Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Rainbow Dragon's Dares

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    May 8-14 Goals Check-In:

    Click image for larger version

Name:	full-study.gif
Views:	178
Size:	16.7 KB
ID:	854330
    Click image for larger version

Name:	may14--fitness.gif
Views:	172
Size:	16.5 KB
ID:	854331

    As expected: full marks for everything except for yoga/dance and restorative.
    Note: previously I was including my restorative work under yoga/dance as well. But I've decided to stop doing that. I need to be moving more and not doing extra stretching to make up for slacking on my vinyasa/power yoga/flow practice.

    GBOT & GOBOT were messed up this week, as previously noted. I will endeavour to get them back on track this week.

    Streak Stats as of end of day May 14:

    Daily Workout: 752 days
    Daily French: 550 days
    Daily Workout for Norma : 787 days



    May 15-21 Goals:

    artwork: 3 hours per week (includes instruction and practice)
    French: 3 hours per week (Fluenz or other active use of my French skills--not just watching Netflix)
    yoga teacher training: 5 hours per week
    writing: 10 hours per week

    workout: 5 hours per week MINIMUM (moderate to intense physical activity)
    yoga flow/dance: 3 hours per week (includes yoga fusion such as mixing yoga flows with strength drills. does not include restorative yoga)
    running: 17 km/week
    restorative: 60 minutes per week (includes meditation)

    The only change from this past week is increasing my running mileage goal by 2km. Last week I successfully ran 5 x 3km. Other than racing to beat the heat of the day, I had no issues. This week I will be facing cooler weather. So the goal is to still run 5 days, but to make at least one of those days a 5K run.

    In general, I am trying to hit each of my focus areas 5 or 6 days a week. That is: each of my 4 study areas, plus yoga flow/dance and running. If I can also achieve GBOT and GOBOT 5 days this week, that would be awesome.

    Comment


      You're doing so well, RD!

      Comment


        ah yes...the gaming rabbit hole. I am very familiar with that. So easy to get sucked in and lose hours on hours.

        Comment


          Hello Colin ! Thank you!

          Comment


            Yup Trbrat75 . It's not how I want to be spending my life though. So I must fight it.

            Comment


              May 15-21 Goals Check-In:

              Click image for larger version  Name:	full-study.gif Views:	38 Size:	16.7 KB ID:	854330
              Click image for larger version

Name:	may22-fit.gif
Views:	144
Size:	16.8 KB
ID:	855240

              Again full marks for everything except yoga/dance and restorative--which I have now renamed "meditation". (This will still include yin/restorative yoga as those are meditative practices for me. But I also want to make room for moving meditations. Plus, I don't really do all that much restorative/yin yoga and I don't want to.)

              I don't have any excuse for falling short on the yoga again other than that it's hard to fit everything in. I did work out over 6.5 hours in total for the week, and I ran 20 km (surpassing my goal of 17 for the week) so it's not a huge fail. I do want to keep trying for more here though, so I'm keeping it on the schedule. The only work I have left to do for my YTT at this point is my final practicum and a bunch of old (now recorded) live practices. So my YTT study hours will pretty much all be doubling as yoga asana practice time now, which should make it easier to hit this goal for the next few weeks.

              I achieved GOBOT every day this week and GBOT 5 out of 7 days. So big improvement here. The GBOT nights were all one stars, but I'm okay with this.

              I worked on each of my 4 study areas on 5 days and I ran on 6 days. So consistency was good overall--except for yoga practice which was 47 minutes all in one session.

              Streak Stats as of end of day May 21:

              Daily Workout: 759 days
              Daily French: 557 days
              Daily Workout for Norma : 794 days



              May 22-28 Goals:

              artwork: 5 hours per week (includes instruction and practice)
              French: 3 hours per week (Fluenz or other active use of my French skills--not just watching Netflix)
              yoga teacher training: 3 hours per week
              writing: 10 hours per week

              workout: 5 hours per week MINIMUM (moderate to intense physical activity)
              yoga flow/dance: 3 hours per week (includes yoga fusion such as mixing yoga flows with strength drills. does not include restorative yoga)
              running: 20 km/week
              meditation: 60 minutes per week

              The changes from this past week are increasing my running mileage goal by 3km (which is what I actually ran last week) and flipping the training hours for artwork and YTT.

              My consistency goals for the week are:

              GBOT: minimum 5 days
              GOBOT: minimum 5 days
              French study: 5 or 6 days
              writing: 5 or 6 days*
              artwork: 5 or 6 days
              YTT: 3 days (all of the sessions I have left to do are 1 hour in duration)
              running: 5 or 6 days

              * I have been back and forth on whether or not doing the beta read for my friend constitutes "writing work". It is thinking about writing, and studying the work of a writer whose work I love. So it's certainly not without value to me in terms of building my own writing skills. On the other hand: I already know how to write, and the most important thing I can do to further improve my writing craft is to actually write. I need to be doing my own work! But I also need to get this beta read finished. So what I have decided is that up to 5 hours of work on the beta read will count towards my writing hours for the week, but the other 5 hours need to be working on my own words. For my consistency goal, I want to be working on my own words 5 or 6 days on the week.

              Comment


                May 22-28 Goals Check-In:

                Click image for larger version

Name:	may28-study.gif
Views:	106
Size:	16.8 KB
ID:	857038
                Click image for larger version

Name:	may28-fit.gif
Views:	105
Size:	17.0 KB
ID:	857039

                GOBOT: 6 days
                GBOT: 4 days


                May 29 - June 4 Goals Check-In:

                Click image for larger version

Name:	june4-study.gif
Views:	105
Size:	16.6 KB
ID:	857040
                Click image for larger version

Name:	june4-fit.gif
Views:	111
Size:	16.8 KB
ID:	857041

                GOBOT: 3 days
                GBOT: 1 day


                Streak Stats as of end of day June 4:

                Daily Workout: 773 days
                Daily French: 571 days
                Daily Workout for Norma : 808 days

                You'll note that I switched up the last line of my Study graph. I have almost completed my YTT now. I still have two months left of access to the program. There should be some more live sessions between now and then. But most of the newer live sessions are too basic to be worth my time. (A 200 hr. YTT is a beginner level teacher training, and I'm not a beginner.) The live sessions are not mandatory for program completion. So I might well skip them. The only thing I still need to do to complete the training is to film and submit my 5-minute teaching sample. In order for me to do this I need either for my mother to be out of the house and my father to not be blasting audio at such a volume that my mics will pick it up from the other end of the house. Or I need the outdoor weather to be not raining and not so windy that it will blow my camera tripod over, and for all of my neighbours to simultaneously be not running their lawnmowers, not using other power tools, not revving their car engines, tripping their car alarms, or driving up and down my street in vehicles that need new mufflers, not shouting at one another or at the police, and for their (and my) dogs to not be barking, and for there to be no utility or construction crews working in my neighbourhood. Or I could just say "screw it!" and submit a video with a mess of background noise. Either way, that will happen when it happens. So I've removed the YTT as an area of study focus and replaced it with the more general "Health & Fitness" as of last week.

                GOBOT and GBOT became a mess again. Some of that was out of my control. But a lot of it was on me. I need to do better.

                Yoga/Dance has still not been happening. I still want it to happen. So I'm leaving it on the schedule.

                I did not work on my French studies last week at all (other than translating a couple of francophone friends' posts on FB). No real reason for this. It just didn't happen. I did watch French-language programming every day, so I kept my French-exposure streak alive with that. And I played Wingspan one day with my French-language copy of the game. But I have pretty much memorized all of the birds' powers and other text in the game at this point. I know what any given bird card will do for me just from seeing the picture. I know what the bonus goals are from their icons and the shapes of the blocks of text on them. So I cannot exactly count playing Wingspan as an active use of my French language skills. So I need to improve on this. But there's no obstacle to overcome to get that done. Last week was just a blip.

                We'll blame the election. Last week the Ontario electorate delivered the most appalling election result ever in the history of our province. An appallingly bad and incompetent government was re-elected with an even larger majority of seats in the legislature than they had during the last term, with the support of ~ 17.5% of the electorate. (They took almost 41% of the vote. But 57% of eligible voters didn't bother to cast ballots.) Thanks to our First Past the Post electoral system, this gave them 83 out of 124 seats in the legislature, and 100% of the power.

                (To be clear: My failure to study French last week had nothing at all to do with the election. My performance was entirely on me. I'm just tired of being stiffed with the horrible government my neighbours deserve and felt like ranting about that.)

                Anyhow...

                June 5-11 Goals:

                writing: 10 hours per week (includes however much time I need to finish the beta read--I need to get that done this week!)
                artwork: 5 hours per week (includes instruction and practice)
                French: 3 hours per week (Fluenz or other active use of my French skills--not just watching Netflix)
                health/fitness study: 2 hours per week

                workout: 5 hours per week MINIMUM (moderate to intense physical activity)
                yoga flow/dance: 3 hours per week (includes yoga fusion such as mixing yoga flows with strength drills. does not include restorative yoga)
                running: 20 km/week
                meditation: 60 minutes per week

                No changes from the previous week.

                My consistency goals for the week are:

                GBOT: minimum 5 days
                GOBOT: minimum 5 days
                French study: 5 or 6 days
                writing: 5 or 6 days
                artwork: 5 or 6 days
                running: 5 or 6 days

                Comment


                  Is voting not compulsary?

                  Comment


                    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
                    Is voting not compulsary?
                    Not in Canada. Or in most places: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compul...ons.,_OWID.svg

                    Comment


                      Yeah, we generally see about 90% vote. If you don't vote, you get fined a whole $20!! Personally, I think if you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the government!

                      Comment


                        Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
                        Is voting not compulsary?
                        Some people here have been calling for it, especially in light of recent trends. There's not a big demand though. I'd wager many more people would be much more strongly opposed.

                        Personally, I would prefer mandatory education on what government does, how it operates, and how our electoral system works. It is possible to go through kindergarten to PhD. level of formal education in Canada and graduate with precious little clue on any of those topics.

                        In last week's election--a provincial election for the province of Ontario--one of my neighbours told me he had voted for our riding's incumbent candidate. Said candidate was elected here three times on the Progressive Conservative (mainstream right-wing party in Ontario) ticket but kicked from the PC caucus in 2021 for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19. He ran again in our recent election as the local candidate for a new fringe party. I asked my neighbour why he chose this candidate. The neighbour replied:

                        "Because he wants to get everyone back in school. But if Trudeau gets elected, he's going to cut off my ODSP."

                        All Ontario students are already back in school for in-person learning and have been for months.
                        ODSP = "Ontario Disability Support Program" which is run entirely by the Government of Ontario. Justin Trudeau, being our federal Prime Minister, has nothing at all to do with it, and of course was not on the ballot in our provincial election in any case.

                        Sadly, this level of lack of any cue whatsoever as to what the various candidates and their parties stand for is not uncommon here.

                        What's even more common here is a lack of understanding of how our electoral process works. U.S. presidential elections get more media coverage here than Canadian federal elections do. Consequently, a lot of people here think that our Prime Minister is elected via the same system as the POTUS is, which is not the case. (Not that the majority of people here understand how the POTUS is chosen either. But at least that's a foreign electoral process they are unfamiliar with.)

                        My riding had no Liberal candidate in last week's election. A Liberal candidate was chosen by the local riding association. Her candidacy was registered with Elections Ontario and her name printed on our ballots. Then she withdrew her candidacy. So election officials had to tell every voter when they handed them their ballot: "You cannot vote Liberal. There is a name listed for the Liberal party on this ballot, but that person has withdrawn her candidacy." This confused a lot of voters.

                        Granted, it is rare for a riding to have no Liberal candidate here. The Ontario Liberal Party is our mainstream centre-left party. It is older than Canadian confederation and has historically been one of the two strongest parties here (although it has not been since 2018). But there were voters here who thought the election officials were lying to them, that it was impossible to be unable to vote Liberal in an Ontario election and/or that Elections Ontario was somehow unfairly penalizing the Liberal party by making it impossible for voters in our riding to vote for a Liberal premier.

                        Ontario has a Westminster-style parliamentary government which is elected via a first-past-the-post electoral system. We don't vote directly for our premier. S/he is simply the leader of the largest party (or coalition of parties) in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. My riding is currently very conservative, and support for the Liberal party (at least provincially) is very weak. (In the 2018 Ontario general election, the PC candidate here took almost 52% of the vote. The Liberal candidate received only 8%.) There was absolutely no chance of electing a Liberal candidate in my riding in last week's election, even if one had been on the ballot. Consequently, there was never any opportunity for voters in my riding to support the appointment of a Liberal premier. Far, far too many voters here do not understand this.

                        Comment


                          Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
                          Yeah, we generally see about 90% vote. If you don't vote, you get fined a whole $20!! Personally, I think if you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the government!
                          That sentiment is common here too. I think civic duty goes beyond simply casting a ballot though. I had one neighbour here boast proudly to me that she always votes.

                          "It's your duty as a citizen to vote, and I do my duty! If you don't vote, you can't complain."

                          Then she admitted that she doesn't understand politics and doesn't know anything at all about any of the parties or their policies. So she always votes for the Green Party candidate. Because the one thing she does know is that the Green party will never get elected. So by voting Green, she figures, she is ensuring that whatever party does get elected, whatever bad things they do, she won't be responsible.

                          In a FPTP electoral system, voting for a candidate who you know has zero chance of being elected, for the reason that the candidate has zero chance of being elected, is exactly as useless as not voting at all.

                          Comment


                            True enough. Perhaps I should have added the word "informed".

                            Comment


                              June 5-11 Goals Check-In:

                              Click image for larger version

Name:	full-study.gif
Views:	261
Size:	17.3 KB
ID:	858059
                              Click image for larger version  Name:	june4-fit.gif Views:	56 Size:	16.8 KB ID:	857041

                              GOBOT: 5 days
                              GBOT: 5 days


                              Streak Stats as of end of day June 11:

                              Daily Workout: 780 days
                              Daily French: 578 days
                              Daily Workout for Norma : 815 days

                              Still no bueno on yoga/dance. Everything else went mostly well. I say mostly because, while I put in the time, I did not complete the beta read which I had wanted to finish this week. I need to forge ahead with my own writing projects starting this week. So I'll no longer be including work on the beta read under writing time. I still need to get it done, however. So I've got a full week ahead of me!


                              June 12-18 Goals:

                              writing: 10 hours per week (on my own stuff!)
                              artwork: 5 hours per week (includes instruction and practice)
                              French: 3 hours per week (Fluenz or other active use of my French skills--not just watching Netflix)
                              health/fitness study: 2 hours per week

                              workout: 5 hours per week MINIMUM (moderate to intense physical activity)
                              yoga flow/dance: 3 hours per week (includes yoga fusion such as mixing yoga flows with strength drills. does not include restorative yoga)
                              running: 20 km/week
                              meditation: 60 minutes per week

                              No changes from the previous week. (Except that I'm no longer counting the beta read as part of my writing hours.)

                              My consistency goals for the week are:

                              GBOT: minimum 5 days
                              GOBOT: minimum 5 days
                              French study: 5 or 6 days
                              writing: 5 or 6 days
                              artwork: 5 or 6 days
                              running: 5 or 6 days

                              Comment


                                Here is a short little standing balance flow I filmed for my YTT practicum.

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X