serendipitous reflections

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gym tomorrow?

I did have the best intentions of going to the gym tonight, but Jeni needs my help on a grant for the theatre. We really didn't think we'd qualify, but Jeni talked to someone who gave her some pointers, so it's back to the grind. Gym tomorrow instead, then hopefully four days in a row.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Back to the gym Wednesday

Jeni's back is still giving her some trouble, plus she has a grant that is due soon, so we'll be home working on the grant tonight so it can be reviewed tomorrow and cleaned up. So we'll hit the gym again on Wednesday.

Jeni's back was bothering her the other day when we went. We did manage to walk the track for a mile, and I did a random hill (unsatisfying) program on the treadmill, with a few machines thrown in between. So all in all about two miles of walking, treadmill, and elliptical for me. Jeni did about five miles on the bike after we stopped walking. She plans to get back in the pool tomorrow. Hopefully that will help her low back. (Yes, she's getting adjusted -- it's just a longstanding issue with her.)


Etsy shop to revisit

Jeni loves browsing Etsy. It's a good way to spend hours upon hours. I like Strange Studios, Lisa Snellings' Poppet Planet site. She also has a blog here, and more poppet stuff here.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Things to remember

Patients are always giving me names of books or bands or recommendations for whatever. They end up as a stack of random notes on my desk. Here are some of them so I don't forget.

The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
Band of Heathens
The Big Sky, Guthrie
Wilco/Feist, You and I
Cochrane Review for research
Aaron Burton

These are all rather random, and I'll probably search them later and maybe it'll make sense and maybe I'll look and wonder why I was pointed this way. But now they're here and not on slips of paper on my desk. So that's a start.


Thusrday night at the gym

Jeni and I hit the gym last night, and had a good night there. Jeni did laps in the pool. I think she said she did 3/4 mile in the pool. (I would be 3/4 drowned if I tried that.) I did 1.5 miles on the elliptical and then worked arms really heavy (for me). Feeling it this morning. And we finished with 0.77 miles walking the track. We'll probably miss it today since they close at 6 p.m. but hopefully we'll make it Saturday and Sunday. It's supposed to be very nice this weekend so we're looking at a lot of home/yard projects, too.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Juggling tutorial

Here's a great juggling tutorial page. I can do a lot of these already, but it's nice to see variations. I'm happy with my tricks that I am proficient in, but I'm always looking to add more. Maybe Burke's Barrage...

Also, the DIY juggling equipment blog by Dube that got me to the page above.

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Treadmill time

I went to the gym last night, despite not really having a lot of energy. It was just one of those days, but I knew I needed to go. I did a quick (for me) 1.5 miles on the treadmill (about 21 minutes) then called it quits. If I could have found the UT/S. Carolina basketball game I might have stayed longer.

But I did get to catch up on some TV last night. I know someone who is on the new season of Survivor. We never watch the show, but now we have to watch and pull for Krista. She can't say how she did or what happened. I couldn't imagine the pressure of not being able to talk about it. The premiere was OK -- not much of her. It's a show you can watch while ironing or doing the dishes.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Way I Am

I've been meaning to download The Way I Am, but I have it up and work and forget when I get home.


Back to the gym tomorrow

This past weekend was a little nuts ... we had Tiffany's birthday and Jeni had a grant she was trying to finish for the theatre. We were supposed to go to opening night of Jocelyn's show, but it all just got to be too much. So we were able to get the house cleaned up and lots of amazing desserts prepared (I cleaned, Jeni cooked -- it's just best that way). The party was a lot of fun. Just nice to get everyone together, although we did get in trouble with Gracie for having an adults party and not a party she could come to. We're making that up with a visit soon. Can't have the six-year-old mad at you.

Jeni completed the grant last night after the board meeting. What did you do on Valentine's Day? Board meeting and grant writing, of course. (Just kidding, VD has never been a biggie for us anyway.) We did go to the Cock and Bull afterward for dinner and the second half of trivia -- made a decent effort considering we only played the second half.

But because of all this we haven't been to the gym in the past few days. I'm not really sure we'll make it tonight. I have my new patient workshop which throws off my evening. But we're definitely getting back at it on Wednesday. I've really enjoyed going to the gym. And although my weight is fluctuating back and forth around where I really don't want it to be, I feel better overall when I go. I've set a goal on the Wii Fit, and basically I have to lose three pounds a week to reach it. This is my third or fourth goal I've set on the Wii Fit since we started on it and I have yet to reach a goal. Actually, I've gone in the wrong direction for the most part. But I'm confident that I'll get this one.

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The Curse

Here's an oddly haunting and sweet song...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Vital moms

Another website to come back to: Vital Moms

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Homemade juggling equipment

Here's a project to come back to later...


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Wish list

Add to the wish list of things that are cool but that I don't need: The Nintendo 3DS. Also on the list is an iPad, a new cell phone, and endless amounts of juggling equipment.


Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Monday and Tuesday at the gym

Just a quick gym update:
Monday I did the elliptical and treadmill. 15 min on elliptical and about 8 or so on the treadmill before I just had to stop. Cooled down shooting baskets.

Tuesday was the treadmill first, for 1.5 miles then upper body and finished with 0.5 miles on the elliptical.


Saturday, February 05, 2011

Friday at the gym

We actually made it to the gym on Friday. We did the elliptical, the bike and upper body. I really liked the elliptical. I'll have to do more of that.


Thursday, February 03, 2011

At the gym on Wednesday

So we made it back to the gym yesterday after a few days away. I was a little slowed by some nagging sinus congestion, which takes some fun out of it (well, takes some fun out of everything). But we made it. We got there around 7:30 p.m. and it was so vacant that we had access to pretty much whatever we wanted, which is good to remember. Really, it's never happened that there was equipment we couldn't use because of the crowd, but it's also nice to know when the quietest time is. Yesterday Jeni and I walked the track for two miles. It was a good little walk, and longer than I've done since we started. Walking the track is very different for me from walking on the treadmill. I have a harder time with it, mainly, I think, because I have to pace myself instead of the equipment pacing me. But I like walking with Jeni. We use her Nike+ with her iPod and it keeps us on pace pretty good. After we finished walking we hit the weight room for a little bit, doing mostly upper body. This weekend will be a miss for me because I have a continuing ed seminar all weekend, sunrise to sunset, which just stinks, but needs to be done. So back at it Monday for me.


Fun magnets

We'll be having fun with these magnets later.


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Flu vaccine article

This is an interesting piece on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. Get through his first section section where he vents about the fact that vaccine producers won't do evidence-based research. He has a valid point, but he needs to move more to the meat, which is the Cochrane Collaboration, which is heading toward becoming the gold standard in studies on health care. This is where the facts come out -- that the flu vaccine is effective, at best, 1 out of every 100 people, and that it does not help prevent transmission of the disease. Interesting. Yet as a society we continue to inject this over and over again, faithfully doing what the poster at the grocery store tells me to do.

And while I'm linking to articles, here's a good one on exercise and nutrition.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

OK, no gym last night

So we didn't make it to the gym last night. It turns out the pool was closed for some reason (poop?), and Jeni really likes to swim laps, so we decided to pass on the gym Monday. Tonight doesn't work for me because of my new patient workshop, but we're on for Wednesday. I had the big idea of getting up early and going in, but I have to be honest with myself and realize that that's not happening right now -- not with this schedule I'm keeping (stupid schedule).