April 02, 2007
April 14, 2007
Along with guest-blogging for Paul, I've been in Chicago for the last week, visiting family and exploring the city while Scott has been at a conference. Highlights included seeing family, seeing the desks of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the wardrobe that inspired C.S. Lewis (picture to come). Seeing friends, going shopping at H&M and the Levenger boutique at Macy's. The amazing exhibit Cezanne to Picasso over at the Art Institute. The Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, or the Bean, as everyone calls it. Brunch at Wishbone, where I had the crunchy french toast - simply amazing. Also had brunch at Orange, where I had orange-infused coffee as well as the chai tea french toast (tea-infused, served over a chai tea reduction, topped with caramelized apples. Also bbq pork and thai curry chicken bao over at Wow Bao.
Tonight I get to sleep in my own bed. If only I could vegetate for the rest of the weekend, but we are daytripping tomorrow to see some more of Scott's relatives who happen to be within driving distance.
April 23, 2007
Hey! Hey! You! You!
The new Avril Lavigne single is like a mental rash, but check out Avril's recent appearance on Ellen. I love how everyone in the backup band is at least a decade older and giving it their all. My favorites are the backup singers with their hipster hairdos. Just awesome.
April 27, 2007
I have issues...
Yes, what else is new? Anyway, I've been doing a massive eradication of comment and trackback spam and it appears I may have been overzealous and deleted actual comments. Arrgh.
I've scaled back the filter so hopefully you should be able to comment if you choose. Also, I need to upgrade my MT platform - always a fun endeavor.
Well that was embarrassing
I've recently started using the weight machines at my gym. I have been a member for several years, rather slack at times, but I've usually gone to the cardio room, where I've tended to use the treadmill, the bike, or the elliptical. Or sometimes I'll go to classes that are held there. But the weight room was intimidating to me. Everyone seemed to know what they were doing, and I didn't.
Turns out that a lot of the machines have instruction labels on them. I finally got over my silly disinclination and have started mixing up weights and cardio whenever I go to the gym. In a good week I'm managing 3-4 times a week. When I am very good, I go to yoga class as well.
The machines I can't seem to master are the ones that are supposed to work your abs. At first I thought it was because I hadn't set up the machines correctly. But no. Apparently I have just a single big flabby ab and even 15 pounds is too much resistance for me when I try to curl my body into the proper form.
As much I hate them, I guess I will have to do sit-ups or some other kind of freeform ab exercise in the meantime. But how lame - I have to exercise in order to use an exercise machine!