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So, it's been nine months since I last posted. In that time span I've bought a house, painted and upgraded said house, taken two semesters of classes and started a third, started a multitouch table project, built a treadmill desk, taken a vacation to Dallas, gone to a conference, and gained 25 pounds.

Why did I gain 25 pounds, you ask?

Because I stopped working out.

Because I though that I was too busy.

That changes Monday. I've penciled in time to work out, so I have no excuse. I might be away from home 14 hours a day, but that doesn't mean that I should use that as an excuse to not work out. I'll work out in the morning, before I go to work. Will I hate waking up early? Of course! But you know what I hate more? Going to buy new jeans and having to buy one size up because I've gained so much weight. I hate looking at photos of me, on vacation last December, and wishing that I looked that good. So, I'm going to start a round of P90X on Monday. And like last time, I'll keep metrics and I'll post here. Because, really, what motivates me more than numbers do? ;)

Hopefully I can get back in the habit of posting some updates here. I tend to do quick little updates on facebook, but I've worked on a ton of projects that really deserve their own spotlight. Maybe I can pencil in some time every week to make sure that I get an update done, post some photos, etc. Maybe. Hopefully.

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Friday, 2 September 2011 07:45 pm
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I know, I know, shame on me! I haven't updated in a while... so let me give you a quick rundown:

  • I started my work-study/part-time job last Friday. It's.... interesting. I was hired as an assistant programmer.... until we found out that the head programmer decided to quit. He was on medical leave for about a month, and turned in his resignation this past Monday. So this means that there is no head programmer; some of the people in my department are assuming that I'm his replacement. This couldn't be further from the truth! I was hoping that I could at least sit down with him and go over some of the more important aspects of our systems and the projects that he was working on, but apparently I'm going to be flying blind... and on that note... I may not even be able to get ACCESS to many of the systems because I'm technically work-study and not an actual educational assistant... and I can't be an educational assistant until I get my degree (which is at the end of this semester, but still!). So... we shall see how this plays out. In the meantime, I've been learning more about networking than I ever thought imaginable (I am not a networking girl by any means)

  • I am utterly horrified by the lack of documentation at my job. There is no documentation for ANYTHING. Like I said with our head programmer... there's no notes about what he was working on, how things work, basic procedures... the same can be said for ANY other aspect of our systems! Our network admin is SMART... he's been at the school since the early ninties and essentially BUILT our entire network (as in: designed, laid cable/fiber, upgraded, etc) but... there's no documentation ANYWHERE. If anything were to happen to him, we'd be hosed. So badly. I'm going to have to see what I can do about getting a documentation initiative going...

  • School started this past Monday. It's been busy! Unfortunately, three of my five classes are 4-hour evening classes, and one of them is on Trivia Night (so from now until December I'm going to miss out on trivia!). This has hit me kinda hard, since Trivia Night is the highlight of my week. It's also my main source of relaxation, so I'm going to have to try to find a surrogate until December... maybe this will mean more quilts being made? Hrm.... I'm taking 15 credit hours in the following:
    • Database Programming in VB.NET (includes SQL & ADO.NET)
    • Mobile Programming/Android Development (Java)
    • Java (taking only for credit/as a refresher)
    • C#
    • Systems Analysis and design

  • I'm waiting to hear from Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma about my honours. I'd really like to join, please. I think my 3.89 GPA speaks for itself and is plenty above your entry barrier...

  • Between school and work, I'm pulling 12 hour days at least three days a week. This will be horrible come midterms/finals.

  • I am almost finished with my fall quilt; I picked up batting and backing this morning, and I picked up some more brown fabric so I can rip out the part of the leaf pattern I don't like. Tonight, I expect to rip it and re-stitch, and at the very least get the backing, batting, and top pinned together.

  • I need to start planning this year's Winter Quilt.

  • I need to finish this year's Winter Quilt before December.

  • The last few weeks of P90X are on hold! With pulling 12 hour days, I don't know if I have it in me to get up earlier and work out. I'm very sad... I'm gong to try to fit in at least yoga and some weight lifting on the weekends until I can better determine how much working out I can do without burning myself out. I am REALLY, REALLY disappointed, as I was only three weeks away from being a P90X grad! I really hope that I'll be able to integrate working out into my schedule somehow...

  • With the job and school, I can already feel the pressure... I've eaten out at Subway and Wendy's already this week... I need to get on top of my diet and make healthier food and STICK TO IT. I've been doing pretty good during the day, but around 5 PM I start to get cranky and lose it and run and grab unhealthy things to eat. I need to experiment with bringing more food and/or different foods to keep me sated.

  • The hurricane! We made it through just fine. We lost power for 2 days, had a little flooding in the basement. A tree limb fell in the garden and took out part of the new fence and some plants, but overall we made out okay. We kept entertained by playing scrabble and shut the box by candlelight. I actually enjoyed the experience of not having electricity and being electronically disconnected. You could see the stars at night, and you were forced to interact with those you lived with. We went and hung out with a friend and played Munchkin and watched a little bit of TV (she had power when we didn't). We had a minor scare with our fishtank, as their temperature dropped sharply the first few hours of the outage, but we brought the temp back up with warm water and bundled them under some blankets and they made it out just fine. Mr. Gecko didn't have any issues, and neither did our Betta fishie.

  • Chris got a job! We are so excited! Because of the hurricane, he didn't get to start until Thursday, but it's been exciting getting his room together and getting supplies for his classroom. がんばって, baby!

  • My newest project: Making a jewelery board! I need some place to hang my growing collection of necklaces that is NOT the corner of my mirror. I picked up a piece of moulding from Home Depot and I am in the process of staining it. When it's done, I'm going to add some glass tile and some brass hooks and it'll be pretty damn functional! It'll only have cost $30 total, and I'll have some supplies left over... I can either make another one, or re-purpose the supplies for other projects. (Photo after the jump)

Alright... I think that takes care of everything! Expect updates to be sort of sparse... I don't know how much I'm going to be able to keep up considering work and school. I will do my best to at least update with projects, at least. Until then, my lovelies! Read more... )

P90X Week 11

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 08:42 am
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So, another week where I'm posting my stats late. Life has sure gotten busy! The hubbs has picked up a full-time position teaching middle school history, so this week has been crazy in trying to get his orientation done, getting his stuff for his room put together, etc. I've also had some adventure myself, trying to get one of those discounted HP Touchpads (I ended up getting one yesterday, after spending half the day driving around my state! I'm still trying to get my hands on one for a friend, though... I really hope it happens). I also took a day trip to NYC on Saturday...

So needless to say, my eating habits went out the window. Saturday was essentially beer and fries. Hello, carb-city! Sunday was leftovers. Monday was the day we found out that hubbs got his job so we went out to dinner at a nice Italian place. That was also the day that a friend brought over donuts... Hello, carb-city! And yesterday was spent running around, so I had Monday's leftovers for breakfast, a friend and I ate out at Sonic, and we had pasta for dinner since a family member had leftovers they needed to get rid of. It's no wonder that as of this morning my weight is up to 150! Today can be a good food day, but tomorrow is the dreaded Pizza Castle... and then I have no idea what the weekend is going to look like. So I'm pretty much just writing this week off, at this point. I know that when I go back to school my diet is going to be so much healthier.

I've been okay keeping up with working out... Monday I skipped ARX because I was pressed for time, and Tuesday I didn't do Plyo at all, but that's really my only shortcoming. I'm hoping that this isn't going to shoot me in the foot too much...

I also need to start thinking about what I'm going to do when I'm done with P90X! I mean, I'm only 2.5 weeks away, at this point. One regular week and one recovery week and then I'm done. I don't know if I want to do another round (I wouldn't be averse) or if I want to pick up something like Insanity. I feel really good that I've not given up, and my results are pretty good too -- but I still have this gut that needs to be taken care of... admittedly, it's a lot better than when I started, but I still have a long way to go.

Week 11 , Day 1 Measurements
Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 148.6 146.2 2.4 148.6 156.8 -8.2
Body Fat % 35.9 36.2 -0.3 35.9 39 -3.1
Underbust 35 35 0 35 36 -1.0
Waist 35 35 0 35 40 -5.0
Hips 38.25 38.5 -0.25
38.25 39 -0.75
Thighs 21 20.75 0.25 21 22.25 -1.25
Biceps 10.75 10.75 0 10.75 11.5 -0.75

P90X Week 10

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 09:27 am
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So, not much change this past week. My weight has been all over the place. Admittedly, I've been ridiculously busy. I had an advising session, an interview, went to the local PYO orchard, started canning everything we hauled back (and oh, what a haul it was!), had trivia night, a night with a friend, set up a potential schedule for my work-study program, finished one book and read the entirety of another.. So it was busy. I probably didn't bring it as much as I should have, and I while I didn't totally blow my diet I didn't do the best I could, either. I also feel like I'm losing momentum with the program as I come to the end.. I only have three weeks left, plus a recovery week.

Part of the upside of going back to school is that I have night classes three days a week. That means three dinners of MY choosing... plus, while I am going to very much miss trivia night, I definitely WON'T miss eating out at Pizza Castle every Thursday. Their food is really gross. And since my work-study is going to be roughly 20 hours a week, my M-Th is going to be packed. As in, 9 AM - 9 PM I'm at the school... I have no idea how I'm going to fit in working out AND getting enough sleep, on top of homework (I'm the crazy person that keeps taking 4 programming languages a semester... Yeah, that makes for FUN finals...). I guess we'll see what happens, but I entirely expect to fall off the wagon.

Week 10 , Day 1 Measurements

Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 146.2 146.8 -0.6 146.2 156.8 -10.6
Body Fat % 36.2 36 0.2 36.2 39 -2.8
Underbust 35 35 0 35 36 -1.0
Waist 35 35 0 35 40 -5.0
Hips 38.5 38.5 0
38.5 39 -0.5
Thighs 20.75 20.5 0.25 20.75 22.25 -1.5
Biceps 10.75 10.75 0 10.75 11.5 -0.75

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So, since I apparently love to make my life complicated, I'm working on two crochet throws, a baby quilt, and a spring quilt. Add in school, finals, final projects... I'm amazed I have time to work on anything! The good news is I'm finished with all my final projects, and my last final is Monday. Tuesday I have to present a project... and them I'm home free! I'm going to have so much free time I'm not going to know what to do with myself.

Some OTHER good news is that I'm already putting that free time to good use! I finished my spring quilt! It's the size of a baby blanket, as I've found it's the PERFECT size for a throw. It also seems to fit a twin-sized bed pretty well. It's great for those spring nights where it's still a little bit nippy outside -- I'm glad I finished this while there were still nights to use it!

This is the first quilt where I hand-stitched the binding. I never like the way that machine-bound binding looked when trying to get both sides bound in the same run. So, I machine-stitched the back side, and then flipped it over the edge of he quilt and ladder-stitched the front. It took me about four hours, but I think it makes for a much nicer look overall. It's probably something I'll continue to do on future quilts. Also: I want to give mad props to the hubby and his mom for suggesting that I quilt in the diagonal on the coloured squares. It really made the design pop!

So, without further ado... some pictures! :)

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:04 pm
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So, we're in the middle of a move - packing up our modest apartment and moving back in with the hubby's family because the economy is just trash. The subbing that the Hubby does won't be able to keep us in the apartment and pay the bills, and my unemployment benefits are coming to an end. I'm still looking for a job, but I have no degree and I've been hearing "Well, we like your qualifications, but we think you've been out of a job for too long". So... I'll just keep going to school, and Hubby will keep subbing, and we'll move in with his parents until things improve. I hate to be moving back in with them - we have a *fantastic* apartment... Picture window in the living room, skylight in the kitchen, and it's within walking distance to many places... Target, our grocery store, Dunkin' Donuts, the place where we do Thursday Night Trivia... It's slightly smaller than we'd like and there's no storage space but you make do. In any case, I'm really sad to have to lose this place. On the upside, Hubby's parents are wonderful people - we get along fantastically. I'm just sad that we have to put them in this kind of position.

So, we're slowly packing things up. I got a smart idea and decided to keep a record of what goes into each box, so that if we need to get into them while we're living at his parents' place for whatever reason, we don't have to go digging on a treasure hunt. It'll also help us when things get better and we move into a new place and unpack. Right now it's in an excel spreadsheet, but when I get the downtime I'm going to make an application that saves everything in a database.

In pet-related news, we lost three fish recently. Mr. Angelfish and two of our Diamond Tetras got taken down by something that we haven't quite figured out yet. Everyone else is doing pretty fine. Mr. Gecko has his first vet visit the other day - his last shed didn't go so well, and it affected his eyes and his nose so I took him to be seen. So now he has some eye drops and a cream for his nose, and he should be back to his playful self in about a week, we hope. He's still eating like a champ, so he can't be feeling THAT bad.

On the fitness front - things are going alright. This week is spring break, and between packing and schoolwork I'm letting the gym slide. But, I'm able to run 25 minutes straight pretty consistently now. Now I've got to work up to 30 minutes, and then work on distance. I'm doing 11 minute miles, as of now. Slow and steady. My weight hasn't really changed, but I attribute that to the fact that we're trying to eat as much food out of the freezer and pantry so that there's less to move and less to have go bad.

In other news, I'm almost done quilting my winter windowpane lap quilt (I'll make a post on it later). I want to finish it up so that it's one less wip to move. I might be able to finish it up and then start working on the bias tape tonight. Once this project is over and before we move I need to take my machine in to get serviced. It's a Brother Pacesetter 6000, and it's never been serviced, ever. There's never really been any need. It's got its quirks, and some of them can be fixed with a little TLC, though, and if it makes it easier for me to work with then I'm all for it. None of the problems on its own is a big deal, but when they add up it just makes for a huge annoyance. So, to the shop it is!

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Monday, 24 January 2011 09:32 pm
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So, after that cold, I took it easy for another week. It was the last week of winter vacation, and now school is back in full swing. I have 3 programming classes, a technical writing class, and an accounting class. I'm going to get buried under work, and it's not going to be pretty. At least I don't have a 6-hour biology class.

On the good side, I registered for the gym on campus, and I'm managing to work some P90X into my routine. I still haven't seen any change in weight, but, oh well.


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