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He wasn’t going to be able to go on like this for much longer. Jack had been wandering the desert aimlessly for so long that he had lost track of time. Every hour felt like days, every day felt like a lifetime. He would climb one dune only to be met with a hundred more. The sun smothered him with its blaring heat, and the sand drank all of his sweat until he was empty, dried up. All of his companions, their gear, their camels, everything had been lost in the sandstorm. Only he and the desert remained. And soon, he too would be gone. With the last bit of strength that he had remaining, Jack stumbled over the top of a dune. He fell to his knees, the world swimming around him. The last thing he saw before he passed out was a shape, some sort of man-made structure, just before the horizon, and then nothingness...

 

“We have been expecting you.” Jack opened his eyes and sat up. He was on a bed, indoors. Much to his excitement, there was not a grain of sand to be seen. Standing next to him was a man, well-dressed in traditional Bedouin garb. The man carried himself in a manner that evoked a priest or holy man, and he spoke as with great importance. 

“Your arrival was foretold. You are the one who seeks, and yet knows not what it is that he seeks.”

 

Jack was still weak, but when he spoke, he did so with certainty. “I know what I seek. My name is Jack Danger, and I seek knowledge from the ancient Book of Thoth, hidden away in the House of Life.”

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Alright, round two. My first challenge went pretty alright. I got back into working out 3x a week, which is great. I ate way better those four weeks than I had been in a long time. I cooked more often (and by cooked I mean that I grilled chicken, and then microwaved instant rice and frozen vegetables). I almost normalized my sleep schedule, which I wasn’t particularly trying to do but still. I made a three book dent in the ever growing library. And I finished making a handcrafted gift for my friend’s birthday.

 

This past week, however, has been decidedly not so good. I kept up with working out, but I haven’t really cooked at all. Instead, I’ve been shoveling fast food, Wawa sandwiches, and donuts into my face. So. Many. Donuts. And then I’d wash it all down with Coke or Dr. Pepper or whatever other sugary drink I could get my hands on. I’ve been staying up late and waking up late. I guess my logic was that I could slack off for the week because I’m going to be strict on myself during the next challenge, so I might as well get all the unhealthy out of my system beforehand. This is a stupid way to think, and I’m going to make a more conscious effort for the next between-challenge week to be less bad.

 

For the upcoming challenge, I plan on maintaining pretty much the same goals in an effort to further build healthy habits. Life’s going to be getting a little crazier starting next week as I return to school for the first time in three years, so I don’t want to go overboard. In October, I’m going to NYCC so I’m working on two separate cosplays for that. One requires me to learn how to use a sewing machine, the other a few new leather crafting skills. I’d also like to work in some kind of adventure into the upcoming weeks, whether it’s something hiking related, hitting the rock climbing gym, maybe a day trip somewhere. I’m not sure what it’ll be, but I feel like I have to do something to earn being an adventurer.

 

Like last time, I wanted to name this challenge as if it were a pulp adventure novel. In ancient Egypt, a "house of life" is a temple's library. They were places of learning, with scrolls on every subject ranging from religion to geography, history, astronomy and other sciences, etc. I'm going back to school, so I figured that was a good theme to stick to. I also wanted to go for something that suggested Egypt because one of the cosplays I'm working on is Moon Knight, a Marvel comics deep cut hero who gets his powers from the Egyptian Moon god Khonshu. I probably put way too much thought into these titles and little story blurbs. Oh well.

 

Without further ado, the goals:

 

FITNESS GOALS

  • Walk every day for at least half an hour.
  • Workout 3x a week.

 

DIET GOALS

  • Cook at least one healthy meal a day.
  • No fast food, no Wawa, no candy, no junk.
  • No soda.
  • (Revised) Stop drinking after your fourth drink.

 

NYCC PREP GOALS

  • Finish mask for Moon Knight by end of week 2 (revised).
  • Order scrubs and slippers for Moon Knight by week 2.
  • Write up attack plan for Nathan Drake cosplay by end of week 2.
  • Update challenge with specific goals for weeks 3 and 4.

 

MISC. GOALS

  • Read for at least ten minutes every night.
  • Set aside time every day to focus on schoolwork.
  • Finish hiring process for substitute teaching.

  • Go on an adventure or two.
  • Look into membership at the rock climbing gym.

 

Alright. Here we go.

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Level: 15 Race: Human Class: Adventurer (Sailor Senshi/Aes Sedai)

STR: 14    DEX: 12    STA: 16   CON: 28   WIS: 26    CHA: 15 

(unspent points: 6? challenges worth)

Weight Loss Progress (SW 12/5/15 272)

Mini-Goal: Get back down to my low 152.2 - SW 6/1/17 170.4 - CW 6/10/17: 166.6

regained the last few months - back on track losing in June

 

My Battle Log|My NF Character Sheet

 

Challenges:

1/16-2/16-3/16-4/16-5/16-6/16-7/16-8/16-9/16-11/16-12/16-1/17-2/17-

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1 hour ago, Teros said:

What is this?

 

Also, I dig the story intro.  Thoth, Eh?

 

I'm working on a cosplay for NY Comic Con in October. Moon Knight's an obscure Marvel hero that gets his powers from the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Also, he's mentally unstable and has multiple personalities. Basically, he's a crazy version of Batman that dresses in all white and isn't afraid to be incredibly violent. He's never been anywhere near an A-lister but his comic book runs, especially the most recent two, are all pretty great. Last year I went to NYCC as "Mr. Knight", one of Moon Knight's specific personalities. This year, I'm going to be making a new costume based on a version of MK seen in the first issue of his latest run, where he's trapped in a mental asylum and has to make a costume out of a bed sheet. It's more complicated than it looks. The hardest part is making the mask, which involves sewing and elastic and a bunch of stuff that I'm not really great at. But it's coming together. I'll post up some pictures of it when I'm done, which will hopefully be by the end of the week.

 

Also, thanks. Yeah, Thoth. God of knowledge and writing. Seemed fitting.

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Welp, this challenge has gotten off to a rocky start. I've been pretty bad with not eating junk, and have only cooked twice in the past five days. Last night was my best friend's birthday, so we went out to a bar to celebrate. I wound up drinking way more than I should have, which put me out of commission for all of today. Worst hangover in recent memory. I ate fast food for both meals today because I figured greasy unhealthy food would help. Turns out, as I just looked up, greasy food is not good for hangovers at all. Whoops. I was supposed to work out today, but that didn't happen. Went for my walk though. I'm probably going to just work out tomorrow morning, rest on Saturday, work out on Sunday, and then I'll be all caught up and back into my normal schedule. Might work on the mask a bit for the next hour or so, see if I can make something out of this crap day.


DANGER LOG:

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SUNDAY DAY 1
Walked.
Rest day.
Cooked lunch and dinner.
No fast food or junk.
No soda.
No drinking.
Did not work on mask.
Read a bit.

 

MONDAY DAY 2
Walked.
Rest day.
Did not cook.
Ate two whole packages of cheese filled soft pretzels. Sad day for healthy choices.
No soda.
No drinking.
Did not work on mask.
Did not read.

 

TUESDAY DAY 3
Walked.
Did not cook.
Went to Friendly's for dinner. Had ice cream.
No soda.
No drinking.
Did not work on mask.
Did not read.

Workout:

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Bodyline 60 seconds
Pull Ups 8/7/7
Dips 8/7/7
Step Ups (each leg) 8/8/8
Foot Assisted L-sits (seconds) 60/60/60
Diamond Push Ups 8/8/
Wide Grip Inverted Rows 8/8/

Worked on bodyline form a lot. Core hurts right off the bat.
Finally got that 7th pull up on the 3rd set. Proud of myself.
Gonna replace step ups with assisted pistol squats at some point.

 

 

WEDNESDAY DAY 4
Walked.
Rest day.
Cooked lunch.
Finished off those cheese filled pretzels.
Went out for drinks for best buddy's birthday. Drank way too much.

 

THURSDAY DAY 5

Walked.

Skipped work out. Will do it tomorrow instead.

Didn't cook anything. Fast food for lunch, and dinner.

Drank sweet tea and some soda.

Mucho disappointed in myself today.

 

 

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Week 0's can be both a blessing and a curse!

 

I totally found that when I cut back on drinking, overindulging was worse than before - so I totally feel your pain. Depending on how often you go out, I found it was easier to limit the number of drinks at a time versus the number of days. 

 

That costume from last year is awesome! Can't wait to see your progress on this one!

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5 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

I totally found that when I cut back on drinking, overindulging was worse than before - so I totally feel your pain. Depending on how often you go out, I found it was easier to limit the number of drinks at a time versus the number of days. 

 

That costume from last year is awesome! Can't wait to see your progress on this one!

 

The thing is, I don't particularly go out too often. Last challenge, I only drank twice. Didn't drink at all during Week 0 (one of the few things I kept up on, actually). And only once so far this challenge. I don't feel compelled to go out every night or anything, and I turn down drinking with coworkers more often than not. So you're probably right, my goal should be to limit my number of drinks, because that's what I have a problem with. I get going and then don't know when to stop. I've flippantly tried to set limits, but drunk me usually just ignores them in favor of having a good time. "One more won't hurt." Cut to way too many beers and shots later. I think when I made my goals, I wanted to set something that I definitely wouldn't fail at, so I chose something that wouldn't really challenge me or help me better myself. And now that I've typed all this out, I think I'm gonna fix that.

 

Also, thanks! I'm actually really proud of that costume, mainly because I took a unique approach to creating the mask. Most people I've seen do that character either draw the eye shapes on, or cut out holes. I modified a design frequently used for Spiderman cosplays to put lenses into my mask. I think it makes it look somewhat grounded and realistic, while still keeping that comic book-y feel. I've seen maybe half a dozen people tackle that version of MK, and none of them have done anything like that. It was also my first ever cosplay, so there's that too.

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Late night update, woo! I got out of work way later than I expected to today, and didn't eat at all during my shift because things were crazy. So I had a late dinner (crap food too), then waited until midnight to work out. And now, while I debate between making myself some food or just going straight to sleep, I shall post.


WEEK ONE SUMMARY

FITNESS GOALS

  • Walk every day for at least half an hour.
    7 days. 7 walks. A+
  • Workout 3x a week.
    3/3 Shuffled around my rest days due to a terrible hangover, but I didn't actually miss any workouts. A+

DIET GOALS

  • Cook at least one healthy meal a day.
    4/7 I thought I had done worse, but still not good by any means. I give myself a very, very generous D-
  • No fast food, no Wawa, no candy, no junk.
    This was a week populated by cheese-filled soft pretzels, ice cream, fast food, and Wawa. I have failed spectacularly. F
  • No soda.
    For as bad as I ate, I only drank soda and/or sweet tea one day of the seven. B+
  • (Revised) Stop drinking after your fourth drink.
    Since revising this goal, I've only gone out for drinks once. I limited myself to two drinks, which is great, but it's too small of a sample size to give myself a grade. N/A

NYCC PREP GOALS

  • Finish mask for Moon Knight by end of week 2 (revised).
    The original goal was by the end of week 1. I was derailed on Thursday, which is when I was going to do all of the work. Still, I failed, and I have to own that. F

MISC. GOALS
Most of these are kind of abstract and hard to grade, plus they're meant to be additional stuff, not the primary focus of the challenge. I don't think I'm going to grade them.

  • Read for at least ten minutes every night.
    2/7 Whenever I finish a book, it takes me a couple days to figure out what I'm in the mood to read next, which is why there's a five day deficit. I found a nice 600-something page book about the life of T.E. Lawrence though, so I'll be set for this goal for a while.
  • Set aside time every day to focus on schoolwork.
    School starts Tuesday! (!!!!!!!) I'm actually really excited. I'm taking on a full course load, which is going to be rough. But, three of my classes are about archaeology and anthropology, and the fourth is "The History of Alcohol". How cool does that all sound? 
  • Finish hiring process for substitute teaching.
    I submitted all my paperwork online already. If they don't contact me before Wednesday, I'm going to call them to see what my next steps are.

  • Go on an adventure or two.
    Going to a preseason football game on Thursday. Super pumped about football season being back. Not exactly an adventure, but it's the closest I've got right now.
  • Look into membership at the rock climbing gym.
    I'm gonna let myself get into a rhythm with school and work and everything before I seriously look into this.

WEEK ONE OVERALL GRADE: C-

 

DANGER LOG:

 

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FRIDAY DAY 6
Walked.
Cooked lunch.
No junk food.
No soda.
Went out for drinks with coworkers, almost to test myself.
Only had one beer and one shot. Victory.
Did not work on cosplay.

Work out: 

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Bodyline 45 seconds
Pull Ups 8/8/6(-2)
Dips 8/8/8
Step Ups (each leg) 8/8/8
Foot Assisted L-sits (seconds) 60/60/60
Diamond Push Ups 8/8/8
Wide Grip Inverted Rows 8/8/8

Still not feeling 100%, so I went easier on bodyline work than usual.
Could only do 6 push ups for the last set, so I finished it off with 2 negative pull ups.

 

 

SATURDAY DAY 7
Walked.
Cooked dinner after work.
No junk food.
No soda.
No progress on any projects.

 

SUNDAY DAY 8

Walked.

Work beat the crap outta me. I didn't eat all day, so I stopped by Wawa afterwards for something quick before my workout.

No soda.

Work out:

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Bodyline 60 seconds
Pull Ups 8/8/6(-2)
Dips 8/8/8
Step Ups (each leg) 8/8/8
Foot Assisted L-sits (seconds) 60/60/60
Diamond Push Ups 8/8/8
Wide Grip Inverted Rows 8/8/8

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You killed your workout goals!!

 

I hear you on needing a few days after a book to find something else to read. I actually stop and linger just before the end of a book, mostly because I don't want it to end. I'm reading a long series of books right now, so it's a bit easier until I decide to take a break and read something else. What book did you finish reading? 

 

23 minutes ago, Jack Danger said:

The History of Alcohol

The one class to rule them all! 

Best of luck to you in all your classes! :encouragement:

Weight Loss. 195lbs -> 135lbs (60lbs target loss)

 

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so I just read my first Moon Knight comic a few weeks back, and that dude be cray-cray, lol.  but I really enjoyed it!

also, I demand photos of your Nathan Drake cosplay whenever you finish it!  which all games have you played?  I'm a bad person and haven't finished the third one yet.  we don't have a system to play the fourth one on right now, so I'm not terribly upset about being late to play it, lol.  money, yo.

 

so you've mentioned this "Wawa" several times now.  wtf is it?  the internet suggests it's a gas station.

just another cracked southern belle,

and a specialist in self-kintsukuroi.

Current Challenge Accountability:  Health & Happiness Are Hard: Wherein the Cracked_Belle Un-Dies

Epic Quest:  Adventures in Badassery  [under construction]

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There is never a sudden revelation, a complete and tidy explanation for why it happened, or why it ends, or why or who you are. You want one and I want one, but there isn't one. It comes in bits and pieces, and you stitch them together wherever they fit, and when you are done you hold yourself up, and still there are holes and you are a rag doll, invented, imperfect. And yet you are all that you have, so you must be enough. There is no other way.
― Marya Hornbacher, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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Loving this challenge! Just curious—what are going to school for? I came back for an advanced degree after about six years away, in the working world, and it was really nerve-racking at first. Even for someone who (like me) loves school!

 

Can't wait to see progress reports for your cosplay goals!

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Current Challenge: Aug 2016 ~ My Epic Quest

Walk to Mordor: Hobbiton to Rivendell (458/458, arrived 27 April 2016)

Rivendell to Lothlorien (351.11/462)

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On 8/29/2016 at 2:18 AM, WritingWeaver said:

You killed your workout goals!!

 

I hear you on needing a few days after a book to find something else to read. I actually stop and linger just before the end of a book, mostly because I don't want it to end. I'm reading a long series of books right now, so it's a bit easier until I decide to take a break and read something else. What book did you finish reading? 

 

The one class to rule them all! 

Best of luck to you in all your classes! :encouragement:

 

See, I can't do long series. I have problems committing to one book by itself, let alone a series of them, so most of what I read are just one-and-done's. I just finished reading "Roosevelt's Beast." It's a fictionalized account of a real expedition taken by Teddy Roosevelt and his son Kermit down a previously uncharted river in South America. The Roosevelts get separated from the expedition and are conscripted by a local tribe to hunt and kill a mythological monster terrorizing their village. It was pretty alright. Not amazing, not terrible. It could have very easily gone for campy, goofy fun, but instead was a bit more serious than I had expected, using the beast as a metaphor for Kermit's real life battle with depression. That was cool.

 

Also, thanks, I need all the luck I can get!

 

6 hours ago, cracked_belle said:

so I just read my first Moon Knight comic a few weeks back, and that dude be cray-cray, lol.  but I really enjoyed it!

also, I demand photos of your Nathan Drake cosplay whenever you finish it!  which all games have you played?  I'm a bad person and haven't finished the third one yet.  we don't have a system to play the fourth one on right now, so I'm not terribly upset about being late to play it, lol.  money, yo.

 

so you've mentioned this "Wawa" several times now.  wtf is it?  the internet suggests it's a gas station.

 

That's awesome, which volume was it? I recommend checking out the stuff by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. You don't really need to have read anything else to jump into that. It's where I started. I loved it so much I went back and started reading all the classic MK from the '70s and '80s. I'm catching up with that as I read the current series, which is also amazing, but borrows much more heavily from the classic stories.

 

I'll definitely post pictures of Nathan Drake. I'm probably gonna throw together something quick for this year's Comic Con because of time (and money) constraints, but eventually the plan is to have at least two separate versions of the cosplay, one from Uncharted 2 and the other from 4. I want to make them as exact as possible by sewing my own shirts, making the leather pouches and gun holsters myself, that kind of stuff.

 

Uncharted is hands down my all time favorite game series. I've beaten all of them an embarrassing number of times. I love spending time with the characters, and in that whole treasure hunting action adventure world. I just can't seem to get bored of it. The third one is my least favorite, so I can't really fault you for not finishing it. The Playstation Neo's coming out eventually, which will probably drop the price of the regular PS4. That might be the time to invest.

 

Wawa is like a convenience store, mixed with a deli, mixed with a gas station, but better than all of those things. You can get any type of snack food you'd want, donuts and breakfast sandwiches, coffee, tea, those crazy frappachino things, sub sandwiches, quesadillas, soups, giant warm chocolate chip cookies, and way more stuff I can't think of now. They're also everywhere around NJ and PA. I can drive 20 minutes in any direction, and I'd hit a Wawa. Whenever I say Wawa, I usually mean one of their hot sub sandwiches.

 

Sorry I wrote you a novel.

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3 minutes ago, gryffinkat said:

Loving this challenge! Just curious—what are going to school for? I came back for an advanced degree after about six years away, in the working world, and it was really nerve-racking at first. Even for someone who (like me) loves school!

 

Can't wait to see progress reports for your cosplay goals!

 

I'm going for History and Secondary Education, and throwing in a minor in Anthropology for good measure. The plan is to be a teacher, but I'm also not gonna shy away from other work opportunities related to history, like in a museum or something. All of my professors have had really exciting careers in their fields doing a myriad of things so I'm gonna pick their brains about job possibilities throughout the semester.

 

Thanks!

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12 hours ago, Jack Danger said:

 

I'm going for History and Secondary Education, and throwing in a minor in Anthropology for good measure. The plan is to be a teacher, but I'm also not gonna shy away from other work opportunities related to history, like in a museum or something. All of my professors have had really exciting careers in their fields doing a myriad of things so I'm gonna pick their brains about job possibilities throughout the semester.

 

Thanks!

 

That's awesome! Any particular period of history you're especially interested in? I'm working on a degree in medieval English literature, myself, and I've been really loving it. I would love to do something in the heritage sector, like museums and that kind of thing. Best of luck!

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Current Challenge: Aug 2016 ~ My Epic Quest

Walk to Mordor: Hobbiton to Rivendell (458/458, arrived 27 April 2016)

Rivendell to Lothlorien (351.11/462)

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On 8/31/2016 at 5:52 AM, gryffinkat said:

 

That's awesome! Any particular period of history you're especially interested in? I'm working on a degree in medieval English literature, myself, and I've been really loving it. I would love to do something in the heritage sector, like museums and that kind of thing. Best of luck!

 

I don't have any specialization, at least not yet. There's just so many exciting events and time periods and cultures and civilizations across all of world history, it's hard to narrow things down and focus in. Probably something I'm going to have to do soon though.

 

That sounds daunting, but really cool. I wish you luck as well. What made you gravitate towards that field of study specifically?

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Oh man, I guess Thursdays just aren't for me. This time I made a conscious decision beforehand to be a certain amount of unhealthy, then accidentally wound up being way more unhealthy than planned. I went to a football game with friends last night, so I decided on letting myself eat and drink like crap for the game. But getting the tailgating stuff set up took more time than expected, so I didn't get my workout in (gonna have to shift around my rest days like last week). I didn't have time to cook, so I ate garbage stadium food for dinner, and garbage fast food for lunch. I bought too many snacks and refreshments, so my fridge is packed with about 30 cans of soda and 15 beers, and I've got 3 half full bags of chips left. ALSO, school started on Tuesday and I had so much homework due today. I got some of it done by yesterday morning, but the lion's share I had to finish last night after the game. I didn't go to bed until around 4 am, and I got up at 6:30 this morning for school at 8. It's safe to say I am shot out today.

 

DANGER LOG:

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MONDAY DAY 9
Walked.
Worked an 11 hour shift. On a Monday. Wtf.
Rest day.
Little bit of junk food at work.
No soda.
No alcohol.
Cooked dinner around 11pm.
Didn't read. Got myself ready for school tomorrow and tried to go to bed early.

 

TUESDAY DAY 10
Walked.
Had a burrito for lunch on campus.
Went to the movies. Had popcorn and twizzlers.
Cooked dinner at home.
Worked on the mask a little bit. It's a lot more annoying than I had anticipated it being.Workout:

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Bodyline 60 seconds
Pull Ups 8/8/6(-4)
Dips 8/8/8
Assisted Pistol Squats (each leg) 8/8/8
L-sits (seconds) 60/60/60
Diamond Push Ups 8/8/8
Wide Grip Inverted Rows 8/8/8

 

Switched over to assisted pistol squats instead of step ups, which is cool.

 

 

WEDNESDAY DAY 11
Walked.
Cooked lunch.
Had a Wawa sandwich for dinner.
No soda, but two Snapples.
Didn't work on mask.

Read for school, not for pleasure.

 

THURSDAY DAY 12
Train wreck of a day.
Walked.

Didn't work out. Will work out tomorrow.
Didn't cook.
Fast food lunch.
Crabfries and a Coke for a gametime snack.
Wawa sandwich for dinner.
Only had three beers!
Didn't work on mask.
Read for school.

Stayed up until 4 am like an idiot.

 

 

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Finished the mask! I was up until all hours of the night last night, but I didn't want to go to bed until my work was done. Okay, technically it's not actually finished, but all that I have left to do is sharpie the moon onto the mask's forehead. But there's a quandary here. On the cover of the issue this costume is in, the moon symbol is red. In the actual pages of the comic, it's a black outline of the moon. The pen that MK steals and uses to make the costume is red and appears to write in red ink, except for when it draws this symbol. I haven't made a decision as to what color I'm going to make it yet (opinions are welcome). But the hard part is done.

 

Comics vs. cosplay

 

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Red moon vs. white/black moon

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