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General stuff - John C. Kirk

Nov. 1st, 2003

01:23 pm - General stuff

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Right, time for another update. Work's going ok, but my spare time is a lot more limited than it used to be, so I think I'll just be updating this journal once a week (at the weekend) for the time being.

First up, some good news. I've been trying to lose weight recently. Well, it's been a general goal for the last few years (with varying levels of success), but I've been paying attention to it for the last month or so in particular. And it's paid off - I've now dropped from 95kg to 91kg, which also means that I can now fit into 34" jeans again. I haven't been following any particular plan (e.g. Atkins), I've just tried to be vaguely sensible. For instance, my rule of thumb is "only 1 Coke per day", and during the last week I've switched to diet varieties. Not quite as nice, but better than water. I've also switched to WeightWatchers cheese (3% fat rather than the usual 30%), and I'm trying to take the tube into work (which means I have a 15 minute walk up a steep hill at the end) rather than using the motorbike, although the recent problems on the Northern line put that on hold.

A significant thing is that I'm now under the maximum weight limit (92 kg) for parachuting. I'd like to do it again sometime, although I'll probably need to wait until my project's over, so it's good to know that I have the option. I'd ideally like to get back to a 32" waist (which I had when I was an undergrad in Durham), so I'll aim for that.

One particular reason for this latest burst of enthusiasm is that I went off to a Halloween party last night, which provided a good opportunity to wear my Spider-Man 2099 costume. Some people reading this will have seen it before; Steve has a couple of photos on his website, which I'll put on mine at some point. And here's what the comic character looks like. So, that's a good incentive not to embarrass myself too much! Anyway, the party went well, and I had fun.

Random literary note - I re-read the Discworld novels "Thief of Time" and "Night Watch" recently (after the latter was released in paperback), and something occurred to me that I hadn't realised before; they are actually quite connected. No spoilers, but I think that the start of "Night Watch" takes place simultaneously with the end of "Thief of Time" (particularly regarding weather conditions).

Meanwhile, the landlord's been sorting out our shower this week, so that it's actually usable. Unfortunately, he's been taking the opportunity to snoop around my room, going through my stuff, and moving things around (I have photographic proof of some of this, thanks to my webcam). I'm not happy about this, but the general concensus is that it's better not to rock the boat. I did think about setting up some traps (e.g. running a non-fatal electric charge through the metal filing cabinet), but anything like that would affect the cat too. Ah well, such is life.

Edit: included link to Steve's web page of Halloween photos.