Whatcha been up to?

It’s been a few weeks since I posted, and it’s been a few months since I’ve posted anything about what I’m actually up to.  Here’s some highlights:

  • I went with Amelie to Megacon, a geekery convention that happens each year in Orlando.  If you search this blog for Megacon, you’ll see my photos from several previous years.  Yes, I took hundreds of pictures this year as well, but I haven’t had a chance to sort them yet.  We saw Shatner and George Takei, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, Ming Na Wen and John Barrowman, Kevin Conroy and a whole bunch of Harry Potter actors.  Almost all of these people were hilarious.
  • I attended some meetings in Zurich for my job, which meant I got to have a brief visit back to Regensburg.  I took many photos of basically all the same things I took pictures of while I lived there, out of a sense of nostalgia.
  • On that same trip,  I convinced my colleagues to stop for lunch in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on the way to Zurich.  This is my 28th country visited.
  • I had minor surgery on my left shoulder two and a half weeks ago, to remove a fatty tumor called a lipoma.   Lipomas are generally soft, benign, and painless, and doctors usually leave them alone unless they’re impeding your mobility or causing discomfort.  My lipoma had grown to a rather large size, and was located in a place that did actually cause me some discomfort.  It was also growing-  the surgeon who removed it said that it was about the size of a grapefruit, but not entirely round.  Amelie and I named it Lumpy.   The surgery was very fast, but it prevented me from working out or lifting anything heavy for a while.
  • We’ve been to quite a few good movies and concerts in the last few months, including Bernadette Peters and Florence & The Machine.  I enjoyed Captain America: Civil War and the Jungle Book, and I was extremely annoyed with Batman vs. Superman.
  • The doctor told me today that I can do normal workouts again, which is great, because I just purchased a new Fitbit.  I had a Fitbit One throughout my time living in Europe, and I rather enjoyed seeing how much walking I was doing.  The one I purchased now is the Charge HR model, which does everything the One did, plus it monitors my heart rate and has a nifty wrist-band.  Also, Fitbit users can friend each other to compete or encourage each other to be active.  The “taunt” function is kind of fun.  If you have a Fitbit and you want to add me, use stevenglassman42 at gmail.
  • I finally got around to putting this little fellow on my car.  He’s been on my desk for something like two months:
    bb8

What have you been up to?

6 thoughts on “Whatcha been up to?

  1. I was chasing Maria in Salzburg. Trying to get through the last weeks of school when everyone is feeling squirrley. Looking forward to summer. But trying to “Be Here Now.”.

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  2. Bunny

    What did you think of the Bernadette Peters concert? I was a bit underwhelmed. Seemed like ballad after ballad after ballad, Not very upbeat at all. She’s a wonderful singer and the orchestra was first-rate. But I kinda thought the show was a yawner. I noticed you hadn’t posted about it, so I thought maybe you agreed. But now I see you’ve listed it as a good show…

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    1. Bernadette Peters is amazing when she’s in a role, but this was just a standing concert; I wasn’t expecting any acting or drama. It was fluffy and light. I agree the show could have been better, but it was still amazing to see her in a live performance.

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      1. Bunny

        No argument here. The individual selections were spot on. It just needed some, I dunno, pizazz, I guess. I think she’s great. It just wasn’t an exciting show.

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  3. What did you think of Vaduz? I used to live just across the border in Austria and I always found Vaduz to be a strange sort of capital city.

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    1. Vaduz was odd. I should post about it. We only stopped for lunch, but it was just super quiet. We saw one traffic light in the center of town, and it was deactivated. Half the restaurants seemed to be closed. The castle was visible, but not visitable. Basically, it was an expensive detour for a mediocre lunch. The only plus to that trip was that I got another tickybox done in my country list.

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