Sunday, March 11, 2012
I haven't been around much, I know. I haven't been paying much attention to eating, drinking and exercise because I've been really gearing down on the remodeling here. The ceiling is almost finished tiling (tried to wallpaper it in Lincrusta, but have you ever tried to wallpaper a ceiling by yourself? Don't.), the wallpaper is done. Next week, I'll be building bookcases, assuming I figure out how to get around the Problem of the Wainscoting. Meanwhile, every square foot of floor is covered in stacks of books. Oh, and the tiling of the tub and surround is going well, but halted for the moment because I ran out of adhesive.
I feel like I've gotten a certain amount of exercise, even if it wasn't planned. My thighs have gotten a workout daily from going up ladders backwards, carrying ten foot pieces of dripping paper and my right shoulder is pretty much toast. And speaking of toast, I've solved the carb intake problem - I don't buy bread any more. I figure if I want some badly enough, I'll be forced to bake it myself, and that'll serve as a deterrent - so far, it's working. Now if I could just figure out what to do about mayonnaise....
Yesterday I put together two years' worth of tax paperwork for my accountant, and I'll drop that off for him tomorrow. Poor guy. (Possibly poor me, too - we'll see.) My brain has pretty much turned to mush, but it's okay. I mean, how much brain do you need to push grout into the little spaces?
I remember why I started this blog! I found something! Let's start from a different place:
About two, maybe three years ago, I found a little orange ceramic .... thingee. It was about 1/4" long, vaguely pointy, obviously broken off something. I have a ton of different kinds of fake birds in the sunroom, so I did a quick inventory, figuring someone had lost a beak. Oddly, all beaks seemed to be intact. I put the Thingee aside, figuring a beakless bird would turn up at some point.
Just now I was looking for something else entirely and sort of zeroed in on the many faeries, elves, gnomes, and little things like that, that are spread around in this one china closet, sitting in tea cups and the like. I was admiring them and paying proper attention to the little creatures, when I noticed it: a missing elf ear! And the remaining one is orange! That Thingee wasn't a beak, it was an elf ear! Now if I can just remember where I put it, I can glue it back on! Last seen on the book shelf in the kitchen.....
(And if - horrors! - I remember giving up and throwing it out, I'll have a good excuse never to throw anything away for another twenty years.)
Monday, February 27, 2012
Heck, it's 2:30 in the morning - I don't have anything better to do.
A. Age: 56...I think. 2012...yes, 56 - soon to be 57
B. Bed size: double. I prefer queen, so all the various critters leave me some space, but it doesn't fit the frame I'm using.
C. Chore that you hate: all of them, but probably...washing floors
D. Dogs: always. I currently have my first dog that is strictly a pet - all the other dogs had jobs - guarding, herding, hunting, whatever.
E. Essential start to your day: Newspaper, coffee, crossword.
F. Favorite color: for what?
G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I was a silversmith for a while, and I love working with it. Never played with gold - too expensive.
H. Height: 5'6 1/2"
I. Instruments you play: piano, some guitar, lots more I'd like to learn
J. Job title: I've done so many things...currently, Open To Suggestion.
K. Kids: Two daughters
L. Live: Central New York
M. Mother's name: Shirley
N. Nicknames: Scooter, of course!
O. Overnight hospital stays: tonsils and babies
P. Pet peeves: people that ask for your help, then give you crap about how you did it.
Q. Quote from a movie: I'll think about it tomorrow.
R. Right- or left-handed: Right
S. Siblings: no blood, many soul
T. Tattoos & Piercings: ears pierced (two left, three right); tattoos on left ankle and left chest - I did have a nose pierce, but I let it fill in. More tattoos are planned.
U. Underwear: what about it?
V. Vegetable(s) you hate: okra
W. What makes you run late: Not realizing how long it takes to get someplace.
X. X-Rays you've had: you name it, I've got a photo of it somewhere.
Y. Yummy food that you make: lasagna, pie, bread, soup...I'm not a good cook on my own, but I follow directions very well.
Z. Zoo animal: snakes
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Today was a "sculpt/cardio" day, and in fact, as I suspected, my muscles are in better shape than my cardiovasculer system. I could use some heavier weights - started out with fives, because that's what I could find around here easily, but I could do with eights, and maybe even tens for some of it. *remembers when she curled 20s...ah, youth...*
The main problem today is the superfluity of four-leggers who seemed fascinated by what I was doing, probably because they've never seen me do it before - in recent memory, anyway. I was on the floor! *Their* floor.....but not playing or looking under the sofa with the flashlight...fascinating! Whatever is she up to? Let's look more closely.....
...and so forth. if this continues, I may have to put them out of the room. Plus, I get the distinct feeling that one of the cats is laughing at me.
Monday, February 06, 2012
Bearing in mind that a short twenty years ago I was an aerobics *instructor*, let's see what we just learned:
- I still can't just roll out of bed and exercise. Other than a very gentle Sun Salutation, I never could.
- my balance has *really* gone to..the dogs.
- I still have very little ability to listen to directions and don't pick up moves quickly. (I used to tell my students to concentrate on the legs first, then add the arms when the legs were solid - I can't even listen to my *own* instructions! AGH!)
- however, I can still keep flailing around to keep my heart rate up, and know that, in time, I'll pick it up (I only said I was an aerobics instructor - I never said I was a choreographer)
- it takes very little to keep my heart rate up, even with good ol' Jewel on my side.
- my foot is still injured.
- I need new cross-trainers.
However, its been fifteen minutes now since I stopped - a whole 22 minutes of workout, ten of which was warm-up and cool-down, which seems like baby stuff, only it was *hard* - and I honestly do feel a bit better.
- I remember I felt pretty much the same way when I first started doing aerobics, 25 years ago - only I was a good fifty pounds lighter then....maybe this isn't going to be as bad as I thought.
- Okay, I bought the !@#$ video, I'm in it for 28 days. By March 5th it'll be over. At least for that round. (I had intended to start on Feb 1st and just make this the February from...some other place...but I couldn't access enough living room floor until I finished listing the stupid books.)
Thursday, February 02, 2012
A- AGE 56...I think...
B- BOOKS - too many to count - put eighty more on Amazon today
C-CHORE - anything that isn't fun
D-DOG - only one at the moment, Lucy - a midsized black hybrid
E-ESSENTIALS - peace and quiet and a really good handbag
F-FAVORITE COLOR - for what?
G-GAMES - anything but Scrabble. For some reason I completely and absolutely fail at Scrabble. I stopped being able to help my kids with their "scrambled word" homework after second grade. Favorite game is probably Mastermind.
H-HOMETOWN - Philadelphia, PA
I-INDULGENCES - yes, please
J-JOB - you name it, as long as I'm self-employed
K-KIDS - two daughters
L-LIVING ARRANGEMENTS - big old farmhouse, alone
M-MUSIC - blues, the older the better, but really just about anything
N-NUMBER OF SIBLINGS - zero by blood, many of the heart
O-ORANGES OR APPLES - apples (I'd be thrown out of central new york if I said oranges)
P-PHOBIAS - polar bears
Q-QUOTE - can't think of anything clever offhand
R-REASON TO SMILE - very bad and incredibly destructive 8 month old boy cat - totally clueless
S-SEASON - pretty much any, although winter can get a little long up here sometimes
T-TATTOOS - yes
U-UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT ME - I can drive a bulldozer!
V-VEGGIES - anything but okra
W-WORST HABIT - I dunno...there are so many choices...talking to myself, maybe, or leaving my shoes downstairs (now that I live alone, I just throw them all in a laundry basket - when it's full I lug them upstairs and start over.)
Y-YUMMY FOOD I LIKE TO EAT - homemade pierogies
Z-ZODIAC - Pisces, Scorpio rising, moon in Capricorn
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