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  1. Oh my gosh, thank you! This looks so cool! I can't wait to be able to do this kind of stuff!
  2. After reading up on HIIT, I decided to go for an interval walk today, using the Zombies, Run! interval missions. Holy crap! That was surprisingly hard! For the ‘sprinting’ part, I just pretended I was going to miss my bus and power walked through the park. Despite below freezing weather, I was pretty warmed up. PT goes a lot better with the Habitica checklist, so I’m going to keep up with that.
  3. Right! My brother and his wife, with their big hearts, have adopted eight cats and a dog from a shelter. I love animals, but I wouldn’t be able to handle that, with all the feeding, medical care, and being restricted with travel. Last year, when they had hurricanes in their are, the whole family was worried about how they would get evacuated with nine pets in their Prius. Thankfully, the storm passed them by!
  4. And now, time for animal drama! 1) My brother's dog has anxiety. It gets especially bad around rain and storms. I have never seen a dog hyperventilate, but this little guy sure does hyperventilate! I have also never seen a dog on Xanax until now. 2) I have been graced by the presence of 3rd Cat. My parents have two cats, plus 3rd Cat, whom my mother picked up off the side of the road, where the cat got hit by a car. You know that nine lives thing? The cat had tire tracks on her face and a concussion, but she was somehow alive. Up until this very night, she has never willingly interacted with anyone, animal or human, but she came up to me and licked my hand. It's a Solstice miracle! 3) Now, some people have superpowers. They can do a thousand pushups or run really fast or memorize the Periodic table. I have the superpower of being able to not smell ammonia. I can clean out multiple litter boxes in a single bound! Which is why today, when I questioned why it was that the shirt I was about to put on was wet, and so were all of the contents of my travel backpack, it was my brother who had to step up to the plate with the "hey, smell this" test. It was, indeed, cat pee. It was not 3rd Cat, but my mother's tiny, beautiful, exquisitely dumb Persian rescue who has a history of peeing on things he disapproves of. Goodbye, last year's bullet journal! I wasn't that great at keeping up with you anyway.
  5. My brother got the results of his 23&me genetic test and aside from being surprised that there was like one Italian in our anscestry, I am quite intrigued by the fact that he has the ‘power athlete’ genes. Now, who knows if he and I share that one, but wouldn’t it be just my luck...The exercise that I am genetically predisposed to be good at is the exact opposite of what is recommended for this other genetic condition that I have. Ex: when it comes to martial arts, I’m ‘good at it’: I’m fast and I hit hard - and then I get super tired and blow out my joints. I can lift unexpectedly heavy weights...but only once. I can sprint relatively fast, then collapse. So, just like most of my D&D builds, I am a fricken glass canon. How appropriate. My retroactive apologies to the overly optimized characters that I have played over the years.
  6. Eh, just sore this morning, so I think I'm good.
  7. So, I traveled to my parents’ home for the holidays, and my brother invited me to a barre class. He’s a big fan; I’ve only been once, and that was years ago. Well, about 10 seconds into it, I could tell this was one of those ‘not for me’ things. My left hip just kept rolling out of the joint like it was party time. Everything hurt. Glad I tried it, but it’s a hard pass for me.
  8. Update on shoulder pain: I went to the PT yesterday and found out I subluxed my second rib. He assured me that this happens all the time, not just to people with connective tissue disorders, and was likely caused by trying to reach something on a high shelf or any other pulling motion. Pretty sure I did it trying to wrap myself up in my weighted blanket, actually. So there it is! I popped it back in and it feels better now.
  9. This article suggests having a dog as your social tank!
  10. Hey, guys, have you seen this baby monk? Crazy stuff.
  11. Feeling you on Raynaud’s, shooting a bow sucks right now.
  12. Weirdly enough, Zombies, Run!, an app that I love, is not really catching on for my daily walks. I’ve been using the walking time to escape from the constant input into the ole brain pan at work, so silence feels like a relief. Makes me think of meditation, even. Despite what that Blue Zones guy says about optimal amounts of socializing a day being upwards of 6 hours, I just need everyone to stop talking to me periodically, zombies or no. I don’t know how much stock to put into the whole idea of introversion, or if one can train oneself to enjoy a crowded room. Simply decide that you’re an extrovert, and act accordingly, self-help blogs say! If they’d also let me know how to decide not to have migraines afterwards, I’d really appreciate it.
  13. Foods prepared today: Breakfast: pan-fried butternut squash patties with walnuts, strawberries, and grapes. Used leftover roasted squash. Lunch: grilled salmon (leftovers) with wild rice & beans and a radish salad. Dinner: beef chili! Probably going to roast the rest of the radishes tomorrow. I didn’t realize they were a roastable vegetable until looking up recipes today.
  14. PT takes me half an hour right now, with some bizarre findings. For example, standing on one leg for 30 seconds makes my back hurt. Especially if I’m standing on the right leg. Kneeling is weirdly hard, but not just because of my knee, but because I have a hard time keeping balanced. I mean, I can totally see why I was bound to hurt myself with lifting and why I need a bunch of PT to stabilize. I miss how strong lifting a barbell made me feel, though. My right rotator cuff is feeling wacky today, too. I need that one to shoot, so I hope it settles down by Sunday.
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