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  2. aramis

    My way towards OCR

    Hmm... Oct. 16th Workout (full body) 3x superset: - max pull-ups followed by max assisted pull-ups (3+5), - 6x KB halos each side (16kg/35lb) - 15x weighted squats (22.7kg/50lb), - 6x KB clean and press each side (16kg/35lb), - 20x KB swing - 10x body rows with feet on a chair, - 10x glute bridge, - 15x decline push-ups with feet on a chair, - 2 min rest. Didn't have time for planks this time. Stretching - Sun Salutations. Yeah, I said that and I jinxed it. Today I had big problem with push-ups - after 10-12reps I had to take a break for a moment before finishing my set. Maybe it's overall fatigue (weather changing again), maybe larger dinner before the workout, I don't know. Food: 2790kcal, 159.5g protein.
  3. Hope this day has been kind to each of you. It's been some years since I've visited, and am pleased with seeing this forum continuing, as well as, some helpful changes; love seeing all the growth and warmth of this community. Looking forward to my time here with you.
  4. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Starpuck learns to Reckless Attack [Barbarian Mode]

    Puck, your skill is really good. We mostly get to see character portraits and anime style from your tablet, and they are good. Your inks are VERY GOOD. "Overgrown" especially tells me you have been selling yourself short on your ability to do backgrounds. Also, the woodgrain on the snowglobe really draws my eye. The cigarettes from ash are perfect. The crumpled one FEELS crumpled; I can visualize someone stubbing out that particular cigarette. The crosshatch shading under the ashtray looks professional. I also see the potential to get even better. Please keep inking. You good at arting.
  5. TGP

    aramis tries not to be an a**hole

    stress IS relentless though. for myself when I get grey is nearly always that I'm feeling overwhelmed with stress- and thus, I emotionally crash- not caring for anything. its a hard place to be in. ... its actually kind of interesting because I was looking through your fitness the other day and was like really impressed with all the stuff you are doing. Larp, OCR, etc. I've not done any of that; and it seems really exciting and awesome! but I had experiences where even when I'm passionately working on a fitness goal- I get swamped by the "everything else"
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  7. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Sylvaa is Succinct

    There is no way your quads are that small.
  8. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Harriet's Even Better Programme

    One of the very good things about most Native Spanish speakers in the Americas is that if someone even tries Spanish they take it as a compliment and are grateful someone tried to speak their language.
  9. aramis

    aramis tries not to be an a**hole

    Wednesday, Oct. 16th Bit better in terms of spending time with kids. As I came home they already had their computer time (stuff to do on my way home took longer than expected), but after that we sat on a couch and older one was reading for us. In return, I read them bedtime stories after putting them to beds. I think "behavior boards" is something my younger one doesn't catch yet. He doesn't like when he gets minus mark, but he struggles to connect this fact with his own actions (even when we explain to him why he gets bad marks). On the other hand - older one got the idea quite easily and understands it's beneficial to work on good behavior. So I'd say 50% success... Fitness wise - did my workout, kept food in check, sleep is more or less okay. Mentally - I don't know. I feel like TV static - both "something" and "nothing" at the same time. Like I would wander from slightly sad to slightly happy and back again without specific reason. It's hard to define... Everything seems to have this grayish, or maybe sepia hue. On one hand I lack the ecstatic joy, on the other - no dark despair for me. I wouldn't call this "numbness", it's not that far down, but it could be this direction. But again, it may be just stress and today's weather influencing me.
  10. TGP

    Salinger's twenty fifth challenge!

    yeah, WOW that is a REALLY awful thing. what a burden. know that you are doing something Really tough; and be absolutely singleminded about keeping your benefits. .... I don't know exactly what to say to Mr "save some pounds at the NHS (at the expense of public health)"? but if you can think of Something that pleads for help while not mentally breaking down- I'd go for that. (although I'm silently agreeing with aramis that smacking the assessor would be stress relieving after such a Terrible and unprofessional question.)
  11. Elastigirl

    TGP takes another chance for an adventure

    We have mild winters here in the NW (rain, rarely snow) and mostly evergreens. But we also have deciduous trees. Just walking and driving around town, I have seen so many trees with golden leaves, turning to red. There is a gorgeous tree in our neighborhood. It is huge and all the leaves are turning colors, so it is a mix of yellows, oranges , and reds. As part of my not being grumpy that summer is over plan, I've really tried to stop and pay attention to the beautiful fall colors
  12. Sylvaa

    Sylvaa is Succinct

    That walk will now always play a part in my mental picture of you. Unrelated: super excited about my veggie box this weekend. Hoping it contains an eggplant as, if it does, I will be making Baba ganoush.
  13. Jean

    TGP takes another chance for an adventure

    In every place with a winter, probably for mosts species of trees that have falling leaves (in autumn). Leaves turn yellow when the tree takes the chlorophyll back (which takes the green out of the leaves, other pigments stay in and make them look yellow or red). I'd guess that most trees that have falling leaves would take the chlorophyll back and have yellow/red leaves in autumn. I'd be very interested to read about exceptions (pine trees, firs, others?) and about what happens in jungles, savannahs, deserts and other specific climates. The way you're describing your morning runs is awesome. It sparks a desire to wake up earlier to inhale some fresh air and get the fall pictures into the day (unfortunately, that would be night time for me). My day was awesome, thanks. I hope yours will be in the future (in addition to the awesome runs).
  14. The Most Loathed

    Sylvaa is Succinct

    You gotta go for comfort. Dark grey is really my color!
  15. GoodDoug

    Novaurora Decides which of her F*cks are Newsworthy

    I feel you on that. Today I brought some boiled eggs and charcuterie because I knew I wasn't going to have access t the microwave today. Your lunch looks healthier than mine!
  16. DarK_RaideR

    Should [DarK_RaideR] roll the dice or roll in the mud?

    I figured an outright babyface turn was too obvious. Keeping him as a lone wolf maintains a certain mystique. To be fair, that was kind of the same way I prolonged her feud with Geena. I fear I may have gone to that well one time too many... That means I built up the match well to have Edison look like a credible challenger. Despite my writing break, in game terms this was Cornell's very first title defense and losing after years of building up to this point would ruin it all. Hopefully now you're more hyped to see him face Marat in December than you were about a potential Champagne Lover - Marat Khoklov match Easy now, I have another month of television to fill and September's Back to School show is one of my annual big 4 pay per views...
  17. miss_marissa

    {[Raxie]} Penemue's Quest for the Blade of the Serpent

    @Raxie how ya doing?
  18. miss_marissa

    The Dadjoke Awakens: Tanktimus Becomes a Parent

    LOL You did the important things, which is keeping the baby alive and supporting your wife through birth and breast feeding.
  19. GoodDoug

    Elastigirl Welcomes Autumn

    Great idea!
  20. analoggirl

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    Alright, got it. Terrible stuff. Glad to hear you did not have to look for proper milk&formula for Ghostlet for risk of getting severe health problems... @standing custom: I meant fancy AND affordable. Or do they not exist simply because if the mass populace that can afford an affordable restaurant will trash the place due to sheer numbers? Because affordable means more people will go there. And of course also the fast food places. I dunno. Maybe I lack imagination but still think it is understandable. The world is overpopulated and we have to somehow deal with it :p Does not make the rest of the stuff less jarring though.
  21. KB Girl

    Raptron Ramps Up

    As you do. Made me giggle a little because I've seen it so many times I could just picture it. And the girl on my team who has experienced this the most often also vaguely looks like you xD That 315 just looked REALLY easy though, so I can totally get that you'd thought that that cat was already in the bag. Glad you already feel better about it, because all around PRs is awesome and worth a party Also so cool you went to see that show! The trailer looked amazing and I think I now have a new appreciation for circus. Damn.
  22. scalyfreak

    Harriet's Even Better Programme

    Kicking anxiety while it's down is the best time to do it. I went through this phase when i started learning English and later when learning German I have now forgotten. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times I wanted to scream at someone that "I AM SMART! Just not in your language." I feel your pain.
  23. analoggirl

    Which-craft? [Manarelle]

    Oh my, these days I am feeling like the term Solar-Powered might apply to me too. Especially when there is just an hour or two of non-grey-weather and I feel the up and down. Have to add some hygge to my days :p also excited for the costume debut!
  24. Harriet

    Harriet's Even Better Programme

    I wrote for 2 hours this morning, just in my brother's living room, then went out for an adventure. I tried shopping for tee-shirts but I didn't find a single thing. Maybe November in Germany is the wrong time for short sleeved tees. Also I'm pretty sure the whole concept of women's clothing is a conspiracy designed to confuse and upset me personally. Ah well. I still have a few of them with no holes. And it was good to practice going out/navigating by myself/going into clothes shops. I actually went into a coffee shop and ordered and sat by myself and drank it. I realise this must seem like a totally normal and unremarkable thing to do, but for me it's an Anxiety thing. Anyway, I think I did well. I must continue kicking the anxiety in the head while it is on the ground. My brother's partner came home from a trip, and I cooked dinner with my brother's help. He is a better cook than me, and I am picking up some things from watching him. My German is so inadequate. I take about a second to translate and think about what I want to say, and people think I'm slow. I also find myself talking quietly, and not saying much, and being much meeker. I can tell by the sort of gentle and soothing way people have been talking to me that they think I'm some sort of timid baby deer of limited intellect. Also the Hamburgers sound different to and use different terms than the Berliners. But they're less unfriendly. But there are more bikes and they share the sidewalk, so that's alarming. Anyway, I'm going to lift again tomorrow but then I'm going to Berlin for a few days where I shall catsit my own cats for the friend who has been catsitting them for us for the last year. I will also go to a party and see some friends. There are no gyms with day passes so I shall probably not lift until I get back to Hamburg. I can still write, practice my taekwondo forms, and meditate, though. I will do that.
  25. Sylvaa

    Sylvaa is Succinct

    Oh, totally same! Dark gray, super comfy too!
  26. GoodDoug

    GoodDoug on a cultural exchange

    GoodDoug was tired and sore, but it was a good sore. The aching was from making muscles stronger and the tired was from hard work learning new things. He was really trying to make the best of his last week with the orcs. He was looking forward to getting back to the Rebellion, but he would miss hanging with the orcs. They were a bit crude and savage, but they were honest and honorable. He hoped he could bring some of that back to his work in the Rebellion. Today was another hard day in Elements, again, I looked at it and balked a moment... and then dove in and did it all. Very sweaty and tired afterwards, but that is what I was looking for. I ate like a bonehead yesterday, I just lost all control and ate all the junk foods. I have all sorts of excuses for it, but they are really just excuses. Today I need to do better. I find that once I start eating a bunch of sugary stuff, it is difficult to get back on track... but I have to do it pretty cold turkey. So, here's hoping I can do that today!
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