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.