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What kind of day has it been?

Apparently I was missed. *shrug*

I recently went to my doctor because, well, I’m getting to that age and I should. As expected, he said I’m fat. Gee, big surprise. (pun intended) He also mentioned that I am borderline hypertension. So now I have a blood pressure monitor. I am also hiking the stairs here at work with a few girls to try and do something weight wise. Seems that’s about the only exercise I get on a given day. We start on the ninth floor, and I have been going to the seventeen. So that’s seven floors of stair hiking (no thirteenth floor) every day that I can. Later this week, I plan to expand up to the twenty-first floor, as well as start a morning stair hike.

Surprisingly, I have noticed a difference around my waist since the start of this. Nothing drastic mind you, but noticeable to me putting on my belt. It also helps that I have some people to work with on this. Kellie started this, and Jennifer (not my wife) has joined us. Kellie goes to 17, rests, then up to 21. Jennifer goes slower and only to 17. I plan to go straight to 21 with no pause on 17, if for nothing else than to show up Kellie! Heh heh …

So that’s not the only medical issue I’ve had lately. I’ve gone through a week and a half with a head cold that completely knocked me out for several days. Around that time, my contact lenses became unbearably painful. It’s now been about three weeks since I wore them regularly. I did try putting them on about a week ago, and they were still painful. I fear that I may no longer be able to wear lenses given all of the recent issues I’ve experienced with them, which means wearing my Coke-bottle bottoms all the time. While I am typically not one who cares what other people think, this is one area that I do. I really hate the way I look with glasses. Because of how bad my vision is, I can’t seem to get anything with any style that will support my monster lenses. So I have to wear the cruddy frames that make me look horrible. It’s times like this when I really wish I could get Lasik. Again, my vision is too bad for Lasik, which is only FDA approved to -9.00 diopters. Yeah, it’s that bad.

So instead of dwelling on the issues I have been having, I spent some money. Astute readers of this journal may recall that I was looking for a NAS solution about six to nine months back. I did purchase a nice 1.4 TB NAS from Infrant Technologies prior to their purchase by NetGear. The next step for me was to start archiving our CDs and make them usefully in digital format. I was going to just create ISO image files of the CD, then rip them in a format that would be useful on other digital platforms. I knew that wouldn’t be MP3 due to lossiness of that format. Ogg Vorbis was a consideration, but I finally decided on FLAC. With this, I don’t need to make an ISO file of the CD because FLAC is lossless. And with tools, I can convert the files to a smaller lossy format as needed for other devices, such as a possible gizmo for the wife. So I’ve been busy, ripping all of my CDs and putting them on the NAS.

The next step I was considering was some sort of multi-zone audio system for the house. I like having music on in the background, especially when I am working and it’s quiet otherwise. I’ve had to work from home quite a bit recently, and it’s been much too quiet in my office. Ironically, that’s where the NAS is that has all of these high quality music files stored. I did a bit of research, and settled on getting a Sonos audio system. It’s a wireless multi-zone audio system that natively reads FLAC files (and others). It will also use Rhapsody and Pandora audio services, both of which include a free 30 day trial with the device. So one Sonos Bundle later, I have the ZonePlayer 100 in my office, and the ZonePlayer 80 in my living room, all set up and configured in less than an hour. The longest amount of time was frankly stripping the wires to hook up the new speakers I bought for the office. Oh, and how nice that is.

I started the Rhapsody trial, which they make incredible easy. The literally ask if you want to start the service, and that’s it. No name, no email, no credit card – just thirty days of free Rhapsody service in which to stream high quality audio from the Internet. Their grouping of music by genre is a bit irritating, but I have been able to find what I needed. After this trial, I’ll start the Pandora trial, the start focusing on the music that I’ve ripped. It’s been great having whatever music I want in the house, and not having to completely rewire the house and buy an expensive multi-zone receiver.

At the same time of all this, we’ve been working with a landscape designer for the house. Again, astute readers will think that we’ve already done this, and those readers would be right. However, he did a very bad job. Big bushes are planted directly in front of sprinklers, robbing the rest of the area of water. The flowerbeds are full of weeds and grass, including nut grass which we never had before and is incredibly difficult to get rid of. Given this, we decided to call a guy that we saw previously at a home show. Best thing we could have done, as he gave us very detailed plans for what will be a beautiful yard. I mentioned previously that we are going to take out our grass and put in synthetic grass. We’re going to have two walls erected. We’ll have both a water and fire feature in the back yard. It will be great – as soon as we can save the various thousands of money to make it happen. So much for any vacation plans we may have had.

Speaking of which, I mentioned previously that we went on vacation in May, and put a poll up to ask you where you thought we went. Here’s the answer which will upset some – Seattle. We take a trip of some sort every year in honor of our anniversary, so we focus on us. Had a FABULOUS time, and somehow came back with a suntan. The weather was quite nice in early May, the town is great, and the people friendly. However, $15 per person to go up to the top of the Space Needle is just ridiculous.

Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13 combined with Justice League of America #10 was an interesting mix. Very curious what the future holds for the Flash legacy. / Get it? Quick takes? The Flash? Yeah, there's no pleasing everyone. / Sinestro Corps was so very well done that I can’t even begin to start. If you have any inkling of the DCU, you need to pick this up. It’s just that good. / I’m still crushed that Studio 60 is now dead and gone. The DVD of the entire season will be out in October, and I’m sure this will be played shortly after it arrives at this house. / Babylon 5: The Lost Tales comes out this month, and I’m so very curious what that will entail. / Just when you thought I was done talking about Aaron Sorkin comes news that “The Farnsworth Invention” is going to Broadway. What an amazing show that was when we saw it in La Jolla, and I hope that anyone reading this that can see it will see it. You won’t be disappointed by the writing.

Yeah, that’s all I got. Did I miss anything?

Comments

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msmcfeeley
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
No.
Paris got out of jail though ;)
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Whatever.
msmcfeeley
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're doing ok though :)
When people go awol, I worry.
gaby723
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
You came to Seattle and never told me?!

We're not friends anymore.
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
I just did tell you.

Our anniversary trip is all about *us*, so we don't do friends nor family on it.
gaby723
Jul. 11th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Still... :/
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry.

Love that icon though! How's your little boy?
gaby723
Jul. 12th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

He's doing really well. He has two teeth, has said "mama" a couple times, and can sit up all by himself.
mizcrank
Jul. 11th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
i see retail therapy works for men as well :)

i'm glad you're back. missed your smart azz comments. McFeeley can only do so much.
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when faced with a multi-thousand dollar project, the first thing I tend to do is have a "last hurrah" purchase of something, then turn into a cheap bastard obsessing about every penny. It's really a sight to see. It's a much worse thing to live through, if you ask my wife.
jelly_doughnut
Jul. 11th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
Usually I don't point to my posts when someone comes back after an absence (it just seems a little to self centered to me), but some posts just need pointing to!

We missed you.

...who the heck is "we?"
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
BEAST spawn! Quadro! babypowell! JOSHUA! (I needed to say that...)

Congrats! I meant to check up on you because I knew you guys were close. I'm so happy for you guys!
2ndavemusic
Jul. 11th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!

Let me get this straight: you hike the stairs with a few girls. Do you carry them? ;)
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
In a way, yes. I keep pushing them via shame. I'm shaming them into doing a morning hike now. I shamed Kellie into not stopping on 17. In that sense, I'm carrying the team. Any other sense, well, would not please the wife. =)
zarchasmpgmr
Jul. 11th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Count me in amongst the worried.

And the contacts, if it's any help - I find that if I have a really bad head cold, the sinus pressure will cause the shape of the eyes to change ever so slightly, and discomfort occurs.

Oh, yeah, I got laid off and re-employed in 3 weeks.
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Contacts - I have that issue too, which likely started this whole fiasco. But since I got over the head cold from Hades, the lens still doesn't feel right at all. =(

YIKES! I'll have to go through your journal specifically to get details. I'm at least glad to see the re-employed part.
bitter_crimson
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
Arg. Do you think someone who isn't a big GL fan would still dig Sinestro Corps? ...DCU has been ticking me off in general lately. That or boring me, which, you know, same thing. I don't think I've been by to pick up any of my comics for three or four weeks, so should maybe do that to-day. :x
rialtus
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Without giving away too much, Sinestro Corps is picking up on some recent and not so recent threads, interweaving them perfectly, and creating an OMG story. While obviously this is still a GL story, I think it's worth the effort. While it's not be a overly heavy promoted issue *cough Flash 13 cough*, I think this is the one that really will have resounding impacts. (Shame, considering all this Countdown stuff is really...well, not).
wtf
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Um... I finally got around to watching the last two eps of Studio 60. I only mention this because of your journal title. XD
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