Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Guy at Work V Mars

So, we got a new guy on the team at work yesterday.  He is technically replacing Alberto, who was fired after about 6 months or so due to, for lack of a better word, incompetence (not my choice, but ok).  In practice, he's more going to be replacing Dannielle who left a few weeks ago for a better position (in her field and all that good stuff).

Anyway, as most of you know, I applied to go to Mars a few months ago.  I'm still waiting to hear back.  We (about 4 of us that have been on the team a while, the new guy was in the room as well) were talking about how long we've been working there and all that and I brought up that, if I'm still working there a year from next month, it will be my longest job.  Someone had indicated they hoped I would still be there next year, and I brought up my Mars application as a possible (though nowhere near the only) reason for me not to be.

Long story short (too late), this lead to a rather weird conversation between me and the new guy at lunch which went something like this:

"If you got accepted, would you really go?"
"yes" cause I love applying for things I have no intention of taking if I get.
"but why?"
"it's Mars" duh
"have you lived your whole life in the US"
"I've lived my whole life in NJ" other than my time in the navy
"maybe you should go and see more of the world"
"yea, cause going to Canada is exactly like going to Mars"
"well, maybe like Africa, you could see how things are when you don't have everything you'd need, plus there's dust everywhere"
"I imagine that would be part of the training process"
"but you also need some practice running from the big animals" I SWEAR TO GOD
"there's no life on Mars"
"according to who?"
"according to about, what, 80 years of people sending satelites and rovers to look at Mars"
"well, there could be life under ground"
"if there is any life at all on Mars, it would be those extremophiles" or whatever they're called
"you are thinking like you'd have the whole planet to yourself, you and the 39 others, but what if you don't like the locals"

Now, he does have an accent, and I'm terrible with accents, but, seriously, where do they find these people.  Thing is, I'm pretty sure they said that he was originally from the Dominican Republic, which is where Alberto was originally from as well.  Now, I try not to judge a book by the cover, or, in this case, the publisher, but seriously...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

So, I'm having a bad week for weight loss

I've lost all of .2 lbs.  That POINT 2.  I've been down half a pound a couple days, but I just keep bouncing right back afterwards.  Sometimes, I feel like just gorging on everything and forget even bothering.  I've been doing airheads on the treadmill this week, but I don't think that's it.  They're only 60 calories each.  I'll try going without this week but I don't think that will help any.

In other news, since I've been drinking only tap water since switching to Mio, I got a bottle-less water cooler.  Thing is, it doesn't come with a faucet adapter.  It's supposed to come with a saddle valve but it didn't, course even if it did, I couldn't use it since I rent.

So, I went to Home Depot and Lowe's trying to get a quick release faucet adapter that plugs into the thingy I use for my dishwasher (or something similar).  I went to Home Depot first.  The guy said they didn't have anything but to try Target or Walmart but "don't try next door, they don't have anything".  So, after heading over to the nearby Target (they literally had nothing), I went the the Lowe's next to the Home Depot.  They had a quick release thingy but it was too big and wouldn't have been able to be scaled down to the 1/4" intake tube.  They did, however, have a T-junction thingy and a line that could connect that to something that can connect to the intake line.  Woot.

Anyway, I take it home and start trying to set it up.  The intake line barely fits into the plug thingy, but not with the thingy that's supposed to go in it to keep it watertight.  Under the sink, the switch off valve is tight open (I was taught not to have it tight, but slightly off tight).  I need to find my pliers, the ones I haven't seen in years, then shut the valve off and put in the T-junction thingy.  Course, with my luck, not having the watertight thingy in there is going to mean the whole thing will leak.

So, yea, tough week all around.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Working on the Weekend

So, for the first time since I left the navy, I had to work on the weekend.  I'm not afraid of doing this, I don't really care much as long as I get paid for doing so.  My dad worked practically every weekend for 30 years or so, the concept is nothing new to me.

Course, the workload wasn't even all that bad.  We were uploading files to a database and it was just going to take a lot of time.  It ended up not taking as long as it was estimated to take, but still, this is the first data set of 12.  All I really had to do was sit there and make sure it went in alright.  One file didn't load properly so I had to take the data that didn't and put it at the end of another.  No big deal.

Only difference to this weekend, other than the fact that part of the time I was dealing with work, was my Saturday and Sunday stuff got swapped.  So, yesterday I did laundry, and today, I'll be watching a movie and going to Walmart.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Too Jaded for Fireworks

So, today, instead of spending time on the treadmill, I had decided to walk the 2.5 miles or so (each way) to the field where they were doing fireworks tonight.  This was the closest place that I could find (on the first fireworks guide I found on Google) and parking is always crazy near these events so I figured why not.  To treat myself, I got 3 Doritos Locos Tacos on the way (cause Taco Bell is already on the way between my place and the field in question).  I ate two on the way (very messy and I forgot to bring napkins; though the condensation on my 2 liters of water were useful).

I got there around 6:45 for the fireworks at 9:15.  I brought my usual care package of my kindle (the regular one, not the kindle fire), my DS, my PSP, and my MP3 player.  I used the MP3 player on the way there but only the kindle while there.  So I spent half the time under a tree reading, then went for a walk for a bit (yes, I grasped the irony even as I was getting up) and settled more towards the center of the field for the other half of the wait.  I would have gotten some Italian ice but I couldn't find the place people were getting it from and I didn't want it enough to bother asking.  I don't have social anxiety disorder anymore but I still have the habits.

So, long about 9:15 they started with the fireworks.  For some reason, half the ones they shot off were low atmosphere (or whatever the ones that are closer to the horizon are called) which were wasted seeing as how most people couldn't see the due to the tree and the people that were standing through the whole thing (a couple of which were like 10 feet right in front of me).  There were a few new ones they came out with this year, smiley faces and hearts.  Most of the smiley faces were turned sideways or bunched up because they were launched wrong; and I think most of the hearts came out like squares (at least I think the squares were supposed to be hearts).  Most noticeably, my favorite type, the ones that puff out like dandelions and then flicker out, were completely absent, though some of their cousins were in town.

I don't know, there's just something about fireworks.  I remember spending most of the time as a kid while watching them holding my hands over my ears (or having my sister or parents doing it).  I started watching them again a few years back figuring I'd appreciate them better now that the sound doesn't bother me as much.  Personally, I think it's a bit of a waste to go 3 hours ahead of time to watch something that only lasts 15 minutes, then fight the crowds to get home and go to bed, only to go to work the next day.

Coming home, I was with the crowd for the first half mile or so, as most people decided NOT to park right there and have to fight the crowds just to get out of the parking spot to fight the crowds of people trying to get to where they parked their cars, away from the crowds.  After that, it was pretty lit, other than a few stretches, so, despite the fact that I'm a girl walking alone at night, it was surprisingly not scary or even all that risky.  I did walk past a couple with a dog discussing her recreational drug use, but nothing came of it.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

More ideas that will never get made

TV Show:  Drama around the lives of intelligence agents that run missions from a central location (like CIA headquarters).  Usually spy shows focus on the agents that actually go around the world to run the field side of the ops, but this doesn't really make sense from a budgetary standpoint.  The field agents would more likely be local people, or at least stationed in the region, that run ops in those areas.  So, this focuses on the people directing these field agents, who will be recurrings and red shirts, from Langley or wherever.  Not just the spying side, but the politics of the office and how the stress and secrecy of their professional life effects their personal ones.

Movie: A virus infects the entire world.  Once a person is infected, if they go to sleep, they die.

Technology:  Touch screen technology integrated into synthetic skin, paired with a low powered shock system to stimulate the nerves of the related area on a person.  This would allow for transmission of touch sensation from an android to a human operator.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Increasing the speed is fun

It's always interesting when I crank up the speed on the treadmill.  I never know how I'm going to take it, no matter how long I've been at the lower speed.  Today, after about 10 minutes of bland 3 mph, I said, "heck, why not".  I cranked it up to 3.5.  It was nice for a while but after about 30 minutes I was like "yea, I'm not making another 30 minutes" so I went back to 3.  I might start working toward 3.2 again but I think 3.5 is still a bit off.  I hope to eventually get up to 5 and decrease my time on the treadmill (60 minutes @ 5mph ~= 90 minutes @ 3mph). 

Course it doesn't help that the humidity in the room skyrockets while I'm on the treadmill.  No matter how low it is when I get on it, my humidity/temp thingy says it's 60 something percent when I get off.  I can pretty much handle any temperature as long as the humidity is low.  60 is not low.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Another couple ideas that will never get made.

TV Movie: A famous pop star is going out with a normal person (secret girlfriend or newly met).  Girl gets pregnant.  All about how he freaks out and stuff.

Book series: History as told by a cyborg that lived through it.  A cyborg gets sent back in time and experiences some of the greatest events in history.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My weightloss is slowing

So much for this blog hitting the big time, showing everyone it's so easy to lose 80 pounds.  When I started, I was losing 3 lbs a week.  This week? .6 lbs.... Honestly, it's been dying over the past 3 weeks.  So not hitting my target by September.  My new, adjusted ETA is November, and that might be just as wrong.  For all I know, I'm not getting past 53 lbs lost.  Yes, I'm better off than I was 19 weeks ago, but still, I can't really expect to keep it up much longer if it goes this slowly.  I'd be surprised if I still have enough momentum to carry on past July.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

My CableCARD stopped working again

So, as I've said before, I'm a TV addict.  I often have several shows on at the same time.  So, a few years ago, I got a TV tuner card that can record 4 channels at the same time.  There are only 2 problems with it.  One, it requires me to use Windows Media Center to watch live TV and record anything.  Windows Media Center SUCKS.  It sucks so much that pretty much no one uses it that doesn't have a CableCARD tuner.  So few people use it, Microsoft decided you have to pay $100 for it in Windows 8, when it's been free with Windows since it was created.  Second, it uses a CableCARD, so it relies on a component that you have to get from your cable provider (so you can't steal cable with it, not that I would).  It's not really a problem except once a year when it stops working; like it did this week.

It started a few days ago.  My tuner would stop working over night so I'd have to reboot to get it to work again.  I had this problem happen before that was unrelated to the CableCARD so I just scheduled a daily 4AM reboot and called it solved.  Today, I got off the treadmill after one episode of True Blood (rewatching last season cause of how odd it ended) to turn on Windows Media Center.  See, when I schedule back to back recordings on the same channel, there's a hiccup of a few seconds while WMC switches from one file to the next.  Usually I just watch the channel live in those cases and there's no hiccup then (there still is in the files though), so I turned it on so I could watch another ep of True Blood and not miss the beginning of the second ep of Save Me (I scheduled the first ep even though it was listed as a rerun in case it wasn't; the guide has a tendency of not updating when channels change their scheduling).

Anyway, long story short (too late) I turned on WMC and it said it had no signal.  Figuring it was just the tuners again (it's happened) I rebooted.  Still nothing.  So I had to call Verizon.  They're sending a new one.  Fortunately it's only going to take a couple days so it'll be here for the 10 hours of TV on Monday.  In the mean time I'll just use the TV top box.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Oasis is Gone

So, back in late October, there was this thing that hit my area.  They called it Sandy.  I was lucky, compared to some.  I lost power for a little over a week and had an accident that was only slightly related (was trying to turn off 17 only ended up in a gas line instead; got hit by a truck as I was turning out of it to get around).  Work never lost power but for the first couple days it was "essential personnel only".  During that time, the only source of power I had (other than my car) was a Verizon store that was on 17.  They never lost power and I was able to charge my phone there (the lack of reception killed the battery in it overnight the first night).  I saw "was" because I noticed, on the way home today, that it's closed.  Granted, I only went there for a couple of the nights of that week, the rest of the time I either put up without power or went to the McDonald's a little further down 17 that got power back soon after (or never lost power, but I didn't see it having power before that), but still, it's a bit of a shame.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Annoying Guy at Work

So, a while back, they were starting to hire a new guy at work.  I had only just started a few months before this.  They were looking for someone who could serve as a maternity substitute for one of the perms on the team.  I kind of got the impression that I could manage to take on the responsibility of this new role, without it overly taxing my current one, or they could more easily find someone to take my position and I could go into this new role.  I didn't say anything though, in part because I didn't want to draw attention to my limited workload and partly because I never saw the actual job description and partly because I had only just started there a few months prior.

Anyway, they hired someone long about in September.  The guy is from the Dominican Republic; English is one of many languages he speaks and his humor doesn't translate very well.  I honestly found him rather annoying from the first moment I met him, but I got used to him over time and, as long as I limited my exposure and was never alone with him for longer than a few minutes at a time, we got along fine.  Most other people got annoyed with him over time, to the point where they just couldn't stand him.  The four of us temps would still go down to get breakfast together and eat lunch together, despite nobody really liking him.

To make matters worse, he was rather incompetent at his job.  I'm not saying he was incompetent at everything or anything like that, but at the job he was hired to do, he was. He was meant to be a semi-collaborative developer but whenever he edited code or queries, he completely forgot what changes he made so people couldn't replicate it on the final products or test the code he did.  When he was given other tasks, they had to be explained to him several times and often he'd do something the way he incorrectly interpreted it.  It was almost like he wasn't that fluent in English.

Granted, most of these issues I got second hand.  Work wise, the only involvement I had with him was near the end and I was only having him test out some of my code because he got a later version of laptop (64bit to my 32bit) so it ran through it about 4 times as fast.  I also needed someone outside of me to test it out as this would probably be used by more people more often than some of my other code.

So, the point of this whole thing is, over the past couple months they've been trying him out on some of the more redundant tasks in the hopes that he'd be at least semi-useful at those.  He wasn't.  It got to the point that, except for running a few macros that are completely point and click (open this file, run this macro, copy files here), he wasn't doing anything.  This culminated in his being fired on Friday.

I got in to work today and found an email from one of the leads saying that Friday had been his last day.  It's always weird when someone is let go off of a team when they've been there a while and there wasn't really much definitive warning.  Yeah, I kind of figured he was going to go as they had been asking me to pick up some of his daily macro runnings, but no one straight out said "yes, we're firing him, he'll be gone by x".  That's the thing about contract work.  You hardly ever get any notice you're going to be let go (except occasionally when it's for cause, or maybe by rumors that I never hear), no severance, no nothing.  One day you have a job and things are fine, the next you are editing your resume.  One of the many reason why I either want to get on salary somewhere, win the lottery, or marry an aristocrat.  As it is, I'm stuck on contract work, and probably will be until I retire, cause that's the way the job market is heading.

I know, woe is me, he's the one that got fired.  I do feel sorry for the guy, but I won't miss him.

I've Been Absorbed (Spore)

So, I haven't really posted anything in a week or so.  This is partly due to nothing noteworthy happening and partly something else.  Every once in a while I get so involved in something that pretty much everything else (at least everything that isn't specifically scheduled) falls by the wayside.  I've still been going to work, walking the treadmill, eating, and sleeping; these things are in my schedule and as long as I keep that schedule they get done.  But everything else, including my TV watching, usually goes out the window.

This time around it's a game called Spore.  This is actually the second time this game has gotten me.  For those of you not familiar with the game, it's from the makers of the Sims, with similarly addictive tendencies.  The game basically takes you through a few stages of the evolution of a species and you get to control how it looks and what tendencies it has (within certain limits similar to how the Sims' person builder is, but with more options and slightly more control).  It's not as good as it sounds, it basically amounts to 4 minigames that have very little barring on the space age stage which has the most material.

Basically, I started playing it again cause the first time I played it I never got everything done in the space age I wanted.  There's the race called the Grox; their the only race that's not randomly generated, they live in the area around the center of the galaxy, and they're apparently the source of all evil in the galaxy.  They have about 2400 colony systems and I am currently working on destroying every one.  I've gotten at least 60 of them (I didn't start counting from the start) and intend to take the rest out.  It's a long term project so I'm going to not let it consume me as it did the first time around.  It got to the point where I was reluctant to play the game because that's all it was about and I was tired of it.  So, I figure as long as I limit how often I play it, and do a set number of systems while doing it, I won't burn out on it like the first time.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The NOC List

So, every once in a while I get an idea for a show, movie, or book.  Today, I got an idea for a new show.  I call it "The NOC List".  It's a drama about two CIA/Freelance NOC spies.  Their cover is that they're married.  The show would probably start with them first meeting and getting the assignment (they're like different classes out of the farm or something).  They probably hate each other to start but then fall in love over the course of the first season.  Anyway, the only contact they have with the actual CIA (or whatever agency) is their handler.  Think Mission Impossible without the team or The Americans but they're the good guys and without the FBI side.  The guy is the weapons and demolitions specialists, the girl is infiltrations (computers, electronics, and safe cracking... think the girl on Breaking In... better if it actually was her but, whatever).  Anyway, the thing is, the show shouldn't focus on the missions themselves, but on the interaction between them and with their cover life.  More of a person focus than a mission focus, like with Rookie Blue and the Good Wife.  The missions can be episodic or whatever, but with the overall drama being serial.

Cravings (Open Ended)

Always: Dorrito's
27 May 2013: Honey Nut Cheerios
11 June 2013: Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, but the old recipe with the applie lumps on the outside.
20 June 2013: Mounds (the coconut chocolate bars)
24 June 2013: Baked Lays
15 July 2013:  Bagel Chips
21 July 2013: Lucky Charms (they're magically delicious; craving came from commercial)
22 July 2013: Cheese-itz and Honey Nut Cheerios mix
25 July 2013: store donuts (the ones that are more like powdered cake rings)
27 July 2013: Eggo Waffles
29 July 2013: Bacon, Egg and Cheese burrito  (that I make at home, fry the bacon, drain the fat, then put the eggs and cheese in the same pan, transfer over to the burrito; despite the fact that I have a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich every Friday, just not the same thing)
8 August 2013: Alphabits (I miss the marshmallow alphabits)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another pair of heels bites the dust

Once again, one of my heels broke.  On the way out of work today (thankfully, at the end of the day, instead of the middle like I've had happen a couple times) my right heel went down at a weird angle.  I just figured it caught on something at first but then I knew it broke.

Why is it that my heels never seem to last that long?  Granted, I got this pair back in September, but I hardly ever wore them until recently.  Is it because of my weight?  If so, then I shouldn't wear heels till I lose the rest of the weight.  Is it because I refuse to buy shoes for more than $30? Or do the $200 pairs break just as easily?

Either way, I'm on flats till next month, as my expense account is rather low at the moment.  I don't know where my money goes some months.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Insomnia

Last night, I had yet another bought of insomnia.  For some reason, it usually hits on Monday nights.  No clue why.  I keep the same bed time both during the week and on the weekend; only difference is I sleep in instead of waking up at 7.  Just, every once in a while, I wake up at 2 or so and don't get back to sleep till like 6.  I just get all humid and can't seem to get back to sleep.  I rather wish I could afford to just call in tired those days.  Course, I had meetings half of today anyway so I would have had to go in even if I could.

I know, woe is me.  I only have ONE job and it pays so well I can live alone in the greater NYC area.  Shame that I go a night or two a year without a full night's sleep.  I just always compare what is to my view of how things should be.  I SHOULD be able to take a shower after walking on the treadmill, but instead I have to wait an hour to stop sweating so the shower is actually worth taking.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Barriers

When I was really young (around 9 or 10) I could never get above 70 lbs (I know, terrible right?).  Ever since then I've often thought of certain weights as barriers.  They're points that I usually need momentum to get past.  180 lbs is the one I'm working on right now.  It's the one I've spent the most time near.  Whenever I approach it and don't have enough momentum to get past it, I usually bounce off it and start gaining weight again.  This is usually due to me not continuing to work on losing weight once I get there.

Once I get past it (hopefully this week, should have been tomorrow or so but...) I'll be working towards the last one I will probably get past, 160.  This was discovered after my time in boot camp, when I was last down there.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Theater is Gone

So, it looks like about a week ago, my regular theater went out of business or something.  They had apparently been renegotiating their lease and I guess no agreement had been reached.  I had been wondering why I couldn't get movie times for it anymore.  So, now I have to go over to Edgewater Multiplex.  It's about 5-10 minutes farther and is rather annoying to get to.  But, the next closer has terrible parking.

Anyway, went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness.  It was awesome.  Not as good as Iron Man 3 but still pretty good.  I loved how the ending was kind of a reflection of the ending to Wrath of Khan from the original movie line.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza Left Overs

So, tonight I had the other 4 slices of the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza from last week.  Again, nothing special.  Still had too much cheese.  The crust was still greasy, though crispier than fresh cause I toasted it.  All around, a general thumbs down on this.  I will not be ordering this again.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Today and Tomorrow

So, I got a call from PSE&G (my power people) today about yesterday's power outage.  They said the outage was cased by their equipment that brings power to my apartment failing.  In a word, DUH.

While watching the season finales of the Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast tonight, they were showing commercials for all the new shows they're bringing in next season.  One of the shows is the Tomorrow People.  For those of you who didn't see the version back in the 90s, it's about people who develop super powers, the primary one being teleportation.  I loved this show growing up but I don't think I actually saw every episode.  I've tried finding them again since but never had much luck.  So, it's so awesome that they're remaking it.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Yet another power outage. That's so much Sandy.

Nothing like having your power go out 10 minutes after getting home from work.  I was fortunate enough to not have much happen to me or mine during Sandy.  The worst that happened was that I had no power for a week (and no water for a day).  The other side of town was flooded.  Since Sandy, my power has gone out about 4 or 5 times, always when I was home.  Course, I'm home most of the time, so that's not hard.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oddly Placed Trucks

So the theme for my morning commute today was oddly placed trucks.  There was one parked in the middle "left turn either direction" lane with his hazard lights on.  There was one blocking the road I usually take off of 17 pumping the sewer or something that looked like pumping the sewer.  And there was one (this one one of those car trucks) on the road I ended up taking off 17 and I could swear that the same exact truck was STILL there when we were going to Chili's, except that I don't think it had cars in the morning and it did at noon.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nothing more to say

As usual, I have nothing else worth adding. 

On my way home from work, there was a huge accident on 17.  There were 2 fire trucks and a cop car.  The traffic was backed up for a good couple blocks too.  This was at around 4 so not even really rush hour yet.  Fortunately (for me; I hope no one was seriously hurt there) it was on the South bound side and I was going North.

I often feel lucky, I just never actually am lucky.

"Where are we?" "I don't know, the tomb of Athena?" "I thought we were already in the tomb" "I think that was the lobby"

If I'm going to start going on the treadmill higher than 5 mph, I'm going to need to start wearing a sports bra.  I usually don't bother wearing any.

As I said, nothing WORTH adding.  This is why I never bothered keeping a journal or blog for more than a couple days.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Parking Courtesy

So, I went to the mall today.  No real reason beyond wanting to do something a little different.  I can't really find sheath dresses at Wal-Mart or Target, so I figure I'd see if I went down a size.  I didn't.

Anyway, the mall by me (Westfield, or something like that) is a bit on the large size, and has a huge parking lot.  Thing is, 90% of it (may be an exaggeration) is for valet parking only.  I'm extremely cheap, so there's no way I'm paying $10 for someone else to do something I'm perfectly capable of doing.  So, after getting lost in the valet parking only area, to the point of even leaving the area completely, I finally found the area where you can park yourself.

For those of you who DON'T live in a(slightly) over crowded part of the world, parking can be a bit annoying.  People go up and down the lanes and, when they see someone that looks like they're about to go to their car and pull out, will stop in the middle of the lane and wait.  They don't care that the cars behind them are trying to find parking spots of their own.

When I found someone actually getting into their car, I pulled off to the side as much as I could and put my blinker on.  This is how you're supposed to do it.  I gave plenty of room to the cars that were behind me to get around me.  When I was pulling out?  The guy that claimed my spot, I straight out signaled for him to pull off to the side.  I should have just gone out behind my car and stood there till he did, but by that time I just wanted to leave.

I mean, come on, it's just common courtesy.  Do unto others what you want done unto you, not what others already do unto you.

Oh well, it gave me something to blog about, and I got a pretzel while I was at it.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza

Whenever they come out with a new pizza, I always seem to want to try it.  So, I got the new Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut today.  First off, I moved a few months back, so half the numbers in my phone are for the places around my old apartment.  I ordered from Pizza Hut a couple months ago (when the sliders came out) so I just assumed the number was right.  It wasn't.  So I ordered a pizza back at my old Pizza Hut that went unclaimed.  I googled unclaimed pizzas to see how many go unclaimed in a year.  Go ahead and try that.  All I got was unclaimed lotto winnings and one papa johns page that had nothing to do with unclaimed pizzas.

Anyway, so after I got the pizza home, I had 4 slices (cause I AM still on a diet, despite this being a cheat day... and because it looked like there was so much cheese on there that if I had the whole pizza I'd be up half the night with indigestion).  Nothing special.  In fact, if anything, it had too much cheese.  The "large" pizza looked more like a medium, even with the extra wide crust (so really, the pizza part of the pizza was more like a small).  The crust was a bit greasy, and not all that crisp.  I'll have a leftovers review on it next week.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My TV Addiction

I mentioned earlier that I'm a TV addict.  What do I mean by that? Well... :

1600 Penn, 2 Broke Girls, Alien Surf Girls, Arctic Air, Arrow, Awkward., Baby Daddy, Beauty and the Beast, Being Erica, Being Human, Being Human, Blue Bloods, Body of Proof, Bomb Girls, Bunheads, Burn Notice, Castle, Chicago Fire, Covert Affairs, Cult, Deception, Defiance, Degrassi, Doctor Who, Drop Dead Diva, Elementary, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Futurama, Game of Thrones, Go On, Golden Boy, Good Luck Charlie, Grey's Anatomy, Grimm, Hart of Dixie, Haven, House of Lies, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), Jeopardy!, Last Man Standing, Longmire, Lost Girl, Lost Girl, Major Crimes, Melissa & Joey, Men at work, Monday Mornings, My Babysitter's a Vampire, Nashville, Nikita, Once Upon A Time, Orphan Black, Perception, Person of Interest, Pretty Little Liars, Psych, Red Widow, Revenge, Revolution, Rizzoli & Isles, Rookie Blue, Rules of Engagement, Scandal, Shameless, Smash, Suburgatory, Suits, Supernatural, Switched At Birth, Teen Wolf, The Americans, The Big Bang Theory, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, The Following, The Good Wife, The LA Complex, The Listener, The Lying Game, The Mentalist, The Neighbors, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Simpsons, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, Torchwood, True Blood, Twisted, Vegas, Warehouse 13, White Collar

And those are just the shows that are still running.  I've had weeks where I've watched more than 40 hours of TV... while working full time (none of those hours done while actually working).  When I first watched the 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls (159 episodes), I did it in 10 days.  When I first watched the 3 seasons of Veronica Mars (64 episodes), I did it in 4 days.  I still have all 80 episodes of Hollywood Heights (a prime time daily soap opera).  So, when I say I'm addicted to TV....

Makes for having very little to talk about to people who don't watch the same shows as me, but I wouldn't trade a minute of any of my shows.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I might be going to Mars

For those of you who haven't heard yet, a couple weeks ago I submitted an application to go to Mars.  Yes, as in the planet.  The mission isn't for another 10 years but the application process is now.  Not really sure how much training is involved but the next round of the process starts in September.  Anyway, here's my application video http://applicants.mars-one.com/profile/7776bf56-295b-4647-a980-b0aea855bc7a

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Halve Your Cake and Eat It Too Diet

So, I've had several comments over the past 13 weeks about my weight loss.  I figured I'd start a blog about it, cause, what else and I going to talk about and I figured it might help someone else.  So, here's my diet plan:

I switched from drinking a bottle of soda a day, 5 days a week, to the Wal-Mart brand of Mio Energy (I'll be switching to the real stuff within the next 2 weeks).  It give the caffeine I need on some days, which was the only real reason I was drinking the soda besides having something to drink at work other than tap temperature water (I drink refrigerated tap water at home), without the added calories. 
Calories in a bottle of soda: 880 (4400 a week, or about 1.26 lbs a week)

I started walking on the treadmill for 80-90 minutes a day 6 days a week and a little over 2 hours for the seventh.  This stemmed from my getting a Kindle Fire for Christmas.  You're probably wondering why the approximate times or how one relates to the other, but fellow TV addicts probably know.  An American hour long TV show lasts about 40-45 minutes without commercials (varies between episodes, even within the same show).  So, during the week, and on Saturdays, I watch 2 TV shows on my Kindle Fire while walking on the treadmill, and 3 on Sunday.
Time on treadmill: 10 hours a week, roughly 2800-3000 calories (.8-.86 lbs a week)

On top of this, I cut out all snacks (other than popcorn to start but I cut that out as well a few weeks ago) and all fast food (other than on Fridays but that usually goes to pizza) and I've cut back on portion size.  And the method of doing that is where I get the name of my diet plan. 

At lunch, I take whatever I would normally eat.  After sitting down, I separate the food into two equal parts (I halve it :) ) and only eat half at lunch.  The other half I eat for dinner.

Since starting this diet 13 weeks and 2 days ago, I've lost 38.5 lbs; slightly below 2.9 lbs per week.  My goal is a total of 83 lbs, but if I hit a point where further loss isn't possible without going to a more extreme plan, or my stomach gets perfectly flat (I doubt it) I'll stop.  I'm not going to kill myself to get thin; that's not the point of this.  The point is I'm 30 and it's about time I actually start taking care of my body... and maybe look hotter in the process.