Thursday, May 23, 2013
Does anyone else have that dream where you're supposed to be on a flight in a half hour for a very important/fun/exciting trip, and not only are you not even at the airport yet, but you've completely forgotten to pack? I put it in the same category as the dream where I realize I have a final exam today for a class that I completely forgot to go to all semester. Usually it's a Spanish final. Because I might be able to fudge my way through an English or History final with some good BSing, but there's no way to fake that I have no clue how to work the Spanish subjunctive anymore.
I love to travel, but I always get a little nervous beforehand because I'm convinced I will forget something vital. Truth be told, I usually forget something, but it's usually not something vital, and I can usually buy whatever it is wherever we are. The one time I really triple-checked the suitcase was when we went to India because I had no idea what India would have in the way of, say, Oral-B floss, and whether we would even be anywhere close to a place where I could pick some up.
My mild pre-trip anxiety is exacerbated today because the swim is on Sunday, and given that I was kind of pooped after a 500 this morning, I'm a little nervous. However, I ate some junk food yesterday (office mid-afternoon snack break + BBQ and pie at a friend's house) and I definitely noticed I didn't feel my best this morning. Or last night, for that matter. Motivation to eat healthy on Saturday!
I'm also a little nervous about the yucky weather forecast next week. Fingers crossed that it's just an island thing and while it will probably rain a little every day, it won't deter us from any of our fun plans. Or from getting a tan.
I miss being tan...
Wish us luck!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Jason gave me a SwiMP3 ( www.finisinc.com/swimp3/ ) for Christmas 2011, and because I'm a horrible person, I just used it for the very first time a week and a half ago.
Actually, my conundrum has been that pretty much for the last year and a half whenever I swam, I was either with the Masters team, or with a swim buddy, and it seemed rude to just flip on the music and tune out. However, the Saturday before last I had scheduled a long swim and I knew my swim buddy couldn't be there. So I charged up the SwiMP3, loaded it with some songs, and tried it out.
I love it! First of all, the SwiMP3 uses bone conduction, rather than headphones. I've heard swimming headphones can be tricky, so this seemed like a useful innovation. The only thing is, when the music is on, for some reason it really amplifies the noise of the water rushing by my ears, and the sound of blowing out water when I breathe. Maybe because I happen to be listening harder, so I notice ALL the sounds...? When I do backstroke, it's less noisy because there's no blowing out air prior to breathing and my head is in the water for the entire length of the pool.
That's a minor quibble, though, since I quickly adjusted to the ambient noise and focused on the music.
The two side pieces hook onto each side of your goggles, and set on top of your upper jawbone/cheekbone. When I tried it on the night before, I was worried that the plastic would dig into my face and give me a headache after a long swim, and if I loosened the goggles anymore, I was afraid they would leak. I needn't have worried. I don't know if its a buoyancy thing, but I didn't even notice the plastic pieces resting on my face after a bit.
The sound quality is a bit tinny, and I miss my bass beats, but, seriously, I'm listening to music underwater through MY BONES! That's pretty awesome.
I definitely need to make a new playlist. I've used it twice now for long swims (20-25 minutes) and have discovered that some songs just do not work for me and swimming. It seems like repetitive, intricate music and beats, with simple words get me in a nice groove. Think "Lift Me Up" or "Bodyrock by Moby, or "Right Here Right Now" by Fatboy Slim.
My conundrum now is that I really want to use the SwiMP3 during our St. John swim, because wow would that make that 1 1/4 miles go quickly! I think I'm going to call the organizers and see if I can.
(This is in no way a sponsored post, though that would be pretty sweet if Finis decided to give me another SwiMP3.)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
(I wrote this on my non-healthy living blog yesterday, but thought I would share here too, because I know I'm definitely not alone in this.)
Yesterday at church I Took A Stand and now I feel kind of dumb about it.
Actually, to be more precise, I didn't take a stand - and after I finish my story, you'll understand why that's a very bad joke.
Every year for Mother's Day, the bishop gets flowers for all the women in the church who are over 18. At the end of Sacrament Meeting, he calls the little kids who are under 8 up to the front, and he has all of the adult women stand up, and then he instructs the kids to give a flower to every woman who is standing, so they dash around, handing out carnations wrapped in plastic and a pretty ribbon.
The first year we were in that ward, I felt silly standing up, because I wasn't a mom and I didn't have any thoughts of being a mom quite yet, but I stood and took my flower.
Yesterday was a different story. Yesterday I just Wasn't In The Mood. See, we've been trying to have a baby for 2 1/2 years. I think almost everyone we know in real life knows this by now, since we've been steadily answering "not yet, but we're trying" for at least a couple of years whenever anyone we know asks us about the whole kid thing.
The first Mother's Day after we started trying to have a baby, I just smiled sillily and I took the flower. Last year, I was feeling a little more down about it and I actually left the room right before, just figuring I would avoid the topic altogether. This year I had to conduct the music, so I was essentially trapped there until the bitter end of the meeting. And I just Wasn't In The Mood. So I stayed seated, and I grabbed some papers out of my bag and started pulling things together for the Sunday School lesson I would need to teach in 10 minutes.
Then a cherubic little boy thrust a fuchsia-colored carnation in my face despite the fact that I was not standing up, so of course I took it and I smiled at him brightly and I said thank you.
When we got home, I told Jason it was probably silly for me to stay seated. What was I taking a stand against exactly? A nice gesture?
(OK, there are also some vaguely feminist reasons rattling around in my head, but those are really just a strident cop-out because mainly it was the baby thing.)
As Jason said to me, "Sometimes a flower is just a flower."
I'm not going to go into the details here, but yes, we've been to doctors, and yes, we're working on solutions. Overall we're optimistic that it will happen, but time keeps passing, and we keep getting older.
On the upside, though, we've been able to save some money, we've been able to buy our house, and I've been able to really find my groove professionally. None of those things would have been so secure if I'd had a baby a couple of years ago, and I feel like every little bit of stability that I can give our future children and our future life is a plus.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I'm pretty positive I have shin splints, which has happened before when I've started running. My buddy and I were still planning to go to kickboxing tonight, and I was going to tell the teacher I couldn't run, only it turns out she pulled something in her back the other night.
And she's 22 and teeny, so it's not just because I'm old and decrepit and overweight. This is some intense stuff and we need to be careful.
Which begs the question, what kind of ridiculousness does he put his "Elite Training" class through? I can't even imagine.
So we probably won't go tonight, which is a shame, because I wanted to get in the workout and, despite the pain, I am really enjoying the kickboxing/Cross Fit experience.
Here's a couple of questions for you: have you had shin splints? How long did it take you to get over them? When you started running/walking again, did they come back?
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
(I've got a bunch of links to exercises in this blog, so I'm just putting the link to my Blogger blog so you can read it there)
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