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As of today, I officially have 1 year to go to meet my goal of doing a pike-to-handstand by the time I'm 40. That said, I find I make a lot of progress when I stop looking at the overall progress, and focus on smaller steps along the way, so I'm going to try breaking this challenge down into weekly challenges. I will also try not to plan out too much, because things change and I don't need to stress about minor goals made too far in advance. 

 

Maintenance goals:

  • Exercise: 3x weightlifting, 2x cardio, 3x PT.
  • Languages: Daily Russian practice, French in downtime.

 

Medium-term goals:

  • Garden: winterize garden, bring in the clementine before it freezes, redesign and put up greenhouse before we freeze.
  • Sewing: 
    • Halloween costume: vest and skirt for Anna (from Frozen) costume.
    • Winter party: pants, vest, and spats for the company 1920s-theme winter party.
    • Work: an extra pair of pants (in addition to the ones from the winter party) to be safely clad throughout winter.
  • Thermoplastics: Thor costume, but secondary after sewing goals.

 

There's a lot I want to do, but only so much time, so I have to prioritize. Since the sewing projects and the greenhouse have looming deadlines, those have to come first. I did get an airbrush and new, thinner, untextured EVA foam to make another shot at the chestpiece, though, and reigning myself in is being difficult. More impetus to get the sewing projects done, I hope. So that said...

 

Week 0 goal: Sew the vest for the Halloween outfit. Pieces are already cut out, mock-up has been made, make like Mortal Kombat and finish it. 

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Eee, all the fun costuming things. :D I love the idea of a 1920s winter party. I think my NYE part is going to be Roaring 20s themed. ;) 

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18 hours ago, raptron said:

Eee, all the fun costuming things. :D I love the idea of a 1920s winter party. I think my NYE part is going to be Roaring 20s themed. ;) 

 

The winter party is going to be at a casino, none the less, and we get tokens to play with for the party (no monetary value tho), so my gentleman and I are totally going as gangsters. :)  

 

Despite high hopes, however, this week has so far been unproductive. Tuesday was busy, yesterday I had jury duty literally on the other side of the county, which got out late, and today I have Russian tutoring lessons, so as of today a whopping zero percent has been accomplished. Thankfully, we only have one dinner thing to do this weekend, so I'm hoping to catch up then. Even more thankfully, the next few weeks should be pretty quiet, obligation-wise. I did my best last night with dumbbells and an over-the-door-frame pull-up bar at home, but it wasn't the same as a full workout at the gym, and I can't go today because Russian, so it's just getting marked off as "I did the best I could, move on." 

 

Unrelated, I've been pretty good about sticking to goals, food tracking, exercise, etc, and it's been a fair bit of time since I really had to exercise restraint on a continuing basis. A couple weeks ago, I noted that I'd inadvertently been tricked into having a short, stuttering philosophical conversation in Russian, which has always been my litmus test for fluency in a new language. I guess that checked a box in my brain, because I've been subconsciously mulling over starting a new language lately, and it's tough saying no. Logically, I know I need to keep plugging away at Russian until I'm at least professionally fluent (native-level is hard to do without living in a language), but that adventuring part of my brain is crying to start something new for the fun noob gains. I truly believe that I have to squash it though, due to time constraints and dedication to fluency, but man, it's hard.

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Maybe there is a new thing you can take up/try that isn't quite the same hour/level commitment as another language? So you can scratch that itch without overcommitting yourself. 

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8 hours ago, raptron said:

Maybe there is a new thing you can take up/try that isn't quite the same hour/level commitment as another language? So you can scratch that itch without overcommitting yourself. 

 

Going to give Spanish (Mexican) another try. A friend and I committed to 5 minutes a day, no stress, same platform I use for Russian practice. I'm hoping it's close enough to French to give me a leg up, and goodness knows you can hear it on the streets, so free extra listening practice with no pressure. I've tried learning Spanish in the past, but it failed out every time because a) I was young and impulsive and didn't want to put the time in, and b) when I drove a tow truck/ rig, I met lots of (young, male) Mexicans who gave me the worst possible attitude, and I got very turned off of the culture. Individually, I met and dealt with some very nice people. As a whole - or worse, in groups - it was not a positive association. I'm hoping a better personal attitude and better interactions with the culture in recent years will let me make headway this time. 

 

Also, I think my daily Russian vocab is starting to pay off: this Russian lesson was noticeably better, less searching for words (and those I did have to ask in English were mostly American concepts that don't have Russian counterparts, which led to totally derailing the lesson to discuss cultural differences (which I love)). 

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On 10/18/2018 at 9:33 PM, Manarelle said:

but that adventuring part of my brain is crying to start something new for the fun noob gains.

*cough* Mandarin *cough*

 

Ahem, sorry. Something stuck in my throat just now ;)

 

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On 10/20/2018 at 8:17 AM, WhiteGhost said:

*cough* Mandarin *cough*

 

Ahem, sorry. Something stuck in my throat just now ;)

 

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmhm. I have studied Mandarin, actually. Got through the first year, where the final was going to a Chinese restaurant the teacher's family owned and ordering/ checking out only in Chinese. My gripe with Chinese is that if you don't know a character, too bad. You can't spell it out, sound it out, nada. Yeah, yeah, you can get an idea what it might refer to by the radicals, but I'm not enthused with an all-or-nothing language, sorry. 

 

Maintenance goals: done.

Medium-term goals: got the garden winterized. I'm leaving the clementine outside hopefully long enough for any bugs to die, and need to start designing the greenhouse.

 

Week 0 goal: (mostly) done. I swear this week conspired against me, between friends suddenly needing attention (what's up with that?), jury duty, things breaking, and my gentleman suddenly getting a bug to finish outdoor work before it gets too cold. I'm not against the last bit, but it was inconveniently timed. I finally sat down on Sunday with the express goal of doing nothing but the vest and, despite a highly moronic pattern, got everything but the buttonholes and buttons done. I intend to knock that out tonight, then start the skirt tomorrow; since I spent some time yesterday picking out lining fabric for the skirt, I'm not counting the overlap as a fail.

 

Week 1 goals: 

  • Skirt for Halloween Anna costume, and
  • Go to the DMV to update my car title. (It's finally paid off!)

 

Well... photobucket is being an ass and won't upload files that are 726Kb, soo.... you'll have to imagine a mediocre black vest. 

 

Edit: Apparently, having forced me to go to a beta version a few months ago, photobucket has stopped supporting the beta version, and I had to find the hidden link back to the old one, with no warning. F**kers. Anyhow. Finished the buttons and buttonholes, so the vest is 100% done. 

 

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In a twist of fate, I found my old alma mater is offering an online "specialization" through coursera on cybersecurity - something I've noticed becoming more "required" and less "this would be a bonus on your resume" lately. It's self-paced, and only $50 a month, so if you finish it in a month, hey hey. Either way, it's still cheaper than doing another master's class without student aid, so I think I'll do that instead of a new language. (Plus, self-paced means I can still take time to play with sewing/ thermoplastics without stressing about an expensive class. Win/win.)

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On 10/16/2018 at 9:59 AM, Manarelle said:

As of today, I officially have 1 year to go to meet my goal of doing a pike-to-handstand by the time I'm 40.

Does that mean I am late wishing you a happy birthday?!  If yes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 

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Semi-relatedly, I'd love to know how you picked the goal, set a deadline, and what you do to make sure you're moving towards it. I'm starting to feel like I may be more successful with a specific physical goal in mind but all my attempts have fallen short. 

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19 hours ago, Manarelle said:

My gripe with Chinese is that if you don't know a character, too bad. You can't spell it out, sound it out, nada. Yeah, yeah, you can get an idea what it might refer to by the radicals, but I'm not enthused with an all-or-nothing language, sorry. 

Haha, yep.  That was supremely frustrating in the beginning.  Not being able to sound out words makes it much harder to look them up.  At least the grammar is simple. :) (unlike Russian...)

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12 hours ago, Manarelle said:

In a twist of fate, I found my old alma mater is offering an online "specialization" through coursera on cybersecurity - something I've noticed becoming more "required" and less "this would be a bonus on your resume" lately. It's self-paced, and only $50 a month, so if you finish it in a month, hey hey. Either way, it's still cheaper than doing another master's class without student aid, so I think I'll do that instead of a new language. (Plus, self-paced means I can still take time to play with sewing/ thermoplastics without stressing about an expensive class. Win/win.)

Oh, that's awesome! Good sub. :)

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10 hours ago, traaki said:

Semi-relatedly, I'd love to know how you picked the goal, set a deadline, and what you do to make sure you're moving towards it. I'm starting to feel like I may be more successful with a specific physical goal in mind but all my attempts have fallen short. 

 

If you mean the pike-to-handstand goal, it was something I'd seen in various "people are awesome" video compilations, and the deadline was a random near round number. I found a couple sources on breaking it down into steps, and it fit well with the rings and handstands NF pack I'd purchased. I'm not religiously working toward it, but I've incorporated necessary stretches and handstand practice into my regular workouts, so I'm making progress without actually thinking about it. The fact that I can do crow pose and handstands, and my toe touches have improved a lot are all pretty neat on their own. If I make the goal, yay - if not, though, I'm still improving myself and having fun. 

 

11 hours ago, traaki said:

If yes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 

Haha, thank you. Wasn't a big deal, but I got some fun stuff to play better with thermoplastics (once I get time again). 

 

6 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Haha, yep.  That was supremely frustrating in the beginning.  Not being able to sound out words makes it much harder to look them up.  At least the grammar is simple. :) (unlike Russian...)

 

Cannot argue on the grammar side of things. I've been studying Russian for 8 years now and there are still grammar rules I'm learning for the first time. Not that you can't get by without them, but still.

 

1 hour ago, raptron said:

Oh, that's awesome! Good sub. :)

 

Thanks. I love online (free) classes - there are so many things you can just poke about in, or really get a serious grip on. I did the intro to the cybersecurity last night, and it (and the prof) looks solidly legit. Like tests and final projects and "oh crap I need to find my notebooks again" legit. Here's to never stopping learning. 

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Good crickey, that's huge. Uh, video below of L-sits. The first video (with a more solid L-sit) was... less clothed... since, you know, it's in my own house at the end of the day. Pardon the swinging and stupid faces. 

 

In other news, I went into the new cybersecurity class last night, expecting it to be like my masters classes - multiple very long videos and over 100 pages to read per week. I was pleasantly surprised to find 3 videos shorter than 10 minutes each, and one (optional, but I did it anyway) reading of 16 pages. So... week 1 is done. :) Learned some good stuff on what cybersecurity is and isn't; looking forward to the next "week."

 

 

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1 hour ago, Elennare said:

You have the same pull up bar I do.  I've been wondering if I could hang rings off of it.  So thanks for answering that question for me, too! :)

 

LOL. Yup, just be aware of which direction to pull if you do incline rows. :) 

 

Dude at the gym was doing pull-ups on the rings today. /impressed

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On 10/23/2018 at 8:29 AM, Manarelle said:

If you mean the pike-to-handstand goal, it was something I'd seen in various "people are awesome" video compilations, and the deadline was a random near round number. I found a couple sources on breaking it down into steps, and it fit well with the rings and handstands NF pack I'd purchased. I'm not religiously working toward it, but I've incorporated necessary stretches and handstand practice into my regular workouts, so I'm making progress without actually thinking about it. The fact that I can do crow pose and handstands, and my toe touches have improved a lot are all pretty neat on their own. If I make the goal, yay - if not, though, I'm still improving myself and having fun. 

This helps a lot, thank you. I think I tend to be like, "HEY NEW SKILL IMMA PRACTICE SIX TIMES A WEEK" and I mean, there's a reason you haven't seen any skills practice in my last 9000 challenges.   I do have a pretty regular cooldown that I've been incorporating new stretches into as needed....I could totally add some new stuff into my workout without a big stretch. Hmmm....now to pick a good skill to learn....

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7 hours ago, traaki said:

This helps a lot, thank you. I think I tend to be like, "HEY NEW SKILL IMMA PRACTICE SIX TIMES A WEEK" and I mean, there's a reason you haven't seen any skills practice in my last 9000 challenges.   I do have a pretty regular cooldown that I've been incorporating new stretches into as needed....I could totally add some new stuff into my workout without a big stretch. Hmmm....now to pick a good skill to learn....

 

Yeah, a lot of crazy new skills are stuff that you need to practice a lot before you see improvements (or you see fast noob gains, then slow down and it seems like no progress is being made). I've found that to be really discouraging. On the other hand, if it's just one thing that's a part of what you do every day/ workout, then you stop focusing on it until one day you realize you've made noticeable gains, and then it's a pleasant surprise. Also, breaking it down into pieces gives more things to celebrate: I can't do a pike to handstand ("aw, boo, I failed"), but yay I can do a handstand, crow pose, and L-sit ("woot, go me"). That sort of thing. :)

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Happy very late birthday! Looking forward to seeing the costume and L-sit progress.

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Maintenance goals: done.

Medium-term goals: Halloween sewing done. Going to wait on Winter party sewing, for finances (shipping costs almost as much as the fabric :( )

 

Week 1 goals: Done. The DMV was a surprisingly pleasant visit - not because it was fast, but because I went mid-week and didn't look at the time from the moment I walked in until the moment I walked out. I knew I wasn't going to be happy with how long I was there, but since I wasn't willing to leave without getting it done, what's the point of worrying about how long it takes? So I spent a very nice hour just playing silly games on my phone while waiting, and walked away feeling relaxed and happy instead of stressed. Did have to short lunches 10 minutes all week, but well worth it. Also finished the skirt for Halloween/ general work attire, and it survived the subsequent first trip through the laundry, so woot, no last-minute rushing for Halloween. Took just under 8 hours, but that included some false starts and picking out stitches, so the next one should be faster. I also managed to clean up the pattern pieces and sewing instructions (I didn't have a pattern, just wanted to replicate a skirt I already own), and now I can make more whenever the heck I feel like it.

 

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Week 2 goals: 

  • Greenhouse: I have a plan, I have measurements...
    • Make a products list and see what can be re-used from last year's layout;
    • Put the damn exhaust fan in - sort out thermoplastics to let the cord work;
    • Cover the two existing faces with sheeting;
    • Consider some sort of gap fill (hm, maybe eva foam? Innnnteresting.....)

No photos of the skirt yet, I'm sure it'll happen on Halloween though.

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Nice! How did you get started sewing clothes? Halloween season has had me seriously considering trying to learn. :)

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On 10/25/2018 at 6:11 AM, Manarelle said:

Yeah, a lot of crazy new skills are stuff that you need to practice a lot before you see improvements (or you see fast noob gains, then slow down and it seems like no progress is being made). I've found that to be really discouraging. On the other hand, if it's just one thing that's a part of what you do every day/ workout, then you stop focusing on it until one day you realize you've made noticeable gains, and then it's a pleasant surprise. Also, breaking it down into pieces gives more things to celebrate: I can't do a pike to handstand ("aw, boo, I failed"), but yay I can do a handstand, crow pose, and L-sit ("woot, go me"). That sort of thing. :)

 

Yeah, that seems a lot better. When I was trying to get my splits, I felt like I didn't really have any pieces to celebrate...just "yay more flexible" which doesn't have great celebration points. 

 

Week 2 goals sound exciting! 

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19 hours ago, raptron said:

Nice! How did you get started sewing clothes? Halloween season has had me seriously considering trying to learn. :)

 

Honestly, I started when I was 16 because I wanted to work at the newly-opened ren faire and there was no way I was paying the kind of money they wanted for a shirt/bodice/skirt combo at that age. We had a sewing machine and I'd had basic sewing lessons in home economics (which apparently dates me pretty badly), and I pestered a friend's mother to show me some tips and tricks. The first year's outfit wasn't the greatest, but I just kept at it, and eventually got good. It used to be that making your own clothes was cheaper than buying them. Although the prices have evened out a bit, home-made clothes still last longer and fit better, imo. You can get a sewing machine for fairly cheap to start with, and most stores have basic sewing lessons for free or cheap. Definitely worth giving it a go. 

 

7 hours ago, traaki said:

Yeah, that seems a lot better. When I was trying to get my splits, I felt like I didn't really have any pieces to celebrate...just "yay more flexible" which doesn't have great celebration points. 

 

Week 2 goals sound exciting! 

 

I could see that being difficult to measure, shy of doing it right over a measuring stick or something. Check out some things that make you think "I could never do that!" and break them down... I'd bet you'll surprise yourself. :)

 

The "greenhouse" is just extra space under our back porch/stairs down to the basement door, but it's a nice shelter from the wind and elements when you absolutely have to do something outside in the winter. The exhaust fan is because my gentleman smokes, and since my treadmill is 1' from the basement door, the backdraft when he comes back in makes working out tough. I'm making it a bit bigger this year, too, just need to (as always) get it done. 

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We started sewing for pretty much the same reason!

 

I second the "get someone to show you the basics, and then just go do it" approach.  There's a lot you can do with basic skills, and once you get good at that you've learned how fabric works and then the harder stuff just makes more sense.

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22 hours ago, Manarelle said:

Although the prices have evened out a bit, home-made clothes still last longer and fit better, imo. You can get a sewing machine for fairly cheap to start with, and most stores have basic sewing lessons for free or cheap. Definitely worth giving it a go. 

 

Hmmm... maybe I should try making a pair of warm parkour pants for the winter. There's already a sewing machine in the house and I have a bit of sewing exp. My sister cosplays so maybe she'll give me some tips too.

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2 hours ago, DoubleTrouble said:

Hmmm... maybe I should try making a pair of warm parkour pants for the winter. There's already a sewing machine in the house and I have a bit of sewing exp. My sister cosplays so maybe she'll give me some tips too.

 

I support this, for sewing and parkour. :)

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