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I hate mowing and have only done so under great protest. It bothers my wrists a whole lot. Fortunately I have rarely lived somewhere with a garden, and the last time I did I was content to let it reach jungle status. It looked amazing and the birds loved it, but then the council made me cut it...

 

Sounds like you've had a busy couple of days. I don't envy you the dog washing! It was difficult enough with just one large dog, never mind three!

 

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I used to have to mow a lot with a push mower when I was a kid. It always made me mad b/c I had to start pretty young (I was the oldest, and I will stand by my opinion that my dad was lazy), and my brother didn't take over until he was a fair bit older than I was when I started.

 

But enough about me 🙂

 

I think it's super cool that you picked those jobs out of consideration/love for your husband. Really thoughtful of you, and fantastic that he appreciated it.

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19 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

Fortunately I have rarely lived somewhere with a garden, and the last time I did I was content to let it reach jungle status. It looked amazing and the birds loved it, but then the council made me cut it...

Party poopers, those council people.  I had a yard in the very first house I rented by myself.  It was my first job out of school and I barely had money for what I needed, let alone a lawn service or a lawn mower.  It was a very religious part of NC, and the fact that I was 23, unmarried, had no kids, and was living alone made my next door neighbor take pity on me because apparently I was a spinster.  He mowed my lawn for me, and I paid him 10 dollars a month for gas.  He also tried to hook me up with his son (or his son's friends)...more than once.

 

13 hours ago, Xena said:

(I was the oldest, and I will stand by my opinion that my dad was lazy), and my brother didn't take over until he was a fair bit older than I was when I started.

We all started as soon as we were heavy enough to hold down the seat on the riding mower.  I thought it was great in the beginning because I liked riding it around, but when my dad told me that I couldn't just  go where I wanted how I wanted, I wrote my name in the yard and that was pretty much the end of that.

 

13 hours ago, Xena said:

 

I think it's super cool that you picked those jobs out of consideration/love for your husband. Really thoughtful of you, and fantastic that he appreciated it.

Earning them wifey points (jk...my friend made that joke the other day and asked if I would eventually be able to trade in like 10 chores for a massage or a vacation, ha).  It's really nice to be able to support him.

 

MORNING!!

 

The rest of yesterday was fine.  Calories were in line, and when I put in all my exercise, MFP  gave my a huge deficit.  I want to trust it, but I'm not because it seemed a bit much, but I know I ate to calories, so regardless, I had some kind of deficit.   

 

Just got back from my bike ride. Quick bike ride question for Sloth or whoever (won't let me tag for whatever reason).  When I first get on the bike and start pedaling, my knee clicks once or twice.  Are there stretches that can be done to avoid this?  It's not painful, just weird.  Doesn't happen during other exercises either.  I'm getting a bit faster.  Went a whopping 11 mph today WOOOOOOOO.  Now, could I actually do 11 miles in an hour, that's a question for Saturday.  I'm gonna try it.  I just have to plan my path in advance.  I thought about going around the lake a few times, but I feel like that would be akin to a treadmill or a track...no thanks.  We have other bike paths, but I have to drive to get to them, so I'll probably just deviate from the lake.  The roads surrounding it aren't busy in the early AM.

 

I have therapy and a haircut today.  I'm going back and forth between 2 haircuts (going from medium length asymmetric bob to a pixie with an undercut), but I'll get some advice from the stylist at well.  Thankfuuly, the hair Salon is taking tons of precautions.  I have to wear a mask, the place is already set up where each stylist has their own room (it's a shared space more than a salon), no one goes into the building without being escorted by their stylist (you text them), and everything is sanitized between appointments.  I feel safe.  I'm still doing teletherapy because my therapist cares for an elderly relative, and I 100% respect that.

 

Anyhoo, not much going on today except writing and my PD course.  

 

Also, I have been going through a power metal phase (thanks hubs) AND LOOK WHAT CAME UP ON THE GOOGLE POWER METAL RADIO YESTERDAY

 

You're welcome.

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Very cute.

I’m not a physio of any sort, but I’d guess it’s not anything to worry about. Just a tendon or ligament settling into place. You could try raising your seat a bit if it bothers you.

11 mph is a solid pace. Nice job.

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21 hours ago, Emma said:

I have a finger joint that has clicked since I was a kid. As I get older more clicking joints have popped up. It’s not unusual. As long as there is no pain, it’s nothing to worry about.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-03-joints-disease.html
Have fun on the bicycle and I hope you get a haircut that you love.

Thanks for the information!!

 

10 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

I’m not a physio of any sort, but I’d guess it’s not anything to worry about. Just a tendon or ligament settling into place. You could try raising your seat a bit if it bothers you.

Gotcha, I just wasn't sure if it was a common biker thing (asking for actual medical advice on the forum probably isn't a great plan).  

 

10 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

11 mph is a solid pace. Nice job.

Thanks!  I wish I wish there was a way on strava that I could section off bits of the ride to see speed because around the lake, I feel like I'm consistently higher than my average because to get to the lake I have to cross a few streets (so I slow down) and toward the end of the lake loop, I'm on a sidewalk in the park (I ride on the road otherwise since it's pretty empty at 6am) and it curves and twists, so I have to slow down there too.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with my biking.

 

9 hours ago, foxinthenorth said:

YEEEAAAAHHHH LOOKS GREAT!!

7 hours ago, Emma said:

Haircut is great! 

10 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Very cute.

10 hours ago, Jupiter said:

Super cute!!!!

 

Thanks guys!  I let go of A LOT OF HAIR (I have fine hair, but I also have hair for DAYS).  I did end up getting a baby bit of an undercut on both sides as well.  It was my first time with this new stylist (my old one had to get a new job during Rona to support her family), and he hasn't experienced my fearlessness in terms of getting my hair chopped so he was like, "Are you sure?" and then when holding the clippers "are you ready?"  It was nice of him to be concerned (I'm sure lots of people make rash hair decisions that they regret) but I assured him than his implements of hair destruction did not scare me, and to have at it.  He did accidentally cut my mask off WITH HIS CLIPPERS (there's a first time for everything), but since it was a cloth one, he paid for it, which I thought was nice.  I'm really happy with it and plan on spending part of today playing with it because I think it would look cute a little messy, and I want to find ways to show off the undercut.

 

So, I went and looked at my goals, and the three I am really ignoring are reading, writing, and yoga.  I tend to to hyper-focus on my fitness goals (food has had a few iffy days), but this is a self care challenge.  I need to focus on that too.  Yoga kind of fell off when hubs started working, but even if he's not up for it, I need to do it for myself.

 

In other goal updates, I have baby fingernails, and my duolingo streak is at day 70.  I'm feeling really good about my Spanish progress.  While I'm still struggling with minor things (gendered words, when to use certain articles) overall, I am doing very well as long as I don't get too confident and try to rush.

 

So, the Governor was supposed to announce the school plan yesterday, but he put it off.  However, the way he sounded in his press conference, he wants us back in school, so he is trying to see if the numbers get better (because they are currently surging).  I just wish he would have made a call, because if he chooses plan B, and I have to be simultaneously online and in person, I would need time to prep for that, and I would prefer not to panic cram it all into August (because that's when Nova's anxiety tends to grab the steering wheel and run us off cliffs for fun.) Whatever he picks, I just want to be prepared so my students get the best education.

 

Today's big cleaning task is my closet.  It desperately needs reorganizing.  It is a rather tiny space because the house was built in the 1940s, but I manage to cram a lot of stuff in there.

 

HAPPY THURSDAY

 

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41 minutes ago, Novaurora said:

I just wish he would have made a call, because if he chooses plan B, and I have to be simultaneously online and in person, I would need time to prep for that, and I would prefer not to panic cram it all into August (because that's when Nova's anxiety tends to grab the steering wheel and run us off cliffs for fun.) Whatever he picks, I just want to be prepared so my students get the best education.

Assume that whatever happens you will have to do last minute panicked planning. That's the way it is for teachers.

 

Also on the lawn mowing, can you get away with mowing crop circles one day and then finishing the next? You get to be creative and fun and the work gets done eventually 😜 

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1 minute ago, GoodDoug said:

Assume that whatever happens you will have to do last minute panicked planning. That's the way it is for teachers.

I should know better by now.  Every year it's something, and every year I'm like

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1 minute ago, GoodDoug said:

Also on the lawn mowing, can you get away with mowing crop circles one day and then finishing the next? You get to be creative and fun and the work gets done eventually 😜 

HA. Our yard isn't terribly big, so it's not like when I was a kid and it took FOREVER.  That's a fun way to get myself on a watch list though.  I'll put it on my bucket list ;) 

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I love dramatic hair changes!

 

7 hours ago, Novaurora said:

It was my first time with this new stylist (my old one had to get a new job during Rona to support her family), and he hasn't experienced my fearlessness in terms of getting my hair chopped so he was like, "Are you sure?" and then when holding the clippers "are you ready?"  It was nice of him to be concerned (I'm sure lots of people make rash hair decisions that they regret) but I assured him than his implements of hair destruction did not scare me, and to have at it.

My stylist was super excited when I went with the undercut, but still asked a couple of times if I was sure because it is a big change

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I really love it when people try out different things. Longer hair on men (especially with curls), shorter hair on women. Lots of volume, sleek.

 

(Don't get me started on the magic that seems to happen on the heads of nappy-headed people. Though behind the scenes they spend hooours of care on it.)

 

On 7/2/2020 at 3:46 AM, Novaurora said:

Color soon to come!!

 

Looks great! I am curious about the color. But you seem like you have an undertone that would go great with all sorts of colors :)

 

I have cut my hair to slightly above the shoulder twice. First after growing my hair  to my waist and then below the armpits  haha. My hair dresser is excited that I am so adventurous but also always very hesitant because she deals regularly with clients that pay lots of money for extensions, ask for minimal trims etc. :) 

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On 7/2/2020 at 12:22 PM, foxinthenorth said:

A 70 day streak is awesome!! Well done!

Thanks!  We are up to 76 now!!

 

On 7/2/2020 at 1:49 PM, Sloth the Enduring said:

With Strava you could create a segment of the section you’re curious about. You can also click on your ride and see a graph of your speed

I have looked at the speed thing before.  Is segment creation just with the paid version?  If it isn't, I really can't figure out how to do it.

 

On 7/2/2020 at 1:58 PM, Salinger said:

Hair looking boss Nova xx

Thank you!  Now that I've had a few days to play with it, I've got the styling down pretty well.  I'm trying to wash it less as well since I've been a die hard "wash every day" person

 

On 7/2/2020 at 3:45 PM, iatetheyeti said:

A seventy day duolingo streak is definitely impressive. I do kind of need to get myself back on there...

 

And your new hair looks amazing!

 

Thank you! Duolingo is one of the few things I'be been consistent with over this challenge, so I'm quite proud.

 

On 7/2/2020 at 4:06 PM, Maigs said:

My stylist was super excited when I went with the undercut, but still asked a couple of times if I was sure because it is a big change

Now that I have it, I want to take it back further next time.  It is so comfortable and so nice to just have less hair to deal with in this humid heat.

 

On 7/2/2020 at 6:51 PM, Xena said:

Hair looks great (and looked cool before too).

Thanks!  I've been super into asymmetric hair for about a year.  It feels "edgy" ha

 

On 7/5/2020 at 1:44 PM, Salinger said:

Are you having a nice weekend Nova?? Hope so :) xx

I had a lovely weekend, plenty to talk about in this post!!

 

On 7/5/2020 at 2:23 PM, analoggirl said:

Looks great! I am curious about the color. But you seem like you have an undertone that would go great with all sorts of colors :)

I haven't ever had this particular color.  I will be bleaching my hair for the first time EVER, so we will see how it goes.

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I have cut my hair to slightly above the shoulder twice. First after growing my hair  to my waist and then below the armpits  haha.

I do not have the patience to let it grow that long.  I have let it get mid chest, but that was more being broke and lazy than a fashion choice.  I prefer it shorter because I have SO MUCH FINE HAIR and it just gets heavy and lifeless.  I like this length because I can spray when damp with texturizing spray, muss it with my fingers, and its light and has good body.  I told the guy that If i had to dry it, mousse it, etc, that it wasn't gonna happen, and he delivered big time.

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My hair dresser is excited that I am so adventurous but also always very hesitant because she deals regularly with clients that pay lots of money for extensions, ask for minimal trims etc. :) 

Yeah, he was excited.  He's said, "I hate doing the same things again and again...these are the haircuts I love"

 

So, this is a real life picture of me trying to stay on the wagon since Thursday....needless to say, we have some ground to cover.  

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It all started Thursday at around 6pm.  My husband's brother was coming to visit for the weekend (he was interrogated about his corona measures before I would allow it), but his motorcycle broke down about 3.5 hours away, so we drove the 7 hour round trip to go get him and bring him here.  We got home around 2am (it took a bit to load the motorcycle, etc etc) and needless to say, I did NOT get up at 6 for my bike ride.  Friday was kinda normal for me.  Hubs still had to work, and he took his brother with him to the job to help with some heavy lifting so I worked on my PD course, had a regular lunch and dicked around a bit.  Made pork chops for dinner (topped with carmelized onions and smoked gouda) and went to bed.  Saturday, we went to the beach early (drive on beach, so even as crowded as it was, we drove down far enough that there was still at least 15 feet between us and the groups on either side of us.  You could not have paid me money to go to the regular beach).  We ate and drank like idiots all day and watched fireworks from afar.  No time for working out due to festivities. I don't really remember Sunday.  I'm pretty sure I spent most of it watching TV and shooting the shit with my BIL. Yesterday, hubs was doing some work for our quarantine couple friends, so I tagged along and my friend and I hung out at their pool while hubs fixed their deck.  We ended up playing an escape room game and not leaving until midnight, so once again, no exercise.  Today was a waste.  I ate terribly, and I just feel unmotivated to do anything because of the streak I'm on, so I need to turn that around.

 

It's been nice to be able to go a few places, but we were also fully ready to drive right back off the beach if there was not ample space between groups.  There has been an up tick in mask wearing lately, which is also nice.  

 

So, now that I have come clean about my near week of vacation from my goals, it's time to reflect on what is and isn't working:

 

What we have been doing well:

  • Duolingo (76 day streak)
  • Fingernails (not chewed in like 2 weeks...I have enough fingernail to open my own beer cans now)
  • I got my haircut
  • I have been doing nice things for myself

What's been inconsistent

  • Calorie goal
  • Exercise schedule
  • Consistent cleaning

What's been non existent

  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Writing

So, with this in mind, I'm not changing my goals, BUT I think I'm going to take a more "planner" approach to them.  For a while, I was writing a daily to do list in a journal, and I think going back to that may help.  I DO NOT do well with large open spaces of time (I fill it with internet browsing, TV, and other junk time wasting BS).  So, part of my night time routine will be making a To-do list for the next day.  I will physically write it down, and record it here as well.  Structure is good.  Structure is my friend.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Novaurora said:

Now that I have it, I want to take it back further next time.  It is so comfortable and so nice to just have less hair to deal with in this humid heat.

I've had mine raised twice since the original level. The one down side is there is much less hair to soak up the sweat so I'm literally dripping on myself now

 

Btw- you used your hubby's real name above. Not sure if you meant to

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4 minutes ago, Maigs said:

 The one down side is there is much less hair to soak up the sweat so I'm literally dripping on myself now

This is already my life.  I'm like a swamp monster

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Btw- you used your hubby's real name above. Not sure if you meant to

Oops.  Thanks!!  It doesn't REALLY matter, but for consistency sake I fixed it.  Now you know my big secret, lol

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