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Thinking about spring

Monday, March 07, 2011

I really hate winter, and I've been wishing spring would get here already for the last month or so. I am tired of the cold and the snow and freezing rain. I hate the cold and I mostly exercise outside so I haven't been getting enough exercise lately.

I've been thinking about gardening, I want to fill out the front garden more this year. In the front there is an area right near our house where there are plants and flowers, and in the back I have an herb garden and a vegetable garden as well as a strawberry patch (and raspberries which snuck in from my neighbor's yard.) I started working on improving the front garden by planting some hyacinth bulbs in the fall, and I am hoping those come up and looking forward to them this spring as I love the scent.

I also ordered some plants and seeds online, there was a $25 off $50 deal so I decided to take advantage of it.

I ordered:

It will be quite a while before planting season starts here but at least I have started something to do with gardening... I decided not to try to start seeds indoors this year because with the havoc my cats have been unleashing on my houseplants I have a feeling I'd end up disappointed. They keep knocking over all my plants in the house, which killed all the little cacti I was growing.
I did order one plant for inside the house, a dwarf Meyer lemon tree but I am going to be weighing the container down heavily to hopefully keep them from wrecking it. I'm excited about that one too because I have wanted one of those for years (either that or one of those dwarf multi-citrus-fruit trees.) It will be living on the porch during the warm weather and then moved indoors when it's cold.

So I've been thinking about spring, and I wish it would get here already so I can start planting! Of course here in Chicago we can't even plant most things until May...


Snowpocalyse Now!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

We just got hit by a huge blizzard here in Chicago. I woke up this morning to snow drifts over 4 feet tall in the backyard. Bianca (my dog) had fun trying to forge a path out into the yard, and then refused to come back inside, she loved it. I had to watch her carefully because we have a 4 foot fence and the snow was drifted over the top in some places, as you can see:

Due to the high winds, the snow was only maybe 6 inches in some spots but drifted to 3-4+ feet high in others. Some of the cars on my block are bare of snow and others you can hardly see! Officially we got 20 inches.

Classes were canceled, I didn't have and classes today but I do have one tomorrow, so: snow day! Unfortunately we're supposed to have single digit temps overnight and tomorrow.

I spent a lot of time shoveling, luckily our walkway was one of those spots where the snow did not accumulate, although there was a 3+ foot hill of snow on the lawn nearby. The sidewalk was not so lucky, and I was only about to clear about 3/4 of it before I had to give up for the time being. My back hurts from shoveling but I am going to try to play DDR tonight anyway.

Oh here is a video of the snow, and Bianca in the yard:


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GOLDCHOCOBO 2/3/2011 2:48PM

    Toronto didnt get nearly as much as you guys did. My dad live a little farther north and he told me they pulled the plows off the roads because they couldnt see what they were plowing. Yowza! Good to hear your puppy loved it!

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QUIT_SPARK_271 2/3/2011 12:16PM

  You are so incredibly lucky (I rarely get any snow at all, and I really love it....that, or perhaps I was a snow-dog like Bianca in a past life, ha/ha) !!
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YAGERMONSTER 2/3/2011 2:49AM

    Yup, snowpocalyse here in Ohio. Hope it ends and goes away soon, I'm tired of shoveling everytime I want to leave my driveway.

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ARIANERA 2/2/2011 11:05PM

    Glad to hear that you are safe and warm and that your pup loved the snow. My dog is getting old enough that she doesn't like snow more than about 6 inches deep.

Don't forget to track your shoveling. It counts as valid exercise.


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GMO_JEN 2/2/2011 11:02PM

    That is such crazy amount of snow! We got ice and snow, but nowhere near that bad. Glad your pup enjoyed the weather- mine was not thrilled, but she's an old girl. Hope you enjoyed your day off classes. Stay warm!

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Assessment went ok

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I went to the fitness assessment yesterday. It went pretty well. The personal trainer Angela took a bunch of measurements/weight, did a body fat measurement with calipers, blood pressure and resting pulse rate, and a few fitness tests. One was to see how many sit-ups (they were more like crunches the way they measured them) you could do in one minute-- I did 30 and was sweating a lot at the end... Then they tested how many push-ups you can do in a row. I haven't done push-ups since high school. Even though they were knee (girl) push-ups I only did 9 that weren't horrible form, and my upper arms hurt today! We also did a reach test and then they had a choice of a 1-mile walk or a run. I hate jogging so I did the walk test: walk fast on the indoor track for a mile while the trainer kept track of how long I took and then checked my pulse rate at the end. Surprisingly my legs hurt a bit at the end and my shins are sore today-- I say surprisingly because I usually go for 3 miles walks with my dogs often and I never get sore/tired from those. I guess it was walking so fast and without any stopping.
Next week I am going for my first actual 'training' session with the trainer. I have to decide by then how often I want to do these sessions. I get three free ones and after that it's about $10 for each hour session... She suggested 3 times a week but I am thinking maybe I will go for once a week and try to get to the gym at least twice a week in between those. I'm not sure yet, and I also have to figure out how much time I can commit to it with finals coming up soon! The trainer said she focuses on using weight training (focusing on the core and arms) in a way that also gets an aerobic workout, which sounds great to me because I want to build up my arm stregth and core and burn calories! I already have muscular legs so I didn't want to focus on that area too much. Now I just have to figure out my schedule for the next two weeks so I can make the training appointments!

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HANK0THIS 2/6/2009 12:16AM

  I see you are using those free three training session at NEIU that is good. In addition, join in some of the workout classes or boxing club heh. I could help you out on working out if you need it. Cardio is a must!

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ELYSE05 1/15/2009 9:55PM

    $10 an hour is cheap for a personal trainer! I'm jealous!

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Fitness Assessment

Monday, March 31, 2008

Tomorrow I am going in for my "fitness assessment" with my new personal trainer. I am so nervous! I think I am not really "in shape" at all... I've never done anything like this before (seen a personal trainer) and I'm worried I am not going to be able to do anything. Like squats-- I've never even tried those and I think they are one of the things they use to assess fitness.

My university offers a program for students where you can get 3 free sessions (plus an assessment) from a personal trainer. I signed up for it recently and I'm going to the fitness assessment/first session tomorrow afternoon... I am hoping that they can help me come up with a good workout plan at the school's gym, and also show me where all the equipment is and how to use it! Part of the reason I haven't taken advantage of the free gym for students is I don't really know where the equipment is in the big PE complex, when it is open vs. when it is only for classes, or how to use a lot of the equipment. I'm a shy person so I wouldn't just go in and ask a stranger...

Anyway, wish me luck!

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ANOTHERDUSTY 4/1/2008 5:08PM

    Good luck, good luck, good luck!

I, too, am a basically shy person and didn't want to ask how to use all those scary machines at the gym at the Navy base at which I work. They had an open-house kinda thing where you could watch professionals use the machines and then could sign up for a training plan where a real person took you around and programmed the machines for you. It was quite wonderful. I hope your trainer is as good and as gentle (!) as mine was!

Let us know how it goes!


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