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, 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.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Monday miscellany - 5Feb2018

Last night's Super Bowl was a rather exciting one. I didn't really have a preference on a winner, since my Jaguars were eliminated, but I am usually happy to see an underdog win. Some of the ads were amusing as well, and some were touching. All in all, I don't regret the time in front of the TV. Plus I spent much of it stitching, which is always a plus.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 1005 of _Oathbringer_, and hope to finish it soon, though I make no promises on that happening this week.

What I've been crafting... I spent several hours working on Violet Mandala, and it's coming along nicely.

Fumbling toward fitness I only made it by Curves twice, and did 113 minutes on the treadmill for 6.23 miles. That's slightly down from last week, but I am going for longer stretches when I do get on. I'll try to do better this week.
For mental fitness, I did keep up my streaks in Lumosity and Duolingo. Every little bit helps!

One Little Victory Wow, that was an incredible game last night...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday miscellany - 29Jan2018

Another week, and almost the end of the month. It seems the older I get, the faster time passes.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 977 of _Oathbringer_. Slow but steady progress, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

What I've been crafting... The middle section of Chatelaine "Violet Mandala" is continuing to grow and be filled in. I'm hoping to get done with the symmetrical areas before Lent and the switch back to working on Nativity.

Fumbling toward fitness... Another week of making it by Curves thrice, and slightly further on the treadmill - 6.31 miles over 117 minutes. I'm trying to increase that further this week. I also continued my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks to keep my mind sharp.

One Little Victory The roasted broccoli and brussels sprouts I made for dinner veg turned out quite well - just tossed in olive oil and Tuscan seasoning. Tuscan seasoning is good on a lot of things!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday miscellany - 22Jan2018

The football season is nearly over, with the Patriots and Eagles both advancing to the Super Bowl. My Jaguars played well, but not quite well enough. Ah well, maybe next season.

On to the weekly updates!

What I've been reading... I'm on page 895 of _Oathbringer_, which is more progress than I made last week, but still not a great deal of progress. I've only read while on the treadmill this past week.

What I've been crafting... I spent much of the weekend stitching on Chatelaine's "Violet Mandala", and making good progress. It's an enjoyable and relaxing project.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves thrice this past week, and treadmilled every day for a total of 6 miles over 2 hours. Still far from what I used to do, but I'm slowly making my way back. I also maintained my streaks in Duolingo and Lumosity for mental fitness.

One Little Victory I got my nails done last week for the first time in quite a few months. Pedicures have become a bit of a guilty splurge for myself on occasion.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday miscellany - 15Jan18

The NFL playoffs have been quite a wild ride this past weekend. I'm pleased that Jacksonville advanced, and the ending of the Vikings-Saints game was quite a stunner. There are no teams I dislike that are still alive in the playoffs, so I'll be happy whatever the ultimate outcome is. Although it would be kinda cool for Jacksonville to go to the Super Bowl because they've never been. Or the Vikings to win it all since they're hosting, since that hasn't happened before either. In any case, the conference championship games should be exciting.

But on to my weekly updates...

What I've been reading... I haven't read much this past week, and so am only on page 839 of _Oathbringer_. I'm starting to get back into the treadmill habit, so that should help with my reading as well.

What I've been crafting... I finished the boy on the Shepherd Boy panel of the MarBek Nativity, and have put him aside until Lent. There's a tree and some ground remaining. This week I'll be picking up Chatelaine's "Violet Mandala", which has been put aside since last March, and I'll be focusing on that for a few weeks. I also prepped Ink Circles "Dark Shards" as a small piece to start for when I need a break from Violet.

Fumbling toward fitness... So far the new year is off to a decent start. I made it to Curves 3 times last week, and treadmilled 5 times. I need to get back up to daily, and for longer stretches - at one point I was close to half an hour daily but I am far from that now.
Including mental fitness in this section now, I did Lumosity and Duolingo every day last week.

One Little Victory DH and I bought tickets to see Alice Cooper in concert in a couple months, and we're looking forward to it. There are several other artists we'd like to see (or see again) in concert sometime, but those will have to go on the bucket list. (Hm...I see that Ozzy will be in Florida in late April. Might have to investigate that....)

Monday, January 08, 2018

Monday miscellany - 8Jan2018

Happy New Year! Life got quite busy toward the middle of 2017 and I just fell out of the habit of updates. It's a new year, and time to get back on track.

First, a quick review of last year's goals:
  • Read 10,000 pages - For the first time in many years, I actually failed to make my reading goal, coming in at just under 5000. If I count graphic novels, that adds another 3500 or so, but still puts me short. Still, hopefully I can reach 10,000 pages this year.
  • Do 10 101List items - To be honest, I lost sight of the 101List that served me well for a while. My latest 1001 days expired and it was a month before I even noticed. I probably did complete several of the tasks, but I think the time has come to move away from the 101List and perhaps start a more general to-do list or bucket list. I won't be carrying this goal forward anymore.
  • Isengard to Minas Tirith (Gandalf and Pippin's path) - I'm at 337 of 517, so there was some movement over the year, but I stalled out for a while. I should get there this year though.
So, with that said, my goals for 2018 are:
  • Read 10,000 pages
  • Isengard to Minas Tirith
  • Lose 25 pounds - There is a number I'm trying to reach, but I'll just put it as how much I want to lose rather than admit that number.
  • Put together master to-do/bucket list
Moving on to the weekly update format:

What I've been reading... Since last update, I finished Brian Staveley's _Providence of Fire_, and read Neil Gaiman's _Norse Mythology_ and Brian McClellan's _Sins of Empire_. I also read the entirety of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics, including the ones not on the main story arc, such as the Death compilation. Adding to my graphic novel tally was Alan Moore's _Watchmen_, which was fascinating but perhaps slightly dated in a post-Cold War society.
My current book is Brandon Sanderson's _Oathbringer_, book 3 in his Stormlight Archive series. I'm on page 796 of 1248. Yes, you read that number correctly. I'm very glad I'm reading it on Kindle.

What I've been crafting... Since last update, I finished the Star of Donegal crochet afghan, and Papillon Creations' _Around the World in 80 Stitches_. I finished the knight panel of Teresa Wentzler's _Fantasy Triptych_, and will work on the castle panel later this year.
I am currently stitching on the shepherd boy panel of the gigantic MarBek Nativity.

Fumbling toward fitness The remainder of 2017 was pretty much a loss as far as fitness goals. I am trying to climb back on that wagon, and did make it to Curves today. I am trying to get back into a Monday/Wednesday/Friday routine with it.

One Little Victory DH and I capped off our 2017 with an empty-nest trip to Asheville, NC. We had a wonderful time, seeing a family friend and enjoying lots of good food and good beer - we visited 3 breweries and 2 cideries, and there is so much more we could have done. We will have to go back sometime.