Tuesday, December 23, 2014


let's play ball............

holidays,, yawn....

the yawn is both for how busy I can be during the holidays and how bored I can get being off work.  It throws my whole schedule off and I make it to the gym less and eat a worse diet of foods. It's called easier being lazy. ha  that's the one thing about getting off work and taking trips, I lose my momentum and routine and when I get back I'm like huh, oh yeah I used to that every day but now I'm just going to sleep in or stay home and click through stuff on the web or watch tv. hee hee.  I guess that's what winter break is really about anyway.  I did make it to the gym yesterday and walked on the treadmill for an hour watching property brothers, then worked out chest.  I hope to make it back today for a good leg day. Here I will give a bit of critique to the "remodeling" at my home town gym.basically you walked in and had a gym with weight machines along the long side wall, cardio in the middle and back for about 2/3rd of it, and then at the back a weight area and bathrooms.  Well they took out the bathrooms and extended the weight area, moved it down really. so now there is about now they have about half cardio, 1/4th machines, and the rest machines weight area and machines.  All new equipment. I give the remodel a big fat F because they removed the water fountain from the gym floor so that you have to walk to the other side of the room across the cardio area back out the entrance doors to the hallway water fountain. this sucks! ha.  yes I could bring a water bottle, but in the past there was a water fountain 10 feet away from the work out area.too bad.  another gripe is that the treadmills and cardio were maybe 2/3/rd back and along the back wall facing the tvs on the other side.  now the treadmills are 1/3rd away from the wall and your staring right in front of you and up at the tv you want to watch, turning your head left or right to see anything on another tv. pretty ridiculous, but that's minor I know.  they put a tv screen above the mirrors in the weight area. This bothers me because you're hear to work out not to watch tv.  That's all we need is guys standing around watching something on tv and getting in the way or taking up time on a bench. It's enough already guys that stop and text forever or flip through songs forever and ever, just work out already! ha ha okay gripe over... whew! I made the decision I'm going to continue going to the newer gym south of work.  I counted more than a full week since I'd been to the gym, having left for NYC on a Friday , getting back late Wednesday last week.
  Last Thursday afternoon I went up to the office to get some things done and had planned to go swim laps and work out etc, but as I fell asleep at my desk for a bit, I decided to finish up and just go home, I was still zonked from lack of sleep the day before I guess.  Last weekend I stayed busy getting the tree up and gifts accounted for and wrapped, watched netflix, tried to make some sense of stuff around here, there was a pile of dirty clothes there, unpacked stuff there, boxes and boxes of Christmas stuff over there, stuff I bought and needed to wrap over there, etc... right now I have tubes of wrapping paper everywhere and still need to do laundry. I should have the place picked up more or less before my sister picks me up for lunch today.
I'm up this morning with some plan in mind. breakfast, make scones and bring them to the neighbor family caddy corner across the street from me (their kids keep my plants watered when I leave in the summer). I want to drive over to whole foods and pick up a few things, and then maybe if I'm back home by 10 am I can watch a bit of Kathie lee and Hoda while doing laundry and cleaning the place up. lunch with sis around 1, and then back to gym this afternoon, 4 ish. what I really miss is getting some lap swim time in there, maybe tomorrow before lunch.
Has anyone watched any of the goofy ION tv holiday romance movies? they are so CHEESY!!!! but yeah I'll watch a bit sometimes while flipping around, there was one on last weekend with a grown up joey lawrence, so cute! and Dean Cain is in a new one, but I haven't watched that since I've never been a Dean Cain fan anyway.
I'm hoping to spend a little bit of time reading the new textbook for work while home on break.  We have switched to a competely different one during break, so if I'm going to be prepared to teach I've got to choose the readings and maybe even read them first. ha  Sometimes I think my job is less about teaching students how to write, than it is about how to think and how to communicate about something you believe! anyway, what I've really been enjoying reading is this new book that came in the mail Saturday. "The Wes Anderson Collection" a huge hardback book with a long interview and details about all his films from "Bottle ROckets" to "Moonrise Kindgom".  I saw it at Bookmarc in NYC while there for $40 and didn't want to buy it and carry it home with me, so I found it on Amazon for $25 that same night and had it shipped to me. yay! I am loving reading it!! although no Wes Anderson films on netflix... :(  Whit Stillman films either.... alas!  but I found them on google rent for $9.99 which is kind of high.  right now I'm debating to watch a flm made by the lead singer of Belle and Sebastion, called "God Help the Girl" which you can rent on demand from Vimeo for $6.99.
I'm leaning towards netflix "Cousins on Call" at this point. ha

Monday, December 22, 2014