Thursday, May 31, 2012
Though politics can be a tricky subject on line, I think I can offer this thought safely - as someone who is usually a political junkie (reading multiple blogs from both sides daily, etc), I'm shocked at how very sick I am of all the advertising on television and radio in the gubernatorial recall election we have going on in Wisconsin. Doesn't really bode well for the 'ol sanity when the onslaught of advertising really gets going in advance of the general election.
If you're in Wisconsin, too, please do vote...unless you're voting for the other guy. In which case, ummm...
(if you've been paying attention, you probably who who I consider "the other guy", and if not. or you don't live in Wisconsin...never mind!)
As mentioned before, May hasn't been the kindest month, scale wise. It's coming to an end 5-7 pounds above where it began, and though I'm not worried about the weight gain, per se, what is sobering is how easily it returned. Yes, this was a event/celebration heavy month, but seeing that scale go up continually, rather than the gradual downward path it's been on these prior 7 month was pretty annoying. Here's to correcting the directionality.
Now playing: "Tell the world the new order's here!" (Testament - The New Order)
Monday, May 28, 2012
Didn't end up going to play ultimate because I looked at the weather report for about the time that game would have started, and there was a line of thunderstorms bearing down on Madison. The storm did hit...but it was relatively brief, so I guess I could have gone anyway. Wasn't completely bereft of frisbee action, though, what with spending the afternoon watching the USA Ultimate finals (college championships) streaming on line. Wisconsin's mens team lost in the open division to Pitt, unfortunately. Washington's women beat Oregon in the second game, for which I was glad, since Oregon defeated the Michigan team in the semis.
So, yes, I've largely been a lump on the log known as my couch all day, simultaneously watching the d-I lacrosse championship on ESPN. And though I just had the thought that, hey, it's Monday, maybe I can try to remedy that by going to the gym, looking up the gym's hours reveals that it closed today at 3 PM. Granted, I could certainly go for a walk, but, it's wet out there; after all, we just had a thunderstorm. (I'm running out of excuses here, but it looks like it's going to rain again.)
So it's Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. You'd think the opportunity to go out and be active would help keep weight even, or even shed weight in the summertime. But one big fly in that ointment is the fact that, even though I've played ultimate in Madison's summer league (one of the biggest in the nation) for the past 8 summers, that league happens to be sponsored by a brew pub (The Great Dane, worth checking out if you're ever in the Madison area), which offers two free pitchers of suds for each team per game. So, run around for a couple of hours in the summer heat...and then go for beer and a burger. Yeah, kind of counterproductive.
I'm playing with a new bunch of people this summer, so I feel like I ought to be social. Guess I'll just have to be careful when hitting the Dane. not overdoing it, so as to actually get through the summer ahead, or at worst, even. Still, looking forward to meeting these folks (although, looking at a couple of names on the list, I wonder if I haven't met some of them before!).
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Glad I didn't decide to go out and even casually play frisbee today. Been out there plenty already, what with starting the day helping a friend move her stuff into her new place. What with her dad and boyfriend also assisting, the process only took about 45 minutes, but it was already 85 degrees at that point, so we all good a decent sweat going, and I'm counting it as exercise!
Thereafter, went out and pounded a bit of pavement, knocking on doors regarding the recall election we have coming up in Wisconsin. It wasn't a huge area I had to cover, but again, 88-90 degrees, noon time, with a not particularly shady neighborhood (in terms of trees, not sleaziness :) , all that adds up to being a bit tired this afternoon, with one more trek out into the heat yet to go. This one will be for Bratfest, catching either Madison County or Lords of the Trident (I'm leaning towards the metal, rather than the country, LoTT are my favorite local band), and the fireworks thereafter.
The weight stabilized at 190. Hasn't fell below yet, but it didn't really get past that. Time to send that number back down. A bit of ultimate in tomorrow's 83-85 degree heat should help.
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.
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