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|Friday, July 8th, 2011|
I have a *big* customer (TM) They had mock Go-LIVE yesterday for the new build. We were supposed to release it to them at noon today.
oh well. I can only care but so much.
|Wednesday, June 29th, 2011|
|Monday, June 6th, 2011|
|Belly, Belly, Belly, Belly, hop!
The show Sunday went well (I think). I don't like big student recitals. It turns into a ridiculously long day for 3.5 minutes dancing. Although everyone else stressing out really gets to me. I spent lots of time sitting with the one person in my class who wasn't stressing (and who always smiles when she dances). The rest of the time I pinned people's hairpieces, and ran thru the veil backstage.
Dinner was very nice - just the 4 of us. 219 is a good restaurant.
|Monday, May 16th, 2011|
|leg, water at the races and super juice
This weekend I did very little that was mobile. I packed, cleaned, did lots of laundry, a little gardening, a short walk, and went the the vintage car races. (I can't believe I almost missed them!)
I am happy to say that my leg/hip is feeling much better after the rest. Actually on sat it was feeling fine, but then I did that whole list of stuff like going for a walk and whatnot so Sunday it was reminding me that one good day does not a full recovery make. So we (theLJless, my parents, Unkle George, and I) went to the races. Where it rained. A lot.
Only after the Datsuns got to run. and the bug eyed sprites. and a very pretty triumph, and a rather nice Morgan. There is one in every class, the hotdog racer who can drive more than the car can deliver.....
So in one race you had the bug-eye (#54
) passing cars it had no right being faster than. But then it was a road track, so you know... skill.
In another you have the little yellow vintage (British driver set up) mini going around Carousel on 3 wheels - Every lap. Which was lots of fun. He never went squirrel, thou so I think he was doing better than many others. Even if he was lapped.
But then the torrential downpour so we went home and I sat still for a while more.
Today I discovered super juice! I think it might be a type-o. it claims 110 cal, fat free, sugar free (no artificial sweetener), low sodium, 16g protein, 23g fiber.
Rice juice to my snacking rescue!
|Friday, May 13th, 2011|
|or- why I'm a moron
Yesterday's story starts Tuesday (well it starts 3 million years ago, but lets be relative here.)
Tuesday was amazing weather of wonderfulness. So I ate lunch outside. yay! The picnic benches that I eat at are actually our neighbor company's benches, so I have to go down the little hill to get to them. There is a graded part of the hill and a steep part. I am breaking in new hiking boots so I went up the steep part on my way back and twinged my groin.
Then I danced on it for several hours in class, and did lots of yoga, and glutes, and generally pushed the poor muscle/ligament/hip too far. My twinge became an oowee. Class was canceled on Wednesday, so only a little dancing at my desk, and the three laps around my building I've been doing at lunch this week because it is so nice out, and why do I have to be stuck inside anyway? I felt just fine.
So I played softball (which is fun) we need 3 girls to play and only had 3 girls, so yay! playing softball. I did sun salutation to stretch because stretching is good
my first at bat I hit the ball, turned to run and felt a very painful pop like I over-tensioned a warp and some of the strings snapped. More stretching in the right field. The ball never goes there anyway.
2nd at bat- *crack* run. more pain. now there is a compensatory pain down my the outside edge of my thigh. (there is a big muscle that goes diagonally from inside groin down near outside knee. it is under other muscles, I'm fairly certain this is was trying to support the outchy part)
Stretching is just making things worse.
more at bats. more pain. Each time I try to run it just gets worse. I end up with pain shooting down the center back of thigh. I'm not running anymore. The first baseman is joking about giving me piggy back rides to right field. I honestly don't think that would have helped.
Someone finally says to me that I don't have to swing when I'm up there. I honestly hadn't thought of that.
my last at bat I decide i'm not swinging at anything they throw at me. I get a walk. hurray.
it is very hard to elevate your hip.
There is no comfortable way to lay and ice it. I ice the back of the leg, too to try to make that muscle calm down.
Today, Still painful. I'm okay lying lat on my back, I'm outchy but good if I'm sitting, reclining with my chest elevated is right out. Walking is.... not okay but doable.
And in 4 days I get on a plane to fly off to my 9 day hiking trip.
|Tuesday, May 10th, 2011|
|Food & Balanced Diet
life would be easier if someone just invented a food substance pre-packaged in servings that were 20g protein, 10 g fiber, and less than 5g sugar. All for under 120 calories. And low fat. And filling.
Then I could just eat 3 of them a day as snacks and breakfast..... and a REALLY trashy bad for you meal.
oh- they should totally taste like grilled cheese sandwiches with fresh tomatoes.
If you can't tell I'm counting intakes again. I'm alternating 1 month counting 2 months not counting. mostly because I start obsessing about food blogs when I'm counting.
(I only count protein fiber and sugar because I'm not really a health nut, and I found that if I only counted calories then I ended up not eating a balanced diet. Fiber is a good count of my veggies, protein is a good count of my meats, and sugars & calories represent how much junk food I'm splurging on.)
I want this:http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/02/eggs-in-a-hole-grilled-cheese-breakfast-sandwich-eggsplosion.html?ref=obinsite
|Wednesday, April 27th, 2011|
|Turtles all the way down.
This morning I saved a turtle from un-assured destruction. He was chilling in the middle of the road on my mountain. Little turtle head high.
I stopped, moved him to the grass (he hissed at me and shelled up), then moved on with (my) life.
My turtle karma balance is still not in my favor. but maybe it was the same turtle from 66 yesterday, and the same turtle from 66 the day before. I must rescue another turtle from destruction and then I will be neutral balance.
Really box turtles should not be on the shoulder of 66... it just isn't safe.
In other news- I have 'officially' moved out of the town house. All I need to do is change my address with the official channels.
I like the mountain, but not with the commute.
|Monday, April 11th, 2011|
In 6 weeks I will be with my newest love:
I'll get you a stuffed one, Platypus girl, to go with all of your penguins.
I need to start planning for real. I'll need hiking boots. and make a list of clothing.
and luggage.. oh poo. I'll need luggage.....
|Wednesday, April 6th, 2011|
|state of me.
I don't know if this is a win or a loss.
|Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011|
The fires in skyline were still burning last night. I hope the snow helped control them somewhat. Warren county report that the fire is 15% contained.
MD has their fires under control (yay)
Just to give a better frame of reference. So far the fires have covered nearly 3000 acres. Roughly 650 acres is equal to 1 square mile.
|Monday, February 21st, 2011|
|Guess what I DIDN'T set fire to....
You may have heard of the 2,000 acres of burned land in the Skyline Drive.... No? Here have a news article:http://wcrnews.wordpress.com/
I am hear to tell you - It wasn't me, I was out of the state when it started!
Hopefully it will rain hard today, because when I was driving home yesterday you could still see the smoke.
|Monday, February 14th, 2011|
|last week really sucked
After all of the suck Wednesday and Thursday - I didn't send my corset body out to be fitted.
Saturday I broke my sewing machine.
I am so pissed. I don't know if I have a back up right now. I'm going to have to dig one up.
And that 5 pounds I lost in Jan - gained it back. with interest.
Things will be better this week. The weekend is Ymir. Tonight there are clowns (or possibly jyhad with clowns) Thanatate made me a beautiful dance journal. I'll drop the sewing machine off today at lunch, to see if it can be repaired.
Happy valentines day everyone. Have a cuthulu v-day card... ( Read more...Collapse )
(oh! and theljless offered to get me flowers if it would help. I told him it was okay, he didn't have to)
|Friday, February 11th, 2011|
|Guess What I set fire to....
Wednesday night I drove home, and discovered roads covered in black ice. After being warned by the nice police man, and watching the (purple) convertible perform road ballet.... Let’s just say following distance of a semi or so is not always a bad thing. ( Read more...Collapse )
It was a terrible drive home. So I worked from home yesterday (Thursday).
And it was cold.
So I started a fire, and I did my best to get a nice hot burn going. I did a really good job of it, too. One might say I did an excellent job of getting a hot fire going.
Do you get where I am going here?
The long and short of it is - the fire department is really nice, and they didn't leave a huge mess. It was completely contained in the chimney, and it looks like there might have been some (previous) damage to the roof around there that will need to be repaired. I will definitely be buying theljless
a new chimney. The fire department had to take it apart to get the fire out. Damn stubborn thing.
But the fire men were really nice. They put down tarps to try to keep the mess down, and the chief and I had a nice chat about the whole thing. I had that moment of in-appropriate desires to take a photo of the guys on the roof dismantling the chimney and send it to troy...
See - I have restraint. theljless
was really calm about the whole thing. Even when he was getting calls like, "Where is the fire extinguisher?" and "So.. I can't get to it to put it out, but it's Okay! I've called the fire department." and "I think the chimney is toast... I'll buy a new one." He's a real champ, and rather more tolerant than I deserve.
Now it is really cold at the house because there is a hole in the ceiling that lets all the heat out. And I can't start a fire to heat up the house....
Fire and I are not always best friends. So I'm working at work today.
|Wednesday, February 9th, 2011|
|Monday, January 31st, 2011|
|The loveable slime mold gets uppity; changes name
Slime mold – they are awesome. I’ve said it before, they can do all sorts of cool stuff like civic planning, economic modeling, and problem solving. The confusing mix of single cellular organisms that can join up to make a multi cellular organism are just so spiffy they’ve prompted me to hyphenate a word that describes them when in the single cell state: Community-organism. Scientists have started calling them social amoeba, which is WAY better PR than "Slime Mold".
They have a new trick. They can farm! The article: http://www.slate.com/id/2281714/
The Abstract: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v469/n7330/full/nature09668.html
And before you say, “Well, gee what is so important about that?” count the number of life forms on our planet (above ocean, because I know this much || about marine biology) that farm. I count three others: termites (kinda- it is a very primitive farming), the leaf cutter ants (they farm & irrigate underground fungus plantations) and humans. Slime molds do more than just harvest. The carry the bacteria spores with them to new locations to cultivate them when the community-organism gets there.
As the study says, “… it would provide not only evidence for extremely ancient Â« agriculture Â», but also for ancient genetic modification of cultivated organisms, in other words : Â« ancient GMOs Â»!”
Oh I’m wrong- the abstract has three other agrarian species listed. Still, out of the millions of life forms on our planet we have 6 (known) that have any kind of agriculture. In a 2002 interview about insect diversity Scott Miller of the Museum of natural history said there are between 4 and 30 million insect species. He is also quoted as saying, “…for every species of other organism in the world there are six species of fungus and one species of nematode for every insect…”
Let’s just say 30 millions species on this planet ( it is horribly conservative) and a full 10 species that (are observed to) use agriculture. Skipping all those unknown factors: That is 3.3 ^-7 % of species that farm. It's also an artificially inflate percentage.
This is a fairly unique behavior that is so far only observed in life forms with a highly organized(developed) society, where individuals have specialized jobs, and the good of the group is considered before the well being of the individual.
Really, when you think on that the community-organism of the slime mold is very much the same, only we haven’t seen/recognized the highly organized part.
Farming is what makes us so cool. (that and opposable thumbs) It goes beyond tool use, and well into my definition of higher life forms (Simplified definition: capable of abstract thought process and planning- hit me up one night when I am drunk or sleepy, and I’ll tell you all about it). Planting and harvesting a crop implies so much stuff to me – it implies social interaction/ a society with the idea of jobs; communication; pattern recognition; conservation of resources; the associated cost/benefit of carting around the spores; it implies a concept of prudence – or at least forethought; and a sense of time – or at least a concept of now vs. later.
Let me re-state that: The Slime mold, a (Mostly) single cellular organism, is farming. Wrap your brain around that. Something without a brain is demonstrating the first baby steps of abstract thought. It is damned impressive even if they aren’t understanding what they are doing.
One day they will inherit the earth. I’m not kidding.
|Wednesday, January 26th, 2011|
|Friday, January 21st, 2011|
|new electric car lust
Apparently continuing my love of small, ugly, British race cars that take their tops off:
I would love to test drive one of these:http://www.lightningcarcompany.co.uk/lightning-car-company-gallery.php
Okay- it isn't a race car. (it's a super car)
And - it doesn't take it's top off (yet)
And.... it isn't really nearly as ugly as most of the cars I love.
But it is electric!
You know- With a range of 225 miles- I'd like to own one of these.
They are scheduled for release next year (2012) but test drives should be as early as Fall this year. Exhibitionist modal is scheduled 2 years after. I like that they are re-doing the battery style. This isn't the Tesla, so none of that over 16 hrs to charge nonsense.
Still governed at 125 mph. but who cares! A- that is illegal for me to drive at those speeds anyway. B- my all time favorite car of my life has a top speed of only a little higher than that.
Of course I live in the US.... so I don't have access to charge stations. So it would be completely impractical. Unless my company were to install a charge station at my office for me. AND I could get one close to home.
Oh and the whole, I don't need a super car thing.... I can't even imagine the price. you can reserve one for 4,000 pounds or 5000 Ero. I don't think it will be in my budget. I did find an early 2000's Lotus used for $34K. I was tempted. The super 7 is one of my all time favorite vintage race cars. $34K buys an a whole lot of restoration to a bug eyed sprite.....
|Friday, January 14th, 2011|
what have I been up to?
I'm learning to drive stick. (again) it is going WAY better this time. So far I haven't killed any bunnies nor have I put the car in a ditch.
By the way, this car is destined for the track, and I LOVE driving it - even if it is only in first & second gear.... but since first gear goes to 40 mph, it isn't like low gears = excessively low speeds.
I do need to learn to take the foot off the gas when switching gears. apparently that is some hereditary race car driver habit.
I'm settling into a routine, and taking more dance classes than ever before. I'm even considering a student showcase. my "Professional" performances were fun, but this is a totally new style, and I'm enjoying it. Now that I'm getting the hang of it (2 years later?) I can write up a bio saying 'has been dancing 6 years, has a strong professional background in cabaret'
theLJless got me a wii fit for yule - I got him a wii. We are both trying to loose 15 - 20 lbs. The wii tells me I am overweight. My personal goal is to make the pixles not tell me I am overweight. Maybe I'll even fit into my garb again.
I've settled into my position at work. I like it, but I suck at it. I'll get better. Really all I can say about it is: This week sucked. I'm ready for next week.
|Monday, December 6th, 2010|
|food is not always food
I successfully made "not really" beef strogonoff for dinner last night. It was tasty, seat of my pants cooking, and I should write down the recipe for later.
Today I learned that a packet of ketchup and a package of texas pete when combined makes a terrible and smelly dip for my green beans.
I mean I'm still eating it so it can't be that bad. But it really is not at all tasty or good eats.
If anyone every wondered why I'm a terrible cook you can read my methods here:( meat recipe goes in the cutCollapse )