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Harriet's Year of Metal, Track One: By Force Or By Fire


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11 minutes ago, Harriet said:


I'd have to escort myself off the premises if I implemented that rule. 

 

That would be greatly unfortunate.

 

But, out of curiosity, if you have done things that were more important than cleaning, what do you base your judgement on?

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4 minutes ago, Scalyfreak said:

 

That would be greatly unfortunate.

 

But, out of curiosity, if you have done things that were more important than cleaning, what do you base your judgement on?


I guess I just have this implicit feeling (rather than a considered, explicitly endorsed belief) that everyone has a job or at the very least is a caretaker/home maker. So if I have no job I should at least keep the house clean or something? But I hate cleaning and have so little energy that sometimes just lifting and getting the groceries is me done for the day. I keep forgetting I have two major conditions that limit what I can achieve and then start judging myself by lofty standards. It doesn't help when the first question people ask when they meet you is what your job is. 

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1 hour ago, Harriet said:

It doesn't help when the first question people ask when they meet you is what your job is. 

 

Look them square in the eye and tell them the truth, a Warrior. 

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1 hour ago, Harriet said:

I guess I just have this implicit feeling (rather than a considered, explicitly endorsed belief) that everyone has a job or at the very least is a caretaker/home maker. So if I have no job I should at least keep the house clean or something?

 

Only if you have nothing better to do with your time. Or a valid medical reason for not having energy for it.

 

1 hour ago, Harriet said:

It doesn't help when the first question people ask when they meet you is what your job is. 

 

This reminds me of the discussion about small-talk in another thread. People really have no imagination at all when it comes to conversation starters. I suggest telling them you're an independent artist and writer, and then amuse yourself watching them desperately flounder for something to say or ask about an answer that genuinely surprised them. :)

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4 hours ago, h3r0 said:

Look them square in the eye and tell them the truth, a Warrior. 

 

Awww, thanks, h3ro. But then what if they want to hire me and I don't actually kill people or monsters I just pick things up and put them back down.

 

4 hours ago, Scalyfreak said:

This reminds me of the discussion about small-talk in another thread. People really have no imagination at all when it comes to conversation starters. I suggest telling them you're an independent artist and writer, and then amuse yourself watching them desperately flounder for something to say or ask about an answer that genuinely surprised them. :)

 

Ja. I tell them I do some editing and that I'm learning to write short stories, both of which are true. I don't tell them how many hours I spend sleeping or whiling away on the sofa because I'm too tired for anything else. 

 

4 hours ago, ShadowSilk said:

You're an artist.  You're an independent contractor, currently focusing on self-development and rebranding. 

 

You're right! I paint, ergo, I am painter. Since I am a novice artist, I continued my studies. Thank you for the identity nudge. As a result, here is the DA:Inquisition original fennec card, and my attempt. This one was all about textures. I can't make exactly the same textures as the artists did, but I had a go with the "brushes" available to me (no idea how to do that halo around the sun/moon, though):

 

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I other news, I am sick. I feel like someone stapled a bit of rough cardboard to my throat. I am disinclined to eat my normal foods (sugar, ice cream, jerky and whisky are acceptable, however) and there has been no lift, no write, no groceries. I did go for a short walk because I remembered there are gradients between on and off, and a walk in the sun is an energy-inexpensive way to make things better. Painting requires little energy, so it was done. There has been no reading, however, because I can't read with music on, and I can't turn the music off. Here is a nostalgic instrumental piece that I rediscovered today from long ago.

 

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1 hour ago, Harriet said:

I other news, I am sick. I feel like someone stapled a bit of rough cardboard to my throat. I am disinclined to eat my normal foods (sugar, ice cream, jerky and whisky are acceptable, however) and there has been no lift, no write, no groceries. I did go for a short walk because I remembered there are gradients between on and off, and a walk in the sun is an energy-inexpensive way to make things better.

 

I am really impressed you managed to go outside into the sun for a while despite being sick. I have yet to master this high level of mind magic.

 

Also, ice cream is scientifically proven to help cure almost anything virus-related.

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40 minutes ago, Scalyfreak said:

 

I am really impressed you managed to go outside into the sun for a while despite being sick. I have yet to master this high level of mind magic.

 

Also, ice cream is scientifically proven to help cure almost anything virus-related.

 

Yes. I science muchly. 

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Heal up. I love the painting. 

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Thanks everyone. I think the staple/bit of cardboard is my tonsil. Maybe some salt water will help.
 

9 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

The fennec is super cute!! I don't know what tools are available but perhaps a circular gradient would work for the halo? Or making a few layers where each layer has a circle of a different size and colour? Dunno, just ideas, I've used digital tools even less than traditional.

 

Feel better soon!

 

Thank you! Yeah, I think layers would have been best, but I wasn't sure how to do that. I did figure out how to make a circle and paint inside it, though. Oh well, next time.

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No improvement, just one very spiky tonsil. Did nothing today except meditate, cook dinner and draw a hare in preparation for next card. Just wanted to get a pose where all the legs were crossed, and for it to not look like a rabbit. I think this pose will work for the card. Gotta think about background & colours & stuff though.
 

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Ugh icky! hope you start feeling better soon,

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On 1/12/2020 at 1:19 PM, Harriet said:

Week One Summary

 

Ooops. I'm proper sick with a sore throat and all. That could explain the glumness and lack of writing.


Meditated 7/7 (42 day streak)

Wrote 1/3 

Lifted 3/3 (get thee behind me, headcold)


Oh no! You are sick too :( That sucks! Look at you go though!!! Kicking butt with lifting and 42 days of meditating!!! I don't know how you do that. You are getting some amazing progress in!! Don't overwork yourself - I think I did, but I am taking your advice and not giving up :) 

I still can't get my head around meditating!! 

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🎉 Let's kick butt!! Fitbit and myfitnesspal

 

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My throat hurt so much last night that I dreaded swallowing. I was lying awake thinking "how much longer can I accumulate drool before I have to swallow again?" So this morning I went to the doctor despite my antipathy toward appointments, telephone calls, waiting rooms, doctors' rooms and doctors themselves. They gave me a very bitter liquid steroid to drink and told me I can have up to 600mg of ibuprofen three times a day or at night, which I did not know and which should help. No strep, which is good.
 

20 minutes ago, Mike Wazowski said:

Hare looks lovely!!! Hope the tonsil decides to retract its spikes soon, that does not sound fun!

 

Thank you :) 

 

1 hour ago, LostValkyrie19 said:

Oh no! You are sick too :( That sucks! Look at you go though!!! Kicking butt with lifting and 42 days of meditating!!! I don't know how you do that. 

 

Haha. I meditate for five minutes only, and I do it badly. And the lifting isn't hard because I love it. I mean, I don't love every day, but it's generally awesome and I've been doing it for two years. It might help to know that I tried and failed for years to make a habit out of running and cardio machines. They didn't stick because I hated them, and I didn't see any success until I tried different types of exercise/sport and found the ones I was excited about.

 

You can do guided meditations to make it easier, if you ever want to start. Lots of people use headspace. They have a free introductory set of guided, beginner sessions. 

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22 minutes ago, Harriet said:

You can do guided meditations to make it easier, if you ever want to start. Lots of people use headspace. They have a free introductory set of guided, beginner sessions. 

 

Insight Timer has a free intro course for beginners as well.

 

Word of advice: Like with everything else, if you really want to be successful at meditating, you need to know your Big Why and howmeditation will help you meet that particular goal.

 

For example, I meditate because when I don't my anxiety flares up and make life utterly miserable for everyone around me (and for me too!). The fact it feels good while I do it is a bonus. I would not be able to meditate every day just for the sake of meditating.

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“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

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Still no good. I'm having trouble drinking my tea this morning because swallowing hurts--6/10. I read some E A Poe and painted a background for my hare card yesterday. The complete works of Poe are only 1000 pages, so if I actually stuck to my goal of reading 50/day, it would be readable within a very reasonable period. There's really no excuse. I can read on even the worst days. Also, Poe uses words like cynosure and ratiocination, which are uncommon enough to be interesting. Maybe I'll learn some things. Gosh, English is large.

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16 minutes ago, Harriet said:

Also, Poe uses words like cynosure and ratiocination, which are uncommon enough to be interesting.

 

If that sort of thing interests you, you should give H.P. Lovecraft a try...

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6 hours ago, Scalyfreak said:

 

If that sort of thing interests you, you should give H.P. Lovecraft a try...

 

OMG my all time favorite. Time to get weird fiction 

 

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