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Pokemon WENT

My wife and I went for a long walk last night and today, and we collected Pokemon. Unfortunately, servers were unstable today, so we had some downtime. However, I was able to catch some good ones. I got a lot of Pidgeys, Ratattas, and Weedles, but I was able to do some evolving and powering up. I had several eggs hatch and I caught some decent strength Pokemon. I also made it to level 9. Here is my full collection. Keep in mind that I caught far more than these, but I sent a lot to the Professor so I could get candy to upgrade some Pokemon. And we probably walked well over 10 km.

And that is my collection. I still haven’t seen a Pikachu, though. I want to evolve both of my Eevees.

Do you have any good Pokemon? And are you an adult? Let me know in the comments below.

Week in Review – May 29, 2016

Another week down, more stuff happened. Of course stuff happened, but not everything I hoped to happen happened. But let’s see what actually did happen!

Reading

I’m at 41% at Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds still. I set a new reading order for the new books I received last week, though.

Writing

Turns out I didn’t get any writing done. Caught a cold, and haven’t felt up to it. I’m getting over it, though. I’m going to work on the office tomorrow morning and then I can start writing.

Patreon

A week after starting up Patreon, it’s still at $0. But then, I haven’t had any writing done, which is something that should help. Of course, if you are interested in supporting me, then please head on over to my Patreon page!

Languages

I finally got back into studying again. I did a bit of Esperanto this week.

Canada

My wife’s English lessons have started. We also started exercising at the local recreation centre. This week, the pools should open.

Videos

I got a new video out, and it’s a look at the state of my office. As I said above, I’m going to start working on it tomorrow.

The Blog

I’ve been talking more about writing and books in the past week. I’ve also been focusing a lot on social media, especially Twitter. I’ve seen an increase in the following rate in the past week, which is nice to see.

Studying

I actually signed up for a couple free courses on FutureLearn, one about the British Empire, the other about Japanese philosophy. Sound interesting?

The Next Week’s Goals

Go swimming. At least twice. And I intend on getting my daughter swimming, too. I also plan on writing and getting the next three parts of Journey to Ariadne up for critiques, so I can edit them. I will also be working on the outline of Knights of Ariadne, my first novel. Hoping for a good chance to edit a new video, one that should’ve been made two months ago.

How was your week.

Exercise to Begin

When I lived in Japan, I did a lot of walking. I’d walk around fifteen kilometres at a time. From where we lived, there was a large variety of landscapes to explore. But here in Edmonton, it’s all city. Not much is different, though the neighbourhoods all have their own character. However, walking isn’t all the exercise I want to do.

Yesterday, we signed up for a membership at the local recreation centre. It has two swimming pools, a gym, fitness centre, two skating rinks, an indoor playground for kids, and a public library. The pool has been closed for a while, but is reopening on May 30th. That means I’m going swimming for the first time in years. And since we have an all facility pass, we can use anything we like in the rec centre. I’ll be swimming a lot. I’ll also use the fitness centre from time to time. But once I can buy some skates, as well as get my daughter a pair, I want to go skating often. My daughter is going to learn how to swim and skate this year. I’m going to get back into doing both.

What kind of exercise do you like to do?

A Journey on Foot – Exploring

I love fantasy novels. One of the things I love about them is the discovery and exploration of a new world. You get to see exotic locations, unique cultures, and amazing landscapes. But I don’t live in a fantasy world. I’m in the real world. But that doesn’t mean I can’t explore.

On Monday, we went for a long walk. A 17.37 km walk, to be exact. We walked from our home, all the way to the western edge of the city of Fujisawa, and back. We saw some new things, tried a new restaurant, and went over familiar territory, as well.

First, we found a new park. It was actually along a route we’ve walked before. It just opened.

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There’s a small hill on the northern end of the park. This is the view. Kind of underwhelming, though. And it is winter, so the lack of greenery is to be expected.

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We saw several Shinkansen, or bullet trains pass overhead near the western edge of our walk. This one was heading toward Shin-Yokohama. That’s the front.

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The middle.

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And the end.

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The above three pictures were taken from a new bridge called Yoda Oohashi (or Yoda Big Bridge). It went over the Megujiri River, which you can see below.

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We got off the bridge, and you can see it below.

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We crossed back over the river, but another bridge. Below, you can see the new bridge.

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It was around noon, and we were hungry. We found an Indian restaurant, and decided to try it. Below, these are some deep fried onions with some curry flavour. They were delicious.

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Our meal came! The naan was huge. I chose the beef curry, and it also came with keema curry. It was a big lunch, and we had to burn that off.

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Here’s the outside of the restaurant. It’s actually a chain, so if you find Kabab House in Kanagawa, give it a try.

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On our way back, we took a familiar route that went through Keio University. Before the university, though, we saw some cows. Moo.

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Looking back, we tried to see the mountains. The tallest peak is Mt. Oyama, which we climbed back in October. However, it was quite hazy due to the warm weather. Mt. Fuji was not easy to see that day.

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And a look forward to where we were going. A lot of our walk was in a rural area. Quite nice to walk in the countryside.

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We made it home, tired, but feeling good. But this was only one day of walking. We also walked yesterday. That’s for another post.

Do you like exploring areas near your home? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s Talk About Sports

Reading and writing seem like such inactive activities. Just sitting and reading or writing. But do any of you like to do sports?

These days, I enjoy hiking and walking long distance. I’ve walked 35 km in one day once, and many times between 10 and 15 km. That’s actually pretty normal for me now.

In the past, I’ve done a variety of sports. From 8 to 12 years old, I played hockey. My first year was as defence, while the other three years were at right wing. Around the end of elementary school, I started playing golf and skiing, as well. In grade nine, I joined the ski club at junior high school. I played a bit of volleyball, as well. But going into high school, I continued golfing, then mostly went on a break from pretty much any sport in university and after.

As for watching, I still enjoy watching hockey. I’m excited about Edmonton’s new arena downtown, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Edmonton Oilers play there starting next year. I also like watching the Olympics when I can. But while living in Japan, I developed a liking for sumo. I haven’t watched recently, but I followed many of the rikishi.

So how about you? Do you do or watch any sports?

August’s To Do List

This month is busy.  I feel like I have too much to do, and not just at home.  It’s actually a fairly quiet month for work, but there are other things to do, as well as things I want to do.

Reading

I’m 6 books behind in my Goodreads challenge.  Only read 11 out of 30 books so far.  I should be at 17.  Well, thank the long books for that.  I’m currently reading A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, a book that’s more than 1100 pages long.  I’m also reading an eBook called The Somali Doctrine, which is much shorter, and I should be able to finish it within a couple weeks.  After that, I have these to read:

  • The Seeds of Earth, by Michael Cobley (kind of long)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, by Douglas Adams (a short one)
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (another short one)

That’s just the next three books.  The next three eBooks are:

  • The Circle of Sorcerers, by Brian Kittrell (no idea about this one)
  • First Contact, by Michael R. Hicks (really looking forward to it)
  • Blood Skies, by Steven Montano (again, I don’t know much about it)

Writing

Of course, I want to get Journey to Ariadne part 2 up, get part 3 critiqued, get part 4 written.  Also, try to get at least 3 flash fiction stories a week written. The “Daily” part of the name is my target, really, not the reality.

Home Stuff

I want to organise my library (that is, my book closet) and get a picture of it. It’s a mess right now.  Too many books for them to be arranged nicely.  I’ll need to stack vertically.  Also, I want to get my daughter’s toys organised.  They’re a complete mess, but she does that every day.

Official Stuff

I have to get my passport renewed.  Annoying to do, but necessary, considering I don’t live in my home country.  I also can’t believe how expensive it is.

Photography

I’ve been neglecting my photo blog recently.  I’ve fallen behind.  Lots of photos to post.  I also need to choose a new theme for that blog.  It doesn’t display images properly on the homepage.

Blogging

Keep things going as always, but also try to interact more on other blogs.  More commenting, more following, especially amongst writing blogs.  I also need to update the rest of my reviews to the new format.  I haven’t been doing that recently.  And on the topic of reviews, I have two to write: Moving PIctures, by Terry Pratchett and The Sword and the Dragon, by M. R. Mathias.

Vlogging

Get more videos done.  Try at least two a week.  Also, try promoting my YouTube channel to gain more followers.  That means you! So, go over to it and subscribe.

Other Things

Continue with my exercising and finish level 1 for push-ups and sit-ups on Runtastic’s apps.  Read more to my daughter.  Welcome my new niece (my wife’s sister is having a baby this month).  And there’s just so much more.  I also have to start preparing to get my daughter’s Canadian citizenship sorted out.  But that can wait.  It’ll happen, though.

So, how’s your August?  Busy?

Exercise’s Effects on the Mind

For the past five years, I’ve been a walker.  Not the zombie type, but someone who likes to go out for walks.  When I walk, I feel my mind is clear and I can think, especially if I’m somewhere more natural and away from people.

I started off exploring neighbourhoods, and I noticed I was becoming much more aware of my surroundings.  I was more alert to what was going on around me.  I then started challenging myself to long distance walks.  I regularly walk more than 10 km these days, but four years ago, I walked 35 km in one day.  It was incredible.  It was an eye-opening experience, and gave me a sense of adventure.  I saw places I’d have never seen if I didn’t walk.  But walking alone and walking with someone are completely different.  Walking with my wife, we tend to talk a lot more.  Walking by myself, I can get lost in my thoughts and I can clear away any stress I have.

Walking does something to my energy levels.  I have a lot more endurance and can walk for longer periods of time, but I’m still quite tired when I’m finished.  I want to sleep.  I don’t have any energy for anything else.  Running would do the same.  High energy cardiovascular exercises would drain me.

Last week, I started something a bit different.  I’m now doing strength exercises, the very simple push-ups and sit-ups.  I’m amazed at how much of the body is worked on during push-ups. To keep the body straight, the muscles in the back, stomach, hips, and legs are all given a workout.  I also noticed on day one that my arms felt dead.  It had been years since I’d done a push-up, and I realised how out of shape I am.  My arms felt weak for two days after the first session of push-ups.  But on the second session, which was two days after the first, it was easier.  And my arms didn’t feel rubbery.  I had my third session today, and while it was more strenuous, I feel fine now.

So, what does this do to my energy levels?  I’ve found that on the days I’ve done push-ups, I have more energy.  I feel more awake during the day.  I feel better.  Who knew doing a few minutes of push-ups would give you more energy, more alertness, and a much better feeling.

This is great for keeping my mind more alert, and this can only mean it’ll help me with my writing.  That’s right, exercise helps with writing, or at least the thought process.  I’m going to try to keep at it.

For another writer’s perspective, check out Shannon A. Thompson’s post here.

For those of you who write, do you find that exercise helps you?

Presenting Dramatically Mundane

I’d like to present to you a writing exercise I will be doing regularly to hone my narrative abilities.  I’m calling it “Dramatically Mundane.”  What I’ll be doing is taking a regular, everyday action or activity and describe it in more detail than is necessary.  Sitting down will become exciting.  Washing hands will become sensual.  Crossing the street will become amusing.  I aim to make boring activities entertaining and interesting.  I’ll be starting it this week, most likely.

I haven’t forgotten about the other writing activity I’ve planned.  I’m interested in getting that going, too.  So, please stay tuned!