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Up early, rubbish meditation, brief Duolingo, tried to start work but my laptop is boogyrd. I have to go into work tomorrow to get a new one. Ugh. *rolls eyes*

Lots of allotment work done, some of it with Flyer19. I was quietly pleased that her hands and arms hurt after all the sawing and that she saw that as being quite a badass thing - sense of her own power and capability. She loved handling the drill and at one point was waving it around shouting "Men! Fear me!"

Feminism yes, but tempered with some drill safety, please, ladies. 

Anyway, that was my only real physical work. Oh and I've eaten pretty poorly too. Meh. Must try harder. 

 

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Christ, I'm knackered. 

Why? I don't feel like I've done much. Bit of cycling, bit of driving (doesn't count as exercise, but I exercised my jaw grinding my teeth. How do you people do this shit all the time? It's awful), bit of walking. 

Somehow notched up over 10000 steps in the process. Most of that was running to the nearest toilet, I think. #oldmanproblems. Went to the allotment but it started raining almost straight away and we didn't feel safe using the drill so we hid in the greenhouse, listened to the rain and sang songs from Fallout, changed to be about power tools. 

Did a Metta meditation (it was OK) and some Duolingo. Mostly ate well but had some chocolate (booo) 

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Finished the third of my garden projects. Made out of reclaimed pallet wood, as you can probably see at a glance! Flyer19 was fully on board as my partner in crime, drilling, screwdrivering and generally taking pride in her work and I am delighted. I have a pic of her posing next to it looking triumphant but obvs not going to put that on here. 

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It's not really wonky, that's just the effect of the curvature of the earth. 

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1 hour ago, 18ck said:

It's not really wonky, that's just the effect of the curvature of the earth. 

 

I'm using this line as often as possible, because it's brilliant. I have no idea when I will use it, but it's got to be useful for dates.

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

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3 hours ago, fearless 2.0 said:

loving flyers enthusiasm when it comes to power tools !!!! well done raising her like that! :)

the shelf looks great and I will come to visit when the strawberries are ripe! ;) 

Yes I'm so please to have lured her down there. Normally wild horses wouldn't drag her to the allotment. Now I need to find an excuse to drill more. 

"OK, I need these holes for these carrot seeds. Normally I'd just use a stick but..." 

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3 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

 

I'm using this line as often as possible, because it's brilliant. I have no idea when I will use it, but it's got to be useful for dates.

It's got me out of many a tight corner 

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All the usual stuff, really. Meditation was pretty good, Duolingo got done, and we went to the allotment as you can see up there 👆 which was tiring. I've eaten quite a lot. Not terrible stuff, but... a lot. 

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16 hours ago, Salinger said:

ADORE your shelving unit. AMAZING ❤️ xx

Thanks. Not sure how long it'll last. We made one last year out of an old abandoned bed (all the DIY shops were shut but a fly-tipper provided alternative raw materials) but it fell to bits. Hopefully this will last a bit longer at least! 

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Quite a lot of meditation today: or rather, i did the usual ten minutes in the morning and then listened to some theory in the afternoon while I was working.

Duolingo streak still rolling along. 

Exercise today was a three in one: 125 press-ups (20,20,20,20,45) plus a short interval run - about 15 minutes up and down the towpath, and then a solid 6 hours of work at the allotment, digging, planting blue potatoes (sounds disgusting, I know, but I was fascinated), built a leaf mold basket, netted my Berry bushes, watered the shit out of everything. 

Ate well mostly, but I did have some beer. It was so nice out that I thought I'd take one of my free cans along and have it on the grass while reading a book when I needed a rest. I was thirsty and it really hit the spot but even though it was only 330ml (2/3 of a pint) I was pretty squiffy afterwards and was lucky not to impale my foot with a garden fork 

 

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10 hours ago, 18ck said:

Exercise today was a three in one

And now I hurt all over

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Another gardening day. Weird how it feels like a cop-out and yet it is actually incredibly draining. 

I've resubscribed to my lord and master Sam Harris's waking up app for another month just because I wanted to get through some of the courses. I did a Metta meditation. As you might recall, I find this the silliest and most out-of-character style, but since I'm doing discovery, decided to explore it anyway. I was weirdly well disposed to people for the rest of the day, and less of my usual sarcastic, arsey self, but I'm not sure if that's the spiritual vibes of the universe or just because the sun was shining for a change. Probably need more data in that one. 

Duolingo done. I really am doing a bare minimum each day. After winning diamond league about 4 weeks ago, I've slipped back three leagues to... What is it now? The Coal League or something. 

Mostly ate well but bought myself a pastry on the way home from the allotment because I was ravenously hungry and obviously when you're ravenously hungry eating normal food won't do. 

I had intended to run this morning but I overslept so ill do a HIIT instead and run tomorrow. 

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13 hours ago, fearless 2.0 said:

of course its the spiritual vibes, dude!!!! :)  keep going!

 

I didn't actually do it yesterday, which is probably why I murdered all those people. Extra long lesson this morning though so I should be safe. 😉

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I ended up going to the rowing club finally. Not on the water though: just did a 25 minute erg. 

Duolingo was minimal. Ate well and enrolled in a socially distanced 10k in Kew Gardens on the 16th of May. That should give me a goal to work towards, I think. 

I'm in my running gear about to go. Busy day though: lots of work of course and I need to do some impromptu teaching this evening as part of exam prep. Physics. Basically know about it in principle but can I teach the fiddly bits, names of f experiments etc? Almost certainly not. 

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On 4/19/2021 at 1:52 AM, 18ck said:

Another gardening day.

 

6 hours ago, 18ck said:

I ended up going to the rowing club finally.

 

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Did OK today. Got solid work done, did some IT and chemistry with Flyer instead of physics. Lots of drama. 

Did my longish run (only about 7k actually because started late) more Duolingo than usual and also doubled up on the meditation: 16 minutes of Metta and 10 minutes of some guest instructor's program. I was so filled with loving kindness I was humping the legs of every stranger I met. 

Made a training program for the next 4 weeks. 

Oh and I ate well too. 

So plenty of win there, apart from all the dry cleaning bills I have to pay now because of the leg humping thing. Never mind, I forgive them. 

Namaste. 

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8 minutes ago, 18ck said:

I was so filled with loving kindness I was humping the legs of every stranger I met. 

So plenty of win there, apart from all the dry cleaning bills I have to pay now because of the leg humping thing.

 

Oh dear. Is this time to introduce tantric Buddhism?

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21 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

 

Oh dear. Is this time to introduce tantric Buddhism?

I don't think the local dog-walkers will thank you for this. 

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Oh god, I had such a good day! Up at the crack of dawn, did the most advanced Metta meditation session (feel love and compassion for everyone in the world? What do I look like Bono?) and did my Duolingo, then went for today's exercise which was finally... 

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Just a quick twenty minutes before nine. Then home for more worky work. At lunchtime I went and did some European meditation. That's like Eastern meditation but with less sitting on your arse and more digging the garden. While I was there I listened to the Waking Up course called "Contemplative Action" which is designed to be something you tune in to while doing other stuff. It's basically just this guy reading his poetry and talking about it. I think on paper I should have hated it but I was in *precisely* the right frame of mind for it so I listened and dug and smiled beatifically at worms. At one point I decided to listen to some Patricia Lockwood poems which I should really like in theory but in the frame of mind I was in, I just found it unbearably postmodern, self-referential and wanky so I went back to the guy's soporific voice and his wholesome zen poetry. She'll have to wait for another day. Anyway, I felt really, really satisfied and cheerful with the calm and the hard work. There's something about digging a garden. Just ask Voltaire. He knew what he was on about. 

I have mostly eaten well but Mrs 18ck picked some rhubarb and we had that in a crumble, so that was a bit off-plan. 

Phinally got around to the Physics tuition and it went better than expected so that was a relief. 

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