July 2nd, 2008

duke-books

Books

I haven't been reading much recently. Not sure why, just been busy with other stuff I guess. Maybe my reading materials just haven't been captivating enough. I have a pile of books waiting to be read, hopefully I'll find something that gets me motivated again.

15. Voyager, by Diana Gabaldon - Third in a series, and better than the second. Loaned by a friend who loves them, these books are a little too "romancy" for my tastes, but they can be entertaining anyway.

14. Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow - Read on my Treo, a "future warning" kind of book about an out-of-control Department of Homeland Security that doesn't seem too faraway of a future.

13.5 - Bowling Alone, by Robert Putnam - I only made it through a bit over half before I gave up renewing it and returned it to the library. Interesting discussion, a little too statistics-filled.
skater

Skating

I went skating today during lunch. Since I went skating last thursday, we could stretch reality a little bit and say I went skating twice in one week! Good thing, since I won't make it back out for at least two weeks.

It was kind of frustrating today. Both of my knees were bothering me, and I just felt tired and wobbly. I know I'm worn out from the weekend, but I still would like to do better. I need to skate more to get to that point, but I barely am able to make time for the skating I do now. I suppose I should do some strengthening exercises when not on the ice or biking/running/whatnot, maybe that would help.

On the plus side, I was doing my moves relatively well. I just didn't feel smooth and natural during transitions on the ice -- and my stupid knees were hurting (each one in its own special way!).

I like skating, but there is a whisper in my head wondering if I should just give it up.

Or maybe I'm just tired and crabby. Good thing it's a short week!

...with luck, I'll feel energetic enough to do the club ride tonight. Personal PAs everywhere recommend bicycling for knees!

[Edit: apparently there are supposed to be storms a'comin', so the ride leader emailed us to say it's been canceled. He also included a link to information on lightning safety, so I guess he's serious!]