King Arthur Virtual Race – I Finished!

It’s the first virtual race I’ve completed in three years, and I’m very proud of myself! Now, I could’ve cheated. They don’t check on your entries or anything, this is taken as a trust thing, but I didn’t. I did think about it for a moment today as I was making myself walk the last quarter of the mile goal I needed to finish the race, but I didn’t want to end it that way. I’d be upset with myself for it.

You’re probally thinking I was being a wuss for not wanting to walk that last bit, but it took me all day to get that far. I walk nearly two miles a day when I work but on my days off, I’m very sedentary. I spend most of my time listening to music and writing, or crocheting and watching television. I don’t do a great deal of walking.

Since I began the race almost two weeks ago, I make myself walk on my days off – even if it’s just around my apartment. Tonight, I walked a complete tour around the edges of my living room and kitchen and down the short hall to my front door and back, going round and round until I got the distance I was shooting for.

My goal is one mile, and I’m going to keep hitting it even though I won’t be starting another race until the second week of February when I have the money for the next race I want to start. It costs about $25 American, and it’s around 23 miles long. I might choose another, but this one is the one I’m looking at right now.

Anyway, if I can do it, you can too!! Join me on Yes!Fit and let’s race!!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

Henry Black

Hi everyone!

I have been to the cinema a lot recently. One of my favourite films that I went to see was Jojo Rabbit.

Directed by Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit tells the story of a young Hitler Youth, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), and his imaginary friend Hitler (Taika Waititi). Jojo soon discovers that his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl, Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), in their attic.

The humour throughout the film is exquisite. It is extremely intelligent in that it is bordering on childish, as the story is told through Jojo. I was laughing throughout, particularly at Taika Waititi’s portrayal of the evil dictator and at Sam Rockwell’s magnificent performance as a Nazi Captain.

My favourite actor in the film is hands down Scarlett Johansson. Her portrayal of the rebellious Rosie is mesmerising. The roll allows Scarlett to display a range of acting not necessarily needed in…

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A First For Me – Grand Jury Duty Today

I have never in my entire 49, almost 50, years of life served on a jury of any kind. I’ve never gotten a grand jury summons before. Why? Apparently, school age people, including college students, can’t sit on a grand jury. The excuse is the course loads and class times. Be that as it may, I received a grand jury summons, and I went to the Polk County Judicial Center today to anwer it.

I was nervous. I didn’t want to get picked but then again, I did. I was half asleep from having to work until midnight Thursday night and not being able to sleep when I got home – for a lot of reasons. The judge went over all the rules and guidelines, read over what could disqualify us for duty and what other excemptions could be used to get us out of serving. I just waited,

Finally, the cards with our names and contact information were shuffled and 16 cards were drawn: 12 jurors and 4 alternates. I was not only the second person chosen, I was made assistant foreman – in case something happened to the main foreman. We were all sworn in, introduced to the prosecutors who would be presenting their cases to us and were given last minute intructions.

The judge then left, and the DA for the county started the ball rolling. My main job is to listen to the cases presented and, based on what information I’m given(along with the rest of the jury), I’m supposed to decide two things: 1) is there enough evidence to move forward to trual or 2) there’s not enough evidence, the prosecutor needs to go get us more.

We went through 48 cases, and all but 2 were moved on to trial. I learned a lot about our judicial system as it pertains to my county. It was a pleasant experience, and I have to go back again next month. I’m looking forward to it.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel or sonic screwdriver!

King Arthur Virtual Race – Half Way!

I am now half way through my virtual walking race on Yes Fit! I’m logging in a little over a mile every day – mostly at work – and I log in my steps for the day when I get home from work. I’ve been looking at Google Map to see where I am along the route when it updates my progress. 🙂

Currently, my virtual self is on New Road in Boscastle, England. It looks like a lovely little town, and I’m putting it on my bucket list of places to see when I get my passport and can travel abroad. I’m also adding another town my virtual self has passed through called Crackington Haven.

I have 11 miles out of 23.2 left to go, and I’ll keep at it until I’ve gone all the way! My virtual self will be turning on right onto a road that should lead me all the way to Tintagel over the course of next week , week and a half. 🙂

This race has gotten me more active, and I’m feeling quite good about my progress. I actually want to get up and get moving more, and that’s good for my health. I hope this will encourage you to try something, anything, to get moving too. I get a medal once the race is complete – part of the price of the race, and I might order the shirt too. I haven’t decided on that yet. 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful evening, what’s left of it, and I’ll see you on the flipside. Don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Anomaly — Exploring the epiphany

First figure (sitting on a wall with his feet hanging, in the air): Hey man… Second figure (strolling through the open road, following the lampposts): Hey!!! Figure 1: Where are you going? There’s nothing that way…only some old pines and a crime infested pub. Figure 2: Oh! I didn’t know that. But who are you […]

Anomaly — Exploring the epiphany

Conquering Mount Baden-Powell

Truly inspiring!!

roads bel travelled

Hi, Everyone! I know it’s been a while. Happy 2020!

I want to start the year with a new blog post. This is quite delayed. Sorry, life always gets in the way. Anyway, I’ve always wanted to share my experience because this is the hardest trail I ever hiked in my lifetime (so far). Most of you who follow my blog know I love to explore but I’m far from a professional hiker. I love short hikes ranging from 3-5 miles. I have to admit this hike was way above my amateur experience and I almost quit several times before I finally conquered it.

Mt. Baden-Powell is considered to be one of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains with an elevation of 9,407 feet and an elevation gain of close to 3000 feet. It’s definitely a strenuous hike. I really thought I was prepared for it but it…

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Blog Share #1

I follow several blogs and posts, and I like to share them. I have shared several WordPress blogs, and here’s my first blog post outside of WordPress which I think is worth the read:

https://eclipsedwords.com/2020/01/13/why-you-should-look-your-fears-in-the-eye-and-smile/

I found it interesting, and it made me think. These are two things I always want to share. 🙂 Let me know what you think or better yet, tell the author what you think. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

King Arthur Virtual Race

Well I did say I’d post how I was progressing in this race. For those of you who haven’t read my first update for the year, I joined a virtual race on YesFit called King Arthur. The route leads us virtually along the rugged of Cornwall to Tintagel, and there’s a map to show your virtual progress as well as the areas around the race.

I started the race on 9 January, 2020, and I’ve walked every day, recording the total from my pedometer into the dashboard as well as the time it took and how many calories I burned during each walk. The race can be synched to most pedometer devices and many apps so you don’t have to enter manually like I’ve been doing. Easy as pie!

So, what’s my progress? I’ve walked 3. 5 miles out of 23.2 meaning I have 19.7 miles to go. I’ve left the starting point and have gone through an area called Drizzard on my way to Crackington Haven. I’m virtually traveling what appears to be a main road, but there’s no markers on my map. I’m going to try Google Maps to see where I am, and I’ll post that later today – it’s a but early in the morning to be doing research.

I joined King Arthur on Yes.Fit, and I think you should too! If you’re new to Yes.Fit, use the Promo Code dMu5UqMT during check-out, and you get a discount and I get a gift card! This is win-win for us. Don’t forget to use this code when you purchase your first race, otherwise we both lose out. Go to https://yes.fit/races/King-Arthur-Virtual-Race to sign-up for the race and receive your discount! This one-time discount can be applied to any race, as long as it’s your first.

If you do sign up, feel free to share your own progress with me! I’d love to hear about it!

Well folks, time to head to bed. I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

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A beautiful piece

elleguyence

there’s frost on the windows
melting solid on the sill
a transparent canvas to draw on

I find you in the kitchen
coffee stained sweater sleeves
I spy footprints when the light hits
the hardwood floor just right;
yesterday’s fancy footwork
in the oven’s blinking light
always reminded of time passing, yet
dancing to it anyway

it’s 8:55am and I’m running out the door
another day at the office
I kiss you like I did last year
and every day since
just like ordinary

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Tricky

Incredibly powerful and a must read!

The Renegade Press

“Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

There has always been a lot of conjecture about the true ownership of the quote above. While most people believe that it belongs to a Scottish author by the name of Ian Maclaren, there are some that attribute it to Plato, or argue that it was Philo of Alexandria who first uttered the phrase. Regardless of who owns it, the simple, yet profound meaning it conveys speaks volumes, especially in a world where we so often feel as though we are struggling, and forget that we are not alone.

Every single person in this world is living through their own unique version of reality. And in that reality, they are fighting battles both within themselves, and with the world around them as they try their best to survive. While some people face battles that manifest themselves as physical…

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