October 3rd, 2003

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Friday Five (http://www.fridayfive.org/)

1. What vehicle do you drive? A 2004 Subaru Forester X. "Arctic White"

2. How long have you had it? Just over a month. It's my very first "new car".

3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle? The coolest "useless" feature is the "smart" rearview mirror, that automatically dims itself when bright headlights are behind me at night.

4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle? I havn't had time to get annoyed by it yet. There are lots of neat features that would be, well, "neat".

5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now? Probably the same thing, only the next trim level up, with lots more options and features.
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Friday Five, One Year Ago (http://www.fridayfive.org/past/092702.php)

1. What are your favorite ways to relax and unwind? Pet my cats. Read USENET, LJ, and AmphetaDesk. Hang out with friends. Veg to ReplayTV. Sex.

2. What do you do the moment you get home from work/school/errands? Sit on my soft couch and pet my cats.

3. What are your favorite aromatherapeutic smells? Vanilla and Almond.

4. Do you feel more relaxed with a group of friends or hanging out by yourself? It depends on the friends and for how long. Both.

5. What is something that you feel is relaxing but most people don't? No answer.
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Gym. Session 77 of 124. Back and Triceps.

  1. Kneeling bench dumbbell row. Up 5lb. This is still in "beginner" phase, only the 2nd week I've done it. And now it's been moved to first slot. But still, it felt good to go up, and it really isolates.
  2. Hammer frame iso high rows. Up 10lb per arm. 20lb total.
  3. Low back lift. Up 5lb. This is a big deal. Low back is something unwise to "push". But after two full sets of almost zero burn, it was time.
  4. Cycled with upright barbell rows. Up 5 lb. Yay, my shoulders are improving.
  5. Seated shoulder dumbbell press. It's really fun to watch this one in the mirror. My trainer told me I should start wearing a tanktop, so as to watch my shoulders better. I need to go heavier, but a 5lb jump is too much, so I did an extra 5 on the last set. When I can do 3 sets of 20, then I will move up.
  6. Something new. Seated ball back cables. I stand between the two machine racks, and grab the two matched cables, so each pull lifts TWO stacks, one for each arm. The weight is trying to pull my arms out. Then I sit and balance on a ball. And then use my back (NOT my arms) to pull my elbows down to my waist while keeping my elbow relaxed. I could feel every single muscle in my upper back and sides grinding on this one.
  7. Tricep rope pulldowns. We accidentally set the stack 10lb too high. I was able to do 15 with effort, and then 12 before burning out. Dropped the stack down, did another 12, and was totally burned out. Tricep work is hard. But they are the reason why, even tho my arm circumference is unchanged, the typical "under the arm" flab is almost gone.
  8. Dips. Lots of shaking in my tris and back.
  9. We were out of time, but he stuck around while I banged out one set of pullups.
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And she's on her way

So after a couple of days of helping her pack and such, yesterday morning I helped send jezel off on her temporary move to Heck Utah. As of sometime this afternoon, she was just about to pass thru Boise.

Pet Sitter

I've possibly found a pet-sitter for next weekend. The interview is Sunday afternoon. The sticky bit was finding one who was willing to do the sub-cu LRS for Birki. I have high hopes, this sitter is the one my vet uses for her cats when she's out of town.

A pill that makes you not-sleepy

My trainer had mentioned more than once that he had much trouble staying awake in the afternoon. I causually mentioned ProVigil to him. Well, it turns out he went to his doctor Wednesday, and was just handed a 14 day supply. No sleep study. So far he loves it. Yesterday after work, he went home and proceeded to clean this house. It's utterly unlike caffine or speed, there are no jitters or such.

Still, I'm a little concerned that doctors are handing this stuff out without a sleepstudy, just on claims of chronic sleepyness. Eventually some damn fool is going to take one twice a day for an extended period, and after he starts seeing gremlins in the corners, will suffer a sleep-defect psychotic break.

Plus, these things are TEN BUCKS A PILL, and insurance wont cover it if you dont have a valid diagnosis for narcolepsy. Still, how many Seattlites pay ten bucks a day for their morning and afternoon high-end coffee addiction.

I gotta confess too, I'm really tempted myself.