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, September 26, 2016

Monday miscellany - 25Sep16

After a week of taking it easy, or as easy as is reasonably possible, my back feels a bit better. I'm still not sure what caused the issue, but I'm glad it's not currently an issue anymore.

What I've been reading... I finished The Crimson Campaign last night, and am on page 15 of 620 in The Autumn Republic, the final book in the Powder Mage trilogy.

What I've been stitching... One good thing about taking it easy is that I was able to spend a couple more hours stitching than I would otherwise have, and am now about 55% on Ink Circles "Tapestry". I'm probably looking at a mid-October finish. I also have my next crochet project in mid, but I won't start that until the weather cools off a bit more, possibly late October or early November.

Fumbling toward fitness Not much to report. I took the week off of Curves, although I did go back for a bit today. I did treadmill every day, although at a reduced effort - only 106 minutes for 5.3 miles. I'll spend this week easing back up to my previous routine.

One Little Victory Despite the reduced exercise last week, I made it to Minas Tirith along Merry's path in the Walk to Rivendell plan.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday miscellany - 19Sept16

Ahoy, mateys! I haven't forgotten that it's Talk Like A Pirate Day, but as that's not something I can sustain for long, I'll resist the urge here. Although it has rained enough this afternoon that a boat might have been more appropriate than a car to get home from work.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 440 of 621 in _The Crimson Campaign_, and still quite enjoying it. McClellan does a good job of depicting soldiers at war, avoiding both extremes of glorification and gore. The use of magic has its price, and the characters are believable, with strengths and flaws. I certainly recommend it to anyone interested in military fantasy.

What I've been crafting... I've stitched a bit more on Ink Circles "Tapestry" - I'm probably at around 45%. I also did a bit of organization in my craft room.

Fumbling toward fitness... Last week was a bit of a failure fitness-wise. I only made it to Curves once, and only 178 minutes for 9.04 miles. This week may not be much better - I twisted my back somehow when cleaning my craft room, and my hip and lower back muscles are still a bit sore and stiff, so I'm going to play it safe and rest those muscles for a bit. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll be good to go, but it is a little frustrating.

One Little Victory Despite the cranky back, I did manage to get a bit done in my craft room.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday miscellany - 12Sep16

Another week gone by, this one a bit less soggy than the last. NFL football has also started again, so between that and college football, my TV watching will increase for the next few months. My crafting time often goes up during football season, and I plan to start a crochet project once it actually cools down (probably late October).

What I've been reading... I started _The Crimson Campaign_ by Brian McClellan, the second book in his Powder Mage trilogy, and am on page 272 of 621. Hard to say whether I'll finish this week or not, but I'm enjoying it.

What I've been crafting... I didn't get much stitching done on the weekdays, but I did get some time in over the weekend. I'm probably 40% done at this point - I completed the axial flowers, and the center and southeast quadrant were already done. Ideally I'll have another quadrant done by this time next week, but that may be a bit optimistic.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves twice (it was closed for Labor Day, so I didn't go last Monday), and did 215 minutes on the treadmill for 11.41 miles.

One Little Victory I had a weigh/measure at Curves, and I've lost 4 pounds since last month!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Monday miscellany - 5Sep16

The lingering tropical system eventually coalesced into Hermine late last week, but she was nothing to us but some rain and wind, nothing more severe than a typical thunderstorm. I can certainly handle tropical systems being non-events for us.

What I've been reading... I finished _Promise of Blood_ by Brian McClellan last night, and will be starting book 2 of the Powder Mage trilogy, _The Crimson Campaign_, tonight. Definitely an enjoyable read.

What I've been crafting... I've stitched for several hours this week, and am maybe 1/3 complete with Ink Circles "Tapestry". I have the southeast corner and middle complete. It may be a stretch to finish another quadrant by next week, but we'll see.

Fumbling toward fitness... I only made it to Curves once last week, mostly because of the weather. When it's dumping rain as I leave work, I'm not very inclined to make any stops before heading home. I did do better on the treadmill, though - 227 minutes for 11.51 miles. So that's something.

One Little Victory A quiet and long Labor Day weekend has been pleasantly restful. Also, Georgia Tech won its first football game of the season, beating Boston College 17-14. I enjoy watching college football, so I'm happy that the season has started.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday miscellany - 29Aug16

We'll be in for a wet week due to active tropical weather, but it should be no danger to us other than a bit of rain.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 336 of 560 in _Promise of Blood_. I'm still enjoying it a lot, but haven't spent much time reading this week.

What I've been crafting... I worked for a few hours on Ink Circles "Tapestry". I'm not quite at the 25% mark, but I am pretty close. Ideally, I'll be done with Tapestry by the end of September.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did 211 minutes for 10.8 miles on the treadmill, which is roughly about what I've hoped to average. I also made it by Curves 2.5 times. Why 2.5? I arrived there Friday and realized I'd left my workout clothes at home, so I only did a partial workout in jeans and sock feet. Perhaps I should keep a change of workout clothes in my car.

One Little Victory My stepson moved back to town last month, and for the past few weeks the whole family has been able to get together for Sunday lunch.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday miscellany - 22Aug16

Remember before God
RICHARD III, KING OF ENGLAND
and those who fell at Bosworth Field,
having kept faith,
22 August 1485


loyaulte me lie...
DH was able to attend Richard III's reinterment last March, and that is one of his most treasured experiences.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 202/560 of Promise of Blood, the first book in Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy. Several friends recommended the books to me, and so far I have been enjoying it quite a bit.

What I've been crafting... I had a relaxing weekend, and was able to put several hours into Ink Circles "Tapestry". I estimate I'm at 20% complete.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it to Curves three times last week, and did 218 minutes for 11.28 miles. That's about where I want to be, so hopefully I can maintain that pace.

One Little Victory Having a relatively quiet and relaxing weekend provided some much-needed decompression.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday miscellany - 15Aug16

School has started up again, and DD is officially a senior now. Time does fly!

What I've been reading... I finished the book on Bavarian folktales, and have just started Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan, the first book in his Powder Mage trilogy. I've had several friends recommend it, and only two chapters in, I'm enjoying it.

What I've been crafting... I stitched a couple more hours on Ink Circles "Tapestry", although last night I had to frog about half an hour's work when I discovered a counting error. Since the design is rather precisely placed, it wasn't possible to fudge around it without it being very noticeable. Still, I'm enjoying the stitch when I have time to do so.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did 201 minutes on the treadmill for 10.13 miles, which is certainly better than the past two weeks. Unfortunately I only made it to Curves once due to last-minute school preparations, but I hope to do better this week.

One Little Victory DD had a great first week of school, and thinks that she'll enjoy this year.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Monday miscellany - 8Aug16

School starts back this week. It still floors me that DD is now a high school senior. Where has the time gone? I spent much of the past week in school preparations, including making sure she finished her summer work. Teenagers and the 11th hour....

What I've been reading... I'm about halfway through the Bavarian folktales book from last week, but overall I didn't read much.

What I've been crafting... I've managed to get a few more hours in on Ink Circles "Tapestry". I'm enjoying the journey.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it to Curves 3 times, which is equals my attendance for the entirety of July. I only managed 134 minutes for 6.86 miles on the treadmill, which is only negligibly better than last week. Hopefully this week will be better on both fronts.

One Little Victory I took the pets in to the vet for annual checkups, and both got a clean bill of health.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Monday miscellany - 1Aug16

One of these days, it will sink in that I should take a day off work when I return from vacation, instead of trying to jump right back into my routine. We returned from Toronto on Monday afternoon and were back at work Tuesday, and so I was somewhat less productive outside of my job than I had hoped.

What I've been reading... I finished _Great Expectations_, and have started a collection of recently-discovered Bavarian folktales - _The Turnip Princess_ by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth. I've only begun, but the stories seem interesting so far.

What I've been crafting... I've put another hour or two into Ink Circles "Tapestry", but that's about it.

Fumbling toward fitness... Here's where the lack of break from travel bit me the most. I didn't make it to Curves at all, and managed a mere 129 minutes on the treadmill for 6.52 miles. So far I'm already off to a better start this week, and I really need to get myself in gear.

One Little Victory I had a good routine visit to the dentist today.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 25Jul16

It's been 3 weeks since I blogged - I could have sworn I blogged the 11th, but apparently not.

However, I did not blog last week because we took a family vacation to Toronto! We had a great time, a good mix of seeing/doing and relaxation. We even did an escape room one day.

DD is relatively recently vegan (though DH and I are not), and she had a list of vegan restaurants to visit. We did make it it all but one of them, and other than a rather disappointing exception, all were pretty good. We even found a few places (both vegan and vegan-friendly) that weren't on the list that were worth the trip. Toronto was lovely, and at least at the beginning of the week, the weather was nice. There was a bit of a heat wave toward the end, but it was still cooler than back here in Florida.

Some highlights of the trip:
  • Doomie's - vegan 'junk food'. So good we went there twice, and still haven't figured out what wizardry they used to create an amazing vegan creme brulee.
  • Gardens! We visited the Toronto Botanical Garden, the Toronto Music Garden, and especially the Royal Botanical Gardens. All beautiful, and the RBG was quite extensive - we didn't see everything because it was just too hot outside, but greatly enjoyed what we did see.
  • Taste Bistro in St. Catharine's. Not a vegan place, but very vegan-friendly in that menu items that were vegan or could be veganized were very clearly indicated. DD had some very tasty dishes so done, DH had an arctic char and I had an Alberta beef tenderloin. We all enjoyed it very much, and it was an excellent surprise - we had driven to St. Catharine's to visit a vegan place that we weren't able to get into because they were packed. But as long as we were planning to visit St. Catharine's anyway, we signed up for...
  • The Hour - an escape room venue. The three of us did one of the harder rooms (since she'd done an escape room before), and we nearly solved it in time, and had a blast doing it.
No matter how good a vacation is, it is still good to be back home, so back to business at hand. With a bit of catch-up, of course.

What I've been reading... I finished _As You Wish_, read two Doctor Who themed short story collections (_Legends of Ashildr_ and _Time Lord Fairy Tales_), _Jane Eyre_ by Charlotte Bronte (one of DD's summer reading assignments), and I'm 2/3 through _Great Expectations_ by Charles Dickens (DD's other summer reading assignment). I've actually enjoyed the summer reading more than I expected that I would.

What I've been stitching... I've done a few more hours on Ink Circles "Tapestry", but that's it. I took Tapestry on vacation with me, but didn't stitch at all.

Fumbling toward fitness... I only made it to Curves 3 times in the two weeks before vacation, mostly due to trip preparations. I did 389 minutes for 20.27 miles on the treadmill, and about 14 miles walking around in Toronto over the past week (not counting airports). So I've not been a total slacker, but I need to get back into routine this week.

One Little Victory A fun family vacation and a safe homecoming.

I go back to work tomorrow, and hopefully will be able to get back into the groove readily enough.