Next size down

I’m happy to say that I bought a couple of tops today and they were size “large” instead of “extra large”. YAAAY! XL used to be too small for me about 2 months ago. Seems the exercise is paying off. I’m at 2 weeks of exercising regularly (3-6 times/wk). My next aim is to get my portion sizes under control. Check out my workout blog here. One thing that I noticed is that my upper body and lower body tone up and slim down quicker than my midsection. How annoying!

Google Conversions

I was reading a recipe from someone in the UK and it called for the oven temp to be 220 Celcius. I googled “220 Celsius to fahrenheit” and it gave the coversion (220 C = 428 F, by the way). Handy tool, that is. I think I’ve used Google before to convert kilograms and pounds as well.

Tree down, can’t swim

I had planned on taking Sean swimming today with Sarah, Amanda, and Shila, but a rare thunderstorm took over the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque for a while. It apparently downed a tree (lightning?) and knocked out power to the swimming pool, so they had to close. Poor Sean cried all the way back home “swimming pool, wahh”. He was pretty disappointed. The lightning seemed to have gone away by the time we got home, but it was still sprinkling, so I let him play in the rain for a bit.

ear buds

In the search for decent earbuds, we thought we had found the best ones. The Sony Fontopia in ear headphones with interchangeable rubber cushions have been the most comfortable so far. But those run around $40. This weekend, i found a cheaper alternative at Linens and Things (of all places) for only $20. They come with 3 different sizes of rubber cushions, so you can “customize” the fit a little better. The Fontopias come with only 2 sizes, but add a longer cord. I wore the new ones on my walk this morning and they work great. They block out sound since they fit into your ear, and I didn’t notice any sound problems. Wahoo! They’re made by Griffin Technology. Patents pending. Made in China. Oh, and they’re called “ear thumps” instead of ear buds… maybe that’s how they were able to copy Sony’s design. “No, no, they’re completely different than Sony’s ear buds… these are ear thumps! The only ear thumps on the market!”
UPDATE: I found on Amazon.com that the Sony Fontopias have been marked down to $25 from $40. So there ya go. Now the big name brand will only cost you $5 more, plus shipping, of course.

Bug Dream

Anyone seen King Kong (the newer version)? Anyways, there’s a part in there with really big bugs in it. We watched it the other night. Last night I had a dream that there were really large bug creatures that had wings like butterflies, but they bit you like a mosquito. A few landed on my arm and so I swatted them and they stuck to my arm. After I washed them off, there was still a butterfly-like tatoo left on my arms that was really pretty.

Active Day

Sean and I got up (rather, Sean got ME up) at 9:30 this morning. Shortly after, I decided to take him on a brisk walk so I could workout a bit. After the walk, we headed over to the playground so he could play and get his “workout”. Nearby, Sean saw the sprayground, and kept asking to play in the water. So we went back home and got our swimsuits on and went to the spray ground. Of course, after we got there, Sean didn’t want to play in the water much… I had more fun than he did. Anyways, we frolicked around there for a bit (frolicked because running is not allowed), then we went home. By the time we got home, Nathan was (finally) awake after staying up til 3 last night. So we went out for lunch (Koury’s greek food is DA BEST!) since it was already after 1 pm. Then we got home, Sean took a nap, and we watched King Kong (kinda scary, pretty sad). Then after Sean woke up, we all (including Nathan and the dog) walked to the playground again. Cookie (the dog) and I had to leave early because she got bit by a red ant, and it was making her limp and show general discomfort. So we came home and I finally sat down for a little while. Pretty busy day, if ya ask me.

So I’m starting back on my workout kick… I had fallen off the wagon, so to speak, for a little while. I did pretty good this week though. I’m planning on starting a program that’ll have me working out 6 days a week, but the workouts are not too tedious… walking/running and some moderate weight training. Pretty doable, as long as I make the time to do it. I’m probably gonna start a weight loss blog mostly for my benefit, so I can keep track of progress, or lack thereof. I think it’s time to get serious about dropping my excess poundage. Anyways, if anyone is interested, check it out here.

Swimming and Botanic Gardens/Aquarium

We took Sean swimming at a local city pool today. He was shivering and didn’t seem to enjoy it all that much. Nathan and I took turns alternating between playing with Sean and swimming laps in the pool. I tell ya, swimming is a difficult sport! You really need to be in shape to swim very many laps. I’m not a good swimmer at all, so I mostly did a lame backstroke for several laps. I was pretty tired afterwards!

Afterwards, we went to the Botanic Gardens and Aquarium again, this time with Nathan. The Butterfly pavillion has opened and I was fortunate enough to get a few really good pictures of the “flying flowers” while they were still. Sean seems to be afraid of the butterflies. Go figure. He tried to kill red ants with his fingers, but a butterfly gets near him and he cries for his daddy to hold him! HAHA! The walk through the aquarium was very peaceful.. It was less than an hour until closing, so there was hardly anyone in there. That was pretty cool.

Password boo-boo

The computer at my mom’s restaurant mysteriously gets itunes installed on it over and over again. To prevent this, my mom limits other people from using the business computer. I check the computer every now and again for programs that she doesn’t want on it. After the last time I found iTunes and Limewire on her computer, we decided to create a limited XP account for other people to use while on the computer and changed her business account password. Well, the next time she tried to log on, the new password that we had changed it to wasn’t being accepted. I admit, I must have done something weird… my bad. Anyways, Nathan said that worst case, we would have to reinstall Windows. I decided to check the web for any other remedies. The easiest one we found was this. Thankfully, it worked and all is well again. Boy did I feel silly after that nerdly faux pas.

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