July 18th, 2005

crane

Inertia

After three weeks of not working and not doing much of anything physically exerting (other than climbing a mountain and driving 5000 miles) I found it difficult to contemplate both going back to work and trying to work out again after so long off the elliptical.

I caught a string of colds this last cold season from about Thanksgiving through to Easter, and it was hard to work out when I couldn't breath. We'd gone to the Rec. Center a few times since, and swam at the neighborhood pool, but for the three weeks of the vacation all we'd done was chase Jet around various hotel swimming pools. So it was with some trepidation that I faced the elliptical today.

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crane

Bah...

... my body chemistry, even without the hormonal impulse, is still attracting mosquitoes like mad. I have half a dozen bites simply from ten minutes in my vegetable garden trying to clear out the wreckage that 10 days without supplemental drip irrigation did. We have an all-over yard sprinkler system that gets most of my veggie garden three times a week, but with the drip turned off by the painters for ten days while we were away, the zucchini, of all things, was shriveling up and dying!

The tomatoes, carrots, rosemary, and chives thrived even in that, and the sunflowers are now about twelve feet tall! Yeesh. In Jet-parlance, "They're e-NOR-mous!"

Man, I've never had stressed zucchini plants before. My.

And evenso, both plants produced one arm length fruit about six inches across. The rest of the blossoms fell off or the fruit shrivelled on the plants. We've eaten most of one, and I took the other to work, and left it in the breakroom with a printout of the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Both vegetable and recipe were gone minutes later.
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Order

amberley gave me a very good suggestion on how to approach backfill. I'll just write what I liked best. :-) I'll probably post when I do update something, and fill in table links at the beginning and end, and use thumbnails from the trip as my user pictures for those entries. I took this picture of the Horseshoe Falls when we were at Niagra Falls, Ontario.
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