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Last challenge, I decided that I was going to add an appearance goal to my next quest.

 

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Because, hey, every gal wants to look good when she's got a big night out...

 

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Whether it's a smokin' date...

 

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with a hot guy...

 

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Or just an excuse to go out with the girls

 

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To check out the latest in fashionable footwear.

 

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Let's face it. A power suit conveys authority.

 

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But there are those times when you just want to get down and dirty...

 

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And cruise through town driving a screaming red truck with the biggest engine you can find.

 

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Even if no one understands what you really do...

 

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The celebrities you admire...

 

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Why you go to places everyone else is leaving

 

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They don't understand what's important to you:

 

"They're just some old trees," they say.

 

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"What's one deer worth?"

 

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"There are so many other ways to make friends and serve your community..."

 

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There are just some things you can't explain.

Things that go deeper than words,

That may appear unrealistic, foolish, even dangerous to others.

But if it is your quest, your destiny, you must pursue it.

Or forever wonder what might have been...

 

 

Motivation
My motivation is simple: I want to fight fires again.

To that end, my current Main Quest encompasses a 40 week program to get me "fire fit" - physically, mentally and spiritually - and ends in my attending the Arizona Wildfire Academy in mid-March of 2015 ready to pass my Work Capacity Test, so that I can re-qualify as a wildland firefighter. I plan to be ready to go for wildfire season 2015 in the southwest U.S on either a Type 2 hand crew or a wildland engine crew. Additional details in my Battle Log. (Many additional details - you have been warned.)

 

 

Firefighters Train Hard to Work Hard  STA-3, STR-2

This challenge overlaps Weeks 2 - 7 of my "Forty Weeks to Fire Fit" program, subsequently referred to as "40W2FF." Included in my program is a gradual ramp up in order to build the necessary heat tolerance for exercising outdoors in the high temperatures of a Phoenix, AZ summer and altitude tolerance for the 4 - 6 days per month that I will be at 7,000 ft. above sea level in Flagstaff, AZ. I will provide details of my use of a breathing trainer, heart rate monitor, and all the other geeky stat stuff of my program. (Oh, ye Gods and Goddesses! The Nomograms!) If you have a particular question, just ask. Many moons ago I used to be the training officer in my department and I love to pontificate...

 

Endurance Just Might Save Your Life (STA-3)
For wildland fire suppression, endurance is the primary focus, as opposed to the sheer strength demanded by structural firefighting. Weeks 2 - 7 of Phase 1 coincide with this challenge.

Phase 1 - 8 week program of walking transitioning to walk/jog intervals. Success will be being able to walk/jog in intervals for a distance of 5K, with an average heart rate of 145 or below, and a peak HR under 155. Goal time: < 45 minutes

 

Strength Could Well Save Someone Else's (STR-2)

A pre-conditioning program and two additional phases of a body weight strength program timed to reach the goal of starting the Hotshot Strength program (Phase 3) at Week 29 of my 40 week program. Weeks 2 - 4 of Phase 0, and Weeks 1 - 3 of Phase 1 coincide with this challenge.

Phase 0 - 4 weeks of continued injury recovery and pre-conditioning program utilizing exercises from “Durability†section below. Focus on getting elbows to withstand pushups and pull-ups by dropping back and then gradually progressing from wall pushups and lightly weighted rows; establishing base of low set and rep numbers on the other exercises. This is early stage stuff while I establish my top priority right now, the base aerobic levels of my endurance program.


Phase 1 - 12 week assisted exercise program of  knee-pushups; assisted pull-ups, grip hangs and rows; modified dips; lunges and variations. Additionally - squats, planks, sit-ups, burpees and variations. This will kick things up a notch and prepare me for an increased focus on strength training in Phase 2.

  

 

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Firefighters Take Good Care of Their Rigs  CON-5

Care of your vehicle is mission critical. Fueling it right, maintaining all of its systems, having every piece of equipment anchored, in the right place, and in good working order is of the highest priority. I will fuel my vehicle with high-quality, nutrient dense foods with an eye to maintaining endurance and muscle, while trimming off excess weight. I will learn to tailor my macros to the phases of my training.

 

Keep the Crud Out of the Tank! (CON-1)

No Soda PVP

Achieve another 42 days of my 365 total on the No Soda PVP. This is a reduced point number from last challenge (CON-5) because it is so much easier now!

 

Change the Oil and Lube the Chassis Regularly, Check All Fluids and Maintain Recommended Levels (CON-2)

Durability (CON-1)

Comprehensive set of warmups, mobility/stability, and “prehab†exercises for an older female athlete. Bone-builders (including jumping exercises); spine/shoulder//hip/knee exercises to maintain joint health; dynamic stretching to increase ROM and overall flexibility; specific exercises for identified weak areas including head/neck/spine alignment and bi-lateral muscle balance, ankles, wrists/hand/grip, pelvic floor, and elbows. I MUST warm up before every exercise session.

 

Fluids (CON-1)

Optimize H2O intake. Consume between 80 and 96 oz. of water on "normal" days; up to 128 oz. or more on high activity days in hot, dry conditions.

 

 

Keep in mind that, if I were a vehicle manufactured in 1958, I would be considered an antique. Humpf...

 

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There are those that would consider me irreparable, over-the-hill, not worth restoring...

 

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Or only fit for a parade...

 

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I aim to prove them wrong!

 

Body Composition Mission (CON-2)

My 40 week end goal is a bodyweight of ~150#, +/-5# as long as my body fat % is at 20% or less using the U.S. Navy Body Fat Calculator. This tends to be a little under actual, so a DEXA scan would be even better, acceptable BF% < 24%. Goal for this challenge is to drop my BF% by at least 3 percentage points, to 36% or less. This will be from a combination of fat loss (primarily) and lean mass gain.

 

(The following was calculated using US Navy Body Fat Calculator, it is an estimate. I think the calculator is somewhat overestimating my recent fat loss/lean muscle gain, but that it will all even out by the time I reach my goal weight.)

 

Body Composition - Current

Total Mass: 190 lbs.

Lean Mass: 116 lbs.

Fat Mass: 74 lbs.

BF% = 39%

Waist = 37"

Hips = 43"

Neck = 15"

Height: 5'6 1/2"

 

One Year Ago

Total Mass: 206 lbs.

Lean Mass: 107 lbs.

Fat Mass: 99 lbs.

BF% = 48%

Waist = 42"

Hips = 46"

Neck = 16"

Height: 5'5 3/4"

 

 

2004 (Fire Academy)

Total Mass: 152 lbs.

Lean Mass: 117 lbs.

Fat Mass: 35 lbs.

BF% = 23%

Waist = 28"

Hips = 37"

Neck = 13"

Height: 5'6 3/4"

 

GOAL

Total Mass: 150 lbs.

Lean Mass: 120 lbs.

Fat Mass: 30 lbs.

BF% = 20%

Waist = 27"

Hips = 37"

Neck = 14"

Height: 5'6 3/4"

 

Non-graded extras

I want to experiment with at least one day per week of vegetarian eating and play with various combinations of macros to see how my body responds at different points in my training. Ideally, I will figure out an eating plan that will be useful as the intensity of my endurance and strength training increases.

 

Firefighters Always Keep A Reserve of Water in Their Tank; They Top Off Their Tank at Every Opportunity  DEX-1, WIS-2, CHA-2

You never run your water tank or other water source completely dry. Never. Otherwise you risk not having enough water for your own protection if things suddenly go south. You always keep that 100 gallon reserve available and you top off your tank at every opportunity. This may well be the hardest part of my challenge. I tend to go all out and to burn the candle at both ends. I will not succeed in my quest if I continue to do that. If I do, I will get injured or sick and will not be able to keep the pace I need to keep. I need to change my habit of staying up late to work or research or write or whatever until the wee hours of the morning and then turnaround and be up at 6:30 or 7 am. I regularly get by on just 4 or 5 hours of sleep during the week, then crash on the weekends.

 

Rest, Recovery & Relaxation (WIS-2, CHA-1)
Adequate rest and recovery will be critical to my success, as will providing for regular relaxation and recreation.

 

Rest  (WIS-1)

Curfew/Bedtime/Lights Out - These are not synonymous. Curfew means I must "be in the house." Screens connected to the outside world must be turned off. Bedtime means actually in bed, but I may read, journal, meditate, or pray until lights out. Lights out - Dark, quiet, eyes shut, and brain powered down.

Curfew is one hour before Lights Out. Bedtime can be any time between Curfew and Lights Out. Lights Out for Week One is 1:30 am, Week Two - 1:00 am, Week Three - 12:30 am, Week Four - midnight. At the end of Week Four, I will determine if I want or need to go any earlier for Lights Out. Going to bed much earlier messes with my wind down from work. (Often don't get home until 9:30 or so at night.)

Wake Up Time is 7 am for Week One, 6:45 am for Week Two, 6:30 for Weeks Three through Six. Naps are fine, if needed. And, I reserve the right to adjust these times as I go along, as long as it is to increase my total sleep time overall.

 

Recovery  (WIS-1)

Two cheat meals and one indulgent treat per week are not only allowed, they are encouraged. I am required to take at least one full day off of exercise per week, two if showing signs of undue fatigue or of developing any injury. (Situational Awareness applies to one's body, too!)

 

Recreation  (CHA-1)

I must take a daily half-hour of recreation time and at least half a day per week of complete restorative down time, preferably much of that fully present with my partner. This is the time for all/any of those fun, relaxing, entertaining and/or creative things that get shoved aside by extra work, low priority household projects, ruminating, obsessing, surfing the net, mindlessly playing games or watching TV that one or the other or both of us don't even enjoy all that much. It's just habit. No more. No multi-tasking, no computer. No business activities, no studying, no housework or little nagging projects, or vegging out in front of the tube. No exceptions, no excuses. This time is my 100 gallon reserve.

 

 

 

Attitude and Stress Management (DEX-1, CHA-1)
To stay positive and not succumb to my depressive tendencies, or my doubts or fears about what I am attempting, I must cultivate inner strength and resilience. To stay peaceful and calm in the midst of great change and effort, I will manage my schedule and environment for enhanced productivity and streamlined maintenance. I will utilize the fantastic support network that is Nerd Fitness by actively participating in my guild, my accountabilibuddy groups and my PVPs. (Linked in my signature.)

 

Daily Routines (CHA-1)

Keep to a set of morning and evening routines that encapsulate recurring chores and desired actions into a simple, easy to follow checklist format. Besides carrying forward my kanban board, clutter patrol, and other good habits I have built in the last year, these routines also include a choice of tools for mental resilience and stress reduction - meditation, journaling, breathing exercises, inspirational reading, etc - of which I will do at least one once per day for a minimum of 10 minutes. These are mix and match, in any combination to reach the 10 minutes, for now. I hope that experimentation this challenge will give me clues as to which ones to focus on in more depth in future challenges. And I have set the bar low. I can always do more if time allows or I need the boost.

 

Tai Chi (DEX-1)

I considered including this under "Durability", but decided that it deserved a point of it's own. It is moving meditation, stress reduction, and a workout that can range from light recovery to challenging dynamic strength and flexibility, all in one. At least twice per week.

 

This challenge is far more complex than I originally intended, and that is after I cut out a lot of stuff! I had great success last challenge with simpler, more focused goals, but I believe the quest I have chosen requires all of the above, and probably quite a bit more. For now, it is enough. The studying that I need to do, the drills, all of the other things can wait a little while so that I can get the central component firmly in place, my physical training. Everything else must serve and support the establishment of that. Once I am sure that is complete, then I can add in other things.

 

Oh, and that appearance goal is going to be an un-graded mini-quest with the Renaissance Rebels.

 

All of my activities for this challenge are quite simple to determine on a day-to-day basis: "Was X scheduled for today? Did I do X today?" Yes or no. I will log my progress in my challenge spreadsheet (currently under construction and to be finished prior to the challenge start). Each goal will be graded with the standard A, B, C, D, or F system using the usual percentages, and points awarded accordingly.

 

 

And just because this is Nerd Fitness:

(Cue Star Wars Theme...)

 

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Heh, heh. After three challenges of trying, I'm putting some of that Digital Storytellers learnin' to use. I've finally got myself a themed quest...

 

And, oh, the truck porn that awaits!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Subbed for the Awesomeness!

Also, I have a a no alcohol piece to my challenge, similar to your no soda piece - expect an accountability check. ;)

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Just bloody awesome Shadow! You are going to dominate this challenge! :)

 

Thanks, Seven. That means a lot coming from you, the badass warrior and ambulance crew Team Leader! (Hey, they probably figure that since you can manage seven boys, an ambulance crew should be a piece of cake!)

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Just bloody awesome Shadow! You are going to dominate this challenge! :)

 

Thanks, Seven. That means a lot coming from you, the badass warrior and ambulance crew Team Leader! (Hey, they probably figure that since you can manage seven boys, an ambulance crew should be a piece of cake!)

 

 

I'm in. Looking forward to following along

 

OMG! That is so going on my C25K playlist. Love all the rocksomeness and the wordplay!

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Subbed for the Awesomeness!

Also, I have a a no alcohol piece to my challenge, similar to your no soda piece - expect an accountability check. ;)

 

On for the accountability check. We're also doing No Alcohol over in the No Soda PVP, if you want to come play. We expanded it to include whatever noxious beverage demon you might want to slay!

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Subbing! Awesome goal/sub goals! :)

 

Thanks! I love your signature quote.

 

And here's to furry feline beasties - yay!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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You Rock!    following you because this kind of awesome has to be seen

 

Hey, Beau! Thanks. I'm figuring to really go all out over the next 40 weeks and see just how far I can go!

 

 

Love the opening of this post!  Great pics to go with the story! Good luck with making it back to fighting fires. 

 

Thanks, Mikrofft! Working on my digital storytelling skills...

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Lots of challenging aspects of your next challenge. Knock this one out of the park like you did the last one! Drink up, me hearty, YO HO!

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Level 38 Lupine Pirate = STR: 98 || DEX: 91 || STA: 102 || CON: 76 || WIS: 88 || CHA: 75

Current Challenge: 

Past Challenge List: Challenges 1-38

Battle Log: Battle On, Eli!

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy, Dresden Files

"That's wolves for ya; good guys!" -Wolf, 10th Kingdom

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I'm scrambling to get the rest of my between challenge mini-quests finished up before this challenge becomes official. Everything else is going well. The summer lesson schedule is taking shape. And, as usual, the summer is lean financially, but I have extra time to do cool stuff like really kick this challenge off with a bang and get a bunch done on my mom's website.

 

Oh, and I missed posting my Tuesday "truck porn" posting because I was getting my challenge thread together. Here it is, a day late...

 

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Now that's a brush truck.

 

For those times when you absolutely, positively have to get there on wheels. None of that elitist smokejumper or hotshot stuff...

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Heh. Double post. The perfect excuse for this golden moldy...

 

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Lots of challenging aspects of your next challenge. Knock this one out of the park like you did the last one! Drink up, me hearty, YO HO!

 

Yo Ho Ho and a whole jug of H2O!

 

Love your new avatar, Elinox...she's soooo cute and she's gonna be soooo alpha, just like you!

 

You up for pirates again? I'm trying to decide how thin I can spread myself...not sure about the Cutlasses with everything else I've got going.

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Now that's a brush truck.

 

For those times when you absolutely, positively have to get there on wheels. None of that elitist smokejumper or hotshot stuff...

 

You could just pull that truck up, rev the engine, and the fire would put itself out.

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They told me I could be anything when I grow up, so I became a superhero.

 

Handbook for Applied Superheroics:

Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4

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You could just pull that truck up, rev the engine, and the fire would put itself out.

 

Ha - love it! It is a beast...

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Oh wow!!!! I cant wait to watch you kick this one's butt!!!

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HappyCat

Race: Khajit Herder Class: Adventurer

 

HappyCat's Battle Log

Current Challenge: HappyCat Takes It Up A Notch 

Past Challenges: 1 2   

Accountablilibuddies:  Walking to Mordor and Back Again

 

Where else to find me: My Fitness Pal  Fitbit Habitica

 

My life is basically a whole pile of 'It seemed like a good idea at the time' thrown together

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Great challenge goals! I happen to know Smokey Bear personally, so I'm always interested to meet one of his friends. Looking forward to seeing you crush this! Cheers!

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Level 10 Superhero Trainee (Ranger)

Str 20   Dex 12   Sta 15   Con 15   Wis 13   Cha 16

 

My Battle Log: Getting Back on the Horse

Challenges! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

NerFiWriCh Completed: 1!

 

My book! The Mercenary's Guide to Ruined Seattle.

 

To all you saints and sinners!

You losers and you winners!

Here's to one more day above the roses!

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Oh wow!!!! I cant wait to watch you kick this one's butt!!!

 

Hey, Mommawolfie! This is go for the dream time!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Great challenge goals! I happen to know Smokey Bear personally, so I'm always interested to meet one of his friends. Looking forward to seeing you crush this! Cheers!

 

Heya, Spark - Smokey is da Bear! I often wonder how much of my firefighting obsession is due to my early and complete indoctrination by my grandparents and parents. My grandparents toured many of the national parks, and I always got Smokey Bear stuff when they came back from traveling - posters, music, stuffed teddy bears, hat, etc. I think it may have had more of an effect than they intended...

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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For some reason, there was a time that the Powers That Be decided that all mail sent to Smokey would come to the ranger station in my hometown...and my mom was the one who answered it. When it comes to mail, at least, she WAS Smokey Bear.

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Level 10 Superhero Trainee (Ranger)

Str 20   Dex 12   Sta 15   Con 15   Wis 13   Cha 16

 

My Battle Log: Getting Back on the Horse

Challenges! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

NerFiWriCh Completed: 1!

 

My book! The Mercenary's Guide to Ruined Seattle.

 

To all you saints and sinners!

You losers and you winners!

Here's to one more day above the roses!

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