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Oh Lordy Lou. Last night was game night and I had a bunch of carbs: three sodas and an iced honey bun. I'm certainly feeling it today; I feel sluggish and dull. I'm probably going to be having carb cravings all day too. I should have just said 'no' but I was with friends and didn't want to put the kibosh on the fun by being 'That Guy.' So today I'm going to fast until sundown and then do zero carbs after that to compensate.
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Standing in the crowd,
listening to the band,
this is youth, this is life,
this is wonderland.

Sliding down the rabbit hole,
riding crystal trails,
wondering where we’ll end up,
and whether we will fail.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.

The crystal cracks,
we all go splat,
the world so gigantic,
now seems small.

So take a hit
from the hookah pipe,
and rest beneath a mushroom sky,
and watch your life become a lie.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.

The smoke clears, we prick our ears,
we wait and watch and learn,
this life’s a dream, or so it seems,
a lesson we never learn.

The white rabbit runs,
our end’s begun,
the world returns again.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.

The crowd is gone.
The band is done.
We stand still,
while the rabbit runs.

We never found the Queen of Hearts,
just a lot of bitter tarts,
and youth is gone, spent and torn,
and from the ruins a man is born.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.
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I think I'm going to open an ebay account and start selling things online to make a little extra money. I'll probably start off with books, because that's what I feel I know. Maybe I'll branch out from there. I don't know. Any suggestions or advice would be welcome.
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Today, I discovered I can reach the third hole on my 'skinny' belt. It's been about a month since I reached the second hole, so I'm pleasantly surprised at my progress. Also, I'm not getting as hungry as I used to and when I do it doesn't take much to fill me up.
That said, today was the end of the caffeine fast. I got a big diet soda at the dollar store. I can't really say that I regret it.
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I went by the store today and chatted with J. about some stuff going on this weekend. While I was there, he told me he had put some of the books I'd priced on eBay. He mentioned that two of them, a first edition copy of 'The Martian' and a 10th-anniversary 1st edition of 'The Alchemist,' were priced too high. I remember being shocked by 'The Martian' as, at midrange, it was going for $500 on AbeBooks and ViaLibri. I don't think I meant to put that as the final price. But the $150 I put on 'The Alchemist' was cheaper than it was going for on Amazon.
J was going by eBay sold price, which might be good for toys and shit, but books are a whole 'nother kettle of fish.
Basically, he wants me to price stuff using eBay.
*sigh*
I can't really argue with him.
It's his store.
Still, if I use eBay something is going to go for cheaper than it should.
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Today started off slowly. I woke up, dinked around on the computer for a while, then took a shower and left the house. I got a haircut and the oil in my car changed, then I went and saw The Mummy.
That's where my day started to go a bit lopsided.
I stopped by the concession stand, intending to get a bottle of water or something, but wound up buying a small Cherry Coke. As in movie-small, which means it was a small tub of soda. *sigh* So much for keeping it under 40 carbs. :/
Then, the movie started thirty minutes late because of technical issues. Eventually, it did start and we did get to see it in its entirety. It wasn't a bad movie, but it was deeply flawed. Not scary at all or, really, very exciting. I'd give it 2/5; wait for it come out on Netflix or On-Demand.
After that, I went by my grocery store to get supper and discovered they are switching up a lot of their brands. A lot of the brands I like to buy have disappeared from the shelves, replaced by more expensive and less Keto-friendly products. I'm a bit miffed about that and am thinking I may have to start shopping at another store. Maybe even (God help me) Wal-Mart.
So, home now, where I have eaten some sausage links with a little green salad. I smothered that salad in ranch dressing and added fried porkskin as faux crutons, then added a couple of hard-boiled eggs. It was a good supper, but I can tell that the caffeine and carbs from this afternoon are having an effect.
I'm craving carbs and sugar. I want to go out and buy a big bag of red seedless grapes and just devour them all. I want to get a two-liter Cherry Coke and suck that baby dry. I want a frosted honey bun.
I don't have any of that, though. What I've got are some peanuts and a cup of chicken flavored bullion broth. That'll just have to do.

Oops!

Jun. 2nd, 2017 08:40 pm
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For lunch today, a friend bought me a sandwich from Schlotsky's, the Original. I just looked at the nutrition information and the Original has a whopping 73g of net carbs.
Damn
Well, there goes my ketosis.
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It's my second day without caffeine. I'm feeling tired and sleepy, but that's about it. No headaches or shaky hands just yet. I'm assuming that will come either tomorrow or the next day. I'm not looking forward to that.
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I went by the computer shop this afternoon and picked up the hard drive from my laptop. I asked the tech guy if he knew what caused the drive failure. He said it was most likely either heat buildup or maybe the computer got jarred. I think it was probably the first; I can remember the keyboard getting really warm when I'd be on the computer and the fan would be venting constantly. It's almost enough to make me wish I'd gotten an extended warranty. Almost.
Other than that? Not a lot to report. I sent an email to my condo's property manager, asking if they'd gotten my check for last month's dues? It wasn't deposited when I last checked, which is odd. I don't care much for my condo association, but they're pretty damned quick to take the money. If they hadn't gotten it, I wouldn't have been shocked. Half the time stuff I mail from my house never makes it to its destination. I can't prove it, but I suspect my mailman is dumping people's mail.
That's pretty much it for today. I did come home and clean house and tonight I might watch the livestream of Critical Roll. The guy who played Napoleon Dynamite is supposed to be joining them for the game.
And that's it for me.
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Out of morbid curiosity I took my old laptop to the shop yesterday to see if they could tell me what went wrong. They just called me and confirmed my suspiciouns: hard drive failure. I'm not sure what caused the drive failure, something physical or maybe some malicious malware, but it would cost about $300 to repair. So, that's not happening. Still, it's good to know . . . something? I'm going to ask some questions when I go pick up the shell for recycling.
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Today, I decided to take my old laptop to the computer store. I told the guy the problems I had with it and he said it sounded like my hard drive went bad. They're doing a free diagnostic. If it is the hard drive, then I made the right choice getting the new computer. Parts and labor to replace the old one would have run about $300.
In other news, I just got back from the store, shopping for supper. I shop for supper ever night because I don't keep food in my house.
Tonight, I have decided to treat myself. I'm having a nice spinach/early spring mix salad sprinkled with cheddar cheese and generously topped with ranch dressing. Along with it, I'm having a slice of pickle, and some cold canned salmon, cause it's just too hot to cook. I am debating if I want to add butter and pepper to the salmon. I remain undecided. For desert, I have a bowl of blueberries sprinkled with a tablespoon of sugar, chilling in the refrigerator. And for a snack, later on, a bag of pork skins. Which may, or may not, be added to the salad as crouton substitutes.
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I feel today has been a productive day for yours truly. I got up early, paid some bills which crept up on me, went to the movies, did some shopping and am now at home doing laundry.
Supper tonight will be sausage sautéed in butter with green beans, sweet peppers, diced tomatoes and a little bit of lime. It will be seasoned to taste with chili powder and pepper. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
Also, there will be writing.
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So, today's been a real buttfucker.
It was going okay until my laptop decided to spazz out and die on me. I'm not sure what happened. It started with uncontrollable screen scrolling and went downhill from there. Eventually, I shut it off and it just hung up. After twenty minutes, I unplugged it and pulled the battery. I waited a while then tried starting it up again and it just spun its wheels for a while, then powered down.
And then I accidentally knocked it off the counter. When I picked it up, I could hear bits rattling around inside and knew it was a lost cause.
*sigh*
So, I went out and got a new one.
Ugh. Here's hoping this one lasts longer than the last one.
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So, the acid reflux has pretty much been resolved and, wonder of wonders, I'm actually wearing the 'skinny' belt.
Like all persons of a certain size, who try various diet methods, I've got multiple belts in my closet. When I got back into keto a little while ago, I started to notice some weight loss, but didn't think much of it. Then, suddenly, I realized I was on the last hole of my 'normal' belt.
I fished out the 'skinny' belt and, lo and behold, I could get it closed.
Then, a day later, I discovered that I could reach the second hole on the belt.
Wow.
I guess eating all these green, leafy veggies is really doing the trick.
:)
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My acid reflux has irritated the back of my throat, so that it feels weird when I swallow. But I'm swallowing all the time, which makes me hyper aware of it. *sigh* Can anyone out there say 'catch-22'?
I haven't had to deal with this stuff in a while, and it seems that there are now two schools of thought regarding acid reflux. The traditional school of thought is that it occurs when there's too much acid in the stomach. The new school of thought is that it's caused by a lack of stomach acid.
So?
Which is it?
This is just one of the reasons that I think doctors are just a bunch of quacks, looking to get rich off the sick and the stupid.
In the meantime, I'm sitting here on the couch, debating whether I should take some antacids or eat something spicy???
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Events in Manchester make me think that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Who the fuck walks into a concert attended mostly by kids, with a nail bomb? How warped is a person, a movement, that thinks this is acceptable? It just makes me want to give up on humanity, until I remember something that Mr. Rogers once said. "Whenever something bad happens, look for the helpers."
So I look for the helpers in Manchester.
And they're there.
I look for the helpers, and hear about long lines at local hospitals, donating blood.
I look for the helpers, and see people bringing the police tea and sandwiches.
I see the helpers and I feel like maybe the world isn't so fucked up after all.
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A couple of days ago I had a big iced coffee. It was the only thing I ate that day and it triggered my acid reflux. The next day, I spent all day eating bannanas and drinking apple juice,trying to get things back under control. Today, I'm feeling okay. Mostly, I'm just burping a lot and suffering from dry tongue. Someone suggested I take a spoonful of olive oil to coat my tongue so I can sleep better, but I don't think I'm going to be doing that.
Anyway, that's the big news in my life these days.
Oh. That, and the writing. I'm doing a sort of post-modern superhero story. Not sure where it's going, but hopefully somewhere interesting.
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Today, I went and saw Beauty & The Beast. It was an okay movie, but not particularly stellar. Emma Watson was nice, although I don't think singing is ever going to be her forte, and the actor playing the Beast was more interesting as the Beast. As for the rest? Eh. It was okay.
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Well.
So, I've been writing D&D 5e characters for a little while and I just wrote my 100th page of material.
I don't know how it happened.
This whole thing started as a one-off, a riff off of Critical Role's Vox Machina. Somehow, it took on a life of its own.
Heh.
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Today was my first day back at the Old Shop and it felt great to be back. I started tackling the Book Room, and felt like I made some serious headway. The biggest hiccup was my discovery that the books I thought were ours, were actually someone else, so I went in thinking we had more variety in stock than we actually did. Actually, what we have are about nine boxes of books devoted to mummies, Egypt, etc. There's some nice stuff in the boxes, but what am I gonna do with nine boxes of that stuff???? I did fine some boxes of Star Trek paperbacks, and at least one box filled with mysteries. So, if worse comes to worse, I can alter my initial plan to have Fiction and NonFiction sections and have multiple Fictional sections.
Also, didn't really eat anything today and I'm about to freakin' starve.

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