Archive | February, 2011

Walking stairs brings up issues

25 Feb

It’s hard to walk the stairs…

..while texting, emailing, surfing or talking on the phone

…with a winter coat, mittens, scarf, starbucks, umbrella, big ole boots, a purse and a computer bag (I am still carrying the laptop and iPad, I have to figure out how to stop this)

…and what I discovered today…skinny jeans.  The good news is that I fit into my version of skinny jeans, the bad news is that it adds a new challenge to walking up the nine flights of stairs.

…Oh yeah, that was another new revelation today – no office building labels the 13th floor – so going from 8 to 18 is not ten flights, but rather nine flights.  This “ah ha” was the most disturbing of all.

I will continue to milk the brief alone time and power up the nine flights while only using my iPhone for music.

Milking Time

24 Feb

I have been struggling for a while about finding the time to work out. I have always worked out in the morning, but after having my twins morning is the time for precious sleep.  I get up at 6am so I can get the early train to work in order to get home for dinner time with the family.  So working out in the morning means very early.  I know people do it.  I have been talking to many people to work up the motivation and conviction to do it.

So this past Tuesday I got up at 5am and did 45 minutes of Power Yoga in my kitchen/playroom/livingroom.  I listened to a podcast of a yoga instructor in Chicago, but he was trained in Cambridge by Baron Baptiste so it is the same style of yoga I love.  It felt great after.

Today I did it again.  Today was harder.  It is hard to stay focused. I miss the heat of the yoga studio.  But there isn’t time to drive to a studio. So I’m sure I’ll get used to this.

But the other way I am milking time is walking stairs.  At work I get off at the 8th floor and walk up to 18th where my office is located.  My friend at work @soniachung turned me onto this.  It is energizing.  My goal is to do that three times a day – so far I have only made it twice a day.  I should start scheduling meetings with Sonia and hold them in the stairwell.  That is the easiest way to do the stairs – talking to someone the whole way up.  The alternative way I have been doing this is listening to music very loud on my iPod.  Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Ozzy are good for that.

So I am not working out like I used to, but I am milking the time I can to squeeze it in.  I’m ok with this for now.

My Picks for the SuperBowl Ad Wars

7 Feb

Not that anyone cares, but I like to rank the spots.  I think it would be interesting to see what you pick too.

Favorite 7 Spots:

1. Chrysler 200 (Ode to Detroit)

2. Cruz Eco (retirement home)

3. Best Buy “What’s a Beiber?”

4. Audi’s (escape the confines of old luxury)

5. Doritos (sucking finger)

6. Bridgestone (reply all and beaver)

7. Sealy’s/Sleepy’s (morning fun)

disappointing:

Groupon (Tibet is never funny)

Annoying online execution:

Focus Rally – still can’t login due to registration activation (probably user error, but spent too much time trying to figure it out.)

Honorable Mention for movie and / or TV promotion:

House (this is our HOUSE and the Mean Joe Green spoof)

Who Cares?:

ShapeUps by Sketchers (watching their fan count and it isn’t climbing)

Duel of the Sodas:

Pepsi Max

Social Extensions:

Didn’t seem to prevalent, or as prevalent as predicted. Only three spots had twitter handles and only a few had Facebook.  Focus Rally will unfold in social media.  Chatter.com can enable it.  Groupon and Living Social are activating their services through mass channels – did they jump the shark?  I think maybe they did.

What are you picks for the categories?

iPad Apps for 3+

5 Feb

Here are some great apps for preschoolers and perhaps older children. For the most part I am cheap so I usually get the free app and if something is very good I upgrade. Most of the recommendations below are free or .99.

Angry Birds ( ok this one is for you, but you can get it under the guise of needing it for your child.)
Cut The Rope
Fruit Ninja
Hidden Pix (think Highlights magazine from when you were a kid and email was 12 years in the future)
Drawing Pad
Memory Cards
Cookie Doodle
Uzu ( babies like this one, not that I encourage babies to use an iPad)
CandyKitchen
Signing Fingers
Yertle (dr suess book)
Virtuoso (piano)
Toy Story ( part e-book and part coloring book )

Have fun.