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That's probably the first time in the 15 years I've been using LiveJournal that I went over a month, and an entire calendar month, without posting. Sorry! Also hadn't been reading. I just skimmed about a week's worth of your posts, and probably won't get much farther back than that.

I was at my highest weight in a long time, over 220, a few days ago, and I'm amused to see a post from almost two years ago where I rejoiced at getting under 200 for the first time in a long time. I thought I was going to stay there! Time to work on that again. As of today I was back around 215, heading in the right direction. Holiday parties will make it difficult to lose much more over the next few weeks, but with some focus and effort, maybe I can refrain from gaining more.

It's been a dark and stressful month for a lot of my friends. For a lot of yours, too, I imagine. I hope it gets better for you, for them, for everyone. Hoping to enjoy as much holiday cheer as I can. The last "holiday party" will be a tentative Carterday party on Sunday, January 8th, celebrating the two year anniversary of Carter joining the family. :-)
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Got home at almost 9pm last night after an exhausting day that ended with drinks with a few friends downtown, took the dogs on a bedtime walk, climbed in bed, and fell asleep. I woke up shortly before my phone alarm woke me at 5:30am to see if there were any school closings to report. I was a little surprised there weren't any.

The long day started with early morning breaking news coverage about a late-night shooting at the Ithaca Walmart that led to a standoff with the suspect. It looks as though the shooter and victim hadn't known each other or interacted before. This comes just days after a homicide in nearby Newfield that may have just been a robbery gone wrong.

There are hints that there's an underculture in the area that we hardly ever hear about, and that the violent crime we're hearing more about is a manifestation of that.

We're pretty lucky that we don't get a lot of asinine online comments on our articles. One of yesterday's gems (not on our content, I'm glad to say) was that this was just more of what you can expect after "the blacks" moved into the area from Rochester over the last decade or so. Yeesh. Of course, that was before the police released the name and photo of the white suspect.

There were a few things I could've gone out to tonight, but I decided to go with something simpler, and invited a couple of people to get a bite for dinner. Unfortunately, I never heard back, and was too unrealistically optimistic to give up soon enough to make other plans. Went home, ate leftovers, relaxed with dogs and TiVo.

Probably won't stay up too late tonight. Even though I got eight or so hours of sleep last night, it ended early. I think I dozed a bit, but not much, alternating attempts to fall asleep again with stints on the iPad reading some overnight social media.

Planning a relatively quiet weekend, though I do hope to go to a friend's "ugly Christmas sweater" party tomorrow.
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According to Swarm, formerly Foursquare, I've been to the Ithaca Coffee Company beer tasting 64 Wednesdays in a row. (I guess it's possible I've missed one or two, but checked in there another time that week.)

I'm definitely going to miss next Wednesday's, since I'll be on my way back from Memphis, so I almost skipped last night's, too, since I had a cold with a runny nose. Have. Though much less runny today. Now more coughing than runny. Decided to go, though, since I wanted to try the Jack's Abbey beer. Got to chat with Kip, a local musician and an Ithaca College professor, and enjoyed some good beer.

I don't make it to the Thursday downtown tasting nearly as regularly, so skipping tonight's seems like an easier decision. I really want to be healthier when I get on the plane on Saturday, for my own sake as well as those around me.

Got a fair amount of work done today sitting on the couch with the pups, which they seemed to appreciate as much as I did. They're warm and cuddly. And my coworkers probably appreciate me not breathing in their airspace.
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It's been a while since I made a roast squash soup, and what better occasion than a Canadian Thanksgiving feast at a friend's house tomorrow night? I'm going to be adding some apple cider and perhaps some coconut milk or ground cashews to thicken and make the soup creamier. I've been making my squash soup vegan out of habit for a while, though of course condensed milk would also do nicely.
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A Travel Channel schedule screw-up led to me watching some of Andrew Zimmern's "Delicious Destinations" instead of Adam Richman's "Secret Eats." The Boston episode made me remember Durgin Park, where we used to eat when we were in Boston for sports weekends.

We haven't gone there in many years. Can't recall if there was a reason we stopped, but obviously we need to get back there. Great prime rib, amazing baked beans, and probably plenty of fine seafood.
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Cornell Dining celebrated its #3 ranking in this year's Princeton Review college food rankings by offering several 3-related specials today. My favorite? 3¢ drip coffee refills! Bring a reusable mug, or bring back a paper cup, and drip coffee is just three cents.

I grabbed a handful of pennies on my way out the door this morning to make it as easy as possible on the cashiers. I was vaguely tempted to try buying a 3¢ cup of coffee at every eatery we have that sells drip coffee, but as we tweeted, that way lies madness. I didn't do an official count, but I think we have 18-20 eateries that were participating today.

Ended up having three travel mugs of Starbucks coffee, going with Café Estima twice and Pike Place once. My travel mug is probably 16 ounce compared to the 10 ounce cups (or is it 12) I usually brew at work, so I had more coffee than usual, but not crazily more.

At 3¢ a cup, compared to 30¢-50¢ per K-Cup, I definitely couldn't afford to ignore this offer! Also could've gotten a $3 latte or cappuccino at any of our eateries that do espresso drinks, but obviously that's nowhere near as good a deal.
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I'm a little astonished how many parents still seem to be on campus with their kids as of Sunday evening.

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First of all, I realize there are easier names for an American announcer to pull off than Vergé-Dépré, but your broadcast partner is coming SO MUCH CLOSER. Try harder.

Second, wasn't everyone griping about how the beach volleyball teams were wearing unnecessarily revealing bikinis? Where are the bikinis?!
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She mostly does go in her crate when I ask her to, though sometimes she's very reluctant or tentative about it. When she gets in her crate at feeding time, she often walks back out, then back in until I put the food in her dish, and then sometimes back out again to turn around and eat from just outside the crate.

Crated PennyIt's cute, but it's also a sign that she's having trouble remembering who's the boss. When Molly has helped take care of the dogs recently, Penny wouldn't go in at all at least once.

Once she is closed in the crate, I sometimes come home to find that whatever towel or blanket was folded up on the bottom to provide cushioning has been balled up and is in the water dish. That means the water's been soaked up and isn't available for drinking, and it means the fabric has to be dried out or it will get smelly and mildewy. Yuck.

Of course, it seems as though she rarely drinks from her water dish anyway! She much more often drinks from the one in the kitchen when they're not in the crates, and sometimes when I come home and open the crates she goes and drinks from Carter's water dish.

There's nothing wrong with her dish in particular. Not only have I washed it out and filled it with fresh water multiple times, I've even swapped her dish and Carter's, and she still goes for the one in his crate instead of the one in hers.

Realistically, she doesn't need to be crated. I can trust her outside her crate, which isn't as true of Carter. But while she's acting out isn't the time to tell her that. Once she's obeying better, I may revisit that idea, though I don't know if Carter would care that he's crated and she isn't. (He's such a good boy, and always heads right into his crate when I ask!)
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The Bolton Point Water contractors disconnecting my water without warning this morning to hook my house up to the new water main was a huge pain in the ass, but it's also a good sign -- the project must be nearly done!

I'm exhausted, and I realize that it's not just because of the crazy-busy weekend at the GrassRoots Festival. A lot of it has to do with getting woken up early nearly every morning when the heavy equipment arrives before my alarm goes off.

Hope to get to bed early tonight, which is extra important because I'm getting up early to DJ tomorrow.
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