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 13, 2018

Monday miscellany - 13Aug2018

It's summer in Florida, with much heat and rain but blissfully no tropical activity, so I'll head straight into the update...

What I've been reading... I finished Brian McClellan's _Wrath of Empire_ late yesterday evening, so I need to decide what to read next. McClellan hasn't written the sequel to Wrath yet, so I'll probably hit one of the short story collections on my Kindle.

What I've been stitching... I finished Ink Circles "Dark Shards" on Saturday, and started Needle Delights "Rainbow 2", a small canvaswork piece that is proving a quick stitch.

Fumbling toward fitness... I'm still fumbling along. I made it by Curves 4 times last week, and treadmilled 6 out of 7 days. Not perfect, but neither complete slacking. At least my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are intact!

One Little Victory We found a great new takeaway seafood place near us, and I foresee future visits. I especially enjoyed their shrimp and grits!

Monday, August 06, 2018

Monday miscellany - 6Aug2018

My DD came for a short visit over the weekend - it was good to see her and her little dog again. It was a good start to a new month.

What I've been reading... I'm up to 90% on _Wrath of Empire_, partly because it was easier to read than stitch with a dachshund in my lap! I should finish this week, and I'll need to decide what to read next.

What I've been stitching... I didn't quite finish Dark Shards, but I estimate I've only 3 hours to go, so that should definitely happen this week. Next up is a small canvaswork piece, Needle Delights "Rainbow 2".

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays, and treadmilled 6 out of 7 days. I've been doing well with continuing to track my meals in MyFitnessPal, which is continually proving an educational experience. Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are going strong.

One Little Victory Having a nice visit with DD and doggo was the highlight of the week, and it's a victory to see her leveling up in adulting.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday miscellany - 30July2018

Another rainy Monday, typical for a Florida summer.

What I've been reading... I'm at 71% in _Wrath of Empire_, and continuing to enjoy it when I have taken time to read.

What I've been stitching... Dark Shards is coming along, and I estimate I'm at about 90%. I'm hoping to finish this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves 4 times again last week, and actually managed to treadmill every day. I'm hoping to better my mileage next week. Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong, and I am becoming more diligent about tracking in MyFitnessPal. Although admittedly I don't always stay under my calorie goal, but I'm working on that...

One Little Victory I was feeling drained after work and didn't really feel like going for a workout, but I did anyway. Small victory of the will!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Monday miscellany - 23July2018

I'm not sure how Monday has arrived again so quickly!

What I've been reading... I've made some progress on _Wrath of Empire_, and am now at 64%.

What I've been stitching... Dark Shards is continuing to come along well. I estimate I'm probably around 80% complete.

Fumbling toward fitness... Well, despite my predictions of doing better than last week...I stayed the same. I made it by Curves 4 times and treadmilled 5, and Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong. I have been consistent at logging my food and exercise in MyFitnessPal, and I think my eating choices are improving. So there's that.

One Little Victory The black coffee experiment seems to be going pretty well. I think my consumption has slowed a little, but not significantly.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday miscellany - 16July2018

Things are relatively quiet here, and I'm starting to get back into my routine.

What I've been reading... I've made some progress in McClellan's _Wrath of Empire_, and am now 59% through by my Kindle's reckoning.

What I've been stitching... Not too much stitching this week, but I have made some progress on Dark Shards.

Fumbling toward fitness... A marked improvement over last week - I made it by Curves 4 times and treadmilled 5 days. That's not fully up to routine, but I'm working on it. I have kept up with Duolingo and Lumosity, so those streaks are going strong.
I've been doing MyFitnessPal for over a week and have started to make small changes - the most notable being trying to drink my morning coffee black. It's a bit of a change for someone who 'likes a little coffee in her cream', but I figure that either I'll learn to like black coffee, or I'll drink less coffee and more tea. Either outcome would be an improvement over the ridiculous amount of calories I've been adding lately.

One Little Victory We found a very small craft brewery just a few blocks from home, and visited their taproom yesterday. We'll definitely be back.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Monday miscellany - 9July2018

The one downside of vacationing away is that in a sense you need a vacation to recover, especially when you have laundry and other tasks to catch up on. We're pretty much caught up now, though.

What I've been reading... I don't think I've read at all for leisure the past week, so I'm still about 45% through _Wrath of Empire_.

What I've been stitching... Now stitching, I did do, and am continuing to make good progress on Dark Shards. I'm hoping to finish this month, which seems an achievable goal.

Fumbling toward fitness... Much fumbling, little fitness. I didn't make it by Curves or on the treadmill last week. I've already made it by Curves today, though, so I'm already ahead for this coming week. I'm still keeping up my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks, though. I've also started using the MyFitnessPal app again as of today, so hopefully that will be as helpful as the last time I used it regularly.

One Little Victory For the Fourth, we watched the Boston Pops on the Bloomberg channel. Their coverage was almost as good as A&E's used to be back in the day, and far better than when the major networks were covering it. Also, Rhiannon Giddens has an amazing voice, and I had never heard of her before last week.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Monday miscellany - 2July2018

It's a bit hard to believe that the year is half over already.

There was no update last week because DH and I were on vacation. I had a long weekend in Phoenix visiting with stitching friends, then we spent a wonderful week in Austin visiting his sister and her family. We enjoyed the visit and having downtime, as well as plentiful samplings of Austin's best food and craft brews.

Back to the grind today, however, and back to my normal routine.

What I've been reading... Flying almost always provides me ample time to read, and I read Brian McClellan's short story "The Siege of Tilpur", Brian Staveley's _Skullsworn_, and Jim Butcher's _Brief Cases_. I'm now about 45% through Brian McClellan's _Wrath of Empire_, the second book in his second Powder Mage trilogy.

What I've been stitching... Visiting stitching friends meant a fair bit of stitching time, and I'm now about 2/3 through Ink Circles "Dark Shards".

Fumbling toward fitness Being on vacation meant there wasn't much fitness happening, although I probably did manage to drink a litre of water every day. My Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong, so there's that.

One Little Victory Austin has some really neat craft breweries, ciderworks, and meaderies. Our favorite brewery visit this trip was to 4th Tap Brewing - all of their beers were great, and we really loved the vibe.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday miscellany - 18June2018

Another drive-by blogging this week. It's been pretty hot here and we've had a couple of power hits the past week, which is a bit annoying but typical for summer in Florida.

What I've been reading... I did indeed start and finish Brian McClellan's novella "The Mad Lancers", which was another entertaining foray into the Powder Mage universe. I also read Brandon Sanderson's novella "Snapshot", a futuristic detective story. Up next is another Powder Mage short story, "The Siege of Tilpur", then I'll start Brian Staveley's _Skullsworn_.

What I've been stitching... I'm continuing to make steady progress on Ink Circles "Dark Shards", and am enjoying working on it.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays last week and did treadmill for at least 20 minutes every day, coming in about a mile short of last update's mark but still fairly steady. Duolingo and Lumosity streaks still going strong, at 166 and 163 days respectively.

One Little Victory I've added drinking at least 1 litre of water every day to my routine, and so far I've kept it up for a week straight. I probably should start tracking that under my fitness goal....

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday miscellany - 11June2018

All quiet on the eastern front (or at least the eastern coast), so straight into status this week!

What I've been reading... Late last night I finished my visit with Father Brown. It was an enjoyable read. Next up is Brian McClellan's novella _The Mad Lancers_, which I should start, and finish, this week.

What I've been stitching...Dark Shards is stitching up quickly, especially when I'm making a dent in the DVR backlog.

Fumbling toward fitness... Much better this week - I made it by Curves every weekday, *and* treadmilled at least 20 minutes every day for a total of 9.5 miles. My Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are also still going strong. I'm going to try to achieve a similar result this week, because this is the pace I really want/need to be keeping.

One Little Victory I discovered Friday that BBC America would air a number of older X-Files episodes over the weekend, so I set up my DVR to catch them. Since X-Files is an older show, there's no need to record it in HD, so I set them to record in SD and watched down some of the HD recordings of other shows.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Monday miscellany - 4June2018

Not sure how it got to be June, and the start of hurricane season, already. Time certainly flies.

What I've been reading... I spent some time with Father Brown over the week, and am now on page 637 of 761.

What I've been stitching... I've spent some time on Ink Circles "Dark Shards", mostly while watching playoff hockey or catching up on Timeless. It's a fun stitch, and after all the dark fabric of Nativity, much easier on my eyes.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves 4 times last week, Monday being the exception because it was closed for Memorial Day. I even managed to treadmill 4 times, which is better than the past few weeks, but not exactly great. My Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still intact, so at least one muscle is getting exercised....

One Little Victory This past weekend was the 1-year anniversary of my daughter adopting her beloved mini-dachshund, and he's gone from a scrawny and skittish little guy to such a loving, mischievous, spoiled bratwurst who we all adore. Rescue dogs are the best dogs.