A New Challenge: 100 Pushups

So I came across the 100 pushups site and since my arms are about as strong as noodles I decided to start the program. I did the initial test and woefully did only 5 pushups. That means I really need to do this program. Just finished my week 1, day 1 set (see my progress here if you’re interested in that sort of thing). Boy this is tough. YOU SHOULD DO IT TOO! And if you do, leave a link to your tracking progress so I can either envy or commiserate with you. 😀

Personal Accomplishment: I ran 5k without stopping!

I did it! Yesterday, I finally ran 5k without stopping! Granted it was a slow jog on a treadmill with no incline.. but, whatever, I feel pretty darn accomplished. Of course, I was late to the game for the nerd 5k but that’s my life in a nutshell… procrastinate, procrastinate and then get off my butt and just do it. Next step is to run that 5k outdoors. I mean, I usually run in a park by my office but this week (for some reason) I went to the gym instead. Even though I feel horribly self-conscious each time I enter the gym.

Anyways, I did it!

Writing Challenge: Camp NaNoWriMo

For the past x years each November I have sat down to write a novel in a month. It’s part of the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge held every November. No, you do not get a prize. No, you don’t even have to finish the novel as long as it is 50,000 words. But, yes, it is mind numbing and stressful and you do disappear from social events for that month. ::sniff:: Man I love NaNoWriMo. Anyways, I just discovered that they started a Camp NaNoWriMo. The August session just started and I strongly encourage you to check it out and maybe give it a whirl? I know I’ll be trying! And you get points for just even trying! (but the points don’t matter, hehe)

No you don’t have to be a professional writer… or even a good writer. The point of the exercise is to just let yourself write without your inner editor/perfectionist getting in the way.  An exercise in word-vomit. Oh what an image.  Anyways, make a profile and friend me! Even if you don’t do the August challenge, November is right around the corner…

Kid activities (free/cheap)

Looking for something free/cheap to do with your kids this summer? Well depending on their ages, here are some ideas:

Going Digital:

A collection of public domain audiobooks: http://librivox.org/childrens-short-works-collection-vol-012-by-various/

You could download the free digital version and put it on your tablet/kindle/nook/what have you and read along with your kids.

Bugs and Guts:

http://www.schoolofants.org/index.html – Order a sample kit and participate in this research study! Would be nice way to get bug-squeamish kids to view bugs as having a purpose in this world! And science is always great.

 

 

 

 

 

Click Link: Honeybees and Elephants

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/07/beehive-fences-block-elephants/

Excerpt:

The comeback of Kenya’s elephant population is a huge conservation success story, as well as a huge problem for the country’s farmers. But scientists have found a new ally in the struggle to keep elephants from trampling crops: honeybees.

Like many animals, elephants are afraid of bees. So scientists recruited farmers in northern Kenya to test different types of barriers and found that fences made of beehives were far more effective than traditional thorn-bush fences at thwarting nighttime elephant raids.

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