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Revised walking game a bit. 15 minutes OUTSIDE per day, whether we've already hit our step goals or not. This will be more challenging towards the end of the round, because summer is a thing. But I figure if I wait until twilight, it shouldn't be that bad. (Assuming I can stay awake that late lol) By that point it will be less suffocating, and probably not actively storming.

 

Revive Pomodoro-esque work schedule. 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, to be adjusted as necessary. I spent a good chunk of last week playing card games on my computer because I was bored and in no mood to do the few items on my task list. I figure on the slow days, I can intersperse recreation with actual work and I'll come out ahead. I'll get stuff done that I've been content to shuffle off to the side, and also I can play games at work. Win win. (To be clear, our company is not against us doing non-work stuff, provided we are still doing our regular work. My old supervisor was a fan of using a bit of distraction to disengage the mind and then attack the problem from a different angle.)

 

Roll it out. Foam roll/lax ball, etc. my feet 5 minutes a day. They've been wanting to cramp up on me and that is both annoying and painful. I also plan to do some ankle mobility, though I haven't decided how much yet because I don't want to detract from my hip and shoulder mobility (because apparently I'm falling apart at the seams?).

 

Read! I have an ambitious goal of 1 book/week. I don't know how close to that I'll get, but I believe I've got some shorter books stowed/queued.

 

Research! I keep kicking around ideas about learning new skills. Do you know how many of them I've followed through on? The answer is zero. Zilch. None. Nada. So, the idea here is to give myself 2 weeks to collect underpants and then DO SOMETHING.

 

Leaving the kitty gif and also giving you a bonus gif because it feels right.

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I do hope that was clean when he put it on..

 

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22 hours ago, Scalyfreak said:

How do you make the crown stay on the cat's head like that? 🤔

The real trick is getting it off of her, so that she'll interact with the peasants (i.e. the other 3 cats). She takes her role of regal queen very seriously.

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17 minutes ago, JustCallMeAmber said:

The real trick is getting it off of her, so that she'll interact with the peasants (i.e. the other 3 cats). She takes her role of regal queen very seriously.

 

Ah, I see... I have one of those gracing my home with her presence as well. :D 

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Ooh, I feel you on the sudden onset of summer! It sort of sneak attacked me today when our high temp got up to 90 - I think I'm gonna need to start consciously planning for my outside time to happen in the morning so that I can still get that sanity-restoring sunshine in!

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On 5/7/2020 at 12:59 PM, JustCallMeAmber said:

Read! I have an ambitious goal of 1 book/week. I don't know how close to that I'll get, but I believe I've got some shorter books stowed/queued.

Based on my recent experience, if you find yourself with a short amount of time to read a book and you really want to hit goal for the week, grab a play. Lots of classic ones available for free online, and they have to be short or the audience might start demanding to be put up for the night.

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On 5/7/2020 at 9:59 AM, JustCallMeAmber said:

Research! I keep kicking around ideas about learning new skills. Do you know how many of them I've followed through on? The answer is zero. Zilch. None. Nada. So, the idea here is to give myself 2 weeks to collect underpants and then DO SOMETHING.

 

What sort of new skills are competing for your attention?

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On 5/7/2020 at 6:59 PM, JustCallMeAmber said:

 

Research! I keep kicking around ideas about learning new skills. Do you know how many of them I've followed through on? The answer is zero. Zilch. None. Nada. So, the idea here is to give myself 2 weeks to collect underpants and then DO SOMETHING.

I feel you on this one! 2 weeks sounds reasonable. I don’t know how you’re going to combine doing something with reading a book every week though :D

 

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Week 1 in the books.

Revised walking game a bit. 15 minutes OUTSIDE per day. Check!

 

Revive Pomodoro-esque work schedule. 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, to be adjusted as necessary. I figure on the slow days, I can intersperse recreation with actual work and I'll come out ahead. Check, I guess? I did use it on my one slow day, but the rest of the week wound up busy, so I didn't have the need to use the timer to keep on task.

 

Roll it out. Foam roll/lax ball, etc. my feet 5 minutes a day. They've been wanting to cramp up on me and that is both annoying and painful. I also plan to do some ankle mobility, though I haven't decided how much yet because I don't want to detract from my hip and shoulder mobility (because apparently I'm falling apart at the seams?). [Insert gif of someone sweeping things under the rug.] I did the thing..twice. Oops. I have done Sun and Mon this week though.

 

Read! I have an ambitious goal of 1 book/week. I don't know how close to that I'll get, but I believe I've got some shorter books stowed/queued. So I knew that it would be ambitious, and therefore I'm not immensely upset that I fell short. I HAVE read a little every day except yesterday, and usually for an hour or more. I just misjudged how much time I'm actually spending watching TV in the evening. It may be on for 3 hours, but I think I'm closer to 45min-1 hour actual watch time/not doing other things. Also I may read a bit slower than I used to.

 

Research! I keep kicking around ideas about learning new skills. Do you know how many of them I've followed through on? The answer is zero. Zilch. None. Nada. So, the idea here is to give myself 2 weeks to collect underpants and then DO SOMETHING. So. Many. Sweatpants. Underpants.

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On 5/15/2020 at 8:09 PM, Mike Wazowski said:

Ooh, I feel you on the sudden onset of summer! It sort of sneak attacked me today when our high temp got up to 90 - I think I'm gonna need to start consciously planning for my outside time to happen in the morning so that I can still get that sanity-restoring sunshine in!

That's a great idea! The summer heat can definitely sap one's energy, so there's a balance between needing sunshine and, well, having your face melted off Raiders of the Lost Ark style lol :lol:

 

On 5/17/2020 at 3:51 AM, juliebarkley said:

Based on my recent experience, if you find yourself with a short amount of time to read a book and you really want to hit goal for the week, grab a play. Lots of classic ones available for free online, and they have to be short or the audience might start demanding to be put up for the night.

Funny you mention that.. I wound up signing up for Hamlet's ghost on EdX. Which may also contribute to not quite finishing my book, since now I'm reading more than one :D

 

On 5/17/2020 at 12:41 PM, Harriet said:

 

What sort of new skills are competing for your attention?

I've been roughly hashing things out in categories-- physical skills (handstands and the like),  self-improvement (brain work, mostly, but creative skills too), work supportive (skills with crossover to my job), etc. I am probably going to stick to gentler activities though, since my shoulder is not quite as healthy as I'd like.

 

On 5/17/2020 at 1:46 PM, KB Girl said:

I feel you on this one! 2 weeks sounds reasonable. I don’t know how you’re going to combine doing something with reading a book every week though :D

 

At the moment, I think it's going to be something I can do in a fairly short amount of time (20 minutes or so?), and also will likely adjust reading goal to a certain number of chapters per day or the like. We'll see how this week goes. I'm not going to be mastering anything in that short of a practice span, but I figure I'll at least be able to figure out whether I like it enough to keep putting experience points towards it.

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On 5/19/2020 at 7:14 PM, JustCallMeAmber said:

at least be able to figure out whether I like it enough to keep putting experience points towards it.

That does seem worthwhile! 

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Week 2 and 3:

Revised walking game a bit. 15 minutes OUTSIDE per day. 6/7  and 4/7 respectively. Y'ALL. I did not anticipate the level of storms. Yes, summer is our rainy season. BUT, it usually doesn't settle into a consistent pattern until later. I will say that on Saturdays I have made it a point to be outside more. I did walk yesterday. This week should be a bit drier too.

 

Revive Pomodoro-esque work schedule. 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, to be adjusted as necessary. I figure on the slow days, I can intersperse recreation with actual work and I'll come out ahead. This might get shelved. I think I jinxed myself into a crazy busy couple of weeks lol

 

Roll it out. Foam roll/lax ball, etc. my feet 5 minutes a day. They've been wanting to cramp up on me and that is both annoying and painful. I also plan to do some ankle mobility, though I haven't decided how much yet because I don't want to detract from my hip and shoulder mobility (because apparently I'm falling apart at the seams?). 6/7, and 3/7. Consistency has eluded me but we'll get there.

 

Read! I have an ambitious goal of 1 book/week. I don't know how close to that I'll get, but I believe I've got some shorter books stowed/queued. Week 2's book finished with a little caveat; I actually just listened to it instead of reading it lol. Also, can I just say I love the Harry Potter At Home readings that popped up on spotify? (And elsewhere, but Amber's lazy and this fell in my lap so beautifully.) Week 3 in progress Conan Doyle for the Defense and digging it so far. I believe it was @scalyfreak 's recommendation, so props and thanks 😀

 

Research! I keep kicking around ideas about learning new skills. Do you know how many of them I've followed through on? The answer is zero. Zilch. None. Nada. So, the idea here is to give myself 2 weeks to collect underpants and then DO SOMETHING. About that. I mentioned that I'd signed up for a take on Hamlet's ghost on EdX. Welp, I also wound up signing up for Psychology. So, I think I'm technically supposed to read a whole textbook in the next 2 days because I didn't read (or open the thing for a week or more) and the other one didn't have a time limit. I mean, I'm not after course credit so I don't know that there's any penalty, but my brain just sees a timer ticking down. I'm not usually an impulsive person, so I don't know why I thought this was a good idea to try and do ALL THE THINGS while also trying to read a book per week, and juggling the rest of the things I usually do.

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In other news, I burnt the ever-loving tar out of some chicken I'd put in the air fryer. I wasn't thinking clearly, and also, clearly wasn't thinking. I'd marinated it with the intention of roasting it off in the oven, but I had this great idea of sticking in the air fryer to cook quicker and not heat the house. HAHAHA NO. That's the 1st charcoal I've produced in my cooking career. Fortunately, only the skin burned and the chicken itself miraculously did not dry out. Also, the dog LOVED the chicken 'chips'.

Also, had a good time watching Bob and Doug in spaaaaaace.

 

Also, I say also a lot.

That is all.

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52 minutes ago, JustCallMeAmber said:

Week 3 in progress Conan Doyle for the Defense and digging it so far. I believe it was @scalyfreak 's recommendation, so props and thanks 😀

 

You're welcome! I really enjoyed that book. I discovered it during a reading challenge a couple of years ago. :)

 

53 minutes ago, JustCallMeAmber said:

Also, had a good time watching Bob and Doug in spaaaaaace.

 

I feel like they are very fortunate be allowed to leave the planet right now... 

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22 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

How was week 4? :) 

Thanks for checking on me! :) I forgot to update Monday like I usually do, and I didn't carve out time to do it Tuesday.

 

Revised walking game a bit. 15 minutes OUTSIDE per day. 6/7  and 4/7 respectively. Y'ALL. I did not anticipate the level of storms. Yes, summer is our rainy season. BUT, it usually doesn't settle into a consistent pattern until later. I will say that on Saturdays I have made it a point to be outside more. I did walk yesterday. This week should be a bit drier tooI'm leaving this note from week 3, so we can all collectively point and laugh. They said it would be drier. It rained nearly every day. Not just rained, mind you. No, we had tropical downpours and the odd lightning/tornado alerts. Anyways. The goal was set with the intention of sunshine gathering, not getting drenched (either with rain or sweat, because it's hot even when it's cloudy.) I have not tried to tough it out this week, though it hasn't actively rained during the evening.

 

Revive Pomodoro-esque work schedule. 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, to be adjusted as necessary. I figure on the slow days, I can intersperse recreation with actual work and I'll come out ahead. I did use this a couple of times. I need to try and find a better rhythm with it though, as it feels like I "RUSH" when I see the thing counting down. I think that will get better with more consistent usage.

 

Roll it out. Foam roll/lax ball, etc. my feet 5 minutes a day. They've been wanting to cramp up on me and that is both annoying and painful. I also plan to do some ankle mobility, though I haven't decided how much yet because I don't want to detract from my hip and shoulder mobility (because apparently I'm falling apart at the seams?). 6/7. Tripping over the lax ball is a decent cue to remember to do the thing apparently?

 

Read! I have an ambitious goal of 1 book/week. I don't know how close to that I'll get, but I believe I've got some shorter books stowed/queued. Week 3 in progress Conan Doyle for the Defense still. I did read a short book and listened to a short audiobook. (I also finally finished catching up back episodes of Jocko podcast, which is something of an accomplishment I suppose.)

 

Research! I keep kicking around ideas about learning new skills. Do you know how many of them I've followed through on? The answer is zero. Zilch. None. Nada. So, the idea here is to give myself 2 weeks to collect underpants and then DO SOMETHING. Keeping up with my homework more or less. I'll try this goal again once I have more resources mentally.

 

Despite my less than favorable assessment of the weather, I still went for a jog Saturday. It was hot, it was raining, it was supremely muddy/soggy, with puddles of ankle deep water in places, and dang if I didn't thoroughly enjoy myself. Perhaps I rekindled some of that childlike enthusiasm of stomping in puddles? I may have ruined a pair of socks, but it was totally worth it.

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The world's been a hard place to be, and I try to keep the harder stuff in my journal rather than here. (Hmm. Maybe that's why I haven't updated very much this round?) I think maybe I just needed to remember that it's ok to play sometimes.

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32 minutes ago, JustCallMeAmber said:

Despite my less than favorable assessment of the weather, I still went for a jog Saturday. It was hot, it was raining, it was supremely muddy/soggy, with puddles of ankle deep water in places, and dang if I didn't thoroughly enjoy myself. Perhaps I rekindled some of that childlike enthusiasm of stomping in puddles? I may have ruined a pair of socks, but it was totally worth it.

 

Adults need to play more. We Nerds should lead by example. :) 

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On 6/10/2020 at 7:11 PM, JustCallMeAmber said:

Despite my less than favorable assessment of the weather, I still went for a jog Saturday. It was hot, it was raining, it was supremely muddy/soggy, with puddles of ankle deep water in places, and dang if I didn't thoroughly enjoy myself. Perhaps I rekindled some of that childlike enthusiasm of stomping in puddles? I may have ruined a pair of socks, but it was totally worth it.

 

Good stuff :) 

 

On 6/10/2020 at 7:11 PM, JustCallMeAmber said:

The world's been a hard place to be, and I try to keep the harder stuff in my journal rather than here. (Hmm. Maybe that's why I haven't updated very much this round?) I think maybe I just needed to remember that it's ok to play sometimes.

Wouldn't surprise me.. 

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