The Heavy Metal Matador (rydain) wrote,
The Heavy Metal Matador

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I used my comp time from Sunday to take today off, and it's been a most excellent day. I stayed up till 4 a.m. last night and managed to get up at 11:30 well-rested. I went out to lunch at Herwig's with Rando, during which I ate a big pile of kasespatzel (read: very eggy pasta-like dumplings smothered in cheese, onions, and garlic). Then I felt like doing some shopping in town. I hadn't bought new workout clothes in a while, so I hit Rapid Transit Sports and found some nifty Under Armour gear. Though I don't have my coveted six-pack yet, I'm finally cut up enough that spandex pants don't squeeze me weirdly around the waist, and they were all comfy and spiffy-looking, so I just had to buy them. After that, I had this random desire to go putz around at Barnes and Noble. I ran into Alice and Erin there, and we chatted for at least an hour about all kinds of fun and randomness like weddings, kitschy dreck (Thomas Kinkade + Precious Moments = OMG TEH AXIS OF EVIL!!!111!), mutual friends (*waves at Sean*), and imported kids' shows that we used to watch when we were little (anyone else remember Hattyland?) I saw a coffee table-sized cat compendium on sale and just had to pick it up. (I especially liked how the cat care information discussed scratching surfaces and claw trimming and didn't even mention declawing as an "alternative" - I later found out that the book was published in the UK, where that procedure is illegal, but it was still a pleasant surprise.)

After some putzing around, I hit the gym to take my new duds out for a spin. I wound up busting all my cardio records.

First mile: < 8:15
Two miles: < 16:45
Total distance in 20 minutes: 2.39 miles

What a pleasant surprise after lifting yesterday (and getting back up to squatting 130 pounds! Yaaaaaaaay!) and still being somewhat snuffly, eh?

And in other news...that godforsaken pauldron is almost ready to paint! ALMOST! It's all neatly finished with no cracks or major irregularities (it isn't PERFECT, but it looks damn good, if I say so myself). The bottom, which is plain papier mache, has an extra coat of Mod Podge drying on it right now. I just have to put the raised ring on it and then sand it down, and I'll be good to go. I have my paints already picked out. In other costume news, I ordered cheetah patterned fur and plain white fur from Mendels. They're having a 25% off sale until the end of March, so this is a damn good time to order fabric from them. Their fur is rather expensive, but I think it's well worth it. All of the short pile fur has a nice feel and texture, and the cheetah fur has a subtle sheen as well. I just need to decide whether or not I want to order my shoulder fur from them, too. *makes a mental note to look through her sample bag again*

Oh yeah...and I had been meaning to switch over to Mozilla's standalone browser and email clients (Firefox and Thunderbird, respectively) on this machine as soon as I found a matching set of themes that I liked. A few exist, but one or the other always had some aesthetic aspect that annoyed me, and some of them left icons and specifications out entirely (for example, the JavaScript console or download manager might look ugly and plain if the theme designer had forgotten about it). The new Mostly Crystal theme set does the trick for me. It's bright but not clownish, and I haven't seen anything missing, so a happy convert is me. Surprisingly, I even noticed a significant speed difference between Mozilla 1.6 and Firefox 0.8 on my sick bastard dual 1800 Athlon MP box. o_O
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