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Last cycle was mostly eaten by long travel in the US + the recovery from that travel. On the trip, DH and I both came to the conclusion that we are tired of being fat, tired of feeling like poo, and are ready to go back to doing what needs to be done to return our bodies back to some semblance of the shape we like them to be in. 

 

Back to non-sexy basics it is, then. 

 

This cycle may or may not include more travel, and if that happens I’ll reframe as necessary.

 

Nutrition 

 

My body seems to have been asking for less carbs for quite awhile, but my brain still has the ‘I’d be super happy to just eat rice & pasta with minimal toppings’ mindset, so I see at least a semi return to paleo in my future. This may take a Whole30 to kick brain back into what works for body, but I’ll start small while I work through some of the carbs in the pantry. 

 

General Guidelines: 

 

  • Up “safe” (non stabby) veggie content 
  • Continue on with my mixture of fake & real meats at home 
  • Don’t repurchase cooking oil; stick to my jars of fat + olive oil
  • I can reliably find shiritaki & sometimes riced sweet potato for a substutity side
  • Cut the extraneous breads at home
  • Cut pasta at home unless it’s high fiber and/or protein 
  • Cut rice at home unless it’s fake
  • Consider limiting white potatoes as well, in case my trigger switches back to that
  • Keep chickpeas in my life in a limited capacity
  • Keep soy products in my life - tofu and shiritaki are both fine
  • Keep fake meats (at least the ones not including beans or legumes) in my life
  • Chill with the peppers for a bit
  • Keep my fake cheeses (at least the ones that don’t cause stabby stabby)
  • Continue trying to reduce meal quantities if I need to 
  • Cut rice + extra helpings of naan with Indian nights 
  • No more appetizers with delivery
  • Biryani limited to once every couple months - and only the best biryanis 

 

And I think that should do it. Not a terrible amount of restriction on top of the restrictions I already have in place to avoid GI issues - more of a reframing of my relationship to food back to when I chose foods because they were nutritious and delicious (also exciting) and not just empty quantity or a coating of a carb blanket in which to wrap myself. 

 

Potential difficulties will assuredly be had because I’m still in full pout mode about my brassicas. I miss my brassicas. Brassicas were the damn cornerstone of my diet when I ate paleo. All of them. With all meals. 

 

I’ll have to brainstorm non-brassica bulk veg for my bowl meal system since my loves are verboten unless I want stabby. We shall see what happens. Expect a lot of whining and rationalizing in future challenges. 

 

Physical

 

Walking to and from yoga 4x a week + some time in the gym once a weekend while DH is home and can watch the pups + my usual Sunday mall walking. 

 

Not sure what I want to do in the gym, but an hour should do it. I’ll combo some deadlifts & lat pull downs (or the rowing machine) - maybe something else to hit biceps a bit - maybe some scorpions for lower back strength. Plus either the elliptical or treadmill inclines for a cardio hit. I’m thinking :30 weight cycles & :30 light cardio work.

 

The Rest 

 

Dog enrichment is pretty strong with meals -

I need to add some more training work in & break out that agility course again. 

 

I also want to go back to digital art creation - I’ve got a little pen pal, at least for the moment - so making physical art is also a good thing.

 

Not sure what I want to do blog-wise, so I’m holding off on prescribing a goal here. 

 

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Do you know what vegetables cause the stabby? I found that (so far) when I stick to the low FODMAP veggies, and limit the quanites of High FODMAP veggies, my belly is much happier.

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The non-sexy basics are the foundation the sexy is built on. Do not neglect the basics!

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20 hours ago, Big_Show said:

Always good to refocus on the basics, good luck with it!

Thanks! *grumble grumble*

18 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Here for support and lack of stabby.

Lack of stabby is the best 

18 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Do you know what vegetables cause the stabby? I found that (so far) when I stick to the low FODMAP veggies, and limit the quanites of High FODMAP veggies, my belly is much happier.

Ish? Sometimes? Depends on an unknown X factor? 
 

For reals, though - it’s an ever-changing list that lines up with neither FODMAP or AIP. It’s a moving target.

 

In general at least at the moment, the no-go list is:

 

Most beans

lentils

brassicas (except maaaaaaybe Broccolini is ok)

Dairy, even lactose free 

 

I’m sure there are more, and conditionals like: peppers, soy yogurt, soy milk, chickpeas, occasional non-cow cheeses in tiny quantities, fruit especially mango, banana - all work for me sometimes but not others. Sometimes no eggs or no eggs 3 days in a row. 


And then some days any damn thing I eat even bread gives me the stabby. 
 
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16 hours ago, Scaly Freak said:

The non-sexy basics are the foundation the sexy is built on. Do not neglect the basics!

 *grumble* But they’re so much less shiny! 

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Monday

 

i need to get back to taking food pictures because I don’t really remember what I ate.

 

I know I had a brioche & egg sandwich for breakfast to work through the loaf of bread DH bought but never turned into French toast.

 

made an Asian bowl for dinner.

 

Yoga was good - The walk less so.

 

Finished my drawings and sent my pen pal letter off.

 

Played my new game - Cozy Grove. 
 

I feel like I did something else but I don’t remember what it was.

 

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’m sure there are more, and conditionals like: peppers, soy yogurt, soy milk, chickpeas, occasional non-cow cheeses in tiny quantities, fruit especially mango, banana - all work for me sometimes but not others. Sometimes no eggs or no eggs 3 days in a row. 


And then some days any damn thing I eat even bread gives me the stabby. 
 

Ugh! How frustrating. I was frustrated when I figured out all milk bothers me, but at least I know that now

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Aaaaaaaaaaand DH’s marching orders came in - we are leaving Saturday & not coming back home until August 18. The first week of that will be spent in hotel quarantine. Whoo. 

 

I’m planning on grabbing ready-to-eat things from the grocery before we go so we don’t have to rely on hotel food for every meal if we don’t want to. Unfortunately, those meals are carb-heavy and fairly unhealthy (though concession can be made for general calorie counts). 

 

So. 

 

I’ll be re-scaling my goals before Challenge starts in earnest, loading up on Yoga videos, and wedging my mat & block into my suitcase. 

 

More to come. 

 

Tuesday

 

Food was good - more of my quinoa bowl mix for dinner. Breakfast was the last egg sandwich - and I had a snack peanut butter jelly with the last of the bread. Had my second serving of the split pea microwave Indian for lunch and it was delicious. 

 

Yoga was a killer - functional class focusing on hips - but great. 

 

Caught up with my coffee ladies in the morning. 

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Wednesday

 

Yoga class was good - complete with gentle reminder from my instructor that my sexy hips might not like the version of side crow we were working on when I was struggling - and that that’s okay. 
 

I don’t agree, but I’ll take the compliment. Especially as she’s got the naturally athletic and proportional body type my brain aspires to.

 

Food was good - quinoa/rice bowl remixes and I managed to not ruin the kale I made with dinner’s addition.

 

Didnt art, but did Cozy Grove. Mostly thought of things I might be able to buy for hotel quarantine that won’t be terribly healthy, but won’t cost room service prices - or entail room service calories & quantities. I’d like to actually enjoy the few club sandwiches I get - not dread them each night. (Though I don’t think this is the country and the hotel where that’s the only option?) 

 

Also made plans to hit the mall alone Thursday to grab a travel yoga mat, foods & containers to cook in & for a couple sauces to dress things up. 
 

I’m planning on doing a whole blog post on what we end up bringing - and making - in the hotel. After quarantine, I’ll likely hit the grocery again for more heavy snacks because I’ll still be tired af of hotel food after that ends. 
 

I feel like maybe there was something else, but again, I can’t remember what. 

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Well. This past few days has been … eventful. 

 

Thursday was fine - grabbed my snacks & mat and had a good day. 

 

Friday. Now Friday was poo. At least half of it was. 

 

I rolled out of bed, hungry for breakfast. Toddled to the bathroom and then back to bed to grab my phone. Got it in my hand and was turning for the kitchen when the fire alarm went off - straight to the lady saying to gtfo - and it continued. And continued. 

 

I’d just woken up and was a hot mess, but at least I had the correct amounts of clothing on, so I leashed the pups, grabbed my phone and my purse, and headed down the stairs. The way more flights of stairs than the floor number I live in in a hella tight configuration. Odin tried noping out of the situation halfway down - by that time, we had people behind us and I had zero time to stop and deal with his shit. So, I ended up bodily dragging 2 dogs down multiple flights of stairs (thankfully, their harnesses were rock solid). Fun. 

 

And then we hit the ground level. Where Odin was already at redline and other dogs and people were milling about. 

 

He shrieked like someone was dipping his toes in hot oil just about solid for the :45 we were out there. Neighbors who are well familiar with his mouth came up to say hi (with the most adorable and well behaved Yorkie imaginable). The neighbor on the other side who actually likes dogs tried helping console him. He took all the pets offered, while shrieking and/or barking. 

 

So I sat on the ground and wrapped my body around his poor little panicked self. We rocked. I sang nonsense that I intended to be soothing. I held him like a baby. I let him have a bit of freedom. I held him in an anaconda wrap even when his head came crashing back into my windpipe. 

 

My poor little man had a really shit morning full of panic. 

 

Didn’t hit the other grocery for my last little supplies - I snuggled my babies instead. 

 

And then we had our friends’ 1 year olds’ party filled with Australian kids party foods. I finally got to try fairy bread. 

 

On To Saturday. 

 

Flew to Abu Dhabi - things went smoothly with the flight, and it was great having a 1:00 travel day instead of a 5:00 layover to circumvent the blockade. 

 

Immigration went smoothly. Got our bags. Got through baggage search (DH travels with tools). All was well and we were wondering when we got our Universal number thingies to register for the UAE’s Covid app. 

 

Right before the exit, we found it. We got our PCR tests - fine - aaaaand then they started talking about quarantine. 

 

Fine. We were prepared for 6 days. We had our vaccination cards, etc. 

 

But … 

 

Now the UAE (at least Abu Dhabi) doesn’t recognize any vaccinations that aren’t issued in the UAE. And Moderna isn’t on the approved list, anyways. 

 

Ok …. 

 

Qatar isn’t on the Green country list (a highly political list, fyi). 

 

Well, shiiiiiiit. 

 

I’ve now got a lovely “Rolex” from the government …. And a 12 day quarantine. 

 

We have a 19 day stay booked. 

 

So. Looks like I’ll be getting well familiar with the cable offerings at this hotel - already watched some bonkers American doomsday conspiracy theory show on History (greaaaat thing to send out globally. Good going American television), and have been watching a Forged In Fire marathon. 

 

At least our room got bumped up, so I’m not stuck in the main building with the soccer team we saw on the way up - overlooking the pool I’m sure is filled with people who came from countries on the Green list who can actually enjoy the country. 

 

Boo. Such is life. I made my decision to follow DH on his work trip, whatever that meant. It just happens to be more annoying with a watch I can’t take off this time. At least I have snacks, a nice room in which to lounge, a patio I can enjoy at least before 9 am, and WiFi. I can talk to y’all, plan projects, practice art, play my games and catch up on my reading. 

 

All will be well. 

 

I’m signed up for Zoom yoga Monday & Wednesday and it’s the start of a new month - and a new Darebee Challenge. 

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We have been binge-watching Forged in Fire as well. It is surprisingly addictive.

 

And that sucks about both the fire alarm and the quarantine. I hope the latter passes as smoothly as possible.

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20 hours ago, Scaly Freak said:

We have been binge-watching Forged in Fire as well. It is surprisingly addictive.

 

And that sucks about both the fire alarm and the quarantine. I hope the latter passes as smoothly as possible.

It is. We pretty much always binge it when possible - which of course leads to two armchair knife experts 😆

 

I’m watching some bonkers William Shatner show that promised spookiness with its promo imagery - they had me at pentacles and snakes being strangled by vines - but has devolved into ‘what if the Anunaki(sp?) came to this planet to enslave humans to harvest gold and implanted it into our DNA that that shit is the bomb, yo’ or some such nonsense. 

 

I know I’ve bitched about the History Channel before and I shouldn’t be surprised, but c’mon … why is this now the crazy conspiracy theory + 101 flavors of redneck channel? 

 

I can’t believe I miss WWII documentaries, but here we are. 

 

Sunday

 

Was fine. Colored, arted, played Cozy Grove, DH ran out for lunch shawarmas and groceries, had what I wouldn’t call a salmon “burger” from room service (it was delicious, but when I think salmon “burger” I think chopped fillet - not smoked salmon slices). 

 

Did I mention DH *finally* got to buy liquor at the Duty Free? The Duty Free @ Hamad Airport (Qatar’s airport) has a much better selection of alcohol than the liquor store (which is also owned by the airline), with normal prices. When we have some time to stretch our legs, he always checks out the selection - but we are usually either traveling somewhere dry or for less time than it would take to make a dent in a bottle. This trip, we have 19 days & are in a country in which you can import a few bottles of alcohol - so he grabbed some Johnnie Walker varietals. They had much nicer stuff, but I don’t feel too bad about drowning my Johnnie in Diet Coke. He was happy to finally try something different in an evening. 

 

He also grabbed me avocados, oat milk & breakfast pineapple. We mis-read the breakfast situation and have to go to the dining room for breakfast if we want our complimentary fare. I’m sure we could argue since I *can’t* leave the room, but neither of us really feel like making an issue of it. He may mention it if he ends up going down tomorrow before work.

 

Monday at least 3/4 Of It

 

Slept like poo worrying about going for my PCR test Thursday. What if Uber won’t take me? They should according to Google, but still … that makes less sense to me quarantine-wise. I know I’m not Typhoid Mary, but the driver doesn’t. 

 

Googled that and piecemeal other quarantine-related queries after a random beep (probably a phone ding) woke me up and I was thirsty. 

 

Had a great yoga session with one of my favorite teachers - she’s the favortie from each lockdown and quarantine and it was great to get to practice with her again. Tried out my travel mat in the process, and it isn’t bad as long as you get the surface a bit damp for grip. 

 

I’ve colored and drawn and played my game today. DH brought home burritos for lunch and remembered to get the Junior size for me. He even split an order of chips with me to save us both from ourselves. 

 

I’m sure we will be doing room service again for dinner - finding food in this area of town is frustrating. Like, I know there has to be restaurants and places are listed on Foursquare in a 3-mile radius, but the way the roads are layer out are a crisscross of highways not flanked by businesses, so you may end up seeing something in the food court of a mall, in a hotel, or tucked up and hidden somewhere you can’t find. That’s more likely, actually, than just driving past a place and seeing food. It’s weird. 

 

Ah well, tomorrow starts packed snacks for lunch. I’ll probably do pineapple for breakfast and either half of one of my Indian dishes for lunch or some tuna & rice with furikake. 

 

This evening we’ll start something new on Netflix - binged the newest tattoo coverup show already - order dinner, have our nightcaps, and should be in bed again by 9:30. 

 

Man, we’re fun. 😆

 

The pups seem to be doing well - the boarding facility sends daily walk pictures and playtime videos and both pups are faring well. Odin is actually a sensitive and careful dude when set loose with other dogs he knows; Freya has stopped being a tiny furry bullet trying to jump all over every other dog and has settled into someone who kind of just wanders looking to see if she understands how to play whatever game the other dogs are playing (while not-so-secretly hoping either someone will chase her or a human will give her snuggles). 

 

I just found out our good dog trainer is now in town, so we may schedule an in-person with her since she’s never actually met the pups face-to-face. I want more of her opinion before upping Odin’s medication to something more tranquilizing. We shall see. It’s too damn hot to work much with him outside this time of year. 

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1 hour ago, darkfoxx said:

I can’t believe I miss WWII documentaries, but here we are. 

 

I can. WWII is a fascinating time in our history, both from being the last full-scale nearly global war, and because there is so much outside of mainstream history classes to rabbit hole into. I would watch documentaries about those specific years for months if I could just find enough good ones.

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48 minutes ago, Scaly Freak said:

 

I can. WWII is a fascinating time in our history, both from being the last full-scale nearly global war, and because there is so much outside of mainstream history classes to rabbit hole into. I would watch documentaries about those specific years for months if I could just find enough good ones.

I have found I like watching European produced documentaries on the subject, as they naturally provide a broader perspective than one gets here in the U.S. from homegrown documentaries.

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21 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I have found I like watching European produced documentaries on the subject, as they naturally provide a broader perspective than one gets here in the U.S. from homegrown documentaries.

Yes! This! I absolutely loved the part of the WWII exhibit the Ukrainian government deigned to translate into English. It was fascinating seeing the Russian perspective. 

 

I’d also toss a vote out for The History Guy on YouTube - he does 20-ish minutes on History That Should Be Remembered; much of which is WWII related. Also Timeline History on YouTube (it’s British) does a bunch on all history and sometimes has a WWII jag. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History did a great zillion-piece number on the subject as well. 

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The Rest Of Monday And Half Of Tuesday

 

I don’t think we did much more than I reported yesterday. Dinner was some of the snacks I brought - pasta pots with tuna and hot sauce. 

 

Had my normal coffee hangout with my ladies, ate an avocado - half with Ritz crackers; half with Pineapple & Tony’s Cajun seasoning for breakfast. Lunch was a pot of remade rice with tuna, furikake, soy sauce, Tony’s and French fried onions. 

 

We ordered dinner - I went for Mi Goreng because I don’t need another French fry night. Noodles probably aren’t much better, but they’re different. 

 

Didn’t yoga today, but spent the afternoon plugging my various electronics into other electronics to charge, coloring while catching up on True Crime YouTube, drawing a bit, and pulling references for my next couple of drawings. 

 

I also want to take the time to plan a me-made capsule wardrobe out - but am feeling overwhelmed with the supplies to do so at my disposal & the wealth of different styles I enjoy. I may just end up making a few - and exorcising that demon in the process so I can actually get to work on something; fingers crossed that this time it’ll be something I will actually wear. I have not liked my last few projects (or they’re not practical or they’re broken). 

 

I need to pick a direction and go there - Gibson Girl/Dark Academia/Post Apocalyptic Japanese/Basic Bitch/Donna Reed/Claire Underwood aesthetic here we come. 

 

A quick summation just for funsies:

 

Land Army trousers

19thc men’s pants

Fitted to the nines vests

White linen shirts

Walking Skirts

New Line corsets

”Victorian” corsets

1700s corsets

Petticoats with side ties

Fantail skirts

Chemise tops

4-way stretch cocoon dresses

Linen pinafore dresses

Like 4 other styles of linen dress

Kirtle dress updated a bit 

Can I figure out a way to throw a skirt over pants with zero bulk?

Structured and pleated into armor shell tops

50s dresses in a variety of styles

Ninja pants

Jodhpurs

Maaaaaaaybe an insertion lace shirtwaist - if it’s black - and isn’t itchy - and is mostly pintucks

Plain tank tops

Paper bag pants

Asymmetric high/low skirts

Long A-line dresses

Kimono tops

 

And that’s just off the top of my head. I have a lot of different tastes. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, darkfoxx said:

I’d also toss a vote out for The History Guy on YouTube - he does 20-ish minutes on History That Should Be Remembered; much of which is WWII related. Also Timeline History on YouTube (it’s British) does a bunch on all history and sometimes has a WWII jag. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History did a great zillion-piece number on the subject as well. 

 

I highly recommend the YouTube channel Invicta for history documentaries as well. Their focus is more on "ancient history", especially the Roman Empire, but there are several fascinating videos that are breaking away from a Euro-centric perspective to look at India and China. Invicta also has several themed documentaries on Famous Military Units in History, famous Sieges/Battles, etc. They also have a series on the large-scale battles in Game of Thrones, including the sieges of King's Landing and Winterfell, that are kind of fun to watch. 

 

My favorite though is the "how they did it" videos... how did people prove their identify before photo IDs were invented? Did ancient Rome have fast food? how exactly does one run for public office in the early Roman Republic? And so on.

 

Yes, history nerd over here. I love this stuff. :) 

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1 hour ago, darkfoxx said:

I need to pick a direction and go there - Gibson Girl/Dark Academia/Post Apocalyptic Japanese/Basic Bitch/Donna Reed/Claire Underwood aesthetic here we come. 

 

A quick summation just for funsies:

 

Land Army trousers

19thc men’s pants

Fitted to the nines vests

White linen shirts

Walking Skirts

New Line corsets

”Victorian” corsets

1700s corsets

Petticoats with side ties

Fantail skirts

Chemise tops

4-way stretch cocoon dresses

Linen pinafore dresses

Like 4 other styles of linen dress

Kirtle dress updated a bit 

Can I figure out a way to throw a skirt over pants with zero bulk?

Structured and pleated into armor shell tops

50s dresses in a variety of styles

Ninja pants

Jodhpurs

Maaaaaaaybe an insertion lace shirtwaist - if it’s black - and isn’t itchy - and is mostly pintucks

Plain tank tops

Paper bag pants

Asymmetric high/low skirts

Long A-line dresses

Kimono tops

 

And that’s just off the top of my head. I have a lot of different tastes.

 

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On 8/3/2021 at 7:23 PM, Scaly Freak said:

 

I highly recommend the YouTube channel Invicta for history documentaries as well. Their focus is more on "ancient history", especially the Roman Empire, but there are several fascinating videos that are breaking away from a Euro-centric perspective to look at India and China. Invicta also has several themed documentaries on Famous Military Units in History, famous Sieges/Battles, etc. They also have a series on the large-scale battles in Game of Thrones, including the sieges of King's Landing and Winterfell, that are kind of fun to watch. 

 

My favorite though is the "how they did it" videos... how did people prove their identify before photo IDs were invented? Did ancient Rome have fast food? how exactly does one run for public office in the early Roman Republic? And so on.

 

Yes, history nerd over here. I love this stuff. :) 

Yes! I totally forgot to list Invicta! 

 

There’s a linguist channel I also subscribe to I found through that channel that’s interesting. 

 

And two of my favorite ancient Roman info sources: any documentary featuring Mary Beard and Tasting History By Max Miller. He does some really cool looking ancient Roman (and other) recipes. If I can find spikenard and long pepper, I’d love to recreate his most recent recipe - a 28-ingredient hummus from Egypt. 

On 8/3/2021 at 7:25 PM, sarakingdom said:

 

I feel seen.

❤️

 

Started work on this project today by saving a bunch of pins onto separate Trello cards and cleaning my sewing Pin board to scrub the quilting links into their own home - all 130-something of them. 

 

Tomorrow, I’ll run back through and kick all the non-clothing items onto their own board. The step after is to examine my fashion inspiration boards to see what I love that I don’t have any sort of source for. That, or work to cobble something with what I have sources for. That, and grab reference images for the patterns I have that aren’t on Pinterest. Ooh, and I want to go through some of my free pattern round up pins to split out projects I’d actually like to make (and delete the roundup in the process). 

 

I think I’ll take to one or more of my sewing groups on Facebook to see if I can get some direction for the patterns that are in Russian. Russians like cool pleating. 

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Wednesday

 

Another day. 

 

A repeat of yesterday’s breakfast. 

 

Yoga today - balance and hip work. 

 

Caught up on Cozy Grove. 

 

Lunch was another of my Indian pouches.

 

Had some chicken flavor rice crackers for a snack. 

 

Dinner was delivery - they’re allowed to pull up to the gate and then call - from a udon shop. It was fantastic, and yet again I’m disappointed at Doha’s food options v the rest of the Gulf. Everywhere else we typically go has better food. Not that Qatar doesn’t have good food, but of the 400 restaurants I can get delivery from; half are burgers or chocolate, and the rest boil down to 6 varieties of restaurant with mostly the same menus. 

 

Watched Mother! On Netflix (good but confusing - amazing color and sound work), and am watching my 3rd? 4th? Flavor of redneck on History or Discovery while DH gets a jump on sleep for the evening. Poor guy slept like poo last night trying to fix a machine without it being in front of him. 

 

I had no such trouble, and while I had vivid af dreams like I have been having, they weren’t fascinatingly disturbing or bothersomely lucid. I can’t exactly remember what the deal was. Was it the night I moved from West to East collecting women for an unknown purpose until we hit Persephone’s 11 year old granddaughter in the Mid Atlantic and were warned against shenanigans? Or was it the black and white battle night? 

 

Tomorrow is PCR test #2 - I think were it a week or so before we landed, I’d be out of the hoosegow the next day; I’d love to be, but I have no real reason to hope I will be. 

 

All is well. All is well. A manner of things will be well. 

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Most Of Thursday

 

Cozy Groved. Started Stardew Valley - got frustrated with the controls for Stardew Valley.

 

Went to get my PCR test with DH. The line wasn’t too bad and the woman who did my swab was the gentlest ever. She’s my favorite. 

 

It was nice leaving the hotel room. 

 

We’re back and back into sitting under the a/c vent - it feels like it’s blowing directly into my eyeballs all evening. 

 

Lunch was good - more premade rice/tuna/furikake/soy sauce/French fried onions/spice mix. 

 

Breakfast was kinda lax because I didn’t really plan breakfasts properly - hummus DH bought and Ritz crackers. It was good, just a bit lax. 

 

DH also found me bubble bath so I have a plan to soak in the bigass tub this room has tomorrow in lavender-scented loveliness while I watch (probably true crime) on YouTube. That should keep me in the water for more than 5 minutes of boredom. 

 

 

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Cozy Groved. Started Stardew Valley - got frustrated with the controls for Stardew Valley.

 

Stardew Valley has been on my radar for a while, and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it.

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19 hours ago, Scaly Freak said:

 

Stardew Valley has been on my radar for a while, and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it.

The controls are kind of frustrating and I have no idea if I’m doing anything right, but I’m doing things … so that’s something. Not sure if those are going to pan out to be the right things, but they are things at least. I have some resources. I have no idea how to get more resources to complete the goals I’ve got on my goal sheet - but I’m merrily harvesting everything I can at the moment. 

 

I’m more of a fan of Cozy Grove - it’s about an hour of play a day and then you’re done. Days are weird in Stardew and you can plug away for hours. Which I have the two days I’ve been playing. 

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