New things

It appears I’ve added some items to my new year’s goals.

Robin @mizd Catesby and her boyfriend are trying the One Hundred Pushups challenge. I met Robin during 30 Hour Day. Since running takes care of my lower body and cardio-vascular system, I thought trying to do the pushup challenge would be of benefit to me for my upper body strength, which is sorely lacking. And it’ll give me an exercise to do on my off-running days.

Since that wasn’t enough, I added the 25 Chinups challenge, too, which I found when I went looking for an iPhone app to keep track of all this, and since I have a chinup bar I don’t really use.

For the record, I did the “initial test” for these two challenges last night. I was able to manage 4 perfect pushups before I had to rest, and was not able to manage even a single chinup, either with palms facing me or facing away (I got confused). Here’s hoping their training program helps me significantly improve those numbers.

Also, as a side note, Rick and Cami have announced the date for the next 30 Hour Day: 2 July 2010, beginning at 6:00 PM. I’ve let them know that I am definitely in on that one, too. Save the date! Now I just have to come up with something to do…

I used my new Shopping app for iPhone (link opens in iTunes) to do some price comparison today. I’ve always assumed that QFC, because it’s basically Fred Meyers (both owned by Kroger) is cheaper than New Seasons, in spite of the New Seasons store being closer to my house. Well, I compared a few of my normal items and there’s a significant difference, and New Seasons is cheaper for me. Go figure. And the quality of their produce seems better, too. Since I’m doing more cooking at home, that will help me save money over the long term.

I’ve continued my LOST rewatch, and have just started Season 5 this weekend. I have plenty of time to finish this before Season 6 starts on 2 February 2010. This show rocks, although watching it all start to finish shows that J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindleof and Carlton Cuse, the series creators, have not always been successful in crafting a long narrative in the face of normal TV constraints, like the writer’s strike, the vagaries of actors and the network, and their own impulses. Before Season 6 starts, I’d like to sit down and make a list of my hopes for what mysteries get wrapped up and what will likely be left behind. For now, though, I’m enjoying a terrific sci-fi action show.

What have y’all been up to?