Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Food Plan B

I know you've been real worried about what I've been eating since I usurped last Tuesday's cooking practice to get Monday's cleaning done that was usurped by going out to A-bomb's storytelling night. It hasn't been so bad: butter coffee and peanut butter apples for breakfasts, I actually had plenty of slow chicken in the fridge for the rest of the week's lunches, and I actually had plenty of meat, greens, and quinoa in the fridge for the rest of the week's dinners. Kind of a non-story, really. I had the extra chicken because I'd been having butter coffee and peanut butter apples for lunches the past week, I forget why, and I had the extra meat, greens, and quinoa because those recipes make more like a week and a half's worth of dinners, so like every third week I can just skip making them.

I did, however, eat up all the food in the fridge by Sunday afternoon. I stocked up again on apples and peanut butter, and for Monday lunch I activated Plan B: Chipotle. I have two Chipotle options: 1) if I get the salad, that's totally clean by my standards. But, idk why, I like a green salad with protein, but the Chipotle one only tastes okay to me, no offense! So actually 2) if I get the bowl, that counts as an allowed starch and I can make do with just meat and veg for dinner because break. And, I like the bowl a lot. Girl meets Chipotle, film at 11. Idk why I never thought of it before, but it totally works as a Plan B. So if I oddly miss my cooking practice for the week, the whole plan doesn't go out of the window; before if I missed a cooking practice, the default was bagel and cream cheese for breakfast and, you know, coke and chex mix for lunch. I had nothing planned for Monday dinner but Biggie served veggie chili at pumpkin carving, problem solved.

Here's the thing, though: I missed today's cooking practice, too. Wind. Fur. Winter is coming.

ETA 10/23/14: Do you know what? If you order a bowl with no rice and beans, that's basically the exact same thing as a salad without the vinaigrette... but it tastes better. Why is that? Because the lettuce is on top instead of on the bottom? Anyway, now it's back to clean! I do half steak, half chicken, fajita vegetables, tomato salsa, cheese, guacamole, and lettuce. And I ordered and paid for it online, so I just walked over there and picked it right up.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

60 Minutes Offskates Interval Training

9:00 AM Fury bootcamp by Flo, twelve stations, 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off, three sets.

Here's how I rolled:

  • L windmill with 15# (?) kettlebell
  • R windmill with 15# (?) kettlebell
  • air squats
  • L straight arm side plank
  • R straight arm side plank
  • L one leg squat to bench
  • R one leg squat to bench
  • forward agility ladder
  • dead bug
  • lateral agility ladder
  • plank
  • wall sit

Not sure what weight that kettlebell was, it was small. In any case, haha holy obliques. I think if I did this workout once a week for six weeks, I'd look like a coke bottle—

Friday, October 17, 2014

Egressions #181-182


181. Porridge championships! Via NPR. Actually, via Riley via Facebook via NPR.
182. One gratin to rule them all. Via Food52.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Housecleaning
 4 of 6

Home, hungry, tired, wind, fur, meat, greens, and quinoa.

Then I get up. There's a pile in the kitchen of all the towels and rags in the house, I guess I could take them to the laundromat. And I could go to Kmart to buy some new towels. Which maybe kind of counts as a thing on my Egression #180 list, she said sheets but towels is close enough? We don't need sheets, and we need towels. We have bath sheets and towels, and we need towels because one of them has finally torn. We also need towels because I don't know where all my rags went, I can get new towels and cut up the old towels into new rags. The old rags, in fact, were cut up from my old towels from college. COLLEGE. I've kept these last two, three bits of cloth for twenty-nine years. I skate against girls younger than these rags.

I'm not sure that buying towels that you pretty unequivocally need counts as making your life more interesting. And besides:

m: did you get yummy towels?
p: ...
p: your mate!
p: is a very boring mate.
m: you got white towels.

Well what can I say, he does know me.

// wash towels
// buy towels

I also don't know that schlepping some towels to the laundromat and some other towels from the store is really what I meant when I said I was going to houseclean. I could wash the corner of the kitchen floor that I cleared out Tuesday morning. I could roll all these plastic grocery bags that I cleared out of that corner. When the old towels come back from the laundromat, I could cut them up into rags. I could read the manual for my new camera. I could write my blog post about meditation. But I think I'm going to bring the laundry home from the laundromat, and then I'm done for the night.

// fold towels
// put away clean and new towels
/ tasks

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

60 Minute Foot and Body Rub

YOU GUYS. Fit Foot is the best. For $28 plus tip, you get a one hour foot and body massage. That is a steal for a massage, which I generally can't afford. And much to my regret! I do regard bodywork as necessary if you, say, play an aggressive contact sport or, at the other end of the spectrum, if you're making the jump from sedentary to active, and for many situations in between.

Fit Foot isn't a typical, by which I mean private, massage experience; so I feel like the most helpful thing would be to give a little primer of what to expect.

It's helpful, but not necessarily necessary to make reservations.

Some of the Yelp reviews say to specify how you like your massage, light or firm or so forth. But you know what, I like to not control all my experiences. And I sort of have the feeling that they massage you however they want, so why turn it into a battle of wills. YMMV!

You keep your clothes on, so shorts or wide-legged pants are ideal for bottoms. I like a tank top best, but a comfortable T-shirt is also good. I don't wear a bra, but I realize this isn't universally doable.

There's three rooms filled with couches, which is where you get massaged. Kind of like a public bath, except like I said you keep your clothes on. You get led to your couch, and you have your own round sort of ottoman with a lid where you put your shoes and anything else that you want to put away.

First you lay on your back with your knees bent so that your lower legs are dangling off the couch. Now this may or may not be comfortable for you; if not, this is a real good time to engage your glutes and abs to hold your pelvis in a neutral position. Your guy comes with a bucket of hot water and puts your feet in, and covers you with a blanket.

While your feet soak, you get a head, neck, and shoulder massage.

After that, your guy covers your eyes and starts on your feet. Not just your feet, also your lower legs; it lasts a good long time.

After a long minute, your guy softly says "hello lady" and that's when you turn over. Your couch has a hole for your face, your guy puts down a liner and punches it open; you lie on your stomach and rest your face on the liner. Then you get your back massaged, pretty much from head to toe.

Really the only parts that don't get massaged are the front of your torso and the fronts of your thighs. Everywhere else, though.

When he gets to the thumping part, you're about done. He tells you when you're done, though. Sit up slowly and carefully, then you get your ottoman back and you can put your shoes and socks back on. You might want to look at your guy, so you know whom to give your tip to—just saying.

You go back to the front desk to pay, they take credit cards but prefer cash and hopefully you brought cash for your tip. Don't be cheap! Tip on the regular price, not the special price. Your guy is sitting in a chair waiting for his tip, you can just hand him the money.

Fit Foot is located at 1459 W Fullerton Ave.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

No Cooking

Okay, I usurped my cooking practice to clean out the corner of the kitchen where the coffee cart is! SO RELIEVED. Now I have no food prepared for the week. Erk. Haha.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ad Hoc THIS!
 4 of 6

THEORETICALLY I am going to houseclean on Thursday. Though truthfully things aren't looking good for housecleaning at this point.

Anyway tonight I crossed a thing off my Egression #180 list, going to an open mic night. You know, I didn't read that closely; was I supposed to do the open mic night? And anyway it wasn't an open mic night, it was a storytelling night that A-bomb was in. Close enough!

Maybe one day, post derby. I used to do this sort of thing, pre derby.

If I were a proper blogger, I would have taken a picture with me and smiling A-bomb; but no. My new camera did arrive, though! I have to read the manual, and the first picture I want to take is of old camera and bid it a fond farewell.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MOISTURIZE ME!

p: ack!

p: so the unsub just immoliated himself--

m: emolliated?

m: immolated.

p: haha!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Malanciata

malanciata

This is more what I've been drinking instead of wine spritzers, just so I don't have to buy a bottle of prosecco every Friday night. I already have malort in the house, and malort is delicious with orange, so.

malort
aranciata

Fill a mason jar with ice, then pour over a can of aranciata. Or two cans, and no ice. Add malort to taste; as you know, I drink comically small amounts of alcohol and I like a scant shot here. Keep in mind the flavor of malort, though.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ad Hoc
 3 of 6

I'm sort of having a break within a break: Sunday I ditched my interval workout because I was so sore from my Saturday strength workout. Monday I didn't houseclean because I was a zombie from not having slept Sunday night. Tuesday I was not sore! But I had that hella long cooking practice and then I had an appointment with the guy who won the training session that I donated to the Black and Blue Gala, those two together squeezed out my strength workout. And that guy signed up to be my client, yay! There are four clients! I was thinking that I could bump my strength workout to Thursday, that would actually be perfect because Saturday I've been invited on a taco ride right after Travis so I'm not staying for that strength workout. But, by Wednesday afternoon I had a tiny cold.

It really is a tiny cold, I'm not miserable at all. My nose is just running a tiny bit, and I'm sneezing and coughing a tiny bit. This is a typical cold for me. I mean, I get miserably sick sometimes. Like February this year, ugh, I was miserably sick twice in a month. I don't think I've been sick since then? I don't always remember my tiny colds. I treat them just like regular colds, though. That tiny bit of sick tells me that my body is stressed to the point that its defenses are down. Even if it's just a little bit, I don't think the thing to do is push. Surely the thing to do is take the pressure off, and shore up the weak spot. That's what I do, then you get to enjoy being sick. I mean, right? You're alert and comfortable enough to read or watch TV or even write if you do that.

Okay but, guess what else I did. Haha! So this morning Tami posted a casting call for ethnic athletes, can I tell you something I realized? Derby keeps me out of a lot of trouble. You know how I was saying all these thoughts are unleashed in my head that I didn't even know were leashed? There's things I just don't consider because I have derby, and when I don't have derby I have sleeping. For a minute I don't have derby or sleeping, so hey, I'm an ethnic athlete, and what could be more ad hoc than getting home from work and shooting a little video of myself skating around the schoolyard with my poor droopy eyelid camera that I have never shot a video with before tonight. I mean, I didn't shoot the video; MJ did. So that's been tonight so far:

// shoot video
/ Ad Hoc 3 of 6

Really though this break is telling me that what I would do if I didn't have derby, which is a thing I wonder now and again, is barf up words like woah.

/ tasks
/ bills
# licorice tea and cashews
/ notes
\\ tidy front room
// stretch
# brush
{ Criminal Minds
# tart cherry juice
# sleep

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

30 Minute Morning Walk


This is a series of daily practices that are very much in the vein of what I introduced as whole day fitness ...erm, a year ago. Welp! Better late than never?

Let's see what Marcus Martinez says about this morning walk:

30-45 minute walk (first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or before your last meal of the day)

And what did I say?

I already walk 30 minutes every other morning: it's 30 minutes door to door from home to work, and I work four days a week, check. I walk to the train, take two flights of stairs down, stand on the platform, train surf on the train, and take two flights of stairs up. It doesn't have to be more than that. On the other hand, it doesn't have to be less than that. It's good standing, walking, and climbing stairs, and if I do sit on the platform or the train, it's good sitting i.e., squatting. All with proper form! The reason you should do all these things with proper form is JUST BECAUSE. Because you should do things the way your body is designed to do them, the better for doing those things and the better for your body and the better to build on. And obviously I do all that, in reverse, from work to home, and I'm not even counting that, which is why I don't sweat it if sometimes I sit down.

Well you know, basically that. For me. It may be different for you. I mean, it'll probably be different. I just talk about myself because that's what I know, and also because I don't tell you what to do.

I have cottoned to this idea of first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I guess mostly because that's how I already do; so, check. I am not an early riser and I have to be a certain level of awake to eat. And so, I've eaten breakfast at work for as long as ...I've worked, I think. So walking to the train to work very nicely happens on an empty stomach.

I'm toying with the idea of being strict about not letting myself sit on my morning commute, but I don't know yet. I'm fine standing on the platform, which is my favorite place to do one-foot balance work anyway. On the train though, sometimes you sit just to get out of the way of traffic flow. I'm pretty seriously against prioritizing training over train etiquette. But! People are nuts, if you ask me, about having a piece of something to hold onto on the train. I love to let them and stand right in the middle of the mosh pit and ride handsfree, casually reading my RedEye like it ain't no thang. I mean, I'm really good at it now. For now, I'm happy with mixing it up—if it's getting all Twister up in there, I take the space that nobody wants and train surf; if a seat opens up, I flow into it. I have another post brewing in my head about how few things I actually expect myself to do every day, life needs syncopation.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Tuesday Cooking Practice

So here goes, I guess I'm liveblogging today's cooking practice where I'm trying out One Practice To Rule Them All. So far, so good, first of all I slept, thank you for asking. The sweetie man woke me up at eight before he left to take care of Rudy, I got up shortly thereafter and fixed myself (!) a cup of coffee with almond milk and went back to bed to do my words. Sent Travis his reminder email about his Saturday appointment, and then up and at 'em. Tidied the bedroom, and tidied the kitchen only enough to clear off the cart. The cart is my prep surface, my favorite story about this cart is that I assembled it while baked on vicodin.

1a. Shakshuka

I don't really like cooking with dishes piled in the sink; but shakshuka has to simmer at the end, so I'm saving the dishes to do then. I put my saute pan on the stove over low heat, glug in some olive oil, then pretty methodically, maybe meditatively, dice onions, peppers, and zucchini, adding the vegetables to the pan as they're diced, gradually turning up the heat and occasionally giving them a stir. After the zucchini's in the pan, I start on the garlic. I just barely have patience for peeling and mincing garlic, I only don't run amok with a kris in my teeth because I know the zucchini could use the time to brown up. Garlic goes in, a spoonful of cumin, a spoonful of paprika, stir, then open a can of tomatoes, chop them up, and add them to the pan with their juice. And now the shakshuka simmers and I do the dishes.

When the dishes are done, the shakshuka is done and I ladle seven ladlefuls of shakshuka into seven mason jars and one ladleful onto a plate. By the way, I increased the amounts from the original recipe to make this much. I need enough shakshuka for the whole week.

There's going to be a pic of my shakshuka jars here in juust a sec...

shakshuka jars

1b. Crispy fried eggs

My new favorite thing is the crispy egg from smitten kitchen, or if you're me, the three crispy eggs. I clean out my shakshuka pan pretty well with my heatproof rubber spatula and make the eggs right in that pan.

crispy fried eggs shakshuka

Breaaakfast tiiime is here...

I upped my breakfast eggs from two to three as a positive step toward actually eating more protein and not just saying "I should eat more protein" and then eating the same amount of protein. And not unlimited amounts of protein, just this one extra egg for now. And the same goes for water, just an extra half glass here and there.

But anyway, enough of my yammering. Up up, Munt. More cooking to do.

But first, I think I will drop my camera and mess it up good, tch, I dropped it so lightly this time... now it has a droopy eyelid, the battery compartment won't shut, and I think it has internal injuries so it won't talk to Flickr? I am sad. I've had this camera since before this blog, it's the end of an era—

2. Slow chicken

Today's slow chicken is basically this shallot and squash slow chicken except I don't have shallots, I have a leek, and lately I'm making slow chicken with unconscionable amounts of butter. I slice up a stick of butter and put the pats in the bottom of the cooker, then the chicken on top of the butter. I have a new slow cooker that cooks properly low, so might as well give the butter and chicken a head start while I cut up the leek and the squash. In you go, Mr. Leek and Mr. Squash. And that's it, now it just cooks by itself.

2a. Ground meat

I'm doing ground meats for fall specifically because I'm doing all my cooking in one practice, so I can do chicken in the slow cooker and meat on the stove.

First, fill up a soup pot with water and start heating it up on the back burner for 2b. Greens.

Okay today is Korean ground beef, and I'm going to make it right in this pan that I made the crispy eggs in, that I made the shakshuka in. Drain the excess oil from the crispy egg pan, scrape out the burned bits, et voila I'm good to go. I suppose I could have just used the crispy egg oil, but I do like sesame oil for Korean beef. So drizzle in a bit of sesame oil over medium heat and put in the ground beef and break it up. While the beef is browning, dagnabbit, more garlic, should I have chopped a whole pile of garlic when I did it for shakshuka? Meh, six of one, half dozen of the other. I have to wait for the meat to brown, anyway. Peel and chop the garlic, sure, a little bit extra for the greens, trim and chop the green onions, and by now the meat is browned, so I can stir in most of the garlic, red pepper flakes, two spoonfuls of molasses, and four spoonfuls of soy sauce, and now it all goes on the back burner over low heat for twenty minutes.

2b. Greens

The pot of water comes to the front burner. When it comes to a full boil, I open a bag of kale and dump it in. It says on the bag that it's prewashed, how I feel about that is don't look a gift horse in the mouth. It's being boiled! It blanches just until I can smell it, then I drain it and by now the meat is done, gets its green onions stirred in, and goes into its container. And now I'm going to do the kale right in the pan that I did the meat in, that I did the crispy eggs in, that I did the shakshuka in. Just hit it with a drop more sesame oil, dump in the drained kale, and scrape the rest of the chopped garlic and stray bits of green onion off the cutting board into the pan. Stir it up and put it on the back burner.

2b. Quinoa

The pot that I blanched the kale in, now that gets a cup of quinoa and two cups of water and gets put over high heat on the front burner.

I really want to sit down, but I have to wait for the quinoa to come to a boil. So, I might as well do the dishes. When the dishes are done, the quinoa is boiling and gets covered and put on the back burner for fifteen minutes.

I retire to the couch to write this up so far.

Then the timer goes off, I turn the heat off the quinoa and let it rest while I put the kale in its container. Then the quinoa goes into its container.

All done, it pretty much looks like this except beef instead of pork:
meat greens quinoa

But wait, I think I will heat up the rest of this tofu soup that I made for the sweetie man right in this pot that I did the quinoa in, that I did the kale in. And I will eat the soup for lunch. And I will take a nap. This is doable, but I am tired.

Coda

I have two people to train tonight, the chicken is done when I home and I fish it out of the slow cooker with tongs. I let it cool while I fix myself a snack and chat with the sweetie man. Eventually I pick the meat off the bones, divide it and the buttery squash and leeks between four jars. Finis!

Monday, October 6, 2014

No Housecleaning
 3 of 6

Woof:

  1. sore from strength training Saturday afternoon
  2. hurting from two hours of sleep last night whyyy
Here's what I have to say: a fitness chart might look pretty on paper, but at the end of the day it's written on your body, and body trumps paper. I mean this sincerely, I mean to do right by my body this time. Not be the slave to a chart. Sore means that training did what it was supposed to do, broke down the muscle tissue. Next is recovery to build it back up, for the love of god. NOT MOAR TRAINING, and more than not training! Recovery is sleep, meditation, hydration, nutrition. I tried to sleep, honestly. I think I will sleep tonight, I'm exhausted. I think meditation is what's helping me not be a slave, more about that later. I know, I keep saying later. And I don't just want to say hydration, nutrition, yeah yeah. Hydration what, drink an extra glass of water right meow, that's what. Nutrition, maybe an extra egg? My egg intake is breathtaking. Ha, hopefully not literally.

So yeah I jettisoned my interval workout last night, after more thought than ought to have been needed. I was on skates for learn to skate clinic and referee practice, that was the right thing to do and it felt good. After a hard workout a low-intensity workout is a good idea, no workout is not a good idea, and a high-intensity workout is a bad idea. I should have caught it in the plan, I always forget that Saturday and Sunday are back to back. But anyway, I caught it in the execution. Recalculating...

I'm not not housecleaning because of strength training, I'm not housecleaning because of not sleeping and also because of writing the intro email for the second session of LTS clinics. Boy the two weeks leading up to SW break, all I was thinking was all the housecleaning I had to do. So I thought that was all I had to do. But no, that was just all I could think. It's not even that I'm taken aback that things are all unleashed up in my head, I didn't even know that things were leashed up there.

So no housecleaning today, but session two intro email, session two roster, and this post. And so to bed.

No wait, stretch. Then bed.

Friday, October 3, 2014

For a Healthier Tomorrow!

Man, I really don't like lists longer than four. Anything more than that is hrair, you feel me? Here's 25 Things to Do Tonight For a Healthier Tomorrow. Geez, twenty-five things. Tonight? Is that a thing? Do I actually do twenty-five things in a night all the time, I just stop counting at four?

1. Drink green tea to boost your metabolism.
I'm not supposed to have caffeine after 6:00 PM, so I better get up off the couch and get that started right now. In a minute.

2. Set your alarm an hour earlier to squeeze in a morning workout.
I'll just duck into the bedroom and do that while my tea is steeping. Or I would, if I had an alarm clock. I don't wake up to an alarm, I wake up when I wake up. I mean, pretty reliably by eight every day. But anyway, I don't do morning workouts.

3. Have sex to help beat stress and boost immunity.
I guess while my tea is steeping, okay.

4. Stop eating out, and pack your lunch ahead of time to save money and calories.
Stop eating out ...right now? I feel like this advice isn't really well-timed. It's Friday evening, next up is dinner. And tomorrow is Saturday, I don't need a lunch packed for tomorrow. Am I supposed to pack my lunch tonight for Monday? Joke's on you, I already have a bunch of lunches in the fridge.

5. Drink a glass of water to help clear your skin.
Glass of water with dinner, check. Which will be after the sex and the green tea. So like sex, green tea, then make dinner, drink glass of water with dinner.

6. Ditch late-night carbs to lose weight; save them for breakfast instead.
I beg to differ, I save my carbs for dinner and don't have them for breakfast. It's cool, agree to disagree. Actually I'm about to go over to Trouble's for wine party and am going to stuff my face with bread. I mean, I hardly ever eat bread. Except for pizza last night and bread tonight. But not for breakfast tomorrow.

7. Do a short yoga sequence to de-stress and relieve anxiety.
Mein gott, yoga too? Okay well, I am trying to stretch every night before bed. I kind of was thinking that it wasn't going to happen tonight because I'd be getting home late tonight filled with wine and bread, but hey. So like sex, green tea, then make dinner, drink glass of water with dinner, go to wine party, come back, and stretch before bed.

8. Eat salmon (or other omega-3-rich foods) for dinner to help lower the risk of developing breast cancer.
I guess it's salmon for dinner.

9. Skip sugary sweets to beat belly fat.
But it's Friday, Friday is when I eat sweets. Sometimes they have cookies at wine party!

10. Clean your gym mat to fight off germs and fungus.
Uh, okay. Sex, green tea, make salmon for dinner, drink glass of water with salmon, go to wine party, try not to eat cookies, come back, stretch, then clean yoga mat. Then bed.

11. Try preparing overnight oats for a grab-and-go healthy breakfast.
Sex, green tea, make salmon for dinner, drink glass of water with salmon, go to wine party, try not to eat cookies, come back, stretch, clean yoga mat, prepare overnight oats, then bed.

12. Sip on a glass of wine to reduce the risk of heart attack and increase bone strength.
I got this!

13. Finish your workout early (at least three hours before bedtime) to help you wake up refreshed in the morning.
Way ahead of you on this, I finished my last workout around 8:30 PM on Tuesday.

14. Whip up homemade energy bars to have a healthy snack ready for when you hit the gym.
Gah idk why, I really don't like bars. Pass.

15. Pack a gym bag so you're ready to start your workout in the morning.
Yeahhh, okay. Not.

16. Enjoy a square of dark chocolate to beat fatigue and lower blood pressure.
Trouble has chocolate sometimes at wine party!

17. Keep a food journal to lose weight faster.
LOL, you have no idea. Check. Couldn't care less about losing weight, though.

18. Slow down your dinner; eating quickly can stop you from realizing when you're really full.
Sex, green tea, make salmon for dinner, drink glass of water with salmon to be eaten slowly, go to wine party—cookies no, wine yes, chocolate yes—stretch, clean yoga mat, prepare overnight oats, then bed.

19. Detox and debloat by adding a few simple ingredients to your water.
Wouldn't it be simpler if you told me the ingredients? Fiiine. Sex, green tea, make salmon for dinner, drink glass of water with simple ingredients, eat salmon slowly, go to wine party—cookies no, wine yes, chocolate yes—stretch, clean yoga mat, prepare overnight oats, then bed.

20. Pack healthy snacks so you don't give in to junk food cravings at work tomorrow.
Work tomorrow is Travis, there's no food at the gym. I was planning to have soup when I got home.

21. Prep for sleep earlier than usual to wake up with ease.
Tch well, I could get to bed earlier if I didn't have to clean my yoga mat and make oats.

22. Find time to meditate — it will help you focus and relax.
Already done this afternoon!

23. Try eating clean to improve your energy.
I'm good, right? With the water with the simple ingredients, the salmon, the wine, and the chocolate?

24. Be body positive and give yourself some extra love.
So like, after the sex and before the green tea?

25. Lighten up your favorite dish for dinner, and bring the leftovers to work.
Idk, it's not that big of a piece of salmon and I'm probably going to be hungry after the sex and the extra love...

Egression Detail #180

I actually mean my egressions to be more than cannon fodder, I actually actively dislike the my-eyes-bigger-than-my-stomach behavior that mmmaybe Pinterest encourages. I mean, man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for. I do, though, try to only pin and egress what I could conceivably get down with. And I'm genuinely interested in lists like A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A BREAK! 17 LITTLE THINGS YOU CAN SWITCH AROUND TO MAKE LIFE MORE INTERESTING, not just to collect but to converse with. That's what to do with these lists, talk back to them. Not to argue with them, but to engage with them. I figure that's what they're on this earth to do, how you get something out of them is by them getting something out of you.

So, whatcha got for me:

1. Order a new hot beverage.
Well, I don't order beverages. For budgetary reasons, you know? On work days I make coffee in the kitchen, and it varies with the season and sometimes with the weather whether I want it black or with butter. I guess I sort of have a rep as a butter coffee enthusiast, but really it's because butter keeps better than cream. And everybody else in the office thinks butter in coffee is disgusting or weird, so nobody's going to filch my butter like everybody does cream. On home days the sweetie man brings me coffee in bed, again it varies with the season whether I get it black or with almond milk. I'm spoiled enough already, I feel like it's too much to ask for butter coffee in bed.

Idk, it's a pretty good setup. What would I do differently? In fact the last thing I innovated was bringing in a spare rocket blender and a jar of coconut oil for my work cupboard so that I could have butter coffee instead of getting coffee with cream from Corner Bakery, for the aforementioned budgetary reasons and also to stop myself from getting bagels for breakfast.

Here's me drawing a blank. Switching things around is hard.

2. Buy a Groupon for a new restaurant in your neighborhood and order something you've never had.
Okay well, a) I don't buy Groupons, and b) we don't go out to restaurants, both for the aforementioned budgetary reasons and also the sweetie man is deaf in one ear and can't hear over the background noise in most restaurants. We have a really short list where we get takeout from: Taco Burrito Express and Mon Lung, and the occasional $5 Hot and Ready pepperoni pizza from the Little Caesar's in the Kmart. Taco Burrito Express and Mon Lung are both very, very good; but that is a dire little list, isn't it.

Sometimes Dawn and I go out to eat. Maybe I will look for someplace to go with Dawn.

3. Construct an outfit around one of your closet orphans.
Okay yes, I can do this! Brb!

4. House swap with friends for the weekend.
GAH, NO. This gives me hives on so many levels. I don't even want to talk about it. Lalalalala.

5. Take a different route (or type of transportation) to work.
Whyyy, my commute is perfect the way it is. It could only be faster and more direct if I put myself in one of those canisters and jumped into a vacuum tube like they have at the bank. If you haven't noticed, my life is very tightly scheduled and I'm really disinclined to dislodge very much.

Maybe on a Friday, when things aren't so tight.

6. Try out a new hairstyle.
Yes, I will!

7. Ask your boss if you can come in/leave early or vice versa.
Nooooo. See #5 about being tightly scheduled. This is not a little thing that I can switch around, this is taking the whole damn thing apart, thank you, but no, thank you.

8. Take a new class at your gym.
Yes! I'm doing this now, this is what I'm so excited about break about. That last sentence seems screwed up, but onward. I mean, I don't take classes and don't have a gym; so it's more like "take a new class" "at your gym." Still!

9. Read a magazine about a topic you know nothing about.
Okay, sure.

10. Go to open mic night.
I can go see Juanna! I will definitely put this on my list.

11. Listen to a new radio station.
I do try this on Songza, which is my radio. I had no idea that I was so strongly inclined to mellow indie until Songza. So now and again I'll be about to click on a usual suspect and suddenly my hand veers like a possessed Ouija pointer, and hilarity ensues.

12. Switch your part.
This is not such a big deal for me, Biggie cuts my hair so it can go both ways. Also, isn't this basically the same as #6?

13. Swap out your bedding for something totally different.
Mehh. I do sort of want new sheets, I've had the same two sets of sheets since I've been in this apartment. So since 2006, that's like eight years! White sheets, even. They're great sheets though, 600 count cotton; they weren't cheap, I bought them before I adjusted to my post-divorce financial situation. They're not as nicely white as they used to be, but they're whisper soft at this point. So the rub is, we're spoiled. It's not just me, the sweetie man's just as much of a princess about our sheets as I am. Though a thing about him is that he's not much about just getting new things just to get new things, and that has nicely rubbed off on me. Which kind of leaves us to appreciate the nice sheets that we've got.

14. Go to an international grocery store and buy a bunch of things you've never tried.
Guh, "international" feels like code that means something to a white person. I know, it can mean something totally innocent. I could cooperate, but I don't feel like it.

15. Wear a new shade of nail polish, a new color of eyeliner, a new shade of lipstick.
By "new shade," do you mean ...any? Okay, sure.

16. Sit with someone you don't know at lunch.
By "someone you don't know," do you mean somebody other than me? I consider it my God given right to eat lunch alone.

17. Rent a car that's totally unlike yours for the weekend.
By "a car that's totally unlike yours" do you mean ...a car?

Okay so, if you're keeping track:

Yes, I already do:

Listen to a new radio station now and again.
Switch my part now and again.

Yes, I will!

1. Construct an outfit around one of your closet orphans.
2. Try out a new hairstyle.
3. Take a new class at your gym.
4. Read a magazine about a topic you know nothing about.
5. Go to open mic night.
6. Wear a new shade of nail polish, eyeliner, or lipstick.

Idk mmaaaybe...

7. Order a new hot beverage.
8. Go to a new restaurant and order something you've never had.
9. Take a different route (or type of transportation) to work.
10. Swap out your bedding for something totally different.
11. Buy a bunch of groceries you've never tried.
12. Rent a car for the weekend.

NO, I WILL NOT!

House swap with friends for the weekend.
Ask your boss if you can come in/leave early or vice versa.
Sit with someone you don't know at lunch.

So that gives me six to start off with, and six more to think about...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Return of Pizza Quest!
 apart pizza company

apart pizza

AKA Ad Hoc 2 of 6! Wakka wakka!

The 20 Best Pizzas In Chicago Via Chicagoist.

Apart Pizza Company
Chicago-style is fine, but sometimes you don’t want to fall into a coma after eating half a slice of pizza. A thin, crisp crust is a hard thing to find, and when I find a place that gets it right, they go right to the top of my list. Apart Pizza Company is my latest go-to for thin crust delivery. I credit my newfound appreciation to our former weekend editor Amy Cavanaugh, who insisted that I order from Apart during a night of gin-fueled gluttony. I’ve never looked back. A particular favorite: their Quattro Formaggi, which isn’t topped with mixed cheese but arranged in quarters, so you and your friends can argue over who wants goat and who wants bleu. Apart has a huge selection of Italian meats, so if you’re up for a night of carnivory that goes beyond sausage and Canadian bacon, they’re perfect. Allow plenty of time for delivery; sometimes good things are worth the wait. —Anthony Todd

Apart Pizza Company is located at 2205 W. Montrose Ave. and 5624 N. Broadway Ave.

The latter being just around the corner from Dawn's new apartment, and they do have a couple small tables where you can dine in. We had the Queen Margherita, I like to order a margherita at a new pizza place to see how they do a classic:

queen margherita

Very good! Boy, the crust! I loved it, this was the most crackery crust that we've had so far. Not bready at all, wafer thin and crisp. We thought there could be a bit more cheese, it was really delicious; perhaps we are greedy. Good tomatoes, nice basil.

Dawn has tried the above-mentioned Quattro Formaggi and didn't love the goat or the bleu, and I am not a fan of bleu. Do you know what the other two cheeses are, though? Brie and Parmesan, nom! Next time I'm going to ask if they will make a Due Formaggi, man, half brie and half parmesan. On that crust? Fuggedaboutit!

"Chicago-style is fine, but sometimes you don’t want to fall into a coma after eating half a slice of pizza." LOL, half a slice of pizza.

Fall Food Chart




Black coffee in bed.
Eggs shakshuka for work breakfasts.
Fried eggs with avocado vegetable hash at home.
Slow chicken with steamed vegetables for work lunches.
Creamed vegetable soup at home.
Tea and fruit for afternoon snack.
Ground meat, greens, and quinoa for pre-workout dinner.
Sauteed fish and vegetables for Friday dinner.
Beetlejuice for pre-workout drink.
Cococherry2O for workout drink.
Peanut butter apple for post-workout snack.
Wine spritzer with Friday dinner.

Lots of new things to eat! Or well, new this year. I am definitely starting to cycle through the wayback machine. Which is great, I might actually have this eating thing down...

Ultimate food chart! Always tweaking...
Fall food planner for the extremely detail-oriented.

Grokkk, these food charts are a lot of work and still quite short of how I want them ::angry face shaking fist emoji::

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Chart

ARGH, but in a good way? This whole blog from its very beginning is an opera about Sundays, I need Sundays to put myself together for the week, I have Rioters on Sundays, I have Fury on Sundays until Champs, I have Second Wind on Sunday until IKC, ahhh I have Sundays and life is like in the movies. I did have a good stretch of Sundays this summer, it was grand. Now all of a sudden I want to watch Bears games! I want to go out to brunch! Things that normal people do!

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP
morning morning morning morning morning morning morning
PASTIME
 
WORK
 
HOME
Cooking
WORK
 
WORK
 
WORK
 
PLAY^
strength
PASTIME
 
WORK
 
SYSTEMS
bills
WORK
 
WORK
 
WORK
 
SYSTEMS
appts
afternoon afternoon afternoon afternoon afternoon afternoon afternoon
PLAY^^
interval
HOME
Cleaning
PLAY^
strength
PLAY
bodywork
SYSTEMS
tasks
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
evening evening evening evening evening evening evening
SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP

Sooo I'm going to squish cooking into my Monday housecleaning practice, it's slow chicken so it shouldn't impair my ability to clean. And squish tasks into my Thursday adhoc practice, it's wafer thin!

Man, this is a great schedule.

ETA: No no no, save Monday for cleaning and squish all cooking into Tuesday. I can make it happen.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

45 Minute Strength Training

This is a little bit of a work in progress, I can come up with an onskates workout off the top my head and it generally works as expected; but lifting heavy is newish to me, so I didn't know what to expect. For one thing, I had to try out how much I could actually lift. Then I had originally planned a little circuit of deadlifts, pushups, and pullups; but then when I was actually doing the deadlifts, I didn't want to be interrupted. It was actually surprisingly satisfying putting on weights, picking them up, putting on more weights, and so on.

So I put the pushups and pullups as part of the warmup:

Warmup

Row 500m
Shoulder openers 10
Overhead squats 10
Step ups 10 L + 10 R
Side step ups 10 L + 10 R
Pullups with purple black bands 10
Pushups 10
Hip bridges 10

Lol I packed the purple bands because that's what Travis uses, but Travis weighs a bit more than me! Those bands almost shot me to Indiana.

Workout

Deadlifts
2 x 5 bar = 40#
1 x 3 bar + 5 = 50#
1 x 5 bar + 10 = 60#
----------------------------next time the above will be back squats
2 x 5 bar + 10 + 5 = 70#
1 x 3 bar + 10 + 10 = 80#
1 x 3 bar + 25 = 90#
1 x 3 bar + 25 + 5 = 100#
1 x 3 bar + 25 + 10 = 110#
1 x 3 bar + 25 + 10 + 5 = 120#
1 x 5 bar + 45 = 130#

Ha ha, my working set is what Travis and Nora warm up with. Keeps ya humble!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Housecleaning
 2 of 6

Where 1 of 6 was watching Monday Night Football at Ska's house last week.

Welp. Home, hungry, very tired. Again with the wind blowing my fur away. Am eating a bowl of slow carne, cauliflower, and quinoa. I had this tiny idea that I would need dinner during break to be more entertaining than spacefood, but I'm too tired. I don't need to be entertained. I just need to be fed. I'm letting it expand in my mind that I have nowhere to be for the rest of the night.

Of course, I have housecleaning scheduled. I hope that second wind blows in.

What is to be done: the bed's not made, there are dishes piled in the kitchen, there's laundry piled on the kitchen floor, and also eggs shakshuka isn't made for the week, slow chicken isn't made for the week, and I've just eaten the last of the slow carne that was in the fridge, and there's just one portion of quinoa left. I did make greens Saturday morning, there's an almost full container of that. What happened, Munt? Mahh, I went to Ska's to watch the Bears vs. Packers instead of staying home to do my Sunday cooking practice. I want to watch Bears games like a normal person!

It's okay, you can watch Bears games. My Darmok for situations like this is from Howard's End:

When she saw Charles angry, Paul frightened, and Mrs. Munt in tears, she heard her ancestors say: "Separate those human beings who will hurt each other the most. The rest can wait." So she did not ask questions. Still less did she pretend that nothing had happened, as a competent society hostess would have done.
—ha, hello there, Mrs. Munt. My nickname Munt comes from Howards End, if you didn't know. I forgot that she was in this bit.

Anyway, it doesn't matter if the plan says Big Clean. There's little cleaning and cooking that needs doing so that's that, and the rest can wait.

{ watch one episode of Criminal Minds
\\ pick up clothes and straighten sheets
\\ wash dishes
\\ sort laundry
\\ reset coat rack
/ record cash

Phew, order has been restored. I have not cooked, the likelihood that I will tonight is ...quite low.

Now housecleaning is supposed to be part of my fitness plan, how does it stack up? Well, picking up clothes and straightening sheets was 15 minutes walking to and fro with a tiny bit of muscling up the mattress. Washing dishes is just standing, 45 minutes. Sorting laundry is flat out sitting, I think that most people don't sort laundry the way I do. I'm not as bananas as I used to be about sorting all the laundry by colors and, erm, shapes. Now I just do colors, yes, even though blue and red and black all go in the same load, I still separate them. Though really the most important thing is that I straighten and smooth everything out, so things don't go bunched up into the washing machine. Does the washing machine unbunch things? No, right? I have never tried it. Resetting the coat rack, the only task that approaches Big Clean and just barely, that's just standing, 15 minutes. So basically, all told, an hour of standing with 15 minutes of sitting wedged in. Well you know, it's not aerobic. It's what I would code on my BAMF! chart as Very Low Intensity Activity, which is purple. Which is more active than gray, No Activity.

What I was thinking was something more in the blue range, Low Intensity Activity. Big Clean stuff is this—e.g., sweeping is little clean, but mopping is Big Clean. Actually I don't even mop: I'm Korean, I get down on my hands and knees and scrub. It's vigorous.

Not tonight, though. But what needed to be done is done, so.

Gonna get a snack and then switch to a little deskwork before bed.

No wait!

\ make ice creeeeeeam

This time I made the larger recipe with the full can of sweetened condensed milk, so with 20 fl. oz. whipped cream. And then! And then I divided the batch in three into three containers and flavored one vanilla (1 Tbsp + 1 tsp vanilla extract), one coffee (1 Tbsp + 1 tsp each coffee liqueur and instant coffee), and one chocolate (1 Tbsp + 1 tsp each rum and cocoa). Yeeee!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

15 Minute Onskates Interval Training

Or well 16 minutes, not counting warmup and rest breaks. Close enough.

Warmup

1 lap low, 1 lap off
1 lap quick, 1 lap off
1 lap low and quick, 1 lap off
x 3 rounds

Workout

vertical jumps 20 sec, rest 10 sec off x 8 rounds
lateral shuffles with 45s 20 sec, rest 10 sec x 8 rounds
lateral slides with chips 20 sec, rest 10 sec x 8 rounds
kamandas 20 sec, rest 10 sec x 8 rounds

Take 2–4 min rest breaks between sets, I didn't time our breaks but I'm guessing we did closer to 2 min—just long enough for breathing and heart rate to return to normal.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Birth of a Fitness Chart

One may as well begin with Marcus Martinez's email: How Many Days a Week Should I Workout?

To which Dawn said, "The full recommendation adds up to 670-1185 mins per week, average 95-169 mins per day. My mind reels."

Well, yes. In fact the full recommendation is:

  • four 45-60 minute strength sessions per week
  • two 15-30 minute interval sessions per week, only one if your goal is not fat loss
  • two 20-40 minute lower intensity cardio sessions per week, if your goal is fat loss
  • a 30-45 minute walk every day, or at least every other day
  • 20-40 minutes of stretching every day
  • 10-30 minutes of meditation every day

Then again, I feel like we already do more than that. Okay, "feel" is probably not the operative verb for math. Fiiiiine, right off the top we have 90-120 minute practices three times a week, that's 270-360 minutes right there, that pretty much matches the 250-380 minutes of weekly practices that he recommends. And outside of practices Dawn works with a trainer and I work with my clients, so we're both actually over. But, now we're on break. I want a new drug! I want to seriously strength train, I don't do it in season because like I said I'm already over. Just say no to overtraining!

First of all, let's not be a hero and not take the high road, just as an exercise in giving it a goddamned rest:

  • four 45 minute strength sessions per week
  • two 15 minute interval sessions per week
    —fifteen-minute workouts, how cuuute
  • two 20 minute lower intensity cardio sessions per week
  • a 30 minute walk every other day
  • 20 minutes of stretching every day
  • 10 minutes of meditation every day

Let's address those daily practices:

  • I already walk 30 minutes every other morning: it's 30 minutes door to door from home to work, and I work four days a week, check. I walk to the train, take two flights of stairs down, stand on the platform, train surf on the train, and take two flights of stairs up. It doesn't have to be more than that. On the other hand, it doesn't have to be less than that. It's good standing, walking, and climbing stairs, and if I do sit on the platform or the train, it's good sitting i.e., squatting. All with proper form! The reason you should do all these things with proper form is JUST BECAUSE. Because you should do things the way your body is designed to do them, the better for doing those things and the better for your body and the better to build on. And obviously I do all that, in reverse, from work to home, and I'm not even counting that, which is why I don't sweat it if sometimes I sit down.
  • I actually also already meditate for 15 minutes every afternoon, check. More about that TK.
  • That leaves 20 minutes of stretching every day—okay fine, I will add that. And since I'm walking in the morning and meditating in the afternoon, I will stretch in the evening. But how about for 15 minutes, my timetracker is set up in fifteen-minute increments.

Okay but, I will tell you this: I'm not working out hard six days a week. I want to crosstrain over break, but I also want to break on break. If I try out for travel teams again in February, I fully intend to go the distance for the season: fill up the tank now, don't run out of gas later:

  • two 45 minute strength sessions per week
  • two 60 minute combined strength and interval sessions per week
  • two 20 minute lower intensity cardio sessions per week
  • a 30 minute walk every other morning
  • 15 minutes of meditation every day
  • 15 minutes of stretching every day

Now I'm not going to just lay this on top of my life, I'm going to work it in with what I've got. Which is learn to skate clinics and referee practices on Sunday, Nora at GIC on Tuesday, Kris at Fit Foot on Wednesday, yes, sometimes your trainer plans a month of foot rubs, it can happen to you, and Travis at GIC on Saturday. So clearly, the two strength sessions Tuesday and Saturday when I am already in the weight room. Also clearly, a) the time to do my Sunday workout is during ref open skate, between learn to skate and referees, and b) I'm not going to take off my skates and put them back on, c) heavy weights + skates probably not a great idea, so d) that's going to be an onskates interval session:

  • two 45 minute strength sessions per week
  • one 15 minute onskates interval session per week
  • one 60 minute combined strength and interval session per week
  • two 20 minute lower intensity cardio sessions per week
  • a 30 minute walk every other morning
  • 15 minutes of meditation every afternoon
  • 15 minutes of stretching every evening

Here's another thing: I really, really need to do some housecleaning around here. Those can be my lower intensity cardio sessions. What, it's totally legit. Now that I'm thinking, I think I don't start housecleaning projects because I subconsciously know I don't have enough gas for them. Also housecleaning isn't twenty minutes, more like an hour minimum. What happens if I mentally prepare and fuel up for them like they're workouts? When should I do them, Monday and Friday? Haha, NOPE, how about just Monday:

  • two 45 minute strength sessions per week
  • one 15 minute onskates interval session per week
  • one 60 minute combined strength and interval session per week
  • one 60 minute housecleaning session per week
  • a 30 minute walk every other morning
  • 15 minutes of meditation every afternoon
  • 15 minutes of stretching every evening

Or, in order:

  • Sunday: 15 minute onskates interval session
  • Monday: 60 minute housecleaning session
  • Tuesday: 45 minute strength session
  • Wednesday: 60 min foot and body rub
  • Thursday: 60 minute combined strength and interval session
  • Friday: rest and relaxation
  • Saturday: 45 minute strength session
  • a 30 minute walk every other morning
  • 15 minutes of meditation every afternoon
  • 15 minutes of stretching every evening

I definitely think whatever I do on Thursday I should do at home, I have plenty of weights and other toys I can work out with. I could do tractor runs. Though that's not using weights, so not strength. I could just do two strength and two interval workouts.

I ...don't want to work out on Thursday.

First of all, I want to write! I was supposed to get to write during break, and here I have filled all my time back up with workouts. Secondly, I want to see people! Thirdly and seriously, that time might be better used for recovery and rebuilding between strength workouts. Fourthly, I'm supposed to get to breeeeeak. What I need is just one open night in my week besides Friday night, which isn't open. Friday is the opposite of open, Friday is Sorry We're Closed! where what only ever happens is tacos and watching TV on the couch. I need an open night when anything could happen!

"In testing, that's called 'ad hoc' time," Dawn says. I know, you haven't heard from Dawn in a while. We're driving to Grand Rapids and I've been talking for like an hour straight. But now I stop dead in my tracks, transfixed. "I thought you would like that."

I do!

Sunday: 15 minute onskates interval session
Monday: 60 minute housecleaning session
Tuesday: 45 minute strength session
Wednesday: 60 minute foot and body rub
Thursday: AD HOC TIME
Friday: rest and relaxation
Saturday: 45 minute strength session
a 30 minute walk every other morning
15 minutes of meditation every afternoon
15 minutes of stretching every evening

This is the world's longest shaggy dog story ending exactly where I usually start: three high-intensity practices, two low-intensity practices, including the foot rub (no seriously it's more or less a full body deep tissue massage, some of it really hurts AND it's going to be hella beneficial), and two rests, including the ad hoc time.

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP
morning morning morning morning morning morning morning
HOBBY
cooking
WORK
 
HOBBY
cooking
WORK
 
WORK
 
WORK
 
PLAY^
strength
HOBBY
appts
WORK
 
HOBBY
bills
WORK
 
WORK
 
WORK
 
HOBBY
tasks
PLAY^^
interval
PLAY
cleaning
PLAY^
strength
PLAY^
bodywork
PLAY
ad hoc
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
5 4 5 4 2 2 3
evening evening evening evening evening evening evening
SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP

Geez, I looked for my summer fitness chart and I guess I never did it. I kind of hate not even being aware that something fell through the cracks, but also feel kind of validated. It's been a hell of a long haul, I'm kind of glad that I wasn't aware how hella until after it's been hauled.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ad Hoc!
 1 of 6

Which I keep singing to the tune of this:

Home, hungry, very tired. I don't have greens made for dinner, and making them now is beyond me. The easiest and tastiest vegetable to make in this case is coco broccoli or cauliflower: heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a saute pan over high heat until it melts, open and empty a bag of frozen broccoli this time into the pan, stir it a bit to coat, sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes, cover and let cook for five minutes, uncover and give it a stir still over high heat to dry it out, done. I've been drinking butter coffee after breakfast and haven't been hungry for lunch, but now I think I could deal with some slow chicken. I heat up a jar and a bit of that in the microwave and spoon half of it over half the broccoli, and the other half over the other half of the broccoli for the sweetie man. It's really, really good.

I am tired. I feel like Captain Holly says after he gets back from Efrafra, "as dry and empty as an autumn puffball—I feel as though the wind could blow my fur away." I always feel this tired after work, but I always gird up my loins and go to practice at some point in the evening. I have a second wind coming, I know that.

Upsy-daisy.

// wash gear
\\ clean bearings
\\ change wheels

Data points: washing gear takes about 45 minutes, cleaning bearings takes about 30 minutes, changing wheels takes about 45 minutes, with some overlap between washing gear and cleaning bearings. See this is why this never gets done, actually I already took off the wheels and took out the bearings the other night and according to timetracker that took an hour, though that seems longer than it should. Still it's a significant project, I'd had it in my head to change my wheels and even brought the extra set of wheels to clinic like I'd be able to get it done in fifteen minutes. I try to be sparing with advice, but here's some: don't ever plan to change your wheels before practice, god it's so stressful and unsurprisingly because I'm rushing to get something done in fifteen minutes that maybe actually takes two hours. I mean, that's counting cleaning the bearings; but if I'm going to the trouble to take them all out, I might as well clean them while they're out.

Boy mine needed it, too. I don't think I've even taken them out let alone cleaned them maybe since ::meep:: May? I used to be so much better about this. One of my bearings popped out in a little poof of rust; it still spins fine, though. Just the casing got rusted somehow, I don't know. One of them, though, was pretty much seized; it's better after cleaning, but not as good as the others. I wonder if it's time for new bearings. These are the ones I've had from the very beginning, you know, so like 2007.

Also haha I do believe the acetone is slowly eating away at my bearing washer bottles, I don't remember them being hourglass-shaped before...

State of the Break
 fall 2014

belly rubs

Well, there's break and there's break!

There's blog break that I'm just coming off of and that this post is supposed to be about, what I did on my blog break. Well I'll tell you what I did, I took a break from feeling like I always had to write something for the blog. Because I'd already been taking a break from actually always writing something for the blog, so I didn't need a break from that. Lots of times what you need a break from is your feelings. Actually a major thing that I've been doing is adopting some bullet journal stuff into my own journal and notebook practices, and the upshot of that is, I have a pretty big idea forming about how I want to write the blog in 2015, so stay tuned for that if you want. Actually haha, I guess the main thing I've been doing on blog break is writing.

Then there's derby break that just started this week, Second Wind season is finished! A month early, actually. But that works out, I will have six weeks off (!) until home season starts up. This is my first free and clear break since I started derby in 2009, I've either made travel teams and been practicing with them through summer or not made travel teams and been trying to keep up with them on my own—there's those feelings again. So this is my first break ever from my feelings about derby; or in other words, I feel good enough about derby to leave it alone for a while.

There's something in that, you know? That's kind of how it is with me and the sweetie man, we're not all up in each other's business all the time. I don't think we actually spend a lot of time together, apart from sleeping. Which is some of my favorite time and maybe that's why, but we do have a good relationship and it's very 38 Special, you know, hold on loosely but don't let go and all that. I think that might be a good relationship to have with derby, too. Actually, also with blogging.

That said, I'm happily vegetating this week and then I start some aggressive cross-training next week. I'm super stoked, it includes strength and interval training, housecleaning, bodywork, deskwork or "ad hoc time" as Dawn says it's called in software testing, and couch time including watching foooootball—this is a whole other story that I hope to write up in that aforementioned ad hoc time, we'll see how that works out.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bout Day Breakfast
 WCR Second Wind vs GRRG All-Stars

scrambled eggs with avocado sweet potato hash, water, coffee

Scrambled eggs with avocado sweet potato hash, water, and coffee.

More bout day breakfasts!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Can't Take Much More

p: how was your day?

m: clummmsy baby.

p: aw, he fell?

p: did he cry?

m: he cried a little.

m: you pick him up and let him know he's okay, and he stops.

m: and i sing to him.

p: you sing to him!?!?!

p: what do you sing?!?!?

m: ...

m: LET THE BABIES HIT THE FLOOR

m: LET THE BABIES HIT THE FLOOR

m: CHH! CHH! CHH!

m: RAHHHHH!

Via "Rudy T, A Year in the Life of...", A Message To Rudy
p: aw, he likes you.
m: no, aaron's in front of us.
m: and he has a camera.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Be Coachable

Last Sunday I started teaching Learn To Skate sessions for WCR, and the following was more or less this session's intro:

Before we get started, the very first thing I want to impart to you is BE COACHABLE. And I'm telling you this really only partly because I want you to make the most of our time together and kick ass at tryouts and show off your strength and your fitness and your skating skills. Being coachable gets you those things, but being coachable itself is a thing that coaches and captains will be looking for at tryouts and throughout your derby career. Being coachable is a thing. It's a thing that would behoove you to be good at, which means it's something that you have to practice, which means it's something that you have to learn. So let's get started with that.

Why don't I just tell you what I think it means to be coachable, first, some basic courtesy things like Be on time. Be prepared and ready to work. Be rested and fed. Don't be hungover.

Be here for what you're here for. You're here to learn. Not to put it too finely, you're not here to teach. I'm here to teach. I know it's a really sweet thing to say, "oh I learn more from my students than they do from me," but let's cut to the chase, if I learn more about skating from you than you do from me, we are doing it wrong and what are you paying me for. Be here to learn! And learning is what, well, listen to the thing, then try to do the thing, and then ask questions. In that order, seriously, and questions are optional. Only if you sincerely have a question and then, of course.

Here's the thing, learning is a vulnerable position to be in, maybe you're aware of that and maybe you're not; so now you can be aware that I'm aware. I'm not aware as a teacher that my students feel vulnerable, I mean I am, but I mean I'm aware as a student myself that I feel vulnerable all the time!

"Dr. BrenĂ© Brown (and Teddy Roosevelt’s) Top 21 Tweet-Tweets", actually this whole slideshow is pretty great and mostly relevant. Via Oprah: Super Soul Sunday.

Being vulnerable is scary, it's uncomfortable, I get it. You will want to protect yourself, you will want to shut the stall door and be like do you mind, I'm in here. But er, you gotta leave the door open. Where shutting the stall door means backtalking, or self-deprecating, or showing off what you already know, or ass-kissing, or squirting out a cloud of ink like a squid, anything that isn't listen to the thing, then try to do the thing. Don't beat yourself up if a little defensiveness slips out, this is a hard thing that you're learning and it takes practice. It's hard for me and I've been practicing hard—I don't mean practicing skating hard, I mean practicing not being defensive—for seven years, and I just slipped up, like, last week. Just catch yourself, and turn yourself back to listening to the thing and trying to do the thing. Listening to the thing and trying to do the thing, and as little else as possible, is a skill like any other that you get by practicing it over and over. And as it happens it's a supremely useful skill for learning other skills, particularly physical skills like skating.

Nice speechy, no?

Lo and behold, the very next morning, Why You May Seem Uncoachable popped up in my facebook feed, like it's actually time-stamped September 7, it might have posted literally at the same time as I was having my little fireside chat above. Not gonna lie, I read that with my cigarette and bourbon... at 7:00 AM, lol... like ::puff:: preach, sister. Zing, right out it went to my recruitskis: I told you, it's a thing that every trainer will look for in you. Okay but, kidding about the cigarette and bourbon, I'm an accentuate the positive kind of gal and almost always want to present the good side of what you want to do vs. the bad side of what you don't, so I detourned her selfsame points just to give a few more positive pegs for you to hang your helmet on. Actually I think she's nicer than I am, there's no appreciable difference to me between an uncoachable person and an apparently uncoachable person.

1. Self evaluate. Look at your strengths and weaknesses—honestly mostly your weaknesses, but don't freak out and think I'm a bad skater, I'm a bad person ahhh! That is ego, in fact you're not any different from any other person learning how to do a thing. A weakness is just a thing to work on. Work on it.

2. Listen to feedback. See above, or here I'll just repeat it to save your eyeballs the upward trip: listen to the thing, then try to do the thing, and as little else as possible.

3. Look like you're listening. I love that she says she doesn't like to make direct eye contact, I don't either for different reasons. I point my ear at my coaches. I wonder if they notice I'm pointing my ear at them. I nod, I repeat back what I heard. Then most important, I try to do what I heard.

4. And I repeat, try to do the thing. Sorry not sorry to sound like a broken record, that's all I got because that's all there is. I actually haven't had too much of skaters asking for modifications, I really only came across it when I was auditioning to be a group fitness instructor for, you know, gen pop. That sounds kind of jerky, but in derby you're competing to be on a select team that needs you to be able to do the things and not so much to be free to do your own thing. Second Wind has been great about this this season, faaack I have sucked at left chip stops all summer and they never let up on us and guess what, last night I felt something click... no wait, those were right chips. Faaack. I can't remember. Something clicked, though.

5. Stay in drills. Here's the thing, I'm also a proponent of taking care of yourself and there may be a perfectly valid reason that you should pull out of a drill and you are the arbiter of your own health. So here's how you do it, you pull yourself out on your own authority. Maybe your skate is laced too tight and you can't feel your foot, maybe your lower back is killing you (and if it is, you need to be using your glutes and hamstrings more and your lower back less), maybe you're just flat-out gassed. Fine, pull out, fix it, recover, and put yourself back in when you're ready.

I see you, I get it, I appreciate that you're taking care of yourself both in the tender loving care sense and the Emersonian self-reliance sense, I fully expect that your muscular endurance and your fitness will improve over the next six weeks and deeply anticipate how gratifying that will be to both of us. No other song and dance is necessary, I have up to twenty-three other skaters to keep an eye on. Put your helmet back on, get back in the drill, I might wink at you for courage, and if a wink doesn't cut it, here's Kidnapped Dogs and How We Get By in Roller Derby that my wifey and il miglior fabbro wrote way back in the day, ever golden.

If you're interested in LTS clinics, give me a shout at tryout (at) windycityrollers (dot) com.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Early Fall Tuesday Cooking Practice

Since I'm keeping eggs and melon for breakfast, and I'm keeping ground meat, greens, and rice for lunch for another month, Tuesday cooking practice is the exactly same as last month: wake up, coffee, words, get up and tidy the bedroom, tidy the kitchen, whack whack whack cut up a cantaloupe or honeydew, put three-quarters in three jars, plate the last quarter, scramble some eggs, and voila breakfast.

Eventually get up and put on some ground meat and when the meat's on, blanch some turnip or mustard greens, drain, squeeze, and dress with seasoned rice wine vinegar.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Early Fall Sunday Cooking Practice

I'm keeping hard boiled eggs and melon for breakfast for another month, so Sunday starts the same, wake up usually by eight, get coffee in bed—oh wait, look!

otter mug

EEEEE, it's an otter with a fish. Birthday present from Biggie!

...where was I, do words and email clients, get up and tidy the bedroom, tidy the kitchen, boil eggs for the week, and whack whack whack cut up the week's watermelon, put three-quarters in three jars, plate the last quarter, the timer goes off for the eggs, run cold water over them and peel two for my plate. Take my plate to the couch for breakfast.

Eventually get up and put the rest of the eggs into a carton to bring to work and then I was supposed to set about making baked chicken and roasted vegetables, but I guess we're going to get all of our summer in September! I almost gave me and the sweetie man heat stroke from having the oven on. I switched things around on the ultimate food chart, I can use the oven and heat up the apartment in winter how about. I don't know why I didn't think before to use the slow cooker for fall—so slow chicken will be happening instead. Really a better rule of thumb is lingering heat in fall, and lingering cold in spring.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Early Fall Saturday Cooking Practice

So Saturdays have changed yet again, but not so much in the cooking aspect. I sleep in a bit and when I wake up I do words, tidy the bedroom, and tidy the kitchen. Then, I'm still sticking with scrambling eggs and grabbing a melon jar out of fridge for breakfast. I pretty much have just enough time to wash up and bike over to Vie, or I guess now it's called Goose Island Crossfit, to train Travis at noon. Both Nora and Travis are training deadlifts, so it's actually a bit of work for me setting up their weights. I mean, not as much work as they're doing; they're both prodigiously strong. Then well, Binny's is right by Vie/GIC... sooo I swing by Binny's and look at the pretty bottles...

snaggle tooth

Eeeee, for coffee ice cream! I'm going to get chocolate liqueur for chocolate ice cream, and maybe Midori for green tea ice cream? Sooo many ice creams.

I mean, I can't be buying a bottle of liqueur every week. Sometimes I go to Trader Joe's for more microwaveable rice, I have another month of that too. Actually a huge plus about having a Saturday morning client is that it gets me out of the house and once I've achieved escape velocity, I can get errands done.

Then I bike home and fix myself a bowl of peaches and koldskal. Koldskal is good with other fruits, like cherries and strawberries, all berries, but peaches keep best so that's what I keep in the fridge.

Ideally after lunch I get to sit down to some desk work, including updating my flickr links and setting up my appointments for the week; but more importantly, I should get to write or study. Or I run around to meet with coaches committee and get my hair cut... but anyway same cooking practice, just different other stuff.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Egression #178

OMG this:

Makes me feel like this:

Via E!

178. Bullet Journal.

Hahaha. This is what I'm doing on break, changing over my notebook into a BULLET NOTEBOOK. Brb!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Early Fall Food Chart




Black coffee in bed.
Hard-boiled eggs with watermelon for work breakfasts.
Scrambled eggs with cantaloupe at home.
Baked chicken and roasted vegetables for work lunches.
Peaches and koldskal at home.
Cherry lime soda (!!) and mixed nuts for afternoon snack.
Ground meat, greens, and rice for pre-workout dinner.
Hello, old friend.
Beetlejuice for pre-workout drink.
Cococherry2O for workout drink.
Fruit, nut butter, and yogurt smoothies for post-workout snack.
Wine spritzer with Friday dinner.

Early fall, but finally it's hot out—and even if it wasn't, I always try to hang onto summer as long as I can—so the only changes are baked chicken and roasted vegetables for work lunches, because I burned right out on chicken jars nonononono this is not going to work, suddenly September decided to be serious about being summer and it's too hot to have the oven on, brb. And fish tacos continue not to happen so I threw in the towel again. By Friday I'm so tired, sometimes I stop by the grocery to pick up some odds and ends but then I'm totally spent and couldn't cook to save my life; so the sweetie man goes out for tacos while I fix myself my homeopathic drink, either a wine spritzer or a thing that I'm calling a malanciata (malort + aranciata), and let all the air out of my tires, and I'm loving it, so yeah.

Ultimate food chart! Always tweaking...
Early Fall food planner for the extremely detail-oriented.

Ahhh, the thing! That I want to do! I want to print out all these food charts and reconcile all the images and list, label, and link all the recipes that go with each chart. I keep picturing the white room that I need to do all this in, the giant table with all my papers spread out and taped to the wall—

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