Monday, May 21, 2012
Penned a number of blog entries in a short span, and then, boom, two week gap. When did that happen?
Is it fair to blame a 1 year old child for weight gain? The child in question is my nephew, who did just turn one last Monday, the 14th, and his parents threw a birthday party for themselves surviving the first year of parenthood. Bunch of people, tons of yummy food, and I partook well, since after all, it's not every year the young man will turn one. Without a time machine, I suspect it won't ever happen again. Unfortunately, at present, the weight's crept up over the 190 mark again, which will make the goal of reaching 180 by the end of June an interesting challenge.
Oh, well, I'm not going to worry about it today, what with it being my own birthday. And tomorrow...maybe I'll worry about it tomorrow. Definitely Thursday, which is when I *think* I'm heading back to Madison. But that's the beauty of having driven, and not having any particular plans until Sunday, I'm free to roll when I feel like it. A certain liberation in not needing to hew to a plane/train/bus schedule.
Watched the first 'series' of Sherlock...more like the first mini-series, as it's just three episodes long. Gooood stuff, I can see why the hype is there, more so than with a lot of TV shows that similarly get raved about. But maybe that's because I grew up reading about those particular characters.
Monday, May 07, 2012
In fact, can I go to bed already? Between illness, injury and apathy, and a dose of less than ideal weather, I hadn't done any running in a month. I don't mean running running, since I've never done much of that for its own sake - I need a ball or a frisbee to chase to make it worth putting in the running effort! But I hadn't managed to play basketball or ultimate for the past month, though I did get in a decent bit of exercise the last half of April. Today, I went out and played ultimate, or a horribly steamy field - the storms of the past two or three days left the artificial turf on which the University of Wisconsin Marching band practices, where we play, completely soaked, and the sun breaking out from behind the clouds raised the temperature enough to make steam rise. We were running through an eerie floating fog.
Then again, running is a relative term, as the month of relative inaction, or of non-running based exercise left my legs pretty much shot early on. Add in the various complaining joints, and I wasn't exactly moving very well. It didn't help that I forgot to take my hands, either...I was dropping discs left and right. Funny thing, I hadn't thrown the frisbee very well the first few times I played with these guys, but today, my tosses were beautiful, I could drop discs in right where I wanted them. Helped that there was no wind.
I've played summer league frisbee 7 of the 8 summers I've been in Madison, but so far, I hadn't figured out who I was playing with this year. And now, all of a sudden, I have two invitations to play. The first includes some people I played with last year, and a bunch of newcomers, most all associated with my former place of employment. The other is with a friend, a first time player, and a team that her new boyfriend has played with the last few years. I'm kind of leaning towards the second option, with an eye towards meeting new people. I've been playing basketball with ex-coworkers, without that feeling at all awkward, but I don't know if that would still be true when dealing with more people that I don't know, or don't know all that well. Might come down to flipping a coin.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
a) ...but in the 15 minutes since I opened this window, the cats and dogs have ceased and the day has considerably brightened. I'm almost tempted to go play some mud frisbee. But not quite tempted enough.
b) I seem to have failed my first attempt at following a specified exercise program, as I managed not to peek at the toning videos for 4 days in a row. So spring bootcamp challenge, sorry, I'm flunking out. That said, now that I don't feel that tiny bit of pressure brought on by the multitudes of e-mails a day generated by that group, watch me actually follow its dictates. It might actually happen.
c) Early returns on Madison Craft Beer week: Not good for the scale. But I didn't expect it to be. Hopefully, the sum total of the week's transgression don't undo too much of the progress. Aware of it, and for the moment, not caring. Know what I need to do to reverse the damage thereafter, so just enjoying it for the tastes and the friends.
d) Hate when I lose the remote, and end up watching silly infomercials as a result. I don't need a Shark liftaway vacuum system! Though, I have to wonder whether the brazil butt lift system would work for guys. Yes, I've been randomly ignoring the TV for at least 40 minutes. I'd have turned it off by now if I knew which crack in the couch the remote had slipped into.
e) Although it doesn't look too good for the Western Conference central division, I'm glad that the Preds and the Blues are on the verge of going out. As a Red Wings fan, happy to see the Preds getting their hats handed to them by the Coyotes, even if I don't have anything in particular against Nashville. The Blues, I just dislike because of the longer standing division rivalry, even if they haven't been relevant in forever.
f) And naturally, in the half hour since I started typing (including lunch break), the skies have darkened again and thunder once more fills the air. Good thing I didn't jump on that frisbee impulse, since it sounds like we're in for another round of rain. Though...the teevee just switched to the weather report, and it looks like the worst is away, and we're only subject to another thin band of rain. Frankly, it doesn't look bad enough to have brought up the local weather warning, wonder what that's all about? guess I'll just stare out the window and see...
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Not literally, though. Collecting more sparkfriends, via the route of clicking on some of your friends, and then clicking on some of their friends, and picking a couple based on...well, just because they seem to be paying some attention to the site, really, and may or may not have interacted with others recently. Been fortunate to connect with some of you in that manner, let's try it again.
That said, if you'd care to recommend anyone I should add as a sparkfriend, please do.
The spring into shape bootcamp challenge isn't going all that great for me. Not having any issue with the 30 minutes of cardio portion of it, having been to the gym, walked to the movies, strolled in the park the last. I just don't really feel like sitting and doing the toning videos, even though at ten minutes, they are the easy portion of the challenge. Exercise videos are apparently Not My Thing. Funny thing, I did *A* toning video on Sunday and Monday without realizing that the challenge had specific ones laid out. So it may only be more of a "malcolm in the middle" thing, aka, "You're not the boss of me now" whine-reaction.
Think I'll head out and enjoy the sunshine now. Haven't figured out what form that might take, but when transporting a couple of items down to the storage locker (turns out, once you put the lid on the shattered container, it actually manages to hold together, so that's $8-10 I won't have to spend), I saw my sadly disused golf clubs (I've played a total of 4 times in my life, and these were given to me by a friend before he moved to Pennsylvania), so if my feet direct me to the garage rather than straight out the door, the driving range may be where I go. And believe me, a sweat can be had at that activity, no matter how sedentary a reputation golf has.
Tonight begins a challenge of a different sort, the social challenge. Having attained the penultimate waypost to the first major goal, I now face a gauntlet of friends and fun which includes, but is not limited to Madison Craft Beer Week. There's a couple of interesting events that I'd like to go check out; curious to see what impact these next few weeks might have on the scale. Guess we'll find out.
And on a different note, amused to see myself posting something on here three times in the last four days. Feeling chatty, I guess. Add to that the trips to baseball and the state park last week, and the attempt at the SP challenge, think a corner's been turned, away from the horrific apathy plaguing me in early-mid April. Whether that's actually leading somewhere other than another random alley, guess we'll find that out, too.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Walked to the movie theater today. 4.6 miles round trip, wonder why I haven't done it before today, I've lived in this apartment nearly three years. Ended up watching "The Five Year Engagement", literally because it was the movie beginning soonest after I arrived at the theater. You see, I set out without having a clue what was playing, or when. I actually had the thought of doing so at 10 AM, but it's a good thing I was only semi-spontaneous, since that actually was the first flick of the day.
I'd seen the tv ad for the movie, with the plot point about moving from San Francisco to Michigan, but that was about all I knew. Let's just say it made me the tiniest bit homesick, and I'll have to pay Zingerman's a visit when I go back to Michigan in a couple of weeks.
Got into a cleaning jag yesterday and this morning, set some things aside to take down to the storage space. Came back from the movie. and managed to trip on one of those items, and land on a plastic storage container and shatter it. No other damage, but I think I'm going to have to go buy a new box, as well as having proof that cleaning is dangerous to one's health.
Incredible the things you never notice no matter how often you might take a certain route in a car. During this walk, I discovered that there's a pedestrian tunnel under a road that I quick-estimated I've driven down over 1500 times, as well as seeing a roadside pond I've never noticed before, and a lane leading to...well, I don't know where it leads to, but I'm following it the next time I walk down that way.
Title of this entry refers to an album from the band 13ghosts. The Strangest Colored Lights is a bleak, sparse slice of Americana/rock that was my favorite disc from 2009.
Opening track, "Lonely Death of a Space Avenger"
Not enough of their stuff on youtube, but if you use spotify, definitely check them out, especially that album.
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