Monday, September 22, 2008

monday's over, here comes tuesday...

Well, you will be happy to know that I went biking this morning. I'm back on the horse (again).

Was really hard to get up out of bed, too. I don't know why I was so tired. Oh, wait, I wasn't tired, I was lazy. Oh, yeah. :]

I took a new route this morning and I learned that I really need to get a headlight for my bike. I start biking at 6am and it doesn't get daylight until 6:30 am. I hit a complete black patch. I couldn't see the sidewalk or anything. I just kept hoping I was staying on the sidewalk and hoping there was nothing in the way that would throw me off my bike. Whew, there wasn't. A car came up from behind and lit up the sidewalk just in time for me to see a small branch across the sidewalk. It was a little one. Wouldn't have made me wreck or anything, but it sure would have scared me to death.

The dark patch didn't last too long. Maybe 30 seconds or so. Then there were street lights again. Things are going to start getting darker and darker earlier and earlier so I'm definitely getting a light for the front of my bike. I saw one at Kmart a few weeks ago that also had a tail light that lit up. That should do the trick.

The new route was challenging, but not horrible. There was only one part where I thought I was going to have to get off and walk. It was a steep uphill. Right in front of the graveyard. Man it was beautiful, though. There was a beautiful rosy sunrise with big red rays coming out of the grayish rosy clouds. Made all of the big oak trees rosy looking too. The sunrise was to my back by the time the sun started to come up, so I missed most of it, but I kept glancing back when I got a chance.

Only burned 717 calories, but I guess that's better than 600, right? I'm still not sure if my heart rate monitor is set up right. I have never figured out how to enter my age or weight or anything like that. Oh, well.

I had a great weekend. My birthday was last Friday (you remember, right?). But I couldn't celebrate it proper like with cake or anything, so we went to Logan's Steakhouse on Saturday I got one of their little mini desserts. They come in tiny little tin peanut buckets. They're like an inch and a half tall and maybe an inch around. So the desserts are like maybe 2 ounces. I got a nutter butter one. It was yummy and just the perfectly small splurge.

Sunday was so relaxing. After church, I had bad cramps so I laid on the couch and watched movies all afternoon. I saw this really good movie called Max starring John Cusack (one of my favorite actors). Was really a great movie. It was a fictionalized account of the relationship between Max Rothman, a Jewish art dealer, and a young (pre-politics) Adolf Hitler, just after WWI. The thing that made the movie so fascinating was the dynamic between the two of them. Max was coaching Adolf on how to enhance his artistic talents and how to put his passion and emotions onto the canvas. Adolf had not yet decided what he wanted to do with his life and was contemplating that maybe art was his path. Noah Taylor played Adolf. Probably his most famous role to date (and not that huge of a role) was playing Charlie's father on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also played the road manager in Almost Famous. But neither of those movies or roles were all that huge. Here's a good picture of him in character as the young artistic Adolf to the right. John Cusack was amazing in this role. One of his better performances. Here's a "close-up" video clip of the stars of the movie.

I'll update the 18 week challenge tomorrow. :]



Donna B said...

Sounds like you made a good choice with the dessert at your birthday dinner. Keep up the good work, glad you nack biking. I am heading out soon.....

Mark Salinas said...

Good job...small steps can lead to great results!

Deborah said...

Congrats on getting back on that horse!

Angie All The Way said...

I have a bike, so why aren't I getting up at 6a.m. to go out and use it like you?!

Thanks for the inspiration :-)