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Has been great in every aspect so far.....I biked 100% of the way to work and back, despite the clunking noise still being there and getting help every so often from Shavon w/ my other machine since Countryside was being a bitch! But then I just had 2 easy inserts from 9:30-3:17. My quads are sore but not as bad as my earlier workouts! Doing some of #rippedin30 tonight and stretching some more too. My kettlebell DVD came today so this Thursday ( or Wednesday after my early shift), I am getting my 2nd workout in for the week.
There were a couple armed robberies the night before last and 1 was downtown w/ ppl leaving Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at 11 PM. So yesterday, there was an armed robbery attempt at Alpine Bank, in which the suspect opened fire by shooting into the ceiling and fired at the security guard, who then fired back killing the suspect. I am wondering if this will make the National news feeds somewhere. There was also a car chase in which cops here thought a murder suspect was getting away last night. The car crashed and the guy was caught. He was not the suspect though but ran for another reason.

Until my DVD comes, I am going to do 2 days this weekend of Day 2 #rippedin30 and yoga, and also do measurements too ( but idk how to get thighs smaller, mine building muscle tend to get bigger). I am also taking my bike in to Kegel's later today too. Next week, a cold snap is coming ( well instead of 50 like today, it's going to be low 30's) so I want to burn as many calories as I can biking ( yesterday was 90% biking both ways).

It is kind of frustrating trying to just pick a town in WA. All the research and compromises.....

Cleaning and other stuff....

I am currently watching The Fault In Our Stars. It seems good and the 2 characters just finished talking about the book/author and how he ended the book. I like that they are both into reading. This week, I hope to get my library card renewed ( last week was just too cold ), get a new Brad Thor book and The Lord of The Flies ( ironically, Scorpion was referencing it this past ep).

Cleaning: I have cleaned under both my dressers, my fitness corner is now all organized in a bin and my mtb is now in my brother's room. I feel like doing 30 hammer curls and tricep presses today along w/ some yoga stuff today.....

My Mom as you know, is into reality shows ( claims it's for the human behavior aspect but I think she likes all the drama which I find incredibly extremely stupid). She is now into The Bachelor and keeps saying how it's fascinating, the girls are stupid, the guy says the same corny lines, etc. I'm like I'm not into it but I am pretty close to wanting to say I willl NEVER be into these stupid ass shows, you can talk about it but stop trying to get ME to watch it!!!

When you really love a woman......

Is what has been in my head all day today! I love that Bryan Adams song hehe! Good tie in w/ how Cain and Emma feel for each other:)! I like Kristen and Muriel together too, but Ali did this book differently w/ the emphasis being on the crime aspect of Cain's business and little on love scenes ( and even then they were even different too, like some of the later books). Hoping Flashback is better and an author I will start to follow too.

The weekend was good. I got a 5 lb kettlebell, a balance board and some workout clothes! I looked into kettlebell DVD's and although my girl Jillian has 1, some commenters were questioning her form and wondering if she was really using the 20 lb KB and so I found this chick, Sarah Laurie and she has like 8 different DVD's ( 2 on KB) and I opted for her 2 workout DVD called the Iron Core Way: Kettlebell or something for $7 including shipping!..

Monday was an inch of ice so I erred on the side of caution and got a ride into work. I ended up being over in WA2 w/Eliza and man, not only was it not, but I missed 1 flag and then TBB thought we ( me, Eliza, Greg and my biking buddy) were all nuts or something since we saw the lights flash in WA4 and then the horn sounded signaling changing of the pallets. Well we did that despite only having a layer on our skid and then 5 mins later, we get told not to change skids. TBB comes over, hears our side and whips out the computer sheet print out and basically says how it's impossible that we heard the horn since it's not to go off til a half hour later.

Got in 8 hours and a nice toasty bus ride home.

Today was really good for biking! I rode 10 1/2 blocks out of 12 since while it was wet and semi icy out still, it was also high 30's. D came back to work today and I told Keira I was disappointed when he didn't call lunch. I had 2 easy machines, got in 20 cycling planks, 20 peleas and 40 mountain climbers and rode home after my 7 hour shift. I ziptied my seat shut once home since I saw my previous one broke off and then lowered my seat a little ( so my sweats stop catching on it) and hopefully Friday, that clunking noise will have stopped or else a trip to Kegel's is needed.

I am ready to get back on the exercise routine I had before T.P.! That and w/ #TeamHoda's coverage this month will be motivating too. I hope to do my 3 days of biking, 2 days of kettlebell workouts ( 1 day combo of Day 2 of #rippedin30), 1 rest day and 1 yoga day/#rippedin30 Day 2. I also have slacked on my not eating out so much so tonight's Italian beef sandwich, fries and a Coke are my treat for this week. My rice crisps are surprisingly not that bad!
I biked about 70% of the way to work which is pretty damn good considering it was 2 out! David ended up returning to work today and it was nice since he was actually conversing w/ me. We had a nice early day w/hardly any green lights! Biking home was a different story. Idk why but that stupid noise comes back and it just annoys me to the point where I don't want to ride. I am going to try one last time to get the guard off.

I am going to Five Below tomorrow to get a couple fitness items. The Devil's Due and FD 5 came today! I just watched a couple of Venice season 4 eps again today and I honestly do not know who I want Ani to be w/! I mean Lara has her issues and what she did to Gina, etc but she seems so genuine in her love of Ani but then so does Gina! Can't wait for the DVD of season 5!

8:17 PM: OK so I want her to pick Gina. I loved what Sarah said to her after Guya left.
I walked my bike this morning since there was ice. I saw CARTS guy biking slowly on the other side of the street on the sidewalk but he must have still been sick or something since he left to go home before 8. I had 2-3 machines all day but after lunch, D ended up coming over w/ 1 of Thomas' inserts and then all of a sudden, I had 4 machines on all going full blast!! I was like how did D know I was going to McD's for dinner????

I told my Mom my WA/OR plans today and she's on board. Dk how she will feel about needing the U Haul or my bikes and pets coming but we'll talk more later.

Back at work, I was asked to help do a mailing and my only stipulation was I am either the bagger or strapper. I choose bagger but instead of putting the mailbags into gurney's or carts, they had to be stacked Jenga style onto skids.

Got in 8.65 hours, walked the bike to McD's, met my homeless 'friend' whom I have seen and spoken to about 5x, anyways, he brought up how I am always walking my bike and I started to defend and justify some stuff, but then I was like why?? Who's this dude? I just ate my food, got my bike, walked it a block to Walgreens where I got my ACT Restoring stuff and gum for work and walked it the rest of the way home since there were 30 MPH winds out!

I am going to have a blast tomorrow and Thursday watching the rest of season 4 ( not 3) of The Foster's and going back to some s3 eps and then Venice!!!!!!! Doing the dogs' toes, picking up my dog's meds and maybe going to Walmart during my 2 days off.....

Oh, you know that 815 magazine my paper does? Well it turns out they were charging ppl for it in their subscription and not telling them about it except for after the fact (and in fine print crap) and it has been on the news and even the BBB were getting calls over it!
I forgot about my Venice DVDs coming, probably by Tuesday ( it's in WI right now!) so Wednesday will be dedicated to that instead of going to the movies. This Lions/Seahawks game just finally started getting interesting by getting points on the board!

Yep, need a lower gear!

I really tried this morning to bike but after 2 blocks, I was breathing heavy, my hands were getting seriously frozen and my eyelashes were freezing to my beanie from the moisture from said breathing and my 2 jacket hoods were causing my helmet and beanie to shift from time to time, so walking it I did in -1 degree temps w/ windchill at -16. My knees are sore as hell and so hopefully the newer gear will help w/ that too. Work, however, was better but I didn't even try to bike home since it was 2 w/ windchill at -12!

I am soo just watching movies and certain Playoffs this weekend! Thank God, Monday is going to be regular normal temps of 20's and 40's! Might go see Hidden Figures this Wednesday:)! I ordered Final Destination 5 film DVD combo pack, Flashback by Dawn Carter and The Devil's Due ( the 6th book in the Cain/ Emma series:)!. I am getting really pissed off w/ Open Book Productions. My Venice DVD's say shipped but tracking just says the info was sent to the USPS carrier and the last scan was Jan 4th. No uh, it's in San Francisco or on the way to Indiana, is it just going to scan once it's in my town???

I did have a cool idea for a Beacon Hill ep. Since Kate is a runner and the show is set in Boston....I thought it'd be cool to see her in the Boston Marathon, not getting hurt but being in the blast zone w/ minor injuries and then having to be on the lookout for the suspects as the manhunt ensued, wondering if she's in danger, and then seeing Sara's POV of worrying about Kate, wondering if she was there, wanting her to be safe, both wanting to see the other, etc or better yet, having them as a couple while all this happens and Sara's in Boston too.
Tuesday was good, semi easy and not too long (8.5 hrs). I rode 98% of the way to work which surprised me. On the way home, after walking it up the hill to my flat 11 blocks, I biked alongside CARTS guy and he was making fun of my pulsing spotlight hehe, but I think he liked that it lit his presence half a block in front of him as I was at the end of the block. I noticed some ' weakness' in my nerve going along the bottom of my arm while at work, so after my early 'light' pick up meal at McD's, I did some arm exercises w/ my dumb bells. The City, police and Mayor's 'action' towards all the violence lately ( including 11 shootings since the start of the New Year) is that the community has to step up and come forward w/ info to catch the criminals.....So no help w/ prevention or frisking known thugs for weapons or drugs like in Cali, but help after the fact....

David Blaine's special was great!

Wednesday- yay, Today show did the Fitness Challenge update today!! I took my green resistance band ( the 1 my Mom is to help w/, it affects bottom nerve) and tied it to my other 2 ones so now I can hit 4 areas ( shoulder blade, bottom nerve of arm, inner nerve and outside nerve, also muscles/ tendons too) and do it all myself. 4 degrees outside so definitely taking my thermals and insulated jacket ( could have used my vest the other night since it was 28 instead of my earlier 35!).

I opted for the vest so to not overheat. It is REALLY hard biking w/8 degrees and a windchill but I did bike for 70% on my way to work. Marques was making fun of my chili dogs from BK! The press was down for a half hour so I occupied my time by sweeping. I had to do what Marques does w/ this month's River Cities and I was walking between my 8 machines apart insert and the hopper, not sweating and running like him hehe. I joked w/ Thomas afterwards saying the chili dogs gave me energy hehe. I helped restack half a layer of RC since it toppled over as Derek was trying to put it on the lift to be wrapped.

I got in 3.72 hrs since Eliza and everyone else got to leave an hour earlier, but Thomas and I had to stay to finish Express, which for some reason, the last 2 layers had issues 3x! I walked my bike home since it's hard biking in thermals w/ tired legs and I might ask Kegel's if they add cogs to chainrings since my bike could benefit greatly w/another gear.

I watched Beacon Hill when I got home and don't get the review that the HuffPost gave it. I hope next season we get longer episodes and some revelation that Kate and Sara are still in love w/ each other and then action too hehe,

Today, the kids have been here since 10 this morning. Their kitchen is being worked on and it's also the entrance for the bathroom. I went to Walmart today ( braved the high of low teen temps) and spent about an hour just standing in the customer service line to return my Nightmare on Elm Street collection and then later, standing in 1 of the 4 open lanes! Everybody was there hehe, waiting behind 4 ppl already in line, better today than Saturday when it's Playoffs AND -1 out! I missed out on the Final Destination 5 pack ( even had a guy go check in the back) but did score Crocodile Dundee 1 and 2, Ghostbusters 1 and 2, Jumping Jack Flash, Terminator 2, Overboard and Nightmare Before Christmas and only had to pay $6 of my own $!

I got some dinners/ snacks and I am hoping my brown rice that I am going to mix in w/ my white rice and my Bear Naked Sweet Honey granola clusters cereal will( and be a good sub for my Just Bunches) be good for my fitness workouts,etc. I got Team Hoda and next week, they'll hopefully show the workouts on my day off, in addition to posting their meals and exercises online.

There was a shooting just down the street from me as I was at Walmart. It was by Rockford Plaza which is 1 block past Logli's/ Kegel's. Yeah, time to maybe kick up the savings amount to move. I hope those 4 Chicago Facebook Live adults get the max and get the hate crimes attached to their sentences too! Psychopaths torture and torment and they might have killed that young man if that neighbor didn't call the cops!

Errands downtown

I decided to walk to do my errands downtown ( $ Tree, lunch stop, bus station and library). It was nice out mostly (35, cloudy but hardly any wind) and I just can't justify lugging my big bike out for a 2 mile ride + the bus terminal is too tempting for ppl re: my bike. I think my 2 hrs outside burned off my McD's lunch. The library was closed but I was able to go to the other 2 places and get what I needed.

I hate to 'profile' but on my way back, I saw this black guy about to cross the street as I was on the last block to the post office, he turned and saw me. I get to the crosswalk by the post office and the guy is waiting beside me. He then asks my name and I give him my real name, whereas he gives me a nickname. He then crosses against the light and then starts looking behind him to see if I am still there. He does this for a block. I decide to go around to the other side of a building on the next block over and he either gets the hint or goes to the other side of the street, but when I get around, I don't see him.

Really glad I didn't have my fat tire w/ me. I really want to watch Beacon Hill again!
I biked down the sidewalk of the elementary school on my way to just Walgreens since it was freezing out AND windy as hell too! The back tire is either making a noise separate from just the sound of the wider tire/ more rubber on the pavement or it is the chain or both, or something else entirely. Glad I had my facemask in my backpack for the way back!

Beacon Hill was really good ( loved the Yankees/ Red Sox bedroom scene for 2 reasons:)) and I heard about a season 2 but dk if it was delayed or scrapped.

Work, bike tinkering and UFC

I need to have my Mom help me w/ the stem! It is really hard to turn when it is not perfectly aligned and it might help w/overall pedaling too. I love my new light and have started turning off my other light on my way home now. Work yesterday was long!

Did 9.5 hours, talked w/ Marques over IceHogs prices but when he heard about their latest security changes, thinks maybe it's not worth it. I also talked w/ B a lot since she was helping me out bc her machines only came on for 40 mins (but not til way after lunch) and she's finally going to take an active approach in losing weight. She's going to join the Y for the pool and walking track, maybe join WeightWatchers and I was trying to give her food tips that she might find helpful.

I gave up biking back home after 2 blocks. Took me an hour to get home so yeah, definitely want it fixed hehe. Came home, watched the crappy prelims of UFC 207 before watching the main fight card containing like 5 fights all together, including Rhonda Rousey's return after being gone for a year. Idk why she got a straight shot to the Title instead of having to go up the ladder like everyone else. I liked Cody Gabrant ( sp?) and TJ Dillashaw's fights the best.

Then it was time for the main event and man, I couldn't believe it. It was like Rousey had never fought before! She blocked one punch which ended up landing, and then the 6-8 punches afterwards were neither blocked or defended w/ punches of her own and was rocked, stumbling around before Herb Dean was like alright, that's it! I was going to bike downtown to deposit the $30 for the UFC split but remembered I want to take out $40, so I will just get a bus pass downtown, stop at Walgreens and get cash back. Getting snacks today for myself since the kids are sleeping over again. I am watching Beacon Hill today damnit!!!
Going in depth I mean! I hope I have the stem figured out ( and if not, taking my Allen key for tomorrow). I need to get better conditioned in regards to biking and winter conditions. I mean, I was breathing hard, getting a runny nose, fogging up my beanie and facemask and getting a pain in my ribs before walking the bike a block before getting back on. I felt like I knew what winter biking in Co must feel like re: thin air! I might decide to do a day of walking weekend errands by bike this weekend.....
I hope my Venice series ships soon! I am giving them until Thursday before I get pissed and stop being understanding hehe. I need to get better conditioning re: fat biking. I rode it 90-95% today both ways and it just sucks since while Eliza saw me on the way in on the bike, CARTS guy saw me walking it through a crosswalk on my way home. It's hard in the morning since my legs aren't ready for all that hard pedaling and then after work, my legs are tired, etc. I hope filling up my tires fully today and adjusting the stem will help w/ Thursday and maybe time to regrease too.

Maybe I could do little upgrades to 'lighten' the pounds of the bike? Maybe drilling holes into the rims or getting lighter pedals???

Check out my new great light! This is right in the AM and biking home today at 4, my strobing light was very visible off the road so 6:30 PM will be all bright, baby!

Things about me and NY Resolutions

I like history, from Greek/Roman/Ancient Chinese/Japanese periods of time to WWII. I like watching specials about the Unabomber, DB Cooper, Easter Island, any cave system or secret bunker stuff and certain nature/animal shows. My Mom is happy w/ just getting rid of her Sunday Ticket next week and ESPN after Feb.

My Resolutions are just more of what last year's was but getting in better riding shape, saving $40-$60/ month and getting in at least 1 hike/ month in summer months. I am very happy and proud that I have not backslid into anything w/ykw for almost 2 years now. Today will be my 2nd time doing my new workout/ stretches and I will try to do it 3-4x/week. Fat going should be good this week for 90-100% riding since the warm up today has melted a lot of the sidewalk snow and I get to test out my new light ( the tail light is on my Specialized).

Today's agenda!

Let out some of the PSI in tires
Use scrub brush on wheels and rims to clean it and get the salt off so it can go in the house for a few days rather than in the lobby.
Maybe put other extra clothes in my bin after fixing my garment hanger using trusty, stablizing? duck tape?
Use my ab wheel for one set of 20 reps and do Yoga for Cycling stretches for my back and knees ( slush is killer! I know what Lindsey Vonn goes through when she scholoms!).

12:29 PM: I just got done doing my stretches and I feel great! I did the Table Top ( plank position where you move right arm and left together together, hold for 5 breaths and then switch sides, I did 15 of them. It is a move I do in #rippedin30 too but holding weights), advanced table top ( move your neck down to chest to stretch neck muscles too), forearm plank and cycling plank ( high plank position, bring knee to nose or as close as ya can hehe, hold for 5-10 breaths and switch). I did 20 for each. I stretched my hamstrings, glutes, upper back, TVA, neck muscles, upper and lower arms, AB muscle stretch and worked on ab muscles too w/ a stretch and 10 ab wheel reps! I also did knee circles, pigeon pose and my 3 in 1 leg tendon/ muscles stretch too.

This New Year's Eve movie is pretty good! I found out yesterday that Marques is a big Jm Carrey and Will Ferrell fan. I was proud and happy that I remembered Will Ferrell's character's name in Talladega Nights despite only seeing previews. I had to tell the new guy, Thomas, that I don't date coworkers not am I attracted to anyone at work ( after discussing hobbies and Christmas plans, he asked about my bf). If he persists, I will say I don't date ppl w/ kids ( he has 2 little ones and a 3rd, dk her age).
Fat biking was a little better today. We got snow again and it was snowing as I biked most of the way home ( stopped at McD's for a cheap dinner). I am going to tweak the stem, take out some of the air in my tires to get better traction and try to attach my rack too for next week. I came home from my 8.5 shift, shoveled the walk and driveway and then wrapped my Mom's gifts up.

I am really looking forward to my Venice show. From what I have seen in various scenes, Ani and Gina kiss and make love differently than Ani and Lara, when they get back together,etc. Her and Gina are passionate but slow, savoring the action of kisses or love making while her and Lara's kisses aren't as deep.
Today was ok. Fat biking was ok today. I find it hard going through the slush so walk it I do. We got a nice holiday work lunch today and got out just an hour after we predicted hehe. I just ordered seasons 1-4 of Venice and thought I saw season 5 ( but it was season 4). Season 5 is $35 though so I am hoping for a cheaper DVD version soon. Haha, the mayor just had his lights out vs lights in stats debated. The news just aired a story about this WI guy who was stabbed to death today over on 6th St. and the neighbor said crime happens there bc it's pitch black ( due to Morrissey's taking the street lights out).

Oooh yeah!

Just watched some Otalia and GiAni vids as I was searching for The Grove episodes. Man, I am soo getting Venice seasons 1-4 and season 5 soon after. I reported the unshoveled sidewalks from the tattoo place on E State and 9th to the McD's on E State and Jefferson to the city. Businesses are required to shovel 24 hours after a snow storm ( ours was Saturday?) and this was this morning. I even mentioned this guy w/ a walker ( I found his glove for him) and how he had to go in the street to get to the crosswalk where I was since he couldn't go through the slush of the sidewalk.

The end of fat biking.....For now.

Yeah, today pretty much sucked re: fat biking. Lots of snow plowed tracks blocking crosswalks and then 6" snow covered medians which were hard maneuvering a big wheeled bike and myself through. I just hate to think if I had a walker or wheelchair. My feet were frozen for both treks through medians as snow got into my shoe. I am going to walk to work until I see improvement enough to try again. Need to remember winter BOOTS tomorrow before I leave work. Work today was nice, got Christmas cookies and my 3 machines turned into 2 by 9 AM and then just 1 right before lunch for a 9 hour shift.

My Mom and I decided to just do antenna TV in January( Our satellite has been kaput since Saturday and the dude can't get here til Wednesday to fix the dish). There is a crime show channel on the 9 basic channels, it resembles the ID station and I have DVD's and Hulu/Netflix.


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