which campus teaching what; they'll apply my interview towards any of those positions that I'm eligible to teach plus the potential Spanish option. I've not done any more applications yet, but I'll take another look around today probably I have 7 words and 7 sentences on my study list, but I massively need to step this up if I'm to pass the Praxis in July now for a maybe August position start!!! Still at 1 podcast episode and 1 practice writing. Still at 0 hours speaking practice either with my husband or my online tutors and 0 pages of reading either in a novel or articles Quest Four: Self-Care Technically I have 3 manicures done now, but the interview one I did this morning was super hurried and messy as heck, so it massively needs to be redone. Here's what my St. Patrick's manicure looked like though: The green base color is so light in the bottle that it almost looks more yellow than green. But it dried into this nice medium grass green! I like the dried color a lot - it's almost an exact match to my eye color, actually - but it did make my shamrocks really hard to see since there wasn't nearly as much contrast as I thought there was going to be.I also have done 8 days of taking my doctor recommended daily supplements and...I'm pretty sure just 6 days of a personal task still. Quest Five: The Odds and Ends 3. Finish 3 books and make a toddler busy book page for the airplane = Didn't finish the 3rd book in time to turn it in today, but oh well. I technically have it for like a week more, I'll just have to find another excuse to be in that part of town, sigh. I did look up some busy book patterns yesterday though - just have to decide which one to do first and go get supplies!
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    In Which KCAleece Prepares to Flee the Country

    I will get pictures posted for sure, since you asked Nice timing too, because it's going to have to come off tonight...I have a picture taken, just need to get my phone connected to a more stable internet connection so I can upload it! Official countdowns: 47 school days left 84 days left until we go to Mexico Quest One: Get Moving. No, Really. Don't Disappoint Your Inner Elf. Yesterday I failed at this due to sick. I was completely wiped out after returning to work and felt like I could barely stand up, much less do any kind of workout. Days active: 5 Categories: Distance - 2 walks Agility/explosiveness - 1 workout Flexibility/body control - 1 workout Strength - 2 workouts Quest Two: My Worst Enemy Is Still Sugar Still have 1 day with no dessert at all. Quest Three: School - Grad School, Teaching, and Language Grad class: Module 5 (due March 24) 1. an 80 question exam - All 80 questions done; worked on confirmations yesterday and now have 13 left for closer review. 2. a 3 paragraph research paper proposal, thesis statement, and overview of the journal we wish to submit the final paper to (!!!) at the end of class - I read the first reference I found for my main ("best"?) idea, but I'm as of yet unconvinced. Holy cow though ya'll...I got a call late yesterday afternoon for another interview...tomorrow morning. That's about a 36 hour turnaround, which wouldn't be so bad except they also expect a sample unit plan and lesson - to be actually taught to a panel of 5 interviewers while I'm there! It's not unheard of, but is uncommon, and I've never taught any of the focus subjects before so I don't even have prior work to pull on. So there's a LOT of work to do before then! But I did also do 6 more applications yesterday for a current total of 17 for the challenge, 91 total. I failed at Spanish yesterday and still only have 6 words and 6 sentences. I'm doing better at those entries but haven't added new ones. I did a little bit more here yesterday though, so I've now finished 1 podcast episode and 1 practice writing. Still at 0 hours speaking practice either with my husband or my online tutors and 0 pages of reading either in a novel or articles Quest Four: Self-Care I'm currently at 2 manicures! but will be replacing the shamrocks with my interview polish tonight. I might count that or I might not, since it's the same polish I've worn like 3 or 4 times so far for these purposes and it's nothing fancy (no art or anything, just the plain color).I also have done 7 days of taking my doctor recommended daily supplements and 6 days of a personal daily task - kinda proud of myself for getting these done yesterday despite my illness! Quest Five: The Odds and Ends Slight change of plans again: 1. get those seeds started was going to be replaced with watching at least 7 videos about gardening. I'm going to drop this to 5 (from the conference or not) and add on a task 5 at the bottom... 3. Finish 3 books and make a toddler busy book page for the airplane = I made a little more progress in my third book last night, though not very much. Ideally, I'd love to get this done by tomorrow because it's a library book from the county this interview will be in (but I don't actually live in anymore, so books are occasionally late because it's a pain to drive 30 minutes just to return a library book). 5. research teaching license issues = So I live on a state line - in case you haven't figured it out yet, the KC in my screen name is Kansas City The city straddles the border between Kansas and Missouri, so you have to worry about both states when you live here. For example, I live in Missouri but am only licensed to teach in Kansas. I need to 1) figure out how to transfer my license to Missouri so I have more options for jobs (I've been applying in both states, since everyone here knows the drill anyway, but I do need to get it officially transferred) and 2) figure out how to renew my Kansas license since it expires later this year. Really and truly I should say "get teaching license issues processing, at least" but man, the states are kinda pains in my butt and make it way more complicated than it should have to be, so I'm going to settle for "figure out what they want me to do" right now.
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    Walk to Mordor and Back Again (2019)

    Okay, count me in! I was using LotR to motivate a distance quest anyway, and I've been really tempted lately by the idea of thru-hiking a trail...
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    In Which KCAleece Prepares to Flee the Country

    Feeling just slightly concerned about everything that's in front of me this quarter...but small steps reach the goal in the end, right? I finally have official countdowns as of this morning, thanks to my district finally making their end of school announcements! 48 school days left until I can leave this pit of misery for good (and hopefully have something else lined up...) 85 days left until we go to Mexico Quest One: Get Moving. No, Really. Don't Disappoint Your Inner Elf. So I tried to look up good exercises for body control and one I saw on a few hits was the bear crawl, specifically with focusing on moving opposite sides together (for example, the right hand + left leg). So I did a couple practice rounds up and down my kitchen yesterday - it's a very long kitchen, if I remember correctly from buying this place last year I think it's a little over 20 feet long - and the whole opposite sides thing wasn't the problem. The biggest difficulty was my hamstrings, which have the flexibility of concrete blocks. Still, since I put flexibility and body control in one category, I say it counts! Days active: 5 Categories: Distance - 2 walks Agility/explosiveness - 1 workout Flexibility/body control - 1 workout Strength - 2 workouts Quest Two: My Worst Enemy Is Still Sugar Still have 1 day with no dessert at all. Quest Three: School - Grad School, Teaching, and Language Grad class: Module 5 (due March 24) 1. an 80 question exam - All 80 questions done, with 1 more confirmed, leaving 16 for closer review. 2. a 3 paragraph research paper proposal, thesis statement, and overview of the journal we wish to submit the final paper to (!!!) at the end of class - topics/questions narrowed down to 2 main ones with a couple different sub-possibilities. I've also printed the first reference I found for topic #1 and started reading/highlighting. No more interviews yet, but I did do 2 more applications yesterday for a current total of 11. I'm at 85 total applications with 71 possibly still open (meaning I haven't heard anything at all yet, though many of those are older and probably down/filled with no response given at all). I caught up list-wise on my daily Spanish at least with 6 words and 6 sentences listed for practice, but I haven't mastered the new ones yet. I got tired of all zeros here though, so I've now finished 1 podcast episode for listening practice. Still at 0 hours speaking practice either with my husband or my online tutors, 0 pages of reading either in a novel or articles, and 0 practice writings though Quest Four: Self-Care I'm currently at 2 manicures! but it will likely be three soon just because I can't wear shamrocks all week without feeling stupid, hahaha.I also have done 6 days of taking my doctor recommended daily supplements and 5 days of a personal daily task. Quest Five: The Odds and Ends Okay, this section of the challenge are getting overhauled: 1. get those seeds started = is done; will be replaced with watching at least 7 videos about gardening (I signed up for a free online gardening conference that's happening this week, so I have lots to choose from!) Unsure what it will become after this week if I watch at least one presenter all 7 days. 2. baby clothing = haven't started, this one will stay as is 3. Finish The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier - is done, plus 1.5 more books. I will finish the second half of that third book and then replace with making a toddler busy book for the airplane. Starting that goal at one page made since I'm not sure on time required 4. backup baby pictures = has already been overhauled to include all 2018 pictures
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    Echocheanic calms down

    I really like your idea for this challenge! I'm always a little jealous of the simple "just do this thing" type challenges (I've learned the hard way I can't handle the unstructured ones myself - I lose all accountability) but I especially like how the goal even plays into the way you've set it up Following along!
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    Yasha and the badass buzz cut

    Wow, I'm impressed! I've threatened to shave my head for years but have never had the guts to follow through. You pull it off really well Maybe someday I'll be as courageous as you!
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    In Which KCAleece Prepares to Flee the Country

    Hey, look at me finally getting a morning update done in the actual morning! (Okay, it was morning when I started typing this, then I had to go eat breakfast and hang out with the baby for a bit...) Quest One: Get Moving. No, Really. Don't Disappoint Your Inner Elf. Yesterday went a little bit differently than expected, but I did get in some activity. We took the baby to the playground next to the lake, but there wasn't much there. I did a practice bear crawl just to see if I could, but it was so muddy and a few other parents showed up, so when my son started getting tired we just popped him in the stroller and went for a nice walk. It was about 2.5 miles, according to Google Maps. Days active: 4 Categories: Distance - 2 walks Agility/explosiveness - 1 workout Flexibility/body control - none yet Strength - 2 workouts Quest Two: My Worst Enemy Is Still Sugar Still have 1 day with no dessert at all. Quest Three: School - Grad School, Teaching, and Language Grad class: Module 5 (due March 24) 1. an 80 question exam - Okay, so I technically did all 80 questions! But I have 17 marked for closer review, so this is far from done. 2. a 3 paragraph research paper proposal, thesis statement, and overview of the journal we wish to submit the final paper to (!!!) at the end of class - I've made a list of 11 possible questions/topics, and my next goal today is going to be to narrow that down to the top options. No more interviews or applications yet. I failed at Spanish yesterday and still only have 4 words and 4 sentences I'll catch up today though! Still at 0 podcast episodes for listening practice, 0 hours speaking practice either with my husband or my online tutors, 0 pages of reading either in a novel or articles, and 0 practice writings (at least 150 words each) though Quest Four: Self-Care I finished my St. Patrick's Day manicure for a total of 2 manicures! It turned out okay...I did nail vinyls for the first time, which was a good experience. Unfortunately my base color dried much darker than the color you see looking at the bottle, so there's not quite enough contrast between the base and my design which makes it really hard to see what's up unless you get the right light angle. I also have done 5 days of taking my doctor recommended daily supplements and 4 days of a personal daily task. Quest Five: The Odds and Ends 1. get the seeds started - DONE! As of last night, there are now 40 seed starting pots sitting in our back window It's late, it's not a very good setup, etc. etc. etc. but we're trying it anyway dammit!
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    Unlocking The Cage Door

    Awesome goals! What language are you working on in Duolingo, if I may ask? I'm also really intrigued by the idea of "micromeditations"...I may steal that one
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    In Which KCAleece Prepares to Flee the Country

    Okay, so I didn't get to work on grad school stuff yesterday. In fact, I'm counting yesterday as a complete wash and it's just going to go away. I spent very close to the entire day (seriously, probably a solid 90-95% of my day) either at the doctor or in bed because I felt so terrible. Thankfully I'm definitely back on the upswing today! So I'm going to update my progress for Thursday and put a few notes for what's happened so far today (but those won't be in my official count until tomorrow because otherwise I get confused about if I've already counted something or not, hahaha). Quest One: Get Moving. No, Really. Don't Disappoint Your Inner Elf. Thursday involved some quick planks (done during the verses of my son's "Brushing Teeth Song" by Little Baby Bum, so 5 reps of probably 10-20 seconds a pop...should have actually timed that, oops) and some more standing bicycle crunches...I think 15 reps? Man, I really should write this stuff down faster. (Nothing today yet, but I have plans!) Days active: 3 Categories: Distance - 1 walk Agility/explosiveness - 1 workout Flexibility/body control - none yet Strength - 2 workouts Quest Two: My Worst Enemy Is Still Sugar I got 1 day with no dessert at all knocked out on Thursday! It was admittedly helped by the fact I had a very low appetite anyway due to sick, but my husband also helped by asking if I wanted dessert before preparing it and giving me a chance to say no, I was going to stick to my goal for the day. It really helped me not feel pressured to say yes! Quest Three: School - Grad School, Teaching, and Language Grad class: Module 5 (due March 24) 1. an 80 question exam - Didn't get anything done on Thursday (but have done a good bit today!) 2. a 3 paragraph research paper proposal, thesis statement, and overview of the journal we wish to submit the final paper to (!!!) at the end of class - no progress yet No more interviews or applications yet, though I should probably look again today since I only looked once this week and I'm trying to do it at least twice a week. I'm up to 4 words and 4 sentences, and I'm doing better with the one word that was giving me a bit of trouble! I kinda cheated and used a cognate for word #4, but I didn't know it was a cognate before I picked it (I picked it because it's a word I'm using in every single one of my job interviews, so I thought it'd be a good one to have if I was doing any on-topic practice - it just happened to be a cognate when I looked it up). Still at 0 podcast episodes for listening practice, 0 hours speaking practice either with my husband or my online tutors, 0 pages of reading either in a novel or articles, and 0 practice writings (at least 150 words each) though Quest Four: Self-Care Still at 1 manicure but I've started my St. Patrick's Day manicure. Just haven't finished it yet, hahaha. I have the base color down, just not the detail/art level. I also have done 4 days of taking my doctor recommended daily supplements and 3 days of a personal daily task so far (today I have not taken my supplements yet but have done my personal task, yay!) Quest Five: The Odds and Ends 3. Read the things - while I was at the doctor, I started reading Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn Jackson. It's inducing a lot of eye rolling, as frankly most education books do, but I've gotten one good idea out of it so far so I might as well finish. I'm about halfway through and it's short anyway at 205 pages (technically 239 but the final section is just tools and examples to look at) 4. Backup baby pictures - I...think I got July done? We took about a billion pictures in July and I need to double check and make sure I got all of them in both places. I've been thinking about our trip through and I'm definitely going to expand this quest to include all of 2018 pictures. I'm going to need a TON of space on my phone for all the pictures I'm going to take in Mexico!!!