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Adventures in Space and Time (or lack thereof)

I don't like Sundays...or Mondays.
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I had a major case of the Sundays today. I hadn't been inspired by my homework, STILL, this morning, but I had to get it done today, so I turned in something I'm pretty sure I will have to re-submit at least once. But it's turned in on time, and resubmitting is perfectly acceptable, so I shouldn't feel so pouty about it. Too bad I do anyway. I have continued to food-photo-blog, but I'm going to spare you the pictures unless it's something noteworthy. You can still go to my Food Photoblog set on Flickr if you really want to. It's been about 5 days without coffee, soda, or juice. I think it's a good start, and I feel much less...puffy. I think that's the word I'm looking for. I hope I can get through tomorrow without having the little breakdown I had last Monday when I realized how much work I had to do after working on my homework all weekend. I just have to realize it's going to seem impossible on Mondays and doable by Wednesday. Really. It's going to be okay. I'm totally sure of it. Well, pretty confident. Or..."fake it till you make it" is a good backup plan anyway.

Originally published at spacecrafty dot org.


Food Photoblog Post #2
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November 7, 2009: Convoluted Lunch, Part 1

I think I actually managed to photograph everything I ate today, save the many many glasses of water. That was entertaining. I also kicked my ass really hard with my workout today, and tried to sort of start my Sessions homework. Not feeling particularly inspired by the assignment, and I generally keep myself on a schedule of "at the last minute" so I can't wait for lightning to strike. Hope I can at least b.s. it tomorrow. Basically, I started two assignments instead of making good progress on one. Better than nothing, at least!

Originally published at spacecrafty dot org.


Food Photoblog Post #1
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Still haven't quite gotten into the habit of photographing what I eat. I did better today than yesterday at it, and some of the pictures were even worth sharing. My favorites were the ginger peach tea I drank in my fornicating rabbits mug, and the chai and toasted homemade cinnamon raisin bread I had for dessert. Delicious. I tried to hold out and not eat anything more after dinner, which was overcooked broccoli (oops) and half a single-serve margherita pizza, both of which I forgot to photograph. Obviously I succumbed to the charms of spicy chai and warm homemade bread. Carole's been feeding me well the last two days. I helped inspire a dish of beans, beef, rice and salsa which was delicious for last night's dinner and again as today's lunch with a little cheese on top. I drank LOTS of water today, two cups in the form of decaf tea. Go me!

I won't be posting every picture taken in a day, probably just one that I particularly like. If you're really bored, or actually interested, I started a Food Photoblog Flickr set where you can see all the pictures for every day I manage to keep this going. Enjoy!

Originally published at spacecrafty dot org.


Beverage Resolution
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The mission: No coffee, soda, or juice for two months. LOTS of water. Like, at least the minimum recommended amount, which I have been lax on for months.

The reason: I know for a fact that when I only drink water or tea, I retain less water and weigh less - I can't really explain but carbonation somehow makes me carry around a little something extra. Last but not least, many calories saved. Oh, also, I want to wear a pretty pretty dress to a holiday party, so this is part of my overall hardcoreness for the next two months.

The larger reason: I depend way too heavily on coffee especially and to a lesser degree flavored beverages & "junk" drinks, to get me through the day. I was feeling like it was a necessary evil because of my workload right now - I needed something to at least give me the sugar, caffeine, reward, or placebo effect necessary to plow through. But it long ago reached a plateau of effectiveness on all counts, and I've been trying to be healthier, fitter, a bit more aware of the quality of food I am consuming. As part of my re-commitment to nutritional awareness, it was time to cut the crap, pun intended (though I apologize).

Why I am posting this here: Two reasons. One, accountability. Two, I am trying a new thing where I photograph what I eat so I can more accurately document it, and I may occasionally post those photos and any comments here for the aforementioned reason one. Writing it down, counting calories, those are decent, but it takes a lot more time than snapping a photo with either the camera that is always in my bag or my iPhone. And it's more fun to post to a blog ;) I have been going to Weight Watchers for almost 2 years now with marginal success, dropped out for about three months, and I'm still trying to get enthused about it, or at least consistent with journaling, again. Maybe if I find the right format, I'll stop having such a "fuck it" attitude about keeping track of what I'm eating. Guesstimating, it is not working.

Wish me luck!

Originally published at spacecrafty dot org.


Local Burger
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Local Burger
Originally uploaded by spacecrafty

I've had a ridiculously busy week, the second in a row. Somewhat-luckily, starting in September my hours have been cut at work so that I have an extra 4.67 hours off on Fridays. Carole and I went to Mt. Sugarloaf so I could take some pictures for a Photoshop course assignment. I also wanted to show off some of the food culture around the area, and at the mention of Local Burger, we pretty much had to go there. The food, as usual, was orgiastic. Hand-cut fries & grass-fed beef, how could it not be? Today I am trying to do as close to nothing as possible. Other than waking up at 9 to go swimming (which was pretty much just wading in my case) & doing some grocery shopping & a couple other errands, I'm doing a pretty good job. I have a slight problem with relaxing - I'm either too busy or bored - I find it hard to find the middle ground. If only I could "catch up" on sleep, that's what I would do for most of every Saturday.

Originally published at spacecrafty dot org.


Hope & Olive
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Hope & Olive
Originally uploaded by spacecrafty

Carole and I went to Hope & Olive this morning for a birthday-ish brunch (her birthday is this week). We got there too early for the jazz-guitar guy so we heard Beatles on some Sirius/XM radio station, which was fun. I know more Beatles songs than is...natural. The food was excellent, and I'd definitely go again, maybe even for dinner. It's a bit of a drive, though. It was worth it today for the amazing tomato, cheddar, avocado, basil pesto panini. Great Pierce Bros. coffee, too.

 Originally published at spacecrafty dot org. 


Constant Categorization & Catalogging quest
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I am trying really hard to keep my digital life in strict order, & it's kind of overwhelming. I am always seeking the most intuitive and efficiently-labeled file system, the most fail-safe backup system(s), the most effortless synchronizations between all my gadgets, the happiest, most medium of happy mediums between taking low-quality pictures on my 2mp iPhone and breaking my back carrying my supremely awesome Nikon D40 around just in case something photogenic should happen - and then, also important, is not being too impulsive and spending money on another gadget, software package, or online membership that will make my life & digital crusades that much easier...

Let's just say I haven't done very well with the impulse thing this month...and I'm kind of underwhelmed with the returns so far. I'll post my ultimate reviews of my new technologies in the next couple of weeks...

-- Posted from Mercury (my iPhone)

Technojoy
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Technology is way too addictive...hopefully now that I've found a blogging app that I like, I'll actually post things (albeit short things) to this lj more often. I might also cheat & just post photos sometimes too. But, hey, I'll be posting something!

-- Posted from Mercury (my iPhone)

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I've been working on starting the gargantuan task of creating a grad school application portfolio - I say "working on starting" because I've been kind of stuck in the mud the last two weeks trying to make actual headway in creating my first drupal theme.
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I've sprung a leak!
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Woke up with a start at 2am...was disoriented from being rudely ripped from deep sleep - probably slow-wave - anyway, after a few seconds of wondering what had cause me to wake exclaiming "WHAT!" - when I felt a huge cold wet spot in my bed. I was appauled and feared that I had somehow wet the bed - but upon further investigation, it smelled slightly chemical and my outer cover was wet while my inner cover was not. but there was this sizeable wet spot and my clock was covered in water droplets and my glasses were as well. In my stupor I went out to the bathroom to make sure that I wasn't leaking water or having some sort of medical emergency (not that that made any sense, but I couldn't for the life of me think where the hell the water had come from). On my way back to the room, I got lightheaded and had to lie on the floor for a while. The hypochondriac in me was going a bit mad.

Upon turning on the light, I could see a large piece of wallpaper/paint was sagging from water-log, and my wall hanging, luckily waterproof, was dripping water all over the place. Several other places on my ceiling and wall appeared to be drenched. Ewww!

After much hauling and rearranging, it was back to bed on my mattress on the floor. The vertigo and all that was simply a product of being startled awake, I suppose.

So - I'm bone tired...contractor, landlord, & roofer are in & out of my house while I'm at work...fun.

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