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    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
    I booked a week in Florence in December, staying in Florence for 4 nights and another 2 nights in Siena. Everything on the cheap...I'm flying with Ryanair, and staying in cheap b&b's. Italy is quite affordable compared to France, as long as it isn't venice.

    Italy, I love it.
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    After two weeks of my eyes becoming "difficult to use" to the degree where most of my evening pastimes were off-limits, A new spectacles prescription is working wonders. However, I now have to wear glasses for pretty much everything other than driving or walking down the road and also, my eyes are so spoiled by my new lenses assistance that forgetting to wear my glasses (which was apparently the cause of the initial problem, doh) is practically impossible, as I can't actually focus on text at all without them now.
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    I've put a lot of stories about my real life on Whitechapel, and some of you guys seem to enjoy them. So I've started writing them down, bit by bit, and occasionally they fit a topic on the boards. I recently wrote a few that don't fit anywhere specifically, so I thought I would put them in the blog space (which doesn't have a word limit!). Hope you enjoy!
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011 edited
    government spy:

    E-book? I can do the conversion if you want :) That would make an excellent thing to publish, if you are so inclined :)
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    I dunno, yet. I'm breaking 2100 words at the moment, and I keep remembering various stories of my younger days, but I don't know what I'm going to do with them yet, exactly. I'm just glad you guys like them, because my friends have all heard them too many times already.

    Also unsure of what's a good length for what format... I dunno I'm really clueless about anything other than just telling my tales.
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    My general mood has been rather in the dumps and at the best volatile lately, due to several truckloads of suck hitting the same intersection for the first time in a looooong time. This weekend went a long way to making life feel fun and me all bouncy. In short, there were video games and good sex, a colleague hinted me that there's a French open air marketplace in Helsinki and I totally overdosed on stinky cheeses and chocolate nougat, there was a large white chocolate cocoa and fun time cooking some lasagna with no hurry; a day spent exploring some abandoned wooden villas with my fiancé and photographing them, there was the latest Terry Pratchett novel to read, I learned more about creating ebooks and edited one e-zine a bit further, managed to be productive with the day and side jobs, and to dot the i, I got to end the weekend by spending Sunday night in Helsinki Hacklab doing arts and crafts, more specifically aging a replica of the Chernobyl reactor 4 console room control panel which they are creating. Did not suck :)
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011
    It's my boyfriend's and mine one year anniversary. This is the first time I've had a relationship last a year.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011
    I am now feeling better after possibly one of the most intense raucous weekend i've had for years. Attended concerts, made lots of new friends. Had a great time with my brother and slamdanced to folk music!
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011
    @Argos, huzzah! Always a good milestone. Here's hoping your relationship continues to be nothing but rainbows and unicorn farts (which, I'm told, smell like freshly baked cinnamon buns).
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011 edited
    @argos, huzzah!

    Just got back from a really wonderful workout at the gym.

    It's also looking like, for the most part, the class is cardio with light-to-moderate strength stuff. The entire time my body is moving, my heart is pounding and I crave water. So while there will inevitably be some muscle gain in areas I don't use, I will still be able to lose weight (and most importantly the 20lbs I have left of my goal). Feeling better after this news, since a lot of people on twitter and beyond assured me that I will be gaining weight from here on in (due to muscle mass) with little to no chance of the numbers going down.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011
    This weekend I had some people over for a belated birthday celebration and I made these:

    Pumpkin cupcakes with cranberry cream cheese frosting.

    Oh so much nom.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011
    Back home after having a little family vacation to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. It was an awesome 5 days in a little beach town. We took our son to the zoo for the first time today. His face just beemed at seeing animals he's only ever seen in books and videos. It was a great way to mark our decade together.
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    Feeling better after this news, since a lot of people on twitter and beyond assured me that I will be gaining weight from here on in (due to muscle mass) with little to no chance of the numbers going down.
    Not remotely what I meant when I said you should throw your scale away ;p

    I'm up to fifty push-ups a night (in two sets of 25 with five minutes of gasping for air between, and the second set with side-planks) \o/ At this rate I should have my arms back into notably buff form by New Year's. I just need the temperature to drop about thirty degrees so I can start riding my bike to and from work. I thought it was cooling off last week, but it's gone back up to 84 at 8am again, so fuck biking in that.

    Hallowe'en plans more or less set in stone as of last week (hotel booked, time off work approved, tickets for two different festivities bought), I just need to find an ascot for costume 2.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2011
    thanks guys!

    @oldhat, the numbers will still go down, as more muscle mass = higher metabolism. I've been mostly doing strength training lately and while the numbers are going down more slowly, they're still going down. Also, you''ll be more lean, so even if they don't go down as much as you'd like them to, if you measure yourself you'll notice you'll still have lost some inches off you.
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    I have a new beanbag. It is a thing of glory. It means I can slink upstairs away from the TV and the shrieking kids and read quietly and listen to music without having to run away to the study. This will make a big difference...

    I also have a swiss army knife. Which is cool. And a new Rotring Newton fountain pen. And new moleskines. And I walked to work instead of getting the bus, and also ordered new glasses.

    Plus I managed to fix touch/pen input on my laptop, and the problem that was causing Opera Mobile to crash on my phone.

    All in all, bloody good progress in the fight against lethargy and depression...
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    My attempts to be a morning person instead of vampiricly nocturnal are slowly slowly slowly sort of working. I've been sleeping BEFORE dawn (this is a big deal to me), and waking up close to noon. Yeah, the Lyme Disease return has me wiped out and sleeping AT LEAST ten hours a night, but the fact that i'm waking up, showering, and leaving the house before dusk is pretty impressive.

    I am still nocturnal my nature, but having the daytime to sit silently in the livingroom all afternoon while no roommates are about, with the sunlight pouring in, listening to the sounds of trees swaying in the wind makes it worth it.

    Glorious autumn sunshine.

    Also, discovering that the Polish place at the end of the block has a $6.50 dinner has just made my insides quite happy.
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2011
  8.  (10261.58)
    While interning at the Senator's office, I met a girl who I think likes me. She's pretty, dresses nice, jokes with me, and seems to like to look at me, while I'm at my desk when she passes in the office. Now I just need to talk to her more, to know if its friendly or flirting.

    But goddam, it feels good to at least have this.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2011
    Sunny, breezy day in Portland. I did a load of laundry and hung it up on the balcony before going to work. Perfectly dry by the time I got back.


    Oh, God, my standards for a successful day have hit a new low.
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    This a million times. Have you tried adding mozzarella and an extra layer of toast?

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