Friday, October 05, 2012
The worlds want to collide this afternoon.
It's Friday afternoon and I am at work. I am really, really tired.
I have had two nights this week of less than 5 hours sleep each. One was work-related, and one was attending a social event. I used to be able to manage this kind of deficit, but not any more.
So, I am emotionally hungry. And there are muffins for free in the kitchen. And I have eaten a bit more than usual so far in the form of an extra fruit.
I know that if I eat one half a muffin, or one tootsie roll (in a a jar in someone's office) or one of anything else, I am heading into Bingeland.
Actually, it is rather useful for me to realize that "just one" will lead to many, many more. So I will work on avoiding the "Just one" and keeping on plan the best I can.
Wish me success! And if you have any ideas about avoiding the "just one," let me know!
Friday, September 21, 2012
fell rather flat, I see. Maybe folks did not understand it, or didn't get the lack of capitalization, or something.
The lack of CAPS indicates that I am gobsmacked by my own behavior. I'm looking behind me to see if I am lurking behind me. Who is this woman?
Now, and I do hope fellow musicians (and especially guitar players) get this, there are those of us from the 60's who thought amplification was an abomination. When Bob Dylan went electric at Forest Hill Stadium, we went into mourning. When Clapton started playing a Fender...well I think you get my meaning.
I have been an acoustic purist for 50 years. And nylon strings at that.
Now, nylon is lovely, but it is also very quiet (imagine smaller font). Classical players can mic their guitars, or play loudly, but there is just so much that will accomplish.
And I play Yamahas, which are know among other things for their volume.
So, here I am, looking to get back into singing and accompaniment, for volunteer gigs when I retire. And reward myself nicely for 2 years of maintenance. So, I got an electric acoustic. It sounds wonderful unamplified, but it does have a pre-amp built it, with controls. Plus a strap hanger on the back, that is, oh my, hollow, where you can insert a cable....
Next logical step? Amp. I had an old practice amp from when my son fooled around with electric, but it was broken and was not the right kind anyway. With acoustic, you are not looking for all the weird effects, just more natural sound...a lot more.
So, credit card in hand and heart in mouth, I shopped again, and ended up with a Peavy acoustic guitar practice amp. Not so little, 20 watts it can be used in a small sized room.
You should have heard me last night. Amplified Renasissance lute music. As I said, I keep looking behind me to see who is there.
Okay, I am going to blame this (or thank this) on Sparkpeople. I do not think I would have gone in this direction without my learnings from this wonderful site and my sparkpeeps.
I think there are a lot of us out there who have gone in unanticipated and unusual directions in our wellness journeys. Just keep smiling!
I will take pics of the amp and include them when I do my picture blog.....
Have a good one!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
First, I do want to apologize for not getting the guitar blog up yet, very busy, will try for the weekend.
Today is my two year maintenance anniversary. I can hardly believe this. I have no great words of wisdom, but I can say a few things.
First of all, I am eight pounds up from my goal weight. Still have a healthy BMI, still fit in all my clothes. Those eight pounds are a combination, I think, of muscle weight, some binging effects, and inactivity during the summer after my foot surgery. Am working on losing them, but would be happy to split the difference and lose four or five.
Since I am an emotional eater who binges, I have worked on reducing the number of my binge triggers. There are still a few, all dealing with interpersonal relationships, that set me off. I have learned on SP to be kind to myself and get back on track as quickly as possible.
SP has also helped me focus on total wellness, and my physical activity has truly ramped up. Feels great when it doesn't feel sore! I have also learned to enjoy healthful food.
And you know what? If I can do this, so can you. It is never too late!
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
La, la, la la, la.......
Happy happy joy joy!
I usually do not get this giddy, but...
I am approaching my 2nd anniversary of maintenance. How am I doing? A few pounds up, but still well within normal BMI and clothes fit fine. Working on losing the few pounds, but not hysterical about it.
So, for me this is big reward time! And I am shopping for a nylon crossover. All opinions about guitars in the blog are mine, no endorsements or money or guitars have changed hands!
Tech stuff: a nylon crossover is a nylon string guitar, It can have the same dimensions as a regular classic, or they can be different (narrower neck, longer fretboard). It does have a cutaway, onboard electronics, and pegs you can use to attach a strap. These guitars have been designed for steel players who want to experiment with nylon, but also suit nylon players who want the capacity of amplification (and the ability to stand up and play). For me, I am looking for a accompaniment guitar.
I have played 5 models, three Taylors and 2 Yamahas. Apologies to Chris (PUDDLECRAZY) but the Taylors do not cut it for me. Even the very expensive one I tried. The sound was wrong for me. Wise salesperson (about 18 years old with a mohawk haircut) said Taylor is best at steel string guitars.
Now, the Yamahas. The lest expensive was tantamount to a piece of you know what. But a model a few steps up, now..... it has the same dimensions as a regular classic, which means that wide 2 inch fretboard. but, you know, my left hand fingers have fretboard memory and are used to a fretboard that size. When I tried a guitar with a narrower neck, I missed the mark a lot. Just a bit difficult to do that 6th string 1st string stretch with my ring finger and pinky, but hey, after I am warmed up, I can do it--usually.
It has the cutaway, and the electronics, and the strap pegs. And, because it has standard classic depth (more tech stuff) it can produce that deep Yamaha bass. Its' trebles are also quite sweet!
And, for a relatively inexpensive guitar (less that $1,500) it is solid wood, no laminate.
Fit and finish were excellent, what you expect from Yamaha, and it had a very unusual sound hole inlay treatment, kind of modern art. And it comes with a case, so no extra expense there.
I have one more store to go to which will also have these brands. There is a third brand, but running my thumb across the open strings was enough for me to say no way!
Will probably hit the second store on Friday.
Friday, August 31, 2012
I was at the fracture clinic yesterday, last time for this go around.
I am "putting down a lot of new bone" according to the surgeon. This is good, and especially good considering my age and worries about arthritis in older ladies.
There is still a lot of soft tissue damage, and I will have discomfort for a while yet. For me, as long as I know the bone part is okay, I just motor through the rest. So, I am back in regular work shoes instead of lace ups. Now, don't think flip flops, I wear a sturdier shoe than that!
And, in case I forgot to mention, the bunion and hammertoe are gone, and the toenail is growing back. I have a normal foot!
Other stuff; the very difficult project I was working on is almost done. I had to be creative on demand, it caused a lot of anxiety for sure.
I am pretty quickly building up to my fitness levels. Full duration on the treadmill, and up to 2.5 mph. I was at 3.6 before the surgery. Also need to add the incline intervals. Should be up to speed in a month or so.
And, this is the best. Starting tomorrow, I wi.ll be retiring in exactly one year. September 1 is the last September 1 I will be employed, at least in this job. Life of meaningful activity as a retired person, here I come. Whoo-hoo!
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