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Chris-Tien Jinn

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  1. Absolutely!! I rolled a dracthyr evoker and really enjoyed learning to "fall with style" for a bit. I'll be able to spend more time after the semester and the baby shower are over .... For the St. Olaf Christmas Concert simulcast last night, I made Yule Mules. I even made a type of simple syrup!! These are ginger-bergamot variations on the Moscow Mule, and we had to punt a bit. No copper mugs or cocktail shaker .... I may be adding to our bar set up. Hum ... we don't really have a bar set up, but you gotta start somewhere, right? Not the Ranger's Keep or Quincy's Tavern. Yet. Bergamot-Ginger Syrup 1 Earl Grey tea bag 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh ginger 4 oz. hot water 1/2 cup granulated sugar Put the tea and the ginger in a 12-oz Mason (glass) jar. Pour hot water over the tea bag and ginger and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour in the sugar and mix until dissolved. Refrigerate for 24 hours, strain, and then store up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Makes 3/4 cup. You use 1 Tablespoon to make one Mule ... so you have plenty. Yule Mule 7 pomegranate seeds, divided 1 thin slice of fresh ginger (without the skin) 1 Tablespoon of Bergamot-Ginger Syrup 1 sprig of fresh rosemary 1 oz. lime juice 1 jigger (1 1/2 oz) vodka 2 oz. ginger beer or ginger ale Add 4 pomegranate seeds, ginger, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. If the pomegranate is not very ripe, you may need to burst the seeds to get the juice out. Add 1/2 sprig of rosemary, lime juice, and vodka. Add ice and shake until the mixture is cold. Strain the contents into a copper mug filled with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with remaining rosemary and pomegranate seeds. I'm going to try cardamon to replace the tea next time to see if I like that better, but hubby and I both thought this was festive and refreshing. And, the pomegranate seeds could easily be replaced by a few drops of juice if you have a bottle of that handy.
  2. My main character is a Beast-master Hunter. I have a bunch of alts, but that's the one I play most. There's a new class with the new expansion: dracthyr evoker. Naturally, I'm going to play one of those at least for a while. Well, I purchased a membership at the local arts studio so that I can keep practicing ceramics. And then, I spent 3 hours in a chilly space in order to work on trimming a pot so that it can be fired (I'll have two pieces to glaze then on Dec 14th). And then I glazed the pieces that had come out of the kiln many weeks ago. I'm hoping they turn out well because I've been experimenting with glaze patterns that I have found on Pinterest and the websites of the glaze manufacturer. By the end of the calendar year, I should have 7 more pieces done. Maybe. Part of reviving my characters for the new expansion is looking over the classes, specializations, professions, talents, and abilities of my characters. What do I want to keep/play? What needs to be updated for the new expansion? What gear and materials can be sold or ditched? So .... I decided to do the same for myself as the main character in my RL adventure. After thinking about my real life stats, interests, and activities ..... I decided that I am an Artificer with the Alchemy specialization. I create computer code, knit, and do pottery as well as brew a mean cup of tea or mix up a wicked cocktail. Science is magic .... or at least it can do magical things. My best tool is my intelligence and ability to make things to help me in my quests. So, here's to preparing for 2023 with a renewed perspective. Goal for the short challenge: Weigh 150 pounds by the end of the calendar year. At the moment, I weigh 153 pounds. That's not unreasonable, although I will need to be smart about how I enjoy the festive season. Walk/run 50 KM for the Holiday Hustle (I'm 25% there) See my daughter Tools, spells, and potions that will get me there: Conjure water: roll up my sleeves, haul out the water bottles, and drink 64 oz of water or herbal tea each day. It will help me feel full, and it usually also keeps fatigue and headaches away .... plus it seems to help fight off the invaders, I mean viruses. Message: record what I eat. Hopefully, this can be a last push in WW to hit my goal weight. After that .... I would prefer to be using something to track protein and calcium intake as well as energy intake and output. Longstrider: walk or run daily Practice your craft: work on crafting something daily. Programs, knitting, pottery, cooking, herbal blends or ..... my favorite ..... trying out new, seasonal cocktails
  3. I purchased the expansion. So far, it's mostly the same game, but I haven't gotten to the dragon riding part yet. Gotta do the ground work before you can fly!
  4. Sorta. It's also a boredom thing for me, when I have my phone and nothing to do or read, I'll look at the news feed. Bad idea. So, I'm working at looking at one online newspaper and avoiding "feeds" of any sort. I enjoyed reading a physical newspaper because I could flip to the sections that interested me and avoid things that I can't impact. And celebrities behaving badly was not usually part of the news. If you liked that .... well, there are tabloids and magazines with that information. It's very difficult to set down burdens that are not mine to carry because many people insist that they are mine. My college is big on blaming faculty when students don't do well in a course, for instance. But I keep working on it.
  5. That's my position too. A positive antidote to the rest of the online everything .....
  6. Since the new World of Warcraft expansion just released, I can't help but make this challenge centered on Azeroth and the new content: befriending dragons and improved crafting professions. After the past couple of years, I'm ready to play WoW on a cozy setting rather than the grim, afterlife theme that caused my family to put gaming together on hold for a year. Details?? Vague!! I haven't even purchased the expansion yet. In general, I'm taking this challenge as a period of reflection and preparation for next year. I'll be relearning the game while I review the year. It was a successful year. I might not hit all of my targets, but I made a lot of progress. I might gradually set goals for each week and reassess. Week 0 Goals: Buy the expansion Clean out stuff I'm not using and organize (both in game and IRL)
  7. We had fun walking the 5K Turkey Trot. Most walkers took the shorter routes (1 mile or 2 mile loops), but the weather was nice .... so we went the full distance in 55 minutes. Yes, we finished last. Well, almost last. The people who decided to bicycle did a much longer distance and came in after us. Next year, we will be home in Minnesota, and I'm aiming to run a good time. I ended the challenge weighing 153 pounds. A little higher than I'd wanted, but I enjoyed Thanksgiving and the special foods. I'm also working out more again .... which tends to increase my weight a bit. So, this is now an experiment to see if I can return to good habits for the next few weeks. I made a habit-tracker table that I print out and paste into my daily planner: tracking cardio workouts, strength training, meditation, and creative activities (knitting and ceramics and ??). Center of calm in the storm? Actually, I did better at this than I had hoped. Avoiding online news feeds (especially on the phone) was a good start. Meditation is an excellent practice that I've been cultivating again. But I'm also not taking responsibility for student success .... or lack thereof. I'm not taking the blame for my daughter's mental health issues. When her baby shower had to be cancelled (her mother-in -law got COVID), I did not jump in to try to save the day. I'm not getting sucked into "perfect Christmas gift" guessing games (the family members will get something I think is meaningful). It's a lot easier to be responsible for my actions but not take responsibility for the outcome.
  8. I feel like I'm crawling out from under a heavy rock finally. The week of Thanksgiving signals the end of the semester. Yes, we have three weeks to go, but the mood is becoming much less grim on campus. I signed up for Run Across America's Holiday Hustle again this year. I'm keeping expectations low .... 50K .... but that means I'll certainly crush it and go on to try for 100K. Also, signed up for the low-stress, untimed local Turkey Trot. We'll be staying home this year (again) because of work. Retirement is looking better and better.
  9. Hope you feel better soon!! I like the quick soup recipe ... and will probably need it before the week is out.
  10. I'm still here ..... saying that feels like a major victory. Weight is 151.6 ... below the goal of 152!! A social media and online news fast?? Still mostly avoiding social media. Checked in with Facebook to see if/when the annual Turkey Trot would be. We'll see how the weather is that morning, and I may walk it if the sidewalks are icy. Meditate? Urgh .... not very often. Hang with my peeps? YEAP!!! I've been going to Pound class and ceramics as well as hanging out at the gym. Improve 5K time? My pace is slowly improving ... at least on the treadmill. Lat pulldown max of 100 pounds?? I'm currently at 82.5 pounds x 8. So my theoretical max is more than 100 pounds .... but I'll keep working on it. I'm still working on identifying what I can do .... and not worrying about what is not in my red zone. I think I'm improving. At least, I've been more effective at self-care and getting to the gym. This week, I have run a couple of times, went to Pound once, and did one upper-body workout (with a little bit of leg work too). Today will be some cardio. So .... 5 out of 7? Not bad.
  11. I almost hate to say .... so I'll put it in spoilers. I don't even know how to describe the trigger warning. Don't read unless you're in a good place and stress and depression has not marked you or your family or anyone close to you. It's been a rough few weeks as a college professor. After the flu shot, I didn't feel well and had a couple of migraines. I don't get them very often any more .... and that cluster seems to have passed. I have been doing something pretty much every day on the self-care front. My weight is still hanging in a good range. Currently at 151.8 (goal for November is under 152 pounds). A social media and online news fast?? Mostly doing well there. A couple of peeks at Apple News has reminded me why I decided to put it on the last page of my apps. Twitter is going to be deleted over winter break. I skim the New York Times online, but I don't read too many stories. Too depressing. Meditate? A couple of times. I need to do this more frequently. Hang with my peeps? YEAP!!! I've been going to Pound class and ceramics. I glazed a bunch of bowls for the pre-Thanksgiving Empty Bowl fundraiser. I LOVE COLOR and glazing pottery. Improve 5K time? Yes. I trimmed off almost a whole minute a couple of weeks ago. Lat pulldown max of 100 pounds?? Well .... no. I'm kinda stuck between 90 and 92.5 pounds. Gotta work on that, but I'm not going to be too hard on myself right now. And POTTERY RESULTS. These are from my first pottery class. The best of 6. I enrolled in the follow-up "intermediate" class and decided that I'm going to be OK with recycling a lot of clay and keep only things that I do feel good about. Last Wednesday, my mind was scattered and I was having a hard time with a basic bowl. I didn't keep any of my attempts, but I'm OK with that. Hubby is going to give me a ceramics studio membership over Winter Break so that I can have a good time practicing when I'm not tired from teaching.
  12. I get the New York Times summary in my email, and that's been enough. Our local newspaper is published semi-weekly, but it usually doesn't have the news that I'm interested in reading locally. So ... Facebook is how I learn about things to do in the area. I just have to suppress the doom and drama.
  13. I have mostly been able to avoid Apple News. Found myself starting to look at it this morning and decided "Nope!" after the first few headlines. I need to move it off of my phone's first page of apps. Putting distance between me and a bad habit. I've left some Facebook groups that have become drama-queen central. I noticed that Facebook seems to have ended the ability to mute someone for 30 days, which used to be a great mental-health saver. I'm working on ways to increase the difficulty of mindless surfing. But, even the little changes have already started to help. It's fall break, and so there have not been new instances of graffiti. I went to yoga class on Wednesday ... and then got my flu shot in the afternoon. Thursday, I finished grading. Had a really bad headache, but it cleared enough that I ran a couple of miles (outside!) in the afternoon. Slow run. I did have to stop and walk a few times because some other people in the park had a HUGE dog that they were barely able to hold onto. I didn't want to run by him. And with the wind and the hills, my pace was slower than on the treadmill. But it felt great to be outside on a sunny day. Today, I'm not feeling well. So, I'll see what I can get done, but I may curl up with another cozy mystery. I finished In the Company of Witches (An Evenfall Witches B&B Mystery Book 1) by Auralee Wallace. It was nice and light. I'm looking for more Halloween-themed, easy books. (Suggestions welcome)
  14. This came up in my social media feed (yea ... not supposed to be surfing ....), and I thought of you:
  15. Yesterday's CrossFit workout ..... done in 39 minutes and 40 seconds. Brave Enough Workout Scaled to 70% 2 Rounds Run if weather permits or Row 200 m Run 42 Dubs/84 singles 200 m Run 53 Air Squats 200 m Run 28 Abmat sit-ups 200 m Run 21 Rus. KBS (18 lb) 200 m Run 14 TTB/Knee ups 200 m Run 7 Seated DB Press (12 lb) 40 min Time Cap
  16. This challenge is a little different, although I am still working on attaining a healthy weight (152 by the end of November ....). My major goal is to manage my mental health and to be calm, rational, and adulting by the end of the year. With the approaching holidays, I am feeling dread and stress. Not at levels that would send me to a health professional or counselor, but enough that I know I need to institute self care routines to head off problems. For the most part, I think that small changes will have a big impact. I have been noticing that I am spending too much time online with social media and news sources, and it is definitely stressing me out. In addition, some nasty graffiti has been appearing on campus. This wouldn't stress me out, but the campus reaction and blame-game is definitely pushing me over the edge. Especially since, there is little to nothing that I can do about any of it. My first sensei, may he rest in peace, always told me that I should remain relaxed until an opponent came into the "red-zone" --- the point at which they could strike me. To be calm and relaxed in the center of the my circle was the goal then. And I think it needs to be the major goal for the next challenge. How?? Working on it ..... but here are a few ideas: A social media and online news fast. Other than Nerd Fitness forums. Meditate Hang with my peeps: Pound class, pottery class, CrossFit sessions, etc. Be with people off-campus. In fact, be off campus unless I am in class or holding office hours. Improve 5K time. My last attempt was 48 minutes. I can beat that if I just keep working on it gradually. I like the Zombies, Run! app. Lat pulldown max of 100 pounds. I already dropped a bunch of Discord server memberships. Not that I am on Discord very often .... Facebook is more of a problem. I turned off "news" notifications on my cell phone. I am not going to log!! That can also become a point of stress. I will come and describe what I am doing and how I am feeling. Time to ....
  17. "Sweet Harvest Pumpkin, please. Black." Yea, between the ice and the potholes .... I'm afraid, it's the gym for me this winter. Our CrossFit club is limping along, but my gym has plenty of evening classes that are fun. Pound class is comic relief as well as a good workout. What are you plans??
  18. I'm sitting here in our sunny breakfast nook, pondering what to do for the next challenge. At first, I was considering a "Run the Gauntlet ..." type of challenge, making holiday sweets the monster to outrun. But the challenge that @Heidi posted (love the title!) has me reconsidering. By the end of November, I want to weigh 152 pounds (which is a 1.6 pound reduction) and be healthy. I've been doing great, although I have also been wrestling with various illnesses that come from exposure to college students. Some of the "fat" loss may have been more muscle loss since I had not been strength training for weeks, but the scale numbers are encouraging. The first week of the next challenge is the week that students return from Fall Break with all of the crud they can pick up from home and airports. So, I need to be flexible about specific actions to undertake. Ready with the pressure gauge level adjustments is a must. I have been noticing that I am spending too much time online with social media and news sources, and it is definitely stressing me out. In addition, some nasty graffiti has been appearing on campus. This wouldn't stress me out, but the campus reaction and blame-game is definitely pushing me over the edge. Especially since, there is little to nothing that I can do about any of it. My first sensei, may he rest in peace, always told me that I should remain relaxed until an opponent came into the "red-zone" --- the point at which they could strike me. To be calm and relaxed in the center of the my circle was the goal then. And I think it needs to be the major goal for the next challenge. How?? Working on it ..... but here are a few ideas: A social media and online news fast. Other than Nerd Fitness forums. Hang with my peeps: Pound class, pottery class, CrossFit sessions, etc. Be with people off-campus. Improve 5K time. My last attempt was 48 minutes. I can beat that if I just keep working on it gradually. I like the Zombies, Run! app. Lat pulldown max of 100 pounds. I already dropped a bunch of Discord server memberships. Not that I am on Discord very often .... Facebook is more of a problem. I am also trying to wean myself from tracking calories/points. Our appearance-obsessed culture is toxic. I would like that my grandson does not see me buying into it. Thoughts??
  19. Oddly, after months of working on nutrition while enduring a weight plateau, something clicked, and I started losing weight. Now ... the challenge will be to run the holiday gauntlet. Hey, that might be a good theme for a challenge!!
  20. First hat for grandson. He's on the small side, according to ultrasounds. So, he may actually wear the newborn sized hat.
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