Monday, August 27, 2007

Target Heart Rate for Exercise

From the American Heart Association:
One way to gauge your heart rate during exercise is called "conversational pace"---if you can talk and walk (or your preferred exercise), you're not working too hard. If you can sing and maintain your current level of effort, you're not working hard enough. If you can't catch your breath, you are working too hard!
If you participate in more-vigorous activities like brisk walking and jogging, the "conversational pace" approach may not work. Then try using the target heart rate. It works for many people, and it's a good way for health professionals to monitor your progress. Subtract your current age from 220. This is your maximum heart rate. For instance, mine would be 220-43=177. Target heart rate should be 50-85% of your maximum heart rate for optimal cardiac health. To make it even easier, you can see the link I've attached. The AHA cautions that if you're not exercising, you should begin at or even below the 50% goal and then progress higher as you become accustomed to exercise.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

San Diego Weekend

Here's where we had breakfast yesterday, although we were under the roofed part of the patio -- it's a very pleasant place to eat and watch the tourists walk by at the same time in moderate temperatures (low 70s). We both had egg-beaters Mexican style --NO CHEESE, of course! Dee and Dan are doing well, kids Jessica, soon to be 18 and a senior in HS. Zachary, age 13, an 8th grader; and Jonathan, a younger version of Gerry, who will be 10 next month. Twins, Sarah & Dallas are in Las Vegas

Good to be back home with only four days to work before I get Friday off, although that means I work both Saturday and Sunday, but then comes Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

From All

Hot Summer in the City

Anybody else see the NYT article in today's paper about Phoenicians who summer in San Diego every year?

If today is 110 degrees or above it will be the 27th day to do so this summer - which ties a record. My little weather add-on on my Internet browser says high of 109 degrees in SCW. The tv news is forecasting 112, I think.

Anyway, the link for the article is in the title of this post or here. It is a permalink which means that unlike regular NYT link - which expire (well, they don't exactly expire, but after 7 days they link to the payment required article).

It is interesting to compare the most blogged NYT articles to the most emailed NYT articles. The most blogged are almost always much more political. So many political blogs.

KC standing up

Here's a recent picture (8/19) of KC at our house in his crib/play pen. Wendy's been bringing him to babytime at the library every Tuesday night since I've been doing it lately it's fun to see Wendy, KC & Gerry in the audience. KC enjoys the program as well as checking out the other babies. Several around 8 months old -- neat to see the stages of development, and see them all (especially our KC!) grow up. Our next babysitting day is the Friday before Labor Day as Wendy's babysitter is off that day and so am I since I work the weekend.

Monday, August 20, 2007

500th Post on the Blog!

And there are approximately 800 comments on those 500 posts.

I don't really have anything else to say.

Any chance we're going to try for Persian Garden again some time soon?

Monday morning in Glendale

Good Morning! Here I am sacrificing my breakfast (until I finish this post) so Roberta -- and the multitude of other readers of this blog -- will have a post to read. Finished two books over the weekend, Sailing the Wine-dark Sea was an interesting look at Ancient Greece and how it has impacted our lives; and the Color of Magic, first in Pratchett's Discworld series, is a fun fantasy by a quirky author Serena had recommended to me years ago and I have finally "gotten into". Short work week for me this week! Look for details elsewhere though as I'm not posting them to the blog. Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Alta Loma Couch Switch

From My Photos

Below is the old couch - after about 3 months of wear - photo was taken in early July. Above is the new couch - which JC Penney exchanged for the old couch. The old couch was mostly covered with those light patches by the time it left the house.

From My Photos

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Alaska ~1915

Just a few years before Mom & Dad even had thoughts -- let alone of Alaska! Here's what the caption with the picture said: Stern-wheelers Louise and Delta on the Yukon River circa 1915 at the Gold Rush supply center of Ruby, Alaska, which at its peak was home to some 3,000 people. A fire in 1929 and flood two years later obliterated much of the town, which today has fewer than 200 residents.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Recumbent Bikes

These are my two favorite bikes at the gym...the Nautilus (with the holes in the seat) came in about 2 weeks ago and has a lot of bells and whistles on it and could even be hooked up to display TV on the monitor! The one on the right (Lifestyle brand) is older but still very nice.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sid eating a plum

From My Photos
Sid in his Boswell hospital room eating a very ripe plum. He had blackberry pie frozen yogurt earlier in the evening - not sure if that counts as a fruit. He did eat some of the supper that the hospital served.

Sid is doing very well, although he is getting antsy to get up and OUT of the hospital. He has taken a couple of walks around inside the hospital.

If you tried to call the room this afternoon, you may not have gotten an answer - the telephone was turned so low that both Roberta and I had trouble hearing it. The phone ringer has been turned up, so . . .

We are hopeful that Sid will get out of the hospital tomorrow. I'm going over to the King house in the relatively early morning so that I can trim a bit more off the offending bush and do clean-up of the courtyard. We don't want Sid deciding that he needs to be outside - other than relaxing or, perhaps, looking for Fat Cat.

More as we know more . . .

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

First Day of School 2007-08

The kids submitted easily enough to the tradition of taking pictures this morning and we actually go to school early! :)

Notice how Christian is starting to catch up to Ginny in height....

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

From My Photos
Sid in his Del Webb spa/hospital bed, taken before his transfer to the Boswell spa/hospital. You can kinda see where Roberta has written her name and phone number on the tissue box - in case of an emergency.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Items from Uible photo album