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Spring Break!

It's been lovely so far! Man, I needed a vacation.

First, kicked it off with a visit from a friend I haven't seen in far too long (hi Thomas!) on Thursday evening. Great to see you, man! Miss you!

Just beforehand, my "Science, Technology, and Society" class talked about robots, and the author of one of the stories (Robin Wayne Bailey, plus his wife Diana) paid a visit. The students really enjoyed his being there, and it was a great discussion. As a thank-you, I took them out to dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants, Ingredient, then bid them adieu before joining the Thursday-night crew at Harbour Lights, Lawrence's oldest bar (in continuous operation since the end of Prohibition). Ended the evening with some adventures with a friend who's always up for adventures. Lovely evening.

Spent a fair sum ordering parts for the Chevelle. It's going to be awesome! If only the people from Keisler Engineering get on the ball and update my 6-speed transmission quote so I can get that thing ASAP.

Also worked a bit on the Newport: made an anti-drainback valve for the fuel system in hopes of keeping the gas from running out of the carb back into the tank, so it'll start easier between runnings. If all goes well (haven't been able to test it, as we're enduring 40 days and nights of deluge here in Larryville), I'll put together a little tutorial for how to make one for yourself, saving tons of money if you can even find something that works for a carbureted engine.

The Lawrence St. Patty's Day Parade is always charming, with pretty much everyone in town participating, either by watching or driving in it: If you have a convertible, you're in. And if you ever won a beauty pageant within the past few century or two? Sit in the back of one of those converts! That part was a little weird. It was a beautiful, cool-but-pleasant day, and we sat outside most of the time enjoying good company and conversation. Ended the evening at Matt's place playing old Atari and Nintendo games (remember The Adventures of Link?) on his Wii. Also had a drunken push-up contest - turns out I can do 7 one-armed push-ups with each arm (yes, even with the damaged side) after blasting out 30-odd nose-to-floor knuckle push-ups. Absinthe is a curative. 'Twas a blast.

Got caught up with the current BBC Sherlock series. Wow, but is it amazing: great acting, great actor chemistry, great filming, great writing... just all-around fantastic. LOVE IT.

Also finished Season 2 and started Season 3 of Due South, which is even better with the addition of Callum Keith Rennie. He and Paul Gross (RCMP Constable Benton Fraser) have PERFECT timing. At a few points in their first episode together, I was laughing so hard we had to pause and rewind to hear the dialogue. LOVE IT - how did I miss this series before now? Thank you for introducing me to this often-surreal series, CR!

Getting caught up with reading through more of the mountain of nominations for the Campbell Award. Really loving Ernest Cline's Ready Player One right now: It's well-written, well-conceived, funny, serious, and meaningful. Hope it gets even better; if so, it's probably my favorite book of 2011.

Earlier today, bought my first pair of running shoes since high school, New Balance Minimus MR10 trainers in an astounding green-and-blue color combo. They weigh less than the box they came in! Also got a pair of exercise shorts from Sears at 50% off (yes, Lawrence is losing our Sears *sadness*). I couldn't buy a pair of Nike or New Balance or other corporate-logo shorts. Can't do it.

Why did I need this equipment? Well, right now I'm recovering from the introductory session of CrossFit. WOW, but I'm beat. And I'm beginning to get hints of how sore I'll be tomorrow. I thought I was in decent shape with my regular exercise (weights, pull-ups and push-ups with 25-lb weight vest, heavy bag-work, stair-running, and so on), but boy was I WRONG. They say, "Expect to have a challenging, but short workout that might give you a little reality check on your fitness level." Reality check? CHECK: Kettle ball swings up over the head, lunges, box-leaps, sit-ups, running while carrying a medicine-ball, hardcore stretching... I just about died. Even so, clevermanka and I both decided to sign up for the next step: a 10-session "Elements" punch-card that includes several one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer. Seems like a great workout; can't wait for the next one! (Did I really just write that?)

I haven't posted fitness-tracking photos for a long time; gotta keep myself honest. Here they be, from December 2011:

I'm in a little better shape right now, but not significantly - that's why I bought the 25-pound weight vest and part of why I decided to do CrossFit, because I've been kicking ass for a long time without significant results. I'll take another set of shots after CrossFit to see how this program improves things!

Okay, and now I need to get back to finishing my little 7-questions response for weaselmom....



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
This post is full of awesome.

Yay for you liking due South as much as you do!

I'm not doing bad, post-introductory Crossfit. I think their post-workout mobility cool down helped more than we thought.

Edited at 2012-03-21 10:59 am (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Yay indeed for Due South!

Yeah, the mobility and stretching stuff they suggest is great.

(I need a DS icon...)
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Take your pic!

I know you're not really into the fandom, but this one is adorable:

And I might have to snag this one for myself:
Mar. 22nd, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, is that one with the rat charming!
Mar. 21st, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Health rocks!

Hey, by chance did those autograph sheets reach you ok?

Anyway, stay warm, and nice to see you in AFTERMATHS ToC...

Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Oh, yes they did, but I'd forgotten what they were for (no note accompanying them) - sorry for the delay! On my desk at the office....
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Ah - yea, just for autographs, right there on that line above your name. I plan to search out your biblio and add it to the large blank place under Bibliography, and then I'll have a sweet author sheet for my collection!
Mar. 21st, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Great stuff all that!

I love the parade, and don't mind the silly little entries, because, well hey, each one is another $300 for the cause from their entry fees. Plus, all those volunteers! The parade is a huge culmination of all the fund-raising and events they've worked so hard to make happen. (Can I mention a small literary correction to an English prof?.. it's "Paddy" not the Peanuts gal, Patty *g*)

So glad life is going well, you look great.
Enjoy that Spring Break!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, those parts of the parade make it all the more charming.

Yeah, I hear a lot of folks prefer the Ds over the Ts, but it just ain't right ;-)

Thanks! Hope yours is going well too!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
Um.. thanks, but we don't get Spring Break in the non-ac world.

DvT: Haha, an Irishman will argue that with you, only because "Paddy" is the nickname for Patrick over there. But hey, it's on semantics ;)

Can't wait to start hearing about the Chevelle work, we stopped over saw it the other day. Such a great buy, I'm amazed everytime you do that.

Edited at 2012-03-22 12:26 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)

Enjoy every minute of your break, sir!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
It sure has, though it seems more like a new Great Flood....
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Looking good, Chris!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
Thanks, J!
Mar. 21st, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
My favourite Crossfit slogan is, "It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.".

Keep it up! And maybe keep up a separate isometrics workout, because physiotherapists get lots of Crossfitters in there.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Ha! So true.

I will, and good idea about doing lower-intensity home sessions.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
I sure agree about the "Sherlock" series. I was stunned by how good, and funny, it was. And the soundtrack is nearly perfect.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
the soundtrack is nearly perfect

I'm so glad to hear that! I ordered it last week!
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