Going Ons

I haven’t posted in a while, mainly because I decided to take a break from my daily exercises. I still work out, just not on the treadmill or elliptical so I can’t really keep track of calories burned. Weird thing is, I have more of an appetite now than I did when I was working out on the machines. Go figure

Anyway, I’ve been keeping busy by playing video games, reading and cycling my aquarium – no, that doesn’t mean I’m using my aquarium as a bicycle

I finished The Walking Dead game and liked it a lot. It was like one of those You Are a Shark“choose your own adventure” books. You know, the “turn to page X for yes and page Z for no” type books. The game made you choose what to do or say in a specific situation. I want to play it again, be a jerk, let people die, and see how it affects the game. But that will have to wait because I’m playing Ghost Recon Future Solider right now. It’s a shooter game and I like it. I’m on the last mission but having some difficulties. You have to chase some bad guy while a truck load of people are shooting at you. I keep dying while my teammates seem to be taking a break for tea time

I’m also trying to read 12 books this year and have read 5. I’m currently reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. It’s a memoir but I haven’t heard of this women before. I read some good reviews about it so I decided to read it

I’ve had this aquarium for about 2-3 months and still have no aquatic friends. To make a long story short, you have to grow beneficial bacteria in the tank to make it suitable for fish (the process is called cycling). You can add fish and do a fish-in cycle but I think that’s inhumane because you’re basically subjecting a living creature to a toxic environment and not expecting it to survive. Not cool. This is why I chose to do a fishless cycle. It can take longer but at least there are no deaths. It”s been 3 weeks now and I still have none of this beneficial bacteria. I was under the impression that the bacteria would grow within 10 days but have learned it may take longer, so I’ll wait. It’s difficult to see an empty tank every day

5th Book Finished (5/12)

Last night, I finished reading my 5th book – Stay Awake by Dan Chaon

It’s a collection of short stories that are supposed to be independent, but seem to have some similarities. Some of the stories were good while others weren’t. Some stories I didn’t even understand and seemed to end abruptly. I never read short stories before, so maybe I’m not used to it

Overall, I give it 3/5 stars. I guess short stories are just not my cup of tea. If it wasn’t written by Dan Chaon, I probably would have given it 2/5 stars

Workout Log

Date

Calories Burned

March 1

470

March 4

660

March 5

680

March 6

910

March 7

760

March 8

780

March 11

795

March 12

850

March 13

650

March 14

870

March 15

730

March 18

530

March 19

760

March 20

730

March 21

730

March 22

830

2013-03-25

780

2013-03-26

730

2013-03-27

730

2013-03-28

830

2013-03-29

830

Computer Troubles

So I got a virus on my laptop while researching stuff on aquariums. Now it won’t even start – all I see is a blank screen. Fun

I’m using my sister’s Netbook which ge the job done, but is slow when visiting content heavy websites. It’s annoying but I don’t feel I need to buy another laptop (I have a desktop in my room)

What sucks is that I lost everything on my debunked laptop (there’s probably a way to recover it but I’m too lazy to find it). All my pictures, movies, songs and documents are gone. Oh well. I’ll salvage what I can from WordPress (yay WordPress!)

My sister’s netbook, which I have now commandeered as mine, didn’t have a working word processor. It has WordPad, but that doesn’t have spell check – which I desperately need. I spent most of yesterday looking for a product key for Microsoft Word but had no luck so I tried downloading a new one but had no luck there either. I ended up downloading something called Apache OpenOffice. It’s kind of like Microsoft Office but free. It has a word processor (with spell check), excel, powerpoint and other programs that I probably won’t be using

All this is why I haven’t posted anything in the last couple of days, but I have continued to workout. Below is the updated workout log

 

 

Date

Calories Burned

March 1

470

March 4

660

March 5

680

March 6

910

March 7

760

March 8

780

March 11

795

March 12

850

March 13

650

March 14

870

March 15

730

March 18

530

March 19

760

March 20

730

March 21

730

March 22

830

2013-03-25

780

2013-03-26

730

2013-03-27

730

2013-03-28

830

 

Also, this word processor changes the date format automatically. Typing “March 26” changes to “2013-03-26”. Hence the inconsistency in my workout log. I haven’t figured out how to change it because, really, who cares?

Spring Workout Log

Happy 1st official day of spring!

Here it’s sunny but still some snow on the ground and a little chilly. Fire up them A/C’s cause summers a comin’!

Date

Calories Burned

March 1

470

March 4

660

March 5

680

March 6

910

March 7

760

March 8

780

March 11

795

March 12

850

March 13

650

March 14

870

March 15

730

March 18

530

March 19

760

March 20

730

R.I.P Torch

I got a new cell yesterday…kind of

I had a BlackBerry Torch but the battery was shot. The phone itself could have been shot – I didn’t bother to check

The Torch would just shut off without warning, after an hour or so of continuous texting. Go to the camera feature, and you have a few minutes before it turns off. The battery was usually at 85 or 70% when the phone died. What good is a cell phone if it’s unreliable? It would probably shut off after a 5 minute call. Piece of junk!

I could have just bought a $10 battery off eBay and hoped the phone itself wasn’t shot. I was against buying a battery from the start – I’m stubborn about certain things. I was determined not to buy a battery. I called Telus to basically see if they could give me a free phone and keep the plan I have now. It wasn’t meant to be

So yesterday I started looking in my closet for old phones. I found an old Motorola but later remembered it was defective (thanks to my sister). Later, I found an LG one and after charging it, it worked fine. Next, I was curious whether Telus would charge me for changing my device. I checked online and turns out they didn’t – hoooray! After activating the LG, I started going through the menu, just to see the features. While doing this, I somehow managed to lock the device and it was asking for a password to unlock it. It’s been around 2 years since I last used it, so heck if I remember! Also, I didn’t even remember setting up a password, let alone the device even having a locking feature! I fooled around with it to try and unlock it and tried various passwords I usually use. Nothing worked. My ticket to not spending $10 was quickly evaporating. I could have called Telus, but it was midnight

I decided to do a quick search online and it worked! All I had to do was input the 4 last digits of my number. A wave of relief went over me

Now I have a cell that works, is reliable AND I didn’t have to buy a battery! All is well with the world

I no longer have a smartphone, but that’s ok. All I do is text and call occasionally so this phone is fine. It’s only temporary – February 2014 – cause that’s when my contract expires. I’ve never been the type that needs to have the latest, greatest phone

In the end I saved $10! Time for a trip to the dollar store!