Tuesday, March 12, 2013
1) Think I just lost my 3 month blog a day streak. Even though, literally, I am scribbling this at 11:22 pm where I sit, I changed my SP setting to eastern time zone when I moved to Michigan, and as such, I'm sure it thinks it's already Tuesday in my world. Given the fact that I've spun the wheel for Tuesday, I know it does. I'm curious how the site would react if I were to reset my personal setting to the central time zone, both in terms of whether it'd grant me credit for a 3/11 blog post, and whether I might get to spin again, and do better than the measly 2 points I was awarded. As for the streak, it was bound to end at some point. At least I have good excuses, like "Lousy central time zone!", or "Stupid hotel, not setting their fitness room clock forward, making me think I had another hour after using it to shower, relax, etc. Of course, not realizing the clock was wrong also means I'm getting an hour (or some portion thereof) less sleep than I was planning on tonight.
2) The title, of course, refers to the last major mass murder of native Americans by the United States, the decimation of the remnants of a Lakota tribe in South Dakota in the dying days of 1890. I'm using it in a far far more frivolous manner, to describe how I scraped my knee by failing to push the seat of stationary bike I used tonight far enough away from the console. I also did 20 minutes on a treadmill, which, as ever, I hated. I thought I'd give it a try, on the basis that the last time I used one, it was before I started jogging, and after all, I just did a sub 10 minute mile last week, so surely I could handle the treadmill now? In short, no. I got the speed up to 5 mph, a 12 minute mile pace, or 1 minute per lap in the rec center track, a pace I consider relaxed when on the track. I couldn't hack it at that pace for any more than a minute on the treadmill. I slowed it down, and wogged a mile and change for the remainder of 20 minutes, and it just felt weird. Felt dizzy, again, after I stepped off the machine.
3) I'm happy enough with the fitness room in this hotel, a couple of elliptical, a couple of bikes, a trio of treadmills, full dumbbell set, and a stability ball and medicine ball rack, that's better than I expected. 24 hour availability means I can wander down at 9 or 10, just before getting ready for bed (although, I'm really failing at that latter task, listening to my friends' metal show streaming. I really miss the community radio station we had in Madison, and am glad it's programming is available over the internet). One quibble, the placement of the TVs in the angle room makes it difficult to watch anything unless using the treadmill. That said, Duck Dynasty did make that 20 minutes on the treadmill pass by more amusingly.
4) off to sleep with me. Hope this bandaid I put on my knee does its intended job, and keep these sheets from getting bloody!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Wasn't a good day food wise, and it remains to be seen how much sleep I'll manage, but I've arrived in Chicagoland, and am ready for work to begin. Oh, and I got a picture with a giant cardboard check for a thousand bucks. Seems like my buddy who works here has been playing trivia at the bar down the street from the hotel we stay at, his team did well enough to get to some regional final thing in Rockford (about an hour away), some other people who play couldn't make it, and did I want to play in this thing? The answer was, ummm, ok? And so we went through the fog and rain (I wasn't driving, so I pretty much chilled out), and we won. On a tiebreaker. The question was "How many games were lost to the player strike in baseball in 1981?" We guessed 700, the answer was 713, and hey, I've earned some money before I even started work. And now to see if I can sleep quickly after that bit of excitement.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Started rambling, and 12 minutes later, I shut up. Watch only if you're extremely bored, or need a cure for your insomnia.
As mentioned during the ramble:
Rush, "The Pass": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbBf0c-NaN4
Rush, "The Camera Eye": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LmIOg33oPo
Friday, March 08, 2013
I wasted the day, the week, really. I should have gone out and done something fun, since I start work on Monday. But I didn't, just was lazy. Wasn't able to straighten out my sleep schedule, so I suspect I might have a couple of rough days early on. Will have to learn to embrace coffee, or other sources of caffeine.
Not much to say tonight. Tomorrow will see me doing laundry, perhaps going to the gym, shopping for a belt, and packing. I suspect that'll describe a lot of Saturdays going forward. Except for the belt part, I'd hope one would last me a while.
Planning on taking a bunch of stuff along the first week or two, just to find out what I actually use. Checking in a bag (I think that should get reimbursed) will allow me to take along tennis shoes, for any attempt at exercise in the hotel's fitness room.
I suspect you might get bored by me talking about this job thing... :)
Thursday, March 07, 2013
went to the gym intending only to wog a bit and do some ST and go home. Ended up not walking, playing pickleball for a good long time, and then doing less ST than I'd planned, but still more the the blc's tnt dictates, so I'm ok with that. The jog wasn't hideous either, at 9:54.95, probably the first time since high school (aka 20 years) ago that I did a mile in under 10 minutes. Pickleball was a bit weird today, my wrist was hurting, and there were only a few of us, taking advantage of the open gym to play. Odd how sometimes the exact same combination of players produces diametrically opposite results. There was no predicting how any one game would go today. By the end of it, I was pretty out of it. Got home, ate most of dinner, and grabbed a couple of slices of avocado at the end, and 30 seconds later, I was sprinting to the bathroom where I proceeded to give dinner back. One thing was obvious - I really don't chew my food enough. Apparently, I also don't like avocado when it isn't smushed up with other stuff into guacamole form. Which is rather not believable, seeing as how my go to sandwich at my favorite bars in Madison was the ABLT - Avocado bacon lettuce and tomato. One of those sites had sliced avocado, the other had a paste, but either way it was delicious. So, in other words, I have no idea why the system rejected the 'cado tonight. I also have no idea why I'm averse to paragraphs this evening, but there you have it. Reading material grabbed from the library yesterday included a autobiography of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. Not really a fan of the man on a personal level, but he's made some fantastic music over the years. The book is kind of fascinating so far, a don't give a rip tone to it that fits my conception of the guy. Curious to see what he says about the revolving cast of characters that is Megadeth. Peace Sells, for your listening pleasure: www.youtube.com/watch?v=umeZtszNShk Another book I grabbed is entitled FlashForward, which was the source of the TV show from a few years ago. I liked the concept, though I never got around to watching the show before it was cancelled. I never knew that there was a book behind it. Not only that, a book by an author (Robert Sawyer) whose work I really enjoy. So, I'm looking forward to diving into that. And now, a decision to make. Do I eat something, based on the fact that I'm hungry, or let my still unsettled stomach rule the evening and just (try) to go to sleep? Maybe if I was still feeling as exhausted as when I started typing this out 20 minutes ago, the second option would win out. But a second wind has blown, and I am, after all, starving. I suspect the answer will be milk and cookies.
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