Friday, January 20, 2006

Counting Down To Imbolc

Morning weigh-in: 180.5#, 10% BF

It's staying light out a little later now; getting out of work happens in late afternoon rather than sunset or dark. Golden afternoon sunlight yesterday; I decided to go home via Portal Road, Asbury and Harmony Township (what the heck, I have a new clutch & can get up the hills again), and also stop in at Merril Creek.

After crossing Rt 57 and as I headed up into the Harmony hills, I caught a view of one hilltop with sunlight on it. Reminded me of the phrase "from pent-up aching rivers" but that might have been because I was listening to "Bittersweet Symphony." (It did also remind me of the parts in Gravity's Rainbow about sunsets, aching purity begging to be defiled, foundry colors in the sky, thine alabaster cities...)

Anyway, got to Merril Creek Reservoir about 4:55, saw the sign that they close at 5:00, and the sun was going down, so I just walked in a little bit, took the picture to the right with my cameraphone. On the way out I saw some deer, but on the way in... ahhh, on the way in I saw a coyote! At least, I think I saw a coyote, it slunk off pretty quickly.

Dinner was noodle salad, exercise was the gym. Tonight I'll probably be singlespeeding on the towpath.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

In The Court Of The Crimson King

Morning weigh-in: 181#, 7% BF

Chain Gang meeting last night, my first as president. I think it went well, but there was a lot of stuff I wanted to cover & things went a little long, people got antsy... After the meeting, it was time for the "guess whose baby pic this is" contest. There were eleven entries; not everyone brought a photo. I guessed 9 of the 11, some people were correct in all their guesses, and some got as few as three right. Anyway, no exercise last night, but dinner was pretty sensible: turkey enchiladas, rice & a salad.

We also had the weigh-in for the Weight Loss Challenge. Fully clothed (sans shoes) and after dinner, I was 184# on the official contest scale. We have 2 months to see who loses the most weight (as a percentage of current weight), not sure what the prize is but the official final weigh-in will be at the March meeting. Weight should be off for Moab...

One last thing: I didn't want to mention it until after the baby pix contest, but I put up two new galleries: my baby pictures can be found here, and some screenshots from my home computer are here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Morning weigh-in: 180.5#, 10% BF

So I got home last night, ate leftover tofu/veggies/rice plus some steamed asparagus, played with the computer, ran and did an at-home workout, then went to Which Brew for a beer & company while the laundry dried. This turned into three beers (two were snifters: small but potent -- & surely fattening) and a trip to Taco Bell. Sigh, gotta keep on track...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Now That's More Like It

Morning weigh-in: 179.5#, 9% BF

Looks like there may be a bit of dehydration going on, but the weight looks about right. Had tofu & veggie stir-fry last night, did a few things around the house, then ran (it was already getting late). I also took care of a few loose ends -- the checks are in the mail, Mom, Amy and Easton Parking Authority! -- and fiddled with my new phone some more, sent some photo emails.

Had a little trouble with the run last night: my right shin started tightening/tiring/hurting, and my right foot started to be a little more "floppy" than my left. I think my right leg is weaker than my left; also, I'm a little out of condition for running -- most of what I've been doing has been like a mile at a time on the treadmill.

Tonight is laundry night, and if it doesn't rain I'll bust out the singlespeed, otherwise I'll just go to the gym, do non-run, non-bike cardio as my warmup.

Monday, January 16, 2006


Morning weigh-in: 182#, so shocked I don't even remember % BF

Friday night was a towpath ride. Took the singlespeed out, but only went to the bridge over the boat launch (about a mile east of Freemansburg) because I was tired -- and it was soooo foggy down by the river (& everywhere else) I couldn't see more than a few feet; it was hard to navigate and I got totally creeped out, expecting to see zombies or whatever shambling out of the mist after me...

About a block from home, a car passed me & then stopped to drop off a teenager, and I hear "Hi Don!" Turns out it was my friends Stu & Kathy -- I was confused initially because the house, where they dropped their daughter off, is next door to some other friends of mine, but got it all straightened out. They were going to Which Brew after that, and I said I'd see them there in about an hour - which I did. Dinner was wings and some pasta fagiole, and the band -- Company Jazz Trio -- was really playing well, even when the pianist's chair collapsed underneath him... Maria from Duende was there, eating dinner with her husband, and agreed to sing a few songs.

Saturday was a rainy day, coffee shop, chores, gym, more chores... Was in Circuit City, decided while I was there to get a new cellphone, picked out a pretty sweet one with camera etc. I also decided to look at pen drives while I was there (didn't get one), and I ran into Karen F and her boyfriend Brian, who were in the next aisle, pricing cordless phones.

Back to Which brew for dinner, more pasta fagiole and a white pizza w/ extra garlic. I was hanging out with a dude who reminded me of a cross between Kevin M and Paul K from Englishtown, also a girl who reminded me of Kathleen C from E'town.

Sunday was too windy to ride, so I joined Doug & Lori, and Eric R, for a hike at Sals.