Played Fiasco last night with a group of three friends and my brother. We used the Manna Hotel playset, and the result was hilariously tragic. Memorable characters, like “El Economica” (Economica = bleach in Hebrew), the cleaning lady/head of the local Mexican drug cartel, Philiph (yes, with a “ph” at the end), the gay Pony Trail history buff who is not-so-secretly dating Jimmy-Bob (aka “Fat Girl”) the hairy, beer-bellied biker dude/hotel manager, and Jimmy D, the octogenarian car mechanic/Fell Secrets society initiate made for a wonderful, wonderful evening.
Grab a copy of Fiasco if you haven’t, download a playset or use one of the fantastic ones in the book, and gear up for a great evening with your friends and/or family.
Tried to go running today. After yesterday’s 3K, I thought that I could run another 3K today. But my legs thought otherwise. When all my muscles screamed that they were about to tear, I listened, and stopped running after 1K.
Instead of feeling depressed, I walked home, enjoying the sea breeze, and then did 30 sit ups.
At least I got out today. Better luck tomorrow.
Today was the Tel Aviv Marathon. I was planning on running it (10K), but in the past two months I have hardly been able to run, after contracting two pretty severe respiratory infections one after the other. I collected my shirt, and went to the expo, and felt like a total fraud for being there. It felt even worse to see all the runners making their way back from the race, or all the bragging going on in Facebook.
But that’s when it hit me - I don’t run for races, I don’t need races to run, I don’t run so I can brag about it.
I run because it feels good to clear my head, and it feels good to move my body (instead of just sit in front of a computer all day), and it feels great to run outside, on Tel Aviv’s beautiful promenade, through the Port and to the park. And if I’m really, really luck, it sometimes running feels like flying, and then it is just incredible.
I went out today and ran 3km, and I am glad that I did, even if there was no medal waiting for me in the end.
I signed a lease on an apartment in central Tel Aviv yesterday. Bought a table, four chairs, a simple computer desk+drawers set and a fridge. I move in on the 20th, which leaves me very little time to buy everything else, pack and get organized. Exciting!
Work has been exhausting lately. Late night maintenance, an angry boss (not angry with me, but we all suffer the ricochets), and change - a lot of change - that I’m not sure yet if it’s good or bad. Keeping my calm, looking at things in perspective is getting progressively harder.
So I’ve decided to learn to meditate. I already kinda use my long runs for it, but at this moment in life I need some meditation.
I’m also thinking of venting at one of the many, many, many notebooks that I have.
And I want to learn to use chopsticks. That has nothing to do with anything, but in keeping with the “putting things in perspective” approach, I thought that it would be appropriate.
Sunday - Rest
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 30 min run
Wednesday - 30 min run (+late night at work)
Thursday - rest/gym/abs workout
Friday - 45 min run
Saturday - 60 min run
Things might move around a bit, but that’s the general plan.
Wednesday’s run was super hot and humid, as usual, but somehow what started as an easy 30 minutes run turned into a quest to break my 4K PR. Done: 29:01 minutes. Awesome! Particularly when you take the heat into account.
Went to the gym on Thursday.
- 20 minutes of stationary bike
- 3x15 full squats on a Bosu ball
- 2x super set - 10 seated leg curls and 10 lying leg curls
- 3x15 calf drops (first set regular, second set with middle pause, third set with 2 second hold on top)
- 2x10 back extensions
- 45 crunches (15 with legs at 90 degree angle, 15 with straight legs, 15 crisscross)
- 10 minutes on rowing machine
- 5 minutes of glorious stretching
My legs are unhappy now, but I have a 45 minute run today and I don’t plan on giving up on it without trying.
A little late to post this but here’s the plan:
Sunday - 30min run
Wednesday - 30min run
Friday - 45 min run
Saturday - 60 min run
My Sunday run was super tough as it was 27 degrees Celsius with 50% humidity outside. I had to fight for breath for most of the run. I used to think that running in the rain was hardcore, but now I believe that running in 50% humidity is much more badass.
The pen body:
The needlepoint tip:
Bottom line: this is a great pen, even if you prefer fine tipped pens. The tip is on the fine side and it’s a great writer - smooth, doesn’t skip or blot, and has dark dependable ink. Totally worth the buy.
My dad celebrated his birthday last week. Here’s the card I made him. It’s made of scraps of paper cut and pasted into a collage, and various stamps and stickers applied for a vintage look.
Inside (minus the greeting):