dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Chucks)
(On the "rest" days, Friday had a 30 minute walk. Saturday and Monday had shit-tons of driving. Sunday had some unstructured walking and random frolicking - above 6,000 feet, which has got to count for something, though I'm not sure what.)

Today we did a lot of repeats from day 1:
push presses (3 sets for weight and 1 drop set at the end)
reverse flyes
frog hops
chin-ups (with a GREAT DEAL OF ASSISTANCE in some cases, mine included)
pistol squats.

Pistol squats are interesting. They let you know if one of your knees really sucks. My right knee apparently DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. Sigh.

Can't believe boot camp is more than half over. Not sure what I'll do next.

Did terrible things to my diet over the weekend. I can apparently do the "drink too much and go berserk" thing once a month without hard. Two days in a row? Bad. Wearing my big girl jeans today, not in a good way. Getting the foods back on track but it's hard because it destroys my brain when I go off the rails like that, and it's hard to fix things when my brain is destroyed.


May. 21st, 2012 08:36 pm
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We drove to Redding (CA) to be in the path of yesterday's annular solar eclipse. It was totally worth the drive! We watched it from Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. There were quite a few people there, but it wasn't out of control. (Apparently the group at Whiskeytown got a bit rowdy. Glad we drove further!)

I made a pinhole projector (in the field!) from stuff I had brought along. Basically, under $1 worth of crap we had lying around the house. Yay science!

This was thoroughly upstaged when one of the guys made a cardboard cutout - I think it was supposed to be a cat, or maybe Totoro or something - and poked 2 pinholes for eyes. We all decided it was actually Batman. Hilarity!

It is amazing how much astronomy stuff you can fit into a Mini.

Things I could have done without:
* crappy service at the previously awesome steakhouse the second night;
* my husband's awesome super power of getting sick in strange cities;
* dire warnings from the Mini half an hour from home (the oil pressure is too low and we're ALL GONNA DIE!) which vanished before we even successfully found a place to pull off. We checked the oil. It's fine.

More on the trip later. Time to get back to laundering ALL THE THINGS.


May. 7th, 2012 11:27 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (SC2)
I feel like my life is one of those DirecTV commercials but in reverse. "When you get a third pitcher of margaritas, you take advice from Stefan. When you take advice from Stefan, you go work for a game team. When you go work for a game team, you sit next to a producer who is a jock. When you sit next to a producer who is a jock, you sign up for boot camp. When you sign up for boot camp, you drop 2 jeans sizes..."
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (SC2)
"Stop getting work done! Play some video games already!"

I love my new team.
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
Today we drove down to Oceanside for an astronomy expo. (Well, Stuart drove. It gets us there faster.) We did not win any of the Fabulous Drawing Prizes; I'm a bit relieved we didn't win anything huge. (Our #1 question for telescope vendors today: Will it fit in a Mini?) We didn't even buy anything, for a change.

Once the morning clouds burned off it got sunny and quite warm. The one thing we did bring back was his-n-hers mild sunburns. :-)

All in all, a great day out. I managed to stay fairly religiously low-carb, and did a hell of a lot of walking, both of which can only help.

In other news, Carmageddon seems to have emphatically failed to come to pass. Traffic on our bit of the 405 was the lightest I've ever seen it, and I've seen similar reports from closer to the affected area. Huzzah!
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
Why is it impossible to find 54" long curtains any more?

Wondering if there's any particular trick to making curtains. Do you have to, like, put weights in them to make them hang properly?
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Stitching)
I finished "Seasonal Welcome". Yay me! Pictures soon.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Sing)
We saw RED which was very silly. Helen Mirren with a machine gun, how can you go wrong?

I have finally succeeded in my quest for good crab cakes despite being on the wrong coast. (Difficulty: Special (not on the regular menu) at a restaurant where we can't afford to eat super often.)

We watched both quali and the grand prix. Yay, Sebastian Vettel (and not *just* because he's not Fernando Alonso). I love a happy ending.

I even seem to be on top of all the chores, including laundry, dishes, and shopping. We also had eye appointments yesterday & have both ordered new glasses. Yes, mine will be purple.


Sep. 27th, 2010 10:05 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Mini)
So the plan was, we were going to go to a baseball game on Saturday and go Mini shopping on Sunday. Saturday around lunchtime, we decided we were bored, so we headed over to the Mini dealer. Our intention was to check out the '11s, decide nothing on the lot was suitable, and order one. Well, it turned out they had a Cooper S hard-top in a new colour "white silver" that had a sunroof and a 6-speed... one thing kind of led to another, and the next thing we knew it was 5:00 and we were home with a new Mini! (And about an hour to get to Anaheim through traffic. Good thing it wasn't a Dodgers game, we'd have never made it.)

So... yeah. I have a new toy. It turns out my manual driving skills haven't completely gone, which is nice. It will definitely take some getting used to. (Le gasp, I now have a vehicle where I put my foot down and something will actually happen!) It's exceedingly easy to park and BOY is it fun to drive.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
We test drove a Mini S 6-speed today. Not that we got to use 6th going around the block. Do want!

Sigh, looks like I will want to get some sort of aftermarket GPS thingy though, as the built-in option one is not looking at all useful. Wondering if there's an iPhone app for that, or if I'll have to spring for hardware.

I am mainly pleased that I still remember how to drive standard. Yes, it's time to buy a stick shift before I forget how.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Sing)
I just tried on a bunch of old skirts and dresses, some of which I haven't worn in years. Everything I tried on fits. I mean EVERYTHING. Who here remembers the white leather skirt from 1989?

I'm not sure why this surprised me, but it did. Go me!

(I, of course, can still see an unacceptable tummy bulge. Helloooooo, exercise!)
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
We picked up a copy of "EA Sports Active - More Workouts" and it's pretty good so far.

I have been getting a fair amount of mileage out of the first one -- it's got some good exercises, you can set up a routine and just go, and it only glitches out maddeningly sometimes. The trainer feedback is also considerably less annoying than on the Wii Fit, which is a big plus.

The new one is a sequel, not an expansion, meaning that you can't mix & match the old & new exercises. That part is going to be annoying. It does have some very nice boxing and step aerobics workouts. The water skiing feels an awful lot like the roller blading from the old one with different scenery. :P I'm going to try some of the stretches and ab stuff tonight. I still refuse to jog around the living room though. I have some dignity.

You can import your profile from the old game to the new one, but not much carries over. You have to customize your appearance again, choosing from what actually seems to be a SMALLER set of dorky outfits. None of your old trophies come with you. Since the new game doesn't include the old exercises, obviously any custom exercise routines you made up don't come with you either. It does show some more informative stats which is nice.

Will I sweat to it? You betcha. Will I grumble and curse at having to swap discs to do other exercises? Almost certainly. Will it have fewer random pauses when it decides I'm holding the Wiimote wrong? Let's hope so.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Sing)
May 2010 be a good one.

For future reference, what the heck is up with the lack of west coast celebrations on the TV? All we could find were repeats of New York. (We watched a "Friends" marathon for about 15 min -- which is also repeats of New York, technically -- before we gave up and went back to playing WoW.)

2009 had some interesting bits, including Worldcon in Montreal and a last-minute trip to Joshua Tree. I finished a big stitching project from 2008 and hope to finish the sequel in less than 1 year. We had some fun visits from friends. I lost some weight and hope to keep it off this time. Work lost a LOT of people (some of them voluntarily). The cats all survived, although in Zoot's case we could have done with slightly less excitement. And at the last possible moment, I finally met a cheese I didn't like (cranberries in cheddar? Really, Whole Foods, what were you thinking?!)

Ah well, out with the old, in with the new. I might resolve to post more pictures this year. Some deeper resolutions will be forthcoming at some point. :-)
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Stitching)
... okay, I haven't made any actual stitches yet, but the fabric is cut and framed and the centerlines are in place. Oh boy is this stuff flexible. I am doooooooooooomed again.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Stitching)
Started back in February, which now seems like several lifetimes ago. Put down in early August before vacation. Just picked it up again this evening and... if I'd realised it was that close to done, maybe I would have picked it up earlier. (Or maybe not... the metallic fractional backstitches are SO EVIL!)

clicky here! )

New toy!

Oct. 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
Today we made a road trip to Oceanside to pick up the new telescope. It's a Celestron Omni XLT 150R 6-inch refractor and it is very spiffy.

We also walked around Oceanside a bit. It's a pretty beach town in San Diego County, it was a gorgeous day and we'd just driven 80 miles so we thought we'd have a look round. We had lunch and watched the surfers wipe out. Now we're back home waiting for it to get dark.

Stuart has helpfully taken a picture of the telescope with me standing next to it for scale.

... My bad, apparently it's dark enough now. More later.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Sequoia!)
Time from start of work to end of work: 3.5 weeks. (So the time from start of design to end of work was more like 3.5 months... we'll ignore that part...)

I can't stop squeeing long enough to put anything away! I'm making hard boiled eggs in a real saucepan and I am going to drain them in a real kitchen sink! Also, holy cow those sinks are deep. I may have gone a bit overboard on that part. (Now if I could just keep the damn cat out of the sink...)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled wild evening of chasing cats around and putting cones back on their heads.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
Mt Wilson has been declared safe.

Also, we have discovered that XM Classic Rewind puts the kitten to sleep. Now if we could just sleep through that we'd be all set...

Bah. :-)

Sep. 1st, 2009 10:05 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
Rumours of Mt Wilson's imminent fiery demise are apparently greatly exaggerated. A sensible person is blogging about the fires here:

I got sucked in to LA Times' hysteria? I must be more tired than I thought.


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