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Hey, nerds, here for the new challenge. The last few years have been pretty awful, so I want to try to do something a little different this year, something that’s a little more fun and that will hopefully keep me motivated. I’m going to try to be more like my favorite superheroes. I love superheroes and they're awesome, so why not try to incorporate them into my daily life, right? Of course, this may not hold up in daily life, but we’ll see how it goes. Anyway, for this challenge, it’s going to be mostly about the prep work. Goals: 

 

 

Move Like Black Widow

 

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Black Widow has amazing fighting capabilities. Besides her martial prowess, she has great strength, endurance, and flexibility. In order to be like Black Widow, I will need to work on these things as well. For now, this will involve some strength training, yoga, and beat saber. I’ll try to do each twice a week for between 15 and 30 minutes, but we’ll see how it goes.

 

-       Strength training 2x’s a week

-       Yoga 2x’s a week

-       Beat Saber 2x’s a week

 

 

Practice My Craft Like Scarlet Witch

 

Wandavision Scarlet GIF - Wandavision Scarlet Witch - Discover & Share GIFs

 

Scarlet Witch has incredible powers and abilities. Like any witch, she is learning and practicing to get better at her craft. I will be doing the same with my own (writing) craft. I have a book bible to finish writing up and then an outline to restructure, so my main focus will be those two things. I also want to read more fiction this year, and learn new things, which means reading more non-fiction and taking some online classes. Because a good (writing) witch is a knowledgeable witch.  

 

-       Read 30 minutes to an hour a day

-       Writing prep 1 hour a day

-       Gain new knowledge 1 hour a week

 

 

Cook Like Green Arrow

 

S08.E05: Prochnost - Arrow - PRIMETIMER

 

Green Arrow is one of the best cooks in the Arrowverse. He is just as good with a knife in the kitchen as he is with a bow and arrow in a fight. This is what I will be working on too (minus the bow and arrow), starting with some prep work for the kitchen. I did this for a prior challenge, and I’m bringing it back to get me started again.

 

-       Pick a recipe in advance

-       Get the ingredients

-       Cook a meal 1x a week

 

 

Stay Connected like Black Canary

 

Arrow' 7x18 Review: 'Lost Canary' - Fangirlish

 

Black Canary has many awesome qualities (especially in the Arrowverse), but the best part was in the network she created for herself and others like her. So, my goal for this category is to stay connected. That means posting at least a few times a week here as well as responding to others’ posts, doing social things with friends, and continuing to train my fur baby (who's birthday is this month, she's now 14!) and spend more time with her.

 

-       Post on the forums once a day/respond to at least 2 other posts

-       Social things 1x a week

-       Dog training 15 minutes a day

 

 

I think that’s it for now. Hopefully it’s not too much and I’ll be able to keep it going. Anyway, I’ve got a new BuJo all set up and ready to go. Let’s do this.

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I like how you snuck in a cooking goal in the middle of all the superhero badassery. :) 

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Love it.  Am so here for superhero mojo

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“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” John Steinbeck

“Do I dare disturb the universe?” – T.S. Eliot

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison

"All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given to us" JRR Tolkien

 

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I love how all these superheroes have a colour. I guess you can't just be canary. Or widow. Anyhow, good luck with the movin, writin, cookin an connectin!

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On 1/2/2022 at 2:07 PM, Scaly Freak said:

I like how you snuck in a cooking goal in the middle of all the superhero badassery. :) 

 

LOL thanks. :D 

 

22 hours ago, Defining said:

I love the superhero badassery (coining Scaly's term); that looks like a LOT to start out the year with. Wishing you fun and success with your first challenge for the year!

 

Thanks! :) It is kind of a lot. I might make a few minor tweaks depending on how this week goes. :) 

 

22 hours ago, Novaurora said:

Love it.  Am so here for superhero mojo

 

Thanks, glad to have you! :) 

 

19 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

I've never heard of the arrowverse but I am here for it all.  

 

Thanks! :) The Arrowverse is basically the umbrella term for all the DC shows playing on TV right now (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, etc, they are all in the same world). They call it the Arrowverse because Arrow was first. :)

 

17 hours ago, Harriet said:

I love how all these superheroes have a colour. I guess you can't just be canary. Or widow. Anyhow, good luck with the movin, writin, cookin an connectin!

 

I know, right? They just sound better with a color, I guess, LOL. Thanks! :) 

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I loved Arrow when it started, but then I got a bit overwhelmed with all the other dc shows and ended up not watching any of them. Definitely need to get back to Arrow at least.

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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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8 minutes ago, Artemis Prime said:

I loved Arrow when it started, but then I got a bit overwhelmed with all the other dc shows and ended up not watching any of them. Definitely need to get back to Arrow at least.

 

Yeah, it's definitely a lot (I've gotten a bit behind on one or two shows) but it's still pretty fun. You should definitely give Arrow another go, it's great. The last two seasons were the best. :) 

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Okay, so first check in of the challenge, going to make this one quick today because I'm exhausted:

 

 

Move Like Black Widow

 

-       Strength training 2x’s a week

-       Yoga 2x’s a week

-       Beat Saber 2x’s a week - Done. Only did about 10 minutes, but I'll take it. 

 

 

Practice My Craft Like Scarlet Witch

 

-       Read 30 minutes to an hour a day - Still planning to do tonight. I've stopped reading The Trouble with Witches. I like the theme of the book but nothing really happens and it was just meh. I've moved on to Shades of Treason by Sandy Williams. Finally managed to find another good space opera. :D 

-       Writing prep 1 hour a day - Done. Not quite an hour, but close. Got two character sketches done. 

-       Gain new knowledge 1 hour a week

 

 

Cook Like Green Arrow

 

-       Pick a recipe in advance - Done.

-       Get the ingredients - Done. 

-       Cook a meal 1x a week - Done. Ideally, cooking will happen on the weekends, but it didn't quite work out that way this weekend. I did pick out a recipe and got the ingredients over the weekend, though, and then cooked today: chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy. I was going to make corn too, but my old can opener died and I was too lazy to open up the new one. 

 

 

Stay Connected like Black Canary

 

-       Post on the forums once a day/respond to at least 2 other posts - Done. 

-       Social things 1x a week

-       Dog training 15 minutes a day - Sort of done. Only did about 5 minutes, but I'm counting it. Couldn't really get her to focus today, which is understandable since I haven't done it in a few days. 

 

 

All things considered, not a bad first day. 

 

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23 hours ago, Jupiter said:

-       Cook a meal 1x a week - Done. Ideally, cooking will happen on the weekends, but it didn't quite work out that way this weekend. I did pick out a recipe and got the ingredients over the weekend, though, and then cooked today: chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy. I was going to make corn too, but my old can opener died and I was too lazy to open up the new one. 

 

 

And...? How was it? What kind of gravy? :) 

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The Great Reading Thread of 2024

“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

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23 hours ago, Jupiter said:

-       Dog training 15 minutes a day - Sort of done. Only did about 5 minutes, but I'm counting it. Couldn't really get her to focus today, which is understandable since I haven't done it in a few days. 

 

Place training is often a great option for those days - you're only asking for one thing from them, and then from there it's just impulse control!

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12 hours ago, Rookie said:

Yummy chicken and mashed potatoes :D AND with gravy? Delicious.

 

Sounds like a pretty good first day. 

 

Thanks! I got way more done than I thought I would actually LOL. :) 

 

1 hour ago, ReturnOfTheDad said:

Love the new challenge! Following. 👍🏼

 

Thanks! :) 

 

59 minutes ago, Scaly Freak said:

 

And...? How was it? What kind of gravy? :) 

 

It was pretty good. I didn't even overcook the chicken like I usually do. :) I don't normally like chicken breast because it's thick and dries out so fast, but I threw some seasoning on it, cut it up really thin and threw some turkey gravy on it with the mashed potatoes and it was pretty tasty. :) 

 

25 minutes ago, Defining said:

Place training is often a great option for those days - you're only asking for one thing from them, and then from there it's just impulse control!

 

LOL yeah, I'm still trying to re-teach her that one. Used to be she'd go straight to her bed, but she won't go near it anymore. 🤷‍♀️

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Really tired right now, so another quick check in today:  

 

Move Like Black Widow

 

-       Strength training 2x’s a week

-       Yoga 2x’s a week

-       Beat Saber 2x’s a week - Done. Another 10 minutes. I almost didn't do it at all because I was so tired today, but I managed to limp my way through a few Expert level songs. 

 

 

Practice My Craft Like Scarlet Witch

 

-       Read 30 minutes to an hour a day - Done yesterday and today. (I actually stayed up a little too late last night reading, which is part of why I'm so tired today. Oops.) I'm loving this book so far. Williams is such an underrated author. @Waanie, you might like this book. It's Shades of Treason by Sandy Williams. 

-       Writing prep 1 hour a day - Done. Again, not quite an hour, more like 40 minutes. Still, finished another 2 character sketches.  

-       Gain new knowledge 1 hour a week

 

 

Cook Like Green Arrow

 

-       Pick a recipe in advance 

-       Get the ingredients  

-       Cook a meal 1x a week

 

 

Stay Connected like Black Canary

 

-       Post on the forums once a day/respond to at least 2 other posts - Done. I did all the forum-ing today. 

-       Social things 1x a week

-       Dog training 15 minutes a day - Nope. I had planned on it, and I tried, but as soon as I finished beat saber and sat down, my legs were like, nope, we're not moving from this spot. That's what I get for sitting down. 

 

Anyway, that's all I've got for tonight. Good night, nerds. 

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19 minutes ago, Jupiter said:

It was pretty good. I didn't even overcook the chicken like I usually do. :) I don't normally like chicken breast because it's thick and dries out so fast, but I threw some seasoning on it, cut it up really thin and threw some turkey gravy on it with the mashed potatoes and it was pretty tasty. :) 

 

That sounds very good. Now I'm hungry.  :) 

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The Great Reading Thread of 2024

“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

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8 hours ago, Jupiter said:

 

It was pretty good. I didn't even overcook the chicken like I usually do. :) I don't normally like chicken breast because it's thick and dries out so fast, but I threw some seasoning on it, cut it up really thin and threw some turkey gravy on it with the mashed potatoes and it was pretty tasty. :) 

This is the best chicken recipe I’ve found for juicy breasts. 

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https://www.spendwithpennies.com/oven-baked-chicken-breasts/
 

I used to think you had to cook at 350 forever but yah that chicken was so dry and a real chore to eat.

 

I find with this recipe the smaller ones are done 20-22min and bigger ones are closer to 25-28mins.  You can use a meat mallet to even out the chicken breasts but I never do because I hate cleaning it lol. if the smaller one finishes before the others I just take it out.  And don’t skip the rest stage with meat ☺️ I make a little tin foil tent and wait 5 mins. This is the base recipe I use for all my chicken baking needs lol. 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Jupiter said:

-       Read 30 minutes to an hour a day - Done yesterday and today. (I actually stayed up a little too late last night reading, which is part of why I'm so tired today. Oops.) I'm loving this book so far. Williams is such an underrated author. @Waanie, you might like this book. It's Shades of Treason by Sandy Williams. 

I've added it to my wishlist, thanks! Awesome challenge by the way :).

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22 hours ago, Scaly Freak said:

 

That sounds very good. Now I'm hungry.  :) 

 

LOL thanks! :D 

 

13 hours ago, Rookie said:

This is the best chicken recipe I’ve found for juicy breasts. 

 

This is great, I'll definitely be using this. Thanks. :) 

 

12 hours ago, Waanie said:

I've added it to my wishlist, thanks! Awesome challenge by the way :).

 

You're welcome! And thanks! :D 

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Day 3 check in: 

 

Move Like Black Widow

 

-       Strength training 2x’s a week - Done. I didn't time it, but I managed to do almost a full three sets of all my exercises. 

-       Yoga 2x’s a week

-       Beat Saber 2x’s a week 

 

 

Practice My Craft Like Scarlet Witch

 

-       Read 30 minutes to an hour a day - Will do after this. 

-       Writing prep 1 hour a day - Nope. I was way too unfocused today. I don't know what was up with me. 

-       Gain new knowledge 1 hour a week

 

 

Cook Like Green Arrow

 

-       Pick a recipe in advance 

-       Get the ingredients  

-       Cook a meal 1x a week

 

 

Stay Connected like Black Canary

 

-       Post on the forums once a day/respond to at least 2 other posts - Done. 

-       Social things 1x a week - I recently joined a writer's group, and I went to my first meeting tonight. I was really nervous about it, but it was actually pretty fun.

-       Dog training 15 minutes a day - Done. Only did maybe 5 minutes though. I admit I got a little frustrated when she wouldn't listen to anything I said, so I called it early. 

 

That's all I've got for tonight. 

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34 minutes ago, Jupiter said:

     Dog training 15 minutes a day - Done. Only did maybe 5 minutes though. I admit I got a little frustrated when she wouldn't listen to anything I said, so I called it early. 

Better to end it early then keep going to be honest. So  I think you did the right move! With the horses my coach always says by all means have a plan but get ready to throw the plan out because the horse usually has different plans lol and I think that applies to dogs too. 

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2 hours ago, Jupiter said:

-       Social things 1x a week - I recently joined a writer's group, and I went to my first meeting tonight. I was really nervous about it, but it was actually pretty fun.

 

Aah, total envy! I used to have a writer I'd meet with to work and talk shop, but that's kind of ended these days. So happy for you!

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1 hour ago, Rookie said:

Better to end it early then keep going to be honest. So  I think you did the right move! With the horses my coach always says by all means have a plan but get ready to throw the plan out because the horse usually has different plans lol and I think that applies to dogs too. 

 

Absolutely. They have good days and bad days, and they are very sensitive to moods and emotions in general. I once read somewhere that when training a dog it's important to remember that feelings travel down the leash, so if I'm stressed and angry, the dog notices and will reflect that. (As I recall from my childhood, the reins of a horse are also effective emotion conductors.)

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The Great Reading Thread of 2024

“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

Personal Challenges, a.k.a.The Saga of Scalyfreak: Tutorial; Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3; Ch 4; Ch 5; Ch 6; Intermission; Intermission II; Ch 7; Ch 8; Ch 9; Ch 10; Ch 11; Ch 12 ; Ch 13; Ch 14Ch 15; Ch 16; Ch 17; Intermission IIICh 18; Ch 19; Ch 20; Ch 21; Ch 22; Ch 23; Ch 24; Ch 25; Intermission IV; Ch 26; Ch 27; Ch 28; Ch 29; Ch 30; Ch 31; Ch 32; Ch 33; Ch 34; Ch 35; Ch 36; Ch 37; Ch 38; Ch 39; Ch 40; Intermission V; Ch 41; Ch 42; Ch 43; Ch 44; Ch 45; Ch 46; Ch 47; Intermission VI; Ch 48; Ch 49

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2 hours ago, Jupiter said:

-       Writing prep 1 hour a day - Nope. I was way too unfocused today. I don't know what was up with me. 

 

 

Alas! I hope you make some progress today instead.

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