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**SPOOF** Sweet merciful barbecued baby Jesus! How'd I get back here?

 

Seems when things start a changin I get an ictchin to visit my ol' stompin grounds 'ere and set up shop for a new challenge.

 

So last challenge I had just moved to a new apartment, gotten begrudgingly complacent at my desk job,  doomsday prepped for the onslaught of the holidays, and goodness knows what else... because that was half a year ago. And things move fast in my plain of existence. Because now I've got a new job. No longer am I confined to a cubicle nine-to-five that I promised myself in high school I'd rather commit sepuku than settle for. No longer will I be at the bottom of the totem pole being paid  pennies for what a robot could do if it weren't for the fact that most companies are run by slow muggles that are too busy cleaning up after the messes of one another to press the skynet button. No longer shall I dress myself in an occupational costume,  or prattle on with the convoluted business rules as I prostrate myself to the fake social niceties. For now I am... in the IT field.

 

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That's right I'm the doctor dolittle of computers. That cloud you throw your precious data into? It's physical. And I get to dig around in it. Well... not really. I just do some hoodoo voodoo and replace damaged parts of the borganism so it's mechanical mind continues whirling though the cosmos of time.

 

Ok... enough with waxing poetry. On to the challenge.

 

I've got an odd new schedule. It's four days of 10hr shifts and a three day weekend. Don't get me wrong, it beats the muggle standard. But the work days are so crammed that there is no time for dilly dally. It's straight home, walk the dog, eat dinner, unwind for at max an hour, pass out, rinse and repeat. And a three day weekend seems like plenty of time to kill except the chores take the remainder of the space. The living space cleaning and maintenance, the meal prepping, grocery shopping, managing virtual social meetings, planning world domination. You know... normy stuff. This makes me wonder if I should bite the bullet and find myself a nice girl. I can wear the corduroy pants in the relationship for four days and a sarong on alternating days. And we can make beautiful food together.

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Korra's Automated Abode Challenge

 

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Tracking Food

Tracking food can be hard and plugging in all that data day after day can be tedious. So why not automate it with meal prepping? I've got 6lbs of pork tenderloin and more chicken than I can shake a stick at ready to go. And who knows? With all the nutrition info coming in,  I can squeeze some healthy snack time goodies in there to fill in the gapsimage.png.a59a58de6225fb8a2e50d69dd3e8bed0.png

Stretching

With my new job I'm on my feet most of the day and walking here and there finishing up tasks so I don't have to worry about a step goal. And my dog demands a walk every two hours so he can visit his doggy friends at the apartments that like to chill on the balcony. But the back does tend to get tight at work. So I'll be doing stretches at certain intervals through the day and maybe some yoga during the weekend to spice things up.

 

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Lifestyle

Staying present and checking in is always good. It keeps one from falling back into bad habits that ultimately lead to a downward spiral to a deep dark hole that at that point is not worth climbing out of. So I'll do journaling in the evenings to check in on how the day went, what went good, what didn't go well, and how things can be their best tomorrow. And if the urge to download another soul sucking empty void of a smartphone game crosses my mind I know to grab that journal and scribble like the dickens. If journaling doesn't help then meditation always does. I think I one time connected with the universe and it felt the way all the religious people describe the feeling of meeting their deities. So going for those feelings seems like a good cure all.

 

I'm not quite sure what steps to take after you've been surrounded by people for long periods of the day and not interacting with them in a way to scratch the human social need and thus your mind tries filling in those gaps with an imaginary friend (usually from a well watched tv show or video game). Do you engage with that part of your conscious and wax and wane philosophy of the need for human connection in a quasi attempt to fill that void?

 

 

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On 5/3/2020 at 7:43 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Welcome back! Congrats on the new job!

Thanks! I’m happy for the change :)

 

On 5/4/2020 at 5:07 AM, annyshay said:

Congrats! Welcome back!

Good to be back.

 

On 5/5/2020 at 11:13 AM, Ann of Vries said:

Welcome back! Love your focus points ❤️ 

I’ll be refocusing the focus points to they can be more... focused. 

45 minutes ago, Chris Tarly said:

Following for 10 hour shift solidarity.

 

Eventually, you do figure out how to dilly-dally.

I think I don’t have time to dilly dally during my shift days. I’m looking st my sleep schedule and seeing that I may need an extra 45min of time asleep. I like to gauge my sleep score on my Fitbit’s grading of time asleep and deep and REM sleep. Restfulness is a joke since my heart rate goes from 55 to 75 through out the cycles.  

If I don’t get enough sleep, I don’t retain as much info as I’d like while training and have a harder time focusing. It’s like being underwater,  trying to hear and see the conversation above surface, all while trying not to be dragged deeper into the ethereal waters of the mind and get lost there. 

So how do you do the dilly dally? Do you try to pack it in during the weekend? 

Hmm... maybe I should push my evening routine to an earlier time so I can journal and sleep longer?

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Week 0 Day 4ish

 

think I got the date right. Don’t think I’ve journaled in a few days. Which isn’t good. I kind of let some of my bad habits come back. I tried out the Overlord anime themed rpg app. The storyline was fun for a while, but the pacing was slowed to fit the number of quests per chapter and I ran out of energy too quick in the game. Plus you have to drop an obscene amount of money to get enough gatchas for the right high teired character peices. And you had to wait daily for a lottery finite amount of items to level break their skills. It made me miss playing the Sword Art Online app. Mainly since that game had a similar hack and slash feel to kingdom hearts. But I don’t have enough time to pour into it to grind to the max level. Plus everyone you delete the app it permanently deleted your character and save file. But the leveling system was built right, The Gatcha mechanics don’t cripple you too much at the first half of the game, the story line is engaging, the side quests have enough heart in them to keep interest as well, there are plenty of active guilds, and the world feels almost open. Sadly it takes too much memory on my phone even though it’s due for a hard reset to remove the illusive “other” data. I swear I’m getting a different brand phone. 

 

When end I did journal a few days ago it gave me the inertia to go to the grocery store to get the rest of my supplies so I could meal prep five serving of pork tenderloin and a seven servings of orange chicken. The only problem is the broccoli that goes with the chicken. A fresh head bakes to perfection in the oven and the flour eats, but I bought a frozen bag which is fine to steam but has too much moisture to get the right kind of crispy. Ugh the problems of wanting a decent meal prep side dish. 

 

Ive logged in all my meals for the week and didn’t quite hit my calorie goal so I’ve added some pork rinds and fruit. Wish I could have cheese, but after going whole30 I found out I’m lactose intolerant and casin causes hyperactivity for me. The melatonin gummies are fine since the coloring is from the carmine bug and not red40. 

 

The inly good thing about these shit downs is that I’m not socially obligated to go to restaurants. I hate freaking out trying to find something that is gluten and dairy free. And if the restraint doesn’t have a gluten free menu you know their spices, sauces, and oil all have it and the staff sure as heck don’t care about cross contamination. More than once I’ve had a waiter stop at our table after we’ve finished to apologize that the dish has gluten and the kitchen only told them a few minutes ago. So I have to spend the next few days feeling sick with headaches,   Brain fog, stomach cramps, and anxiety attacks. So there’s always a silver lining to everything. 

 

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Week 0 day 6

 

things feel like things are unraveling fast... or piling up?  Not sure which.

 

i literally have lost all motivation to do the things. Not sure if it’s the fatigue from work since they let me off the leash to complete my quests at my own leisure. And I’m crushing it. But I’m so tired afterwards. It may be the heat from the servers. (Big secret: the servers are actually human brains. What better way to process and store casts amount of data than through billions of neurons and synapses? Psycho-pass totally stole our idea)

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My weeks almost over, but I really want to use this time to recoup. I don’t want to waste a two days going to the bazaar, selecting my ingredients, concocting my nutritional brews for the week, divvying the output, cleaning the mess, and then cleaning some more. 

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There is a meal plan subscription that has a gluten free and paleo option and they use real food. Not that silly fad-diet stuff that tastes like cardboardwhoch simultaneously decreases your will to live while increasing the longing to devour a whole chocolate cake. 

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This issue is the price. It’s about $80 for ten meal. Which seems high at first, but given that there’s a twelve percent discount over the quantity purchased and the subjective cost for convenience fees. Plus if the meals aren’t filling I can always throw in a sweet potato.thise things are magical. And who knows? Maybe some of the meals will be enjoyable enough for me to recreate. Maybe this can be a ‘treat yo’self” splurge. 

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Then again I may not even have time to meal prep for myself since 

Sunday is offspring’s child-bearer worship day. Which if it’s at my parents house will be a whole day event. Usually they’d keep it short, but all the chi lies have flown the coup and what with the endgame looming about it’s a good time as ever to be released  from the shackles of the pergatoey of self-isolation and thrust oneself into the into the warm embrace of nostalgia and the fragrance of toxic relationships and childhood trauma. 

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I think this is mor of my jorinaing for the noght than my acrialy journaling, but my infrequent years of posting and gif using here have lead to the overuse of blunt symbolism and images to present some darker themes in a more palitable and consumable material for the general audience. Then again this is how I write when I’m tired and possibly stressed.

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Anyways did my stretching st work and sweat more in one week than I have for an entire summer. Despite the fact that the entirety of the moist experience was spent indoors. Yes... stretching. 

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The thing about Toxic people is they are going to be unhappy whether you do what they want or not. When you quit trying, they are just as unhappy as they always were, but you are less unhappy. You always have the choice whether or not to bother with offspring-producer-worship day.

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My grandparents were shits. My parents got really good at just limiting their parental duties to a short time-span and then moving on. They only did that because they lived close, and it was like "If we give them a couple hours today, we'll have peace for another year"

 

You gotta do what's best for you. I applaud that you recognized they are toxic-some people don't learn that until their parents are dead and they can stop banging their head against a wall. You're already a couple steps ahead!

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On 5/4/2020 at 3:32 AM, Korranation said:

That's right I'm the doctor dolittle of computers. That cloud you throw your precious data into? It's physical. And I get to dig around in it. Well... not really. I just do some hoodoo voodoo and replace damaged parts of the borganism so it's mechanical mind continues whirling though the cosmos of time.

This job description is brilliant, it's what the job ad should say. Also I'm amazed at how many people don't understand that the cloud is a very real, physical, energy consuming place.

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On 5/9/2020 at 4:52 AM, Terah said:

Following! 

Congrats on your new job!

Thanks!

I'm stoked about this new career chapter in my life.

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On 5/9/2020 at 9:22 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

The thing about Toxic people is they are going to be unhappy whether you do what they want or not. When you quit trying, they are just as unhappy as they always were, but you are less unhappy. You always have the choice whether or not to bother with offspring-producer-worship day.

True. Hurt people hurt people.

My previous job was full of hurt people in a company large enough to overlook this kind of behavior since it was the norm for them when they were military.

I'm done trying to keep up with the normies. At this point I just dress so I blend in enough to avoid the being given the sore thumb sticker and leave social niceties at the door.

I stocked up on a bunch of video game t shirts that are subtle enough for the non-gamers to think of as a plain jane logo. Can't wait some of my team light up when I wear my umbrella corp or aperture science shirts.

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On 5/9/2020 at 9:13 PM, Snarkyfishguts said:

My grandparents were shits. My parents got really good at just limiting their parental duties to a short time-span and then moving on. They only did that because they lived close, and it was like "If we give them a couple hours today, we'll have peace for another year"

 

You gotta do what's best for you. I applaud that you recognized they are toxic-some people don't learn that until their parents are dead and they can stop banging their head against a wall. You're already a couple steps ahead!

Sorry to hear about your family.

I knew what topics to avoid and how to steer a conversation to avoid such unpleasantries during mother's day. Thankfully my stepmom is stressed about restructuring the work tasks given to her employers with the new work from home situation that she has her fair share of drama and didn't need to seek any out. Plus there's not much to criticize about me now since I've checked off the appropriate adulting milestones for the point of my life I'm in. Apartment, stable job, financially frugal, enough income to afford a cheap pre-owned starter car once mine kicks the bucket, all insurance thingies are up to date, no drug problems except a need for antihistamines, etc. And with the current world situation I don't have to pretend to hunt for a life partner now. And who knows, if I'm savvy enough I can finish a first draft of my book or release enough short stories to where I can by something out in the hill country where I can hunt game for food, install 3d printed robots to automate my vegetable gardens, and raise some chickens so I have an excuse to trade and make pleasantries with the crazy neighbors out there.

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On 5/11/2020 at 1:11 AM, Mad Hatter said:

This job description is brilliant, it's what the job ad should say. Also I'm amazed at how many people don't understand that the cloud is a very real, physical, energy consuming place.

Glad you like the description. Working with digital clouds aren't that mainstream since they just started a little over a decade ago. All servers are different based on the manufacturer and it's difficult to market a job like this to the masses since most people do not work so intimately with machines in their average daily life.

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Week 1 Day 3

 

So I'll be updating this once or twice weekly. I don't have any time after work to do much else other than walk the dog, eat dinner, and unwind for the following day before promptly passing out. So I may go on radio silence for the next four days at least. I didn't realize how much time I can pour into one post since I've always been one to waste time on relatable gifs to break up my walls of text and keep things upbeat.

 

Tracking food

I tried ordering from a meal prep restaurant that also does catering for my weekly lunches and dinners. Plus they a wide variety of gluten free and paleo friendly options to choose from. Sadly you usually have to order at least a week in advance it you're wanting do to a ten meal plan. So I had to run to a knock off whole foods store near my place and find some frozen gluten free entrees. I've added them all to MFP along with my usual breakfast. The calorie level was low so I had picked up some cashews, almonds, and craisins to make a trail mix for a snack. My average daily calories are between 1,350-1,400. My goal is for at least 1,500 calories since I'm on my feet all day at work. I only went over the carb and fat macros by a margin error of 6grams. But I'm still lacking about 50grams of protein so I'm unsure if I should cut into my rations of canned chicken breast to make the deficit.

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Stretching

I did so much stretching at work the last few days. Mainly because the work I was doing was more labor intensive than the usual. They were low level tasks of parts replacements that don't require any troubleshooting and were a good way to get my task number up show I can show the team that I know what I'm doing and can keep up. My back was getting really tight at the end of the last day of work since I been doing nothing but replacements all day. I think I'll switch it up and do troubleshooting this week.

 

I've also started doing pushups while watching tv over the weekend. Granted it's only five at a time and it's at the knees instead of a full body plank, but I've got to start over somewhere. Just want to make sure I'm building muscles in the right places so I can have more stamina at time progresses.

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Lifestyle

As of late my mind has been going full steam ahead with the learning and processing at work. And I realized I couldn't sit down and read a book without a word or phrase sending my imagination into a vividly detailed made up scenario about one aspect or another in my life that has no basis in reality and leaves me with negative and unpleasant feelings. So I picked up The Happines Trap again.

I was religiously reading this book about three years ago. During that time in a previous job I would take my lunch break at a small mom and pop coffee shop that was too far out of the way of comfort for my coworkers to trek to since if I went to a Warbucks they'd usually sit down next to me and start chatting. I was an admin assistant that was sort of downgraded to the front desk where I would spend the entire day alone except for the few clients that would walk through the door. The company was nice when they would say hi, but it detracted from my reading time. I carried a journal and would write at length about what I thought and felt during the questionnaire in the books, and the examples they gave for diffusing negative thoughts or images. And I didn't feel comfortable leaving something that personal out at work in case someone picked it up if I walked away. Not that they did that. But I was paranoid of the over concern  and possible escalation that may occur if someone was nosey.

The book really helped with the negative self-talk I had. I had jumped past all the chapters of the negative stories and images and straight to the values and actions. It had lead me to take the steps to apply for another job and get a better foothold in something that paid more.

 

But now I'm dealing with only negative images and can't recall how to diffuse them. Once I have those methods down on accepting them and focusing my attention on the real stuff I'll be moving forward to double checking my values with the help of the partner worksheets and see what actions I need to take to get to the next foothold in my life.

 

I still do normal evening journaling with a to do list after I'm done writing, but I'm looking forward into what I can incorporate from the book into my writing.

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On 5/21/2020 at 8:32 AM, Sylvaa said:

*cough cough*

 

So it's been a bit. How is everything going? 

Oops 😬 

I meant to update last week, but got side tracked before I could post.

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Week 2 day 1

 

Welp first official week is behind us and we survived. There’ve been some hiccups on my end, but these have all been great learning experiences. For science!

 

Tracking food

Food tracking has hit a snag. Although all food has been logged, not all has been consumed.

The day after my last post I was moved to the night shift. I was told this at 5am and my shift started at 7pm. So being disorientated all week I have not been making my sunrise smoothies. It’s been work, go home to sleep, wake up, rinse and repeat.

Thank goodness I put in an order for a 10 dish at a local meal prep restaurant near my place. I accidentally volunteered for overtime so the meals work out in my favor.

 

 

Stretching

Not sure if I should keep this one at a goal. I’ve naturally been stretching of my back feels tired. And if it’s tight I’ll sneak into a kneeling position and bring my hands to one side and walk them back behind me to pop the lower back.

 

Lifestyle

Not sure if I’ve been doing any journaling. I did write a stoic prompt before I found out about the night shift. I covered the good, better, best idea: what did I do well today, what could have been better, what can I do to make sure I have the best day moving forward. I had so much planned... before the fire nation attacked.

 

Learners log

  • Reset alarms to reflect new schedule
  • Nix the smoothie
  • Time is an illusion
  • The sun is now my enemy
  • don't copy an old entry written on mobile notes and past directly to the website thinking the font will be normal
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Week 3 day 1

 

Can’t believe I wrote last weeks and never posted it. That’s what I get for going down the gif rabbit hole.

 

Food tracking

I may have neglected to scanned in my meals to mfp. But that doesn’t mean my faux diet isn’t working.

I may have taken up a secular version of Ramadan without knowing. I’m eating at work which is after 7PM then have another meal around 1AM.

I have a friend at my apartment complex that use to work night shifts. They said they slept better on a full stomach. So I tried a light meal of rice noodles a few days ago. And I slept right through until it was time for work. My dog might have gotten on my schedule too and graciously not woken me up at the four hour mark.

 

I had the meal prepped items and had no sugar cravings this week. I realize just now that last week there were two occasions where I went to the vending machine to get my gummi fix. But now that my meals were less processed (and mostly paleo) I didn’t have these issues. The meals were more filling and satisfying that the frozen entrees, but they’re twice as expensive.

 

Another think for me to consider is the weight loss. My weight has stayed the same the two weeks with the frozen entrees. But with the meal prep caterers I’ve lost 4.4lbs this week and 6.6lbs this month. Granted I literally have no time for four days to graze or binge eat. And I spend my fifth day sleeping.

 

$80 a week isn’t too bad for ten meals. I guess I can justify the extra cost to go towards a personal convenience and healthy living fee. And the extra pay from the new job will make sure my wallet won’t be hurting.

 

Stretching

I haven’t needed to do much stretching this week. Most of the tasks I’m working on are more time intensive troubleshooting so there’s no need for me to flex. I do stretch my back if I’ve been sitting too long. And put my arm over my shoulder, hand at the center of my back, and pull on my elbow until my shoulder pops.

 

Lifestyle

I’ve journaling this week. I literally come home and go through my sleep routine and pass out before I can remember to write. Not sure if I should spend my first day of catching up. I wonder what I might stumble across once I start journal reflecting.

And now that I have some time off I realize I’ve been so busy sleeping and working/training that I have given zero thought as to what to do with my time. Do I finish watching the last season of she-ra? Do I go back to my neglected animal crossing island despite the anxiety it gives? Do I feverishly write a short story and send it off to lightspeed magazine? Do I try catching up with the podcast “ LeVar Burton reads” to brush up on short story ideas? Maybe I should finally press the sky at button?

 

Learners log

  • real food leads to faster and more consistent weight loss than processed frozen entrees
  • real food eliminates sugar cravings
  • carbinated water is a good substitute if you're needing a soda fix
  • black coffee > energy drinks (they give me heart palpitations)
  • la croiux is the french white peoples version of topo chico
  • the extra price for convenience and healthy lifestyle is work the weight loss investment
  • may need to wake up half an hour earlier to journal
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On 5/28/2020 at 12:39 PM, Snarkyfishguts said:

Sounds like a good week! 
 

how many seasons of she-ra are there? Because I may have to start watching it. 🥰 

There are five seasons

first season has kids as the intended focus audience, then it goes off the edgy end with each new season and ends with rainbows 🌈 

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Week 4 day 1/2ish

 

Another week sucked into the black void that is the past. I think I fared fairly well despite the lack of weight loss. I did re-learn some important factoids about myself. So I made not in the learners notes. I also know that I’m an overly sensitive person. Sensitive to caffeine, to the lack of sleep, to basically most foods, molds, pollen, certain trees, etc. 

 

Food tracking

Forgot to order my meal prepped stuff so instead of doing another unsuccessful week of frozen pad Thai I decided to make some food. Which is difficult since meat is getting pricey. I decided to go with pork chops since I ran out the house an hour before store closing time and there was  only one family pack of extra thicc chops left. I also grabbed some pork neck for bone broth purposes. I promised myself I would make ramen with all the stock I have on hand, but I’m not sure how well that’s gonna go with my level of laziness this weekend... yes my weekends are now on Monday’s and Tuesday’s.

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Anywho I made honey balsamic glazed chops. I used some extra lard scrapped off from previous pork stock as an oil to brown eat side before throwing the concoction into the Magic that is the instant pot. They were so good that I had to steal a portion all to myself right then and there. And the left over marinade can be thickened up with cornstarch or tapioca starch to turn into a dipping sauce.

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For the sides I’ll probably do crispy oven-fried broccoli and some sweet potatoes.

 

I may have also gotten carried away in the produce section and bought a bag of every discounted apple and pear variety they had on hand. I can’t help myself when I see that glorious half off sticker on fruit. So now I’ve got the next few weeks to look forward to having an Apple a day. If only the shelves had as much vitamin c.

 

 

Stretching

Not much stretching needed to be done the previous week either. A lot of tasks were reaching their countdown timers and we didn’t want them to explode or anything. So the more time consuming and less labor intensive tasks took priority. So I spent the time cleaning my email, learning the next steps in the process, and signing my heart out. No one can hear your scream queen auditions in the cacophony that is a room full of hundreds of server fans.... imagine the sound your personal desktop makes when it’s working to hard. Now times that by a thousand. So I’ve been leaving my shifts with more of a sore throat than a sore back.

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Lifestyle

I keep forgetting the journaling part. I even fixed my alarms for my wind down routine and everything. But I usually pass out before I can even make it to the shower.

 

I did spend the previous weekend reevaluating all of my alarms meant to automate the routines and it really helped out. I realized I was sleeping in too long and not giving myself enough time slack to account for spacing between each activity or unexpected events like bumping into another dog walking neighbor which you’ve built a good rapport and thereby socially obligated to commence in the ritualistic social greetings and niceties. And also time to eat some breakfast at home plus making a smoothie for second breakfast for the start of the shift. Hobbit meal times are very important.

 

Learners log

  • pause, think/evaluate, act is now my new motto for my weekends
  • I need to set up more boundaries of what needs and wants have to be met for each weekend or it will devolve into watching youbtoob for 10hrs
  • Settle on a set of cheap meals with the max 16% off option and set them for weekly subscription or else a whole weekend will be swallowed into the cooking hole
  • Replace first hobbit breakfast with journaling. Also make an alarm  for it or it’s not official and will never get accomplished
  • A sleep score of less than 80 on a Fitbit results to short term memory issues, decrease in prolonged active listening, a broken filter when speaking with other fellow humans, word vomit/ rambling, and a deeper fascination and amusement with the violent and the macabre. (To remedy this take note if personal meat suit is nigh unconscious after designated sleep time. If no, then ensure a second melatonin is administered after the inevitable startled consciousness prior to the first sleep cycle to ensure meat suit gets a proper deep sleep followed by rem)

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@Korranation! I have missed you and your awesome gif/meme game!

 

Glad you're back with us. Congrats on the new job.

 

I love your "Learner's Log" reflections. It's a great way to acknowledge your areas of need and to reflect on how to improve and grow. I do something similar to this sometimes as a teacher, and I even share my reflections with my students in order to encourage them to reflect on their own learning experiences.

 

I'm glad your back with us.

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I wrote this a few days ago and forgot to publish. I spend my weekend off looking at nothing but tik tik.

I had preordered my food so I don’t have to worry about scrambling for cooking. But I also bought some pork ribs with bone in to make emergency pot roast and stock.... even though I have food and I’m drowning in soup stock. My veggies drawers are also overflowing with discounted fruit. And I got excited and grabbed some mangos and dragon fruit apart from apples.

 

Food tracking

I really enjoyed having the pork chops for the week. It turned out drier than I would have liked, but the leftover sauce/liquid more than made up for it. I did forget to cook broccoli a few of the days so I didn’t stay as full for as long. I had an apple as a dessert and that really helped with my sweet tooth.

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I made the mistake last weekend of making cookies. I found a recipe for snickerdoodles and couldn’t help myself. I replaced the butter with coconut oil to so they weren’t as moist. I did have coconut shortening which sits better in my stomach than normal vegetable shortening does. I made them late and the stores were closed, so I wasn’t able to get my hands on any ghee. After doing whole30/AIP my body reset itself and notified me that I’m now lactose intolerant, even to simple butter.

Also the flour was gluten free meaning it doesn’t have the same elasticity or fluffiness as wheat flour.

 

 

I tried having some during work, but led to a sugar craving later in the shift and I had to go to the other building that had the only vending machine on site and grab some gummies. So I nixed them as part of lunch and had them as an after work treat, but I woke up feeling ravenous. Not that normal kind of hunger. The kind where your stomach muscles are aggressively constricting and you can’t tell if it’s a stomach cramp or your body is trying to be a make shift vacuum and sucking in air hoping that some food particle will happen perchance by your feeding mouth hole.

 

I bit the bullet and am getting more meal prep items. Some of the items do give me the burps and sometimes phantom heart burn, but they’re paleo so they give me more energy and keep me fuller longer than the meals I’ve been making. Plus with this meat shortage I’m not sure I could recreate all the items I want at a similar or cheaper price. Talking to the butchers doesn’t give me discounts like it did in the past.

 

Fun fact: find an older looking butcher and talk about some recipes you’ve done for organ meats like bacon and beef liver pate, lengua for cow tongue, and chicken stock that looks like jello from the leftover bones of pork-loin. It’s a nice way to connect with them and they’ll go out of their way to help you find good cuts or better recipes you haven’t thought of.

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Stretching

I’m learning to balance between standing sitting in a tiny foldable chair with no cushion or back support. Because if I stand for the majority of the shift my knees will be in pain for the next few days. Plus getting to some units require kneeling and squatting. So it’s better to have bad posture and sit in a chair than to overuse the knees. There are more muscles for your back than there are supporting your leg hinges. Plus there are more exercises to stretch and strengthen them.

 

I have been restraining my deeper stretching to when I’m in the admin office where there are less cameras. It feels weird knowing there are eyes on me at all times and more so that a simp is on the other end watching my every move.

 

I could write a whole story about the whole stalker vibe this boi is giving off. But then again there’s always one “nice guy” that manages to find me at every new job. It’s been an interesting learning experience to see the red flag vibes some people have.

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Lifestyle

Back at it again with neglecting to journal. My last entry I went on a tangent about wanting to do more creative writing. And I think I’ll rewatch some YouTube videos about “writing like [insert popular author]” so I can see what kind of schedule to start tryin out. I’ve fleshed out my story, but it never seemed to take off until I started reverse tracking the history/lineage of the world and stumbled upon the big bang of that world’s universe. So now I have a better fleshed out prequel trilogy of the original magic users, more relatable characters with a better origin story, and the 4D Chess the dirties are playing with them. And I may or may not be hung up on a certain protagonist that will later become the big bad of the final book of the next trilogy. All my favorite characters seem to fake their deaths to become a hero and eventually live long enough to become the beautiful villains they were destined to be.

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Learners log

  • Processed sugar creates a craving for more processed sugar
  • Eating carbs close to bedtime lead to hunger pains in the morning
  • Not enough caloric intake at work leads to sugar/carb cravings afterwards which is a sign to eat more protein/veggies (even if you don’t wanna)
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to sit when working in a job that requires a lot of walking and bending around
  • Not prescheduling weekends or journaling the day of and setting intentions (while working night shift and essentially becoming nocturnal) leads to sitting around for +12hrs watching yuutoobe and toktiks

 

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