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So I settled in for a fine evening of back recovery last night. (After 45 minutes of kittykat waste removal, which you don't want to hear about...) I took the muscle relaxants the doc gave me and prepared to be stuporous. Since the drugs pretty much voided my chances of being able to concentrate on Victorian lit, I turned to the tv. First up: America's Biggest Losers. I won't even bother to link to it; let's just say it's the show where the teams lose weight and people get voted off the island blahblah. There are also 2 team leaders in the form of perky aerobics instructor types. (The blue team gets a boy and the red team gets a girl, don't ya know!) The show is about 2% compelling examination of the human psyche and 98% horrifying, cringe inducing fatsploitation. I kept having to turn the channel away like I was watching a horror movie. Unfortunately everything on every other channel was ridiculous drivel as well. Finally 9pm came, and I was able to switch to the real meat of the evening, House. I was all, what? A prime time show with Hugh Laurie? Sign me up!!! And then I watched it. Well, most of it, by the end I was flipping around a little bit. It's not Hugh's fault at all; he does a great job, even if listening to him speaking in an U.S. english accent is jarring like nails on a chalkboard. The script is just weak. It has potential, but unless my back is hurt again, I won't be going out of my way to watch it. If I need a Laurie fix I'll just get some Jeeves & Wooster. Finally before I gave up and went for the Victorian Lit anyways, I tried to watch a new episode of NYPD Blue. I didn't even realize this show was still on. Once I realized they were abusing Medavoy and that Sipowicz and Clark are still having the exact same stilted dialogue they were 4 years ago, I just turned the beast off and went to bed.

Oh, and Iron Jawed Angels was, despite being Sex&theCity-fied, still able to reduce me to blubbering. It also reminded me how ignorant I am about certain historical facts.

I feel as though my skull is full of cottonballs and my back still hurts. When this is better, I am going back to Curves; it should not be this easy to injure my back.

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msteleute
Nov. 17th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
OMG I've missed something, how did you get injured?!!!
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC)
I don't even know - my back just started hurting the other day! I went to the doc basically only to make sure I didn't have somethign serious going on like a herniated disc or something crazy.
examorata
Nov. 17th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, and seconded! I don't remember hearing about a back injury!
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I think the case is that my back is weak and injures easily. Once I am better, it's back to Curves for me.
angela_la_la
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yoga helped mine a ton, because I have the same stupid back-made-of-tissue-paper back you seem to. I mean, exercise and strength stuff is good too, but I couldn't even do a lot of the strength exercises until I got more flexible, particularly in my hamstrings. They often have a pretty direct correlation to how strong your lower back is.
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yoga would be cool. I am just so whiny, and want someone to gooo wiiiith meeee! I need to find a class that is inexpensive and filled with cute punk girls.
angela_la_la
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC)
I don't take classes, I just learned from an ex-roommate who was pretty knowledgeable, but I think he might have learned from a book! Anyway, I pretty much just put a CD on and go through the exercises which I know help my back, and if I have time after that I do the other ones. I so don't do anything in the right order. ;) At the very least, I try every day to lay on my back and pull my legs up to my chest for a few minutes, then to do a traction-y thing where I lay with my ass against the wall and my legs pointing upwards (it helps I can do this in bed before I get up). Seems to help quite a bit.
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent - thanks for the tips - I will look into it. I know SOMEONE on my friends list can recommend a book or tape or something they like.
examorata
Nov. 17th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
I actually really enjoyed "House." Maybe it was just seeing something kinda different on TV, maybe it was Hugh Laurie popping vicodin every .2398 seconds, I dunno. I will probably watch for a few weeks to see if it evens out and makes the other characters more interesting. And has less "incredible voyage" we-are-flying-through-the-human-body nonsense.
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
I must have snoozed through parts of it or something! I was just going to make a likewise comment on your post, hehe. I am perhaps not giving it a fair shake, because fitting so much character development is not easy in a one hour opener. But something like, say, Lost, did it so much better and for so many more characters. I guess I just didn't see anything new here.

And why couldn't House have just been British? The accent drove me batshit!
rackletang
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
Seconded on the accent thing. Why can't the man have his accent???
examorata
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was all weird. When he started talking I was like, "Buh?"
examorata
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
ANOTHER thing I missed was: when did you guys actually get TV? I don't remember hearing about that one!
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, we've always had a tv. I have one that Telf is using and Jack had one that was in storage. We just don't have cable, so everything we watch is networks or public access, as well as a little fuzzy. :)
examorata
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. Foolish me for no longer being able to distinguish between broadcast and cable channels. Duh.
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
Foolish me for misreading "tv" as "a tv". Dur. Of course you knew we had a tv - you visited! I am still groggy I think. :)
examorata
Nov. 17th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes, I knew you had a TV. I have in fact been to your house a number of times by this point. But heck, I can't blame you - it's almost 1 p.m. and *I'm* still groggy. =)
thus_spoke_zara
Nov. 17th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
Curves as in the exercise place?

Because the owner uses a portion of the profits to contribute to either passively or actively anti-choice organisations. The link is to an article that printed a correction about an original claim that he gave a bunch of money to actively anti-choice organisations. Even if the correction is true, the information within it comes from the CEO and his spokesman. Plus, the stuff within the correction is still pretty bad.

snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Here's the post I wrote on why I won't quit Curves back when the whole hubbub started. Let me know what you think, if you like, I am open to hearing everyone's points of view - but here's mine. :-/
thus_spoke_zara
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oops! I done went and missed that post.
I totally didn't mean to come off as preachy. I just didn't know if you knew.

I definitely hate gyms. That's why I join the YMCA. I worked for the Y for four years and I know they put their money to good use. They offer low cost child care to working parents -- many of whom are single moms -- and low cost membership to low-income families.

Their equipment is usually not state of the art, but I love the atmosphere. It's very family friendly and I've never felt judged for the fact that I'm not in perfect shape.

I have a long-standing love affair with the Y.
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
Dammit, the closest Y is still miles and miles away from both work and home. WTH!
msteleute
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad the Y was mentioned. For some reason I never thought of it as a resource. There's one in E.C and it's open until 9:45 pm during the week and it has weekend hours. Lars and I were just mentioning how we need to join something and Columbia gyms are so expensive. I'm going to call tonight about the rates. I'm suprised there isn't one in Laurel or Annapolis!!
snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
I put in 20708 and the nearest one was in Bowie :P
salami_salome
Nov. 17th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
Aigh no! I demand that you be pain free this instant.
I have to tell you that I can sympathize with what it's like to try to read Middlemarch while hopped up on narctics; I had my wisdom teeth out halfway through my Victorian lit class.
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snidegrrl
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
"I know he sexually harassed his assistant and told you ridiculous things about your personal life, but he's the best doctor we have!"

Also the sherlock holmsey stuff - "I noticed some little detail and have extrapolated a wild theory that happens to be correct!" it often made me roll my eyes, but that may have been a function of my cynical mood.

EEK. Rowland sighting! Was he wearing khaki pants and a blue button down shirt still?
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