Thursday, July 23, 2009

Time for a change

No surprise there, to be honest, I tend to like change a lot. Right now, it looks like it's back to school for me. It's something I've considered off and on, but never really looked at seriously because what I want to do is going to require a Ph. D. Yup. Dr. Moose.

Sure, you probably think it's a little crazy, but that's probably fine and somewhat required. What do I want to do, you ask? Psychology. C'mon, it's a job with great furniture potential, glasses are just as required as in computer geekdom, and it'll reduce my computer useage which is a good thing since I'm fairly certain I'm feeling a bit of Carpal Tunnel set in. Pffft, who needs to worry about ergonomics? Apparently I should have.

The good news is, I'll be able to continue working while I take my degree. Depending on course load, I may drop down to part time, but I don't need to decide that yet and thankfully work is really understanding with that kind of thing. I'm not sure I want to have the "What are you doing in your time off?" "Ohhhhhh studying in a field that isn't beneficial to the company at all," likely isn't all that good for maintaining employment for any length of time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Time marches on

And I'm clearly not posting as much as I should. Unfortunately, I don't have much to comment on. So... you know... ummm

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Vegetables (and the Wii Fit)

All right, in my last post, I seem to have forgotten to talk about something I wanted to - my Wii Fit. I love my Wii Fit even though hula-hooping for minutes at a time is painful and wrong. Who are they kidding with the "You have unlocked a new duration: 10 minutes!" crap. Nonono. PS what the hell happened to me in the past 25 years? Or am I just imagining being able to hula hoop for remarkable lengths of time?

So, I'm on WW as I've mentioned before. It's working really well, oddly enough. I managed to lose 3.5 lbs in the first week. Of course, then vacation happened and things went sideways, but I'm still officially down 4 lbs so I suppose that's a victory in itself. Especially considering the amount that J and I have been eating out lately - oops.

But, I've come to discover that I might actually like vegetables. Things like fresh peppers, cucumbers and peas are fantastic. And by "fresh" I don't really mean "From a package in the grocery store." I mean from an actual farmers' market. They just taste soooo much better than whatever has been shipped into the local grocer. It's kinda remarkable. They still aren't overly filling on their own, but the reality is that I can eat them until I'm full (which is a ridiculous amount of produce) and not damage my diet at all.


And I don't care what the WW scale says - my home scale has me down about 7-8 lbs and I like those numbers better :)

Monday, July 06, 2009

Wii Fit, Farmers' Markets and Weight watchers

I've recently become a member of weight watchers. This has come with somewhat hilarious results (aside from the 6 lbs I lost in June, hooray). In order to lose that 6 lbs, I've done some things that are...unusual for me. Take Saturday night, for example. We'd rented movies, I'd planned my day and had several points left over for a little splurge at 7-11. I figured slurpee and some chips would be great for the movie.

Until I walked into the 7-11. I looked at the slurpees. None seemed all that appealing considering the result they would have (slowing my weight loss). So I wandered away empty handed and ended up in the chip aisle. Again, none were sufficiently tempting to make me actually want to buy them. Same with chocolate and other selections of candy goodness. Ice cream? What's the point when I have this great frozen yogurt at home with half the calories (mmmm chapmans Yogurt+ frozen yogurt. Go. Try it.)

I ended up going home with a small bag of ripple chips and a Crystal Light slurpee from Mac's (yes, this endevour involved TWO convenience stores, not just one). And I felt horrible about it. The good news, I still lost weight for the week.

Now, if you know me, you probably know that in a previous life, I thought nothing of buying the giant party sized bags of chips and consuming them all at once. So this change is kinda funny, if frustrating. It seems that weight watchers has destroyed junk food for me. Finally.

The good side of Weight Watchers is a new interest in fresh produce. So much so, that J and I have taken to shopping at Farmers' Markets for some great fresh seasonal goods. Last weekend, we left the farmers' market with fresh lettuce, strawberries, peppers (red, yellow, purple and an extra sweet red), cucumbers, fresh pasta, a great salsa, red scallions and almost an eggplant.

Now, if it would stop raining so we could get the deck built and some grass in things would be fan-freakin-tastic. Only because then we could buy a BBQ and there'd be some point to buying an eggplant besides making baba ganouj.

One Week and Fanboys

Our movie renting experience on the weekend had a common theme - people who're gonna die go on epic journeys. Cue tear jerking music...

One Week is a Canadian movie about a guy who discovers he's ill and to deal with it, he goes on a trip from Toronto to Tofino. It's really an interesting movie and I don't say this because one scene was apparently in a small town where my favorite cousin lived for a few years. Nope. Not at all. It raised a few questions for me on what my life is and how I would react if given the same news.

Fanboys is a hilarious movie about a bunch of Star Wars geeks who decide to break into George Lucas' ranch in California so they can see Star Wars Episode 1 before it's released in theatres (I know, not very timely). There are a ridiculous amount of cameos in this movie for something I don't remember hitting theatres at all. I don't want to ruin the surprises if you haven't seen the movie.

In the end, both movies made me cry which isn't necessarily a bad thing. One Week is significantly more thought provoking while Fanboys will make you laugh. Even the ever-stoic J laughed at several scenes.