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I'm a crazy, crazy girl - I just ordered some new fitness DVDs because I'm tired of having a poochy belly.  I plan to make it marginally less poochy by exercising. 

Yes, I know.  Big revelation there.

One of the things they always fail to tell you when you are trying to lose significant amounts of weight that have been part of your body for a while (mine since I was a teenager) is that you will become intimately acquainted with loose skin on parts of your body that you would really rather not have look like a Shar-Pei.

Yeah, bikini ready body?  Not if you lose over 50 pounds.  Those ads totally lie.

But - I've gotten off my exercise habit (I used to do it in the afternoons), and my stomach is - soft.  I have some definition, but not nearly the amount that I want.  Hence, diet, to help take off a thin layer of fat that has accumulated because of the Lyrica, and, more importantly, exercise to make the muscles underneath stand up and get with the whole "I want to fit into my vintage clothing again" bandwagon. 

We have fallen off that bandwagon something awful.  My favourite dress barely fits, and I worry about the integrity of the fabric.  Vintage clothing has an evil sense of humour, and is liable to blow a seam at exactly the wrong moment, so avoiding undue stress on 50 year old thread is a good idea.

I have a dream of fitting into the 1930s silk wedding dress I have, but that might remain a dream.  Right now, I can just fasten it if I don't move or breathe, but reducing my waistline circumference would help a lot.  I lift small weights to keep my arms and back in shape, but I haven't developed them enough to not fit into the shoulders of the dress - it's just my pudgy waistline.

There's also this awesome early '40s evening dress...

And the amazing '50s cocktail dress...

You get my point.  Besides, this is a great time to get back on the gluten-free wagon, too - I've been atrocious about sticking to that diet (as in, I have been mainlining pastry products), and now is a good time to start.

Why am I on this kick now?  The Lyrica.  I'm keeping an eye out for nasty side-effects, but right now, it's keeping the pain low (with a little help from my friends in the opiate family), and the lack of bad pain is giving me a sense of purpose. 

So this is how people feel when they're not exhausted all the time.  It's interesting. 

Of course, this may not be permanent, but I plan to take full advantage of it while it lasts.

On to other things - we spent a long weekend at the farm.  We did a little bit of house stuff, but I persuaded Bob to relax and just enjoy the house and land.  We walked down to the "waterfall" (it's really just a little cascade) at one corner of the property, and I was reminded how beautiful the beech trees are.  It was also a planning walk - I want to clear and create a comfortable path all the way along the stream, so we did a little bit of hacking and chopping.  The path is blocked at one point by a huge beech that fell over (but is still alive, just horizontal) across it, but I think we can handle that.  The more exciting thing for me is that there are holly trees all along the route of the path, and I can use them as guideposts.  The other thing I was happy about is that they all have berries, and I can walk down and get holly to decorate the house at Christmas.

(We always had holly - it doesn't seem like Christmas to me without holly and ivy draped everywhere.)

The land really is so beautiful.  So is the house.  Speaking of which, I took pictures:

Remember I told y'all that Bob did this really awesome tile job in the garage bathroom, and I forgot to take pictures?  Yeah.  This one:

  That's our company flag.  Cool, no?

I also took some random updated pics:

A not very good panoramic shot of the SCA/office room - it is also a guest room, hence the armchair and the cot in  the corner.  I'm working on curtains for the shorter windows.

The finally decorated guest bathroom, master bath shower, and I'm not sure if I put up a photo of the finished master bath vanity, so here you go.

Master bedroom and Library (sans books and bookcases, but trust me, it will have them):

Finally, a partial view from the library, and the view from the garage:

Holy cow, this place makes me happy.  I never want to leave.

In work news, our contract may not be picked up, and I could be out of a job by December 18th.  It's not very likely, but it could happen.  I need to get the pattern business going at speed, I guess.  Patterns, ahoy.

Finally, I couldn't work on pattern stuff at the house this time, so I brought my knitting.  It turned out that I left one needle behind, but I didn't let that stop me, and I finished one sock:


It's not a very skilled or accomplished sock, since I work by feel and make notes as I go (so I can knit a second sock that resembles the first one enough to wear them as a pair), but I'm quite pleased with the design and the heel.

The next one will go faster, since I won't spend hours unpicking my mistakes.  I re-did the closure on the heel four times - I kept getting things backwards, and forgetting to turn it inside out for finishing.  When you're working with three needles instead of four, this can be a bit more of a chore than usual.  Still, I like my sock, wonky toes and all.



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Nov. 12th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
So this is how people feel when they're not exhausted all the time. It's interesting.

That's AWESOME! Oh, I'm so happy for you, L!

I took your name in vain in Utah a lot. The evil spreads... =)

I'm going to get on this exercise bandwagon with you. Bob and I usually take a walk every morning along the canal path. But on very busy days, we skip it. Unfortunately, those are usually the days I need it most.
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
I am so excited to hear that the Lyrica is making some inroads on your pain. Here's a prayer that it keeps working for you!

:-) And I Love The Socks. Love. Them.
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Okay, I don't know if I'm channeling your thoughts, or you're channeling mine, but I've made the same fitness resolution this week! I've gained 7 pounds since my wedding, one year ago yesterday, and it makes me not happy with myself.
And with the GF thing.... MMMM pumpkin bread. :-) So I'm back on that bandwagon as well, after about 3 months off, and feeling not-to-well the entire time.
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I kept reading "Lyrica" as "Lycra".

It did not compute.

*goes off to recaffeinate*
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Those are some awesome looking stockings. On an off topic note, I seem to remember you saying on here somewhere that you were not going to Holiday Faire, but you were sending things to sell along with someone else?

Who were you sending your stuff with and will you have anymore of your lovely necklaces to sell?
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I will be at HF, and I will be selling jewelry. My patterns and some other bits will be sold by Eadric, so as to minimize distractions for people buying the lovely, lovely jewelry. :)
(no subject) - pirategirleee - Nov. 12th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Nice sock! Love the house (especially the tile job). There is carpet in our downstairs bathroom (icky to infinity) and I am excited to give P free reign to work his tileing magic. Cute idea with the flag.
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
So this is how people feel when they're not exhausted all the time. It's interesting.

That is wonderful! :) I really hope it's not a temporary thing for you.

I also think the sock is amazing, though I'm a non-knitter and anything knitted looks great to me. ;)
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm being very nosy, but I love these house picks: Is the plan to move out to the farm when it's all finished, or will you be splitting your time between the farm and where you are now?
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
A bit of both; this is our retirement home, but we're not retiring yet. It will be our home once we move, but until then, it's our "country house". :)
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Nov. 12th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)

I had planned to take up knitting this winter...thanks for the reminder! *grin*
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
The only thing needed to make the views from the library and garage absolutely perfect, would be the addition of a small flock of sheep. ;)

Love the sock! You made notes, right? Pattern-y type notes? *hint hint* ;)
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I did, though I don't know that anyone else could read them - they're full of bits like "knit this bit until you have 26 stitches. You'll hate this bit, and your fingers will spasm" and "don't forget to turn the heel inside out!!!!eleventy!!".

It makes sense to me, but if you're used to a regular pattern, it might be a bit confusing. :)
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Nov. 12th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
yay for less pain!

i'm insanely jealous of your large plot of land and house. i dream of the same...
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Nov. 12th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Until then, Vitamin K cream helps with the veins. I don't really know how, but it seems to work on mine.
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yay Lyrica! Yay company-flag floortiles! Yay sock!

I love knitting socks. Of course, I cheat a little and use the "Two Socks on Two Circular Needles" method for the majority of the knitting. If I'm going to an SCA event, I will move one of the socks onto wooden or bamboo DPNs. After the event, I work fast to get the other sock caught up, then I put both socks back on the circular needles and keep going. This way, both socks are always the same, and they get done at the same time. Plus, those smooth Addi Turbo circular needles really fly! The only downside is that when I mess up, I have to frog both socks.
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
That would be the thing - since I go by feel (I've knitted a couple of things by feel, like mittens), I end up taking apart bits of sock on a regular basis. For me, the second sock goes quick, and is fun, because all the kinks are worked out. :)
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Nov. 12th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Nice sock!
I am jealous of your farm. Though I am enjoying my lovely new backyard very much :-)

I'd like to get some quick advice, may I email you? I know you got a new address, but my memory is fuzzy. Anyhow, mine is jenyanydots AT gmail DOT com
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting twisted stitches on the heel flap. Sock looks awesome!

And I love the flag on the bathroom floor. That's just too cool, but we all know Bob is the man.

PS: glad the blue couch continues to be of use. :)
Nov. 13th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
The heel flap is done by knitting in one direction, then purling on the turnaround - it produces that pretty roping effect. :)
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