Saturday, August 29, 2009


I'm drawn to red things designed for use during an emergency. Yesterday I rode a shuttle bus from my suburbs into the Fair. As I stood, swaying, and trying not to vomit, packed in like a sardine, I kept imagining pulling the bright red handle on the window nearest me. When I worked as a movie projectionist there was a giant bright red button that would shut down the whole unit. Every shift I would eye it greedily, so tempted to give it a good whack. I never did, and now I can't even remember if I was ever in the room when it had to be used (I was most definitely in the building). Sometimes I'm not sure how I've managed to resist these temptations.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Out Comes the Pedometer

Earlier this summer I set a goal for myself of a minimum four walks per week. That is my "official" goal, but my more obsessive minded goal is 5, or even 6, walks per week. I've reached my minimum nearly every week (I may have missed once when I was sick), and have often reached my ideal. Yet, I don't look any thinner or feel any fitter. I'd figured after many months of inactivity, any increase would reap the rewards. Alas, that has not turned out to be the case (or at least not in any way apparent to me). Obviously, I can't do much better with my frequency, so it must be my intensity and duration that are lacking. Both of those are a bit tricky because I prefer to bring the dogs along for my walks, and Small Dog can't do much more than 30 minutes at a steady clip.

So today I dusted off my pedometer and clipped it to my capri pants to see if I could find new ways to encourage more activity. Every little bit must help.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pregnant in America

This morning I started my day with a big mug of tea and the documentary, Pregnant in America. I first learned about this film through a review in International Doula, the quarterly publication of DONA International. The film covers many current trends in maternity care in the United States, including epidurals and cesarean sections. It also gave a brief glimpse into the birth process in Holland and Germany. I was particularly impressed with the percentage of home births in Holland. I would recommend this film to anyone interested in learning more about pregnancy in the U.S. It is both interesting and accessible, requiring no prior knowledge on the subject.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Spontaneous, me?

Spontaneous or even fun are not words that can normally be used to describe me. I'm usually pretty serious, sarcastic, and predictable (stuck in my ways?). All of that changed, at least for one night, this past week.

Less than 24 hours before the concert in question an old friend called with an extra ticket. I hadn't seen him in years, and I hadn't gone to a show with him since 1996. I called my boss and begged off work. At the show I rediscovered music I've loved for almost half of my life. I also was reminded that I can have great fun if I just let myself (even while completely sober!). It was also amazing how comfortable I felt with him after all these years. I am far from easy-going and unfamiliar people and settings tend to make me feel tense, but there was none of that on this night.

It was, by far, the most fun and best time I've had in a long, long time.