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, July 16, 2018

Monday miscellany - 16July2018

Things are relatively quiet here, and I'm starting to get back into my routine.

What I've been reading... I've made some progress in McClellan's _Wrath of Empire_, and am now 59% through by my Kindle's reckoning.

What I've been stitching... Not too much stitching this week, but I have made some progress on Dark Shards.

Fumbling toward fitness... A marked improvement over last week - I made it by Curves 4 times and treadmilled 5 days. That's not fully up to routine, but I'm working on it. I have kept up with Duolingo and Lumosity, so those streaks are going strong.
I've been doing MyFitnessPal for over a week and have started to make small changes - the most notable being trying to drink my morning coffee black. It's a bit of a change for someone who 'likes a little coffee in her cream', but I figure that either I'll learn to like black coffee, or I'll drink less coffee and more tea. Either outcome would be an improvement over the ridiculous amount of calories I've been adding lately.

One Little Victory We found a very small craft brewery just a few blocks from home, and visited their taproom yesterday. We'll definitely be back.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Monday miscellany - 9July2018

The one downside of vacationing away is that in a sense you need a vacation to recover, especially when you have laundry and other tasks to catch up on. We're pretty much caught up now, though.

What I've been reading... I don't think I've read at all for leisure the past week, so I'm still about 45% through _Wrath of Empire_.

What I've been stitching... Now stitching, I did do, and am continuing to make good progress on Dark Shards. I'm hoping to finish this month, which seems an achievable goal.

Fumbling toward fitness... Much fumbling, little fitness. I didn't make it by Curves or on the treadmill last week. I've already made it by Curves today, though, so I'm already ahead for this coming week. I'm still keeping up my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks, though. I've also started using the MyFitnessPal app again as of today, so hopefully that will be as helpful as the last time I used it regularly.

One Little Victory For the Fourth, we watched the Boston Pops on the Bloomberg channel. Their coverage was almost as good as A&E's used to be back in the day, and far better than when the major networks were covering it. Also, Rhiannon Giddens has an amazing voice, and I had never heard of her before last week.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Monday miscellany - 2July2018

It's a bit hard to believe that the year is half over already.

There was no update last week because DH and I were on vacation. I had a long weekend in Phoenix visiting with stitching friends, then we spent a wonderful week in Austin visiting his sister and her family. We enjoyed the visit and having downtime, as well as plentiful samplings of Austin's best food and craft brews.

Back to the grind today, however, and back to my normal routine.

What I've been reading... Flying almost always provides me ample time to read, and I read Brian McClellan's short story "The Siege of Tilpur", Brian Staveley's _Skullsworn_, and Jim Butcher's _Brief Cases_. I'm now about 45% through Brian McClellan's _Wrath of Empire_, the second book in his second Powder Mage trilogy.

What I've been stitching... Visiting stitching friends meant a fair bit of stitching time, and I'm now about 2/3 through Ink Circles "Dark Shards".

Fumbling toward fitness Being on vacation meant there wasn't much fitness happening, although I probably did manage to drink a litre of water every day. My Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong, so there's that.

One Little Victory Austin has some really neat craft breweries, ciderworks, and meaderies. Our favorite brewery visit this trip was to 4th Tap Brewing - all of their beers were great, and we really loved the vibe.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday miscellany - 18June2018

Another drive-by blogging this week. It's been pretty hot here and we've had a couple of power hits the past week, which is a bit annoying but typical for summer in Florida.

What I've been reading... I did indeed start and finish Brian McClellan's novella "The Mad Lancers", which was another entertaining foray into the Powder Mage universe. I also read Brandon Sanderson's novella "Snapshot", a futuristic detective story. Up next is another Powder Mage short story, "The Siege of Tilpur", then I'll start Brian Staveley's _Skullsworn_.

What I've been stitching... I'm continuing to make steady progress on Ink Circles "Dark Shards", and am enjoying working on it.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays last week and did treadmill for at least 20 minutes every day, coming in about a mile short of last update's mark but still fairly steady. Duolingo and Lumosity streaks still going strong, at 166 and 163 days respectively.

One Little Victory I've added drinking at least 1 litre of water every day to my routine, and so far I've kept it up for a week straight. I probably should start tracking that under my fitness goal....

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.