Friday, January 18, 2013

Episode 69: Oh What a Beautiful Morning!!!

I love mornings like this.  I love these types of beautiful mornings where there is just the thinnest layer of frost on the roof (just enough to leave a white  transluscent layer) and as I walk, the grass crunches beneath my feet in a white layer.  This will all wear off within an hour of the sun rising, but getting to school early enough to see this is stunning. I'm a morning person. Something I do not share with my life partner, AM. He would rather sleep until noon and then stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning. This affords me a few quiet hours on my days off to let me just reset and work... Or to just to sit around watching Netflix and reading, but we all find our happiness in different places. This means though, that I fall asleep at 10ish. If not am not recumbent by 9:30, I get cranky... Like bear coming out of hibernation cranky. AM is patient though, and loves me and so when I get, cranky, he hugs me and tells me he loves me. When I get up tomorrow morning, I am going to wake up happy and alive, get out of bed and be excited to start my day. I will see my students tomorrow after over a week away from them. (I missed them, but you will never hear ever admit it... Much). Tomorrow is going to be a good morning, just like today was a good day. Goodnight, gentle readers. I wish you all the happy mornings to come. Love and Lollipops, ToryLynn

Friday, January 11, 2013

Episode 68: Braaaaaaiiinnsssss!!!!

You are running through Abel Township, the wind in your face.  You are on a scouting mission, looking for supplies that will help the survivors and trying to dodge zombies... Yes.  Zombies.  As you run or even just walk fast - which is what I do - you hear them lurching and groaning behind you!  The only thing you can do is walk - or run, if you're healthier than I am - a bit faster.  Just a bit.  The voice of the zombie detector alerts you that zombies are only 100 yards behind you.  You put on a burst of speed, hoping against hope that you can outdistance them as they make their way towards you and you make your way towards the gate of the complex.  Your only chance of survival is getting back to civilization.  This is Zombies, Run!

I've only used the app a few times, but I can certainly see the merit in it.  Zombies run is a cross platform app that is meant to help motivate you to move more.  You put your headphones in, select an episode (I'm halfway through episode 2), turn on your GPS and head out for a morning walk.  The app does the rest for you, adding in music from a playlist that you tell it you want to hear music from (mine is called zombies and I'm constantly adding to it) and then interspersing story bits between songs.  As you go, you collect bits of helpful materials that will add to the health and happiness of Abel Township is currently second level.  The story is interesting and you hear a bit of sadness as the backstory of the encampment is revealed.  I'm not sure what is going on quite yet, but I have learned that I am the new Runner Five and in the first campaign, I happen to run into the first Runner Five, which turns into a tragic story of its own.

So far I am enjoying the app.  It is getting me out there; it is getting me moving.  My doctor was happy to hear I have something that helps to motivate me to move.  Because of an inflamed bursa in my knee, he asked me to take it slow, I will, but I am looking forward to my next zombie walk.

Oh, the program also has a Couch to 5k add on that I'm going to get as soon as I get used to walking more often.  Maybe not by April, but sometime in the next year, I will be able to walk a 5k.  Then, perhaps, I will work up to a light jog.

Here's to a happy, healthy New Year... with zombies!!

ToryLynn (who knows she can survive the zombie apocalypse given enough training!)

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