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, April 25, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 25Apr16

Hard to believe it's nearly the end of April, and it's starting to get (and stay) rather warm where I am. I'm still not sure how people managed to survive Florida without climate control.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 208 of 256 in Charles Williams' _War in Heaven_. It is a good read, if a bit slower to read than more modern works. I'm looking forward to picking up _2113_ after that, hopefully sometime this week.
I picked up a set of books on a Kindle sale called Critical Failures by Robert Bevan, which is a humorous take on tabletop gaming. DH finds it hilarious, if a bit crass, and I'm looking forward to it after _2113_. Sometimes one just needs a light and fun read.

What I've been crafting... Most of what little crafting time I took this week was working on a friend's round robin piece. I've also done a little more on the Nativity magi panel. Late last week I bought a pair of MagEyes off Amazon, and that's made quite a bit of difference. I'm pleased with how well the Mageyes seem to be working - that will make the magi panel much easier.
I don't think I gave any love to Sea Dragon Shawl this week, or if I did it was only maybe an hour.

Fumbling toward fitness... Here, I did show some gains! Two workouts at Curves, and 210 minutes on the treadmill for 10.61 miles. I want to equal that this coming week.

One Little Victory Playoff hockey!! The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to round 2, and will be facing the New York Islanders (who eliminated the Panthers in double overtime last night). There are few things as exhilarating and as frustrating as playoff hockey, but I'm enjoying watching it.
And not just because of playoff beards....

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 18Apr16

I'm just about back on track from having been sick two weeks ago. Unfortunately DD caught what I had and missed a few days of school, but she's better now as well.

What I've been reading... I finished _The 13 Clocks_, which was a fun little read, and am on page 94 of 256 in War in Heaven by Charles Williams, a lesser-known Inkling to Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I'm enjoying it so far. DH was still working on _2113_ when I picked it up, but as he has now finished, I will get to that as soon as I'm done with my current read.

What I've been crafting... I've made a little more progress on Sea Dragon Shawl, though it was not a very crafty week for me. I did finally pick up the Magi panel after over a year hiatus, and made some slight progress, which is good. I may need to update my eyeglass prescription and/or get a magnifier before too much longer, though - working on 32ct dark fabric can get a bit rough on my eyes. But hey, at least it's not languishing quite so much now.

Fumbling toward fitness... I did meet my goal last week of 200 minutes on the treadmill. 203, in fact, for 10.38 miles. I'm going to try to reach 200 again this week. I also made it by Curves twice last week, and hope to do so again this week. I think I'm just about back in a routine!

One Little Victory Finally giving attention to a long-neglected stitching project is certainly a victory! I hope to make some progress on it this week. Also, both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers are in the NHL playoffs. Playoff hockey is always good TV, and having both 'local' teams in is a pleasant turn of events.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 11Apr16

I'm feeling much better than I was at this point last week, and I've had a more productive week as a result.

What I've been reading... I've not read much at all this week. I'm about halfway through a children's book called _The 13 Clocks_ by James Thurber. DH is mostly done with _2113_, so I should start that this week.

What I've been crafting... I finished the Summer Mist afghan! It ended up being about 30 square feet all told, so it's rather large. The picture below is of it folded.
Summer Mist afghan
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When gathering up what little is left of the skeins, I found a knit project I'd started last year: my Sea Dragon shawl. I'm about 35% done with it now, and should be past the halfway point by this time next week.

Fumbling toward fitness... I made it to Curves twice again, and I did better on the treadmill than last week: 138 minutes and 6.9 miles. Hopefully this week I'll get closer to 200 again.

One Little Victory I've just about recovered from my cold *and* finished the afghan, so it was a good week.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 4Apr16

Nothing like getting a cold to throw a wrench in one's progress. I woke up Thursday morning feeling very much under the weather, and consequently spent through the weekend resting and recuperating. I'm feeling mostly better now - my head is clear and I'm not coughing quite so much, but my energy level is still short of 100%. So don't be surprised that this past week was not my most productive.

What I've been reading... I did finish Pope Francis' book _The Name of God is Mercy_, which I enjoyed. Very readable. I haven't started another book yet, but I just received _2113_, a compilation of short stories inspired by Rush songs. DH is reading it now, but I will certainly start it when he's done.

What I've been crafting... I made more progress on the Summer Mist afghan, and last night I used up the last of one color of yarn, so I'm about to wrap it up. I still plan to pick up the Magi panel when I'm done, assuming I do finish the afghan this week.

Fumbling toward fitness... Only one workout at Curves, and a measly 90 minutes and 4.5 miles on the treadmill. I didn't treadmill at all from Thursday until this morning, and then it was only 10 minutes instead of 15. My goal for this week is to treadmill at least a little every day, even if it's not for a full 30 minutes, until I have more energy.

One Little Victory One good thing about not having the energy to do much other than sleep and stare at the TV is that I managed to get caught up on the History Channel series _Vikings_. I hadn't seen season 3 yet and it's well into season 4. So I suppose I was productive, if one counts clearing shows off the DVR!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 28Mar16

Happy Easter! DH and I had given up meat for Lent this year, so we treated ourselves to Brazilian steakhouse for dinner tonight. Meat buffet - yum!

What I've been reading... I finished _Unnatural Creatures_, and I'm about 2/3 through Pope Francis' book _The Name of God is Mercy_. I have it on Kindle, and so don't have a current page or total page count. I should finish it before next week, then I'm back to deciding which of the extensive list of unread books to read next.

What I've been crafting... I'm still working on the Summer Mist afghan. I'm maybe 3/4 done, I estimate, but since I'm basically crocheting until I run out of a color, it is tricky to judge. After that, I plan to pick up the Magi panel of the giant MarBek _Nativity_. I started this panel over a year ago, but haven't made much progress, so I need to get back into it.

Fumbling toward fitness... Two more Curves workouts this past week, so I'm maintaining that pace. I also did 215 minutes on the treadmill for 10.75 miles - notably better than last week. Hopefully I can get close to that again this week.

One Little Victory I've been continuing to get up at 5:45am on workday mornings and treadmill for 15 minutes before I shower and get ready for work. It's settling in to a habit, although I'm not planning to move the alarm any earlier at this time. 5:45 is early enough!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 21Mar16

Spring has sprung, and it's nearly Easter. Where has the time gone?

What I've been reading... I'm on page 393 of 455 in _Unnatural Creatures_, so not quite finished. I should finish and be on a new book by next week, but then again that's what I said last week....

What I've been crafting... I'm maybe 2/3 done with my current afghan. It's a bit hard to judge, since I'm basically just crocheting on it until I use up the yarn. It's still going quickly and is a fun and mentally light project, which is nice after working overtime.

Fumbling toward fitness... Two more Curves workouts, and I finally managed to break 200 minutes on the treadmill last week. 202, to be exact, and 10.09 miles. I'll set a goal of 210 for this week.

One Little Victory I've managed to establish a routine with working overtime and still getting by Curves and handling domestic duties. Having a routine in place makes it much easier for me to handle.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday Miscellany - 14Mar16 (Pi Day)

Happy Pi Day! We had quite a number of pies at work today, including several pizzas (which disappeared in minutes). For being the first Monday post-time change, it was quite a good day.

What I've been reading... I'm on page 306 of 455 in _Unnatural Creatures_, and am enjoying the selection of stories. I may finish the book this week, and I'll need to decide what to read next.

What I've been crafting... I'm about halfway with the afghan I started last week. It's coming along pretty well.

Fumbling toward fitness... Two more Curves workouts under my belt. I also did 194 minutes for 9.72 miles, which is almost exactly what I did last week. Hopefully I'll break 200 minutes this week.

One Little Victory I had a weigh/measure at Curves last week, and I've lost 3 pounds and had a slight reduction in the tale of the tape. I'm finally making steps in the right direction!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Monday miscellany - 7Mar16

March already, and I admit I'm not looking forward to losing an hour of sleep this coming weekend due to the change to Daylight Saving Time. I really wish they'd pick one or the other and stay there instead of the semiannual back-and-forth, but I may as well tell the sun to stop shining for all the good my wishing would do.

But enough kvetching, on to status updates!

What I've been reading... I'm on page 184 of 355 of Unnatural Creatures, a collection of short stories selected by Neil Gaiman. I've mentioned before that short stories are a nice format for me to read while on the treadmill, and I'm enjoying these.

What I've been crafting... I started crocheting another afghan, Caron's "Summer Mist", with the yarn I had pulled but didn't use for the Tunisian afghan I finished last week. This one is working up much faster, and I'm close to a third done already (most of that during Saturday's tabletop gaming session).

Fumbling toward fitness Last week was a bit tricky schedule-wise, and I only made it to Curves once. I did 194 minutes and 9.71 miles on the treadmill, which didn't exactly make up for the lack, but it is still fairly consistent.

One Little Victory Some weeks it's a bit hard to find a victory, but the whole purpose of this segment is to find the good amidst the challenging. I've adapted to moving my alarm back 5 more minutes, so I'm 15 minutes earlier to rise than a month ago. I don't think i'll be moving it back further just yet - those 5 minutes were a bit of a challenge the first couple of days! Daughter is now a member of the French and Science honor societies at her high school. And I am enjoying crocheting the new afghan.

I just need to finish some chores tonight before I can get back to it.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday miscellany - 29Feb16

Today's update is on a Leap Day - may as well seize the bonus day while I can!

What I've been reading... I just finished Brandon Sanderson's _Mistborn: Secret History_. I haven't started another book yet, but I need to decide before I treadmill tonight what I'll read. So many choices!

What I've been crafting... Not much crafting this week, partly because I've been working some overtime. The only thing I did was stitch on a friend's round-robin. I did finish that, and I need to decide what to do for the next piece in the queue.

Fumbling toward fitness I made it by Curves twice again, so that habit is getting established fairly well. I also did 198 minutes and 10.1 miles on the treadmill over the past week.

One Little Victory Over the past week, I moved my alarm back another 5 minutes, so I'm getting up 10 minutes earlier than I was a month ago. I've been using that extra time to treadmill for longer in the mornings, and I'm up to 15 minutes for my wakeup walk.

That's all for now. Just trying to settle into adjusted routines.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday miscellany - 22Feb16

Another week, and another year older am I. I had a relaxing birthday, with mostly being able to sit down and take it easy on that day. The work never stops, though, and I played catch-up the next day, but it's all good.

What I've been reading... I finished Brandon Sanderson's _Bands of Mourning_, and started his novella _Mistborn: Secret History_. I'll probably finish that this week, so I need to decide what of the vast stack of unreads I should tackle next.

What I've been crafting... I finished the Tunisian crochet afghan! I love how it turned out, but I'm also simply glad to have it done. I'm currently working on a round-robin piece that I need to finish and forward, and figure out what to stitch for the next one in the rotation.

Fumbling toward fitness So far so good - another week of two workouts at Curves. And my treadmill total was 193 minutes and 9.84 miles, which is also fairly consistent. Consistency is good.

One Little Victory Finishing the afghan was my victory for the week:
Tunisian afghan in periwinkle
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