juliebarkley

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    The Ditz: Preventing the Red Forest

    Congrats on getting that newsletter started! You have just done the hardest part - getting started at all. I totally understand the fear of success and being afraid to dream big and then not even be sure what you want “big” to look like. Good luck on your big think and I would love to hear any plans that you would like to share. With the newsletter and not knowing how to judge success, you could use the same process as for the challenges to set SMART goals so that you can see your progress. So maybe your first goal would be something like “I will get my first subscriber by the end of the month” (whatever is meaningful and sounds easy enough) and then you figure out what you need to do to achieve it.
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    Juliebarkley collects underpants

    Week 1, Day 5: Festival was fun! My group consisted of three summer camps, plus my friend's kids. Everyone seemed to have a good time. My dolphin group sign was the best, because it was the world's scariest dolphin. I think it was taken from one of those old maps with "Here There Be Monsters" regions. Lots of sun made me pretty tired, so I got home and soon fell asleep. Zzzzz. 1. Are you strong? Are you flexible? Get ready to shift those underpants! Bridge: 45 seconds. This length of time felt quite comfortable today up until the last few seconds, noticeably more so than yesterday or the day before. Not sure how much this is due to the fact that I had not done pushups today. I found a good wall for the walking down the wall trials, and tried it out a few times. That first lean back until you hit the wall feels like one of those trust exercises where you have to fall backwards and get someone to catch you, except that it is just you, and you had better have correctly judged the distance to the wall! I was feeling this in my lower back more than anywhere else, so I am not sure if the curve is properly distributed along my back or how I might remedy that. Plank: 1 minute 38 seconds. Woo! Squats: Ohmigod I hit 100 squats today! 2. Pick up the underpants. No one else will do it for you. No roll today - I am far enough behind on email that my task picked itself. 3. Pick up ALL the underpants. Even that one. My scary thing today was supposed to be starting my Norbert's gambit money transfer (again!). However, I am going to delay one more day (only!) simply because it is getting late, I have to look up a different thing to make it go, and the leaning back on the wall was actually decently scary the first time. My bad for not doing it earlier. 4. Keep in the habit of checking up on those underpants! Missed my first prayer due to the aforementioned zzzz's. Have not checked email yet today, which is how I get my NerdFitness notifications and follow people. So not so hot so far today. Will try to finish strong at least.
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    Juliebarkley collects underpants

    Week 1, Day 4: Tomorrow I am volunteering at the local medieval festival, which is a lot of fun. I have been looking forward to it. I am going to have to enjoy it extra hard, because it looks like this year, the 10th anniversary of the festival, will also be the last one. :( :( 1. Are you strong? Are you flexible? Get ready to shift those underpants! Bridge: 45 seconds, same as yesterday. I am going to need a little time at this level before I will feel comfortable increasing the duration. It is definitely harder than 30 seconds! However, I am feeling comfortable enough with being in the position that I am going to find a good spot to practice the leaning back to the wall part tomorrow. So exciting! Plank: 1 minute 31 seconds. It was pretty hard, but I think I probably did it too soon after my pushup session. Pushups: Pushups were done a day early. Unfortunately, I failed on the last set (needed 24, got 23 :( ) I have already failed this week at least twice, but have gotten a little better each time. I will get there eventually. Squats: I left the squats for tomorrow, the normal exercise day. 2. Pick up the underpants. No one else will do it for you. My anti-procrastination d20 roll was a 20, which means roll again and work on the appropriate pile of papers, helpfully already labeled. I was able to clear a few, though I confess I picked the relatively easy ones. 3. Pick up ALL the underpants. Even that one. My scary thing today was supposed to be starting my Norbert's gambit money transfer. However, when I was ready to do it, my internet turned very bad, and the last thing I wanted was an error in sending that order out! So I instead got all the relevant info ready, put it in my top browser tab, and have it ready to go for tomorrow. 4. Keep in the habit of checking up on those underpants! Habits were okay today. I do believe I am on track!
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    Radost :: Time to understand the monster

    I think I froze it twice to defeat the newly hatched eggs. The damage was already done, but it was only about three skeins of relatively cheap wool. It could have been a lot worse.
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    Juliebarkley collects underpants

    Green. The black ones look even scarier. What do they taste like? The green ones taste like what I imagine a brined green tomato might taste like.
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    Radost :: Time to understand the monster

    I have just learned a new thing about Ravelry. Cool. I used a freezer that one time I discovered moths, but the infestation may have run its course by then so I can't guarantee its effectiveness. And that vocal get-together sounds absolutely awesome. And the rest of your challenge is pretty cool too, actually.
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    Juliebarkley collects underpants

    Week 1, Day 2: 1. Are you strong? Are you flexible? Get ready to shift those underpants! Bridge: 30 seconds, and it was pretty easy. Only dizzy for a few seconds, and only after getting out of the bridge. The main limiting factor might actually be wrist flexibility. I found a website which said the progression from here is basically walk down the wall, and when you're good at that, walk up the wall again. Then sort of fall back into a bridge, until you can drop under control. Then STAND UP from that position - which doesn't even sound physically possible. Plank: 1 minute 16 seconds. And shaking like I had Parkinsons. Pushups: Succeeded for the day with 20. I have failed this week a couple of times already, so let's see if I can pass it this time! Squats: 90. I will hit 100 pretty soon, and then I'll have to decide if I want to go higher or switch to something else. 2. Pick up the underpants. No one else will do it for you. My d20 roll was a 1, move money to investment account. However, when I checked the account, I have already moved enough money into it. The next step is Norbert's Gambit. I didn't quite have time for that though, so I shuffled some money that needed moving from a different account instead. Progress. 3. Pick up ALL the underpants. Even that one. My scary thing today was a small thing. I tried an olive. I was like whimpering and waving my hands around in a sad, pathetic way, too. But I did it. Over the sink. Because I thought I would not like it. I was correct. But yay for trying a new food! This doesn't really advance me towards any goals, but it was a mini adventure, if you will, and I do like having a little adventure in my life. 4. Keep in the habit of checking up on those underpants! Habits sucked today too, but I have some time to mostly recover still.
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    Juliebarkley collects underpants

    The story placeholder remains. #QueenofProcrastination Please feel free! I am finding it really helpful to focus on just one thing. Thanks! I am looking forward to trying new things. Always great to have you along. :) Probably there is, but I have not managed to find one. Part of the problem is terminology, I think. I have always called this move a "bridge", but have also seen "backbend", and my mom calls it a "full wheel". I don't know for sure that they are the same move, and the tutorials I found were to get into the bridge in the first place. And I've never had trouble with that. Ah, well, I'll keep looking. Week 1, Day 1: Sleep was awful for some reason. Felt okay when I woke up though, got to work and greeted the first day of summer programs. My colleague was sick but surprisingly cheerful and pleasant despite it, so that was a big plus. More credit to her for keeping positive when ill. There was lots to do, so I was running around for most of the shift fixing up displays, entering stats and whatnot. Got home and soon had a long nap, then started on the procrastination project. 1. Are you strong? Are you flexible? Get ready to shift those underpants! Bridge today for 15 seconds, plank for 53 seconds. I have just realized that "plank" normally refers to straight arms. I am doing a low, elbow plank. #fitnessn00b. My plan for the plank is to just try to go longer every time. For the bridge I am going to do controlled times until I hit a minute, because I am not used to being upside down and don't want to give myself headaches. 15 seconds was pretty easy other than the upside-downiness. I could probably have gone longer than 53 seconds on the plank, too. 2. Pick up the underpants. No one else will do it for you. My d20 roll was a 19, which meant I had to try to restore a program with data loss from a backup. I actually rolled this a couple of days ago, but because the program is on someone else's computer, I hadn't managed to get to it earlier. I was pretty scared about it too, because this was my last-ditch effort to recover the data (more recent backups did not work), and if the data had gone before that first backup was run, I was looking at 20+ hours of reentering it. BUT IT WORKED, OH GLORY HALLELUJAH! Backed it up in another way to make double sure that it can't be lost again. At most, there is one small section of data loss that is easy to recover. The whole process took my entire evening, but the sweet relief was so worth it. 3. Pick up ALL the underpants. Even that one. My scary thing was that data recovery. I really thought I would just confirm that the data was gone forever and I didn't want to lose the hope. Now I have a useable and useful program, so that is definitely a move forward. 4. Keep in the habit of checking up on those underpants! Habits sucked yesterday. Did I post on a thread? I can't even remember. Maybe I did that one.
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    Juliebarkley collects underpants

    *placeholder for story* ---------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm still working out exactly what I want to do this challenge, so this may change tomorrow. 1. Are you strong? Are you flexible? Get ready to shift those underpants! - Pushups every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, advancing a week in the program when I am successful - Squats as above - Plank every day - Bridge every day The first two are much the same as I have been doing for a challenge or two now. But I would like to see how long I can plank and work to improve on it, as I am pretty sure there is plenty of room for improvement :P. I would also like to learn how to bend over backward under control into a bridge, but since it has been a very long time since I last did one, I'll start with just getting into that position and seeing how I am, then figure out where to go from there. 2. Pick up the underpants. No one else will do it for you. - Roll on the d20 of procrastination every day. So, I am kind of the queen of procrastination. I have far too many piles (physical and digital) of stuff sitting around until I get to it "someday". Some are not very important, but others take my mental energy and convince me that I don't have time for more important things because I have to deal with THEM first. I made a list of a bunch of things that are in the latter category and assigned them numbers. Rolling my d20 picks the item of the day. And will also hopefully keep me from cherry picking easier tasks. 3. Pick up ALL the underpants. Even that one. - Do something scary every day. My natural tendency is to analyze and plan things to death, and not get started until know everything there is to know about a thing. Which is, of course, never. I need to take action, even if my first efforts are awful, or I will never accomplish anything new. And that would suck. But there are other scary things, too. Phone calls, for example. And I'm sure there are others. So take one scary action to move forward in life every day. 4. Keep in the habit of checking up on those underpants! - continue habits from last challenge - two prayers daily, daily scripture reading, weekly worship time, posting My prayer habit has been decent, my reading has slipped a bit in the last couple of days, and my weekly worship time has been dismal. I have been posting (sort of), but haven't been as supportive of others as I would like to be. Even the habits that are going well don't feel automatic yet, so keep on keeping on until they do.