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, June 11, 2018

Monday miscellany - 11June2018

All quiet on the eastern front (or at least the eastern coast), so straight into status this week!

What I've been reading... Late last night I finished my visit with Father Brown. It was an enjoyable read. Next up is Brian McClellan's novella _The Mad Lancers_, which I should start, and finish, this week.

What I've been stitching...Dark Shards is stitching up quickly, especially when I'm making a dent in the DVR backlog.

Fumbling toward fitness... Much better this week - I made it by Curves every weekday, *and* treadmilled at least 20 minutes every day for a total of 9.5 miles. My Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are also still going strong. I'm going to try to achieve a similar result this week, because this is the pace I really want/need to be keeping.

One Little Victory I discovered Friday that BBC America would air a number of older X-Files episodes over the weekend, so I set up my DVR to catch them. Since X-Files is an older show, there's no need to record it in HD, so I set them to record in SD and watched down some of the HD recordings of other shows.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Monday miscellany - 4June2018

Not sure how it got to be June, and the start of hurricane season, already. Time certainly flies.

What I've been reading... I spent some time with Father Brown over the week, and am now on page 637 of 761.

What I've been stitching... I've spent some time on Ink Circles "Dark Shards", mostly while watching playoff hockey or catching up on Timeless. It's a fun stitch, and after all the dark fabric of Nativity, much easier on my eyes.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves 4 times last week, Monday being the exception because it was closed for Memorial Day. I even managed to treadmill 4 times, which is better than the past few weeks, but not exactly great. My Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still intact, so at least one muscle is getting exercised....

One Little Victory This past weekend was the 1-year anniversary of my daughter adopting her beloved mini-dachshund, and he's gone from a scrawny and skittish little guy to such a loving, mischievous, spoiled bratwurst who we all adore. Rescue dogs are the best dogs.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Monday miscellany - 28May2018

After working on it off and on for over 6 years, I have finally finished the MarBek Nativity! I finished the camel Saturday night. I stopped tracking hours on my large projects once I came to the realization that the tracking was impacting my stitching, so I don't have a good estimate, but 750 hours is probably a reasonable guess. Anyway, I'm glad to have finally completed and I'm very happy with the final result. Pics are up on my Facebook page, but better ones may come later here.

What I've been reading... I haven't read much, but I did have a short visit with Father Brown, reaching page 570 of 761.

What I've been stitching... Now that Nativity is finished, I've started Ink Circles "Dark Shards", which is working up fairly quickly.

Fumbling toward fitness... The fumbling continues. My Lumosity and Duolingo streaks continue on, and I did make it by Curves 4 times last week, but I'm still very spotty with the treadmill. I have already done so today, at least, so hopefully I can keep it up the rest of the week.

One Little Victory Besides the obvious rejoicing at completing Nativity, we saw our daughter for lunch Saturday. It was good to visit with her and her boyfriend, and we're happy that she's doing well in her summer term so far.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday miscellany - 21May2018

We're just coming off a wonderful long weekend spent down in Key West. DH and I went down this past Thursday night for a concert - Styx and Blue Öyster Cult as a double bill, which was every bit as awesome as one might expect. When the concert was first announced, we decided to just make a long weekend of it, since I'd never been to the Keys before despite living in Florida the past 27 years, and DH had only ever been on business.

As long as we were there, we visited the Hemingway House, Ripley's, the Little White House, Fort Taylor, and a number of very good food and drink establishments both in Key West and along our route. We ended our time in Key West with Mass at St Mary Star of the Sea. Local legend holds that as long as its grotto, built in 1922, still stands, Key West will be spared the worst of hurricane damage. That legend has held up so far, including Irma last year - Key West got off very lightly considering Irma made landfall only 20 miles east, so perhaps there is something to the legend. All in all, we had a wonderful time in the Keys, and will likely go back someday.

What I've been reading... I did bring my Kindle with me, and so Father Brown did accompany us, although I didn't spend much time in his company - I'm on page 539 of 761.

What I've been stitching... I didn't stitch at all over the past week, and so didn't quite reach my goal of finishing the camel by Pentecost, but I am within a couple hours of doing so, and with a long weekend coming up, I expect to have completed it by next update.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did continue my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks, but I neither went to Curves nor treadmilled last week. According to Google Maps, though, we walked about 8 miles over our trip, not counting time on our feet inside museums. Hemingway's polydactyl cats may not care about the "Do not sit on the furniture" signs, but we obeyed them.

One Little Victory Despite the heavy rains besieging much of Florida, we had wonderful weather while we were out and about in Key West - we only saw rain on the way there and as we were departing.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday miscellany - 14May2018

Well, after last week's rejoicing, my Lightning are down 2 games to the Capitals - not the outcome I was most hoping for. Still, it's playoff hockey and generally a good show.

What I've been reading... I didn't read at all for pleasure last week, so I'm still on page 491 of Father Brown.

What I've been stitching... I did do a fair bit of stitching. The camel is done except for some of the metallics, and I'm working on the ground. I should come close to finishing it by next update.

Fumbling toward fitness I made it by Curves 4 times last week, and we'll just not talk about treadmill this week. Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong, at least.

One Little Victory It was actually a very good week. DD came over Tuesday with her BF and little dog, and we had a great dinner. DsS also joined us, and I saw DsD and her boys yesterday, so I've seen all of my children in person over the past week. DH also took me to a nice steakhouse on Saturday night, so it was a wonderful Mother's Day week.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Monday miscellany - 7May2018

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins last night to advance to the conference final! I'm somewhat torn on whether I want the Capitals to win their game against the Penguins tonight, or whether I want a game 7 so that whoever wins that series is tired when they play the Lightning. Ah, playoff hockey....

What I've been reading... Only a brief visit with Father Brown this week, making it to page 491 of 761. We did watch another episode of the BBC show, and are continuing to enjoy it.

What I've been stitching... I've started the camel's saddle and hump, and hope to finish everything but the metallics this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves all five weekdays. Sadly, I didn't treadmill quite that often. I am keeping on top of the mental exercises, though, with my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks holding steady. I really need to get a treadmill streak going again...

One Little Victory DH and I saw Spamalot at a local theatre, which was a lot of fun. We also discovered a new Spanish restaurant and I tried paella for the first time. Very tasty and we'll definitely have to go there again.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday miscellany - 30Apr2018

Already the year is a third over and DD is nearly done with her freshman year of college. Time passes far too quickly sometimes!

What I've been reading... I spent a little more time with Chesterton's Father Brown, reaching page 467 of 761. DH has started reading it as well, and last night we watched one of the BBC series of that name. We found it enjoyable enough to set up a series record on the DVR.

What I've been stitching... I've finished all of the visible camel parts and have started on the saddle/hump area. I'm still hopeful that I can finish this before Pentecost.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves 4 times last week, and treadmilled for 6 miles, a slight improvement over last week. I was feeling poorly on Thursday and didn't work out at all, else my numbers would have been a little better. I did manage to continue my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks, at least.

One Little Victory DH and I discovered a new-to-us show called _Food: Fact or Fiction_, hosted by Michael McKean, and it is both educational and amusing. Although I suspect I have a greater appreciation for McKean's puns than DH does....

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday miscellany - 23April18

We've been getting some much-needed rain the past few days. I'm very glad for it now, though I suspect that as usual I will be grousing about it during the peak of tropical storm season!

What I've been reading... I'm on page 429 of Chesterton's Father Brown stories. That's only modest progress since last week, but it is at least a small visit. I also watched one of the BBC Father Brown stories on our local PBS affiliate, and have subsequently set my DVR to capture another.

What I've been stitching... I have the whole front half of a camel for my last Nativity panel now - it is working up fairly quickly, and I'll be starting the back half tonight.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves every weekday again, and the habit is becoming easier to maintain. I'm also continuing my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks. I did do a little better with treadmill, clocking just over 5 miles. I decided drastic measures were in order and asked my daughter to nag me about treadmill as well. Since obviously it's worked quite well with motivating me to get by Curves!

One Little Victory It's playoff hockey time, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the second round. Go Bolts!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday miscellany - 16Apr2018

It's been a very appointment-ful week, with both of us having medical checkups of various sorts. Mostly that just means a lot of sitting around waiting.

What I've been reading... With all the waiting I got to spend some quality time with Father Brown, and am now on page 388 of 761.

What I've been stitching... I have most of a front half of a camel in the last Nativity panel. It's coming together quickly.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves 4 times, which was all that timing reasonably allowed. My Lumosity and Duolingo streaks are still going strong, but my treadmill time has been as spotty as it has the past couple weeks. I'll try to do better, and if I say it often enough maybe it will actually happen.

One Little Victory All of the checkups went well, and other than my extra weight, I got a clean bill of health. I've made it one more year without needing any sort of maintenance medication!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Monday miscellany - 9Apr2018

The April showers from the old adage are anticipated to drop over an inch on us tomorrow. I certainly don't mind - my lawn is in desperate need of it!

What I've been reading... I had only a brief visit with Chesterton's Father Brown, reaching page 320 of 761. It's more than I did the previous week, so that's something.

What I've been stitching... I finished the shepherd boy panel!! That's 4 panels down, and I've started the last one, the camel panel. I'm hoping to have this finished by mid-May, and if yesterday's progress is any indicator, this should stitch up fairly quickly.

Fumbling toward fitness I continued my streak of making it by Curves every weekday, and I'm finding it easier to maintain the habit that way. I also maintained my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks, although my treadmilling was not much better than the previous week. Still, progress is progress.

One Little Victory I am very happy to have started the final panel of Nativity. I should probably start pondering framing ideas...