January 11th, 2008

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Five (new and fun) things on my iPod right now

(where's that dancing bald guy icon when I need it?)

Alright, Still by Lily Allen. I'm really enjoying the hip coolness of this album, and some of the lyrics are quite funny.

Kala by M.I.A. It's rather different and feels like a mix of World Beats and Solex, but it's really growing on me.

"I Should Be Writing" podcast by Mur Lafferty. Mur is a graduate of Viable Paradise (VPX) and has some good thoughts about writing, along with occasional interviews!

"Cover to Cover" podcast from The Dragon Page and Farpoint Media. Excellent interview after excellent interview with speculative fiction writers.

Music from the Knee Plays by David Byrne. Still wonderful, and I haven't even watched the DVD yet.
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The "listen to your body" report

So, I'm at the fitness center this morning before work and as I'm warming up on the elliptical I get this thought of "I'm a little beat today, maybe I should just do aerobics and not lift weights" (today was a leg day). But I say "naaah, go for it". (You know what's coming, don't you?)

Later, I'm on the adductor machine (the one where you bring your knees together against resistance, or as I call them the "squeezies"), and I'm doing the first part fast to build explosive strength because I want to get back to playin volleyball in the spring.

And something goes "ping". Or, rather "grounch". I get out of the machine and realize that I strained a groin muscle, and it's bad enough that I can't lift any more.

I'm not incapacitated, but definitely sore. The Advil and red wine haven't completely taken the edge off. I'm limping around a bit and it will take a couple days to recover.

Moral of the story: Listen to your body when it says "You know, Yeff, maybe today should be an easy day." Your body knows best.