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http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/344879.html Ouch. I haven’t updated this journal in a while, not because of facebook, but because my evil day job has eaten my brain. I don’t want to write about work, because if I let it spill over I fear there will be nothing else.
So here’s the not-work Friday Five (Wednesday wobbles?)
Dance: We’re about to move to our summer venue in Sunnyvale for 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Let me know if you need directions. The 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays are in Menlo Park.
Art: I’ve been a total slacker about the trencher project; partly because work’s been so crazy when I get home in the evening I can’t bear to spend any more time staring at a computer screen. I’ve been testing wafer recipes, and most of them were popular at the cook’s playdate last weekend. I’m going to try some of the waffle recipes. I made some marzipan waffles based on a late 16th century German cookbook and they were really good.
Garden: I’ve got the tomatoes in, and hope to plan some more basil this weekend. The violets have gone crazy, growing in every spot that has dirt. They’ve even taken over the cracks in the patio. The irises did not have a very impressive year. I need to figure out how to feed them. The plum tree looks like it will have a good year. It’s covered in fetal plums already.
Diet: I’m still down 50 pounds from my start weight. I’m hoping to do one last round of the crazystupiddiet this summer (after we get home from vacation in the land of poutine) and lose another15 pounds to get down to my long-term goal weight. It’s been 2 years, 6 months, 13 days since I started on this path. It’s been interesting. I made low-carb pizzas by putting toppings on portabella mushrooms last night. I really liked it, so I’ll try to add that to the repertoire of maintenance foods. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] learnteach, [livejournal.com profile] gormflaith and [livejournal.com profile] lifeofglamour who have inspired me to stay on the path.
Happy: I’ve seen three swallowtail butterflies already this summer. There’s a tiny red hummingbird living in the trees between me and lady next door. The hawk that lives on the airbase near work was picking up twigs a few weeks ago, and the other day I saw her flying with a companion. My parents have sold their house and are moving to Iowa (this is mixed-happy, I think it will be good for them, but I’m worried about them moving got the land of snow). After having grown up in an era when sun-bathing was just something teen girls did, I’m happy to say the dermatologist said I’m perfect. I think I’m finally getting to the place where I actually like going to the gym. And of course, I have the best husband in the universe, which makes everything better.
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For weeks, there’s been a lovely green and yellow spider living above the rose bush just to the right of my front door. She’s about the size of a small person’s thumb. I was so hoping she’d stay until Halloween, so I could decorate her web with some food-safe silver spray to make her really stand out, but alas she appears to have moved on to buggier pastures.

I am very happy to be back on the low-carb phase of my crazystupiddiet. You know you’ve been dieting too long when the idea of getting to have green beans with dinner is exciting. While I didn’t make my final weight goal on this round as I’d hoped, I’m set to get there with (hopefully!) one final round in January. I’ve lost 25.3% of my starting weight since October 17th of last year. I’m hoping to be able to maintain my current weight through the Christmas cookie season.

In weight related news, I need to find a jeweler who works in platinum so I can get my wedding ring resized. There are some good reviews on Yelp for DD Jewelry in San Mateo, have any of you used them?

The move to my new office in Sunnyvale went much more smoothly than I expected, which was very nice. There are some things I miss about my old office, but my commute is actually shorter, and may get easier if the construction on Hwy 101 is ever completed. I live in hope.

Wednesday Night dance practice is moving to San Jose for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. If you are interested in medieval and renaissance music and dance in the SF Bay area, please join the very low-volume email list on westdance.org.

Yahoo mail is misbehaving, so I can only hope my mother in law and brother in law are safe from Hurricane Sandy’s waters. MIL doesn’t email often, but no mail from BIL probably means he’s without power. I might try to calling tonight, if I get home at a decent hour.

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I’d like to get a pedometer but I’m not sure what brand to get. Anyone have any recommendations? I’ll be using it mostly for long walks when on vacation.

thanks for any help!

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