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This one is going to be about being a stronger scout. My two near-term goals are the Spartan Race at the end of um... Week 5 I think, which I'm doing with an assassin of my acquaintance, and the Sculler's Head (rowing race for one person in a small boat) in autumn.

Goals:

Spartan training
- Run twice a week at least (one long, one short) and preferably more (+1 Sta)
- Do the Batman/Krazy workout and fun gymnastics with my partner in Spartantude at least once a week (+2 Dex)
- Find somewhere I can practice climbing a rope and figure out how to get to the top of it at least once during the challenge* (+1 Dex)
- Refresh my working knowledge of a PK Roll and get to where I can do it from a standing start

Sculling prep
- Scull at least twice a week, with at least one of those being a single, and at least 5 mins of technical drills (+2 Dex - goal suspended while I'm away at the festival)
- Lift heavy things at least twice a week and preferably three. (+2 Str - goal suspended while I'm away at the festival)
- Finish reading "Starting Strength" and revisit my Sculling Training manual.
- Find out the procedure for signing up and take action on the steps (date in diary, renew ARA membership etc)

Life goals
- Steer a course through what is likely to be the most financially difficult period of our life together. That will mean careful planning, following the Hounslow Diet (basically, cheap food and not much of it), reviewing insurance and other outgoings, foregoing luxuries, maybe ebaying stuff, mugging old ladies, hanging around the docks selling my body to sailors... That sort of thing, you know. (+2 Wis)
Lose 6lb despite eating mostly toast Get back into my grey cargo shorts. They're horrible but they're the only trousery things I haven't yet shrunk into, I think, so they're a better gauge of progress than the scales. Then they can go to the Oxfam shop. This will require attention to detail, and also no booze (+2 Con - booze rule suspended while I'm away at the festival).

- Study Portuguese every day, with at least 4 of those being very solid sessions. The remainder can be podcast episodes or something relatively non-taxing like that. (+2 Cha - goal suspended while I'm away at the festival)
- Go to the optician
- Give blood, preferably not to a vampire kitten
- Cut down on weird mentalism such as randomly swearing, making faces and even on one memorable occasion slapping myself, especially in public, like a crazy person. I worked on this in one of my early challenges but I've noticed myself doing it more again lately (+1 Wis)


Hm, some of those are a bit floppy but I'll put some clearer success criteria in later. It could be difficult. We're going for a weekend away at a festival near the end of week 1, which will mean money and bad food. I'm also a couple of months from a project deadline that will play he'll with my free time, so maybe I should be less ambitious. That's what part of me says. The other part of me says "Sod it, I'm doing it anyway".


*=I've never thought about this before. Where does one go?

 

/* -- Edited some of the goals a bit. Also made the blood donation appointment and threw it all into a calendar so I wouldn't forget  -- */

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArOj1gu3Mp3IdDJRSzhLUE5LVUJVOWZRVE9VZjBsN0E&usp=drive_web#gid=0 

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What exactly is a kipper? Is it a fish?

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What exactly is a kipper? Is it a fish?

It's a smoked fish, usually a mackerel.

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Not ambitious at all, are you? What? No swimming the English Channel and propelling yourself to the moon on your own wind? Slacker.

Who's been telling you about my wind?
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Watch out for old ladies and their handbags...they can have a pretty nasty swing!

What in Spartan Race? I had heard it was worse than that...

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The funny thing is, I'm not really a fan of that show. It's a great line though 😊
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Now I want kippers. Actually, I want a full proper British breakfast with kippers and tomatoes and mushrooms and everything. And toast served in a toast chiller. That is what that device is called, right? The one that makes sure your toast comes to the table nice and cold?

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Now I want kippers. Actually, I want a full proper British breakfast with kippers and tomatoes and mushrooms and everything. And toast served in a toast chiller. That is what that device is called, right? The one that makes sure your toast comes to the table nice and cold?

:^)

I think the idea is to stop it getting soggy in the condensation from a cold plate, but I take your point! It's called a toast rack. You know, rack like the mediaeval torture device. We also have croissant thumbscrews and a bacon iron maiden*.

 

 

*=mm, bacon iron maiden....

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I like my toast warm

I need a spin doctor in here. I seem to have been portrayed in the mainstream media as the candidate of cold toast. How did this happen. 

Read my lips: No Cold Toast.

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Is the title of your challenge a saying, like if you give a mouse a cookie

Mouse? Wha'? 

 

It's a catch phrase from a comedy sci-fi show called red Dwarf. It's very nerdy but not a patch on the Hitch-Hiker's Guide if you like that sort of thing.

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Uff. No running. worked my arse off all day, making lots of phone calls to try and ward off apocalypse. Ate badly. Family film night was "Clueless" which turned out to be much less suitable for 9-year-olds than I remembered. She had a friend visiting and i don't suppose her mum will let her come here again... 

The shame of it. :hopelessness: 

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This one is going to be about being a stronger scout. My two near-term goals are the Spartan Race at the end of um... Week 5 I think, which I'm doing with an assassin of my acquaintance, and the Sculler's Head (rowing race for one person in a small boat) in autumn.

Goals:

Spartan training

- Run twice a week at least (one long, one short) and preferably more (+1 Sta)

- Do the Batman/Krazy workout and fun gymnastics with my partner in Spartantude at least once a week (+2 Dex)

- Find somewhere I can practice climbing a rope and figure out how to get to the top of it at least once during the challenge* (+1 Dex)

- Refresh my working knowledge of a PK Roll and get to where I can do it from a standing start

Sculling prep

- Scull at least twice a week, with at least one of those being a single, and at least 5 mins of technical drills (+2 Dex - goal suspended while I'm away at the festival)

- Lift heavy things at least twice a week and preferably three. (+2 Str - goal suspended while I'm away at the festival)

- Finish reading "Starting Strength" and revisit my Sculling Training manual.

- Find out the procedure for signing up and take action on the steps (date in diary, renew ARA membership etc)

Life goals

- Steer a course through what is likely to be the most financially difficult period of our life together. That will mean careful planning, following the Hounslow Diet (basically, cheap food and not much of it), reviewing insurance and other outgoings, foregoing luxuries, maybe ebaying stuff, mugging old ladies, hanging around the docks selling my body to sailors... That sort of thing, you know. (+2 Wis)

Lose 6lb despite eating mostly toast Get back into my grey cargo shorts. They're horrible but they're the only trousery things I haven't yet shrunk into, I think, so they're a better gauge of progress than the scales. Then they can go to the Oxfam shop. This will require attention to detail, and also no booze (+2 Con - booze rule suspended while I'm away at the festival).

- Study Portuguese every day, with at least 4 of those being very solid sessions. The remainder can be podcast episodes or something relatively non-taxing like that. (+2 Cha - goal suspended while I'm away at the festival)

- Go to the optician

- Give blood, preferably not to a vampire kitten

- Cut down on weird mentalism such as randomly swearing, making faces and even on one memorable occasion slapping myself, especially in public, like a crazy person. I worked on this in one of my early challenges but I've noticed myself doing it more again lately (+1 Wis)

Hm, some of those are a bit floppy but I'll put some clearer success criteria in later. It could be difficult. We're going for a weekend away at a festival near the end of week 1, which will mean money and bad food. I'm also a couple of months from a project deadline that will play he'll with my free time, so maybe I should be less ambitious. That's what part of me says. The other part of me says "Sod it, I'm doing it anyway".

*=I've never thought about this before. Where does one go?

 

/* -- Edited some of the goals a bit. Also made the blood donation appointment and threw it all into a calendar so I wouldn't forget  -- */

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArOj1gu3Mp3IdDJRSzhLUE5LVUJVOWZRVE9VZjBsN0E&usp=drive_web#gid=0 

Good luck with this challenge. Really keen to hear what your Spartan experience is like. What distance are you doing? I think this could definitely be the next step up from Tough Mudder for me. Enjoy the festival - I'll keep checking back for some inspiration on juggling an NF challenge with the demands of family life! Surely there must be a 'Jedi Parenting' attribute to earn points for?!

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Good luck with this challenge. Really keen to hear what your Spartan experience is like. What distance are you doing? I think this could definitely be the next step up from Tough Mudder for me. Enjoy the festival - I'll keep checking back for some inspiration on juggling an NF challenge with the demands of family life! Surely there must be a 'Jedi Parenting' attribute to earn points for?!

Hi TFC, it's good to see you back for more. Yeah, the Spartan race is just the sprint (5k) version and my assassin friend is doing the junior on the same day. It's going to be excellent fun. I like the idea of Jedi Parenting (Hm, spellcheck tried to change that to Jewish Parenting...) do I get a light sabre? My daughter is very strong and sporty and a lot of fun to spend time with so in my case it's not very demanding but it was trickier when she was little and I'm sure people with lots of little ones must find it really hard. You have two don't you? How old are they?
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So I had a strange experience on my long run today. I was running along in Wimbledon Common in a fairly quiet area by a brook (a smallish stream/river type thing) when I saw a rugby ball floating by. Nobody about. I went down to the water's edge and fished it up as it went by. Under my arm it went and I did the rest of my run (about 4 miles or so), dashing through the woods, listening to Zombies run and looking like the world's scrawniest and most lost rugby player. I felt like stopping and asking one of the dog walkers "Excuse me, have you seen a couple of white posts with a horizontal bar between them anywhere around here?"

I don't know what i'm going to do with it. Flyer is looking at it suspiciously as if she thinks I am going to try and rugby tackle her the minute she touches it.

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Back at home, Flyer19 and I went out for a session of football (actually, mostly her trying to chip the ball over my head and/or thrown it at my nads from 3 feet away ), skipping and acrobatics. I did some pretty good but short-lived handstands, and a falling-over headstand and finally managed a half-way decent Bridge. Hideous pale belly shot follows. You have been warned.

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It's not as good as hers of course. She looks like a bridal arch. As you can see, my elbows aren't locked out and my hands and feet aren't very close, but my head's a good 6 inches off the floor so I was pleased.

Flyer also made us a salad for dinner. They get quite useful at 9, you know

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