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, October 01, 2018

Monday miscellany - 1Oct2018

The months fly past at an increasing rate, it seems, and October is already upon us.

I’ve been doing some thinking over the past week about my recent lack of success with exercise goals, and have come to the conclusion that I need to restructure some things. Rather than committing to treadmilling every day and Curves every weekday that they’re open, I’m going to start by setting a somewhat ‘modest’ goal of 200 minutes a week between those two things (or any other exercise). Once I’ve had 3 consecutive weeks of meeting that goal, I’ll increase it to maybe 210 or 225, and just keep progressing upward from there. This gives me a bit more flexibility to adapt to busy days, illness, travel, or all those other little bits of life that play havoc with best-laid plans.

Speaking of best-laid plans, off to the updates!

What I’ve been reading…. I read Brian McClellan’s novella “War Cry”, and have started _Straight Outta Tombstone_, a collection of short-stories set in the Wild West with a sci-fi or fantasy twist to them. I’ve been enjoying it so far.

What I’ve been crafting… I finished the central square on Chatelaine’s “Violet Mandala”, and have set that aside for a while. I’m about to pick up Teresa Wentzler’s “Fantasy Triptych” again – I only have the castle panel remaining, and will continue work on that until I’ve finished. After all of the over-1 violets I stitched last month, this should go a bit more quickly.

Fumbling toward fitness… After the decision to revisit my exercise goals, I did succeed the first week of it, with 201 minutes total. I went by Curves 4 times and made up the balance on the treadmill. Short story collections do seem to help my treadmilling!
My Lumosity and Duolingo streaks are still going strong, but I've not had much of an issue with that.

One Little Victory I achieved my 800th workout at Curves! Also, UCF is now 4-0 and has a 17-game win streak. Go Knights!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday miscellany - 24Sept2018

Well, after last week's inauspicious start, things were fine once I got my car back and life could proceed as normal.

Unfortunately "normal" now also seems to be a consistent string of treadmill intentions gone awry, and I need to figure out why I'm letting my routines slide so much. So, there's some soul-searching in order so I can get back on track. Perhaps I need to recalibrate my routine if I'm just being too ambitious with what I plan to accomplish.

But onward to status!

What I've been reading... Well, I still have "War Cry" at the top of the queue, but somehow haven't cracked it yet. Hopefully once I get back on track with the treadmill, my reading will also pick back up.

What I've been stitching... I didn't stitch much during the week, but I did make some decent progress on Violet over the weekend.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it by Curves every weekday that I had a car, which is good. I also continued my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks, which is also good. Treadmill is where I'm falling flat, as I have for the past several weeks, and that's something I need to address.

One Little Victory In college football, UCF is undefeated at 3-0. Go Knights!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday miscellany - 17Sept18

My evening has been somewhat subpar - got a flat on the way home and discovered my car had a tire repair kit instead of the donut spare, and sadly the flat was such that neither the repair kit nor the can of Fix-A-Flat got me mobile again. Fortunately, I didn't have to wait too long for a tow, and hopefully my car will be back to all-fours tomorrow.

In the grand scheme of things, it's a minor inconvenience, especially compared to folks up in the Carolinas, so I'll count my blessings even if it did throw off my evening.

What I've been reading... I finished _Kill the Farm Boy_ yesterday, and found it enjoyable. Up next is Brian McClellan's newest novella, "War Cry".

What I've been stitching... I've done about half of the over-1 on Violet Mandala that I'd hoped to accomplish this month, so it's still looking like a reasonable goal.

Fumbling toward fitness Much the same as recent weeks - I've been pretty good about getting to Curves regularly, and my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong, but I'm still struggling with the treadmill. I had hoped to try to get back on track tonight, but the flat has put a serious dent in my motivation. Still, I know I need to do it, even if I only do a few minutes tonight.

One Little Victory DH and I spent the weekend in Atlanta for a family event, and got to spend time with an old friend while we were there.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Monday miscellany - 3Sept2018

Well, apparently I did indeed jinx us last week - there are now two active tropical storms and another wave that's being watched out in the Atlantic. Fortunately none of them are a threat to us for the coming week, but it's a sudden spike of activity after a long period of quiet.

What I've been reading... Not a lot of reading this week, but I am up to 11% in _Kill the Farm Boy_.

What I've been crafting... I finished the bottom of my round-robin and have picked up Violet Mandala again. There's a lot of over-1 right now, which I am hoping to finish this month.

Fumbling toward fitness The good: I made it by Curves all 5 weekdays again, and my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks are still going strong. The bad: I'm still hit-or-miss on treadmilling, although I did do 4 times this week so that's an improvement over last week.

One Little Victory DD's dog loves the little blanket I made for him, and DD likes the canvaswork piece I sent. It makes me happy that they appreciated my gifts.
Also, college football has started! Both UCF and Georgia Tech won their games handily this past weekend, so that's a good start.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday miscellany - 27Aug2018

Ugh. Nothing like coming home after a long workday and a workout to find out that it's 84 degrees in the house because the A/C wasn't running. Fortunately rebooting it seems to have it working again, and it's finally starting to cool down.

What I've been reading... I don't think I read much, if any, this week, so I'm still very early in _Kill the Farm Boy_.

What I've been crafting... I used some leftover yarn to crochet a small blanket for DD's dog, to ride along with the framed piece I made last week. I've started working on the bottom band of the round-robin I mentioned last week, and hope to finish it this week before moving on to Violet Mandala.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did well at Curves last week, making it all 5 weekdays, and my Duolingo and Lumosity streaks continue to tick ever upwards. Treadmilling, well, that's another matter. I only did 3 days due to various excuses, and that's also reflected in my lack of reading this past week. I'm going to try to better on that this week, starting with tonight....once the inside temperature is down to something reasonable!

One Little Victory The tropics have been blissfully quiet for us so far this season, and nothing is coming up in the next few days. (Now, I hope I haven't jinxed us by saying that!)

Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday miscellany - 20Aug2018

Another fairly quiet week here, but quiet is good.

What I've been reading... I started _Kill the Farm Boy_ by Delilah Dawson and Kevin Hearne, that purports to be a satire of common fantasy tropes. I'm only a chapter or two in, but it's promising so far.

What I've been stitching... I finished Needle Delights "Rainbow 2" and already have it framed and ready for its intended recipient. It was a very quick stitch, even on black canvas. Next up is to put the final band on my round-robin that I got back early this year, then I'll move back to Chatelaine "Violet Mandala", although that may not be this week....

Fumbling toward fitness... Probably closer to a faceplant than a fumble. I did make it by Curves on four weekdays, but also only treadmilled 4 days. I need to do better this week.

One Little Victory I got a chance to try Dogfish Head's Fruit-full Fort, a tasty berry-loaded beer that reminded me of a quad, a port, and a barleywine at various points while I was drinking it. It's also a bit of a heavy-hitter, coming in at 18%, so it's definitely one for sipping and savoring.

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.