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, 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.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Monday miscellany - 4July16

Happy Independence Day!

So far it's been a relaxing and quiet day, but if last night was any indicator, I expect things will get noisy in the neighborhood tonight. I won't be setting any fireworks off myself, but we may try to catch some on TV or see what the neighbors are doing.

What I've been reading... I'm about 1/3 through _As You Wish_, Cary Elwes' memoir of filming _The Princess Bride_. I may have to rewatch the movie once I'm done - I've always enjoyed doing so and it's been a while.

What I've been crafting... I finished my Sea Dragon shawl! I only have a slightly fuzzy pic from my cell phone, that I'll attach at the bottom of this post. Whenever I get around to blocking it, I'll try to get a better pic. Since finishing, I've done another hour or so on Ink Circles "Tapestry".

Fumbling toward fitness... I didn't quite do so well this past week - only made it by Curves once because of scheduling conflicts. I did manage 211 minutes for 11.01 miles on the treadmill, so I wasn't a total slacker. Hopefully I'll have a better showing next week.

One Little Victory Finishing Sea Dragon and enjoying a relaxing long weekend.
Sea Dragon Shawl

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday miscellany - 27Jun16

Whew, summer is in full force here. It's been in the 90s for the past two weeks, and has been hotter than average. Already. I'm very grateful for air conditioning, and it boggles my mind that people lived in Florida prior to the invention of it.

My brain has, fortunately, not yet melted, and so I'll update.

What I've been reading... I'm about halfway through _3d6_, though I still haven't figured out yet which of the many things on my kindle I wish to tackle next. Possibly _As You Wish_, Cary Elwes' memoir on the making of the movie _The Princess Bride_.

What I've been crafting... I'm about 95% done with Sea Dragon Shawl. I also have a new cross-stitch start, Ink Circles _Tapestry_, which I'm doing as a stitchalong with several of my friends. I'm going to try to finish Sea Dragon Shawl this week.

Fumbling toward fitness A mixed bag here. I made it by Curves thrice, which is the second week in a row that I've managed to do so. That's the positive news. On the flip side, it was a very busy weekend with a drive to Orlando to visit my sister on her Disney trip, and a friend's wedding on Saturday. So my treadmill showing...not so great. Only 182 minutes for 9.33 miles. That's not a complete slack-off, but I could have done better.

One Little Victory Besides seeing my sister and seeing a friend marry a long-awaited love, I was very pleasantly surprised this week to find my original photostat birth certificate! I thought it had been lost in a break-in a few years ago, and it was nice to discover it wasn't lost forever or floating around on the identity theft circuit.

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.