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, 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...

Monday, April 02, 2018

Monday miscellany - 2Apr2018

This past week has been rather busy, full of both family gatherings and church events for Holy Week and Easter. It was a bit of a whirlwind, and while it was all good, it was a bit exhausting.

What I've been reading... I admit, I didn't read at all for pleasure this week, so I'm still on page 308 of Father Brown.

What I've been stitching... I did finish the tree and beams of light for the shepherd boy panel, so I just have the ground to do on this panel, and I should *hopefully* finish this week. Then it's on to the last Nativity panel - the camel.

Fumbling toward fitness I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays this past week, and I maintained my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks. Due to busy evenings, however, I only treadmilled twice last week, and the mileage isn't worth mentioning. Hopefully this week will be more productive on that front.

One Little Victory We saw Ready Player One over the weekend, the first movie we've seen in theatres in roughly 3 years. We really enjoyed it.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday miscellany - 26Mar2018

This past week, DH and I saw Alice Cooper in concert. He puts on a great show, and it was especially neat that it was his 42nd anniversary with his wife, who was one of the characters in the theatrics, and he made mention of that at the end.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 308 of 761 in Chesterton's Father Brown stories, and still quite enjoying them.

What I've been crafting... I didn't stitch very much this past week, so I'm still working on the tree in the shepherd boy panel, but I'm really hoping to finish this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays for the second week in a row. It does seem that planning to go every day is working out for me. I also treadmilled for 8.14 miles, which was a bit short of my goal, but considering I didn't treadmill at all the day of the concert, I wasn't really a slacker there. Lumosity and Duolingo streaks are still maintained as well.

One Little Victory I reached my 700th workout at Curves! I'd set a goal of reaching that milestone before Easter, and got there a week early. Next goal is #800 by the end of the calendar year...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday miscellany - 19Mar2018

I've discovered that being accountable to exercise can be quite motivating. In my case, the person I've tasked to nag me about exercise is someone who welcomes the opportunity for a little payback in the nagging department - my college-aged daughter. Fortunately she hasn't had much opportunity to nag me much this past week!

What I've been reading... I'm on page 229 of 761 in Chesterton's Father Brown collection, and continuing to enjoy it. Despite the difference in time period, human nature has not really changed.

What I've been crafting... I'm still making slow progress on the foliage on the shepherd boy panel of Nativity. It's a fairly straightforward stitch, but as always my stitching time is streaky.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves every weekday last week, marking the second time that's ever happened! I also treadmilled for a total of 9.4 miles, achieving my goal of 9. Next week I hope to match these accomplishments, and not just to forestall nagging from DD!
Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are also still intact - and Duolingo has added a new Klingon course. I've done the first lesson just because.

One Little Victory I made some small progress on long-overdue decluttering last week. There's still much that needs to be done and so little motivation, but I am making progress.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday miscellany - 12Mar2018

I'm sure I've ranted about the absurdity of Daylight Savings Time in the past, and since I'm hardly in a minority in that respect I will spare my readers another one.

We lost our hedgehog, Wenney, early last week on her 5th birthday. That's a venerable age for a hedgie, and she had been having some health issues common to aged hedgehogs, so it was not a surprise to us. We are petless now for the first time in nearly 5 years, which is taking some adjustment.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 135 in Chesterton's _Father Brown_ collection. It's not a quick read, but it is quite an enjoyable one.

What I've been stitching... I'm still working on the foliage for the shepherd boy panel of Nativity. There wasn't much crafting done this past week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I didn't quite match my Curves attendance from the previous week, but I did make it thrice, which is my actual goal. I am hoping to make it every day this week, though. I did exceed my stated treadmill goal of 7 miles by nearly another mile, for 7.93. I'm hoping to reach 9 this week.
My Lumosity and Duolingo streaks are still going strong, so it was a good fitness week overall.

One Little Victory I donated all of our now-vacant pet cages to H.A.L.O., our local no-kill shelter, along with other assorted pet supplies. DD adopted her miniature dachshund from them this past summer, and I'm glad that our loss could be their gain.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Monday miscellany - 5March2018

If March came in like a lion, it's a bipolar one. We've had a week of days threatening to push 90 followed by days where the high barely gets above 70. Crazy Florida weather.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 77 of 761 in Chesterton's _Complete Father Brown Mysteries_. I haven't read all that much this week, but hopefully will do more this week.

What I've been crafting... I've completed the tree trunk on the Nativity shepherd boy panel and have started the foliage. I'll continue that this week.

Fumbling toward fitness Hold on to your hats - I made it by Curves a record FIVE times this past week! I resolved to try to go every weekday, so if something came up then I'd still have a chance of making it three times. It worked, so I'm going to try to keep that up. I also upped my treadmill tally a little over last week, logging 5.76 miles. I'm going to try to break 7 miles this week. I am still doing well with keeping up with Lumosity and Duolingo, so it was a good week overall for trying to improve my health.

One Little Victory DH and I tried a couple of new restaurants on Sunday, including an English pub that was quite tasty. We always enjoy finding small mom & pop restaurants we can support.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday miscellany - 26Feb2018

If March supposedly comes in like a lion, it'll be a rather fiery one. It's been in the 80s for the past week, with a projected high of 91F on the 1st. If it's already this warm, I'm looking forward to summer even less than usual.

What I've been reading... I finished _Oathbringer_ last week, and on page 51 of 761 in G.K. Chesterton's _The Complete Father Brown Mysteries_, which I'm enjoying so far.

What I've been crafting... I didn't quite reach the goal I'd hoped to on Violet, but I did reach a lesser stopping point, so I've put it away for now. I've resumed work on the shepherd boy panel of Nativity, and that should go fairly quickly.

Fumbling toward fitness... Fumbling is definitely the operative word here. After a strong start at the beginning of the week, I fell flat, and only made it to Curves once and treadmilled for only 4.82 miles. I really need to be more diligent. I mean, if I can keep up my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks, I *should* in theory be able to keep up with exercising, at least on my own treadmill.

One Little Victory For all my fits and starts, I did do a full half hour on the treadmill yesterday. Hopefully I can match that today.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday miscellany - 19Feb2018

Last week I completed another path around the sun. Another year older but the wiser still remains to be seen.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 1145 of _Oathbringer_, with just over 100 pages to go. Hopefully I'll finish this week, and decide what to read next. My unread queue is rather epic, so there are many choices.

What I've been crafting... I didn't spend as much time stitching this past week as I'd initially thought I might, but I did work on Violet Mandala when I could. I haven't quite reached the stopping point I'd set for myself, but hopefully this weekend.

Fumbling toward fitness... Another suboptimal week - I started off strong, but toward the end of the week I was too drained most evenings to feel arsed to exercise. Fortunately this week is better so far - I had more energy today than I did most of the days last week. And I am still keeping up with Lumosity and Duolingo, so at least my mind is getting exercise.

One Little Victory I did have a great birthday weekend, including lunch and beer with my stepdaughter, and a trip to see my daughter and her boyfriend for dinner in her college town. Life is good indeed.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday miscellany - 12Feb2018

If one's A/C unit decides to start having issues, I must say that February is a far better time than August. Not that there's ever a *good* time for it to go on the fritz, especially when one discovers it at 3am. Fortunately we were able to get it working after resetting the breaker, but I'm having maintenance out later this week on it. I definitely don't want it giving up the ghost in August - been there, done that, wore the very sweaty t-shirt..

What I've been reading... I'm on page 1094 of Oathbringer, so only 154 pages to go. I might finish it by next update, depending on how much time I decide to give to reading.

What I've been crafting... I've stitched a bit more on Violet Mandala. Lent starts this week, so I'll be picking up the Nativity shepherd boy then, but I might still devote some time this week to Violet - I have a stopping-point in mind before I put it away until probably next February.

Fumbling toward fitness... Um. Well, I did well on the mental fitness and maintained my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks. Physical exercise kind of fell off the wagon and became a speed-bump for it - I only made it by Curves once and only treadmilled thrice. I do have excuses, but perhaps not terribly valid ones. So less said about that, the better. I'll try to do better this week.

One Little Victory I reached my 500th different beer at my favorite tavern, earning myself the title of Beer Guru and a little plaque on the wall. It's taken me about 5 years, probably, and I'm nowhere near the dedicated folks who have racked up 1000 or more, but so far I've at least managed such a milestone without having to order any of the well-known macrobrews, and I'd like to keep it that way.

For the record, that 500th beer was Southern Tier "Thick Mint", a stout that was very reminiscent of the similarly-named Girl Scout cookie. I definitely enjoyed it, and if you like Thin Mints and if you like beer, it's certainly worth checking out.