juliebarkley

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  1. I have been fighting a cold (I think) the last couple of days and have been coughing a lot. I'm glad I got that recording done because I don't think I could do it now. I'm off to my grandmother's for a visit and a family wedding, and I won't be back till the end of next week. I have no internet access while I am there except what I can scavenge at Tim Hortons or the library, so I will report in if/when I can, but no promises! Have a great week everyone! Week 3, day 3: Physical: Lift and haul, man. Lift and haul. 1. Take a short walk every day. 2/7. 2. Take one long walk once a week. 0/1. I will probably save this one for an afternoon exploring my grandmother's town. 3. Original Couch to 5k Zombies, Run! 3x per week. 1/3. Missed Wednesday, as I had to pack and couldn't force myself to fight off mosquitoes for half an hour while also fighting a cold, or to run in the pitch dark. 4. Current bodyweight workout, with modifications. 0/3. Missed Tuesday. Spiritual: Find peace amidst the chaos. 5. 3 prayers per day. 1/7. I done messed up the last couple of days. 6. Quran study daily. 1/7. Nope. Mental: Sort the stuff, find the info, save the world? 7. Konmari all the things. 3/7. Novels with "E" authors done. No more can happen until I get back. 8. Enter 2 homeschool subjects into Firetask. 0/2. See "plan" mentioned earlier. 9. Record 3 things for Librivox. 1.5/3. I lost my voice on Tuesday, so I'm glad I got the recording done on Monday night even if my vocal range was reduced. I'm going to try bringing the files with me to edit on my son's computer (my computer is not portable). Random Encounters: What's lurking in the piles? 10. 5 random encounters/week. 1/5. I can't do any more as I am going to be away from my stuff and my computer.
  2. I'll be away for the next week, so my participation will be slim, but I'm Ravenclaw.
  3. Onward Week 3! Week 3, day 1: Physical: Lift and haul, man. Lift and haul. 1. Take a short walk every day. 1/7. 2. Take one long walk once a week. 0/1. I will probably save this one for an afternoon exploring my grandmother's town. 3. Original Couch to 5k Zombies, Run! 3x per week. 1/3. 4. Current bodyweight workout, with modifications. 0/3. Spiritual: Find peace amidst the chaos. 5. 3 prayers per day. 1/7. Let's try to do better this week! 6. Quran study daily. 1/7. This really isn't that hard. I am sure I can do better than last week. Mental: Sort the stuff, find the info, save the world? 7. Konmari all the things. 1/7. Novels with "B" authors done. I did not have a lot of time to do this today. 8. Enter 2 homeschool subjects into Firetask. 0/2. See "plan" mentioned earlier. 9. Record 3 things for Librivox. 1.5/3. My throat still felt not great, but I managed to get all three of my recordings done anyway! I need to start picking up more of these shorter chapters; I have been taking chapters with 7000+ words and finished times of over 30 minutes, and then I wonder why they take so long. The two fiction ones are both less than 2500 words I believe, so they should have finished times of 10 minutes or less. Now they just (just!) need editing. Random Encounters: What's lurking in the piles? 10. 5 random encounters/week. 1/5. Julie needed to find the key to a locked book which looked like it would prove useful (ie. find my life insurance policy number - done!).
  4. The crow swooped downward as the lighthouse came into view, tall and prominent against the open water and overgrown grass. There were a few small sheds or other outbuildings visible, but no signs that any people had been here recently. In fact, Julie hadn't run into another person for miles. The excitement of finally being able to see her destination overcame her, and she ran the last few hundred metres to the tower. The crow flew to the far side of the lighthouse and landed on the handle of a large, plain metal door. Julie followed. There was no doorbell or knocker, and the door looked too solid to transit the sound, but seeing no other option, Julie knocked on the door. No answer. She pounded it with the side of her fists. Still nothing. There were no windows in the door, or indeed anywhere on the ground floor. Unsure what else to do, Julie sat on the ground by the door and drank some water. It would feel good to have a little rest after the long journey, at least. "Can I help you?" Julie jumped. The man had approached so quietly that she hadn't heard a thing. He was short, barely taller than her. His mischievous, sparkling eyes betrayed his serious expression. She started to stand, but he waved her down and sat next her instead. "I'm sorry I startled you. I heard your knocking. My name is Tun Tiang. To whom do I owe the pleasure?" As they chatted, Julie revealed the details of her mission, and asked for Tun's assistance. "I do indeed have the books that you need, but finding them could be tricky." He stood up, brushing the dried grass from his clothing. "You see, there was an... incident." He looks embarrassed, and clears his throat nervously. "A magical mishap, actually. I was trying a new technique to create a chromatic light burst, but the energy swirled instead, and I lost control, The force of it threw me down the stairs and knocked me out cold. When I woke up... well, perhaps it is easier to show than to tell." Tun unlocked the lighthouse door and pushed hard on it with his shoulder. It opened about halfway. He gestured through the half-open door. Julie stood and peered through the gap. She could hardly believe what she was seeing. The floor was completely hidden beneath a sea of books and papers. More streamed down the stairs, burying them, too. Random pieces of clothing, ornaments, and other oddments bobbed here and there. It looked like a tornado had struck. Only worse. Tun looked at her apologetically. "As you can see, it will take some work to find what you seek. If we work together, it will go much faster. There's just one catch. We're going to have a lot of things to dispose of, but they can't just be dumped anywhere. The magical energy can run off and contaminate the land and water. I created a safe disposal site yesterday, but I'm afraid it's some distance away. There's going to be quite a bit of lifting and carrying involved, too." He gestured her to follow him, and led her towards a largeish tent near one of the sheds. "My temporary home," he explained. He invited her inside. Then he whistled three times, and the crow rushed in out of nowhere to land on his arm. He smiled. "Let's have some supper and get started on this tomorrow. We have a lot of work ahead of us."