Lessons in Raking and Over a Jump....
Danguy and Dr Wicked have been working tirelessly to fix this Blogger Picture Problem, but it is not yet there, so we are going sans pictures, except for this picture of trash bags that I was able to download during a freak INage last night. Go figure. And now for yesterdays Jumping Post....
(Edited to add: Pictures are BACK!!!!!!!!!!)
First off the cleaning party was a fine event. I had a great time, believe it or not. Worked really hard, as you can see from the Very Small percentage of bagged up leaves and pine needles and pine cones here. I am no longer as fond of pine trees as I was before today, but I have to admit, it really did look nice when it got done. And it was great to hang out with everyone.
It's kind of a full service workout program, this stable. Not only can you ride, you can get a wonderful upper body workout raking. I will get fit. And want to. This summer is about getting back my FIT. Today may have even inspired me to get my own personal rake out and do my own yard. There will so be before and after pics of that, it is a MESS. Kind of like my FIT at the moment.
I did find out from She Who Owns It All (Whom I call "Poetry in Motion on Horseback" for short) that Trainer Mel may be selling MY horse Tess, So I may be getting a new horse soon. At first I was somewhat indignant, but then I realized it may be time to move on and up, and I told Poetry that was fine, I could ride HER horse. Seems like the next step to me.
(To put this in context for you readers out there: Me and my horse just published our first short story. She and her horse are #1 on the Times list with a novel. Get it? My goal is to ride well, not go to the Olympics)
I was watching the kids jump today, which I love, and one of them was riding my Tess, so was excited to see her jump for the first time. I got even more excited when Trainer Mel said to come on in and jump her myself.
Ok, so excited was not QUITE the word. More like "You are SO &^*&! kidding me!!!!!!!!!" Well, no, she wasn't. So I got my hat, and my half chaps and thought, well, you wanted this. With a few high fives from the kids (Those are the BEST kids, really, truly supportive, everyone there is) I went to the ring, and leapt up on my steed. (Ok, walked to the three step mounting thing and got on with my usual grace.)
You start with poles on the ground, getting used to a position called "Two point" Which is sort of a jumping maneuver, where your heels are DOWN, you grab the mane with one hand, so hold ON with your knees. It is very important to look where you are going, and not at the jump, too. I learned you will go the direction your toes are pointing. If they are DOWN, that's where you will go. If they are up, and your heels are down, you will stay on the horse. This is a huge incentive to keep your heels down.
You start for your first real jump at a trot. This is scary enough, there is so much to remember, and first and foremost in your mind is that this horse is going to leap this thing and it is in your best interests to stay with her. I did it three times, and if it was not done WELL, I did stay ON, which is one point for me. It's a pretty amazing feeling.
Then Mel said to try it at a canter. DOH!!!!!!! It's kind of amazing how all of a sudden the canter part was no longer any sort of Big Deal, and I cantered like a Pro. I went for it, and she stopped, I didn't keep her going at it hard enough. I went at it again, and circled her out. Could't do it.
I don't think it was nerve failing me. I think it was wisdom prevailing. Wasn't ready for it. Remember it was just last week I felt ok about the cantering in the English saddle bit. I think I can ride most days next week, and I will. And put everything I have into it.
And next week. I will canter over that jump. Or the week after. However long it takes.
And I will be fit again. I will lose this "Been spending WAY too much time on the couch with pizza weight" and I will find my muscles again.
However long it takes.
Love and Goals,
Huge cheers for Jumping!!
Oh my, I'm first!
Seems to me you gained extra cantering confidence, even if you didn't jump at a canter straight away, so it's all good.
I have just built a flat-pack wardrobe, and am having a little sit down before cutting the grass and planting some seedlings - I cheated and bought some baby courgettes and totmato plants (Maybe next year I'll be organised enought to start from seed...)
That is awesome, that would have scared the hell out of me.
Well done, you.
That's impressive! Both the jumping and the goals.
Marjorie, I always buy my seedlings, since otherwise the cat eats them all and I have to buy them anyway.
Marjorie, you built a wardrobe? Go girl!
My seedling are doing well, one in particular a giant pumpkin called "Big Max" I didn't name it, that's the name on the packet, and none of his friends I planted grew.
I may have pumpkins on this thing before I can plant it outside.
I do gain more confidence every time I ride. It's a beautiful feeling.
But MAN, between canters and raking, I am SORE today. Hope I can ride later. Seems to be raining.
yey! jumping! how cool is that! and if you would like more yardwork, pls, feel free to come on by! bit of a mess doesn't even start to describe what's going on in my yard- the one downside to no snow (but i'll take the mess anytime!!) and since i have to go to work, i don't have to look at it now - pleasant sunday all!
Watching you move through challenges one step at a time is so good for me. It helps me be easier on myself. There is a learning curve and a natural rhythm to doing something new and uncomfortable.
For me, I have to remember it's a dance, forward and back. Forward and back. Progressly slowly across the floor, but progressing. Dancing through the fear.
And you've picking amazing animals to help you : Cabal, bees, Bengals, and horsies. Wow, just looking at that list is impressive. Which reminds me, how is the kitty who gets the shots?
British for Zucchini, Ticia. Like Aubergine for eggplant.
It is a process working thru fear. Sometimes working thru fears of things that may have nothing to do with what you really fear, can help build the strength to put the deep buried fears away.
You feel better at any rate. Forward and back.
And if your life is stressful, I think, at least for me, doing extreme things helps a LOT. I used to drink, some years ago, lol, which certainly WORKED, but not perhaps the best path.
Sue, no way! It will be huge if I manage to do my own yard. Which I can't do today, as it is raining.
Ah, darn it.
Psst - Ticia - they are the dreaded zucchini. Don't ask Marjorie about them, or she'll give you her surplus. No, I didn't know that - I looked it up.
Congrats, Q - good for you jumping. The twitter picture is funny. (No, I don't twitter - I just follow, lurk and spy.)
Na!!!!! Shiny Keys!!!!! More Exclamation Points, too!!!!!! You clean those cupboards, Girl, within an inch of their lives!!!!
Lys - good on you for gainful employment. So sorry I can't be in NoCal to play with the rest of you.
Why is it no one ever comes to Central Iowa on business? Why is that? Oh, right. We are dull here. I forgot.
I'm not - just the state is.
Iowa can't be all that dull, Siri: afte all they did decree that gay marriages could not be declared illegal.
Well, there is that. It's been fun sitting back, watching the furor that created. Must admit, I was surprised (albeit greatly pleased), but what the Supreme Court said is true - nothing against civil marriage in the law. I think the official day is Friday Next. The news will be interesting that day.
Hurrah for jumping!
Wonderful job, apartment, jumping news...makes me smile.
I spent much of yesterday orbiting my daughter''s class gourmet dinner fundraiser, before getting to sit down and eat the delicious result. What a great experience to watch these kids, take on a five course meal for 28 people, without a lick of panic or conflict. I was there as support, and spent the day setting up tables and having chairs fall on me, consulting on flowers, and making one last minute grocery store dash for forgotten feta. A good day.
And DH managed to take a HUGE mound of honeysuckle off our enormous old pink rosebush. (For those who don't live in NE PA, honeysuckle here is an enormous pest, eating everything in sight.)
Off to putter a bit more in the yard before the rain comes.
It's almost mostly there. I'm still slaying the last few wasps. (Because no one wants to hurt the cute little dragons.)
Oh, I did forget, Way to go Lys!!!! Postmistress, eh? Love a girl in uniform, lol.
Ticia, can't wait to hear more adventures in new home!
I will never understand WHY the idea of gay marriage gets people so upset, or why it could possibly MATTER to anyone except the people involved.
Why would anyone want to stop someone from forming a committed, and legal alliance? Or why a group could possibly think they could deny a part of the population rights they enjoy based on thier sex.
It confuses me. No one is trying to STOP people from marrying someone of the opposite sex.
Why is it anyones business who someone marries as long as they are human and of legal age? Why would anyone else CARE?
Hey I just wanted to add I think you're really doing great with the riding! Sounds like you have a good trainer. And I am alwyas interested to hear about the Bengals...I bet you and Magic will eventually have a great bond!
Dabbler, fun dinner, but on the honeysuckle, think of our friends the BEES...
Hurrah for Dan Guy!!!!!!!!! Pictures SOON!!!!!!!!
(he has been working on this all last night and today, with Dr Wicked. I really really love these guys.)
Hi Catmouse, and welcome!!!! Glad you like hearing about such things, as I sure do like writing about them.
And Magic and I will be friends. Already are. It can only grow.
Ticia, don't worry, you are in no danger of being given my surplus courgettes/zucchini - the resident slugs and snails see to it that there is no surplus. Last year I had 3 plants and the grand total of 1 courgette - it was all of 3" long.
My planting them at all is an act of faith that sooner or later I may acheive actual vegetables.
Gay Marriage - I agree, have never been able to understand why anyone objects so strongly - iy isn't as if there is finite supply of marriage, and if teh gay people use it up there won't be enough left to go round...
I found it interested that although theyvfidged the issue a little here, by calling it 'civil partnership' NO-ONE (except in legal documents) ever calls it anything but marrige, to the extent that mosgt people think 'civil partnership' means co-habitation (I know this, because the forms I use with my matrimonial client's refer to 'intention to (re) marry or form a civil partnership, and striaghts who are moving in with their new partners always tick the civil partnership box, and I have tpo explain to them that isn't what it means...)
Cngratulations on your jumping. And on being wise about the next step of cantering towards the jump.
You sound like an amazing woman :-)
The blog is transitioned, so now shows up at http://blog.fabulouslorraine.com/. The only thing that isn't working yet is redirecting the old URLs to their new location.
Quiche, you can post pics with impunity.
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"It is a process working thru fear. Sometimes working thru fears of things that may have nothing to do with what you really fear, can help build the strength to put the deep buried fears away."
And I think Na is the winner of the
"golden ticket" from hell, not me :-D We need more stories about the flower filled fairyland she is moving into.
Oopsie! I felt it so strongly, I posted it twice. :-D
Right, Na. Your names are so alike, I get you mixed up. Right.
And the pics are up!!!!!!!!! Thank you Dan Guy!!!!!! Dr Wicked and Danguy are Heroes!!!!!!!!
The pictures aren't GREAT , mind you, but I don't believe they can help with our lack of camera skills. We need Kitty out here!!!!!!
Going to fabulouslorraine.com/blog now tries but fails to send me to blog.fabulouslorraine.com - there's an extra / in the redirect URL.
Yay! We love you Dan and Dr. Wicked....
I'm having trouble posting right now... going up a hill on stationary bike..
YAY!! THE CREST!!!
Just found this - the world's first walk-in cocktail! Apparently, breathing normally for 40 minutes is equivalent to drinking one G'n'T!
Wow! I hope the servers have gas masks!
Yep, apparently they do...
Excellent goals, and you can achieve them. (I hope that's more convincing than when I tell it to myself. 'Cause in your case it's totally true.)
Now that I'm finally back online at home, I'm exploring the music on your page. Lovely. Don't suppose you ever get as far as Chicago to play?
Huge cheers for jumping, raking and posting photos! Major hurdles, both real and psychic.
I too spent hours on the yard (after another ridiculous yoga class where I spent 15 minutes upside down) and ache today. In a good way, right?
"the rain is raining all around" today and glad am I that seeds went into the ground yesterday as did the enormous (I had underestimated) stand of day lilies that now have a new home alongside the house in the space that I have lovingly referred to as the "scorched earth recovery area"(as it gets plenty of sun - only the strong survive) which is often in competition with the "prairie restoration project" (ahem- weed patch) between the garages for most disreputable looking spot in the yard.
Oh, well. Looking forward to more pics! Happy weekending.
Interesting concept but I am not sure what it might do to the customers lungs (although it might spare their liver).
one sock short! love that.
and yes FabLo SHOULD think about a round of Chicago dates, we can go stay with Maure again, haha.
i think horses are scary as heck. your nerve is extra inspiring. i can jump out of an airplane no problem, but to even feed a horse from my hand made me want to run away. Musta been killed by a horse in the olden days...
yes to coming out but i am stumped as to schedule.
i want some Caribou coffee!
WOW Q!!! Jumping without any sort of seatbelt! ;-) That's amazing. I've only ever ridden western and never considered leaving the ground. And now it's been over 20 yrs since i've been on a horse.
Dan/Dr. - How did you fix the image upload problem?? I'm not able to upload on my blog either, it's craps out at uploading to FTP server...did blogger change something?
Off to shower and grocery shop. I have upwards of 30 people coming over for soup night tonight! Crazy! I don't have that many bowls!
Hard to get to Chicago, my current band isn't set up for touring real well. But I am coming there for my Tattoo!
And we will be live streaming on the Fiend Weekend shows, in Late June.
And if anyone ever want cd's from my old bands, Flash Girls, Folk Underground or Lorraine a Malena, off still stands. Any amount to email@example.com and I'll send 'em. Some went out last week, if you are waiting...
Kitty, if I am ever killed in a skydiving accident, you will KNOW it was murder. Nuff said.
Chantrelle, don't know how they fixed it. Dr Wicked sent Dan things that made no sense to me, Dan talked back in a language I did not understand, and all of a sudden, it seemed to work.
YAy for jumping! Boooooo for two point. I /lived/ in two point position for months, I feel like. My trainer was not happy with my heel position and figured doing /my entire practice/ in two point would help.
He was right, but oooooowie.
Riding a horse is like driving a car-- look where you want to go, in the middle distance. The horse can /tell/ somehow. (they're a little freaky like that)
Are tattoo place better here? I keep saying I will do something "not like me" when I turn 40 later this year. But I'm probably too indecisive to make it a tattoo...
Wow, from cantering to jumping in a week! And even if you didn't get a cantering jump in this week, there is always next week :-)
Lys, congrats on the new job!!
It's all rainy here, perfect weather for movies and knitting.
Jumping! OMG! That's awesome. You make it sound like so much fun. :-)
Fine line between fun and terror, Erin, but I did like it.
I'd cantered both last week, but nt without fear of doing it.
Onesock, The artist I want to do my tattoo just moved from LA to Chicago, so I am following her. She is Hannah, formally of Kat Von D's shop, and a friend of Kitty's. I love her work, and her attitude, and I want her to do my first one.
She is, as we say, Really Really Good.
Yay for jumping, Q! Tell, you what, I will try to find my FIT, too, as I've misplaced it in the past 4 years. It may have slipped under the couch cushions. Or perhaps it left with the takeout containers. I'm thinking it would be nice to have it back. :)
People talk about New Year's Resolutions. I think springtime is really the time to get going with these things. Motivation comes much more easily. Springtime rocks so hard.
Siri--central Iowa, much like central Illinois. Lot of corn, quite a few cornballs. :)
Yr on Andrea! We are to Find Our Fit.
Fod knows where mine went..
Fabu, Fab Lo! The Fit Will Be Found!
It'll help me a LOT to not be doing it alone. OK--off to figure out the best way for me to search!
This blog post made me very happy! I need to get my own Fit, too. And...somewhere..gathering dust...I have some fitness videos geared towards riding - sort of ground work for the rider...hmmm...where did I put those things...must rummage...
You are right, too - all the riding and work that goes with it (raking, etc) is great for fitness - functional fitness, I think they call it?
re: Chicago - come to ALA Annual! I have tix for the Newbery Banquet - tra la!
jump for joy, my images are uploading to blogger!
Ah, Janet says:
Might want to correct the firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyndyn, ALA? What's that about? Is there , like anything cool happening there?
I think to find FIT, the most important thing is to get up and look for it. The very act of getting up off ones BUTT and looking is bound to be a step nearer.
Extreme things don't work. You can't say "I WILL EAT NOTHING BUT RADISH AND RUN 10 MILES A DAY"
You might make it one. Just eating right and getting off yr butt is the only thing in the long term that will work.
Eat sane. And walk, rake, dance, ride, bike, lift hand weights from your chair, Wii fit, whatever.
If you look for it, and are off yr butt, you will find it.
I am so wise, eh?
Speaking of which, I'm off to hang with Annamontana. Tess is apparently riding with the women who may be her new friend. Hmmph. SO me and Anna will be cantering fools together.
And now that we can post pics, I will try and get some good ones. And do a new post tonight since you have been cheated these past couple of days.
Lo - you are pretttty wise! :)
I've come a longggg way re: losing fat in the last two years - was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after maybe 20 years of the docs telling me I was fine, just eat less, etc. I started out a size 30/32 and am down to an 18. :D But...losing fat and getting fit are NOT the same thing and now that I'm getting my energy back I need to get movin'!
re: ALA Annual - nah...nothing too much fun...just a bunch of us librarians wandering around in sensible shoes! :D
Oh, I told my little niece that there was a horse named Anna Montana and she thought that was heee-larious. (Her name is Anna and she will be 5 next month.)
My partner claims he's going to write a diet book:
Lay off the booze, drunko: losing weight in 12 easy stepsSeems to be working for him. :D
(though, reports from Cochella indicate he's fallen off the less-booze wagon. Oh music festivals)
You go Lyndon!!! Congrads on all you have done, with such obstacles. I think FIT is the most important. I feel better at any rate when I am moving, and I can sleep, rather than wake all night worry'ing.
It IS a pretty silly name for a horse, she is wonderful tho. She really GOES....No being lazy on her.
ALA=American Library Association. About 20,000 librarians running around Chicago. What could be cooler? Especially with the Newbery event to look forward to.
I can point you to the best Ethiopian restaurant (not the one most people say is best) and some great yarn shops.
Actually, "Fit by Forty" is this year's mantra for me. Once I'm finally over the cold-from-hell, I mean to start walking home from work an increasing number of times per week. It's, 2-3 miles, and a good start, I think.
LOL...Adri...I bet that would sell a lot of copies!
Ugh...this migraine is kicking my @SS. I'm going to take to my bed.
Adri, Snicker....That made me laugh.
OK NOW I AM GOING!!!!!!!!!!!
One Sock Short (OSS!),
why did you have to mention Ethiopian food? There is none where I live and now I am craving it.
I wonder what types of lentils I have available.
As it happens, I AM a fan of yarn shops!
LO - Ya! When the doc called and told me I was sick - I was sooooo happy, I cheered. She was rather taken aback and said "People aren't usually happy to hear this." And I said - "Hah! I'm just glad to know what is wrong - now let's FIX it!"
Still working on getting the meds right - but I'm sooooo much better.
Sadly, it isn't a get out of fat jail free card - the meds just sort of lower the playing field. STILL have to watch the damn carbs, dammit. :)
Not LOWER...Level...the playing field. durrrr
Ticia :: That issue only happens when you leave off the trailing slash, i.e. try to go to http://fabulouslorraine.com/blog rather than http://fabulouslorraine.com/blog/. I hadn't thought to test for that. The issue appears to be in a part of the server that I can't access, so I'll ask Dr. W to take care of it.
Chantrelle :: I switched the blog over to "custom domain" publishing rather than FTP, so that everything is served by Blogger's servers rather than FTPing to Dr. Wicked's. That way there's no FTP issue and posts show up instantaneously. Blogger didn't change anything, the FTP publishing just goes on the fritz every few months.
It's true, the bees love the honeysuckle, but no worries. We have no shortage still. Probably several miles of it, were the vines stretched out.
Once they start blooming, the whole world smells sweet.
And I, too, fail to see why letting people who love each other have a right to legally commit to their relationship should be anyone's business but their own. But then I also fail to see why it's my business whom anyone sleeps with...unless I'm in a relationship with said sleeper. Or, for that matter, why some folks seem to believe that they know the one and only TRUTH about the world...
Tis a puzzlement!
what an inspirational post and stream of comments to wake me up.
I've only ever jumped unintentionally (runaway horse) and that was a whole lot of terror and no fun.
You make me want to get back in the saddle Lorraine.
Also looking for my Fit...but I will have to aim for svelte sixty :-) Now that they've finished rebuilding our road, i could start walking every morning... but it's uphill both ways...
DH is going to the gym every morning and today road fifteen miles on his bike. He is 'encouraging' me. My innate rebelliousness make that into discouragement very fast, so I've asked him to stop. I do need to do something, though, so hearing the rest of you talk about it is great!
It's all of you who inspire ME.
It's all about just doing something to find your own personal fit. It's not anything else. It's about feeling good, whatever weight or age you are, and challenging yourself to be the best you can.
Which did not happen so much for me today, darn.
May write a bit on it.
Q, is this a typical year for you or is this year just particularly rich with wonderful experiences?
I am amazed and inspired with nearly every new post. It's lovely!
Well, thanks! I don't know that's it's so different, I'm just writing more about them, and pursuing things harder. Kind of started last year, with wanting to make a difference, and helping the Bengals.
I tend to do what I'm doing either full on, or not. No middle ground. I wanted to see how much more I could learn and do.
And I guess it's all of you too, wanting to make this place really fun, and a really good place to be, for everyone, no matter who they were, if their hearts were good.
We all have a lot of the same problems, and feelings, maybe I wanted to show people, and in turn show myself, that anything IS possible, and you can live what you dream.
If you want it, go get it.
Who can say?
My nerve failed today. Even my trainer Mel told me I was a fine rider, and it was my nerve that was failing me. Rode Anamontana, and she is a way more Go type horse. Took forever walking to relax enough to trot.
We cantered and were fine, then she stumbled, broke to a trot, and back to a canter, then cantered with her head down while sneezing.
Stayed on, but didn't do it again.
I will tho, be up at 7 tomorrow where I will do it again.
I have to believe I can do this.
Man, I do go on don't I????
You're doing great Lorraine. And you go on in the best way....
I think I need a nap. I read awesome stuff from y'all today. I think I had congratulations and happiness for all. Now I can't remember.
Target, Whole Foods, and 85F/35C weather sucked the life out of me. My blood is still too thick for this torture! (I know, I know)
Reading The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald and napping, which is a shame. He's such a smart witty writer, I should give him more than 1/2 a brain cell.
First, I don't know how you keep track of all those comments, it totally overwhelms me, so I have no idea if I am repeating or contradicting or whatever.
Second, Awesome on the riding.
Third, my hubby and I are constantly making up mock commercials in our heads to show the idiocy of the ones against it. I think ignorance and fear are the best two words to describe the stupidity of it all.
Next, I am loving my wiiFit to help with the spreading issue.
Lastly, OMG you really are fabulous, when the hell do you find time to breathe?
I have added comment numbers. Sadly, they only show up on the individual post pages (-- for example, the one this comment thread is attached to is http://blog.fabulouslorraine.com/2009/04/lessons-in-raking-and-over-jump.html --) and not on the blogger.com "Leave your comment" page that most of us spend the majority of our time upon. I have no control over how blogger.com displays its own pages, alas.
Hi Cecily, and welcome!
Keeping up with the comments is tricky, not sure anyone manages to completely, don't worry about it, just feel free to jump in with anything, at any time.
Would love to hear these commercials, it IS pretty weird isn't it?
TIme to breathe, not so much. I will be going to bed really early tonight tho, I can tell you that much!!!
Well, Dan! Thank you AGAIN for spending your weekend working on my site!!!!!!!!!! More horse pics, and hopefully a tale of some good riding.
Q--you will sleep he sleep of the just :)
So...here I am, back in the Bay area (happy happy joy joy!!) The rental guys upgraded me to a PT Cruiser. Bright Sparkly Blue. wOOt!! The thermometer readout inside the vehicle (supposedly telling you the temp outside)as I drove away from the lot? 90 degrees!! What is UP with that?? It's not even MAY!!
And we just had overnight freeze in NM, so don't blame it on me.
Thinking good thoughts for sushi tomorrow night..... :)
If you want to feed the bees (and hummingbirds) you can plant coral honeysuckle rather than the invasive Japanese type. That's what THEY (who the heck are they, anyway?) recommend here.
I lost 30 lbs in the past year, partly by eating less between meals, and mostly by walking 45 min to 1 hour about 5 days a week with my best buddy, iPod. I've been walking for 6 years but had to stop due to hip pain, and finally got it sorted out last April. My legs are killer, but I noticed in a photo that my arms look like sticks! So I told the spouse I'm going to sign up for personal training for upper body (which is actually starting to improve with yard work.)
I'm amazed at the whole jumping process, and I know you'll get into it when your brain finally gets used to the idea deep down. Sort of like Magic with The Petting Hand Of Possible Doom.
Apparently, a new week is looming (who knew?) so I should get me to my beddery so I can do the shove-offspring-onto-bus-at-7-am thing.
And good on yer, Marjorie, with the wardrobe construction! Can't think any more. I has the sleepy.
Ah, my dear, you are the brave and fabulous Quiche! Good for you!!! Jumping? That IS something.
I'm sorry, wait. Dan, you have no control over... what? My world is feeling less secure by the moment. Please tell me that your total control of all things interwebs is in tact.
You just don't WANT to do whatever-it-is. It's not that you CAN'T.
Way to go Ms. Fabulous!I think to get FIT, or even fit ;), you can start in small amounts of time and build. Twelve years ago I started riding a stationary bike. I could only do it for 10 minutes the first time I tried, so I did it for 10 minutes, recovered for an hour +/- then rode another 10 minutes throughout the workday. In 3-4 months I was riding 45 minutes twice a day, and got cranky when I couldn't get my riding in, but I think that was a bit of transference going on at the time. It helped that I could read a book while pedaling, which means I wasn't concentrating on how much time had/hadn't passed.
Unfortunately, I wasn't as motivated to ride the bike at home after I quit. That lovely mental tape of, "You should be doing this, or this, or that," kept playing. ::sigh:: Don't you just love mental tapes? Not. :P
Anyway. . .on to new Fiends!
Hi, catnmouse! Glad you decided to speak up and make your presence known! :)
I do believe I smell
I think he's lulling the interwebs into a sense of false security, then, BAM! It won't even know what happened. Very fiendish.
Thanks Fluffy. I feel better!
Go Fablo! Go Fablo! You're horsie skills are growing by leaps and bounds.
And go fiends finding FIT! Awesomeness. You know your cardio-vascular system will thank you for it.
Yes shiny keys, to new place now with shiny bathroom, kitchen, basement steps, and entry doors. Because G-R-I-M-E, folks, honest to fod grime. Yech. Every surface, including the undersides of things, scrubbed with soapy hot water then (non-toxic lavender-smelling) cleaning stuff. Started taking carloads of stuff each trip. Got the utilities' billing/hook-up arranged to happen this week. I promised some folks pics of new place as well as the trashcan from hELL--er, maybe tomorrow. It's supposed to be +20 C! And Ticia, flower-filled, not yet; fairyland mayhap--milk by the back door? Or whiskey?
And is there anything traditional for first meal in a new place?
Armchair philosophical theory on why some people are anti-same-sex-marriage; their sense of being in the world is not secure, and their balm for this is to work toward a world in which their own beliefs are reflected by every other human on the planet. I.e. fear. "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
Dang. Would you know I'm an editor? Your not You're horse skills. Meh.
To sleep I (may) go. Finding it hard to go to or stay asleep these days. BTW, I suspect lack of sufficient sleep can also lead to non-fitness. I notice when I don't sleep enough, I am hungry more, as though I need more calories to get through the day. And then I crave higher-calorie things I don't need to prepare (snacks, boxed, frozen foods, etc.), because I feel "too tired" to prepare anything, and I feel "too tired" to exercise. Not enough exercise and I don't sleep well. Circle down.
Right. To sleep for me. Ciao, all!
Keys and lavender. Welcome to your new home Na.
Milk, honey, and bread. At least that's my take on it... (The honey's not always mentioned, but we have an in with The Alliance).
Google's kung-fu is strong, gaypet. They act all sweet and innocent but under the veneer it's all knives and throwing stars. I'm not going to do anything to attract the attention of *that* dragon.
Well...78 degrees F on Saturday, 65 yesterday...and 48 today?? What! Mild Brrr.
Good morning to all. May your Mondays feel like Saturday.
Dabbler, I agreeo on the weather. Must be spring in the Northeast. But then, I'd rather have sunny and 70s on Saturday and raining and 40s on Monday than the other way around.
Na, I've read that inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain. So it's not just you.
Honey with the bread and milk. It would be best.
Dan, walk softly near that drangon, we are not yet ready, the time is not now.
Ack. DEAD asleep before 10"30 last night, and SLEAPT pure sleep calories until 5:30, woke, and slept till 7:30. Might be something to this search for FIT.. I am off in a few minutes to ride, then to work.
After tea. Oh my yes. Benagls all fed, watered and littered. More tea, may have had enough sleep but it's still bloody early.
Hmmm..Rise and Shine, Fiend Things! Have you been fronlicking all night, as well you should?
Just found my self talking to the tea kettle. Saying things like "Boil Dammit"
What kind of kettle do you have? Mine doesn't generally respond to that type of comment.
YAAAWWWN, good morning ...
Quiche, it's wonderful what you have to say about being fit and not going to extremes; I have had many a time where I did go to extremes. As I told you, that's why I was in the hospital, and I'm no longer embarrassed to have the Fiends know about it.
I am a walker. I walk about two miles a day because walking rocks. When the weather gets a bit warmer and now that I have a decent pair of shoes, maybe I will walk even more.
I'll wait until I know you guys a little better before I start sharing my level of snark. Especially on the subject of gay marriage. Kinda a hot button for me. :-)
Good Morning all.
My kettle doesn't respond to commands to boil, either. Although a voice/sound -activated one which came on when the alarm went off would be handy, don't you think?
I am happy this morning. I have my secretary back. I suppose that decreeing that she must never ever have any time off ever again would make me a Bad Boss....
I don't sleep enough but right now I am stuck in a meeting. I came back to work today after two weeks away and they already managed to stress me beyond any reasonable level before 09:00 this morning...
Spacedlaw - ick! That's what you get for going back to work... Though presumably you also get a paycheck for same.
We seem to have been Jessless for ages - hey Jess! You there? Is all well?
Today is rainy, and I am very wet after my 2-mile walk to work. But Good News awaited: a manuscript on which I labored mightily has been accepted for publication! Yay! (Peer-reviewed sciency stuff.)
Indeed. Jess-less. Who will provide weeble earworm links if she isn't around?
See, and I even got Flash functioning on my work computer, so I'm now susceptible to earworms.
Yelling at the kettle. Yep it's that kind of morning here too. :)
OK, Dan, I can understand letting sleeping dragons lie.
More coffee now.
Almost wish I were still sick enough to stay home, now that I have my copy of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.
Lyndyn-hope you're feeling better, post-migraine. Subscribed to your blog. We need to correspond!
Lorraine-kudos for rising, shining, and riding!
Phiala - when I saw your Tweet re: manuscript I was thinking fiction!
I would imagine getting anything published with your professional hat on is a very long process - you must get all the fiercest critics before it even gets to the acceptance stage, rather than after it is published. How long will you now have to wait to see it in print? (And will you be celebrating tonight?)
Lovely news ofr a Monday moring!
Jessless indeed. I've been missing her. Last I remember was a comment that she didn't want to go to work on Saturday...maybe a week ago?
Jess, where are you?
Marjorie - I wasn't clear in my tweet, that dratted 140-char limit!
Let me pull up my notes...
"Submitted to Sciency Journal 12/30/2008, reviewer comments received 2/3/2009, returned to journal 3/6/2009. Accepted 4/20/2009."
I have 28 days to make the final editorial revisions (should be done this week, though). I don't know what the lag for this journal is - maybe 6 months before it shows up in print?
And this is a fast one. I'm still waiting on this one:
"Submitted to Very Slow Journal 5/2/2008. Revisions returned 8/28/2008."
I may well celebrate tonight - I'm doing interdisciplinary work, and have had a hellish time getting things published for the last couple of years.
Jess was still commenting (at least on her blog) on the 14th (and on the 16th on Facebook). As I was away and had intermittent Internet, I did not follow closely...
*twirl* apparently i didn't tick, so i thought fiends had abandoned me. last week i had 10 coworkers form my regino in for some training, and spent the nights entertaining them. i was so exhausted. i did more driving in 4 days than i had in a month. out to santa monica 3 times, all the way across the valley, over mountains. i'm turning into a fiar tour guide for la.
congrats lys :)
is any fiend going to hear the dalai lama talk on friday in santa barbara? if any SB area fiends want to meet up thursday, give me a shout email vampiress at gmail or on facebook.
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OH...I love Santa Barbara - wish I could go!
I've been wondering about Jess too. Oh Je-eesss! Come out, come out, wherever you are...
Milk, check. Honey, check. Will bake some bread fresh in the new place. I even have a new mat on which to knead it.
Was chuckling over kettle comments, then realized I'd just left tea steeping and forgotten it. Poor tea. It is repaying me with lukewarmth.
Weather fods messing with us too. 60s today and tomorrow, then 40 on Weds. :P But sun predicted for Moving Day.
But life is not so plain, is it? Last week our 8-year-old learned some rather pertinent Facts of Life. He was very ready for this, asked loads of good questions. Today we have to tell him a friend of ours died last night. Though it was a while coming, still, the world looks funny when you stare out at it again after learning such things, don't it.
Na - 8 year olds are tricky...I've had some of the deepest philosophical conversations of my life with 8 year olds.
Oh, and I do that to tea all the time...make it, wander off and forget it till its cold.
Talking about tea mishaps, this morning I got so badly stressed that I sent my cup of tea flying and drowned the electrical sockets for my computer and nearly drowned my laptop too, which was on its docking station...
I think chamomile tea is called for.
All is well: Jess is taking a few weeks internet break, so she can concentrate on her workshop.
She says hi and stuff.
Jess, mine didn't either. Said nothing and boiled in its own time.
Cecily, Nope. You know us plenty.We like snarky, well, directed at idiots anyway.
Well, Hi and Stuff for to Jess too!
Nathilie, Yup. Should have stayed in France. Coming back form Holiday no good.
Being quick here. Ride is done and work is calling. Loudly.
How was your ride this morning, Q?
I'm dealing with hives - nurse at doctor's office seemed incredulous that I didn't get them until the last day of my antibiotics, but I'm finding it's not that unusual. I'm doped out on Benedryl, so I'm watching all the pretty lights and still trying not to scratch.
This is a good place to be when you're doped out. It's okay to say something stupid.
Oh, the ride was lovely. No fear!!!! Loved it.
Of course, I was riding with Poetry, and how could one NOT be confident riding with someone who rides like that???
Her horse can trot sideways, which I am sure has a name, I just dont' know it.
Sorry about the hives Data, I got excited when you said you'd gotten hives...BEES, I thought...
many glasses of wine last night...ugh.
slowly pulling out of my wine-induced stupor.
Soup night rocked. I made darn near close to 5 gallons of soup. I have about a gallon or so as leftovers. Tuscan Bean Soup (i twittered the sorta-recipe...for a single batch, divide everythign by 6.) Lots of friends we hadn't seen in ages showed up...LOTS of kids. 7 of them under 8! One who's almost 13 but she's more of a babysitter for the others at this point which rocks.
Now our power is out while PG&E upgrades our service (upgrade:good, power out, not so bad since we have solar backup so i still have a computer...yay sun!)
I know i read all the comments, but my brain is smooshed by hangover so i don't recall what i saw.
Just watched AFPs videos from coachella, that woman is a goddess of all that is rock.
Finally home, making soup, contemplating wine. Cats refuse to cuddle though, they want FOOD (damnit).
Got poppets in the mail today and two books, one being "Breakthrough" a collective thing celebrating the fall of the Berlin wall, including a piece by a certain Neil Gaiman, not sure if you guys have ever heard of him.
I really bought the book for the illustrations, though (Dave McKean, Milo Manara, Enki Bilal and Moebius amongst others).
One Sock Short (can I say OSS for short?) - my copy of P&P&Zombies is on the way - can't wait!
OSS works for me. Being associated with "free as in kittens" software sounds good. Being associated with "if I told you, I'd have to kill you" maybe not so much. Though it may depend on the day ;-)
I swear, P&P&Z is sending out stop-everything-and-read-me messages from the desk drawer. Is it 4:00 yet?
Yay for good, morning rides!
Na, cream is better than milk for the Fair Folk. You're on the mark with the fresh bread baked by you in the new home. I would add butter, the real stuff, to the honey on the bread. You could also add honey to the cream, if you felt so inclined. :)
Toni. . .::sigh:: you people who can't handle your antihistamines. Tsk tsk tsk
Nathalie, hope the kitties have decided that you need cuddles now.
Hmmm. . .Gaiman. Gaiman. I don't think I've heard of this guy, Nathalie. Is he any good? And who's this Dave McKean? Enki Bilal and Moebius I've heard of, but Dave McKean?
open source software - v good. We won't go with the other. But I'd really like to know the origin of one sock short - or is it clear to everyone except me?
I rode a horse once called I Lost My Sock. He was chestnut with three white socks, and very small for a thoroughbred because he was a twin.
Q and all her Fiends:
please please please help us by voting in the NEVERWEAR contest:
CAST YOUR VOTES IN THE COMMENT SECTION1000 thank yous.
Jane, it has been killing me not to know what kind of cat you have pictured. Is it an aby or a chausie? Sorry for the interruption, now back to the blog.....
Janet! There IS no interruptions here, any subject any time she says with a fine disregard for grammar...
I wan to know too..
(See what we can get away with while Jess sis gone?)
And yes, I forget who said it, but AFP did indeed rock Chochella most nicely...That girl IS rock.
Jane (and anyone else interested) -- Oooo! I'm mysterious now. How exciting! I've never been mysterious before.
One Sock Short is just my usual online name. I use the name for a much-neglected blog, Twitter, and Ravelry (online fiber arts community, think LibraryThing for fiber folks). Since I like to knit socks, and often feel like I'm running behind in all things, it seemed like a pretty good name. One can even interpret it along the lines of "a few plates short of a picnic" if one likes. I won't mind ;-)
Adri, What a great name for the horse.
I have voted, Cat ...
Well done Lorraine.
I realize I am putting my toe in the water after the 128th comment .... a little late perhaps... but still, Good Job Q.
You make me want to ride sooooooooo much.
I understood "One Sock Short", and I bet DataGoddess did too! And both of us are on Ravelry as well, under the same names.
oooh DataGoddess... I FEEL your pain. Much love and wishes for your quick return to non-hivedness.
Must be allergy season... I am starting to get them unlovely hives too.
Spent Saturday putting a garden in our (ever so boring) front lawn. MAN!!! the Effort that that took. Two grown women... 4 hours... one non-spade... one grave worth of ground... and a shallow grave at that. We were a little non-plussed when our roomie said 'it looks like a grave' after we had lined it with rocks and put in driftwood. It wasn't MEANT to look like a grave. That said... I kinda like the idea of it being a grave-garden.
... but we are hoping it will SAVE the life of the poor abused rhodo we found on the property. We have higher hopes for the lilies, irises, marigolds, snap-dragons and the replacement yew. I had to leave my found yew at the last apartment. I knew I would have to leave it when it took 4 trips just to get the soil and pot onto the roof... there was no way it was coming back down that stairway... it is a roof tree now.
Rubius, I dug the world's smallest pea patch on Saturday - I know just how you feel. Fortunately the previous owner of the house took care of planting rhodies, lilies, and all those other wonderful perennials, just no veggies.
Worlds smallest pea garden... I love i, Phiala. A pea-sized pea patch.
We were delighted to see the clematis, yellow rose, bluebells and daffodils come up. The rose will be spectacular. We almost had a Japanese Maple (I REALLY wanted the maple) but the poor thing was dead.... therefore I now have a lovely new branch to display dragons on.
I adore Japanese maples, but don't have anywhere to put one (maybe an ultra-dwarf). Really, I like funny-colored trees (except the yellow conifers, since they look chlorotic), but especially copper beeches.
But if I don't have a place for a Japanese maple, I'd NEVER fit a beech.
You know... you could bonsai a Japanese Maple... don't think you can do that with a birch... but maybe.
sigh.. I like bonsai.
We do have a couple volunteer flowers at the new place. I thought the leaves poking up were irises, but a neighbor thinks they're tulips. The dead hollyhock stalks are gone now. I was quite amused to see a tag for a hot pepper plant down in the invading grass; such the wrong climate! Our sad wee patches apparently have not been tended for ever so long. Project! Stage one, dig up grass but not the flowers.
The kids already made a friend from the building across way. Yay!
I once lived where there was a Japanese maple. I'm under the impression they are fragile things.
Rubius, have you seen Air Canada's site? They are/were having a big fare sale, ending tomorrow I think. I saw $310 rt Edmonton to MSP, imagine something similar would be there for you. Just a thought. :)
Na, look at the base of the plant. If it's flat then iris, if the leaves are rolled then tulip.
Phiala, professional botanist (but really I'm better at weeds than ornamentals)
Rubious, nothing wrong with a garden that loooks like a grave, I say....
Going to do new post as soon as I eat..
Off to meet Lys and Ticia for sushi!
June is coming, Chantrelle. I forget - are you going to be there?
Springtime gardens are marvelous things - and trees are always marvelous things. Will has been fascinated with the flowers, goes out every day (save for today, since he was ill in bed) to check the hyacinths and daffodils and violets. And he likes the dandelions, as kids tend to. Soon shall come the tulips and buttercups. I adore flowers. THANK FOD FOR SPRINGTIME. It's finally here ...
Thank Fods for whoever mentioned AFP this morning (Chantrelle?) Reminded me to go and put in my preorder for WKAP. Yah.
Hi Fiends! I won't be commenting much until Saturday, but I'll try to keep up with the comments.
I have Inventory on Friday which really means a 15 hour work day on Thursday and any spare time Ican squeeze on beforehand. Stressful!
But, like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll worry about that tomorrow. I'm meeting Lys and Chantrelle for sushi. I'm sitting in a cafe right now because I'm way early. Yay for no traffic. And yay for fiends.
And, before I forget, I need to send out a GIANT thank you to a certain fabulous one who reunited me with a certain AFP CD!!! Yay!! You rock! :-D
Ticia - I'll miss you, and I envy you your evening. You Crazy Kids have fun!!!
You are most welcome Ticia, very glad to have helped! Figured insurance companies weren't going to cough up for new AFP...
New post is up, sort of Deep Thoughts tonight...
We have too largish Japanese maples...most gorgeous crimson leaves in Late October....
I also have lots of tiny seedlings that want to be maples, but don;t necessarily breed true. probably no way to mail them around, though.
And I used to babysit, many many years ago at a house with the truly magnificent, century old copper beech. A tree of dreams, that one. Took up the entire front yard of a Queen Anne Victorian. I miss it!
Dabbler, that's exactly the copper beech I want. The only way to get one is buy a house with pre-existing beechness, and they don't seem to grow well around here.
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