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  1. Will H. says:

    Reading mostly.
    Exactly what remains to be seen.
    Either legal documents from the 1840’s, legal documents from the 1850’s, old newspapers from the 1840’s, or some current technical stuff on art & imagery.

    And writing.
    A bunch of notes on index cards (I loves me some index cards!), and revising some old documents.
    Still, it beats the hell out of outlining.

    Injured knee.
    No more kayaking for awhile.

    Rainstorm decimated the hollyhocks. Grew too heavy with water, and the wind brought them over. I have them staked up now, but I’ll see over the weekend what survived.
    Convolvulus blooming.Report

  2. Aaron David says:

    Scraping varnish and dye. I am restoring my fathers old roll top desk, which was his uncles before him. Said uncle slathered on some sort of dark stain and it needs to go. Along with fixing any issues a 100 yo desk will have.

    Other than that, not much but reading. Oh, going for several long walks as I need to move around more (mostly healed from the accident, but falling into bad habits.)Report

  3. Oscar Gordon says:

    It’s Boeing’s 100th birthday, so the Bug & his best buddy are going to the Museum of Flight for an afternoon to enjoy the festivities.Report

  4. Maribou says:

    Looking forward to Saturday night, and to it being the only Social Event of the weekend (Jay’s sister’s house is actually a week from today). Sunday night I’ll be going over to C’s house to watch tv as usual, but any socializing that I’m allowed to wear my nightie for (and comfortable doing so) does not count as a Social Event.

    Hoping to do a lot of reading. And ought to do a bunch of chores.Report

  5. Francis says:

    On dieting: A few years back I was 6′ 0″ and 197. Today my height has not changed and I’m bouncing around 180. I attribute the change to the following: no soda, dessert only rarely, beer only rarely and eating less at lunch.

    (A truly crushing amount of job stress does assist in eating less at lunch, but it’s not a path I’d recommend.)Report

    • Morat20 in reply to Francis says:

      I’ve put on almost 5%. I blame steroids (stupid foot injury), lack of exercise (stupid foot injury), a week on a cruise (way too much food) with a drinks package (free booze!), and generalized laziness.

      On the other hand Pokemon Go has me trotting around in 100 degree weather. Well, I go out in the evening when it’s cooler — only mid 80s — and take the dog. Because I’m walking my dog, not playing a game.

      The dog loves this. Best game ever, as far as he’s concerned.Report

  6. Kazzy says:

    What’s induction?

    I’m going here for drinks in a bit. Very excited. And that will likely serve as the swan song on my childless week. The boys return late tonight with their mom and then I scoop them up tomorrow. Depending on where their energy level is, we’ll either go adventuring or chill at home. Sunday we’ll see some old friends for brunch and maybe hit an aquarium.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Kazzy says:

      Induction is the first two weeks of an Atkins/South-Beach diet. It’s hardcore low-carb. Like, 20 net carbs or fewer.

      For two weeks.

      It’s supposed to jump-start your metabolism to get used to the idea of getting energy from stored fat rather than from the various sugars already in your tummy/small intestine. It fools the body into saying “Huh… I’m getting all of the food I need, except for energy stores… I’m not going to starve… I guess it’s safe to tap into the reserves…” and then start reducing fat.Report

      • Brandon Berg in reply to Jaybird says:

        I have a sneaking suspicion that the actual purpose of induction is to deplete glycogen stores, producing several pounds of quick weight loss and convincing the dieter that the diet works.Report

        • Jaybird in reply to Brandon Berg says:

          I was absolutely and totally convinced. Then I was even more convinced by the 1-2 pounds I lost every week for the next 2-3 months.Report

          • Brandon Berg in reply to Jaybird says:

            I’m not saying it doesn’t work, just that I’m not convinced that induction is a biologically necessary or important part of the process, as opposed to a psychological trick to get you to stick with it through the early stages.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Jaybird says:

        Dude… better you than me!

        I actually eat a pretty low-carb diet as it is. Most of my carbs come via fruits and vegetables. When I eat grains, I go for as whole a grain as possible. But I’m not dogmatic about it. When we order pizza at work on Thursdays from one of the best pizza joints in town, you know I’m good for 4 slices. YOLO and all.Report

  7. Burt Likko says:

    @jaybird , it’s amazing how dreary a fat-rich, protein-rich diet like that can become. Stick with it, dude! It’ll pay off, you’ll shed several pounds, and then re-integrate gradually. Sweeter vegetables like bell peppers and carrots are coming. Berries are coming. Cheat days are coming.

    And STAY HYDRATED.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Staying hydrated is difficult. Those little “flavor enhancers” help. I go through a lot of Mios/Kool-Aid/Crushes.Report

      • Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

        Is unsweetened iced tea allowed? I more or less live on that, even without dieting.Report

        • Jaybird in reply to Mike Schilling says:

          Yes, coffee and teas are allowed. Diet sodas, even.

          The attitude is something like “don’t drink too much caffeine” but that’s because caffeine causes cravings, supposedly.

          But if there ever were a diet that said “no coffee/tea”, it’s a diet that was destined to fail.Report

          • Morat20 in reply to Jaybird says:

            No kidding. I found switching to diet drinks lost me 10% of my bodyweight over about a year. Permanently. It’s stayed off for years.. (Then again, I drank a TON of soft drinks. Never was much of one for coffees and the like. So that was the bulk of my non-water intake).

            Pokemon Go might lose me a bit more. My dog and I went to the park for an hour. There was much walking. Which was…much more walking than I’d have done at home. 🙂Report

            • Kazzy in reply to Morat20 says:

              We didn’t drink a ton of soda or juice growing up so I’ve thankfully avoided craving such. We had it frequently enough that it wasn’t “forbidden fruit” (“Hey… It’s Pizza Friday… pick up a 2-Liter of coke for the 6 of us!”) but not so frequently that it became a regular habit. I drink a ton of water (probably pushing a gallon most days), have finally succumbed to a daily cup of (black) coffee (Kids!), and a fruit/veggie smoothie. I realize now that this has been a huge factor in being able to keep a really healthy weight: a couple sugary drinks a day could easily add 25% to my caloric intake and shift me from losing/maintaining/gaining healthy weight to gaining unhealthy weight pretty quickly.Report

    • North in reply to Burt Likko says:

      I’m rooting for you, have the discipline I lack! A day or two without carbs and I’d start eating wallpaper.Report

  8. KenB says:

    Oh, that kind of induction. When I clicked on the post, I thought I was going to see a proof that all horses are the same color.Report

  9. Miss Mary says:

    Cleaning. Cleaning the aquarium, cleaning the garage, cleaning the bathroom, cleaning the car inside and out, lots and lots of cleaning. Ordering birthday pie. Birthday cake is overrated. Donating platelets. Taking Junior to see Secret Life of Pets.Report

    • Kazzy in reply to Miss Mary says:

      “Ordering birthday pie. Birthday cake is overrated.”

      @miss-mary I knew I liked you! Welcome to Team Pie.

      How’d Junior like the movie?Report

      • Miss Mary in reply to Kazzy says:

        I think he liked the movie. I think it had more violence than I like for kids. I did like that the woman rescued the man. My five year old niece loved it and my older sister laughed her bummer off.Report

  10. Michael Cain says:

    Had to run down to the south-ish end of the Denver metro area to pick up fencing gear that I’m supposed to repair. (And because I’m a Colorado Division officer, listen to some parents whine*.) Six tall construction cranes working in LoDo; another one on the west side of I-25 from LoDo; what looks like high-end apartments and townhouses going up at every light rail stop except the University of Denver; three more cranes working south of the Tech Center. Denver’s density continues to go up.

    * All fencing parents whine. In this case, about the referees at Nationals earlier this month. I’m expected to listen patiently, even though my inclination is always to say, “Your kid fences a right-of-way weapon. Right-of-way rules are subject to interpretation. One of the things your kid’s coach is supposed to be teaching them is to learn how each referee interprets the rules and adjust accordingly. If you really can’t stand it, switch your kid to epee — I’d rather listen to you complain about your kid’s epee bruises, just for a change of pace.”Report

    • Kazzy in reply to Michael Cain says:


      Unrelated, but I’m heading to Boulder next week (Sunday through Wednesday). Any must do activities, must dine at restaurants, must drink at bars? It is a work trip, with one day dedicated to a school visit (Boulder Journey School) and a couple of days to hang out with my new crew of teachers and do some team building. Thanks!Report

      • Michael Cain in reply to Kazzy says:

        Let’s see…

        There are always trendy places to eat in Boulder. Your hotel concierge or front desk can point you at them.

        If money is no object, dinner at Flagstaff House. You’re paying for the view more than the food. What you really want is to be there when the lights down on the flatlands are coming on — a reservation for 8:15-ish this time of year. I have no idea whether they’re booked solid already or not.

        Lunch at Mountain Sun, appetizer fries and the beer sampler. Those are, for a normal person, a high-carb meal all by themselves. Heck, if you’ve got a free lunch break, I’ll buy you lunch at Mountain Sun — it’s been too long since I’ve been there. Maybe we could rope in Stillwater and have our own little Leaguefest.

        Team building… I’ll assume it’s mostly out-of-state people. If you have a day, Rocky Mountain National Park, just because. There are reasons it’s the third most popular of the national parks. Side note if you drive up there — some of the canyon road was under water during the 2013 flooding, impressive when you think about how much rain that took. NCAR, but I’m kind of a weather geek. If you call ahead, a group of teachers might be able to get their own guided tour. Side note — some of the south Boulder houses you’ll pass have working shutters, because hundred mph straight-line winds are a regular thing. A less usual idea — for a group of teachers, you might be able to get a tour of some sort through the Cold Spring fire area (I’d call the Boulder FD to start with and see what they say). Even without the tour, drive up Boulder Creek Canyon and have lunch in Nederland (Salto Coffee Works is okay). The point is to see some of the burn scar and to smell the smoke and ash. Then remember that this was a small fire — there are two others currently burning in Colorado, one 20x the size and the other 30x.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Kazzy says:

        I always enjoyed getting a sandwich and a beer at the Dark Horse tavern.

        But I was somewhere around 21 at the time and buying a beer from an actual real-life beer purveyor was still novel for me.Report