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so, the rundown

let's see... last week, i did indeed drive down to norfolk for no particular reason other than a vague desire to drive and wanting to see my parents. an ostensible corollary goal was to see genie and maybe her parents, but that didn't end up working out. i basically hung out around the old homestead and with my parents. we went to antique shops, the nursery (the kind with plants, ya ninny), and a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at ODU. i bought a class ring, an old letter jacket, and a horrifically ugly barrel chair at the antique shops. i saw a tiny frog as small as the tip of my thumb at the nursery which my dad rescued by putting it back in the grass. the production of JCS was fun, i had always wanted to see it on stage, however the singing was a bit strained and i had some problems with what the director did. my parents enjoyed it though, which was the big surprise. there was one seat left between me and the next group of people and some pleasant guy about my age sat in it. of course, my mother immediately started whispering to me how lucky it was that the cute guy sat next to me, and wasn't he cute, etc. SIGH.

as always, when i go home, i return with a deep sense of well-being and groundedness. i got to listen to some old music that i really like and had forgotten about - my cassette of this band melted long ago - and went through some boxes that yielded some interesting personal history finds. i wouldn't be surprised if some portions of the letters i found that i had written to dale before i left for college found their way on here in a 'oh my god, i can't believe i said this' way. reading the bits i read was like watching a train wreck; watching me set myself up for a fall. i had a nervous breakdown the first week of college. i didn't really recover for... years, i'd say. so it's really precious to me to have this direct snapshot of my mental state immediately before everything fell apart. even if it's not flattering.

pet peeve of the day: people who put on lipstick or makeup right at the table in the middle of the restaurant. it pisses me off for 2 reasons: reason one, EW. reason two, why the hell is it so urgent to cover yourself up with goop AS SOON AS the goop has come off for something practical like eating? i mean, it's so urgent you can't wait 2 minutes to go to the bathroom, or 10 minutes until you're in your car alone, not where people are eating? and news flash: you may have to eat again, the goop will just come off again. sheez. i have had occasions where i have had to re-apply, but i usually try to demurely slip off to the bathroom. it's WHY they came up with the expression 'i have to powder my nose'.

the past few days have been right fine. i took last night off of work because i had not slept; i wouldn't have survived the night. my cat got toenail clippers and a laser pointer as a reward for undergoing the toenail clipping. although, he purred through it, so it wasn't so bad. since sunday afternoon, happiness rules. i should just say the things on my mind all the time; it's not as difficult as i sometimes think it is.

there's a concert i am not going to tomorrow. i am sad yet ok about it. there will be other opportunities for synchronous musical joy... (synchronous is not the work i am looking for... it's like, partnerial, but yet that isn't a word. what word am i looking for?)

have you seen Milo and Otis? you should. i have the opening song in my head. at least it's replaced the kipper song. sigh. the dog with a slipper.

i have also decided that a respectable goal to accomplish the idea of physical fitness is found in the admission requirements for officer training school for the military. they expect the follwing of someone of my age and gender: 50 situps in 2 minutes, 17 push-ups in 2 minutes, and a 2 mile run in 20:30. i will officially see how close i can get to this this week. probably nowhere near. i get winded running up the stairs. if anyone is interested in trying this with me, more power to them, i'll be working on it when i get off work or at approximately that time on my weekends. most normal people are working then, though.


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Mar. 12th, 2002 03:47 am (UTC)
physical fitness
We should totally work out together...might even be able to drag fil along if we want him (don't worry - he's just as out of shape as us - trust me).
Mar. 12th, 2002 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: physical fitness
hey, it's all about the logistics! is it convenient for me to stop by after work? or vice versa on days when i'm off and you're on? i'd be glad to have help and encouragement. :)
Mar. 12th, 2002 04:57 am (UTC)
I lovelovelove JC Superstar - one of my alltime favorites. So funky. So hip. So NOT Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (he should have never dumped Tim Rice).

Good luck with the PT thing - being fit BEFORE going to OTS would be a definate feather in your cap.
Mar. 12th, 2002 05:15 am (UTC)
I really just want to know if I can hack it... I'm not going to OTS, but I'll never know if I could unless I try. :) I'm pretty sure I couldn't even RUN for 20 minutes, let alone run TWO MILES in 20 minutes...

Yes... I really like JCS. Honestly, I had not even read the original story in the Bible before I saw the musical. Now I just need to see Godspell and see if I like that. :)
Mar. 12th, 2002 06:04 am (UTC)
Godspell is great in a You're a Good Man Charlie Brown sorta way. Or at least, that's how I remember it - it's been eleven years since I saw it.
Mar. 12th, 2002 06:07 am (UTC)
That word...
Mar. 12th, 2002 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: That word...
ooh... perfect. i thought the word i was looking for started with a 'c', but the definition for this one on m-w.com fits the bill. thanks!!!
Mar. 12th, 2002 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: That word...

Maybe you were thinking of complementary? Then again, I don't know why I'm still trying when you liked the last one...
Mar. 12th, 2002 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: That word...
i think synergistic is closer to what i was trying to express than complementary, but i think complementary was the original word i was looking for. it was co-something. i want to go to a concert with her and enjoy it together! is what i am saying! la!
Mar. 12th, 2002 08:58 am (UTC)
(1) Serendipitously, I just received a copy of the original cast "Godspell" recording for my birthday. I've only seen the play once, it's unmitigatedly goofy, but the music is big fun and quite singable.
(2) Guilty as charged re: lipstick. I guess I should get more suave about it. But I wear makeup like once every other month and I still feel it's this culture that I am foreign to, but I try my hand at it every once in a while as a gesture of goodwill. Or something.
(3) You could get one of those little pedometer things. If you go running, I mean, to see how far you go. Personally running bores me to tears...fortunately it is almost tennis season again!
(4) There is no #4.
Mar. 12th, 2002 07:09 pm (UTC)
1) awesome! we could watch it sometime! ... next month, hee :)
2) DOH! i'm sorry! i was just at the Hard Times Cafe happily eating my burger and this woman was slopping on lipstick and it momentarily felt incongruous with my eating.
3) i have one! somewhere. in all this shit. sigh!
4) ok.
Mar. 13th, 2002 08:28 am (UTC)
Oops, I wasn't specific enough. I only got the soundtrack to Godspell, not the actual performance. I have no idea if that's even available. The play itself doesn't do that much for me. I hate clowns, see.
Mar. 15th, 2002 03:54 pm (UTC)
Fitness test.
I am down with the fitness goal, and I will be happy to work on it with you. Actually, there was a time when I could meet the situp and pushup goals, but I have never been able to do the running, even when I was a championship martial artist with an incredible endurance. I'm just plain not built for running. But, I have learned that I can be better physically than I ever was (I wear a smaller size than I did when I was an athlete; I was eating total crap back then), so who knows? Maybe I can do it. We may not be able to work out at the same time, but that's okay. We can hook up like maybe once or twice a month, maybe, and check progress. I need a good fitness goal to work on.

Back in the 80's, they still had women doing wussy women's-pushups for the military tests. Is that still the case? I kind of find that offensive. I think that women should be held to the same standards as men in the military. Creating different standards for women is harmful in SO many ways. I have a rant brewing about this, but I'll spare you right now. ;)
Mar. 17th, 2002 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Fitness test.
I think that's a terrific idea. I will let you know how I'm progressing in the beginning stages. The push-ups are the same style according to the web site for both men and women.

I completely agree about the different standards... as you can probably imagine.

I will email you later re. progress and coordination.
Mar. 19th, 2002 04:27 am (UTC)
The Ultimate Goal
Hey, you wanna know what my *real* fitness goal is? I want to be able to do unassisted pull-ups, damn it. The first half of this goal was getting my weight down, so that it was feasible for me to pull up my body weight. I'm pretty much there (I'm, like, 7 pounds above my goal weight). Now, I'm working on my arms. At the gym, there are assisted-pull up machines. I like them a lot, because they enable you to work your way up to real pull-ups. Trust me, though, I've got a LONG way to go. I currently need 100 lbs of assistance. D'oh! I suck. :)
Mar. 23rd, 2002 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: The Ultimate Goal
the problem with pull-ups is that you almost have to be in a gym to work on them. i would like to go aheaad and add that to my goals, but i don't really have access to an assisted pull-up machine :-/ and you DON'T suck!!! getting 7 pounds above your goal weight is something most people only dream of.
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