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  • Birthday 11/18/1966

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    Coastal Swamplands, NC USA
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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 ranki
  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 o
  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 o
  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
  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 (
  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 W├╝sthof or somet
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