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So I'm copying Phil, sounds like a great way to get myself writing.

Day 1's topic seems a bit.. incomplete. Current relationship? 15 years ago, maybe even 10 years ago I would have answered this completely differently. Today, I have many relationships. My life doesn't revolve around one person. It is comprised of many types of relationships some more close and intimate than others. The number one relationship in my life is to myself, doing the things that feel right for me and improving my life. I don't know, does that make me selfish?

In that light, my current relationship is much more healthy than it's ever been. I still go through down points, and as a female am cursed/blessed to have a monthly time in which my body is suffused with hormones that contribute to irrational down periods. I work out regularly twice a week with a trainer, multiple times on my own, and have even taken up yoga. I'm tackling my third triathlon June 11. I'm almost to the point of taking up climbing again after a month of physical therapy which has resulted in a much better foot situation. I mostly eat good for me foods, and follow a gluten free diet. I haven't given up dairy, and that's probably not the best thing to do for myself but at least for now I'm ok with it. I forgive myself for mistakes (mostly). I strive for a positive manner. I strive to not take on the responsibility of everything at work so I can relax and truly take vacations. Each day is a new day to try to do my best and accept whatever I do as good.

I'm happy with my current relationship, and I look forward to many more years of healthiness :).

Now I'm off to go to yoga and spend some more time on that relationship ;)

For those who are following along:

Day 1 - Your Current Relationship; If Single Discuss How Single Life Is.
Day 2 - Where You’d Like To Be In 10 Years.
Day 3 - Your Views On Drugs And Alcohol.
Day 4 - Your Views On Religion.
Day 5 - A Time You Thought About Ending Your Own Life.
Day 6 - Write 30 Interesting Facts About Yourself.
Day 7 - Your Zodiac Sign And If You Think It Fits Your Personality.
Day 8 - A Moment You Felt The Most Satisfied With Your Life.
Day 9 - How You Hope Your Future Will Be Like.
Day 10 - Discuss Your First Love And First Kiss.
Day 11 - Put Your Ipod On Shuffle And Write 10 Songs That Pop Up.
Day 12 - Bullet Your Whole Day.
Day 13 - Somewhere You’d Like To Move Or Visit.
Day 14 - Your Earliest Memory.
Day 15 - Your Favourite Tumblrs.
Day 16 - Your Views On Mainstream Music.
Day 17 - Your Highs And Lows Of This Past Year.
Day 18 - Your Beliefs.
Day 19 - Disrespecting Your Parents.
Day 20 - How Important You Think Education Is.
Day 21 - One Of Your Favourite Shows.
Day 22 - How Have You Changed In The Past 2 Years?
Day 23 - Give Pictures Of 5 Guys/Girls Who Are Famous Who You Find Attractive.
Day 24 - Your Favourite Movie And What It’s About.
Day 25 - Someone Who Fascinates You And Why.
Day 26 - What Kind Of Person Attracts You.
Day 27 - A Problem That You Have Had.
Day 28 - Something That You Miss.
Day 29 - Goals For The Next 30 Days.
Day 30 - Your Highs And Lows Of This Month.

Hike number 2 of 2011!

Today hiked at Sunol Regional Wilderness and it was actually hike number 2! On Thursday I went hiking at Henry Cowell State Park and Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz area. It's awesome to feel like this year I might actually meet my goal that I set out 2 years for myself in that year :) Here's hoping I stick with it this time rather than letting work get the better of me (and my weekends).


Little Yosemite Falls was our ultimate destination, though we took the more uphill journey along Canyon View trail to get there. It claimed to be a gentle trail versus the steep Eagle or Flag trails. Hah! I would not push a stroller up the narrow somewhat slow uphill journey!

In other news, the foot is doing much much better. Cutting out gluten lowered inflammation. Physical therapy to help with my back alignment, pelvic alignment are actually helping a ton as well. Pain is generally around a 3 level most of the time now!! It's amazing how much better things feel.

Trying to eat gluten free is pretty difficult. You generally just have to cook all of your own food. I have tried making two different things lately. The first was a great success in terms of tastiness, but could improve on the visual aspects. Faux-muffins (really baked omlettes in the shape of a muffin). I could have improved with some Pam spray I think or coconut oil in the little muffin trays even though it was the non-stick silicone type muffin tray. Ingredients, 8 eggs + pepper + italian seasoning + ninja-ed (machine that cuts finely) carrots/onions/tomatoes + 1/8 cup milk + 4 oz cheese (which didn't blend so well so ended up in chunks in some of the muffins) which made 12 "muffins". The second didn't work at all partially because I didn't blend enough. 1/2 cup baked mashed butternut squash, 1 egg, 1/8 cup almond meal, 1 tablespoon peanut butter. First off the butternut squash had retained too much water from the baking (i baked in 1 inch of water face down, and then scooped it out). The mixture wasn't blended enough. The peanut butter was too overpowering and made it taste pretty peanut buttery. Overall it was "ok" and George LOVED it, but not so great for me (or Brian). So I'm going to try changing out the peanut butter for almond butter, cutting out the almond meal, and squeezing the butternut squash through some cheesecloth to get some of the water out. Hopefully this will make the "pancakes" more crispy versus gooey. I might try baking muffin style instead as it might come out better that way.
So, been doing much better since going gluten-free/paleo diet mostly. There is this relatively new studies out about lectins and how they react to the body .. which helps explain some of the weird symptoms I've had.

Today I ate lunch out with folks and had bbq chicken with plum sauce plus a salad at Amarin Thai in Mountain View. I also had a latte (no sugar or splenda) after lunch at a place across the street. About an hour later I started having cramps, and have gotten quite sick repetitively. I also have a killer headache. I'm writing about it because I want to look up some stuff later about whether eating gluten can cause this reaction or whether this is more food poisoning related and might help others (once I figure it out if possible :)

Since changing my diet (Which involves cooking my own food most of the time), my stomach has been much much better. I don't have all the digestive issues which were driving me up a wall before which was a great side effect of changing diet that I didn't expect.

I ate some pecan pie over Christmas, but not the crust, and I had some sweet potatoes with marshmellowyness (which is a ton of sugar).. this resulted in a headache and digestive issues the next day but not this kind of immediate nausea and getting sick.

Checking out Head First Programming

I'll write a complete review at some point, but just wanted to make a comment about the urllib.request exercise it has in Chapter 3.

If you are like me and starting to learn python, you may have downloaded the recommended 2.6.4 release and started mucking about with it. I first downloaded python when it was the 2.6.3 release so this may no longer be applicable, but it wasn't available within the first few lines when I did a search for the error:


Traceback (most recent call last):
File "test.py", line 1, in
import urllib.request
ImportError: No module named request

As the book Head First programming mentions in the intro, they are basing their code on 3.0 line of code. Download the latest release (3.1.1 at this time) and you will have no problem.

Nook 1.1.1 Changes

I wanted to document some of the changes I have noticed with the Nook update forced on all Nook users today.

By forced, I mean it literally downloads without any input from the owner of the device. This is pretty surprising to me as it should at least ensure that the owner has charged their device up enough before pushing an update! My nook was at 20% charge and after the update it gave a message about needing to be plugged in. So either the update changed it's perception of batterly life, or it ate up some power while it updated.

I've noticed some remarks about this being a 1.1.0 release. My software says it's at 1.1.1. Previusly it said 1.0.0.

So changes I've noticed.

1) The UI for the My Library/Documents when you are in a book has changed. If you go back twice it does not take you to the listing of your library but the main screen. This has added an extra click to go back to My Library/Documents if I'm in a book.

2) New option of "View Item details and Options" .. Previously you just clicked on o to do this. Not intuitive when you first use the device, so this must be why they added the option. Pointless when you realize that o does the opening to view the details. Would have been useful if since adding this view item details option that they made O actually go straight to opening the book you've chosen.

3) Battery life/time always show now. Page number has been moved to the bottom to be associated with the scroll bar of how far you have gotten through the book.

4) I still can't open my epubs from Oreilly. What has changed as the formatting for every doesn't lock up the screen at the bottom requiring a hard power cycle. Instead I can get the touch pad to respond and go back to the main menu and go back to my library. It will be nice to be able to open epubs at some point that weren't purchased direct from B&N!

Things that haven't changed

1) I don't notice any difference in speed.
2) epubs still stay stuck in formatting mode.

Hope this helps others wondering what has happened with this update.

What I work on...

we actually have an article up on YDN talking about it now..

http://developer.yahoo.net/blog/archives/2009/06/sherpa.html

Hiking .. 5 & 6

Hike 5/25 was a 5 miler over at Rancho San Antonio. There were a ton of people there, so not so pleasant.

Hike 6/25 was ~9miles over at Skyline Ridge Open Preserve and Russian Ridge Open Preserve. The last 1.2 miles of it ... I was really wishing I was already to the car. It was definitely beautiful views.

I'm in the process of uploading the pics to http://www.flickr.com/photos/iennae/

I really enjoyed the peaceful serenity of the human-silence (plenty of birds and other nature noises). There was the occasional loud motorcycle zooming up the 35 to be heard in the distance. For the majority of the time, it was so peaceful and quiet.

I love when my brain unwinds and I start thinking about the good things.. the things that make life MY life.
The rest of the story is now the end of the story.

Thank you for so many stories over the years, Mr. Harvey.

Paying it forward...

a meme I've seen wandering around.. and I actually know what I'm going to do now for these original somethings sooooo I've decided to jump in the fray! :D


OK, here's how it works.

The first five people to post here will get something made by me (if you could comment, and email me your snail-mail address at iennae@gmail.com too..). It could be *anything*, but it will definitely be an original *something*. It might make sense, it might not. It will probably be some kind of artwork. You don't get to choose, however. :-)

The price? You post something like this in your LJ, and do likewise.

Hiking ...

So hike 3/25 was a 5 mile hike over at Almaden Quicksilver park. Today was hike 4/25 with a 4 mile hike around Stevens Creek County park. I really enjoyed the solitude. Next time I will go farther as it hopefully won't be sprinkling/clammy cold. I don't mind the cold, but I do sweat, and I don't enjoy not being prepared for that kind of sensation.

There were some very loud birds today :) I'll upload pictures/video later.

ETA: Water is very low! Conserve water.
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