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Some Goals For October

Most of the past week of my life or so has consisted of sleeping (horribly, I might add), staying in bed until the afternoon, feeding myself, thinking about doing work, frantically running around either doing errands or going to dance classes, forgetting to feed myself again, watching YouTube, and going to bed way too late.

While it might seem like the perfect life, it does have its drawbacks, and I need to get.stuff.done.this.month.

So, a goal list is in order.

While I have my thoughts collected here goes my loosely-defined some goals for October.

  1. Read/go through ~4 books a week for research.
  2. Write 3-5 pages a week.
  3. Translate 7 scenes a week (roughly 1 a day; if there is a short one, I can do two in a day)
  4. Go through stuff in my closet/on my desk/in my car.
  5. Read 100-200 pages a day (for pleasure)
  6. Limit: YouTube, Facebook, Words with Friends, Secret Society, constantly checking email, other distractions.
  7. Go to bed by 2 AM.

Come on Jacob, you can do this.

Any encouragement would be appreciated.

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Some Goals for December

Hey y’all!

Okay, so now that the hellish month known as November is dunzo, and school/work is tapering off as winter break gets closer, and other stuff, it’s time for a comeback, and instead of lamenting my lack of quality ideas for posts, I’m just going to make this goals list for December and see how it goes:

Goals for December 2016

Blogging

  • Write something every day, or at least as close to that as possible.
  • Think of a new blogging project/game/blogsperiment for 2017.
  • Update/fix up some half-finished posts.

Real-Life Stuff

  • Work on finding new place to live.
  • Go through closet and determine what clothes need replacing.
  • Deep clean kitchen/bathroom.
  • Read more books, especially library books.

Finish strong!

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Thoughts from the Lake Loop

I did it.

Just like that, I accomplished one of my summer goals from an earlier post; I ran (mostly walked) around the entire Lake Monona loop, roughly 11 or 12 miles.

I couldn’t believe myself, but I actually did it in 2 hours and 59 minutes. I was going to get started in the morning, but you know me and summer mornings, so I ended up hitting the trailhead at Northshore Drive at exactly 1:38 PM. It was a sunny and breezy 79 degrees. I expected nothing, but I was hoping to make it further than last time, when I had to turn back due to threat of darkness/bad weather.

Here’s how I did.

First hour:

  • Run 5 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 5 minutes.
  • A few water breaks later, including a long-ish one at a Walgreens bathroom, I check my progress at the 1 hour mark, and at 2:38 PM, I’d made it past the Madison city limits, to the corner of Monona and Lake Edge Boulevard, about 4 and a half miles. Inspired, I ran/walked on.

Second hour:

  • Did three five-minute intervals as with the first hour, but get increasingly thirsty.
  • Realize that there haven’t been any water fountains – or signs – or runners, for that matter since around my Walgreens stop.
  • Realize that I am very thirsty.
  • Plan to walk until I find the next water fountain, which is not likely to be soon because I’m in the middle of residential Monona.
  • Realize that this whole idea was probably a complete waste of time.
  • Realize how out of shape I am.
  • Consider stopping, walking to somewhere in Monona and finding water.
  • Approach 2 hour mark. At 3:38 PM, I am walking through Paunack Park, approximately 4 miles from my last hour. Considerably less progress, but also, no water along this leg.
  • I’m beginning to think that this was a bad idea.

Third hour:

  • Okay, this is getting really annoying.
  • I don’t see any more signs, or any people.
  • I think one of my professors lives around here somewhere.
  • Okay, I definitely just walked past my professor’s house, and I really hope that he wasn’t home.
  • According to Map My Run, there should be some source of water here…
  • But there isn’t! Moving on…
  • Corner of Hoboken Street, supposed to be water…and there isn’t.
  • Who decided that this was a good idea?
  • What if I randomly walked up to a house and knocked on the door asking for water? It’s really hot, but…no.
  • Resist urge to run through sprinkler on someone’s beautiful lawn.
  • Okay, coming up to another supposed water source, Esther Beach Park.
  • And…water fountain! Thank you, Esther Beach Park!
  • Uh-oh. Dead end ahead.
  • But all these bikers are going down this way, and they’re not coming back, so maybe it’s just a dead end for cars and not bikers or pedestrians?
  • I am going to be so pissed if I have to walk all the way back to Esther Beach Park and take the other fork in the road.
  • Uh oh. Another Dead End sign.
  • But wait…”except bicycles.” YES!
  • Great, now I have a wedgie.
  • And my left nipple is chafing.
  • Un-wedgie while walking, several times, after checking that no one is in my vicinity.
  • I think I’m done with the “running” portion of the day.
  • Okay, coming up to the dead end, and…
  • I was right! Railroad tracks, and then a trail again! No more walk/run in the middle of the street for me!
  • Wow, here come some runners! I didn’t fall into a time slip where this trail doesn’t exist!
  • Okay, here’s an actual street! I fall in line with two older men and two older women on bikes. The men make it across before the light changes to red, but the women and I are stuck waiting. I tell them what I’ve done today, and they say, “what a lovely day for such a long walk.” When I tell them that it was probably an awful idea, because I’ve walking for most of the past hour, one of the ladies shrugs and says “it’ll be easier next time.” Pfft.
  • Light changes, and we’re off.
  • Hey, a sign welcoming me to Madison! I live in Madison! My steps get a bit more lively.
  • How far to home? Oh…three miles…
  • But wait, here’s Olin Park! I’m getting closer to the start of my trek!
  • Remember my “not running” thing? Well, I’ve crossed so many runners now, and I’m getting ever closer to the end, so after this girl in a pink bra top rounds the corner ahead of me, I’m going to run after her for 5 minutes.
  • Run, run, run down John Nolen, with a beautiful view of the Capital in front of me.
  • Five minutes pass, I slow to a walk, and Pink is still running. How is that? Screw you, pink.
  • Time check: 5 minutes to 4:38. Okay, Jacob, let’s run it out.
  • Run, run, run…and I make it to Northshore Drive, where I joined the trail, at 4:37 PM.
  • I’m done.
  • Wait, now I have to go home? What is this? Where do I live?
  • Light is red, so I have to wait to cross the street. Tell of my exploits to the girl on the bike waiting next to me, who congratulates me.
  • Now, time to trek home. It seems a lot longer than coming here.
  • My phone was at 70% when I started, and now it’s down to 1%.
  • Almost get run over by my leasing manager when I turn into my alley.
  • At approximately 5:00 PM, home. Chug cranberry juice, shower, eat tuna sandwich, fruit, and protein shake.
  • Post about it on Facebook. As of now, 36 people liked my status.

And that’s how I accomplished my first goal of the summer.

And I did it without taking any breaks other than water; no standing still for extended periods of time, and no sitting at all.

Now, Starbucks.

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And With That…

Just before 1 PM, I officially turned in my second and last final paper of the semester.

And then I was free.

And I had no idea what to do.

So, of course, I sat inside doing not much of anything, then went food shopping and out to dinner by myself Noodles, and spent the rest of the night in, doing nothing.

I’m horrible at keeping resolutions, but here’s a list of things that I want to accomplish this summer:

1. Read. Just bona fide read for pleasure.

2. Clean apartment, for real. I shudder to think at what’s at the back of my fridge.

3. Try out some new recipes.

4. Run around the lake, at least once.

5. Catch up with friends.

6. Go somewhere new (hopefully a country, but a city or state will do).

7. Practice at the dance studio.

8. Research getting a new laptop, back up files, and purchase said new laptop.

9. Be a better blogger.

10. Get on a decent food/sleep/exercise schedule.

Well, that’s some pretty lofty stuff right there…clearly I have set the bar high.