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 20, 2016

Monday miscellany - 20Jun16

Summer has officially arrived, although it's felt that way for weeks down here. It has cooled down some today, though, for which I'm thankful.

What I've been reading... I finished both _d6_ and _2d6_ in Robert Bevan's Caverns and Creatures series, and will start _3d6_ shortly. They've been a fun read, but once _3d6_ is done, I'll need to figure out what of my vast backlog to read next.

What I've been crafting... I'm 90% done with Sea Dragon Shawl - I spent time calculating how many stitches were per each decrease wedge, and can thus provide a more accurate guess. I didn't spend as much time knitting as I'd hoped this past weekend - I had a minor disagreement with my kitchen shears, and trying to knit with a bandage on my fingertip was a bit awkward. It's all fine now - the cut is healing nicely, and my needle tip can't get caught in a bandage when I'm not wearing one. I *might* be able to finish this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it to Curves thrice!! I'm off to a good start to try that this week as well - hopefully I'll be able to manage 3x a week all summer. As for treadmill, I did 221 minutes for 11.18 miles - longer duration, but shorter distance. Many of the daily workouts had steep inclines, and I tend to go a little slower on those. Still, it was a good fitness week.

One Little Victory Other than accidentally snipping into my finger, last week was pretty good overall. We took DH to his favorite steakhouse for Father's Day. DD has been doing the bulk of the grocery shopping for two weeks now, in addition to making dinner almost every night. And the weather has cooled down.

Life is good.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday miscellany - 13Jun16

TS Colin was a non-event for us, fortunately, though other parts of Florida have not fared well this past week, from Colin and other destructive entities. But I won't be commenting on any of that here - there aren't words to be said except prayers for all who have suffered in any of the myriad ways this past week has witnessed.

On to the update...

What I've been reading... I finished the 4-pack of Robert Bevan's _Caverns and Creatures_, and read 4 of 6 stories in _d6_. I might finish this and the other two this week, given how quickly I've breezed through the main story arc.

What I've been crafting... I knit some during gaming and hockey, so I'm now about 3/4 done with Sea Dragon Shawl. I didn't do any other crafting.

Fumbling toward fitness... Another steady week, with two Curves workouts, and 219 minutes on the treadmill for 12.02 miles - same duration but slightly longer distance. I've been planning to try to get by Curves thrice a week, so I'm going to start that this week. I've already been today, so I'm off to a good start!

One Little Victory I've been playing Star Trek Online for about 7 months now, and am currently enjoying their summer event. I had sworn I'd never get sucked into an MMO again after rage-quitting WoW, but STO has been good because I don't have to deal much with other players if I don't want to. DH has been playing for years, and I can always tag along with him if I need to interact with another player.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 6Jun16

We're in for some windy and wet weather here over the next day or so, courtesy of TS Colin, and hurricane season has just barely started. We certainly aren't in any danger - we get worse weather from summer storms. Such is life in Florida.

What I've been reading... I've started book 4 of Robert Bevan's _Caverns and Creatures_, and am about 80% done with the Kindle 4-pack. It's definitely not high literature, and is a bit NSFW for language, but it is quite a fun read. I might finish it and start on the associated short story compilations (_d6_, _2d6_, _3d6_) this week, but I don't think I'll be done with everything this week.

What I've been crafting... I didn't craft as much as I'd expected, given that I was on staycation, but I am about 60% done with Sea Dragon Shawl. I'll probably do more tonight during the hockey game.

Fumbling toward fitness... Two more Curves workouts, and 219 minutes on the treadmill for 11.88 miles. I'd say I'm holding pretty steady.

One Little Victory I took last week off work, and got a fair bit accomplished around the house, including replacing a broken mailbox post. I also got to sleep in most days, which has been quite relaxing.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 30May16

All gave some. Some gave all. Please spare a thought in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Onward to Monday. I'm actually taking this week off work to have a bit of a staycation. It's unusual for me to take more than a day or two off work and not be traveling, but it is a much needed break for us all. Daughter did well on her finals, and is done with school until August. Well, except for summer work (mostly reading). This week, though, is for resting and recharging. I do have a list of around-the-house tasks to do, but that should still leave plenty of downtime. I hope.

What I've been reading... Last night I finished book 1 of Robert Bevan's _Caverns and Creatures_ series. It's a Kindle 4-pack, so I have 3 more books to go. It's definitely a quick and enjoyable romp. It's possible I'll finish the series this week, but I make no promises.

What I've been crafting... I've been intermittently knitting on Sea Dragon Shawl, but not a whole lot yet since last week. I should get further this week, although I do also want to pick up the magi Nativity panel again as well.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made my usual two workouts at Curves this week, and did 218 minutes on the treadmill for 11.41 miles, which is pretty much on pace with last week. I should match that this week.

One Little Victory I finally took the time to try out my yarn swift and ball winder, and balled up my yarn leftovers from my two afghans, as well as the second skein for Sea Dragon Shawl (I'll probably need that ball tomorrow). Yarn swifts are a wonderful invention, and winding was a breeze!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 23May16

Milestones come upon us so quickly! Daughter's junior year is nearly at an end, and since last entry, she celebrated a birthday. I feel old, and proud, and wondering where the time has gone.

What I've been reading... I finished _2113_, and started a kindle compilation of Robert Bevan's _Caverns and Creatures_ series - a somewhat guilty pleasure read about the adventures of a tabletop gaming group who falls afoul of their gamemaster and end up in the gameworld...as their characters. Hijinks ensue. I've barely started, but DH laughed rather frequently while reading it, and I'm enjoying it so far.

What I've been crafting I reached the halfway point on Sea Dragon Shawl! I've finished all the increase wedges, and have started the decreases. I also realized I was making a minor technical error with the wrap+turn, but I'll do it properly from now on. Knitting is a good thing to do while watching playoff hockey!

Fumbling toward fitness... Another two workouts at Curves, and I did well on the treadmill this past week - 219 minutes for 11.35 miles. That's my best week this year, and I hope to match it this week.

One Little Victory At her school's underclassmen awards ceremony, daughter took an award (excellence for best in the class, or merit for second best) for every single class she's taking this year. We're very proud of her!

Oh, and she dragged me outside last night to see Mars. I have now seen Mars with my naked eye, and a bonus Saturn to boot. That was quite cool.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 16May16

Summer with its unwelcome humidity seems to have arrived here in Florida, which makes me very grateful for climate control.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 298 of 381 in _2113_, so I should certainly finish it this week.

What I've been crafting... What crafting time I did have this week was finishing my friend's round robin piece. I'm very happy with the result, and I'm looking forward to resuming work on the magi panel and Sea Dragon Shawl.

Fumbling toward fitness... Another good week at Curves. I may try to bump up to three times a week once summer is in full swing, if I can figure out how best to balance it with occasional overtime. I also did 214 minutes on the treadmill for 10.84 miles. Slightly less distance for slightly more time, but this past week's workouts have had a bit more elevation.

One Little Victory Daughter is nearly done with her junior year of high school, and barring catastropically poor final grades, will finish with 7 A's and a B, the latter in AP Physics. College is just around the corner...

Monday, May 09, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 9May16

I had a very nice Mother's Day yesterday - lunch out with my husband and daughter, then a quiet afternoon and evening watching hockey and other TV. It's nice to have downtime.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 199 of 381 in _2113_, the collection of short stories inspired by Rush. The story I just finished was inspired by "I Think I'm Going Bald", believe it or not. I may finish the book this week, but we'll see.

What I've been crafting... I've done a little bit on the magi panel for Nativity, but maybe only an hour or so. Same with knitting on Sea Dragon Shawl. I did design and have started stitching on the last piece for a round robin I'm in. I should finish that this week, then back to the magi panel.

Fumbling toward fitness... I've been very consistent about getting by Curves twice a week, and I maintained that pace this week. I also got back on track with the treadmill, doing 213 minutes for 10.97 miles.

One Little Victory My oldest grandson had his First Communion on Saturday, which was a good milestone.
In more temporal news, the Lightning beat the Islanders in 5 games to advance to round 3. Last year they went to the Finals but lost, but I'm hoping the Cup is in their future this year.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 2May16

It's May, the lovely month of May. Hopefully all my best-laid plans won't go blissfully astray.

What I've been reading... I finished _War in Heaven_ and am on page 74 of 281 in _2113_. The short stories I've read so far have been enjoyable, and varied. The next one in the book is "A Nice Morning Drive" by Richard Foster - the song that inspired "Red Barchetta".

What I've been crafting... I've done another hour or two on the Magi panel for Nativity. Slow progress, but faster than I'd been the past year or so. I also knit a bit more on Sea Dragon Shawl, but am not yet at the halfway point.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves my usual two times, but fell slightly short of last week's treadmill effort - only 197 minutes for 9.9 miles. I'll try to do better this week.

One Little Victory My stepson came in town this weekend, and we got to visit with him for a bit. We hadn't seen him since December, and it was good to see him again.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 25Apr16

Hard to believe it's nearly the end of April, and it's starting to get (and stay) rather warm where I am. I'm still not sure how people managed to survive Florida without climate control.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 208 of 256 in Charles Williams' _War in Heaven_. It is a good read, if a bit slower to read than more modern works. I'm looking forward to picking up _2113_ after that, hopefully sometime this week.
I picked up a set of books on a Kindle sale called Critical Failures by Robert Bevan, which is a humorous take on tabletop gaming. DH finds it hilarious, if a bit crass, and I'm looking forward to it after _2113_. Sometimes one just needs a light and fun read.

What I've been crafting... Most of what little crafting time I took this week was working on a friend's round robin piece. I've also done a little more on the Nativity magi panel. Late last week I bought a pair of MagEyes off Amazon, and that's made quite a bit of difference. I'm pleased with how well the Mageyes seem to be working - that will make the magi panel much easier.
I don't think I gave any love to Sea Dragon Shawl this week, or if I did it was only maybe an hour.

Fumbling toward fitness... Here, I did show some gains! Two workouts at Curves, and 210 minutes on the treadmill for 10.61 miles. I want to equal that this coming week.

One Little Victory Playoff hockey!! The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to round 2, and will be facing the New York Islanders (who eliminated the Panthers in double overtime last night). There are few things as exhilarating and as frustrating as playoff hockey, but I'm enjoying watching it.
And not just because of playoff beards....

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 18Apr16

I'm just about back on track from having been sick two weeks ago. Unfortunately DD caught what I had and missed a few days of school, but she's better now as well.

What I've been reading... I finished _The 13 Clocks_, which was a fun little read, and am on page 94 of 256 in War in Heaven by Charles Williams, a lesser-known Inkling to Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I'm enjoying it so far. DH was still working on _2113_ when I picked it up, but as he has now finished, I will get to that as soon as I'm done with my current read.

What I've been crafting... I've made a little more progress on Sea Dragon Shawl, though it was not a very crafty week for me. I did finally pick up the Magi panel after over a year hiatus, and made some slight progress, which is good. I may need to update my eyeglass prescription and/or get a magnifier before too much longer, though - working on 32ct dark fabric can get a bit rough on my eyes. But hey, at least it's not languishing quite so much now.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did meet my goal last week of 200 minutes on the treadmill. 203, in fact, for 10.38 miles. I'm going to try to reach 200 again this week. I also made it by Curves twice last week, and hope to do so again this week. I think I'm just about back in a routine!

One Little Victory Finally giving attention to a long-neglected stitching project is certainly a victory! I hope to make some progress on it this week. Also, both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers are in the NHL playoffs. Playoff hockey is always good TV, and having both 'local' teams in is a pleasant turn of events.