Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tonight my dear husband was playing Left 4 Dead which is loud and involves him talking loudly to his friends, and I wanted to do yoga, so I sucked it up and did my yoga in the very cold guest room. Fortunately, it was a power-vinyasa type series, so I wasn't cold for long. I only did about half an hour, but better than nothing, and I got a late start so I wasn't done until almost 10pm. Then I had my yogurt. I'm playing the "It works or it's free" game with Dannon's activia to see if I can hammer out the last digestive annoyances I still have. I figure worst case scenario was it did nothing for me, and I get my money back from Dannon. Right now, I see no or very little difference. Eh.
I'm changing my title scheme, because my computer and my book are rarely in the same location. My subject lines will be my positive affirmations, then I will see them more often. Today's is from a UU hymn I like (possibly paraphrased, I'm not that is the exact line).
I made bourbon chicken (or something similar, sans any actual bourbon) tonight for dinner, and Bill liked it, yay! I also made a new batch of apple butter, which I need to go put in the jar. I also need to plan and make my lunch for tomorrow, and watch Lost! Ack, better go.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This title is the last one from that book. I am finally finished with it. All 830 pages. Apparently, taking it on my 5 hour each way Amtrak trip to and from NJ was the perfect way to go. It was a good trip, I saw some high school friends and did a lot of catching up. Not that I have much to catch up on, me and Bill have quickly become an old married couple, we pretty much sit around on our computers watching TV. Yup. Sometimes we exercise. I pretty much exercise every night. Sometimes Bill does (like tonight yay Bill!!"). I like to exercise, it makes the apartment seem much warmer for a while.
My food today seemed to work out pretty well. I had a typical breakfast, eggs and bacon. My next meal was yogurt and an egg muffin lunch was a brat, veggies, and a clementine, my afternoon snack was nuts, raisins and another egg muffin. I did hit some kind of hungry problem between afternoon snack and dinner, so I had a few more nuts and raisins. I'm not sure if I'm actually hungry or not. I feel pretty hungry, and for about an hour too. Then I had more nuts and raisins. I'm not sure what's going on there. Then I had chili for dinner, and my yogurt-fruit-granola-protein powder snack post-workout.
I feel 4000x less bloated this week than the last two; amazing what good food can do!
No TV tonight, so just me and the internet and Bill's workout. But that's enough for now, I have to go to bed soon.
Monday, January 26, 2009
It's late. I'm tired from too much trip and too little recovery. Tonight, I made brussel sprouts, cut in half pan sauteed with olive oil and sherry, and tossed with salt, pepper, and parmesan when tender. I enjoyed them, they were yummy. I worked out with my new heart rate monitor. I like it. It made me work harder on my tabatas to keep my rate above 140. That's enough for now, I'm hoping to be less busy, less tired tomorrow.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
In theory, this is a tagging meme, but I don't like to force people into things, so do it if you want, or don't, I don't care.
These are 25 facts, habits, or goals about me. If you know me well, you likely know these, as I consider this public but less than discussed information.
1. I can say the alphabet backwards, and rather quickly. It is because of a Wee Sing and Play video. I figured it could be useful if I ever got pulled over for drunk driving, but I don't really want to do that either.
2. I am afraid of bees, I fell into a nest when I was 7, it was not fun, I was stung 20-30 times. My name means honey bee in Greek. Melisophobia is fear of bees. Really.
3. When I was 12, I wrote my own religion. I really liked the idea of the ritual and the meaning, but didn't believe in either the Jewish or Christian version of God. This happened soon after reading "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret"
4. I am slightly OCD, a counter, sorter, organizer. A short list of things I do: put crayons in rainbow order before using, and won't use if cracked or blunt; I split M&Ms and Skittles into color groups before eating; I chew evenly, and I eat evenly around my plate, if I get uneven, I stop and adjust; I used to put the candy back in the right bins when waiting in the grocery line with my mother.
5. I don't like to wear silver and gold jewerly at the same time. I also don't like black and white clothing. The two extremes bother me. However, choirs consistently wear black and white, this has always bothered me.
6. I love to sing. If I were good enough, I would consider it as at least a partial career. I love to sing all kinds of singable music. My mother used to fuss about my pitch when I was young it never stopped me.
7. I am an incredibly non-creative person. I have always had a realistic and rational view of things, even in my art and music projects. When I was a kid, I played college. However, I have always tended to draw creative people to me. Interesting, yes.
8. I fell in love with Johnny Depp waaaayyyy back when I watched old episodes of 21 Jump Street before he was the in thing, versus him being the new hit thing. However, I won't drop my view of that just because he is the new hit thing, but I wish he would stop playing the dark and crazy card.
9. I love being out in the woods by myself. When I was a kid, I would go off to places in the woods at camp by myself, and I used to get in trouble for disappearing. I turned whole sections of pine trees near Evergreen into my own personal house.
10. I am the least picky eater I know, I will try anything once. The only things I do not like are mostly soft and squishy (such as raw bivalves and mushrooms) and olives. Of those things, olives are the only thing I will pick out of foods because I can taste them.
11. I am a science fiction dork. I love Star Trek, Babylon 5, (new) Battlestar Galactica, and I read the whole Robots and Foundation series by Asimov. There are others, I won't keep listing.
12. I tend to take my musical obsessions to extremes. I know pretty much the whole score of Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Les Miserables. I watched 4 hours of La Boheme on Bravo, and I read the unabridged Les Miserables book the summer between 8th and 9th grades.
13. I was pretty much born an ecologist. I used to mix up potions of leaves and dirt, and tried to keep caterpillars as pets. Mom didn't like that.
14. I lost 50 pounds last year and adopted a healthy lifestyle of eating well and exercising. I am a size 8. I was never a size 8, I was a girls 16 and a women's 16. I still want to lose a few more pounds and get a more defined stomach, it is tough!
15. I like to sort of collect things. I collect original Hard Rock t-shirts, keychains, magnets, Disney animated DVDs.
16. I like to cook, and I love to cook foods with various ethnic twists. I like to have Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, and others on a regular basis. I used to love the original Iron Chef, and everything looked delicious to me!
17. I have incredibly light-sensitive eyes. They shut automatically when light is shined in them, and I cannot force them open without literally picking up my eyelids. This has caused lots of problems with eye doctors. It is also a problem when I enter a dark theater onto a light street, because I am blinded. I also have issues with bright lights at night on roads. However, we joke that my eyes have adapted to this problem by being very squinty. However, evidence will show they were squinty nearly from birth.
18. I was the most relaxed bride that probably ever existed. I didn't stress about the planning at all, I didn't really care what happened so long as I got married, I had a blast. I think it helped that I was trying to have a wedding where I wasn't the center of attention. Really.
19. On that note, I hate being the center of attention, I prefer to be acknowldged in tiny, private ways for things. I didn't go to my college graduation partially for this reason. However, I love acting, performing, and public speaking. Reconcile that, can you?
20. I can sew reasonably well, I have even made clothes. However, I hate measuring and cutting pieces out, so I rarely do it unless I feel like I need to.
21. I'm not at all superstitious, and I break chain letters/texts on a regular basis. However, I still wish when I catch 11:11 on the clock, and I think it works better than other things.
22. I consider my theology to be pantheistic pagan. I believe that God is everything and everything is God, and that being in nature is the way to connect to the everything that is God.
23. I am awfully cheap. I blame the Jewish side of the family. I would buy everything second hand or in thrift stores if I could (Bill can be picky about having a nice looking place). I spend far too much time trying to figure out how to save more money on things.
24. I would like to do a lot more things than I tend to get accomplished. I would like to write more piano/choral pieces, I would like to get a young adults group together at church, I would like to take more time to meditate and relax, however, I tend not to quite get these things done. To work on that problem, I am now setting more goals and trying to remember them, read them, and accomplish them.
25. I grew up in Bruce Springsteen's hometown. When he sings My Hometown, it really is and Glory Days is about my high school. He spends most of his music dissing this town and his life in it. I agree. It's why I left.
I could keep going, but that's enough for now. Feel free to ask questions.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I cleaned my start menu. It was two huge columns and I couldn't find anything. We also cleaned the apartment, mostly. The kitchen is pretty sparkly at least. I may get up a few minutes early and scrub the tub tomorrow during my shower. It was a cleaning sort of day. I still need to re-organize the kitchen cabinets again, but not yet, next weekend maybe.
I was putting some inculation stuff on the windows, and I think our bedroom window is growing mold, so I need to get that fixed ASAP, or least looked at.
I made an interesting lunch today that was some sort of Moroccan BBQ, not half bad, but needs some tweaks before I put it in the cookbook. Which reminds me, I need to find other recipes to put in the cookbook. My banana bread was a hit at church today, so I should go ahead and write that up.
I haven't exercised yet, Sunday is my morning off. I did get both am and pm exercise in yesterday though, so that's good. I will do project Mayhem tonight, maybe the new challenge will be up in time!
Today in church, we had a guest speaker who spoke to us about community. A bit about the world coming together as one community (hopefully starting Tuesday at noon!!), looking for the spirit in community rather than being spiritual alone, and some other things along those lines. I like the idea of thinking about a world community, because people today tend to be egotistical, greedy, and self-concerned. It would be nice if we could teach people to worry about other people. Maybe then the "me" generation won't grow up to destroy the concept of community. Anyway, the choir sang, I sang soprano since we were short for once. Usually we are short tenors or altos, I rarely end up on soprano. I also played the theme from Chess for the prelude because our actual musiciam couldn't get out of her driveway, and I offered to give the sub, who just found out that morning, a break for the one piece. It was fun.
Speaking of communities, I have communities of people who read this blog, either at sparkpeople (Ivory1825) or livejournal (Ivory25) and I'd love to hear about how you are all doing. How is your life? What could you use from your community? How can we help? How can you help others? How can you strengthen your communities? Just thoughts.
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