Wednesday, January 18, 2012
DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.
WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh shih-tzu'.
SKIL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.
BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle ... it transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.
TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.
TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.
PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.
PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.
HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.
HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. It is especially valuable at being able to find the EXACT location of the thumb or index finger of the other hand.
UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.
SON-OF-A-B**** TOOL: (A personal favorite!) Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son of a B****!' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
Friday, January 06, 2012
I was in Waitrose today, scouting for ingredients for a slow cooker bolognese sauce. I turned to the Portabello mushrooms to grab a couple but was stopped in my tracks by this beauty!
Makes the orange pepper I put beside it for perspective look positively puny, doesn't it! It weighed close to 300g! The mushroom, not the pepper. LOL
It put the finishing touch to my bolly sauce, and I had a plateful tonight. Om nom nom!
In other photo news, it is snowing in Wii Fit Plus Land:
Incidentally, Mr Randomator, how am I supposed to open up the levels in Wii Fit Plus if you keep giving me the same levels I've already done? Sheesh! :-)
I am also loving Just Dance 3. I'm still finding my way around it. Not only does it have something like 45 songs instantly available, but there are other you can unlock by earning stars. You get up to 5 stars per performance, and for every 20 you accumulate it opens up other things, such as new songs, and mash-ups. It is also exercise-friendly, with a good section devoted to Sweat Points, and some of the mash ups are exercise related too. :-)
On top of that, there are some routines that are quite tricky to master, making me want to come back again and again, and unlike JD2, there are duets where you can actually choose which dancer you want to be, instead of only being able to do that if you have someone dancing with you. Plus they have a number of songs with four dancers to choose from, making it even trickier to master the dance moves when they do different things. It is SOOO cool! :-)
All in all, I think this is the best Just Dance to date. I do have a couple of things I'd improve on however.
For instance, I'd like to be able to have my own profile. The way the game is set up, everyone contributes to the same star count and medals. I'd much rather be able to accumulate my own stars and medals, and follow my own progress.
The other thing I really think they should have done is have a top ten scores list, instead of only having the top score available.
However, those niggles aside, I love it! :-)
Well, it's late, and I need my bed. I finally got a good night's sleep last night after three nights of disruption with the gales. I struggle to sleep when it sounds like my roof is being pulled apart. *shudders* Fortunately, the roof stayed put, unlike the fence panels between myself and my tricky neighbour with the dog issues. Three panels blew out. One may be salvageable, but the other two are basically matchsticks! In some ways I'm lucky, in that they aren't my panels, so I don't have the expense of replacing them. However, if J can't afford to (and I doubt she can), we have a problem, because the council only run a couple of strands of wire between the concrete posts. It is hardly conducive to stopping dogs from wandering off.
Oh well, at least the other side of her garden is still intact, which means there is a limit to how far the dogs can get, and Sophie isn't the type of dog to go wandering off in any case. She has been looking through the gaps but hasn't attempted to go into J's garden. She might get excited if Chuckie is out there though, and forget and go through. Time will tell I guess. :-)
Right, I'm off to bed in a min.
I leave you with two thoughts.
The first is...
If you want to brighten your day first thing, buy a Barbie-pink kettle for your kitchen!
I love my colourful kettle! LOL
The second is this:
Bryony gave me this for Christmas, and I love it. I have it where I can see it as soon as I walk into the sitting room, and it puts a smile on my face every time I see it.
And so does the Bobby McFerrin video:
Thursday, January 05, 2012
So, here I am trying again, after hitting the wrong button and losing my blog yesterday. Actually, what happened was, I navigated away to find a quote pic for my blog on another spark page, and when I clicked back on the blog window to add it, the window was empty. So for some reason I can't fathom, considering that they are two separate windows, it eats blogs if you look elsewhere on the spark website while writing a blog. (sigh)
So, today I'm starting off in Open Office to write this so that at least the writing is saved should I mess up again, or should Spark mess up. :-)
Steal my blog, would you? (shakes fist) LOL
So, what was I trying to tell you all yesterday?
Well, for some reason I am still trying to work out, I decided to completely reset a couple of my Wii games – most notably Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active Personal Trainer.
New year and a fresh start.
What I failed to remember as I deleted my Mii from the Wii Fit Plus, is that when you start the game from scratch, great big swathes of it are inaccessible. Beginner levels only across the board, and some exercises locked in the Yoga and Muscle section.
Oh well, it won't take long to re-open all the levels, she says optimistically. :-)
As for the EA Sports game, I'm currently working through the pre-set Workouts rather than a 30-day challenge. It leaves a little flexibility so that I can work round other commitments.
So, at the moment my daily workout schedule is looking something like this:
Just Dance Bingo:
I have JD, JD2 and JD3 now, which is up to 9 songs per day to dance to, plus I am also doing a sweat challenge with JD3.
Approx 30 mins per day
Wii Fit Plus:
I am using Random.org to randomly select a thirty-minute workout. I am determined to get as much of the game opened up as soon as possible. :-)
At least 30 mins per day
EA Sports Active Personal Trainer:
Assuming I have any ooomph left, I do a workout from this as well. I need to make this a regular part of my exercise routine because it gives me strength training more than the other games do.
Around 20 mins per day
I am also planning on using Leslie Sansone You Tube videos as a top-up for the days when my step count is low.
But mostly, I'm exercising with my Wii. :-)
We added Just Dance 3, Dance on Broadway and Wii Sports Resort to our collection over Christmas. So no excuses. I have loads of games to keep me fit.
Have a great day!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Oh glory be! Had such a lie in today after a very late night, that the rest of the day has escaped, and here I am with no time to write a proper long blog telling you about all my happy end of the year news!
So, the abridged version...
Suffice to say that I was lucky enough to have the company of my bestie on the phone for over 4 hours last night, reconnected with another good friend the same evening, and spent the New Year singing and dancing round the sitting room for more than two hours during Jules Holland's Hootenanny! Earned myself around 3500 steps I did, doing that! LOL
I finally understand why my word for 2011 was SPIRIT. It only took until a couple of hours before midnight to figure it out! *grin* Hey, I never claimed to be quick on the uptake. LOL
So, I wonder what 2012 will bring? I feel very excited and optimistic about 2012. A lot of threes this year. I'm 48. 4 + 8 = 12. 1 + 2 = 3. I start my new 12 year cycle, and this feels like a real year for beginnings! :-) I know I have a few things to deal with that I'm not looking forward to - mostly plucking up the courage to get a couple of health issues sorted out. But I feel very open to possibilities. Could be a good year for love this year. :-) I seem to recall Venus (Aphrodite) has a busy year coming up.
Have a wonderful 2012!
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