December 25th, 2012

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

While breakfast cooks....a variety of short things

It's Christmas morning, and I didn't get to bed until around 2 am (singing late service, then driving back from city)  so this morning has been s...l...o...w, and I'm still tired.   Good music, good singing, but I'm a natural lark, not an owl.  A little rain last night--just enough to make the dry dust sticky--but the main rains passed well north of us, and now it's sunny and clear.  Which means when the streets dry off, I need to ride the bike today. 

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On the fitness side of things, besides being in the week of 3 miles or more a day (leading to the next week of 4 miles or more a day, and so on and so on)  the "numbers" are doing what they should.  Blood pressure's down, also resting heart rate, and recovery from exercise is much faster.  It takes more (distance, time, intensity) to raise heart rate.   BP's maybe halfway to where it should be, and resting heart rate ditto.  

On the work side of things, I was able to get the last bits of work on Limits of Power off to the publisher last week, so all that should be in hand.   There's a contest for an ARC over at the Paksworld blog -- poetry or verse on a related topic--with lots of fun entries.   The drawing will be sometime next week, when my brain's finished with the holiday stuff.   Some parts of the ARC different from what will appear when the book comes out in June, perhaps even more than usual with ARCs (which are printed before the page proofs have been corrected.  Anyway, I'll be back at work on the final book of Paladin's Legacy tomorrow. 

On the knitting side of things,  the third pair of red socks (Red Three) is now poised at the heel turn (one done, one to be done today)  and the very first pair of socks is now showing some wear.   I suppose learning to darn is my next task, but I think I'll try simple reinforcement first.  It's clear where I wear out socks, and that will help to pre-protect others.   I might even consider going down another needle size for a denser fabric (but I like breathable socks...hmmm.)    The last of the gift scarves made it to its intended recipient before Christmas, and she likes it.  Wore Christmas Eve, in fact.

Christmas dinner isn't in the oven yet (very late night, headache, moving slowly this morning) but will be soon.  Soon-ish.
   I want breakfast before I start cooking dinner.    Thanksgiving is the only time I'll put a bird in the oven before breakfast, and only because that's two birds and with lots of company coming.  This is a turkey breast, so it shouldn't take that long.   It'll feed the three of us,  even with one of us being very tall and capable of eating an immense amount without gaining weight.   (When I was his age, I could eat an immense amount without gaining weight too.  Almost 40 years makes a difference.) 

Update half an hour later: Christmas dinner IS in the oven now.   Bacon and a sausage are inside me and the headache is less while the brain seems to be stuttering towards fully awake.  I think a piece of pie would complete the cure.  SOMEbody has to make the sacrifice and more room in the fridge...

Update again:   Slice of pumpkin pie eaten (yum!)   Presents opened; I got quite a few opera recordings and a small DVD player to play them.   Husband got the new chain saw he wanted.   Son got the usual shoes, slacks, etc.  and a gift card to his favorite source of hamburgers.   And now,  time for a bike ride.