Category: Spiffy Stuff


I’m about to leave California after a wonderful visit. I haven’t blogged the trip, instead I tweeted it. You can read all that stuff here. I could have blogged it after we got the the hotel because, yay free wifi. But sod that! I’m in California! I actually didn’t want to be online apart from checking emails and tweets.

But I’ll put together a full trip report when I get back. For now, here is a picture of my beautiful sister and her new husband on their wedding day.

Nice weekend. Crazy week.

Last week at work was completely crazy and exciting and fun, and is the reason I’m happy to be working in the news biz. My town gets a big story, one that went national, and my newsroom just mobilizes and gets good quality coverage. Even I got to be a part of it, working with the desks to get information out to the people using Twitter and liveblogging, and well, the regulaar website 🙂

It was immensely satisfying.

Of course, I was also told during a meeting last week that I haven’t been in the biz long enough to become cynical and jaded. I hope that never happens.

(And not to stray way off topic but I’m going to answer my Aunty’s comment from the last post and say that Tom’s fix didn’t last and the old pair were held together with duct tape and happy thoughts.)

What else… Ah yes the college fair. I had to miss going to the free showing of Walk the Line (the paper sponsored it as a fitting end to our Music Madness tournament) in order to go to a college fair, and I’m glad I did. Discovered that everyone was right. Shannon’s awesome score on ACT test will be very beneficial for getting much financial aid so she can go to Uni after high school instead of having to do the cheaper route of 2 years at a junior college first. Not that there’s anything wrong with that 🙂 But if she can swing it, and we can work the scholarship mojo, she can go where she wants now.

In other news, we’re still going to the Y 🙂 Trying to find a routine time for us to go is a bit of a challenge. So far it’s pretty much just been going when we can fit it in. So far we’ve played racquetball (Shannon would rather duck and cover when the ball comes her way, and I’m actually not too bad at it. It’s rather like Calvinball if you don’t bother with the rules. Who knew that it would be so much fun to hit the ball off of every available surface?), done the treadmills, and we’ve been in the pool just once. Need to rectify that because I have dreams of a brisk uphill walk on the treads, working up a good sweat, followed by a delicious dunk in the pool to cool off.

I’m discovering that I’m still a bit shy about exercising in front of people. I couldn’t bring myself to walk into the weight room area when it was full of young studly types, and the reason we played racquetball the other day was because the cardio room (with the treads/ellipticals/etc.) was busy with people who can use those suckers for hours on end. I’m slowly trying to get into shape, and while I know we’re all there to do the same thing, it’s hard to go at my own pace in a room full of exercise nuts. Gotta work on this issue of mine. But I am enjoying the Y membership.

In less than two weeks I will be jetting off to foggy Monterey, Cali to see my baby sister get hitched. I can’t believe it’s almost time to go. I’m so looking forward to this. I know Kelly is too. She’s not a nervous bride at all either, which is cool. I think all the details are sussed out and now it’s just a matter of getting there and doing it. I’m looking forward to that, and to maximum beach time.

Still debating on whether to bring my laptop. I have not traveled by plane since before 9/11. I have yet to experience the security changes, and I’m worried about my laptop getting banged up and plundered. Will talk to the cousin about that. I’m just going to need it to download video and piccies I’m planning to shoot while I’m there. I only have 2 2-gig mem cards and that’s not enough, but if I can empty them periodically it would be fine. We’ll see. Anyway, beach + me + hopefully some fog = happy girl. And it will be so damn nice to get out of Nebby for a while.

I know I said that the stuff that went down last week was fun and exciting, and it was, but it also highlighted some of the very worst traits of this town – the stuff I’ve always hated about living here. The ignorance and intolerance is staggering. Usually those two things stay bubbling under the surface and I don’t see evidence of them much. But occasionally it blows up bigtime and makes me long to be anywhere but here.

Anyway, I need to go. Very late for a school night. Gnight internets.

Going to the gym

There’s something you don’t hear every day – from me. I joined the YMCA a couple of days ago. I’m incredibly excited about it. I’ve never joined any sort of gym before and now I get to be one of “those” people 🙂

I’ve been trying to lose weight. And I’m trying to do it right. No fad diets – juice fasts, Hollywood diets – no none of that useless stuff. I’m simply eating better and watching the calorie intake. I started doing this in March, around Easter. There were two things that had to stop: quick stops at McDonald’s and soda. I’m very proud to say that I haven’t had any soda since Easter, and I haven’t had any McDonald’s, BK, KFC, Wendy’s or Amigos – fast food in general – since then either. I even resisted the best root beer ever when I spent five hours at the Chicken Coop (local sports bar) hanging out with cousins. Drank tea the whole time 🙂

And I’ve lost a good amount of weight. I don’t have numbers because I decided not to be a slave to the scale. Instead, I’m going by how my clothes fit. Currently, I’m needing belts with my jeans and slacks, and I’m fitting into clothes I haven’t been able to wear for a long time.

And I feel awesome.

But the one thing I haven’t really been doing is exercising. Now that I’ve got the routine down with the healthy eating, it’s time to move to phase two, which is, of course, the exercise. (Yeah, I know I should have been doing this all along, but TBH, the healthy eating thing was just easier to do. My dream exercise is swimming, and I just don’t have easy access to a pool that isn’t crawling with annoying kids.) I’m taking this whole lifestyle change slowly, at my own pace. I’m not trying to slim down to get into that little black dress or anything. I’m trying to slim down for my own health, and I want to make sure that what I’m doing is something I will stick to. I’ve proven to myself that I can stay away from fast food and soda, and eat healthier at home every day. Now I need to prove to myself that I can get into routine exercise. I believe it’s this second phase that’s going to kick the weight loss into high gear now.

So I’m very excited to be a member of the Y. Last night was our first visit as members (Shannon joined to, yay single parent rates! – oh and awesome story – when we signed in, the lady at the desk thought I was trying to rip off the Y by getting a single parent rate. She said, “There’s no freaking way you’re old enough to have a kid her age. You look 18!” I could have kissed her. And liked it.) and we swam for about 45 minutes. It was fantastic. It was a cool, rainy evening and so to get into an indoor, heated pool was bliss. Afterwards, we wandered around checking out the various equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, weight room, indoor track etc.) and now I can’t wait to get back down there today and do some time on the treadmill. I’m going to be one of those people who’s always at the gym 🙂

Wish me luck!