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IRON WEEK
« on: 07 Nov 2008, 16:17 »

is next week!

does anyone want to do it again? I really need to! I have been really flaky about everything lately.

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What is IRON WEEK?

The IRON in IRON WEEK refers to willpower, not hard-assedness.  IRON WEEK has a few basic principles:

IRON WEEK means no complaining.
IRON WEEK means speaking your mind (diplomatically).
IRON WEEK means looking for solutions when faced with problems.
IRON WEEK means if you say you will do something you do it on-time.

I guess this might sound pretty easy for some people here, but for others it will be like sacking up every minute of every day for a whole week.


Practical examples of the principles:

WORK:
IRON WEEK means arriving to work on-time.
IRON WEEK means you do your job as best you can.
IRON WEEK means that if you have a problem with anything at work you think about if you can change it.  If you can change it you do so.  If you can suggest a change you do so diplomatically outlining the reasons why you think it's a good change.  If you don't think you can change it you either deal with it or start looking for a new job.

FRIENDS:
IRON WEEK means no bitching about your friends.  If you have a problem with them you tell them diplomatically and see if you can sort shit out.
IRON WEEK means if you tell a friend you'll do something/be somewhere then you do it.  No piking!

(ETC)


What IRON WEEK is not:

IRON WEEK is not an excuse to tell people not involved to stop complaining/sack up.  You're doing it, not them.
IRON WEEK is not an excuse to be an opinionated asshole.
IRON WEEK is not an excuse to start fights with people.  Diplomacy is far harder than yelling at/punching someone.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #1 on: 07 Nov 2008, 16:28 »

No.

And to prove it, I will say right here and now that the very concept upsets me.


Actually nah, I'll do it.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #2 on: 07 Nov 2008, 16:41 »

Man, I was thinking of calling an Sack Up week myself actually.

Glad someone did.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #3 on: 07 Nov 2008, 16:44 »

Darn, I was kind of hoping for another "You as your Avatar" week
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #4 on: 07 Nov 2008, 16:48 »

I'm in, I'm a very meek person a challenge I shall have.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #5 on: 07 Nov 2008, 17:06 »

Saying you're in for IRON WEEK does not mean you are in. It is just some words in all-caps. I do not want to deride people but what will you do for IRON WEEK? Figure out what you need to do for IRON WEEK, and do it. Make it yours, make yourself want it, or it's not going to do anything for you. Rather, IRON WEEK never does anything for you, you do it all for yourself.

IRON WEEK is going to all my classes, doing all my work
IRON WEEK means taking pride in my job, my school, my life, and everything I do
IRON WEEK is for being fair to people who want, expect, or deserve anything of me
IRON WEEK means fixing my body when it is broken and listening to it when it complains
IRON WEEK is accomplishing things that I want that I can reach for
IRON WEEK means depending on myself to do things

I will do these things for IRON WEEK. What is your IRON WEEK?
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #6 on: 07 Nov 2008, 17:12 »

I will try to do this.

IRON WEEK is going to bed by at least eleven each night.
IRON WEEK is thinking twice before I speak to avoid upsetting friends.
IRON WEEK is using my time effectively.
IRON WEEK is stopping lying to my teacher about why I haven't handed in that one essay, and actually doing the essay.
IRON WEEK is concentrating fully at work and giving customers my full attention.

and if we are starting on the 10th (I am confused by what you mean by next week)
IRON WEEK is wearing a white poppy on Rememberance Day and calmly explaining its significance to anyone who asks or challenges me about it.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #7 on: 07 Nov 2008, 17:26 »

IRON WEEK means baking that cake for my friend.
IRON WEEK means driving all the way down to DC because I said I would.
IRON WEEK means going to every single one of my classes and taking serious notes for all of them and do all the reading rather than just skim.
IRON WEEK means eating vegan.
IRON WEEK means sleep by 12, no exceptions. 
IRON WEEK means I will not say a single foul thing about my roommate.  At all.

IRON WEEK means turning 19.

Walp, it's looking up!
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #8 on: 07 Nov 2008, 17:44 »

IRON WEEK means doing all my homework
IRON WEEK means getting the vast majority of my assessments done before the night before
IRON WEEK means starting a fitness regime
IRON WEEK means aiming to be ranked 1st in my classes and doing it
IRON WEEK means doing at least 2 1/2 hours of study without long breaks each evening.
IRON WEEK mean reading and writing instead of being on the internet
IRON WEEK means being more assertive and independent
IRON WEEK means getting sharper and more informed
IRON WEEK means living every week like it's IRON WEEK

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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #9 on: 07 Nov 2008, 17:52 »

Darn, I was kind of hoping for another "You as your Avatar" week

Yeah, we missed that this year. Supposed to be the last week in September if it was going to be a yearly event.

As for IRON WEEK, I'm going to start mine early, and by early I mean now, cos I see little point in spending half my IRON WEEK in the time I will be winding down from exams.

IRON WEEK means studying near constantly between now and Wednesday.
IRON WEEK means no gabbly before my exams are finished.
IRON WEEK means helping my friends organize our post exam party.
IRON WEEK means cleaning my room.
IRON WEEK means working on that gift I promised to my friend.
IRON WEEK (plus one day) means helping my brother with his job.

« Last Edit: 07 Nov 2008, 18:56 by axerton »
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #10 on: 07 Nov 2008, 18:07 »

Saying you're in for IRON WEEK does not mean you are in. It is just some words in all-caps. I do not want to deride people but what will you do for IRON WEEK? Figure out what you need to do for IRON WEEK, and do it. Make it yours, make yourself want it, or it's not going to do anything for you. Rather, IRON WEEK never does anything for you, you do it all for yourself.

IRON WEEK is going to all my classes, doing all my work
IRON WEEK means taking pride in my job, my school, my life, and everything I do
IRON WEEK is for being fair to people who want, expect, or deserve anything of me
IRON WEEK means fixing my body when it is broken and listening to it when it complains
IRON WEEK is accomplishing things that I want that I can reach for
IRON WEEK means depending on myself to do things

I will do these things for IRON WEEK. What is your IRON WEEK?

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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #11 on: 07 Nov 2008, 18:17 »

I'm in, and IRON WEEK to me means doing this:

IRON WEEK is committing myself to my exams, both studying intensely for them and doing my absolute best during them.
IRON WEEK is getting up early even though I don't have to (usually I get up at 12 when I have no early plans, which is every day except wednesday. Early to me means 9ish.)
IRON WEEK is not purchasing anything I don't need, and really think through it if I decide to buy anything. Spontaneous shopping is a no-no.
IRON WEEK is doing my best at work, which means doing more than is expected from me (cleaning shelves and closets, tidying up the back room, etc.)
IRON WEEK is eating healthy, no sweets allowed whatsoever.
IRON WEEK is keeping my word in everything, not backing out no matter what. If I say I'll do something, I'll do it.
IRON WEEK is not postponing things. I'm the master of postponing, but if I so much as think "Naah, I can do it later" I'll kick my own butt.
IRON WEEK is drawing/painting whenever I have the time to do it.


(I chose not to put anything about my friends or being "nice and polite" in there, because I'm good at those things anyway. I feel IRON WEEK should be about stuff I usually have trouble with. If not, there's no point doing it at all, right?)
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #12 on: 07 Nov 2008, 18:57 »

IRON WEEK is oh shit I'm going to be on vacation in Austin having parties with major computer companies what am I saying I am going to be awesome because the last two months have been IRON MONTHS and I'm getting a break
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #13 on: 07 Nov 2008, 20:04 »

IRON WEEK is going to the gym and pumping IRON
IRON WEEK is eating red meat to make sure my blood has enough IRON

actually, it looks like IRON WEEK will just be a typical week.
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« Reply #14 on: 07 Nov 2008, 20:34 »

IRON WEEK means actually sending Liz her fucking zebra cakes.

I don't know if I can do iron week guys.
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« Reply #15 on: 07 Nov 2008, 20:45 »

Damn right you will. Now is the time. You can do this!
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« Reply #16 on: 07 Nov 2008, 21:14 »

You must resist.

(Send them to me instead)
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« Reply #17 on: 07 Nov 2008, 21:15 »

Only if you webcest, my child.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #18 on: 07 Nov 2008, 22:39 »

Liz, shoot me if that isn't the worst picture of Obama ever taken. He looks old, frail, soft.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #19 on: 08 Nov 2008, 01:57 »

Being a human sucks.

IRON WEEK, I am in.

IRON WEEK is telling a lady friend of mine that I really like her and would like to be more than just friends.
IRON WEEK is getting to work on time and not being so fucking late all the time considering I live not a 10 minute walk from here to there.
IRON WEEK is doing my fullest at work (Putting stock away and completely filling displays).
IRON WEEK is asking my manager if I can have a week off work before December.
IRON WEEK is making myself exercise more than I have in the past month.
IRON WEEK is going to bed at a reasonable time. 11pm when I work late mornings and 9pm when I have early mornings.
IRON WEEK is buying a fuckton of books online that I've been meaning to buy for ages.
IRON WEEK is finishing one of the books that are sitting on my nightstand.

These are basically little things that I need to get done and carry on with in the long term. IRON WEEK is a good enough excuse for me to start on them.

I will probably do them in that order too.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #20 on: 08 Nov 2008, 02:46 »

So here it is:

IRON WEEK is going to the gym at least three times this week.
IRON WEEK is when I write something in my planner, I will get it done by the time that I wrote that I would get it done.
IRON WEEK is writing stuff in my planner/organizing.
IRON WEEK is attending all my lectures and tutorials, and actually paying attention.
IRON WEEK is being in bed by 12.
IRON WEEK is spending less money on food, and the money that I do spend shall be on healthy food.
IRON WEEK is not complaining about my flatmates (even though they haven't done the dishes in like three weeks; we have a dishwasher for christ's sake!)(that was the last time)
IRON WEEK is finishing all three of the major assignments that are due on friday/thursday.
IRON WEEK is IRON MONTH of NOVEMBER.which means it's all of that + not shaving!
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #21 on: 08 Nov 2008, 03:00 »

Guys, remember that setting over-the-top expectations of yourselves, and then failing to meet them fully can lead to disappointment; whereas setting more realistic goals, given your starting point, makes it easier to succeed and so get psyched up for the next challenge.

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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #22 on: 08 Nov 2008, 05:39 »

Oh man, I totally forgot about this.

I'm in.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #23 on: 08 Nov 2008, 06:00 »

IRON WEEK is studying more.
IRON WEEK is finally getting around to finishing up my EP.
IRON WEEK is bloody finding a job
Is Iron Week asking out that really cute girl at the bus stop even though you only see her at 6:45 in the morning every day?
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #24 on: 08 Nov 2008, 06:15 »

It could be. I did that one time. It led to good times!
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #25 on: 08 Nov 2008, 07:49 »

IRON WEEK is showing up to work on time every day this week.
IRON WEEK is making it to Kung Fu every single day there is a class I can learn in or lead this week.
IRON WEEK is actually getting all of those Orcs for Dan built
IRON WEEK is starting to paint those Orcs so I can get them done.
IRON WEEK is being prepared to graduate in December.

THERE ARE MANY WEEKS LIKE IT, BUT THIS WEEK IS MINE. WITHOUT MY IRON WEEK, I AM NOTHING, WITHOUT ME, MY IRON WEEK IS NOTHING.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #26 on: 08 Nov 2008, 08:43 »

IRON WEEK is doing everything I need to do to find a job, and getting employed.
IRON WEEK is not only getting employed, but starting to do what I want to do, e.g. learn to drawn, learn to paint, learn to play guitar, learn to rock out with Reason, etc
IRON WEEK is getting around to fulfilling my commitments - helping Darryl out with his 24 hour album blog, making the Thrillow.

I won't be able to do everything in the week but I will sack my life up so I can do them soon.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #27 on: 08 Nov 2008, 08:45 »

IRON WEEK is waking up before 8AM every day, and getting at least 8 hours of sleep.
IRON WEEK is working out Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
IRON WEEK is drinking no more than 0,5L of Pepsi Max every day. Seriously.
IRON WEEK is getting up and doing something, anything, instead of sitting around, feeling sorry for myself when I am bored.
IRON WEEK is feeling good about my choice of career path, and studying every day, because I really am quite lucky to get a practically free and good education in a field that interests me.
IRON WEEK is doing every task that would take less than 10 minutes now instead of postponing it and having it in the back of my mind, stressing me out.
IRON WEEK is going to the very few classes I have, because even a horrible lecture is worse than no lecture, but 2 hours of IRC and random shit online.
IRON WEEK is just a start, potential real change will take time. But it is a good start, and even nothing but a good start is better than nothing at all.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #28 on: 08 Nov 2008, 09:17 »

Oh man I need this right now. Thanks for bringing it up Ally (also this is comfirming that you are the Allybee I thought you might be, hooray).

IRON WEEK is not spending my nights drinking alone till three playing WAR to keep my mind off how much of a waste the last six months of my life have been.
IRON WEEK is not doing things half assed both at home and at work.
IRON WEEK is getting a god-damn haircut already? Honestly this one will be hard.
IRON WEEK is eating at least two decent meals a day and cooking dinner instead of just grabbing something from the freezer (c'mon, lasange is easy and will feed me for days).
IRON WEEK is asking for those days off that I would like and not just leaving it until it's too late.
IRON WEEK is at least talking to a friend I haven't seen in too long and really should.
IRON WEEK is not spending too much money this week so that come payday on tuesday I'll be able to afford tickets to Sydney and back in february.
IRON WEEK is probably not going to be figuring out what I need to do to solve all my problems but goddamn I'd love for that to happen.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #29 on: 08 Nov 2008, 09:27 »

Ok, Im in.

IRON WEEK is cleaning the damn house as best as time allows.
IRON WEEK is not bitching about all the things stressing me out. I will also try not get get angry about it, either.
IRON WEEK is finishing the hat I'm working on.
IRON WEEK is getting the leaves out of the yard before it rains/snows. Especially the drive way.
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« Reply #30 on: 08 Nov 2008, 09:29 »

IRON WEEK is cannonballing into the big pile of leaves Linds is going to rake up.
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« Reply #31 on: 08 Nov 2008, 09:31 »

IRON WEEK is not killing Shane with a garden tool.
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« Reply #32 on: 08 Nov 2008, 09:33 »

Maybe IRON WEEK is not jumping into a pile of leaves, but rather, resisting the temptation to do so?
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« Reply #33 on: 08 Nov 2008, 09:44 »

IRON WEEK is jumping into every pile of leaves I see,even if they're way on the other side of the street.
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« Reply #34 on: 08 Nov 2008, 10:41 »

IRON WEEK is me spending the whole of IRON WEEK in a hospital, hopefully not dying.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #35 on: 08 Nov 2008, 12:34 »

IRON WEEK is getting my act together and actually start reading the HURR forums, since it's awesome and I like this forum

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IRON WEEK is working hard enough to do really well in Shakespeare's The Winters Tale, in which I will play the lead role on Friday
IRON WEEK is jogging at least twice
IRON WEEK is eating lunch with my class at school instead of playing Pokemon Ruby in my classroom on my computer (even though I'm totally addicted
IRON WEEK is looking for a present for my friend for Christmas.
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« Reply #36 on: 08 Nov 2008, 12:34 »

IRON WEEK is me spending the whole of IRON WEEK in a hospital, hopefully not dying.


Why, what is happening?
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« Reply #37 on: 08 Nov 2008, 12:45 »

IRON WEEK is what is happening.

But seriously, what's wrong?
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« Reply #38 on: 08 Nov 2008, 12:49 »

Is Iron Week asking out that really cute girl at the bus stop even though you only see her at 6:45 in the morning every day?

i say it is!

tommy why are you in a hospital? please don't die.
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« Reply #39 on: 08 Nov 2008, 13:30 »

I mentioned it in the blog post. I have a severe sinus infection which is causing me preventing me from breathing correctly in my sleep and thus, I am permanently at risk of sleep apnea. Since I had a scan a couple of months back, my doctor has been trying to get me to go under the knife and I've been avoiding it because I hate all this hospital bullshit. I am having three operations over the course of next week to see if they can clear the obstruction in my nose and sinuses. It's a thoroughly shitty procedure and I confess I am now officially freaking out quite a bit because I am weirded out by the entire concept of surgery on my face. I mean, they gave me a metric shit-ton of literature to read and I threw it away because I don't fucking want to know how they operate on such an area, though I can definitely guess. Please don't anyone post because I really really don't want to know.

I know vanity is dumb but I am scared of coming out looking vaguely Harvey Dent-ish. I suppose manning up and having these goddamn operations is sort of good enough for IRON WEEK.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #40 on: 08 Nov 2008, 14:19 »

This is exactly what I need.

Iron week for me?

--Work my ass off, reading all the books I need to do my research for classes and papers (not just looking in the index and taking key passages to learn enough to BS my way to an A). More importantly, not put my paper off until the last moment; that is, working on it every day during the week.

--End my recently acquired slothful ways. Get back to working out. Run, lift weights, stretch, do push-ups and sit-ups.

--Stop putting off my desire to begin meditating in depth again with excuses about how busy I am. Find a calm place where I can be alone, and get back to meditating.

--Spend as much time as possible with my girlfriend, but also firmly tell her that I need time to myself to do all of the aforementioned things.

--Not complain about these tasks!
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« Reply #41 on: 08 Nov 2008, 15:28 »

I guess IRON WEEK for me will be going through with my first stand-up open mic night on Tuesday and not pussying out at the last minute because of stage fright.

I'll let you guys know how that turns out on Wednesday.
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #42 on: 08 Nov 2008, 17:11 »

IRON WITHIN! IRON WITHOUT!








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« Reply #43 on: 08 Nov 2008, 21:15 »

Oh hey it actually is IRON WEEK, awesome.

I guess seeing as IRON WEEK means Han's gone up to visit her folks and TCOB in Newcastle my IRON WEEK is gonna be all about finishing off the workstation upgrades I started two weeks ago and TCOB down here in Sydney.  So yeah, IRON WEEK means working back almost every evening this week to get every machine up to date with the latest versions of our antivirus software, zip software & Acrobat and putting into place tweaks to Firefox & Thunderbird so that they update from an internal server rather than Mozilla's servers.

IRON WEEK also means getting my home Gentoo system up and running so I can start using it as a centralised, backed-up file server.

I can do this!
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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #44 on: 08 Nov 2008, 21:18 »

what est, do you think that people would just pick some random week to celebrate IRON WEEK? pshh. I spent months and months thinking about making this thread (not really).
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« Reply #45 on: 08 Nov 2008, 22:18 »

I mentioned it in the blog post. I have a severe sinus infection which is causing me preventing me from breathing correctly in my sleep and thus, I am permanently at risk of sleep apnea

i don't remember you saying that in the blog thread, strangely enough. maybe i am just choosing not to remember because sleep apnea is one of those things that freaks me the hell out and i don't want to think about it or read any more about it than i already have.  :| anyway, i am not the most supportive person on the internets but if i knew you in real life i would be able to say something more reassuring and give you a hug if need be. for now i'm just going to have to tell you to be a man.
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« Reply #46 on: 09 Nov 2008, 13:11 »

Is it too late to call an IRON WEEK? I think I need one.

IRON WEEK is doing all my work and going to all my classes.
IRON WEEK is eating and sleeping properly.
IRON WEEK is no pot. Sorry, pot.
IRON WEEK is calling my parents and letting them know I'm still alive.
IRON WEEK is actually getting work done in the weekend that follows.

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« Reply #47 on: 09 Nov 2008, 17:21 »

Tommy, my mom had surgery on her sinuses and her face looks exactly the same.  No scars or anything. 


I should probably do this, since I spent all of last week using the election and a road race as excuses to not do anything. 

IRON WEEK will be:
Going to every class.
Doing every math assignment.
Spending at least 6 hours in the print studio.
Registering for a 5k even though I am still sore from most recent race.
Clean my apartment so the city inspectors are not appalled on Tuesday.
Doing the dishes at least twice.

Basically, Iron week will be doing things I should be doing anyway.

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Re: IRON WEEK
« Reply #48 on: 09 Nov 2008, 17:36 »

Man, I've been lazy this entire semester, I should hop on the ball ans actually try for a week so my grades at the end of the semester don't look like the outcome of a slasher movie.

Iron week will be...

Not skipping a single class this week, including macroeconomics.
finishing up them pesky storyboards,
doing that stupid annotated bibliography and my second paper for history of film. On time.
doing my macroeconomics homework tonight.
Learn something new at my internship this week.


Okay, maybe not quite IRON, but I'll settle for aluminum.
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« Reply #49 on: 09 Nov 2008, 18:04 »

Tommy, my mom had surgery on her sinuses and her face looks exactly the same.  No scars or anything.

Thank shit for that, I wouldn't want it affecting my career as a male model.
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