Sep. 4th, 2017 01:00 pm
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The girl and I went out to Reed Valley Orchard this morning. We came home with 42 pounds of apples (which we bought by volume, but which averaged out to 95¢/lb) and about 10 pounds of pears.

We may wind up needing to buy a dorm fridge to store our pomological excess.

Also, over the summer, I got the girl a dehydrator for her birthday. As it so happens, six large apples in 1/4" slices will just about fill its five trays.

And if you need to core a lot of apples in a hurry, a power drill with a 5/8" spade bit will do the job quite nicely. I advise wearing safety glasses and holding the apples in the sink as you drill them. The process produces a small amount of debris but distributes it widely...

ETA: Also, ran four miles this morning. Average pace was crap - 12:06 - but still. Four miles.


Aug. 26th, 2017 08:42 pm
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So I ran this morning. 3.15 miles, just spitting distance beyond 5k. Crappy pace by the standards I try to hold myself to, 12:25 mile average, but I got it done without stopping and I didn't curl up in pain afterward. Little sore from the bouncing but I'm mostly functional after three weeks off and don't seem to have lost too much cardio.

Still not gonna get back on the bike for at least another week, though. Only seems prudent.

Afterward, the girl and I got breakfast from our favorite local bakery and had a picnic in a park before hitting the farmers' market. Then I persuaded her to come with me to the range and work the spotting scope while I put a hundred-yard zero on a rifle. Afterward, we drove around the farm roads looking for birds, but they were mostly off work, save for the usual vultures and a couple of hawks. Got lunch at a local barbecue place that is far better than its squeaky-clean appearance suggests. Came home, cleaned said rifle, and took care of some paperwork management that I'd been putting off for a while.

Not a bad day.


Jul. 23rd, 2016 03:33 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Wow. Reading /r/childfree is like mainlining validation.
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Finally back on a regular running schedule. For the last four weeks, I've gotten three runs a week logged. Not great. I've lost a lot of cardio. Did 3 miles today but 0.25 of that was a walk, so it doesn't really count as a 5k. But it's more than I've accomplished since December.

Also accomplished today: )

Whew. And now it's flake o'clock.
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Last night, Komatsu pissed in a surge protector.
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Random update. Sometimes no plan is the best plan.

Yesterday: Run, breakfast at Magee's, farmers' market. Went to Louisville for lunch with Grandmom at FDKY BBQ. Saw her koi, which are getting huge. Did not see her cat.

Today: Up at cat o'clock, early grocery trip. Came home, unloaded food, went back out for a walk around the UK Arboretum. McAlister's and Graeter's for lunch. Made a random pass through Fresh Market on the way home for interesting foods and came away with a few things we'd never seen before, including a cream cheese/Greek yogurt mix which I intend to try on bagels Real Soon Now.

Now: Excavating my inbox.


Dec. 12th, 2014 07:08 am
tegyrius: (wedding)
Every time I hear some other dude bitching about his uncomfortable marriage, I am reminded how lucky I am with my wife.


Nov. 1st, 2014 05:14 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
This morning's run was... unpleasant. 35º and 85% humidity... we've done worse. But this was with irregular gusty winds and a constant fall of snow and sleet. Going into the wind, we couldn't see - not because of whiteout but because of little bits of ice blowing into our eyes. No accumulation on the ground, fortunately, and only a couple of places where wet fallen leaves were dangerously slick.

We skipped the farmers' market today. Only a few vendors were set up and neither Reed Valley Orchard nor Lexington Pasta appeared to be among them. This is the end of the season in more ways than one.

Other than the run and groceries, today has not been the most productive. I did some excavation of desk and workbench, jettisoned a bunch of old airsoft material that I'll never use again, and got to inbox zero. Meh.


Sep. 7th, 2014 05:10 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Spent most of today putting everything away. A place for everything and holy crap we really needed to winnow down our duplicate household tools...

Another mostly-uninteresting photo. )

The shelf of shooting supplies is out of frame. That way lies madness and slipped discs.


Sep. 5th, 2014 09:49 pm
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A coat of stain, two coats of polyurethane sealant, and a couple dozen more screws later:

click to enphotonate. )

No, nothing's really perfectly square on there. Oops.


Aug. 31st, 2014 08:00 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)

So there was some cutting... )

It's not done yet. We need to stain and seal the bench top and the shelves, which will take a while because we need outdoor humidity to drop to an acceptable level. Then we'll need to square up the frame, attach the flat bits, stand up and attach the pegboard, and secure the whole contraption to the studs (in a basement previously demonstrated to not have 90º corners). But it's definitely progress.
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
We've been in this house five years now, which is profoundly disquieting when I stop to think about it. In that time, we've done a few minor home improvement projects, most of which have been twice as hard as they should have been because of the lack of proper tools or workspace (the lack of proper skill is another matter entirely).

This weekend, we're taking a step toward fixing at least one of those problems. Dad recently presented me with a brackets-and-directions set for building garage shelves or a workbench - just add lumber and a saw. We hit Home Depot yesterday for eleven 2x4s, a 3'x8' sheet of pegboard, and a 2'x8' sheet of 3/4" oak plywood that will eventually form the bench top. Managed to get all of that home in the Subversaru without losing any wood in traffic. Today sees a lot of measuring and cutting, and hopefully no trips to the emergency room to reattach severed digits. There may also be insertion of screws into wood if the construction management committee feels particularly ambitious.

Also yesterday: breakfast at First Watch (surprisingly disappointing), farmers' market for fresh local apples, Trader Joe's for a few things they do better, Kroger for the rest of the food, Another Man's Treasure in an unsuccessful attempt to jettison surplus furniture, Antique & Modern Firearms, lunch at Kosi, PetSmart, and CostCo. We left the house at 8:30 to start errands and didn't get the last load of crap home until after 6. Relaxing weekend this is not. Productive? Possibly.


Jan. 5th, 2014 06:08 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Take our shelves. Please.

We recently finished the basement remodeling project. Moving an imperial fuckton of books to the new built-ins has left us with a bookshelf surplus. We have a total of five available. Three are woodgrain, two are black. Each is approximately 72" tall, 11" deep, and 30" to 36" wide. I don't think any two match exactly. We probably can deliver with my Outback. Ping me here or via the usual email address if you're interested.


Dec. 29th, 2013 01:36 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
So it's been a something something year.

Work continues apace. I have to accustom myself to the creeping speed and inefficiency of the world of local government. I have a couple of chunks of training coming up in the first quarter of 2014 that should get me ready to do most of the work I was actually hired to do. Let's hope there aren't any major disasters before then.

After months of delays and frustration, the basement project is finally complete. Five hacked IKEA Billys and a Benno are installed, giving us what's effectively 65 shelf-feet of "built-in" bookshelves in the basement. Most of the gaming, fiction, and reference books are moved in and clean-up is more-or-less done. Dining room has a new table and chairs, which [ profile] elalyr and I procured last month as our graduation present to ourselves.

I'm done with my first freelance work since the clusterfuck that was Twilight: 2013. It's a drop in the inkwell compared to some stuff I've done but it was rewarding: 11,000 words for Onyx Path's Trinity Continuum reboot. Redlines are in and my developer is mostly pleased, so I'll have minimal work to do on finalizing them next month.

Currently getting ready for a couple of days with [ profile] aureus_videre and [ profile] furison. Typical last-minute game prep, this time for a semi-secret playtest of [REDACTED] [REDACTED]th Edition. Back to the plot mine.


Nov. 24th, 2013 10:34 am
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Yesterday, we cleared out my apartment in Somerset (futon, tools, cleaning supplies, and the last few dishes). Got the security deposit back with much less hassle than we expected. I'm so glad to have washed my hands of that place. Driving home with the Outback's rear hatch open was something of an adventure. A cold and noisy adventure.

Today's agenda features writing, writing, and some more writing. I'm working on my assignment for the new Trinity Æon. 900 words so far this morning; I'd like to finish with at least 2k for the day.


Nov. 17th, 2013 11:20 am
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
New dining room furniture arrived yesterday. We can now seat (and serve!) six in relative comfort or eight-plus in knee-knocking cramped inefficiency. Cats have sniffed it and pronounced themselves indifferent. Wife has sniffed it and pronounced herself satisfied.

Couch to 5k continues apace (so to speak). Yesterday was two unbroken miles for the first time since November 1992. I am surprisingly not-hurty, which is a good sign in and of itself.

Played in [ profile] tracker7's Star Wars: Edge of the Empire pick-up game yesterday, in which he ran this year's Free RPG Day scenario. Well-written and well-executed - we got an in media res beginning in a chase scene, some investigation and social stuff, a clue chain that didn't feel contrived, and a couple of final fight scenes that went quickly and smoothly. The only point of friction was a particular player's one-note sense of alleged humor and characterization, but I can filter. To a point. Regardless, though, I'm growing more and more enamored of Fantasy Flight's rules system. The weird symbol-based dice are pretty quick once you figure out what they mean, though the automatic results aggregation of the five-dollar iPhone dice roller app helps immensely. I still don't intend to buy the rather expensive book unless I get into someone's extended campaign, but I'm impressed.

Today, we're under a wind advisory until midnight, as there's a possibility of weather equal to or heavier than what we got on Halloween. I'm taking the precaution of hunkering down in my basement office and working on some of my freelance assignment for the Trinity Continuum reboot. Later, there will no doubt be more XCOM: Enemy Within, about which I really should write separately. The problem is that time spent writing about it means time spent not playing it...


Nov. 10th, 2013 07:00 am
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After much deliberation, [ profile] elalyr and I bought a dining room table and chairs yesterday. Sinking that much money on furniture felt unnatural, but perhaps this is one of those grown-up homeowner things. I've certainly spent more on some rifles than the price of the table alone, and I'm fairly certain I'll wind up getting more use out of the table, so this expenditure may not be all that unnatural when viewed in the proper perspective. Delivery will be next Saturday. We're in the process of clearing the last of my home-office setup out of the dining room in preparation.

Other renovations are proceeding slowly. The basement still looks like an explosion in an Ikea distribution center. E should finish the painting on the bookshelves today, after which it'll be on me to measure and drill a bunch of pilot holes in preparation for attaching them to the walls and each other. Once that's done, we can shift about seven bookshelves worth of material onto the new "built-ins," which means we'll have a bunch of surplus free-standing bookshelves if anyone wants them. We have a self-imposed deadline of the end of the year for finishing this project (the original date of Labor Day was laughably implausible).


Oct. 14th, 2013 06:18 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
So, a post of updates not about running.

Friday was odd. I resigned from my job - the first time since high school food service and retail that I've voluntarily left a position rather than being booted for corporate budget reasons. It wasn't an easy decision but I have something new lined up which will be a massive step forward in terms of career progression. It's a major financial hit - [ profile] elalyr and I spent a good chunk of the previous weekend figuring out the household budget revisions - but we can make it work.

I have a lot of regrets about leaving the current gig. The pay is good, the people are good, and most of the work (less the software documentation) is very interesting. But this new thing, which I shall refrain from naming until I start on the 28th, is likely to be better for my resume, skill set, and networking over the long term.

Also scored an iPhone 5S on Friday. My previous 4 was showing its age, mainly with a balky Home button, and I'd been hammering the Apple site to catch the new model in stock at the local Apple Store. I don't think the new machine is any better as a phone but by Kibo, as a pocket computer, it's phenomenal.

Saturday began with a run, shower, breakfast at Magee's, and a trip to the farmers' market for apples, pears, and fresh pasta. We returned home to drop off the spoils of our raid, then headed for Cincinnati. There's a relatively new REI store up there and we acquired some gear for running in cooler weather - we're about to run out of comfortable mornings, I'm afraid. Swung by Yottaquest, where I acquired a couple of Shadowrun modules from previous editions. We tried to get into one of the outlet malls north of Cinci but were stymied by a complete lack of parking, so we just parked and sat in the car with the windows open to enjoy the afternoon.

Dinner was interesting. On the recommendation of a co-worker, we tried a cook-your-own-food-and-eat-it dinner class at The Learning Kitchen. I prepared (!) filet mignon with whiskey/mustard/cream sauce and a sweet potato and parsnip puree - which is a hell of a lot better than it sounds, especially with nutmeg and honey in it. E produced a massive ribeye with cherry sauce - again, not a flavor combination I would've expected to be good - and sauteed snap peas. Om nom nom.

The basement remodel has been slow because weekends have been taken up with so many other things, but all the IKEA shelves are now assembled and we have all the other components necessary for fastening them together and bolting them to the walls. We just have to figure out the assembly sequence and do the work.
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I can't fathom why [ profile] elalyr is still putting up with me after five years of marriage, but I'm glad she is.


Oct. 20th, 2012 10:41 am
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Aside from the minor issue of my job ending on November 1st and no replacement income on the horizon, this hasn't been a bad October.

With the summer drought behind us, weather in central Kentuckistan has been just about perfect lately. Cool, crisp, with only a few days of cold snap so far. My usual morning commute route runs through a swath of horse farms here on the south end of the county and it is painfully picturesque. The trees are just about at the peak of fall color. If I'm particularly lucky, there'll be fog along the creek where the road descends to the one-lane bridge spanning it.

The weather's also good for walking. [ profile] elalyr got a FitBit this spring, and her father was sufficiently enamored of it to buy copies for most of the immediate family (he does things like that). It is useful, if a bit disturbing, to see just how sedentary office jobs make us. The web site's food tracking function follows suit: utilitarian and unsettling. I began using it mainly to support E's own weight loss efforts, but the data kind of scared me - and showed me how I got up to 208 a couple of years ago. Between a conscious effort to stand up and walk around the building periodically during the day, more walks with E in the evenings, and paying attention to what I'm cramming into my gaping maw at all hours, I'm down from 185-190 in July to just brushing 175 (I actually dipped below that mark briefly during September's sinus infection - the hidden benefit of several days of sub-1,000-calorie intake and no hydration).

Walking. A few weeks ago, we finally got around to exploring the slightly larger of two city parks within walking distance of our house. The one we'd been visiting on our peregrinations is usually somewhat well-populated and distinctly suburban, surrounded on all sides by houses with little to no vegetation cover. The new one seems to be the product of a rare intelligent decision by some urban planner. It abuts a branch of South Elkhorn Creek and has a small walking trail along the bank. The floodplain in that part of the park is a no-mow zone, making it an excellent habitat for small birds (and the cats what stalk 'em). It's rare to run into more than one or two other groups on the path, so while not exactly private, it occasionally has that vibe.

It has, unfortunately, been an autumn of illness at the House of Cats and Dice. Both E and I had the aforementioned sinus infection in September, which has trailed off into weeks and weeks of incrementally-decreasing sore throats and sinus drainage. More disturbingly, though, Komatsu came down with a urinary tract infection last week. If you've never lived with (or had to clean up after) a cat with a UTI, consider yourself fortunate. The effects are sanity-blasting. As is typical for him, though, he's been remarkably brave and placid about all the trauma we've inflicted upon him: emergency vet visit with two shots last Thursday night, regular vet visit with IV fluids this Tuesday night, and twice-daily squirts of kitty amoxicillin down his gaping maw. The good news is that the UTI and the crystals that caused it appear to be on the way out. The (latest) bad news is that now he has some sort of cold - acquired, we suspect, at the emergency vet. Hearing and seeing a cat of his size trying to clear his sinuses is horrifying. We felt awful while petting him a few nights ago - he couldn't purr through all the horking. He is slowly recovering but still prone to fits of gargling.

Although the budget crunch of incipient unemployment has curtailed almost all entertainment expenditures, I am getting something of a regular gaming fix. [ profile] drlucky was kind enough to resume last summer's Space: 1889 game recently, so we've been back on Mars for intrigue, forbidden archaeology, and other shenanigans. The good doctor had to wave off this week's session for trauma related to his day job, so [ profile] tracker7 broke out his Nightfall set. I am still undecided on the deckbuilding game genre. This was my first exposure, and my initial thinking is that it has some of the gameplay of simpler CCGs but little of the tactical depth or self-determination that make CCGs appealing to me. It did get me thinking about breaking out my old collections, building some decks, and trying to get group play going, but I'm not sure anyone but me would actually dig on that.


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