Monday, June 30, 2008
With training plans developed by Athlete's Performance - the company that helped prepare Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez in the off-season - miCoach gauges a user's initial fitness level after a one-mile run. The phone feature transmits the data to the website. In subsequent training runs, a voice built into the MP3 player gives the user instructions to help meet the session's goals.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
In my experience, it's been the opposite. I worked in a call center for almost 2.5 years after college, and there were about 20 of us housed in one room. We each had our own desk and surrounding area that was sectioned off to create an illusion of personal space; however, no one had any privacy, as the wall partitions only rose about an inch or 2 above our desks. One of my co-workers used to take off his shoes and socks during calls (we had headsets, of course) and clip his toe nails neatly into his trashcan . Another co-worker used to keep a small mirror and tweezers at his desk and pluck his nose hairs. Much to everyone else's amusement, these habits were addressed in a (bolded) bullet point during a staff meeting that warned us "grooming" at our desks was prohibited.
During my final semester at library school, the guy who sat next to me would floss his teeth during the lecture. I eventually ended up moving my seat instead of telling the guy to take care of his gums during the break, because I couldn't wrap my head around the idea that a grown man thought it was appropriate to floss in a classroom. Too bad there was no bolded bullet point to nip that gross habit in the bud.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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Monday, June 23, 2008
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Without giving too much away, "Shear Madness" is a bit like Clue, only it's set in a hair salon. The first half sets the scene and the second half is for solving the crime (with the audience's help, so pay attention during the first half.) Some of the jokes were timely and funny; however, for the most part, I thought it was cute, but not especially entertaining. Most people think of puns as the lowest form of humor, but I think "Shear Madness" is a clever title. In retrospect, it foreshadows the production because like most puns, sometimes the gags will make you laugh, while other times they'll just make you groan.
Judging by who in the audience was laughing the most (and least), some reactions were potentially as follows:
From the cute group of little girls sitting across the stage:
SHEAR MADNESS is a hair-raising good time!
From the group of out-of-town middle-aged couples sitting behind us:
What a cut up! It's funny, because it's true!
From the teenaged boy sitting with his parents a few rows down and looked like he might take the prop scissors to his throat:
From this blogger:
I wonder what Mike Lowell wore to Blue Man Group?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"Uh, hello. This is ___ ___. Is Nick there?"
"He's in the shower, that's why I answered."
"What? You thought it was some random chick answering Nick's phone at 10:30 on a Wednesday?"
"No... Listen, I have life changing news that I want to share with Nick."
"Are you drunk?" (Nick calls out from the shower, "He's probably sh*tfaced.")
"No, I have LIFE CHANGING news."
"Well, let's hear it."
"It's all been planned out. I liked the tampon story, by the way. 8 days, 8 golf courses, 8 Irish pubs."
"That does sound life changing. I'll have Nick call you when he's out of the shower."
"No! Just tell him now!" Nick, who can hear his laughter that followed that statement, pops his head out of the shower and asks, "Why is he so giddy? Did he get married?"
"Did you get married?"
"Alicia, tell Nick the only thing I'm married to is... epicness!"
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I figured I had about 45 seconds before the next cashier would become available, and I challenged myself to find my card prior to that. My purse is not in an organized state, and the odds of me finding the card in less than a minute were not in my favor. I felt my hand hit my check book, some loose change, a hairbrush, my keys, and finally, my card. With a sense of triumph that bordered on being pathetic I quickly raised my card from the bowels of my bag just as I heard, "Next person in line!" Not only did my card emerge, but out of the corner of my eye I saw something else fling into the air and land on the man's foot behind me. A tampon. To his credit, the man just let me remove it from the floor without a witty remark. Hopefully, the man was not familiar enough with feminine products to realize that the pink wrapper also meant that this was no ordinary tampon; it was a super.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I'm curious to see if 10 to 15 years from now, when I'll probably be living outside of the immediate downtown area, if the smell of horse pee will bring back great memories of time spent near the South Market Builiding in Faneuil Hall.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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(Imagine if the entire state was notified each time you called in sick?)
After the Sox blew it last night, I flipped over to the Celts and settled in to watch Game 3. I couldn't take my eyes off the towel guy's outfit. This is the guy who seemed to be collecting discarded towels from the floor and handing clean ones to the players as they were subbed out of the game. He was wearing a purple headband, which isn't that strange considering he was a part of the Lakers' organization. His pants were black, and again, there's not much more to say about that. What was so interesting about his outfit, was the fact that his black long-sleeved shirt fell almost to his knees. If you threw a belt around the guy's waist, he'd essentially be wearing a t-shirt dress. What prompted him to wear such a long shirt? He needed to be able to move around quickly to distribute towels and stay out of the players' way, so it definitely wasn't functional. As for fashionable, well, I certainly don't even come close to being "in the know" when it comes to the newest styles, but IMHO this guy looked fairly ridiculous in the long shirt.
Hey! Give me back my shirt!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
They sent me a package with with 2 new products: PowerBar Energize Fruit Smoothie Bars and
The first time I tried a Fruit Smoothie Bar, I was hungry and didn't even feel like going for a run; however, I felt like that would be a good test of the bar's performance. I choose "Creamy Citrus" and it initially tasted exactly how I imagined it would taste- like the orange-flavored Bubblicious gum. After a few bites though, I noticed there was a strong after-taste that was sort of stinging the back of my throat. It wasn't uncomfortable enough for me to stop eating the bar, but I definitely felt something. (My husband tried the same flavor and didn't notice any aftertaste at all though.) The bar's consistency isn't as stiff as other PowerBars I've had, which was nice since sometimes they make my jaw feel sore. The bar did satiate my hunger and I felt fine during my 5 mile run.
The second time I tried a Fruit Smoothie Bar, it was before the Harpoon 5-miler. This time I tried the Tangy Tropical flavor, while Nick tried the Berry Blast one. Mine tasted pretty good, and I didn't experience the weird aftertaste that I did with the Creamy Citrus bar. Nick loved his Berry Blast flavor. Nick had flown in that same morning on a red eye from Vegas, after being there for a bachelor party and managed to run the race in record time. He told me afterwards that he's pretty sure it was the bar that got him through the course. I also felt great after the run, and I'm guessing the pre-race bar had a lot to do with that. I can't say if these bars are necessarily more effective than the original PowerBars or other bar brands; however, they seem to do the trick and I'll definitely work them into my energy bar brand/flavor rotation.
The Electrolytes are meant to be mixed into 16.9 oz of water and consumed during the run to stay hydrated. I guess the theory is that people are more willing to rehydrate during exercise if their water is flavored. So far, I have only tried one flavor of the PowerBar Electrolytes: Natural Lemon. If by natural, PowerBar meant, the lemon's natural peel, then the name is spot-on. This flavor is not especially tasty. I tried a little sip right after I mixed it, and then I refrigerated the mixture for about 10 minutes. I poured a bit into a Fuel Belt water bottle, and off I went in the 90 degree heat for a run around Castle Island in Southie. During the run, I tried to take sips at consistent intervals, and I did notice that the flavor improved as the run went on. I think that the key is to really shake the mixture before drinking it, as the drink became more palatable the longer it bounced around in my water bottle. Overall, I felt good during and after the run, despite the heat; however, the mixture just wasn't as refreshing as water. I think for shorter runs, it's better to stick with water; however, for longer runs where I wear my fuel belt, it would be helpful to alternate the electrolyte mixture with plain water in my bottles.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Also, if you'd like a more reliable source than Captivate vision, here's the blurb from Boston.com:
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I try not to think about the money I've spent over the years, but when I do the math it's been about $40 a month for oh, about 16 years, it amounts to a year's rent when I was living with roommates in Dorchester. I'm someone who tells the hairdresser to do "whatever" would look good, I don't spend hours trying on jeans and I can count on one hand the number of times I've worn eye makeup; however, I am very particular about the state of my brows. More out of necessity than anything else.
For the past 2 years I've been going to see Natalie for my brow wax. She worked at the same place I get my haircut, and then she decided to open her own business. My brows always look immaculate when I leave- she has my complete trust. She doesn't know that I'm writing this endorsement for her new business, Unique Verve, but if anyone's looking for a great esthetician or massage therapist please check out her site. She's become a friend of mine and I'd love for her new venture to succeed!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Everything’s good with your rear!
And that you don’t have to fear
So let’s give a cheer!
It’s all good with your colon
To Dad, We dedicate this salute
Let’s cap it off with a toot!
Having spent a summer teaching art & gym classes at Creative Movement & Arts Center, I certainly understand how she'd be feeling a bit crazed; however, hopefully she waits until after Ernie & Bert sing the "Put it Away" song to get her drink & smoke on.
Monday, June 2, 2008
These prices are so low, it's crazy!
(Recently reduced to $75- anyone need a futon?)
My mom playing her first round of blackjack ever! She lost it all- all $25.Nick & I before the show As you can see from the group of politely seated people, his fan base is totally bad ass
This was my fourth time seeing Billy Joel in concert, and his shows are always worth the ticket prices. He caters his performances to his fans and sticks to his older material, which he knows people are there to hear. A couple years ago, Dave and I went to a BJ/Elton John concert and Elton's portion was dedicated mainly to his new album, which was pretty frustrating. All in all, it was a fun night!