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January 5th, 2011

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I want to see what happens when I post to FB from LJ.

Also, I have to say that going from a pot of coffee a day to almost quitting altogether is magnificent.  I only have to drink one small cup from the Moose and I'm buzzing for hours! 

September 26th, 2009

I'm addicted to a new game

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It's called "Food Journal."  I've been writing down everything I eat along w/ it's calories and fat content, the date, and the time.  I've been actually having fun with it.  Maybe too much fun.  I've noticed a considerable drop-off in my caloric intake.  If anyone cares to see how I've been doing, I've got it saved in a Google Docs spreadsheet and I can share it with you.

I hear there's an expansion for this game coming out next year called, "So You Want an Eating Disorder?".  Boy, I can't wait to get my hands on that one.

By the way, I wouldn't worry too much about my over-zealousness. I tend to get bored with things or distracted by newer, cooler things pretty often.

September 24th, 2009

Lookie at what they found in England!  The biggest find of an Anglo-Saxon hoard EVER!  Bigger than Sutton Hoo!


I wonder how long before we start seeing the cool stuff from that.  Evidently, there were lots and lots of weapon fittings.  Hopefully, there was a cool helmet or two (or other armor).

September 22nd, 2009

VoA Pennsic movie

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Courtesy of raginscotsman 's FB page, but he didn't post it on LJ.  I know not why.

You gotta see this.  I know there's a few guys on here I know.  Perhaps there are a few that you know, too (esp. around the 2 minute mark).  This is one of the better SCA videos I've seen.  Check it out.


September 21st, 2009

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Some general stuff -

Played petanque out at Chalkman John's this weekend.  Had a good time and ate too many cupcakes/drank too much beer.  Which leads me to . . .

The Mrs. and I are starting to keep track of our daily calorie and fat intake.  I'm not sure how long we'll keep it up, but at the moment I have no idea how much food I eat.  This will be an interesting exercise for that reason alone.  What I didn't eat in "good" calories yesterday, I made up for in Dutch apple crumb pie.  Go me.

Some friends of mine just had a baby.  The newborn's name is Theodore - named after daddy's favorite president.  I approve; he's my favorite, too.  I'm surprised that Mom opted for having a baby the old-fashioned way since she's a geneticist. 

I'm working day shift (kinda) this week while I cover for someone who's on vacation.  Hope my bosses say, "hey, that went pretty well.  Why don't we have him come in at 5 AM every day?"

And to take it back to Point 1, John has all the new Pennsic photos up, so stop pestering him.

September 17th, 2009

Handy Tip

If one is considering vigorous exercise in the evening, one should probably not eat half of a pizza and a bunch of cheese bread dipped in butter-garlic sauce for dinner.  Unless one hates oneself, of course.

Just throwing that out there.

August 31st, 2009

Your Daily Ennui

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August 24th, 2009

Courtesy of XKCD

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August 11th, 2009

Random Stuff

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I don't feel much like talking about Pennsic at the moment except to say I want to be more in the physical condition I was in rather than the condition I was in this time.  Make sense?  I've got a bunch of good beer left over; that's not going to help me with my waist line, but it'll be gone soon. 

I'm considering doing Weight Watchers for a couple of weeks with Gen.  I don't feel like I'm *that* overweight, but I'll take advice on eating healthier and motivation where I can find it.  Lugging fifteen less pounds around would probably help my energy level anyway.

Some nice person left a box with twelve full bags of different varieties of Herr's chips in the IT office.  That's not conducive to a healthier diet.  Nor is the spray can of Readi Whip in the fridge.  Sabotage, I tell ya.

The dog came back from Camp Grandma with fleas.  I guess Biospot isn't all that.  Hopefully, It's good enough to kill what's already on her and keep her from getting reinfested.  I put a dose on her last night.  Going to try and find some flea-killer pills today.  We're going to avoid the full-court bug bomb press unless it's necessary.  Moral: Stick with the more expensive Frontline.

There's a Pittsburgh show of the Decemberists this Friday, but I don't imagine I'll have the funds for that this close to Pennsic.  Too bad.  I love their stuff.  I wish more bands incorporated storytelling in their songs.

I might start a new shift at work today.  We'll see if that happens.  

Rediscovered the miracle that is Scribd.  Check it out.

More later.

July 30th, 2009

Vacation Part 1 coming up

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I'll be driving up to Pennsic tomorrow morning for a couple days.  I sure hope I didn't forget anything; driving back home from work and then back North again would add at least 45 minutes to my travel time.  We'll see if I actually feel up for driving 1.5 - 2 hours after I get off shift in the morning.  I've got a 5-Hour Energy grenade on my desk if all else fails.  Fire in the hole!

I ran in the rain this morning because weather.com swore up and down that it would be thundering this PM.  Damnable liars.  It actually stopped raining in the late afternoon.  I managed to get 1.5 miles today before I had to stop running.  OK, I stopped a couple times, but never for more than a second or two.  I ran three miles total  and only had to walk some of the laps in the third mile.  Let's hope vacation doesn't totally hose my progress, such as it is.

I need to update my resume because I haven't done it in a few years and my sis-in-law says I have to.  I don't even want to look at the thing.  I'm sure it'll depress me.  I really just need to latch onto a specialty field and a couple sub-specialties and then cling to them like a tick until I'm a damned expert.  As it is, I'm a jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none.

It's a good thing I'm leaving town for a few days.  It seems that one of the neighborhood stray cats has adopted us.  G made the mistake of feeding it and I made the mistake of showing it some affection, so now it wants to belong to us.  Oy.  It doesn't help that I feel concerned for it because I saw what appeared to be a bite wound from another cat on it's chest this evening. 

I don't need another pet.
I don't need another pet.
I don't need another vet bill generator.
I don't I don't I don't I just don't.
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