Tuesday, January 31, 2006

New Year's Resolutions check-in

This is my record of how I'm doing on my New Year's resolutions so far. The red stars represent exercise and the blue stars represent housework. So I'm well on track with exercise (except the 2nd week of January, when I was sick as a dog), but need to pull up my socks in the housework department.

That's gonna be tough, because my Roomba is broken. The bumper gets stuck in the "in" position, so it thinks it's up against a wall. I've called the help desk, but they weren't able to help me. I plan to call them back today and make them tell me how to get it serviced. It's still under warranty (yo, I bought it this month!) so they better fix it for me. I just hope I won't have to live without it for too long.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Election Day

Today's the day. Kenneth and I walked over to the polling station after supper and cast our votes, thereby fulfilling both our civic duty and my exercise commitment for the day.

Apparently in Sweden, casting a blank vote or voting for Donald Duck is a common way to express your dissatisfaction with the candidates available. I looked at my ballot tonight and discovered that it is not possible to write in a candidate - you can only select one of the candidates who is actually running. This morning on the radio I heard that spoiling your ballot is illegal, so I wondered if casting a blank vote would also be illegal. To that end, I went to the Elections Canada website to learn the truth. In the process, I learned that it is illegal to eat your ballot. It is apparently legal to cast a blank vote - as discussed here.

We had a surprising number of candidates running in our riding. I think there were 6 altogether. The Liberal put up his signs around the neighbourhood the day the election was announced. The Green Party put theirs up a week or two later. The Conservative didn't bother until a few days ago. But there were 3 parties (NDP, Libertarian, and Progressive Canadian, I think) who didn't even put up signage at all. Actually, I'm slightly lying - I did see one small, lonely NDP sign when we were out shopping the other day. I wonder how many votes the guys from the Libertarian and Progressive Canadians will get, since they didn't bother campaigning at all. They didn't even send a pamphlet in the mail.

Now it's time to sit back and watch the election results roll in. Let the fun begin!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Merino Wool.
You are Merino Wool.
You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to
keep you close because you are so softhearted.
You love to be comfortable and warm from your
head to your toes.

What kind of yarn are you?
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Monday, January 16, 2006

It's official: Jinxing is real

You know how I said in my last post that I might be jinxing myself? Well, it's Monday and I'm STILL feeling under the weather. I spent just about the whole weekend in a reclined position. This cold is really tenacious. Bah.

In other news, we spontaneously bought a new sofa this weekend. We've been watching TV in La-Z-Boy recliners, separated by an end table. This seemed like a good idea when we bought them, but I missed being able to snuggle while watching TV. Kenneth's recliner is getting a little threadbare after nearly 5 years, so we felt semi justified in replacing it. Mine, well, it's still doing OK. But you can't just replace half of a pair of La-Z-Boys - it would look funny. So we went to the La-Z-Boy store and bought a sofa. It's a 3-seater, and the back of the middle seat folds down to form a table with cup-holders. It's ideal. Put the table down when you want to sit using the recliners (both ends of the sofa recline) and have your beverage handy. Put the table up when you want to snuggle or lie on the couch, or if you have a 3rd person who wants to watch TV with you. I'm excited! We got a discount, because they had accidentally ordered the wrong fabric on a sofa in the model we wanted, and they couldn't sell it to the person who had ordered it (because they wanted a different fabric). We're not in love with the fabric, but it's neutral and will be fine. We looked through their big books o' fabric, but nothing really grabbed us as being "that perfect fabric". So we decided to go for the discount and the instant gratification.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Feeling Better, Finally

Let's hope I didn't just jinx myself. I've had this cold for over a week now (last Wednesday was the first day I felt really bad, and it has continued till yesterday). But today I feel remarkably good, all things considered. I'm thinking full health by tomorrow! Let's hope for the best.

My New Year's resolution has been massively thrown off by the illness, of course. You can't really exercise 3x/week for 30 minutes/time when your nose is running like a faucet. I did make it to the gym on Wednesday and did 15 minutes, but felt like I was ready to collapse by the end of it. Bah. The housework has also suffered, but not quite as much. Tomorrow's a new week, and I should be feeling better, so everything will get back in motion then.

We've hit a cold spell again. It's been an unseasonably mild January, not that I'm complaining. Today it's actually looking chilly again. According to Accuweather, it's -3C but it feels like -14. Yikes, it's supposed to be even colder tomorrow. We're supposed to go to the zoo this weekend to film something for Kenneth's monologue (his current assignment in film school). But damned if I want to go to the zoo when it feels like it's -15. I bet the penguins are happy, the giraffes and monkeys not so much.

I finished my mom's first slipper yesterday. It's HUGE. Of course, post-felting it will be just the right size. Or so we hope. ;)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Fun 80's quiz

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This and That

My father-in-law arrived from Sweden for a 10 day visit on New Year's Day. On the day he arrived, he and Kenneth spontaneously decided to drive to Florida (about a 24 hour drive). So they left on Jan 2nd, and only returned Saturday night. It made for quite an easy house-guest experience, all told! Today FIL is returning home, meaning that from a 10-day visit, he was in our house for 3 of them. Not bad! He's quite sick (nothing serious, just a bad cold) so I hope his flight is okay. It's just miserable to have to travel when you're sick.

In the knitting department, I have nothing to report, really. I'm knitting a sweater from the Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, but it's stockinette in the round, so I am ultra bored with it at the moment. 3 balls down, 8 balls to go. I think I may have to start making something else on the side to add a little excitement to my life.

We watched "The Machinist", starring Christian Bale, on the weekend. Wow. I had heard he lost a lot of weight to do this movie, but to actually see it was shocking. He was just skin and bones. Seriously. When they showed him from the side, his stomach was significantly further in than his rib cage. They interviewed him in the "behind the scenes" documentary that was on the disk, and he said "I just didn't eat. That's it.". Man. And then RIGHT after that, he had to buff up to play Batman! I wonder if he damaged his health at all. They say yo-yo dieting is bad for you. Anyways, aside from the weight loss thing, the movie was pretty good. It was a weird movie, very surreal, but I liked how almost everything tied together in the end. There was only one thing about it that really bugged me, and I won't say what it is, since it's kind of a spoiler.

New Year's resolutions are going all right. I did 3 of each last week, but then I got a cold, and have been lying like a lump since basically Friday. I'm feeling better now, so hopefully tonight I can do my housework and tomorrow I'll get back to the gym.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

New Year's Resolutions

I made 2 resolutions this year.

1) Do housework 30 minutes, 3x/week.
2) Exercise 30 minutes, 3x/week.

My stretch goal is to do these both 5x/week. But I will consider it a success at 3x/week.

So far so good. Of course, we're still in the first week. But here are my results to date:

Monday: 30 minutes cardio, 15 minutes core workout, vacuumed basement, tidied
Tuesday: full body weights (didn't time it, but I know it was more than 30 min), put away Christmas decorations, emptied/filled dishwasher, vacuumed top floor
Wednesday: No exercise, did laundry
Thursday: 25 minutes yoga, vacuumed main floor

Not bad, eh?

Of course, what I haven't mentioned yet is that I used my new Roomba to do all the aforementioned vacuuming. It still takes time, because you have to pick up anything Roomba might get stuck on, and empty out his bin at the end, and put everything back. But it's a hella lot easier and more fun than traditional vacuuming.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

You scored 50 masculinity and 70 femininity!

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