Goal 1000

March 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm (exercise, fitness) ()

I  joined  this challenge on  3/21/15   the Goal – walk/hike/run  1000 miles  between  now  and  winter  9 dollars  and  half  the fee  goes  to  make a  wish.  If  an  individual  is doing it  this means 3.26 (? I’ve  forgotten the exact  number ) a  day.   something like  25 miles  a week.

some people  are  doing  this as teams so  they  are able to  split  the mileage, i  am  doing this  as  an individual .

It  has  been  exciting to  see people  take  up  the challenge.  Long  hikes,  short  walks  , and runs of all  lengths.  but….

There  has been a lot of  hoopla  about ‘intentional’ (  meaning exercise )  vs walking around miles.

here is  why  I  joined:

1) the  person who  brought  it too my  attention  has  been  working really  had to  improve  his level of fitness.

2)  i have diabetes  and  the very  best  thing you  can  do  for diabetes is – move  the big  muscles.

3)  A big  goal  is a kind  of  fun .   Long  term  challenges give  you  room  to  form  habits ,  and  deal  with  real  life  events  like – getting sick  or  busy  lives  or….

So  I  am  counting every step I  take.  I   should  reach this goal without any  serious  problems.  5 days  a  week – I  walk  over  3  miles  a  day.   Only  two  days  a  week  do  I  have to  work on  walking.   good  for  me.

If  you  are a  runner,a hiker  or  distance  walker  the real challenge  might be  to  do  it  without  counting  you walking around  steps.  good  for  you.   I’d  like  to  be  there  some day.   When  I  trained for  the SGK  walk,  I  might have  been  there.   Not  now.

Why  I  think  walking around  steps count (  for  me )  .   There  are studies  out that  suggest  no  matter  how much  you  work  out  – sitting for  long periods  of  time is  not  good  for  you.   As  a  kid – I  read  that  our  bodies are  mostly  water.   As  an adult  – I  knew  what  happened to  water if  it  sat  still too long.   Very  very  gradually  I  went  from being a  couch  potato  to  someone who has  a  hard  time  sitting still too long .  But  sometimes  I  still have to  remember to   move.

I  do  have  some  secret  goals — I’d  like to  get  to 1500  miles.   and  maybe  next  year   not  have to  count  my  walking around  miles . However, I need to get  to  1000  miles  first.

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Aging

March 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm (Uncategorized)

I  saw  this  posted  on Facebook Aging while female is not your worst nightmare. I had a vague revelation: I’ve never been too worried about getting old.

I have had a few people tell me not to get old, oddly, they have all been men.

I do get startled by my grey hair in the mirror sometimes – but I spent more time with dark hair , so I am guessing that will change. I don’t love my face wrinkles, but I am surprised by my hands starting to crinkle.

Cat calls stopped a long time ago, but I swear that the inappropriate comments from men on the other side of the library desk have increased.

Physically, how I work had to change a long time ago – I have to work around my diabetes and asthma. I think they are better because I don’t work ’til I hurt anymore.

As for my voice, I feel it is stronger and more powerful than before. You can’t shout me down anymore. You can argue with me, but I am better at hearing when you aren’t listening. And I am ok with just making a statement and letting it just sit there. It isn’t like people were listening when I was young.

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more books

February 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm (books)

The  agency  1  : a  spy  in  the  house y.s. lee

From  afar  a  science fiction  mystery john  russell  fearn   –

creepy

In  the  woods Tara French  — good,  but  not   the  ending  we  wanted

The edge of the  earth  Christina Schwarz  woman  who  goes  to  live  with  her  husband in a  light  house in  Monterey – not  a happy  book but  good

The  drop  Michael Connelly  police  procedural

Dragonhaven  Robin  Mckinley Really  good  –  felt  very  real for  a  fantasy  novels

No Safety  in  Numbers Dayna  Lorentz  one  Saturday  everyone  gets  quarantined  in a  mall

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a few books

January 20, 2015 at 9:37 am (Uncategorized)

Killer instinct / Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Death’s daughter / Amber Benson –fun

dead beat  jim  butcher  ( dresden  7 )

Drop  Dead  Healthy  A J  Jacobs- same  person  that  spent a  year  trying to live by  the  rules  of  the bible..   interesting two  years  of  trying to find  the healthy  ways  to live .

proven  guilty  jim  butcher(dresden  8 ) those were both  rereads   the next  is  a  one  I  haven’t  read

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Friends

January 14, 2015 at 1:46 am (Uncategorized)

Long, long  ago there was a show called Buffy The Vampire  Slayer.   I  was looking forward  to  it,  because I  had seen  some gems  in the campy movie  of  the same  name.  The TV  show  was so  much  better  than  the movie.  My  sisters and  I talked about the show. Around  the  same  time, my  DH and I moved to  CA .  He worked long  hours,  and I  went to  the grocery  store  to find  people to  talk to.  I  was  lonely.   Somewhere  along  the line I  found  The  Board.

 

The Board was  the  place  where all kinds of  different people talked  about Buffy. There were professors, moms, lawyers,  students,  geeks,musicians and artists. We analyzed ,criticized, predicted the next  move for  our  show, and  got  to  know  each  other .  Over 14  years  we  went  from buffy  friends to  invisible  friends to friends. Marriages,  citizenship, children, divorces, bombs, salad  shooters, careers, muffalettas,  hair,  and underwear were only  a few  of  things  we talked about.

Some of  us  have  met in  the physical  world.   Some  of  us  are shorter  than expected, sweeter  than  imagined, and  spell  better  when  we  talk.   But  we have learned , that what  we  write is  what we  say.

Today  we  lost one  of our own.  ita  was a  fierce.   She did Krav Maga  and questioned  you  whenever your arguments got sloppy.  She  built  our board.  She put really  gross  links  on our  board (no ,  I  am not  sharing) and really  beautiful  links.   She was  brave .   She  moved  to LA  with  and  stayed  with  a  relative stranger(Thanks  Allyson)  until  she  found  a  job.   She  was  determined.   Even  with  debilitating migraines  every  day  she worked,  stayed involved in fandoms , and took  art  classes.

everyday ita will be  missed

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the listing of books

January 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm (books) (, , )

Last  year  was  the first  year I  didn’t  list  the books  I’ve  read  since  1998.  There were two  reasons for  this .  One,  I  was getting annoyed  when I  fell behind  and I wasn’t sure if I  remembered  everything.   Two, I  was getting competitive  with  myself over  the numbers.   I  was worried  about not  making better  numbers  than  the  year  before.   Crazycakes.   So last  year, I listed  nothing;  but  i  am going to  list  again.   I  can’t  remember  enough  of  what  I  read off  the top of  my  head.   I know  the Maisie Dobbs  series  was  one  I  started  this  year . (  really  good )  And  I  finished  the Agent Pendergast  series.   I also  know  I  read Devil in  the White  City – which lead  me to  read  more  non-fiction, most  notably  a  book  about Nellie  Bly’s  journey  around  the  world.

The plan  for this  year is to start listing again , but  not  worry   ( too  much  )  about  numbers or  100% accuracy.   and  without  further  ado – the first  two  book of 2015.

Both  of  these  books  were found as I  reviewed  the Teen  section at  the Library.

Dead reckoning  Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill  As  a  team , these  authors  have  done  a lot of  urban  fantasy.   this one is zombies and steampunk in  the old west – just after  the civil war.    fun

Rock ‘n’ roll in locker seventeen  Shannon Brown  This one  is about a boy  that has an obsession about a rock and roll star that vanished in 1964. So far it  has  been  fun, and not too  over the top  in any way.  Our main  character  seems  like any teenager trying to find  his way.   – looking forward to  finishing this at  dinner

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