Think Thin Thursday

January 31, 2008

Think Thin Thursday

This morning my fellow masochist running partner and I failed to come up with an appropriate excuse to avoid effort managed to overcome our logistical difficulties (did I mention my ear! [1] [2] [3] [4]… ok maybe I did), and hit the pavement (as I have pointed out I am rather robust and my running partner is not ballet dancer either) for only the second time this fine year. [Wow that was quite exceptionally bad grammar. You can come up for air now.]

Lets say it was not the most enjoyable jaunt around the park I have ever had. I could feel every one of the runs I had missed, aching in my muscles, telling me that I had left it for far too long. More importantly I could tell that I may have been dragging around a little excess baggage in the form of chocolate / hot dogs / M&S Bread and Butter Pudding. Oh how I will miss thee 😥

Now I don’t want to get all Bridget Jones on you, but I have decided that enough is enough. Don’t get me wrong, I am unlikely to go on a Diet as such, but do I really need to finish the packet of sausage, just because they will get left in the fridge, and just because my wife is eating for 2, do I need to share this part of the experience. After all she will loose weight breast feeding, Moobs dont do that!

So I weighed myself and in this era of honesty and transparency, I will declare that I came out at 98.5kg. Not necessarily as bad as I had feared, but a good chunk over my wedding weight. Now in previous efforts to shed the pounds, I have struggled to maintain the focus (It was a mistake to mention the M&S Pudding … mmm … must resist) so I have decided that I will name and shame myself. I will do a check in every 2 weeks and publicly (well, to the 6 or 7 people that read this blog) declare my weight.

Right … I need to post this before I think this through.

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She’s totally been airbrushed!

January 30, 2008

Insisting that real-life objects are photoshopped
(http://www.xkcd.com/331/)

I now do this at every opportunity! Especially about people!

I love xkcd.


If it’s not reading, then what is it?

January 29, 2008

I am stealing inspiration again. I was reading a post on Book Mama’s blog, one of the blogs that I read regularly, which asked where do you like to read.

I love to read, but like most people in the modern world I find I have far too little free time. I enjoy reading to my kids at bedtime, and I will say there is nothing quite as relaxing as reading a good book whilst having a hot bath. I always used to read in bed, but I find that it is the most sure-fire way of falling asleep, which is ironic as I struggle to fall to sleep when trying (I know, I know … read until I drop off, but then I end up reading the same page over and over) so I usually just read short form stuff like the Jeremy Clarkson books and Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit, which whilst being very entertaining are unlikely to change my life in any meaningful way.

So here is where I declare myself as a huge fan of audiobooks. They are great! For the past few years I have been listening to audiobooks whenever I get the opportunity, be it going to the shop to get groceries, loading the dish washer, cleaning the car, I even listened to a book whilst laying the lawn in my last house.

When I talk to people about it I find quite a lot of “book snobbery” (usually Mrs Geek), as if because I have not literally read the text of the book then I have not READ it. This does not make a great deal of sense to me. It is not like watching the film, the heavy lifting is still done by the imagination and I pretty much always go for unabridged titles. It is as if the act of reading the actual text validates my claim to having read the book.

I have not stopped reading to my son now that he can read for himself; on the contrary, he would complain quite bitterly if I did, as there really is something quite luxurious about being read to. He likes to read, if given good material, but he also loves being read to.

Actually I read to both of my children every night. Now they have not literally read the book, but they know it’s story, they have enjoyed the books content, should they not be entitled to say that they have read the book, and if not how you label their experience. Maybe there should be a more generic word for having consumed a book’s contents.

The way I see it, audiobooks are not a replacement for reading or even reading literature, they do however provide me with an opportunity to read consume book content more often and at times when reading would be entirely impractical.

A Short History of Tractors in UkrainianThe book I am currently listening to is A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian which has been given very good write ups and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, however I was finding it rather slow paced, and would probably have given up on it were I reading it. However it has grown on me and I will pass further comment later.


Things I Have Learnt Or Been Reminded Of This Weekend

January 28, 2008
  1. In a cosmic ray a proton can be accelerated to have the same amount of energy as a tennis ball traveling at 50 miles per hour!
  2. No matter how simple the shopping list … I have the capacity to miss something
  3. Pizza always lands topping side down 😦
  4. Marks and Spencer Pain au chocolat bread and butter pudding

  5. 1 portion of Marks and Spencer Pain au chocolat bread and butter pudding contains 114% of your standard daily fat allowance
  6. I still want it
  7. I should not underestimate my team’s capacity to underperform
  8. Do not feed a 4 year old cheese before bed time
  9. A 4 year old can produce enough vomit to cover ~2 square meters
  10. Vomit defies most logical assumptions about direction of spray
  11. A 4 year old rarely vomits just the once
  12. Whilst further rounds of vomiting may not produce the same quantity of mess, it still creates THAT SMELL
  13. I really REALLY HATE THAT SMELL

Shameless Self Promotion

January 28, 2008

OK it is time for some shameless self promotion, so fee free to skip this if you are not interested in the mechanics of getting your blog noticed.

Quite a while ago Helen produced a simple guide to getting a blog noticed. A number of those steps reuire you to place a link on your site to ensure that you are who you say you are.

First of all, if I could get those of you that have a Technorati account to fave me!

Add to Technorati Favorites

For example ChangingLINKS.com requires the following

Changing LINKS

I have also signed up with walhello.com

And

Submit Your Site To The Web's Top 50 Search Engines for Free!

more to come I’m sure…


Sexual Time

January 27, 2008

Today I had one of those, I can’t stop laughing, moments. As much as LOL may get banded about, it is quite rare that I actually do laugh out loud.

I was playing table football with my son today, and we were playing for ages, when he told me that we were going to be going into “Sexual Time”. Well I was stunned! Upon interrogation he told me … “You know like on Fifa Street Soccer” … Now I am rapidly trying to reassure myself that I have not given my son an entirely in appropriate game, so I investigate further and he tells me … “You have half time … Full time … and Sexual Time” and the penny drops that he means Extra time, so I am failing quite badly in trying to suppress my laughter.

I have no idea how this got into his head … but as my wife said … I am glad he said it when he did and not somewhere more embarrassing.


This Happy Amnesia

January 27, 2008

On friday I got to feel the new baby kicking for the first time.

Mrs Geek has been able to feel it for a couple of weeks now, but she is a little closer to the action.

Feeling your baby kick for the first time is wonderful, truly an experience to be savoured and I will admit to both of us sitting there for quite a while in quiet rapture.

However I am also aware that a good friend of ours, who is currently due any day now, has been complaining for a couple of months, that she is being kicked and elbowed and generally abused from the inside. So when does it turn from this quiet and charming miracle change into a cut scene from alien with this creature trying to escape from your body by kicking its way through your ribcage.

The more interesting thing is that this is not our first. So you would think that Mrs Geek would be a little more apprehensive, but she seems blissfully unaware of what is in store, even labour seems to have been quite charming when looked at through the misty rose tinted vail of 4 years. What is it about pregnancy that causes such an effective amnesia?

I am sure if I could bottle it there would be a market for it somewhere.