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Thursday~ a weird day but a good day (I think, maybe???) everything is confidential, so I guess business as usual *shrug*.

Steps~ the steps challenge has a ‘spin the wheel and see how many steps you need to take to get a trophy’ , spun it and got 13,319. Stepped it up and took 17,700.

Chores~ dish drainer still hasn’t been emptied, so haven’t done any dishes. Did check the mail.

Auslan~ no new words today.

Updated my resume.


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Fri-yay! Kicked some hella butt at work. Went to Sh’Bam dance class in lunch and came out looking like a action movie hero. Came home and did bench press gym with Mr and the PT.

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Steps~ today’s minigoal is 20,462. Got up to 17thousand just in steps, plus did an hour of heavy lifting which has a badass conversion rate. Also noticed after gym that my traps are poppin’ so pretty happy.

Chores~ did dishes in the morning and took out the compost. I need to make a little sign with instructions because it’s not common that people have compost training so they don’t always do it right. I’m really happy that people are trying, so the sign would have to be really carefully worded to encourage and gently correct, rather than scold.

Auslan ~ this doesn’t really seem to be sticking at the moment.


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4 hours ago, Yasha92 said:

Got up to 17thousand just in steps, plus did an hour of heavy lifting which has a badass conversion rate. Also noticed after gym that my traps are poppin’ so pretty happy.

 

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kickin butt and takin names!

 

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YOu do look like a bad-ass action hero!

In our area, they have community compost. Everyone has their own bin where they put compost, and it is collected weekly. Then they make it all into a giant compost and sell the compost. I bought it one year, and had the worst weeds ever. I think because people don't put the right stuff in, or when they collect it  to make the compost pile, they don't do it right. Either way, I  put the compost in the bin, but don't buy it. I also tried for many years to make my own compost, but really struggled. It took forever to turn into compost. I think our weather is too cool and damp for compost. 

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kickin butt and takin names!

 

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Yeah boiiiii!!!

 

 

YOu do look like a bad-ass action hero!

In our area, they have community compost. Everyone has their own bin where they put compost, and it is collected weekly. Then they make it all into a giant compost and sell the compost. I bought it one year, and had the worst weeds ever. I think because people don't put the right stuff in, or when they collect it  to make the compost pile, they don't do it right. Either way, I  put the compost in the bin, but don't buy it. I also tried for many years to make my own compost, but really struggled. It took forever to turn into compost. I think our weather is too cool and damp for compost. 

 

Thanks EG! The action hero scowl was unintentional (I was trying to get the sun out of my eyes) but the picture looked so badass I kept it XD

 

Compost nerd alert!!!

 

If the compost they make grows weeds it means it didn’t get hot enough while it was composting to denature the seeds. I had the same issue with the compost I got from our council- I would hazard a guess that it is because of all the grass clippings/weeds that people put in and then not mixed with enough ‘hot’ ingredients (chook poo is a winner for that in my eyes!).

 

If you (or anyone else reading!) wants to try again with home composting it is really important to layer your compost ingredients 1:1 ‘green’ and ‘brown’. Green is the wetter stuff (kitchen scraps, garden weeds, wilting floral arrangements, fresh grass clippings), brown is the dry stuff (shredded paper or cardboard, dry autumn leaves, floor sweepings, hair clippings). For next-level compost add in the occasional serving of wood ash (make sure it’s cold! Don’t set your compost on fire!), manure from vegetarian animals (chook, horse, cow, bunnies- avoid cat/dog/people unless you are a specialist and making humanure for use on non-eating plants!), coffee grinds, and the occasional handful or two of healthy dirt (for dem microbes), these ingredients will really elevate things.

 

In cooler, wetter climes you want to make sure your compost is damp, but not wet (think a wrung-out dishcloth). You may have to add additional brown/dry ingredients to keep things in line. Adding extra poop will help it get hot enough to compost, just make sure it is mixed in with a layer of dry so you don’t burn all the little microbes. To make a good compost should take 6months to a year. “Turning” (aka tipping the whole thing out, mixing it real good and putting it back in) can be done at the three month marks to check the consistency and modifying as needed, I usually wait until the six month mark coz lazy.

 

The most important thing about compost is that it shouldn’t be gross! gross compost (smelly, vinegar flies, goopy or mouldy) is almost always a sign of not enough brown getting mixed in. The easiest way to get the right consistency is to add your kitchen scraps, then cover them over with the dry ingredients. Add a splash of water (rinse out your compost-delivery bucket, don’t fill it up with water) to keep things damp and let nature do her magic. Nor should it be dry as a bone and full of roaches/mice (not enough water added to keep it damp, needs a good stir to break up any nests, avoid adding rice/pasta/bread to keep the pests away).

 

Opening your compost bin should be like stirring up a pile of undisturbed leaf litter- you need to be careful of spiders, but mostly it should just smell like dirt.

 

 

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My problem was getting enough brown stuff. We don' t have many leaf shedding trees. I bought some stuff that was supposed to help , but it didn't.We still have our compost bins, so I may one day give it a go again, but I got frustrated

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My problem was getting enough brown stuff. We don' t have many leaf shedding trees. I bought some stuff that was supposed to help , but it didn't.We still have our compost bins, so I may one day give it a go again, but I got frustrated


Yes that was the trouble with the bin at my old sharehouse. Heaps of food scraps but we didn’t know how to compost so we never added any dry. Man that bin was disgusting :puke:.

Knowing that we need brown I bought a little paper shredder and any time I get junk mail that isn’t too shiny (or the envelopes from bills with the window ripped out, and every time I pass a subject I shred all the readings haha) I pop it in the shredder, then when I take out the kitchen scraps I take the shredder bucket too and cover the scraps with the paper. I like this method because it encourages me to declutter paper piles when I am looking for dry to add, though I have had to grab a newspaper this week for shredding because I’m making a stockpile so I can put a sign on it and encourage the neighbours to add a little dry with their wet. We are lucky and have a big tree which drops some interesting litter throughout the year so I sometimes grab a rake-full from a corner of the garden, stomp on it a bit to smash up any little sticks and mix that in. Egg cartons ripped up into little pieces are good, but you have to make sure the pieces are smaller than the little egg cups, otherwise they make a little air pocket that really encourage roaches.

You can do it! I believe! If you love compost it will love you back!


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1 hour ago, Yasha92 said:

 


Yes that was the trouble with the bin at my old sharehouse. Heaps of food scraps but we didn’t know how to compost so we never added any dry. Man that bin was disgusting :puke:.

Knowing that we need brown I bought a little paper shredder and any time I get junk mail that isn’t too shiny (or the envelopes from bills with the window ripped out, and every time I pass a subject I shred all the readings haha) I pop it in the shredder, then when I take out the kitchen scraps I take the shredder bucket too and cover the scraps with the paper. I like this method because it encourages me to declutter paper piles when I am looking for dry to add, though I have had to grab a newspaper this week for shredding because I’m making a stockpile so I can put a sign on it and encourage the neighbours to add a little dry with their wet. We are lucky and have a big tree which drops some interesting litter throughout the year so I sometimes grab a rake-full from a corner of the garden, stomp on it a bit to smash up any little sticks and mix that in. Egg cartons ripped up into little pieces are good, but you have to make sure the pieces are smaller than the little egg cups, otherwise they make a little air pocket that really encourage roaches.

You can do it! I believe! If you love compost it will love you back!


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That's a good idea. We have a paper shredder, but we shred non compostable paper in in too. Maybe if I just bought a little one, I could shred the other papper. Egg cartons would be good. Still not ready to try again though

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Saturday ~ what a game of DnD! Jeeeez O_O

 

We were in our party house when suddenly a portal opened and a Goristro (giant sized demon monkey creature) and two hellish companions started yelling at us. Turns out the Goristro is the current body of our Tiefling party member’s evil twin brother’s soul... (long story short that player had two character sheets for the two personalities sharing one body, a night hag ripped out the evil soul, leaving us with the goodly bard). The bard got dragged through the portal into the Abyss, then in a fit of goodliness our chaotic neutral thief leapt through and threw him back. The portal shut, locking the thief in the Abyss with the giant monkey. He ran, the monkey chased, he stacked a bunch of dash actions together and managed to get away to a crevasse in the ground and dig down into the sand made of smashed up bones and swim away. He tried to use his plains hopping boots to try and get back to the party and missed, ended up in (equivalent of) Valhalla. Meanwhile the rest of the party killed the two hellbeasts and then raaaan to the wizards college to try and find someone who could get us through to the Abyss in case the thief survived, or perhaps we could resurrect him. We met a wizard who gave us some important information. Meanwhile the thief met the goddess of Valhalla, impressed her a bit (she’s the goddess of freedom and she saw him push the tiefling back thru the portal, therefore releasing him from certain imprisonment and torture), shot a dragon and got teleported back to us.

 

TLDR: it was a good game, played well, DM’d well. Good job all.

 

Steps: mini challenge was 10thousand steps, got 14thousand... I feel like there were a bunch of those steps from grating carrots for carrot cake for Mr’s birthday, but I did go for a walk and stuff.

 

Chores: washed a bunch of dishes, wiped surfaces, made cake and washed up after. Oh, and I folded laundry. Mischief loves it when I fold laundry...

 

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Auslan ~ suddenly remembered the word for turtle, but no new learning.

 

 

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WOW what a beautiful gorgeous cat!!!! x


Oh yes, he is glorious. He knows it too. Sometimes he plays DnD also.

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Sunday~ fun day. Had both energy and motivation which is an excellent combination, so I did a whole bunch of gardening/yard work. Did not drink at all enough water, and I can feel I have a cold sore coming, but otherwise in good spirits.

Steps~ 10,700, lots of raking and ferrying sticks back and forth.

Auslan~ looked up the word “flower”.

Chores~ did some dishes and ran a load of laundry thru the drier. All the talk of compost whet my gardening appetite, so I broke down the deadfall pile and made a fire and burned it to ashes, wet them and put them in the compost, put a post on Facebook asking for chook poo to add to the pile when I turn it. Raked up all the leaves from the backyard and moved a potted shrub from the back to the front (with Mr’s help). Saw about a billion roaches when I disturbed a nest (shudder), and two huntsman spiders as big as my palm each. Set up a second-hand raised garden bed in the back yard and half filled it with all the rakings and stomped them down a bit and wet them to start them breaking down a bit faster (will top up with dirt and plant something in it ready for spring), moved some pots with tomato seedlings into a different area of the yard that gets more sun. I’d really like to grow some more food both in the front and back yards, to reduce our food miles (and expenses!) and to share with our neighbours. Since I planted some experimental plant in the front yard I have grown two zucchini, they will be turning into savoury muffins shortly ^_^

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Monday~ worked, stressed a bit about the thing I can’t talk about yet, but still got a fair amount done. it was so cold that as soon I got home I got straight into bed, called my mum, watched some of a documentary about the mars rover and went to sleep. I think I was asleep by 8.30pm (hence this morning after post).

Steps~ Yarp. 11 and a half thousand. Walked several bus stops ahead of where I would normally get on. Went for a walk in lunch. Walked down to the shops after work to top up my bus card so I could get home.

Chores~ yep, washed a bunch of dishes in the morning. Checked the mail, wiped the surfaces.

Auslan~ I watched a video where people were signing was surprised how much I could sort of understand.


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Tuesday, basically a copy of Monday. Got up, did a load of dishes and made some savoury muffins. Went to work and worked. Went to the chemist to grab some cream because I’ve broken out in stress exzhma (spelling???), in addition to my cold sore *sigh* I hate secrets. I also hate waiting. This is a combo of both, which is really pushing my buttons. On the up side, while I am stressed and a little anxious, I am not feeling any of the despair feelings I was feeling at the other job. For this I am thankful.

Chores~ washed a load of dishes, folded 8mins of laundry while waiting for the muffins.

Steps~ went for a walk in lunch and walked to the chemist after work before catching the bus home, so got over ten thousand steps. Saw a cute kitty on my walk
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Auslan~ nil.


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If I take the supplement L-lysine, I find my cold sore goes away mch quicker. Also eating food that is high in l-lysine, like kiwi and pineapple. 

Yay for home grown zucchinis!

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Mmmmmmm, savory zucchini muffins sound AMAZEBALLS! And home grown?? That's super BA :D

 

5 hours ago, Yasha92 said:

I’ve broken out in stress exzhma

 

Ugh...I think my body does this too. I have "hot spots" on my fave that break out when I'm stressed. I hope all this subsides soon!

 

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If I take the supplement L-lysine, I find my cold sore goes away mch quicker. Also eating food that is high in l-lysine, like kiwi and pineapple. 
Yay for home grown zucchinis!


Thanks for the tip! I’ll look for that supplement at the chemist :) I am so grateful for the compeed stickers which stick over the sore and keep it clean and stop it from cracking and bleeding. This is a single use plastic which I am absolutely fine with using!

Mmmmmmm, savory zucchini muffins sound AMAZEBALLS! And home grown?? That's super BA
 
 
Ugh...I think my body does this too. I have "hot spots" on my fave that break out when I'm stressed. I hope all this subsides soon!
 
Wolf


Had one of the savoury muffins with a spoon of salsa and sour cream today for a snickersnack and it was soooo good! Winning combo!

Yeah, I usually get one spot on my neck that gets red and itchy and looks suspiciously like a hickey, but this time it’s on multiple spots on my neck, in my hairline, on the tops of my ears and Worst of All... on my eyelids. Fucking stress.

I am reasonably sure it’s because I did the math on how long is left on my contract and while it is still 14 weeks one of my staff members was waiting over fifteen weeks after the applications closed before she got her offer, and they haven’t even advertised this position yet... I’ve put in for a few other things, and I’m on at least one other short list, but there is a lot of pressure (that I’m putting on myself) that comes from being the sole breadwinner and I am hyper aware of all the bills that need a steady income to be paid (like rent). I know it does me no good to stress about it, ands yet, here we are with itchy eyelids >:|



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Wednesday, divided up the tax return into savings and spending on some well overdue bits and bobs (headphones, new shoes for Mr, screen doors). Work was fine. I did my steps, but not much else.


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Not perfect. Shaking off the missed week and moving on.

Been doing really well on steps, only had one Saturday when I didn’t make it because of a long car trip then DnD.

Stressful secret thing is less secret now, though still a bit stressful. I still haven’t seen any movement in HR or management advertising the role I am currently filling in a permanent capacity (I’m filling a maternity leave, the lady I’m filling in for got another role while she was on leave so she isn’t coming back, so they have to fill that role with a permanent which has been implied would be me, but nothing is official until it goes through the proper channels), so I have been applying for other jobs. I have had a phone interview and am on the short list. I am waiting to hear back about the face-to-face interview. I’ve tried to make it clear to both my boss and his boss that as the sole income earner I MUST have safety in my income. Without advertising the role, and without me seeing a contract extension in writing, I have to apply for other things, if I still don’t see anything organised in time I may have to take other offers. My bills need to be paid yo! I’m squirrelling away what I can just in case there are any gaps in payments. I really really hope not. They’d be mad to lose me, they’ve said it themselves. But I refuse to be taken advantage of in terms of “oh well, just keep stringing her along and she’ll put up with it”. Never again.

Otherwise life is chugging along, had my last lecture today and the exam is set for Aug 5th. So far I’m on track to pass, but not smash it.

Been really enjoying gardening, and went to a community gardening day to check out their set up for what works in our area. I have asked a workmate to make me some raised beds for the front yard so I can take advantage of the sunny aspect. That is where I grew the zucchini, and there are some little beans growing there too. I am trying to sprout some pumpkin seeds so I can plant them, but I may have left it too late in the season. Most of all, I want a selection of flowers for the bees. I worry about those little pollination dudes.


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Sounds great (the gardening) 

 

wild flowers are so so good for bees and I adore them. So pretty - you can just scatter seeds and let them grow how they want <3 

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Sounds great (the gardening) 
 
wild flowers are so so good for bees and I adore them. So pretty - you can just scatter seeds and let them grow how they want


An excellent idea! I am going to see if I can get some mixed seeds tomorrow :)


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Thursday

Did my walking, drank heaps of water, worked. Washed dishes in the morning so I had a container to take soup to work in.

On the bus I caught a rainbow, I am taking that as a good omen.

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Friday, gym day. Deadlifts are best lifts, but I’m already sore XD

60kg 8reps
70kg 6 reps
80kg 2.5 reps (was meant to be 4, but form got ugly)
80kg 2 reps (second half of the four)
90kg no rep

Did some accessories stuff like kettlebell swings and incline rows and bicep hammer curls, so it’s an all over ouchie.

Confirmed that I should NOT have had three slices of cake, two cookies and and handful of other snacks for afternoon tea before the gym. There was a fundraiser at work and there were so many delicious sweet treats... I went a little overboard I think. Up side is I didn’t spew at the gym. Down side is I burped a whole lot of almosts :/ I didn’t have lunch (I knew the fundraiser was going to happen), and I still feel full enough that I don’t feel like dinner either. There were definitely enough calories in the afternoon tea that I for sure won’t starve haha.

Walking: did a little over 13thousand steps. I’m really pleased with how I’m tracking here :)

Chores: did some dishes in the morning before work. Looked at the laundry (didn’t fold it, let’s not go crazy now!), took out the compost.


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On 7/17/2019 at 5:54 AM, Yasha92 said:

but there is a lot of pressure (that I’m putting on myself) that comes from being the sole breadwinner and I am hyper aware of all the bills that need a steady income to be paid (like rent). I know it does me no good to stress about it, ands yet, here we are with itchy eyelids >:|

 

 as the sole breadwinner of my home as well, I can say that I understand how you feel. Especially with all the kiddos. Making sure bills are paid so the lights stay on is HUGE and crucial. Not to mention food, gas and all the other little necessities in life. Keep your chin up, Yasha. You'll get through this! How's the itchy eyelids? 

 

2 hours ago, Yasha92 said:

Deadlifts are best lifts

 

Amen to that! They always leave me wiped out too lol. 

 

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