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Hey Rangers!


So, if you know me at all, you know my job is the biggest obstacle between myself and my goals (hyper focus, a need to be perfect, to do the most for my kids, etc etc), and this challenge straddles the start of the school year.  This challenge is about maintaining my positivity from the last 3 months, while moving into a strange and different school year.  I am focusing this challenge on affirmations to help remind myself to stay on these goals as I have been SLACK this summer (thanks COVID).  I need structure to be successful, and I have just been skating by lately, and skating by is always when things start to deteriorate and I don't notice.


Due to my hip, biking will be my main exercise.  Breakfast will be a focus because I have started taking my meds in the morning, so I am forced to eat, so it might as well be a healthy addition to my day.   



    • Meds
    • Communicate my needs
    • Healthy breakfast
    • Yoga/Hip Rehab
    • Sweep/Vacuum/Dishes daily 


ZERO WEEK/WEEK ONE: Straddling the first two weeks of my challenge, hubs will be gone, so it's the perfect time to really focus on me (especially after a week catering to a teenager)

    • No TV until after dinner
    • No social media until after lunch
    • Limit work stuff to less than 2 hours a day
    • Prioritize things like: writing, hanging with quarantine safe friends, 


WEEK TWO: Teacher workdays start this week.  If I end up working from home, creating boundaries will be crucial.

    • Take at least 30 minutes for lunch.  No working lunch


WEEK THREE-FIVE: Start of classes (maybe hybrid, maybe virtual...decision is 7/28/2020...virtual has been recommended by the Superintendent)

    • Take at least 30 minutes for lunch.  No working lunch
    • Create a prioritized to do list each week and stick to it
      • Lean on things I already have, don't reinvent the wheel, only be "extra" when there is time for it, make the technology work for me and the kids
    • Schedule breaks for standing/stretching


Happy Challenge!!

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Your hair is absolutely amazing! Love it :D


And this:

11 hours ago, Novaurora said:


    • Take at least 30 minutes for lunch.  No working lunch
    • Create a prioritized to do list each week and stick to it
      • Lean on things I already have, don't reinvent the wheel, only be "extra" when there is time for it, make the technology work for me and the kids
    • Schedule breaks for standing/stretching


Very important. And is it strange to say that I'm hoping you are working from home? Less risk for you and for the kids there. Whatever the decision is, I hope it works out well for everyone.


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15 hours ago, Xena said:

That looks awesome!


1 hour ago, Salinger said:

Love love love your hair :D xx


14 hours ago, foxinthenorth said:



4 hours ago, deftona said:



Thanks guys!  It is literally the hair of my dreams and I'm so stoked about it.


14 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

The Holy Grail of Teaching.

I know, right.  I am really feeling like this is the year that I can actually dig in and attain it.


13 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Nice challenge!

Thanks!  Everything is moving in the right direction, "I just need to pick up the slack.


5 hours ago, fearless 2.0 said:

admiring the hair and interested in your rehab goal as I do the same. Following along! :)

Woohoo team rehab!!!  Let's do it!!


52 minutes ago, GoodDoug said:

Nice challenge. Given the focus on TIME in your challenge I expect to see some Doctor Who gifs and memes!

So, I never really watched much Doctor Who (don't hate...I didn't really grow up with TV and I really just use it to numb my brain).  Maybe I can have a side quest that involves watching a season in the evenings.


So, no social media before noon is hard to get used to.  I think taking the apps off my phone may have to be a short term solution as I keep clicking them without even thinking about it. I have also decided to post my breakfast daily in order for accountability because no breakfast means no meds.  So, this morning was leftovers from "breakfast for dinner" on Saturday when my cousin was still here.  I did give 2 of the sausage links to my husband.  This is a bit more carb heavy than I want, but it was food and I need to go to the grocery store anyway.



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I rearranged all my apps after reading this article about getting your phone to work for you and it broke my Reddit habit overnight. Instagram has been harder to shake, so it's not flawless, but it helps. Removing the apps from your phone is a pretty good idea for breaking the habit-click too. The article is tailored for iPhone but the principles work for all smartphones. So on my home screen, the first one I see when I unlock, I have no apps. The next screen over has my bible app, Habitica, meditation app, and weather app. The third screen has Google maps, a calculator app, Goodreads, settings, and folders where everything else is organized.


Your breakfast for dinner for breakfast looks great! 😋

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Uneventful day so far.  Hubs is packing and getting ready to leave.  My challenge is really kicking off tomorrow once he is gone.


Breakfast this morning was simple and quick.  It is the yogurt of my dreams.IMG_20200728_110028.thumb.jpg.8dd00719da82ce911c52fe3dd1026363.jpg

I threw some granola in there for good measure.  I will begin my food experimentation after I grocery shop today.  


We had Moe's for lunch (which means I probably won't have much for dinner because homewrecker burrito is life).  We are borrowing a laptop from a friend since mine died in May and hubs needs his (that I have be n borrowing...he has a desktop) for the trip.  So I'm currently sitting in the truck giving hubs an easy excuse to leave instead of getting sucked into an hour of conversation (as happens with this friend).  


So a few friends and I are going to have a DIY home spa day on Friday, and it gave me the idea to look up how to hand make spa products, and now I want to experiment with making my own, and perhaps selling them as a side gig.  For now, I am keeping it simple and just going to try to make a few things for my friends.  It'll be a fun hobby.  No need to stress myself out with it. If I started anything, it wouldn't be until next summer. My guess is that hand made products aren't hugely popular in the times of Rona, and it would be nice to have a hobby that doesn't come with expectations (like my writing tends to).


Welp, that's all I got for now.


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18 hours ago, Jupiter said:


Wow, I love it!!!

Thanks!  Me too!!  It finally stopped bleeding everywhere, lol.


Good morning!  Today will be the first official day of my challenge.  It started with a good breakfast.  30 grams of protein, about 500 calories (but I have to go to Costco because I'm out of dog food, so I needed to not be hungry so I shop like a normal person, not a hungry person).




I decided for the time being to just experiment with making spa products and give them away to friends and family so everyone can get their relax on.  Like I said, I need a fun, low stakes hobby, and this will be it.


Yesterday, our school board voted to go virtual for the first 9 weeks, and I think I need to add a "no arguing" clause to my social media usage. I'm getting way too caught up in people's opinions about teachers and teaching during the pandemic.  There was no good answer, but when I see a parent blame teachers for the state of things, and say things like, "this isn't about the pandemic, it's about you wanting to sit at home" I can't help myself.  I miss my job.  Online teaching is boring and it's more work than regular teaching, and there aren't the same connections with the kids (my favorite part) and no matter what I plan or do, sometimes things just feel like busy work, and I hate that.  Yesterday, I got into it with a parent who thinks all teachers who want to work from home are lazy and that we don't care about teaching because we have second jobs (HA HAHAHA HA...yeah, THAT'S why we have multiple jobs) and when we signed up to be teachers, we signed up to deal with shit like this (we didn't).  Arguing with her was pointless.  She's frustrated because she's an essential worker who now has to help her kids navigate digital learning (and I totally sympathized with her and told her that her frustration with the situation was 100% valid but that she was pointing it at the wrong people).  Long story short.  I'm cutting myself off.  I will not argue on the internet for the remainder of this challenge.


Hope everyone has a great day!!



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20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Don't argue with idiots. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

I would like to think that my facts win out more often propaganda or hysteria, but I'm not going to change their minds, so it doesn't matter.  I will definitely keep this quote in mind to help me resist temptation.  Tanks!


19 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

I truly hate online teaching.

I am right there with you, especially since we will be forced to use a platform called Edgenuity as our shell, and I have used this before in credit recovery situations and there are multiple website that have the whole course on there with answers.  It's a plagiarism nightmare.  For ELA 1 and 2 (both courses that I teach) the county already has online courses built by teachers in the county.  I emailed our ELA lead to advocate for the possible ability to use those because teaching is going to suck if I can only use the canned course.  We are getting more info about it this week, but I'm not hopeful



18 hours ago, fearless 2.0 said:

you teachers are all not valued enough!!!! I had a partner who is a teacher and she worked soo hard.... don't let it get to you! ❤️


PS. thanx for the food porn! ;)

I appreciate your support!  And before I get on my soap box for just a second, let me say first that as teachers, we have been incredibly lucky so far because, unlike other non-medical essential workers (grocery store and other essential businesses), because we were allowed to stay home last semester and keep ourselves safe.  And I get that online learning isn't ideal and kids need to interact with each other and that single/working parents are going to struggle to work and help their kids as a result of this decision.  I'm not saying that all those points aren't 100% valid, HOWEVER, when the school board is meeting remotely to decide whether or not we go back in person, and people can't see the irony in that...I mean, come on!!  


So, this morning is brought to you by dogs that don't know how to share a king sized bed with little old me.IMG_20200730_051456.thumb.jpg.f30b7e861460eebc5bce25c60d3b4586.jpg

My side is the one with the light on, and I woke up at 5am(ish) with both legs hanging off the side because personal sleeping space is not a thing in my house even when my husband isn't home. BUT, I haven't gotten on social media yet (NF doesn't count because I prefer to do that in the AM), I already did some Spanish, and I'm feeling a writing day coming on.  Woop Woop.


This morning's breakfast isn't much to look at, but it's a cup of strawberry greek yogurt, half a cup of blueberries and a quarter cup of granola with almonds.



Yesterday was okay in terms of goals:  Social media before noon is a hard habit to break, but yesterday was better.  I did a bit of meal prepping (Shrimp, avocado and salsa salad) and delivered presents to a friend's son who graduated this year. I did have to go to Costco for dog food, but I survived.  Everyone was wearing masks and keeping distance, thankfully, and there wasn't a line.  Bonus: I made it out of there with only 1 thing I didn't intend to buy.  Them one of my friends in our "quarantine circle" came over for dinner and we watched a bunch of Trevor Noah clips.  I'm so glad so many of my friends are taking this so seriously because I don't feel bad social distance hanging out with them.  Being off a regular schedule has thrown me for a bit of a loop. I need to get back to my rehab and daily house upkeep, though I did wash the dishes yesterday because I can't stand a dirty sink.  


Wednesday Summary

  • Meds :) 
  • Communicate my needs :) 
  • Healthy breakfast :) 
  • Yoga/Hip Rehab :( 
  • Sweep/Vacuum/Dishes daily :( :( :) 
  • No TV until after dinner :) 
  • No social media until after lunch :( 
  • Limit work stuff to less than 2 hours a day :) 
  • Prioritize things like: writing, hanging with quarantine safe friends :)

Happy Thursday!!

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Happy weekend, everyone!


Yesterday was a great!  Successful spa day with the girls.  I put little baskets together with masks, nails polish, cooling eye masks (thanks dollar store) and the products i made and my friend brought her foot spa.  We made brunch and drank lots of sangria.  No picture, but it was breakfast tacos.


Shark week also started yesterday, but it managed to hold off the worst of the cramps until this morning, and so for today, I am lifting my TV and social media rules because occasionally I get to be a couch troll.  I am going to write a bit and clean up the house still because I don't want to get behind on any of that.  I did get wax all over a bookshelf because I made the terrible choice to not put candles in containers...oops.  I already worked on cleaning that up this morning before my life became a nightmare of cramps.


I'm struggling with food.  I bought a bunch but I'm just so uninspired to cook for just me. I have been trying to convince myself to just eat something in my house for the past like hour and a half.  I am going to win.  I need to work on being better with money and better eating. I may just make a shit ton of a chicken pasta with vegetables and eat that for a few days.  I'm not a person who cares if I eat the same thing a few times over if it's good. 


Also, I need help making a judgement for my challenge.  I have been listening/watching Critical Role from the beginning for the series.  I have been thinking about it as an audiobook in the car, but I have started watching the youtube versions in the background while doing other things (like now).  Should I limit this like I limit TV?  Am I skating my own rules?


Anyhoo, I'm have my bleeding couch day. Hope your Saturday is awesome!

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I had so much respect for teachers already but NOW with all THIS?!!?


Y'all are literal rockstars. ❤️


I too am in Nightmare Cramps Land and UGH SOLIDARITY.


Maybe only limit it if it starts to encroach on your other goals/duties??

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So, big win for today was meal prepping for the next few days.  I did a simple stir fry and will be using the rest of the rice for egg fried rice tomorrow.  I started out as lazy as ever today, but got super fed up with my straight up laziness around 1, so I pulled my thumb out of my ass, cleaned my kitchen and living space, started my laundry, and made a bunch of food for myself.  I WILL NOT buy any more food from anywhere except a grocery store this week.


Everything is done and I am working on creating DnD characters.  Not that I have anyone to play with, but I am really interested in it right now and writing the back stories and stuff may inspire me to write in general.  Again, I'm just letting my fancy do whatever this week as long as it is relaxing and productive and now just dicking around on the internet or watching TV.



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