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It looks like the installation for summer may have finally succeeded in Seattle. It turned out to be nice today, and they say, although I'm not sure I believe it, that it'll be nice all week, maybe even getting up to 80 by end of weekend. The rest of the country is broiling, of course, and so I haven't wanted to bitch about yet another miserable Junuary here, but I just don't think I can handle another summer like last year. I didn't get any raspberries, most of the flowers didn't bloom... at least I could finally take the covers off the patio furniture today and work outside for a bit. Now it's holiday for assholes time, with m-80s going off constantly, scaring the hell out of the cats. Glad I don't have a dog right now.

I want to go read Avengers fic but my eyes are so tired. I've been working pretty much nonstop today trying to finish this book, and my eyes and shoulders/neck hurt from reading so much. What to do, what to do?

My workouts are kicking my freaking fat ass. I just... I'm kind of astounded not just at how bad a shape I'm in, but how hard they get you going even though you're a complete mess. I mean, they don't waste a lot of time. Right now, my hamstrings are so sore I feel like crying every time I try to sit down. One of the big problems is my IT band causing my left knee serious pain, so the other day they actually tortured me: they rolled a rolling pin over my IT band using their body weight. I have not felt that kind of pain in a long, long time. I was in tears. I know I needed it -- there aren't a lot of ways to loosen IT bands -- but jesus h. christ, that hurt. It's a bit better, and I have to get a foam roller to work on it at home, but in the words of Emilio Lizardo, "Jesu Christo, it's a to make the ganglia twitch."

I've finally gotten to a point where I can be on the treadmill, though I can't go without using my hands for support for too long. Still throws me off balance. If I can get better track of my time, I'm going to try walking up there for my cardio. Still, I'm proud of myself that I'm going, and I hope maybe by the time VVC comes up, I can zip up the fabulous dress I got for Club Vivid a little easier.

I'm thinking of Snady a lot lately. At this time last year, she was on the slide downhill, and suffering so much. July is always going to be When We Lost Sandy. Hence the title of this post, which are lyrics from 4th of July, Asbury Park by Bruce Springsteen.

Here's a pic of a flower called alpinia purpurata, from McBryde Garden in Kauai. I thought it was a type of ginger, but I guess it's not!
Alpinia

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amnisias
Jul. 5th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
It's hard to get started with fitness, but once you're over the pain stage it keeps getting easier. Once you just keepin' fit rather than getting fit it'll be much less of a pain in the ass, apart from the time comitment. Very proud of you for sticking it out this long and not giving in to the pain! Hope you soon start to feel a bit better (stamina, healht, appearance or whatever) so that you feel it's worth it.

Sounds like Seattle is the Manchester of the US. We've had only rains in June, and my garden is a green, soggy paradise but everything looks like late spring, flowers either don't bloom or are succumb instantly to the heavy rain and disintegrate. And July so far hasn't been any better. It's depressing...
mollyamory
Jul. 5th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about Sandy just yesterday, and how much she would have loved the crazy so-many-pairingness of Avengers. I keep wondering which would have been her favorite.
talking_sock
Jul. 9th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Me too - I miss her like mad and I'm quite certain she would have been reading it all. I also wonder what her fav would have been. I do know for SURE she would have had opinions on dick size.

This is a tough month.
jackiekjono
Jul. 5th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I discovered last Friday that there are wild raspberries all along about 6 blocks worth of the bike path I take to work. I have been stopping off for raspberry breaks on my way to and from work.

Sadly, as of the end of July, we will be moving to a new building.

I plan to enjoy them while I can.
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