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    Thank you Anek Trbrat75 DorothyMH Zastria sleep_twitch Colin . I appreciate your support and well wishes.

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      Originally posted by AnnieW View Post
      My boss sent me a silly joke: Now suddenly Mexico wants to pay for the wall. And Canada wants one too!
      There have been Canadians calling for a wall ever since November 8, 2016 when our southern neighbours made the worst hiring decision in the history of their nation.
      (Could you not hear our collective sigh of relief on your side of the pond when the November 2020 election was finally called for Biden?)

      https://twitter.com/startoons/status...56085850157057



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        Wednesday, January 6 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 259


        running: 3K in 16:20 - in town


        Workout with my mother: Day 293

        Posture x 3
        Fireheart - Day 11
        Knee Saver (with dragon adds + mods)
        Sore Feet x 2
        Talk to the Hand
        Hand Tendons x 2

        Total time for w/o w. mother: 46:50

        Total workout time: 63 minutes


        Other stuff:

        3 km hiking

        Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 372/372
        No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 391
        No Seated English Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 310
        Daily Drawing -
        Daily French Study - - Total Consective Days: 58
        GOBOT (6:30) - - 2/4
        GBOT (11:00) - - 4/4

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          Thursday, January 7 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 260


          Workout with my mother: Day 294

          Posture x 3
          Fireheart - Day 12
          Knee Saver (with dragon adds + mods)
          Sore Feet x 2
          Wrist Pain
          Hand Tendons x 2

          Total time for w/o w. mother: 45:50

          Total workout time: 46 minutes


          Other stuff:

          7 km hiking

          Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 373/373
          No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 392
          No Seated English Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 311
          Daily Drawing -
          Daily French Study - - Total Consective Days: 59
          GOBOT (6:30) - - 2/5
          GBOT (11:00) - - 5/5

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            Friday, January 8 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 261


            running: 5K in 28:52 - Spicebush Trail - There was a cold wind blowing today, even in the forest. Thankfully I was able to complete my run on one of the narrower trails as there were no other humans on that trail today.

            skill & strength training: 2:45 - harvesting medicinal herbs (one-legged deadlifts) for BraesiA 's DAREBEE Community RPG.


            Workout with my mother: Day 295

            Posture x 3
            Fireheart - Day 13
            Knee Saver (with dragon adds + mods)
            Sore Feet x 2
            Talk to the Hand
            Hand Tendons x 2

            Total time for w/o w. mother: 51:40

            Total workout time: 83 minutes


            Other stuff:

            7.5 km hiking

            Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 374/374
            No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 393
            No Seated English Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 312
            Daily Drawing -
            Daily French Study - - Total Consective Days: 60
            GOBOT (6:30) - - 2/6
            GBOT (11:00) - - 6/6

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              Originally posted by Rainbow Dragon View Post

              There have been Canadians calling for a wall ever since November 8, 2016 when our southern neighbours made the worst hiring decision in the history of their nation.
              (Could you not hear our collective sigh of relief on your side of the pond when the November 2020 election was finally called for Biden?)

              https://twitter.com/startoons/status...56085850157057
              Yes, I heard you! I’ve postponed visiting my sister in the US for years now, the political situation being one of the reasons. I sighed too, on my side of the pond, so loud, you’d probably heard it too.

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                A Baker's Dozen Goals

                for My 51st Orbit Around Sol


                I'm publishing this a bit early since I likely won't have time to do it on my birthday.

                Some of these are process goals and others are end point goals. I'm including both because I think that both the journey and the destination are important.

                None of these goals are of the "do X every day" or even "do X y times per week" type. There are still things I'm trying to do every day, but these are daily goals, not annual ones. This list is only for goals I can continue to work towards for the full year (or until I achieve them). I'm not going to set a year-long goal I could potentially "fail" on the first day just because more pressing demands got in the way on that particular day.

                Two of my goals for the year are not yet finalized. In the case of #12, I'm simply not far enough along in my studies yet to determine what would be a suitably possible but challenging goal. I may not make a decision on this one for several months yet, but I'm including it as a placeholder for now, to remind myself that I do want to commit to something in this realm within the year. In the case of #13, there is a technical hurdle which needs to be overcome before I can commit to what I want to commit to. I set a process in motion last week which hopefully will enable me to vault over this hurdle, but I don't yet know whether or not it will. I should have more information on this matter soon.

                Here we go:

                1. run 1000 km

                This works out to 20 km/week with 2 weeks off. This is significantly more than I ran last year. Yet it should be easily doable for me provided that I devote a little more effort to consistency this year. I want running to be a regular part of my life, but it's certainly not the only thing of importance in my life. One thousand kilometres in a year easily hits that sweet spot of regular but not all-consuming for me.

                2. travel 3000 km without external motorized assistance

                Similarly, this goal is about maintaining consistency and a reasonable level of activity. Purely mechanical assistive devices are allowed (e.g.: paddle, iSUP, manual bicycle, etc.) as are natural assists (wind, gravity) provided that I and my gear complete a round trip (what goes down needs to come back up again under my own steam). The 3000 km total includes my 1000 km of running.

                3. complete 100 hours of power/vinyasa yoga practice and/or dancing

                As above, these are things I want in my life, but they're not my whole life. Two hours per week is doable but not overwhelming.

                4. run 5K in under 22 minutes

                I have for several years now harboured a desire to run a PR when I am 50. The problem with this desire is that it is a pipe dream. My running PRs, as they stand today, are as follows:

                1500 m - 5:04
                3000 m - 10:59.41
                5K - ~ 20 minutes
                10K - 45:08

                My 1500 and 3000 metre PRs were run on rubberized tracks (which I do not currently have regular access to train on and might not be able to access this year at all due to Covid-19). Additionally, I achieved these times competing in championship races against runners who were faster than me at the end of a season of training hard specifically for these events under the direct guidance of an excellent coach, with a team which included other serious runners, some of whom were faster than me. These days, I have no coach, I train alone, and I have a very limited budget for travel and race entry fees. Race entry fees these days are expensive, there aren't many races near me, and there might not be any this year in any case, due to Covid. Plus, running is no longer my only fitness focus. I do not currently invest enough time or money into my running to enable me to achieve times even close to my 1500 or 3000 metre PRs and I do not wish to make the sacrifices I would need to make in other areas of my life in order to do so. So a track PR is not going to happen.

                I have never competed in a 5000 m track event. I have competed in many 5K-ish cross country races, but I did not pay any attention to my finishing times in these races. Because these races were on off-road courses, with different types of surfaces (grass, gravel, sand, hard-packed dirt, etc.), and different surface conditions (dry, wet, soupy, frozen, buried beneath 2 feet of snow), with large differences in the hilliness of the terrain from course to course, and because the race lengths were ~5K, not accurately measured to 5000 metres, it made more sense to measure my achievements according to how I placed in the events relative to the other competitors as opposed to how I finished relative to a clock. Given the times I was able to achieve in track events, I estimate that my 5K PR is somewhere in the vicinity of 20 minutes. But this is just a guess.

                I have also competed in a lot of 5K road races. These events took place on asphalt, on courses which were all significantly less hilly than the cross country courses I ran in high school. My finishing times are probably all available on the Web somewhere, but I don't have access to the data on hand. As memory serves, when I wasn't injured, my finishing times were generally in the 21-23 minute range. This was when I was in my early 30s, generally in pretty good shape, and training consistently (but not as hard as I had been doing in high school). I could research my 5K times from this period and find out what my fastest was. But it wouldn't have been a PR. I was definitely faster in high school.

                Which leaves only my 10K PR. This time I ran as a 13 year old kid the summer before I started high school. It was my first ever 10K race, which I trained for on my own. My time for the race itself was undoubtedly helped by the fact that another runner in the race took me under his wing, so to speak, halfway through the race. (This was a guy who undoubtedly could have run faster than me. But he had been running the race with his girlfriend. Then she dropped out. So he decided to help me out instead.) Still this is the closest to a PR I ever earned "on my own" with resources similar to what I have available to me now. I was definitely a faster runner in high school, but I did not compete in any 10K events during the peak of my running career. Later, when I was competing in road races as an adult, I did compete in some 10Ks. When I was not injured, I was generally running these in ~ 46-47 minutes. I got close to my old PR once or twice, but I never broke it.

                Clearly the easiest PR for me to beat now would be my 10K PR. But I'm not so much in love with the 10K distance. I much prefer 5Ks. And 5Ks require less of a time commitment to train for. So I've decided to go for a sub-22 minute 5K. This would put me on a comparable level to where I was at the beginning of my 30s, before I messed up my back. It will also require me to run at a faster pace than I achieved in my 10K PR all those years ago. I think this goal is achievable for me if things in my life and the world at large remain more-or-less similar to what they are like now, and, even if I fail to meet my goal time, I will at least enjoy the process of trying for it. (If I do achieve this goal, I might consider going for a 10K PR when I'm 51.)

                Also of note: while this is technically a year-long goal, I realistically only have 8 or 9 months in which to achieve it. I'm not planning a January 2022 visit to New Zealand, and I'm unlikely to ever be able to run this fast under winter conditions. (Of course, if my financial situation changes for the better between now and January 2022, and Covid-19 is behind us all by then...)

                5. execute 50 push-ups in one unbroken set

                I don't really like push-ups. (Okay: I don't like them at all.) But I do recognize that they are good for me. I tried out The Pushers last year, but I did not finish the year. Trying to keep up with The Pushers targets while also hitting the targets required of the various DAREBEE challenges I was doing, plus the push-ups required in the training I did with my mother (about which I for some reason made a rule I had to do every rep as a full push-up, even though my mother was doing incline push-ups) quickly became too much. So this year I'm going to simplify things. I am not going to return to The Pushers (at least not this year) or set any kind of overall volume goal for myself. Instead, I will focus my push-up training specifically towards hitting that 50 push-ups in one unbroken set goal. I likely will participate in some DAREBEE programs and challenges which include push-ups. I also regularly perform push-ups in some form as part of my yoga practice. This year I will leave myself free to choose on any given day whether I will do these as full or as kneeling push-ups and also whether they will constitute my primary (or total) push-up training for that day or whether they will be supplementary to my year-long, work-towards-the-half-century training.

                6. achieve a press-to-handstand without assistance

                I have a speed goal for this year and an endurance goal. I want to round things out by including a strength goal as well. Also: pressing-to-handstand is primarily about core strength and control, so it makes for a nice compliment to the lower-body focussed running and upper-body focussed push-ups. Plus: handstands are fun! I want to have at least one goal to work towards this year that is badassed in a fun way (not just in a "please can this be over with now" way). Currently I can execute an unassisted press-to-headstand, and I can execute an assisted press-to-handstand (starting with my toes elevated ~10" and my head leaning against a support). The unassisted press-to-handstand is still a long ways off for me, but I think I can get there in a year with consistent training.

                7. complete "Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology"

                This is an online course I'm taking through The Cornell Lab's Bird Academy as part of my efforts to improve my skills as a naturalist. I've already purchased the course and the textbook. I just need to put in the time to do the work.

                8. complete 100 nature journal entries with sketches

                Again, this is part of improving my skills as a naturalist. It's also about improving my drawing skills. And finding that sweet spot of devoting enough time to these pursuits without having to sacrifice other areas of my life which are equally important to me.

                9. submit 100 complete bird counts to eBird

                Another process goal aimed at developing a regular but not overwhelming habit.

                10. learn the songs and/or calls of 100 bird species that breed in Chatham-Kent

                I have agreed to be Primary Atlasser for square 17TMG18 for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas-3. The Atlas is a 5-year long project. My role requires me to be able to identify breeding birds in my area by ear. There are expected to be a total of ~ 172 species of birds that breed in my area. Not all of these are songbirds. But many of the birds which do not sing nevertheless emit recognizable noises of one sort or another. I am really still a beginner at birding by ear. And this is a skill which--for me at least, where I'm at now--very much waxes and wanes with the seasons. Last spring I could probably ID 20+ species of birds by ear fairly confidently. Now that I have not heard many of those species within the past few months, I can probably only reliably recognize 10 or 12 species without a visual. Getting to a confident 100 is going to take some work! But I think it's doable.

                11. complete the Fluenz French program through Level 5

                Another putting in the time goal. The complete program includes 150 sessions. I've already completed the first 16 sessions. So if I aim to complete 3 sessions per week, on average, I'll still have a nice buffer. I want to continue to work on my French language skills daily, as this is a skill which tends to atrophy quickly with disuse. But the Fluenz sessions are too long for me to complete one every day. Also: completing Fluenz sessions is not the only French language improvement activity I engage in. Some days I listen to French podcasts or watch French-language television. Some days I read material in French. Some days I use Duolingo or test myself with Fluenz flashcards. A three Fluenz sessions per week (on average) goal is a pretty good standard for ensuring I am staying on track with my structured learning program while at the same time allowing time for other commitments in my life, plus the occasional easy day here and there on which I don't need to work very hard.

                12. pass French fluency tests for reading, writing, speaking, and listening

                I have not yet decided what the tests for these skills should be, in part because I just don't yet have a feel for how far the Fluenz French program will take me. Also: I do not want to spend a lot of money on testing my French skills since obtaining test result data at this point in time would only be for reasons of personal interest.

                There are plenty of free online resources for testing reading and writing skills. The Government of Canada offers free self-assessment tests for people preparing for Official Language Qualification testing. The self-assessment tests are rather easy though. I took the reading comprehension test recently and scored "between Levels B & C". Level C is the highest classification and is meant to denote an individual who "can understand most complex details, inferences and fine points of meaning; and have a good comprehension of specialized or less familiar material." This is definitely not me! Based on the descriptions of the different levels, I would place myself more at a solid Level A. So I don't know how meaningful even a Level C score would be for these tests. As for speaking and listening skills, there are no self-assessment tests, and the actual tests are only available to people who are actively being considered for a bilingual position within the public service.

                Of course, since the results of these tests would only be for my own edification and satisfaction, the oral skills test could be something like, "Have a 5-minute conversation with someone in French without the other person insisting on switching to English because my French is so bad." Similarly, a written skills test could be, "Write a nature journal entry in French without needing to consult a dictionary." There are lots of options. And I'm giving myself some time before I have to decide on which ones I will take. (Ideas and suggestions are welcome.)

                13. this one shall remain a secret for now

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                  That is a full plate, good for you for aiming high.

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                    Thanks for sharing your goals; they look quite interesting (and in the case of #13, intriguing.) .
                    I wish you success! I like to set annual goals on my birthday as well.

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                      Good goals, have a wonderful year of growth!

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                        I like your goals, especially how they are all different and cover so many areas! Good luck!

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                          Saturday, January 9 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 262


                          dancing: 3:00 - crab rave ( Nebulus made me do it)


                          Workout with my mother: Day 296

                          Posture x 3
                          Fireheart - Day 14
                          Knee Saver (with dragon adds + mods)
                          Sore Feet x 2
                          Wrist Pain
                          Hand Tendons x 2

                          Total time for w/o w. mother: 46:40

                          Total workout time: 50 minutes


                          Other stuff:

                          1 km hiking

                          Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 375/375
                          No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 394
                          No Seated English Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 313
                          Daily Drawing -
                          Daily French Study - - Total Consective Days: 61
                          GOBOT (6:30) - - 3/7
                          GBOT (11:00) - - 7/7





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                            Nice that you enjoyed the crab rave

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                              Thank you CaptainCanuck Mamatigerj PetiteSheWolf @Anek

                              It was fun Nebulus . Thanks!

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                                Sunday, January 10 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 263


                                Workout with my mother: Day 297

                                Journey Before Destination x 3*
                                Fireheart - Day 15
                                Back Pain Relief x 2
                                Ankle Recovery x 2
                                Talk to the Hand
                                Hand Tendons x 2

                                Total time for w/o w. mother: 47:30

                                * I've added some new workouts into the routine I do with my mother, to mix things up a bit. We now have a 2 day rotation of workouts. Hand Tendons is still every day, plus whatever program we are working on (currently Fireheart). The other 4 workouts alternate every other day. Since Journey Before Destination alternates with Posture, I decided to use the same protocol for both workouts (30 seconds/exercise/set) instead of the rep counting protocol specified for Journey. We also do 30 seconds/exercise for Back Pain (specification is 20) and 30 seconds/exercise for Hand (spec is reps). Everything is 30 seconds/exercise/set, except for our program, which we are doing as specified (reps, in the case of Fireheart). I get bored with too much counting, and it's hard to do when my mother is talking at me and asking me questions the whole time! Plus, with my mother, it is important to transition as quickly as possible (preferably immediately) from one workout to the next. Any break in our workout at all is an opportunity for my mother to become distracted and decide she needs to use the toilet, do a load of laundry, check on my father, let the dogs out, etc. By keeping as much of the workout as possible on a 30 second/exercise protocol, I can just set up a looped 30 second timer, press play, and go.

                                Total workout time: 47 minutes


                                Other stuff:

                                3 km hiking

                                Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 376/376
                                No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 395
                                No Seated English Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 314
                                Daily Drawing -
                                Daily French Study - - Total Consective Days: 62
                                GOBOT (6:30) - - 1/1
                                GBOT (11:00) - - 1/1

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