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Summer Course Complete. August 14, 2014

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Well, it will be shortly, when I post my final response to someone’s paper, anyway. 🙂 Shortened classes for summer session are really rough. But I have a week off to recover before the Fall semester starts. I think both my classes are starting together this time, too. Should be fun!

Family birthday party this weekend for the girls. Happy Birthday nieces!!! And my folks are coming down to visit as well. Maybe I’ll get them to take me to see Guardians of the Galaxy. 😉 I keep hearing such awesome reviews of it.

The store is the store, still looking for a lot of lead positions if anyone wants to come work with me. (Head Cashier, Childrens, Digital, etc.)  Well, for as long as I’m there anyway. Applied to six more library positions this week. Starting to stress over Next fall’s unpaid internship, reminding myself that’s Next fall and it doesn’t matter right now.

All in all, things are good. New meds seem to be working, now if I can just eat better… I bought green things today. I’m working on it. 🙂

 

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Food, Exercise and Work March 29, 2012

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Quinoa is an interesting texture. The mixture I got the other day was Quinoa and brown rice with olive oil and spices. The spices didn’t thrill me, but today I added a bit of mustard and it was quite tasty. I’ll have to figure out a better spice mix.

I’ve switched from a short Yoga/Tai Chi exercise regiment to 20-30 minutes of yoga and strength training and balance games on the Wii Fit. Figure that’ll do more good than what I was doing, docs keep telling me I need to build muscle to protect my joints. Also, it’s more fun. I do need something solid to go under the board though, the carpet confuses it. Either that or I really did lose 12 pounds in one day… but the bathroom scale disagrees to the tune of 20 pounds, so.

Once again on the quest for healthy, but tasty foods. I get so bored with all the normal stuff. And my teensy kitchen does not help with the desire to cook new and complicated things. Even new and simple sometimes. ::dreams of a house someday with big kitchen and counter space::

Financial year is nearly over at work, hurray for the stress of trying to do last minute catch up. We are going to meet several of our goals, but others… not so much. It’s just never enough. Ah retail.

Going to get myself a nook simple touch soon (yay credit card points). Make reading the computer books I got easier. The app just doesn’t fit well to my netbook screen. Then again, not much does. I like the little guy, is good for most of my computer work, but web design just needs bigger screens. IMHO

 

New Shoes… Again January 12, 2012

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Returned previously bought shoes and got more solid and comfortable ones. And that’s about it this past week. Winter isn’t here yet, not really. Work is still recovering from December. Did have a big gyoza dinner with folk this past Saturday. Fighting off cold bugs with wheat grass juice.

This coming weekend is DeCon, an adult relaxicon, where I’ll be hanging out and helping to throw parties. Possibly playing board games. Mostly, though, relaxing. 🙂

Did go to the doc again, added another pill back. Didn’t want to do that, but I’m not sticking with my diet, and my wrist and elbow have lost a lot of range of motion. Tired of it. Just tired. So we’ll see if this helps or not.

28 Steps and a New Pair of Shoes January 5, 2012

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So, the escalators have been down all week at work. There are 28 steps between the first floor and the second floor, I counted on about the tenth trip up. Down isn’t bad at all, but working the information desk all week has put me up those steps so many times. Though our General Manager has a point, our butts will be nice and toned by the time they’re fixed.

Unfortunately, to make matters worse, I also did a rush job of buying new shoes on Monday. And got shoes that squeeze my feet just below the toes. I have to take them back, but until then, I’m working with numb pinkie toes and some serious discomfort in my left foot. Lessons learned… even if I don’t like shoe shopping, I should take more time to do it.

Had a good New Year’s Eve partying with friends and then have a nice relaxed evening on New Year’s Day with some same and some other friends. 2012 is starting out well, with plans not only being made, but set into motion. As with every year, we are determined to make this one better than the last.

Struggling to eat properly. It’s winter and I want warm comfort food, not raw salads. Fresh veggies to cook are also harder to find in good quality. I need new and exciting recipes or something. Hours are going to start dropping at the store soon, so that might give me more time to make proper food choices.

Busy Halloween November 3, 2011

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I completely forgot to post last week with all the busy, and this week is just about as crazy. Halloween parties, a wedding, and my last two weeks working at the school. Tomorrow is my last day of that, in fact. It’s been a good run, but they have no more money to pay me with, so that’s that. Gotten a few things taken care of, have a few more to do yet. Tires are next up, been too busy to get to the shop thus far. One medical bill paid off. Another sent to collections because they stopped sending us bills, so I had nowhere to send payments. Sorting that one out via email as I type… hopefully.  I don’t pay collections, I pay the people we owe.

No school after this week means I’ll be getting back on my improvement plans. Both job and web design. Working six days a week meant I had no energy left over for those things. We just transferred all our domains from Rich’s job at eCommerce over to our HostGator account, so soon, everything will be in one place.

Health seems pretty stable, no noticeable improvement, or deterioration.   Still not eating my best. Both stress and stress eating are no good for my joints. But I’m trying to be more conscious again. Still buying appropriate groceries and eating (mostly) appropriate lunches (I did have Cheddar Bay Biscuits today). It’s sweets and dinners I don’t cook that are my weakness and downfall. It just too cold out to want salad all the time. ::excuses, excuses, excuses:: But I’m doing alright.

The Holidays are heading our way, are you ready?

Stuff and Things August 11, 2011

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So, apparently cabins in the Hocking Hills must be rented for two nights at a time on summer weekends. There goes that anniversary idea. We’ll have to take a look at what’s available more locally in the way of a cheap but fun getaway. Too bad about the heat, or we could hit the Ren Faire. We’re saving that for cooler days, though.

Looking forward to seeing all the family on Saturday. Birthday cake, ice cream, children playing and maybe even a round or two of Munchkin. 😉 Have to buy presents at work tomorrow. Yay, last minute shopping.

Hurt my back last week, went to the chiropractor. My spine is apparently lovely, but my hips are crooked. Knew that, we’re working on fixing it. Back finally feels better today.

Getting bored of food again. Wanting more variety. Craving cheese(pizza, mac & cheese, Parmesan covered pasta) a lot lately, too. Joints about the same as always. Not terrible, but not ideal.

The school jobs are a total no-go. I am once again pondering data entry. I’ve only ever done bits of it at my jobs, but I wonder about doing it full time(or ya know, part time, I like flexible schedules). It just doesn’t seem like it’d be fulfilling, unless it was at a really good place. Inertia tends to win. Especially when I have ‘decent’ hours at work and only tiny bits of non-retail experience.

Lots of rambling today, I think I’m done now. See you next week.

One Month In July 28, 2011

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We’ve been in the new place for a month now, still not decorated and the electronics aren’t all set up yet, but we’re getting there. It’s nice and cozy with just a little bit of clutter. Got a bunch of books for my birthday to fill up partial collections (Thank, Gale and Larry). Got an awesome papasan for the library. It’s so soft and fluffy! Slightly noisy neighbors, but mostly just during the day, so no big deal there. And the maintenance guy has fixed everything we’ve asked him to. I have to make one more request, but it’s minor, so I’m not worried about it yet.

As for work, we’re rearranging the Entire store, so I’ve got a lot more hours as the regular workers are pulling all-nighters. So that’ll help balance the budget after moving expenses ran a little high. No FTP details, and my educator friend is taking a well-earned and much needed vacation this week, so no updates on other fronts.

On a geeky level, we’re still polishing up The Legacy of Heroes for August publication. Next week is maximum level characters, just to go all out and see what happens. I started work on two character concepts yesterday, because I couldn’t choose between them. The amount of customization in this new system is just fantastic.

On a health level, pretty much maintaining at this point. I’m not feeling substantially better, yet, for the first month of drugs, but I’m not feeling worse for the slightly deteriorating eating habits.  I’m not maintaining the 80% alkaline anymore, but in general my eating habits are far better than they used to be, and I don’t eat much junk food aside from chocolate. And I do aim for the darkest I can find. Finding a balance, but still hoping to hit a slightly higher plateau than this.

 

Warm Enough, Yet? May 12, 2011

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Lovely weather this week. Some sun, lots of heat. I am enjoying being warm. Basements are still keeping cool without AC and upstairs is nice and comfy.

Friends got married this past weekend. A nice hand fasting mixed with a traditional ceremony. Everyone was so lovely all dressed up. Tons of kids running around the place. Then the young folk went out to Dave & Busters to relax without kids or parents. A very nice Saturday night.

Sunday we tried to check out apartments. The first one, there is only one person in the office on Sundays so she’s not allowed to leave to show apartments. This is the one I hadn’t seen yet, she gave us details and floor plans, it’s 3 feet narrower than the one I drew out and won’t work as well for our living room furniture and bookcases. The second, I’d talked to my contact the week before to make sure she was going to be there, but when we arrived, the entire office was closed. So much for that. Saturday we’ll try again.

Keeping track of food, pain and swelling is going well. It shows me just how much things are affecting me. And I get to look at it and realize I’m doing pretty well, all things considered. I’ve been quite tired this week, but that has more to do with three 7am shifts in a row I’d guess. Still not a morning person.

MarCon is looming closer and closer. I have accommodations sorted, but still no toga. Need to look into that. 😉 I’m told bedsheets don’t really work all that well.

My new story has one, possibly two more scenes to go until the first draft is done. Deadline Saturday. I’ll probably stay up late working on that tonight as I don’t have work in the morning, though I am playing chauffeur for a friend.  Just like school, deadlines are good, but sometimes I still wait til the last minute.

Had to get a new pair of work pants this week. Another pair shot through the knee. Hurray for Ohio Thrift. Nice Lee pants, soft and comfy, only $3 and change. I don’t like shopping, but at least I can afford it there.

Just babbling now, should probably stop before i start discussing my Netflix queue. Hope everyone had a good Mother’s Day. Until next week, take care.

Stress, Food & Taxes February 24, 2011

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We messed up last year when we emptied our IRAs. We knew there were penalties, but were misinformed as to just how big they were. So, I ended up asking for help doing my taxes this year. It took over four hours at H&R Block and much frustration on my part, but we settled it out for less than I’d managed to get TurboTax to agree to. Will still have to dip into what little savings we have left to pay, but better than it could have been.

I find, on my alkaline eating plan, I stress eat more healthily than I used to. It’s not always alkaline, but sometimes it is that, too. I had spelt waffles after taxes, as well as spelt toast and almond butter. I also had Raisin’ Cane’s chicken and toast. But not too terrible.

Today I made guacamole for myself, first time ever. A recipe a friend brought back from Texas involving cubing the avocado, and squeezing an orange and a lime over it. Yummy. Didn’t have salty chips, so I just added a little extra sea salt.

Everything else is going along as per normal. Job stress and searches, money stress and budgeting, health’s doing fairly well. Got to see the my brother’s kids last weekend and all the cousins. We had a good time, played with toys, Mario and Munchkin. A very good afternoon with everyone.

Life is good. Life goes on. Always more to learn, see and do.

Getting Ready to Relax January 13, 2011

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First convention of the year this weekend. Spent the day doing the last of the shopping to get ready for it. I am still short proper footwear for the wedding, but everything else is in place. One weekend of relaxing and hanging out with my friends to commence at noon tomorrow when I get off work. Zag days for January to commence with dinner tomorrow evening. Very much looking forward to this. The holidays are over, work is back to normal, and time to celebrate with friends.

Things are going well at work. Bookup had a good holiday season as well. Not a whole lot going on web-wise for me lately, but I’m still working on it.

Health is pretty good. I got a new cookbook with big acid/alkaline charts. So, that helps, though a lot of the recipes involve cheese for some reason. There are  a lot of good ideas and new information in it.

I got a couple rejection letters last week for the stories I sent out. Looking at doing some more submitting soon. Not a lot of time to write, but I’ve had a few ideas and I’ve been reading more lately.

This is kind of scattered. I’m tired and ready for the weekend. More next week.