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What’s up 5/14/2011

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Sorry I’ve been so lax in posting. I’m still in school through this week. I’m pretty sure that’s caused the majority of my gray hairs. I only had, like, one or two before I started. Hopefully I will have a little more time over the summer to write. I have a few little adventures in mind, too, so hopefully it will be interesting!

Anyway, so there’s school. I actually don’t have any real “finals” this semester. One of my classes has been mostly project-driven. We had only one test, and it was a couple of weeks ago. I have one last short paper due on Monday, then a quiz in class, and that’s it. The other class I guess is project-driven as well. It’s Digital Forensics, so we’ve had a series of labs using a forensics tool to examine disk images. Our “final” here is going to be similar. So, all in all, this semester has been a lot of work, but not so much traditional studying. And only one more to go, then graduation in December! Yeah!


I had started working out at the end of last year. Well I say “working out.” I’m not going to a gym or anything. But I did realize that I’m going to continue to slowly gain weight unless I get up and move, so that’s what I’m doing. Don’t laugh, but so far I’ve done it all using the Wii. I’ve had Wii Fit for a long time but hadn’t used it in forever. I started out with that, but it wasn’t really much of a workout, although the balance games are fun, and the yoga poses are actually pretty good. Then I moved on to EA Sports Active, which I’d also had sitting unused for quite a while. I went through the 30-day challenge workouts (but not the actual 30-day challenge – the rest days it planned didn’t always fit my schedule – so it only took about 25 or 26 days). It was pretty good. I didn’t lose much weight on it, but I did feel stronger when I was done. I think it’s better for toning. When I start plateauing on weight loss, I’ll probably go back to it.

I figured if I really want to drop some pounds I need aerobic exercise, so I turned to Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party. I was still doing body tests with the Wii Fit, and I was starting to lose. I wasn’t crazy about the music on it, though. It’s a lot of 70s – 90s dance mix stuff. So at this point I went looking for something I would like better, and I found Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves. Now this is a blast! It’s Disney songs, but they’ve been remixed for dancing, and most of them are really cute. It’s also not as hard as the “grown up” DDR games, so I feel great about myself when I get a good score on the “expert” level! My weight fluctuates a bit, but I’ve lost a good 6 pounds since I started in December. It’s not a ton, but the number has steadily gone down, so I’m pretty pleased with the results. I’m going to try to add some other activity, like maybe walking the dog a few times a week, over the summer as well.


And, of course, I’m reading whenever I can snatch a few moments. For my devotional, I recently started Affirming the Apostles’ Creed by J.I. Packer, which I had gotten for free on the Kindle quite a while ago. I’m Baptist, and we don’t go in for creeds much, but it still is very interesting.

For fun, after I finished Frankenstein I read Jane-Emily: And Witches’ Children by Patricia Clapp. (The link is for the paperback. It’s not available on the Kindle now, but I had gotten it for mine a while back.) Jane-Emily was pretty good. It says young adult, but it reads more like the ghost stories we all used to read in elementary school. So it’s a fairly simple story, but still a fun read. I’d recommend it for about grades 3-6, depending on the maturity of the kid, and up. Witches’ Children is about the Salem witch trials, and it’s told from the perspective of one of the girls involved, so it’s pretty interesting as well. I liked how the author got into the girl’s head to show how the whole thing might have happened, psychologically.

Now I’ve just started A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve read the previous Outlander books over the last couple of years, and I’ve really been enjoying them. A word of warning: they are all huge books, so it’s quite a commitment! (Also much easier to read on the Kindle than a paper book!) Besides the sheer length, they are very emotionally involving, so I can’t just read them one after another, which is why it’s taking me so long to get through them. Also, I heard that An Echo in the Bone, the latest in the series, ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m trying not to rush to it, especially since there have been several years between the publication of each book. I think I’ll probably do a post just about the Outlander series when I’ve finished up the most recent two, so stay tuned.


So that’s what’s going on now. Sorry it’s so boring. Like I said, though, I do have big plans for the summer. I’m going to take my daughter shopping, and see if we can find some interesting things to do around here. I’m also hoping to start teaching her how to read. That should be good for a few more gray hairs. I’m planning to do some couponing, which I also did last summer, so if I find any can’t-miss deals I’ll try to share them here. And I need to do some serious organizing and de-junking of the house. I’m subscribed to Fly-lady and The Organizer Lady, so I’m starting to get motivated. I’d like to learn how to program for Android devices, so I’ll let you know if I learn enough to do anything cool. Last, I’d really like to learn to use more of the features on our DSLR camera, so I’ll probably be taking some pictures and posting them.


Hello world!

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public class Hello


public static void main(String[] args)


System.out.println(“Hello world!”);



Hee, hee!  First thing you are learning about me – I am a Java nerd!  It’s funny, because “Hello World” is the classic first program.  If you don’t get it, don’t worry about it.  I really don’t talk about Java all that much.  It only causes the occasional gray hair – like now when I’m trying to get my MD5 hashes in the same format as my professor’s, and it just not quite working.  Yeah, you probably don’t get that, either.  Don’t worry about it.  I’m stopping now.  Really.