Getting Weights

Recently my wife and I got some dumbbell weights to lift at home. She’d had some previously, but was getting stronger and ready to use some heavier weights while I was getting a fresh set for myself.

Oh yeah! So hot with my ten pounders.
Oh yeah! So hot with my ten pounders.

This is all part of that constant problem I’ve had after high school, “Without AYSO for fun exercise how will I prevent myself from turning into a potato?”

Lifting the weights is a lot of fun. My wife’s taught me the basics about which directions you’re supposed to lift them in, how many times (20), and how often (every two days).

Once I’m able to do all the different directions 20 times easily, then she says I’ll be ready for a heavier set of weights.

I can do all the different lifts 20 times in a row easily enough except lifting from my back over my head (triceps) and holding the weights out like I’m a plane ready to take off (static hold).

As you can see, I’m using 10 pounders (4.5kg) right now. My goal is to move up to 20 pounders. What’s the timeline on that goal? I have no idea.

My main issue right now is sticking with the frequency of lifting weights every other day. I often forget when I get home.

Who wants to lift weights after a long day at work?

Well, I sort of do, but I’d also like to eat dinner and watch some TV and work on my blog and on D&D related things.

I think the best move would be changing my workout time from in the evening to in the morning. I enjoyed exercising in the morning when I was in high school. Maybe that’s still true!

So here’s hoping that morning weight lifting will turn my wormy arm muscles into pythons!

-GoCorral

Finalized the House

Just how it is.
Just how it is.

Woohoo! We got the keys to the house finally!

I got them in the afternoon and we went to check out the house which is now officially ours later that day.

We met one of our next door neighbors during that visit and her son and his children.

Her son’s house had apparently burned down so they were staying there until they got a rental lined up.

Pretty weird stuff, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

We learned a little bit more about the neighborhood too.

The other next door neighbor house is apparently a boarding house for UC Davis students.

We journeyed over to Ikea the next day to buy some furniture things.

We got a new bed frame for our new bedroom. The old frame will be going in the guest room.

We got some stuff for our second bathroom and we also got some curtains.

There was an unfortunate problem with all the curtains at Ikea. Every single one of them was at least eight feet long. This is an industry standard I guess.

We’ll have to cut and hem the curtains, but given how wide they are, we’ll need a sewing machine for that.

My wife is dreading asking her mom for the sewing machine because when she was a teenager she adamantly refused a sewing machine as a gift, stating that she “would never need it.”

Well… Now we do!

Maybe we can borrow one from my family instead. Or just buy one. Hemming those curtains by hand would be a nightmare.

And what would such a fun weekend be like without something going wrong! The hottest day of winter happened and we weren’t dressed appropriately (stupid Californians wearing sweaters in 65 degree weather!). We were unable to move as much stuff as we wanted to because of this.

Next things on the agenda, assemble what furniture we did get from Ikea and start moving as much as can from our apartment to the new house before spring break when we get my wife’s parents to come up and help with the big items.

-GoCorral

Exhausting Day

Really long day at work today.

I got to work today to count some germinated rice seeds.

Rice grows best if its put into water to sprout before planted in dirt.

My lab puts the rice seeds into petri dishes in an incubator and waits a week before transfering them into pots at the greenhouse.

I checked to see which seeds had germinated in the incubator and two out of the hundred I put there last week had failed to germinate.

I redid those two for next week, then I set out for the greenhouse.

I wasn’t planting those germinated seeds yet though. First, I collected seeds from one of our older crops of plants.

Then I came back to drop of the collected seeds and grab the germinated seeds.

I went out to a different greenhouse in a fenced in area.

I’d set up the pots to plant them in earlier this week, but the watering system hadn’t been set up for them.

I don’t know how to set it up, so I called my boss and he sent over someone to help me with it.

He helped me put it together and taught me how to set up the dripper water system myself next time.

I realized I’d forgotten to bring labels for my plants, so I asked that guy to go bring them for me.

I started planting the rice and he came back later with some labels, but they were the wrong ones.

I apologized for not being specific enough about which labels I needed and sent him back to get the right ones.

He found them and brought them back around 5.

I stayed there until about 6 to finish planting all the seeds.

The gates for the fence around the greenhouses close at 5.

I called my boss for the combination on the gate lock, but my cell reception was bad and he kept cutting out.

I ending up lifting my bike over the 7 foot fence and then climbing over after it.

I got home with my back side covered in water from carrying the germinated seeds around in their petri dishes full of water and extremely tired from working in greenhouses for about 6 hours.

Gonna sleep like a log tonight.

-Mister Ed