♡ The Long and Winding Road: A Daydream Believer Finding Nirvana ♡

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Still felt off when I woke up but started feeling better throughout the day.

We’ve been having trouble with the shower my brother and I share. It’s backed up. My brother has been trying to fix it. We have a drain hair catcher. I will put it in and my brother will take it out. He finally got the shower unclogged and asked if it was because the catcher wasn’t in there that it got so clogged. Um, yeah?
 

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Well, I’d been doing a very compressed version of YWA’s 7 Minute Bedtime Yoga every day. Until Monday.

Monday… Had some anxiety issues all day and with the news of Leslie Jordan’s passing I couldn’t bring myself to do anything. I think it reminded me a little too much of when Robin Williams died, though the circumstances were different. But just two incredibly funny people who spread joy everywhere they go? And still so young?

But I am proud of myself. I got back up today (Tuesday) and at least did a walking workout. Progress! Also? The Taylor Swift Midnights Walking Workout has become one of my favorites, right alongside the Queen one.
 

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Just 4 minutes. And my arms are killing me. Felt it really bad in my left arm when trying to sleep.
 

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Anybody have any tips on dealing with intrusive thoughts? I had to take my breakthrough anxiety meds. Kind of forgot I had them and I had to figure out which ones they were. My brain was so frazzled all day because the only thing I could focus on were my thoughts that something was wrong. I don’t think the pills helped much.

Managed to exercise. I wanted to try the Halloween dance workout, which was silly of me four two reasons. One reason: I was downstairs where I normally work out (except for any dance workouts) while everyone watched three hours worth of Chucky. I hate that freaking franchise. And trying to dance without people seeing me is always fun… And two. Fonzie. This kid has a radar! I swear he can sleep all day long, except when I’m trying to exercise. Then he’ll wake up and wants me to hold him. As a note, he doesn’t always sit with me. Hel sit with my aunt. But if I’m not in the chair I normally sit in, then he has to come hunt me down. Still won’t sit with me, but lord forbid I’m not where I “should” be. So considering I wanted to get my yoga practice in, no dance beyond the warm up happened.
 

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"First day of current streak: 26 Mar 2022"
What helped for me, was trying to focus on other things: breathing exercises, doing simple puzzles (like sudoku or wordsearch), jigsaw puzzles, painting by numbers, listening to music lyrics, going for a run with repetitive music. And the realisation from doing mindfullness that thoughts are only thoughts.
Hopefully you'll find a way to be less affected by your thoughts. Otherwise maybe find a little help from a professional?

Take care!
 

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I had to deal with anxiety (and I am still dealing actually). On my doc's advice I took some 'zaffranax' - which is quite light - and I went to see a psychologist who perform 'short therapy' and hypnosis.
She gave me some home works from session to session and helped me create my own mental happy place. Most of the time, that do the trick, but sometime I need more than that so I take a 'day off' by staying mostly on my own.
In the end, finding a good therapist is a good long term solution.
 

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Sunday was really something. The ice maker on our fridge quit working so we decided to get a new one. Went to look for one, found one we wanted, and got it. Went to the bank and then stopped at a store afterwards to pick something up real quick. After the store, mom realized that she didn’t get her Conn’s card back. Went back there and talked to the person who worked with us. Couldn’t find it anywhere. Mom eventually asked for a number to cancel that card and replace it. Fun. Moved our old fridge downstairs. This was all before we went grocery shopping. I was so exhausted by the end of the day that I didn’t exercise.

Halloween! Embraced the spooky :scull::pumpkin::scythe: with two out of three of my workouts. *Somehow I didn’t get to my ten minute goal on my walking workout, so I just did Time Warp part again.

Can we keep these little spooky emojis year round? I love them! :sendlove:
 
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Another busy day but I managed to get a workout in. My legs really hate being exercised :p. Used my foam roller afterwards to try to reduce soreness. Still had to use my massager later because I was already getting sore and achy muscles. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

Signed up for NaNoWriMo on a whim. I haven’t finished the planning stages.
 

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Legs weren’t that sore!

Dunkin’ has a new cookie butter cold brew. That topping… Didn’t know it came out of a can. I really wish they’d sell it because so far all of the cold foams I’ve tried from them have been delicious.
 

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Didn’t accomplish much today but I finally started practicing painting. I painted a candle with acrylics on an index card. I know that’s not the best material to use, but since I’m just starting out it’s less intimidating for me to practice on that. I didn’t think it would take that long. I was wrong. It took me around 2 hours! The freaking candle, though. Those were the only colors I mixed up and the whole thing was a pain in the neck. Especially since my brushes are older and poor quality and the freaking end of my brushes kept falling off. The worst of it was when I was straightening up the lines of the candle with black paint and the end fell off. Right on my candle. Leaving a black mark. I was done. I tried to do the bokeh but didn’t like how it turned out so I covered it up. I can still see some of those colors in the background, but it’s fine. Though looking through Instagram I found other peoples’ take on the bokeh in more vibrant colors, which I loved! Not enough to try I adding it to my painting, though.

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Also thanks to the close up, you can see all the brush strokes I’m not happy with :p
 

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Showed my sister my painting when she came over. She said, “Neat, what is it?” Way to build confidence, sis! Didn’t think I did that bad! :LOL: (Missing the crying laughing face…) Her question was actually aimed at what I painted it on, but it was still funny. I wasn’t actually upset or anything.

The YouTube channel I used to paint the candle also has watercolor tutorials. I bought more paper in a smaller size. I figured I’d save my larger paper for full page paintings and use my smaller papers for paintings that don’t cover the whole page. Don’t really want to waste* the large paper for those ones!

*I don’t really see it as a waste but the larger paper was more expensive so I’d rather use more surface area on it.

I don’t know who did the artwork for this video, but it’s absolutely gorgeous!
 

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Legs are responding a lot better to leg day! I was sore, but not so sore that moving was a pain.
 

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My dad was finally able to get his booster and flu shoot. Problem was he left to get it before we realized he needed the shot records. Which are in our (digital) safe. Mom called him to come back while I tried to get into the safe. It wasn’t budging. Mom tried it and realized it really was stuck. I had just finished clearing off the top of it to move it out when dad came back. He moved it and we were still struggling with it. We had to send him on his way while mom and I messed with it. I moved it off mom’s lap where my dad set it. We still couldn’t get it to open! I tried to look up the manual for it but couldn’t find it. Ended up going to YouTube. I didn’t listen to the video, just watched so I don’t know what all was said. But we managed to get the safe open! I feel like a criminal, though… Turns out the batteries were low. And you have to open the safe to change the batteries. But if the batteries are low you almost cannot get into it. Logic.

Also during all this, my dad was having issues with the pharmacy. My sister set up his appointment for him, but her coworkers either refused to look for his records or couldn’t find it. He called my mom to ask for when his last Covid booster was. As far as he knew, we hadn’t got the safe open yet. Granted, I did know exactly when he got his last shot, because it was the day after mom and I got ours, right after my aunt passed away from Covid. But still!

The good news is I was able to move the safe back to the shelf with relative ease.

Duolingo finally switched over to the new layout on my android phone. I was actually kind of looking forward to this! It looks so neat and aesthetic, and the fact that the stories are built into the course is great. I’ll admit I haven’t done them as often as I should. The guidebook is also an interesting addition, but I’m disappointed that the “tips” aren’t in there. There was so much good information there! And it’s gone!

Tried to work with watercolors. I made some feathers! I didn’t do a great job following the video, but they look alright. Except for the last one. It looks like a leaf… I really want to try again though.

Aunt was also kind of shocked I had different brushes. Yeah, auntie. I have watercolor brushes. Solely for my watercolors. I’m not using my other brushes for watercolors. Though if I do start painting with acrylics more often, I’ll probably buy new brushes for that.
 
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My mom is currently preparing for what is essentially weight loss surgery in order to fix a hiatal hernia. She’s been on a liquid diet for almost a week now. The amount of times people ask her what she wants to eat for dinner is infuriating. You all know she can’t eat! WTH are you doing?

Minor drama at the grocery store. After asking my mom what sounded good for dinner, my aunt decided to text my other aunt and ask her and my dad what sounded good. She came back to us saying this, and that they said anything. We decided on something. Then my dad texts my mom saying that he thinks we’re having salad and asking if he needs to boil some eggs. So we’re kind of confused he thought this and we explained what the plan was. Turns out, they did come back and tell her salad. This was never mentioned. Aunt was pissed because they “didn’t tell her that.” People…

Duolingo’s new layout is now also on their website. I was in the process of getting the list of learned words from my courses so I can make flashcards, which I have seriously been neglecting. That tab is no longer there. The tips are also no longer there because of the new “guidebooks”. There’s not nearly enough information in it to be called a guidebook. I’m not happy with this switch. Overall, I like the layout, but now that it’s infiltrated the website, I’m kind of annoyed at it. Ugh.

On the bright side, apparently the iOS version allows you to practice mistakes without superduo. Since I do have the app on my iPad, this is good news! But just. I want the words lists! I want the tips!

How do my fellow Duo bees feel about this update?

Edit: Tested it out. I was lied to. We can’t practice our mistakes without superduo. Oh well.

Edit 2: Looks like some languages do have tips in their guidebooks. Still not a lot.
 
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I stopped using Duolingo not too long after the major changes began... It's too flashy for my taste, the characters annoy me, and I miss the forums where I would end up in a deep hole of researching grammar on random websites.
My boyfriend's theory is that they realised it would never be a proper learning material, and now they just made it into a fun little game, nothing more.
 

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@NancyTree I usually keep my own word lists, too, but I’m behind on it. I have screenshots all over the place that I haven’t converted into flashcards yet. I figured the list would be a quicker way for me to catch up rather than trying to sort through everything. It was only available on the website before. I mean, it’s not really a big deal but it was a little more convenient.
 
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