Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine's Day 2009

Friday morning I made the realization that this Valentine's Day is the first since my junior year of HIGH SCHOOL that I wasn't in a relationship. Holy shit! That's been almost half of my life spent almost continuously in relationships. In reality, I have no idea how I'm supposed to spend this day as a single person. While this year's Valentine's Day ended up being very different from the previous twelve, I'm not really going to complain. I didn't have to come up with something special to do, no gifts to buy, no crowds to fight for a special night out. It was a completely pressure free day.

So, what did I do with this pressureless day? I cleared out my DVR by watching about 10 hours of TV, took a nap, cleaned the floors in the kitchen and bathroom, cleaned the tub and other fixtures (probably the least favorite task I can think of), vacuumed the rest of the apartment, advanced four different blog posts, watched the NBA skills competition (the only NBA related event, or game, worth watching during any given season) and hit the gym for one of the best workouts I have ever had.

I do have a sense of strangeness being alone, but it many ways, it's probably for the best right now. Six months from now I might be picking up and moving to another city. Right now I should be focusing on my work and getting into shape. There is some big news coming out of the lab in the near future though... things are working smoothly for a rare and exciting phase... but more on that later.

NOTE #1: The NBA dunk contest was pretty damned awesome this year. Watching 5'2" Nate Robinson wearing a green (Kryptonite) jersey dunk over a Superman cape-wearing 6'11" Dwight Howard was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Check out the video below!

NOTE #2: By one of the best workouts I have ever had I mean that I did thirty minutes on the elliptical machine, then ran 2.25 miles (with no walking breaks) on the treadmill, which is amazing for two reasons - 1) the longest distance I have managed during this health kick was just over one mile (doubled that) and 2) I have apparently dropped enough weight that I can run on a treadmill without the track slipping... sweet! Then after a total of 50 minutes of cardio exercise, I got in a forty minute lift that totally kicked ass. Man that felt good.


Jim said...

Good for you. I'm glad you had a good Valentine's Day and it sounds really productive. Man, you've turned into the next Richard Simmons over there. If you're thinking about "teasing" your hair up and running around in tight workout shorts, don't. Please don't. I'll come up to that fancy-pants apartment of yours and smack you upside the head. Ha!

On a different note, I'll selfishly put in a plug for how great KC is. However, I'd also say go where the challenges take you. Do what's best, we'll still be here for you, Grandpa Andrew.

Andrew Skaff said...

Dude, there is no way I'm turning into Richard Simmons. Shorts are meant to come to the knees and there is no way in hell that I can amplify whatever level of annoyance I already have to the level of Richard Simmons. Plus, I like women.

I'm not leaving KC out of possible places to live, but if there aren't any jobs here for me, I will probably have to look elsewhere.