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 First bike ride of the year. 4.6km in the wet and muddy. It feels more like March or April from what I'm used to back in Ontario. I have to keep reminding myself it is only January. Everything has been melting for about a week now.
How would you describe the last decade in one sentence?

Everything has changed, yet is still the same.

Chasing the White Rabbit

 Just had an adventure catching a rabbit and then trying to find out who the rightful owner was. Poor little guy had escaped a few days ago and they'd been trying to catch it since then. It managed to get into the neighbours fenced-in yard and some people from up the street were trying to catch it. They failed so I grabbed a towel and managed to catch it in less than 10 minutes. We put it in the dog's kennel and went down the street in the direction we knew it had come from. The third house we went to were the owners and so they came over and picked it up. Poor little guy. At least it wasn't that cold out and nothing tried to eat it.

Dec. 4th, 2010

So I've been keeping up with the bike and the weights every day. I alternate between the two and it seems to balance out. On top of doing 15 minutes on the stationary bike I also do my arm and neck stretches. The pulled muscles and the neck stiffness is mostly gone now, though I think I will always have the tense muscles. Who knows, maybe one day they will go away with the continued exercises. After doing 15 minutes today though, I've decided to ramp it up to 20 minutes for next time and see how that goes. I'm starting to feel better already, healthier and less tired after working out. I'm not keeping track if I'm losing weight or anything since its more about getting into shape. Losing weight is just the added bonus. I'm still averaging about 6.5km a day and my top speed for about 10 seconds was 40km/h. Gotta get the heart racing sometimes!

I've also borrowed my Dad's 22" monitor for a trial run while he's on night shift. I find when using my 19" I'm constantly leaning towards it so I can see better. So far with using the 22" I'm not noticing myself doing that and I can sit back in a more relaxed position and take the strain of my neck. The only problem now is that today is my last day with it. My neck is starting to feel better. Sleeping doesn't help because I wake up sore. And going back to my small monitor is just going to throw me into a back slide again. I try to catch myself every time I'm leaning forward, but now I know it's not a habit, its because I can't see the damn tiny little screen well anymore. Unfortunately it will probably be awhile before I'm able to upgrade to a bigger screen. I'll just have to steal this one every time my Dad is on nights I guess.

In other news, my next big project is going to be tagging my photographs. This seems to be a popular trend among photographers and it should make it easier to sort through and find exactly what I'm looking for. In the end I should probably be able to get away with having every photograph from each year in one folder and just use a tag search to find exactly what I'm looking for. Since my collection is expanding at a fairly steady pace, tagging seems to be the right solution. Waiting for a folder of high quality .tif format images should no longer be a problem. Unfortunately this project may take me the next 365 days to complete. Coming up with a tagging system that is simple will probably be the hardest part, the rest will just be tedious!

Goings On

The humidity in the house this time of year is at an extreme low. Yesterday it hit 44% and the static electricity off anything wool or fleece was phenomenal. After throwing a bunch of stuff in the dryer I got a really nasty shock off a fuzzy sock. Needless to say we've been trying to do things to raise the humidity levels back up to a normal range. We did manage to get it up to 50% last night using a vaporizer, but leaving it off over night dropped the level back down to 45%. We've got the vaporizer on again today and the plans are to make a huge pot of chicken soup in hopes that it will put some humidity into the air as well.

In other news I've had bad luck with my neck again. Somehow I managed to pull a muscle under my shoulder blade which prevented me from doing my free weight routine for about a week. Three days ago we finally got the exercise bike put together and I've been doing that for 15 minutes every morning. The first morning I managed to do 5.7km, the second I did 6km and the yesterday I did 6.4km. This morning I noticed a bit of pain in my right hip area so I gave my legs a bit of a rest for today and I picked up the free weights again. One day I'm hoping to be able to do both the exercise bike and the free weights every morning. After which I'm sure I'll collapse into a sweaty, exhausted heap. What fun!

Other wise I've just been puttering around, not doing too much. I go outside to feed the bird and watch them from the deck just about every day. We get a pretty wide variety in our yard for this time of year and apparently the actual winter birds don't show up until around January. So we're just getting the residential birds right now. Possibly the coolest visitor we have is a female Pileated Woodpecker that visits once or twice a week. We've got a bit of snow on the ground now, so the birds are extra hungry and rely on the feeders more. Some days we get swamped with birds and other days they trickle in and out throughout the day. In addition to watching the birds I've been trying to photograph them as well. I'm trying to get the old hot shoe flash from my Dad's 35mm camera to work outside. Having a pure white background confuses the camera a bit and throws the bird into shadow and the snow into glaring brightness. It wouldn't be such an issue, but unfortunately our yard faces the exact wrong way in relation to the sun. It's been keeping me occupied anyway...

Except from my life...

So I was sick with strep for the first few weeks of the move in. I was sick when the moving truck came and I also got sunburn that day. I think it's pretty bad when you can get sunburn in October. Moving in went fairly smoothly, I guess. We're still getting things organized even though we've been here a month. Mainly it's just the small personalizing touches and a bit of rearranging things to fit a smaller space. Not having a garage pretty much sucks. We have to keep our bikes under the deck or in the shed for the winter.

I'm pretty much back to the same routine of being my normal, boring self. After two + months of doing absolutely nothing for physical fitness, I've just been lounging around in sweats because none of my pants fit anymore. I try to get a bike ride in when I can, but the fall weather doesn't always allow for it. I've also been trying to do my free weight routine every day. My shoulder is screwed up again, but I think it's just from tension. I might have even pulled something since it sort of feels like that. The pain is in a different place anyway, so it's not the same issue.

Since we got here back in the summer I've managed to  take part in two hikes with the local naturalist group. They're a really great bunch of people and the hikes were a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to taking pare in more of those activities in the future. I'm also toying with the idea of joining the local acting group. I haven't done any acting since school, but I think it would be nice to get back into it. I'm also 44 days away from completing the 365 challenge on Flickr. Hurrah!

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Hey everyone, we're just getting settled in the new house and we won't have internet hooked up now until the 5th. Just figured I'd post here to let you all know I haven't died or anything. I'll make sure to post about whats been going on when I get some time after our lifeline gets hooked up. Until then I hope all is well with you guys!