Wednesday, January 4, 2012
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It was a quick read and cool to see that he succeeded against all odds considering how rough his childhood was. I was a little disappointed that half of the book was about his childhood because I would have liked to have read more about the musicians he produced and more details about that. Granted, he was addicted to cocaine and alcohol during that period, but he did remember a lot of details about working with David Bowie & Madonna, so I would have liked to have heard more about the other artists.
I would love to know why he had a falling out with Oprah Winfrey. He indicated that they were really close friends at one point, but later had a falling out after she recommended a therapist for him during the height of his addiction. That was never explained.
The end of the book was a little unsatisfying because it left me hanging (I won't say why because it's a spoiler).
Overall, I'm glad I read it.
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Friday, December 23, 2011
I've missed strength training class for a couple of weeks because of not feeling that great. I feel flabby and have gained a few pounds even though I'm eating the same. I tend to gain a few pounds during half marathon training and I've heard this is normal for marathon training as well, but I don't like it one bit. Oh well. I figure I've been exercising more than most people do (and way more than sick ones do), so next week I'll just add back some variety (strength training, yoga, and maybe try spinning) and see if that helps.
Today is a rest day for my 13 mile "long run" tomorrow morning, so I think I'll just have a little sushi for dinner and maybe do some laundry, continue to read my book, and make some candy. (These bars are DELICIOUS!!) Oh, and I want to buy the Wild Flag album from Amazon (it's only $5!) and the most recent PJ Harvey one. I also like the most recent Lykke Li album, so I may need to binge on the music purchasing tonight!
It doesn't really feel like Christmas, does it? Maybe it's just me. I deactivated my Facebook account a couple of weeks ago (on Monday it will be three weeks), so maybe that's why. I'm not seeing all those annoying holiday posts.
Speaking of deactivating Facebook, it's the best thing I could have done! I've tried it a couple of times in the past and only lasted a couple of days, but this time I don't even miss it. People keep asking me why I deactivated it. I guess it is odd for someone like me to abruptly deactivate Facebook. I regularly posted status updates and photos, so it's not like I was a "lurker" on there. There are several reasons why I deactivated my account, but I don't really feel like I need (or want) to explain them to anyone. A lot of the reasons are personal and I don't feel like sharing other than saying that a daily irritant has now been erased from my life and it feels great.
Merry Christmas and enjoy the long weekend if you get one!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Now I'm having a little sushi & sake. I've been sick all week and haven't been out with the exception of a low key event at TCHO Chocolate, so I need some sushi to celebrate the end of the week.
I should be carbo loading for my 12 mile run tomorrow, but I'm having mostly sashimi. Running fail.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
I bought Women's Running magazine this weekend and this shoe was listed as "Most Comfortable" in the Winter Running shoes section. I like Mizunos because they're so light and not clunky on my feet and will need a new pair soon. I currently wear the Wave Riders, but this pair got rave reviews...and check out the cherry blossoms near the heel! I'm afraid to just buy them online without trying them on first, so I'm going to see if my local Fleet Feet has them in stock. WANT!
Marathon training is rolling along and today is the start of Week 7. I was a little derailed last week because of a major sore throat and lethargy which eventually turned into a full blown cold. I missed a 5 miler and a 3 miler, so I crazily made up both of those runs yesterday instead of doing cross training (5 miles in the morning and another 3 miles in the afternoon). 18 miles for Week 6....DONE!
This week the mileage starts increasing and I'm not going to have any single digit recovery runs on Saturdays, which is a little scary. This week I have two 3 milers, 6 miles, and then 12 miles on Saturday. I'm hoping to work in yoga on Friday and maybe a strength training session on Thursday. I have plans on Wednesday night (a free seminar at a chocolate factory where they teach you how to mix cocktails that pair with chocolate), so I hope my body cooperates and gets well!
Have a good week!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Today I'm at work (blah), but I'm going to sneak out a little early. I need to drive to my parents' house tonight (we're supposedly having crab for dinner...yum) so I'll be close to the start of the 10K Turkey Trot tomorrow. The race doesn't start until 9AM, but I want to get there by 8:15AM to get my bib and warm up. Let's hope I can get a PR!
What are you doing for Turkey Day?
Monday, November 21, 2011
OK, this photo was taken at Noe Valley Tavern! (See this post...)
You'll notice that right behind me (under the picture) is a toilet. Unbelievably, the area where the men pee is right behind where everybody washes their hands. Eww.
I'm so glad there wasn't a guy peeing in there when I came out of the restroom, but then again, it couldn't have made the evening much worse. Some guy who messaged me on Twitter about going out agreed to a date, rescheduled the date, and then didn't follow through. He showed up at this bar the day before we were scheduled to go out (but I already wrote it off as not happening because I hadn't heard from him) and had a drink with my friend and me. (We have a friend in common who was throwing a benefit for fire victims, so that's why we were all there.) He then looked at his watch after about 10 minutes and said his girlfriend was meeting him. Then the four of us had to sit through drinks until they left.
Girlfriend. Did you catch that? He had a girlfriend all along. At least I'm moving up. The last guy cancelled our date two hours before we were supposed to meet and I realized the next day that he was married. (Thanks, pipl.com.)
Anyway, this was supposed to be a funny post about the bathroom! :)
My weekend was good. Sunday was awesome because I had a deep tissue massage and some "me" time sweating out the toxins in the wet sauna and then went to see The Descendants. I'd highly recommend it! Besides the story being engaging and the acting top-notch, the Kauai scenes had me itching to go back there. It's not my favorite island because of all the driving you have to do to get around and the resulting traffic on the two-lane roads, but seeing Hanalei Bay made me nostalgic for a surfing trip I took there in November 2010.
After the movie I headed to the gym for a yoga class. My marathon schedule dictated 60 minutes of cross-training, so I did 30 minutes of cardio (20 on the elliptical and 10 on the bike) and then took the yoga class. I guess it did something because my obliques, back, and arms are all sore today.
Saturday was a bit of a blur. I slept in a little (if you can call 7AM "sleeping in") and then did my 5 mile recovery run (through Fisherman's Wharf and down the Embarcadero). Then it was home for some Instant Netflix time on the Wii (watched my first episode of Breaking Bad and loved it) and a little reading.
I'm currently reading Sideways on a Scooter by Miranda Kennedy. It's fascinating to read about what it's really like to live in India (from the point of view of an upper middle class American, that is), but reinforces my desire to never visit there. I can't even camp, so visiting India would be out of the question.
Later I went dancing, but didn't have that great of a time. It wasn't awful, but I'm just not big on dance music from the "90s, 00s, and 10s." I just stayed for 3 hours and then headed home.
My plans for this week start with looking over my marathon training schedule:
Tuesday: Boot Camp (60 minutes)
Wednesday: Run (4 miles easy)
Thursday: Run (Turkey Trot 10K = 6.2 miles)
Saturday: Run (9 miles)
Sunday: 60 minutes Cross-Training
Total: 19.2 miles
I modified the original schedule, which had 18 miles for the week and no 6.2 mile run in the middle of the week. I just tweaked it a little so the mileage wouldn't go too far over the 18 miles, but I could also do the required 9 miles on Saturday.
Today I'm at work and then I'm getting together with my favorite college roomie and her family! I got a surprise call from her last night and always have a good time together. We'll probably go to dinner and wander around Fisherman's Wharf. We're all big ice cream fans, so I'm sure we can fit that in even with the cold San Francisco weather today.
Have a good week!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Oh, I did something else that I hadn't done in a long time....synched my iPhone AND backed up my hard drive, which I hadn't done in over a year. (Hey, I forgot how to do it!) I need to find a boyfriend who knows a lot about computers and stuff like that to help me. Or just a boyfriend who doesn't know anything about computers would be fine, too. :)
I hate doing posts without photos, so here's one of me, but I can't really figure out where I took it! Based on the date I *think* it's Noe Valley Tavern when I was there for a benefit, but not sure. I'm not in the habit of taking photos of myself like a lot of people do, but when I get that one day every few weeks where my hair, make-up, and outfit are all working, I like to document it.
|Crap, where is this?|
Goals for me today are running 5 miles (recovery run) as soon as I can get up, laundering all my running clothes, baking banana bread, going to an opening at 941 Geary for Blek le Rat's new show, and then going to Club Vogue at the Cat Club.
Tomorrow's a little up in the air. I have a massage at 11, but I need to swing by The Warfield before that and buy tickets for Adam Ant. (Yes, THAT Adam Ant. He's still around.) I'll be downtown for the massage, so I'm thinking of going to a movie after the massage. The new George Clooney one by the Sideways director called The Descendants looks good. I also need to work in 60 minutes of cross training, so I'm thinking I might accomplish that with a yoga class at 5:30.
Have a good weekend and let me know if you did anything fun.
*The photo came in handy yesterday. The dry cleaner lost a blouse of mine and is still looking for it. I realized that Nike wall photo was the only photo of me wearing it, so I went to them with my computer and showed them. The reason they're still making such a valiant effort to find it is because I told them I found the receipt from May and I paid $135 plus tax.
|The missing blouse and my big arm. Eek.|
I'm usually not in the habit of spending anywhere near that for a blouse, but it was for a first date. It taught me a lesson because the guy cancelled the date 2 hours before it was supposed to happen. That's the second time that's happened before a first date (Kim spends too much money on an outfit for a date that never happens), so next time I'm just wearing some old crap that I already have.
Anyway, the blouse was always a little too big anyway and cursed from that date, so I'd be just as happy if they don't find it as long as they refund the purchase price. They said they'd "make it right," so we'll see.
Friday, November 18, 2011
It really depends on the situation. I'm fine with roller coasters and ziplining, but the thought of skydiving terrifies me. Standing on the balcony on a higher floor freaks me out, too, and I'm not really thrilled when I'm stuck in a window seat on an airplane.
Here's a video of him playing "Madonna of the Wasps" at a festival. Last night it was just him with an acoustic guitar (with harmonica on some songs), but this will give you an idea of how great he is!