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...ramblings of the imperfectly innocent
Another overdue update 
12th-Nov-2006 10:02 pm
For a few days now, I've been kinda sick. It started Thursday afternoon, and only today am I feeling mostly better. Bleah.

Thursday night, in spite of how I felt, I trudged out to Central Cinema to see "Creatures From The Pink Lagoon". It's a decent small theater, but the cool bit is they serve beer and food right at your couch seat! The movie was campy good fun. Gay zombies! Woo! Last weekend I went there with cow to see Dr. Strangelove, which was great. They showed all those horrible wartime educational films as an opener. For "Creatures", they had a 50's "beware the homosexual" film for young boys, which was a hoot until you remember they were serious.

Lots of other good stuff happening lately. Work has been pretty good; I've taken advantage of a recent lull to start up again on some fun projects. Should be getting another nice raise soon, and a big new bonus/incentive program has been announced, so finances should be even better in the future. Have made some new friendships, which I hope to keep working on. No big news as far as my love life; the one possibility is that an old flame has reentered my world, so we'll see what happens there.

Continuing to burn through my todo list, and getting a lot of stuff *done*, which I suppose is good, if somehow unsatisfying. I think it's mostly because items keep being added almost as fast as I can cross them off. For instance, sinnabor helped me put my bike together, but it had to get a tune-up. Got the tune-up, but found out that when my frame was swapped (in NJ, some years ago), they kept my old brake which doesn't go well with the new frame. So, now I have to take it to REI, 'cause the local place can't get Cannondale parts. It just seems like a neverending battle sometimes.

Despite being 2 weeks into the rainy season, no photos have gotten edited yet.

Some pretty good foodpr0n lately, though. Mostly pork chops on the home front, because I seem to have acquired a freezer full of them. So, bread in OJ & panko, pan fry, serve w/orange sauce, potatoes and broccoli. Another variant has been a simple bake with some of the wonderful red pepper sauce that I got from ctseawa. He threw a Spanish food party a while back, and it was marvelous. Lots of great tapas dishes along with olives, bread, garlic spread, garlic shrimp, garlic aioli.... A true feast. My white sangria (2 750ml bottles of semi-dry white wine, 1c. peach schnapps, 1/4c. Grand Marnier, 1/4c. simple syrup, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 sliced lemon, 1 sliced orange, 1 wedged peach, refrigerate overnight, 16 oz. club soda; too much schnapps, though - mebbe some SoCo instead?) was a big hit, which was nice. Other highlights included some amazing Arroz con Leche (essentially rice pudding), and pumpkin custard that was baked in pumpkins! It was quite the party.

This weekend will be more chicken stock production, since I'm on call and need to reclaim some precious freezer space.

The body improvement effort has kinda stalled for some reason; even though I'm still going to the gym three times a week, and watching what I eat more than ever, I'm not losing any weight or body fat. Blarg. Time to kick it up a notch, I guess.

*sigh* Back to the grindstone.
13th-Nov-2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I've been totally plateaued since Labor Day, too, despite keeping to as much of my routine as I've been able. Considering I've been intermittently sick or injured for pretty much the entire almost-3 months I guess it's not too surprising, but it's still frustrating. It seems like I always get to about this weight and then get stuck, and it's not like this is last-10lb territory (actually my most aggressive goal is 10lb "overweight" and at the moment I'd be more than satisfied to get within 20lb of that).

One thing I personally haven't been good about is getting enough cardio, though. I bike to work most days (when I'm healthy), so that's 120-150 minutes a week. Back in 2002 when I did some number-crunching based on the Institute of Medicine report that had everyone up in arms (an hour of exercise a day?! Quelle horreur!), I discovered I really needed 200 minutes/week at typical elliptical trainer intensity, which is admittedly harder than I work on the bike (I probably peak higher on the bicycle, but with stoplights and all it evens out to less). Ignoring the figure skating (which varies a lot week by week), I probably need to add 100 minutes or so of cardio to my week to really get back to where I need to be wrt weight loss.
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