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Pool Play Saturday

Ah, league finals. Whether it’s two games of pool play with semis and finals after or three games with the rest during the week, the Saturday of league finals is one of my favorite days. Play a few games, hang out with people, take in the upsets of the day, and have a drink and a burger. In various ratios depending on the season. Yesterday, it was mostly playing with less of the other stuff.

We ended up in the B pool with Wednesday teams we had played in crossover games during the regular season.  That was a tad bit disappointing.  It would have been nice to test the team against others, but what are you going to do?  We also had the later start time, which meant that we’d be missing Ned for the duration. We were also missing Brent, Joe, Nicole and Christina.  To top it all off, there were 20 mph winds to put up with.  While an ultimate disc is heavier than the usual garden-variety frisbee, it’s not enough to make much difference in those conditions.  Not an ideal situation at all, but the remainder of Plastic Falls was in good spirits by game time.

Our first game was against the other Monday team in our bracket.  They were *very* shorthanded for most of the game, and we beat them pretty quickly 13-0.  We’re a pretty decent team in the wind with lots of solid handling and we took the opportunity to work on a trap zone for the next two teams.  Unfortunately, this game, the end of the second point of this game to be exact, was the beginning of my back problems.  As I stopped to avoid getting in the way of a score-winning cut by Sean, my back seized up.  I babied it for a few points, put some Theragesic on it, ate some asprin and made it to the end of that short game.  In the forty-five minutes before our next game, I had a nice red beer and was feeling pretty good.

Our second game was against a Wednesday team, equal to us in the handling department, but generally slower.  After playing a few points of zone against them and staying even up score-wise, we switched to man defense and pulled away.  For me, my favorite moment of the day happened during this game.  We were playing against their zone defense and I was popping.  One of the handlers, I think it was Tim, put a throw out to the right of me near the sideline.  It floated a bit.  All season, I’ve botched anything that has remotely floated, even without sideline and defensive pressure.  This one, I totally had.  I followed it up with a through-the-cup cross-field forehand to Reif, getting the disc off the sideline and opening up the field.  That was my Go Me! moment.  (Even better than scoring the point on that same possession.)  We took that game to soft cap, 12-6, which was much longer than I preferred.

I then did a stupid thing.  I didn’t warm up any before the third game because I was beat from the previous game.  As I ran to the line, I found that I couldn’t.  My back wasn’t going to allow it.  I called on Melanie to play the first few and slowly ran the knot out of my back.  As long as I stayed relaxed and built up running speed (what little speed I have), I was okay.  Okay, not great.  I didn’t play very well during that last game and was just happy it was over.

Today, my back is not good.  (My sinuses aren’t either either, resulting in a hell of an earache.)  I can’t walk without being in an S shape and if I tense up (like when someone makes me laugh with his impersonations of Quasimodo Katherine), I can’t walk at all.  Couldn’t make it down the stairs to go get lunch.  Our finals bracket is tomorrow and I’m not sure I’ll be able to play.

This sucks, but it only puts a very small damper on watching my team play so well this past weekend.  We lost that last game, 8-12, but in all the play was so solid.  All around, all day.  So lovely to see. Whatever happens tomorrow, it will have been a good season for me.

I’m in slow-motion today, which is often my day-after-a-night-of-disc state.  My body has been pretty creaky these last couple weeks, mostly due to weather.  We’ve actually been having weather.  Last Wednesday we had cold 25 mph winds.  Today we’re up to 99 degrees.  Mostly, it’s been my hands and feet giving me problems.  At least those parts are easily taped and menthol-ed.

Strangely, I’ve felt pretty good while playing disc.  Not when rowing or lifting weights, certainly not when jogging, but lace me into some cleat and put a disc in front of me and I’m good.  That’s probably because I prepare better before disc than when I just head off to workout.

Last night’s game was the last of regular season.  For once, the outcome of the last game actually meant something for us for the standings.  Win, we move up to second.  Lose, we stay at third.  We were playing the team that sat at the #1 spot until they were beat last week.  And, by game time, Melanie and I discovered we were going to play the game savage.  And our team did quite well.  We played solidly.  Considering Melanie had played at a tournament over the weekend, I felt a little bad about sticking her with Alex (the opposition’s female captain), but Alex played over the weekend too and was probably the worse off.  Melanie was open all game.  We took an early lead and never gave it up.  Hence, we’re 2nd for the season and top of the B pool.  Pool play is Saturday.  While there’s a Monday consolation bracket, I’d *really* like to make it to the championship bracket next Wednesday.

Linkville:
What I did yesterday aside from disc and disc-related stuff:
Obscure Music Monday: Unto Ashes
I reeeaaally need to get some work done.

Tempe wins ‘Wolverine’ premiere
Which means Hugh Jackman will be within 2 miles of me!

Lifehacker – Expensive Running Shoes Aren’t a Necessity – Exercise
The painful truth about trainers: Are expensive running shoes a waste of money?
I have always been at war with shoes. I have flat, wide feet and have always been more comfortable barefoot. Shoes hurt. But running in shoes with little arch support hurt too. Although, I’m often more comfortable running in my cleats. Is that only because I’m running on softer ground (rather than concrete)?

A few trips to Circle K ago, the cashier (who is way too familiar with Eric and I) warned us that our favorite energy drink, GazZu, would soon be discontinued. This is very sad, especially for me that has a difficult time finding a calorie-free energy drink that doesn’t take like crap. But I don’t think that
Alien Energy Jerky: Caffeine Laced Beefy Goodness will be my replacement product.

It’s about time…

Finished Book #1 for the year: The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes.

It’s about time, I suppose. I’ve started reading several books and flirted giving Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series a reread since the beginning of January. There’s a blogger on tor.com that’s going through Jordan’s books at a breakneck pace before the last one comes out this fall. I’m too slow of a reader so that quickly fell by the wayside. Anyway, The Somnambulist. I started reading it via Harper Collins website. They were offering it free in a sort of "streaming" manner. My occasionally slow and variable internet connection interrupted my reading so often that I checked it out from the library.

A mystery set in Victorian-ish London, it’s a book that should be right up my alley. Unfortunately, the novel has pretenses that wore thin for me. Every character is odd. There’s Edward Moon, a detective of supposedly supernatural ability who is also a magician and enjoys the occasional dalliance with bearded ladies. There’s the Somnambulist, a mute indestructible giant that guzzles milk. There’s Skimpole the albino with the crippled son, Cribb the time traveler, and (of course) Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The book’s narration is ornate as well, full of warnings and asides.  It just too much. Barnes has a light narrative style and creates an interesting version of London, but oddity is tiring when it’s the norm.

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Watched Saw V.  Yeah, the series is wearing thin.  I was a bit bored during this one.  There wasn’t much to figure out and nothing was terribly inventive.  They’ve continued to use two characters that look way too much alike, and we’re not really given reason to care about any of the other characters.

Feeling creaky today, especially in my hands.  Baked banana bread.  It came out alright, though Eric finds it to be too much like spice bread to be to his taste.

In Kilter

My stressed, foul mood came to a head Monday night.  At about 11:30pm Monday, I crawled into bed, still clothed, and slept until about 7:30am. 

Since I hadn’t gotten much writing done the night before, I logged a couple of hours before Eric got up.  Maybe it was just moving past that chapter that’s put me in a better place.  Worked some yesterday afternoon as well, though I’ve thought of a better way of starting the scene and am rewriting it today.  Yesterday evening was an enjoyable happy hour/dinner at San Tan Brewery in honor of Reif’s birthday.  It was nice getting out.

Today, disc.  This past weekend was New Year Fest.  Instead of playing, I helped out at Frisbee Central with Stan again, but I somehow managed to not even throw a disc all weekend.  I was really looking forward to it today.  Amazingly, I’ve felt really good joint-wise during the last couple of days.  I ran Monday and Tuesday and, while my parts were fine, I felt like I was pulling a 10lb weight behind me.  I didn’t feel that way today.  Not to say that my play was particularly stellar.  I had a nice put to JT (and for once didn’t make him lay out for it), but completely flubbed a perfectly put long from Dave.

I need to get more work done before Eric gets home.  Should also address some VOTS-related emails that I’ve let go.  As part of an effort to not completely burn myself out by the first game of league (in a week and a half!), I’ve been limiting the visits to my gmail account.  It’s working, mostly.

Recent reading:
SHAMblog: ‘New research proves: Happiness make you sad.’
Starry Eyed on the Eve of Signing Day – Nebraska Football
Vital Signs – Behavior – $1? No Thanks. 100 Cents? You Bet. – NYTimes.com
Rapid Thinking Makes People Happy: Scientific American
Truly shocking study results: Study: Women step up their walking when it’s warm outside – USATODAY.com

The Woes of the Web

Notebooks: Where to Go When Google Notebook Goes Down:

Google Notebook isn’t closing down right now, but its users should see the writing on the wall. In the service’s official blog, Notebook’s project manager states that its team plans to “stop active development,”

Bastards. While I’m not a fan of Google Docs, I’ve always liked Google Notebook. It was very handy for aggregating a set of bookmarks and adding notation and bits of text. I use multiple computers and it’s nice to have everything synced online. Delicious isn’t quite up to the task that I require of it. I’ve tried Zoho‘s in the past, but I found it not as easy to use. (Aisde from the fact that Zoho is an under-powered service.) Alas, this is the downside of online applications. I guess I’ll try Evernote.

Time to get to work. Rewrites went well yesterday and I have chapter 2 slated for today.

Again, my body isn’t feeling too badly after practice Tuesday and disc yesterday. Last week, I suffered a flare up Saturday. I’m interested to see if that will happen again this week as a sort of delayed reaction. Eric has practice tonight, I’m staying home.

Thus far, it’s been a lazy year.

Happy New Year! Yeah, a little late.

New Year’s Eve was notable for the lovely bit of disc we played. Since many of the Weds disc regulars were off work, we played for about two hours. The weather couldn’t have been better. Sunny, high 50s, not much of a breeze. A nice way of finishing off the year. Except that my back *really* wasn’t happy after two hours of playing disc. I sat out only about two points and was, as usual, the only girl out there.  It was maybe, perhaps, a tad too much for my parts.

I would have posted on New Year’s Day, but I was too busy watching football and eating. Yup, that’s about all I did. My attempts to relax backfired because I spent Friday a little too stressed about all the stuff I wanted to get done. I’m too much of a slacker to be ambitious.  Still catching up with stuff today.

A couple of reading bits of note:

InternetNews Realtime IT News – Work Ethic 2.0: Attention Control:

In one generation, we’ve gone from a total separation of “work” from “non-work” to one in which both work and play are always sitting right in front of us.

Writers have always dealt with this problem.  Whether the writer has a job or not, most of their writing-work is done at home with the distractions of family, friends, housework, telemarketers, nosy and noisy neighbors, etc. The difference now is that the advise of “sit your arse down and write” has been modified: “Go offline, sit your arse down, and write.”

Neurotopia (version 2.0) : Friday Weird Science: Just the way you like it, Mr. Bond.:

Trevithick, et al. “Shaken, not stirred: bioanalytical study of the antioxidant activity of martinis” British Medical Journal, 1999.

I love science…

Possibly of note to the ASU kid:
Tor.com / Science fiction and fantasy / Current conversations:

Magic systems in fiction: I began to think about the various magic systems and decided I wanted to compile a list of the magic systems.

Capsaicin, Nurk, & Christmas Music

Book #26 – Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew by Ursula Vernon

Yes, I know. That’s two kids’ books in a row, but I really did want to read it before giving it to my niece for Christmas. Not that I was worried about content. Nurk is written by and artist and writer that I very much enjoy:ursulav. I consider it a stroke of semi-genius (or at least just a stroke) that I bought a book from an artist I like in order to spread quirky humor to my niece. As expected, it was a fun and imaginative adventure, sprinkled with dry humor.

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Blog pimping: Abney Park via OMM. Currently, their Christmas album is available for download. It’s a nice change-up from the usual standard standards.

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Sparked by a recent Twitter exchange, I figure I should probably officially follow up on my adventures with Capzasin since I’ve been using it for two months now.

I haven’t had any extreme reaction to it, excepting one event which I’ll get to.  Generally, it itches slightly after I apply it and it makes my knee feel like I have a sunburn when the tissues are particularly warm, like when showering or running.  I haven’t found this to be a unbearable, and when compared to a constant gnawing ache, it’s preferable.  With longer usage, the effects seem to have lessened, but certainly not gone away as the package suggested.  The one time when I got a little worried was after a hot bath a few weeks after I started using it.  My knee ended up red and very tender.  The sensation was like when I accidentally touch the oven rack when making a frozen pizza.  Only covering the lateral side of my knee where I’ve been using the Capzasin.  Since it had been hours since I had applied it, I figured washing the area really wouldn’t do much good.  I lived with it and it stopped hurting after awhile.  It should be noted that I’m fairly tolerant to heat.  Regardless, I’m hesitant to use it on my hands. 

Now, has it worked?  That’s a tough question.  Obviously, capsaicin isn’t going to make me pain-free.  After a couple months of applying it daily, I’m running more, but I also rested my knees for a couple months previous to using the capsaicin.  As I’ve mentioned, the heat of a thousand chili peppers kicks in when I work the joint, so I generally feel the effects when running.  I consider that a subjective improvement because it has made running easier.  How much pain would I be in if I hadn’t been using the capsaicin rub?  Don’t know.  Has it decreased the inflamation?  Again, I have no data to say one way or another.  I’ll probably finish this bottle, go without for a while, and then decide if I want more.