Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rambling (with some zombies in the mix)

Note: Since I haven't posted in almost a week this blog entry contains far more rambling than normal.  Sorry.

Hey Andrew, where did you go?

Good question.  I hate dropping off the radar like that but I was feeling pretty worn down this last week.  I had some kind of bug that left me with a sore throat and the desire to sleep all the time.  I was essentially a zombie all last week.

What is the one thing zombies do?  They eat.  Usually brains, but they'll settle for other body parts as well but that's not my point.  My point is the singular ambition of a zombie is to eat.  So when I was running on fumes this past week, I did not put good things in my body.  I tried to make good choices, but more often than not, I made a poor decision.  I'd probably say more in quantity than quality.  You know, an extra helping of brains here and there.

I've got a sneaking suspicion that I'll pay for it on the scale this week and I'm mostly okay with that.  I could make excuses about being sick, but I'm not going to.  I neglected my blog, my diet, and exercise this week and that's going to show up on the scale.

On another note, I went on a pretty awesome bike ride yesterday.  I biked the southern-most part of the Grand Rounds trail.  I managed to bike the wrong direction on a one way bike trail, got in some guy's picture of a waterfall, and rode past two idiot teenagers smoking pot.  Let's make this clear.  I don't think they're idiots because they were smoking pot, I think they're idiots because they were doing it in a fairly high traffic, brightly lit park at 4 in the afternoon.  I know I don't have that many readers, and these particular gentlemen probably aren't in my demographic, but I'd like to address them directly for a moment.  Don't you guys have a parent's basement or at least a grouping of trees you can go get high in?  A park bench next to a paved walking/biking trail with only some mowed grass in between you and the nearest street is not the smartest place to toke up.  Next time try to find somewhere less obvious like... anywhere else.

Alright, now that I'm done solving the problems of today's youth, I can get back to the blog.  I'm beginning to realize how awesome the city of Minneapolis is to bike in.  Unless you're on a freeway, you can't get in or out of the city without going through or very near (over or under usually) a city park and major bike trail.  It's pretty spectacular.

I just bought some new headphones for exercise since one of my cats ate my old pair.  In honor of my new, awesome purchase I need your advice on some pump-up music.  I am seriously clueless when it comes to pop music (and I'm a music teacher).  So what music inspires you to turn it up a notch?

One last confession before I go.  I effed up 30 days of biking.  I was too sick to go for a bike ride one day and on top of it, it was raining.  So do I need a note from my doctor or meteorologist?


  1. I like Herbie Hancock music.

  2. I think you can forgive yourself for missing a day due to illness, far worse to go out and get sicker...

  3. I'm under the weather too so I think rest is in order.

    The Bob Curnow Big Band: Music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays

  4. I'm going to be a little cliche here and mention Lady Gaga for the music. She inspires me to do ANYTHING. Like... get up in the morning, clean the house, even do laundry. And sometimes slather myself in raw meat and walk around in public (kidding).

    And don't worry about taking some days off due to being sick. You're body is sick because it needs rest, so give it what it needs. Even if that need is a little sugar boost!

  5. I usually just put my favorite songs that aren't very slow on my ipod and go running with that. I play it fairly quiet-like background music, otherwise I can't help but breath and run to whatever the beat of the music is and that usually messes me up.

    And I have a variety of music; anywhere from hard rock, to old rock, to Harry Connick Jr and big band jazz. As long as its something you enjoy listening to, I don't think it'll matter much (unless you want your workouts to 'match' the tempo/style of the music you're playing).

    I hope you're already feeling better - but its going to be rainy this week, so good luck with the bike riding!! (wear a hat!!)

  6. pump-up music = techno.
    always techno.