Wednesday, September 28, 2016

rings and wheels and ice-pops

Cro sold his first mokume-gane ring for $100. The guy who commissioned it is very happy and it fits perfectly now. :D I think Cro is planning to do an Etsy shop to sell more.

I added another 5.3 miles to my total this morning. Total 161.9 miles with 944.6 to go. It's time to up those miles! I'm still watching Veep as I bike. Ima go for another 5 miles in a few minutes.

57 days of recumbent biking, averaging almost 20mi per week.
0-Cal (0-everything) Ice-pop frozen in one of my new silicon molds


[carbs]
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[ 3g ] Heluva Good Dip
[ 20g ] salsa chili
[ 4g ] Quest bar

=====Total 27 carbs=====

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

recipe request

The dehydrator is good though I think Cro likes the dehydrated zucchini chips more than I do. I foolishly tossed the raw zucchini slices in a mixture of oil and spices before trying to dehydrate them. The oil prevented them from drying. I stopped it after they had been going overnight and still not dry, toweled each slice off and put them back in for another several hours. Even so, they still taste of oil to me. Next time, no oil to make the spices stick!

Soon I will be trying beef jerky. Does anyone have a favorite no-sugar jerky marinade recipe to share?


Another 5.3 miles today and the road is getting busier as I leave Raleigh.

Out of Raleigh and on to Durham



[carbs]
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[ 7g ] protein shake
[ 7g ] protein shake
[ 2g ] Heluva Good Dip
[ 10g ] salsa chili
=====Total 26 carbs=====

Monday, September 26, 2016

various projects

I think I mentioned recently that Cro had constructed a mini-forge and was attempting to make a mokume-gane ring (Mokume-gane is working metal to emulate woodgrain through layering). The ring is being commissioned by one of his co-workers. Below is the result. I think he did a pretty awesome job. He said the guy who commissioned it is very happy. The ring is slightly too small so he will be bringing it home tonight to open it up a tiny bit more. He can easily make the ring larger but it would be impossible to make it smaller.

He used his wood lathe in making this ring and said it would take him a fraction of the time if he had proper equipment. His goal is to commission 10 or 15 more rings in order to buy a metal lathe.

Mokume-gane ring made of copper and nickel.


I didn't bike all weekend and thought it might be tough getting back into it this morning. Nope, it was a breeze. I'm up to over 150 miles now.

5.3 miles this morning.

I bought a food dehydrator (just a cheapo thing) and have been dehydrating zucchini chips. Some wonderful venison jerky is in my future.

[carbs]
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[ 7g ] protein shake
[ 0g ] pork rinds
[ 6g ] cream cheese
[ 4g ] Quest bar
[ 4g ] Quest bar

=====Total ___ carbs=====

Friday, September 23, 2016

this post is brought to you by the letter L

I miss all of the guys from the Adobe Livestream conference today. Yeah, it was almost like being in the room with them for 3 days of interactive learning. Now I'm inspired to try my skills at motion graphics. Hey, maybe even at motion picture editing. So very very cool.

Cro is home with a vacation day today and is downstairs now working at his lathe.

I ordered a little food dehydrator from Amazon. It should be delivered Sunday. I remember back in the day we didn't get mail on Sundays. lol … anyway, I'm excited to get it. Back in my 20's, I remember I used to dehydrate deer jerky. Why did I ever stop? I suppose not having an easy source of venison was the reason. I have no idea what happened to the old dehydrator but it was plastic and not really made to last decades so it probably died at some point or was gifted to someone else when I moved. I have big plans to make zucchini chips first thing with the new dehydrator. Then maybe I will purchase some venison and make deer jerky once again. Yum and low carb!

Speaking of low carb, this low-carb and mostly liquid diet has my clothes fitting looser. That's a good thing.

[carbs]
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[ 7g ] protein shake
[ 12g ] tomato soup
[ 0g ] pork rinds
[ 6g ] cream cheese

=====Total 25 carbs=====

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday live and kicking

I wore tennis shoes rather than sandals for my biking this morning and it went much better (no aggravating of the sore foot).

5.3 miles of biking this morning
Cro is home today. :) I still may not see much of him since he will be working on the Mokume-gane ring. Right now he is mowing the lawn.

Today is day 3 of the Adobe conference (mostly teaching techniques useful for After Effects). It is so cool of Adobe to have invited well-known digital animators and cinematographers to share some know-how. Adobe is also giving away a year's subscription to Creative Cloud to one winner during each of the sessions. It's at adobelive.com so join in if you are interested. Come hang out in a live video chat environment with great talent!


[carbs]
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[ 7g ] protein shake[ 0g ] item
[ ?g ] small portion of Cro's vegetable beef soup (I don't know the counts but I'm sure it was low)


=====Total ___ carbs=====

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ouchy foot

I stopped at 5 miles today because from mile 3 my foot was screaming OW, no more! Well, there is going to be more but I really must figure out something that will keep the outside of my right pinky toe from being rubbed raw.

I'm up to 140.7 miles biked. Cool.
Cro has vacation days tomorrow and Friday so his today is probably going to be super busy.

I don't want to undo the good I might have done with the liquid diet for the past 3 days so today I'm going to stick with mostly liquids and a few (less than 10) pork rinds with a small amount of cream cheese. I imagine if I were restricted by WLS that would cause dumping syndrome (which I've only read about but it doesn't sound fun). Yeah, if this weren't hypothetical I would probably end up back in the hospital for having pork rinds on day 4.

[carbs]
------
[ 1g ] pork rinds with cream cheese
[ 7g ] protein shake
[ 12g ] tomato soup

=====Total 20 carbs=====

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Liquid day 3 of 3

It's "Monday Night" Oct and I'm hijacking "Tuesday morning" Oct's blog post. I'm a few minutes out from watching Paul Trani's live facebook webcast introducing Character Animator. I'm way excited to try it! It allows you to use your built-in camera to map your movement onto a puppet character. (Kind of like how they mapped Benedict Cumberbatch's movements onto CGI Smaug.)

There are starter puppets of course but think of the possibilities of creating your own puppet character in Illustrator and recording as you motionize it! Okay, there is already a word for "motionize". As you animate it! Anyway, Paul is involved in doing a 3-day Adobe conference starting tomorrow and will be talking all sorts of cool stuff. I will likely watch it via their facebook page but it's probably available through the Adobe site too. And with that I will relinquish blog control back to my tomorrow self. :D

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I made a protein shake this morning from EAS chocolate protein powder. I made a second one and put it in the freezer so it will be nice and cold when I have it later.

The Adobe conference I was excitedly talking about last night is about After Effects, is free and starts at 9am PST (so noon here). It's at adobelive.com. If you are in the design biz and hold a 9-5, it may be a good way to excuse yourself from the next 3 days/afternoons of work in order to attend. And if you are like me and are in the biz as a freelancer, it's still a good thing to attend between your client work. I use Illustrator but haven't delved into After Effects. I'm looking forward to the conference and seeing some amazing techniques!

Biking today was easy though I think I'm getting a corn or something on the outside of my right pinky toe. It rubs against my sandal as I bike. Maybe I need to wear some proper tennis shoes. I can do that, lol. I've started watching VEEP as I bike. It got rave reviews at the Oscars so I decided it might be worth giving a chance.


5.4 miles in 30 minutes this morning.


[carbs]
------
[ 7g ] protein shake
[ 7g ] protein shake
[ 12g ] tomato soup

=====Total 26.5 carbs=====
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