State of Melanie 2/5/2018

Another day, another hustle.

I am still sore from that leg day I posted a couple days ago. It got me a little too bad. I think that I would like to be able to do that without getting so sore. But next time, I think I will add sets of glute bridges and hip thrusts to the beginning and end. As somewhat expected, my legs are killing but my glutes escaped the fire. Not completely, but they should feel what everything else feels.

I am going to start my day with a nice 30 minute intermediate yoga with “hamstring opening” boost from the down dog app.

Then I have 5 major goals for the day:

1. Check for newly posted jobs to apply

2. 2 hours of api documentation study

3. Try the solder iron method of bottle cutting

4. Arm day

5. Finish my cross stitch

Although the hot water to ice water method worked well enough with my hand scoring to give me a lot of confidence, for some reason, the bottles I have cut with the nice scoring tool, though sporting very lovely and even score lines, were way too stubborn and I had a zero success rate. I also tried the candle method, and also the string coated in acetone method. Ben showed me a video of a guy using a soldering iron. So! Let’s hope that works. I’m going to need a bunch of cut bottles before I can even think of getting candlemaking equipment.

In other news, Ben and I are putting off our wedding until next year. I was hoping we wouldn’t have to do that, but there is a lot we need to work out. Plus, we are having quite a few expenses happening with the house and car… and with me out of work currently… we’re probably going to be in a better place to have a nice wedding and honeymoon next year.

However, we may take an international trip of some kind! I would definitely love to. There are so many places to see.

Well, hopefully I’ll return with some cut bottles, finished cross stitch, and results from arm day. Until then.



Jovanica’s Hair Toys – 3d Printed Hair Clips

Very cool blog here~

Myriad Whimsies

A selection of 5 printed hair clips - forest green, royal blue, sunflower yellow, black, and striped red and blue

In 2007 I read a novella by Bruce Sterling called Kiosk.  The main character, Borislav, is a humble, limping man from a cold, Eastern European country who owns a street kiosk selling 3d printed tchotchkes.  A young girl called Jovanica is a regular customer – returning day after day with her pocket-money to buy 3d printed barrettes, hair clips and scrunchies – she’s the trend setter of the area.  She picks out the coolest hair toys and leads the next hair toy craze – with Borislav’s kiosk being the only supplier.

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I was looking at my right right finger and noticed I don’t have a callus there anymore. I used to write and draw enough that the bump there was quite noticeable. In the past few years though, I barely ever use a pencil. I have, however, left an impressive dent mark on the side of my mouse….

During my lunch break I got the 16 AWG wire and velcro I needed… terribly excited for the upcoming weekend.