Posted by: Mark | March 28, 2015

Pieces of Trash

One of my less inspired weekly goals was to pick up 100 pieces of litter.  The only reason I included it was that I was short a bunch of resolutions.

As I’m running out of Lovecraft stories, yesterday I thought I’d start with the garbage.  I thought 14 pieces a day would work best.

Instead I got 104 in about 10 minutes.  I vastly underestimated the number of cigarette butts that smokers toss about.

Considering last year the complex had two fires caused by cigarettes which cancelled our insurance, I’m not exactly favoring smokers’ rights at the moment.

Well, at least I’m set for a week.

Posted by: Mark | March 27, 2015

Beating 47

It’s my birthday today and I’ve outlived plenty of famous people.

There’s an inverse relationship between how you felt about birthdays as a kid and as an adult. I’d like to go back to 1987 and stay there forever.

Posted by: Mark | March 26, 2015

Resolution XIII

I’m keeping on keeping on:

1. Blogging. Goal:  300 posts for the year. What I have: To be on track for the year, I needed 75.61. I missed a chance for a special 100th post–this is #104.

2. Writing. Goal:  100,000 words for the year. What I have: I needed 23,288 to be on pace. I don’t know if anything I’ve written lately is any good but I’m up to 33,177.

3. Running. Goal: 2,200 miles for the year.  What I have: I had a slow week but I’m up to 565 miles, needing 512.32.

4. Publishing. Goal : 105 manuscripts sent out. What I have: I haven’t sent out much lately but I’m up to 39, needing 24.45.

5. Video. Goal : five video projects.  What I did: Just worked on my second..

6. Weight. Goal : lose 35 pounds. What I did: I’ve eaten so much that I didn’t even check.

7. Art. Goal: Photograph 100 species. What I did : 41.

Mammal (6): Gerbil, Robo hamster, Campbell’s hamster, Syrian hamster, Rabbit, Gray Squirrel

Bird (20): Budgerigar parakeet, Rock doves (pigeons), Northern cardinal, House sparrow, Mallard duck, Canada goose, House finch, American robin, Red-tailed hawk, Common crow, European starling, Tufted Titmouse, Ring-billed gull, Swan Goose, American tree sparrow, Herring gull, Downy woodpecker,  Red-bellied woodpecker, Northern mockingbird, Mourning dove

Reptile (2): Red-eared slider, Leopard gecko

Amphibian (2): Dwarf aquatic frog, Fire-Bellied Toad

Insect (6): Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Stink bug, Wax worm, Mealworms, Cricket, Hister or Oil beetle

Crustacean: Pillbug

Myriapod (1): Millipedes

Annelid (2): Canadian nightcrawler, Red worms

Planaria (1): Planaria

8. Kids. Goal : 300 events.  What I did: Still way down, just adding visits to Campbell County and Cincinnati libraries, to make it 49 for the year.

9. Exercise. Goal : 8,000 leg lifts and 5,000 push ups.  What I did: Needed 1,863 leg lifts and 1,164 push ups and have–

Leg lifts: (1,575)

Push ups (1,169)

10.  I applied for 23 new jobs this week. Let’s see how good the economy really is.

Posted by: Mark | March 25, 2015

Cadbury

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We got a new rabbit to replace Carmel. James Herriot wrote this is the best thing to do after the death of a pet and who am I to argue with the author of All Creatures Great and Small?

Cadbury is a Dutch rabbit and is much bolder than Carmel was. He is an escape artist and loves to chew on things he shouldn’t. He makes the place seem better.

Posted by: Mark | March 24, 2015

Starting Over

This was my second night class. It was rough but nowhere as eventful as last week.

Yesterday I blew my streak of 81 days of posting.  I’ll try to top it again but there’s bigger issues out there.

Posted by: Mark | March 22, 2015

Mourning Dove

20150319_160526I’m not going to read too much into this but I’ve been looking for mourning doves all year but couldn’t photograph one until this week.

Posted by: Mark | March 21, 2015

First Saturday Class

I learned today that the student from Tuesday was taken off life support and passed away. Cause of death wasn’t clear but they think it was a heart attack or aneurysm.  Definitely not how I would have liked things to start.

Posted by: Mark | March 20, 2015

30,017 Words

Being depressed has helped crank out the wordage. I’ve been beating up characters for the last few days,  pushing my writing outputting for the year to 30,017. Maybe ten of them are worth reading.

Posted by: Mark | March 19, 2015

Resolution Update XII

Another weak week:

1. Blogging. Goal:  300 posts for the year. What I have: To be on track for the year, I needed 64.11. This is #97.

2. Writing. Goal:  100,000 words for the year. What I have: I needed 21,369. I’ve been slacking off lately but I have 29,567.

3. Running. Goal: 2,200 miles for the year.  What I have: Once again, I’ve been coasting lately but had enough on reserve to get by. I needed 470.14 miles, but have 536.2.

4. Publishing. Goal : 105 manuscripts sent out. What I have: After a dismal start to the year, I’m way up. Needed 22.44 and have 37.

5. Video. Goal : five video projects.  What I did: I needed 1.069. I have one with one rescheduled to this Wednesday.

6. Weight. Goal : lose 35 pounds. What I did: Lost a pound this week. I was doing terribly before Tuesday night. Now I’ve probably up 20 pounds.

7. Art. Goal: Photograph 100 species. What I did : 40, same as last week.

Mammal (6): Gerbil, Robo hamster, Campbell’s hamster, Syrian hamster, Rabbit, Gray Squirrel

Bird (18): Budgerigar parakeet, Rock doves (pigeons), Northern cardinal, House sparrow, Mallard duck, Canada goose, House finch, American robin, Red-tailed hawk, Common crow, European starling, Tufted Titmouse, Ring-billed gull, Swan Goose, American tree sparrow, Herring gull, Downy woodpecker,  Red-bellied woodpecker

Reptile (2): Red-eared slider, Leopard gecko

Amphibian (2): Dwarf aquatic frog, Fire-Bellied Toad

Insect (6): Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Stink bug, Wax worm, Mealworms, Cricket, Hister or Oil beetle

Crustacean: Pillbug

Myriapod (1): Millipedes

Annelid (1): Canadian nightcrawler0

Planaria (1): Planaria

8. Kids. Goal : 300 events.  What I did: Needed 64.11 events, have 45 (Campbell County Library Game Day)

9. Exercise. Goal : 8,000 leg lifts and 5,000 push ups.  What I did: Needed 1,709.6 leg lifts and 1,068.4 push ups and have–

Leg lifts: (1,450)

Push ups (1,135)

10.  I added a movie to Universe Magazine’s Top 100 Science Fiction Films.

Still no news about Tuesday, but it’s been on my mind a lot.

Posted by: Mark | March 18, 2015

Night After First Night

I still don’t know what happened to the student from last night. It’s been hard to get anything done wondering.

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