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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Someday you'll pay the price, I know

Bonus points for song and band from the title today! I'll tell you at the end.

Blog #2 of blogging when I'm supposed to! Woot!

I'm still finding my groove, but I think I have some ideas, so that's good.

Recent events: I had a minor math-related injury at the gym. I miscalculated the weights on a barbell and then I dropped it because it was too heavy. Really, I just scraped my knuckles a bit because I use good form and safety blocks on equipment so even if the barbell falls, it won't take me down with it. I actually finished my workout before dealing with it all.

I just visited my sister yesterday, and we went out to the Public Market (which was less local than I usually like) and to see Brave (so adorable and Merida is fabulous, go see it!) and then had some dinner. I wasn't great during dinner, but we hadn't eaten much all day so I think it balanced.

Now for basics.
Exercise: rocks. I have to up the running this week because I have a 5K in two weeks and I intend to set a personal record. Weights feel good and I'm less sore, which only means it's time to up the numbers again!

Food: mostly good, though I still get off track and have peanut butter instead of a fruit/veggie smoothie sometimes, so I can't do that this week. I'm getting local eggs from a friend this week, yay!

Sleep: I have gotten some ideas and I have some ideas, and I'm going to test a few this week and report back. I let myself sleep way in today, but yesterday was so tiring AND we were woken up at 1:30 in the morning because my neighbors decided to roll in on ATVs. No, seriously. That happened.

Other: My music stuff is going great, and I love my new karaoke joint. I made a real mint julep yesterday with mint from my container garden and it was awesome. I have a lot of little green tomatoes and can't wait for big, real tomatoes! I've also started a celery sprout from my last celery stalk, so we'll see how that grows. For anyone who wants to grow their own celery, here's the link gizmodo.com/5915081/how-to-gr

Plans for this week: make to do lists and stick with them! Eat what I *should* be eating and not what I *want* to eat. Run, fast.

Now for the bonus points: Cold as Ice by Foreigner!

Onward and upward!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/24/2012 9:18PM

    Here's to a good week!!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/24/2012 4:07PM

    Sounds like you've got some good planning going on here. I hope it helps you get everything done!

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I Feel Fantastic

Thursday, June 21, 2012

So, I thought summer might be, you know, relaxing with lots of time.

Not so much.

I actually have a lot to do! Don't get me wrong, it's better, waaay better than the school year, but it's still pretty busy. Now, I like being busy. I'm terrible when I have nothing to do. I don't know the meaning of "relax" unless it is coupled with a specific activity.

Now, don't imagine that I'm crazy stressed out. I've been "relaxing" a lot this summer. I've done a lot of running, walking, and hitting the gym, and I love it. I've gotten to do a lot of reading and catching up on the internet as well.

Still, I think there's more on my summer to-do list than summer left. It happens.

One of the things on my summer to-do list was to blog here again, because my last blog was ... in March. That tells you how my life went.

Quick notes first:

Exercise: freakin' amazing, I have a gym again, I'm lifting heavy things, I'm running a lot, and I have a 5K in 2 weeks and a 10 mile in 14 weeks, and I'm crazy ready

Food: could be better, but I'm getting there. I'm finally learning to stop eating in certain situations before I've had too much, so that's good, because I was always the type to eat until I was nearly sick without even realizing it was happening. However, I still eat too many calories in things I need to limit like chocolate and peanut butter. Both good for me, in smaller portions than I eat. However, I've discovered smoothies with farm-fresh fruits and veggies and I'm ADDICTED and I love them. Yes, kale can go with strawberries.

Music: best part of summer! I found a place to karaoke that I like, it's cute, tiny, and I've had two separate guys buy me a drink. I've also reignited my songwriting, which is so much fun to do again, and I actually have some time for it.

Sleep: gotta get this under control. I tend to stay in bed too long, which doesn't make me feel any more rested, but I'm just a bum. I've tried a few things that haven't worked with this so far and will take suggestions. My newest idea is to have a project I enjoy (like writing music) planned to work on in the morning that I have to get up to do. We'll see how it goes.

Other: I'm doing a lot of prep for fall, and I'm hoping it makes fall less stressful, but I'll have even more going on, so who knows. I love it all though, so, I'm cool being crazy.

Okay. One goal down, more to go.

For my semi-geeky/dorky friends: I have a new podcast for you by buddies of mine from high school on various topics. Check it out:

The title is a great song from Jonathan Coulton which always reminds me of my life, minus the drugs. www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zEFz

Onward and upward!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/21/2012 5:30PM

    Tips to get out of bed:

Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room, and a 2nd one just outside of the room set for the same time or a minute later, so when you get one, might as well get the other, and as long as you're out of the room, why not get your day started?

Keep a small glass of water by the side of the bed and have a drink and splash a little on your face to wake you up.

Drink your last cup or 2 of water right before bed, so you'll need a bathroom as soon as you wake up.

Have a lamp next to your bed with one of the swirly light bulbs that take a few minutes to warm up to full brightness. When you start waking up turn it on - it won't be blindingly bright at first but as it gets brighter you'll wake up more.

Or go to www.thinkgeek.com and search for "alarm clock" to find some geeky ways to make sure you'll not be able to go back to sleep!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2012 5:14PM

    I am in the same boat having kind of summer. Lots to do and not enough time to accomplish things! But all we can do is our best.

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I'm No Hero That's Understood

Monday, March 26, 2012

Busy just doesn't seem to fully describe my life. I'll take insane, thanks. Currently, I'm almost done with the grading for tomorrow, and then tomorrow I get to start on the grading for Wednesday, and then Thursday. Oh, I also need to write two lectures and two worksheets this week. Yikes!

I've probably been over-snacking since my stress is a bit high. However, I'm sticking with good, paleo stuff, so that's at least a bonus. Exercise is good. I bought myself a new toy today: a jump rope! I was doing the little bits of jump rope on UFC Trainer, and realized that it's a great calf workout, which I need. My calves are easily one of the weakest links in my running. Now, I can jump rope 5-10 minutes a day and make them stronger. It's also fun, although much harder than I remember.

Okay, I should get back to the grading, and other such things.

Onward and upward!

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EAGLES_WINGS 4/1/2012 7:39AM

    I have thought about getting a jump rope this week because they are so much fun but I don't know if it would be too much impact on my artificial knee joint. I might try it though to see. I think hulu hooping would be fun also. Good luck with all of your grading. Good job sticking to the paleo snacks! emoticon

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CURVYELVIESAYS 3/28/2012 12:13AM

    Wow you are busy...good luck. Nice song!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/27/2012 11:13AM

    Take care of yourself!

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HOPESINGH 3/27/2012 5:49AM

    Insane - good definition. I'm finally out of insane with the first semester behind me.
Enjoy the new jump rope!

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SWAGKEEPER 3/26/2012 11:37PM

    ...Redemption is all I can offer 'neath this dirty hood...

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/26/2012 10:17PM

    Good job hanging in there. If only every week could be spring break, huh?

If you like jumping rope, have you thought about trying hula hooping? That looks like fun but even as a kid I couldn't do it!

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At Night We Walked into Our Houses and Burned

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wow. The world is conspiring against me blogging with spark being up and down. Anyway - here's a post anyway!

So, I was planning to update this blog two days ago, but I had it all written up and walked away from the computer for a bit, and the computer updated and dumped my entry. Totally annoying. Then I got kind of crazy busy again. You know how it is.

I was going to update that I made this delicious African-inspired stewed kale in tomato sauce dish and to go along with it some cut turkey hot dogs and asparagus in a creamy coriander and cumin sauce. Really good flavors.

Last night, the husband cooked: hurrah! He made mac and cheese with vegetables instead of pasta. More cheese than I would have had, but still low carb, so I'll take it. My plan for tonight is chicken florentine.

Also, on the food front, I made my own reasonable nut butter. I've been trying to up my omega-3's and one way was with walnuts and flax seed. So, I soaked and dried some walnuts, ground them in the coffee grinder with some sunflower seeds and some flax seed, and then threw that in the food processor with a bit of natural peanut butter, raw honey, coconut oil, and cooking oil. It's delicious! I like that it still tastes a bit like peanut butter, but has lots of other good stuff, and more paleo stuff, in it as well.

Later, I'm intending to make "fudge" out of ground almonds and walnuts, cocoa powder, cocnut oil, and dates.

My exercise is going well, it's the thing I'm generally good at and enjoy, so no troubles. Still improving the running. It will be slower going until I adjust to the new stance I think. I did sprints outside on the track in the sun on Wednesday morning around 11am. It was SO HOT! Maybe I'll just go in super early on Wednesday's and run before class at 8am instead. Of course, next week is not supposed to be summer-like temps in March! We are 30 degrees over the average high in upstate New York, yikes!

I'm trying some new things to get stuff I like done so I don't totally stress myself out with grading and the like, by putting aside time that I have to use for fun things no matter where my school stuff is at. It seems to work. I force myself to sing, and I still get just enough done, but I have more fun. I'll take it for now. I'm actually going to get caught up on grading this weekend. I'm home alone today because the husband is at work.

First, however, I'm going running before it gets too hot here!

Onward and upward!

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    Nice song and I liked your post.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/23/2012 4:56PM

    Love the song! Your supper sounds great!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/23/2012 4:22PM

    If you weren't a biology professor I'd bet you could've been a chef. Everything you make sounds interesting (even if I could never have it).

Sounds like you're getting your schedule organized. Good job!

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LADYJ6942 3/23/2012 1:23PM

    Sounds good, keep it up.

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JMEPAYNE 3/23/2012 1:06PM

    yum! i want some of that nutbutter!

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TUCKERKT 3/23/2012 12:57PM

    I want to eat at your house!

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All I'm Up Against Out in the World

Monday, March 19, 2012

We are having an unseasonably warm March, and I'm remembering why I like it in the North. I mean, I like being able to be outside, but I was out there for about a minute before I had 6 mosquito bites. I went running today, and it was insanely hot. Running should not be done above 65 degrees. It was almost 75.

Still, I ran. My workouts are good. I ate well today. I worked on stuff. I may have volunteered to do even more things! Suffice to say, I'm plenty busy. I still found some time to sing for you guys, and for me. I was singing this one to the radio in the car and was like, wow, I forgot how great a song that is. Thus, here you go!

I started a new 60 day program on UFC Trainer, this time with the goal to build strength. I'm also meant to be counting stairs on Fitocracy and doing push-ups.

I made a crazy peanut butter stir fry tonight loaded with veggies. A whole head of bok choy and a whole leek, and then a bunch of other things like bamboo shoots, baby corn, red bell pepper, green beans, and I think a few other things, oh, and chicken.

I know it's too warm out because there are ants in my kitchen. I'm going to have to get some better ant killing stuff.

Okay, got to finish my lecture for tomorrow. Skeletal system! Yay! Maybe.

Onward and upward!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/21/2012 12:36AM

    It was high 70s and into the 80s for several days in a row here in MN. For March, it's just not right! We'll get used to it more over time, just like we do with the cold temps in fall. Even if we hate it and can't do what we want, we'll at least be more used to it.

Keep up all the good work. You really do get a lot more done than you realize - at least much more than I do! Woot woot!

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PEAJAY50 3/20/2012 2:36PM

    I find I can't even garden in 75 degree weather, and it makes me very unhappy too. *S* I remember as a child playing, running, and biking in 90 degree weather in Maryland. Body wise I am definitely 50 years old, mentally I am still that child sliding down the hill with only my brand new shorts. Mom never did figure out how I got a hole in the butt of them so quickly. emoticon

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JMEPAYNE 3/20/2012 10:27AM

    I'm originally in texas and used to run in 90+ degree weather all the time. Now that I live in Chicago, I run in the summer... I can NOT run when it's cold. my muscles freeze up! crazy what our body gets used to.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/20/2012 8:37AM

    Lovin' your blogs. THANKS!

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