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ice is starting to fall
ending what had begun
i am locked in my head
with what i've done
i know you tried to rescue me
didn't let anyone get in
left with a piece of all that was
and all that could have been
Nov. 10th, 2010 @ 05:25 pm Kindle the Fire
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Current Music: Dead Wrong - All That Remains
I've had the Kindle a month now, and I'm still very pleased. I worried that, like most other techological things in my life, it would fade into the background and begin accumulating dust. Not so, as I have finished 4 books in that time frame. I'd probably have done more if I weren't back on the WoW bandwagon, preparing for the upcoming expansion.

Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch
A Conspiracy of Paper, by David Liss
The Manual of Detection, by Jebediah Berry
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

I also have a few that I'm not sure I'll complete. Pandora's Star, by Peter Hamilton, is one my first forays into Sci-Fi in many years. Everything seems too long when reading it. Expansive chapters where maybe one thing of interest happens. I'm guessing there's a payoff down the road. The other factor is while it's a hefty book, I understand that it's only the first half of the original, with Judas Unchained being the second half, much like Clive Barker's Imajica (LOVE IT!) was split in twain for the later paperbacks. I hate to call it a loss early on, but there are other novels calling my name.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is giving me problems as well. It's humorous fantasy, and I've never been much into the Pratchetts and Anthonys. It's not bad writing by any stretch, but it has yet to grab me. If I'm having second thoughts now, I should just drop it. I'll never make it through a trilogy at this rate.

So I am still looking for some entertaining Sci-Fi. I might go back to the Dune books, which I enjoyed twenty-five years back. I never read any of the later series by Brian Herbert, so that's a thought. I'm giving Hyperion by Dan Simmons a shot. That's always been out there as a good one to tackle from what I've heard.
Jul. 8th, 2010 @ 03:25 pm Half-year resolutions
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Current Music: Parallels - As I Lay Dying
Bring lunch to work 1 day per week. Save $10 a week, in theory.

Spend 1 hour a day on one of the following:

Guitar practice
Painting miniatures
Writing projects
Swimming
Reading

(These are all things I enjoy doing, yet I don't make time for myself to do. I have plenty of options there. Reading is something I'm currently doing more of, and it's great, but I plan to prune this off the list. It will help give me the sense of accomplishment for now, but I don't want it to preclude other tasks.)

Lay off the sugar. Again. You see the doc on Aug. 25th, and the A1C will tell the truth.
Jan. 11th, 2010 @ 04:57 pm Waving
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Current Music: Reclamation - Lamb of God
I love RPGs.

It's a funny thing to say, but I need to. The main reason is that about 15 months ago, I hated them. I had a slight meltdown and extracted myself from all games. It may not be much to some people, but you should consider that I've been playing table-top games for over 25 years now. Up and quitting cold-turkey is a scary prospect.

Fortunately it did not last. I was still eager to work with and play using the new 4e D&D system, as well as some other games that had just come out or were coming soon. Once my fugue passed, I delved into areas like the local RPGA and thankfully got back into some games with my excellent friends.

Now I'm back and running a pretty successful 4e game. Halfway home-brewed world, completely home-brewed plots and adventures just to keep my mind occupied. And it's not enough. The players are great and I'm consistently thinking on angles and characterization, but we only play once every two weeks (if that, given our adult schedules). And even though I know it's my downfall at times, I want more...

So I look to Google Wave. I really want to use this tool somehow. And I run across good posts like this: http://at-will.omnivangelist.net/2009/10/the-waves-the-thing-running-a-dd-wave-game/ . So yeah, I should do this. But there are so many questions.

What system to run? What campaign setting? Who should I get to play? Will I be able to get someone to play? What posting schedule would be required.

This has a strong likelihood of being another abandoned project, but I still like the idea. I should check with my wife, who's very involved in play-by-post games.
Jun. 26th, 2009 @ 03:33 pm Month 01
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Current Music: When Darkness Falls - Killswitch Engage
So I decided, it's been a while; might as well post on public LJ how I'm doing with the mini-workouts, the food, the weight. Little did I realize it had already been a month.

So far, so good. My weight this morning was a full eight pounds lighter than it was when I first posted Eating Better. I don't know why I'm still trying to be secretive about actual numbers. I was 261 lbs. when I started; now I'm 253 lbs. This is really an accomplishment for me. The last time I dipped into the 240's was during my brief tenure at Best Buy twelve years ago, where I was on my feet all day and missing meals. Office work has wreaked hell upon my system.

I have failed so far on the workouts. I need to set a specified time to work out that I'll actually adhere to. If I keep waking up at 5am every morning (like I have for the past week), then maybe I'll just start there.

The current goal is 240 lbs.
Jun. 9th, 2009 @ 09:49 am Week 002
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Current Music: Deep - Pearl Jam
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Following up for myself. Hit the weekend and found it difficult to maintain the eating records, but I'm back on it. Still doing a good amt of water, working it more and more into my routine. Had some flan at the in-laws Sunday, and it's soooo good (even if it's bad for me). How can you not love a dessert that has 16 eggs in it?

Still getting a lot of Rock Band drum action. I'm working up a sweat playing it and my kick pedal leg is sore, so I know it's helping some. Plus, I just started back with Hundred Push-Ups. If I can just remember that one, it'll serve me well for a while. I want to do crunches as well, but I've been reading that they can be pretty damaging to your back. Either way, if I fall off this wagon, at least it's not a few years of gym payments like it normally would be.

Speaking of Rock Band! Drums - Hard Mode: Painkiller, Battery, Two Weeks all complete along with a host of other Nightmare songs. And 'No One Knows', that damned Queens of the Stone Age song from RB1, completed on Hard! That really felt good last night.
Jun. 3rd, 2009 @ 04:12 pm Losing It
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Current Music: Spoonman - Soundgarden
Not my mind, but my weight. I'm making a filtered list so I don't continuously spam your LJ with what I've been eating. Sure, it's good that I'm posting again and I have occasional other tidbits there, but really, it's for my own record-keeping. If I have other important pieces to share, I'll endeavor to create a separate post.

Thanks for those who read the previous posts, btw.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 @ 03:29 pm Day 007
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And a full week. I won't say it's a full week of eating better, but at least I'm acknowledging what I'm doing.

06.01.09 - Bojangle's Chicken Biscuit for breakfast. Lobster Bisque from Whole Foods for lunch. Italian sub from Jimmy John's for dinner. At least 48 fl. oz. of water during the day.
Jun. 1st, 2009 @ 10:23 am Days 004-006
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Recording what I eat over the weekend is gonna be tricky, if I don't get into a good habit with this. I'll start with Sunday, day 006, as it's fresh in mind.

05.31.09 - Through a mistake in my planning, no soda until 7:00 pm. Had water, which was good, but I needed the caffeine. Bacon + cheese biscuits from Biscuitville for brunch. Chicken strips meal with dirty rice, sweet tea at Bojangles for dinner. Did well and avoided the donuts at Jay's house, although I did have a slice of cookie dough before bed.

05.30.09 - Mix of Diet Dew and water throughout day. Had a half Muffaletta for dinner from Jason's Deli. It doesn't seem right, but that may have been my only meal of the day. I didn't leave the house, as I originally planned to head into the office. Maybe I ate breakfast?

05.29.09 - Worked in two 12-oz bottles of water during my workday. After a few short mishaps, ended up at Qdoba for lunch. Got pretty torqued at my server, but had a tasty queso chicken burrito. For dinner, tried a meatball sandwich from TGI Friday's takeout.

Have you gotten the picture that we don't really cook at the house? I'm hoping to get the kitchen cleaned up soon and get back to some breakfast maneuvers.

Only real workout action was a few nights working up a sweat on the drums for Rock Band. It ain't much, but it's something.
May. 29th, 2009 @ 09:49 am Day 003
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Current Music: Catacombs - King Diamond
05.28.09 - Sausage biscuit from McD's for breakfast. Mushroom Swiss Thickburger from Hardee's for lunch. Fish + Shrimp Platter from Captain D's for dinner. Water and Diet Dew throughout the day. Small bit of cookie dough late in the evening. Got a bit of aerobic workout in as well.

Not a stellar day, but still positive in my eyes.
May. 28th, 2009 @ 10:19 am Day 002
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I think all the water and a salad (gods no!) threw my system out of whack. Left the office early yesterday, felt miserable. But I'm back now with a vengeance! or something.

05.27.09: In an impressive display of willpower, I resisted donuts in breakroom. Roast beast sandwich from Jimmy John's for lunch with water. Some wheat thins for snack later. Spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy's with water. No sweets.

Blood sugar still fairly high after eating. Estimating that I've dropped 30 points a day, which is how it was when I straightened up and first dropped the sodas. I can do this.