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, October 24, 2016

Monday miscellany - 24Oct16

Nothing like a cold to set one back in progress...DH was sick early last week, and the past few days have been my turn to wage battle against whatever crud is attacking the area. So, there's not a lot of progress, which makes me feel unproductive. I just need to remember that I'm not being lazy, I'm working on getting well. It's a hard shift to make in my mind, though.

What I've been reading... I finished the novella "Murder at the Kinnen Hotel" and started "Ghosts of the Tristan Basin". I should finish that this week.

What I've been stitching... To put it bluntly, not much. I did an hour on Tapestry perhaps, but I've been too wiped out to do more. I'm starting to feel better, so I'm hoping to do more during tonight's football game.

Fumbling toward fitness... The week started off promising - I made it to Curves on Monday. Unfortunately by Wednesday i was starting to feel run down, and only managed 68 minutes for 3.7 miles on the treadmill all week. I'm going to take it easy this week, but I should hopefully be able to resume normal activity next week. My main focus is on getting well right now.

One Little Victory I do seem to be on the mend, and was able to work a full day today.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday miscellany - 17Oct16

Things are starting to feel back to normal after all the disruption of Matthew. Having a weekend where we weren't stressed about the storm was a nice break.

What I've been reading... I finished _The Autumn Republic_ by Brian McClellan, and read the novellas "Forsworn" and "Servant of the Crown", which are backstories to his Powder Mage trilogy. I've started a third novella, "Murder at the Kinnen Hotel", and I have one more and a collection of shorter stories before I've exhausted the Powder Mage world. Until his next book comes out in March. I've already ordered it, so it will show up on my trusty Kindle upon release.

What I've been stitching... With the more relaxing weekend, I was able to get a few hours in on Ink Circles "Tapestry". I'm at about 75% - the middle is done, and I'm nearly finished with the third quadrant. Once I finish that (hopefully early this week), I'll put Tapestry aside for a bit to give a week or two to Teresa Wentzler's "Fantasy Triptych". I finished the left panel last year, and I'll be starting the right panel.

Fumbling toward fitness I went by Curves twice, having missed last Monday because they were closed due to water damage. I did 157 minutes for 7.86 miles on the treadmill - not quite back to normal, but a bit closer.

One Little Victory I made a pot of vegan chili tonight, and it was a big hit. I made it the way I used to make chili, with an assortment of different canned beans and canned tomatoes, but I added diced onions and diced peppers, and used Gardein Beefless Ground instead of ground meats. The biggest preparation difference was adding the Gardein after the rest has had a chance to simmer a bit, rather than browning the meat at the beginning and adding everything to it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday miscellany - 10Oct16

Well. Last week I said I expected a rather interesting week, and to say it was would be an understatement. By early Wednesday, it was looking like Hurricane Matthew would make a direct strike on our area as a Category 4, which is stronger than anything we've weathered in this house. We do have a relatively new roof, and hurricane shutters, which we didn't when Frances and Jeanne came through in 2004, but a cat4 was still a bit concerning. Still, we stayed in place and prepared as best we could, and waited for it to pass through.

There's a certain surreality with an approaching tropical storm, especially a powerful one. The associated low pressures play havoc with the body and the brain - headaches, muscle aches, lethargy. And just the sense of impending doom, the worry, the stress, the cabin fever as one either evacuates with one's family in a metal box to a hotel room, or shelters in place behind aluminum or plywood. The obsessive stalking of the weather websites or TV (Wunderground is my go-to, with cross-references to National Hurricane Center).

I went to sleep around 11pm Thursday night, expecting to be awakened by the worst of the storm passing through starting around 2am, and in for a sleepless night after.

I did awaken around 2:30, but we still had power and the storm didn't sound too bad yet, and I went back to sleep. I woke up again around 5:30, when the worst of the storm had been projected to have already passed.

We still had power. I could hear the winds outside, but it didn't sound horrible. A check of the forecast track showed it due east of us....about 20 miles offshore.

We were extremely fortunate - no damage, and the area was spared the worst - only some downed trees and fences. Beachside took it a bit worse, but still significantly better than could have been. And while 2/3 of the county had lost power, it was almost all back by last night. We ourselves never did lose power.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 489 of 620 in _The Autumn Republic_. I should finish this week, then off to a collection of short stories also associated with the Powder Mage trilogy.

What I've been crafting... I'm about 65% done with Ink Circles "Tapestry". I did stitch some, but not as much as one would expect for having an extra two days off work. Some of it was all the minor tasks that normally take up one's time, and some of it was just storm-induced lethargy.

Fumbling toward fitness... I only made it by Curves once due to hurricane prep and aftermath, and only treadmilled for 5.2 miles over 104 minutes. However, I did get a bit of a work out putting up and taking down hurricane panels, so I wasn't a total slacker. I may do better with treadmill this week, but not certain about Curves - they were closed again today due to water damage from the storm.

One Little Victory Avoiding a direct strike from a powerful hurricane and suffering no damage is a rather large victory indeed!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Monday miscellany - 3Oct16

Looks like things may get rather interesting weather-wise for us this week. I'm a bit concerned about the current forecast track for Hurricane Matthew, but we will make whatever preparations we need, as we need to.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 312 of 620 in The Autumn Republic. There have been some interesting turns in the book, and I'm enjoying the read. I may finish it this week.

What I've been stitching... I didn't spend as much time stitching as I'd hoped, so I'm not quite 60% done with Ink Circles "Tapestry". Hopefully I'll get more time this week, especially if I have a hurricane day off work but don't lose power.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did make it to Curves twice this past week, and did 184 minutes for 9.2 miles on the treadmill. It's not back up to previous levels, but it is an improvement over last week.

One Little Victory We're having some landscaping done, hopefully improving the drainage in our backyard. Perhaps Matthew will put that to the test, although I would rather he give us a miss.

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
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.