I didn't fall down!

Mar. 2nd, 2015 09:22 am
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Mostly thanks to the YakTrax I attached to my boots, I did not fall down on the ice this morning! Go me!

My cold is improving, by which I mean Things are draining and my throat feels much better. Also, though the wet ice is nasty, the air this morning had some humidity to it, which felt really good. Even my new humidifier does not keep my bedroom as comfortable as I would like in that respect, and I think dry inside air has not been helping. I am hoping I will be able to sing at least a little at Tuesday's rehearsal.

I will probably attempt a light cardio workout tonight. I haven't worked out since last Monday, and I spent most of four days not doing much of anything except sleeping or lying around miserable.

But March! It has begun! And I have a couple of things I've committed to writing in the next couple of months. I am scared to write. It's been months, and I'm scared I can't do it any more, and that I can't finish anything, and that anything I do finish will suck. This is normal for me, by the way. But telling myself that never seems to help. ...Encouragement is welcome, I guess, if you feel moved to offer it. Maybe it will help.

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Feb. 27th, 2015 11:30 pm
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Wednesday Reading on Friday

Feb. 27th, 2015 08:29 am
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I still have a cold, but am back at dayjob today so I don't have to get a doctor's note (because all the doctor will tell me is rest and fluids).

I wanted to make sure to get these recs in from this week's reading, though.

The Thirteen Letters by dropdeaddream and WhatAreFears. It's WWII and Bucky is writing letters to Steve in a notebook but not sending most of them, and later those letters are going to become famous. This is the most awesome fanfiction I have read in quite a while. Go read it, even if you don't normally read fanfic.

Partner by Lia Silver, the sequel to Prisoner is out! I got an advance copy and read it all in one evening, and my only complaint was that it was not longer (it didn't really need to be, I just wanted). Adventure! Angst! Music, some of which I suggested! I am especially happy that there are so many interesting secondary characters who could get their own books.

I did this mix for it, but it was before I actually read the book, so there's probably some entertainment value in that.


1. “Bigtime,” Baihana
2. “Riding on the Wind,” Judas Priest
3. “Prakatumba,” Cabo Snoop
4. “Benzin,” Rammstein
5. “Dito tayo sa dilim,” Pedicab
6. “Buti Na Lang,” Gloc-9 f. McCoy Fundales
7. “Trakterna,” Labyrint
8. “Amazon,” M.I.A.
9. “Hot Mami,” Kamikazee
10. “War Pigs,” Opium Jukebox (Black Sabbath cover)
11. “Upright Come,” Patti Smith
12. “Varvulven (Werewolf),” Garmarna
13. “When They Come for Me,” Linkin Park
14. “Hollow,” Cloudeater
15. “Shake It Out,” Manchester Orchestra
16. “Wake Up,” Slapshock
17. “Ils ont peur de la liberte,” Keny Arkana
18. “Pink 5ive,” Silent Sanctuary


Feb. 25th, 2015 11:06 am
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Sick day for a head cold, which means I am missing Bettye LaVette tonight, but also not infecting other attendees.

Pro tip: if your throat is a little sore, don't sing at choir rehearsal. It will become a lot sore, and nothing will abate the agony save Maren's handy stash of Ricola. Also, you won't be able to feel where the notes are in your throat any more, and your stuffed ears won't help, either.

I will write about my week's reading later on.


Feb. 24th, 2015 08:20 am
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I am probably only going to manage two workouts this week, Monday and Friday, so for Monday I decided to push it some. I went up to 30 pushups, though the later ones were more shallow, and also did some seated leg press (machine) as well as bodyweight squats, a little bit of core exercise, and my usual half-hour on the elliptical.

I still need to check the distances on my pedometer, what it says compared to Mapquest, but I'm not sure when I'll get to that.

Choir starts back tonight; we're one week behind thanks to last week's weather.

Tomorrow night, I am going to see Bettye LaVette with friends, so I am going to be severely sleep-deprived.

New pedometer!

Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:42 am
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If I measured right, my average stride is 18 inches. I've been using the new pedometer all weekend, and I really don't walk that much even when I walk to places (I was somewhat hampered by snow/ice, but still).

But Knowing is Half the Battle.

It's back to the gym tonight for me. The rest of the week is looking iffy for gym time because of various events, so the walking will at least be something. If I can find non-icy places to walk.


Feb. 20th, 2015 08:32 am
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One degree F this morning in Philly, not even counting wind chill - that's the coldest I can remember it being in a long, long while. Weirdly, I kind of enjoy it. Kind of. I am wearing two pairs of socks, which for me is really unusual, but I think it was useful this morning.

I took last night off from the gym, though I did walk home (19 degrees, cold but doable if I'm moving and well-wrapped). I had a lovely hot shower, then I did a load of laundry while playing games on my tablet, then I crawled into bed and played more video games until I got sleepy. It was solitary and lovely.

I am planning to go to the gym tonight; not sure what I'll be doing, though. I think I've been in a rut, and I'm trying to get out of it.

I wish my new pedometer would arrive. Maybe it will arrive today.

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Feb. 19th, 2015 08:17 am
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Even with all my gym time, I rarely come close to the recommended 10,000 steps/5 miles per day. So to encourage myself, I got one of those "Walking to Mordor" spreadsheets, and also ordered a new pedometer, hopefully one that will work consistently, unlike my freebie. I've also been checking distances using Mapquest, pretty easy since I live in a city. I'm counting elliptical and treadmill towards the walking total, as well as just walking.

Apparently, walking home from Chinatown is about 2 miles. I did that last night, which sort of makes up for skipping for gym for said dinner out. It was lovely because the temperature was above the teens (I think) and the sidewalks were almost all clear on the route I took.

The bitter cold is back today and tomorrow, but I have gym time planned.

I hope my pedometer arrives today.

Wednesday Reading

Feb. 18th, 2015 08:46 am
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My fanfiction kick continues.

Graduate Vulcan for Fun and Profit by lazulisong - Star Trek 2009, Jim Kirk has unexpected talents.

The Skies Over Manhattan by AlphaFlyer - Avengers teambuilding via conversations. Did I mention that one last week?

4 Minute Window by Speranza - Steve and Bucky want to run away together. I downloaded this one right when it was posted, but saved it for a while, so I imagine everyone else has recced it already.

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Feb. 18th, 2015 12:37 am
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- I went downtown to the Black History Month expo with [personal profile] crossedwires! It was fun, we had good food. Then we hung out, and in the later afternoon went to see Jupiter Ascending. It's so much better the second time around!

- My sinuses continue to be inflamed and so my Sunday and Monday were kind of annoying and miserable as a result.

- Today I got my students to read poetry out loud. I thought it was fun, hope they did. Later in the afternoon I braved the walk-ins. The doctor decided I had allergies, gave me a dose of Flonase and something else which is LIKE an anti-histamine but takes a different tack. He also gave me a couple bottles of Sinus Rinse. It's like a neti pot, but a bottle. I can microwave the bottle to warm up the water too!

I've just done it. It was kind of a weird experience but tbh I don't think my sinuses feel any better for it. I'll give it another go tomorrow evening too though, just to see if it gets better with time. I don't think I microwaved it long enough either.

- Spoke on the phone with [personal profile] dmp for a while today! So nice to chat with her. We don't do it enough.

- A Twitter buddy and I have been working on a Jupiter Ascending movie recap, and it's ready to go! We'll post it up tomorrow--she's got the first half and I got the second. It's long, VERY THOROUGH, and has much commentary from us.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Feb. 18th, 2015 04:20 pm
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May the year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep bring you abundance and joy.


Feb. 17th, 2015 09:08 am
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We only got about six inches, but it's snow. I'm at dayjob, to no one's surprise.

Hopefully, rehearsal tonight will happen as planned.

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