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  • Birthday 11/18/1966

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  1. There is so much here, and I am so far behind on everything, that I am not going to try to capture, quote, and respond to ALL of the things. I adore Neil Gaiman, but thank you very very much to ALL of you who have been spoilering conversation about AG, because I haven't read it yet. I started with Stardust, have read tons, but he just has SO MUCH, I've fallen behind. Good Omens was fabulous, though. I'm working through the Sandman series now, and holy WOW. Just put Snow, Glass, Apples on my list to order from Amazon next month. Neverwhere is my current ranking "favorite" but that's like saying I prefer strawberries to other berries when I truly love 'em all. Excited to follow along with your prep for upcoming competitions! I stressed about sleepz for years and years and years. I finally had to change the metric I was tracking - I used to really pay attention to how long it took me to fall asleep and how many times I woke up in the middle of the night (LOTS. Menopause sucks.) I finally started giving myself credit if I was taking an appropriate wind down period from the time I logged off the computer until lights out, having lights out by target time, and being intentional about praying/meditating/controlled breathing during the wait time to fall asleep, no matter how long that took. Your mental health is important, proud of you for intentionally prioritizing it over All The Goalz. This is beautiful.
  2. Hey, hi, everyone! I continue to exist. Yoga is actually going quite well and I am enjoying it. It begins to feel as though even when I can get back to the barbells and such, yoga will likely remain as a regular part of my existence, which I would have never foreseen for myself. I've lived for five decades with a somewhat negative yogattitude, for reasons that I knew to be unfair but which persisted nonetheless. The major stressor in my life currently is an injured animal friend. The other stuff - pending inspection at work, followed by business travel to the middle of NOWHERE (Twentynine Palms California, specifically), possible pending in-law visit - it's all still there, but the wounded animal is the very very worst of it all just now. My beloved companion and CBFF, Peace (a.k.a. Princess DivaPants) is a ten year old blue pit bull. Just before Christmas she tore her CCL/ACL on her left hind leg. She was scheduled for surgery on January 7. On January 5 she injured the right leg in the same way. New plan, one surgery now, and another in 3-4 months. Nearly a year of rehab. Again, she is 10 years old. Realistically she will probably be with me with acceptable quality of life for another 3-5 years. So a full year of pain and rehab is not ideal, but it seemed worth it to us. For reasons that probably are only of interest to medical personnel, she cannot have surgery. So now we are going back next Monday to explore the possibility of leg braces. But in the meantime, she is in pain and having a great deal of difficulty walking. We are assisting her with a hip sling, and the hubs is carrying her up and down the stairs (it would break her heart to be left alone downstairs when we go up to bed!) but just seeing her in pain and distress is breaking me. https://www.instagram.com/p/B6Vmt38hR1h/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Medical explanation for no surgery in spoiler:
  3. Invoking the spirit of David Bowie always works. ALWAYS. No exceptions. (says the woman who named her son after the Goblin King)
  4. Great insight! And now (as you do so often) you have set me onto a path of navel-gazing reflecting on my own stubbornness and its various uses/misuses. Oh - also ... hi. Missed you.
  5. Namaste, Druids, I'm Gemma, your basic 53 year old mother of three, grandmother of two, writer, dogmom, and educator. I normally challenge with the Warriors, and do I very much love the picking up and setting down of various iron things. I've been absent from the forums (and the gym) for the past two months because <insert long list of work/life stuff here>. But my physical self needs movement, and my mental self needs accountability partners, so I am making space for this in my life again. The work/life craziness is not scheduled to abate until the end of February, so I have chosen to not kid myself with unrealistic promises about getting back in the gym. And I am not falling for the one about working out at home - which I have oft promised and oft failed in times past. It simply does not work for me and I have yet to figure out why. What I do believe I can realistically be consistent with is yoga, so that is what I am doing. I have a good track record of Sun Salutations in my morning routine, so I know that is possible. I just signed up for Yoga With Adriene's 30 day January program titled "Home," to see if I can realistically do more without dreading it and/or seeking excuses to skip "just this one day." So that is it. That is the whole of my goal for this challenge. Yoga every day. I may not do the full program every day (they vary from 18 minutes all the way up to 45-ish, some days I will simply not have time for that) but I will show up and do what I can do.
  6. Oh, good call on the taking a bit of a break when your energy was so low. I've been there and done that with the struggle to stay awake on afternoon drive, that is some scary junk right there. Sleep = Pri 1 <- smart smart smart move! How are you doing this week?
  7. Hey, hi - thanks for checking on me! I feel you on the 'things happened' - all the things are happening with me right now. Lifting is not currently a thing in my life. I'm working 10-12 hour days (plus an hour commute each way) and I don't think I can pretend to have energy for more than that right now. I knew this new curriculum was going to be bad - I underestimated *how* bad. Non Sequitorial Note: The curriculum itself is actually quite good - the desperately compressed timeframe that I have for my faculty to learn it and certify in it is the 'bad' bit, combined with the fact that I'm a one-woman show. No one else can head the certification boards. When we implement on Oct 28, I will have to sit in and evaluate every period of instruction, so my workload is not expected to lighten until December. I am leaning heavily into yoga and walking to try and maintain a not-entirely-sedentary-human status. I am super-duper-extra glad that I have made yoga part of my morning routine. I am gradually expanding it beyond Sun Salute, working in more strength moves, so that when I do get back under a bar I will hopefully not have lost too much. Also trying to squeeze in time here and there to play with my kettlebells at home, but I don't have the bandwidth to do that on a consistent predictable schedule right now, so it's catch as catch can.
  8. This made me laugh. I am (relatively) sure that you didn't mean that you walked to the library for the purpose of catching 40 winks ... but I could almost picture you dozing lightly in an armchair near the 158 shelves Everything sounds good! If you are webstracted less than you were before this challenge, that is still a win. Going from lots to practically none was a pretty aggressive goal, so maybe this is one of those "progress, not perfection" type things?
  9. Staycation 2020 has been astonishingly productive so far. And I still have a whole week left! Who knows what I might accomplish in that time ?!? Build a working teleporter? Find a cure for Imposter Syndrome? Watch out world, Gemma has free time and a reasonable amount of personal energy ... at the SAME TIME!!! This is an unprecedented situation. Be afraid. Mind/Mood Rewiring: Wednesday - 4 'happiness enhancers' logged: sleep, meditate, exercise, and social connection - bible study and great conversation with friends Thursday - 3: sleep, meditate, more social connection (great phone call with #3 son) Friday - 4: sleep, meditate, exercise, and even more social connection (another great phone call with #3 son ... he has been having some "I need my mommy" moments lately, but not in a bad way, he is thinking about making a major life choice and is actually seeking my advice.) Weirdest darned thing in the world - When you log a ReWirement in the ReWi app, it asks you what your mood is at the moment. This is not a super precise tool - the only 4 options are Fine, Happy, Sad, or Anxious. I log almost everything in the "Fine" realm, which is great - I am delighted to not be in a particularly Sad or Anxious cycle of my life right now. I am an introvert's introvert. But every time this week that I have logged a 'social connection' in the ReWi app, I have recorded my mood as "happy." Apparently I do actually like spending time with the people I care about. What is this witchcraft? I don't even know myself any more! Health/Body Rewiring: Sun Salutes every morning, still working for me as a part of the Morning Routine. Yay! Today's gym One-legged RDLs KB strict press Band-assisted pull-ups. Thursday: Lunch - leftover HF chicken w/mushrooms and carrots 6 Dinner - ground beef w/peas and mushrooms in garlic sauce 7 Friday: Lunch - leftover tortellini w/peas and zucchini 8 Dinner - leftover HF chicken w/mushrooms and carrots 9 Also, this should count as some sort of accessory work - I mean, I farmers-carried the air compressor up the stairs, hauled all manner of other things up and down, and some of the parts of that desk ain't light! But ... I feel super accomplished right now.
  10. Stress sucks. I'm happy to hear that you were able to recognize it and get yourself into a "just breathe" place at least enough to function for dinner. This too is victory.
  11. That awkward moment when I try to be a helpful, supportive accountability partner but I get distracted and shapeshift into a Bad Influence. Oooops! My old coach used to make me do heavy squats even when I was extra-sore. I knew that she was right ... but I still made cranky-whiny faces and noises at her, because I'm a big ol' baby about DOMS. My NaNoName is GammaChan, if you want to send me a buddy invite. NVM
  12. Agreed. The above is our collection - bread knife (I also use it for tomatoes), paring, my chef knife, and his santuko/chef knife. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I'm not going to quote everything here that sounds awesome, but lots of this sounds awesome! Excited that you found (or - may have found, I guess we'll see) a church that might work for you. Looking forward to hearing about your Crossfit box experiences. And if you have in fact found a therapist that you can trust, that is pure golden! I was going to call you out for 'liking' my update on a not weekend, but since you've modified that goal a bit I'll be nice about it.
  14. Wow, you seem to be doing really great for the rather excessive set of circumstances. So happy your dad is back at the nursing home, does that mean that the worst of his problems are responding to treatment? Yay for sleeps!!! I am temporarily DNFing Kingdom of Copper. I got halfway through it and am still just not interested?
  15. Amen to all of the above. That vid was great, and kind of made me want a new knife but I totally don't need one. Hubs and I each have our own - both Henckels, but they've lasted over a decade so I'm in no hurry to replace with something higher-end. Our #1 criteria was 'how does it feel in your hand' - his feels awful to me and vice versa. I do sharpen mine often - but I'm a knife freak in general (pocket knives, throwing knives, I have a pair of folding knife earrings that I keep very sharp just for funsies...) so whetstones are plentiful around my home. If I upgraded to a Wüsthof or something that would be why, I'd be looking for something that held an edge a bit longer. @Jean - don't discount the blade shape part, too. Mine is the curved ("German") type he talks about in the video and I love it. Hubs likes a santoku with a very straight cutting edge, even more than the French knife he shows. Important to know which you prefer/how you like to cut. Dragging myself down from the knife soapbox edge ... How's your Hydra?
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