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Category: goals

12/15/10 07:09 - 22.ºF - ID#53281

Fitness Advice?

The people have spoken. (E:peeps) have infinite wisdom and are to be trusted. So I have a fitness question for you all.

I think I have finally identified the weakest link behind my lack of core stability - and no, it's not my stick-like forearms. I have a fairly good posture and no lower back or upper back issues so it's most certainly my weak abdomen muscles. I really loathe doing abdominal crunches... well, I guess I could do them, but they will be my last resort. Can you think of any other exercises or exercise-routines that you have personally done and seen results with?

I know the web has a trillion pieces of advice and probably a zillion flatten-your-abdomen exercises, but I am specifically looking for exercises that you have achieved results with - not really to flatten my abdomen, but to build up the isotonic strength of my abdominal muscles, however un-flat the results might be.

Ideas?


PS: Before you suggest belly-dancing, have YOU really achieved muscle tone with beginner belly dancing?!
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Category: the odes

12/13/10 10:42 - 12.ºF - ID#53269

Hispanophile!!!

I am ALWAYS mistaken for a Hispanic at Pricerite by someone or the other especially when I am hovering in the Goya section or near the root vegetables, wondering for the nth time what one does with them.
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I don't think I look particularly Hispanic but I admit it - I would LOVE to be able to speak fluently in Spanish. I think the language is so poetic and sounds so much like my mother-tongue.

My favourite band has always sung in Spanish and I know most of their lyrics by heart - even though I have no idea what they mean.
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(well... not exactly, I have looked up translations in the past and know the gist of their songs. But yes, if you ask me for a word-for-word translation, I would probably just blink dully at you.)

I also love María Dolores Pradera beyond a healthy limit.
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Oh, and let's not forget the latest addiction to Salsa that I seemed to have sponged up.
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I think this was just inevitable. Friends, Romans, Mum, (E:peeps), you are now reading the journal of a bonafide Hispanophile!
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Category: the odes

12/12/10 10:35 - 35.ºF - ID#53255

Wake up?!

The lamp is on a deal at Amazon. This promotional video made me laugh!



I can totally see myself as part of that geeky little team of technicians cheering at 3 AM because a rooster crowed early. lol
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Category: eating in

12/12/10 01:54 - 35.ºF - ID#53247

Baking without recipés. Finally!

I made this.
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A super-tasty spice and nut bread.
Without a recipé.
Without eggs.
Without butter.
Without sugar - well... added sugar, that is.

With plum jam, flax seed, almonds, milk powder, 100% whole wheat and a tonload of wheat bran. It is SUPER-delicious out of the oven, can be toasted to perfection and is divine with just about anything. And one slice meets 50% of my daily fiber AND protein requirements.

This may look like a small baking step, but its a big leap for mankind ME!

I never follow recipés and can't remember any of them anyway. I don't have measuring paraphernalia, refuse to let my life be ruled by tablespoons and cups and hate non-metric units that everyone seems to be obsessed with! And I really dislike that eggy smell that surfaces once in a while when you don't want it to.

Well...not anymore!!!!! You won't smell the fear of baking ever again in my kitchen! You will only smell cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and a ton of triumph... and maybe a bit of banana since some of those have been ripening on my table for ages.

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Category: buffalo

12/12/10 11:43 - 35.ºF - ID#53245

Grouponoids

I was wondering about just how many Groupon-like online daily discount deal websites exist for Buffalo, did a quick web-trawl and found five.

1. Groupon

2. LivingSocial

3. SocialBuy

4. Deal of the day

5. WGRZ discount deals

One of these days, I might be persuaded to get a mani-pedi and a swedish massage or maybe I could go y0ga-craZy and try out every flavour of class down Elmwood.

All of the other zillion grouponoids cater to posher cities and of course, NYC - regardless of wherever they are based. I even found some European ones from UK and Germany that had NYC listed as one of the deal cities! Buffalo doesn't seem to be that popular...
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Category: the odes

12/11/10 04:33 - 38.ºF - ID#53237

The evil shadows of Facebook.

At my department party yesterday, someone from the department that I didn't know very well knew me from some of my pictures posted by her boyfriend's friend who is on facebook and went to the same baking workshop as I did. Minutes after the party, I ran into (e:enknot) who said he finds (e:strip) boring nowadays because it's the same old 5 people posting. And something to the effect of facebook being a much more dynamic connection to the planet.

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On the detour-ridden walk home through smoky downtown, I really missed my dance class (we are on holiday break and classes resume January) and the absolute joy of salsa beats. To make up for the vacuum and erase an overdose of lady blabla and the impersonal nature of electronic music, I dropped by Club Barcelona hoping to catch the latin jazz project and Ibrahim Ferrer in the making. Turned out they had taken a leave of absence just for yesterday.

As I walked two other annoying points came to mind. My übercool salsa teachers are on facebook and nowhere else. And not just that, my primary citation manager is now suggesting that I "like" articles and login with my facebook login. To give in or not to give in to facebook-it's-so-cool pressure? That was the irritating question.
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I don't want a connection with the planet. I like my own little flow of thoughts here and I completely love the new interface of the site. Big thumbs down to Dr. Evil. I am not filling in the mini-me shoes anytime soon.

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Category: dance

12/11/10 02:31 - 39.ºF - ID#53235

Who would I rather be?!



I do look a lot like that man on the right. In fact I know how to do that exact trick with the office chair. Learning to swirl-walk with my hands seems like a tall order.
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Category: music

12/11/10 05:32 - 37.ºF - ID#53233

25 Delaware

YEah, that's the bus I love.


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Category: the odes

12/06/10 11:31 - 24.ºF - ID#53220

I spend 29 calories...

walking to work everyday.
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Route Summary
Total Distance: 0.60 miles
Avg Speed: 3.2 miles/h
Estimated Time: 11m 19s
Start Elevation: 666.01 ft
End Elevation: 679.13 ft
Minimum Elevation: 652.89 ft
Maximum Elevation: 679.13 ft
Elevation Ascent: 45.93 ft
Elevation Descent: 32.81 ft
Estimated Calories: 29.37

That's even less calories than one of those teeny apples you get when you buy them by the bag.

Abysmal.
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Category: buffalo

12/06/10 07:16 - 25.ºF - ID#53217

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

{For, I have a wonderful pair of snowproof boots this winter.}

And Prof. López-Piñeiro is embarking on some really cool art with all that snow!


I have one question, though... Where exactly is this front park? Is it the same as the "park" near the boardwalk where we go to see the July 4 fireworks?
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