A window into the life of a professional geek, wife and mother (and nonni), stitcher/designer, bibliophile, old-school gamer, and whatever other roles she finds herself in.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 23May16

Milestones come upon us so quickly! Daughter's junior year is nearly at an end, and since last entry, she celebrated a birthday. I feel old, and proud, and wondering where the time has gone.

What I've been reading... I finished _2113_, and started a kindle compilation of Robert Bevan's _Caverns and Creatures_ series - a somewhat guilty pleasure read about the adventures of a tabletop gaming group who falls afoul of their gamemaster and end up in the gameworld...as their characters. Hijinks ensue. I've barely started, but DH laughed rather frequently while reading it, and I'm enjoying it so far.

What I've been crafting I reached the halfway point on Sea Dragon Shawl! I've finished all the increase wedges, and have started the decreases. I also realized I was making a minor technical error with the wrap+turn, but I'll do it properly from now on. Knitting is a good thing to do while watching playoff hockey!

Fumbling toward fitness... Another two workouts at Curves, and I did well on the treadmill this past week - 219 minutes for 11.35 miles. That's my best week this year, and I hope to match it this week.

One Little Victory At her school's underclassmen awards ceremony, daughter took an award (excellence for best in the class, or merit for second best) for every single class she's taking this year. We're very proud of her!

Oh, and she dragged me outside last night to see Mars. I have now seen Mars with my naked eye, and a bonus Saturn to boot. That was quite cool.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 16May16

Summer with its unwelcome humidity seems to have arrived here in Florida, which makes me very grateful for climate control.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 298 of 381 in _2113_, so I should certainly finish it this week.

What I've been crafting... What crafting time I did have this week was finishing my friend's round robin piece. I'm very happy with the result, and I'm looking forward to resuming work on the magi panel and Sea Dragon Shawl.

Fumbling toward fitness... Another good week at Curves. I may try to bump up to three times a week once summer is in full swing, if I can figure out how best to balance it with occasional overtime. I also did 214 minutes on the treadmill for 10.84 miles. Slightly less distance for slightly more time, but this past week's workouts have had a bit more elevation.

One Little Victory Daughter is nearly done with her junior year of high school, and barring catastropically poor final grades, will finish with 7 A's and a B, the latter in AP Physics. College is just around the corner...

Monday, May 09, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 9May16

I had a very nice Mother's Day yesterday - lunch out with my husband and daughter, then a quiet afternoon and evening watching hockey and other TV. It's nice to have downtime.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 199 of 381 in _2113_, the collection of short stories inspired by Rush. The story I just finished was inspired by "I Think I'm Going Bald", believe it or not. I may finish the book this week, but we'll see.

What I've been crafting... I've done a little bit on the magi panel for Nativity, but maybe only an hour or so. Same with knitting on Sea Dragon Shawl. I did design and have started stitching on the last piece for a round robin I'm in. I should finish that this week, then back to the magi panel.

Fumbling toward fitness... I've been very consistent about getting by Curves twice a week, and I maintained that pace this week. I also got back on track with the treadmill, doing 213 minutes for 10.97 miles.

One Little Victory My oldest grandson had his First Communion on Saturday, which was a good milestone.
In more temporal news, the Lightning beat the Islanders in 5 games to advance to round 3. Last year they went to the Finals but lost, but I'm hoping the Cup is in their future this year.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 2May16

It's May, the lovely month of May. Hopefully all my best-laid plans won't go blissfully astray.

What I've been reading... I finished _War in Heaven_ and am on page 74 of 281 in _2113_. The short stories I've read so far have been enjoyable, and varied. The next one in the book is "A Nice Morning Drive" by Richard Foster - the song that inspired "Red Barchetta".

What I've been crafting... I've done another hour or two on the Magi panel for Nativity. Slow progress, but faster than I'd been the past year or so. I also knit a bit more on Sea Dragon Shawl, but am not yet at the halfway point.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves my usual two times, but fell slightly short of last week's treadmill effort - only 197 minutes for 9.9 miles. I'll try to do better this week.

One Little Victory My stepson came in town this weekend, and we got to visit with him for a bit. We hadn't seen him since December, and it was good to see him again.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 25Apr16

Hard to believe it's nearly the end of April, and it's starting to get (and stay) rather warm where I am. I'm still not sure how people managed to survive Florida without climate control.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 208 of 256 in Charles Williams' _War in Heaven_. It is a good read, if a bit slower to read than more modern works. I'm looking forward to picking up _2113_ after that, hopefully sometime this week.
I picked up a set of books on a Kindle sale called Critical Failures by Robert Bevan, which is a humorous take on tabletop gaming. DH finds it hilarious, if a bit crass, and I'm looking forward to it after _2113_. Sometimes one just needs a light and fun read.

What I've been crafting... Most of what little crafting time I took this week was working on a friend's round robin piece. I've also done a little more on the Nativity magi panel. Late last week I bought a pair of MagEyes off Amazon, and that's made quite a bit of difference. I'm pleased with how well the Mageyes seem to be working - that will make the magi panel much easier.
I don't think I gave any love to Sea Dragon Shawl this week, or if I did it was only maybe an hour.

Fumbling toward fitness... Here, I did show some gains! Two workouts at Curves, and 210 minutes on the treadmill for 10.61 miles. I want to equal that this coming week.

One Little Victory Playoff hockey!! The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to round 2, and will be facing the New York Islanders (who eliminated the Panthers in double overtime last night). There are few things as exhilarating and as frustrating as playoff hockey, but I'm enjoying watching it.
And not just because of playoff beards....

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 18Apr16

I'm just about back on track from having been sick two weeks ago. Unfortunately DD caught what I had and missed a few days of school, but she's better now as well.

What I've been reading... I finished _The 13 Clocks_, which was a fun little read, and am on page 94 of 256 in War in Heaven by Charles Williams, a lesser-known Inkling to Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I'm enjoying it so far. DH was still working on _2113_ when I picked it up, but as he has now finished, I will get to that as soon as I'm done with my current read.

What I've been crafting... I've made a little more progress on Sea Dragon Shawl, though it was not a very crafty week for me. I did finally pick up the Magi panel after over a year hiatus, and made some slight progress, which is good. I may need to update my eyeglass prescription and/or get a magnifier before too much longer, though - working on 32ct dark fabric can get a bit rough on my eyes. But hey, at least it's not languishing quite so much now.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did meet my goal last week of 200 minutes on the treadmill. 203, in fact, for 10.38 miles. I'm going to try to reach 200 again this week. I also made it by Curves twice last week, and hope to do so again this week. I think I'm just about back in a routine!

One Little Victory Finally giving attention to a long-neglected stitching project is certainly a victory! I hope to make some progress on it this week. Also, both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers are in the NHL playoffs. Playoff hockey is always good TV, and having both 'local' teams in is a pleasant turn of events.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 11Apr16

I'm feeling much better than I was at this point last week, and I've had a more productive week as a result.

What I've been reading... I've not read much at all this week. I'm about halfway through a children's book called _The 13 Clocks_ by James Thurber. DH is mostly done with _2113_, so I should start that this week.

What I've been crafting... I finished the Summer Mist afghan! It ended up being about 30 square feet all told, so it's rather large. The picture below is of it folded.
Summer Mist afghan
(Click to enlarge)

When gathering up what little is left of the skeins, I found a knit project I'd started last year: my Sea Dragon shawl. I'm about 35% done with it now, and should be past the halfway point by this time next week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it to Curves twice again, and I did better on the treadmill than last week: 138 minutes and 6.9 miles. Hopefully this week I'll get closer to 200 again.

One Little Victory I've just about recovered from my cold *and* finished the afghan, so it was a good week.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 4Apr16

Nothing like getting a cold to throw a wrench in one's progress. I woke up Thursday morning feeling very much under the weather, and consequently spent through the weekend resting and recuperating. I'm feeling mostly better now - my head is clear and I'm not coughing quite so much, but my energy level is still short of 100%. So don't be surprised that this past week was not my most productive.

What I've been reading... I did finish Pope Francis' book _The Name of God is Mercy_, which I enjoyed. Very readable. I haven't started another book yet, but I just received _2113_, a compilation of short stories inspired by Rush songs. DH is reading it now, but I will certainly start it when he's done.

What I've been crafting... I made more progress on the Summer Mist afghan, and last night I used up the last of one color of yarn, so I'm about to wrap it up. I still plan to pick up the Magi panel when I'm done, assuming I do finish the afghan this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... Only one workout at Curves, and a measly 90 minutes and 4.5 miles on the treadmill. I didn't treadmill at all from Thursday until this morning, and then it was only 10 minutes instead of 15. My goal for this week is to treadmill at least a little every day, even if it's not for a full 30 minutes, until I have more energy.

One Little Victory One good thing about not having the energy to do much other than sleep and stare at the TV is that I managed to get caught up on the History Channel series _Vikings_. I hadn't seen season 3 yet and it's well into season 4. So I suppose I was productive, if one counts clearing shows off the DVR!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 28Mar16

Happy Easter! DH and I had given up meat for Lent this year, so we treated ourselves to Brazilian steakhouse for dinner tonight. Meat buffet - yum!

What I've been reading... I finished _Unnatural Creatures_, and I'm about 2/3 through Pope Francis' book _The Name of God is Mercy_. I have it on Kindle, and so don't have a current page or total page count. I should finish it before next week, then I'm back to deciding which of the extensive list of unread books to read next.

What I've been crafting... I'm still working on the Summer Mist afghan. I'm maybe 3/4 done, I estimate, but since I'm basically crocheting until I run out of a color, it is tricky to judge. After that, I plan to pick up the Magi panel of the giant MarBek _Nativity_. I started this panel over a year ago, but haven't made much progress, so I need to get back into it.

Fumbling toward fitness... Two more Curves workouts this past week, so I'm maintaining that pace. I also did 215 minutes on the treadmill for 10.75 miles - notably better than last week. Hopefully I can get close to that again this week.

One Little Victory I've been continuing to get up at 5:45am on workday mornings and treadmill for 15 minutes before I shower and get ready for work. It's settling in to a habit, although I'm not planning to move the alarm any earlier at this time. 5:45 is early enough!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 21Mar16

Spring has sprung, and it's nearly Easter. Where has the time gone?

What I've been reading... I'm on page 393 of 455 in _Unnatural Creatures_, so not quite finished. I should finish and be on a new book by next week, but then again that's what I said last week....

What I've been crafting... I'm maybe 2/3 done with my current afghan. It's a bit hard to judge, since I'm basically just crocheting on it until I use up the yarn. It's still going quickly and is a fun and mentally light project, which is nice after working overtime.

Fumbling toward fitness... Two more Curves workouts, and I finally managed to break 200 minutes on the treadmill last week. 202, to be exact, and 10.09 miles. I'll set a goal of 210 for this week.

One Little Victory I've managed to establish a routine with working overtime and still getting by Curves and handling domestic duties. Having a routine in place makes it much easier for me to handle.