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So. Things have actually been quite calm here. Well, more or less. My co-worker had her baby who is absolutely adorable, and I actually held (I have, what I think is a fairly rational, fear of hurting week old babies by accident). He's super cute, and his parents are so, so happy.

For me, unfortunately, this means that I'm helping to break in a new nurse at work, which is sometimes frustrating. When I started, I started at the same time as S, so we learned together and inadvertently came up with our own system for getting things done without actually sitting down and coming up with it. It worked really well, but now there are things that she did that I have to try to explain to the new nurse - S was here when the new nurse began, but there are always things that are inevitably not covered, because no one thinks of them. I like the new nurse, but sometimes I want to get my own shit done, and not have to explain things. It's selfish, but I just see things piling up because I feel like I'm constantly being interrupted to teach something that would take me a minute to do myself. Which isn't helpful for the long term, but right now, it would make my life easier. I feel bad, because I do like her and she is good at what she does - I'm pretty sure I'm just used to the Way Things Were and not doing well with change. It will get better - I'm sure when S comes back, I'll complain while she is getting back into the swing of things.

I'm back to running - began in December. It feels good to be doing it again. I've signed up for a 30km race in March, so we'll see how that goes. I'm looking forward to it, though the training is going to be brutal. The course has some hills, and doing long runs with hills isn't ideal in the winter, since the footing isn't great...and the city has actually been on top of the plowing so far this year.

I downloaded the running app Zombies, Run!. It is pricey in that regular price it's $7.99. But I had read good things about it, and decided to give it a try. It's actually really fun. Basically all I have to do is set up my phone with the episode/mission and head out. The missions are about a half hour or an hour long, depending on the settings you choose. You go out, and 'collect items' on your run and put them in an Mary Poppins bag equivalent, since I'm not entire sure how one would run carrying...let's see on my last run I picked up a bottle of pain meds, 2 baseball bats, a book, a pair of pants, a pack of underwear, some shirts, a car battery, tinned food, a solar charger (and more), and still evade zombies. I may or may not be a little too into a story considering I keep wanting to shout at some of the characters (Janine, I'm looking at you after this last run I did), though I do adore Sam Yao, and Eugene and Jack (there love is actually canon). I did have to turn off the zombie chases (basically random times when I have to speed up because there's a zombie hoard) now, since I don't fancy losing my footing and falling. I'll turn them on in the Spring. I use the app a couple times a week for short, easy runs. I look forward to the runs because the storyline is good, and I want to know what happens next. They are coming out with Season 2 in the spring, so I'm hoping that the good writing continues. It does not surprise me that there is fandom for this app, even though I find it kind of funny.

I also joined tumblr and we'll see how long that lasts. I'm still trying to figure it out.
sciencegeek: (River [miranda scene])
So, there is this company that is getting funding through kickstarter called Bia Sport, that wants to make a GPS watch for women. Not only will it track your run like a Garmin it also will have a built in alert that will alert authorities if you have the need. Pretty awesome for when you are a little concerned when running alone (which I have been a couple of times. Nothing happened, but knowing that I could alert someone if needed would be a pretty awesome add-on, and make me feel better when running alone). And, it's super cute! And will have metric measures as well, which I think is awesome, since I don't know Imperial. Anyway, people should send them money so they can make it. I have a Garmin, which I like, but it is fitted for a man's wrist, so it's a bit big on me, and I like the idea of a women run company - no more with the Shrink it and Pink it. Plus if it can be multi sport, waterproof and have fab battery life? Count me in. Seriously. Give them money! Though I guess I won't know how well it will work until I have it - I may end up hating it, but I have a good feeling about it. I do have reservations about if all the tech will work here (will the alert to authorities work, will I be able to map my routes - will they have maps for Canada), and I'm not 100% sure if I want another training program - I'd like to have all my runs and training together, but I'll cross that bridge when I have to. I'm still digging the look of it, how it is so much smaller than the Garmin, and the battery life. Worst comes to worst, I'll have the coolest sport watch out there.

As well, my coach videotaped me running, gave me a breakdown of my form, and I'm now wondering how I'm able to propel myself forward at all. My gluteus medius is apparently weak, causing my hips to drop, toeing out when I land and a big angle from my hip to foot when I run, and I overstride, and sit behind my support leg. Basically all this means that I spend a lot of energy just moving forward that I should get from elastic recoil. Which means I need to start some strengthening exercises for my glutes and core. Joy! Actually, while I'm not thrilled about having to do extra exercises, I'm excited about how it could affect my speed (in a positive way), I have about 2-3 minutes in my 5k times I want to knock off and hopefully this will help in that goal.

8 km race

Jun. 23rd, 2012 10:57 pm
sciencegeek: (Serenity)
I had a race last night. Fridays nights are not my favourites for races because of work. I am lucky that I only work a half day on Fridays, but I ended up doing some errands in the afternoon and ended up feeling a little rushed. Plus timing when to eat is kind of hard. This race was hooked up with a 1500m track race afterwards, which I ended up staying for, because a local-ish guy was trying to meet the Canadian standard in it.

So firstly the track people? SO FAST. The race with they guy going for the standard was like 3 minutes 30-someodd seconds for 1500 metres. I'm pretty sure I couldn't run at that speed for one lap even if you paid me. He ended up missing the standard by about 2 seconds which was obviously disappointing, but it was so cool to watch. It's so different watching the races live compared to on TV. They seem to go so much faster when watching live.

The only the I didn't like about staying that long is that I didn't really have a dinner. I ate around 3:30 pm - 4pm, and had some watermelon and a Clif bar, but not much else until I got home at around...11 or so? So next time, maybe more food would be in order.

Anyway back to the race. The weather was better than it had been in previous years. We had a mini heat wave earlier in the week, and I was a little concerned that it would extend to Friday, but it ended up breaking on Thursday night. It was still a bit hot, but less humid than it was earlier in the week, and less humid than it had been in the past years for the race. I find 8k races hard in that I kind of have to think about it as a short 10k race or a long 5k race. So pacing was a little bit of an issue. Ended up finished at 39:37, which was ok. About 3 minutes faster than the last time I ran this race, so that's something. Ended up 2nd in my age group, which was also pretty sweet.

I get a little bit of a break for a couple weeks now, and not have such intense training for the next couple of weeks, which I'm kind of looking forward too. Give me time to recharge a little and then get back into training for the next race.
sciencegeek: (House: Bullshit)
Motherfucking son of a bitch. My only consolation right now is that hopefully in 4 years we won't fuck up this badly (again). That, and I didn't vote for for the CPC guy in my riding, which means I can bitch all I want now.
sciencegeek: (*le sigh*)
So, in Canada we have an upcoming election, and I gotta say, I kind of dislike all the parties, and know dick all about the candidates in my riding, except that they are older white men. Apparently one had a bbq recently. The incumbent didn't show up for a debate about healthcare or something. I haven't even received mail from any of them. But whatever. I don't like Harper, I'm not sold on Ignatieff, nor Jack Layton, and Elizabeth May sometimes...drives me nuts.

I feel like it doesn't matter who I vote for to represent me, because when it comes down to it, they're going to toe the party line, and vote however they're told to by their leader. I don't know. Maybe I'm just too cynical about any change actually happening in our parliament. I'm tired of all the partisan crap and sound bites I get to hear. I'm tired of thinking about voting strategically because it's the only way I think my vote can count, even though I don't necessarily like the candidate or the party. I'm tired of the ridiculous ads, and personal attacks. I'm tired of elections every couple years.

I am excited about the vote mobs a bit, though we'll see come election day, and how many young people actually vote. It's not like it's changed how the leaders campaign - they still aren't really talking to anyone under the age of, like 40 (maybe mid 30's since there is that "family pack" the liberals are touting).

I want is a parliament I can be proud of. I want a leader I can be proud of. I want to see people working together, and an end to the general insanity that is question period. I want to be spoken to like an adult, and respected by the leader of my country. I want the opposing parties to treat each other with respect. I want to feel like my voice matters.
sciencegeek: (*le sigh*)
Does anyone know where I can find a bowl that looks pretty much exactly like this this? That aren't brown. I mean, besides on ebay. They are dessert bowls (if you are wondering about size), or at least that is what we used them for when I went to my grandmothers place when I was young. My grandmother had bowls like this, but she gave them to my cousin (my grandmother is moving into a retirement home, and is trying to get rid of some stuff), and my sister would like some - she was kind of disappointed that she wasn't able to get them (she's not, like, bitter and angry at my cousin or anything - all of us girls wanted them, so there were going to be at least two disappointed people regardless). Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of where to find them besides stalking ebay. Or have some that they are willing to sell me, so I can give them to her for her birthday.
sciencegeek: (*thinks*)
So...I feel moderately bad about not updating as frequently as I used to, but at the same time not so bad because if I did, then you would realise just how boring I am, and how boring my life is. That being said, life has been pretty boring.

The running has been going fairly well. I think I'm getting faster, but I won't really know until the real race season starts. My first race of the season was a 10k about a month ago that went well - I wasn't slower than the end of last year, which was good, but I was secretly hoping I'd be faster. Still, it seems like a good start of the year.

Knitting is going ok. I'm not knitting as often as I want to, so it's going slower than I would like, but overall, it's going well. I want to start some shawls soon, so that will be fun (hopefully). I wish there was a decent yarn shop in town, but there are a couple of shows coming up that I'm hoping I might be able to get to. We'll see though.

Work I like most of the people I work with, though the one girl I work with (that happens to be the boss' daughter...I'll call her A) is sometimes annoying. A little too self involved, and loud for my tastes, but I like the other people so that helps. Still, the likely reason for me to leave will be because A drives me up the wall. It's just frustrating sometimes because she can be really lazy, and sometimes the rest of us get blamed. But whatever. Overall I'm enjoying where I work. Not enough stopping me from looking for jobs a bit more in my field, mind you, but I'm mostly enjoying it at this point.

Anyway, I think that's about it right now.
sciencegeek: (Tosh Alone)
I woke up on Friday to the news of the earthquake, and my immediate thought was of my cousin, who was honeymooning on Japan - she and her husband are ok, and hoping to fly out today back to Australia today. So, yay there. The whole thing is rather devastating - I really don't think words can describe how unbelievable it is to me. As far as I know, I don't have any family (that my grandmother is still in contact with anyway) in Japan, though I know one of my aunts (my great uncle's wife) does, and I'm hoping her family is ok. At this point, I'm just hoping that the people get the relief and aid that they need (I donated to Canadian Red Cross for their relief efforts - I figured it was the least I could do). Still, I find that with this disaster, like every disaster, makes me appreciate everything I have, and that at least for now, all my friends and family are safe.
sciencegeek: (jack/jackkiss)
While I know that there are a few more appeals left this makes me happy.

Proposition 8 Overturned: Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional Links to Huffington Post (because I'm lazy, and took [personal profile] mooncharm's link)
sciencegeek: (Amelie don't worry be happy)
Stupid heat wave. We had rain this morning for at least a couple of hours, and it looks like it may rain again, so that may be of the good. And according to accuweather it will cool down some over the next couple of days. I'm debating making the investment of an air conditioner because I am not enjoying the heat at all in the apartment. On the plus side, my plants are doing well, although I have to water them a lot.

Job search is going ok. With any luck I'll be scheduling a couple of interviews in the next couple of weeks. Still, it's slow going but I'm not frustrated yet. I guess because I know I have a bit of a cushion between what I've saved and EI, so I'm not completely desperate for a job. Still, sooner is better in my books. Not sure what I'm going to do in August though; I've booked a cottage with my parents that I want to go to, but I'll worry about it when/if it becomes an issue. No use spending too much time worrying about it at this point.

The running is going ok. I had an 8k a couple weeks ago. It was hot and humid so the time wasn't awesome (43 min 55 seconds), but it was ok. I really wanted to finish under 45 minutes, which I did, so I can't complain. I'm still having some issues with race pacing since I haven't run a lot in the last few years so finding that pace is taking some work. Overall though, it's going well, I think. I have a run tomorrow, and I am hoping that by tomorrow morning it will be cooler.
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[ profile] coc_m_madness has nominations open for "Characters of Color March Madness". You can place your nominations here
so everyone go nominated Davis Quinton from Corner Gas. So go nominate your favourite characters of colour on TV, or in movies! Although, and this somewhat obvious, please read the rules before posting.
sciencegeek: (Geek out)
I want one of these starship enterprise iris. I have no clue where to get one in Canada though, without having to get it shipped from the states. Actually. This is not true. The college I went to has one. But I feel like digging it up and taking it would be frowned upon. But it's so preeeeeeeeeeeeeeetty. And it's called Starship Enterprise! Seriously. What could be better, I ask. NOTHING.

So, if anyone has one that can be split...
sciencegeek: (Sayuri [smile])
There should be more Spock/Sulu (and by more I mean some) fanfiction.

Don't judge me.

In other news, I had BEG's Abracadabra stuck in my head the other day at work.
sciencegeek: (Jayne hat)
OK, it was not Really Chilly. There was a cold north wind, but it wasn't too bad. Maybe a couple degrees below 0, I think without the wind. Anyway, the race went ok, it was only 5 km, but since I have run that far only once for sure (maybe twice), I wasn't entirely sure on speed. So I was a bit slower than I probably could have gone, but I ended up finishing under 30 minutes, so that's not too bad. And I came 3rd in my age group, surprisingly, so that's pretty nice as well (although, I suspect there were not many people in my age group out for this race). Hopefully by April (when the next race is), I can get at least 5 minutes off that time, and be somewhat competitive with people my age when more people are out for the races.

So, the running is going well overall. If nothing else, it's nice to get out a couple times a week with some people and socialise a bit and go for a run. Not entirely sure if I've actually lost any weight though (I don't own a scale), but oh well. While losing weight isn't the primary purpose of this running thing for me, it would be a nice side benefit. I guess we'll see how it goes.
sciencegeek: (Amelie don't worry be happy)
Insert my obligatory "I haven't posted in ages" spiel here.

I've been running for the past month or so in the "Learn to Run" group I posted about earlier. It's been going well. We meet on Thursdays, and there's an unofficial group of us that meet on Tuesdays as well, which is good for me, because it's way easier for me to go out and run when I'm meeting up with people. There's someone that's about my pace in the group which is good for me. Considering there are only about 5 or 6 people in my group/level/whatever, it's a nice surprise. Oh, and I finally ran 5 km today, which, while not a huge milestone or anything, felt good to get done. I have a 5 km race next weekend that I somewhat foolishly signed up for last month, so actually running the distance was a good thing for me. At least I know what pace I can run and still finish the race at, if nothing else.

Been watching a lot of the Olympics as well. I have decided I need a pair pants that the the Norwegian Men's Curling team wear (as seen here). Aren't they fantastic? Anyway, I've been staying up far too late to watch some of the events, but oh well.

What one co-worker still drives me up the wall on occasion, but I'm getting more patient about it. At least the running gives me a chance to bleed off any pent up anger. She's nice, but sometimes...

Oh yes, I got a new stove for the apartment. The old one was, well, old (to quote the guys that brought the new one "wow that thing is ancient"), and kept blowing its fuses, so they got me a new one which is quite exciting. I can finally use the oven again!

I think...that's about it that's new, or somewhat new with me. Hope you all are having a lovely day.


Jan. 28th, 2010 10:07 pm
sciencegeek: (Amelie happy)
So in the new year, I joined a running group (and spent more than I care to mention on winter running clothes). It's a learn to run group, and while I know how to run, it seemed to fit best with my abilities right now. I started running again earlier in the year (only about 2.5 k, and sloooooooooooow), and joined the group because it makes things way easier for me when I have people to meet and run with rather than motivating myself to get off my ass and run in -12 C (with a windchill down to around -20 C or so) weather. Much easier to say "I'll do it tomorrow". The group is good though. We are subdivided into smaller groups based on our fitness level. My group has 5 people in it. Anyway, the run was good. I felt a bit chilly when we started, but warmed up ok. I had my warmest tights, and 2 tops with a coat, and headband thing for my ears.

We'll see how it all goes. So far it seems ok. The people seem nice so that's good.
sciencegeek: (*grin* Tosh)
Happy Palindrome Day, all! I apparently noticed this really, really late.


Dec. 12th, 2009 10:48 am
sciencegeek: (Default)
I live in a small apartment building, so we only have 2 sets of washers and dryers. One tenant today has decided to use both sets since 8 am this morning, and I only just got my laundry in. Oh happy day.
sciencegeek: (me [Christmas 2])
I'm going to try to get out Christmas (what may become holiday/new year) cards this year. So...if you would like one fill the poll. I'll also screen comments if the poll space is too small or something (or if you don't trust me to set this up right. I feel like this may be a good wariness for you). I can't promise anything exciting for cards or contents. But you will get mail?

Poll #1855 Christmas cards
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Leave your name and address and I'll get back to you as soon as possible

sciencegeek: (simon LMAO)
So after listening to CBC... Texas has an amendment, that was added to ban gay marriage (and/or civil unions, I supposes) that states:

"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage."

So, identical to marriage would be...marriage, yes? Or am I reading that wrong. I mean, even though I disagree with the whole "Let's ban gay marriages" thing, I kind of see what law makers were trying to do...but it kind of reads weird.

Although, I do find it kind of hilarious that a state may have accidentally banned marriage. Even if it's not true, it is kind of funny.

Anyway here's CBS and Huffington

ETA: The Wonder Boner!

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