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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 08:47 pm
Back in Feb., before the big blizzard, I stopped at the grocery store for milk LIKE YOU DO, and also picked up a snow shovel because we have some at the apt but they are crappy and years of living in snowy areas have led me to become a snow shovel connoisseur. The best shovels have a curved blade (scoop snow without have it fall or tip around) that's plastic (not too heavy) and a metal edge (to scrape at ice). I left it out so neighbors could use it too. The next day my roommate asked if I'd seen it - someone had broken it but left a note. M from upstairs left a very nice apology and her phone number. Initially I was annoyed so I didn't call right away, and by the time I did I had worked past the annoyance (I mean, it was a $16 shovel), she was very nice and insisted she would repay me if I bought a new shovel. My high shovel standards meant I preferred to buy the shovel myself. So I did and I kept meaning to call but didn't. (OK for me $20 isn't a big deal right now but phone calls, I do not like making them to people I don't know even when the people are really nice.) Plus I figured she was sharing a 2 BR apt with 3 other people, $20 might be a big deal to her. Let the whole thing go.

Today I heard a knock at the door and M had come down to be sure to give me the $20 because she's going away for a few months and was determined to get it settled. So I have $20 out of the blue.
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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 07:32 pm
Late last Oct I started a boot camp class. The description said it was for "all levels". HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Everyone else was much more fit than me but I had resolved not to get competitive and to feel happy about doing my best. Which I did! I improved a lot, as you do when you start near rock bottom. After the class ended I went to one of the makeup sessions and then took a couple weeks off over the holidays. In early Jan. I started going again. In the six weeks of classes I missed one week because I was out of town, and one other class because I had spent a couple of hours shoveling snow and felt like my shoulders needed a break.

At the start of each session you do three exercises and at the end of the six weeks you do them again, to see how you've improved. My numbers were:

Push-ups in 1 minute - 28 (modified) at the start, 48 at the end
Squats in 1 minute - 35 at the start, 50 at the end
Plank - the one on your elbows not straight arms - for as long as you can hold it - at the start 1 min 6 sec, at the end 1 min 19 sec.

There were 9 women in class at the start, which quickly became 3 or 4. It's a 6 am class, it's winter, it's cold and dark. I didn't like any of that but I wanted to get better. After Marcie walked around and might ask "are those weights heavy enough?", I started picking up the next size up. (Not the big weights that the Superwomen used but not the lightest ones.) So it was very satisfying to see how much progress I made.

But there's a rub in this. The person who improves most gets a 30 min training session with Marcie. Marcie is like a whippet - she's tiny, probably weighs half of what I do, and is all muscle. I bet she can do one handed pushups without breaking a sweat. There were a few comments in class that made me feel like a couple women felt that I might have gamed it, not tried my hardest at the start. I probably could have done more squats but not 50. I definitely couldn't have done 48 push-ups.

I'm really happy to know how much I improved. \o/ go me! So I am thinking I will tell Marcie to give the free training session to Susan, aka Superwoman2. She will get a lot more out of it than I would. And she did improve a lot too, but she started out a lot better so she's more in the plateau phase of improvement.
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Saturday, February 9th, 2013 11:09 am
Yesterday morning I was thinking I hoped it wouldn't be one of those overblown weather events. I took this picture of our neighbor's house.

Early Friday 2/8/13

Here it is this morning:

Sat morning 2/9/13

We watched several movies yesterday. I watched Fellowship of the Ring for the first time in quite a while. Today I'm hoping to fit the other two in, or at least The Two Towers. My roommate and his girlfriend are trying to study though so we'll see. I'd rather watch them on the tv than my laptop.

I realized that I missed the anniversary of my first Livejournal - started it and joined the Harry Potter community back in Jan. 2003. It doesn't seem that long ago! I have been lucky to have met lots of fun, smart people through LJ. I'm not on here nearly as much - you're more likely to find me on twitter or sometimes tumblr - but it was a great place to start. <3
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Monday, January 28th, 2013 08:20 pm
Last Thursday I went on a night hike at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The moonlight lit the landscape more brightly than you might expect. It was a clear night and pretty cold; we didn't see any animals, but it was still a lovely walk. We saw a beaver's lodge and area where they had created something of a dam with reeds (kind of like gardening).

Saturday night I sat next to a guy at the bar who told me, among other things, the he traps beavers (as a hobby). Apparently farmers ask him to do so. I asked him if he was going to pay for his meal with beaver skins thrown on the bar and we laughed but I was half serious. What is this, the fucking pioneer days?

Then I went home and watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which is one of the funnier comedies I've seen in a while. It kept having surprise actors like Frances McDormand and Alan Tudyk with a German accent, and Ken Jeong. Which reminds me, I should probably start a Community rewatch since the fourth season is back on Thursday night next week.
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Monday, January 28th, 2013 08:05 pm
Last Thursday I went on a night hike at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The moonlight lit the landscape more brightly than you might expect. It was a clear night and pretty cold; we didn't see any animals, but it was still a lovely walk. We saw a beaver's lodge and area where they had created something of a dam with reeds (kind of like gardening).

Saturday night I sat next to a guy at the bar who told me, among other things, the he traps beavers (as a hobby). Apparently farmers ask him to do so. I asked him if he was going to pay for his meal with beaver skins thrown on the bar and we laughed but I was half serious. What is this, the fucking pioneer days?

Then I went home and watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which is one of the funnier comedies I've seen in a while. It kept having surprise actors like Frances McDormand and Alan Tudyk with a German accent, and Ken Jeong. Which reminds me, I should probably start a Community rewatch since the fourth season is back on Thursday night next week.

(cross-posted, apologies for any seeing this twice)
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 08:45 pm
Some things:

I need to see this movie. (Link to trailer. Funnee!)

Sunday my roommate's car was broken into (because he left his GPS visible, bad idea). That evening when I was out in the neighborhood one of the guys across the street (where several generations of an Italian family live) started talking to me, apologizing if we heard any yelling, it seems his parents are divorcing. Then he went on to (over)share that he'd kicked his heroin habit.

Really our neighborhood is quite decent.

Echo Bazaar keeps getting better, the designers keep adding more content and it's continuously more creative. You're limited in the number of actions you can take in a day so I am stopped from spending too much time on it. If you like steampunk and choose your own adventure style games, check it out.

I finally saw HP 7.2! I was really pleased to see other characters besides Hermione the trio getting to show how skilled they were. And how much did I love McGonagall and Neville? OMG so much! It was also fun to see the movie with [personal profile] imaginarycircus and David, fellow fans and friends of many years. And Katie made blueberry cobbler! Yum.

I also finally finished A Dance with Dragons. Overall I liked it...but I thought more would happen? And I've had enough of Ramsey Bolton.

It seems like I had more to say but since I wanted to post on Monday and couldn't log on to LJ until today...oh well.

(cross-posted from my lj) (which I am about done with, how hard is it to keep a site up fercryinoutloud?)
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Saturday, December 11th, 2010 10:44 am
At Beer and Knitting the other night we made a field trip for dessert and I bought these Turkish cookies. They scared [personal profile] imaginarycircus but I've had good cookies from unexpected places before. Plus, chocolate. (If I had been thinking, I would have brought the Tim Tams I purchased earlier that day but I wasn't thinking. And clearly I needed more chocolate.)

cookies! )

I've found a good walking route from my place to the coffee shop. The other day road crews were doing some work on a side street, I found the sign amusing.

road closed

Speaking of my new place, I'm settling in well and managed to fit most of my stuff in the apartment. It feels like my house but shrunk by 30%. For example, )

Bonus pictures - clicky )

I remember looking at these pictures as a kid. Mom tucked the pages in a book that showed how to make cakes in neat shapes - a train, a lion, a bird with a leg in a cast. My brother and I would get to pick one for our birthday cake. They never looked exactly right because Mom didn't want to make 3 different colors of frosting and hated making the 7 minute frosting the recipe called for (to be fair, she didn't have a hand mixer, just a really heavy stand mixer so it was a real pain). We did enjoy poring through the (small) book and deciding on and then changing our minds about which cake to have.

Other photos of my place and general stuff are here on Flickr.

(Cross-posted at my lj.)
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