I know a snowstorm in the southern states is a totally different animal than out here in the midwest but still…

My sister and her family live in North Carolina. They’re expecting 1-3 inches of snow.

They’re under a state of emergency, and all the schools have been closed.


I told her to make sure they had enough bread and toilet paper. She said they had the toilet paper and enough flour to make bread, unless the power goes out. And then they’d just have to eat the TP.

:D :D :D

Published in: on January 21, 2016 at 5:38 PM  Comments (3)  

Baroo! :(

Thank you for a Decade of Cute!

Even though I hardly ever visit the site anymore, I haz a sad nao. :(

Published in: on January 18, 2016 at 5:18 PM  Comments (10)  

Yeah, it’s going great!

Or not so much. It takes effort to overcome lazy habits, and sometime I just plain forget that I intended to do some things. Ugh.

Anyhoot, one thing I didn’t really plan to do but got sucked into anyway (and it’s good for me, so I’m not really complaining) is that I’ve started working with a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness.

I used to go regularly and use the circuit machines, but for several years I’ve just been paying the dues and not going. My sister signed up a couple months ago, however, and she started working with the trainer. The trainer had a free class one Sunday morning that I went to with my sister. It kicked my ass – I was ridiculously sore for at least 3 days, and my back and hip twinged for another couple days after that.

But the trainer convinced me to come in for a free consultation, and naturally her recommendation was to sign up for regular sessions for a few weeks. I’ve been twice, and she has worked me hard. I haven’t been as sore as her free class made me, but I can still feel it the next day. (And the day after that, too…)

When the paid sessions are finished, I hope I’ll be motivated to keep going back on my own, but I probably won’t do the same things she’s having me do. It’s too random, for one thing, so I’ll probably not remember most of it. Plus, she prefers free weights, and I hate them. I like the circuit machines.

I don’t really want to be a buffed out fitness nut who spends all her time at the gym. I just want to tone up and get a little stronger. What’s the point of being healthy if you never get to spend any time doing what *you* want to do? (And I don’t *want* to work out, even though I enjoy it and feel better when I do it regularly.)

Published in: on January 15, 2016 at 12:37 PM  Comments (8)  

Hello 2016

I think part of my problem with sticking with resolutions is the lack of accountability. So in the hope of motivating myself to have more self-discipline, I am going to post a few of my goals here.

For 2016 I started a new Quicken file so that I could get a fresh start on tracking my credit card and checking accounts because I haven’t reconciled any of them in months and can’t face the thought of trying to catch up. If I don’t let things pile up for weeks, it wouldn’t need but 10-15 minutes to update it each time.

I am trying to get to work earlier so that I don’t have to stay so late, but so far I have mostly just been getting to work on time. Which is better than being late, but still…

I want to spend more time reading books and writing my stories, and less time messing around on tablet games and junk.

I want to start going back to the fitness center. I have an appointment Saturday with my sister’s trainer, and I want her to give me a refresher on the circuit machines and stuff. Then I just have to get my ass there on a regular basis.

I want to eat better. I have gained 15 pounds in the last five years. Which wouldn’t be a huge deal, because I’ve always been slim. But it’s all around my middle, and I already had trouble finding clothes to fit because I have never been the hourglass shape that women’s clothing manufacturers seem to cater to.

My sister and I have joined one of those cooking subscription things. There are several of them out there, but we’re doing Hello Fresh. Every week they send a box with all of the ingredients and recipes for meals. We’re doing three meals a week, but I think you can get six meals a week, if you choose.

We could go the grocery store and buy our own ingredients for less, no doubt. The point is, we don’t. And we won’t. And it’s worth the extra money to me to have someone else decide what to fix.

Published in: on January 5, 2016 at 10:56 AM  Comments (3)  

Goodbye 2015

I’m not even going to bother with WordPress’ 2015 recap. I don’t think I posted enough last year to register on their radar anyway.

I’ve been lazy about reading other people’s pages, too. Part of it is that I’ve been so busy at work that I haven’t had time to do any blog browsing. Which is probably just as well, since they pay me to work and not to surf the Internet, lol!

But I’ve also just been lazy, period. Or unmotivated. Or tired. Or whatever you want to call it. There are a lot of things that I should be doing that I haven’t been because I just can’t work up the mental energy to do it.

We didn’t get around to sending Christmas cards this year (again). There are several people from LetterMo who still correspond with me, and I’ve had a couple letters I need to answer sitting on my desk for a couple weeks.

I used to write all the time. Just fun stuff that I enjoy and nothing I’ll ever let anyone else read. But most days I don’t even open Word to look at any of it, much less spend any time adding to it or revising it.

My reading has really dropped off, too. It fell off a bunch when I changed jobs and had to start driving my car to work instead of riding the bus. But I don’t even spend time at home reading the way I used to. I’ve made a new goal of 20 books this year on Goodreads. That’s really a pathetic number for me, but I didn’t meet it last year, so I’ll have to pull up my socks to meet it this year.

I also need to stop wasting as much time playing with the crappy games on my tablet. I don’t even enjoy most of them. And when I start messing with them in the morning while I should be getting ready for work, they make me really, really late.


Published in: on January 5, 2016 at 10:37 AM  Comments (8)  

Today didn’t turn out so well.

Far from being early to work, I didn’t even make it on time. I woke up plenty early, but because it was very warm last night, I woke up with a pounding headache. That’s never a good omen.

Then the traffic was slow. I don’t get it. During rush hour, people are at least attempting to go the speed limit when they can. But after rush hour, everyone just tools along, spread out across every freaking lane so that you can’t pass, going 5mph under the speed limit.

I remembered when I finally got on the road that I have a meeting on Monday mornings, and I barely made it on time to that. Then I totally spaced out another meeting this afternoon, and went to lunch and didn’t get back until the meeting was half over. Oops!

I had a bunch of crap I needed to do today, and I mostly got through it all, but it didn’t leave any time to work on my big project, which is starting to fall behind again.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

Published in: on November 2, 2015 at 10:27 PM  Leave a Comment  

So busy…can’t catch up…

I’m not complaining (much). I’d rather be busy than have nothing to do. But it does get frustrating to have more problems crop up, just as you feel like you’re about to get a handle on the old items so you can start on the new stuff before it turns old, too.

Besides, when I’m up to my eyeballs in work, I don’t have time to goof off on the Internet. :P

I had a significant birthday a few weeks ago (the big 5-0, w00t!), and I’d planned to use that date, not as a “fresh start” or anything that drastic, but just as a milestone to start working on some things I’ve let slide.

I was going to start going in to work at 8:30 instead of 9:00, so that I don’t have to stay until 6:00. (The traffic at 9:00 sucks!) I managed it once. I don’t do mornings very well. I’m hoping that the time change this weekend will make it a little easier to get moving. I’m also trying not to stay up as late.

I wanted to make a fresh start with my financial record-keeping on Quicken. I haven’t balanced my checkbook in 6 months, and I haven’t reconciled my credit card in a couple of years. That didn’t start out so well, either. Instead of tediously typing in all my receipts, I was going to download transactions from the credit card and bank websites. But I couldn’t figure out how to start fresh without having to catch up the reconciliations. I gave up when I saw that it named all the transactions “Downloaded from…” Not very helpful.

It occurred to me a few months ago that I used to spend hours on the computer messing around with my writing. There would always be some plot or storyline in my brain that I was either actively working on or thinking about. But for the last few years, I haven’t been doing that. I could blame it on the malaise brought on by the stress of dealing with mom, but that’s really not the biggest reason. I’ve been wasting too much time on Facebook or on my silly Kindle app games. I haven’t had spectacular success with this goal either. But NaNoWriMo starts Sunday, and while I don’t think I have 50,000 words in me at this point, I thought it might be impetus to get myself to write at least a little bit every day.

We did at least get Mom’s house sold. My sister decided to go ahead and spend some money to fix it up a little bit, and that took a while. But we finally put it on the market in September and had three offers before the week was out. It was an odd feeling to turn over the keys to our childhood home to strangers, but it’s a relief to have it out of our hair. It’s especially nice not to have to drive across town a couple times a week to water grass and check on things.

I had entertained the thought of buying the house and living there myself, but that didn’t last long. It would have made the work commute longer, for one thing. Mom never treated us as adults, and being in the house, even with it vacant, made me feel like I was a child again. I ultimately felt it would be better to be grown up and move on. Besides, there are too many ladies in that neighborhood who knew us as kids, who would no doubt try to “mother” us. And I couldn’t face it. LOL!

Published in: on October 30, 2015 at 5:21 PM  Comments (7)  

Motivation only goes so far.

It’s getting to the part of the day where my “want to work” starts running out. And unfortunately, I have two hours left.

We’ve moved back to the Tech Center office from Lakewood, which has cut my commute to 15 minutes down from 40, but I’m still dragging around in the morning and not getting to work on time. I think I’m sleeping okay the first part of the night, but then I wake up too early and don’t really sleep well the rest of the night because it’s already starting to get light. So then at my real getting up time, I’m sleepy and draggy. Maybe curtains over the window shade would help.

In other news, however, I am apparently in pretty good health. Ha! We have this new wellness program at work, which will have some implications for our health insurance coverage choices, but I’m not sure what that means yet. We had to do a health questionnaire, which scored me at 70% (good – probably only because I don’t smoke or drink, because I couldn’t say much good about my eating habits). We also got screenings yesterday for stuff like BP, BMI, glucose level, and cholesterol, and I was within the good range for all, except that my blood pressure was a little high.

I signed up for a consultation on healthy eating, and I’m also participating in a walking challenge. That should be the easiest because I used to be pretty consistent about walking 10,000 steps a day. I’ve just been lazy the last 3 or 4 years. With the weather so nice, I’ve been either walking to lunch or taking a walk in the park across the street in the afternoon. And so far (only the first weekend in), I have been good at making myself walk at home to get to 10,000.

We’re still working on getting mom’s house ready to sell. We decided to go ahead and fix it up a bit before putting it on the market, so we had the hardwood floors sanded and stained, the kitchen floor re-tiled, and the bathroom totally redone. It looks really cute. Too bad it’s way smaller than our current place and 10 miles in the wrong direction from work.

Plus, I don’t think I’d be comfortable with all the nosy neighbors who knew us as kids. :P

They’ve also announced that the jury has come to a verdict in the Aurora theater shooting. Guilty, guilty, guilty! (As if there was really any question…)

Published in: on July 16, 2015 at 4:50 PM  Comments (9)  

What I Did This Weekend

by TreeSweater

(This is like one of those essays you always had to write in September when school started again.)

I spent the weekend in Los Angeles, California so that I could attend The One Last Party, put on by TheOneRing.net.

This was my first trip to California. Unfamiliar vegetation – the trees, mostly – gave the place a sort of sci fi vibe. There were two kinds of what I guess were both palm trees, but one was taller with a skinny trunk, and the other was squattier with a thicker, hairy trunk. It was also a lot muggier there.

Hollywood was unimpressive, to be honest. To start with, I don’t watch TV and I hardly ever go to movies, so there isn’t really anything about Hollywood that interests me. I expected something more exotic and glittery, but it didn’t feel particularly different than the grubbier parts of Denver. Except that it was bigger. And grubbier.

I did go find Hollywood Boulevard, but there wasn’t much to see. They were putting up all the grandstands and stuff for the Oscars on Sunday, so you couldn’t even get to part of it. I found a few stars, although I had heard ahead of time that Peter Jackson’s star was under one of the grandstands, so I didn’t even look for that one.

I felt they had “jumped the shark” when they gave a star to Orlando Bloom a couple years ago, but after seeing some of the older recipients, it became obvious that the shark was well and truly jumped long before ol’ Orly came along. (The Smurfs? Really?? And the Munchkins???)

I didn’t do much sightseeing. I was there only a couple days and I wasn’t interested enough to brave public transport to look for anything out of walking distance. I did find a cool residential neighborhood behind and up the hill from the hotel. All stucco, plus all the weird plants and flowers – that sci fi vibe again. And it was an extremely steep, winding hill, to the point where, about halfway up, you have to lean forward and march.

The Party was fun, too. Everyone was dressed all fancy, either in evening dress or costumes. There were some amazing costumes – a Smaug with actual wings, a couple of fantastic Thorin Oakenshields (at least one of whom was a woman), a dead ringer for Elrond, lots of very hobbity hobbits. And some female dwarves (not just women dressed as dwarves, but dressed as female dwarves.)

The catered meal was yummy and the entertainment was fun. Emerald Rose, a Celtic band, was first and they were pretty lively. The California Dreamers were the main entertainment – the mostly 60s cover/Mamas and Papas tribute band that William Kircher (Bifur) and his wife started (I think).

I was a little disappointed that more celebrities didn’t attend (I was secretly hoping to see at least Richard Armitage and Graham McTavish), but we did get Bruce Hopkins (Gamling), John Bell (Bain), Sala Baker (Sauron/various Orcs), Mark Ordesky (Executive Producer LOTR), and Royd Tolkien (ROTK/DOS uncredited roles/JRRT’s great-grandson). Plus the Happy Hobbits, the Button Lady, and various other folks.

I took some photos of the guests and the performers, but they’re pretty crappy. My iPhone really doesn’t take good photos from that far away, but by that time, my shoes were off and I wasn’t about to put them back on to get closer for photos.

This link has way better photos:


Published in: on February 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM  Comments (11)  
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And the day started out so well…


Yep, those are my feet.

And I didn’t notice until I got to work (a 40-minute drive), so these are going to be my feet aaaall day!

We had a “skiff” of snow yesterday – at least 6 inches worth – so I knew I was going to need extra time to scrape off my car. We were running around last evening, so we’d already swept the worst of the snow off, so I just needed five more minutes for the overnight frost. The point is, I remembered *and* and got up early, too.

Most of the street lights were in my favor, too, except for a couple that I always have to sit through. The rest were either green or just turning green as I got to the intersection. That’s unheard of. Thankfully, the roads were dry, and I didn’t have too many slowpokes pull in front of me. So I was actually a couple minutes early to the office. That’s also unheard of.

Then, as I was walking to my cube, I looked at my shoes…


Some good news, though. See the brown pants in the photo? I haven’t been able to wear those since I started having tummy troubles because they’re a snug fit and that made me feel sick. Well, they’re still snug, but the last few days I have been able to wear snugger stuff and it’s not making me queasy! Yay! That means there are a couple things in my closet that I don’t have to get rid of, thinking I’d never wear them again.

Granted, these are stretchy, and the couple pairs of jeans I’m reclaiming are custom-fit. So the off-the-rack size 10 stuff probably will still have to go, not because they make me sick, but because they simply don’t go around me anymore.

But still…

Published in: on February 2, 2015 at 10:37 AM  Comments (5)  
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