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Monday, December 03, 2012

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of music that has an introspective, perhaps gloomy sound to it, like Tool (subject is a reference to that band), Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Antimatter, Anathema, etc. The first three bands are outfits I listen to often, so they're not a surprise. The latter two are related, so, again, perhaps not a surprise, but I enjoyed listening to those bands this time around in a way I hadn't appreciated them before. Not sure if that's a product of mindset, or a slight shift in taste, or something else.

Only 1:30 AM tonight. This one is pure insomnia, as I was half asleep watching the Grinch Who Stole Christmas many hours ago, perked up watching the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, really was awake for the end of High Fidelity, for which I would have changed from Raiders if only I'd noticed it was on. And now it's a couple of hours on, and sleep is but a stranger on the train going the other way.

Made it back to the gym today, intending to stick to lower body stuff. So, naturally, I used the rowing machine and found myself beating on the punching bag. Guess I'll see in the morning if I pay for that call. It was fun, though. I was oddly off balance though, bailing on attempts at squats with the 25 lb kettle bell, something I've done a few of (on the order of 2x5 reps) the last few times at the gym. Knees were extending towards and over the toes, and I couldn't correct that for some unfathomable reason. (To be slightly fair to myself, I've been doing these on the back of a balance bubble (those quarter moon doohickeys), where doing a squat without weights results in hilariously wobbly knees, and I've been trying to make it harder by moving my feet closer together, so that might play a role in the balance issue, rather than the neck thing.)

And, oh by the way, I just yawned. Given the hour of the night, that's not out of the ordinary...but, get this...it didn't hurt! Nice change from the last 4 nights!

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