Monday, May 4, 2009

Game On, Kiddo!!

The parameters are set, the contestants are rarin' to go, and the stakes have been agreed upon. The Perfect Child and I have agreed to a competition (friendly, perhaps, but I doubt it) regarding our cardio workouts. We'd ask The Primary Child to join us, but he is already a runner and perhaps would skew our plans in his favor. Neither the Perfect Child nor I have really kept a close eye on what we do for cardio. It's kinda been a "catch as catch can" affair for us both. So last night we decided upon a challenge to get us both on track, and to get us motivated. (We are both motivationally challenged.) Our challenge runs from Sunday to Saturday each week until Aug. 1. We have committed to 60 min. of cardio per week until June 1, at which time we will revisit the duration of our cardio workout, and hopefully up the time accordingly. Then we will report in by way of our blogs. We'll take pictures of our chosen machine's timer and post it in our blog. I'm giving her a pass for the 32 min. she said she did yesterday at the gym. I trust her to be honest....just this once. All else will require the proper documentation. :) Now, my challenge will be to learn how to post pictures in this darned blog of mine. The Perfect Child claims I can do it with either my crackberry or a digital camera. I think I know how, so we'll see how that goes. Hope it is as easy as it appears to be. :) So now, darling daughter, GAME ON!!! The loser must buy a gift card at the winner's favorite store.....I think I'll chose Whole Foods!!

Saturday marked the opening of our Farmers Market!! What a joy!! We got down there nice and early, so we could browse and still make our 11:00 tee time. First big win was when I bypassed the giant breakfast burrito stand. 35 min after the opening of the Market there were still at least 50 people in line for a burrito!! We walked to the other end of the market and found a lovely little breakfast sandwich, instead. 430 calories by my count, so I figured golf would wear that off. 20,000 people come to the Farmers Market here each week, so it pays to get there early. There were even tomatoes!!! They were offering samples to prove that the tomatoes were not the usual winter, mealy, watery tasting ones we generally have at this time of year. We stood right by the tomatoes and the samples, bought cilantro and asparagus then walked on our merry way. That, after just mere seconds before telling Hubby Dearest I wanted to try the tomatoes and maybe get a couple. Talk about a Senior Moment!!! How dumb did I feel when we got to the car and I had no tomatoes.....however, I did get two heirloom tomato plants, so I'm pretty excited about that. I'm off to get my herbs today, so I'm really trying to get Spring to get sprung around here.

Got out 3 trees planted Sat. after golf. Had only planned on doing one, but they went in so easily that we did all three Sat. afternoon. They really look nice. Adds a splash of color in the back, so that's nice. Maybe I'll try a picture of those to get the hang of this "techie" stuff.

Not much to report in regard to my food and exercise for the weekend. Kinda the same old stuff. Ate pretty well, enjoyed an adult beverage, or two, played golf, planted trees, and walked the Farmers Market for an hour. Geez, am I ever boring. Just reading about my weekend almost put me to sleep at the keyboard. ZZZzzzzzz!


  1. I love the farmers market, but ours in much of one. I have to go North about 35 miles for a good one. Good luck with the challenge. You can do this. It's all a matter of choice. Something I read, that inspired me.

  2. No, not boring!! I love your life...well, I am not a golfer, but somebody has gotta do it! ;-) I am so jealous of your farmer's market. We don't have anything like that around her. We actually use to sell heirloom tomatoes at a farmer's market several year's ago, so heirloom tomatoes and farmer's market will always grab my attention! And love your challenge with Perfect Child! This will be interesting to watch!! And I'll be patiently waiting for the pictures of your crab apples and lilac.

    I thought of you last night when they were showing a story on The Weather Channel about the pig farmers in Iowa.

    Oh and V, if you are looking for your rain, it found it's way to Georgia.

  3. That cardio challenge sounds like a great idea! Good luck--but even if you lose you win as long as it keeps you motivated.

  4. No offense to daughter, but I know who I'm cheering for! :)

    Good for you for taking on the challenge in "small" doses and evaluating as you go along. You're not likely to burn yourself out that way, and you can also build a strong foundation.

  5. Sounds like the perfect weekend.

  6. can't wait to see how this one plays out. Good luck to both of you!

  7. It is very gracious of you to grant me my 32 minutes from yesterday - I promise it was legit. I look forward to the challenge because it's for a good purpose...and if leads to family bragging rights then so be it. :) (Little Miss Grammar - you should check your last sentence in the first paragraph - and since when do you have a Whole Foods?)

  8. The competition sounds like a great motivator! I can't wait to keep track of this one!!!!

  9. The small local farmer's market finally starts up again this Sat. Woo-hoo!

    Good luck with your cardio challenge.

  10. Outstanding blog. My personal favorite camera is the Canon PowerShot SD1100IS. I wrote a review for it, please let me know what you think:

    UPDATE: This camera is currently on sale at Amazon. You can find the link here:

    If you need a solid, reliable, and stylish point-and-shoot ultracompact digital camera that produces high-quality images, then the new Canon PowerShot SD1100IS may be right for you.

    I am an advanced amateur photographer and own 2 Canon digital cameras (G2 and 20D). Both have served me well over the years but recently I have found myself needing a decent ultracompact camera that I can easily carry with me at all times for unexpected photo-ops.

    Other current Canon models that I also researched before my purchase of the "bohemian brown" SD1100IS included the SD950IS and the SD1000.

    Here is my take on the SD1100IS:

    - 8MP CCD sensor with DigicIII processor (excellent resolution images with good dynamic range)
    - Solid construction (most of body made of anodized aluminum)
    - Feels sturdy and well-balanced in the hands
    - Easy to use (logical user-interface) with minimal need to consult owner's manual for basic operation
    - Multiple shooting modes to fit variety of situations (action/sports mode is a glaring omission but read section below to see possibly why)
    - Advanced metering system with accurately exposed pics in even "tricky" situations (great balance of highlights and shadows)
    - Tack-sharp images (much more so with sufficient lighting and use of built-in flash)
    - Macro mode can result in stunning close-ups with outstanding level of detail
    - Optical IS feature helpful when shooting in either low-light conditions with flash off or at telephoto lengths
    - Fast start-up with acceptable shutter-lag (when not using flash)
    - Bright 2.5" LCD monitor (100% coverage, 230k pixels) made of polycrystalline silicon; fairly scratch-resistant (can't vouch if this applies to keys and coins)
    - Optical viewfinder (though only a tiny peephole, it is essential when LCD glare and washout become an issue shooting in bright sunlight or when LCD cannot be used as battery power is nearly depleted)
    - Camera made in Japan (at least those from the 1st shipment; this easily may be subject to change)

    - Lack of manual control over aperture, shutter speed, and focusing (for the obssessive control-freaks)
    - Noise is noticeable beginning at ISO 400 (ISO 800 still useable but probably for only 4x6 images; ISO 1600 mostly unuseable)
    - Fastest shutter speed is 1/1500 sec (not fast enough to stop action for some sporting activities)
    - Auto-focus speed inadequate to follow fast-moving subjects
    - Shutter-lag accentuated with flash on (precious Canon moments lost while waiting for flash to recharge)
    - Cannot adjust focus or optical zoom while shooting in movie mode (focus is fixed for distance selected at first frame, and digital zoom is permitted instead, resulting in significant image quality deterioration)
    - Battery/memory card cover and hinge made of plastic (no safety latch that needs to be de-activated first before sliding cover out, in order to prevent accidental opening)
    - Minor vignetting and chromatic aberration (albeit, difficult not to expect from compact p&s)
    - Pincushion and barrel distortion at the extremes of the focal lengths
    - No RAW shooting mode

    Battery power in camera mode with LCD monitor on is mostly as advertised, allowing for approximately 240 images. If your budget permits, I recommend investing in a few spare batteries as backups and replacing the supplied 32MB memory card with a pair of 4GB SDHC memory cards--vital purchases if you plan to use the movie mode frequently.

    Overall Impression:
    Even with some serious limitations inherent to virtually all digital cameras in this class, I am recommending the Canon PowerShot SD1100IS. It does what it's supposed to do. This camera allows one to take beautiful photographs in an ultracompact, reliable, and elegant device that is both easy and fun to use.


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