Wednesday Will Happen on Thursday

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:51 am
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I will do Wednesday Reading on Thursday, because I have a sore throat and post-nasal drip and am at home today, which means no bench press tonight and my schedule thrown out of whack, which makes me mad.

Back to the Gym

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:39 am
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After a week of choir, I went back to the gym last night. My knees felt creaky, and stiff afterwards, but I was able to do squats and deadlifts, and paired them with military press, followed by thirty minutes on the elliptical.

I'm still at 70 for military press; last week, on my one gym trip, I almost managed my 25 reps at 75, my goal, but failed at rep 23. So back down I go for a bit.

I am sticking at 155 for squats for a while, and lower for deadlifts because of hand strain. I decided to try the deadlifts without using my lifting hooks; 70 pounds was do-able, though my fingers were feeling it by the last reps. They seem okay today.

I've been skimping on the cardio lately, and mean to get back to it for my three days a week. I'd been so [mentally, emotionally] tired that after work I just wanted to go home and hide, so I'd lift at lunch, which meant no time for cardio. Not a good trend. So back to the elliptical it is.
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I am still alive.

Fever went away, though I still feel weak/fatigued. Though I had to end up cleaning the house (sweeping, mopping, wiping) since nobody had the freaking initiative to help me when I was sick and unable to move. Well, at least, the layer of dust is gone (and we live next to a construction site, so imagine the amount of dust we get). (I am also annoyed that the said site has patches of water everywhere - and they keep on blaming homeowners for mosquito breeding, when the evidence is right there in front).

But... yeah. I am alive.

[family] the rake sketch

Feb. 18th, 2017 11:11 am
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MiL *to W*: ...Did ye know there's a rake in the twin's room?

W: A what?

MiL: A rake! A garden rake.

W: Oh, a rake. Yeah?

Mil: There's a rake in the twin's room.

W: Yes.

Mil: A rake.

W: Yes.

Mil: .....

W: It's Doom!Twin02's.

Mil: It's in their room.

W: Yes.

Mil: ....WHY??

W: Because it's her rake!

Mil: .....

W: *offers no further explanation*

Mil: ...I--you--*splutter!* *throws up hands and goes to store*

this swamp just won't quit us.

Feb. 17th, 2017 05:17 pm
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Have I mentioned? I don't think I mentioned--two weeks ago we ran into yet another snag wherein our 203k inspector had apparently failed to demand the various things that would make our bathroom be functional on the original HUD form, and our contractor had actually only bid on the removal of that weird indoor outdoor shower box thingy, which they did. The bathroom is still mostly untouched, except they did a lovely job painting one wall of it--the rest remains in its original wall-to-wall plushy red carpeted, terrible tiled, disconnected bathtub glory (I will be taking more pictures of this particular 'before'. I promise).

AAAAARGH. AND ALSO, PLAN Q )

Update.

Feb. 17th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Well, I seem to have caught (suspected) dengue. So, basically from Tuesday, my body temperature went from high to low. At the moment, the panadol given by my doc is keeping the fever low and at bay. I am basically monitoring for other symptoms that might just pop up.

I pray that it's just another viral infection, not dengue, because dengue is awful.

:(

A Plug

Feb. 16th, 2017 09:30 am
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This morning, I am surviving by listening to Sea Tangle: Songs from the North, an album that originated on Kickstarter. The singer, Maren Montalbano, is one of my choir buddies, and the violinist leads the band that plays with my choir. The composer did a terrific commission for my choir last year. I don't know the harpist, really, but now she's my friend on the book of faces, does that count?

The cool part is that all involved are female. And if you like art songs, or even if you don't, give it a listen. Because it's really cool. There's a lot of variety.

If you end up buying, and you're feeling especially generous, leave a review. I guarantee you they will appreciate it. My review apparently is not a "verified purchase" review, because I got my copy through the Kickstarter.

Wednesday Reading

Feb. 15th, 2017 09:59 am
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I wasted a lot of reading time last week with fanfiction that I discarded quickly, or too slowly, because it wasn't hitting the spot.

I've been saving my last remaining unread Lois McMaster Bujold for a while, but decided now is the time, and last night started reading Penric's Demon, in the Chalion series. I am enjoying it so much, which is a great relief. And there are a couple more after this one. I only wish they were longer.

I've also started reading my Xmas present to myself, Megafauna: Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America by Richard A. Fariña, Sergio F. Vizcaíno, and Gerry de De Iuliis. It's an oversize hardcover about Glyptodonts and Giant Sloths and other mega-creatures, so yay, escape! Sadly, chapter one started telling me what science is, and what it isn't, and it ranted a bit about creationism not being science, and I was like, too much real life! But I think I am okay now, and will get back to it soon. I already looked at all the pictures; I wish it had more pictures, recreations and such.

Ah! Ah! Ah!

Feb. 14th, 2017 08:36 am
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Stuff is going on in the news, but I can't follow it right now because meetings and things to do that follow meetings, and then tonight I have dress rehearsal.

I think I want a cheeseburger and a milkshake for lunch.

Weekend...accomplishments?

Feb. 13th, 2017 09:56 am
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I went to a brunch full of writers on Saturday and drank way too much coffee, and learned that one person's rather severe ongoing health problems were on the downturn; her cancer has metastasized and it's looking bad, as in she is dying. I've been sort of expecting this, and we are not close, but I am sad, and worried for her husband, who has a grim outlook on life in general.

I did convince someone they ought to start coming to my choir's concerts; he had come to the Christmas Oratorio and enjoyed it, so maybe my pitch was successful.

After the lengthy brunch and socializing, I headed over to see C. and we binged television: the first episode of Legion and six of the eight episodes of Stranger Things.

Legion was almost too stylish, but I would like to see a few more episodes. I think a lot of the stylish was to replace CGI money they did not have. I hope Aubrey Plaza is in more episodes, though it seems unlikely. I liked the lead actor, Dan Stevens, whom I correctly identified as English very quickly (I did not see Downton Abbey).

Stranger Things was very weird because I remember the 1980s and there were so many homages to the media of that decade that I could barely concentrate on the story. I enjoyed it, but had trouble caring about anyone except Barb and Eleven and Winona Ryder's character, the mom of the missing boy (Joyce?). The rest were too much like characters from 1980s movies, and I don't want to go back to the 1980s. We're hopefully going to finish the series this weekend.

Let Me Sum Up

Feb. 10th, 2017 08:27 am
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This week: gymmed, did laundry and even put some of it away, got a haircut, changed sheets, went to a concert, signed up to register new citizens as voters, donated office clothing to a drive for students. A veritable cornucopia of accomplishments!

Things I need to do: look into WisCon travel and hotel, buy tickets for 2/24 concert, look over BWV 14 and 147 before Monday rehearsal, re-format review book if current version doesn't work, attend a brunch, binge something with C., play with The Monkeys. There's a story I should write for a March deadline; I at least have a starting point of an idea.

Things I need to do less of: eat junk food, read/skim stuff I don't really want to read, obsessively check for news, freak out.

Next week I have rehearsal on Monday and Tuesday, performance on Wednesday night. I took Friday the 17th off, and the morning is dedicated to the voter registration thing. There's a protest that afternoon/evening I will likely attend. This means my gym schedule will go all to hell, but if I have the energy I might try to work weights in during my lunch hour; not the greatest plan when I have lots of standing up for dress rehearsals, but I am in a good place with my lifting and I don't want to lose ground yet again. We'll see how that goes.

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