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[Sep. 8th, 2004|02:59 pm]
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Dear Gym People: Please do not make me discuss the music again. You had me with several good songs this morning. And I do like David Bowie. But, my hand to God on this one, if you play "Space Oddity" while I'm doing my cardio again I'll be forced to drown you in your own smoothie maker. No love, Melly.

This morning featured some truly atrocious traffic... and my tummy is still cranky from yesterday.. but She Who Watches My Comings and Goings is gone today.. as is the Bossman. So I'm actually in a terrific mood. Plus, NPR did a great thing on opening lines in books and I've been trying to remember the best ones I've ever read...

"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world." Which is from the fabulous "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson.

"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills." From Isak Dinesen's unforgettable "Out of Africa"

"I am on my mountain in a tree home that people have passed without ever knowing that I am here." "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George .. a book that is so fundamental to my memories of childhood that Ican't remember a time when I hadn't read it yet.

"It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport.'" Douglas Addams's "The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul"

"The only advice I can offer, should you wake up vertiginously in a strange flat, with a thoroughly installed hangover, without any of your clothing, without any recollection of how you got there, with the police sledgehammering down the door to the accompaniment of excited dogs, while you are surrounted by bales of lavishlou-produced magazines featuring children in adult acts, the only advice I can offer is to try to be good-humored and polite."
</small> Tibor Fischer's "The Thought Gang" which isn't his best book but has a better opening line. For real fun, read "The Collector Collector".. just.. fucking trust me.</small>
and always this one

"In the last quarter of the twentieth century, at a time when Western civilization was declining too rapidly for comfort and yet too slowly to be very exciting, much of the world sat on the edge of an increasingly expensive theatre seat, waiting - with various combinations of dread, hope, end ennui - for something momentous to occur." (that one also wins the award for best *last* line ever) Tim Robbins's "Still Life with Woodpecker" which I read almost entirely in hottubs. That made it even better.

My weigh-in had me down 2.2 .. which was nice given the 5+ I put on since just before Pennsic is now coming off. After the meeting we did dinner at Cait's ... I couldn't actually finish mine. I just got really nauseated and finally just gave up and quit trying to finish the sandwich. A taste of her steak got it in my mouth though and so that's what's on the menu for tonight.

I was late to the gym this morning so I did cardio and then just inner and outer thighs. Given how sore they were after their last workout I know I can't afford to go too long without working them. Tomorrow will be more cardio (and finishing my book) as well as upper body weights. Friday I'm going to try some more butt exercises. Those of you doing the gym thing, what are you doing for your butt?

Tonight's food, as I mentioned, is steak. Matt's getting a nice organic ribeye while I'm doing a buffalo ribeye because I like it better. I got potatoes and a nice crumbly bleu cheese and I'm going to have salad and all that good stuff. Maybe candles. I'm not a bad girlfriend sometimes.

For those in the MD area: I'm going to the faire on Saturday. Oh yeah. You heard me. Maybe even in garb. Who's coming? ravenscathedral and kiltsandlollies if you'd like to go.. and you'd like to wear the corsets, I can bring them. Just saying. A

I am, as always, exhausted. And planning on leaving early. Just try and stop me, mister!

Now tell me, what's your favorite first line?

[User Picture]From: minervacat
2004-09-08 12:02 pm (UTC)
My favorite first line ever - and what I consider to the best one ever, ever, ever - is from Rebecca: "Last night I dreamt of Manderley again." Gives me the chills even out of context.

My favorite last line every is from The Great Gatsby, even though I hate the novel; alas, my brain is a sieve and I can't remember it exactly. Something about boats. Anyway. It's good.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-09-08 12:05 pm (UTC)
How hard a read is "Rebecca?" I've thought about it.. but lately I'm so tired.. and so busy.. and so wrung out, that it's going to be a while before I can read something really meaty.

Oh, and on the second thing you said? You want sad? I *can* remember it exactly. And it's this: "So we beat on, boasts against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." And it IS wonderful. It's right up there with "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
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[User Picture]From: minervacat
2004-09-08 12:33 pm (UTC)
Well, put it in this light - Rebecca was the first book I read for fun after spending two weeks cramming for and a full weekend taking my senior English exams at Carleton. It's not fluffy, but you can certainly read it without much difficulty. It was perfect for my fried post-comps brain.

I hate Gatsby but I love that line so much.
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From: listersgirl
2004-09-08 12:26 pm (UTC)
My favourite first chapter ever is also Tom Robbins, from Jitterbug Perfume. It's a whole chapter about beets! How can you not love that?

And I haven't really found a butt-isolating exercise that I like, so I do squats and lunges, which are great for the whole lower body, and do the leg press with my feet higher up on the pad, which works the butt over the quads. I like walking lunges, even though I wobble a lot while crossing the floor.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-09-08 06:00 pm (UTC)
Walking lunges strike me as something I'd be fine doing with a trainer but if I were trying to do them myself I'd be worried that people were staring at me like "Now.. what's wrong with her that she can't just walk normally?" :)

And y'know what? I forgot about the first like to "The Princess Bride" .. "This is my favorite book, though I have never read it."
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From: listersgirl
2004-09-09 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, that's a wonderful line.

There was a woman at my old gym who used to do walking lunges in a very complicated pattern around the gym floor. It was nerve-wracking watching her, because I always thought she was going to walk into a machine!
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From: ex_the0neru677
2004-09-08 12:27 pm (UTC)
"Maman died today." - Albert Camus, The Stranger

"It was a pleasure to burn." - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2004-09-08 12:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so confused. Did I miss a day? Isn't today Thursday? This entry sounds like you wrote it Wednesday, but I would have sworn today is Thursday. *cries*
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[User Picture]From: writer_in_black
2004-09-08 01:06 pm (UTC)
if you play "Space Oddity" while I'm doing my cardio again I'll be forced to drown you in your own smoothie maker.

Yeah, LOL.
That's not a good workout song.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-09-08 06:02 pm (UTC)
I swear while it was happening I kept thinking "Y'know.. not even Naz could work out to this one.. and she's a Bowie freak. But I bet it would make her giggle." And that perked me up a bit.

How was your Hetty-fest?

I'm wearing Supergirl underwear.
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[User Picture]From: writer_in_black
2004-09-08 06:20 pm (UTC)
I love hearing that I'm thought of in odd situations XD

OMFG Adorable Wee Dommie!!!!! Hetty Wainthrop will return after a few words from Eddie Izzard (we borrowed a tape we'd never seen before from a friend who used to live in England. SCORE!)I just watched my very first episode of Hetty. *SNUGGLES GEOFFREY TO BOSOM*
and in a strange bonus...Hetty would remind me of my Grandmother, if she wore more jewelry. Gramma was from England.

Powerpuff Girls I think...*checks* YUP. ;D
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-09-08 06:06 pm (UTC)
I can't even remember how I found that book.. but now it's one of my favorites. I read part of the first and most of the last chapter for a speech competition once because I just loved reading it aloud.. and then a few years ago I read it to some roomates while we were getting ready for Christmas... it's just.. it gets inside you. :)

Are you flexible enough that if I decided I wanted to do it Sunday you could do that too? Because I would so completely love to see you. OMG! *bounce*
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2004-09-08 01:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know about Collette, but I am baroque. Out of Monet. Etc. So I may have to put Ren Fest off for another weekend or two. Plus we're recovering from parental visitation and just. Ugh. *weak paws*

WHY HAVE YOU NOT LEFT EARLY, MELLEH? Don't make me come over there. *wants bleu cheese now, thanks much*

Oh, and I will do these first lines thingies once I'm home. *heartbooks*
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-09-08 05:39 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I don't wanna sound like a sugardaddy.. but I'd love to see you guys this weekend, if you decide you're up for being treated to gate fees, lunch, and a couple of drinks let me know. I'm selling the couch on ebay.. it was a gift to me.. I'd feel bad if I didn't do something at least a little philanthropic with the profits. ;)
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[User Picture]From: cussata
2004-09-08 05:05 pm (UTC)
"It is a truth universally acknoledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." -Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice"

Another line that I love from the same work "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?" -Mr. Bennet chapter 57

As far as butts go, try riding a bike or ice/roller skating. Both have worked wonderfully for S.

Ren faire Sat, darn. I think we're going to an SCA event, Masters of Defence. We're planning to do faire on Sunday with a few friends from work. Wanna go Sunday instead/also?
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-09-08 06:08 pm (UTC)
Let me check the schedule and see how flexible things are. :)
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2004-09-09 02:57 pm (UTC)

oh oh!!

I was PLANNING to go to Faire at least one day this weekend. But now I have this damnable ankle thing. Argh! Must kill dog. Cussata took my favorite, so now I have to go look for one.

And I loved that time you read Best Christmas Pagent Ever. It's a good Christmas memory :)

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