Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas cookies: the boy with the filthy laugh

That's the title of the new workout cd I made today.
I'm pretty happy with it, as I used medium-paced songs that are perfect for running on the eliptical, with lots of hand-claps and such for interest's sake. I didn't want to use anything too hard-paced during this cookie-scarfing season, as I don't feel like taking a heart attack. But I really must do something about the10 pounds that I managed to gain this year (without even trying! yay me), so that I can make room for the new Christmas fat.

Here's the playlist:
If I should fall from grace with god - the Pogues
Death of a tune - the Hidden Cameras
The boy with the arab strap - Belle and Sebastian
Paint it black - the Rolling Stones
La le la la - Kinnie Starr
Hello time bomb - Matthew Good Band
Car jamming - the Clash
This sentence will ruin/save your life - Born Ruffians
Senorita - James
Bones - Radiohead
Let's fall in love and run away from here - Ballboy
Shoulders and arms - Tokyo Police Club
There is power in a union - Billy Bragg

Strummerville - Stiff Little Fingers

Doot doot plot - the Hidden Cameras

The chimbley sweep - the Decemberists
The ballad of a lonely construction worker - Cuff the Duke
Skeleton key - Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
Sons and daughters - the Decemberists
Stay - the Ladies and Gentlemen

Graveyard - Chad VanGaalen
Macarena - Great Aunt Ida

If you are doing 45 minutes of cardio, it actually ends up perfectly with the cardio session ending with Strummerville, which is a fast-paced song, and I don't know about you, but I like to end the cardio part with a push.

If you want me to send you a copy to get you started on purging those Christmas excesses, let me know.

In the meantime, pass the shortbread.

Pitchfork has the story "Colbert cheats to victory over Decemberists!" and they have a link where you can watch the show in its entirety. If you haven't seen it, it's well worth the click.
I heard Cindy Klassen, Olympic medalist in speed skating and cycling, on CBC radio today. She had gone to Africa with cross-country ski Olympic medalist, Sara Renner, to do a doc on a program that allows kids in developing countries the opportunity to play and to be involved in sport. She actually donated her entire savings account to the effort, and hearing her passion and compassion made me want to be a better person.
I had actually asked for a goat for Christmas from Ten Thousand Villages, but if I don't get one, I'm going to go out after Christms and buy one myself. Or maybe a bunch of chickens.

No peaking and pass the turkey


Anonymous said...

Fantastic post! I don't start back to work until January 8 so I am therefore not starting any bloody diet until January 8!! Your workout CD sounds like just the ticket for stretching on the chesterfield with a glass of wine in one hand and plate piled high with cookies within easy reach of the other!!

Hope you and your family are having a blast! Those cookies of yours look darn good.

Allison said...

I'm going to steal your workout playlist (if you don't mind). I typically listen to Bloc Party while running, but that's getting a little old these days.

I do the Oxfam thing with most. I think everyone hates it though, but really for the cost of a cd you can get school supplies for a classroom for the entire year. Worth it in my mind.

Those cookies look darn good. We just ate a big meal, and topped it off with lemon squares...YUM! Enjoy your turkey and I hope Santa is good to ya :)

Karen said...

Hey Barbara, I'd love a copy of the CD if you wouldn't mind? I definately need some new tunes and also use an elliptical trainer! I managed to catch the Colbert Report episode yesterday on Comedy Network. Hilarious. Henry Kissinger...ha ha ha.

Have a great holiday!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't go back till the 8th either, Toccata, isn't it great? I don't ever diet, I just exercise more (and also get fatter). I do like your strategy for the holidays - glass of wine, plate of cookies and the chesterfield - YES!

Steal away, Allison, by all means. I find I need to mix up my music a fair bit to keep myself motivated. Do you have the songs already? I'm happy to send you a disc if you don't.
The Oxfam program seems really good. I wish I had asked for a donation years ago. Good for you for looking at the bigger picture.
Lemon squares - even though I just finished a huge plate of goodies, I want a lemon square! Turkey day tomorrow! hehehehe

I'm so glad you got to see the Colbert Report, Karen. Wasn't it ace?
I will send you a workout cd in a few days. You can never have too many workout cds imo. I hope it freshens up your workout for you.

phlegmfatale said...

Merry Christmas, you sexy beast!

Leazwell said...

Do they have Sussex Golden Ginger Ale around there? I so need a splash of it with my Chevis Regal.

Merry Merry!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Merry Christmas to you, PF, you even sexier one!

Sussex Golden Ginger Ale - no,I'm afraid not, Leazwell, but then there's no Chivas in the house either. But I am enjoying a lovely wallop of Amarula in my coffee. Merry Christmas to you to, my sweet.

justacoolcat said...

Colbert didn't cheat; I swear Pitchfork has gone downhill.

Merry Christmas.

Allison said...

Merry Christmas Barb!! Hope you got lots of wonderful new music to blast in the stereo today :)

Will said...

Merry Christmas Barbara - Happy Holidays! What a great mix, and you truly did find the best in mid-tempo songs. Your mixes always rock!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

my aunt gives me and my cousins gifts from something like ten thousand villages (i can't remember where from). my cousins and i then brag about what we got all day long. : )

Evelyne said...

Merry Christmas Barbara!!!

When I'll be in Montreal, I'll check the video of Colbert and the Decemberist.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Pitchfork may have gone downhill, but they can still spot a cheater when they see one, Cool Cat.
Merry Christmas to you too!

I got a bit of new stuff, Allison, and and excuse to go shopping for the music I didn't get.
Merry Christmas to you as well!

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas, Will!
I had some fine influences from some great musicology gurus this year (and I'm looking right at you).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Merry Christmas to you as well, John.
I hope you are having a wonderful first Christmas in your new home.

Ten Thousand Villages sounds like a wonderful place, 668. I may just pick up something for myself when I go in later this week to buy a goat through the Oxfam program.

Merry Christmas Evelyne!
You are going to enjoy the Colbert video. It's a classic.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i'm hoping my aunt gives me a goat this year. i think last year it was a pig.. or was it chickens? :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't get any livestock after all, 668. So I'll have to go buy some myself. I'm thinking a goat.