Exercise and Reading

14 04 2010

I walked around the park with my friend and his dog for about an hour today.  It was in the upper 70s, but not too bad.  I do have leash burn on the back of my leg, though.  The dog got way too excited and ran around me, so ouch.

I’ve finished several books lately:  the first Dresden Files book, the first Mysterious Benedict Society book, the second and third Percy Jackson books, and Sunken Treasure.  Out of the group, I enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society the most.  I’ll definitely pick up the second one at some point, and hopefully I’ll continue to enjoy the series through the 3rd that I have from iTunes.  The Percy Jackson books are definitely better to read in print than to listen to on audio.  Definitely much quicker to read.  I now understand why The Lightning Thief was such a short audiobook.  It looks like all the Percy Jackson books are under 200 pages so far.





Healthy Habits

6 04 2010

Kes moved the stationary bike to the living room today.  It has been in the spare bedroom, which made it even more difficult to work up the gumption to use it.  To celebrate, I rode for 20 min while Kes watched Arrested Development.  I’m still working on developing/keeping healthy habits, so hopefully having it in the living room will be one more motivation.

On the unhealthy side, I nearly always eat processed food for lunch.  One way I’m trying to be healthier is by trying to eat less processed food.  In pursuit of that goal, I have packed both breakfast and lunch for tomorrow (I go to work early enough that it’s easiest to eat breakfast at work rather than at home).

Breakfast:
Quesadilla: 1 whole grain “soft taco” tortilla, small amount of low fat cheddar cheese, thin spread of pesto, and chopped chicken breast

Lunch:
noodle dish:  about 1/3 brick of ramen noodles soaked in water until softened then tossed in about 1/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil, cubed chicken breast, peas, and minced garlic
salad:  baby spinach, button mushrooms, with a side of basil parmesan vinaigrette
fruit side: avocado (I originally planned on having a clementine orange, but I didn’t realize we were out)
treat: mangorind candy

This is also a test to see if/how much the lunch degrades by the time I eat it tomorrow.





18 March 2010

18 03 2010

Today was nice and sunny outside, and got up to 60F, so I took about an hour long walk while listening to Hobbes’ Leviathan on my iPod.  I have to say, it’s a lot more difficult to comprehend listening to it versus reading it.  Even when I read something like this, I find myself going back and rereading so I can wrap my head around what the author is trying to express.  It’s even more difficult when I’m just listening to it.  I’ve only gotten to the beginning of chapter 4, and listened to each preceding chapter twice in a row.  I’m not really sure what to think of it.  I’ve read excerpts before for class, but I’m not recognizing what I’m listening to so far.  It seems like Hobbes is going on and on about physical things like inertia and heat, and either likening them to, or pinpointing them as causes of, senses, dreams, imagination, etc.  It’s really very dry.  The volunteer reader is very good, though, especially compared to some of the other readers I’ve experienced from Librivox.  It’s also nice that it seems to be the same reader for every chapter so far.  It’s kind of jarring when Librivox has different people read different chapters of a book (though I understand that since all the readers are volunteers and reading an audiobooks is a demanding undertaking, having volunteers only commit to small snippets is logical).

I picked up MC Frontalot’s new album today.  I got to download the mp3s from the site, and my physical CD should arrive sometime in April.  I found out it was coming out because I’ve been reading more blogs lately, including Jhonen Vasquez’s.  I noticed Jhonen did the cover art for the album, and hopped over to MC Frontalot’s page to see when it was coming out.  Since it’s available for order now, I decided to pick it up.





Trying to be healthy

10 03 2010

I’ve been taking various steps to be marginally more active/healthy.  I try to get up (to get water, or just to stretch my legs) at work regularly.  Even though we’re not in a situation where we can have a standing desk, I have elevated my chair to its maximum height and have been sitting on the edge so my feet are still firmly on the floor.  From what I can tell, my circulation has been better, and I’ve been forced to improve my posture while sitting at the computer.  An added bonus is that I’m actually sitting high enough to feel comfortable at our tall desks.

Away from work I’m trying to get out of the house more often both for exercise and just to avoid being so sedentary.  It was about 70F today, so I walked a mile down the road to The Perk in the shopping center where our Filipino food store used to be.  Apparently they went out of business about 6 months ago, and I never heard.  Now I feel a bit guilty about not shopping there more often.  There go my plans of making lumpia with Mikey until I can figure out a new place to get wrappers.  The shopping center was nearly unrecognizable from when I’d been there last.  The hookah bar had moved, and none of the restaurants were the same except The Perk coffee shop.  They seem to have added a “bar” sign, though.  I don’t remember them serving alcohol.

Anyway, I guess I can walk down there safely as there’s a sidewalk the whole way, contrary to what I said to my dad the other day.  I did get honked at about 3 times, though, and I didn’t see any other pedestrians, so that made me feel less safe.  The only other person I saw on the sidewalk was a bicyclist.  Even though they’ve made “scenic” bicycle trails throughout the city, our town still isn’t very bicycle friendly on the roads.





Borrowing

24 02 2010

I’m borrowing old sentence starters from Colony of Gamers to try to get my creative juices flowing.
This sentence starter can be found here in its original form, and the word count goal is 150.

He overturned tables, smashed furniture, bringing to a boil the full extent of his fury.

Dennis threw down his mouse in disgust.  Creating a home for his avatar wasn’t going very well.

Why wouldn’t the walls line up properly?  All he wanted to do was build a snug virtual cabin to retreat to when he was tired of gaming for awhile.  There was no way he could relax when he could see simulated sunlight streaming in every place walls met floor or ceiling.

Perhaps he should just go with one of the templates.  None were as unique as he wanted, but at least snippets of the outdoors wouldn’t be streaming into his avatar’s home.  He considered the possibility of a chrome cube as his relaxation retreat.  Interior touches would make it his own; perhaps he could even add a unique texture to the exterior.

No, that wouldn’t do.  Sighing, Dennis settled down, his avatar now sitting amongst the furniture debris, for another hour of trying to line up his southwest wall with the floor.  Maybe he should have built the exterior before adding furniture to his floor plan.

(Word count: 188)

I’m still finding it rough to write much, especially fiction, so bear with me.