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|Thursday, April 26th, 2012|
... a place to write that isn't Facebook! I'd almost forgotten about this. So, for the first time in over 6 months, an update of sorts.
So, another tax season is almost over. Five more days. This one has been long and brutal, and I really just want it to be over with. I hired a part time lady who's helping me out and doing a good job but I've still been buried consistantly all season. I took a quick glance at the numbers yesterday and the reason I'm so busy is that my US tax work more than doubled this year. I wasn't prepared for that, and I have to do all of the US work so it's all on me. I don't track my own hours for my own sanity, but I have a hard time thinking that I've done less than a 70 hour week in the last two months.
Adding to the stress, my mother had a heart attack on April 15th. She was a week in the ICU in Cambridge, and is now in a general bed in Cambridge waiting for bypass surgery at St. Mary's. They had originally told her there was some chance of it being this week, but that hasn't happened, so hopefully next week.
With everything, I haven't worked out, gotten to fight practice or anything for the last two months. That's had a negative toll on things as well. I'm up about 10 pounds, and simply ache. I blame the 14 hour days at a desk. Next week I will be restarting a workout schedule and booking an RMT appointment to try and get some of the knots out.
Related to the above, Crown is in about a month. Really having mixed feelings. I want to fight, but I haven't been able to practice. The number of practices I'll be able to make between now and then won't do more then begin to knock the rust off. Still want to fight, but don't want to be a speed bump either.
And now, back to pushing paper.... 5 more days, 5 more days..... Current Mood: exhausted
|Friday, September 23rd, 2011|
|KW Practice - Sept 23
- Think I did a better job of staying on balance, not reaching for my shots.
- Managed to formulate game plans a time or two, stick to them, and won the fights.
- Sword positioning was stupid. Letting it fall too close to horizontal, leaving too much open on my head and right shoulder.
- Shot mechanics were off again, somewhat due to the above.
- Range is off. Fighting too far out, as evidenced by my constantly dying thrusting tips.
- Not learning from my losses the way I should.
- This mornings welts on my right shoulder and upper back due to stupid sword positioning
- Belgar's ass wrap that hit both checks. It's been a while since I've been hit like that. And while the Zoombang is great where it covers, it covers less than my old legs did. Current Mood: sore
|Tuesday, March 1st, 2011|
|Tuesday, November 30th, 2010|
It's the time of year where I'm thinking about advertising for the 2011 tax season. Most accounting firms don't really do a lot of advertising, which is silly. I've got some things in the works already, including setting up Google AdWords (tech / marketing savy friend is doing it for me), but I want to do more.
To that end I've started looking into flyer distribution, and the possibility of having a flyer complete with a coupon distributed to every residence in Elmira and possibly St. Jacob's. The first challenge is finding a company that distributes to this market. Emails have been sent to KW companies so I'll wait and see. The bigger question for me is will it have adequate payback to make it worth while?
If I use the theory that even mediocre direct advertising will net you 1% of your market, and at an average of $150 per couple for tax return prep, if I distribute to 5,000 houses I'll land 50 new households as clients, and bill something in the range of $7,500. If I can keep costs to under $1,500 then that makes decent sense. The rub is, will a flyer / coupon land me 1% of my distribution? Current Mood: curious
|Monday, August 16th, 2010|
Another Pennsic has come to pass, and as always it had both ups and downs, with the ups outweighing the downs.
Weather wise it was a warm war. I think I heard that the average daytime temperature with humidex was something like 104, which is hotter then I like. There were some sprinkles of rain and one real storm during the night mid-week but was otherwise dry.
I fought in the first war point battle being a siege battle, and took what is likely the hardest face thrust I’ve ever been hit with. Since this was also the very first time wearing the new helm, I’m happy to report that I still have a face! Thanks to Berend for putting in such a sturdy and effective chin strap!
I took off the day of the woods battle, as it’s in a new spot and I was told that the undergrowth was pretty bad. Humidity and bad allergies are not a good combination, so I sat that one out. From talking to various people afterwards, it appears that the new location is much tougher terrain to fight in, with more hills and obstacles to fight over and around.
Thursday was the bridge battles. The first went well. In the second a spearman trying to back out through the shieldwall either got gacked or tripped, and ended up bouncing off the hay bails sideways into and onto my left leg and knee. Having 200lbs plus land on a joint is an unpleasant experience. I managed to free myself and roll to outside the fighting zone. A big thanks to all who helped me get off the field, then over to the Ealdormere shade and finally down to camp, being Verenko, Yamamoto, Bleddyn, Konrad and His Majesty and then Petrius for a ride back down the hill. Unfortunately, that ended the fighting for me for this Pennsic, which rather sucks as I actually like the field the best. I did go up and see a doctor later on, and she was fairly certain that it was just bruising and strained as there seemed to be good stability, and I was able to hobble after a couple hours of icing, pain meds and a borrowed knee brace (thanks Phaidrig!).
Socially this Pennsic wasn’t much to speak of. Between the daytime heat, then the hurt knee, being out and about wasn’t very easy, and of course once babyboy was in bed someone needed to be there with him. That being said, we managed to get out to the bardic circle that Their Majesties Ealdormere hosted on the middle Saturday night which was great. Felt largely like the circles which used to be a regular part of Ealdormere when I started playing 10 years ago, including the presence of some of the bards that we don’t see as often anymore, such as Garraed, Hector and Marian. For me things would have been complete with Emer and Gwerydd present, but the one was busy having baby number two (YAY!) and the second swimming in the Mediterranean. It was awesome having Garraed and Hector leading everyone in Rise again! I also managed to limp my way up the hill on Friday to go to Calontir’s philosophy and bacon round circle, which was an interesting evening. Neat concept, though it seemed to get bogged down on one question that killed the momentum. It was fun though and I hope to go again next year.
Ealdormere court was held Thursday evening, and was a good mix of interesting business while being kept to a reasonable length, a difficult balance to be sure. AElfwyn was made a Baroness of the Court, which rocks. Also during court, Lex finally put the pieces together and walked more then a couple of steps. I missed it, but apparently he made it 15 paces before an evil parked golf cart got in his way. Yay babyboy!
Finally, what would a post about Pennsic be without talking about the shopping! This was supposed to be a lighter shopping experience, given my spending spree at Lillies. We sort of stuck to the plan, but Viking-U-Like is an evil place. Cenedl got a gorgeous hand carved horn comb, which is an amazing piece, and I got a belt buckle / tip set, which Scott (the proprietor) kindly attached to a strap for me, so I ended up with a new belt. We also picked up a pair of shoes each from Bohemond, who was also kind enough to show me how to stretch the Hedeby shoes I already have from him that are supposed to be my fighting shoes but have been rubbing uncomfortably. There were other various and sundry purchases but nothing majour, though we did pick up the One Bowl (pottery bowl with the Eye of Sauron and a One Bowl to Rule Them All inscription around it’s edge) for Adrielle in thanks for rescuing my helm at Trillium War.
Other then that, we spent most of Saturday leisurely packing up, just leaving up the A-Frame storage tent and the necessities to stay until Sunday morning. We had a nice dinner at a local brew pub with Evan and Angela Saturday night, rode out the monsoon weather, then finished packing Sunday morning and were offsite by 10:00ish. We stopped at Grove City and picked up many packages of Goldfish for the little man at the Pepperidge Farm outlet, and spent far too much time in an overstock outlet store looking at DVD’s. We got back on the road nearing 1, and then stopped not long after for lunch at a Cracker Barrel. It was about 8:30 when we finally got home.
Knee Update: May as well toss this in here as well! It’s stiff and sore, but I can hobble and if I’m careful it doesn’t hurt to do so. Stairs suck somewhat but are manageable. The morning is the worse as it stiffens up over night. I’ll keep an eye on it this week, but I’m not too worried about it. If however there’s still any sharp pain by then end of the week I’ll go see my doctor. Current Mood: happy
|Sunday, June 27th, 2010|
|Short for an LJ post
I posted this to Facebook, but decided to put it here as well.
Peaceful protest = democratic right; violence = unacceptable; standing among those doing violence many hours after it started then crying that you got swept up in the law enforcement response despite the fact that you're a peaceful protester = STUPID! And yes, once violence starts the police do have the moral right to use what force is necessary to keep themselves safe. They have families to go home to as well! Current Mood: annoyed
|Saturday, June 19th, 2010|
We have now returned from Lillies War, or at least to the Kansas farm for a few days before heading home. Lillies is a nice, laid back event. It was the first camping event we've done since the babyboy was born, which added a new twist to camping.
The little man did OK all things considering, but camping in Missouri in June was rough on him. There was a lot of clinging and a fair bit of noise, though he did also have fun a lot of times. We won't be doing two weeks of Pennsic with him though. That would be too much for everybody.
From a fighting perspective it was largely a bust for me. I fought the second day we were there and that was it. The heat and humidity was a lot harder to contend with then I thought it would be. Also, the new leg harness I made before heading down didn't work out as well as hoped. It's not a complete bust, but needs more work.
From a shopping perspective you could say it was a success, if making large unplanned for purchases was the goal! The boys and I went to Windrose Armouries so Bleddyn could buy a shield blank, and instead I bought a new helm. Not that I really needed one, but it was gorgeous, and fits me off the shelf like it was custom. The helm is actually a Knotwolf Armory product. (http://www.knotwolf.com/mambo/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=10&Itemid=32
) The Spangen 7b is pretty close to the one I got. Berend has kindly agreed to put in the chin strap for me, because it's pretty and I'm scared of messing it up.
Then, because such a pretty early period helm would just be ruined with either mitten gauntlets or a basket hilt, I purchased hidden finger gauntlets, which currently looks like a riveted chain shirt. Windrose came into possession of various chain shirts, butted and riveted, mild steel or galvanized. The riveted shirts were a great price. I worked a deal with Berend that he would make me the gauntlets and I would get him a chain mail shirt. Since I will need a sword without a basket hilt I also picked up sword fittings.
Finally we decided to buy a set of Dantesca chairs from Master Kirk of Calontir (http://www.medievaloak.com/Pr-Field_Chair.html
). While the chairs are way post period for either Elise or mine persona, they are extremely period within the SCA context, well constructed and portable. We're happy to be part of what we hope is a trend towards better butt rests throughout the kingdom!
So, while I got a helm and gauntlets, and we each have a chair, Elise got a new mug, a half dozen new arrows and a trefoil brooch. Seems like a fair deal to me! :)
The people we camped with are all great, and I was happy to get to put faces to names I've been hearing for the last couple of years. Our dinners were largely prepared by one man, Bart, and wow did he do a great job! Ribs, steaks, turkey with all the sides. It was amazing food coming from a camp kitchen on an amazing budget. I was really impressed. Oh, and lots and lots of bacon, which is in fact magical!
All and all the war was fun, and I'm looking forward to returning! Current Mood: happy
|Sunday, April 18th, 2010|
|Yonked from emortimer
Your result for Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test...
You are the Warrior.
46% Innocent, 8% Orphan, 83% Warrior, 50% Caregiver, 54% Seeker, 50% Lover, 67% Destroyer, 79% Creator, 60% Magician, 83% Ruler, 75% Sage and 42% Fool!
Response to Dragon/Problem: Slay/confront it
Task: Fight only for what really matters
Gift: Courage, discipline
Addictions: Achievement, success
The Warrior within each of us calls us to have courage, strength, and integrity; the capacity to make goals and to stick to them; and the ability to fight, when necessary, for ourselves or others. Anytime w we stand up to an unfair authority or risk our livelihood for a principle, our Warrior side is active. A Warrior fights against injustice.
A Warrior that fights to preserve injustice has fallen to the Shadow side of the Warrior archetype. If the warrior behaviour is primitive, unpleasant, or unproductive or we are always crusading for something or always trying to enlist others then we have been possessed by our inner Warrior.
In the most serious and negative manifestations, the desire to be above others is not checked by any humane feeling or higher values. This Shadow Warrior is competitive, but its striving is not related to any ideals or larger social purpose.
The budding warrior has two major defenses: secrecy and strategic retreat. Good Warriors know that we should never enter a battle until we a re prepared for it. When a Warrior is clearly overwhelmed by superiour force, the Warrior retreats and takes time to rebuild strength. Perhaps they watch and learn new skills. Clever Warriors try to control the battle zone and do not fight until they are prepared enough to have a good chance of winning. The Best Warrior has the wisdom and the courage to know when and where to fight.
The real problem with the Warrior archetype in today’s dat and time is that many so-called Warriors are not true Warriors at all. They are Orphans, calming their own sense of powerlessness by trying to best or control others.
Warriors that are not highly developed may find themselves fighting about everything.
Warriors demand unremitting toughness in Orphans. Orphans often follow warriors and are willing to sacrifice their autonomy because they have no conscious ability to defend themselves.
If a highly developed Caregiver is associated with a Warrior, the Warrior will fight willingly for the good of others.
Take Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test at OkCupid
|Tuesday, March 9th, 2010|
Just curious if the fighters on my FList, or those who cook for them, eat anything specific on days that they have a fight practice? Current Mood: curious
|Thursday, February 25th, 2010|
|Fight, fight, then fight
That will be next weeks theme!
Ard Chreag on Monday, Bryniau on Thursday then Winter War on Saturday. Good times!
|Wednesday, February 10th, 2010|
I have a CT Scan booked for February 20th, to look at my kidneys. Still not sure what the kidney's might have to do with the pain under my right rib, and since the doctor's office left a message on voicemail giving me the time of the CT scan I didn't have a chance to ask. And at this point, I can't be bothered calling and trying to get someone to tell me something useful.
Speaking of the unidentified pain, it does finally seem to be slowly going away. Movement isn't enough to set it off anymore, though stretching might, trying to lie on my stomach does, and getting hit in the ribs while fighting really did! Thanks to Evan for helping me get my helm off. The lesson to learn here? Doctor's are useless. If something is wrong, ignore it and it'll go away. ;)
With the decreased pain in the side, and being over the respiratory infection, I've finally made it to the gym twice in the same week this year, both Monday and today. While it's a little fuller then it was before New Years, it's not too bad.
I also have some more fighting motivation. I'm looking forward to practice tomorrow. I've made yet another new sword and am optimistic that this one will meet my needs. Draco has been bribed into putting together my new knee, elbow and forearm armour. Now all I need to deal with are new legs and I'll be kit happy! Sunday will see me and a few other adventurous Ealdormereans at the Detroit practice, where not only will I get my ass nicely kicked, Brannos will hopefully have a new shield blank for me.
My current clever plan includes hitting the event on Saturday for a day of fighting, but looking at my to do list and taking into account that Sunday is already completely tied up in SCA things, I may have to reevaluate that plan.
February is upon us, which means tax season is beginning. I'm already getting calls and my first walk in, so that's good. January was a very slow month.
Babyboy continues to grow and develop, and really love the sound of his own voice!!! If you haven't seen him, you really should make plans with us!!! ;)
Now back to work! Current Mood: busy
|Monday, February 8th, 2010|
A crew of us decided to head to Candlemas this past weekend. For those not familiar with the event, it's a very high end tournament in the Midrealm, held in Lexington KY.
So, Nigel and Tiberius left Lindsay around 4pm on Friday. Quilliam, Evan and I met them at a car park in Kitchener at around 6:30, and after some creative shoving and cursing, we managed to back 5 peoples worth of gear into Tibby's van and off we went.
The first minor tribulation occurred at the border, where we were pulled into secondary. Not a big deal, as we all just cooperated and hung out inside while the can was searched, but it did cost us about 40 minutes. We were obviously having a better time of it then the girl who was crying the whole time we were in there and her K-Fed wannabe boyfriend. And Burton the boarder guard was somewhat amusing. Babyface took himself way to seriously though!
So we entered into the US and hit good old fashioned Canadian weather. It was a relatively unpleasant drive, which I have to be honest and admit I was happy someone else was at the wheel! While our original plans had us hitting a hotel in Dayton Ohio at around 1am, it was nearly 5am when we got there. Then up at 8am and on the road to Lexington. The Saturday morning Drive wasn't quite as bad.
We hit site at about 11:20, and were relieved to find that the tourney hadn't started yet, and that the first round was really a warm up round where everyone was advancing so if we didn't get geared up in time, no big deal. That being said, we all managed to make it in time, even Nigel who has the longest kitting up given the period underwear and such. ;)
The list was smaller then normal with around 65 fighters. The fighting was fun, though I did poorly, and had a frustrating run in with some 'very solid armour'. I also got tagged in the right side ribs which rather sucked, but doesn't seem to have resulted in any real damage. Earl Lutr commented that my form was a lot better then last time he saw me, which was nice of him to say, and somewhat surprising he would even remember form Candlemas last year and the Christmas Tourney before that, which he specifically referenced.
Quilliam had a great day in the lists, making it to the Semi Finals. In the quarter finals he did nearly decapitate a senior citizen, but what can you do? I think we were all very proud of how our young prince did!
After the event it was off to a post rev and dinner. The food was amazing and the company quite pleasant. I spoke with Brannos for a bit and have ordered an aluminum kite shield blank, hopefully to be picked up this weekend. Despite the minimal sleep we all actually made it to around 11pm before heading to the hotel for a real nights sleep. Up at around 8am again, out the doors at 9:30 and onto Waffle House for a tasty and very filling breakfast. Then onto the road for a much easier and uneventful drive home.
We got back to the carpool lot at 7pm last night, delivered Evan to his place, and through our doors by about 7:40.
All in all it was a fun weekend, and plans are already being made for next year. Current Mood: tired
|Friday, February 5th, 2010|
|Fighting, and dying in the good way!
I went to fight practice last night, and it wasn't bad. My side ached a little near the end of my fight with Bess, but it wasn't anything like before. I really think it was a cracked rib that's on the mend now. I only fought Bess for maybe 15 minutes, as I didn't want to risk pushing it, getting hurt and missing this weekend, but I'm glad I put the armour on.
|Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010|
I can't wait for the weekend! Multiple hour road trip with a bunch of guys to hit people with sticks! Who could ask for more?
I received a call from the doctor's office today. They're booking me for a CT scan.
ME: OK, why?
THEM: Because the doctor would like to rule out kidney stones.
ME: OK... the pain is on the opposite side of my body, so why is she thinking kidney stones? And since she needs another test done I'm guessing the first tests didn't show anything.
THEM: There's a cyst. The doctor would like to rule out kidney stones.
ME: There's a cyst? Where? (I 'm assuming my kidney) And do I need to worry about playing contact sports? I'm travelling to a tournament this weekend.
THEM: She didn't leave any restrictions. I'm going to setup a CT scan appointment. I'll call you when I know when it is.
Not the most helpful conversation I've ever had. Current Mood: frustrated
|Monday, February 1st, 2010|
|A couple things
- Had the ultrasound on Friday. It will be the end of this week before the doctor gets it, so I doubt I'll know anything useful before the weekend. Still no change in things though, other then becoming somewhat accustomed to the pain.
- What I thought was maybe a sprained foot likely wasn't. It hurt when I got up on Friday, but by the afternoon it had mostly passed. Maybe the mother of all foot cramps that just wouldn't let go for 2 days? I don't know. Not going to worry about it now.
- Making a To Do list is STUPID! Now I just want to hide from it.
- Elise and I decided staying at a hotel in Toronto Saturday night made more sense then driving home then back into the city on Sunday for Cian's birthday. The hotel had lovely rooms, a very helpful staff and a nice city view. It also had a room beside ours with a party until 12:30 in the morning, and a club patio right beside it blasting music so loud that it may as well have been piped directly into our room. Very unfortunate for the hotel, as it's enough to ensure I won't go back or recommend it, despite the staff's efforts at making it better. Just not much they can do about the club.
|Tuesday, January 26th, 2010|
Because not much else is really going on! ;)
The doctor, without so much as getting up from her desk to make an examination, sent me for blood work and an ultrasound, and has referred me to a specialist. So 5 viles of blood were taken today, and I have the ultrasound booked for Friday. I asked if it could just be strained muscles, and while she said it could be, went right back to getting the tests done.
So, not the helpful resolution I was looking for. Current Mood: annoyed
|Monday, January 25th, 2010|
Chiropractic has not helped, nor have the drugs the first doctor gave me. I'm waiting for my doctors office to call back and schedule an appointment. I won't be fighting again until I know what the problem is, which is really rather frustrating with Candlemas only a couple weeks away. Between spending most of the day in moderate pain, and not sleeping worth crap because of it, I'm beginning to get into a bit of a general bad mood too. The first doctor said no pain killers in the small chance it's an organ issue, so no vitamin I or anything to help take the edge away.
*EDIT* Have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning. Current Mood: cranky
|Friday, January 22nd, 2010|
|Because I was told!
Apparently not everyone reads Facebook, and I was told off for not posting here. So, here's a post, though it won't be much of one! :)
Last Thursday I developed a moderate pain just under / around my bottom right rib. I, being a man, ignored it until I noticed on Friday that the area was actually sore to the touch, which is a little odd given that I haven't been hit there recently, nor have drank enough to fall down the stairs and not remember it! ;) Anyway, I went to the doctor on Saturday and given that I also have been having pretty bad heartburn / acid reflux he was concerned that it may be a gallbladder issue. He gave me a couple of weeks of meds to control the acid reflux and told me to schedule an appointment if things still hurt in about 5 days.
On Tuesday I had a meeting with a client of mine who's an RMT and a personal trainer. I mentioned to her about the hurting, especially given the fact that twisting and moving makes it hurt kind of like a muscle pain. She asked if I'd been coughing a lot recently, which I had been with the respiratory infection. She suggested that it may be a rib out of place causing muscle strain and pain and suggested that I see my chiropractor.
I saw the chiropractor this morning who confirmed that there's muscle strain, and things needed to be adjusted, but he also hedged his bet and had me schedule another appointment on Monday to see if there's been any improvement or if I need to follow up with the MD. He did indicate that if it was the rib causing all the issue I should feel some pretty quick relief, so by tomorrow it should feel better. He did say that I likely shouldn't do my weights routine at the gym or fight again until it's figured out. Since I plan on going to Hamilton practice on Monday I'll assume that we'll have it figured out by then!
So essentially, right now there's no resolution to if I have a muscle, skeletal or organ issue. Current Mood: sore
|Tuesday, October 20th, 2009|
|A Long Time
So it's been almost a month since I last posted here! Figure I better fix that. So in point form...
- Lex is getting big! He's up to 13lb 14oz as of yesterday! The growth rate is slowing though. Today we take him to his first baby swim session, which should be a lot of fun. If he likes the pool half as much as he likes the bath then he'll have a great time!
- I'm still hacking and having breathing issues from getting sick almost two weeks ago. It's getting old now. I wish I had an inhaler that I used to use as a kid, but getting one would involve going to the doctors, which I don;t have the time for.
- I have orthotics. I haven't given them a true test yet, but the walks Elise and I have gone on seems much easier. As I said to her when I first got them, 'is this how feet are supposed to work?'
- Tomorrow night is my first group study session for the In Depth Tax Course, which means I really need to finish working on the problems tonight! So far the self study portion is proving useful, so I'm glad I enrolled in the course. I also need to get my ass in gear with the US tax course that I'm been working on as I only have until January to complete it.
- I've ordered a server for the office, and take over a second office space next month, where my part time person will work. Come the new year she'll be working for me full time! Business is good, but could always be better, so anyone looking for a good accountant... ;)
- Lex, Elise and I fly to Vancouver for a week, leaving on the 31st, and getting home on November 9th. This means we rush to the airport after Crown, and will miss Hare. I'm not too sad about missing Hare, but am sad to miss the great visiting with friends that comes with going to Hare. Pizza & Pajama's is worth the drive to Ottawa!
We're going to Vancouver so that I can meet with a business contact from Scotland to formalize the work that I do for their company. He's bringing me whiskey. :) Since I had to go to Vancouver anyway we decided to turn it into a vacation. We'll go down to Seattle and visit with Tim & Truly for a few days, and visit some of Elise's family that lives there as well, then head back to Vancouver on the Wednesday when I have my meeting, and hang with Ben, April and Sage for a few days in Burnaby! I'm looking forward to the trip!
And that, in a nut shell, is that! Current Mood: busy
|Friday, September 25th, 2009|
|Skeldergate Fight Practice
I went to Skeldergate last night with Konrad for fight practice. This was apparently a rather stupid idea. Not the the fight practice is anything other then fun or top notch, but because fighting when you're back is screwed up to start really doesn't help the situation. Today, I am unhappy. Prescription anti-inflammatories and lots of pain killers to boot have me sitting up straight, and I can feel it loosening up, but yeah... You'd think I'd learn better... Current Mood: blah