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Amtrakking the States and Trolling the SCWC!

Amtrak roomette train travel sleeper car
Amtrak roomette train travel sightseer lounge sleeper car
Views not afforded to cars are some of the best parts of train travel. No road separates this section of the west coast from the train.

Seattle or San Antonio? Nebraska or New Orleans?

Give me train travel any day over flying. I know it’s a luxury of time most people can’t afford. I call it an investment in modern anthropology and a writing desk on rails. I could tell you about all the people I meet, but then I’d spoil all the interesting essays I’m submitting for publication.

In February I will attend the Southern California Writer’s Conference (SCWC). It is one of the first writing conferences I attended and still my favorite, because it’s practical publication and platform without pretense and posturing. (Okay, well maybe a little posturing, but I’m working on that 😉 ). Continue reading Amtrakking the States and Trolling the SCWC!

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Screw Your C-

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hoarding doing the right thing decisions fitness relationships
(This is the honey I’m using right now. My favorite is raw honey still in the comb. It’s more expensive but worth it. My dad kept bees and I couldn’t wait for special times when we got the honey AND comb together.)

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I can’t move my legs this morning, but I’m still hopping mad.

Okay, not so much mad as disappointed. I used one of these recipe calculator sites and it counted my ingredient, raw honey, as a C-. I’ve been trying several recipe counters, and honey always comes up as a negative item.

Overall, the site gave my morning shake an A-, and I can feel every day how great it makes me feel and how satisfied I am in fullness, energy, etc. And really, I’m not worked up over the rating of the honey, but just disappointed that after all these years of increased knowledge about raw food, specifically our knowledge of properties like enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, so many things still aren’t considered in evaluating the benefits of a recipe on every recipe site I’ve found.

Show me one recipe calculator that doesn’t assign raw honey a negative value based solely on its sugar properties and I’ll show you my flying pig… Continue reading Screw Your C-

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Doing the “Right Thing”… Which “Right” is Right? (Today’s REAL post)

hoarding doing the right thing decisions fitness relationships
hoarding doing the right thing decisions fitness relationships
I have a decent range of weights for free weights, since I’m not that strong yet. But nothing is as good as being in the gym.

Dangit WordPress! I did not want to re-publish my Hoardzilla posts! I changed the status from private to public and hit “update” so I could link them here and this stupid, idiotic site re-published them and blasted them at my subscribers. I’m very sorry folks. I hate when people post more than once a day, and now with this, my official post today, I’ve three-peated you. I’m very sorry about that! (That said, I did get some nice comments and a great email with suggestions so maybe the re-posting was a blessing in disguise.)

Here is today’s official post:

I’m at a crossroads with both my fitness and my duties at home right now. Everything is impacted by how I decide to move forward…

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There Can Be Only One…(Except When There Are Two)

board game competition There can be only one Highlander Kurgan's Theme Gimme the Prize
board game competition There can be only one Highlander Kurgan's Theme Gimme the Prize
The Mead notebook, circa 1990-something, containing the official rules and tips and journal notes of the Druzgal Olympics. Could we get any dorkier?

The 2012 Druzgal Olympics have begun! Help us choose a new game! Continue reading There Can Be Only One…(Except When There Are Two)

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There’SNOW Place Like Home

winter woods heavy wet snow

I’m grounded. Between the snow and the forecast, the master of the house says “stay.” That’s a tough call for him to make, because he hates being alone even more than I, but we can’t drive together since I need to be back to get the Jeep inspected this weekend.

winter woods heavy wet snow
Henry the Jeep wants to play in the snow but the master says stay (at least until he’s been inspected).

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The Worst Trainer in America, and “A Menstruating Bear?”: Training Alone, Part 2

Personal trainer fitness fat rant
Personal trainer fitness fat rant
Ignore the ads. This is what working out really looks like…on me.

Damn OCD…*

I’m going to tell you about yesterday, and I’m going to tell you about the worst trainer in America.

I am also going to be a little less sugar, a little more spice today (disclaimer 😉 ).

As I told you in yesterday’s post, my trainer was sick. So, for the first time by myself, I weight-trained. It was “legs” day, which thankfully involves a lot of machines. The machines are daunting, but I feel I can at least “figure them out.”

What could go wrong…?

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Continue reading The Worst Trainer in America, and “A Menstruating Bear?”: Training Alone, Part 2

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Spouse Swap: A True Christmas Story

An understated little book I'm reading right now.
An understated little book I’m reading right now.

Oops. I mean spouses swapping things, not swapping spouses. Whyever would I imply sucha thing? Silly me.

Maybe it’s because I’m going to talk about hot women and porn (I am). Maybe it’s because Kurt and I recently made a permanent deal. We rarely make these. They’re kind of like postnups but they’re verbal. You can only do this when you both know that you’ll keep your word. Continue reading Spouse Swap: A True Christmas Story

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Going hungry, sticking a fork in my trainer, and exercising the willpower muscle

Wingspan Park, Aliso Viejo CA
Wingspan Park
Today’s blog is a dual blog: a photo-blog of Wingspan Park in Aliso Viejo, CA, one of my favorite walks out here; and on going hungry and exercising willpower.

Tuesday morning I wanted to kick my trainer in the teeth…if I didn’t have short legs and not enough flexibility or strength to kick that high.

I was angry because I took his suggestion from our session on Monday to do my morning cardio on an empty stomach because it’s supposed to burn fat. There are a lot of websites backing that claim, particularly at the level of cardio I’m doing (just hiking with the King).

Okay, I wasn’t so much angry as I was hungry, and I imagined if I ran into him at that moment, I might stick a fork in him and have raw trainer for breakfast. Continue reading Going hungry, sticking a fork in my trainer, and exercising the willpower muscle

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A personal trainer, floor-brow humor, and musings on porn vs romance

pelvic thrusts
bicep and back workout
Working the bicep and back on my first day with a personal trainer

Today’s content is crass. I’ll forgive you if you want to skip this and come back tomorrow.

And, as usual, don’t worry if you’re laughing at these photos. Laughing’s healthful. And let’s face it—I make crazy faces when I workout. And it’s not just me. Continue reading A personal trainer, floor-brow humor, and musings on porn vs romance