Social Vibe

21 04 2010

I’m trying out this Social Vibe thing.  There’s a widget on the right side of my blog.  I’m supporting World Wildlife Fund.  Right now they’re working to save polar bears.  Let me know what you guys think.  I’m not sure if it’s too commercial for my taste or not.





More Realistic

20 04 2010

It’s probably going to be more realistic for me to aim for two blog posts a week.  I’m still getting a feel for what works for me.  I’m also probably going to be messing around with the layout still/again as well.

Update on my life:
Kes and I went to Lennie’s Sub Shop for hot sandwiches on Saturday, then went to see Kickass.  While I personally enjoyed the movie a lot, I have reservations about recommending it across the board.  It’s pretty violent, and has possibly offensive language (uttered by children for the most part), and so is definitely not a movie for everyone.  However, it’s definitely adrenaline-pumping if you like over-the-top action.  There are also a lot of comic book references that add [even more] humor to the movie.  I was most apprehensive about Nicholas Cage’s performance, but I think he did a good job.  I will agree with most of the reviews I’ve seen and say Hit Girl was a much more interest/exciting/memorable than Kickass himself.  For me, the draw was a mix between her impressive fighting skills, and a morbid fascination with a child using such vulgar language and ridiculous violence.

I know I keep saying it, but I am working on some creative writing to post.  The plan is to complete a short scene from the library in the repurposed missile silo story.  On its completion I will decide if I want to keep toying around with ideas for that story, or if I want to work on something else.





Maggie Moos’ Ice Cream Pizza

15 04 2010

Maggie Moos was giving away “free scoops” of “ice cream pizza” for tax day.  I met up there with Jason, and we were both pretty disappointed.  I forgot to take a picture, but the “scoop” would have been pretty tiny to look at.  It was a small piece in a sample cup.  I had been hoping that the ice cream would be in some way similar to pizza (appearance, flavor, something interesting).  However, it just tasted like overly processed ice cream cake to me.  It had a chocolate layer, a vanilla layer, and a red (maybe cherry?) layer, with mini M & M mix-ins.  While I was disappointed, I still think it’s cool they wanted to do a special for people on tax day.





Exercise and Reading

14 04 2010

I walked around the park with my friend and his dog for about an hour today.  It was in the upper 70s, but not too bad.  I do have leash burn on the back of my leg, though.  The dog got way too excited and ran around me, so ouch.

I’ve finished several books lately:  the first Dresden Files book, the first Mysterious Benedict Society book, the second and third Percy Jackson books, and Sunken Treasure.  Out of the group, I enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society the most.  I’ll definitely pick up the second one at some point, and hopefully I’ll continue to enjoy the series through the 3rd that I have from iTunes.  The Percy Jackson books are definitely better to read in print than to listen to on audio.  Definitely much quicker to read.  I now understand why The Lightning Thief was such a short audiobook.  It looks like all the Percy Jackson books are under 200 pages so far.





Food and Books

8 04 2010

Unfortunately, I’m already not meeting the goal of a daily post.

Update on lunch:  everything kept very well, even the avocados.  No pictures of today’s lunch.  I had some Progresso clam chowder and French bread.

I used my pressure cooker for the first time today.  I cooked a batch of pinto beans, and am attempting to mash them like I’ve been shown in the past, but am not having much luck with the mashing part.  The cooking part was a lot less scary than I expected.  Kes did his best to find the safest pressure cooker he could, and it seems pretty good so far.

For dinner, I made chicken curry.  I just used an S&B medium hot curry brick, carrots, peas, potatoes, chicken and water.  Not too complex, but I like the taste.

Reading-wise, I’m a few chapters into the first Dresden Files book.  I’ve read this far before, but never got to finish it.  I’ve always liked mystery books, and adding a dash of the supernatural is definitely appealing.  I think some of it is a little overly silly (did he really have to name it the “Nevernever?”), but on the whole, I’m enjoying it so far.

Since I didn’t get to finish re-listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on CD on the drive to and from my parents’ house, I’ve been listening to it off and on.  I had forgotten how depressing it is.  I also discovered that JK Rowling is fundamentally against publishing her works as ebooks when I went looking for a written copy for my Nook.

It sounds like Rowling’s dislike of ebooks is a mix between her love of the physically written word (apparently she wrote all the Harry Potter books in longhand), and her fear of pirates.  Regarding the latter, I would have to say I agree with a lot of people that if you deprive the market of a legal version of something it’s clamoring for, the demand isn’t going to disappear, and her decision has likely driven more people to piracy than if she had just allowed ebooks of her works to be released.  Regarding her reverence of the physically written word, I think that’s pretty cool.  I remember seeing pictures of her handwritten copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.  I do think it’s a little short-sighted not to publish ebook versions of her work nonetheless.  After all, there are audiobook versions of her work, and that’s certainly not handwritten (yes, I know reading aloud, different medium, etc.).  Anyway, I would like for there to be [legal] ebook versions of Rowling’s books.





Healthy Habits

6 04 2010

Kes moved the stationary bike to the living room today.  It has been in the spare bedroom, which made it even more difficult to work up the gumption to use it.  To celebrate, I rode for 20 min while Kes watched Arrested Development.  I’m still working on developing/keeping healthy habits, so hopefully having it in the living room will be one more motivation.

On the unhealthy side, I nearly always eat processed food for lunch.  One way I’m trying to be healthier is by trying to eat less processed food.  In pursuit of that goal, I have packed both breakfast and lunch for tomorrow (I go to work early enough that it’s easiest to eat breakfast at work rather than at home).

Breakfast:
Quesadilla: 1 whole grain “soft taco” tortilla, small amount of low fat cheddar cheese, thin spread of pesto, and chopped chicken breast

Lunch:
noodle dish:  about 1/3 brick of ramen noodles soaked in water until softened then tossed in about 1/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil, cubed chicken breast, peas, and minced garlic
salad:  baby spinach, button mushrooms, with a side of basil parmesan vinaigrette
fruit side: avocado (I originally planned on having a clementine orange, but I didn’t realize we were out)
treat: mangorind candy

This is also a test to see if/how much the lunch degrades by the time I eat it tomorrow.





Changes?

5 04 2010

Now that Lent is over, I am considering what (if anything) will change about how I interact with my blog.  Most likely, the only thing that will change is the frequency of my posts.  I will still attempt to post daily, but I will not stress as much about making that goal.  I would like to also do more creative writing, but I am not sure I will be up for it, creatively speaking.