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, May 21, 2018

Monday miscellany - 21May2018

We're just coming off a wonderful long weekend spent down in Key West. DH and I went down this past Thursday night for a concert - Styx and Blue Öyster Cult as a double bill, which was every bit as awesome as one might expect. When the concert was first announced, we decided to just make a long weekend of it, since I'd never been to the Keys before despite living in Florida the past 27 years, and DH had only ever been on business.

As long as we were there, we visited the Hemingway House, Ripley's, the Little White House, Fort Taylor, and a number of very good food and drink establishments both in Key West and along our route. We ended our time in Key West with Mass at St Mary Star of the Sea. Local legend holds that as long as its grotto, built in 1922, still stands, Key West will be spared the worst of hurricane damage. That legend has held up so far, including Irma last year - Key West got off very lightly considering Irma made landfall only 20 miles east, so perhaps there is something to the legend. All in all, we had a wonderful time in the Keys, and will likely go back someday.

What I've been reading... I did bring my Kindle with me, and so Father Brown did accompany us, although I didn't spend much time in his company - I'm on page 539 of 761.

What I've been stitching... I didn't stitch at all over the past week, and so didn't quite reach my goal of finishing the camel by Pentecost, but I am within a couple hours of doing so, and with a long weekend coming up, I expect to have completed it by next update.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did continue my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks, but I neither went to Curves nor treadmilled last week. According to Google Maps, though, we walked about 8 miles over our trip, not counting time on our feet inside museums. Hemingway's polydactyl cats may not care about the "Do not sit on the furniture" signs, but we obeyed them.

One Little Victory Despite the heavy rains besieging much of Florida, we had wonderful weather while we were out and about in Key West - we only saw rain on the way there and as we were departing.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday miscellany - 14May2018

Well, after last week's rejoicing, my Lightning are down 2 games to the Capitals - not the outcome I was most hoping for. Still, it's playoff hockey and generally a good show.

What I've been reading... I didn't read at all for pleasure last week, so I'm still on page 491 of Father Brown.

What I've been stitching... I did do a fair bit of stitching. The camel is done except for some of the metallics, and I'm working on the ground. I should come close to finishing it by next update.

Fumbling toward fitness I made it by Curves 4 times last week, and we'll just not talk about treadmill this week. Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong, at least.

One Little Victory It was actually a very good week. DD came over Tuesday with her BF and little dog, and we had a great dinner. DsS also joined us, and I saw DsD and her boys yesterday, so I've seen all of my children in person over the past week. DH also took me to a nice steakhouse on Saturday night, so it was a wonderful Mother's Day week.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Monday miscellany - 7May2018

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins last night to advance to the conference final! I'm somewhat torn on whether I want the Capitals to win their game against the Penguins tonight, or whether I want a game 7 so that whoever wins that series is tired when they play the Lightning. Ah, playoff hockey....

What I've been reading... Only a brief visit with Father Brown this week, making it to page 491 of 761. We did watch another episode of the BBC show, and are continuing to enjoy it.

What I've been stitching... I've started the camel's saddle and hump, and hope to finish everything but the metallics this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves all five weekdays. Sadly, I didn't treadmill quite that often. I am keeping on top of the mental exercises, though, with my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks holding steady. I really need to get a treadmill streak going again...

One Little Victory DH and I saw Spamalot at a local theatre, which was a lot of fun. We also discovered a new Spanish restaurant and I tried paella for the first time. Very tasty and we'll definitely have to go there again.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday miscellany - 30Apr2018

Already the year is a third over and DD is nearly done with her freshman year of college. Time passes far too quickly sometimes!

What I've been reading... I spent a little more time with Chesterton's Father Brown, reaching page 467 of 761. DH has started reading it as well, and last night we watched one of the BBC series of that name. We found it enjoyable enough to set up a series record on the DVR.

What I've been stitching... I've finished all of the visible camel parts and have started on the saddle/hump area. I'm still hopeful that I can finish this before Pentecost.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves 4 times last week, and treadmilled for 6 miles, a slight improvement over last week. I was feeling poorly on Thursday and didn't work out at all, else my numbers would have been a little better. I did manage to continue my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks, at least.

One Little Victory DH and I discovered a new-to-us show called _Food: Fact or Fiction_, hosted by Michael McKean, and it is both educational and amusing. Although I suspect I have a greater appreciation for McKean's puns than DH does....

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday miscellany - 23April18

We've been getting some much-needed rain the past few days. I'm very glad for it now, though I suspect that as usual I will be grousing about it during the peak of tropical storm season!

What I've been reading... I'm on page 429 of Chesterton's Father Brown stories. That's only modest progress since last week, but it is at least a small visit. I also watched one of the BBC Father Brown stories on our local PBS affiliate, and have subsequently set my DVR to capture another.

What I've been stitching... I have the whole front half of a camel for my last Nativity panel now - it is working up fairly quickly, and I'll be starting the back half tonight.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves every weekday again, and the habit is becoming easier to maintain. I'm also continuing my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks. I did do a little better with treadmill, clocking just over 5 miles. I decided drastic measures were in order and asked my daughter to nag me about treadmill as well. Since obviously it's worked quite well with motivating me to get by Curves!

One Little Victory It's playoff hockey time, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the second round. Go Bolts!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday miscellany - 16Apr2018

It's been a very appointment-ful week, with both of us having medical checkups of various sorts. Mostly that just means a lot of sitting around waiting.

What I've been reading... With all the waiting I got to spend some quality time with Father Brown, and am now on page 388 of 761.

What I've been stitching... I have most of a front half of a camel in the last Nativity panel. It's coming together quickly.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves 4 times, which was all that timing reasonably allowed. My Lumosity and Duolingo streaks are still going strong, but my treadmill time has been as spotty as it has the past couple weeks. I'll try to do better, and if I say it often enough maybe it will actually happen.

One Little Victory All of the checkups went well, and other than my extra weight, I got a clean bill of health. I've made it one more year without needing any sort of maintenance medication!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Monday miscellany - 9Apr2018

The April showers from the old adage are anticipated to drop over an inch on us tomorrow. I certainly don't mind - my lawn is in desperate need of it!

What I've been reading... I had only a brief visit with Chesterton's Father Brown, reaching page 320 of 761. It's more than I did the previous week, so that's something.

What I've been stitching... I finished the shepherd boy panel!! That's 4 panels down, and I've started the last one, the camel panel. I'm hoping to have this finished by mid-May, and if yesterday's progress is any indicator, this should stitch up fairly quickly.

Fumbling toward fitness I continued my streak of making it by Curves every weekday, and I'm finding it easier to maintain the habit that way. I also maintained my Lumosity and Duolingo streaks, although my treadmilling was not much better than the previous week. Still, progress is progress.

One Little Victory I am very happy to have started the final panel of Nativity. I should probably start pondering framing ideas...

Monday, April 02, 2018

Monday miscellany - 2Apr2018

This past week has been rather busy, full of both family gatherings and church events for Holy Week and Easter. It was a bit of a whirlwind, and while it was all good, it was a bit exhausting.

What I've been reading... I admit, I didn't read at all for pleasure this week, so I'm still on page 308 of Father Brown.

What I've been stitching... I did finish the tree and beams of light for the shepherd boy panel, so I just have the ground to do on this panel, and I should *hopefully* finish this week. Then it's on to the last Nativity panel - the camel.

Fumbling toward fitness I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays this past week, and I maintained my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks. Due to busy evenings, however, I only treadmilled twice last week, and the mileage isn't worth mentioning. Hopefully this week will be more productive on that front.

One Little Victory We saw Ready Player One over the weekend, the first movie we've seen in theatres in roughly 3 years. We really enjoyed it.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday miscellany - 26Mar2018

This past week, DH and I saw Alice Cooper in concert. He puts on a great show, and it was especially neat that it was his 42nd anniversary with his wife, who was one of the characters in the theatrics, and he made mention of that at the end.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 308 of 761 in Chesterton's Father Brown stories, and still quite enjoying them.

What I've been crafting... I didn't stitch very much this past week, so I'm still working on the tree in the shepherd boy panel, but I'm really hoping to finish this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays for the second week in a row. It does seem that planning to go every day is working out for me. I also treadmilled for 8.14 miles, which was a bit short of my goal, but considering I didn't treadmill at all the day of the concert, I wasn't really a slacker there. Lumosity and Duolingo streaks are still maintained as well.

One Little Victory I reached my 700th workout at Curves! I'd set a goal of reaching that milestone before Easter, and got there a week early. Next goal is #800 by the end of the calendar year...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday miscellany - 19Mar2018

I've discovered that being accountable to exercise can be quite motivating. In my case, the person I've tasked to nag me about exercise is someone who welcomes the opportunity for a little payback in the nagging department - my college-aged daughter. Fortunately she hasn't had much opportunity to nag me much this past week!

What I've been reading... I'm on page 229 of 761 in Chesterton's Father Brown collection, and continuing to enjoy it. Despite the difference in time period, human nature has not really changed.

What I've been crafting... I'm still making slow progress on the foliage on the shepherd boy panel of Nativity. It's a fairly straightforward stitch, but as always my stitching time is streaky.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves every weekday last week, marking the second time that's ever happened! I also treadmilled for a total of 9.4 miles, achieving my goal of 9. Next week I hope to match these accomplishments, and not just to forestall nagging from DD!
Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are also still intact - and Duolingo has added a new Klingon course. I've done the first lesson just because.

One Little Victory I made some small progress on long-overdue decluttering last week. There's still much that needs to be done and so little motivation, but I am making progress.