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Sara Kingdom is the Patrician of Ankh-Monkpork, Part II


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(Continued from Part 1)

Move Like a Snake
 

"And how come the --ing zombie never told us the guy was so --ing fast?  If he hadn't been staring at the geek, he'd have --ing got me!"


Mr. Pin shrugged.  But he'd made a note of that... Mr. Slant had failed to tell the New Firm quite a lot of things, and one of them was that Vetinari moved like a snake.

 
Time to bring in the formal workouts.  I'm dying for a good workout.  The calf muscle is healed, but I'm still babysitting a sore tendon.  It's improving, but sensitive to overuse.  So low ankle-strain is the watchword.

  • bodyweight workout 3x/week, reduced activities - Pushups and squats (if they don't aggravate the ankle) as the core; modified side plank, supermen, no-equipment rows sprinkled in as flavorings.  It's not the most totally well-balanced workout, and these are not always the most appropriately challenging forms, but I think it'll get the basic job done for a month, and should be gentle on the ankle.  (The squats should be fine, so long as I'm stable on a pretty grippy surface.  I suspect most of the potential ankle stress is from fighting side-to-side sliding.)
  • endurance cardio 1x/week - already built into my schedule; definite ankle stress day, but manageable if the rest of the week is gentler
  • rowing sprints 1x/week - really, I want two times, but let's start smaller; I've got a big challenge this time around and they have ankle-stress potential

Since I'm still doing positive points, it's going to be five points per workout, plus an extra 5 points per workout bonus at the end of the week, for workouts above three.  (Not a high bar, but three is okay, and I'm working in incentivizing good habits, so I don't mind kicking that bonus in a bit early.)  Bonus points for ukemi, yoga, tai chi, that sort of thing.
 
 
Merckle and Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce
 

There was a clink over by the drain.  Half a dozen rats appeared, dragging something wrapped in a cloth.  They rathandled it past the grille and, with great effort, hauled it to the Patrician's feet.  He leaned down and undid the knot.


"We seem to have cheese, chicken legs, celery, a piece of rather stale bread and a nice bottle, oh, a nice bottle apparently of Merckle and Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce. Beer, I said, Skrp."  The leading rat twitched its nose at him.  "Sorry about this, Vimes. They can't read, you see. They don't seem to get the hang of the concept. But they're very good at listening. They bring me all the news."
 

"I see you're very comfortable here," said Vimes weakly.

 

I want to put more focus on my diet this challenge.  I do usually log food, which is helpful, but I haven't been tightly controlling it lately.  I'm not quite hitting my macros, and it's tough to eat enough, especially with carbs under my limit.  Both those things make weight loss just plain impossible for me, though, so I've been cleaning up my diet a little lately.  So five points for keeping carbs under 10-15% of my calories, and an effort-dependent bonus for keeping calories in the right range.

 

 
All Control Starts With the Self II
 

And then you realized that power was a bauble. Any thug had power. The true prize was control. Lord Vetinari knew that. When heavy weights were balanced on the scales, the trick was to know where to place your thumb.  And all control started with the self.


Last time this was about meditation as a morning routine.  This one is tough.  My brain does not kick in till I sit down at the computer.  Honestly, total blank.  I can't even manage breakfast or coffee until I've started to get the information moving in my head.  So I got the meditation done at a much higher rate last challenge, but utterly failed at the morning routine aspect.  In this case, I think it's important to bash my head against this brick wall until I get some kind of morning routine happening.  I know it will be bashing my head against a brick wall.  But what you do is make a small crack in that wall, and then widen it.
 
So this challenge, I will be giving bonuses for two habit triggers:

  • one mindful breath when I wake up (bad trigger, but good moment to clear my head and focus, so that gets a pass)
  • meditating for a couple of minutes on one end or the other of my shower (better trigger, if not the best timing)

If You Can Stand the Excitement II
 


It was exasperating. He appeared to have no vice that anyone could discover. You'd have thought, with that pale, equine face, that he'd incline towards stuff with whips, needles and young women in dungeons. The other lords could have accepted that. Nothing wrong with whips and needles, in moderation. But the Patrician apparently spent his evenings studying reports and, on special occasions, if he could stand the excitement, playing chess.

 
This was not a concrete challenge last time, so it got neglected.  The challenge this time: make a formal written schedule for the day every morning.


Know What's Going to Happen II
 

A great many rulers, good and bad and quite often dead, know what happened; a rare few actually manage, by dint of much effort, to know what's happening. Lord Vetinari considered both types to lack ambition.


The future things I've been putting off planning for?  It's really go-time, things are moving and I'm not entirely prepared.  I have two long-term tasks to plan for.  Minimum of five minutes a day on each, even if it's just sitting down and making notes.  (The secret is, five minutes will probably lead to more.  But the minimum is "don't lose sight of it".)


Learn the Words II


It was said that he would tolerate absolutely anything apart from anything that threatened the city (And mime artists. It was a strange aversion, but there you are. Anyone in baggy trousers and a white face who tried to ply their art anywhere within Ankh's crumbling walls would very quickly find themselves in a scorpion pit, on one wall of which was painted the advice: Learn The Words.)

 
Duolingo. German. Learn the words.

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Week X: Day X

 

Fitness Points

  • 0 hours of sleep
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout (5 points available)
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout Extras
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Macros (5 points available)
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Effort Bonus

 

Life Points

  • 0 All Control Starts With the Self: Meditation (5 points available)
  • All Control Starts With the Self: Waking Up Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • All Control Starts With the Self: Shower Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • If You Can Stand the Excitement: Make a Detailed Daily Schedule (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task A (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task B (1 point available)
  • Learn the Words: Duolinguo (1 point available)
  • 0 Productivity Bonus
  • 0 Adulting Bonus

 

Total Points: X points

Weekly Bonuses: Move Like a Snake - 0/3 bodyweight workouts, 0/1 endurance workouts, 0/1 sprints (5 bonus points per workout if 3 or more are done)

 

 

That looks like a huge challenge, but mostly because I'm tracking it in pure checklist format.  It's also a fairly forgiving one, and a continuation of stuff I was working on, so we'll see.  I'll revamp if it's not working.

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Are you just going to hit the ground running with some of these goals? Or have you already been doing some of these and ate trying to do them more often? The former will be a lot harder to accomplish if you're starting it cold turkey. It'd be easier if you aimed for, say 3x a week, then aim for 4 or 5 times, rather than strive for everyday, when you're not used to it yet.

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My Epic Quest | My Journey | Currently on the Trial of Orthos
Str: 60 | Dex: 23 | Sta: 66 | Con: 28 | Wis: 55 | Cha: 14

Goals for 2021:

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  • Build my brother a Destiny 2 Lamp
  • Learn how to do a Handstand
  • Play 1 song on the acoustic guitar
  • Clean up the Christmas Decorations and finish setting up my apartment (hang things up, plus some other few things that need to be organized)
  • Re-introduce Pull-ups into my routine
  • Build a shelving unit next to my Desk

"No matter what, if you can hold your head up high, you've done the right thing."

"When you stand with your family, your family stands with you."

"Write what needs to be written."

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Are you just going to hit the ground running with some of these goals? Or have you already been doing some of these and ate trying to do them more often? The former will be a lot harder to accomplish if you're starting it cold turkey. It'd be easier if you aimed for, say 3x a week, then aim for 4 or 5 times, rather than strive for everyday, when you're not used to it yet.

 

I've been working on a lot of these already.  Some are from last challenge, some are things I've been doing intermittently and want to formally track.  (The only thing I haven't been working on at least a little bit lately is the workout schedule, because I was recovering from injury last challenge and let it all slide.  Rest was my only good option, and I didn't stress the filler activity I was doing.)

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

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I love this theme, and reading all of those quotes is making me want to go reread all the Discworld novels.  Good luck with all of your challenges!

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I love this theme, and reading all of those quotes is making me want to go reread all the Discworld novels. 

 

You should re-read them!  I'm entirely comfortable with tempting you to do that. :)

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Week 1: Day 1

 

“It’s bad enough barging into Guild property, but we’ll get into really serious trouble if we shoot anyone. Lord Vetinari won’t stop at sarcasm. He might use" - Colon swallowed - "irony.†

 

I've been a little moody lately, and I'm under some extra pressure this week, so this could be a tough week.  I might need all the sarcasm and irony I can muster.  (And I might need you lot encouraging me to go be sarcastic at something once a day.)  

 

Thrillho's reminded me that maybe more sleep is one of the best things I can do for myself this week.  There's been a lot of exhaustion lately, and sleep is one of the absolute best things for resilience and moodiness and coping with extra pressure.  So I should try hard to get some earlier bedtimes in this week.  (Uh, tonight will not be one of them.  Oops.)

 

Fitness Points

  • 7.5 hours of sleep
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout (5 points available)
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout Extras
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: liters of water
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Macros (5 points available)
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Effort Bonus

 

Life Points

  • All Control Starts With the Self: Meditation (5 points available)
  • All Control Starts With the Self: Waking Up Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • 0.5 All Control Starts With the Self: Shower Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • If You Can Stand the Excitement: Make a Detailed Daily Schedule (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task A (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task B (1 point available)
  • Learn the Words: Duolinguo (1 point available)
  • 12 Productivity Bonus
  • 5 Adulting Bonus

 

Total Points: 42 points

Weekly Bonuses: Move Like a Snake - 0/3 bodyweight workouts, 0/1 endurance workouts, 0/1 sprints (5 bonus points per workout if 3 or more are done)

 

Skipped the workout today, because I badly needed to find time for more sleep, and, seriously, look at that productivity bonus.  It was a full day.

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Last time this was about meditation as a morning routine.  This one is tough.  My brain does not kick in till I sit down at the computer.  Honestly, total blank.  I can't even manage breakfast or coffee until I've started to get the information moving in my head.  So I got the meditation done at a much higher rate last challenge, but utterly failed at the morning routine aspect.  In this case, I think it's important to bash my head against this brick wall until I get some kind of morning routine happening.  I know it will be bashing my head against a brick wall.  But what you do is make a small crack in that wall, and then widen it.

 

So this challenge, I will be giving bonuses for two habit triggers:

  • one mindful breath when I wake up (bad trigger, but good moment to clear my head and focus, so that gets a pass)
  • meditating for a couple of minutes on one end or the other of my shower (better trigger, if not the best timing)

 

This was not a concrete challenge last time, so it got neglected.  The challenge this time: make a formal written schedule for the day every morning.

 

One of the exercises my zen teacher gave us is to spend five minutes each morning laying in bed doing diaphragmatic breathing. I find there is a risk of falling back asleep. Still, it is better than turning off the alarm and pulling the covers over my head.

 

I print out a weekly schedule for work and it helps. It gives me some warning about meetings coming up. I like the visual of which days I have big chunks of (theoretically) open time for projects and which days are going to be more hectic. YMMV

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One of the exercises my zen teacher gave us is to spend five minutes each morning laying in bed doing diaphragmatic breathing. I find there is a risk of falling back asleep. Still, it is better than turning off the alarm and pulling the covers over my head.

 

I print out a weekly schedule for work and it helps. It gives me some warning about meetings coming up. I like the visual of which days I have big chunks of (theoretically) open time for projects and which days are going to be more hectic. YMMV

 

I've done that, too, and when it works, it works well.  It's a good way to wake up more gently and get the brain working.  There is a big sleep risk. :)

 

I have too much control over my own schedule.  It makes time management a bigger hassle than it would if I worked on-site more.

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

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Following for more Morporkian fun...

 

Waiting for a History Monks challenge, yo. :)

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You know - this guy isn't my mental image, but he really did nail the attitude.  Have you seen this actor in anything else?

 

Charles Dance?  Quite well-known in the UK, he's been around a long time.  He's in Game of Thrones, and he was in The Imitation Game.  I think he was in Jewel in the Crown, back in the day.  He's got an IMDB listing as long as your arm (and a theater listing almost as long), but he's usually a supporting actor, IIRC.  Vetinari is kind of what he was born for, most of his roles are bureaucrats or villains.  And Vetinari is both.  Sort of. :)

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I'm here!

 

You know - this guy isn't my mental image, but he really did nail the attitude.  Have you seen this actor in anything else?

Charles Dance?  Quite well-known in the UK, he's been around a long time.  He's in Game of Thrones, and he was in The Imitation Game.  I think he was in Jewel in the Crown, back in the day.  He's got an IMDB listing as long as your arm (and a theater listing almost as long), but he's usually a supporting actor, IIRC.  Vetinari is kind of what he was born for, most of his roles are bureaucrats or villains.  And Vetinari is both.  Sort of. :)

 

He also recently was in the Syfy miniseries of Childhood's End.  Which was really enjoyable.  Though I never read the book, so I'm not sure on the comparisons there. (From the wikipedia entry, I'd say they did a really good job translating it onto the screen.)

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Challenge: RisenPhoenix Turns to Ash

 

"The essence of koryu [...is] you offer your loyalty to something that you choose to regard as greater than yourself so that you will, someday, be able to offer service to something that truly is transcendent." ~ Ellis Amdur, Old School

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Week 1: Day 2
 


"And is he a fair and just ruler?"


Carding thought about it.  The Patrician’s spy network was said to be superb.  "I would say," he said carefully, "that he is unfair and unjust, but scrupulously even-handed.  He is unfair and unjust to everyone, without fear or favor."

 

I am eating enough, and drinking a bit more like what I think I ought to be, and the macro balance is better... but for some reason, I'm STARVING today.  Like, really starving.  Makes me wonder if I'm suddenly getting enough of something that I wasn't before, and now my body is all,  "NORMAL FUNCTION RESTORED, FEED ME NOW".  (Seriously, I've eaten 70% of my calories for the day, and normally I'd be really full around now, and instead I'm up for another two meals.)

 

My penalties for Bad Life Choices is now going to include time management.  I had a very slow start this morning, and it affected the whole day.  So today was a time management penalty.
 
Fitness Points

  • 6 hours of sleep (would have been more, but yesterday had a very late nap)
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout (5 points available)
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout Extras -  bit o' dancing
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: liters of water
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Macros (5 points available)
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Effort Bonus

Life Points

  • All Control Starts With the Self: Meditation (5 points available)
  • All Control Starts With the Self: Waking Up Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • All Control Starts With the Self: Shower Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • 0.5 If You Can Stand the Excitement: Make a Detailed Daily Schedule (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task A (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task B (1 point available)
  • Learn the Words: Duolinguo (1 point available)
  • 3 Productivity Bonus
  • 0 Adulting Bonus
  • -1  If You Can Stand the Excitement: time management penalty

Total Points: 28.5 points
Weekly Bonuses: Move Like a Snake - 1/3 bodyweight workouts, 0/1 endurance workouts, 0/1 sprints (5 bonus points per workout if 3 or more are done)

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

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Week 1: Day 3
 

 

The thief shuffled out. It was always like this with the Patrician, he reflected bitterly.  You came to him with a perfectly reasonable complaint. Next thing you knew, you were shuffling backwards, bowing and scraping, relieved simply to be getting away.  You had to hand it to the Patrician, he admitted grudgingly.  If you didn’t, he sent men to come and take it away.

 

One point off diet.  It was a good day for food choices, but I had a lot of calories to eat back, and hit 20% carbs instead of staying under 15%.


Fitness Points

  • 6 hours of sleep (I tried for more!)
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout (5 points available)
  • Move Like a Snake: Workout Extras 
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: liters of water
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Macros (5 points available)
  • Merckle & Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce: Diet Effort Bonus

Life Points

  • All Control Starts With the Self: Meditation (5 points available)
  • All Control Starts With the Self: Waking Up Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • All Control Starts With the Self: Shower Habit Trigger (1 point available)
  • If You Can Stand the Excitement: Make a Detailed Daily Schedule (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task A (1 point available)
  • Know What's Going to Happen: Five minutes planning on Task B (1 point available)
  • Learn the Words: Duolinguo (1 point available)
  • 8 Productivity Bonus
  • 0 Adulting Bonus

Total Points: 31 points
Weekly Bonuses: Move Like a Snake - 1/3 bodyweight workouts, 1/1 endurance workouts, 0/1 sprints (5 bonus points per workout if 3 or more are done)

I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

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Nice start to the challenge!

 

On the productivity/time management front I'd suggest reading some of Cal Newport's blog, specifically on fixed-schedule productivity and time-blocking. With time blocking you have a dedicated notebook with a page for each day. Make 2 columns and in the right one do a massive brain dump of all the tasks/to-do's that come to mind. Then in the left column you make time blocks with dedicated chunks of time for the tasks that you decide should be taken on that day. Anything that doesn't get crossed off the list or you don't finish gets bumped to the next day's brain dump. 

 

Once you get the hang of it it only takes about 5 minutes to make each morning, and as someone whose work is entirely self-directed it has been very helpful in keeping me focused and productive.

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On the productivity/time management front I'd suggest reading some of Cal Newport's blog, specifically on fixed-schedule productivity and time-blocking. With time blocking you have a dedicated notebook with a page for each day. Make 2 columns and in the right one do a massive brain dump of all the tasks/to-do's that come to mind. Then in the left column you make time blocks with dedicated chunks of time for the tasks that you decide should be taken on that day. Anything that doesn't get crossed off the list or you don't finish gets bumped to the next day's brain dump. 

 

Once you get the hang of it it only takes about 5 minutes to make each morning, and as someone whose work is entirely self-directed it has been very helpful in keeping me focused and productive.

 

I don't read him often, but I like what I see when I do.  Maybe I'll take a look for that.  He had some scheduling advice I took on board for a while earlier, a few rules for making a weekly schedule.  

 

I do something roughly like that in my bullet journal, I have a task checklist on one page and a weekly schedule on the facing page.  But it's not everything, it's the most important things, or things that need to be done on a weekly rather than daily basis.  I keep everything for a given day in an electronic format so I can move it and reorganize it easily - being able to make my list look shorter or temporarily move down things I can't do until later is really helpful to me, the full list is just overwhelming.  I can only focus on a handful of things at a time.  But it might be worth giving that a try, so maybe next week I'll switch formats for a week.

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I've been thinking about selectively re-reading some Discworld. You've started a re-reading revolution! I wish someone had told me to skip the first 5. Or rather that I would have listened. I really love Vetanari and Vimes. 

 

Noted.  Skipping the next four after I'm done reading Color of Magic.  If my OCD allows it.

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"The essence of koryu [...is] you offer your loyalty to something that you choose to regard as greater than yourself so that you will, someday, be able to offer service to something that truly is transcendent." ~ Ellis Amdur, Old School

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Noted.  Skipping the next four after I'm done reading Color of Magic.  If my OCD allows it.

 

Goddamn, man, stop that right now!  The chronologically first book in the series is Guards, Guards, and I won't hear any other words on the matter.  Seriously, put down the Color of Magic and walk away slowly.  It's a shit sandwich.  He only got away with it because most parody fantasy of the time was also a shit sandwich, and he's clever with words.  Color of Magic is not even a good reflection of what the series or characters are actually like.  It's technically not retconned, but believe me when I tell you that it's the vaguest of handwavey technicalities that allows it to exist in the same universe as the rest of the series.  It's not even really the same subgenre as the rest of the series.

 

Look, I get the OCD.  Just... trust me on this.  You want to blend with that series' energy, you gotta rely on timing, and the right timing is stepping into it at book 8.

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