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  • Birthday July 7

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    Madison, WI
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  1. Thank you for the prod, @Waanie, @juliebarkley -- it is SO easy to not get on here and document. And time slips on so easily! The kittens are so much less like kittens now! They're just ... small cats, still adorable, but far more able to get into trouble than they were at first. They've been exploring the tops of doors, the bathtub. The top of the bookcase and the bathroom counter aren't even challenges any more. They've destroyed one Da Bird toy, snapping the string to everyone's dismay. For me ... I've made some progress. I've been staying more on top of me
  2. Periodic check in! Successes: Went kayaking over the weekend! Started reading cat books, to better "think like a cat" Made an initial vet appointment for the Hobbits (my nickname for the cats -- the vet may need to be Isengard....) Scheduled a bookcase delivery from Ikea -- I had been procrastinating, trying to save a little money by doing curbside pickup, but that just wasn't happening. Batch cooked a big dish of mac & cheese over the weekend. It may not be healthy, but it's likely healthier than the McDonald's drive thru.... Stumbles: It
  3. Blue, green, red, magenta, purple, my natural dark brown, and my natural gray! The gray is mostly in Doctor Strange streaks over my ears. A friend's kid says I have "dark mermaid" hair. I think of it as pretty cool apocalypse hair. I thought I'd be safe, working from home for the rest of the year, but I've been called back into the office and am sitting with a bunch of executives today....
  4. Just remember -- Q struggled with depression lots, and yet ... he ended up pretty awesome and heroic. Unfortunately, being awesome doesn't always feel so awesome. *hug*
  5. Hi, everybody! Quick introduction -- My name's Zaphine, my big why is finding a healthy lifestyle that I truly enjoy, I'm just over 50, I work at a university in the US midwest, I have "dark mermaid" hair with about 7 different colors in it. Currently watching my way through both ST:TNG and ST:Discovery, just finished reading the new Harry Dresden book. I work with @spezzy sometimes, though I'm not very organized about it. So the past few months, I'd been cruising along, maybe not at HIGH rates of speed, doing pretty well .... and then life yelled "PLOT TWIST" and the wheels f
  6. You were on the verge of dropping trou for half a day at the mall? Adventure!
  7. Heh. Despite the fact that the dates for this challenge are in the header, my brain said said that it was over on the 10th. So I'll keep rocking this through Saturday. But yes, I have been thinking about the next challenge. And in the spirit of "it takes many tiny Legos to build the millennium falcon", I think I'm doing to concentrate on little things. Still figuring out what that might mean, though. Thank you for your thoughts. It can be really helpful to see my life from an outside perspective.
  8. *hug*
  9. Checking in, as this challenge draws to an end. My current status on each of these is in green. Here's what I said I would do: Daily activities (at least 6 days/week) Walk, at least 10 minutes, preferably outside (aiming for >5000 steps/day). Pause to savor the nature. Since the beginning of May, I've met that goal 50% of the time, basically every other week. There have been individual days where I've hit 5,000 steps (and one where I hit 11,000!), but I haven't averaged 5,000 steps in any week. I've taken pictures with my phone, posted pictures of
  10. A question for you all -- who are your druidy role models? I could use some inspiration, both among real and fictional beings.
  11. Memorial Day check in. Here's what I said I would be doing this challenge: Daily activities (at least 6 days/week) Walk, at least 10 minutes, preferably outside (aiming for >5000 steps/day). Pause to savor the nature. Meditate (finishing up the 21 Days of Calm right now, will explore after that) Druid Thang (yoga, Tai Chi, bellydancing -- I multiclass into Bard) Social thang (World of Warcraft with friends, socializing via Zoom/Skype, walk with a socially-distanced buddy, phone call with family) Sing or dance (did I mention that I multiclass i
  12. Or, to make it geekier -- as Wargames said, "the only way to win is not to play."
  13. Martial arts often have a meditational aspect to them as well, given the importance of mental focus and breath. I did 10 minutes of meditation and 14 minutes of tai chi today, and .... it's hard to ignore the similarities between them, the intentionality of what you do with your body and how you breathe. Yeah, @Jean , with Jake Mace's video, I wished that he weren't standing in a stream, so I could see his feet better. It's far too easy to just pay attention to the fancy arm movements, even as the captions on the video said to concentrate on the main body and just let the arms
  14. We had a couple of days of teaser summer weather, but now we're back to rain and cool. My excitement for the day is that I walked through the Jake Mace tai chi 14-minute video that @Jean recommended, my very first tai chi. Some bits of it made sense, some didn't (yet), but I've started to explore! Thank you, @Jean! This weekend, I cleared some room in my house for a slightly bigger, less cramped workspace. This morning, I did the hard work of live chatting with someone at a standing desk company to ask questions -- hey, that's a little intimidating, so it counts as hard work!
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