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07 February 2012 @ 05:32 pm
Back From Portland  
Portland was great (gorgeous, even), the wedding was great, and I got to see lots of my family. All of my sibs were there except the sister who can't travel anymore, but her husband came. I also got to meet the groom's mother (wonderful), and many more of my sister's friends.

It was tiring, and the only time I had alone in three solid days was in the bathroom or while exercising, but well worth it.

I'd hoped to write my LJ Idol entry over the weekend, but the topic ("Current Events") proved too difficult while away from everything but occasional internet forays to the online version of our local newspaper. I didn't get much writing OR reading done, but there was a lot of visiting. :)

My sister's elliptical machine was at the other house, so my exercise consisted of using her spin-bike instead. I could not figure out how to raise the seat, so it wore me out faster than I expected. I made it through the first 3 episodes of Supernatural, S7, which I'd handily stored on my mini-laptop. My reactions ranged from "What, seriously?" to "Eh. Whatever..." much of the time. It's hard to accept that about a show I once loved so much.

Most everyone is doing well, though my Dad's driving has gotten a little scary. Apparently, his problems with his meds got worse for awhile (he was muddle-headed as well as dizzy), but my sister has gotten him off of one, updated another, and reduced the dose of a third. He had five different meds lowering his blood pressure (several as a side-effect), and now he has four that are doing a better job of it. So, he seemed really good apart from the driving.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. You're probably all looking forward to spring as much as I am!

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realpestilencerealpestilence on February 8th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time there. I'm envious of the spin bike-that would be great to have at home, and not have to go to the gym for it. I used to do spinning at LA Fitness for a while, and it's one of the few exercise regimes that I did enjoy enough to stick to.

We don't get much of a spring here. It's chilly to freezing, depending on how hard the winter is; a couple-few weeks of mild weather, and then it's back to roasting hell for the next 9 months or so. Florida weather is just one more thing about the place that's not what it used to be. D:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
I actually prefer using my real bike-- I have a track stand for it that you clamp the back wheel into. But I'm not sure how much it would hold up to spinning (as in, "running" on the pedals and such) vs. regular riding. I just like that it fits my body, and keeps the muscles strong for when I can ride outside.

But I'll bet my sister likes not having to go to the gym. She has a treadmill, too, and eventually that elliptical will come over from the other house. The exercise equipment is in a large utility room, which right now has half the tools for working on the new house in it, too. But eventually, it'll be a nice-sized home-gym with room for some other stuff. :)

Argh, so your springs are really brief, then. Fall, too?

Sacramento usually gets at least 4-6 weeks of those seasons, sometimes longer. But in Illinois, it always seemd as if you might get only 2-3 weeks between really long winters and summer. Bleh!

realpestilencerealpestilence on February 8th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
If it were a racing bike, it would hold up; but I don't think a regular street bike would be good for that. It would be a tad awkward to use it for spinning, and then have it crumble under you out on the street, some long ride. o.0

We have a gym on campus, with regular machines. I've never been in there, and keep meaning to check it out, but...meh. It's hard to do it by yourself, I liked having the classes with encouraging company.

Our falls are equally short, sadly. Our seasons are basically roasting-little fall-about 3 months of winter (and it does get colder than people think, most years)-little spring-and then roasting again. Humidity practically yearlong.