juliebarkley

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  1. We are all here to motivate each other. Welcome to the Rebellion!We are all here to motivate each other. Welcome to the Rebellion!We are all here to motivate each other. Welcome to the Rebellion!
  2. I kind of figured I wouldn't make it this time; I had a lot of things level up last time. I should probably have only leveled up one, but live and learn. I've seen Duhigg mentioned here before; I'll have to look him up. The Nikita con is in honour of the 20th anniversary of La Femme Nikita; there is going to be a get-together in Toronto. All of the main cast members (who are still alive) will be there, as well as some of the crew. I'm excited! I'm going to try huaraches and moccasins, rather than toe shoes for now. I don't know of a local place that sells Vibrams, and my toes are... weird... so I wouldn't want to buy them without trying them on first. The huarache kits have Vibram soles though, so it's good to know that they can do gravel (I do know how to walk on gravel barefoot, but it's SLOW). Do you happen to know how thick your soles are? The kits I'm looking at have 3mm and 5mm options, and I haven't ordered yet. How come Vibrams are hurty on cement?
  3. I love your story, and how you have a specific goal that's linked to the plot in your future challenges! Following!
  4. Endwiss was not looking impressed. "You call this a mound?" he said, gesturing at the heap of mud and rotting vegetation rising from the muck. "Okay, so it might not be the prettiest," Julie responded, "but it works. The gold is in there, the sprouts aren't going to drown. You'll just have to put in a little work to make it homey, that's all." Julie had been focusing her energy on helping the bluecaps, but had not put the same energy into keeping her own strength up. She felt tired weak, and knew that she would need to focus on herself now. Her researches had gone much better, but after poring through dusty bestiaries, tracking manuals, and books of lore, she still didn't have the answers she sought. With only a suspicion of what had caused the destruction, she would have to look elsewhere if she wanted answers... ------------------------------------ In summary: I did well in my exercises, though I was not as consistent as I have been in the past. My walking challenge fell apart when I realized halfway through that I did not have shoes that I could do the challenge in successfully. Better to learn this now than when I need to walk much longer distances. I have been researching shoe options (why are shoes so expensive?!) and plan to order these during zero week. Walking will return in some form next time; strength may or may not as it is a habit now and until I decide to change up my program, it doesn't level up anymore. My personal care type items (dental care, prayers, yoghurt) were not successful, but I am learning strategies to help them succeed, and habits take time. They will be returning next time. No level-ups here. Homeschooling will continue till it's done; next challenge might be the last time (woo!). I have unfortunately picked off all of the easy ones, so zero week might be a good time to plan a little for the subjects that are currently a bit nebulous. Transcription I haven't decided about, but if I do it, it can level up! I was happy with how I did. LibriVox was a disappointing fail, and I feel like I need to schedule this or something to make sure I can succeed next time. The trouble is that it can be difficult to record during the day due to noise from other people, boats, and vehicles, but nighttime is when I've gotten used to doing email and my computery things, and when I'm done them, I don't have enough time to record, as it does require a block of time. At least editing can be broken up a little. This will come back in one form or another, but I need to think about how to structure it into my life. I'll try to get my challenge posted earlier than I usually do, as I am going to be away for the Nikita con next weekend.
  5. Endwiss was not impressed. "You call this a mound?" he said, gesturing at the heap of mud and rotting vegetation rising from the muck. "Okay, so it might not be the prettiest," Julie responded, "but it works. The gold is in there, the sprouts aren't going to drown. You'll just have to put in a little work to make it homey, that's all." Julie had been focusing her energy on helping the bluecaps, but had not put the same energy into keeping her own strength up. She felt tired, and weak, and knew that she would need to focus on herself now. Her researches had gone much better, but after poring through dusty bestiaries, tracking manuals, and books of lore, she still didn't have the answers she sought. With only a suspicion of what had caused the destruction, she would have to look elsewhere if she wanted answers... ------------------------------------ In summary: I did well in my exercises, though I was not as consistent as I have been in the past. My walking challenge fell apart when I realized halfway through that I did not have shoes that I could do the challenge in successfully. Better to learn this now than when I need to walk much longer distances. I have been researching shoe options (why are shoes so expensive?!) and plan to order these during zero week. Walking will return in some form next time; strength may or may not as it is a habit now and until I decide to change up my program, it doesn't level up anymore. My personal care type items (dental care, prayers, yoghurt) were not successful, but I am learning strategies to help them succeed, and habits take time. They will be returning next time. No level-ups here. Homeschooling will continue till it's done; next challenge might be the last time (woo!). I have unfortunately picked off all of the easy ones, so zero week might be a good time to plan a little for the subjects that are currently a bit nebulous. Transcription I haven't decided about, but if I do it, it can level up! I was happy with how I did. LibriVox was a disappointing fail, and I feel like I need to schedule this or something to make sure I can succeed next time. The trouble is that it can be difficult to record during the day due to noise from other people, boats, and vehicles, but nighttime is when I've gotten used to doing email and my computery things, and when I'm done them, I don't have enough time to record, as it does require a block of time. At least editing can be broken up a little. This will come back in one form or another, but I need to think about how to structure it into my life. I'll try to get my challenge posted earlier than I usually do, as I am going to be away for the Nikita con next weekend.
  6. Week 4 summary: Physical/Health: Rebuild the mound. 1. Continue bodyweight workout 3x per week. 2/3 for the week. This is a pass because I was sick the day I missed. 2. Walk to or from work. I did my mailbox walking! 3. Brush teeth and do dental rinses 2x per day. 3/5 for the week. Less good, but still something. 4. Make and eat one container of yoghurt per week. 0/1 for the week. Some got ate, but not a lot. Now that the weather is nice and I can lie outside and read for vitamin D, I am going to take my yoghurt out to eat at the same time. Knowledge/Spiritual: Research, research, research! 5. Pray 3x per day. 5/4 for the week. Yay! 6. Enter one homeschooling subject into Firetask per week. 3/4 for the challenge. Passed for this week. Money: Fetch some gold! 7. Earn something on transcription site every day. 6/7 for the week. Not too bad. 8. Record for LibriVox. 0/1 for the week. Nope. I did some stuff with my son instead. I don't regret it, but I have only one day off left, so even if it's in zero week, I want to finish this before next challenge.
  7. Welcome to the Rebellion! You sound like a very interesting person, and I hope to see you around the challenge threads!
  8. As spring days warmed the world, the ground in the swamp thawed and made walking difficult once again. However, Julie had made a commitment. And so the mild-mannered librarian ventured out into the muck as Midnight, to familiarize herself with the world to which she was now intimately bonded. Today, she decided to head to the northwest. In just a few steps, she was out of view, lost in the shrubbery and cattails. This particular reconnoitre improved her mental map of the swampland slightly, but the tall vegetation and thick mud made it slow going. With so many creatures still hibernating or away in their summer homes, the visit was proving quite dull. After a half hour of sloshing about, she decided to head home for a good supper (and a good shower). Just as she turned, however, she heard a noise further ahead. It sounded for all the world like a tiny creature having some sort of tantrum, which is in fact what it turned out to be. As she pushed on through the reeds, the shouting became louder. The reeds petered out and revealed an open area covered with a thick spongy moss. Pools of water lay dotted about. Off to the right stood several large, flat rocks, on which huddled a group of twenty or so mushroom-like creatures no more than a foot high. This was the source of the shouting. They all went silent and turned to look at her. Most seemed a bit frightened, but one met her gaze with an angry glare. Julie approached them. "And just who are you to be barging into our clearing?" said the pissy one, slipping on the edge of the rock as he stepped forward. "Hey!" he cried, as Julie caught him. "What gives you the right? ... Oh, so you're Midnight, eh? That still gives you no right to go grabbing innocent folk uninvited like this." He looked like he was gearing up for a good rant. "You will help us, Miss Midnight?" said a shy mushroom in the back of the cluster. "Well, I'll try, but I don't actually know what's wrong..." she replied. "Yes help!" answered another, and another. They seemed very pleased with this answer. "But what exactly is the matter?" "Yes help!" "Yes help!" The mushrooms were now holding hands and hopping up and down, too lost in their joy to respond. "Idiots!" spat the friendly fellow that Julie still held. She looked at him inquisitively. "All right, so how about you tell me what's going on here?" she asked. "How about you put me down first?" he replied. Julie sighed. "Look, I just promised them I would try to help. It is my job, and you seem to need it. Would it hurt to at least answer my questions?" He softened a little. "I suppose not." "Wonderful," she said, breathing an inward sign of relief. She placed him on one of the smaller rocks. "I'm Midnight. And your name is?" "Endwiss." "OK, Endwiss. Please, enlighten me." He stood up to his full height. "Ain't much to tell," he said. "I was rudely awoken in the middle of night by being crushed into the ground and underwater. I managed to drag myself out to this rock here, as did the others." "Wait, what? What crushed your mound?" Endwiss shrugged. "Dunno. I was asleep at the time, then underwater. I didn't see it. Don't interrupt." "All right, carry on." "As you can see," and he gestured to a water pool, "our mound is ruined. Most of us got out okay, but our little sprouts are still buried under there. They'll all drown if we can't get them out within the next week or two, but we can't swim. We only float, you see. And if we can't connect the the Great Root soon, we'll all be done for as well. But try getting that lot to do something other than sit and cry! Idiots." He could not quite hide the waver in his voice. Julie thought for a moment. "So we need to rescue the sprouts and move you to a new..." "No!" he exclaimed. "Don't you know anything about the Bluecaps?" He rolled his eyes and muttered something about ignorant swamp guardians these days. "You can't just uproot us and dump us anywhere you please. We have needs, you know." He pointed to a blue spot on his head. "You see?" She didn't see. "Here, you fool!" And he pointed at a thin gold line running through the blue spot. "We need gold in the soil to survive. Without it, the Great Root will die, and so will we." "But if your new mound has gold in it, you'll be fine?" He nodded curtly. "How much gold are we talking here?" Endwiss shrugged again. "So, you'll help?" he asked, holding out his hand. "I'll help," Julie answered, shaking it. "Yes help!" cried the other Bluecaps, their excitement renewed. Endwiss glanced at them and rolled his eyes again. Julie splashed over to the puddle where the mound once stood. The water in this area was almost knee deep, and the mound had presumably once protruded above it. Now, it was pressed flat on top, the sides bulging below the surface. Whatever had crushed it had been big, that was clear. The mud on top still held the clear impression of a footprint. She glanced at the rest of the clearing and saw several other similar footprint-puddles in a line. They stopped as suddenly as they had begun. This clearly required further investigation. Julie waved farewell to the Bluecaps and began to wade home. She would need to do some research on footprints and the habitat of Bluecaps. After a good long shower. Midnight now has a mission! Rebuild the Bluecap's mound, and investigate the source of the footprints.