Friday, September 30, 2011
Didn't sit down once doing laundry tonight, which has my heels really aching. I'd considered figuring out a way to "work out" while waiting. After all, the dryer is an easy 40-50 minutes of nothing much to do. Didn't because there were a lot of people, some less than savory (the lady in charge there had to chase out a guy talking crazy and smoking a joint and not doing any laundry).
So instead I semi-watched the ad-tube which had some X Factor thing playing. *CRINGE* *CRINGE HARDER* There were more cars (in ads) than there were voices that weren't painful. This is part of why I do NOT watch TV, do not have cable, and haven't in over a decade. Sure, I'll Netflix or Youtube a series here and there, but even those I don't stick with horribly long.
Walking the bit from the bus to home, there was a mental conversation going on what to do about sore feet. Yeah, I'm crazy enough to talk to myself in my head. =P The "Oh, no you don't use a flimsy excuse like that" voice won. I'll be heading out for my 1 mile walk once I finish here and use the facilities. Get back and I'll do my ST. And then *CRASH* because it will be my bed-time.
In more positive thoughts, I'm going to the Los Gatos Creek Trail from work tomorrow to do my 2 mile walk for the 5k Walk training program. I'm really looking forward to opening into my weekend like that.
Okay, now I'm just deliberately dallying. Off and away I go.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
It's something other people do as a matter of course, natural as breathing. Friending people on a website.
Whether it's Face Book, G+, Myspace, Twitter, Tumblr, or a dozen other social networking sites or blogging sites, the urge to add people to follow, to add "friends" has never been there.
In fact, my G+ usage so far is unusual. I have my bestest friend ever. He was the first person in one of my circles. Next, I invited other emails I had, creating a circle of me (which was good for testing out what showed to whom). Next I added a couple of family members. Finally, I've very recently added a couple who know me by an online identity.
Speaking of which, she has a G+ and Facebook too. She's a character in WOW, but I'm more socially active on her than I ever have been in real life.
Now, it's not that I'm shy. Never have been. I'll speak up, I'll meet and greet, I'll chat with random strangers freely. But when it comes to offering a phone number or email or messenger ID ... I give excuses. If they're given to me, it's extraordinary that I make the effort to reach back out. I guard my privacy and my alone time, to a level that's extreme perhaps.
So, that brings me to here. The only person I added as a friend originally is one I know from elsewhere - with whom I already have interactions and have gotten to know. I occasionally noticed the "I want a Spark Buddy" on people's pages, but didn't even know what a "Spark Buddy" was. ^_^;; I even went looking in the Help and FAQ trying to find out. Er, yeah. That's me.
A couple days ago I happened to check the email attached to my SP account, one I don't keep up with regularly. O_O Who are all these people that added me as a friend? I went looking and discovered it was people that I responded to threads and blogs, giving encouragement and different viewpoints on situations.
Tonight I realized I was doing the same thing I do everywhere else. Being quite willing and comfortable in the zone of "strangers I don't know well" ... but not putting myself on the line to build any level of "being Spark Buddies".
So I'm trying to change that.
Everyone who has friended me, I've friended in return. In addition, I'll be keeping an eye open for local Sparkers who might want to have a walking buddy or even people who are interesting to have conversations with.
Hello Spark Friends.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I wouldn't have ever said before that I had a regular bedtime. I just knew I had to crash sometime after midnight or I'd be kinda tired the next day. Or if I did stay up too late, I'd have to crash early the next night or ... eat more than usual. (It works, but it also helps the weight gain.)
Since moving at the end of August, I have to be up an hour earlier. Combined with all my extra activity, I hit 10:30-10:45 and my body says "BEDTIME!"
It's an unusual experience. I'm a diehard night owl.
That hasn't really changed, but I don't get to enjoy my night as much. =P I'm still out of it in the morning. I'm up and moving and to work, but almost on auto-pilot.
Even so ... these regular bedtimes are weird!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I knew that I, in general, walked a lot. Not walking as cardio - where I'm focused and moving faster. Just walking from the house to the bus, from the bus to the store for water, back to the bus, back to the house, to the bus, to the LRT, to the park, to the Start for the 2 mile track, back through the park, to the LRT, to the grocery store, around the grocery store, to the bus with bags, to the house. Even listing all those out makes me tired. Well, I wore the pedometer today and it measured all that out at around 3.2 miles. (NOT counting the 2 mile track walking at 19 min/mile.)
My feet are pleasantly sore, I do have a twinge on my right leg above the ankle on the outside I need to pay attention to, but otherwise it was "business as usual". While I may not have that much walking every day, weekdays I also have a flight of stairs at work in the morning and down in the evening and a long hall walk every time I need the restroom on top of walking between buildings and buses and other buses. And I have a habit of getting off a stop early to walk those extra blocks.
My biggest issue right now, which I will probably have to go read up on, is bladder control. 8-11 glasses of water a day, and I have a VERY hard time with a 2 mile track even having used the restroom right before. I felt like I couldn't drink water along the walk or it rushed right to cause pressure. Weak abdomen is probably a good part of it, but ugh. I don't want to have my 5k experience be a porta-potty at each mile mark.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
So, I think I've narrowed down menu planners to two candidates. One is cheaper, but has fewer pre-entered recipes. The other costs more, but has about 20x the recipes AND has a 30 day free trial (and a 60 day guarantee).
After a bit of thought I realized the trial was the best bet. If I hate the software after 30 days of using it, then the other one is still an option and I won't feel I've wasted money. If I like it, I've got 30 days worth of tweaking and getting it set up and learning to use it.
So the trial is downloaded and I'm a tinkering with the Inventory portion. So far it's made sense. I haven't looked at recipes, but it has meals and a calendar, which combined with the Inventory can produce a grocery list. Pretty much all the things together I was hoping for (and a few more I may find quite nice).
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