sarakingdom Posted November 5, 2014 Report Share Posted November 5, 2014 Oh, "Happiness Patrol". Wildly underrated, unexpectedly classic, and also completely insane. It's time. We have a date with destiny. (Alas, I can't embed the nice hi-res official trailer here, so let me dig up something else... here we go, a low-res fan trailer from the old videotapes. Well, imagine it crisper. And without spelling errors. For some reason, this one is... a bit controversial among fans, and thus I am not spoiled for choice on my trailer choice. I cannot imagine why. Classic.) I apologize for the amount of pink in this challenge, but it really can't be helped. It's The Happiness Patrol. The Challenge The Kandyman: You see, I make sweets. Not just any old sweets, but sweets that are so good, so delicious, that sometimes, if I'm on form, the human physiology is not equipped to bear the pleasure. Tell them what I'm trying to say, Gilbert.Gilbert M: He makes sweets that kill people.My carb intake has been creeping up while trying to maintain this new calorie level, and it's higher than I'd like. So it's coming back down. This might mean more planning and cooking ahead. (Also, I need to stop overlooking things like baked potatoes - they're starchy, but they're lower starch than a lot of things I can grab quickly to hit my calorie target, and not all that bad.) And it might mean getting out the bento boxes again to prepare my lunch and breakfast the night before, so I'm not grabbing food while I'm working. In general, and especially given the approaching holiday season, I think it makes sense to have a little room built in to the plan, so I'm thinking one day a week to stick the less healthy stuff into. I do need to find some ways to add more protein to my diet. I never quite hit that, and it'd help, I think. Protein powder doesn't work too well for me. Cottage cheese, maybe. Yogurt smoothies. Goal: Do not exceed my carb target by more than 5% six days a week. One day a week with no limit.The Doctor: And which member of the population are you controlling today, just for the record?Helen A: A woman who disappointed me.The Doctor: And how did she disappoint you, eh? Oh, don't answer me. Don't answer. Oh, no. She enjoyed the feel of rain upon her face. Or, perhaps, her favorite season was the autumn. Actually, I do like the feel of rain, and autumn's pretty great. So I'm going to spend a lot of time outside. It's been feeling good lately, and I've been feeling a little trapped indoors with work and all... and that's during summer, so I can't imagine what winter will be like. I do have good indoor exercise options for winter. The rowing machine is there, and it's actually my preferred exercise, but I can't face being inside with all the stale inside air when I exercise. So I need to find a way to get exercise of a difficulty that makes me feel good outside. I usually hike, but it's more for rehab, and doesn't make me feel great the way rowing does. Running is out for injury/impact reasons. I do have leather lifting gloves to throw in some pushups and plank and squats on the hikes. That's a start. But it'll need some more thought. There are also weather issues with winter approaching. It's easy to stay inside when it's cold and yucky and wet and there's snow up to your ankles. I don't really want to hike in massive winter boots. I like barefoot shoes. I don't know, I'm pondering a combination of waterproof hiking socks and a pair of barefoot sandals laced without a toe loop. It'll look silly as hell, but it's just for hiking. It should be warm enough for short hikes and keep the damp out. Or boots. Goal: Get outside for a little exercise at least five days a week, at least for a hike or a long walk or something. Figure out ways to break a good sweat out there without re-injuring bits, and try to up the strength training, but at least get some fresh air and play in the woods. Announcer: This is a public happiness announcement. A depression is moving towards Forum Square. The proper authorities will restore harmony and peace. Stress and mood issues were a thing last challenge. Adding a little brain maintenance back into the challenge plan. Goal: Meditation. Every day. At least a few minutes. Won't beat myself up for missing a day here or there.Daisy K: (to Ace) And what about you? Are you happy?The Doctor: Oh, I would say she is, relatively speaking, given the deeply distressing nature of so many universal truths. You've probably noticed that this is a counter-intuitive choice of theme for a challenge involving mood issues, given that it's centered on a dystopia that enforces the facade of happiness in a story that celebrates melancholy, the blues, and the value of honest sadness. Aside from the entertainment value of that, it's very freeing. And potentially a bit of a sanity check: don't get sold the myth of perfection or orthodoxy, it does more damage than the normal and healthy ups and downs. It's all fuel. Goal: Rest. Nothing to do with the quote, but I do need to get more rest, for both health and mental health reasons. So let's start with a goal of eight hours at 11pm. Helen A: Priscilla P was overpowered by a defenseless girl and a vermin. Is it a joke, Daisy K?Daisy K: No, ma'am.Helen A: Oh, what a shame, I enjoy a good joke. I want to punch things. And kick things. Goal: Punching or kicking drills. My style doesn't do a lot of this shit, so let's start with once a week. Ace: I want to nail those scumbags. I wanna make them very, very unhappy.Doctor: Don't worry, Ace... we will. Other Happiness-Patrol-themed things I wouldn't mind doing this challenge:ExplosionsDying my hair pinkRevolutionQueer subtextPlay the Blues loudlyWear lots of black in publicGood for my mental health, you understand. I'm kind of living in my to-do list these days. Sort of blah. Not nearly badass enough. So: Goal: Do something for the fun of it, and count up my badass points at the end of the week. Earl Sigma: Blissful, isn't it, Doctor? Silence.Doctor: Ah, not quite. I can hear the sound of empires toppling. Happiness will prevail. Days of hitting carb target: 0/36 0%0% Days of outside exercise: 0/30 0%0% Meditation: 0/42 0%0% Rest (in hours): 0/336 0%0% Bedtime (deductions for fractions of an hour after 11pm): 42/42 100%100% Punching and kicking drills: 0/6 0%0% Do something for the fun of it: 0/6 0%0% Badass points: 3/100 3%3% 2 Quote I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever. Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23 Link to comment
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