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I posted a slightly silly idea for getting more exercise the other day.

After going down to the Bronx Zoo with Tom & Kailey this Saturday I had better numbers to use, and figured out that it's probably not cost effective to go every week. Maybe once a month.

Instead, I'm going to try to explore closer interesting places each weekend. The problem with that plan is that I'm not sure what nearby towns are worth exploring. Note: By "explore," I mostly mean window shop. Yes, I like hiking in the woods, but since I'm using this as a way to trick myself into getting more exercise I need something that keeps my brain too busy to notice how tired my body is getting. Cities and towns do that for me in a way that nature doesn't.

I'm defining "nearby" as less than a two hour drive away. Anybody have any suggestions? They need to have a downtown with enough interesting shops in it that it will take me several hours to fully explore.

This is my list so far:
  • Lake George, NY
  • New Paltz, NY
  • Chatham, NY
  • Hudson, NY
  • Red Hook, NY
  • Rhinebeck, NY
  • Bennington, VT
  • Stockbridge, MA
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • Williamstown, MA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Northampton, MA
  • Catskill, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Ballston Spa, NY
  • Woodstock, NY & Saugerties, NY - Woodstock takes me about 4 hours, Saugerties about 2, so I'm combining them into one day from now on.
  • Shaftsbury, VT
  • Cooperstown, NY
  • Great Barrington, MA
  • Cobleskill, NY
  • Manchester, VT
  • New York, NY
jennythereader: (Default)
I posted a slightly silly idea for getting more exercise the other day.

After going down to the Bronx Zoo with Tom & Kailey this Saturday I had better numbers to use, and figured out that it's probably not cost effective to go every week. Maybe once a month.

Instead, I'm going to try to explore closer interesting places each weekend. The problem with that plan is that I'm not sure what nearby towns are worth exploring. Note: By "explore," I mostly mean window shop. Yes, I like hiking in the woods, but since I'm using this as a way to trick myself into getting more exercise I need something that keeps my brain too busy to notice how tired my body is getting. Cities and towns do that for me in a way that nature doesn't.

I'm defining "nearby" as less than a two hour drive away. Anybody have any suggestions? They need to have a downtown with enough interesting shops in it that it will take me several hours to fully explore.

This is my list so far:
  • Lake George, NY
  • New Paltz, NY
  • Chatham, NY
  • Hudson, NY
  • Red Hook, NY
  • Rhinebeck, NY
  • Bennington, VT
  • Stockbridge, MA
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • Williamstown, MA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Northampton, MA
  • Catskill, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Ballston Spa, NY
  • Woodstock, NY & Saugerties, NY - Woodstock takes me about 4 hours, Saugerties about 2, so I'm combining them into one day from now on.
  • Shaftsbury, VT
  • Cooperstown, NY
  • Great Barrington, MA
  • Cobleskill, NY
  • Manchester, VT
  • New York, NY
jennythereader: (Me 001 *)
I need to get more exercise. I've tried joining gyms on several occasions, but after the first month or so I always find myself making excuses to not go. I suspect that if I hired a personal trainer and made regular appointments with him/her, I would keep those appointments. I don't think I'd enjoy the exercise any more than in the past, but I think the feeling that I was wasting somebody else's time and even more of my own money would be a pretty good motivator.

The other motivator would be finding a fun way to exercise that I can do on a regular basis. Just about the only type of exercise I enjoy is walking around a place with interesting things and people to look at. NYC is great for that. I've learned that as long as I have decent shoes I can walk around The City for 8 hours and not only not be bored, but I won't even feel any aches or pains until I stop moving. (Of course, once I do stop moving I feel like a train hit me.)

This has me wanting to do a cost comparison between joining a gym & and hiring a trainer VS going down to NYC every weekend. I'd have to include gas, train tickets, food for the day, and probably one or two other things I'm not thinking of now.

Thoughts?
jennythereader: (Me 001 *)
I need to get more exercise. I've tried joining gyms on several occasions, but after the first month or so I always find myself making excuses to not go. I suspect that if I hired a personal trainer and made regular appointments with him/her, I would keep those appointments. I don't think I'd enjoy the exercise any more than in the past, but I think the feeling that I was wasting somebody else's time and even more of my own money would be a pretty good motivator.

The other motivator would be finding a fun way to exercise that I can do on a regular basis. Just about the only type of exercise I enjoy is walking around a place with interesting things and people to look at. NYC is great for that. I've learned that as long as I have decent shoes I can walk around The City for 8 hours and not only not be bored, but I won't even feel any aches or pains until I stop moving. (Of course, once I do stop moving I feel like a train hit me.)

This has me wanting to do a cost comparison between joining a gym & and hiring a trainer VS going down to NYC every weekend. I'd have to include gas, train tickets, food for the day, and probably one or two other things I'm not thinking of now.

Thoughts?
jennythereader: (Bear: Testing The Waters)
Over the years, I've noticed two things about myself:

1) If exercise starts to feel like a chore, I won't do it. (This is what derailed my last attempt.)

2) If I don't get a little bit of time to decompress as soon as I get home I spend the rest of the evening vaguely grouchy and off balance.

What I've done for a long time is sit down at my desk as soon as I walk through the door and spend 15 minutes goofing off online. Then I'd get up, make dinner, and do whatever other chores I had planned for the evening.

Lately, that doesn't seem to be doing the trick.

So, taking into account point 1, I've decided to combine my decompress time with my exercise attempt and go for a short walk around the neighborhood every day as soon as I get out of the car. I won't even go into the house first (unless I'm wearing the wrong shoes or outerwear for the weather.)

This addresses point 1 by turning the exercise into a treat, and addresses point 2 by guaranteeing me alone time every day.
jennythereader: (Bear: Testing The Waters)
Over the years, I've noticed two things about myself:

1) If exercise starts to feel like a chore, I won't do it. (This is what derailed my last attempt.)

2) If I don't get a little bit of time to decompress as soon as I get home I spend the rest of the evening vaguely grouchy and off balance.

What I've done for a long time is sit down at my desk as soon as I walk through the door and spend 15 minutes goofing off online. Then I'd get up, make dinner, and do whatever other chores I had planned for the evening.

Lately, that doesn't seem to be doing the trick.

So, taking into account point 1, I've decided to combine my decompress time with my exercise attempt and go for a short walk around the neighborhood every day as soon as I get out of the car. I won't even go into the house first (unless I'm wearing the wrong shoes or outerwear for the weather.)

This addresses point 1 by turning the exercise into a treat, and addresses point 2 by guaranteeing me alone time every day.
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Body: Everything seems OK this morning. Although... I'm sneezing a lot. Hopefully this doesn't mean I'm coming down with a cold.

Stress Level: 1

Reading: I'm still reading Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain.

Hearing: Music so far, and probably podcasts later.

Etsy Find: Tubes of Win. These are not exactly lip gloss, and not exactly lip balm, and not exactly lipstick, but they sound really cool. You can also buy the individual colors separately.

Project Follow-up: Had a really great visit with my friends. One of the highlights was going to see The King's Speech. It was perfect. One of the best movies I've ever seen in my life.

Tonight's Project: Gym, and I'm not sure what else.

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jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Everything seems OK this morning. Although... I'm sneezing a lot. Hopefully this doesn't mean I'm coming down with a cold.

Stress Level: 1

Reading: I'm still reading Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain.

Hearing: Music so far, and probably podcasts later.

Etsy Find: Tubes of Win. These are not exactly lip gloss, and not exactly lip balm, and not exactly lipstick, but they sound really cool. You can also buy the individual colors separately.

Project Follow-up: Had a really great visit with my friends. One of the highlights was going to see The King's Speech. It was perfect. One of the best movies I've ever seen in my life.

Tonight's Project: Gym, and I'm not sure what else.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
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Body: My right arm is still a little painful, but nothing else seems to be bothering me.

Stress Level: 3

Reading: Again, lots of sample chapters, but nothing that grabbed my attention.

Hearing: Music. So far the iPod has been playing lots of Tom's Rush collection and a lot of filk.

Etsy Find: A pattern to make a stuffed bookwyrm. I suspect it's beyond my sewing ability, but it's really cute.

Project Follow-up: I just did the treadmill at the gym, but that's better than nothing. I didn't find anything good for my swap at the Crossgates dollar store, and the dishes and detangling didn't happen at all.

Tonight's Project: I'm going to try a different dollar store for the swap, and try to make progress on the dishes and yarn once I get home.

Randomness: Over the last couple of years Tom and I have kind of gotten into wine. (It's all my Dad's fault.) We've found that for us, Reisling is a good default white wine. While it isn't always the perfect choice, I don't think we've ever regretted either buying a particular bottle or having it with a particular food. Right now we're trying to find a default red wine.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My right arm is still a little painful, but nothing else seems to be bothering me.

Stress Level: 3

Reading: Again, lots of sample chapters, but nothing that grabbed my attention.

Hearing: Music. So far the iPod has been playing lots of Tom's Rush collection and a lot of filk.

Etsy Find: A pattern to make a stuffed bookwyrm. I suspect it's beyond my sewing ability, but it's really cute.

Project Follow-up: I just did the treadmill at the gym, but that's better than nothing. I didn't find anything good for my swap at the Crossgates dollar store, and the dishes and detangling didn't happen at all.

Tonight's Project: I'm going to try a different dollar store for the swap, and try to make progress on the dishes and yarn once I get home.

Randomness: Over the last couple of years Tom and I have kind of gotten into wine. (It's all my Dad's fault.) We've found that for us, Reisling is a good default white wine. While it isn't always the perfect choice, I don't think we've ever regretted either buying a particular bottle or having it with a particular food. Right now we're trying to find a default red wine.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My right wrist and forearm have been giving me intermittent grief for quite a while. I'm starting to think I should have it checked out for Carpel Tunnel.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro, also available (for free!) in several different e-formats here. I enjoyed the plot, but the characters all fell pretty flat for me. I didn't really care about any of them. And there was a whole little sub-plot with repressed memories that was utterly pointless. The memories were trivial to the main plot, but the characters reacted to their recovery as if they were earthshattering. Rating: 5 out of 10.

Reading: I didn't start anything new last night. Several sample chapters, but I decided against continuing any of them right now.

Hearing: Music. My iPod is in another blues mood today.

Etsy Find: A mother of pearl owl brooch. I must have this. It's like it was made with me in mind.

Project Follow-up: I did make a little progress on the tangle, and I did some dishes. Not enough of either.

Tonight's Project: The gym, picking up some little odds'n'ends for a swap over on the BPAL forums, dishes, and more poking at the mess of yarn.

Randomness: I'm constantly bored at work. Tell me some (obviously) work-safe blogs/sites/webcomics/whatever I can use to entertain myself. I'm sort of on a make-up and fashion kick right now, so you get bonus points if you can give me some good links to learn about that stuff. Even more bonus points if they're written to appeal to grownup geek girls.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My right wrist and forearm have been giving me intermittent grief for quite a while. I'm starting to think I should have it checked out for Carpel Tunnel.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro, also available (for free!) in several different e-formats here. I enjoyed the plot, but the characters all fell pretty flat for me. I didn't really care about any of them. And there was a whole little sub-plot with repressed memories that was utterly pointless. The memories were trivial to the main plot, but the characters reacted to their recovery as if they were earthshattering. Rating: 5 out of 10.

Reading: I didn't start anything new last night. Several sample chapters, but I decided against continuing any of them right now.

Hearing: Music. My iPod is in another blues mood today.

Etsy Find: A mother of pearl owl brooch. I must have this. It's like it was made with me in mind.

Project Follow-up: I did make a little progress on the tangle, and I did some dishes. Not enough of either.

Tonight's Project: The gym, picking up some little odds'n'ends for a swap over on the BPAL forums, dishes, and more poking at the mess of yarn.

Randomness: I'm constantly bored at work. Tell me some (obviously) work-safe blogs/sites/webcomics/whatever I can use to entertain myself. I'm sort of on a make-up and fashion kick right now, so you get bonus points if you can give me some good links to learn about that stuff. Even more bonus points if they're written to appeal to grownup geek girls.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.
jennythereader: (Snowy Pine Branch)
I'm staying at work late today, to make up for time lost to bad weather and car problems. My plan is to leave at 6:30 or when I run out of forms to work on, whichever comes first.

After that I'm going to the gym. I'll probably stay there about an hour.

That means I probably won't get home until sometime around 8:30 - more than twelve hours after I left this morning. All for a fairly ordinary day.
jennythereader: (Snowy Pine Branch)
I'm staying at work late today, to make up for time lost to bad weather and car problems. My plan is to leave at 6:30 or when I run out of forms to work on, whichever comes first.

After that I'm going to the gym. I'll probably stay there about an hour.

That means I probably won't get home until sometime around 8:30 - more than twelve hours after I left this morning. All for a fairly ordinary day.
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I was planning on going to the gym after work today, but I'm too annoyed with the universe. Tomorrow instead.
jennythereader: (Default)
I was planning on going to the gym after work today, but I'm too annoyed with the universe. Tomorrow instead.

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