Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Heard you write shitty break up poetry

Hearts are not broken
they are crushed
like scrap paper
and discarded,
Unwanted.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Insert Title Here (Goals Update)

I'm suffering a bit of a bigger bout of depression at the moment so I'm not going to be very wordy with this update.

Goals?


1. Spend 5 minutes every day working on my Cert IV in Programming
This has been happening. Some days I have even gone longer. I still really don't like how they present their information but the Facebook group has some good ideas, it will just require more of a time commitment.

2. Change my bank account details with work to my new accounts
Done!

3. Stick to the percentages
I forgot the Fire Extinguisher this last pay but otherwise have been doing so.

4. Save Fire Extinguisher in my Smile account for the five weeks then make an additional payment towards my student debt
Need to remember to do this

5. Organise all items I'm putting up for sale - picture/catalogue as required (the money from this will go to my Mojo account
Still haven't done anything regarding this. Maybe this weekend?

6. Follow the No Shopping Plans
Continuing to do so!

7. Spend 5 minutes lifting every day
Every day but one so far! My elbow was paining and there was a bit of depression happening so I decided it was better for me to not.


I already have ideas for new goals once this challenge is over. I feel like I made the challenge a little easy on myself but at least I will pass which will give me motivation to keep working on succeeding in my challenges.
Definitely going to up the study time to 10 mins, keep the exercise time but make the goal that I write down what I've done (so I can work on improving weight & reps) and next challenge is going to be all about self care.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome to 2018, can I get a refund?

My home gym is currently in a state of disarray as I'm holding a garage sale in the future and everything is in there. However also in there is my new bike!
It's like this one (baby blue colour) but mine's a 7 speed  -https://www.reidcycles.com.au/vintage-ladies-3-speed-deluxe.html

I got it second hand and it was on my approved purchases list so I'm okay with this.

Today has had some issues.

I woke up to discover that I had left the gas oven on all night. Expensive (and potentially deadly) mistake.
I went to my local ATM to get cash out for the bike sale, only for it to be out of order.
I went to Bunnings to get a bike pump, only to be told that the Bunnings in my area isn't allowed to sell them.
I got the bike (yay) only to spend 30 minutes in the hot sun trying to get it into my car.

The minute I got into my car, do you know what my brain said?

This is too much. I want a cold shake. I want McDonald's. I don't want to go home and have to put together a salad. I deserve McDonald's after this.

When I am sad and things aren't going my way in the moment I instantly turn to comfort foods.
But I am very proud to say that I came straight home. Got the bike out of the car (eventually), learnt how to fix a slipped chain on it and went inside to relax a little bit.

After relaxing, which also included some nerve-wracking custom games of PUBG, I went and did five minutes of lifting. This consisted of using the 20kg barbell to do 2x5 of overhead presses and 3x5 back squats. The back squats felt good, I was struggling the second round of overhead presses. I should have probably only used my 5kg barbell with some weights for those but I had the 20kg bar there and decided to just do it. I actually went a little over my time to finish off the last set of back squats too.

Next, spending 5 minutes on my course!
So I read the page, get to the coding activity aaaaaand. Apparently I uninstalled Eclipse. Oops.
I think to my self about how I'm going to have to redo all the coding activities (I'm not that far into it so it's not too bad).
Install Eclipse (five minutes have run out by now) open it up aaaand THERE'S MY TASKS!
They're all saved in a folder on my desktop. Phew!

This evening I'll probably work on organising some of the items to be sold. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Pureleeawesome's Battlegrounds

This is a cross post from my NF account.

Yes I stole my title from the name of my favourite game currently, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (I have 400+ hours in it and I still suck).

BUT WHAT IS LIFE, IF NOT A BATTLE?

Ahem.
Okay.
Enough of the dramatics.
Settle in because this will be a large post.

I sat down yesterday/earlier today and wrote out what I wanted to be doing in 2018 and onward. Here's the list:

  • Finish Cert IV in Programming
  • Follow Barefoot Investor plans
  • Follow No Shopping plans
  • Be outside more
  • Read more
  • Write regularly
  • Lift regularly
  • Do yoga/stretching
  • Provide constructive reviews
  • Move more
  • Be more present
  • Find my Tribe
  • Work on Epic Quest Items
  • Move forward with my career

From this list I've decided to work on the following goals for this challenge:

  • Finish Cert IV in Programming
  • Follow Barefoot Investor plans
  • Follow No Shopping plans
  • Lift regularly

Let's discuss, shall we?

FINISH CERT IV IN PROGRAMMING

Well, I'm not going to be able to complete this during the challenge. It's a long course that I'm finding isn't engaging me AT ALL. But I paid nearly $4k for it (I'm still paying that off) and I need to start working on it again. So the step in relation to this goal is:

1. Spend 5 minutes every day working on my Cert IV in Programming
Why just five minutes, I hear you ask? Well, it was something Bean Sidhe mentioned that really struck a chord with me. You see, my mind freaks out at the thought of having to find a large amount of time to do something. But five minutes? Five minutes is easy.
To ensure I complete it, I've stuck a sticky note on my monitor to remind me.

FOLLOW BAREFOOT INVESTOR PLANS

My sister lent me her copy of The Barefoot Investor and I've had a read through and think it will work really well for me. 
I've had to adjust the percentages that he recommends but my weekly budget should look like:
Daily Expenses - 70%
Smile (money for small pleasure items) - 7.5%
Splurge (money for larger pleasure items) - 7.5%
Fire Extinguisher (use this towards debts) - 15%

You're also meant to set aside $2,000 for your Mojo account (which is what you use in emergency situations like job loss, unforeseen medical expenses). I still need to find the money for this.
My steps for this goal is:

2. Change my bank account details with work to my new accounts
3. Stick to the percentages
4. Save Fire Extinguisher in my Splurge account for the five weeks then make an additional payment towards my student debt
5. Organise all items I'm putting up for sale - picture/catalogue as required (the money from this will go to my Mojo account

FOLLOW NO SHOPPING PLANS

This idea comes from Cait Flanders' blog where she spent two years without shopping (except for necessities and items on a pre-approved list). As someone who hoards things as badly as a dragon which just causes her stress and anxiety, this is something I'd like to do. However there are a few differences between Cait and myself. Namely, I'm a homeowner and she isn't. 
So now that I've told you I'm not buying things, here is everything I'll be buying in 2018+

The Essentials
  • Groceries
  • Gardening Supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning products
  • Gifts
  • Business expenses
  • Education endeavours
  • Travel/adventures
  • Items on my pre-approved shopping list

Pre-Approved Shopping List (it's a long one)
  • Dog door Installation
  • Computer chair
  • Aircon installation
  • Standing desk
  • Garden remodel
  • Dishwasher installation
  • Outdoor table & chairs
  • Shelf system to cover bathroom window
  • New Samsung dvd remote
  • Car service/parts replacement
  • Door makeover items - incl. handle
  • Bicycle & helmet

What I WONT Be Buying
  • Clothes (unless I lose weight and have nothing to wear)
  • Shoes & accessories
  • Books and magazines
  • Household items
  • Electronics & appliances
  • Takeout food
  • Desserts (I can however buy ingredients to make a dessert, just can't bring home pre-made ones)
  • Alcohol (unless in a social gathering)
  • DVDs & games

The exception is that if anything I own breaks, I can buy a replacement for it.
The step for this goal is pretty much:

6. Follow the No Shopping Plans

LIFT REGULARLY

Figured as this is a fitness forum I should probably have one active goal. I miss lifting. But it's getting me to lift that is the sticking point.
So, much like the study step:

7. Spend 5 minutes lifting every day



Okay, I'm gonna go have a lie down now. :P

Friday, December 29, 2017

Year In Review & The Year Ahead - 2017-2018

SCA (the final year)


What have you done that is new? I helped run an event and I quit the SCA.

What was the best moment? Going to Raglan. It was a gorgeous event and people were really lovely. Oh - and paragliding in Interlaken, Switzerland.

What was the worst moment? The drama of getting Midsummer sorted.

Have you held an office this year? Yes, I was Chronicler and have since passed on the role.

Have you run anything this year? Co-stewarded Midsummer.

Have you entered anything this year? No

What have you made this year? I mended some stuff for Raglan.

Who inspired me? This year was rather un-inspiring.

What new things would you like to do next year? Nothing, as I have quit the SCA.


Everyday


What single achievement are you most proud of? All the walking I did on my holiday. It was painful but I got through it.

What did you set out to accomplish this year that you didn't make happen? Again, taking better care of myself, especially food wise. I know now what I can mange, I just have to get back to it.

What new places did you go in 2017? So many! Paris, Interlaken, Milan, Copenhagen.

What new skills did you learn? I've been learning some scheduling related stuff at work. Outside of work I'm learning about coding and creating websites.

What was your favourite book? I've been terrible and not read much this year. Fiction we will go with the only one I remember reading which is Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult but it wasn't anywhere near her best book. Non-fiction would be Sarah Chrisman's books about living a Victorian life.

What was your favourite electronic game? Hands down Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. It holds the title of most hours played in my Steam library (roughly 400.)

What was your favourite non-electronic game? Again, haven't been playing a lot of non-electronic games but just recently I played Elevenses with my sister and it was awesome.

What was the best moment? Going to Tivoli in Copenhagen.

What was the worst moment? I think just the overall depression I've been feeling lately. It's been impacted by a few things happening.

If you had to describe 2017 in three words, what would they be? Last year was famous people dying. This year it's #metoo


Epic Quest


What goals did you complete? I stewarded an SCA event.

What goals did you make progress on? I donated to some more Kickstarters. Played a few more CAH games.

Were any goals removed/changed? I need to change around some of my Mental quests. I changed one to learning Danish but that's likely going to change again. I need to add in a new Physical goal.

What's your plan for next year? Like last years plans: Write more. Work on my fitness goals. Complete the code course. Have more fun.


2018


What do you want to see, discover, explore? I want to try being outside more this year.

Who do you want to spend more time with? My family. Good friends. Note to self: make good friendships.

What skills do you want to learn, improve or master? I'd like to focus on improving my writing (actually start writing) and my embroidery.

Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of? I want to become a more flexible being in that when obstacles appear I don't instantly burst into tears. I'd like to read books more and be more present in the moment.

What do you want to achieve career-wise? This is a tough one because I don't know where I am heading right now career wise. I thought I'd be more interested in my programming course but I'm not. I don't know if that's a product of the course or just my lack of interest in the subject though. I think, career-wise I'd like to figure out what it is I want to do and then go do that thing.

What is your number one goal for 2018? Stand up for myself more. (And actually write on this blog more.)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Year In Review & The Year Ahead - 2016-2017

SCA


What have you done that is new? I became a lady in waiting on a Baronial level.

What was the best moment? This is tough because I can't really think of any "best" moments in the SCA for this year. Maybe the super chillaxed Championship? (Oh yeah, I helped out with breakfast there which was new for me!)

What was the worst moment? Hearing that people had been bitching behind my back about me pulling out of a bid for Midwinter because I was moving house.

Have you held an office this year? Yes, I've been Chronicler and the Anealan Historian (which is a deputy to the Kingdom Historian). I honestly haven't done much with either role and feel slightly bad about it but my mental health takes priority.

Have you run anything this year? Nope, but will be co-stewarding Midsummer next year.

Have you entered anything this year? Nope :\ Again, something to focus on for 2017.

What have you made this year? Preeeeeeetty much nothing. Moving house was priority. I think I mended camicie for Festival, if that counts. Actually, I may have made one at that point. Woo, made something... maybe.

Who inspired me? Mistress Branwen's patience with teaching me how to cook breakfast at Championship, along with everything else she does and offers to help teach with. Lady Ydeneya's workmanship, as always.

What new things would you like to do next year? Actually make things and enter things. Would also like to complete the Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge.


Everyday


What single achievement are you most proud of? Buying my house. It's a good little house and I get compliments on how it's a great first home.

What did you set out to accomplish this year that you didn't make happen? Taking better care of myself, especially food wise. It took a long time to get used to managing myself and then I made it worse and got dogs which took a long adjustment period. Slowly but surely I shall get there.

What new places did you go in 2016? I went to Sydney, which admittedly I had been to before but I went to different places than previously :-)

What new skills did you learn? Umm... I think I cleaned a toilet for the first time ever this year? Honestly I can't think of much. There are probably some things but they are not significant enough to remember.

What was your favourite book? I can't think of anything in fiction but my fave non-fiction this year has been Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb. I hope to take the lessons from it into the new year.

What was your favourite electronic game? This year my gaming time has been dominated by RIFT and Prison Architect. Still enjoying both of them.

What was your favourite non-electronic game? Cards Against Humanity brought many laughs to the table this year. Also enjoyed playing Fluxx with just Tids and playing Carcassone with Mom and Tids. Also learned Liar's Dice at Championship which was great.

What was the best moment? Okay, not sure about best but I won a London-Rome tour which I'm hopefully taking next year and that's pretty awesome.

What was the worst moment? Basil getting run over and pretty much wiping my savings for his surgeries/medical care. He's okay now which is the main thing.

If you had to describe 2016 in three words, what would they be? Famous people dying.


Epic Quest


What goals did you complete? I sat with different people at SCA events. It is something I hope to continue doing. Being super shy and anxious sucks.

What goals did you make progress on? Made some progress on my Meat & Wine quests. I accidentally broke a $40 bottle of wine from Uruguay. Began the Codecademy course. Played a few CAH games.

Were any goals removed/changed? I removed two of my courage quests because while they were courageous things I realised they were also things I didn't actually want to do. I think there may be further goal changes next year but unconfirmed at this stage.

What's your plan for next year? Write more. Work on my fitness goals. Complete the code course. Have more fun.


2017


What do you want to see, discover, explore?

Who do you want to spend more time with? Beyond the family and partner I really would like to spend more time cultivating good friendships. It's something I've dropped the ball on this year that I need to pick back up again.

What skills do you want to learn, improve or master? Learn: Brewing & woodworking. Improve: self-care/meal prep/management, embroidery & sewing. I'm not ready to be the master of anything.

Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of? I want to get rid of my laziness and non-care. Want to cultivate preparedness and flexibility.

What do you want to achieve career-wise? I'd really like to finish writing one novel by the end of 2017. Go through the business printout for R&S. Be a lot more relaxed at my day job.

What is your number one goal for 2017? Improve In All Things.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wandering Challenge research - Women on a Terrace by Alessandro Allori

As part of my research into the Wardrobe section of my Wandering challenge I came across this painting.



I love paintings like this because it provides those little details into peoples lives. This is a bit out of my time frame (I'm 1550's, this painting was completed in 1589) but I imagine not much probably changed during those years. The Medici coat of arms is featured so I'm guessing them to be Medici women however I'm not sure which. The washing line looks to hold some partlets, ties and housecaps. I think the cap in the top right corner has multiple ties, which I've seen in some portraits. There's even a woman washing her dog. Neat!