Sunday, January 15, 2017


Alas, I think I was overstretching myself trying to read two textbooks, non-textbooks, and various other projects.

Several major things have been interfering - the main ones being PLANNING.

Normally I like planning, but this is getting a bit excessive and yes, I'm mostly to blame.
1) Southwest National Parks trip - hitting Zion, Arches, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, and Petrified Forest
2) Scotland trip - focusing on Edinburgh and a trip through the highlands
3) Bachelorette party in Seattle which means coordinating with 6 other people I don't know in a place I don't know...
4) Portland trip for Eclipse
5) Various winery trips
6) Eventually a trip to Humboldt and Redwoods in the late Summer time.

Not to mention increased pressure to make sure the Journal Club stays fresh and doesn't atrophy over time.

So alas the World History and Marine Biology readings will have to be a bit less frequent.

Did finish the spice book and we made some new recipes recently - not bad on the whole.  It's hard when you already know so many things that you like to cook and eat - being adventurous comes with its risks...

Halfway through "Doctors from Hell" by Vivian Spitz about the Subsequent Hearings after the Nuremberg Trials which focused on the physicians and the "experiments" they carried out.  "Experiment" is a very loosely applicable word, as experiment suggests they have a hypothesis and studied the effects with some kind of goal.  The way these doctors did things seemed mostly to be "what would happen if we did X to a person?" Not really any scientific theories of how to prevent bad things from happening, and nothing seemed to add anything to the field of knowledge.

A couple other work-in-progress books... but not including...

- How to use my new camera, the Nikon D3300
- National Geographic Guide to the National Parks (to better plan the Southwest trip)

Writing, photo albums, computer games...

Not to mention obligatory socialization from time to time...

And then the looming threat of motherhood in 2-3 years.

The odds are forever stacked against us I suppose - just have to keep struggling on -

* sigh *

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 is Here!

It's been quite a year.  I think that pretty much says it.  It's been great for me, the world in general - not so much.

Here's an old gem from London to brighten your spirits:

Resolutions, as you may have gathered, are kind of an ongoing thing.  I've upgraded several recent 'resolutions' to 'maintenance goals' - since I've managed to keep it going for a few weeks.  Tried to organize these to be slightly more concise.

New goals:
1) Get creative in the kitchen again - my other half's been picking up the slack on that for the last couple months, but I miss making new interesting dishes - and after reading about various herbs and spices, I'm eager to try out some dishes highlighting various ones!
2) Get out and hike more, and find places to collect insects! - got some hiking shoes to break in, a hiking back pack, and a list of places to go - just have to get out there!
3) Plan this year's vacations and figure out my CME plans
4) Get back into writing and drawing
5) Spend less time on Facebook and news websites - for obvious reasons
6) Visit more wineries
7) Become good at taking photos with the new Nikon 3300 - I'm going to do this right.  Read the actual guide on how to take awesome pictures!  I suspect I'm going to need another lens, this one doesn't quite zoom in as much as I would like, but again, I need to make sure all my settings are optimized.  First pictures have come out pretty nice though - Midnight is especially difficult since she's usually black on black but the details came out there very well.  The butterfly wing also shows the individual scales, which was very nice.

- Photo album for past year on Shutterfly - just finished pics up through March
- Halloween cyberpunk android costume - I had a dream which gave me some interesting ideas
- Figure out an herb garden plan for the plot outside - finished reading this book about herbs and spices, and made a list (see last post) so now just to figure out watering demands, planting time, seed vs. starter plant, and organization (light, semi-shade, shade).

Maintenance: Duolingo, XHIT arm and leg exercises, Jun tea, reading lists, violin, computer games (currently Dishonored 2 and Mankind Divided)

*breathes*  Okay, 2017.  Let's get started.