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Bending Lessons : Episode 2x12 The Serpents Pass

 

1. Hrm, peaceful ferry ride, or deadly pass?

 

2. It's never a good day to be a cabbage vendor.

 

3. It's always a good day to have a girlfriend in unexpected places.

 

4. Hope is just a distraction. Focus on what you're doing. Monks can never be wrong, right?

 

5. Income inequality is the primary driver of crime.

 

6. As long as you're confident in who you are, it doesn't matter what other people think. Also, don't misgender people.

 

7. Waterbending is the most awesome.

 

8. Kyoshi warriors are pretty badass women.

 

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

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Bending Lessons : Episode 2x13 The Drill

 

1. Sometimes shit gets real.

 

2. Sometimes people don't realize shit's gotten real.

 

3. The Terror Team is a good group name, very catchy.

 

4. Take big things down from the inside.

 

5. You're not supposed to cry over spilt tea, but it's just so sad.

 

6. Don't give 100% of your energy to any one strike. You've got to be quick and accurate, and break their stance, and when they're reeling back, their own weight becomes their downfall.

 

7. Just shooting rocks at things is not always the best strategy.

 

8. Basic physics and knowledge of primitive machine types will help you out of a lot of sticky situations.

 

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

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15 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I've never seen an episode, but this gif came to mind when reading this sentence.

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That is indeed the correct cabbage vendor. Though not, I believe, this episode. It's never a good day to be a cabbage vendor.

 

ETA: I tell a lie, it is this episode.

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Bending Lessons: Episode 2x14 City of Walls and Secrets

 

1. Public transit is great.

 

2. Dystopias are not great.

 

3. Authoritarian regimes are not great.

 

4. Militarized police forces. Not great.

 

5. Economic inequality is not great.

 

6. Tea is more than hot leaf juice.

 

7. One doesn't just pop in on the Earth King.

 

8. Minimalism is awesome. Why can I not achieve minimalism?

 

9. Don't mention the war and avoid the Dai Li.

 

10. Being sick of tea is like being sick of breathing.

 

11. It's always useful to have a few party tricks.

 

12. It's always useful to have a backup art.

 

13. There is no war in Ba Sing Se.

 

14. Ba Sing Se is a peaceful, orderly utopia.

 

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Week 2 Day 7

 

Grounded Thought: 21 9 0 0 0 0 0

Grounded Action: 28 19 25 25 25 29 29

Grounded Rest:  5 7 6 6 5 9 6

Eat Rocks:  N Y Y N Y N Y

 

Week 1: 4.3min/25wheels/6.2hrs/58%sleepwins/57%rocks

Week 2: 4.3min/26wheels/6.3hrs/57%rocks

 

That... was basically no movement. No actual sleep fails, but not really any sleep wins, either. The wheel count is actually okay, but it'd be nice to see some change.

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Bending Lessons: Episode 2x15 Tales of Ba Sing Se

 

1. Sometimes you need a girl's day out.

 

2. Do nice things for people all day.

 

3. With a poor stance, you're unbalanced, and can be easily knocked over.

 

4. While it's always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.

 

5. Do nice things for people even on your worst day.

 

6. It's still never a good day to be a cabbage vendor.

 

7. Brilliant plans are easier in your head.

 

8. Dismal zoos aren't worth it. Build better ones.

 

9. Poetry rap battles are ruthless.

 

10. Do not let your uncle manage your dating life.

 

11. Unless he's better at it than you, dumbass.

 

12. That's not a giant flying air bison.

 

13. Neither is that.

 

14. Or them.

 

15. It's always good to have some dance moves.

 

16. And not to look delicious.

 

17. Make friends.

 

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Bending Lessons: Episode 2x16 Appa's Lost Days

 

1. Sometimes it sucks to be a giant flying air bison.

 

2. Umbrellas are useful in strong sunlight.

 

3. Martial arts are not useful against guns. (Or tranquilizer darts from blow guns.)

 

4. Do not get sold for parts.

 

5. Do not hang out with dudes who say they want to break you. (Unless you're consensually into that sort of thing, but expect side-eye.)

 

6. Ditto shackles.

 

7. Most especially ditto fire whips, with extra side-eye.

 

8. Sometimes it's a good day to be a cabbage eater.

 

9. Everyone has those days where they want their Mommy.

 

10. The Kyoshi warriors are fantastic.

 

11. When dealing with hurt, lost, or scared animals (including humans), make no sudden movements, take no looming threatening stances, and stay quiet.

 

12. You can never go home again. (Especially if you accidentally got frozen for a hundred years and missed a small genocide at home. That makes it extra hard. Just saying.)

 

13. The world is full of surprises.

 

14. Have I mentioned that authoritarian police states are not great?

 

 

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Week 3 Day 2

 

Grounded Thought: 0 ? W T F S S

Grounded Action: 34 ? W T F S S

Grounded Rest:  6 7 W T F S S

Eat Rocks:  Y ? W T F S S

 

Week 1: 4.3min/25wheels/6.2hrs/58%sleepwins/57%rocks

Week 2: 4.3min/26wheels/6.3hrs/57%rocks

 

My sleep needs are apparently on the order of seven hours minimum. Also, no wonder I got home last night and went, "Nope, not doing anything but make dinner". I apparently used up all my Doing Stuff at work.

 

New thing: I'm gonna schedule times in the day to ask myself if I need to rest. This is, like, a mindfulness thing where I need to be more clued in to my physical and mental tiredness before it gets out of hand.

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Week 3 Day 3

 

Grounded Thought: 0 8 ? T F S S

Grounded Action: 34 39 ? T F S S

Grounded Rest:  6 7 6 T F S S

Eat Rocks:  Y N ? T F S S

 

Week 1: 4.3min/25wheels/6.2hrs/58%sleepwins/57%rocks

Week 2: 4.3min/26wheels/6.3hrs/57%rocks

 

I sort of forgot to eat or drink before going to aikido. It was fine, but I am now drinking all the water and eating all the brisket. And "all the brisket" might not be a humorous exaggeration.

 

Small class today. Full of complicated shit with tons of pain compliance. So basically the brain and the wrists both took a beating. And one of the guys I trained with, he's always right at the edge of what I can take, which I like, but man, I'm gonna bruise up good from his blocks. Probably not from his atemi, but it's serious atemi. (And the dude throws hard, often right at where I start to lose control of it. Though I didn't take falls tonight, I reinjured my ankle last time I trained with this guy. Not his fault, my ankle wasn't as ready as it seemed. So I'm going to class, just not stressing the ankle.)

 

Well, if the brisket disappears, I'll get some barbacoa going tomorrow morning for dinner tomorrow night. Wish I had it now, I could use some chili and garlic. Basically I'm in a phase where I always feel better after tons of chili and garlic.

 

Need more sleep. Yeah, I dunno, there were probably reasons.

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Bending Lessons: Episode 2x17 Lake Laogai

 

1. Good tea is its own reward.

 

2. The Dai Li are the protectors of our cultural heritage.

 

3. There is nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity.

 

4. You need to think about what it is to want from your life and why.

 

5. Don't piss off a water bender.

 

6. Authoritarian police states? Still bad.

 

7. Do not become an enemy of the state.

 

8. When your uncle shouts at you, there's a problem.

 

9. Kids shows can be surprisingly good at tragedy and stuff.

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5 hours ago, Teirin said:

Hope your brain and wrists are feeling better.   Your food plans always sound fantastic.

 

Brain and wrists are good. Ankle acceptable. Bruises surprisingly subtle for twenty hard hits to the elbow.

 

I'm looking forward to the barbacoa, man. Five pounds of beef, a ton of chipotles in adobo, a bunch of spices.

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Bending Lessons: Episode 2x18 The Earth King

 

1. I got nothin'? No bending lessons at all.

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Week 3 Day 4

 

Grounded Thought: 0 8 0 10 F S S

Grounded Action: 34 39 39 67 F S S

Grounded Rest:  6 7 6 6 F S S

Eat Rocks:  Y N N Y F S S

 

Week 1: 4.3min/25wheels/6.2hrs/58%sleepwins/57%rocks

Week 2: 4.3min/26wheels/6.3hrs/57%rocks

 

I do not know how I apparently did all the things today?

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Bending Lessons: Episode 2x19 The Guru

 

1. Always check people's passports.

 

2. Kidnapping small children is not always as easy as you think.

 

3. In order to master the Avatar state, you must open all the chakras.

 

4. The Earth chakra at the base of the spine is blocked by fear. Surrender those fears.

 

5. The water chakra deals with pleasure, and is blocked by guilt. Accept the reality that these things happened, and forgive yourself. Because this is a children's show, you have to figure out where this one is located on your own.

 

6. Follow your passion, and life will reward you. With tea and adorably cloying family moments.

 

7. The fire chakra in the stomach deals with willpower, and is blocked by shame.

 

8. The fourth chakra, located in the heart, deals with love, and is blocked by grief. Lay all your grief out in front of you.

 

9. The sound chakra is located in the throat. It's the chakra of truth, and is blocked by the lies we tell ourself.

 

10. The life chakra is located in the center of the forehead. It deals with insight, and is blocked by illusion. The greatest illusion is the illusion of separation. Everything is connected.

 

11. The thought chakra is located at the crown of the head. It deals with your cosmic energy, and is blocked by earthly attachment. Meditate on whatever attaches you to this world and let them go.

 

12. Even though three chakras ago, they were a good thing.

 

13. Seriously, does nobody check passports or ID around here?

 

14. Don't taunt the little blind girl. She'll kick your ass really hard.

 

15. Stay away from kings. Seriously, just say no. Sam Vimes would like a word.

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Bending Lessons: Episode 2x20 The Crossroads of Destiny

 

1. The key to both great tea and great advice is proper aging.

 

2. Perfection and power are overrated. It's very wise to choose someone you love.

 

3. Sometimes life is like a dark tunnel. You can't always see the light at the end, but if you just keep moving, you will come to a better place.

 

4. Never underestimate the love of a man for his bear.

 

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Hyperfocus is not my friend. Not at all.

 

Tonight's goals: Eat. Hydrate. Get to bed early.

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Garden update: Both types of basil are thriving like crazy, and the oregano is close behind. The rosemary looked like it was going to do surprisingly well, but I think I overspritzed. I still have, like, 1.8 of them, though. Unexpectedly, the mint is struggling. Nearly all the sprigs didn't make it. But I have one really healthy one that's having a growth spurt, and the little snippet I stuck in for fun also rooted. So I guess I can wait. I didn't expect the basil to give me tons of lush leaves while the mint died, though.

 

Also, the bunch of scallions I planted a while back are still happy. I'm not sure if I planted them too shallowly or let them get too tall, but probably the latter. I have given them a big eight inch haircut, and they're more stable and still probably twice as tall as they were in the store. I need to cut those more aggressively, leaves have been doing of old age before I get to them.

 

Next up will be a pot of garden cress, which is a super fast growing peppery salad leaf I just found out about. It's not bothered by being super crowded, so I'm going to start by filling up the other half of the scallion pot with it. I should be able to clip it for lots of salad. Eventually I'll get a pot of arugula going, and that should make me pretty close to self-sufficient on salad.

 

This week I'm volunteering at the community garden. I might be able to get half a plot by winter, in which case, I can probably keep myself in kale and arugula till spring.

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Yay for successful gardening!

 

I brought my pots of rosemary, thyme and parsley onto the porch earlier this week because we had frost warnings. Tonight they have to come in the house if I want to keep them going. Elf cooked with fresh rosemary for the first time last week. :encouragement: My tarragon did very poorly. I think something was eating it. Next year I will keep it inside the porch.

 

I'm tempted to envy your winter gardening, but by this time of year I'm happy to take a break from it. I do miss the wider variety of fresh produce available in the summer. I hope you get a garden plot soon so you can grow all the things.

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I'm jealous of your rosemary and basil. For whatever reason I can't grow mint or rosemary. The two things that are supposed to be unkillable I've managed to kill multiple times.

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5 hours ago, Mistr said:

Elf cooked with fresh rosemary for the first time last week. :encouragement:

 

Was it an exciting experience?

 

5 hours ago, Mistr said:

I'm tempted to envy your winter gardening, but by this time of year I'm happy to take a break from it. I do miss the wider variety of fresh produce available in the summer. I hope you get a garden plot soon so you can grow all the things. 

 

The gardening depends on being able to get a plot, apart from my windowsill, which I just water once a week.

 

I actually don't mind the work, because there's nowhere to walk at work, but the garden is very close, so an excuse to stretch my legs for ten minutes now and then is worth it. Also, I plan to be a lazy gardener.

 

5 hours ago, WhiteBeltBrowncoat said:

I'm jealous of your rosemary and basil. For whatever reason I can't grow mint or rosemary. The two things that are supposed to be unkillable I've managed to kill multiple times. 

 

Rosemary is hard. It's very picky about water. I've killed a lot of rosemary. Mint has always been indestructible, though. You can weaken it, but not kill it. This is the closest I've ever got, and I don't understand it.

 

I'm gonna go for some thyme, soon. I have access to some cuttings that, I think. I may get another rosemary cutting while I'm there.

 

I also have access to a massive amount of communal basil. Like four cubic feet of it, that grows back with interest when it's harvested. I might take a bunch and make some not-pesto. (Just the garlic and basil. I can't be bothered with cheese and nuts. Maybe also a sun-dried tomato version.)

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I'm basically amnestying tracking the end of this challenge. I have a work thing going on, and it's eating my brainpower.

 

I might do one more Avatar challenge before heading back to Ankh-Morpork. I need more gifs. I just hate doing those on my phone.

 

(Could some kind guild leader pop over to Treva's thread and remove my accidental posting of this there? That is how low on brainpower I am.)

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