I was up at 8 AM, ran up to IHOP for breakfast (for the first time in a while) and then spent the rest of the day on chores. I did every scrap of laundry available in the house and it is finally all done. Every last bit of it.
I decided my bedroom needed some rearranging. It has been the same layout for 4 years now. This started with the fact that I decided to flip the mattress. I then decided I wanted new bedding. I ran out to Target for that. When I returned, I decided to rearrange the furniture in there and that too is done now. I also vacuumed the house. Thoroughly. And got rid of a ton and a half of trash. And cleaned the kitchen. Really, it was a busy day today.
I fell asleep last night listening to the Yankees game on the radio. I heard the amazing 4 run comeback they made with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th but eventually fell asleep sometime during the 13th inning, so I didn’t know they ended up losing the game until this morning. They are in a back-and-forth battle in today’s game against Toronto too. The road to October is paved in excitement!
My shoulders and neck are a little sore from the arms and shoulder workout yesterday, but not nearly as bad as I thought they might be. And the soreness in my legs has almost completely vanished.
Warm today. In fact, I finally turned on the AC a little while ago because, even with the windows open, it was well over 80 in the house. Supposed to be beautiful weather tomorrow. Glad I got a lot of my chores done today.
While the Yankees completed a sweep of the Orioles last night, Toronto completed a sweep of Boston and that means that Boston’s lead in the division has been cut to 1.5 games. They are also up 5.5 games in the wild card race. I’m still convinced the Yanks will win the division, as I have been all season long.
I got home pretty late last night and didn’t end up getting to sleep until sometime around 1 AM. Nevertheless, I was up just before 4:20 this morning and for the second day in a row, I made it into the gym. Today I did cardio. I didn’t do the full 40 minutes, but I’m gradually working my way back up to that. I did about 25 minutes today; I’ll aim for 30 minutes on Thursday. Strangely, I got to the metro station this morning before it had opened. That’s the first time I’ve done that, I think.
I didn’t see any of the baseball scores until first thing this morning, and I was pleased to note that not only did the Yankees win, but the Red Sox lost and so did Detroit. The Yanks are now 3-1/2 games back of Boston in the division race, and 3-1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the wild card.
Walking back from the gym to the office this morning, I actually saw a woman talking on a pay phone!
I finally did it. I was up at 4:20 AM, had some breakfast and then caught the first Yellow line into work in order to hit the gym this morning. My plan now is to make MWF strength training days and TThSa cardio days. Today was great. I did nearly three full groups of chest and back before coming closer than I ever have in my life to passing out. It happened when I was doing dead lifts. I’d backed off my weight on just about every exercise I did today, in order to get back into the swing of things. But for some reason, I figured that 80 lbs dead lifts would be fine. In fact, they felt fine doing them, but toward the end, my legs began to feel a little wobbly. I figured it was that I was nearly done with my workout and getting tired. When I finished the set, I was light headed and a little dizzy and nauseous. I sat down on the floor and tried not to move. Bernard, who was working with someone else asked me if I was okay. I smiled and nodded but I felt that if I moved I might not be able to maintain my balance. After about 5 minutes, I was able to get up and walk into the locker room. I sat by my locker a few minutes debating whether to attempt a shower or not (I could just imagine passing out in the shower.) Finally I did shower, and after that I felt much better. I know now that I need to ease my way back into some of these exercises and I will be more careful going forward.
As it turns out, my probably was minor compared to someone else at the gym. At about the time I was feeling light-headed, there was a loud crash of weights. Someone who was doing free standing squats was not on the floor face down. Someone nearby said it was a groin injury. By the time I got out of the shower and came out of the locker room, the paramedics were there. So an exciting day at the gym today.
And an exciting Yankees game last night. I couldn’t stay up for the whole thing but I stayed up long enough to see Jeter’s 3-run homer, which ultimately allowed the Yankees to win the game. mabfan called me during the early part of the game and we traded some baseball stories for a while.
I did manage to get a fair amount of the garage cleaned out yesterday. Lots of trash for the garbage men to pick up today. There’s still more to be cleaned out over the next couple of weeks but I made a good dent in it and I feel pretty good about it.
A handful of meetings today and then I’m meeting Kelly after work.
I caught the second half of The Natural on AMC late this afternoon. What is it about baseball movies like that that can reduce a grown man to tears when Roy Hobbs hits that home run at the end of the game?
I slept in this morning, getting up at just about 10 AM! I watched the Red Sox pound the Yankees late yesterday afternoon, and then watched a couple of movies before going to bed. It was pretty late when I finally got to sleep, which explains why I slept in so late this morning.
Tivo had recorded Singles, the one Cameron Crowe movie that I somehow never managed to see, so I watched it this morning. As always, good cast and great music. I watched Real Time with Bill Mahr afterward and he had me rolling in the aisles.
Thinking about getting started cleaning out the garage today. There’s a ton of junk in there that can be gotten rid of and I need to start somewhere. I want to get it done before winter when it’s too cold to be out there for any amount of time. I’ll probably work on it slowly, over the next couple of weeks.
The weather cooled off today. In fact, it was downright chilly last night. It’s not cold today, just cooler, much more like fall than summer.
Big Yankees/Red Sox game tonight at 8 PM on ESPN, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch it. I’m planning on getting up at 4:20 AM for the gym and that means getting to bed pretty early.
I started watching the Yankee game while at Carpool last night for a happy hour in celebration of Jesseca’s 30th birthday. When I left there sometime around 9 PM, the score was 2-1 Red Sox. When I got home sometime around 10 PM, the score was 5-2 Red Sox. It was the 6th inning and already the game was three hours long. But the time the game got to the 8th inning the score was 7-2 Red Sox and I was considering giving up watching.
I’m glad I didn’t.
In the top of the 8th, the Yankees scored 6 runs, a couple of those runs off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was brought in to stop the bleeding. The Yanks came out of the inning with an 8-7 lead and with Mariano Rivera closing the game for them, that was the final score. The Yanks beat the Red Sox in Boston and closed to within 4-1/2 games of them for the division. You should have heard me whooting and hollering during that 8th inning. It was so much fun!
Incidentally, the 9-inning game lasted 4 hours 43 minutes–two minutes shy of the record for a nine inning game, set by the the Yankees and Red Sox last year. I didn’t get to bed until after midnight.
Just back from a rare Wednesday happy hour. A bunch of us went to Champps: me, Kelly, Carmen, Leanna, Paraag, Sam, John, Cassandra, Courtney, and several new people. It was a lot of fun. We hung out, joking around, talking. I had some chicken strips. Kelly teased me for occasionally looking up at the TVs to catch the Red Sox score while we were talking. I couldn’t help it. I’m terrible at dividing my attention. (But at least the Red Sox were losing.)
Spoke briefly to strausmouse this evening and then managed to walk right onto a Yellow Line train without having to wait so I was home at around 9:20-ish or so.
No mail of interest today.
Zeke was happy to see me when I got home, but I noticed he’d thrown up a little bit at some point in the day. He seemed fine, happy, active, so his problems from a few years back (when he would throw up and then have breathing problems) don’t seem to be an issue at the moment. I’m kind of glad I wasn’t home for it because I always get really anxious when he gets sick.
I’m beat. Don’t know why but I’ve been tired all day. I’m off to bed.
Today I went to the O’s/Red Sox game at Camden Yards and as usual, it was all Red Sox fans. Kelly went with me and agreed to root for the Orioles. It was a good game, but frustrating. The Red Sox won 3-2 and the game would have gone into extra innings were it not for an error earlier in the game by the Orioles which essentially cost them a run.
It was actually pretty warm so we were lucky to have our seats in the shade. The game ran long–3 hours, 20 minutes. Afterward, we headed to Franklin’s for some dinner. (I love their beer cheese soup.)
That was some 7th inning the Yanks ended up having last night. I flipped on the radio and listened to part of it and after they’d went up 4-2 I figured they’d win the game. I had no idea that they’d score 8 in the inning and that A-Rod would hit 2 HR in the same inning. They are now 6 back of the Red Sox and 3 ahead in the wild card.
Just into the office. We have a softball practice at lunch today in preparation for the playoffs on Saturday. Otherwise, I’m spending my day on application design work and requirements documentation. I have no meetings today! (But I have 5 hours worth of meetings tomorrow, including meetings from 11 AM – 3 PM straight.)
Update: Turns out the Yanks scored 8 runs in the 7th inning. I’ve modified the subject line of this entry appropriately.