Exercise Challenges

Author: October Cycling Challenge–New Zealand (Day 3/31)🚴‍♀️

Today was a day I could’ve used a pass card from exercising. Nothing worked right today, not even physics. I ran over my foot last night with a sliding closet door, I’ve been up for 17+ hours straight and I had sangria with dried ice. Yes, that’s my ten cent summary of today. You are welcome.

Still with me? Onto Day 3. Allons-y!

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Exercise Challenges

Author: October Cycling Challenge-Utah Again (Day 2/31) 🚴‍♀️🎃

I used to bicycle as a child quite a bit. As I grew up, the world didn’t feel quite as safe anymore and I found myself doing it less. Now here I am, spinning my legs  with trainers I’ve never met, traveling worldwide from the comfort of my home. And the Labrador continues to snooze behind me. 

Let’s review Day 2.

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Exercise Challenges

Author: October Cycling Challenge–Utah (Day 1/31) 🚴‍♀️

Day 1 of 31. And so it begins…

Overall I did well, just over 30 minutes (including the cool down) as I twisted my way this way and that across the deserts of Utah. My trainer told me we were on a trail that was used post-Civil  War to transport cattle to the eastern United States. The trail went through Native American territory and a translator who spoke 14 languages of Navajo (or was it dialects?) helped the process go smoothly to get the cattle on trains to be sold. Now you know.

My trainer liked to do a “Ye-yah!” cowgirl kind of yell whenever we almost wiped out on the sand or died going around a blind curve. If it had been real, I would have been making my peace with God many a time.

Here’s some screenshots from the iFit app. Take my stats with a grain of salt; I’m not entirely sure how accurate they are. Enjoy!

 

 

Novel Snippets

Author: One Year Book-A-Versary (Memory Bound) 🎃

There was something about a grand neglected house that didn’t bode well for visitors. It wanted retribution for its fall… 

We’re celebrating Memory Bound’s one year anniversary this October! Check out the book here to find out more about Anne, the Myrons and the little world I created. You can read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Cheers and pass the cider, wouldn’t you? Ker-kaw! 🥃

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: October Cycling & Writing Goals 🚴‍♀️ (Heaven Help Me)

Well, Arcians, I’m stepping out onto the proverbial literary edge here. I have a fitness goal for October: bicycle every day in the month for a minimum of 30 minutes.  That’s right, 31 days x 30 min = around 15.5 hours of my tush on the cush. I’m ready…I think.

Writing goals: write at least one solid chapter of my novel, GOTD. I’ve been really struggling with writing; ever since my laptop went kaput, my motivation and confidence seemed to go along with it. My protagonist has literally been stuck inside his burning house for about four months now and is glaring at me, vehemently, from offstage. I can’t say I blame him. The chapter is like watching a Roomba try to vacuum an octagonal room: we’re going to be here for awhile.

What are your goals for October? Want to join me on the fitness journey? Leave a comment below and we can drag each other over the finish line. I’ll even have Mr. Swinebotttom do an uplifting cheer. It’ll be great fun.

Oh, P.S. This has happened to me, twice (see below image). This tells me I’m  doing this cycling thing really great, or really badly. Yes, that’s a broken pedal. And yes, I didn’t think it was possible either. I pedaled the pedal off, if you will. Straight off. Twice. Lock your doors at night; I’m a mad woman. 🚴‍♀️

Ker-kaw!

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Reposts/Reblog Shares

Author: 20 Question Book Tag (Tag, You’re It) 📖

Thanks again Steve and Ms. Muffin for the tag. Readers, if you want or need to find a sunny, friendly spot on the internet, check out their blog and subscribe. It’s brightened up my day many a time. Such cahoots and happenings.

My answers are below. And here we go!

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Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: “The Case of the Missing Money” (Humor)🕵️‍♀️

We were walking down the street of an affluent neighborhood, having just gotten our Starbucks to keep our peepers open for the evening beat: a PSL for the Saint and a hot mint tea for me. It was the type of joint where people didn’t lock their bicycles in front of the stores and the want ads of the local newsletter sold comfort, security and false promises of legacy to the aging population.

My partner and I were passing the neighboring ice cream store when my eyes landed upon a wad of cash laying on the sidewalk. I picked it up, counted it: a ten and a one. No money clip. Hmm, not much cash for the folks running around here. We considered turning it in to the ice cream shop’s lost and found when we spotted a group of young girls gaggling together, about 30 feet away as the crow flies.

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Ponderings

Author: Thoughts on Time (INTJ |Humor) ⏰

I find myself indignant at clocks in the morning, or rather at the time when I arrive somewhere. I tend to run behind at set times when it’s routine; I tend to be early when it’s a non-routine event. Have I lost you yet?

I’ve tended to be a few minutes late to work most days since I started my adult career. Nothing outlandish; five minutes or less usually, sometimes ten if you include limping from the parking garage (granting I survive it another day), nursing my burn wounds from another wrong-way driver. I flip flop between berating myself over it and giving myself grace. I get excellent reviews at work and excel in my field professionally. I do make up time, but through the honor system and when projects call for overtime. Why then does punctuality seem to be my hang-up? I pondered this and here’s what I came up with…

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Brief Humor & Check-Ins, Introversion/INTJ

Author: Exercise for Happy Introverts 🚲🍁☺️ (Bike/iFit/Humor)

I’ve found I like doing most activities either alone or with my spouse, the Saint.* Being around people tends to drain my batteries quickly, with some exceptions. I’ve found many people like to peck at introverts and want to draw them out of their “shells” like some over eager mother robin. They ask intruding questions and wish to know everything about you within ten minutes of meeting. (This is why dungeons were created: to throw people like this into them.) Then they flit onto the next person, never to see you again until next year’s holiday function to re-live the level of Hell all over again. Hooray.

We introverts needs to take care of ourselves against the legions of rude, energy vampires that flit along us. I’ve found an exercise I really enjoy and wanted to share it with fellow birds of the flock. So get your groove together and let’s crack on!

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Arcian Recipes

Author: Vegan Hummus-dilla & Salad w/Homemade Dressing

Mr. Swinebottom and I have been cookin’. And we’re not cookin’ up trouble, at least not this time. Scurry on over and let’s see this masterpiece…

I found inspiration for this recipe and side here and here, but as usual tweaked it quite a bit and added my considerable flair. Let’s dive in.

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