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Fun in Rochester

Friday, December 24, 2010

Yesterday they let us out of work early so I spent the afternoon and evening with CCKELLY3 in Rochester.

We had loads of healthy fun. First we went to a nearby orchard outlet and bought a bushel of Crispin apples that we split
...and some potent catnip. Which I just tested on my housemates a few moments ago and it was definitely enjoyed.

Next we went to the Big Wegmans flagship store in Pittsford, NY and battled the holiday crowd for healthy and tasty prepared food.

Then a brief stop for an immoveable appointment for CCKELLY3 while I napped and read, and after that to Manhattan Square Park for some ice skating!

While waiting for the Zamboni to finish we snacked on some really nice sharp cheddar and a variety of heirloom apples:
- Golden Russet
- Northern Spy
- Ambrosia
- Baldwin
- Lady Apple
- Winesap

CCKELLY3 quickly rediscovered her mad skating skillz, while I'm just getting my feet back under me after a long hiatus of my own.

We spent a little over an hour out there, dodging the teenagers pushing each other down, little kids with their parents, youngsters wobbling about, etc. It was fun. I don't think I've ever skated on such rough ice before, ever - it got really cut up soon after people went back on there. I'm feeling it today. LOL

Then we went to Dinosaur Barbeque and had a light dinner that we planned to dance off afterward.

Unfortunately the band was really popular and there was no room so we headed back to her apartment and we attempted some home workouts:

This one was particularly fun, because as a kayaker I could actually DO it:
Holy carp. After about an hour of that I was worn out. LOL

Then we played with her cats for a while and I drove home, arriving around 3am.

Fun times!

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JILLWILSON2102 12/30/2010 3:55PM

    What a great day! I would fall on my a$$ ice skating and you would have laughed horribly at me emoticon Happy New Year!! emoticon

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EILEENV3 12/25/2010 3:50PM

    Sounds like you had a good time!

I also got to leave early. Met my husband for a hike followed by dinner. Could get spoiled with leaving early.

Hoping your having a great holiday! emoticon

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TRABOLD8567 12/25/2010 1:14AM

  Sounds like a great time! emoticon

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JESPAH 12/24/2010 4:34PM

    Ah, I've been to the Dinosaur.

How totally freakin' awesome!!!

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DDOORN 12/24/2010 4:28PM

    What an AWESOME fun time for the two of you...!

So cool to hear of such fun times between two of the BEST Sparkers around!! :-)


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SLEEKKITTY 12/24/2010 9:01AM

    Sounds like great fun.

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/24/2010 8:31AM

    Wow, good times, nice pics. You ladies look fantastic.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/24/2010 8:20AM

Is that an intentional pun? hehehehehe

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CARRIE1948 12/24/2010 8:14AM

    So cool

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More XC Skiing

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Went to Winona State Forest with some friends today. 18 inches of fluffy new snow, beautiful scenery.

Also tried ice skating again for the first time in about 20 years. My boots were so stiff from disuse and cold from sitting in the car that it took about 10 minutes to actually get them on! And I only skated for about 10 minutes. LOL

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JRZG8R 12/21/2010 10:52PM

    Looks like so much fun.

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WOLFKITTY 12/20/2010 4:30AM

    WOW, 18"?! oh my goodness!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 12/20/2010 2:10AM

    Nice photo!

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CARRIE1948 12/19/2010 1:16PM

    You tried.

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KAYOTIC 12/19/2010 12:34PM

    Love the XC,, we skate though, and too much fresh powder for that, so I think it will be indoors for me today! Great pic!

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EILEENV3 12/19/2010 12:26PM

    Love the pictures!

Sometime you might want to try snowshoeing. It's a great way to be outside. It can get your body temp up in a hurry. It was one of the few things I could do when I lived up north where I would warm enough.

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DDOORN 12/19/2010 7:38AM

    Up north of Syracuse...wow, no WONDER so much snow...!

Here's an article w/ pics on Winona:


And an upcoming winter event in January:


More pics & a map:


Filing this for future ref...! Thx! :-)


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JESPAH 12/19/2010 6:14AM

    How are the ankles today? That was always, for me, the issue with ice skating.

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XC skiing and discounts on hydration tablets & citrus packets

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Last weekend I went for the first XC ski of the year. Everyone else was a lot faster than me, but I made it. I need practice!

(I'm in a light blue jacket crouching down in the front.)

In case anyone is interested, my favorite hydration tablets are on sale at the moment. You can get 20% off with the promo code "stockingstuffer". I don't like the ones with stevia, but the others are good, and seem to help my endurance and power in spinning class.
(I found out about them from ZIRCADIA who uses them on her runs)

TrueLemon citrus packets are also having a promotion. I prefer the orange flavored ones, followed by the lime ones. They're nice to carry with me for flavoring water, sprinkling on salads, apples, etc.
"holidaylemon" (for free shipping and a free 32 count box of True Lemon)
"holidaylime" (for free shipping and a free 32 count box of True Lime)
"holidayorange" (for free shipping and a free 32 count box of True Orange)

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WOLFKITTY 12/15/2010 1:55PM

    You are such an adventure-woman, Ang!! It's breathtaking. Thanks for the promotion links.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/15/2010 12:37PM

    I'm the one in the light blue jacket crouching down in the front.

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JESPAH 12/15/2010 12:35PM

    Where are ya in the pic???

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Tiny Fruit

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

It's that TOM (sorry, BB) and I've been jonesing for sweet things.

So today I went to the store and picked up some fruit. It didn't occur to me until later when a friend pointed it out, that I now have a bowl on my desk filled with TINY FRUIT:

Seckel Pears

(yep, the little one on the right)


(the little ones third from the left)

(everyone knows that tangerines are little oranges, so no need to show a picture here)

I thought it was pretty funny.

The good thing about these snacks is that they're all under 100 calories each. Which is fine, as long as I restrict myself to a REASONABLE NUMBER of them. Workin' on it, OK? LOL

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BOOKWORM27S 12/16/2010 3:53PM


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JESPAH 12/10/2010 6:14AM


Baby fruit
that is the cutest little
baby fruit


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WOLFKITTY 12/9/2010 11:24AM

    "Leet-al bowl of teenie fruuuuit!!"

Why does that kind of refrain keep sing-songy it's way through my head?!
Maybe I didn't get enough sleep. HEheheee.

Now I want one.

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LILPAT3 12/9/2010 11:21AM


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SPARKYWATSON 12/8/2010 8:15PM

    Pictures, yea pictures!

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MABELPIE 12/8/2010 7:35PM

    so cute! except i want to play house with them rather than eat them :)

Comment edited on: 12/8/2010 8:23:54 PM

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GRACEFULIFE 12/8/2010 6:55PM

    Good plan. I have a refrigerator drawer loaded down with vegetables. My weight has crept up a bit, but I've mostly put a clamp on it. I had a plan to drop some this month but I'm not keeping up on workouts or intake tracking, so what do I expect? Heh.

No problem. Persistence, as your status often says. Keep it reasonably front of mind and in control and it will come out OK.

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MKLUCILLE 12/8/2010 6:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Fruit Oh so good & oh so good for you!

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BLOOM49 12/8/2010 4:45PM

    Love seckel pears! Good choices.

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I can't wait for Solstice.

Monday, December 06, 2010

I have never looked forward to solstice so much as I do this year. It's probably because I've spent so much time outside having fun in my boat.

Seriously, though. I have a drysuit.

I have gloves, and pogies, and fleece base layers, and a warm helmet liner, etc. The cold isn't fabulous but it isn't the end of the world, either.

Sometimes it's even kind of neat.

I can paddle in the cold.

Yes, those are icicles hanging from my helmet.

What I cannot do is paddle in the dark.

So, yeah. I just can't wait for solstice!

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JRZG8R 12/15/2010 11:00PM

    WOW You Rock. Love the new drysuit how is it? Give us a report on Kayaking page.

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JESPAH 12/8/2010 8:14AM

    Icicles on the helmet, alive, alive oh! :)

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KAKIPOPUP 12/7/2010 10:28AM

    I love the returning light - of course, the saying "when the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen" is also true. But light conquers all!

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KAYOTIC 12/7/2010 9:54AM

    icicles on the helmet! You go! Waiting for the solstice here too....bring on the light!

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    Wow, very inspiring! I hope you get more light soon!

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WOLFKITTY 12/7/2010 1:40AM

    That's amazing, Ang! Oh my gosh!


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    I ccaaahhh caaahhhh cahhhhh couldn't even immmmmmmagine. Jeezus, I'm fah fah fah fah fah freezin' just looking at you.

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ELYMWX 12/6/2010 1:33PM

    I so wanted to go out on the water yesterday morning. I am, however, sadly lacking in cold water kayaking gear...

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EILEENV3 12/6/2010 12:40PM

    Way to go! I am impressed. ( emoticon -- CAUSE YOU'VE DONE IT!)

My way of dealing with Winter & Cold was to move. When I lived up in cold country no matter what I did, my face could not handle being out when it was less than 10 degress.

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ANNE7X7 12/6/2010 11:02AM

    Wow! Very cool that you continue throughout the Winter! You are HARDCORE!!!

I totally agree!! I hate not seeing any sunlight!! It's really hard on me this year, probably because I am not hibernating with lots of junk food on the couch for the first time in my life! It's hard to go running outside when it's cold AND dark.

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DDOORN 12/6/2010 10:58AM

    Oh WOW! You just aren't going to let these long, dark months slow you down in the LEAST!

Kudos to YOU!


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