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I used to think my parents were crazy to keep the temperature in the house so cold in the winter so when I moved out I used to keep my house/apartment at 72 degrees. Only after having to pay the bills for many years did I actually start turning the heat down, a sweater or blanket is much cheaper.
I didn't realize how far I have turned it down until last night when I was freezing and went to adjust the temp, as I turned it up to 68 I thought "wow, this is very high, I'm going to be hot later".

Help, I've been swallowed up by facebook

I have recently gotten a facebook account. I thought it would be just a casual thing but I was wrong. I have connected with old friends, new friends and strangers who want to be my neighbor in games I play.

The games are perhaps the most insidious time wasters I have ever encountered. There are so many and they encourage you to keep playing more but it is fun to interact with other people anyway.

Someday I will go a whole day without facebook, just not anytime too soon. Now please excuse me, I have to harvest my crops in Farmville.

I think it's working!

I went to Weight Watchers today and found I had lost 1.8 pounds. Yippee! All the denial of sugar and "bad stuff" might be worth it. I will definitely stick with the diet because it helps me feel better and and because it works.

The exercise part of the plan starts in earnest tomorrow, with my second day of class starting at 5:30am. Today wasn't too bad but we'll see.

I did take a 2 hour nap today, which was awesome and I am tired now so maybe that will work out too. I will have to go bed earlier but that's ok, I need to do it anyway.

Depressing view

Here is the view from my hotel room, nice huh? ;)


New stuff

This week I have officially started my Body Shaping class (even though I am 2 hours away from it). It seems a little insane to me, the thought of getting up at 5 am to work out 5 days a week. Plus I am also on a nutrition regimen. So that means no sugar etc. The first few days of the eating part has been hard, I will not lie. I have been good though. Although I am on the road I have eaten a lot of salad etc. I even went to Pizza Hut with Katie(work colleague) and only got the salad bar instead of eating pizza. I also went through Taco Bell with her and got nothing. I'm so proud of myself.

Also this morning I worked out for an hour, including doing 2 miles on the treadmill. So far, so good.

Long overdue post

It has been a week(possibly more) since Gen Con but I finally got my pictures cleaned up and in my photo gallery. I would post an example here but after the last 57 picture post I have learned my lesson (the lesson being that pointing people to my gallery is the best way). I made a special Gen Con gallery.

I started off with a self-defense class which was lots of fun, mostly because I got to hit and kick things (not people though this time). You can see a picture of the people who taught us, they were very nice and helpful. I got paired with a very pregnant woman for a time in the class and that was disturbing, it just doesn't seem right to do simulated vicious things to a pregnant woman.

I also took various dance classes including Latin dance and a 70's/80's Dance Fusion class. They were both cool. It turns out that I am not very good at latin dances but I had fun trying. The twirling was fun though.

In the 70's/80's Dance Fusion class we learned many moves but the most fun was learning the 70's moves. We learned the Hustle and the dance John Travolta did in Saturday Night Fever. It was so fun that I took the class twice, with varying results.

Their was even a Crafting room this year where I made two sets of earrings and two necklaces. There is a good chance I won't wear the stuff I made but you never know and I had fun doing it. People even brought their own supplies and even a spinning wheel.

Of course I played Redneck Life and Trailer Park Wars because they're fun (and it's a good way to meet new people). Check out my trailer park name and my winning pile of flamingos in my gallery. I heard next year they are coming out with a new game and I am looking forward to that too.

I also played a a lot of new games including, Hey! That's my Fish (which is sort of like chess with penguins, it's not a kids game despite the title), Alchemist (very fun, and I won despite not knowing what I was doing most of the time). I also got my first element ribbon (Wood) for playing a May Fair game. I plan on playing more games like that next year and getting lots of ribbons!

The best new game I played this Year was Sen So, otherwise known as Ninjas vs Aliens vs Pirate vs Zombies, etc. It was created by twin brothers who must have a creative streak a mile long because this game is awesome. It's kind of like Robo Rally but you never fall off the edge into a pit and die because you turned right instead of left. There was nefarious cat girl who played with me who cruelly took all of the sets we wanted to buy after the game was over, luckily there turned out to be more in stock. She was fun to play with though, and she attacked her boyfriend with glee, I can appreciate that.

I also got to photograph The Civil War monument by our hotel. I love going there and next year I am totally going up all 330 steps inside it. I posted only a few pictures that I took, hopefully the awesomeness of it comes through.

I did get to take a Photography while I was there too. It was a great class and I learned a lot. The Indy Photo Coach who taught us was very fun. If you look at the pictures you can see how we worshipped him.

And of course we got to hang out with Ranger Tom, who is awesome. Since we moved we don't get to see him much so we have to enjoy the time we get. This year Tom even got his own bed instead of sleeping on the floor. Okay, it was a roll away but it was step up from the floor. I even got a free T-shirt from the Champions online booth just for standing next to Tom. That is the power of Ranger Tom. He's also a champion skipper. If you're reading this Tom, MEOW!

Finally we had to go home though, very sad. But I'm sure next year will be even better.

Things I should be doing

I should be doing lots of things right now but I am not. Most importantly I should be doing dishes and cleaning, but since I hate both of these I am stalling.

I did manage to get to my workout class this morning so that is a plus and yesterday I did some laundry. I'd like to blame it on my job. I am usually tired when I have time off but I do know that I just need to stop stalling and do it.

So now I am going to just do what I need to do, maybe :).

New pics!















me, taking a photograph me, taking a photograph
country view country view
farm equipment 1 farm equipment 1
flox flox
farm equipment 2 farm equipment 2

interesting flower interesting flower
water view water view
swamp swamp
sun through trees sun through trees
sunlight dappled woods sunlight dappled woods

look, a deer! look, a deer!
beautiful view at Lake MacBride beautiful view at Lake MacBride
stump stump
St Mary's Church steeple St Mary's Church steeple
a view from a family picnic a view from a family picnic
Grandma and Luanne Grandma and Luanne
Adam Adam
Daniel and family Daniel and family
Larry and Cailin Larry and Cailin
Daniel, Larry, and Landon Daniel, Larry, and Landon
my uncle Michael my uncle Michael
a rare photographed smile a rare photographed smile

my family trying to pose for the camera, unsuccssfully my family trying to pose for the camera, unsuccssfully
a better attempt at posing a better attempt at posing
at least this time they all looked at the camera


me and my hubby me and my hubby




Just a little competitive

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am competitive. Just a little though. For example, today I was swimming at my hotel and there was an older woman who was in the pool as well. I am sort of ashamed to admit was swimming faster than normal so that I could swim faster than her. I like to think of these things as a challenge, it motivates me to do better.

I'm this way in most aspects of my life. I think it stems from the fact that I wasn't good at much when I was younger and I get a kick out of being better at things than others sometimes. It's like I have discovered that I can be good at things and I want to continue having this feeling.

Really it started when I went back to school. I thought that I'd get C's but then I worked hard and got A's. It was the most satisfied feeling I have ever gotten in school so I kept working hard not only in the academic area but also in other aspects of my life. Confidence in your self is a wonderful thing.

So if you see me walking down the street and realize I am racing you to be faster, don't be alarmed. It's a compliment really, it means you inspire me to do the best I can.

New things

I am starting to try new things. I have recently started jogging (only on the trail and only when people aren't looking but...). I have also joined a class called Fitness 180. It says it is a mixture of martial arts, core work, cardio work etc. I think it is most like a boot camp where there is lots of running.
I did pretty okay for the for the first class. I wasn't the slowest one all the time and I still have some of the strength I worked on for my Blackbelt so that was good. I hope to be able to do this class 3 times a week along with my new running routine. I am going to be fit, even if I have to embarrass myself to do it. So if you see me jogging please be kind :).