Archive | April, 2005


27 Apr

While walking across the parking lot this morning, I had a flashback to our honeymoon…

Today, the weather was cold, grey and rainy. I walked by the Book Mobile, parked in our parking lot, and it was emitting lovely fumes as I passed it.

The fumes combined with the weather immediately took me back to Venice, Italy. I had to laugh that such a combination could bring back a good memory, but I was instantly transported to the bus station in Venice on our last day of our honeymoon when we discovered that the entire bus system was on strike.

You can read the whole story here. Ah, the memories…

Hanging Up The Skis

25 Apr

On Sunday, the JB and I went to Kirkwood for some final turns in the 04-05 ski season. It was actually a cold day with snow flurries, proving you never know what to expect during Spring skiing. The resort had received about four inches of snow from the most recent storm, so the conditions were better than expected, with dust on slush.

For the past few months, JB has been all about searching out cornices and jumping off of them. As I’ve mentioned here before, after I injured my knee jumping off of a sizable cornice about three years ago, so I have refrained from following him to the cornice areas.

Yesterday was no different. At the top of Cornice Express, he found a few good ones to jump off of, then we headed over to The Wall, where he found even more cornices to entertain him. Each time, I’d ski down below the cornice and watch him jump off.

On our last chair ride up yesterday, we were discussing what run should be our grand finale for the season. To the right would be some challenging runs, but no cornices. To the left, the only way down is via a cornice.

“It’s your call,” he told me. And I thought about it…

As our skis touched the the ground at the top of the lift, I surprised him by saying, “let’s go left!”

Shocked, he looked at me and said, “what?!”

“Left!” I shouted.

“All right!” He exclaimed, and we both started to ski towards the cornice areas.

What he didn’t know was that the last time he jumped off a cornice on that run, I was checking out the cornice areas, and had spied a nice, managable cornice for me to try.

I skied right up to it, turned to him, and said, “I’m doing this for you!” I pushed off without hesitating, and continued to ski down the hill.

This was a big step for me, as I’ve been avoiding cornices like the plague for three years now. I also think that my ‘cool factor’ in my hubby’s eyes was raised significantly yesterday, as I redeemed myself for constantly turning down his invitations to go off cornices with him.

And on that note, we will hang up our skis for another ski season, barring any remarkable snow storms between now and May 1, that is. The 2004-2005 ski season was absolutely amazing. It was one of those years that people will be talking about for years to come.

Certifiably Insane

22 Apr

Workout/diet update:

Daily caloric intake = 1100-1200 calories (can you say constantly hungry?!)

Monday — 45 min. spinning class (which is a kick-butt, sweat drenching workout) and 20 min. run (in the snow/sleet)
Tuesday — 20 min. eliptical trainer (interval training), 40 minutes legs (lower body) and 2200 yard swim (approx. 45 min.)
Wednesday — 45 min. spinning class and 25 min. run
Thursday — 45 min. weights (upper body) and 2000 yard swim (approx. 45 min.)
Friday — 45 min. spinning class and 25-30 min. run planned for this evening

Result = As of this morning, I had lost 3 pounds. Woo! I’m hoping to lose about 10 more, which would put me in my happy place. Wish me luck!

Where Are You?

21 Apr

There are a few people that I know read this site that I’d like to get back in touch with and I don’t have their e-mail address.

Amy G. and Mar-Mar, if you read this, please e-mail me at lbellin at gmail dot com. (I’m spelled it out because I don’t want spammers to pick up my address.)


Not much else is going on here, so I’ll get you an update tomorrow…

Audio Books Make My Commute Bearable

20 Apr

I finished listening to the audio book of The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve.


It was truly an amazing book. There were almost poetic descriptions and heart wrenching discoveries. The whole premise of the book is exploring how well you can truly know another human being. Basically, the main character’s husband dies in a plane crash, and only then does his wife start to learn about the double life that he had been leading.

The wife had trusted her husband unfailingly for 15 years of marriage, only to learn that their entire marriage was based on deception.

It’s a tough concept for me – as a newlywed – to grasp. I can’t imagine JB being deceitful or having an affair. But I guess that’s the author’s whole point… I think I know him, but do I really? The main character in the book thought she knew her husband, but then discovered that there was a whole other side to him that she had never known.

In a previous relationship, I had trusted in The Man Now Known as The Ex, and even though I thought that he would never lie to me or do me wrong, he did so in a big way. Luckily, he was just a boyfriend. I shudder to think of that actually happening in a marriage.

Anyway, it was an excellent book. And no, I do not doubt for one second that JB is worthy of my unquestioning trust. I’m just saying it’s an interesting concept to ponder.

I also just finished the audio book of The Good Body by Eve Ensler. I had heard an interview with the author on NPR back in November, and wrote my reactions to that here on this site.

Actually, I think the interview with her on NPR was better than the book. The book was merely OK. The audio book was actually read by the author herself, and she was very dramatic — so much so that it detracted from the book for me. I think I would have gotten more out of it if I would have read the actual book instead of listening to it.

The Good Body focuses on Eve’s obessive hate for her stomach, which I can completely relate to. She then interviews women from around the world, asking them, “Do you love your body?”

The interviews are interesting, and I couldn’t help but be envious of the woman in India that says she loves her stomach and its softness and its roundness, and that her husband said that her body is like a continent he has claimed, and if she lost weight, he wouldn’t know that continent and its contours anymore.

But I don’t ever see myself getting to that point. I have outright hated my stomach as far back as I can remember. And in the past 10 or so years, that has extended to my body. I can’t help it. All the dieting and working out just don’t seem to make a difference. Yes, I’m glad that I’m healthy, but I can’t help looking at other women with envy, and wondering why being slender can come so easily to some people, while it is so difficult for others.

Case in point: For the past two weeks, I have been eating extremely healthy and exercising every day. In fact, Monday and Tuesday of this week, I worked out twice each day while maintaining about a 1200 calorie diet. The result?! I gained a pound. Now don’t lecture me on how muscle weighs more than fat. The fat is not going away. That is my problem.

I still intend on working out twice a day at least for the next month, which is exhausting, but in the past, that is what it has taken for me to break through a plateau. Meanwhile, JB thinks I’m a bit loopy… Which, I guess is understandable, since the man can consume 4000 calories a day and not have to worry about gaining a single ounce.

My Platypus Shoes

19 Apr

For the past few weeks, every time I wear my brown loafers, JB will say, “you’re wearing your Platypus shoes”.

Of course, a conversation would then ensue with me asking if that means he doesn’t like my shoes, or if they look funny, and he always answers, “no, they just look like a platypus.”

These are the shoes (and I know they could use a good polishing.)


I just got an e-mail from JB saying, “now do you know why I call them Platypus shoes?”

He attached this image:

And yes, I now see why he calls them Platypus shoes.

Totally Unprepared

19 Apr

It snowed here yesterday.

The forecast was for partly cloudy skies. Not snow. I emerged from work yesterday in my sandals and capris in a snow storm. After stepping over huge puddles in the parking lot, I then got into my rear wheel drive sports car to drive home in that sports car, thinking, I was so unprepared for this.

JB was thrilled last night, saying that we’d be able to ski again this weekend. Of course, it is forecasted to RAIN on the ski slopes on Saturday.

But then again, what do the weathermen know?! They messed up BIG TIME yesterday!

After I got home, JB and I decided to go for a run. I peaked outside to see that the snow had stopped, so I put on a sweatshirt and headed out the door. Mere minutes into my run, it was snowing and sleeting like crazy, stinging the skin on my neck and hands. I ended up cutting our run short due to the crappy weather.

Can I have Spring back now?