Monthly Archives: November 2006

Blogging Chicks

So I’ve joined the Blogging Chicks; seemed like a sensible thing to do. After all I blog, and I’m a chick… well, closer to a stewing hen, but let’s not quibble over details here. Besides, the chicks do need role models and road guides and isn’t that the traditional role of we menopausal women? To be available as guides? Maybe someone will connect?

Today I worked in the gym for an hour (treadmill and arms/back weight machines), then killed 45 minutes walking around the mall before my appointment with my podiatrist. He took new x-rays for comparision with the ones from 2 years ago. We’ll go over these next week, but it’s look like this winter/spring sometime I will be going in for joint replacement surgery on my left foot.

And it looks like my right foot may be travelling the same path.

CALORIES TUESDAY? 1463 (about 100 low)
GOOD/BAD DECISION? stopped for a quick lunch at the mall foodcourt. Ordered a stir fry dish with lots of veggies, and brought home most of the fried rice for the dogs.

Tale of The Scale.

I survived Thanksgiving and 4 days with the spouser home. And with little damage to the scale.

Weight this morning: on the digital scale:156; on the balance scale: 154. Who know which is more accurate, so maybe for a while I’ll use both. I don’t care about the real number; I do care about the change. At the moment, it looks like about a .8 loss this week.

I’ve noticed that when the spouser is home all day, we tend to get busy doing things and I don’t necessarily eat like I should. I’m going to have to work on this. The real test will come in the next week. The spouser will be travelling; and I’ll be on my own. Let’s see if this changes things.

I’m getting back to my planned workout schedule:

Monday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, floor exercises and stretching.
Tuesday: 45 minutes on the treadmill (low and slow) and weight machines.
Wednesday: not in the gym. Taking the dogs for longer walks and doing the stability work at home.
Thursday: See Monday.
Friday: See Tuesday.
Saturday/Sunday: See Wednesday.

CALORIES YESTERDAY? 1404. but carbs too low and fat too high.
GOOD/BAD DECISION? Took the dogs for a walk early in the morning, before it poured.

A Dirty Little Confession….

I confess… I LOVE watching Dirty Jobs!


Whatcha Doing Sunday? Walking the dogs, knitting my JayWalker socks, and reading blogs.

Go See This Movie!!

Casino Royale! It’s gotten good reviews with all the people I regularly trust; Thanksgiving we decided to see to ourselves how good it was. Daniel Craig is my favorite James Bond. This man can run!!

I understand that this team has chosen to create a Bond much more like the character in the Fleming’s books: not a devilishly charming lady’s man; neither a “wink-wink” cartoon not a product-placement shill. (though there is that).

This James Bond is a stone-cold killer with a sense of humor.

And Daniel Craig? I decided about half way through this movie that the actor got this part not only because he’s in phenominal physical condition, but primarily because he runs better on film than any other man I’ve seen.

There were very few holes in this movie. Plenty of action.. and much more character development than any of the past films. Far and away, this is the best Bond ever. If you’ve liked any of the other versions… go see this one.

True to the original novel, Bond creates a drink (the Vesper). This drink was the favorite of author Ian Flemming. Alas, a little research online shows that the one rather obscure ingredient (Lillet) is nearly impossible to find; and I was guessing it would be the new “hot” cocktail.


Darn, I’m On My Own

Law, Reason and CYA are standing between me working any more with Guido the trainer for atleast a month. Ya see, all the paperwork has been processed for us to do paid personal training sessions.

And the big differences between these and the freebies?

Guido will work me harder so they want to know about my health, and they don’t want to be set up for a lawsuit. So my doctor needs to sign off that I can work out with a trainer. Never needed that before, but I wasn’t over 50 last time I tried this. I think that’s the big hang up.

The doctor, not wanting to be vulnerable for a lawsuit, either, if I should drop dead in the middle of the gym, won’t sign off on the training until I get a complete physical. Hopefully we can skip the stress test. I’ll try to reason with him about this. My appointment with the doc ain’t until 12/15.

So I’ll be working on my own at the gym and at home until some point after that. Sigh.

STEPS YESTERDAY? Ya know what? I clipped my pedometer on a bra, then couldn’t find it. But I walked for an hour.

CALORIES YESTERDAY? 1237 (too few), Fat and Protein were right on, but the carbs were too low. I should have a beer.

GOOD/BAD DECISION? I got my flu shot.

Music (again), TV and PBS

The footballs games shown on local TV today were both stinkers (Raiders and 49ers), so I spun around the dial looking for something to catch my fancy.

I found something much better than that.

PBS (with assistance from the SF orchestra and KQED) has a fabulous series called Keeping Score. Aaron Copland’s life and music are explored. It was immediately followed by a Keeping Score performance where:

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” selections from Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and a full performance of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”

I completely enjoyed listening to this while working around the house this afternoon. Don’t miss watching it when it’s broadcast on a PBS station near you.

Music, Anyone??

Time has listed some of the best albums of the 1970’s (OK, so they listed albums going back to the ’50s) :

  • London Calling The Clash Sony, 1979
  • One Nation Under a Groove Parliament / Funkadelic Warner Brothers,
  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols
    Warner Brothers/Wea, 1977
  • Rumours Fleetwood Mac Warner Brothers, 1977
  • Hotel California The Eagles Elektra/Wea, 1976
  • Ramones The Ramones Sire, 1976
  • Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder Motown, 1976
  • Born to Run Bruce Springsteen Sony, 1975
  • Horses Patti Smith Arista, 1975
  • Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson Sony, 1975
  • Call Me Al Green The Right Stuff, 1973
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John MCA, 1973
  • The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust David Bowie RCA, 1972
  • Exile on Main Street The Rolling Stones Virgin, 1972
  • Talking Book Stevie Wonder UMG Recordings, 1972
  • The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists Island, 1972
  • Blue Joni Mitchell Warner Brothers/Wea, 1971
  • Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton RCA, 1971
  • Hunky Dory David Bowie RCA, 1971
  • Led Zeppelin IV (a.k.a. Zoso) Led Zeppelin Wea International, 1971
  • Paranoid Black Sabbath Warner Brothers, 1971
  • Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones Virgin, 1971
  • Tapestry Carole King Ode/A&M, 1971
  • What’s Going On Marvin Gaye Motown, 1971
  • Who’s Next The Who Mobile Fidelity, 1971
  • After the Gold Rush Neil Young Reprise, 1970
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel Columbia, 1970
  • John Lennon Plastic Ono Band Apple/EMI, 1970
  • Moondance Van Morrison Warner Brothers/Wea, 1970

My boomer-friend, Barb added these:

  • Talking Heads Fear of Music 1979
  • Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack 1978
  • Elvis Costello My Aim Is True 1977
  • Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell 1977
  • Brian Eno Another Green World 1975
  • Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1975
  • Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 1974
  • Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon 1973
  • Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy 1973
  • Nick Drake Pink Moon 1972
  • The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach 1972
  • Yes Traffic 1971
  • Jethro Tull Aqualung 1971
  • George Harrison All Things Must Pass 1970
  • Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die 1970

I think combining this is an excellent list… Is there anything else you’d add? I wonder how many of these I can find on CD.. or even find to download as MP3s?? Ahh.. a weekend challenge scavenger hunt!!

Whatcha Doing Today? Are you kidding? It’s the Ohio State/Michigan game today!! I’m planting my butt in front of the boob tube for atleast several hours this afternoon, knitting on my sock (I’ve restarted it for the third or fourth time), and cheering on the Buckeyes!!

Decisions, Deb… It’s all about the Decisions we Make.

I was doing to well yesterday. Ate a healthy breakfast, was busy, took the dogs for a nice long walk. Got home and chose a Lean Cuisine for my next meal. It may have been the mashed potatoes in the dish, I don’t know. But it all went downhill from there.

I didn’t want to stop eating. And I wanted fat and simple carbs.

I also sat down and wanted to stay there.

So here’s my plan.

#1. Don’t blame, pity or give up. This was one day.

#2. Starting right now, make good decisions today. Next meal must have some veggie and fruit.

#3. Today was scheduled as a rest day for walking. It still is. I will do a half-hour to an hour of stabilization exercises and that’s it.


I Am A Puddle of Goo

I finished my first 50 minutes workout with Guido; at the end, I was a puddle of goo. But in a good way! We worked on stabilization movements; a true challenge since the bone-spurs on my toe mean I cannot bend my feet. And? My balance is pretty crappy. I spend half the work-out flailing my arms about in a desperate attempt keep my balance. Guido has threatened to video me with his phone and upload it to YouTube.

Meanwhile, I am testing Guido’s ability to adapt moves so I can do something. Imagine trying to do lunges without bending either foot! It can be done with one foot on a balance ball, but that requires: balance!! At home I use a chair… at the gym, I think I spotted the acceptable alternative. We’ll see next week.

Today I took the dogs for a nice long walk. Like maybe an hour and a half walk. When we came home they, too, were puddles of goo. Seems to run in the family.

Like giving them an hour of time each week ain’t enough!!

Oh!! Look all you Heroes fans! Greg Beeman, the producer/director for the show, has his own blog!! And at the moment, the comments are not all kissy-faced, whiney “I love you”/”why are tormenting me?” comments like the Gray’s Anatomy blog. (while I love the blog itself, the comments? irritate the hell outta me. Check one out and see if you agree… )

In fact, it looks like very few folks have actually found this blog!! So you can be among the first.

Another really interesting producer’s blog is Ron Moore’s podcast for Battlestar Galactica. Brilliantly, he watched the show and comments in real time about it. A 48 minute show/a 48 minute podcast. I always TIVO the show, so now I can watch it once.. and later in the week go back go and watch it/listen to the podcast. Just like when you buy DVDs of shows that have the extra audio tracks!!

I was really excited when it appeared that NBC was actually going to move into the 21st Century and have a blog for Studio 60… but, alas, it was a less than perfect effort and almost immediately forgotten by those responsible for it.

Do you have a favorite TV show blog??