I did another 285 sit-ups this past week up to and including today, Feb 4th. This brings me to 590 so far. I’m still continuing to accelerate, but I have quite a ways to go to get to a good number per week: about 4000! My goal this past week was just to break 200 so I’m doing well. This next week I hope to do 350 in the week. I’ve also added doing multiple sets in a session, so far just twice. So my expectation is that I will do a single set every morning of 20+ and two sets every evening of 15+. I’ll probably do more.
In other news, I started tanning again. I find it incredibly relaxing. I’ve never really liked massage, and so this works well for me. I don’t need a lot of time to relax: 12 to 15 minutes is great. It’s warm, has a huge amount of white noise from the fans that run, and it’s completely private. And, particularly in the winter, I really appreciate the light.
I’ve been working from the BERTEIG office downtown as much as possible. It has brought focus to my work and has given me the regular company of two of my colleagues: Iryna and Shradhdha. Mostly we listen to music as we work independently. But it’s nice to see other people around. Sometimes other colleagues or visitors come in as well. I work on marketing, sales and consulting with customers. Iryna does bookkeeping. Shradhdha does software development. My only complaint is my desk chair is a bit uncomfortable. Maybe my CFO will authorize the purchase of a new chair sometime soon! At home I have a fantastic chair by Humanscale: the Diffrient World. I love it more than my Aeron.
Yesterday I went for my first ever tanning session at a tanning salon. I’m trying to keep my summer tan until we go to Panama in late December. The woman at the front, Dee, was extremely helpful. She was friendly and didn’t assume I knew anything which was nice. She sold me a little thing for protecting my eyes, and didn’t sell me tanning lotion. She explained the options for purchasing time and didn’t pressure me on any particular option. She did, however, recommend that I purchase time on the stand-up tanning system because of my height; the beds would probably be challenging for me. She might have actually been referring to my girth too, but she did it in such a way that I wasn’t at all made uncomfortable. She showed me the system which was in a very small private room, and explained that the fan to keep the heat down would be very noisy (which it was). She recommended 8 to 10 minutes for a first session, and I chose 10. So she left me to undress in the room and start the system. It was kinda boring. Standing looking at bright UV lamps through very dark eye pieces, and of course, with no where to go, no significant room to move, too much noice to listen to things in headphones, for ten minutes uninterrupted is boring. The system shut down and I got out. They provide a towel, but honestly it wasn’t hot enough for me to break out in a bad sweat – just some very minor moisture on my forehead. Next time I go, I’ll take a photo and share it here. When I got out, Dee asked me how it was, and that was it! Simple, quick. Now, a day and a half later, I can’t see any difference, but I don’t expect to after one short session. Dee recommended 12 minutes as a normal session length, and two or three times a week. I plan to go again on Monday.
Today, Melanie, Verity, Ocean and I went to our first family pottery class. All three of them have been to pottery classes recently at the same place – I’m the newbie. It was great fun! It’s a 3.5 hour session every weekend with a fantastic instructor, Cathy, who also had met my family before. We did “slab” pottery. Basically, you take a hunk of clay and pull it through a roller a few times to get it to be a thin slab – approx 5 mm thick in the case of mine. The ladies made mugs. I decided to do something a bit different: I made book ends. Here is a couple photos of what I made – the clay is still wet so the color will be much lighter when they are fired.
It took me pretty much the whole class to do them. My next project will be to do something that is in the art nouveau style which I love.
In other news, my new assignment for Math 3020, is again super-hard!!! Ug.