2015 plans

Jan. 1st, 2015 11:58 am
alithea: (Being human (base by ahlai))
Reading
- Manage more than 30 books this year
- Read To Kill a Mockingbird and Great Expectations
- Read the rest of the Jacqueline Carey Terre D'Ange books
- Read Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles

Writing
- Start making notes for my novel
- Keep up with my Storium games

Knitting
- Make myself a top/cardigan/jumper
- Try colourwork
- Actually knit something for my mother

Exercise
- Try historical fencing
- Manage the MTB skills trail at Templeton without going around any of the obstacles
- Swim outdoors
- Start running again

Other
- Institute monthly date nights
- Finally make our wedding photobook
alithea: (summer_picnic)
Feeling really good today - did my rowing machine exercises this morning, some errands walking round town this afternoon and then finally made it back to t'ai chi tonight. I don't know whether it is just this HIT protocol thing, but either way, it feels good.

Happy Lammas everyone, I hope you all have something to be grateful for this harvest season.

Who knew

Jul. 21st, 2012 05:17 pm
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Turns out a 6.6km hike is not the best way to prepare for getting work done. *yawn* am tired now :( But yay, exercise and daylight, although annoyingly it was actually sunnier back in Dundee than it was out at Haliburton/Ballo. But we didn't get wet despite somewhat foolishly heading off without waterproofs, so we have to be grateful for small mercies. Also, opportunistic labrador did not succeed in stealing our lunch ;)
alithea: (windswept)
Great t'ai chi class last night - we did a warm up, animals (bear, tiger, stag and monkey), worked on the 37 (Yang style short form), went through the Poem once (Daoyin form set to music, although our instructor has lost her CD so I've yet to actually do it to the music! The Boy reckons he found it on Youtube the other day but I could only find every other set of daoyin exercises I've ever done when I looked earlier), and then did the 5 Element Dance which I haven't done for ages. And I got used as a teaching tool without Carol having to correct any of my postures (smug face). We're starting Palm 2 next week, which I'm excited about - it's a great work out, all low stances, punches, stabbing people in the throat and twisting balls (ah, martial forms!), and I've never managed to learn it all the way through yet (it's nightmare to follow because you are always changing direction).

It's back to the adventures of Dona Alicia and co at the roleplaying soc tonight, which is also good, except that I haven't done any exercise again today. I ought to walk to the uni but that means walking back at 11 pm, which results in me being wide awake when I should be in bed already.

Weekend

Sep. 12th, 2011 01:37 pm
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*Saturday started off very badly, when I woke up to Tony Blair being interviewed on the Today programme and wanted to stab his eyes out after about 2 minutes. I then spent the rest of the weekend avoiding all news and coverage of the 9/11 memorials like the plague, which did wonders for my sanity.

*I went swimming on Saturday afternoon and ended up in the sprint lane, which was a bit full on. I love my new goggles soo much though - they don't leak or steam up!

*The Boy and I had dinner with a friend we don't see enough of on Saturday night and it was lovely. Also, her pet rats are incredibly cute.

*Dr Who made me cry. That's the first time I've been emotionally engaged this series and therefore a win (ETA: okay, I forgot about The Doctor's Wife). My only gripe is that the writing *still* seems to be ignoring the fact that Amy and Rory are supposed to be parents.
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*Booked a ceilidh band for the wedding today.

*Have given up on new Torchwood, really can't be arsed with it as I simply don't care about the plot or the characters any more. Am enjoying The Killing though so my Thursday evening TV viewing is sorted anyway.

*Am reading Nicolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it. I see why some of my favourite authors cite her as major inspiration and am wondering why the current craze for historical novels hasn't led to them being reprinted. I can only guess that it is because she doesn't spoon-feed her audience; the plot is majorly twisty and I'm more than half way through with very little clue what is going on (oh, and I guess it isn't Tudor England, renaissance Europe just isn't as fashionable). [livejournal.com profile] ankaret, have you read any of her stuff? I think you would really enjoy it.

*Oh, Doctor Who is back next Saturday!

*Not done as well on the exercise front this week because I missed t'ai on Wednesday (particularly bad because there is no class next week) and have only managed my 3000+ aerobic steps twice so far this week, although there is still this evening and the weekend to improve this and I am planning to go swimming tomorrow.
exercise log )
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I've actually managed to achieve stuff today which is a rare for a Monday. That's what happens when I do things before turning the computer on! As a result, I have a tea loaf cooling in the kitchen and had a lovely walk earlier before the sun started going down. We're in the midst of our first really cold snap of the season at the moment - it's been beautifully sunny for the past 2 days but the pavements are thick with frost in the shade and the big pool at the Swanny Ponds is about 3/4 frozen over.

I can't believe it's the second week of November already, this year is going so fast. I've given up on getting the bathroom finished before the new year, it's just too cold and damp to get the paint dry now. Instead, my plan for this month is mostly to get organised for the festive season in the hope that I'm busy working by December. Speaking of work, what I should be doing is the final edits on That Report as the IFA sent it back again; they are really taking the micky now! Still, it is mostly just proof-reading errors now so shouldn't take long.

In other news, I am frantically trying to avoid succumbing to the lurgy that has hit most of the roleplaying society over the past week. I'm not doing too well because I already have a bit of head cold but I'm dosing myself up with paracetamol and decongestants, and trying to do some gentle exercise, and get sunlight and fresh air every day. Went for a walk along the water front on Saturday and swimming yesterday (although that might have been a bit much, my head was noticable worse afterwards), and a walk around two local parks earlier today. Mage game tonight, which I'm looking forward to except that it involves spending another evening with the plague bearers, still at least they won't be in my home this time ;) Trying to decide if I want to go to a T'ai chi workshop in a couple of weeks despite having not been to a class since January...
alithea: (footprint (made by girlyboheme))
-Swimming is great, I'm soo glad I took it up again, it really is the most effective form of relaxation for me.

-The Boy is looking very dapper today in his waistcoat. We'll have been together 2 years next weekend and I still think he's a star even when he is driving me up the wall.

-Gizmo has been fine since Tuesday, despite throwing up on the way home from the cattery on Monday and having an upset tummy from stuffing her face the whole time she has been away. She is definitely much happier at the new cattery.

-Anti-histamines aren't quite a miracle drug but I'd certainly have spent much less time miserable over the summer as a child if they had been around 20 years ago.

-This month is going to be very busy and rather expensive but I get to spend time celebrating with some of my favourite people, who I do not see often enough these days.
alithea: (Bones (made by seeaseye))
Short work contract came through, unexpectedly full-time, so I've been a bit snowed under. Still, the money will be good :)

Pottery has finished for the summer hols but I still have some things to put together and my next big project is photographing everything and getting it for sale online. I finally picked up the other painted stoneware pendants I'd been waiting on for months yesterday evening, so they will hopefully be going up on my blog over the weekend.

Was very good last week and did 60 lengths in the pool twice, but haven't really done any exercise at all this week :( Flat wrangling was achieved at the weekend though, in that the kitchen has been re-arranged, and it is loads better for it - looks so much wider with the fridge at the end of the units and my mock dresser (old pine desk with narrow shelves sitting on top) opposite the sink instead. Bathroom has temporarily stalled due to lack of suitable wood trim for the top of the tongue and groove, but hopefully we'll start the painting soon.

Last weekend also involved a cycle ride in the pouring rain, which reminded me of some of the ones i did as a kid during the school holidays, and we finally got to meet baby Samuel, albeit it fleetingly. Not sure what will be happening this weekend - apparently the weather is going to improve (the rain is lashing down just now, and has been on-and-off all week!) so hopefully we'll manage a countryside excursion for Mid Summer.

Oh, and I highly recommend Stephen King's Dark Tower series to anyone who hasn't read it yet; I'm on book 5 and loving it (and there are only 7 in the complete series incase you were concerned).
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Not an awful lot has been happening around here recently, although I do have a guy phoning me about doing some work for a farm scale greenhouse gas calculator at 2pm so *fingers crossed* that will happen.

Things happened as planned following my last post - Eurovision was fun, birthday also (although slightly marred by the Royal Mail depot, who decided not to bother providing proper cover while our regular postman was on holiday, meaning some of my parcels took 9 days to arrive 1st class!), and I've posted about the re-enacters at Edzell Castle and Potfest over on my ceramics blog.

Last week I had an annoying migraine, which didn't shift properly for days and left me rather out of sorts, but the weekend just gone was good. The weather was glorious and on Saturday, the Boy and I headed out to Arbroath and walked along the Seaton Cliffs towards Auchmithie, although we didn't make it the whole way because we had to get back in plenty of time for the DAFTAs (annual Roleplaying Society Awards Dinner), which was good fun. On Sunday, we headed over to Halliburton and walked around a forest park on the Angus/Perth & Kinross border, which was very pleasant, although a miscalculation involved having to walk about 2 miles back to the car park along the main road was rather less pleasant.

On Monday, I spent a chunk of the day reading Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics by Emma Restall Orr, which was interesting; discussion and mini-rant ) And then I went running, and yesterday was swimming; I'm on an exercise kick at the moment because I need the endorphins, I want to be much fitter, and also all my summer dresses and several of my tops are too tight across the rib cage where I have acquired flab, and I don't want to have to buy something new to wear for this summer's crop of weddings, when I already have several lovely frocks I have hardly worn. This may have to involve stomach exercises though, which I'm not very taken with...

Plans for the next few weeks involve hopefully some work, job hunting, and lots of flat wrangling - bought the paint for the bathroom woodwork yesterday so need to sand it all down in preparation for the undercoat.
alithea: (altar candle (please do not take))
I'm hoping the weather will be better tomorrow because we are off to St. Andrews Castle to the Medieval Beltaine Fayre for the day with some friends and I'm particularly looking forward to May pole dancing as I've never actually done it :)

Today however, it is wet and horrible. I need to pop into town to run some errands and I'm trying to talk myself into going swimming (going to get wet anyway, may as well have exercise at the same time!). Have been a complete funk all week, mostly due to feeling a bit yuck, and could do with the endorphins now the lurgy seems to have abated.
alithea: (Spring (from nomnomicons))
I'm in a contented little bubble at the moment because I'm not actually unemployed until a week on Friday but I don't have any work to do until the funders come back to us with comments, which won't be this week because our contact is on holiday until Monday (yes, for once in my life I submitted something earlier than necessary!).

Weather is rather lovely, sunny but still cool and too early for hayfever. Pottery is back on after the Easter hols tonight so I get to catch up with my girls and get my hands dirty :) I have a long To Do list but it's all domestic stuff or pottery-related, like updating my blog with new photos, setting up an online store, and emailing a guy about making him goblets and stuff for LARP.

In other news, we are once more a car-enabled household so are plotting an outing at the weekend to celebrate. At the moment I'm torn between Perth, Elcho Castle and maybe a walk in the Moncrieff woods, or St. Andrews and either a coastal cliff walk or up the Tay estuary to the ruined monastry. Need to start getting out and about in the countryside at the weekends again. And doing some exercise! The only damper on things is that my t'ai chi instructor appears to have quit since I last made a class back in January - I hope she isn't ill or something, must find out what has happened, I was going to go back next week :(
alithea: (Procrastination (made by anabel_icons))
Off to bed as have just spent 2 hours reading my flist and chatting to a friend online, but have achieved work today (because I didn't turn the internet on until 10 pm (that's right, it didn't exist before then, it's all just in your head)), been to t'ai chi, and went swimming yesterday, so life is pretty good.

I might be a bit quiet around here while I attempt to make more progress on project-don't-stress-at-the-last-minute but bear with me.
alithea: (LittlesoulRiver (made by enriana))
Have finally been paid, which is good because I need to do my Yule shopping and find a replacement for my favourite winter skirt, which is falling apart.

Am achey but contented today from lots of exercise over the weekend - went swimming on Saturday and spent all day Sunday at the Rokpa, doing a T'ai Chi workshop run by our head of School. Got to do advanced dar-lu with one of the other instructors as my partner so that was good, although my flexibility is crap because I can't do snake-creeps-down or bend-bow properly :( Oh well, can really feel it today so must have done some good! Hopefully, class tonight will stretch me out a bit and I'll be less sore tomorrow.

Also got treated to a lovely lunch at the DCA after swimming, yum, yum. Although, the poor Boy then proceeded to come down with a nasty cold and was too sick to come to the workshop and has been sent home from work today :( Am hoping I can avoid it, since I had the horrible head-explodey lurgy last week.

Weather is cold but frosty, and sunny and clear, so lovely to my mind :) The Coat even got an outing on Thursday night for roleplaying. Sunsets have been gorgeous and there was the most beautiful reddish tiny crescent moon yesterday evening, She almost looked like a solar eclipse.
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- Making a decision, acting on it and moving on. After procrastinating for a week, any decision is better than none.

- A good swim (40 lengths in under 40 mins) which restored my sanity and cheered me up despite it being a grey, damp day, that doesn't even have the decency to be really cold so you can snuggle up in something warm for comfort. More sociable than usual too, I got chatting to the rather cute girl I was sharing the slow lane with, and [livejournal.com profile] mcwoof amused the life guard by waving and gesticulating at me through the window in the Union foyer.

- the Gizmo creature, despite the fact she tried to eat me when I got home from the pool. Chlorine must be tasty to cats...

- T'ai chi was good on Monday, we went through the 108 twice, and I'm starting to get the sequence into my head again. Next week we are doing the Poem and then I get the relearn Palm II. I love Palm II, it's a great workout and all that stabbing imaginary opponents in the throat and such is quite theraputic ;)

- last night at pottery I glazed two pots ready for trying Raku for the first time next week, and loaded the rest of my unfired work into the kiln for biscuit firing so I'll have more things to glaze next week, when the rest of the glazes should have finally arrived (who moves their business and neglects to inform any of their costumers for 10 months??).

- I get to play an ex-pirate in Victoriana escapades tonight :)

Time for a cuppa.

EDIT: Oh, and a merry afternoon chatting with [livejournal.com profile] thebirdwoman yesterday while pottering around town in the sunshine, and potentially converting someone else to the wonder of Martin Millar's novels while borrowing the rest of season 3 BSG in return!
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The Boy and I went swimming on Saturday lunchtime and then yesterday we headed out to the Sidlaw Hills, and walked through Balkello woods, and up Auchterhouse Hill and Balkello Hill, so I'm feeling cheerier for the exercise and fresh air.

I'm supposed to be going out for dinner with t'ai chi people tonight but I don't know if it's been confirmed because last week's class was cancelled due to Carol being ill. I should probably pop into the Rokpa this afternoon and see if anyone knows what is happening.

This week is crunch time for The Boy's car, she's a bit tired these days and if she fails her MOT and needs very much work doing, she'll be off to the scrap yard and we'll be a car-less household until December at the earliest. Hopefully, this won't be too hard, I managed for the whole of my adult life without one until he moved in anyway. And at least I won't have to feel guilty about not being as green anymore...

I have to go to the dentists tomorrow afternoon. Normally, this doesn't bother me as I've been incredibly lucky with my teeth, health-wise (I had to have umpteen braces and teeth that I didn't have room for taken out as a teenager, but they are good and strong), but last time I went, I found out my wisdom teeth are going to need filling sometime soonish, so now I'm dreading that I'm going to have to pay for that out of my savings too (and dreading the fillings, because I have a really small mouth so they are quite inaccessible, and I detest those numbing injections). Oh well, at least the Oxfam shop just down the road from the dentists is normally good for comfort book shopping ;)
alithea: (Warrior_River (made by brokenharlequin))
Made it to swimming yesterday and feel much better for it. Managed my 40 lengths eventually, felt like an empowered feminist warrior woman by going hairy and not caring, and amused the life guard when he spotted me singing along to Alice Cooper on the sound system. I like the Saturday lifeguards' taste in music ;)

Have finally cleared the washing up back log today, while singing along to my Alice Cooper albums because I realised yesterday that I hadn't listened to them for ages, and am now looking forward to a chicken roast dinner, which smells rather good.

*AND*

my bathroom wall is white! The ceiling needs another coat and the walls are going yellow, and then of course there's the woodwork to sort out, but this time last week ( and for the past 4 years) it was a mishmash of holes, filler, plaster and orangey pink paint so the white is a big improvement :)

Also, my new glasses are quite funky, although narrower than my old ones so I haven't quite got used to all the lines in front of my eyes yet.
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is fab! I enjoyed it even more than the original. The visuals are fantastic, I love Del Toro's aesthetic, and it's thoroughly entertaining - very funny but also quite touching in places.

Swam another 40 lengths on Saturday and then went to a BBQ in the evening, which was good fun and involved catching up with some people I haven't seen in a while. And spent yesterday pottering around being domestic, including discovering that it is now possible to recycle plastics locally.

The weather can't make up it's mind at the moment. It's gone decidedly autumnal and the nights have really dropped in recently but after being cold and slightly damp all weekend, we have lovely sunshine again today and I had to change when I got back from town because I was too hot in a jumper and knee highs with my cotton skirt. Still, I have funky new stripey tights for when it is actually cool enough to wear them :)

Am not overly impressed with the world today though, as I had grand plans for achieving lots of stuff but my stomach is playing up and I don't really feel like doing much, which is doubly annoying today because it's T'ai Chi this evening and I don't want to miss it again :( I hope I'm not coming down with something again, I was sneezing at the swimming pool on Saturday and my throat has been sore since yesterday...

Good things

Sep. 4th, 2008 02:31 pm
alithea: (Kaylee (made by viadisaster))
- I had my ear syringed yesterday and can now hear again, and no longer feel like I am living inside a seashell
- I swam 40 lengths (1 km) in 45 minutes yesterday
- I have a yummy banana tea loaf cooling in the kitchen
- the sun is shining and it is a nice pleasant temperature
- pottery started again last night (although we are doing raku, which puts a bit of a spanner in the works as far as my plans go)
- Off to the cinema to see Hellboy II tonight, going to a BBQ on Saturday, and maybe to Glamis countryside fair on Sunday.

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