Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fitness: Baseline

I’m starting, yet again, a plan for healthy eating and exercise. I don’t really expect this to interest anyone else, so feel free to skip it. It doesn’t interest me very much. People who talk about their diets are boring. And personally, I hate other people telling me about fitness or, worse, “wellness.”  Wellness means it’s all your fault and if you just tried harder you’d be … something. A better human being, maybe. And that perky young things who’ve never been five pounds overweight in their entire lives will tell you what you’re supposed to think and feel as well as what you’re supposed to eat. Bleah.

I started the eating plan yesterday (not calling it a diet). It’s one that worked for me before. Once I got going it wasn’t hard to stick to, and it improved my weight, blood sugar levels, etc. But I dropped off it a little over a year ago and need to climb back on. It’s straightforward: I avoid pretty much all refined carbs (sugar and flour). I love that stuff, but it is addictive to me, and it’s really much easier to give it up altogether than to limit it. I also avoid potatoes and white rice  when I can, but if they slip into an otherwise-healthy meal while I’m eating out, it’s okay. Lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nonfat dairy are all fine. Reasonable amounts of fats – salad dressing, nuts, oil to roast vegetables, etc. – are fine. Reasonable amounts of complex carbs like legumes and whole grains are okay.

Here are the baseline numbers. I hope to look back in some months and see improvement. Weight: 300.5 pounds.Resting heart rate 77. Blood pressure 151/83 (ugh). On the track at the high school walked 1 mile in 24 minutes 27 seconds.

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Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

Re-read, because I picked it up while tidying and sank right back into it again.

I am a big fan of Lee & Miller’s Liaden series (and also of Sharon’s solo-written Archer’s Beach series that begins with Carousel Tides).

I don’t suppose Ghost Ship really needs a review. If you’re a Liaden fan, you’ve already read it. If you’re not, don’t start here, although there are multiple other potential starting places.

The things I like about Ghost Ship: It includes Surebleak, and we get to see that planet gradually becoming more functional. It includes Daav yos’Phelium, my favorite character. It shows us Theo Waitley as pilot and as developing her relationship with Clan Korval and its members.

Things I don’t like about Ghost Ship: None, really.

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Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries

Titles: The Square Root of Murder and The Probability of Murder

Author: Ada Madison

I saw the second one of these on the “new paperbacks” shelf in the library and was intrigued enough to find the first one in the mystery section and check them both out.

I sort of read them: read the beginning, skipped to the end to see whodunnit, and skimmed some in between looking for specific bits I wanted to know more about. I’ve probably read as much as I’m going to read. Meh.

It’s not the author’s fault. I used to like light cozy series like this, and I keep expecting I still will, only apparently I don’t any more. If I still liked the subgenre, I would have liked these books, so if you do, give them a try. The main character is intriguing, although she does have a little bit of a “let’s not tell the police about this clue I found” problem. But she’s likeable and intelligent, she has a likeable boyfriend, and I enjoy the setting of a small college and her interactions with students.

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Cold Days

Cold Days, Jim Butcher.

Part of the Dresden Files series; read because they are an auto-buy for me.  Begun in 2012, finished in 2013.

I skipped ahead at the halfway point to read the last couple of chapters, then came back to read through.

I’ve been enjoying these books for years. The series as a whole is picking up momentum; each book is still a satisfying whole, but the connections from book to book are stronger than they used to be. Harry Dresden is stronger than he used to be. An excellent entry in the canon.

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Happy 2013

Entering the twenty-first century a decade or so late, I’m starting a blog now that others have moved on to twitter, etc.

I’m a words kind of person, so it will be a words kind of blog. I’m going to list and perhaps review the books I read, point people at things I find interesting, journal about scripture that resonates for me, maybe even write a little poetry.

I have a single resolution for the new year, which could be expressed in many ways. Be faithful in the small things. Do the next right thing. Vote with my feet. Be a blessing. Follow through. Act.

Thus, when I sat at my computer thinking yet again whether I should start a blog or not … I started one.

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