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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
12:59 pm

So, LJ friends who have not heard from me... Do you have questions for me? I feel generous: I may even answer them!

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Monday, March 21st, 2011
1:03 pm

Hi! I live and have LJ mobile now. Good times to ensue.

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Sunday, August 29th, 2010
7:53 pm
DragonCon 2010: Pre-vacation ramp up!
Sunday: Clean house.
Must clean the following:
-Living room
-Dining room
-Kitty box
-Back porch

-Finish cooking any perishable food that will go bad in interim. Feed it to myself or Wes.
-Call newspaper company to suspend delivery for a couple of days
-Buy new digital camera (YEOWCH expense, but at the same time- mine is dying and I don't want to be on vacation without one!)

-Clean kitty box
-Finish any laundry outstanding
-Clean out DVR

Wednesday: Departure day!
-Take out garbage
-Run dishwasher
-Water plants as necessary
-Top off kitty food/water supply for the automatic feeder

More to be added as necessary. If you see I missed something, fill in!
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
8:39 pm
Post: REAL one.
I'm here. Anybody miss me? I'm going to start posting here again. Because there is NO STUPID FACEBOOK SILLINESS HERE.
8:38 pm
NOTE: This post was a saved draft? But Grandma broke her hip months ago. I'm posting it for posterity's sake.

I'm still alive! Life just has not been pleasant as much as it could be lately.

Grandma fell, not this past weekend but the weekend before and broke her hip. Ball and socket replacement. Then there were problems from the surgery- basically due to all the fluids she had real low sodium levels, causing her significant confusion, hallucinations, and in general not making sense...but we didn't realize it was sodium being low for several days. We thought it had to do with how she's had bad reactions to anesthesia before. And it was difficult to diagnose because she hasn't been eating a whole lot due to not having a huge appetite normally and definately not feeling awesome now. But she's now on day three of having really GOOD days, so she's on the mend- I'm feeling a lot more positive now.

However my family is full of drama right now because of it. Sonja is having issues with Jeff and the divorce, he's being a rampaging asshole about child support and whatnot. She's upset with Mom, like usual. I wish they would just...heal some, between them, her and Mom but I don't know how to make that happen so I just stay out of the way. Mom has been stressed beyond insanity about Grandma, but before that happened she and I had a fight, and I've now decided just to not include her in any of my medical shit from here on out if it involves the chiropractor or even just in general about my neck. Dad was being somewhat petty in the middle of all of this too, but not so much I feel like dragging it out and explaining why- it was just frustrating that he was.

However, I've slogged on through alot of that; doing ok myself. I'm still exercising, although I've changed my routine somewhat. Eliminated the treadmill completely; now I'm doing:
30 minutes + 5 cooldown on the eliptical (although it's hard to say it's a 5 minute cooldown when I generally use those last 5 minutes to burn through to the 350 calories burned mark, as quickas I can)
5 x 10 reps, pushup machine, 40lbs
5 x 20 reps, situp machine, 80lbs
5 x 10 reps, hamstring machine, 60lbs

I worked out three times last week; fell one short of my four-times-a-week goal but I'm not sweating it, as long as I don't make it a habit, that's not a huge deal. I did four times the week prior.

I've learned that working out is a way for me to deal with my muscles when they are wound up, stiff, bothering me. It sorta amuses me to know that "go spend an hour in the gym" is a valid response instead of relaxing- seems just a little backwards but it's working for me.

Dante is fine. He gets a vet visit soon, he doesn't know it. I need to do it. Been trying to put a lot of money in savings, but I just pulled some out for the Vegas trip in May to pay for that...oh well, money is for spending on things you want- and to get kitty boys their shots and license.

I was going to talk about some other stuff but I don't remember what now. Dante came over and snuggled up with me so now I'm all sleepy and petting him. Going to call it a night, g'night all!
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
8:23 pm
Exercise day- something?
Considered NERO this past weekend another workout day.

Worked out Monday. 28 + 5 minutes on treadmill, 20 minutes on eliptical, 50 reps @ 50lbs on hamstring machine, 50 reps @ 40lbs on pushup machines, 100 reps @ 70lbs on situp machine.

Worked out today too. 28 reps + 5 minute cooldown on both treadmill AND weightloss on BOTH treadmill AND eliptical today. 50 reps @ 50lbs on hamstring machine, 50 reps @ 40lbs on pushup machine, 80 reps @ 70lbs on situp machine- some other guy needed it.

On to shower and then play Dragon Age.

Current Mood: peaceful
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
10:57 pm
Exercise log
Exercise: Day 5, Monday
28 minutes + 5 minute cooldown on the treadmill, weight loss program instead of just plain walking
10 minutes on the eliptical machine
50 reps, pushup machine, 30lbs
100 reps situp machine, 70lbs
50 reps, hamstring machine, 50lbs

Exercise: Day 6, today
28 minutes + 5 minute cooldown on the treadmill, weight loss program instead of just plain walking
20 minutes on the eliptical machine
50 reps, pushup machine, 30lbs
100 reps situp machine, 70lbs
50 reps, hamstring machine, 50lbs

Tried to fit in two good workouts yesterday and today since tomorrow I'll be going to see Jeff Dunham in Daytona, thursday is my massage after work, and friday I might fit one in before NERO just not sure yet.
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
3:42 pm
Exercise day 4
28 minutes on treadmill +5 cooldown, weightloss program
No eliptical time- guy came in about 10 minutes before I finished my treadmill time and started using it, and even after I finished everything else I do he still had 26 minutes to go.
50 reps, pushup machine, 30lbs
100 reps, situp machine, 70lbs
50 reps, hamstring machine,50lbs


Did that AND cleaned house earlier this morning. I'll be at UCF starting a Garou game with Tracy and Cole tonight. Where will YOU be? You should come to UCF and play Garou with me!

Current Mood: peaceful
Friday, March 12th, 2010
8:01 pm
Exercise, Day 3
28 minutes + 5 minute cooldown on the treadmill, weight loss program instead of just plain walking
15 minutes on the eliptical machine
50 reps, pushup machine, 30lbs
100 reps situp machine, 70lbs
50 reps, hamstring machine, 50lbs

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
8:06 pm
Exercise log, day 2
28 minutes + 5 minute cooldown on the treadmill, weight loss program instead of just plain walking
15 minutes on the eliptical machine
50 reps, pushup machine, 30lbs
100 reps situp machine, 60lbs
50 reps, hamstring machine, 50lbs

I have found that audiobooks make it all so much easier. Anybody know anywhere to get them for free?

In other news, a person very dear to me has broken faith with me. I am...unhappy about it to say the least. I don't know how to handle it because of all the people.... yeah.

But exercise is good. I wear out the angry through calorie burn. Also, today seemed less difficult than Monday. I hope it is because of the audiobooks.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, March 8th, 2010
7:23 pm
Exercise 2010: It begins again!
35 minutes on the treadmill (incline is broken, must transition out of it)
10 minutes on the eliptical
50 reps, 30lbs on the pushup machine
100 reps, 60lbs, situp machine
30 reps, 50lbs, hamstring machine


Exercise: It begins again.

Current Mood: exhausted
Sunday, March 7th, 2010
9:02 pm
Book Count = Book Count +6
So yeah, life has sucked the last week, but in the meanwhile, I have book updating to do! My goal for this year is 1200 words per month rather than 3 books a month; I realized I was reading some gigantic books last year and some small ones, and a good, average book of 400 words seemed appropriate. That being said, I now begin, in no order:

Book 1: Pride Mates, Jennifer Ashely. 304. Werecat romance. It actually was an interesting worldset where weres- of all types- are public, and segregated, very similar to mid-1900s America with individuals of color. I found that fascinating for some reason. The romance part of the book was simple, not complex, and the other main plot was interesting where there were crazy shifters freaking out and killings and whatnot. I'd give it three out of five stars- worth picking up at the used bookstore for a fun read. Page total: 304.

Book 2: Genghis: Lords of the Bow, Conn Iggulden. 511. Finally, the second book in the series that I had read last year came out! It's a glorious historical fiction on Genghis Kahn, one I thoroghly enjoyed. It's a very dense read, but fascinating if you have a thing for historical fiction. Read Genghis: Birth of an Empire first before this one, or you will miss the impact and backstory on why Genghis is trying to bring the Chin to their knees. Otherwise? Five stars out of five. Page total: 815.

Book 3: Genghis: Birth of an Empire, Conn Iggulden. 528. I re-read this beginning to the series after I had completed reading Lords of the Bow. This starts out with the just-born Temujin, a boy who has his destiny stripped from him in a cruel fate when his family's power dies, and his rise to becoming a force that thundered the plains of Asia. Five stars out of five. HIGHLY recommended series. Page total: 1343. January goal accomplished.

Book 4: The Werewolf's Guide to Life: A Manual for the Newly Bitten, Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers. 236. This book is frakking HILARIOUS. Holy crap, I laughed so much! It is a "dummies guide to being a werewolf" sort of book, but there is so much serious thought and rational and logic and science pumped into it that you just have to wonder in amazement. Like realizing that they describe a sound as a person shifts into their werewolf "wild" state and come to realize that it isn't the souls of the dead screaming- it's just the hairs growing in your ear as detected by your heightened senses. Seriously- who'd have thought to make that up? And it's logically relatively reasonably sound, too! Don't look at this for a novel, but do look at this for a silly fun read. Four stars out of five. Page total: 1579.

Book 5. Wolfbreed, S. A. Swann. 383. A novel set in I think possibly middle ages Europe; otherwise it's so close to it that it makes no difference. Werewolf novel but interesting in posing werewolves are born as wolves, not men who become beasts. I originally thought it would be another novel I had picked up once in the bookstore and didn't buy but it was enjoyable. Fluffy though, nothing distinct that makes it stand out from other such fantasy novels except in it's lack of anything awesome or awful about it. Page total: 1962

Book 6: Born to be Wild, Christine Warren. 325. I've read one of her other romance novels, and in all honesty that one didn't even strike me as a romance- I was very surprised to track her "The Others" series down to the romance section! Which is to say this is another romance with a plot that makes it stand out far more awesomely than just some "trash smut," which I like as well as the next red-blooded chick all things said, but still. I'm a little suprised at the neat back story- a genetically engineered virus, and the ones behind it. There's something that is a significantly bit cliche feeling about the overall plot when you finish the book, but it's definately worth reading as a series if you're looking for romance that doesn't come with "SEX SEX SEX" stamped all over it but are also looking for a more gestalt story with a little hanky panky. Page total: 2287.

I know there were more books I read, and I can think of at least three I'm working on now but damn if I can remember which the others were. But at least I'm only 113 pages shy of finishing February goal, which books me at only about 500 pages short total for the year at this point.

Suggestions for reads are always welcome! I prefer either awesome or horrible shapeshifter romance novels, awesome shapeshifter romance novels, historical fiction of the middle ages but not so much with the European middle ages unless it is awesome indeed. I like fantasy, or any fantasy-sci fi that has hackers and gaming involved. Speaking of which, I think soon it will be time to re-read Mark Fabi's Wyrm again...which is my favorite of novels. Basically, if you tell me a little about it I can tell you if I think I'll jump on it like white on rice.
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
9:18 am
I just have to say, doc appointment in the morning that takes less time than expected is awesome because then I get to go have breakfast at the nearby breakfast diner where they have free wifi!

Current Mood: peaceful
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
8:03 pm
Book Count = Book Count + ...something?
Book 24 & 25: Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyers. Cute romance story, fluffy a bit of silliness. I enjoyed it. Enjoyed the full storyline between the four books- and best of all, my Mom has read them and I can actually talk something vampire/werewolfy with her now. Haven't been able to do that since Kindred: the Embraced was on the air!

Books 26, 27: Black Gryphon, White Gryphon, Mercedes Lackey. Anybody who knows my reading habits know that Misty is one of my favorite authors, and that these books- specifically the first one- is my favorite of stories. Anybody need a copy of them, I have extras!

Book 28, 29, 30, 31: All the Weyrs of Pern, Dragonflight, Dragonquest, the White Dragon, Anne McCafferey. Another of my favorite authors. Yes, I've been on a kick of re-reading favorites, hence why you haven't seen me covering new material!

I somehow doubt it is likely I will make my 36 book count for the year, given we're on Dec 29 and I have to work tomorrow...but. It's not outside the realm of possibility that I will knock out one more. But I think next year I shall try a different approach- a book page count read, rather than books themselves. It occurs to me that Breaking Dawn was 750+ pages, which is equivalent to two books.... It's a notion.

Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, December 25th, 2009
9:21 am
Merry Christmas everyone! May you all have light and warmth this day, and the love of those about you!
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
10:22 am
Things to do today: CLEANING!

-Clean bedroom
-Clean bathroom
-Empty garbage
-Clean kitchen
-Clean dining room
-Clean living room
-Find 5 things to give to goodwill/put in garage sale box

-Make shopping list
-Empty dishwasher
-Clean cat box
-Do laundry (only one load- yay!)</s> Got it in the dryer, just never folded. Good enough.
-Refill cat food bins & auto-feeder
-Clean & refill kitty water
-Clip kitty claws
-Brush kitty
-Feed cat his hairball stuff
-Put away jewelry from the Great Formal Event preparations
-Take garbage to dumpster

Then I may resume DRAGONAGE!

It's funny: when I have a list like this, where I think somebody might read it and actually cheer me on regardless of if somebody actually does so or not...it's in its own way a sort of drive to do so.

EDIT 12:35pm: Holy crap, I never realized how much freaking jewelry I have until I just got done sorting through all of it.

Current Mood: productive
Sunday, November 8th, 2009
9:35 am
I'm running around with too much to do. And only a small amount of it was stuff I could have done previously. My stomach's mildly upset with anxiety, the stress is giving me additional problems, so yeah, I just kinda want to shoot myself, but yet I don't really want to shoot myself. I just need about 24 hours to myself, but I can't call in sick because there's literally NOBODY to cover for me. At all. Period.
Sunday, October 11th, 2009
11:55 am
New favoritest website evar.
Today I was walking into the grocery store when I saw a small boy in a trench coat that was clearly too big for him, suddenly a tall man in a ski mask sprinted around the corner, bowed to the little boy and said "master, things are not going as planned, we'll need another one." he then handed the kid a potato. I've never had so many questions. MLIA


Current Mood: giggly
Friday, October 9th, 2009
4:25 pm
Writer's Block: The one that got away
Do you believe in the concept of a soulmate? Do you think you've met him or her? Do you ever worry that "the one" got away?

Quite simply I know soulmates exist. They just aren't always the ones to become your..mmm... significant other.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
10:49 pm
Just a silly, awesome video.
Just a fun Youtube video, safe for work, highlighting some awesome bits from the Golden Age o' the telly.

And in other news, I burned my hand a little tonight. Just enough to have these like...inch long thin blisters where I grip. Because I picked up a hot fork. Doofus I.
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