Running: Our morning workout is going great!! We are on this running program that gradually increases the amount of time we run, until we will be running for 20 minutes straight. Then we plan to gradually increase our pace. We are strongly considering running a 5K in December. I wasn't losing any weight at all, though, and finally figured out a way to keep track of just how much I was eating (too much, of course) and thereby start eating less. All I did was get the info on the 4 basic food groups from the American Heart Association website and make a little chart to tick off all the carbs, proteins, dairy & fruits and veggies that I eat (as I eat them). Then I know how much I can eat at the next meal, and there is no fooling myself into thinking that that huge portion is OK. Since I started doing that, I've lost an average of 1/2 pound per day and today went under 140 for the first time!! YAY!!!! These kind of results make it easier to stick to the program, and achieve a little more of my goal every day!! I would totally love to be down to 130 or so when I get pregnant. I plan on continuing as much exercise as I possibly can throughout the pregnancy, so I can hopefully get back in shape faster after wards. One little not so fun thing: I was absolutely starving when we left on our run, so I couldn't wait to get back and eat a Nutri-Grain Bar. I ate it right away when we returned and now my stomach is rebelling. It would have been better to wait a bit I think!!
Vacation: Getting very excited about the trip to Los Angeles. We leave on Thursday. I'll be meeting my Brother-in-Law's new girlfriend for the first time & I'm really looking forward to it. She's know as "the Cruise Director" amongst her friends, and now we know why. She's been making plans for us to get to do and see all that we want to when we're there. Disneyland will be the highlight, but Go-Kart racing looks like a blast too. She is the personal assistant to William Shatner, so there is a decent chance we may get to meet him, and that would make me the Queen of the Geeks in my circle of long-time Star Trek fan friends!!! I'm sure I'll have lots to report on the trip when I return but I'll be off the internet from 10/23 - 11/1.
Blogging: I am really digging all the blogging stuff! I get a big kick out reading all the great stuff that's out there, and I'm inspired to make a great blog myself. Its been an exciting week cuz I opened my blog up to the public for the first time. Its really fun to check the sitemeter every day. I'm up to 26 hits!!! Wheeeeeee. Thanks to all who've clicked their way here and commented and blogrolled me!! I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to syndicate my site and was directed to a very good article with useful information. Quite easy to read, but the bottom line is that I would have to manually update my RSS document everytime I updated my site. I'm a very loyal person, and wouldn't have considered switching to another service, but Blogger totally pissed me off by saying that RSS is only available to Blogger Pro users and Blogger Pro is only available to those who already have it. I can't get it and they won't tell me when it will be available. I asked in email what I should do in the meantime and was told that I should "do a Google search for a feature that will provide RSS for your blog." Yeah, it's called TypePad, dumbass. It's as if they intentionally want to drive people away. I don't get it, but too bad for them. So I'm pretty much planning on switching over to TypePad when I return from vacation. It has all the features I want, and I don't have to muck around to get it. At least according to their website.
Trying to conceive: Today is the 25th day of the 4th cycle since we've been trying to get pregnant. A few more days til I know if we succeeded this time. The sooner the better because of my age, but another month of weight loss before pregnancy wouldn't hurt either. I guess we'll know in a few days!
Whew, that was a lot of blogging and I'm late for my first dogwalk, so everybody have a swell day!!!
Found the story via Oxymoronic.
I could hug this woman. Really. Good for her to think and say these things. It must have been hard. Rodney King was not wrong (just kind of goopy) when he said "Why can't we all just get along?" We can. I think we really can. And Becky Miller here is proof of it. Thanks, Becky, and have yourself a great day, k?
Found this via Boing Boing.
Read it. Its funny.
I'm off to look up once and for all how to properly use its and it's. It must be here on this internet thingy somewhere...
Found via snarky malarkey .
~~this post abruptly ended due to huge dog causing air to be unbreathable in the computer area~~
~~Paragraph forcibly ended by the voices in my head asking "Who the hell do you think is going to keep reading this huge block of text?"~~
I stopped taking the pill on 6/29/03 and have been utterly focused (those who know me will not find this hard to believe) on getting pregnant. We bought a ClearPlan Monitor ($150 gadget to pinpoint the most fertile days of your cycle). the Rock Star is really enjoying the part of the process (as am I) wherein we have sex every other day. Good sex too. Not utility sex. We really believe that our baby will be a better person for our having conceived him with style (and multiple orgasms). During the few days of ovulation we really get down to business and lay down a gauntlet of sperm for that egg to traverse. So far the eggs have been wily, and escaped insemination by any of the hordes of wiggly Rock Star DNA carriers bombardment as it travels the Fallopian road. And that brings me to the thought that's been rattling around in my head. (I can hear you all saying "holy crap, THAT was the intro?")
Well, here is the thought. As I go through the days between ovulation and when my period would normally start, I often wonder: "Am I pregnant right now?"; "Are these the last days of who I have been for the last 40 years, and the first days of being all that, plus something more, a parent?"; "Does this milk smell bad?". Heidi & Mel's baby girl was born at 5:18 am yesterday. In the last week of Heidi's pregnancy, she was just so ready to be done with it. We talked a lot and the only advice I could give, was "Try to enjoy the moments you are in." The time of before the baby will end and you'll never have this time again. I'm a big follower of my own advice and have been enjoying the preconception period very much, at the same time impatient and excited for the actual pregnancy to begin, not to mention the time after the baby is born. So this morning as I fixed breakfast I wondered again "Am I pregnant?" and I thought about how it is to enjoy each phase of our lives, each moment that we're in (or as many as we can) and how lucky I am, and how happy I am (thanks mainly to the Rock Star). I want to remember these moments and I want to tell them to the person my baby becomes. I will tell him (over a steaming mug of quadra-espresso): "You were wanted, you were loved before you even came to be."
"One hundred eighty
Something pretty cool on the science front, a simple number that describes the movement of wings when they thrust. It's like that "golden ratio" that describes beauty as humans see it, only for flight. Called the Strouhal number, it's the ass end of a relatively simple equation, the frequency of flapping multiplied by its amplitude, divided by forward speed.
The number is hoped to lead us to an explanation of how something essentially ungainly and spherical in shape as a Rush Limbaugh can perform almost a physics-defying ballet of on-air hypocrisy regarding drug addiction." Link to see pic, permalink.
Charles Pierce, with another great one over on Romenesko's letters page:
Everybody commenting on Rush Limbaugh has felt compelled to begin with an expression of solicitude for him in this difficult time. So I don't have to.
I do make a point about the coverage of the story, however. Mr. Limbaugh is not addicted to "prescription medication." He is addicted to drugs that occasionally are prescribed to people, most of whom don't send their maid out to score for them. He is addicted to drugs that occasionally are parcelled out, a few at a time, by a registered pharmacist at the behest of a licensed physician, and generally not bought by the pound from the Iceman down outside the local Gas 'n Sip. These particular items are "prescription medications" only when they actually are prescribed to people we usually call "patients." Otherwise, they are "illegal drugs" being scarfed by people we occasionally refer to as "junkies." " permalink
So as not to let the crabbiness overpower the feel of today's posts, let me include this super cute pic so we can all say "Awwwwwwwwww" together.
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I also received a payment from a client who had moved out of state owing me $239. When I contacted him weeks ago he sent a post card blaming me for sending the invoice "months" later (did not!!) and that he'd fallen on hard times (tough shit) and that he'd send a payment in October. Well, to be fair, he has sent a payment, but its only $115 and I have no commitment on when he'll send more. Guess I should be glad I got the fucking letter, the PO could have sent his check back to him, I guess.
On the positive side: I spoke with a nice girl at Peet's and ordered 1/2 lb of Italian Roast at 5 Grind, and 1/2 lb at 6 grind. Hopefully, I'll be getting back to the lovely Peet's every day soon...
I'm off to call the PO and find out if there is anything I can do to stop this "returning my invoices to me" crap in the future.
Running was up to 2 min run/1 min walk x7 total of 14 minutes. It went well. I got a bunch of phone calls made for the association. Tracked down 4 mailing addresses. Looked at Webhosting options. Still trying to figure out an alternative to Blogrolling, since that site seems to be down for the foreseeable future. Tried to make Awasu RSS a couple more sites I like.
Funny site of the day is Black Market Babies. Oh and Snoop Dogg's Tha Shizzolator. That's some of the good shizznet there babeeeee.
I have some good ideas for pictures to use and stories to tell about them. Will be working more on that this week. There are 5 gigs of stored pics that we'll put on DVD's. I'm up to CSS in HTML for Dummies. I used a bit of it to tweak this blogskin.
MIL isn't doing very well in the hospital. The surgery was complicated and her recovery is slow.
I think of hilariously funny things all the time, but when I sit down to write some of it down, it escapes me. Here are a few funny things that have happened: I drew a blue bunny on the Rock Star's belly yesterday and laughed til I couldn't breathe over it. Pics will be posted so stay tuned. All the dogs are gone now, but the Big Dog has decided to be stinky enough for all of the them. There is no safe breathing place in this house...
Talked to my dad today. I told him a joke: Guy walks into a bar. He's totally naked except for a large ships steering wheel on his dick. He orders a drink and the bartender asks, "What's the deal with the ships steering wheel on your unit, there?" The guy says "Arrrrrr, its drivin' me nuts!" He laughed at that one. I didn't tell him the one about the southern lady. I've found a lot of links with funny sex stuff in them lately: AOL Icon Sex & The Scout Walker Kama Sutra.
Starting over: this'll be a quick and dirty sum up of what I wrote about yesterday. Dogs and phones and email regarding the petsitters mailing list board vote. Surfing the net for blogs and blogging info. Added Haloscan Commenter to the blog and found LiveRack Web Hosting. Spent a fair amount of time last nite using the Reverse Phone Directory for some petsitters mailing addresses and also looking over the Twin Cities Marathon's website. Looked at Heart Rate Monitors again. We shopped at Marathon Sports for cold weather running gear and spent $343.00. But it was much more comfortable running today. 143.5 is the number on the scale this morning and I can't seem to stop thinking of Fudgesicles. Sick, huh? the Rock Star went to Green Mill with the gang last night and I stayed home. Talked to Nanc briefly. They are going to Berlin, Germany to see a musician they like. Sounds like a fun trip. She assured me that having kids will ruin our sex life...
I watched the Return of the King trailer yesterday and all I can say is: holy crap, wow, OMG. I can't wait. Here is a funny little web movie. Enjoy.
I realized this morning as I near the end of my period that there were no cramps at all. Could be because of cutting down on caffeine, could be because of exercising, or it could be because it's so fucking cold. k, well, maybe not that last one, but it is really cold. I stuffed a blanket in the window where the AC is so that the wind wouldn't whistle across my desk...
Speaking of Fucking cold...I found this yesterday. Public service announcements are good for you!! Enjoy. (even tho it says to wait til its loaded to press play, go ahead and press play after a few seconds anyway...I did and it played just fine...I think they think its funny to see how long peeps will sit there watching that "loading" animation...don't be a fool...just press play...otherwise, they're laughing at you)