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  2. Sciread77

    The Adventurers of the Lucky Vale I

    It was a bright, cheery Saturday morning in January when I got the call. I was in the basement, putting away the Christmas decorations now that the days were finally feeling longer. The tendency to celebrate Christmas earlier and earlier really got to me. I love harvest festivals, and fall was full of them It never seemed fair for Christmas to infringe where we already had great celebrations only to abandon us throughout the short, bleak days of January and February. As such, I kept my decorations up as long as possible and only dismantled them weeks later. I was ruminating on how unfair it was for a holiday like Valentine’s Day to follow the winter void when my thoughts were interrupted by a call from the other room. “Dad, I’m scared. The bunnies aren’t moving.” The voice belonged to a little boy. Rex was almost 4 years old, with shaggy blonde surfer dude hair and dinosaur jammies. He was as tall as most kindergarten kids, with a muscular body carved out like a gymnast. He had some fairy blood, like all our kids, and was part Pucá so I’m pretty sure he shared my Chaotic Good alignment. This is the kid who took his first levels in Rogue, though I suspected he was working to multiclass into Druid this year. His glistening blue eyes beckoned me to the back door where our bunnies lived in their condo. “I’m on my way, buddy,” I responded, dropping a box to the floor and moving over to the walkout basement’s door. I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I put on a neutral expression and knelt down by the condo. They furry little creatures were unnaturally still. “Hey, can you go play with your big brother for a while? I’m going to look things over.” He nodded and bounded off to cause some good-natured mischief, trusting me to handle whatever was wrong. He hadn’t been outside, and I didn’t want him to see the rest of the scene. The sides of the condo and our house were torn to shreds. Chunks of concrete were gouged out of the walls and patio, as if something the size and strength of a grizzly bear tried to get into our home. The condo itself clearly wasn’t the main target; whatever it was could have easily torn that apart. The rabbits themselves showed no physical injury, and probably died from a heart attack. I closed my eyes and stretched out with my senses. My stomach turned as the a sense of rot and decay nearly overwhelmed me, and I shut off my senses. This was definitely no normal animal attack, and the rabbits weren’t just accidental collateral damage. This had been a deliberate act of a frustrated evil. It hadn’t been strong enough to power through the protective wards on our home, but it had wanted to send a message. It killed the bunnies instead, not with claws but with an evil magic. It had torn their spirits directly from their bodies, leaving the poor things with frightened and surprised looks on their faces. I cursed quietly to myself, took a few more magical impressions as regular cops took fingerprints, and began the cleanup and repair process. It was going to be a long day, and something told me those Christmas decorations might get to linger a little longer.
  3. fleaball

    Flea Hates Everything

    I am currently upset over something that’s not really worth being upset about, so I’m also upset about being upset. Which is annoying as hell because I told my godmother I’d submit two applications to the hospital tomorrow and let her know when they’re in so she could poke the HR folks for me. I’d planned on doing them tonight (just found them both yesterday and wanted to ask her about them today when we went out for dinner) but instead I’m just moping because I can’t shake off this mood. So much fun. Now I have to do them tomorrow and screw up my other plans. (Realistically it shouldn’t take too long because all I really have to do is tweak some working in my resume and cover letter, but this is me we’re talking about.)
  4. Sloth the Enduring

    Ranger Tavern, Inn and de facto Guild Hall [General Chat]

    This is how the whole universe works. The more we know the more there is. And it’s always been there.
  5. sarakingdom

    Teirin's standards have never been lower.....

    NO DO NOT TELL ME THAT. GET THEE BEHIND ME.
  6. Kestrel Grey

    K

    Zero week challenge goals are up. By next Monday I should have a little more information and time to figure out my challenge goals.
  7. Kestrel Grey

    K

    Yeah, I really want to drop the "Q" running sessions in favour of happy, go-at-your-own-pace runs through the mountains. I can't get out there much on weekdays now, but even an easy run through the park on my way home sounds nice. Very true. Maybe I am just looking for permission to quit? There is a lot of guilt involved in not being as tough as I told myself/everyone else I was. Plus I really, really wanted to go to OCRWC.
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  9. LovelyBouncer

    Bouncer Sleeps

    Into the summer I am. Writing this challenge on my phone... Getting used to a new environment at my boyfriend's. Main goal- Get to bed by 11 and awake at 7:30 am. Fitness:try to move 60 mins a day Other goals for the summer: -Study Yoruba -Read at least one textbook this summer -Work on getting a writing habit with Sims challenge -Post on NF 3x each week Will get more in-depth when I get my computer out
  10. Wobbegong

    Wobbegong: A Creature of Habit

    That's a fun way to get kids to see what you see. I think I'm still like a kid with that willful blindness to mess sometimes, lol. But I'm trying!
  11. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Ranger Tavern, Inn and de facto Guild Hall [General Chat]

    It's always been there. Now it may not have always been there five minutes ago, but as soon as you said something about it, it has always been there.* *Try not to think too hard about it. Fortunately, the Brennivin helps with that.
  12. Tanktimus the Encourager

    WolfDreamer Returns to the People

    I'm sure you know this, but forgiveness and reconciliation are independent variables. Forgiveness is for you, to help you let go of what was done to you. Reconciliation is for both of you, to get back a relationship that was lost.
  13. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Eat. Move. Rest. Tanktimus Takes Care of Himself

    Today is a good day. Eat: Protein bar for breakfast. Throughout the day I had two more as snacks. Lunch was at the cafeteria, pork loin with gravy, green beans, carrots, roasted potatoes, and some heavenly cheesy garlic bread. Dinner was at Chick Fil A, their new sandwich, basically the club with bbq sauce, waffle fries and chick fil a sauce Maybe some ice cream later.* Move: Did some stretches in the morning before getting ready for work Rest: Work was good, moved slower and rested when I needed it. Some of work issues come from a lot of visits without much depth. Now I'm working on doing fewer visits but getting deeper with each one, with a blessing from the boss. Realizing I have the freedom to heal and remove pressure from myself at work is helping with the rest goal. House: We looked at a coupe of houses today, both were way better than the listing made them look. The first one however had a really bad back yard, small and sloped down drastically. The second one had foundation issues that had not been addressed. The search continues. *It's very, very likely to happen
  14. DJtrippyT

    The two in which Fonzico does not crazy

    Is your apparel company stuff you’re designing yourself? I missed hearing about it before.
  15. Kestrel Grey

    Xena's Triumphant (?) Return from Sea

    Following! Are you back to doing laps on the deck or do you stick to the treadmill at sea?
  16. Kestrel Grey

    Cheetah sallies forth with renewed vigor.

    I love that you are feeling your Why and not just thinking it. Following.
  17. REPORT: DAY THREE Morning cardio (bike) -- 450 calories After training cardio (bike) -- 100 calories Training [upperbody pull] 60s rest between sets 2m rest between exercises [warmup] bodyweight inclined inverted rows x5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 cable seated widegrip BTN lat pulldowns (4 sets ascending) 40x20 60x15 80x12 100x10 cable seated widegrip lat pulldowns (3x8 + burn set) 100x8 100x8 100x8 [burn set] 70x25 cable seated widegrip rows (4x20 ascending) 40x20 50x20 60x20 70x18 cable seated rope lat pulldowns (4x15) 50x18 60x15 60x15 50x15 cable seated supinated closegrip lat pulldowns (4 sets ascending) 40x20 50x20 60x18 70x15 DIET calories = 1825 fats = 29 g carbs = 110 g proteins = 270 g
  18. Kestrel Grey

    JonFirestar, Battered, Bruised but not Broken

    Excited for the muddy shenanigans.
  19. Rookie

    Rookie Takes Aim

    I coded away and think I figured out the thing I was stuck on lol I'll have no clue if it actually works until tomorrow. I'm not sure if its the hip and having to randomly compensate, the calorie deficit or a little bit of A and a little bit of B but I've been quite tired lately. Pretty light headed yesterday. Today not so light headed. Yesterday I only ate 1330 calories and today 1030 ish. I don't like being this low but I guess it all evens out in the long run. Plus I probably miscounted some calories. I'm probably going back to my morning shake that has a bit more sustenance in it tomorrow. Daisys feet are still not sore! Day 6 of her losing both her shoes ... Talented that one. For once I'm the gimpy one. We took it pretty easy tonight but got some good work done. My back did 2 small cracks when I was done so hopefully that solves this whole thing. I'm not feeling my hip ATM but my right knee started to feel weak (yay compensation). Oh and small win from yesterday. I made a decision to get a Louisiana chicken sub from Mr.sub because I was dropping my sister off and her, me and BF all needed lunch. It was the slow Sub lady and she was doing a giant online order so.. I drove my sister to Wendy's and got her and mom something. I didn't have any.. even though I already decided I would of had the sub... Instead I had Greek chicken wraps like I originally planned. This is huge.
  20. Captainfantastic

    This is LITERALLY my first step towards success.

    it's basically an upper and a lower day
  21. WolfDreamer

    WolfDreamer Returns to the People

    Thank you. I decided this evening that it was time. I told her to message him and give him my number. He called this evening, and we talked for about thirty minutes. The only real mention of the past was when he said, "I'm so glad I'm talking to you. It's been so long," and I replied, "I just needed time." He said, "I know you did, son. I think everybody did. I was in a really bad place then, but I'm really happy we're talking now." I really just wanted to talk to him again. He mentioned getting together someday soon, and I know I'm not ready for that yet. I just said, "Well, we can talk about that later. But for now it is good to talk to you." He talked about his current wife, whom he's been with for close to ten years, and about his farm (he has chickens, guineas, turkeys, and quail), about how beautiful it is where he lives (somewhere in KY). Likewise, my father has never been good with reconciliation because he struggles to take responsibility for his own mistakes and often makes excuses (which were usually either exaggerations or flat-out lies). But I need to forgive him, and I need to give him the chance to prove he has changed. Although a part of me remains on guard, that child inside of me who remembers sitting on the front porch, waiting for him to pick me up, and waiting, and waiting, and even the 17-year-old me who looked for him in the audience during my graduation but never found him. But it's not fair to him for me to assume he's the same man he was when I was a kid, just as I'm not the same as I was then. Thanks, buddy. Likewise, feel free to message me anytime.
  22. Its more at this point, I work when the guy I am working with works, and I got to lunch or on break when he does mostly. My walking is lower, which isn't great since I know if I don't get at least 6000 steps, I don't sleep all that well. Here is to hoping I can get up more or I go for WALKS at some point. That would be good too. Thanks. I appreciate the support.
  23. Actually, it was the clothes and the fact I hate what I look like so nothing ever looks good, and then the whole "I got rid of all my nice stuff since I never wear it/its too small" didn't help. The dragon was a good touchstone to remind myself WHY I was there. Here is to hoping I just don't make too big a fool out of myself.
  24. Thank you. I hope so. And I know I say it all the time, but all you here at NF have so much more faith in me. You guys all believe I can do it, when I am not sure I can. (And after the last 2 days of coming home and going "nope" for about 2 hours, I am starting to wonder).
  25. Wobbegong

    Wobbegong: A Creature of Habit

    The carpool pickup is only like two blocks from my front door so it wasn't terrible, but I did feel kind of silly for thinking about the announcement and still not checking my messages before leaving. I told a teacher buddy about it today and she said, "Wait, you don't get the school emails? You have to rely on the town announcements? That's ridiculous!" To be fair, even if I did get the school emails, I check my email so rarely I would probably still not know. I did not end up doing any vacuuming yesterday because I function really poorly on the productivity scale when I don't plan my productivity in advance. Surprise free time is still basically a "surprise you now have to make decisions and plan things and think because your normal routine has been messed up, HAHA" situation for me. So I managed to decide to eat my prepared OMAD lunch for breakfast, while it was hot, and thought about all the great ways I could use my day, and ended up playing CC instead. I did make a lot of progress there, at least. I now have 12 missions left that I can do before I must move on with the story; of them, five are going to be super easy and seven are going to be super hard, possibly too difficult to manage with the equipment currently available to me. So I'll do as many of those as I can, knock out the easy ones, and be on my way by the end of the week, right on schedule. Today, unlike yesterday, is a dream day for productivity (let's see if I'm still saying that tonight lol). It's mid-terms day! Normally I would have the whole day off and never get moving, but one of the teachers I work with wasn't able to find a suitable English recording for the listening comprehension section for the first year students, so I had to go in. Luckily they were taking their English midterm first period, so I went in, did the speaking section, and left! I was able to have a normal productive morning before school and since coming home I FINALLY VACUUMED MY ROOM and took those pictures, so left on my to-do list for today is hanging my art, dealing with MNC/grocery shopping, dishes, and final tidying/picture taking in the living room and kitchen. I'm not going to say I'm aiming higher out of fear that biting off too much will make me choke, but of course if I feel up to it there's always more to do... ONWARD! This is my google gif suggestion for onward: Let's maybe go a little faster than that, lol
  26. Thanks, it seemd to be okay, but I am much happier in my jeans. The hard part for me, (and this may show up within the challenge), I can make everyone believe I have this all under control and I have confidence, but here and few other places, you see more the real me, where I have almost no confidence or self esteem. And that is when other issues sometimes pop up or the trolls that live in my brain (they have names, Grog is the one who says I Can't do anything right and Blarg tells me no one likes me). So yeah, I am trying to act it, but I also know that I am faking it, which can be negative as well.
  27. Teirin

    Teirin's standards have never been lower.....

    Thank you! Took me 14 years. Felt like they would never end. Thanks :-) I figure if I can trip over the bar, I'll likely make it. Cheers. So, I shouldn't tell you that the same store has a black on black pair? Week 0, Day 2 - Workout done! I had to downgrade the pullups and pistol squats a bit. I perhaps underestimated how out of shape I am. Everything else is ok at least. My burpee stamina must be rebuilt. Making some food and chocolate banana muffins. I'm going to try and get back to Ted Chiang's first story compilation tonight too. No guarantees. Last night did end up involving more work on the presentation. This is good. What was bad was sleep. The first night before the work week is always bad and last night was rather worse than usual. My ears had pressure from sinus fluid behind the eardrum and my ears would not pop enough to drain it, my shoulder ached all night, and I was awake every 90 min. It felt more like dozing than sleeping, but I presumably got down to deep sleep at some point. Bleh. I think I got my ears to pop enough today to sleep better tonight.
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