Friday, September 21, 2007

Hey how's that 5:30 am workout coming along, lardass?

I'm glad you asked. If you had asked me last week, you would have gotten a different answer, but after a little tweaking I think I've found something workable.

Frankly, last week I thought I was going to die. I used to run in the mornings when I was in grad school, but I was a lot more limber at the crack of dawn 100 years ago than I am now. Jesus Christ on a cracker was I ever stiff, and my feet hurt and I was pretty sure I was going to have a heart attack. Suffice it to say that I did not set any land speed records.

And then a (admittedly dim and dusty) light bulb went off in my noggin and I realized that it is much less of a shock to go from a lying to a sitting position, so this week I did my sessions on the bike instead of the elliptical. Big difference! Still no speed records, but I actually felt pretty good whilst peddling away in the dark. And since the bike is a far less intense workout than the elliptical, I think I may even add on a few minutes.

I forgot to wish Jarvis Cocker happy birthday this week.
44 years old and still the coolest kid around!
Happy belated, my poppet.

This week's Friday Random Playlist is satisfyingly symmetrical, in that it starts and ends with a Pixies' song. This appeals to my sense of aesthetics and pleases me more than it probably should:

Nimrod's son - Pixies
The courtesan has sung - Sunset Rubdown
Kiss me on the bus - the Replacements
These things take time - the Smiths
Sunshine - the Decemberists
Preparing to fly - the Waterboys
Quiet as a mouse - Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
Space oddity - David Bowie
Fee fie - the Hidden Cameras
Planet of sound - Pixies
The Calgary International Film Festival started last night.
We're taking in 4 films over the next week:
- It's Gonna Get Worse (Czech Republic)
- Bomb It (USA)
- Murder Party (USA)
- Monster Camp (USA)
- escapes from insane asylums, history of graffiti, murder for the sake of art, and live action D&D players - oh it's going to be glorious.
May your weekend be even more glorious. Stay cool and beautiful.


justacoolcat said...

What a great sounding weekend! Those films sound interesting.

"Jesus Christ on a cracker"

What kind of cracker?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Whole wheat. Jesus Christ believes in fibre.
And that's as religious as I'm going to get on you today, Just A.

Karen said...

Jarvis is 44? You're kidding right?

BeckEye said...

5:30 am?? Losing weight isn't worth getting up that early.

...says the woman jamming another M&M into her mouth.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Honest and for true, Karen. Old is the new black, don't you know. I'm hoping some of Jarvis' coolness will transfer to me, just by virtue of me being even older.

Who said anything about losing weight, Beckeye? I'm just trying to be able to wear the clothes that are already in my closet (while still downing handfuls of M&Ms).

Johnny Yen said...

Great list, as always!

I keep hearing Kiss Me On the Bus lately. I wonder if someone's been trying to tell me something.

I was at the Replacements' last show, on July 4, 1991, in Grant Park in Chicago. It was surreal. They finished a song, handed their instruments to roadies and other assorted people on or near the stage and walked off without comment. Aside form that, it was a wonderful day-- I ran into my late friend Mark in the crowd of 50,000-60,000. He was, of course, tripping his brains out.

mellowlee said...

Glad you got your morning workout all figured out :O) My elliptical is still collecting dust..I'm so ashamed...well, not really ;O)

Happy Bday to Jarvis. Sounds like you are going to have a great weekend Barb!

Toccata said...

Oh have fun at the film fest. I adore film fests. Yes, I know you often end up sitting through a lot of, "What the hell..." kind of movies but then you hit on that little gem that you would never otherwise get to see and it makes me glad that humans are such a creative lot.

I want some of Beckeye's m&m's.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Some bus passenger somewhere is after your bod, Johnny. It's a sign for sure.
What a bizarre tale of the final Replacements concert! Mark was an integral part of so many parts of your life, wasn't he? No wonder you miss him so.

On the days I am home, and can workout at a decent hour, I actually quite enjoy my elliptical, Mel, but not so much first thing in the morning.

I know what you mean Toccata, I've seen a few films at past festivals that I will never forget. I'm quite hopeful about the ones we've picked for this year. And worst comes to worst, they always have good popcorn at the independent theatres.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Any exercise is better than none. Keep up the good work girl.

Allison said...

"Jesus Christ on a cracker."

I think I woke up my whole building laughing at that. Yes, definitely.

Getting up that early to work out, ugh, I give you credit.

Have a great time at the film festival and I look forward to the posts!

phlegmfatale said...

work out? UGH! Don't say those words around me.

I've been riding the pneumonia wave and saying for a month now that "I can't do anything strenuous until at least the beginning of October."

Terror sets in as I realize I've got to come up with a new excuse within 2 weeks. Eep.

Congratulations on dragging your lazy ass out of bed! Do a little fer me, too, would ya? Cheers, m'dear!

Todd said...

I think it's amazing that you are getting up so early to exercise on your own. I have been planning to go to the gym for the past 3 months and have yet to go.

As I sit here now, typing away, I could be off to the gym... Obviously I'm not going anywhere. I think my priorities are in the right place ;)

Congrats again for sticking with it! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am going to repeat your words of encouragement to myself during those 5:30 sessions, Dr M. Thanks, I'm going to need to hear that!

I'm excited for the film fest, Al. There were a couple of films that were on both mine and Eva's list that we can't make it to, but I guess we have to take school and work into account.
I am personally really looking forward to all that popcorn!

I notice, Phlegmfatale that you have built a little loop hole into your excuse, ie you can't do anything until AT LEAST the beginning of October. At least can be as long as you make it. I would keep on using it!

We are nothing without our priorities, Todd. I like yours better than mine.
I'm naturally a really lazy person and I have learned over the years that I have to force myself to do this, otherwise I get fat really fast. I think I must have survived a famine in a former life.

Beth said...

I'm chair-dancing just reading those song titles, Barbara!

Congrats on the 5:30s. I'm participating in a 10K walk on Thursday ... and I haven't walked further than to my car in, oh, months?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Chair dancing is great exercise, Beth, dancing in your car is even better. 10K is a lot of walking, good thing you have been saving up for it for a few months.

She's Crafty said...

I used to try and do yoga in the morning. Yeah that was pretty funny. Stiff sore muscles that are not awake yet don't co-operate the same as they do in the evening or middle of the day - but who has time then?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm rather glad to hear you say that, Serah, I thought my muscles didn't work in the morning because I am so bloody old.
Jarv is my honey.