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    It's mostly just a household with bad plumbing, Amirsh (on the part of the building and two of the people who live in it) and bad plumbing habits on the part of some of the individuals who assist one of the household members (in spite of my having posted multiple posters in my father's bathroom asking people to please, please, PLEASE not flush ANYTHING other than toilet paper and human waste).

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      We are hopeful the plumber can come this morning, sleep_twitch -- although an arctic air mass moved into our area last night, and we currently have the coldest temperature here we have seen all winter, and the plumber is going to have to work outside to fix this problem. At least we don't have much snow out there; and the plumber has done this job for us before, so he knows where the access point is.

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        woah! That is quite a lot to deal with! I hope it gets better for you!!! I had my share of mishaps and frustrations last night...not sure what was up with electronics yesterday because I had a few things happen from the coffee pot at work dying out to my treadmill just stopping in the start of my intervals. Just stopped dead and would not turn back on.

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          Thursday, February 13 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 83


          running: 3 km in 19:45 - in town

          upper body skill & strength training: 16 minutes - Flying Crow

          lower body skill & strength training: 13 minutes - Barre: Dancer Core

          yoga flow: 18 minutes


          Total: 67 minutes


          Other stuff:

          3 km hiking
          12 minutes restorative yoga

          Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 43/43
          A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 33/33
          No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 64
          GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 1/1
          GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 1/1

          I want to be rising as early as I can, which means I need to get to bed as early as I can; but really, the getting to bed part is only a precursor to what really needs to happen: getting to sleep as early as I can. Jumping into bed immediately after completing my workout, dripping with sweat, heart rate still elevated, feeling for the ends of a strand of dental floss as I attempt to floss my teeth in the dark is not conducive to falling asleep quickly. I'm much better off if I can do a bit of restorative yoga before bed, clean my teeth with the lights on, then read in bed for a bit before turning out my light. Trying to accomplish all of this before 10PM is not realistic for me. So I've settled on 10:30 as my lights out time, with the goal of being in bed reading by 10PM. This way, when complications inevitably arise during the evening which I need to deal with, pushing back my evening schedule, they will only cut into my reading time, not my sleeping time. So, if I don't make it to bed until 10:15 and only get to read for 15 minutes, or even if I don't make it to bed until 10:25 and can therefore only read for 5 minutes, I will still consider GBOT a success so long as my light is out by 10:30.

          Last night I managed to get everything done, including a bit of restorative yoga, in spite of our current plumbing issues, and still get into bed by 10:05. I then read until 10:30, turned out my light right on time, and fell asleep quickly (in spite of staying up so late Wednesday night and sleeping in Thursday as a result). Bonus: I only awoke once during the night, and fell asleep again quickly without needing to get up to pee. (I was very thankful for this, given our current plumbing situation, and the fact that the temperature plummeted here last night to the lowest temperature we have seen all winter thus far.) So: GBOT (and GOBOT) round # I-don't-even-remember-at-this-point have commenced. Hopefully I can make it stick this time.

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            Ugh. That sucks, Trbrat75 . I hope you can get your treadmill fixed/replaced soon, and that the weather will cooperate to enable you to run outside until you do have a working treadmill again.

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              This weekend (February 14-17) is the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can participate in this cool, worldwide, citizen science project no matter where you live, and even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Any data you can submit is useful to the project! If you love birds, click on the pretty picture of a male Northern Cardinal below to find out How to Get Started.

              Great Backyard Bird Count poster showing a male Northern Cardinal






              This is the checklist for my area: http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/...4119&rare=true (Of course, most of these birds won't be anywhere near me in February. But it will be interesting to see how many species I can find this weekend.)

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                Ohhh! I need to participate in that!!

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                  Functional plumbing has been restored!

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                    Rainbow Dragon Yeehah! One can probably one imagine what a relieve this must be to the whole household.

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                      Go for it, Trbrat75 ! My neighbourhood has been very quiet for birds this winter so far, but I'm planning to get out to Rondeau both days this weekend to see what I can see out there.

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                        For sure, Nebulus ! Winter is not a good time to be without sewers!

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                          Colin Amirsh we need some kind of community salad event. The best day of my challenge was totally the final day, on which I attempted to make all of the salads suggested to me by fellow Bees.

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                            Friday, February 14 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 84


                            running: 5 km in 37:30 - Spicebush Trail on crunchy snow. Cold air temp almost made me cut this run short at 3K. Saturday's forecast is for a warmer temperature but significantly harsher winds which may feel worse for running, even in the woods. So I sucked it up and did the 5K this day.

                            upper body skill & strength training: 15 minutes - Crow to Straight Leg

                            lower body skill & strength training: 8:50 - Pistol Squat Prep


                            Total: 61 minutes


                            Other stuff:

                            5 km hiking
                            15 minutes restorative yoga

                            Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 44/44
                            A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 34/34
                            No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 65
                            GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 2/2
                            GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 2/2

                            A slow start to the Great Backyard Bird Count for me. Found only: an american crow (heard, but not seen), 2 house sparrows, a downy woodpecker, 3 mourning doves, and ~ 100 tundra swans on Friday. Saturday and Sunday I hope to get out to a few livelier locations.

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                              I thought about bird watching, we have a few centers for it and a lot of local information online and a friend of mine has a paper field guide on top of an app but but somehow I never did it myself.

                              I remember when I just started with veganism, people looked at me like I'm crazy because I only had salad for lunch but slowly some of them would just have a salad... but it was from this fancy salad bar, all fresh and with lots carbohydrates so one person can't finish an entire ball in one go. Salad should be a main course.

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                                I think the birding apps can be a big help when one is getting started, Amirsh . The image recognition software is very good for birds these days. You are probably already able to recognize a bunch of the more common birds in your area though. A summer student at Rondeau last summer was telling me how he could only recognize a handful of bird species. So I started rattling off a list of the more common species in our area. Turns out he knew most of them, so his "handful" of species was actually closer to 15 or 16. That's already a good start.

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