Jackie bought a dress from Wool&. They claim their dress is so versatile, durable, and easy to care for that you can wear it every day for 100 days. If you do, and provide photographic evidence, they’ll give you a $100 gift certificate. Here’s a picture of @jackieLbrewer on day 25.
When I first attempted plyo-lunges two or three years ago, I gave up after a single attempt. It was clear that I was endangering my ankles, knees and hips, because I had no control whatsoever over that move. Over the next couple of years, as I worked on the basic lunge and then the walking lunge, I tried a plyo-lunge a couple more times, without feeling like I had good control—until a few days ago when I figured out what I was doing wrong.
If you’re not familiar with the move, in a plyo-lunge you lower yourself into a lunge, and then from the bottom jump, switching feet in the air so that you land with the opposite feet forward and back, and lower yourself into a lunge position on that side. They’re also called jumping lunges or scissor lunges.
The error I was making—which seems kind of obvious, now that I’ve figure it out—is that I was somehow imagining that I should jump from the bottom of a lunge on one side to the bottom of a lunge on the other side. Of course, that’s crazy. What I need to do is jump from the bottom of the lunge on one side to the top of a lunge on the other side, and then sink to the bottom of the lunge on that side, before repeating.
Once I made that my intention, all of a sudden I felt like I was moving with adequate control. I still need some practice to do the move smoothly, and some increased explosiveness to do it well, but it no longer feels like I’m endangering all the joints of my lower body (and possibly my life) on each attempt.
(I’m making the effort because plyo-lunges seem worthwhile for working on adding some sorely needed explosiveness to my lower body, but also because they’re a component of the Superhero Bodyweight Workout that I’m hoping to do this year, after last year ended up being a bust.)
Trinkante bieron “U of IPA,” mi atendas la aliaj membroj de la loka grupo.
Jackie and I went to Barnes & Noble for the first time since the start of the pandemic. I bought a copy of each of the science fiction and fantasy magazines they carry, with an eye toward re-subscribing to any that seem good.
Today’s sourdough rose especially well, and now I’m really looking forward to quality control. (Update: Delicious!)
Our main meal today is coho salmon with a soy-honey-ginger-mustard glaze, served with a blend of wild and brown rice.
It was @jackieLbrewer’s turn to bake bread today. (We are both pretty jealous of our turns. Fortunately, we both bake excellent sourdough bread.)
Here’s today’s loaf.
Very yummy, if I do say so myself.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my sweetie, @jackieLbrewer!
Soon to be flourless chocolate cake.
I’m not sure who ought to clear the sidewalk on Route 45 near Curtis, but somebody should. I’m fit enough to clamber over three-foot snow walls blocking crosswalks, but hundreds of my neighbors are not. @Applebees @cvspharmacy @SchnuckMarkets