I do feel like more walking would benefit me, though, I don't tend to do very well on 'moderate' exercise, I get sleepy and lethargic and sad.
Speaking of, I am seeing a response to the folic acid. I'm getting fewer pins and needles in my legs, and they're generally more comfortable. I'm still very tired a lot, though, and I still feel worse if I eat less meat.
Reading: I just finished Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond, edited by John Joseph Adams, which is delightful and if you like Oz related stuff, worth reading
Watching: nothing yesterday, but I've been listening to LeVar Burton Reads, which is a podcast of short stories with an introduction and a few words at the end.
Playing: On the Underground, Colin and I drew! Child favourites at the moment are Hey! That's My Fish and Coup. I really like Coup, can take or leave the penguins.
Eating: orzo with a tomato, mushroom and mozzarella sauce for the adults and lamb chops for the carnivores.
Well, not a miracle exactly. But a wonderful event. There's a fairly high-profile South Australian tech entrepreneur who's been in the news a fair bit recently: Simon Hackett, the founder of big South Australian ISP Internode, who has also been on the board of the NBN, and has been most recently in the news for his company Redflow, the local pioneering makers of zinc-bromine flow batteries. Anyway, my gliding club has a long history with Simon - we taught him to fly, and he's been a generous supporter of the club over the years. But he's really outdone himself this time. We'd worked all the numbers and figured out that we could just afford to purchase this aircraft if we maybe removed another one from service, or rearranged the insurance setup we had on the other aircraft, or some such thing... anyway, it was tight but just do-able, with a bit of luck. And then as the purchase was about to go ahead, Simon stepped in and paid for the Janus. All of it. As a donation to the club.
This all happened very fast. Last week a couple of club members went to Victoria to look the Janus over - and they returned home with it in a trailer. It arrived at the airfield on Saturday, to our very great delight. And so may I introduce to you our very own Janus B high-performance advanced training glider!
Here we are after removing the Janus from her trailer, in the process of rigging it prior to flight. As a fibreglass two-seater, she's the heaviest aircraft we own. Given that rigging a glider involves several people holding the wings up in position while connections are made in the fuselage, one wag started referring to her as "the Janusaurus", a name which seemed to stick.
And here's the Janus in all her glory. Quite something, isn't she?
I was thrilled to get a flight in the Janus. Here I am just before launch, with instructor Derek in the back seat:
It's definitely going to take a bit of training and practice before I'll be able to fly the Janus solo. She's a very different bird to the ASK-13s and Ka-8s that I'm used to. My initial impression was that she felt a bit like a very shiny polished barge to fly - heavy, smooth and stable. The stick was heavier than I expected, and the rudders really require assertive stamping-on to be useful - no delicate little rudder nudges for this plane! It has a completely different feel to the vintage gliders I've trained on, and is more complex as well, being a flapped glider that also has water ballast tanks (good for racing). There's going to be quite a learning curve here, I can really see that.
Here's a few more pics of the Janus taking off and landing. Isn't she pretty?
The Janus is going to be such a wonderful asset for my club. Not only is she beautiful to look at (which does tend to attract new folk more than our vintage fleet) but she's a modern-style high-performance aircraft that will make it so much easier to train pilots for the transition between our old trainers and fast fibreglass single-seat aircraft, which thus far has been difficult to do. Also she'll be perfect for the regular club soaring camps in the Flinders Ranges and Blue Mountains, as she's got the performance to be able to easily handle those more challenging flying environments, and as a two-seater it'll be possible for less-experienced pilots to join in the fun with an instructor teaching them how to fly in unforgiving mountain terrain. But best of all, she's perfect as a high-performance cross-country trainer. I'm hoping to learn how to soar cross-country this coming summer, and it'll be so much easier and better to do so in an aircraft like the Janus. I can't wait!
Shining Armour (1900 words) by El Staplador
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Michele Crispino/Emil Nekola, Michele Crispino & Sara Crispino
Characters: Michele Crispino, Emil Nekola, Sara Crispino, Yuri!!! on Ice Ensemble, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - toyshop, Fluff and Angst, Angst with a Happy Ending, Experimental Style
They came out of the factory on the same day. They were packed in the same box, sent to the same shop, displayed on the same shelf. But now somebody's bought the lady and left the knight behind. Nobody understands what a disaster this is, except maybe the robot on the shelf above...
I have also managed to post my assignment for Rare Ships!!! on Ice, a whole day before the deadline. This, by contrast, has my grubby fingerprints all over it. (At least, I think it does. I shall be interested to see if anyone guesses.)
Astute readers may have noticed that iTunes and I do not always get on well. Ahem. During my last iTunes-related episode, things got so bafflingly disastrous that the Apple support phone chap from the US, who I'd been trying to resolve the issue with for some time at that point, bounced me across to one of the devs who actually wrote the damned thing. Said dev (who was exceedingly helpful and useful, I hasten to add) seemed genuinely surprised that I wasn't a huge fan of iTunes. It was clear that he was awfully proud of his work on it, and baffled that anyone might not be thrilled to use it. I described a couple of the many many frustrating moments that iTunes and I had shared, and he conceded that maybe my difficulties were due to the fact that I was using an outdated 32bit OS (WinXP). Apparently iTunes was a world of different and shiny when running on a modern PC under an OS that it worked well with.
Sounds plausible, right?
Well, having just replaced my antiquated Frankenputer-O-Doom with a new (albeit cheap) PC running Windows 10 (64bit version), I can confirm that iTunes does in fact still misbehave. In the process of performing the apparently simple procedure of ripping a couple of audio CDs (using iTunes) and syncing them with my iPhone, this intellectually-deficient, several-bits-short-of-a-byte, kludged-together, graceless hunk of bloatware ate all of my carefully hand-crafted playlists, both from my phone and my computer.
We Are Not Amused.
I tell ya, there is not one single time that I have fired up iTunes and it has done exactly what I wanted, no more and no less, and not destroyed, deleted or buggered-up something. NOT ONE.