Tuesday, February 28, 2006
That is why getting up earlier to work out was scary to me. Over the last 6 weeks - even just 25 minutes was at first, I thought, a one way ticket to cranky exhaustion. At first I was exhausted by 9 PM because I still tried to stay up till 11:30 - I felt cheated if I went to bed early. Slowly I got used to it and managed to find a happy medium of around 10 or 10 :30. The thing is, I'm a sleeper-inner. Nothing delights me more than lazy weekend mornings and dozing as long as possible, reading and even more dozing. My newer schedule is really making it hard to sleep past 10 or so now. Not a big deal to some of you maybe, but very odd to me. If I happen to stay out late with friends (and stay awake thru it all) I still awaken early...wierd. Not sure if I'll ever like that part of it.
Strangely enough, it is getting easier. Oh it's not that I like getting up at 6:15. The fact that I now need to expand my exercise routine and wake up 15 minutes more early from this week onwards is still a struggle. I like sleep! The neet thing is, most mornings I feel really good by the time I exercise. It is kind of cool...by now there is no more nodding off in the middle of my ball workout and dropping the ball on my head as I lay on my back...definitely a good thing for my poor nose!
And after 6 weeks what do I have to show for all this morning angst? Well, I've lost (ooh aah) 3 pounds and I feel fitter, have more energy and I can feel muscles in my body underneath the insulation. I don't jiggle (as much) and I am looking forward to the banishment of the horrid winter so I can start walking outside and maybe even jog abit...one bit at a time. I'm a healthy weight for my height. I'm just not healthy...but I'm well on the way there now.
I know I'll never be uber fit. Heck, I just don't want it badly enough and quite frankly, I like to eat food. I was starting to get into uberfitness back in university and well, it's just not that important to me to spend that much time on it...but I have to say that feeling healthy is great. Knowing I'm doing my bit to be around here longer and be healthier with J is very satisfying. We both are more healthy and fit now than when we met each other over 10 years ago and feel like "real" people. We get out and do more things. And I must say that going into a store and trying on pretty much anything flattering , especially with the limited normal clothing choices from the current bar slag style craze for women feels better when you look better.
SO...what brought all this pattern of thinking on? I was wondering this morning while doing pushups on the purply ball just what I was getting out of all this really...and a neat thing came to mind on top of all the things I've already mentioned. Since I began in January I not only sleep better and feel better but I get lots of wierd dreams. Latest example? Well, sunday night I dreamt that I could play my hand like a flute...you know, like when you were a kid and you'd put a thumb on your nose and wiggle the fingers at people? Well I could blow in my thumb and depending on how my fingers were bent, I could play different notes. I was just getting good at it when I woke up...
Maybe it's a sign my brain is bored and I need to start doing mental excercises and take it out for a spin every once in a while...
Monday, February 27, 2006
I did cheer meself up and have a nice weekend. Spent it with J and had some friends over saturday night for some Settlers of Catan, Krokono and a few beer. It's become a bit of a tradition for a few friends to come over, watch Battlestar Galactica on saturday and then hang out. A good time. Sunday was veggin with me luv and having the most amazing breakfast in ages (OK so breakfast at 2 PM is more of a lunch I guess...). Jay had the idea and I made it and it was so good I have to tell you all how to make it because, quite frankly, you all need to try this. It's beyond yummy. What is it you say? Crepes with fresh fruit sauce...so good.
- 3/4 c flour
- 3/4 c milk
- 3/8 c warm water
- 3 eggs
- 2 T sugar
- 1/4 c melted butter
- Pinch of salt
Mix it all together with a food processor or a blender and let it sit covered in the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking (it can sit overnight). Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and use a bit of butter for frying (about a chicklet's worth) - the heat is right when the butter melts and bubbles, but won't brown. Ladle ~3 or 4 T of batter (it is really thin) into the center of the pan and swirl the pan around so the batter reaches the edges of the pan. Flip it over with your fingers when it starts to brown. Keep making them until you run out of batter...you should get at least 12 crepes. Spoon in about 1-2 T of fruit sauce and roll up and dust with icing sugar if ya like ( I don't but some do). You can use jam or preserves too, but nothing beats fresh fruit sauce in my book.
- 1 1/2 c mixed berries (Frozen is easier -I like safeway's mixed frozen berries-strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries)
- 1/3 c water
- 2 T sugar (or more to taste)
- 2 T cornstarch mixed with 2 T water
Heat the berries in the water with the sugar until the water just starts to boil and the fruit is very soft. Puree it all in a blender or with a hand mixer and return to the heat, adding the cornstarch mixture. It'll thicken up in a moment and be done. EEEEEEasy. Probably more than you need but it keeps well frozen and is yummy on pancakes too.
So there ya go. Stop what you are doing right now and go have some crepes. If you want to impress the ladies or score big points with your loved one make them crepes. They'll love you. It worked for me!
Have a great day all.
Friday, February 24, 2006
It's cold, I'm tired, I don't feel like doing anything and am feeling low...I actually think I have extra rung added to my ladder of moodiness today. I'm not going into any of the gory details. Suffice it to say that for many reasons, some of them self inflicted, I'd be crap to be around right now. The thing is, usually I'm pretty happy and cheerful. I like to cheer up other people and the things of life can generally roll off my back, or can at least be put in a cupboard to be taken out when I'm ready to have a go at them...but today I just can't do it. I'm bloody miserable. And unless I shake this I have a miserable weekend ahead of me.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Our copy of The Flaming Lips 5.1 audio release of their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin finally arrived yesterday (So did the new Orb album Okie Dokie but I haven't had a chance to listen yet). I've liked the Flaming Lips for a long time, all the way back to Transmission from the Satellite Heart in '93 and it's funny, every album I listen to is "oh this one is my favorite". They keep improving and changing musically...from a lot of fun noise into some of the best rock & roll out there. And they are truly interesting people who genuinely try to make people happier and have a good time with their music. There's even talk of releasing their experimental album Zaireeka on DVD in 5.1 (which is good seeing as noone I know has 4 separate CD players to play the 4 CDs at the same time and so have never heard it) and I'm happily anticipating their new album to be out sometime this year. I loved Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, their last album release (which is also out in 5.1 remix should you all be interested) and this new album, from the single I heard last week, appears to be a slightly different sound yet again.
If you've never heard the Flaming Lips or The Soft Bulletin, do so. Beg or borrow it and have a listen. Pick up the DVD if you have a home theatre system...there's even a little kaliedescope fro each song to watch if ya like while listening. It will make your ears smile.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Apparently at Selfridges in London, great time has been taken lately to build a city of biscuits. Today is the day where you can come at 4PM and devour the city with a cup of tea.
How very cool and very British.
I've made Gingerbread and cookie houses before but never ones to be devoured or even really worth showing off to other people, let a lone inviting them round for tea and a munch on it...I keep getting mental images of Homer in the land of chocolate.
See what I've done?
Now I'm hungry.
I'm going to go and have a bar of hippie crack and a cup of coffee for a break and get back to it.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
When I moved to my new lab I thought there was no bathroom on this part of the building.
Well...I took a wrong turn and there it was!
I can now pee freely without going on a long cross country journey to the distant land of relief.
Hooray for me.
And it only took 3 months to find...
(permission granted to mock me now)
Just to be sure, I checked if I am normal, and everything is as it should be.
The Free Thinker
68 Anti-Normal Points
You are quite strange indeed and not very normal at all. You are cool. We have a few things in common, so send me a message. You are very open minded, creative, and intelligent. People like you and secretly want to be you, because of your overwhelming coolness. Just watch out the world doesn't suck out your originality
You scored higher than 61% on the How Normal Are You Test
PS - Feel the love.
Monday, February 20, 2006
At lunch I had a wierd conversation where we got to passing around the ultimate "make out" music (yes I know I work with odd people). Some odd music came up...different things for different people. It got me curious, soooooooo I'm asking all you out there: What do you think of as good make-out music? I'm curious what gets the mojo of you all out there. I've got a few in mind, but I'm not gonna be the first to spill the beans.
OK, OK..here's one: the "Mystic Groove" compilation album.
Come on...humor me.
Yet, on Sunday I watched a google hosted film about the 911 attacks , specifically to watch the first part to learn more about the whole "plane hitting the pentagon" thing. It was interesting enough that I ended up watching the whole film (it's over an hour long). Now while a bit of it goes a bit too far for me, a lot of the evidence presented about the plane that crashed in a field and the one that supposedly crashed into the pentagon was fascinating...it seriously looks as though it didn't happen, given all the evidence present (and the fact that a lot recording and data are suspiciously hidden from the public about the event that could just confirm things one way or the other is just odd). And a lot of evidence presented about the twin towers talks about secondary explosions before the collapse and a prior knowledge of the event - like a planned demolition...Now I feel all crackpotty for saying this, but if you have some time to kill, watch the movie. I know it's long...skip thru the first bit of intro if you must, but the bits on the planes and towers is really interesting. If the facts that the only buildings of this type to utterly collapse utterly due to fire are these 3 buildings, especially the tower 7 which had a bunch of FBI and other agency offices in it, something is definitely NOT right. The questions raised about Bin Laden's supposed video confession are aslo very alarming. The film has photos and evidence I've honestly never seen before...and it made me wonder...just how much of it was real? And if it wasn't...why? And holy crap indeed if it was known about ahead of time or faked.
Man...I guess I need to go buy a "conspiracy theorist" t-shirt now...cuz this film got me thinking. A lot. Watch it. Tell me what you thought. Am I being a bit wonky here? Cuz it sure looks as though something is definitely not right...
Friday, February 17, 2006
I'm trying to grow it out for a change but I'm bored...any ideas or photos of ideas for a new do anyone?
PS -Is anyone else having trouble uploading images?
I've been trying all week and I get upload errors every time I try to add a picture.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I am in a pretty good mood today, mostly due to this list and a good night sleep after a romantic day spent with the King.
So read up and cheer up...or I'll send you a poison strudel.
Songs that make me happy:
-"Feels Good" by Gorillaz
-"Summer Girl" by Beck
-"Warning Shots" by Thievery Corporation
Things that make me happy:
-My "Happy" t-shirt. I'm wearing it right now.
-When my husband calls me "Spark"
-When I get to go to the Cheese store and get fantastic cheese from around the world - this weeks cheese is a Garlic Leister Swirl...mmmmm
I'm thankful for:
-My Mom's congestive heart failure is, for now, under better control with medication, so I get to keep her. I luv my Mummy.
-There's a new kid in our neighborhood who likes to shovel our steps and sidewalk for cash. No more shovelling for me this winter!
-I got a ride to work and I get a ride home from home from work today - no bus for me today!
Songs I have to sing along to (even when they're just in my head):
-"Stripped Machine" by Goldfrapp
- The Doom song by Gir (OK it's not a real song but it gets in your head)
-"In My Heart" by Moby
Three nice things I will do soon:
-Send CDs of music I like to friends and hopefully start up a bit of a music swap (like the old times)
-When I am in the cancer centre during work I will take 10 minutes and play/talk to the kids in for chemo to try and make them smile.
-Send my friends doing Grad Studies in Halifax a care package
Quotes that make me laugh:
-"Perhaps I'll ask someone with a little more intelligence what their opinion is...hello wall, what do you think?" ~K. Kochanski
-"Pointy Birds, a pointy pointy, annoint my head, anointy nointy" ~Steve Martin (Cruel Shoes)
-"My English teacher, Mrs. Robinson, always said to start in the middle of something interesting, so here's Peter encased in 50 cubic feet of Jell-O. " ~M. Martin
Movies I enjoy watching over and over that make me happy:
-It's a Wonderful Life
-Run Lola Run
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Why do publishers set release dates if they don't mean anything? If they don't even bother to deliver to us on that day or just keep moving it ahead a week?
The past 6 things we have tried to buy have not come out on their release date.
So then I end up ordering them on Amazon. And waiting. Forever.
Next week a whole crapload of stuff we've had to order over the past month and a half should be arriving...I hope.
No doctor who on valentines day...sigh.
AND, of course I couldn't leave the leftovers there so I took them with me to work to spread the love around. Noone wanted one - everyone is sick and I am too (a cold) so noone wanted my "sickly strudels" as one coworker laughingly called them. So over the past few hours I've slowly eaten them all. Yeesh. I keep going back for coffee and tea to help my throat and seeing them and going "They're so small, I'll just have another...". Nothing like multiple strudels for breakfast to help wih the fitness regime eh? Man I have no willpower when I'm sick.
Ah well, love to you all anyways. Happy love day.
Monday, February 13, 2006
We were curious how he'd react to another animal. Our friends Lowell and Jason came over saturday night for some drinks, conversation and Playstation kareoke and Jason brought along his little chihuahua Stitch. We were very surprised at what happened. My cat Geek just stayed back and watched, curious but aware, as usual. But Gavin - he was suddenly the king of town and defender of the home. He stalked Stitch from room to room, growling and hissing and actually drooling and baring his teeth too. He actually would have probably showed Stitch his place (and then some) if we hadn't separated them - he got in a few good swipes before we tucked him upstairs for the evening. He was not playing around - this little furry imposter had to go! And after Jason went home he strutted around the house like a king showing who was boss.
He was back to his meowy self this morning...
Saturday, February 11, 2006
...now that Wash is gone...sniff...I don't want to talk about it.
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Friday, February 10, 2006
J and I decided we needed something to cheer ourselves up so we had a movie night last night. Plus I wanted to celebrate the fact that I did a very intricate and complicated experiment that afternoon and it went perfectly. So, we went out to get the new Wallace & Grommit movie and buffalo wings and ketchup flavoured popcorn...but not mixed together. And white wine - so classy! I love flavoured popcorn. I have discovered tho that gorging on a huge bag of popcorn before bed makes your tummy sore the next day...like there's a little hedgehog having a nap in there. I couldn't help it - every once in a while we go and buy the decadent popcorn, turn off the phone and have a movie night together... I'd been dying to see the film and we'd never gotten around to it. Wallace and Grommit have been favorites of mine, all the way back the the Wrong Trouser short films. I thought the movie was really great. It made me laugh a lot, and was just the thing I needed. I am so glad that there are still miniatures and claymation being done, although now that their studio burnt down and their next film is largely computer generated (it looks good) so I hope that this isn't a sign of things to come.
And so I feel like life is better today. Still a lot on my plate, but it's the little things, you know?
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
And it's not anyone elses so I can keep it.
Which is cool, because I was reminded this morning that I owe someone ten bucks.
So I'm going to give it to them right away and then everybody is happy. Well I'd rather keep the tenner, but you know. Before it goes away, I found a site on the internet that will track money by serial numbers across the country a few weeks ago so I registered, entered my tenner in with the code and I'll check in in a few months to see where it is.
The world was nice to me for a change.
How cool is that.
What's Going on in My Life Right Now
Current attire: Blue jeans, guacamole green t-shirt, burgundy zip up bunnyhug, steel specs, celtic necklace and work boots/winter boots(with duck tape repairs on the pointy bits that were wounding me all day yesterday).
Current mood: Bored and kinda moogy. Not having the best week really. Too many reasons why not and I'd like to skip ahead to March if I could.
Current music: Nothing. None on...maybe I'd cheer up a bit if I put some on. OK, I've got Groove Salad e-station on now. That's better...hey cool! It is playing a decent remix of Orb's Little Fluffy Clouds. OK definitely much better already.
Current annoyance: People who place their hope and happiness in things. They aren't real. Maybe you can enjoy using them or playing with them, but if you can't be happy without them, doesn't that just set you up for a gaping loss when the things are gone, or worse yet, can never be acquired?
Current thing: Trying to find things to do in the wintry boredom. It's been chilly as of late with not much to do. I am adamant that I don't just veg out in front of the TV, but finding things to actively occupy my mind can be challenging sometimes. I was very surprised to learn that there is only so much you can read before you go slightly mad.
Current desktop picture: A picture of Little Bear Lake.
Current song in head: "Little Fluffy Clouds" by Orb. Go figure...
Current book: "Dune". I've never read it thru before. I tried when I was 8 or 9 and just wasn't old enough to read it and stopped and never got back to it until Jay borrowed it from a friend and read it and went nuts over it. I'm about half way through it right now and HOLY CRAP what an amazing book. It really is one of the best books I've ever read.
Current video in player: My exercise ball workout that I did this morning.
Current DVD in player: Nowhere Man disc 2...of 9...Did I mention I have all 25 episodes? Cuz I do. And that the show is fantastic - even better than I remember it? Cuz it is. I've been savouring them, one per Saturday. It's so good.
Current refreshment: coffee (with sweetener. Blech)
Current worry: Sigh. Worries. I'd like my many worries to be solved by someone else and then I could just drink tea and read like a normal person again.
Current thought: Will they ever make a sweetener that actually does taste "just like sugar"? I mean I've tried all kinds. I figure I drink enough coffee that I should try and cut back the sugar intake if I'm on a health/exercise/get healthy kick. They all taste like ass. So I either go black (which is OK with really good coffee, but not with the stuff I imbibe at work), use sweetener and be annoyed at the crumminess or just not drink coffee. The no coffee thing is a laughable non-event, so I'm still looking for something else while trying to drink black cheap coffee with milk. I made a vow that the coffee I drink at home will only be my favorite, freshly ground and black (like my soul) but I can't be coffee police here at work...maybe I just drink too much coffee. Hmmm...ya think? Man, it really is my only vice, and I'd hate to give it up.
Anyways, I'm blathering. It's my lunch break so I should go and eat my lunch and have some more sickeningly sweet coffee. Ta.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
In a concerted effort to cheer myself up I've tried to try and make a list of things I like, or that make me happy, whenever I need to. Three per category once in a while to keep the old happy juices flowing...
songs that make me happy:
Staunton Lick by Lemon Jelly
Everythings not Lost by Coldplay
You'll Be Loved by Death Cab for Cutie
things that make me happy:
people who's eye's smile when they laugh
my Kitchen Aid mixer (it makes me food...good food)
Watching my cat hunt and conquer an evil sock ball
things I'm thankful for:
I have a home that I love, that isn't perfect
I am loved by someone more deeply than I could ever have wished for
There is music I love and I can listen to it whenever I want, at work, at home...or in my head.
Three nice things I will do soon:
Make my husband french toast for breakfast
Bring my coworker a cup of coffee and a muffin for no good reason
Play with my cat until he pants
Quotes that make me laugh:
"A smock is used to cover up good clothes when you're doing something messy, like painting or a vivisection. It isn't for going out on the town." - Squidgy Says
"It was me! I was the turkey all along!" - Gir
"I have dedicated my life to one goal: grafting badgers' heads onto children's bodies. It's slow work, but it's all in the little victories. One day..." -Pig on Wheels
Now, as the Bacon Queen, I have a command for you all. Go forth and make someone else smile. As a collective, we can do it - we can make the world a better place, or at least make someone smile.
Monday, February 06, 2006
1) Get up and nearly fall down the stairs
2) Have an asthma attack while exercising
3) Get cats all over me as I try and salvage my excercise routine and do some stretching
4) Have showerhead spray cold water on my head because my knee bumped the knob
5) My friend left the lid off the muffins when he ate one last night so they are little breakfast rocks...I took one to eat later anyways.
6) Can't find my toque so I freeze my head on my walk to the bus, trudging through a foot of snow that fell overnight
7) Fall down on the ice on my way to the bus (luckily the snow was there)
8) Some sort of pointy metal thing in my boot decides to pop free as I got off the bus to shred my heel all day until I can get home and take the boots off.
9) When I get to work and I'm starting up the coffee in the lunch room I am bombarded on my head by a box of stir sticks from a shelf above (I kid you not) which then proceed to scatter madly all over the room, forcing me to pick them up.
10) As a last kick in the teeth I dropped my muffin/rock on the stairs...I picked it up and so help me I'm eating it anyways.
I am very scared of this day - I mean it's only 8 AM. Who knows what else I'm facing today. It's like a twisted top 10 list already.
I'll post tomorrow to let you all know I'm still alive!
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
If I were royalty I'd be the Queen of Boredom.
If I were a politician I'd be the Mayor of Tedium Town.
It's blizzardy and there's nothing to do INSIDE and too frosty and awful to go outside.
Our evening has consisted of various ways of expressing our boredom.
I refuse to submit to the glowing box but I am having trouble staying amused.
So I am engorging my boredom by expressing it to the world!
THE SNOW IS EATING MY BRIAN!!!!!!!!!!!
I think I'll go torment the cats for a while.
Life is wierd ya know. It seems a lot of things have been hitting me hard lately. Been distant from people, including my partner who is dea...
May the blessing of light be on you— light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you and warm your heart till it glows...
Life is wierd ya know. It seems a lot of things have been hitting me hard lately. Been distant from people, including my partner who is dea...