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On life and other mistakes

Posted on 2009.03.20 at 10:36
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
If you've been following me on twitter or facebook at all, you'll get the idea that I'm going to the gym now. And it's true. I am. A lot. I'm making it a point to go every day, giving myself the option of skipping one day a week. I started doing this on Tuesday, March 10, after my trip to Buffalo/Syracuse. In these 10 days, I've skipped once. There have been a few days where I've contemplated skipping, but to be honest, that's not happening. Because I've learned something.

Endorphins are addicting.

Seriously. I know I'm preaching with the zeal of the newly converted, but I honestly had no idea. No idea whatsoever.

In all honesty, my workouts aren't all that impressive. But that's ok. I don't need to kill myself at the gym every single day to accomplish things at this point in time. I haven't been to the gym this much in... well... ever. And that was my mistake every other time. I would go with the intention of getting a really good workout, and I'd be all gung ho into going, and I'd push myself into near exhaustion, then I'd be so sore, tired, and miserable the next day I woudln't go back for weeks or months. I'm not making the same mistake this time. I started out very slowly. The first day, I tried the elliptical machine, and lasted less than 8 minutes before my knee gave out on me. So that was a very short workout. I consulted with a friend (who is something like 1 exam away from being a licensed personal trainer) and she recommended the bike, so I've been using the recumbant bike from now on. Second day, I did the bike for something like 10 or 15 minutes. Just a short little ride, and not too high on the intensity. A little over a week later, I'm up to at least 35 minutes at a good pace. Still have the intensity low, but I'll be working on increasing that soon. Baby steps. Besides, at the weight I'm currently at, doing ANYTHING will help! As the weight drops, I'll have to do more, I know, but right now, this works.

In the past 10 days, I've dropped at least 5lbs (I check about every day, but I only *record* once a week, and that's the number I go by) I have so much more energy than I have in a long time, and as a whole my mood is so much better. I still have my emo moments, as my friends can attest, but on the whole, I feel so much better. And that's just after 10 days. People around me have started noticing that I have more energy, too. Oh! My arm-wings are a bit smaller too! Glee! I'm hoping to feel more comfortable in a tank top come this summer. ;)

Anyway, that's the update of what's going on with me. If y'all are interested, I'll try to post more updates on my GymCrack.


Food Nerd

baked goods, so full of hate

Posted on 2008.12.17 at 11:50
I hate my oven. I really do. It sucks. It has no sense of temperature control, and its heating cycle is totally out of whack.

I made a batch of cookies today. Sugar cookies. They weren't overly sweet, but the dough was certainly tasty. So anyway, I rolled out the dough and used my biscuit cutter to make perfect circles. Good, right? Then I put them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, and put them in the oven. The recipe called for 375 for 9 minutes. Knowing my oven is crap, I put them in at 350 for the 9 minutes.

Five minutes into it, I started smelling.. something weird from the kitchen. So I went into check them. Aaaand discovered that, had I waited the additional 3-4 minutes, my cookies would have been totally burnt. :P They were starting to get a bit overly brown around the edges. They WEREN'T burnt, but still..

So for the next batch that goes in the oven, I'm going to try a few things differently. First, I'm not going to roll the dough out so thin. Leaving it a little thicker should help. Also, think I'm going to try putting a thin layer of... something (peppermint, chocolate.. chocolate peppermint? I dunno!) between two layers and rolling them up, chilling the log, then cutting pinwheel cookies, and trying to bake that. :) I think it'll be good. :)

anyway, at the moment, I have the day off. i was supposed to have a doctor appointment this morning, but it got cancelled b/c of the weather. so I'm going to hopefully have the rest of the day off. i may end up getting called in tonight, so we'll see. This is my last day off before christmas, so I'm trying to savor it. I think I may take a bath here in a bit, and a nap. Mmm.. Naps. I'm working over sixty hours in the next 7 days.  Christmas Day, I am going to spend asleep, I think. Oh, and we're going out for chinese buffet, we've decided. I really have no desire to cook. I think I'll try to do a holiday dinner type thing for new years eve day or something (since I have to work new years day). We'll see.

So I'm not yet dead, however that may change in the next week. Oi.

Wish me luck.


Food Nerd

A Meme! So's I don't have to be writing

Posted on 2008.11.21 at 06:01
Stolen from neweuropa79 .

I guess I've earned my Food Nerd icon. Hee! ;-)

Your result for The hey good lookin' whatcha got cookin' test...

Executive Chef 85%

85% accuracy!

Amazing result! You must really know your veggies. Either you are already a chef, or perhaps you just love to cook. You seemed to do well with even the more obscure vegetables.

Most of the vegetables used in this test came straight from the garden. They were so much fresher than those that are shipped across the country. For more recipes and pictures feel free to check out my blog "straightfromthefarm.net".

Here's how you did compared to others...

Executive Chef

Sous Chef

Sauté Chef

Vegetable Chef

Fry Cook

Maître D'

Bus Boy

Wendy's Bun Toaster


Please visit my journal if you wish to check your answers.

Take The hey good lookin' whatcha got cookin' test
at HelloQuizzy

Food Nerd

Yay for the Nets

Posted on 2008.11.20 at 08:24
I'm back, having survived my brief foray to the land of Internetless. Meh. I hate being without it.

Anyway, I've made some progress on NaNo. My word editor says I have a little over 27k words right now, while the NaNo Word Count  thingy says I have over 28k . . .  And who am I to doubt the NaNo Word Count thingy, hmm??

Anyway, I'm probably not making it this year, but I intend to keep working at it. I think I utterly failed in the first week, to be honest. The rest of this is just writing. I'm also majorly deviating from the "spirit" of NaNo. No.. I can't really even call this a 'novel'. It's more like.. random scenes. Some of them even share the same main character.

Anyway. I still am going to plug away at it. While it's not "officially" what nano is supposed to be, oh well. I have resolved that I will NOT bump up my word count by writing "I am A little fish" ten thousand times. <.<  >.> What? Like you all haven't thought of doing that? :P

Anyway! Off to work I go!


AB This, AB That, Fangirl, Fangirl, and then I found ten dollars.

Oh Bother

Fail FTW!!

Posted on 2008.11.12 at 10:07
Ok, not quite a Failure yet, but man, am I behind.

It's the 12th of November, and I should be at a hair over 20k words. 20,004 to be exact. I am at... 16,105. About 4k words behind. Thankfully, I have today off and I'm going to try to play catch up today. If I can hit that 20k mark by the end of the day, I'll be happy. I intend to pad my word count by having my characters recite poems, sing songs, and perhaps give a dissertation on man's inhumanity to man. Heh. I don't know. I feel like I'm cheating anyway, because this story doesn't really have any sort of plot that binds everything together. It's more a collection of scenes with the only defining characteristic being the characters themselves.

Anyway. I'm not dead yet. Which is somewhat surprising, I think. More later. Going to get back to writing crap. And making breakfast. I'm hungry now.


On Electoral Matters

Posted on 2008.11.04 at 05:10
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
To my friends living in the United States:

Happy Election Day. Now get your ass out there, and go vote. Who for? That's up to you. Don't like the Demican or the Republicrat? Vote for a third party candidate. The point is, go vote. Make your voice heard. In less than 24 hours, it's all going to be over but the shouting.

To my friends living outside of the United States:

Happy "Not Having to Put Up with the US Political Bullshit for the past two or more years, and hooray it's finally almost over so maybe they'll shut up about it for a few years" day!

I know I haven't waxed political much on here, and that's for a reason. I honestly don't care all that much one way or the other. If you look past all of the rabid campaign-bots on either side, and can get past the cries of "OMFG!Terrorist!" "OMFG!Bush!" and whatever fun names that they like to call each other, it boils down to one thing.

We have two men who, while they have different views of how to get our nation to a better place, they still BOTH want to get us there. Yes kids, believe it or not, neither party is running for the presidency with the thought of, "Gee! What can I do to fuck over the entire nation?"

Those of you who know me know that I tend to be a semi left leaning centrist. That being said, I am a registered Democrat. Whether I will be toeing the party line this time around, I really honestly don't know yet. But that's neither here nor there. I wanted to give an "open letter" of sorts on this early morning of election day to my fellow Democrats.

1. I know that you feel that it'll get you more votes, and you know what? Maybe it has. But for the love of whatever god you hold dear, it got really old to see an entire democratic campaign based on "OMFG! He's just like BUSH!!" And then bitch about how Sen. McCain "wasn't running on the issues". Really?  I guess if you yell loud enough about your opponent's faults then they won't notice that you have the same ones. Oh, and one more thing. A campaign based on "Change!" and "Not-Bush!" isn't really running on the issues either.

2. And would you PLEASE stop going on about how Sen. McCain has run the "dirtiest campaign in history". Um. No, kids. This was actually fairly civil. If you'll remember your history, you'll read about how, in presidential campaigns long past, before the advent of television, radio, or this new-fangled Intarwebs, newspapers were the politicians mouth-piece. And it was routine to see interviews from people who "knew the candidates" to state with all certainty that said candidate's opposition was a known pedophile who raped babies and kittens, and boiled puppies alive. Politicians of that bygone era would look at this supposedly "dirty campaign", then promptly laugh and call us a bunch of wusses with no stomach.

Anyway, I had other things on my mind, but now it's time for NaNoWriting, and Breakfastings.


Food Nerd

"How very Kenobian of you, old friend"

Posted on 2008.11.01 at 09:24
I'm off to a fairly good start. I made my goal to write at least three thousand words today, and I'm already at almost 2300. I wrote about 700 words at midnight, just to get started, and I've been writing off and on since about 5:30 this morning. It's coming fairly easily for me right now, which is good. Mostly because, I've decided, I'm not letting the Internal Editor have any sort of say. No, sentences are sloppy, my paragraphs are utterly hopeless, and the only thing I'm caring about is making sure my spelling isn't too FUBAR. Hey. I have to give I.E. SOMETHING to whine and complain about. I figure spelling's fairly easy to look up and correct. ;)

I'm considering upping my goal to 5k words today, but we'll see how it plays. Presumably, I should be able to reach close to 10, if I REALLY wanted to push it. I don't know that I do, though, but I do want to use days like today - where I don't have to go to work, and don't have to do much of anything - to get a good jump on the word count. It will make me feel not as guilty on the days when I'm just too exhausted and I'll feel lucky to spit out a hundred words. To be on target, I need to reach 12,500 words a week, give or take. Not entirely undoable. The more words I can spit out earlier in the process, however, the easier it will be during the end of the month - the after-Thanksgiving hell that the World of Retail has.

Anyway, going to play a game for a half hour, then go back to it. :)

I can't say I'm *happy* with what I'm writing, but it does feel good to be writing, even if it is total crap. ;)


Oh Bother

Let the Games Begin

Posted on 2008.10.31 at 23:53
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
It's about 5 minutes before the start of NaNo 2008, and I'm wondering what the heck I'm doing. No, I know exactly what I'm doing. Now here's hoping that I can remotely pull it off. I did it once. I can do it again. :) So let's see if I have my official NaNoWriMo Checklist...

Favourite Writing Sweater? Check.
Mug of General Foods International Coffee in the Special Mugs I bought especially for NaNo last year? Check.
Writing Program Open, and ready to go? Check.
Faithful dog curled up next to me, ready to give me support? .... Partially check. I think she's asleep, and would therefore be very grumpy if I tried to wake her up. But we'll call it good.
Fingers limber? Check.
Ideas in my mind, and words ready to go? Eh. Five out of Six ain't bad.

I have no idea what I"m doing this year. I"m just going to write, I think. To hell with a plot, or anything like that. This may turn into a collection of scenes that at some point melt into a story.

Ok. 2 minutes to go. Time to sit back, sip at my mug for a moment, then get started.

Good luck to you, my fellow NaNo'ers!

Wish me luck as well.

I'll see you in a month.


Food Nerd

Decisions, Decisions

Posted on 2008.10.15 at 21:36
I've come to a decision tonight regarding NaNoWriMo.

I am going to participate. HOWEVER, I'm setting down a few ground rules for myself.

1. No one is going to see what I write. I may inflict a few passages onto maetelle , but she's family so she doesn't have a choice. The rest of you will escape relatively scott free. I may make a random passage post helpfully hidden behind an LJ Cut, but probably not.

2. Since no one is going to read this, ever, I am not going to care about how it sounds or how things are worded. There is no chance that this story will ever EVER be published  ANYWHERE, and I'm never going to edit it to make it 'publishable'. I am just going to write.

3. I'm not planning ahead. I'm not writing down plot ideas. I'm not doing anything. Yeah, I'm thinking of things (I've already got a few scenes plotted out in my head) but I will have no definate plan or plot. Hell. It worked for the first year I did it. Why not this one? The only thing I'm allowing myself to write down is a list of characters, or rather, some potential names for characters, so I don't have to think about that.

Of course, I may change my mind before November first, but that's where I currently stand.

Wish me luck.



For Mae..

Posted on 2008.10.11 at 08:49
And in an inside joke that only one person will laugh at..

maetelle ? I am totally drinkin the kool-aid.



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