Just Some Random Things
For the second week in a row, I have stayed on the wagon and seem to be well away from any place where I might fall off. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday did kickass spin classes. Tuesday was my birthday exemption, yesterday I ran with the dog and walked another 5-6 miles through hideous 80 degree heat**, and today I ran 4 miles. Between pretty decent eating and the exercise, it has paid off - I’m down three pounds to 188.1. Only 13 more to go.
**Actually, not really kidding. I’ve gotten quite used to cooler temps. Yesterday made me grumpy.
Second random thing: Some before and after pictures of my haircut today. It always feels like I have so much less hair, but the pictures don’t seem that different. I wonder why?
Third random thing: The other day as I drove back from the store, I thought my car’s electrical system had gone haywire. It took me a second to realize it was fine:
Finally, I just love flowers and plants that thrive in the autumn. These just get more brilliant the more crisp the temperatures:
Up tonight: grilling, beer/wine, a movie and maybe walking to Pumphouse creamery for an ice cream cone with Joe. Mmmmm. Ice cream.
I didn’t run today as scheduled, but I firmly believe in the birthday exclusion for things like this and therefore there is no price to pay for missing.
Today, birthday or not, was just craptastic. Joe was going to take me out to a really nice dinner but I asked for a rain check on that until a day when I would appreciate that kind of meal more. Instead we just went to the Low Brow, a neighborhood bar near our house. It was just what I needed: hamburger, chips and guacamole and a glass of wine. The place was packed with neighborhood folks, kind of boisterous without being obnoxious and full of good cheer. After a day like today I really needed that.
I love the poster of Minneapolis the bar has in its men’s restroom. For being a physically small American city (maybe 63 square miles) there are a gazillion neighborhoods and I’ve always loved how the creator of this poster fits them all into their proper position and shape. My apologies to the little kid who was holding his crotch outside the restroom door while I took and retook this picture. Hey kid! It’s my birthday so just chill.
Not to jinx it, but I think I’m back in the groove
It started with a four mile run last Monday, followed by a spin class led by a kid on Tuesday, a spin class led by someone much more experienced on Wednesday, yet another spin class with another experienced instructor who also plays awesome music and is easy on the eyes on Thursday, a 10 mile walk and then a run with the dog on Friday and finally another four mile run on Saturday to complement my Monday run. Six days in a row for the first time since I don’t know when. I did spin today with a run planned tomorrow. I’m looking forward to keeping this groove going.
On a completely unrelated note, I biked to the pet store to buy some peanut butter filling for Athena’s Kong toy. On the way back, some young guy was biking toward me, hands no where near the handle bars while texting. He was so engrossed in his text that he didn’t see this squirrel run across the street and right underneath his tires. The guy never even looked up.
September 19, 2014 at 2:09pm
YES OR NO
A. You can ONLY answer Yes or No.
B. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages you and asks — and believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems. Now, here’s what you’re supposed to do… Copy and repost, delete my answers, then type in your answers.
Been arrested? No
Kissed someone you didn’t like? Yes
Slept in until 5 PM? No
Ran a red light? Yes
Been suspended from school? No
Experienced love at first sight? No
Totalled your car in an accident? No
Been fired from a job? No
Fired somebody? Yes
Sang karaoke? Yes
Pointed a gun at someone? No
Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? Yes
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes
Kissed in the rain? Yes
Had a close brush with death? Yes
Seen someone die? Yes
Played spin-the-bottle? Yes
Smoked a cigar? No
Sat on a rooftop? Yes
Smuggled something into another country? No
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? No
Broken a bone? Yes
Skipped school? Yes
Eaten a bug? Yes
Walked on a moonlit beach? Yes
Rode [on] a motorcycle? Yes
Dumped someone? Yes
Lied to avoid a ticket? No
Ridden in a helicopter? No
Shaved your head? No
Made your boyfriend/girlfriend cry? Yes
Eaten snake? No
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? No
Puked on amusement ride? Yes
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? Yes
Been in a band? No
Been on TV? Yes
Shot a gun? Yes
Gave someone stitches? No
Ridden a surfboard? No
Drank straight from a liquor bottle? Yes
Had surgery? Yes
Taken by ambulance to hospital? No
Peed behind a bush? Yes
Donated Blood? Yes
Grabbed an electric fence? No
Eaten alligator meat? Yes
Killed an animal when not hunting? No
Peed your pants in public? Yes
Snuck into a movie without paying? No
Written graffiti? No
Still loved someone you shouldn’t? Yes
Been in handcuffs? No
Believe in love? Yes
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? Yes
Throw Back Thursday
I haven’t done TBT in a long time and with my track record probably won’t again for awhile, but this has been on my mind for several days. Joe and I went to Iceland in 2008. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. We went all over the island (kinda sorta interesting aside: Icelanders spell Iceland “Island” and pronounce it “Iceland”. Yeah.) Anyway, this picture was taken at one of the dozens of waterfalls dotting the landscape there. It’s so raw and rugged and relatively unspoiled. The people are amazing — educated, literate, aware and speak English better than we do. I have never felt so at home somewhere that wasn’t already home.
I keep telling Joe to find a job teaching in Reykjavik for a year. I think maybe I’m pining for a change of scenery.
Day Two of Resetting
I woke up this morning and intended to do a spin class today to complement my not horrible run last night. I’m not sure when I last put two days in a row of working out — probably June — so maybe this train is getting back on track.
I chose a class I had never taken before - sometimes mixing up the instructors is a good motivator for me. The instructor was oh maybe 10 years old. 22 at the most. Basically a zygote on a spin bike. I have at least 30-35 years on him. And yet, I kept up with him and that didn’t suck. I’m not sure I’ll take his class again — he has not yet learned the proper way to work up through the heart rate zones. He thinks resting heart rate to anaerobic threshold in two minutes is awesome, and doing weird things you would never do on a real bike like upright sit-ups and pushups are cool. But he was a nice guy, had great energy, was a lot of fun, had fantastic music and I really enjoyed myself.
Here’s to making it three days in a row tomorrow!
Over the past few months, I have been anything but consistent with exercise and I’ve been quite inconsistent with my diet. The result is not surprising — I’m a little bit out of shape and I’ve gained about ten pounds since the winter.
So tonight, very uncharacteristically, I ran after work. Uncharacteristic because I hate running after work, but it was hard to ignore how gorgeous it was outside with temps in the 60s and bright sunshine. To my surprise, I managed a four mile run. It wasn’t fast, but I ran the whole way and didn’t hate it, so I consider that a win.
Before I set out, I gave myself a little inducement to finish. The other night, Joe and I had a tumblr couple over for dinner. Heather made this fabulous bread with cranberries and almonds, and with it, homemade apple butter.
I promised myself if I finished this run, I could have some. I am no food stylist, obviously, but it was fantastic! Little did Heather know that with the apple butter, she tapped into a childhood food I adored above all others.
This probably means some ridiculous heat wave for later in September, but this week I’m in heaven. Thanks Canada!
One of these two is warming up my spot. The other has to sleep in the living room. Hmmm. Decisions decisions.
All healed up
As late as yesterday my bronchitis was slowly getting better but I figured I would still have another three days of hacking and nose blowing. But this morning I woke up feeling strange. No coughing, no urge to cough, no chest tightness - you know…normal.
I decided to press the issue and went to the gym at noon to run. I started slowly but ended up running my normal distance at my normal pace. Not even a throat tickle. The body’s ability to fight illness is amazing.
Tomorrow is spin and back to commuting by bike and eating better. During the two weeks I was sick, I gained three pounds. :/